Cwrt Y Glyn Loves Pobl Academy
Cwrt Y Glyn is a community in Carmel, nestled in the heart of Carmarthenshire between Cross Hands and Llandeilo. It comprises of 22 houses with 16 two bedroom properties and 6 three bedroom properties. They have a very active community group who are working to turn an unused area at the back of their estate into a community growing an play space.
When Dafydd, one of the members of Pobl Academy (a two year career development programme offering young people living in Pobl communities a fully rounded opportunity to work in a variety of settings across the group), who was on placement within the Customer & Community Team in Homes & Communities, heard about Cwrt Y Glyn Community Group’s grand plan he was inspired!
Straight away, he could recognise the hard work the group had already done in clearing the site and wanted to help. So he set to work in telling his fellow Pobl Academy members and suggested they do a day’s volunteering there as part of their scheduled training week. Luckily, his colleagues agreed it was a great idea, and so on Thursday 4th July, they turned out in force and rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in.
On the day, Tony, Cwrt Y Glyn Community Group’s chairperson, welcomed everyone and together with Carol their Housing Officer and Amanda, Community Development Officer, gave them some background on how the vision for the site had come about. Then Abie, the group’s project co-ordinator, set out what jobs they needed help with.
Dafydd, Brandon and Matt got cracking building the base for the planned pizza oven and everyone else moved materials onto site and set about breaking up the pile of pallets provided by Ystradgynlais Recycling Centre. As the pallets were broken down and had their old nails removed, the first raised beds were designed and built, by young resident Sarah, her Mum Abie, and academy member Zulekha.
To stick with the theme, pizzas were expertly served by Michelle, the treasurer which kept everyone going throughout the day.
With the base now built by the Pobl Academy, the materials donated by Carmel Pottery and a customer living on the estate the group completed their pizza oven over the weekend.
During the same weekend a former customer, who moved out last year to buy his own property nearby; returned to offer his carpentry skills and built a base for the large workshop shed and decking.
Together with the recent major refurbishment of the site by TRJ, the community garden will further improve the look and feel of the site and provide a space with an amazing view where the community can relax, socialise, learn a new skill, grow food, play and more.
The group are now asking their neighbours about the type of activities they would like to happen there via their Facebook page.
You can keep updated on this amazing community led project via their Facebook page