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What is the aim of the centre?
Tŷ’r Gwrhyd ‘s purpose is to act as a one-stop shop for information about Welsh medium services in the Swansea and Neath Valleys and to be vibrant community centre for Welsh medium social activities, community events and educational programmes for all ages. It also houses a Welsh bookshop and the offices of organisations that promote the Welsh language locally.
What activities / resources / services are available at the centre?
Organisations, businesses or individuals can hire meeting rooms to host Welsh medium events, workshops or parties for children and refreshments and lunch can be provided for those attending events throughout the day. There is a free wifi service and a large screen and video conferencing facilities are available. Office space is also available for hire for short or long term periods.
Menter Iaith Castell-nedd Port Talbot is based at Tŷ’r Gwrhyd, and the centre supports their projects and activities to promote the use of Welsh in the area. Our shop sells Welsh books and resources and regularly attends local events and school fairs. Local residents are welcome to call in for a coffee, cake and a chat in Welsh and we use local businesses to provide all our refreshments.
Classes for Welsh learners are held at the Centre daily - during the day and the evening - as well as community courses and social activities to support learners. The Menter Iaith holds various events for children of all ages, from babies up to age 18, including the monthly Sbri Sadwrn on Saturday mornings for children under 7, and Rock School during school holidays for teenagers. Academi Hywel Teifi staff organise regular varied educational and cultural events, including lectures, talks and book launches, a Welsh medium science club for primary school children, and social evenings such as screening Welsh international football and rugby matches and Welsh music gigs. The Swansea Valley Welsh Book Club and Merched y Wawr, Pontardawe also meet at the Centre.
Who’s part of the project?
The project is a partnership between Academi Hywel Teifi, Swansea University and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. The project has received a grant of £300,000 from the Welsh Government through the Bwrw Mlaen Capital Investment Grant 2015-16 which was used to convert the building and to purchase resources. Menter Iaith Castell-nedd Port Talbot, Learn Welsh - Swansea Bay Region and Urdd Gobaith Cymru have offices in the Centre. Merched y Wawr’s Development Officer for West Glamorgan and Promotion Officer for its South Wales Clubs works form the centre as does the local Welsh For Kids officer.
When did the centre open?
Tŷ’r Gwrhyd has been operational since April 2016 and the centre was officially opened by Alun Davies AM in July 2016. Tŷ’r Gwrhyd is open every day except Sunday.
The bookshop is open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 0900-1700 and Saturday 0900-1300.
Where’s the centre?
Tŷ’r Gwrhyd is situated in Pontardawe town centre on Holly Street, in the same building as Pontardawe Library.You can contact us by email : firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone : 01639 763818