The Caerphilly Miners Centre project is very dear to me. It was a project that I initiated back in 2005 when the Announcement was made about the new hospital at Ystrad Fawr. It was clear that many people in the Caerphilly area wanted to retain at least the original building and, if possible, to put it in good use for the benefit of local communities.
At the time I was the Assembly Member for the Caerphilly Constituency so had access to information about voluntary groups and the sort of facility that could be useful for educational, relaxation and cultural purposes.
The project has come a long way since those very early days and in large part it's down to a range of volunteers ably led by our Company Secretary, Katherine Hughes. Without the energy and determination of Katherine and the volunteers, it's difficult to see how the project could survive.
I want to see the Centre continue to grow and become an established part of the lives of people living in the wider Caerphilly area. It has a rich history as a hospital set up and paid for by Miners before the creation of the NHS.
It's so important that more people become active supporters and particularly younger people. Without the involvement of younger people then it's difficult to see a longer-term future for the Centre. That would be a great shame.
I first became involved in the project in 2006 when I heard that the Miners’ Hospital, which had served my family well over many years, was to close. In my working life as a town planner and community development consultant, I had seen many iconic buildings across South Wales fall into decay for lack of support, but I believed that the Miners could offer a much-needed community resource. I became a founding member and secretary in 2008.
I was able to bring project and business planning and community consultation skills to the project, I had also governance experience as Chair of Keep Wales Tidy and Planning Aid Wales and as a board member of several charities and public bodies. However, being a part of a project in my own community is much more rewarding and special. It is great being part of such an inspirational and vibrant project, with community members and volunteers from all walks of life coming together to support our common cause.
It was a huge surprise and great honour to be awarded a British Empire Medal for voluntary service to the Community in Caerphilly and to the Environment in Wales in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
A local resident all her life, and former employee of the Caerphilly Miners Hospital, she has a keen interest in providing a welcoming atmosphere at the Miners Centre for the local community.
Glenda has had a varied career in hospitality and catering. In recent years she has worked in the training sector as an Assessor/ Trainer and is an advocate of lifelong learning. Her interests are crafts, walking and reading.
Glenda has been involved in the development of the centre café and is a member of the Health and Safety Committee.
Safeguarding and Welsh Language Officer
Ann was Head of Welsh at St Martins school. She joined the Miners initially in order to promote bilingualism and Welsh language activities at the Centre but has also taken charge of the Junior School Ambassadors and the Youth Forum.
Ann is the Miners Safeguarding Officer and is a member of the HR Committee. She is a regular steward at the Miners and has contributed to a few musical soirees!
Wayne David MP