With tremendous thanks to the people of Penrhiwceiber and surrounding areas for their donations and support, work on the bore hole in Oyoko Cocoa Station, Ghana has begun. We are looking forward to its completion in January 2022
Knit & Natter
Free group for people of all ages who like to knit, crochet and do needlework. You don't have to be experienced as there are plenty here who can give help and support. At this group you can bring your own wool to knit for yourself or your family or you can join our team of fundraisers and produce items for sale to raise money for Lee Gardens Pool. If you choose to be a fundraiser wool will be provided. Come along for a natter to see what it's all about when our activities resume. In the meantime contact us to see how you can get involved now. New members always welcome.
The Gardening Gang
This is a small group of dedicated volunteers who care for and maintain the gardens and grounds of Lee Gardens Pool. New volunteers are always welcome. Please use the link below to sign up as a volunteer.
Our training programme began in November 2019 but was sadly cut short owing to Covid-19. We did manage to run two 6-week courses in Aromatherapy and Cake Decorating and can't wait to be able to put on more.
Free group where young people get the opportunity to work with real artists. Prior to the Coronavirus Pandemic the group worked with experts in Animation and Virtual Reality to produce their own short animations and a group VR programme. When we return they will develop skills in Illustration, Calligraphy and many others. In the meantime they have been taking part in Zoom Art activities.
When Covid prevented face-to-face meetings there was an opportunity to try something new - Zoom Art. We were very lucky to be able to engage with artist Becky Adams who continues to work with our young people. The link below shows a sample of their art activities throughout 2020 and into 2021. The group are currently working on producing a colouring book for adults and children, which we will have on sale shortly.
Fit & Fed
This is a StreetGames initiative run in partnership with St Winifred's Church to help combat holiday hunger. Huge thanks go to Penrhiwceiber Co-op, Greggs and HAPI for all their support in providing food for this project.
Pool Operating Period
Running a children's outdoor pool relies heavily on volunteers throughout the operating period. We are able to offer free training to anyone over the age of 16 years who would like to train as a lifeguard. Other volunteering opportunities are also available such as grounds maintenace, selling items in the tuck shop, preparing food, manning stalls, cleaning and waste management. We are always keen to engage with new volunteers so don't hesitate to get in touch. Training will be given if needed.
Putting on the Winter Wonderland week of events is a real community effort, which wouldn't take place if it wasn't for the countless individuals, organisations and groups that raise money to hire the equipment needed. This includes the hire of a synthetic ice-rink and a marquee to cover the pool. It's an absolutely lovely way of bringing the community together. Like our many other activities, it is heavily dependant on volunteers. Please get in touch if you would like to become a volunteer.
Help us discover the history of Lee Green and Lee Gardens Pool. We'd like to make a book covering the history of the site from 1905 to present day. To get involved please contact us.
Feed the Family
This project provides food parcels to families referred by headteachers of local schools. It provides short-term support to enable families to get back on their feet. It is run in partnership with St Winifred's Church. We are thankful to The National Lottery Community Fund, Community Foundation Wales, An Anonymous Foundation, Interlink and RCT Local Authority for supporting this project since the start of the pandemic. However, funding is running low and in order to keep supporting families in need we need your support. Please consider making a donation on our home page. Thank you
Free products, including reusable items, while stocks last. These items have been provided by the Local Authority. It's been amazing to see how many women and girls have tried the reusable items and have given positive feedback.
Free after-school sessions for children and their parents, grandparents and carers.
Phone A Friend
Funded by Age Cymru, this free befriending service provides regular phone calls to people who are isolating and/or are housebound and in need of someone to talk to. Volunteers who run this service are DBS checked. Please contact us to refer someone to this service.
Free pre-loved school uniforms
We provide good quality pre-loved school uniforms to families in the local community. There is no referral needed and it is not means tested. Please contact us with your needs and we will try our best to fulfil them. Uniforms are available for nursery schools throught to secondary schools.
Pre-loved clothing and donated items
We are grateful to our many supporters for donating unwanted gifts and clothing. These items are sold to help bring in revenue for our projects. Please contact us if you'd like to donated unwanted gifts and good quality clothing.
Christmas Tree Lights Presentation
Each year people can have a light on the Christmas Tree in memory of loved ones past and present. The tree stands in the grounds of Lee Gardens Pool and is 17m high. Click the link below to view the presentation.