Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust are proud to work with a number of partners in the local and regional community. The majority of our community partnerships are non-financial and involve creating opportunities to stage joint events and activities which will benefit the local community. If you are interested in becoming a community partner with Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust please contact us for details.
Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust has agreed a partnership with Capitol Volkswagen that will support its community engagement ambitions for 2017. Capitol Volkswagen will be providing the Trust with a large 7-seater MPV, which is set to provide a lifeline to people at risk of loneliness and isolation in 2017.
This partnership is a great example of local business engaging with its community and will enable the Trust to safely transport people who may be isolated because of ill health, vulnerability or access difficulties, to and from activities, groups and social activities taking place within its venues.
Head of Cultural Services at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, Jane Sellwood, said: “We recognise that often the greatest barrier to people participating in activities and events within their local community is a lack of accessible transport.
“We know that there are a lot of older or vulnerable people living in Merthyr Tydfil who would like the opportunity to enjoy social activities and meet new people but because of their circumstances feel unable to do so.
“We have a huge range of activities and events going on across the Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust throughout the year and the generous support of Capitol Volkswagen Merthyr Tydfil in donating this brand new vehicle means that participating becomes a possibility for many people again.
“Our sincere thanks to the Capitol team – we are really looking forward to getting on the road in 2017.”
Gareth Cleverly, Brand Manager at Capitol Volkswagen said “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Merthyr Leisure Trust and directly supporting their commitment to tackling social isolation in our community. We are a well-established business located on Pentrebach Road, with a strong local customer base and we want to give something back to the community that we are proud to be part of”.
Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust is pleased to announce a new Community Partnership with the South Wales Ironmen Rugby League Football Club.
Chief Executive of Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, Richard Marsh, said, “Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust is delighted to partner with the South Wales Ironmen as they introduce this exciting new sporting opportunity to Merthyr Tydfil. Our commitment as a Trust is to ‘enhance lives through leisure and culture’ and together with South Wales Ironmen we are already exploring great ways we can work together to benefit the local community and visitors to Merthyr Tydfil.”
Gerald McCarthy, CEO of South Wales Ironmen Rugby Football Club said, “It’s incredible to have such an important organisation in the local area supporting us. We are already in the process of putting together some joint innovative initiatives. We will be looking to utilise the stunning Cyfarthfa Castle and Redhouse, for what promises to be exciting times”.
Director of Rugby, Lee Byrne, said, “As a side it’s important for us to have the support of the local community, but we must support them too. Forming this partnership is integral to building relationships within Merthyr and the wider area”.
Thanks to Colin Laver Heating- new partners with Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust- who have generously sponsored Joseph Parry's Ironworkers' Cottage (part of the Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust Museum Service) enabling us to relaunch the Museum this May.
Colin Laver Heating, based in Pontypridd, has backed plans to re-establish the popular local attraction, which is now managed by the Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust. The company has funded restoration work, new information boards, brochures and leaflets at the Museum in an effort to attract more tourists to visit the famous composer’s place of birth.
They will also support a launch of the Museum when it reopens its doors to the public on May 21st, the 175th anniversary of Joseph Parry’s birth. The Museum Service in Merthyr will mark the occasion with a special ceremony for all visitors to include a performance by Dowlais Male Voice Choir.
Run solely by volunteers and open to the public every weekend between April and October and open on request during the winter months, Joseph Parry’s Ironworker’s Cottage provides visitors with a unique insight not just into Joseph Parry’s early life and story but also into the lives of other families living in Merthyr during the 1840’s.
Colin Laver Heating Limited, which was established in 1965, pride themselves in supporting local community programmes and initiatives and encourage staff to play an active role in their community through volunteering.
Howard Leyshon, Managing Director of the Company said: “It is a great honour to support the refurbishment of Joseph Parry’s cottage, which is of such significance to the history of the local area. We have served and supported the families of Merthyr for over 15 years and the opportunity, in partnership with Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, to help celebrate such an important landmark signifies our future commitment to the area of Merthyr’.
Kelly Powell, manager of the Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust Museum Service, which includes Cyfarthfa Castle, Ynysfach Engine House and Joseph Parry’s Ironworkers’ Cottage, added: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to re-establish the Museum and to use new avenues to tell the important story of Joseph Parry, his early life in this town and his later success, renowned the world over.
“We would like to thank Colin Laver Heating for their generosity. Their support has enabled us to open a new chapter in the life of this very important Museum.”
For further details please contact Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery on 01685 727371.