Love Grangetown

Community researchers interviewed over 100 local residents. Their aim was to find out what people love about Grangetown.

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The idea

“To celebrate the diversity, favourite places and memories of Grangetown, whilst engaging with community representatives from across the area to agree how Cardiff University should invest £90,000 in Grangetown.

All investments were to lead to long-term partnerships between Cardiff University and local residents in order to make Grangetown an even better place to live.”

What we did

15 fantastic community researchers aged 16 -70+ from a range of diverse communities across Grangetown interviewed over 100 local residents. Their aim was to find out what people love about Grangetown. The community researchers took to the streets, visited temples, mosques, Bingo nights, parks and youth centres. On 9 May 2015, everyone in the area was invited to attend an event to look at the research findings and come up with a plan of local activities which the University could invest in.


  • Community members identified 9 key themes for investment and future partnerships: Community Spaces, Provision for Young People, Safer Grangetown, Healthy and Active Grangetown, Clean Streets and Green spaces, Friendly Community, Communication without Barriers, Work and Shop Locally and Road Respect.
  • On 9 May 2015, over 27 people volunteered to take part in Community Gateway activities and six people agreed to lead projects with us.
  • Before the event on 9 May 2015, 50% of people interviewed said they felt neutral or unhappy about living in Grangetown, 88% people said they felt neutral or didn’t know what their community was working towards, 82% felt neutral or unhappy about how connected they were to their local community and 65% felt neutral or unhappy about how connected they were to Cardiff University.
  • After the event 100% of people said they felt happy about living in the area and knew what their community was working towards, more than 50% felt connected to the wider community and 99% felt connected to Cardiff University.


Community Gateway spent most of 2015 building connections between the Project Leads who came forward on 9 May 2015 and members of Cardiff University. Partnerships and activities which responded to the nine themes and linked to Cardiff University’s research or teaching were funded or supported and currently there are over 30 live projects running.

Love Grangetown 2016

Love Grangetown 2016 took place on 30 April 2016 and was well attended by local residents. The event showcased all the projects that have been supported by Community Gateway and gained essential feedback, opinions and ideas from the people of Grangetown. Grangetown residents also made pledges to help make Grangetown an even better place.


Love Grangetown 2017

On Saturday 13 May 2017, Cardiff University’s Community Gateway team and partners will hold the key public consultation, Love Grangetown2017 at the Grange Pavilion and would like to invite you to be part of this year’s exciting event.

Come along and find out the latest news on what has taken place in Grangetown as part of the Community Gateway programme. Tell us what you think – we value your opinion and would love to hear from you on the day. There will be stalls, themed activities and plenty of opportunities to share opinions and feed into the project (as well as ample servings of tea and cake!).

Love Grangetown has been running as an annual consultation since 2015 and feedback from the community at each event has been invaluable in shaping Community Gateway.

Love Grangetown starts at Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, at 14:00 with family activities including craft making, Cardiff City sporting fun, a visit from the fire service and the chance to design an Eisteddfod Crown.

There will also be a showcase of Community Gateway projects and activities developed in collaboration with the community.

From 16:00 to 19:00 Grange Pavilion will host a showcase of local talent including singer-songwriter Leighton Jones, poet Topher Mills, rapper/grime act Sonny Double 1 and street dancer Tiny Shubz.