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Love Grangetown

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Love Grangetown was launched in 2015 between communities of Grangetown, Cardiff, and Cardiff University's Community Gateway and is an annual partnership planning event. Help us to plan our next steps by completing our Love Grangetown 2020 survey.

The idea

To celebrate the diversity, favourite places and memories of Grangetown, whilst engaging with community representatives from across the area developing long-term partnerships 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.

Results

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 99% felt connected to Cardiff University.

Progress

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 that responded to the nine themes and linked to Cardiff University’s research or teaching were funded or supported and currently there are over 50 live projects running. 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.

The information gathered during Love Grangetown was used to inform the successful development of Stage 2 of the Big Lottery Fund application and the money won will be used to rebuild the Grange Pavilion, transforming it into an invaluable space for all the community to use

Love Grangetown 2020 Survey

We invite you to complete our short Love Grangetown 2020 Survey and help identify what matters most to Grangetown residents, businesses and organisations. This will help us prioritise and develop partnership projects between Cardiff University and Grangetown.

All survey results will be anonymous and all participation is voluntary. You will also be invited to join Community Gateway and Creative Cardiff for an online partnership planning event on Thursday 19 November 2020.

Love Grangetown 2020

Join Community Gateway for Love Grangetown 2020 to celebrate partnerships between Grangetown and Cardiff University and to plan for the next steps in the project’s development. This event will celebrate Grangetown’s creativity with spoken word and music and share an update on how Community Gateway’s partnership projects such as the Grange Pavilion have been growing. We’ll ask you to share what matters most now to Grangetown and invite ideas for strengthening partnerships. You’ll meet Grangetown and Cardiff University partners who are already working together and share ideas for ways we can work together.

This event is hosted with support from Creative Cardiff.

Read more about the partnership between Creative Cardiff and Community Gateway.

At the event you will be asked to select which breakout conversation session you’d like to join, based on 9 themes:

  • Clean streets and green spaces
  • Communication without barriers
  • Community spaces
  • Friendly and accepting community
  • Healthy and active Grangetown
  • Provision for young people
  • Road respect
  • Safe Grangetown
  • Work and shop in Grangetown

Please note that the session will be recorded for internal purposes only for our own use in planning our next partnership steps. All recorded conversations will be anonymous.

We look forward to meeting you and sharing ideas for next steps.

Register for Love Grangetown 2020