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Grangetown residents are great at celebrating, with the Grangetown Festival Week taking place every year as well as various cultural and street parties.

Residents told us they would like to see even more community action and opportunities to build a friendly inter-generational community which welcomes new people and has real ‘community spirit’

Live projects

Grangetown festival

Local Festival

This project sponsored a popular community festival.

Love GT girl

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

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.


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.


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 2019

The next Love Grangetown will take place in April 2019 in the Grangetown Hyb - time and date TBC

Come and meet our community-university partnerships, find out what's been happening over the last year and what's planned for the coming year with partnership projects such as the Grange Pavilion redevelopment, Grangetown Business Forum and World Market, mental health awareness and support, safety and crime prevention, environmental monitoring, bees and urban honey, the Grangetown Youth Forum and peer mentoring, and many more....plus free kids activities, crafts and music.

Love Grangetown 2017

Ideas from the community

Grange gardens ideas

Ideas R Us

Providing advise on developing a residents group for the community.

Completed projects


Project Smile

Supporting a positive community campaign.

Stockland Street

Stockland Street Party

Planning a creative street party on Stockland Street.

Neighbourhood Leadership

Neighbourhood Leadership

Grangetown residents are being offered training in Community Leadership on a course accredited by Cardiff University and in partnership with Citizens Cymru Wales.

The idea

The course will enable aspiring community leaders to build neighbourhood organisations based around relationship-building, alliance building, community listening and action for the common good.

It will apply the theory and methods of broad-based community organising at a micro level, enabling ordinary people to create and sustain new civil society organisations that can become vehicles for widespread democratic participation and local campaigning for social justice and the common good.


Over the last eight months, leaders from the Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown areas of Cardiff have been undertaking an accredited Neighbourhood Leadership Module with Cardiff University alongside Citizens Cymru Wales a chapter of Citizens UK that  organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good. Citizens Cymru Wales develop the leadership capacity of their members so they can hold politicians and other decision-makers to account on the issues that matter to them.

A number of the module sessions were delivered at the Grange Pavilion and up to 5 of the 20 participants were recruited from the Grangetown Community, including Araf Haq of the Grange Pavilion Project. They will now meet regularly to help bring about change in their communities by building teams around the issues that have been raised.

An event sponsored by David Melding AM at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay was organised by the course participants where representatives of faith groups, businesses and organisations in and around Cardiff Bay were invited to join leaders from the Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown. The ‘Bay Citizens Vision’ attracted over 80 people from the various communities to come together to organise for power, social justice and the common good.

Next steps

The people of Grangetown that completed the Neighbourhood Leadership course will now rally their community into action and find out what the people in their neighbourhood really want.

For further information and to keep up with Citizens Wales activities, contact Jonathan Cox Jonathan.Cox@citizenswales.org.uk or follow @CitizensWales