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Fir Tree Community Association chosen as Merthyr fund winner

The Fir Tree Community Association based in Treharris has been chosen as the latest winner of the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund and has received £500 worth of Iceland and Wilko vouchers to help organise a summer event.

This is the second of four Community Fund giveaways St Tydfil Shopping Centre will be doing throughout the year to help support local groups, charities, schools and clubs in the area.

The Fir Tree Community Association runs a variety of programmes from The Fir Tree Centre for the benefit of the wider Quakers Yard community. The association targets hard to reach and vulnerable groups, including the elderly, people with disabilities, lone parents and families on low incomes. This summer, the organisation plans to host a family fun day to bring the whole community together and encourage people to take part in programmes at The Fir Tree Centre.  

The association will therefore use the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund vouchers to help cover the costs involved in organising the event and purchase gardening supplies to help volunteers maintain the association’s community garden.

Tanya Skinner, The Fire Tree Centre and Volunteer Manager, commented:

“Our aim is to improve the living conditions for local residents. The idea behind the family fun day is to show what we do and encourage more people and families to get involved, whether that’s taking part in one of our programmes, or offering their time as one of our fantastic volunteers. The day will also enable us to speak to visitors to find out what they would like us to provide so we can continue to develop programmes that enrich the lives of those that use The Fir Tree Centre.

“A huge thank you to St Tydfil Shopping Centre for choosing us as Community Fund winners, the vouchers will certainly go a long way towards helping us bring the whole community together.”

Julie Calderbank, Operations Manager at St Tydfil Shopping Centre, added:

“We launched the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund to help groups like The Fir Tree Community Association, who do so much to support people and families in the area. We hope their family fun day is a huge success.”

Through the St Tydfil Cares Community Fund, the shopping centre will also be giving away two further prizes of £500 worth of vouchers to use at The Works, so a local school or group can update its library or craft facilities, and Iceland to help add festive cheer to a community focused Christmas celebration. 

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