Safer Rhondda centre

Women's aid RCT is delighted to inform you that The Safer Rhondda Centre will soon be opening.  Women’s Aid RCT have worked closely with our local and regional partners over recent years to identify gaps in existing VAWDA SV provision and develop initiatives with a preventative agenda that meet local need.  Evidence of need for this project was gathered through the population needs assessment developed under the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act which confirmed the need for accessible services in the Rhondda Valleys.


Addressing the need

The closure of the Domestic Violence Courts, Rhondda Refuge, Crime Prevention Services and Communities 1st One Stop Shops has seen the Rhondda Valleys without any accessible support services, which in practice left many people in the Rhondda Valleys without convenient local provision.  The need to ensure equitable access to services across the region was recognised by the Welsh Government VAWDA SV Capital Grant scheme who awarded WA-RCT funding in August 2018 to purchase a property along with renovation costs to implement a fit for purpose centre for victims of VAWDA SV regardless of gender.  The initiative has been fully supported by The Cwm Taf Health Board, Cwm Taf VAWDA SV Steering Group, Cwm Taf Community Safety Partnership Board and Director of Public Health, Protection and Community Services - RCT.


What will the centre provide?

The Safer Rhondda Centre will provide a specialist drop in, outreach and life skills centre for anyone affected by Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence regardless of gender located on Dunraven St in Tonypandy town centre.

The services will include access to counselling services, a mentoring and befriending programme, one to one support, direct access to a range of services including health and housing along with a host of domestic abuse awareness group programmes, confidence building and assertiveness programmes, essential skills including digital literacy, basic numeracy and communication. The Rockpool ACE’s toolkit (adverse childhood experiences) for adults and children affected by ACE’s will also be available.

Further activities will include coffee mornings  designed to build confidence and social networks to enable individuals to access other programmes and sessions. 

These sessions will be facilitated by our experienced facilitating team and supported by our volunteers and volunteer mentors. Tailored direct one to one support, safety planning and access to external agency surgeries including legal surgeries and debt management surgeries will also be available.  The centre will also host a Children and Young People’s Centre providing specialist support services to Children and Young People.

The Safer Rhondda Centre is on target to open it’s doors in April 2019