An Improved Youth Facility in Butetown – Cardiff Council

Posted on 30th September, 2021

Cardiff Council has recently completed the refurbishment of Butetown Youth Pavilion on Dumballs Road in Butetown. The existing facility offered a valuable but limited range of leisure and recreational facilities, and the refurbishment has enabled the provision of additional facilities, beyond a traditional youth centre, to support young people.

Context

The aim of the project was to deliver a creative youth hub in one of the region’s most deprived communities to open up opportunities for skills development and pathways into the creative sector for young people. Young people already identified with the facility in the heart of Butetown and it presented a unique opportunity to develop an inclusive Hub tailored to their specific needs.

The creative industries sector is becoming the fastest growing area of the economy, often driven by the user-generated content of young adults. Cardiff Council and our partners from the public, private and community sectors are committed to positive action to improve opportunities for young people in Butetown, and the challenges and pressures facing young people in Cardiff’s most diverse multi-cultural community are increasing. The need to reduce barriers and extend opportunities for 16-25 year olds was recognised and the need to develop an appropriate and forward-thinking facility that attracted interest, created enthusiasm and inspired its young users was put forward and successfully achieved Welsh Government funding under the Targeted Regional Investment Programme.

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