Centre calls on community to boost activities
CHILDREN and mums with young babies could see more activities run for them at a Brynaman centre, if people come forward with ideas.
The Black Mountain Centre invited people to attend a public meeting to discuss plans to make the centre self-sustainable by next March.
Currently, it provides the community with various facilities including educational classes, a part-time library, a doctor's surgery and a café.
But in order to make it more profitable, the community needs to start holding its own classes and events at the centre, and were called on to make it their own.
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Dozens packed one of the rooms at the centre for the meeting, during which questions were raised about activities for children in the area.
Linda MacLellan, timebanking co-ordinator, said: "Having spoken to a lot of other community people, knocking on doors, it certainly has been raised as an issue.
"We're looking into that at the moment.
"We've had a few meetings this week with some of the other groups already in the village to see what we can do for the youth of the village. What we can do to encourage them into this building.
"We're looking for people to come on board, and we're more than happy to spend time talking and seeing what we can do."
She said ideas for mums with younger children had already been put forward by members of the community.
"We're looking to do baby massage, so I'm awaiting a phone call back about that," added Ms MacLellan. "We're serious in taking on the views of the community, any ideas you have, tell me, and I'll see if we can run with it."
Peri Wagstaff, of Mess Up The Mess theatre group, pointed out that there were already groups for youngsters in the centre.
"I run the youth theatre group, there are 10 teenagers currently in the next room making a film and there are other groups running," she added.
"But we could be talking about different things, sports projects and things like that," she said, adding that more youth club sessions could also be set up.
Ms MacLellan added that the centre was trying to encourage all ages to use the community.
It was also suggested that a breast feeding support group for mums and drop-in centre for teenagers were needed in the village, two ideas which will be pursued by the team at the centre.