St Theodore's Church Kenfig Hill
St Theodore’s Church has seen extensive building work done to create a flexible space within the church and they are grateful to the James Pantyfedwen Foundation and others for their generous grants and contributions. The work has included the installation of a gas supply for the underfloor heating system, a new stone tile floor, a new lighting system, hearing loop, sound system, a commercial kitchen and storage area, as well as re-decorating throughout.
Since opening in September 2019 as St Theodore’s Church and Wellbeing Centre, a variety of events and activities had been undertaken or planned. These include:
- Catered Functions, such as a dinner dance in aid of cancer charities attended by 92 people, a harvest lunch for 78 people, and a planned Christmas dinner for the Community Companions scheme;
- Exercise Classes - Tai Chi, Keep Fit for the Over 50s, Zumba Gold:
- Recreation and Social Activities, such as A Goldies Cymru Sing & Smile session, a puppet show under the auspices of the Arts Council of Wales “Night Out” scheme, and two concerts have been organised for November 2019 and March 2020;
- Training – working together with Connecting Communities, Social Services and Wellbeing Directorate of Bridgend County Borough Council to provide training for people who care for, or come in contact with those individuals affected by dementia;
- Volunteering: Through links with BAVO (Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations) the Centre are looking to expand our pool of volunteers, through a structured volunteer programme;
- Community services, such as Mindfulness for children and counselling sessions.
The Church and WellBeing Centre continue to explore ways in which they centre can support other community needs.