Why Glanrhyd Church?

Glanrhyd Church is a beautiful church set in the grounds of Glanrhyd Hospital, a mental health facility in Pen-Y-Fai, Bridgend.

The church is a lovely light and open space that could be perfect for the local community to use.

In line with the The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act , the refurbishment will aim to improve the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of the local community

To this end, the architect we are working with is an expert in low carbon building design, to ensure the transformation is sustainable and  environmentally friendly.

The prospect of refurbishing this magnificent building is really exciting, but it’s really important to create something that is right for local people, as well as staff and patients on site.

That’s why it’s great to have a number of organisations involved in this brilliant project, including CTM University Health Board, BAVO (Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations), Mental Health Matters Wales, Zenergy Design and a local architect from the Cardiff School of Architecture.

The project is supported by Accelerate, funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. To find out more, visit: https://lshubwales.com/programmes/accelerate-programme

Involving the community

It is hoped transforming the church will boost social and wellbeing activity in the area, while preserving the beautiful heritage of the building.

If we’re going to create a space for the community, we need to hear people’s ideas!

Our Research, Innovation and Improvement Co-ordination (RIIC) Hub Local Engagement Officer, Lizzie, facilitated three workshops on Zoom with 24 members of the community, health board staff working at Glanrhyd Hospital and representatives from local organisations.

In these workshops Lizzie presented some ideas, and then asked those attending for feedback and share any additional thoughts they have.

We asked:

  • What community facility do you think is needed?
  • Why is a community space important?
  • How can you be involved?


Some of the responses from our workshops have been captured below (names have been changed to protect identities):

What is happening next?

We have looked at all of the feedback from our workshops and have worked with the architect to review the building to see what is possible.

We will be working with our partners to further develop the ideas, and will be sharing these on this webpage and on our Twitter page soon.

Please visit this webpage for the latest updates.


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