The 3Gs Development Trust is a Community led organisation that is a company limited by guarantee (3831737) and a registered charity (1100265). Our aim is to enable people in the 3Gs area to live a better quality of life and make the 3Gs area a happy, safe environment where people work together and are proud to belong to our community. We seek to help all residents of one of the most economically and socially deprived communities in Wales. The 3G’s Development Trust provides a range of activities and work with service providers to achieve this. We work in partnership with delivery partners such as Merthyr College, University of South Wales, WEA, Job Centre, Hafal, Sports Wales, , Adult Education, Youth Service, Community Music Wales, Head4Arts, to deliver specialised training that meets the needs of our community. We run many activities that cater for all ages and backgrounds within our communities, such as • Basic Skills – Numeracy & Literacy • IT Skills • Life Skills/Confidence Building • Music/Media & Performing Arts • Financial/Budgeting Advice • Weekly Job Clubs – CV Writing/Job Searches • Volunteer Opportunities • Training & Accreditation • Health & Well Being – Healthy Eating Courses/Physical Education Classes We actively recruit and train volunteers to develop their skills to empower others and to feel confident about themselves, and to establish new projects to benefit their community. The 3Gs Community Development Trust plans to develop the 1st floor of one of its owned properties as a Creative Community Centre to augment the range of local high quality venues and facilities the Trust makes available for use by local residents, community groups and partner organisations. In doing so, the Trust, already nationally recognised as a successful training provider, will substantially increase its capacity to delivery Community Learning, Training and Development opportunities to local people in the area. The property is situated in a strategic central location close to the retail and commercial hub of the Gurnos Estate and is in an area that historically enjoys a high footfall. The Creative Community Centre Project will mark a new phase in the regeneration of the area and will enable the Trust to target and deliver learning, training and development opportunities to a wider audience. The refurbishment to the ground floor is complete and is now open, and due to the enourmous success we are applying for funding to complete the 1st floor, which enable us to develop 4 training rooms which will be vital to the on-going sustainability of the project. The ground floor is where the activity-based programmes will take place, i.e. Music, Dance, Community Radio, Photography, Recording Studio, etc. The 1st Floor is where the more technical training-based activities will take place, i.e. IT Skills, CV writing, Job Searches, Basic Skills, film making, video editing, Game Design, Graphic Design, etc. When developing the ground floor space we had a great deal of support from local business that supplied us with free insulation, heating system, electrical, etc and they were kind enough to install a great deal of the infrastructure so when it came to developing the 1st floor the work would be minimal i.e. all the radiators have been donated and the plumbing company have run the pipes close to where the radiators would be installed. The funding will be used to develop this area, i.e. to install windows, studwork, plastering and plumbing. The main function of the Creative Community Centre is to provide access to arts, culture and media facilities and services which promote and support personal and community learning and development. Services will include training programmes – informal, non-accredited and accredited and which are focused on enabling participants to gain the skills and qualifications necessary to be economically active. Facilities will also be available where appropriate, for hire.