Project 0: Port Talbot

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Port Talbot is a town and community in the county borough of Neath Port Talbot, Wales. It is 7 miles to the east of Swansea across the Swansea Bay, with a population of circa 40’000. It is best known for Port Talbot Steelworks, one of biggest in the world. With modernisation and cheaper imports from China and Africa, the town is slowly losing one its main sources of income.

 A paradoxical town that on one end has one of the largest steelworks in the world, and on the other a beach that runs the entire length of the town, that on a summers day is truly one of the most beautiful beaches

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And yet with all this beauty, its suffers from poverty and deprivation.

In 2010, in Wales 142,595 (22%) children and young people aged under 20 live in poverty (defined as a household income less than 60% of the median UK income in 2010). Specifically for the borough of Neath Port Talbot, in 2015 the Public Health Wales Observation (part of NHS Wales) showed that 34% of children are living in poverty.

In 2015/16 academic year, 42% of Year 11 pupils did not achieve at least 5 GCSEs at A*-C grade.

We believe its time to help…

 

Project 1: Rhondda Valley (Late 2019 / Early 2020)

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Rhondda or the Rhondda Valley (Welsh: Cwm Rhondda) is a former coal mining area in South Wales. Consisting of 16 communities built around the River Rhondda. The Rhondda is actually two valleys—the larger Rhondda Fawr valley (mawr large) and the smaller Rhondda Fach valley (bach small). With a population of circa 65’000, the Rhondda Valley is most notable for its historical link to the coal mining industry. 

The foundation intends to bring the IRONMAN program to Rhondda to those children starting Year 10 in September 2019.

Further details to follow along with specific schools…

Beautiful oil painting of Miners leaving a Valleys colliery c.1890

Beautiful oil painting of Miners leaving a Valleys colliery c.1890