Taff Housing Community Fun Day!
My mental health hasn’t been great lately and I’ve been finding it difficult to get out of the house. I usually attend my voluntary placement at Taff Housing Association twice a week, but I hadn’t been for months. That’s why when I received an email from my mentor Clare inviting me to their free family fun day, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to get me out and about again, and to ease me back into my volunteering role.
I volunteer on the community investment team at Taff, a great team of lovely people who are all highly invested in the tenants and their local community. The team are always busy thinking of new ways to engage with residents, spending countless hours planning events that bring people together, and their latest event did not disappoint.
The fun day was held in the heart of Grangetown, in The Pavilion, an old bowls pavilion turned thriving social hub with a community café and garden. I arrived around half an hour before the event began to see if I could offer a helping hand. I knew I was in the right place when I was greeted by rows of colourful balloons and bunting. Music was playing, and bubbles filled the air as various staff and volunteers helped set up for the day.
I’ve spoken in the past about how hard it is to entertain the kids over the summer holidays without spending a fortune. So, I was pleased to see that there were free goody bags on arrival for the kids, complete with crisps, chocolate and a bottle of water. Before long the Pavilion began to fill up with people of all ages, all ready to enjoy the range of free activities on offer.
The kids were kept occupied with badge making, face painting, clay modelling, lucky dips and farm animals! My personal favourite was community organisation Egg Seeds who brought along some chickens, founder Sam was so friendly and informative, and the kids loved it! Me and Max were able to hold and feed the chickens, and we fell in love with this one…
Before the event was in full swing the heavens decided to open, and we rushed for cover under a tree! I hadn’t seen that much rain in a long time, but the team pulled it off and not even a bit of torrential rain could ruin the day. Luckily the rain didn’t stay long, and the sun was shining again before we knew it. I bumped into lots of people I hadn’t seen for a while, and it was lovely to catch up with everyone.
Surprisingly, I didn’t feel anxious being there and it really helped me being in such an inclusive and vibrant environment. Max loved the chickens, so we decided to go and see the rest of the livestock that the guys at Greenmeadow farm had brought along. The sheep and the goats were adorable, and the staff were so friendly. I’ve now decided that I’m going to take the kids to the farm for our next family day as we’ve never been before.
Making our way around the stalls I bumped into Peter Pan, also known as Luke Morgan founder of Make A Smile charity! I met Luke at the WCVA Volunteer Awards where we both picked up awards for our volunteering.
The Make A Smile project is a group of volunteers who dress up as fictional children’s characters and make visits to Children’s hospitals and other places in the community to spread a little joy. They brought along Peter Pan, Cinderella and rapunzel and it was a hit with the kids.
All in all we had a fabulous day, and I’m glad that I decided to go along. I’d recommend Taffs community events to anyone who wants to meet with people in their local community and find out what things are out there. Here’s a list of some of the great organisations that came along on the day:
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Make A Smile
Traditional Indian Dancing
The Tenants & Residents Association
& lots more!
If you want to find out more about upcoming community events in your area or training opportunities, get in touch with the community investment team at Taff Housing. For more information visit their website