Services within llanhilleth Institute

Communities First

Is a major, flagship Welsh Assembly Government programme aimed at cutting poverty and helping to improve the lives of people who live in the poorest areas. It is new and different in a number of ways:

 Local people themselves decide what is needed and are helped to make it happen.

 Communities First aims to:

  •  Get local people involved in improving their areas and their own prospects;
  • Bring in funding and support from a range of sources to make things happen;
  • Make sure improvements last;
  • Encourage flexibility, risk-taking and new ways of dealing with problems;
  • Involve everyone together to identify and do something about their community's problems.

What will Communities First achieve?

Change will not happen overnight. There is much work that needs to be done before there will be a real change in our less well off communities. Each area included in the Communities First programme has its own particular set of problems.

Anything and everything that is funded or supported under Communities First should be aimed at:

• Building the confidence of local people 

• Involving people in making their communities better places in which to live and work; 

• Encouraging education and skills training for work;

• Creating jobs and increasing the income of local people;

• Improving housing and the surrounding area;

• Improving health and well being through an active and healthy lifestyle and by tackling a range of issues that affect people's health;

• Making communities safe in which people live, work and place

St.Illtyds Resource Centre,
Llanhilleth Miners Institute,
Blaenau Gwent
NP13 2JT
01495 325200


Breaking Barriers

Is a community-focussed social enterprise, using the arts to transform and regenerate communities and lead to positive personal change.

Breaking Barriers transforms individuals and communities by
• developing education and training programmes
• providing skills necessary for today’s workforce
• improving health and wellbeing through tools for self-expression

Breaking Barriers

Llanhilleth Miners Institute



NP13 2JT

01495 357816

Head for Arts

Is a community arts organisation that works across the Eastern Heads of the Valleys areas, covering the county boroughs of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and Torfaen. Established in April 2008, Head for Arts has an administrative base in Llanhilleth Miners Institute but programmes arts activity in various venues across the entire patch.

Head for Arts is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government through the Arts Council of Wales and is supported by a partnership of the four local authorities involved.

Head 4 Arts

Llanhilleth Miners Institute



NP13 2JT

01495 357816 

Work Club

South Ebbw Fach communites first teams and its partners runs a work club here at the Institute every Thursday at 9.30am-12.00pm.

The work club offers basic help to the public with their job search, Universal job match, help writing CVs, possible training opportunities and also helps with basic skills such as Maths and English. 

Citizens Advice Bureau

CAB at Llanhilleth Institute every Thursday at 9.30am-12.30pm. No appointments needed.

CAB helps people resolve their legal,money and other problems by providing advice,information and influencing policy makers. 

 Smart Money Cymru

Smart money at Llanhilleth institute every Thursday at 9.30am-12.00pm. No appointments needed.

Credit union is a financial co-operative owned amd controlled by its members. credit union offers a friendly,convenient and secure place to save with access to low cost loans. 




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