Grangetown to grow up

Cardiff University

Young people in Grangetown have set out their hopes for a better community as part of a Cardiff University research project.

The series of workshops for children and young people aged eight to 18 saw them reflecting on the impact of the pandemic on their lives, as well as discussing what is needed to improve the neighbourhood going forward.

Setting out their views on what matters to them, the plan calls for:

  • A safer and cleaner neighbourhood – with an emphasis on reclaiming abandoned or disused areas, as well as safe streets;
  • More emphasis on play – with play lanes for younger children, clubs, cafes and activities for teenagers, play opportunities specifically for girls and young women, as well as play equipment for older children;
  • A move to greener living – which includes improvements to existing parks, along with more vegetation and biodiversity in the area, and access to green and active travel;
  • A community that helps everyone – with designs taking disabled people’s needs into account, safe spaces for women, a mental health help centre, housing and employment support and activities and workshops for the elderly.

The research team will now evaluate their findings and decide on one project to improve the area which aims to address an issue raised by the young people. It will be delivered later in the year.

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