going forward
going forward

December 2021

Shopping bags for pantry

Please bring in any clean shopping bags for the pantry to save using new ones and to help the turtles.


Put them in the blue crate near my desk


Cheers, Grant


Grant Cockerill Renew Officer

South Riverside Community Development Centre (SRCDC)

Brunel Street, Riverside, Cardiff, CF11 6ES    


My working week is Tuesday – Wednesday                                                                 


Telephone – 029 20220309

Mobile –      07724 034165

E-mail – grantcockerill@srcdc.org.uk

Maximum number of people allowed in the SRCDC Buildings

SRCDC after consideration of Government Guidance

Any current activities that can be moved online, should be.


Safety of our community, ourselves and mitigating the pressure on the NHS needs to be our highest priority as the community move into this new stage of the Covid 19 pandemic.


Wales is moving from Alert Level 0 to Alert level 2 from 27th December.

At alert level 2; public buildings and educational settings such as ourselves can remain open whilst following tightly controlled Covid 19 guidelines and maximum numbers.

From 27/12/21: two metre social distancing will be mandatory in all workplaces.

Activities that exceed our maximum numbers will either need to reduce their numbers or delay their events.


If in doubt please email info@srcdc.org.uk.


The maximum numbers for all SRCDC spaces must not be exceeded.


Brunel St:


IT room 6

Meeting room 5

Hall 12

{Office 5}


Wyndham St


Education 6
Hall 10
Kitchen 3

Riverside Warehouse


Hall 20
Activity room 5

Pantry update

The food pantry is open this week, you pay *£5 and receive food worth approx. ~ £25.
(Vegetarian/non-vegetarian option). It is based at the Wyndham St Centre – Tuesday 1pm – 6pm and Wednesday 10am – 2pm.


The next Pantry will be on the 4th of January 2022.


Call Grant on 07399810653

Aviva Broker Community Fund 2021

Following an announcement from Aviva Broker UK @AvivaBrokerUK


‘We’re thrilled that we can finally announce the winners of the Aviva Broker Community Fund 2021.
40 well-deserving local causes will each receive a share of our £300k funding pot to help them make a difference in their communities.

View our winners http://broker.aviva.co.uk


SRCDC are *delighted* to be chosen for a £20,000 grant from the

@avivaBrokerUK Broker Fund  alongside many fantastic causes.


Our sincere gratitude to @paulgardner123 from @PrescottJones

for his nomination + ongoing support of SRCDC.


SRCDC Over Xmas Period – Alert Level 0

Do you know of needs in the community that we can help to address/organise/meet? Please make us aware.


Current room Bookings

Activities can go ahead in our buildings providing that organisers and attendees are following our Covid 19 risk assessment and implementing their own.

This may change following the Welsh Government update due this Friday 17th December.


{If organisers of activities want to re-schedule/move activities online, they are welcome to}


SRCDC and Wales are still at alert level 0 at the moment.

Covid cases in Cardiff dipped by 100 last week vs the previous week.


W/C 20TH December

Watch out for an update after the Welsh Government briefing on Friday afternoon.

W/C 27th December

Closed – no activities and due to we apologise but due to Covid NO BOOKINGS


W/C 4th Jan


Room Bookings to re-commence.

Welsh Gov’s current advice for keeping safe:

get both jabs and when invited, get your booster

·         if you have symptoms, self-isolate and book a PCR test

·         if you do not have symptoms, take regular lateral flow tests

·         outdoors is safer than indoors

·         keep your distance when you can

·         wash your hands

·         wear a face covering

Read the current guidance.

The Heritage Fund Award

The Heritage Fund recently announced the awarding of £300,000 to 5 projects in Wales:

‘£300,000 nature funding for under-served communities in Wales’




Greening Riverside led by South Riverside Community Centre, Cardiff, £81,202


South Riverside Community Development Centre is located in CF116ES.  It is one of the most economically deprived areas in Wales with average mortality a full 12 years younger than the richest areas in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. The local secondary school has over a third of students whose first language is one other than English. It also has the highest number of pupils on free school meals in the city.  With parts of South Riverside ranked at 66 and 140 for deprivation (WIMD 2019), it is in the poorest 6% of communities in Wales. The population of South Riverside is 51 % minority ethnic, with 35 different ethnic groups present. South Riverside has disproportionately high levels of environmental deprivation caused by dense housing, heavy traffic flow and limited green space. Opportunities for growing include three small heavily utilised parks, front and back gardens of properties and several small areas of scrap land around the neighbourhood.


SRCDC looks to continue to build and spread local knowledge of growing and wildlife protection and to engage residents in the co-production of a Local Plan for Greening Riverside.


SRCDC will look to address the Barriers to engagement:

– Many residents struggle to speak or understand English.

– There are cultural differences such as diet, religious beliefs and practices.

– There is a large amount of economic poverty.

– Riverside caters for many of the population of Cardiff that have newly arrived.

– The prior project identified a significant number of residents with a lack of self confidence, loneliness and isolation.

– Many residents have a hectic family life, with multi-generational households that often have more than 10 family members

– There are significant numbers of women with caring responsibilities at both ends of the age spectrum and no personal space or time

– Riverside has a real shortage of safe outdoor spaces to socialise and relax.


The Project will recruit 20 local people from minority ethnic backgrounds to take part in two separate 6-month Urban Greening Leadership courses. Participants will be recruited via our local networks which have so far enabled us to engage over 700 people, 80% of whom are from minority ethnic backgrounds.


Participants will work with a professional wildlife educator to complete a baseline environmental survey of South Riverside and learn about the nature and wildlife that exists in their neighbourhood: including bird and animal life; interesting insects; trees; plants and human history. It will also encourage Re-wilding in, on and around the water.


There will be 2 project facilitators they will support the course participants to develop their own idea for a local greening project. This could be a new idea or could build on projects that have taken place during of Greening Riverside.


SRCDC will provide language and IT support, as well as childcare when needed. Local organisations will help provide independent mentoring.


The Project will enable the participants to:

access a network of support and advice  to be able to take forward project ideas of their own, including applying for Local Places for Nature packages

work with local volunteers to deliver mini-projects

learn how to lead community projects

contribute to the development of a Local Plan for Greening Riverside

contribute to the project evaluation.


SRCDC is an independent and locally managed facility. SRCDC will establish a project steering group that represents the local community as part of our commitment to ensuring this project is locally owned.