Rhydyfelin was once a thriving town with a solid infrastructure. Local iron and tin mines meant that the town had very low unemployment for generations. Sadly, the closure of the mines and relocation of industries and business has seen the town decline and become adversely impacted by the effects of increased levels of deprivation. With a population of over 4,500 people, the area now sits in the top 1% of most deprived areas in the UK. On the indices of multi deprivations the key areas of concern are found in family household income levels, employment and health – all of which easily link with the declining of mining industry. However, the biggest issue in Rhydyfelin is education, the town has almost the worst academic attainment in Wales and this is a great concern for the future generation. Present statics suggest that only 1 in 8 children bought up in poverty will escape the lifestyle they are born into.
This is exactly why LiveTwice wanted to help fund the Eden team, we were so impressed that they refused to believe Rhydyfelin be destined to be place without hope. The young Eden team, supported by community volunteers, works intensively for the long term for the good of local teenagers and their families. The team have initiated a host of innovative programs and strategies that to reach out to local disadvantaged youth, children and families and which unites a community. Their work follows the tried and tested Eden Network model of targeted relational engagements that has been so effective in other similarly deprived areas.