How the Rhyl Community Association started

In July 1980 the discussion by Rhyl Town Councillors led to the establishment of Rhyl Community Association (RCA). The constitution of the Association was added on the 5th July 1995 with the premises held in the names of the Trustees. A lease was agreed with Rhyl Town Council to occupy the first floor office accommodation at Wellington Community Centre in September 1993.

Ffordd Las and Wellington Community Centres are owned by Rhyl Community Association (RCA) who also manage Tynewydd Community Centre on behalf of the Rhyl Town Council. Originally the Association was grant funded automatically but recently this has been changed to an annual application process.

The Wellington Centre is situated in Rhyl West listed as the most deprived area of Wales. Ffordd Las and Tynewydd Centres are also located in areas that are listed in the top five of the most deprived areas in Wales.

The Centres are used by Community Groups and cater for all ages from the youth to senior citizens and are used by many disabled clients.

The members of the RCA are drawn from community groups as well as elected council members. Some of the Trustees and other members have been involved for many years and recently two new Trustees have been appointed.

The Trustees have decided to freeze rental fees during this recessionary period and to embark on a marketing strategy to increase the usage of all centres. A cost reduction exercise is also underway as well as consideration of forming a company to protect the Association in the future.

The Association is able to call on the following specialists to assist the Trustees:- Gamlins Solicitors; Abergele Insurance; SAGE Accountants and are members of the Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council.