CRT Hwb Cana Shortlisted for Community Benefit Award

Written by on 12th March 2024

CRT Hwb Cana has been revealed to be on the shortlist for the prestigious RICS Awards for Wales in the Community Benefit category.

The RICS Awards is organised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with regional finals taking place across the UK in May/June with winners progressing to the UK-wide finals in October.

CRT Hwb Cana is a dedicated centre for the Penywaun community provided by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT). CRT Hwb Cana works with partners to provide access to financial services, well-being support and opportunities to develop skills at CRT Hwb Cana.

It also provides a base to tenants including Smart Money Cymru, Tower Colliery and CRT Together – the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s programme delivered in
partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to signpost people in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board area to local cancer services.

The building was transferred to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust through Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council’s RCT Together Community Asset Transfer programme in 2021.

It was opened by Vikki Howells MS for Cynon Valley in April 2023 following a full renovation and refurbishment by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust which began in November 2022. This work was funded with £153,010 from the Welsh Government’s Communities Facilities Programme, £124,258 from UK Government’s Community Ownership Fund, £65,718.50 from the Pen y Cymoedd Windfarm Community Fund, £3444.30 from a UK Shared Prosperity Fund Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council Community Grant and a generous donation of furniture and IT equipment from General Dynamics UK.

For further information or to book on to a service being offered at CRT Hwb Cana please call 01495 367680 or e-mail You can also keep up to date on CRT Hwb Cana through the CRT Hwb Cana Penywaun page on Facebook.

Michelle Rowson-Woods, Head of Operations – Wales for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to be on the shortlist for the RICS Awards in Wales for the Community Benefit category.

We’d like to thank our partners in Welsh Government, UK Government, the Pen y Cymoedd Windfarm Community Fund, General Dynamics UK and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council as we could not have brought the building back to use without them.

CRT Hwb Cana has been open for less than a year and has already been embraced by the fantastic community in Penywaun – we hope people in Penywaun will keep their fingers crossed for us when the results are revealed!”

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