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Llandaff 50+ is a registered charity to promote social inclusion among the over 50s in Llandaff by the provision of facilities for social interaction, recreation and opportunities for volunteering.


The building work for our new home, The Pound, is almost complete, after a very challenging few years.  We are planning a visiting opportunity in The Courtyard for our Pound Founders, to show them the building in a covid-safe way.  At the moment we are piloting a few activities for older people with small numbers, to test out the model of running The Pound simply, by volunteers.


One of the aims of The Pound is to provide an eco-friendly building with low running costs and near zero carbon footprint to facilitate activities and volunteering for the elderly.  View the fly-through of the building by our architects.


Working with Downs Merrifield Architects, Severn Wye Agency and Welsh Government, the building, which is the size of a small bungalow, will be an exemplar for sustainability for all domestic refurbishment and conversions.  There will be solar slates and panels, rainwater harvesting, triple-glazing, heat exchanger and an air source heat pump.


Local contractors, A&N Lewis worked throughout the pandemic to convert the building from a derelict toilet block.  This followed an extended community archaeological dig led by Dr Tim Young of GeoArch.  Local suppliers provided materials, wherever possible.


Learn about our Archaeological Dig, which ran from September until November!  We welcomed schools, visitors and the whole community to ‘have a go’ at archaeology, under the supervision of professional archaeologists.  Kindly funded by Lottery Heritage Fund and Cardiff YMCA (1910) Trust and then continued, with the help of professionals and volunteers, to discover an unknown medieval hall house.


We achieved funding from Welsh Government, Cardiff YMCA (1910) Trust, National Lottery Community Fund and a local charitable trust for our Centre for older people in Llandaff, as well as a Heritage Information Centre.  Cardiff Council offered us a Community Asset Transfer of the old ‘loos’ next to the 13th century Bishop’s Castle at the top of the High Street.  As the derelict loos stand in the old medieval cattle pound, we are calling the Centre ‘The Pound’.  It will soon be a base for activities for older people, run by older people. The small heritage centre, manned by Llandaff 50+ volunteers, will share the story of Llandaff and the Bishop’s Castle.  


We are part of the Cardiff West Neighbourhood Partnership, managed by Cardiff Council. We are also a member of Cardiff and Vale Ageing Well Network, managed by Public Health Wales. We work closely with Age Connects (Cardiff and the Vale), Age Cymru, Cardiff Council 50+ Network, C3SC and St. Fagans Museum.  

Get in touch with us on info@llandaff50plus.com to join our mailing list and hear about our plans.



Registered charity no. 1176165