RESIDENTS in Phillipstown, New Tredegar were encouraged to love their place at a recent community event.

The ‘Love your place’ event, held at Phillipstown Primary School on Thursday, February 15, was hosted by Caerphilly County Borough Council and the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership.

It gave residents the opportunity to discuss the positive things about living in Phillipstown, as well as what could be done to improve the area.

As well as face painting, arts and crafts; a number of partner agencies were on hand to provide information, support and advice during the event.

These included the council’s Caerphilly Homes, Communities First, Leisure Services, and Youth Service teams, Supporting People, Fire Service, Gwent Police, Family Information Service, Community Safety Wardens, Caerphilly Parent Network, Llamau, Victim Support, Building Communities Trust, Trading Standards, the Illegal Money Lending Unit, Gwent Drug Alcohol Service (GDAS), GAVO, Right From The Start, Phillipstown Community House and local karate club Akai Ryuu. Families also enjoyed a buffet prepared by Elliot’s Café, based at White Rose Resource Centre.

Cllr Eluned Stenner, local ward member and the council’s cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection, also visited the event along with local ward member Cllr Mark Evans, Dawn Bowden AM and Tyrone Powell, representative for Gerald Jones MP.

More than 60 families attended the event and, as well as finding out more about services available to their community, they also gave their views on how the local area could be improved.

The feedback provided during the event forms part of consultation being carried out as part of the council’s Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) Environmental Improvement Programme.

A survey was carried out as people arrived at the event to gauge how safe people felt in their community and how much knowledge they had of support services available to them.

Cllr Eluned Stenner said: “The event provided an opportunity for the community to find out more about some of the services available to them and to discuss areas of concern. By working in partnership with the council’s WHQS team, we’ve also been able to utilise the event to capture feedback on residents’ priorities for physical improvements in Phillipstown which can be another factor in how safe people feel in their community.”