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Young mums build Cardiff First Pink Beach Club

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A group of young mums from Cardiff teamed up with FSB member Pinkspiration to learn basic construction skills and build Cardiff’s First Pink Beach Club between the 20th and 25th of August, using re-claimed materials as part of the Industrial trend. 

The project was funded by igloo Regeneration’s Porth Teigr Community Fund, Cardiff Harbour Authority and supported by Cardiff Commitment - an initiative that sets out how Cardiff Council, in partnership with a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations, work together to ensure a positive destination for every young person in Cardiff after they finish school, either in employment or further education and training. 

The idea of the Pink Beach Club is to up-skill and empower young people and community members and help them to progress into careers in industry or further training. Currently there are only 3% of women in manual trades, 5% of women in engineering and 8% of women in haulage. Projects like this are important to the regeneration of Cardiff, addressing the gender gap in industry and creating opportunities for local people. Further investment is needed to deliver more skills based learning projects in the local community. 

The space was open to the public from the 22nd – 25th of August, featuring DJs, Rappers, Young performers, Dancers, Fitness workshops and serving drinks for the public. 

Transforming Spaces: Design Factor re-builds some of the 380,000 empty spaces, empty shops for the community.  Since launch Pinkspiration has up skilled more than 7,500 young people and community members. This is set to be an exciting project for Cardiff featuring two giant pink flamingos sponsored by Signs Express.  There are hundreds of partners involved who are supporting the project and a 3-minute film produced. 

Cardiff Council Leader, Cllr Huw Thomas, said: “This project is a great example of how, by working with partners in the public, private and third sectors via the Cardiff Commitment, we can help connect young people in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Cardiff with the training and skills they need to achieve their full potential and contribute to the success of Cardiff’s economy.
 
“Construction is a growing industry in Cardiff and the skills the young women working with Pinkspiration on this project are learning are in demand.  By matching people with opportunities we can help make sure the benefit of Cardiff’s economic growth are felt by all residents.”

The space will feature by the children’s play park in Porth Teigr, next to the barrage.  

Lisa Marie Brown, Managing Director, Pinkspiration “We are excited to build and bring Cardiff’s First Pink Beach Club to the City. This is going to be big Cardiff so pop along and visit us.”