A group of Tongwynlais residents has launched a new community website focused on the Cardiff village.
Tongwynlais.com, which aims to promote the village to visitors and provide a “virtual community noticeboard” for residents, was launched on August 1 and is now looking for people in the area who would like to contribute to the project.
One of the residents behind the site, who asked to remain anonymous, said he hoped Tongwynlais.com would help promote an often forgotten part of Cardiff.
He said: “We want to promote Tongwynlais in terms of visitors and the people who live there. We have got Castell Coch for example, but very few people know that it’s actually in Tongwynlais. We want people to see that there’s loads of great stuff here – such as the fact it’s a mecca for cyclists and runners.”
The residents’ team have started with an events section on the website, where they hope the local school, churches and community groups will post details of upcoming events, as well photographs afterwards. The site also lists local businesses, links out to information on the community and city councils, provides details of local assembly members and councillors, as well as information on local services like doctors, pharmacies, and dentists.
The team have also set up a very active Twitter feed (@mytongwynlais), offering news and information on all things Tongwynlais, as well as other Cardiff news relevant to its residents. A Tongwynlais Flickr feed is building up a steady stream of lovely pictures of the village and surrounding area, while its Facebook and Google+ pages are also getting off the ground. And social media will be key to the site’s development, say the team.
“We started the Twitter account first, and tried to building up interest in the site through this which worked well. Twitter and Facebook and all those things will be a big focus, because that’s where the conversations are happening.”
Tongwynlais.com is now appealing to any local volunteers who would like to help out with the site to get in touch.
“We want to give a platform and a voice to people in Tongwynlais – for people to raise issues and community stories. The idea is to have a group of community editors who can work together on it.
“If we can just raise the profile of Tongwynlais a little bit, and serve a purpose for the residents, then we’ll be pleased.”
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