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Halo’s Ogmore Valley Life Centre celebrates 30 years!

Quite literally the beating heart of the community, over the last 30 years Ogmore Valley Life Centre has become woven within the lives of those living in the community.

With so many achievements reflecting the staff’s commitment to the local people, including the centre claiming the award for ‘Halo Centre of the Year 2022’, as well as Scott Hancock, the General Manager, and Betty Kerry, a widely respected volunteer, both being presented at the ceremony with individual awards for their efforts.

The centre can accommodate everyone.  One mum explains how each of her three children benefit from the Life Centre, she says: “My eldest uses the gym, my youngest enjoys the Bounce and Play, and my middle child makes the most of the neurodiverse sessions to explore physical activities in a safe environment, without judgement.”

Kathleen O’Callaghan, a volunteer for the National Autistic Society for the Ogmore Valley, adds: “Having the support group here at the centre, not only provides reassurance for the children, but also for parents too - it’s a place where accessible advice and support is available.”

Scott Hancock says: “Since becoming the General Manager in September 2020, we have continued to develop the links that we have created with local charities, including the National Autistic Society Ogmore, Ogmore Pride, as well as the Ogmore Valley Suicide Awareness group (OVSA). We are all working towards and succeeding in making the Ogmore Valley a better place to live – with the endless support from the Ogmore Valley Community Council and Bridgend County Borough Council.”

I’m a proud member of this community and am happy to shine a light on the efforts of the staff here, as well as the positive impact the centre has on the lives of those within the Ogmore Valley.

It is a warm and welcoming place, with a vibrancy that makes people want to return time and time again -and nobody quite makes a cup of tea like Betty!

Councillor Rhys Goode, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations

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