The Pembrokeshire community responded enthusiastically to ‘A Warm Space at the Torch’. 

The brand-new programme of free events at the Torch Theatre provided over 30 events across 12 weeks, with many over- subscribed, the activities couldn’t have been more popular.

Tim Howe, Senior Manger Youth and Community at the Torch, said: “This was a bit of a departure for us (as was some of the activity for our participants), but together we have gone on an amazing journey and really made a difference to people's mental health and wellbeing, including our incredible team,”.

“We wanted to throw open our doors and welcome in as many new faces as possible. I think it worked because we went into it with no expectations - we just wanted to make sure people knew there was something there for them,” he added.

The weekly sessions held from January to March were incredibly well attended and included chair yoga, art, Welsh language drama classes and a book club aimed for the over 50’s and made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.

Tim said: “The Torch Theatre would like to thank all the incredible Pembrokeshire professionals who led the sessions - Bethan Jones, Chris Prosser and Freya Dare, without whom we would not have been able to provide such an exciting range of activities. We have learnt so much from offering this provision about what people in our community want and need. We’ve got lots of ambitious plans afoot so watch this space.”

“We’re always looking for people and companies to support our next exciting engagement activity,” added Tim. “The only complaint is that people are sad it's all over and I couldn’t agree more!”