for a part time leader. Three substantial buildings already in existence would be purchased and adapted, sites would be leased or acquired for two timbered structures designed for youth work, while comfortable accommodation for one centre was offered by a Workmen's Institute.
This accommodation in the newly constructed buildings was to be regarded as the first and second phases of more extensive premises, the structural work being left in such manner as to take further extensions. It was proposed that these earlier sections be erected by a direct labour force of YMCA craftsmen with previous experience of building construction at the Glan-y- Mor Conference Centre, Barry. This method had proved economical and provided good workmanship. The average cost of each of the first sections was estimated to be about £1,200.
The Welsh National Council agreed to accept the responsibility of meeting the capital costs of erecting these first sections and of handing the buildings over to the local committees free of debt. This action would be a source of encouragement in those dismal days of industrial distress. In these circumstances the Commissioner's grants towards the building costs of these first sections opened would be handed to the Council to meet initial building costs together with any other moneys donated by trust or state funds for this purpose. In addition, the company would be asked to make occasional grants for capital expenditures as necessity arose.
Maintenance of property and programme of activities would be the responsibility of Local Committees who would have power to launch public appeals for funds and collect membership fees and other sundry items.
In addition to maintenance of fabric a good standard of programme activities was essential in the initial years of work. To ensure good results it was suggested that two or three trained leaders in youth work be appointed. Such leaders would be allocated to duties in important Centres but would be on call to visit other Associations in the scheme when difficulties arose.
The estimated cost of maintenance included an annual grant to each YMCA committee in the Powell Duffryn area and the salaries of two of the three leaders would, together, amount to approximately £1,250., per annum, for which the Company was asked to take responsibility.
The National Council proposals for YMCA developments in Powell Duffryn areas were accepted, without any reservations, by Mr. Hann on behalf of the Company. He requested the Council to proceed with the work in the proposed districts. Mr. Hann stated that he was personally interested in welfare work for mining youth and would give his personal consideration to any problems arising in the course of the work being carried out.
He was assured that negotiations would be initiated immediately in respect of preliminary requirements for the first building (probably at Bargoed) and sites for other districts. With such personal interest and generous financial prospects a considerable extension scheme was launched by the YMCA in the mining districts of South Wales.
At this time, early in 1937, enquiries addressed to the Welsh National Council sought information in respect of establishing YMCAs in districts in the mining valleys which had no association with the Powell Duffryn Company. Requests also came from existing YMCA Committees whose property was meagre and accommodation inadequate but its membership large and