A groundbreaking new service has been launched that allows people from all walks of life to access a world of religious services from the comfort of their own homes.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Safety Partnership’s innovative Community Cohesion team has launched Faith Radio in partnership with Aberdare Islamic Centre and the Parish of Hirwaun.
As well as offering vital access to prayers and services for residents who may not be able to physically attend venues, Faith Radio also aims to break down barriers and offers up different religions to all.
Through the “Faith Radio” service, Aberdare Islamic Centre will broadcast live Jummah/Prayers at 12.45pm on Fridays and will also feature a number of pre-recorded sessions and events for all to access.
The Parish of Hirwaun Church in Wales, which includes St Lleurwg’s Church in Hirwaun and St Winifred’s Church in Penywaun, will be uploading pre-recorded services and events that residents can listen to at their leisure.
Both Faith groups will be also be loaning a limited quantity of IPods so their members who cannot attend and do not have an internet connection to be able to access this service.
Tune in for the live prayers from Aberdare Islamic Centre, or visit the pre-recorded sessions from the centre and the churches on this page.
Phil Bevan, Head of Community Safety in Rhondda Cynon Taf said: “Faith Radio is the latest in a series of far-reaching interventions from Community Cohesion to ensure we have strong, inclusive and open-minded communities.
“Funded and launched by the Welsh Government, Community Cohesion has been a huge success in Rhondda Cynon Taf and we are proud of the dedicated team we have working for us in the Community Safety Partnership, ensuring people from all walks of life enjoy confident, positive roles in their communities.
“Community Cohesion in Rhondda Cynon Taf has seen work, with individuals, entire streets and entire communities, to break down barriers, celebrate diversity and encourage respect and understanding.
“This has included anti-bullying and anti-racism workshops, the launch of football teams to bring communities together, events and more.
“Faith Radio is just another example of this far-reaching work, allowing those who wish to access religious services from the comfort of their own home to do so, while also offering the chance for everyone to tune in, get involved and learn more.”