The social history of Rhayader and district is rooted in traditional hill farming and influenced by the tremendous impact of the building of the Elan Valley Dams at the turn of the last century. This tough existence in beautiful, though sometimes harsh conditions has developed a very strong community spirit and pride of place combined with open-hearted willingness to welcome visitors.
Rhayader today, with a population of just over 2000 has a surprising number and variety of active community groups and services, all supported through the dedication of volunteers. The town can pride itself in having a St John’s Ambulance service and enthusiastic Badgers group of young first-aiders, the fire service too relies on retained volunteers and then there is the Community Car service and Community Minibus, the Luncheon Club, an award winning Air Ambulance shop, the famous Christmas Tree Committee, … the list goes on ……
Whatever service, sport, activity or information you’re looking for you are sure to find it here.
Here you can find contact details for emergency, health and welfare related services, information and advice services.
Both voluntary and statutory organisations are listed here, councils, schools, churches, community groups and local charities.
There are groups providing sports, leisure, special interest, youth & children’s activities, many of which have event programmes and welcome new people.