‘The Arches’ (Rhayader & District Community Support) is an independent Charity set up in1985 to provide community services for all residents in the postcode area of LD6, particularly in the advancement of education, the furtherance of health and the relief of poverty, distress and sickness.


We are not part of any statutory body and rely on charitable donations as part of our funding.
We provide a multitude of services for local people and work with local organisations to encourage community involvement and enhance people’s lives. We are based in The Arches formerly Rhayader’ post office and converted into a‘community hub’ with a grant from the old Welsh Development Agency in 2002.

We also own ARCHIE, the community minibus and CARYS the wheelchair accessible car purchased through grants and donations.

What do we do?
“We provide a multitude of services for all members of the community with the aim of enriching, improving and enhancing people’s lives”
We also work with local organisations and groups to encourage community involvement, social interaction and independence.

Our services include

  • Community Transport (Dial A Ride & Community car scheme)

  • Minibus Trips and Hire

  • Volunteer opportunities

  • Good Neighbours community befriending service

  • Memory Circle and dementia support

  • Rhayader Community Nursery

  • Community Projects – currently Cooking Club & Volunteer allotment

The Arches is a community hub which houses:

  • The Arches transport office and reception

  • Community Shop

  • Meeting & Training Room

  • Consulting Room

  • Offices for Rent

  • Community information and support

  • Free advice and well-being surgeries

  • Foodbank

"We are your local charity"

Our Mission

"Enabling independent living through education, health and well-being"


Our Vision

"To promote all or any purpose for the benefit of the community in Rhayader and District deemed by law to be charitable and in particular the advancement of education, the furtherance of health and the relief of poverty, distress and sickness"