13 FEB

Tool Shed Press Release

The CBSA in Llanelli is well known for innovative and exciting projects that have a positive impact on local communities, and their new venture is no exception.

Stronger Together is a project Managed by the CBSA and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund through Helping Working Families Programme. CBSA spent a year collaborating with local families to come up with an idea for a project that would help working families make their money go further.  Using their input and ideas, and after many group discussions, it was decided to create and develop Y Sied Offer/The Tool Shed, a tool lending library that will make DIY and repair more affordable for eligible working families throughout Carmarthenshire.

For a small membership fee, Y Sied Offer/The Tool Shed will loan tools to working families with little or no disposable income so that they can carry out home repairs and upcycling, as well as providing workshops on DIY and upcycling to ensure families know how to use the tools safely and can share their knowledge on how to repair & create.

Vanessa Bolton, Project Co-Ordinator said “Y Sied Offer/The Tool Shed is unique in Carmarthenshire, and will be an invaluable support for local families who need help to improve their homes and develop their craft and DIY skills but lack the money to do so. We will be holding tool drives and looking for donations of any tools that are in a good, clean and safe condition, and in return we promise they will be well cared for and used by families in local communities.

We are also looking for volunteers who may be interested in helping us show how to use tools, build and repair furniture, as well as with general admin and workshops. ”

Y Sied Offer/ The Tool Shed will be holding an open day at the Lord Arthur Rank Centre, Trostre, Llanelli on Saturday February 15th. This will give everyone a chance to take a look at the facilities, get further details on joining the scheme, as well as take part in family friendly fun workshops throughout the day.  Look out for posters in your town, visit our website www.thetoolshed.org.uk for more information on the open day, and add us on Facebook – just search for Y Sied Offer/The Tool Shed for tips and advice!

If you can donate any tools, or if you would like to volunteer and help us with the project please contact Vanessa or Helen on 01554 779910, or email v.bolton@cbsa.org.uk.

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