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Thanks to 'The Shed' in Treherbert, Matthew Walters and his partner Nadine have been given a new lease of life - proving the amazing project is more than just a re-use shop and that it is benefiting the wider community.

The Shed in Treherbert, which was officially opened by Hannah Blythyn AM, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, in July is already proving a huge hit and is continuing to build on the success of its sister shop in Llantrisant which, in April and May, diverted over 40 tonnes from landfill and in to new homes in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The success of both Llantrisant and Treherbert is largely due to the amazing volunteers that work there - Matthew Walters was one of these volunteers in Llantrisant and thanks to his hard work and dedication has now been appointed a Sales Assistant in the new Treherbert facility.

Before the new facility in Treherbert was even officially opened it had already successfully managed to divert 3 tonnes of re-useable items from landfill!

Matthew, 35 years old, from Rhondda had previously worked in a glass works, but following a hand injury he was made redundant and was left feeling mentally and physically drained and his confidence had all but gone. Paula Perry who manages 'The Shed' in Llantrisant, suggested Matthew volunteer in the Llantrisant shop to help build his strength, spirit and confidence. 

Matthew who, jumped at the chance and loved every minute of it, said:

"There was something that just switched inside me, I felt like I had finally found what I was looking for - and that wasn't down to the new table I fell in love with and had to take home! No, seriously, thanks to Paula and 'The Shed' I felt like myself again and every day I started to feel stronger and the people you meet really make a difference. Plus I'm helping the environment for my little boy to enjoy in the future! My partner Nadine could see the huge difference in me and decided to volunteer too."

Nadine who hadn't worked previously due to raising her little boy, felt she wanted an opportunity to gain experience and confidence, said:

"When Matthew first started at 'The Shed' I could see how happy it was making him and really wanted to be a part of it - I was applying for jobs, but it was difficult because I lacked experience and confidence due to having my little boy. As a couple, 'The Shed' and Paula really have made a huge difference to us and I would say it has breathed a new lease of life in to us."

Both Matthew and Nadine are now based in 'The Shed' in Treherbert and are ready to take donations from the community and help turn unwanted goods in to treasures for someone else to enjoy - from clothes, to sofas, to board games, afternoon-tea dishes, old games consoles, toys and lots more - The Shed has got something for everyone to enjoy and at a bargain price and you're even helping the environment at the same time!

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “'The Shed' is absolutely fantastic and has been a huge success with RCT residents. I am excited to see the success of the original 'The Shed' in Llantrisant replicated in Treherbert, resulting in even more items finding new homes and ultimately being diverted from landfill.

"I would also like to congratulate Matthew, Nadine and everyone at ‘The Shed’ in Llantrisant and Treherbert on their success so far and I’m very confident that the concept of ’The Shed’ will continue to go from strength to strength and you never know, there could be another 'The Shed' coming very soon.

"The volunteers really do make 'The Shed' what it is and Matthew's story is fantastic to hear and I'm delighted that he is now a permanent member of 'The Shed' family."

The Council boasts a number of CRC's right across the County Borough and all of these facilities will cater for all re-use and recycling needs – a full list of CRCs and the items they accept can be found at: www.rctcbc.gov.uk/communityrecyclingcentres

All centres are manned and attendants are happy to advise residents on recycling and assist or signpost them in disposing of their household material.

All centres are open Monday – Sunday 8:00 to 19:30 from April – October and Monday – Sunday 8:00 to 17:30 from November – March.

For further information on the community recycling centres and "The Shed" visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recycling or follow "The Shed" on Facebook/Twitter. 

Posted on Thursday 25th July 2019

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