PICNIC table and bench sets have been donated to Parcyrhun Community School Garden and Pantyffynnon Social Club, thanks to a group of people who have taken part in a unique construction taster project.
Pantyffynnon Communities First was one of only a few groups in Carmarthenshire to run the Building Your Own Future in Sir Gar project, which aims to provide people with basic skills in carpentry, plumbing, tiling and plastering.
They constructed the bench sets as part of their carpentry session, and are now proud to see them being used by the local community.
Carlie Whittle, a volunteer at Pantyffynnon Communities First and a participant on the course, said: “I really enjoyed the hands on experience that the course gave me. I was able to take away with some fantastic practical skills, and items I actually produced. I look forward to seeing the community using the benches, knowing that I worked with others to make them.”
Building Your Own Future in Sir Gar is a partnership project led by Carmarthenshire County Council’s Property Services division, Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd (CCTAL) and Communities First, and is funded by a Swansea Bay Deprived Area Funding (DAF) grant award.
As well as giving people living in deprived areas the chance to learn basic DIY skills, it is hoped those who took part will now feel confident enough to consider further education and training, either in the construction industry or elsewhere.
Phil Lumley, Head of Property Services, said: “The project has been an overwhelming success, and we have had positive feedback from everyone who has taken part. We realise that construction is not for everyone, but most of the people who have taken part say they now feel more confident about themselves, and more likely to take part in further education and training – and that is a fantastic result for us.”
Cllr Clive Scourfield, executive board member for regeneration and leisure, added: “Our Communities First teams have been impressed with the way people have responded to this course, which has proved one of the most successful they have been involved with. It has opened doors for people, and our Communities First teams will continue engaging with participants when the courses come to an end.”
PIC: Children at Parcyrhun Primary School, participants on the Building Your Own Future in Sir Gar course, and lecturers at Coleg Sir Gar.