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Recycling charity gets PS200k grant.

Byline: Sam Tegeltija Reporter sam.tegeltija@walesonline.co.uk

A RECYCLING charity has secured a PS200,000 grant to expand its base and offer more training opportunities for local people. Re-use social enterprise Toogoodtowaste, in Ynyshir, will receive the cash from the Welsh Government to help refurbish an industrial unit next to its existing Rhondda base allowing it to refurbish and store more stock and provide more training and volunteering opportunities. Minister for communities and tackling poverty Lesley Griffiths announced the funding, worth PS201,741, on Wednesday.

Shaun England, general manager at Toogoodtowaste, said: "We are absolutely delighted that we have been successful with our grant application from the communities facility programme through the Welsh Government.

"Last year we purchased the adjacent building to our Ynyshir showroom to increase the amount of reusable furniture and electrical items that we could re-process and offer back out to the community to alleviate the effects of poverty, through providing access to affordable household items and increase volunteering and work based learning and training opportunities.

"The successful grant application will allow us to completely renovate the building to create a professional, vibrant environment in which to carry out our charitable activities."

Leanne Wood AM, the leader of Plaid Cymru, added: "This is welcome news for a charity that does so much good for the community.

"From visits to the Ynyshir store I have seen firsthand the difference they can make to some people's lives by offering them opportunities to learn skills and be part of a successful team.

"Toogoodtowaste is also an important source of great value second hand goods and have saved many families from paying full-price for essential items."

Ms Griffiths, in announcing seven projects across Wales which would share PS1.7m of Welsh Government funding, added: "These projects are the beating heart of their communities, providing a huge range of services and support to local people from debt advice and childcare to cookery classes and skills training.

"The PS1.7m funding I have announced today will support the renovation of existing premises or development of new facilities.

"The investment will enable the projects to expand their work further, throwing open their doors to even more people in the local community."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 1, 2016
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