egnida published in South Wales Evening Post


A community hall in Swansea Valley received a new lease of life after staff at social housing provider volunteered to give it a makeover.

Ystalyfera Community Hall was the latest community building to be targeted for a srupe-up by NPT Homes as part of its community challenge.

Local contractors SERS and egnida joined forces to give the hall a new fitted kitchen including a cooker, flooring and tiles, new interior doors and a fresh lick of paint throughout, with the backing of local businesses Rixon Way, Robert Price, Topps Tiles and IES.

The hall is one of eight community projects that will be transformed as part of NPT Homes’ community challenge, which aims to benefit projects from across Neath Port Talbot and Swansea Valley with free building or maintenance work.

NPT Homes Tenant and community hall Volunteer, Helen Prothero, said: “Ystalyfera Community Hall is a well used venue for local groups such as the pensioners association, the Welsh Ti a Fi nursery and the community library.

“As part of the community council all local voluntary groups can use the hall for free and the makeover we will receive as part of NPT Homes’ Community Challenge will really help spruce up our facilities to benefit our community.”

Mark Thomas, Project Manager from Sers said: “As a relatively new contractor with NPT Homes this is the first time we have been involved in the community challenge project, but something we are relishing.


“We have worked in these communities to deliver WHQS for NPT Homes tenants so it’s really special that we can give back that little bit extra to enhance well used community facilities in Ystalyfera.”

egnida CEO, Andrew Padmore said: “We are delighted to be part of the Community Challenge project for the first time and be completing a second Give & Gain day project. It is fantastic to be helping the community we have been working within through NPT Homes, who have started benefiting from the 12 solar PV arrays we recently installed across their property portfolio.”

“Community benefits are a big part of what we are about and our staff are always keen to give something back to the communities we work in.”
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