DIY SOS To Help Fix Up Former Briton Ferry School

Llansawel Primary was one of three in the area that shut in 2018 - but its reopening its doors this autumn..as a community hub!!!

A group of trustees have got together to take over the building.

Former parent governors Tracey Johns and Rebecca Tucker hatched a successful business plan to pitch to Neath Port Talbot Council safeguard its future.
They told me things got so emotional during those talks - there were tears! 

They were delighted to learn that they could proceed with their plans and recently got the keys.  

After an appeal for volunteers - Ally Davies, Karen Tyrell and Noleen Jones joined the team as trustees. They're now on a mission to fix up the building and are calling on locals to help out. From painting, donating items, helping with fundraising to volunteering once the initiative goes live in October.

Five generations of Tracey's family have attended the school - so this really is a labour of love. She told us "the area was devastated when Llansawel Primary closed its doors but people are so excited about it becoming a place they can use to meet friends, learn new skills, get fit and be part of something."

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Briton Ferry is one of the most disadvantaged areas in Neath Port Talbot. It has some of the highest levels of deprivation according to official statistics.

Rebecca Tucker told us: "Some people can't afford cars so rarely leave the area.  Lots of people struggle to pay for uniforms - so we are setting up a pop up shop selling second hand ones. There'll be a food bank too and counsellor to help those struggling with their mental health. "

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