Over 50 volunteers took part in a ‘Time for Change’ Day at AFC Porth, giving the clubhouse and grounds a re-vamp.
Time for Change Days are an initiative run by Trivallis where volunteers give up their time and skills to make real changes to the lives of people in the borough.
Lisa Roberts, community projects officer at Trivallis, said: “Our Time for Change Days bring together colleagues at Trivallis with partner organisations and people in the community to work on making positive changes in areas across RCT.
“We chose Dinas for our next project because we wanted to show the people in the community just how grateful we are for their support as we work to redevelop Appletree Avenue. We could see how hard the volunteers at AFC Porth were working to keep the club maintained so we knew we could help them out getting their club ready for next season.
“Our customers are at the heart of everything we do here at Trivallis, so it’s great to have projects like this where people come together to make a real difference to a community.”
Works carried out at AFC Porth included fitting a new kitchen and new flooring in the clubhouse and cleaning and painting the areas around the pitch.
As part of this project, Trivallis is also working with RCTCBC on the refurbishment of the children’s play area in Dinas, which is due to be completed in the coming months.
AFC Porth hosts both male and female football teams from under 6 through to seniors, with over 300 players currently registered to the team. It is run completely by volunteers and funded through the generosity of supporters and through fundraising activities by the players throughout the year.
Huw Jones, secretary of the senior team at AFC Porth, said: “The club is like a big family, we all pitch in where we can to keep it going, despite recent cut-backs of funding making the grounds quite difficult to maintain.
“I’ve been involved with the club for over 20 years and played for them as a youngster so I’m really passionate about the way being involved with teams like ours can have a positive impact on a person’s life.
“The club’s ground has been in a pretty bad state of affairs recently but the group that supports it has done what we can to maintain it, sometimes dipping into our own pockets to fund things like kit washes for the teams and painting.
“It’s overwhelming to see the support that we are getting from Trivallis and all the volunteers who want to help us to get the club in ship shape. We’re always a hive of activity on the weekends so once the work is done and the season starts up again, it’ll be a pleasure to welcome other teams to play.”
Volunteers at the event came from Trivallis, local residents and AFC Porth club members, Companies House, Hugh James Solicitors, Welsh Water, BRC, Jehu, WYG, Strongs, Expedite and RPA.
Further to this project, Trivallis has committed to developing 14 new homes in Dinas, which are due to start on site shortly.
For more information on Time for Change and how to get involved in future projects, contact Lisa Roberts on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03000 030 888 and ask to speak to a member of Trivallis’ Regeneration team.
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