A COMMUNITY centre in Cwmbran has transformed a storage cupboard into a new disabled toilet to improve the facilities for service users.

The West Pontnewydd Community Centre were able to accommodate the new commode by participating in the Welsh Government’s Warm Homes programme.

The new facility was made possible through a collaboration between the Being Greener project at Melin Homes, Torfaen council, renewable energy installation firm Gibson STS and Torfaen-based company Laporsa.

The Mayor of Torfaen, Cllr Jessica Powell, cut the “toilet roll ribbon” to officially open the new facility and said; “The centre isn’t “flushed” with money, this will make a huge difference for the whole community.”

The centre’s chairman, Mark Eley said: “We run the centre through volunteers, we desperately needed disabled facilities but we just didn’t have the money.

“We have so many activities for the local community and now we are accessible for all. We are overwhelmed by the generosity and help.”

David Bolton, the assistant director of Being Greener said: “Improving the energy efficiency of people’s homes is just a small part of what we do.”

“It is so important to help the local community and making a difference to those living in the area.

“We couldn’t achieve as much as we do without the commitment of Welsh SME’s.”

Amy Williams, the service transformation manager with Torfaen council said: “Through Welsh Government Warm Homes funding, and working with Melin Homes as project manager, Torfaen CBC Housing department are thrilled that the energy efficiency of a number of properties in the Pontnewydd area has been improved.

“This work and the wider community benefits it has achieved is key in improving the lives of people in the community and delivering on the Affordable Warmth Strategy.”