Community hub gets facelift with donated new carpet

The community of Vernon Place, near Neath has been given an extra boost by Greenstream Flooring CIC who have donated three hundred metres of new flocked flooring for their new Community Hub, located in the old Llansawel Primary School.

The recently formed Vernon Place Community Hub is run entirely by community volunteers and supports local residents with a vast array of support and activities, aimed at all ages. Activities include craft and movement classes and a food bank, as well as a little shop. Even though COVID-19 affected the activities held at the hub, the volunteers kept the vital food bank open by supporting around 170 households per week during the lockdown with food parcels.

“Just by having any carpets that are not stuck together with tape and falling apart will make a huge difference to all of us here at the hub,” said Tracey Johns, local resident and volunteer hub co-ordinator.  “With a decent floor at last, we’ll really be able start to open up the building to more local people” she added.

Greenstream Flooring CIC is a social enterprise based in Porth, which not only helps to reduce the carbon footprint by reusing otherwise unwanted carpet tiles, preventing them from going to landfill or other methods of disposal that damage the environment; but also provides local employment and much needed flooring to those in areas of high social deprivation.

Greenstream was supported with this donation from flooring manufacturer Forbo Flooring Systems. The new flooring is from Forbo’s Flotex range, which offers the appearance, comfort, and acoustics of a textile flooring, but with the cleaning properties of a resilient flooring. It is the perfect solution for high traffic areas such as this new community hub.

Ellen Petts, founder and managing director of Greenstream Flooring CIC, comments: “When I set up the business over 10 years ago, part of my vision was to enable local communities and residents to benefit from carpet tiles that are no longer required. This is a great example of removing the need to send tiles to landfill whilst at the same time helping the local community.  I am delighted that by collaborating with Forbo Flooring Systems we can help the community at Vernon Place by supplying the carpet tiles for them free of charge.”

Janet Lowe, Head of Marketing UK & Ireland at Forbo Flooring Systems, commented: “At Forbo, we are always looking for opportunities where we can support local communities – especially since the emergence of COVID-19, where the sense of community has never been more important. Therefore, we were delighted to be able to support Greenstream Flooring CIC with the donation of our Flotex flooring. We really hope it transforms the look of the building’s interior and that the residents of Vernon Place enjoy their new hub.”

For more information about Forbo Flooring systems, please visit their website


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