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New ‘Library of Things’ scheme helps residents to save money and reduce waste

The first ‘Library of Things’ scheme in Neath Port Talbot has officially opened at Sandfields Library, offering residents a chance to save money and reduce waste.

This initiative allows people to borrow household items and electrical equipment at a low cost rather than having to buy them brand new. Popular items that are useful for occasional DIY projects and family events are available including a drill, wheelbarrow, jet wash, hose pipe, electric screwdriver, carpet cleaning machine, a tent and a gazebo.

The project was started by Aled Davies, one of Neath Port Talbot Council’s Local Area Coordinators, who worked with Sandfields Library to bring the idea to life. In addition to supporting people in need in the community, Local Area Coordinators also help to start up local community groups that benefit local residents and help them to grow.

Councillor Jo Hale, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services & Health, expressed her enthusiasm for the scheme: “This outstanding initiative allows residents to borrow essential items rather than having to buy them, easing the financial strain during these challenging times. It not only saves money but also contributes to reducing waste and promoting a greener, more sustainable way of living.

“Our Local Area Coordinators play a vital role in establishing community groups that benefit residents. Projects like this foster a stronger sense of community by supporting one another in meaningful ways.”

‘The Library of Things’ is open at Sandfields Library every Monday and Tuesday morning from 10 am to 12 pm.