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Ship shape in Bristol fashion at Port Talbot Sea Cadets

By cwhitehead  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

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Despite being part of the UK's largest maritime youthcharity, the Port Talbot Sea Cadets were in need of some help to renovate theircentre at the old docks in Port Talbot. The large grade 2 listed building is a sight to behold with its groundmounted anti-aircraft cannon standing proudly out front.  Inside the building however, things were notas impressive!  With many cadets usingthe facilities over the years, and little funding available, the centre was in needof a new kitchen, range cooker, boiler and toilet facilities, as well as some decorationwork.


Mi-space, a South West based building contractors, arecurrently replacing kitchens and bathrooms, and carrying out the associatedelectrical, plumbing, and decoration work to NPT Homes' housing stock acrossPort Talbot, bringing the properties up to Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS).


As a community focussed contractor, Mi-space heard about theSea Cadet centre's plight through the POWER (Programme of Works and EconomicRegeneration) Resident Group, and wanted to help.  Following some visits to the centre and anumber of calls to the Mi-space supply chain, sub-contractors and other contacts,a team of willing and able volunteers were rallied, and a plan of actiondevised.


Prior to the work commencing MSS carried out an asbestossurvey, this needed to be completed to make sure that the refurbishment workwas safe to do.  Once the report wasreceived, the work could commence.  Withelectrical work, plumbing, plastering, kitchen fitting, tiling, decoration andglazing all happening within the space of a working week, the Sea Cadets centrewas a busy and exciting place to be!  Thearrival and fitting of a new range cooker the following week completed thekitchen refurbishment.


Situated on the dock, the centre can be battered with windand rain, or bathed in sunshine.  So,whilst the kitchen area was undergoing its refurbishment, the outside spaceunderwent a transformation too.  A newfence, grass cutting, and trimming of overgrown areas, all completed by ACROW, anot for profit organisation which engages with local people at a local level toprovide extensive support, guidance and training to those most disengaged from thelabour market.


Mi-space Community Engagement Manager, Michelle Cole,commented "As soon as were made aware of the Port Talbot Sea Cadets centre wewanted to help, as it provides an excellent environment in which local youngpeople and volunteers alike can thrive. By working in partnership with our generous sub-contractors, suppliersand other organisations, we have successfully refurbished the kitchen and givena facelift to the outside space at the centre without them spending a penny.  It wasn't difficult to find volunteers tohelp, quite a number of individuals who worked on the project had been based atthe centre as young people, including our Site Manager, John Lancaster."


She continued; "Massive thanks must go to our subcontractorsand supply chain who were so generous; GGL Electrical Ltd, Antlin Plumbing& Heating Ltd, RPJ Builders, WR Jones Ltd, Advanced Waste Solutions Ltd,Envirvent Ltd, Silverseal Ltd, MSS Group Ltd, Robert Price Ltd, Speedyhire,Direct Supplies Ltd and ACROW de Cymru."


If you are interested in becoming a member or volunteeringat the Sea Cadets Centre (Port Talbot), please contact Commanding Officer Lt AlanThomas on 01639 887139.

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