Benthyg Penarth – our ‘library’ of things’ recently celebrated it’s 2nd birthday.
And on Saturday 10th June, 12.30-14.30 we are holding a session at the Kymin to find more volunteers to help us keep it running.
Since it’s launch in 2021, community borrowing in Penarth has really taken off. The project has recorded over 1500 borrows since opening, with the most popular items being pressure washers, carpet cleaners and gazebos. Items can be collected in person from the Kymin grounds, brought to your door across the CF64 area via e-bike, or even delivered by e-van across the whole of the Vale of Glamorgan.
With borrowing fees set at just a few pounds a week to help cover running costs, this has saved the community tens of thousands of pounds they would have spent if they’d bought those items. The pool of donors and borrowers has steadily widened, as has the number of people contributing to the project through volunteering in their spare time.
Penarth’s branch is part of a wider network – Benthyg Cymru – which has grown to include over 15
Libraries of Things, from Bethesda to Abergavenny. It’s a real 21st century phenomenon, and a
crucial part of how Wales is building a ‘circular economy’, based on reusing, repairing and recycling
as much as possible of what is produced and consumed.
The initial funding is ending soon, but the project is working with partners and funders to ensure it
can continue helping people to save money, space and the environment. This is likely to include a
range of creative solutions. Keep an eye on social media for news about how you can help us work
towards many more anniversaries to come.