Work has commenced on the exciting transformation of the New Life Church in Tonyrefail.  The £456,000 project, which is part funded by the Welsh Government, will allow the New Life Church to provide new community services and extend access hours.  The work is scheduled to be completed by May 2017 and will provide a range of flexible meeting and community spaces.  


The project was visited recently by Assembly Member for Pontypridd, Mick Antoniw along with Pastor Helen Owen and Trustees Ginette Lott and Peter Butcher, who were delighted by the progress being made.


Pastor Helen Owen said:

We’re a community church in the heart of Tonyrefail, so we’re ideally placed to offer help and support on a range of social issues.  We want to make a difference wherever we can, so these new facilities will for example, allow us to extend our food bank service and to introduce support sessions for people with addictions and people who need help with debt. This is an exciting time for our church and we aim to make an even bigger difference in the future.”


Trustee Peter Butcher added:

“The new facilities will allow us to extend our opening from three days a week to six, which will be welcomed within the community.  We already work with the Royal British Legion and Citizen’s Advice amongst others and in the future we’ll be able to work with an even wider range of partners.”  


Mick Antoniw AM said:

“I’ve been delighted to be involved with New Life’s big build project and look forward to visiting again in May to see the completed work.  Projects such as this are hugely beneficial for the local community and I’m pleased that the Welsh Government were able to allocate £300,000 toward this fantastic scheme.  Times remain hard financially, but grants to support community projects aimed at tackling poverty are still available.  People can find more information by visiting: and searching ‘community facilities programme.”