A new store, selling welsh handmade arts and crafts, was officially opened in Pontypool on Friday (4th November) by Paul Murphy MP.

Situated on Commercial Street, Trysorau – which means treasure or gifts in Welsh – will provide training opportunities in retail for people with learning disabilities, alongside promoting the work of local artists and craft producers. The new store, which is a partnership between the disability charity, United Response and Torfaen County Borough Council, will provide people with learning disabilities with the opportunity to experience all aspects of working in a shop from sourcing stock to serving customers and bookkeeping.

Sabine Meunier, who heads up United Response’s work in Torfaen, said:

“There is nothing like Trysorau in Pontypool. It will widen the shopping experience that the town centre has to offer. At the same time, it will provide local artists and craft producers with an outlet for their work and offer adults with disabilities with the opportunity to gain first-hand retail and customer service experience. It’s a venture that the whole community will benefit from."

Torfaen MP Paul Murphy said:

“I was delighted to be able to open Trysorau and welcome this excellent venture to Pontypool. As well as bringing some excellent Christmas gift ideas to Pontypool, it’s also a very good cause, enriching the lives of local people with learning disabilities and promoting the work of local artists and craft producers. Well done to the Council and to United Response for bringing this unique new store to Pontypool.”

Trysorau stocks a wide range of gifts and cards as well as handcrafted Christmas decorations. To find out more, contact Sabine Meunier on 07794 074 229