Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards

Highlights from the Torfaen Community & Volunteer Awards 2023

2023 Winners

Young Volunteer

Samiya Houston

Adult Volunteer

Lynnette Webber

Health Volunteer

Nick Byrne

Sports Volunteer/Group

Julie Roche

Trustee of the Year

Karen Browne

Business of the Year

Mandeep Sandhar (M.R.S Stores)

Children & youth Group

Pontypool Youth Council

Arts, Culture & Heritage

Jennie Crane

Community Response 2023

Panteg House& Foodshare

Community Leader

Chris Morgan

Environmental Award

Professor John Hunt

Heart of the Community

Torfaen Play

About able

Able is a media-based social enterprise empowering people through creativity. Able offers high quality person centred opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autism. They facilitate several creative and media activities to meet the varied requirements of our participants. We help empower every individual and help give them a voice within the community.

About Coleg Gwent

As one of Wales' top performing colleges, Coleg Gwent is an inclusive and diverse college with five campuses in Usk, Ebbw Vale, Crosskeys, Newport and Cwmbran. Offering full-time, part-time, higher-education, e-learning and apprenticeship qualifications, the courses cater for all levels. Having worked with TVA on previous projects, we know the importance of community initiatives and the positive influence they can have. We believe in contributing to our local community and building positive and beneficial relationships with the people and organisations that form it.

About Pontypool Community Council

Pontypool Community Council is the community council for the local area. Residents of Pontypool elect councilors to represent their views and to make decisions on behalf of all the local people to improve well-being in the area. PCC provides events e.g. Party in the Park, Christmas Cavalcade, School Eistedfodd etc. PCC provides services such as bins ,benches, notice boards and play equipment as well as paying for CCTV and public toilets. PCC gives grants to and sponsors local sports, clubs and organisations such as TVA.

About Connect Torfaen

Connect Torfaen is a bespoke social networking platform dedicated to volunteers and community groups in Torfaen. It is a space to help residents find opportunities to support their local community and a place for groups and organisations to find volunteers to support their work regularly or on a ad-hoc basis.

About Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is responsible for delivering and securing NHS healthcare services for more than 639,000 people living in the areas of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen. Our services range from those delivered to you in your own home, in community settings close to where you live and in our community and general hospitals. Aneurin Bevan University Health Board also works with partner organisations and local people, with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of the people we serve.

About Melin

Melin is a a housing association providing over 4500 affordable properties to people in South East Wales. We exist to create opportunities for people and communities to thrive. We're a forward thinking organisation, who take pride in helping communities to grow and prosper. As a housing association based in Torfaen, we have seen the incredible work that the third sector does to help our residents. We would like to shine a spotlight on the amazing volunteers and organisation that help our communities to develop . By sponsoring the awards, it allows us to pay tribute to the work of volunteers and demonstrates our commitment to working with partners in the third sector.

About Torfaen Voluntary Alliance

Torfaen Voluntary Alliance supports the third sector in Torfaen by assisting organisations to secure funding, providing advice on charity law regulations and constitutions, training for third sector groups and promoting volunteering. TVA is the umbrella organisation for the Third Sector in Torfaen. They provide and promote an accessible range of support services to enhance the development and effectiveness of the third sector.

About Torfaen County Borough Council

Torfaen County Borough Council are committed to making Torfaen more sustainable, connecting people and communities socially, digitally and physically. We recognise the critical part our local communities and its volunteers can play in realising that vision, and it is important that we recognise this invaluable contribution, which is why we are involved in these awards. Sponsoring the Business of the year award this year, is our way of celebrating those businesses who share that belief and who are committed to supporting their local community.

About The Hwb Torfaen

The Hwb Torfaen supports communities and young people to have a voice in their own lives and communities about the things that matter to them. They help individuals to live the lives they want to, in the way they aspire to. As a previous Award winner, we have seen first hand the impact that these awards have on inspiring, celebrating and recognising our volunteers. Being recognised for work that is vital, unpaid, but often under-recognised, is a vitally important aspect of acknowledging the valuable resource that these inspiring individuals bring to our society. We wanted to be a part of that recognition and to say a meaningful Thank You to all volunteers.

About National Grid

National Grid Electricity Distribution provides a safe and reliable electricity supply for 8 million customers in South Wales, South West England and the Midlands. Our network of overhead lines, underground cables and substations covers 55,000 sq kms and distributes electricity to homes and businesses. Our vision is to be at the heart of the clean, fair and affordable energy future. As a company, we appreciate the value of volunteering and are eager to support initiatives that help the community.

About Bron Afon

Bron Afon is a not-for-profit social enterprise, registered social landlord and community mutual organisation. We manage and maintain over 8,000 homes across Torfaen. At the heart of everything we do every day is our passion for delivering excellent high-quality services to our customers. Linked closely to this is our commitment to promoting and supporting vibrant, sustainable, safe, clean, and healthy communities that people feel proud to live in. Our ambition is to create flourishing communities in our part of Wales, where everyone has a quality home to live in and where people who need it are supported and encouraged.

About Safran

Safran Seats is a word leader in aircraft seating, with over 1 million seats currently in service worldwide. In the UK we have sites in Cwmbran, Newport and Brackley, specialising in First and Business Class seats that are used by airlines over the world. It is our privilege to be able to sponsor TCVA .Aircraft seating has been produced in Cwmbran for many years, during that time a lot has changed. What hasn't changed is the strength of the community spirit and as a large local employer we are delighted to be able to support an event that showcases the achievements of members of our community.



Judge Organisation
Barry Holroyd
TVA Board Member
Emma Davies-McIntosh
Senior Programme Manager, Integrated Wellbeing Network Foundation Teir
Sophie Bevington
Police Community Support Officer
Jennifer Winslade
Director of Nursing
Veronique Bardelmann
CEO Safran Seats GB
Kieran Saunders
Cwmbran Centre for Young People

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