Community News

Cyfannol launch new website
29Mar

Cyfannol launch new website

Cyfannol Women’s Aid has launched a new website, aimed at reassuring anyone in Gwent who has experienced any form of domestic abuse or sexual violence that they are not alone and that support is available.

Caring Canines meet SI Cwmbran
27Mar

Caring Canines meet SI Cwmbran

S.I. Cwmbran recently held an excellent speaker meeting with Caring Canines.

New Way to Access Mental Health and Well-being Support
29Dec

New Way to Access Mental Health and Well-being Support

Anyone having a mental health crisis shouldn’t have to deal with it on their own.

Cost of Living
23Dec

Cost of Living

TVA have gathered resources and information to provide support for voluntary organisations during the current Cost of Living crisis.

Cranfield Trust On Call Telephone Support
22Dec

Cranfield Trust On Call Telephone Support

Cranfield Trust, the leading provider of pro bono management support and mentoring, is offering immediate help and support through it’s On Call service to support charities during the cost of living crisis.

Consultation: Draft guidance on responding to people affected by suicide
20Dec

Consultation: Draft guidance on responding to people affected by suicide

Welsh Government are seeking your views on their draft guidance on responding to people bereaved, exposed, or affected by suicide.

SI Cwmbran December 22 Update
15Dec

SI Cwmbran December 22 Update

S.I. Cwmbran are very grateful to their founding member Edith Price and her family who have generously funded the new honours board for the club.

Get access to free learning for your organisation
29Nov

Get access to free learning for your organisation

Whether you’re new to the third sector or want to take your skills to the next level, the free resources are designed to help you stay informed, improve your knowledge and connect with others.

Gwent Public Services Board Well-being Plan
24Nov

Gwent Public Services Board Well-being Plan

Public services across Gwent are developing a Well-being Plan which will guide the work we do together for the next five years.

Cost of living crisis: a public health emergency
24Nov

Cost of living crisis: a public health emergency

Easier and faster access to mental health and well-being support, and help on energy, housing and food costs is urgently needed to protect health and save lives, according to Public Health Wales.

NEW “Cost of Living Crisis” guidance on the Healthy Working Wales website
03Nov

NEW “Cost of Living Crisis” guidance on the Healthy Working Wales website

Healthy Working Wales has launched new guidance for employers on “The Cost of Living Crisis”.

Ukrainian Community Day
04Oct

Ukrainian Community Day

More than 30 Ukrainian refugees got the chance to find out about – and experience – some of the different learning opportunities on offer with Torfaen Adult Community Learning.

Voluntary Voice
04Oct

Voluntary Voice

Thanks to everyone who attended our #VoluntaryVoice event in Cwmbran.

Help with winter fuel and cost of living crisis
05Sep

Help with winter fuel and cost of living crisis

Resources to help with the cost of living and fuel this winter

Volunteering… give it a try
24Aug

Volunteering… give it a try

Volunteering is for anybody, it has no barriers and can benefit all ages, backgrounds, cultures and abilities. 

Decarbonisation and Social Capital residents in Torfaen
10Aug

Decarbonisation and Social Capital residents in Torfaen

Torfaen Council need your views about decarbonisation and your local community in Torfaen

Soroptimist International Cwmbran – Making a Difference
05Aug

Soroptimist International Cwmbran – Making a Difference

Soroptimist International is an organisation for women who want to make a difference. Cwmbran and District members had two very interesting speakers who showed them how to make a difference by the choices we make when we shop. The first speaker was Glynis Pope from the Little Welsh Chocolate Factory who explained the research she… Continue reading Soroptimist International Cwmbran – Making a Difference

Cost of Living update from Cwmbran Community Council
04Aug

Cost of Living update from Cwmbran Community Council

At this week’s full council meeting, members of Cwmbran Community Council set out a new program of policies designed to help with the rising cost of living crisis gripping the nation. Members agreed unanimously to a measure introduced by Council Chairman, Councillor Anthony Bird, that will see £10,000 go to foodbanks throughout Cwmbran, speaking of… Continue reading Cost of Living update from Cwmbran Community Council

Investing in Volunteers (IiV) Video
04Aug

Investing in Volunteers (IiV) Video

Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) has launched their first ever IiV Wales Video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r47_WfUYoVw You can also find it on the WCVA website here Trending Today Connecting Torfaen Instagram, TikTok and YouTube teenagers’ top three news sources Modern Slavery talk with Soroptimist International Cwmbran Learnings from pandemic can help young people in Wales’ mental… Continue reading Investing in Volunteers (IiV) Video

Connecting Torfaen
28Jul

Connecting Torfaen

More than 400 people and organisations have signed up to a new website that aims to bring communities together.   The Connect Torfaen site is fast becoming THE one-stop-shop for anyone who wants to find out what activities and events are going on in their local area.   It also offers people the chance to… Continue reading Connecting Torfaen

Modern Slavery talk with Soroptimist International Cwmbran
26Jul

Modern Slavery talk with Soroptimist International Cwmbran

At their recent meeting they were fortunate to have Professor Kim Ann Williamson MBE as our speaker. Kim Ann explained that her passion for modern slavery had come out of her initial working as a civilian within the Met. Police in domestic violence and child protection. She later qualified as a youth worker and worked… Continue reading Modern Slavery talk with Soroptimist International Cwmbran

Recognising Volunteering Champions
23Jul

Recognising Volunteering Champions

Nominations are now open for the Helpforce Champion Awards and we will soon be seeking nominations for this year’s Welsh Charity Awards. People don’t generally volunteer for the recognition, but nevertheless it is good to publicly acknowledge from time to time the special contributions they make. Telling and hearing volunteer stories is both affirming for… Continue reading Recognising Volunteering Champions

‘Torfaen Voluntary Alliance’s work hasn’t stopped’ – Lynne Neagle, MS for Torfaen
08Jul

‘Torfaen Voluntary Alliance’s work hasn’t stopped’ – Lynne Neagle, MS for Torfaen

It was great to recently meet with the team at Torfaen Voluntary Alliance and to thank them for their tremendous work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Alliance, usually referred to as TVA, made a huge difference across Torfaen during the lock-down through its partnership work with its member organisations.

Business in the Community
05Jul

Business in the Community

Job Coaching   Business in the Community’s (BITC) job coaching programme is supporting unemployed jobseekers through a series of one-to-one coaching sessions with the active involvement of businesses across the UK.  Our ambition is to support 10,000 people to get ready for new jobs and to create more inclusive recruitment practices across the UK.    … Continue reading Business in the Community

Supporting charities through uncertain times: the Commission’s priorities for Wales
04Jul

Supporting charities through uncertain times: the Commission’s priorities for Wales

The Charity Commissioner recently spoke at Gofod3, this is the transcript of that speech.  I am delighted to be part of gofod3, and am grateful to WCVA for inviting me to speak today. I have learnt that gofod translates into English simply as space – an apt motif for this nationwide coming together of charities… Continue reading Supporting charities through uncertain times: the Commission’s priorities for Wales

Shop SustainABLE-ly
28Jun

Shop SustainABLE-ly

A charity supporting people with autism and learning disabilities has opened a new shop selling fresh fruit and vegetables.  Able, based in Cwmbran, offers a range of day services, including a gardening project. The team behind it has now opened a new SustainABLE Shop to sell their produce to the local community, thanks to a… Continue reading Shop SustainABLE-ly

Torfaen Third Sector Summit postponed!
21Jun

Torfaen Third Sector Summit postponed!

With regret the Torfaen Third Sector Summit has been postponed. The event was due to take place at Pontypool Active Living Centre on Tuesday 28th June but owing to the fact that several of our key attendees, have, in very recent days, tested positive for COVID, the decision has been made to postpone this event… Continue reading Torfaen Third Sector Summit postponed!

Using Connect Torfaen to its best potential
15Jun

Using Connect Torfaen to its best potential

Just a few tips for you when you use Connect Torfaen! Check under what category your profile is listed under. There are four categories on the site. Individual – For people to register on the site (e.g., Sarah from Thornhill who wants to volunteer or see what activities are currently active) Organisations – Organisations can… Continue reading Using Connect Torfaen to its best potential

Torfaen’s MS Lynne Neagle visits TVA’s offices
14Jun

Torfaen’s MS Lynne Neagle visits TVA’s offices

On Friday 10th June, Lynne Neagle MS for Torfaen, also Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, visited TVA’s offices. This was to discuss the work TVA has been undertaking across the borough and projects we wish to take forward in the coming months. It’s always a pleasure to welcome Lynne, and she also recognized… Continue reading Torfaen’s MS Lynne Neagle visits TVA’s offices

High Street Fitness #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
13Jun

High Street Fitness #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Thank you High Street Fitness for your amazing contribution to volunteering across Torfaen. #TorfaenSaysThanks this #VolunteersWeek We want you to tell us and the rest of Torfaen why you volunteer or if you’d like to celebrate volunteers, send us a selfie of you at your volunteering, a short video why you volunteer, or a little… Continue reading High Street Fitness #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Afternoon Tea #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
13Jun

Afternoon Tea #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

#TorfaenSaysThanks #VolunteersWeek   📍 The Log Cabin (Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Folly View, Pontypool)   Thank you to everyone who joined us at this celebration of volunteers across Torfaen.   If you missed this opportunity to celebrate some amazing work by your local community group, organisation or volunteer, you have another chance to nominate for a… Continue reading Afternoon Tea #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Blaenavon Museum #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
07Jun

Blaenavon Museum #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Thank you Blaenavon Museum for your amazing contribution to volunteering across Torfaen. #TorfaenSaysThanks this #VolunteersWeek We want you to tell us and the rest of Torfaen why you volunteer or if you’d like to celebrate volunteers, send us a selfie of you at your volunteering, a short video why you volunteer, or a little quote. Tag… Continue reading Blaenavon Museum #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Home Start Cymru #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
06Jun

Home Start Cymru #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Thank you HomeStart Cymru for your amazing contribution to volunteering across Torfaen. #TorfaenSaysThanks this #VolunteersWeek We want you to tell us and the rest of Torfaen why you volunteer or if you’d like to celebrate volunteers, send us a selfie of you at your volunteering, a short video why you volunteer, or a little quote.… Continue reading Home Start Cymru #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Garnsychan Partnership #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
06Jun

Garnsychan Partnership #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Thank you Garnsychan Partnership for your amazing contribution to volunteering across Torfaen. #TorfaenSaysThanks this #VolunteersWeek We want you to tell us and the rest of Torfaen why you volunteer or if you’d like to celebrate volunteers, send us a selfie of you at your volunteering, a short video why you volunteer, or a little quote.… Continue reading Garnsychan Partnership #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Age Connects Torfaen #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
06Jun

Age Connects Torfaen #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Over the past 2 years a lot has changed for volunteering across Torfaen, and as part of this we commissioned a film with Age Connects Torfaen that focused on the work their volunteers undertook during early 2021. In March 2020, the world was thrown into a time of unknowns, a time when nobody knew what to… Continue reading Age Connects Torfaen #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

‘We work hard to ensure that every volunteer is appreciated’
02Jun

‘We work hard to ensure that every volunteer is appreciated’

Amgueddfa Cymru are one of many organisations who have achieved the Investing in Volunteers Award – here they tell us how they’ve used it to show volunteers the value they bring to their museums and communities.   Amgueddfa Cymru is home to the seven National Museums across Wales and the National Collections Centre. With over… Continue reading ‘We work hard to ensure that every volunteer is appreciated’

Trac2 #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
01Jun

Trac2 #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Thank you Trac2 for your amazing contribution to volunteering across Torfaen. #TorfaenSaysThanks this #VolunteersWeek We want you to tell us and the rest of Torfaen why you volunteer or if you’d like to celebrate volunteers, send us a selfie of you at your volunteering, a short video why you volunteer, or a little quote.  … Continue reading Trac2 #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Torfaen Citizens Advice #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
01Jun

Torfaen Citizens Advice #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Thank you Torfaen CAB for your amazing contribution to volunteering across Torfaen. #TorfaenSaysThanks this #VolunteersWeek We want you to tell us and the rest of Torfaen why you volunteer or if you’d like to celebrate volunteers, send us a selfie of you at your volunteering, a short video why you volunteer, or a little quote.… Continue reading Torfaen Citizens Advice #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Looking towards Volunteers’ Week 2022
27May

Looking towards Volunteers’ Week 2022

Organisations across Torfaen! Volunteers’ Week is 1st – 7th June and we’d like to celebrate your individual volunteers by using them in our promotion for the week.

Volunteers’ Week Information Collation
19May

Volunteers’ Week Information Collation

Organisations across Torfaen! Volunteers’ Week is 1st – 7th June and we’d like to celebrate your individual volunteers by using them in our promotion for the week.

Volunteers’ Week 2022 – Come celebrate with us
09May

Volunteers’ Week 2022 – Come celebrate with us

📅 Tuesday 7th June @ 2:00pm📍 The Log Cabin (Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Folly View, Pontypool NP4 8BU) The time is fast approaching to celebrate the hard work of all volunteers with Volunteer’s Week 2022! We’ll be hosting an Afternoon Tea to say thanks for all the hard work of volunteers across Torfaen. 👉 Nominate yours to… Continue reading Volunteers’ Week 2022 – Come celebrate with us

Volunteers’ Week 2022 – Getting Involved
09May

Volunteers’ Week 2022 – Getting Involved

Volunteers’ Week is a special week earmarked to thank volunteers for all that they bring to their local communities, volunteers that make a difference to communities throughout Torfaen supporting organisations and helping people. Volunteers Week is celebrated between 1st and 7th June every year. It is a week in which the UK celebrates volunteers and… Continue reading Volunteers’ Week 2022 – Getting Involved

Torfaen’s Youngest Engineer Announced
06May

Torfaen’s Youngest Engineer Announced

The search was on for Torfaen’s Youngest Engineer. We were blown away after receiving over 165 entries from across Torfaen. We took a trip to Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw to surprise our winner during her assembly, Caitlyn Smith from Cwmbran! Trainee engineers at Pro Steel Engineering turned Caitlyn’s hand drawn picture into a real-life statue. Keep… Continue reading Torfaen’s Youngest Engineer Announced

The Month of Community 2022
26Apr

The Month of Community 2022

The Month of Community is a time when we come together to celebrate everything that makes our communities great.  It’s an opportunity to bring our neighbourhoods closer, give back, and shine a light on the amazing communities we live in. Campaign Dates Neighbourhood Watch Week 30 May-5 June Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June The Big Jubilee… Continue reading The Month of Community 2022

Ukraine Crisis – Guidance for Charity Trustees
06Apr

Ukraine Crisis – Guidance for Charity Trustees

Many charities are considering how to respond to the crisis in Ukraine. Naturally, people want to help as much as possible, but in this complex, fast-moving situation, it is important that trustees remain aware of their governance responsibilities. The Charity Commission has issued guidance for charities and trustees on responding to the crisis in Ukraine. The Charity… Continue reading Ukraine Crisis – Guidance for Charity Trustees

Duke and Duchess visit Blaenavon
21Mar

Duke and Duchess visit Blaenavon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Blaenavon on St David’s Day as part of a one-day tour to South Wales.   They spent time with young people being supported by The Hwb Torfaen youth centre before visiting the World Heritage Centre where they met 12 World Heritage Site Youth Ambassadors.   Among them were… Continue reading Duke and Duchess visit Blaenavon

Voluntary sector support for Ukraine
09Mar

Voluntary sector support for Ukraine

As the crisis in Ukraine intensifies, voluntary organisations and volunteers are rallying around to provide support. Here’s an overview of what’s being done at present and the best ways to offer support. The situation unfolding in Ukraine has been heart-breaking to watch. As with all humanitarian crises, the voluntary sector has been and will continue… Continue reading Voluntary sector support for Ukraine

My Winter Health Plan launched to support carers
26Jan

My Winter Health Plan launched to support carers

The Welsh Government has launched My Winter Health Plan, a scheme to help people with long-term physical or mental health conditions and their carers to provide clear information to health and care staff who may need to visit their home in an emergency. My Winter Health Plan This initiative aims to help people with long-term health… Continue reading My Winter Health Plan launched to support carers

Welsh Government publishes Code of Safeguarding Practice
26Jan

Welsh Government publishes Code of Safeguarding Practice

The Welsh Government has released its Code of Safeguarding Practice, as part of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The code sets out the Government’s expectations from individuals, organisations and groups that offer services and activities, in relation to safeguarding. Across Wales, individuals, groups and organisations offer a rich and varied range of… Continue reading Welsh Government publishes Code of Safeguarding Practice

Winter Fuel Support Scheme
25Jan

Winter Fuel Support Scheme

As part of a wider support package of over £50m to address immediate pressures on living costs, Welsh Government has made available over £38 million through a Winter Fuel Support Scheme.  About the fund Eligible households can claim a one-off £100 payment from their local council to provide support towards paying their on-grid winter fuel… Continue reading Winter Fuel Support Scheme

Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of older people in communities across Wales
08Oct

Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of older people in communities across Wales

Organised by Age Connects Wales, the inaugural Older Person’s Awards will be launched to celebrate the achievements of older people in communities across Wales.