News Archive

Friday 24 December 2021

Waste update

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Just as a reminder, our waste and recycling crews are working every day over the Christmas period so your collection days remain the same.
Thursday 23 December 2021

Winter of Wellbeing with Torfaen Play

Winter of Wellbeing with Torfaen Play
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The Play Service has been busy over the festive season providing fun filled activities to families in Torfaen.
Tuesday 21 December 2021

Sensory service provides extra support

Sensory service provides extra support
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Around 60 children with visual impairments have been given packs filled with sensory toys and equipment so they can take part in special playgroup sessions at home.
Friday 17 December 2021

National care crisis hitting Torfaen

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Torfaen council is writing to everyone in the borough receiving domiciliary care services and appealed for support to help fill a shortfall in care required this month

Christmas waste and recycling collections

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There will be no changes to waste and recycling collections over the festive period as crews now work the bank holidays...

Delayed start to the new school term

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Due to the potential impact of the Covid-19 Omicron variant over the next few weeks, the Welsh Government have instructed every school in Wales to open 2 days later in the new term to prepare for potential disruption to learning and teaching

Record response to HWRC survey

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Almost 4,000 people took part in our recent consultation about the booking system at the Household Waste Recycling Centre – and the results are in!...
Thursday 16 December 2021

Hampers delivered just in time for Christmas

Hampers delivered just in time for Christmas
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Fifty Christmas hampers will be delivered to young people in need and their families across Torfaen this week.
Tuesday 14 December 2021

Cwmbran resident caught selling counterfeit tobacco on Facebook

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A man has been successfully prosecuted by Torfaen Council's Trading Standards team for selling counterfeit tobacco on Facebook...

World Heritage Site launches virtual tours

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With traditional school trips still on hold for many, a primary school in Blaenavon has decided to make the best of the situation by going on a virtual tour.
Friday 10 December 2021

Santa Appeal spreads some festive joy

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More than 800 gifts have been donated to this year's Torfaen Santa Appeal.
Thursday 9 December 2021

Santa Dash raises funds for Age Connects Torfaen

Santa Dash raises funds for Age Connects Torfaen
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Hundreds of runners dressed in Santa costumes have taken part in the annual festive Age Connects Torfaen Santa run.
Wednesday 8 December 2021

Inclusive Play Parks for Cwmbran and Pontypool

Inclusive Play Parks for Cwmbran and Pontypool
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Torfaen council's cabinet committee recently approved plans to invest £1.2 million to help the community recover from the impacts of covid-19

Word From The Third celebrates anniversary

Word From The Third celebrates anniversary
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The popular Word From The Third podcast has just celebrated its first year anniversary.
Tuesday 7 December 2021

Waste and Recycling update

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I know many of you have been frustrated recently by an increase in missed waste and recycling collections.

New ways to discover nature in Torfaen

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Torfaen Council has installed new interpretation boards at four of its Local Nature Reserves (LNR's) to help communities discover the value of nature on their doorstep...
Friday 3 December 2021

Pontnewydd Park footbridge closure

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From Thursday 09 December for at least 6 weeks the footbridge at Pontnewydd Park will be closed....

Action over odour

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A woman has been successfully prosecuted by Torfaen Council under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for causing a nuisance to her neighbours by allow dogs' mess to accumulate in her rear yard...

42% of Welsh population at risk of being scammed by fly-tippers

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Householders living in Wales are at high risk of being scammed by unlicensed waste removal services...
Thursday 2 December 2021

The best gift this Christmas

The best gift this Christmas
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The Welsh Blood Service is preparing for blood shortages this winter and is raising awareness about the importance of donating 'the best gift' of blood this Christmas.
Wednesday 1 December 2021

Once upon a Christmas sprout

Once upon a Christmas sprout
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A Christmas sprout hunt is being organised for families with pre-school children in Torfaen.
Tuesday 30 November 2021

Library opening times to change

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A decision has been made to temporarily reduce library opening times on Saturdays to help manage staff shortages whilst the service looks at ways to accelerate the delivery of the libraries strategy...
Friday 26 November 2021

£1.2 million to support pandemic recovery

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Torfaen council's cabinet committee have approved plans to invest £1.2 million to help the community recover from the impacts of covid-19.

The future of the HWRC booking system

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Residents are being asked if they think the Household Waste Recycling Centre booking system should continue...
Thursday 25 November 2021

Torfaen bid to become Sustainable Food Place

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There are plans to transform Torfaen into a Sustainable Food Place, as part of an initiative to support and encourage local food networks.

Croesyceiliog School removed from special measures

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Following a recent monitoring inspection visit, Croesyceiliog School has been removed from special measures
Friday 19 November 2021

White Ribbon Day 2021

White Ribbon Day 2021
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Residents are being urged to sign up to the #30Challenge to raise awareness of the fact that every day in Gwent, 30 children are affected by domestic abuse involving police.
Thursday 18 November 2021

Celebrating and supporting carers

Celebrating and supporting carers
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An event to celebrate and support carers in Torfaen is being organised to mark Carers' Rights Day next week.

Primary school children get energy savvy

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Primary school children in Torfaen have been getting energy savvy as part of Switch Off Fortnight which ends on Sunday 21st November...

Garden waste collections stop for winter

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If you are on collection round A or B, your last garden waste collection is this week on your usual collection day....
Wednesday 17 November 2021

Plans for climate ambassadors network kickstarted

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A meeting to kickstart plans for a new climate ambassadors network in Torfaen was held yesterday evening.
Tuesday 16 November 2021

2021 Summer Reading Challenge winner

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Five-year-old Archie Fielding will be able to buy lots of new books after completing a national reading challenge...
Monday 15 November 2021

Property agent operated illegally

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A landlady, acting as a property agent for a number of residential premises in Torfaen, has been fined after she admitted operating illegally.

Pride of Torfaen Awards deadline fast approaching

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Nominations for the first ever Pride of Torfaen Awards will close this Friday.
Friday 12 November 2021

Stretchy plastic collections to resume

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After a fire suspended collection of stretchy plastic in borough, Capital Valley Plastics are pleased to inform Torfaen residents that they are now in the position to restart collections...

George Street Primary School triumphant in EFL kids cup

George Street Primary School triumphant in EFL kids cup
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Close to 100 children from schools across Torfaen have taken part in the Torfaen qualifier for the English Football League Trust (EFLT) Utilita Kids cup at Cwmbran Stadium.

Matches cancelled at Northfields and Southfields

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All football matches which were due to take place at Northfields and Southfields this weekend have been cancelled due the predicted weather conditions...
Thursday 11 November 2021

Torfaen part of flexible voting pilot

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This week the Welsh Government set out plans in advance of the May 2022 elections to increase the number of people registered to vote and to introduce new flexible voting scheme.

Become a climate ambassador

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The UN climate change conference COP26 comes to a close this weekend, but we want to continue the conversation here in Torfaen.
Wednesday 10 November 2021

Multi-million-pounds investment in businesses and skills

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Five new projects aimed at supporting businesses and increasing skills in Torfaen are to receive nearly £1.3m from a new UK Government fund.
Tuesday 9 November 2021

Fake cigarettes hidden behind false wall

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A Pontypool shop owner has appeared in court after counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes were discovered behind a false wall.
Friday 5 November 2021

Setting a Council Budget for 2022/23

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This week, councillors have looked at Torfaen Council's budget plans for the next financial year, and we'd like you to do the same....

Remembrance parades to resume

Remembrance parades to resume
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Taking place on Sunday 14 November, Remembrance Day is an important date in the nation's annual calendar.

Road disruptions due to firework displays

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Ponthir Sports and Community Club are holding a firework display on the 5th November. The show starts at 7pm with the evening starting 6pm...
Thursday 4 November 2021

Fishing now banned on two stretches of canal

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Following recent public consultation, fishing is now banned at any time on the canal at Broadweir Road and Star Street in Cwmbran, due to continuous unlicenced fishing and antisocial behaviour...

Torfaen Santa Appeal gets underway

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The Santa Appeal, run by Torfaen Social Services, gives people the chance to donate gifts to children and young people who would otherwise miss out at Christmas time.

Bootcamps help women in Torfaen stay fit and active

Bootcamps help women in Torfaen stay fit and active
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Karen Atwell has swapped lie ins on a Saturday morning for Torfaen Sports Development's new Ifyougoigo boot camp sessions.

Setting a council budget for 2022/23

Setting a council budget for 2022/23
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Councillors will this week consider a report into Torfaen Council's budget plans for the next financial year
Wednesday 3 November 2021

Project celebrated at climate roadshow

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A project to improve and protect upland areas in South East Wales - led by Torfaen Council - will be featured at an event to mark the COP26 summit this weekend.

Improvements taking shape at canal

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Work to create a new area for wildlife enthusiasts will start soon along the canal in Cwmbran...
Tuesday 2 November 2021

Cold weather ready

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Every year the council provides a highways winter service to keep the borough moving....
Thursday 28 October 2021

Half term fun at Play and Wellbeing camps

Half term fun at Play and Wellbeing camps
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More than 450 children have attended Torfaen's Play and Wellbeing Camps this October Half Term
Wednesday 27 October 2021

Cemetery opening times changing from Sunday 31 October

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In conjunction with daylight saving and clocks going back an hour, from Sunday 31 October, cemeteries in Torfaen will be changing to winter opening hours...

Tricks and treats to save your food on Halloween

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It's spooky season and we are stocking up on pumpkins, apples, tasty treats and other hearty and seasonal foods...
Monday 25 October 2021

Mynydd Garn Clochdy Tapestry

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Year 4 pupils from Ysgol Bryn Onnen and members of Blaenavon Intergenerational Group (BIG) have been working hard to produce a 10 metre long tapestry on the local legend of 'Mynydd Garn Clochdy', with support from Menter Iaith Torfaen.

Tackling Torfaen's carbon emissions

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Tackling climate change in Torfaen is a key priority, and today Torfaen Council launches its first major consultation on how that can be done...
Friday 22 October 2021

Students are stars of the show

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Students, local politicians, representatives of the council and Coleg Gwent have marked the official opening of Torfaen Learning Zone.

Pride of Torfaen Awards 2021

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The first ever Pride of Torfaen Awards are now open for nominations to recognise the individuals, groups and clubs that make Torfaen a better place to live.
Thursday 21 October 2021

Footbridge closure due to resurfacing

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The footbridge which crosses the Afon Lwyd at Woodland Road Sport and Social Centre is due to be resurfaced next week..
Wednesday 20 October 2021

Street lighting repairs delayed

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Currently there is a national shortage of new LED lanterns, which is leading to a backlog in repairing outages in the borough. There is a shortage of parts which make up the LED lanterns, and there is also issues with shipping and transport....

New life for old mobility aids

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Crutches and zimmers are being given a new lease of life, thanks to the team at Torfaen Council's Household Waste Recycling Centre which is operated by waste and recycling partner FCC Environment...
Tuesday 19 October 2021

Gwent Dragons drive anti-hate message

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Rugby players from the Gwent Dragons have been helping to drive home the message that Hate Hurts Wales.

New college official launch

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A new £24m centre for all post-16 education in Torfaen will be officially opened this week.
Monday 18 October 2021

Canal photograph wins competition

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The winner of the Ty Glas y Dorlan photography competition has been chosen.
Friday 15 October 2021

Disruption expected to school transport

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Torfaen Council has received notification that drivers for the largest bus operator in the UK will strike for three weeks due to a dispute over pay...

Winter opening hours at the Household Waste Recycling Centre begin Sunday 31 October

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Winter opening times are due to come into effect at the Household Waste Recycling Centre located at New Inn from Sunday 31 October 2021...
Thursday 14 October 2021

Four areas in Torfaen named as some of the country's best green spaces

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Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year's Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space...
Wednesday 13 October 2021

Shining a light on Baby Loss Awareness Week

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Three key council buildings will be illuminated in pink and blue this week in honour of parents and families in Torfaen who have lost a baby in pregnancy or infancy this week...
Tuesday 12 October 2021

Time to get ready for Self Assessment

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding Self Assessment customers to check that they have the correct information in order to complete their tax return.
Monday 11 October 2021

Business supported to sow seeds to success

Business supported to sow seeds to success
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A Pontypool man has turned his dream of running a landscape gardening business into reality, thanks to support from Torfaen Council's Communities for Work Plus team.
Friday 8 October 2021

Celebrating the outstanding volunteer achievements of the past year

Celebrating the outstanding volunteer achievements of the past year
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More than 170 people came together on Saturday 2nd October to celebrate the first ever Torfaen Community & Volunteer Awards at Pontypool Active Living Centre.

School system and payment update week ending 8 October

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The project team continue to work with Civica to resolve the on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System, and the Civica Pay Education parent portal...

Torfaen Council joins new campaign to tackle dog fouling

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Torfaen Council is urging dog owners to do the right thing and pick up after their pets as part of a new national campaign from Keep Wales Tidy...
Thursday 7 October 2021

WeCare Wales Week 2021

WeCare Wales Week 2021
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Next week WeCare Wales will be shining a light on what it's like to work in the social care, children's and early years sectors.
Wednesday 6 October 2021

Support for Universal Credit recipients

Support for Universal Credit recipients
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A temporary increase in Universal Credit introduced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end today.

A new survey looks to capture your health barriers to employment

A new survey looks to capture your health barriers to employment
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If a health condition has ever prevented you from finding work or progressing in the work place, we want to hear about your experiences.
Monday 4 October 2021

People across Wales encouraged to open their homes to foster children

People across Wales encouraged to open their homes to foster children
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Several life-size front doors have been unveiled outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, highlighting those who have opened their homes to foster children in Wales.

Rhyme Time anniversary a success

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An online Rhyme Time session organised by Cwmbran library has been viewed more than 450 times...

NHS in Wales begins its biggest ever winter vaccinations programme

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Public Health Wales is urging all eligible people in Wales to have their free NHS flu and COVID-19 booster vaccines as the NHS in Wales begins its biggest ever national winter vaccinations programme.
Friday 1 October 2021

Thumbs up for first phase of The British regeneration

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Plans for the first phase of a project to regenerate The British in Talywain, have been given the thumbs up by local residents.

Help shape the future of childcare

Help shape the future of childcare
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A survey about the future provision of childcare services in Torfaen.has gone live today.

Have your say in our residents survey

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We're committed to making Torfaen a better place to live and work and delivering on services that matter the most to you.

School payment system update week ending 01 October

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The project team continue to work unwaveringly with Civica to resolve the on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System, and the Civica Pay Education parent portal. Progress is being made and this update outlines both resolutions and issues still ongoing...
Thursday 30 September 2021

Prepared for the latest changes to Universal Credit?

Prepared for the latest changes to Universal Credit?
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In less than a week's time, the £20 per week uplift for Universal Credit claimants will be removed. Find out what support is available.
Wednesday 29 September 2021

Meet The British project team

Meet The British project team
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Work is due to start on the first phase of a project to regenerate the former ironworks site in Pontypool, known as The British
Tuesday 28 September 2021

Parks to get major upgrades

Parks to get major upgrades
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More than £100,000 is being spent to substantially improve two children's playgrounds...
Monday 27 September 2021

Volunteers celebrated for going above and beyond in pandemic

Volunteers celebrated for going above and beyond in pandemic
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Preparations are well underway for this year's Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards.
Friday 24 September 2021

School payments system update week ending 24 September

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The project team continue to work with Civica to resolve the on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System, and the Civica Pay Education parent portal. Progress is being made and this update outlines both resolutions and issues still ongoing...
Wednesday 22 September 2021

Stretchy plastic recycling project put on hold

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A project to recycle single-use stretchy plastic in Torfaen has been temporarily suspended following a devastating fire at the Capital Valley Plastics...

Veteran awarded for voluntary service

Veteran awarded for voluntary service
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A volunteer for the Blaenavon Royal British Legion has won a Community Award at the Welsh Veterans Awards for going above and beyond for his local armed forces community.

£200K worth of illegal cigarettes seized in Wales

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A MILLION illegal cigarettes with a street value of more than £200,000 have been seized in Wales as part of a major crackdown on the country's illegal tobacco trade...
Monday 20 September 2021

We're looking for new foster carers for our children

We're looking for new foster carers for our children
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Foster Wales Torfaen is part of a new national campaign to recruit more local authority foster carers for local children.
Friday 17 September 2021

Council gets keys to state-of-the-art wellbeing centre

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Plans for a new multi-million-pound wellbeing hub have taken a major step forward.

September litter picks

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As part of our drive to create a cleaner, greener Torfaen, the Council along with Keep Wales Tidy (KWT) are running a series of litter picks next week...

It's Time to Deliver for Young People in Wales

It's Time to Deliver for Young People in Wales
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A report published today by The Interim Youth Work Board for Wales sets out recommendations identifying practical and achievable ways of creating a sustainable model for both the governance and delivery of youth work services in Wales.

School payment system update week ending 17 September

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The Project Team are working determinedly with Civica Pay to resolve the on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System and the Civica Pay Education Payment Portal, which continue to affect some schools and parents/carers.
Thursday 16 September 2021

Celebrate 10 years of Rhyme Time with Torfaen Libraries

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Staff at Torfaen Libraries will be marking 10 years of Rhyme Time sessions next week...

Support for new care service

Support for new care service
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A former care worker has launched her own business offering companionship care to the elderly, thanks to Torfaen Council's Communities for Work Plus programme.
Wednesday 15 September 2021

Torfaen Council supports the mighty mission to help Wales become the number one recycling nation this Recycle Week

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Wales is already the third best recycling nation in the world, and the Mighty Mission to get us to number one continues into Recycle Week 2021 from 20 to 26 September...

New food allergen law comes into force on 1 October

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Trading Standards Wales is supporting an initiative by Greater Gwent Food Group to reduce deaths from allergic reactions...
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