Posted on: Thursday 16 December 2021
Fifty Christmas hampers will be delivered to young people in need and their families across Torfaen this week.
Torfaen Youth Service staff have spent the past few weeks filling the boxes with food, toiletries and children’s gifts, thanks to a £2,000 grant from Torfaen Voluntary Alliance Winter Fund.
The hampers will be given to young people who access the service’s groups, youth clubs and mentoring support. Many include young carers, care leavers, members of Torfaen youth LBTQ+ group and young parents.
Among them will be Andy Tamblin, 24, from Cwmbran, “To be able to get this just in time for Christmas is amazing,” he said. “It will really help out.”
Deb Parry, Torfaen Youth Support Worker, said, “For so many, Christmas can be a real challenge. To be able to spread some joy and happiness by providing this service to some of our most vulnerable young people and their families is a real privilege’.
Torfaen’s Youth Service provides a range of opportunities for young people aged 11 - 25 in schools, at youth clubs and through work in communities.
They also organise evening and weekend activities and programmes during the school holidays.
Torfaen Executive Member for Children, Families and Communities, Councillor Fiona Cross, added: “Torfaen youth workers develop meaningful relationships over time and gain the trust of those they work with. They become acutely aware of the challenges they and their families face.
"We know everyone has felt the impact of higher living costs of late, so this small Christmas gift for those who are in most need is important, valued and will go some way to encouraging some festive cheer.”
For more information about Torfaen Youth Service, you can follow them on social media @torfaenyouth or visit our website www.torfaen.gov.uk
Torfaen Voluntary Alliance Winter Fund Grants are also available to third sector and not for profit groups who support people of any age. For more information visit, https://tvawales.org.uk/cwsf/