News Archive

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

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...

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...
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

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...

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.

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 sevice

Support for new care sevice
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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...
Tuesday 14 September 2021

Torfaen County Borough Council to save millions thanks to energy upgrades

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Torfaen council is on track to save millions of pounds and significantly reduce its carbon footprint and impact on climate change after investing in over 45 energy efficiency upgrades across the borough...
Friday 10 September 2021

Summertime Reading Challenge is almost up!

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There's still time to finish the Summer Reading Challenge if you are only a few books behind...

Have you ever wondered what happens to your black bag rubbish?

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Find out what happens to the rubbish you put in your purple lidded bin by taking a virtual tour around Viridor's Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility (ERF)...

Electoral boundaries review

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Initial proposals for changes to Parliamentary constituencies in Wales are now live for public consultation.

Interested in the work of the Council?

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Torfaen Council is seeking to appoint an independent member to sit on its Governance & Audit Committee from May 2022.

School payment systems update

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There are a number of on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System and the Civica Pay Education Payment Portal which are affecting some schools, and in turn parents and carers accounts...

Your views on nuisance dog orders needed

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Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) help local Councils tackle anti-social behaviour. We are reviewing the current PSPOs in place relating to dog controls to ensure they remain relevant and effective in maintaining a clean and green Torfaen, and we want your views..

2023 Review of Parliamentary Constituencies

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Initial proposals for changes to Parliamentary constituencies in Wales are now live for public consultation

Governance & Audit Committee

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Torfaen Council is seeking to appoint an independent member to sit on its Governance & Audit Committee from May 2022
Thursday 9 September 2021

Residents of Upper Cwmbran get involved in our consultation

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The Council are considering reopening or permanently closing a footpath which lies between 68 Thornhill Road and Merthyr Mawr, Thornhill Road, Upper Cwmbran, and we need residents to help us decide what happens...
Wednesday 8 September 2021

Photography competition celebrating Torfaen's waterways

Photography competition celebrating Torfaen's waterways
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We're running a photography competition entitled Views and Nature Around the Waterways of Torfaen.
Tuesday 7 September 2021

Summer fun down at the farm

Summer fun down at the farm
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It's been a busy summer at Greenmeadow Community Farm, which has welcomed more than 17,000 visitors - and 40 rare breed piglets - since it reopened at the end of May.
Friday 3 September 2021

Enforcement officers go back to school

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Parents and carers who drive their children to school will be given road safety advice at the school gates this term....

Museum Car Park closed for essential maintenance

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From 7.30am on Monday, 6th of September, the Pontypool Museum car park will be closed to the public to allow for the reconstruction of the river wall....

Museum Car Park closed for essential maintenance

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From 7.30am on Monday, 6th of September, the Pontypool Museum car park will be closed to the public to allow for the reconstruction of the river wall....
Friday 27 August 2021

Fitness programme for women reaches new heights

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An exercise programme for women is proving so popular that extra sessions are being organised to help meet demand.
Wednesday 25 August 2021

No changes to waste and recycling collections on bank holidays

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There will be no changes to waste and recycling collections on Monday 30 August, which is our Summer bank holiday...

If You're Illegally Riding a Privately Owned E-scooter – STOP!

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This summer, some people may be considering purchasing an e-scooter, which have become an increasingly common sight as people are still looking at alternatives to public transport or a way to reduce car use...
Tuesday 24 August 2021

Play camps are a summer-time success

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Nearly two thousand children have attended camps run by Torfaen Council's Play Service this summer.

Share your feedback on home care services

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People who receive home care services and their families are being asked to tell Torfaen Council about their experiences.
Friday 20 August 2021

Pontypool town centre treasure hunt

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Pontypool Post Office and local independent traders are holding a Children's Treasure Hunt within the town centre between Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th August...
Wednesday 18 August 2021

Underage alcohol sales crackdown

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There has been an increase in the number of complaints about premises in Torfaen selling alcohol, cigarettes and vapes to underage children - some as young as 12.

New online learning platform goes live

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It's well documented that learning on the go is increasingly becoming more common place, so to keep up with the pace of change, Torfaen Adult Community Learning have just launched a new 'learn on-the-go' online training platform.

Attendees of prom event urged to get PCR tests

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An appeal is being issued for the attendees of a school prom or graduation party held at the Cwrt Bleddyn hotel near Usk on Wednesday 11 August to get a PCR Covid-19 test.
Tuesday 17 August 2021

New active travel map needs your views

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If you cycle or walk regularly – or would like to – then Torfaen Council needs your help!...
Sunday 15 August 2021

Adult learners celebrating exam success

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Students across Torfaen are celebrating after another set of great A Level and GCSE results, following another difficult year.
Friday 13 August 2021

Community care services under pressure

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Councils in Gwent are alerting residents who receive community health and social care to expect possible changes in their support because of high demand on services and staff shortages.

Play is in for summer

Play is in for summer
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More than 200 children and young people have been enjoying their summer holidays thanks to Torfaen Council's Play Service.
Friday 6 August 2021

Autumn Adult Community Learning Brochure is out now!

Autumn Adult Community Learning Brochure is out now!
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Have you ever fancied learning how to trace your family history, speaking a different language or retraining for a new career?
Friday 30 July 2021

Louise wins Care Star Award

Louise wins Care Star Award
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Torfaen Carer Support worker Louise Hook has won a Care Star award for the support she has provided to local carers during the last 15 months.
Wednesday 28 July 2021

Access council services 24/7

Access council services 24/7
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You can contact Torfaen Council anytime of the day by signing up for your personal online council service
Tuesday 27 July 2021

Making streets safer

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Welsh Government want to make our streets safer for everyone...
Friday 23 July 2021

Wellness project supports people on the path to employment

Wellness project supports people on the path to employment
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More than 300 unemployed people have been supported by a project that focuses on improving mental and physical health.

Don't lose your voice in elections

Don't lose your voice in elections
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Torfaen residents are being urged not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.
Thursday 22 July 2021

Spot checks reveal three businesses not complying with Covid regulations

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Castel-Y-Bwch, Henllys Lane, Cwmbran, the Dorallt, Henllys, Cwmbran and the Oakfield, Cwmbran, are the latest businesses to be issued a Premises Improvement Notice for breaches of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020...

Funeral attendance - permitted numbers of mourners

Funeral attendance - permitted numbers of mourners
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The numbers of mourners permitted to attend funerals at Gwent cemeteries and Gwent Crematorium is changing in line with updated government guidance

New report provides important record of the state of Gwent's wildlife

New report provides important record of the state of Gwent's wildlife
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A thought-provoking new report, launched Wednesday 21st July, has looked at the breadth of wildlife in Gwent, recording the ecological successes and identifying those species most at risk...
Monday 19 July 2021

FSA explains PPDS changes for businesses | FSA explains PPDS changes for businesses (fsaevents.co.uk)

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From 1 October 2021, the requirements for labelling on prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) foods will change in England, Wales and Northern Ireland....
Saturday 17 July 2021

New fund to save the heart of your community

New fund to save the heart of your community
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Is there a former pub, village hall or shop that used to be the heart of your community? Or is at risk of closing?
Friday 16 July 2021

Subways in Torfaen receive makeover

Subways in Torfaen receive makeover
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Staff and volunteers with Torfaen Play Service are bringing a splash of colour to underground walkways this summer.

Cashless catering and Education Payment Portal 16.07.21

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Today, Bleinham Primary School will be changing over to the new Cashless Catering and Education Payment Portal....

Have a waste free BBQ

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If you're making the most of the sun this weekend by having a BBQ here's some top tips on how to make it waste free...
Thursday 15 July 2021
Tuesday 13 July 2021

Creative Writing Tutor Wins Poetry Prize

Creative Writing Tutor Wins Poetry Prize
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A poem about a family affected by the death of their son in World War I has won a national poetry competition.
Friday 9 July 2021

Cashless catering and Education Payment Portal update

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If you are a carer or parent of children at St Davids, Coed Eva, Cwmffrwdoer, George Street, Henllys Church in Wales, Padro Pio and Ysgol Panteg Primary School, you should have had your registration letter from the school...

Be A Torfaen BetterMan

Be A Torfaen BetterMan
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Following the long running success of Torfaen Sports Development's female only #ifyougoigo programme, it's finally time for the men of Torfaen to step up and take on a similar challenge!

Free interactive online webinars about heritage building conservation

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The Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme, working in partnership with the Tywi Centre and Blaenavon Civic Society, will deliver series of interactive online workshops from 6-8 pm on Monday 12 and 19 of July, and 9 August...
Friday 2 July 2021

Cashless catering and Education Payment Portal update

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If you are a carer or parent of children at Garnteg, Croesyceiliog, Maendy, St.Davids and Ysgol Bryn Onnen Primary school, you should have had your registration letter from the school,..

Spots checks on pubs and shops

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Torfaen Council's Trading Standards team are conducting enforcement visits to shops and pubs in the borough following an increase in complaints regarding underage drinking and the sale of alcohol to young people...
Thursday 1 July 2021

Gregor proves he's a Little Trooper

Gregor proves he's a Little Trooper
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A new club has been set up at New Inn Primary School for pupils whose parents are serving in the armed forces.

Torfaen Libraries Summer Reading Challenge goes Wild

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The annual Summer Reading Challenge is back, and this year it's going Wild...

Torfaen Council now seeking Expressions of Interest for new Grants Programme.

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Businesses in Pontypool, Blaenavon and Cwmbran town centres can register their interest for funding to help regenerate vacant and under used building space...
Friday 25 June 2021

Cashless catering and Education Payment Portal update

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If you are a carer or parent of children at Ponthir, Llanyravon, Woodlands and Our Ladies of the Angels Primary School, you should have had your registration letter from the school...

Connect Torfaen set to launch in Torfaen

Connect Torfaen set to launch in Torfaen
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Connect Torfaen is a new, bespoke social networking platform dedicated to volunteers and community groups in Torfaen.

What would get you to walk or cycle more?

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The council wants to know how walking and cycling routes throughout Torfaen can be improved to help residents ditch the car for everyday journeys...
Wednesday 23 June 2021

How a bin lorry driver from Cwmbran gained the confidence to speak in public – thanks to the Reserves

How a bin lorry driver from Cwmbran gained the confidence to speak in public – thanks to the Reserves
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Despite a dislike of public speaking, 25-year-old Jack Pritchard from Cwmbran is glad he was pushed out of his comfort zone.
Tuesday 22 June 2021

Council approves extra funds for The British

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Torfaen councillors have voted in favour of allocating an extra £1.2m to regenerate the site of an old ironworks.
Friday 18 June 2021

Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards

Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards
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Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards is set to return to bring Torfaen together and recognise those who regularly do good across the third sector, sport, business and the local community.

Important message for parents/carers of children at Ponthir, Llanyravon, Woodlands and Our Lady of The Angels Primary School

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The way parents/carers pay for school meals, trips and other items is changing...

Changing lives by sharing lives

Changing lives by sharing lives
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This week we celebrate National Shared Lives - a programme, where people open their lives and homes up to help those in need of support.

School's launch competition to find Torfaen's youngest engineer

School's launch competition to find Torfaen's youngest engineer
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A competition has been launched this week in schools across Torfaen in order to find Torfaen's youngest engineer.

Dementia friendly Torfaen business, musiCare, gears up to resume outdoor musical performances at care homes

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Torfaen based musiCare, established in 2013 and run by Dementia Champions, Michael Clutton and Natalie Webb is resuming its professional musical entertainment services outdoors at care homes across the South East Wales region, Herefordshire and Forest of Dean...

Important message for parents/carers of children at Ponthir, Llanyravon, Woodlands and Our Ladies of the Angels Primary School

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The way parents/carers pay for school meals, trips and other items is changing...

Reminder for parents/carers of children at Pontnewydd Primary School

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By now, you should have had your registration letter from the school, or an email from Civica (donotreply-education@civicapayments.co.uk) about registering for the new Education Payment Portal...
Thursday 17 June 2021

Vandalism continues at Sandybrook Park

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Sandybrook Park, Cwmbran, which is currently closed due to vandalism, has been the victim to even more vandalism.
Monday 14 June 2021

Crucial Crew reaches over 1000 pupils in Torfaen

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Around 1000 primary school children have been learning about road safety, dangers of grass fires, and food hygiene as part of their preparations for secondary school...
Friday 11 June 2021

Vandalism at Sandybrook Park

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Sandybrook Park, Cwmbran, is the latest park to be vandalised in the borough

Make sure you pay before you play at Northfields and Southfields

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If you are a sports team or fitness group, please can you make sure you have booked a pitch/hard standing before you play/carry out your class

Pontypool Indoor Market Traders get creative

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A number of talented market traders at Pontypool Indoor Market are now displaying their artwork across the Market Hall

Work Begins On Carers Garden

Work Begins On Carers Garden
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Work has started on a new flower garden dedicated to all unpaid carers in Torfaen.

Road Closure in Pontypool Town Centre

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An emergency road closure on Commercial Street, Pontypool will remain in place into next week to undertake emergency repairs to collapsed sewerage pipes

Important message for parents/carers of children at Pontnewydd Primary School

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The way parents/carers pay for school meals, trips and other items is changing...
Wednesday 9 June 2021

Help For Young Carers

Help For Young Carers
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A pioneering scheme to support young carers in Torfaen is helping more than 100 youngsters.
Tuesday 8 June 2021

Emergency road closure in Pontypool

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The council is putting an emergency road closure on Commercial Street, Pontypool from 7am tomorrow morning (9th of June)

HMRC & Trading Standards crackdown on illegal alcohol

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More than 4000 cans of lager including Stella Artois, Orangeboom and Kronenbourg have been seized by trading standards and customs officers...

Extra Help For Carers

Extra Help For Carers
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Around 120 carers have been given extra help by Torfaen Council's social care teams during the coronavirus pandemic
Monday 7 June 2021

Your Voice Your Decision

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Did you know that you can apply for a Lasting Power of Attorney at any age?

Opportunities to work with an Ecologist to enhance wildlife at churchyards and burial sites

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Love Your Burial Ground Week runs from Saturday 5 to Sunday 13 June, and this year, the Council, along with partner organisations, are leading on several sub-projects under The Resilient Greater Gwent work programme, funded by Welsh Government's Enabling Natural Resources & Wellbeing Grant...

Vandalism at Pontnewydd Park

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Last week Pontnewydd Park was exposed to vandalism like we've never seen before.
Saturday 5 June 2021

Celebrating Torfaen's Ecosystems

Celebrating Torfaen's Ecosystems
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It's World Environment Day and this year's theme is ecosystem restoration. Local Nature Partnership Coordinator Veronika Brannovic explains why ecosystems are important and what's being done in Torfaen to develop them.
Friday 4 June 2021

Volunteers Help With Half-Term Fun

Volunteers Help With Half-Term Fun
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Playworkers and volunteers have provided play and wellbeing sessions for vulnerable children across Torfaen during the Whitsun holidays.
Wednesday 2 June 2021

Council wants views on Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

Council wants views on Additional Learning Needs (ALN)
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The council's Education Overview and Scrutiny Committee are meeting at 10am on the 9th of June to consider a report on how the council is preparing for changes to the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Act

Young Volunteers Thanked

Young Volunteers Thanked
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Hundreds of young people volunteer with Torfaen Council's Play Service every year.
Friday 28 May 2021

Wales Nature Week 29 May - 6 June

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This year, the Wales Biodiversity Partnership (WBP), are asking the public to explore, discover and share their nature stories and experiences during Wales Nature Week (29 May – 6 June)...

Calling all Torfaen litter heroes - Spring Clean Cymru is back

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People in Torfaen and across Wales are being encouraged to 'be part of the pick' and join Spring Clean Cymru 2021...
Thursday 27 May 2021

Volunteers' Week 2021 – A Time to Say Thanks

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National Volunteers Week takes place from 1 – 7 June 2021 and this year Torfaen Council and Torfaen Voluntary Alliance are paying tribute to the thousands of volunteers that have given their time over the last 15 months to support causes they care about.
Tuesday 25 May 2021

Two vehicles seized at Operation Options

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During Global Road Safety Week (17-23 May), the council worked in partnership with Gwent Police, and South Wales Fire and Rescue, to run Operation Option sessions...
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