News Archive

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Play volunteers celebrated

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More than 180 volunteers have been celebrated at this year's Play Service Volunteering Awards ceremony for enriching the lives of children in communities across Torfaen.
Friday 16 February 2024

Project helps teenager achieve rugby dreams.

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A project that supports young people struggling to cope with mainstream education has helped one promising rugby player tackle the challenges he faced.

Hundreds take part in half term fun

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More than 700 children have taken part in a fun-filled week of play this half term, thanks to Torfaen Play Service.
Friday 9 February 2024

Dad's the way to do it!

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A father of two and successful entrepreneur has shared how a parenting programme has transformed his approach to fatherhood and improved his well-being.

First Torfaen Food Summit

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An event aimed at promoting locally produced food will be held in Blaenavon this month.

Ministers visit mental health service for children and young people

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This week, Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Lynne Neagle and Deputy Minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan, visited a Regional Partnership Programme located in Torfaen which supports children and young people with complex mental health needs.
Thursday 8 February 2024

Pupil committee holds meeting in council chamber

Pupil committee holds meeting in council chamber
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Pupils got the chance to use Torfaen Council's chamber to hold their own council meeting this week. Fifteen members of Croesyceiliog School's senedd group got the chance to speak to the Leader, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Skills and Regeneration before holding their own meeting.
Wednesday 7 February 2024

New headteachers start school

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It was a new term and a new start for three new headteachers who have joined schools in the borough.
Tuesday 6 February 2024

First day at the Farm

First day at the Farm
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Torfaen Council have appointed Mike Coe as their new General Manager at Greenmeadow Community Farm
Friday 2 February 2024

Ty Blaen office to close for public payments

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The council's Ty Blaen office in New Inn is to become an operational site only from Monday 12 February...

Energy saving event for carers

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Unpaid carers are invited to attend a free event next month aimed at helping them save money on their energy bills.

Cwmbran shop ordered to close to prevent criminal and anti-social behaviour

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A shop in Old Cwmbran has been served with a Court Order, requiring it to close for three months, following action by the Council's Trading Standards Team...
Thursday 1 February 2024

New Welsh medium childcare centre opens

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A new Welsh medium childcare centre in Pontypool was officially opened by Torfaen Council Leader Cllr Anthony Hunt today.

Residents attend new People's Panel event

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Twenty-eight residents attended our new-look People's Panel event this week.

New childcare course is first in Wales

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Cwmbran High School has become the first school in Wales to take part in a pilot project to offer a childcare course to pupils at secondary school.
Friday 26 January 2024

Holocaust survivor shares message of hope

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A Holocaust survivor who endured four concentration camps and the infamous Nazi Death March has dedicated his life to sharing a message of hope.

New respite scheme for unpaid carers

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A new scheme has been launched to provide unpaid carers respite while someone else looks after their loved one.
Thursday 25 January 2024

Polling station changes approved

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Councillors have approved the results of a review of polling stations and districts in Torfaen.

Help our crews by recycling cardboard weekly

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Residents are being reminded to put their blue bags out for collection weekly to help recycling collection crews...
Wednesday 24 January 2024

Inspectors highlight improvement for learners

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During January, Estyn inspectors visited Torfaen Council to conduct a monitoring visit as a follow up to the core inspection which took place in March 2022
Tuesday 23 January 2024

Repair café takes on ceramics

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The Torfaen Repair Café can now repair broken ceramics thanks to a new volunteer...

Welsh Minister visits Blaenavon to launch new benefits charter

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On Monday, Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt and Co-operation Agreement Designated Member Sian Gwenllian, visited Blaenavon Resource Centre to launch the Welsh Benefits Charter.

Gardening project Inspires young people

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A new food growing project that aims to support young people to progress in and into education; employment and training, has been launched by the Torfaen Council's Inspire Project.
Monday 22 January 2024

Residents star in historical film

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A community project which explores and celebrates key figures who helped to shape Blaenavon town during the Victorian period has been turned into a film.
Friday 19 January 2024

Mic Morris Trust applications open

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Young aspiring athletes can apply for funding, to help them achieve their dreams thanks to The Mic Morris Trust

Man Prosecuted for Rubbish Fly-Tipped on Twmbarlam Mountain

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A Caerphilly resident has been prosecuted after around 10 bags of rubbish were found fly-tipped at a local Torfaen beauty spot...
Thursday 18 January 2024

Join us at the People's Panel

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Would you like to find out more - and have your say - about the work the council does or is planning to do?
Wednesday 17 January 2024

Cabinet approves budget plan

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The Council is nearing a balanced budget, having identified £2.8m in further savings since the draft budget in November.

Plan to Raise the Recycling Rate approved

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Cabinet members have approved a plan to improve the waste and recycling service and increase recycling.
Friday 12 January 2024

Pupils appeal to businesses to help with prom plans

Pupils appeal to businesses to help with prom plans
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Pupils appeal to businesses to help with prom plans

New men's fitness and wellbeing programme

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An innovative fitness and wellbeing programme exclusively for men in Torfaen is set to kick off this January.
Thursday 11 January 2024

Ukraine refugee thanks residents

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A Ukrainian refugee who moved to Torfaen to flee the war with Russia has thanked residents for making her feel welcome.
Wednesday 10 January 2024

New Year fun

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More than 130 children took part in a series of play and activity camps at Cwmbran Stadium last week, organised by Torfaen Play Service.
Tuesday 9 January 2024

Former Deputy Leader of Torfaen passes away

Former Deputy Leader of Torfaen passes away
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It is with great sadness that the council has been informed that Lewis Jones, the former long-standing councillor for the Trevethin ward in Pontypool and the former Deputy Leader of Torfaen Council has passed away peacefully over Christmas

New business startup club

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A new programme for anyone thinking about setting up their own business will start next month.

Recognising the contribution of unpaid carers

Recognising the contribution of unpaid carers
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Being an unpaid carer is a role that often goes without recognition but for carer Dave Mynott, his dedication to supporting people and their loved ones with dementia has led to the award of the British Empire medal (BEM)...
Monday 8 January 2024

'Bring something to the table' fostering campaign launched.

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Today, Foster Wales, the national network of 22 Welsh local authority fostering teams, set out with the bold aim of recruiting over 800 new foster families by 2026.
Friday 22 December 2023

Hundreds of tyres removed from beauty spot

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These shocking photographs show hundreds of car tyres found dumped near the old Blaenserchan colliery.

Revamped assemblies help improve attendance.

Revamped assemblies help improve attendance.
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A primary school in Torfaen has experienced a healthy boost in attendance rates following the implementation of a new and engaging approach to Friday morning assemblies.
Thursday 21 December 2023

Catering team serves up festive feasts

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If you're cooking Christmas lunch this year, spare a thought for Torfaen Council's schools catering service which has served up more than 7,000 turkey dinners this month!
Friday 15 December 2023

School library visits boost class attendance

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A primary school class has seen an improvement in pupil attendance since they started visiting their local library for reading sessions.

Fast food fine

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Pontypool takeaway fined for displaying invalid food hygiene rating sticker....

Drone helps to tackle illegal off-roading

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Funding has been given to a project to fund two police officers and state-of the-art technology to help tackle illegal off-roading.
Thursday 14 December 2023

School achieves human rights award

School achieves human rights award
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New Inn Primary School has been awarded the highly acclaimed Gold Rights Respecting School Award by UNICEF UK.

Charity overwhelmed by business help

Charity overwhelmed by business help
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A charity has been overwhelmed with support following Torfaen Council's Women in Business evening last month.

Record Christmas card competition

Record Christmas card competition
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An annual Christmas card competition run by Torfaen Play Service and two community councils has received a record 500 entries.
Tuesday 12 December 2023

Christmas and New Year recycling and waste collections

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There will be no changes to collection days in the week leading up to Christmas.
Friday 8 December 2023

Solar powered schools

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Solar panels have been installed in 14 schools across the borough saving hundreds of thousands of pounds in electricity...
Thursday 7 December 2023

New climate action group

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The Climate Ambassadors Network was set up by Torfaen Council in November 2021 to help plan for the borough to become net carbon zero by 2050. Since then, the group has formed a residents' action group and they are looking for new members.

Pupils shape school values

Pupils shape school values
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Pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw have told councillors how they are helping to shape their school's core values
Wednesday 6 December 2023

Young entrepreneurs given boost

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A group of entrepreneurs has taken part in a new course dedicated to supporting young business people in Torfaen.

Pupils win healthy cooking lessons

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The winners of Torfaen Catering Service's Waste Warriors competition have enjoyed learning how cook healthy food and help reduce food waste.
Monday 4 December 2023

New nature reserve will be the largest

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A former colliery site in Abersychan is on course to become Torfaen's eighth and largest Local Nature Reserve.
Friday 1 December 2023

New protection for private tenants

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From today, all private rental properties must have a mains-wired interlinked smoke alarms on every floor and a valid electrical condition report.

School sees big increase in attendance

School sees big increase in attendance
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A secondary school has seen a remarkable increase in attendance rates thanks to the range of support it offers pupils struggling to go to school.

New mandatory course for tattooists and beauticians

New mandatory course for tattooists and beauticians
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Starting from next year, all professionals who offer body art and acupuncture services in Wales will need to obtain a mandatory licence to operate.
Wednesday 29 November 2023

School is at heart of community

School is at heart of community
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A primary school in Torfaen has won an award for its outstanding work with families and the local community.

Scores on the doors celebrated

Scores on the doors celebrated
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More than half of food businesses in Torfaen display the highest level of cleanliness, according to the Food Hygiene Ratings scheme.
Tuesday 28 November 2023

Torfaen school receives beaming report.

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A Welsh medium primary school in Pontypool has received an exceptional report from Estyn inspectors this week.

Unlicensed street trader prosecuted

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A man from Swindon has pleaded guilty to trading in Torfaen without a street trading consent...
Monday 27 November 2023

Pontypool shop ordered to close for three months

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A shop in Pontypool town centre has been ordered to close for three months...
Friday 24 November 2023

Young carers lobby Senedd members

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A group of young carers have met with local Member of Senedd Lynne Neagle to discuss the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis.
Thursday 23 November 2023

Networking event is the business

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More than 100 female entrepreneurs and business leaders attended the Torfaen Women in Business event last night.
Tuesday 21 November 2023

New canal plan approved

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Councillors have approved a new 10-year plan to protect and improve the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in Torfaen.

Work to protect Garn Lakes

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Work is underway to remove a number of trees and shrubs growing close to Garn Lakes to enable repairs and reduce the risk of flooding.
Monday 20 November 2023

New job is a new start

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A mechanic has joined Torfaen Council's fleet team, thanks to a chance meeting at HMP Prescoed.
Friday 17 November 2023

School catering team win national award

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The team in charge of school catering in Torfaen has won another two national industry awards...

Carers Rights Day

Carers Rights Day
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Unpaid carers in Torfaen will join thousands of carers across the UK to mark Carers Rights Day next week, an annual campaign organised by Carers UK.

Review of Council's Cemeteries

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Next year, as part of a cemeteries review, a public consultation will take place...

Hearing-impaired experiences put on display

Hearing-impaired experiences put on display
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A mural designed by pupils at Cwmbran High School's hearing-impaired unit has been unveiled at the school
Friday 10 November 2023

Parents prosecuted for persistent absenteeism

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The parents of a child who was persistently absent from school have been prosecuted by Torfaen Council.
Thursday 9 November 2023

Beware of scam callers targeting Lifeline users

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Torfaen Council's Assistive Technology Team has received reports that some residents across Wales have been targeted by scam callers who claim to be from the council or the Lifeline service.

Budget proposals for 2024/25

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Next week, Torfaen councillors will consider the council's draft budget for 2024/25 and will be asked to make suggestions for potential further savings or areas for review to bridge a funding shortfall of £2.8million.
Wednesday 8 November 2023

Trader prosecuted for selling illegal vapes

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A 42-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the possession and sale of illegal disposable vapes.

Weekly cardboard collections start Monday

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Cardboard recycling collections will increase from fortnightly to weekly from Monday 13 November...
Tuesday 7 November 2023

Remembrance Sunday 2023

Remembrance Sunday 2023
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Remembrance Sunday is an important date in the nation's annual calendar, and this year takes place on 12 November.
Monday 6 November 2023

Santa Appeal launched

Santa Appeal launched
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Torfaen Social Services has today launched its long standing annual Santa Appeal.
Thursday 2 November 2023

Young people in care celebrated

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A conference has been held to celebrate the achievements of young people who have experienced the care system in Torfaen.
Wednesday 1 November 2023

New hub to support homeless

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Plans for a new centre to support homeless people in Torfaen have taken a step forward.
Monday 30 October 2023

Polling station review

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Every five years, local authorities must review their polling stations to ensure they are convenient and accessible for voters.
Friday 27 October 2023

Service scoops Heart of Community award

Service scoops Heart of Community award
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Torfaen Play have won the Torfaen Voluntary Alliance 'Heart of the Community award', which recognises groups of volunteers that make a positive impact in the local community.

How to dispose of vapes safely

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An estimated 5 million disposable vapes are thrown away every week in the UK – equivalent to eight every second...
Thursday 26 October 2023

Residents get help with energy costs

Residents get help with energy costs
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Hundreds of people have been given free energy support, including advice and energy saving give aways like LED lightbulbs and radiator heat reflectors.

Weekly cardboard collections to start

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Cardboard recycling collections will increase from fortnightly to weekly from next month.

Recycling facilities improved at flats

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Torfaen Council has been working with Bron Afon Community Housing to increase the number of flats with recycling facilities...
Wednesday 25 October 2023

New Collaborative Procurement Service

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Torfaen Council has signed up to a new procurement service focusing on socially responsible business purchasing, increased collaboration and greater community impact.

Wales! Get ready to harness the power of food waste and get us to #1

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Wales, we're crackin' at recycling and take pride in doing our bit, so much so that we're the 3rd best recycling nation in the world. But we can always do better, right?...
Friday 20 October 2023

Cwmbran butcher prosecuted for food hygiene offences

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A Cwmbran butcher has pleaded guilty to three food hygiene offences...

Centre puts young Welsh learners on right path

Centre puts young Welsh learners on right path
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Since opening its doors earlier this year, Torfaen's Welsh immersion centre has seen 18 pupils supported to learn the Welsh language in order to transition from English to Welsh mainstream education.

Schools launch national recycling campaign

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Pupils and staff from two primary schools in Cwmbran have helped launch the Welsh Government's annual Be Mighty Recycle campaign.

Green waste recycling increases

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The amount of green waste recycled in Torfaen has increased since the start of April...
Thursday 19 October 2023

Women in Business event

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An evening aimed at celebrating female business leaders and entrepreneurs will be held in Cwmbran next month.

Santa Appeal opens soon.

Santa Appeal opens soon.
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Torfaen Social Services is preparing to play Father Christmas again as plans for this year's Santa Appeal get underway.
Wednesday 18 October 2023

National Adoption Week 2023

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As part of National Adoption Week 2023, The South East Wales Adoption Service is continuing their mission to encourage more people to consider adoption, as sibling groups, children with additional needs, and older children across Wales still wait to find their 'forever home'.

Food waste recycling increases

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The amount of food waste being recycled in Torfaen has increased 13 per cent over the past five months...
Friday 13 October 2023

Summer Reading Challenge winners announced

Summer Reading Challenge winners announced
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Torfaen Libraries have announced the winners of their 'Ready, Set, Read!' Summer Reading Challenge, that saw more than 1000 children take part this summer.

Repair shop celebrates first anniversary

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Volunteers who repair small electrical items free of charge are celebrating their first year.
Tuesday 10 October 2023

Funding awarded to bring communities together

Funding awarded to bring communities together
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Eight community projects across Torfaen, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent have been successful in acquiring funding to help reduce inequality and bring communities together.

Baby Loss Awareness Week

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Torfaen Council is joining other organisations across the UK to light up iconic landmarks pink and blue to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Friday 6 October 2023

People's Library event comes to Torfaen

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Library members will get the chance to borrow a person instead of a book, as part of the first-ever People's Library event later this month.
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