Cleaner Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Council Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Cross-Cutting Resources and Business Overview & Scrutiny Committee
General Licensing Committee (Chair)
Licensing Committee (Chair)
Statutory Licensing Committee (Chair)
I served on the following outside bodies/committees
Torfaen Leisure Trust – Board of Trustees
Local Ward Activities
During the past 12 months again using Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and Website) to keep residents informed and allowing them to make contact 24/7 including regular ward walks (Street Surgeries), it’s been an exceptionally busy period.
Along with Noddfa Church the winter period was taken up helping to organise Carols Under the Arch, followed by the Ward Pantomime in January.
During this period helping raise funds and support local businesses as much as possible, along with taking on the Chair at the Millennium Hall Community Association and at Garnsychan Partnership.
Unfortunately Covid 19 then started to appear and we went into Lockdown, expecting at first, a drop in workload, this wasn’t to happen.
At Garnsychan Partnership, we decided to throw our resources into supporting the ward and tied in with Abersychan Pharmacy and Surgery to assist prescription deliveries for isolating residents, along with linking in with Torfaen and others to provide and deliver food packages for shielding and vulnerable residents.
A massive thanks to the Partnership Manager Ms Kate Burton for organising and providing this service.
During this period I linked in with Noddfa Church to help deliver Fair Share food bags within the ward.
As it became difficult for isolating residents to collect recycling equipment, it was time I felt to pick up and deliver to them, which is what happened, before arranging a collection point at Noddfa Church Hall for social distancing collection.
Using my allocated exercise period during early days of Lockdown, I walked the ward to pick up on resident concerns and issues affecting them.
Along with the ward Community Councillors we have organised a Scarecrow Competition within the ward to raise morale and keep the children occupied.
I was also honoured to personally provide prizes for a Support your Key Workers Craft competition within the ward.
The first 5 months of 2020 have been challenging and draining, workloads have risen considerably and stress levels along with it.
But I’ve managed to keep in touch with Community Safety, Police and Licensing via Team Meetings online.
Never in a million years would I have thought that I would be working as a Community Leader during a Pandemic.
Initiatives and special activities
Carols Under the Arch Volunteer – Noddfa Church
Other activities and issues
Member of Pontypool Community Council Deputy Presiding Officer – TCBC
Chair – Garndiffaith Millennium Association Chair – Garnsychan Partnership
Volunteer – Noddfa Church, Carols Under the Arch Volunteer – Noddfa Food Share
Trustee – Torfaen Leisure Trust