Feeding the Ward

Today was spent picking up supplies to help make up crisis packs for the most vulnerable within the ward from the distribution centre based at Griffithstown in Pontypool.

The role that Garnsychan Partnership and Noddfa Church are playing is absolutely outstanding, I really can’t thank them enough for what they’re doing for the Abersychan Ward.

Covid-19 whilst causing a lot of worries, has also managed to bring out the best within the community, from volunteering to checking on neighbours or just chatting over the fence to see if each other are ok.

It’s been an emotional rollercoaster personally for me as a Councillor, seeing everyone pull together, whilst also seeing the hardship caused by this pandemic.

Noddfa Church, a real beacon of hope, with their online services and food share, have really adapted to the crisis, not just giving up and closing, but embracing the forced change to provide in other ways for their community.

Garnsychan Partnership the same, a reuse charity now on the frontline delivering crisis packs, delivering prescriptions, offering friendly call services for the elderly and vulnerable along with assisting with other organisations.

A year ago, I would never have envisioned such an outpouring of love and support for this ward and each other, it’s been really inspirational to see and fills me full of hope for the future.

I’m hoping to be out delivering crisis packs again this weekend and again thank you all for your support and understanding during these very uneasy times.

Twins Bake for the NHS

There’s a facebook page that is taking the ward by storm called ‘Twin bakes for the NHS’ the page already has 477 members and membership is rapidly rising.

The page came about from an idea by Abersychan twins Ffion and Lilly aged 10 as they wanted to do something to help during the pandemic, but struggled because of social distancing.

After much thought, the twins decided they wanted to bake for key workers, helping to give them recognition from them for the outstanding work they are doing, as things took off they decided to raise money for the NHS.

The twins added “we all need the NHS, especially now, we are truly grateful to the NHS as it has helped support us in many ways, Lilly suffers from severe asthma and requires a lot of medication every month”.

Their mother, Jenna Powell added that their little brother Ollie, has fluid on the brain and has undergone many CT and MRI scans, they’re aware how much this must cost the NHS, we just want to give something back to them.

She added that she is very proud of what her daughters are doing and they have so far raised over £300 using some of their pocket money to add to the total.

All the ingredients have been bought by the children and all this is alongside their home schooling.

I think that we all agree, how wonderful and thoughtful Lilly and Ffion are and we are all truly grateful to them.

The Facebook page has many mouthwatering selections, I highly recommend that you take a look!

No personal contact was involved in writing this blog.

Lockdown Changes for Wales

As part of the second review, the Welsh Government has decided the lockdown in Wales will continue until the next review period in three weeks’ time.

People are being asked to continue working from home if they are able to do so.

The First Minister has today announced Wales intends to make a series of small adjustments to the regulations, including:

  • Allowing people to exercise more than once a day, but people should stay local. This means any exercise should start and end at home and not involve going a significant distance from home.
  • Enabling local authorities to begin the process of planning how to safely reopen libraries and municipal recycling centres.
  • Allowing garden centres to open provided they comply with the physical distancing duty.

It is intended these adjustments will come into force on Monday, so Wales moves in step with the rest of the UK.

The rules in Wales are different to England

Morrisons Phone Shopping Service for elderly and vulnerable

Morrisons Supermarket has a new service to help those who are elderly or vulnerable, during the Covid-19 lockdown.

If you’re in this group then you will be able to order essential items by phone, which will be from a range of 47 items and can be delivered the next day, payment will be made via a chip & pin card machine.

Orders can be placed by ringing 0345 611 6111 and selecting option 5.

Lynne Neagle MS, Torfaen member of the Welsh Parliament has been an advocate in pushing for more online shopping slots and support to be put forward for the elderly and vulnerable during this crises who have been forced to isolate.

Ms Neagle has also raised this issue several times with the First Minister.

This will help many, not just within the Abersychan Ward, but in every ward along with the support of various chariites and organisations helping to deliver food parcels and prescriptions.

If you’re self isolating within the Abersychan Ward, you can contact the following for help.

Garnsychan Partnership on 01495 774453

are providing food parcels and vegetable packs along with prescription deliveries and collection in partnership with Abersychan Pharmacy as well as a friendly phone call service.

Noddfa Church

are providing a food-share scheme everyday between 10am to noon and on a Wednesday 6pm to 8pm

 

Local Businesswoman Runs ‘Support Your Heroes’ Competition

Local business owner, Ms Nicola House – Davies is currently running a Competition to display hand drawn, painted or craft pictures at her Garndiffaith Business, The Head Gardener.

If you’re feeling artistic, then get crafting and don’t forget to put your name, age (if under 16) and contact details on the back!

If you’re an adult please write adult on the back too!

Entries can be posted through the letterbox at The Head Gardener, 54 Stanley Road, Garndiffaith.

There are 3 voucher prizes,

1st Prize of £25 for under 16 years old

2nd Prize of £15 for Under 16 years old

And one £10 prize for over 16 years old

Councillor Giles Davies stated, ‘that he was very impressed by the quality of the artwork displayed in windows throughout the ward and thrilled that Ms House – Davies has decided to run this competition.

Some of the entries

He is looking forward to seeing all the designs in her shop, showing support for our key workers’.

Sewerage Leak – Top Road Garndiffaith

Top Road – Sewerage issues 5th May
I’ve received an update from Welsh Water.
The sewer has collapsed in road near to junction to Stanley Road.
The sewer has partially been cleared to stop over flowing and there’s a crew there currently washing and disinfecting down the road.
The job has been passed out for emergency Excavation and repair tonight and will be closed off shortly and works started within the next few hours.

April 2020 Newsletter

Hello, and welcome to my end of month newsletter for April 2020.

In this months newsletter:

  • COVID-19 Support available
  • My Small Schemes Fund 2019-20 Donations
  • and more.

COVID-19 Support Available

The Torfaen COVID-19 Support grant has been set up by Torfaen County Borough Council and Torfaen Voluntary Alliance. The aim of the grant is to provide financial aid to all organisations that are providing support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant can be used for but not limited to:

  • Volunteer expenses
  • Equipment
  • Crisis bags
  • Food

Applications will also be accepted for groups that are:

  • Supporting homeless
  • Supporting older people
  • Supporting children at risk/in need
  • Supporting people living in poverty
  • Supporting people who are/have been suffering domestic abuse

My Small Schemes Fund 2019-20 Donations

Each year Councillors get an allowance to spend within their ward to help Community Groups, Charities etc (Constituted with Bank Account)

This is where I spent last years allowance.

This year I’ll be spending my Torfaen County Borough Council allowance towards helping the ward support those affected by COVID-19

  • Cwmavon Village Hall
  • Cylch Ti A Fi Tedi Bach Garndiffaith
  • Fairfield AFC
  • Fairfield United AFC Girls
  • Garndiffaith Community Association – Pantomime
  • Vitalize Radio
  • Garndiffaith RFC Youth
  • Hanbury Arms Pigeon Club
  • Hope GB
  • Ladies Circle
  • Nifty Needles
  • Noddfa Chapel
  • Special Defibrillator Project – Cwmavon Residents Assoc
  • Talywain Senior Citizens
  • Talywain WI
  • Victoria Village Community Lunch Club
  • Young Carers
  • High Street Baptist Chapel
  • Dan Jones Golfing Charity Match