News: Thrify Torfaen event attended by over 500 people

On Friday 29th November, Torfaen Welfare Reform Action Group hosted its first ever Thrifty Christmas Fayre at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran. The event attracted well over 500 people and was a great way to kick-off the festive period.

Cwmbran’s Kotecha Dance team kicked things off with a performance on the main stage and Able Radio provided music throughout the day with the help of volunteers.

Residents were able to grab a bargain from a huge selection of stalls, some of which included low cost crafts, bikes from Changing Gearz, a TRAC2 gift exchange, home energy improvements and lots of free tombola giveaways.

Organisations such as Citizens Advice, Credit Union and Housing Associations were in attendance to help individuals and families manage Christmas affordably and reduce the financial and emotional stress that the festive period can sometimes bring.

TVA were also in attendance giving away some of our Christmas decorations. In addition there was information around well-being and managing mental health at Christmas. Some comments from residents that attended on the day included:

“Great to see so much community involvement, some really good affordable gift ideas and it should be run every year”

“Useful information, especially about Torfaen Gateway Credit Union and other local organisations that would benefit me”

“Absolutely amazing, would highly recommend and would definitely come back if you done it again”

Torfaen Council Financial Inclusion Officer, Helen Jenkins, who helped organise the event stated: “We were really pleased with the amount of interest the event generated.  Having an affordable Christmas and reducing waste has clearly chimed with the current feeling and the wide range of organisations and charities who attended the event highlighted the amount of support available here in Torfaen.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for the Torfaen Thrifty Bulletin, which is packed with all the latest news and tips that could make your money go that bit further.

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Patrick Downes

Third Sector Development Officer – IT Lead based in Pontypool

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