Supporting the most vulnerable throughout the winter months

Over £8,000 pound awarded in the first round of the Community Winter Support Fund

With the winter now upon us, TVA (Torfaen Voluntary Alliance) understands how tough the cold and darker nights will be and in doing so, created the Community Winter Support Fund.

The purpose of this grant is to help and support those under pressure during the winter period. The fund can be accessed by third sector and not for profit organisations/groups to support any age group and we welcome your ideas on how to do so.

The funding panel meets fortnightly and has decided on the following:


Project Description


Torfaen Youth Service

For approximately 50 hampers to known vulnerable young people and their families to provide a little bit of indulgence and fun activities to which they wouldn’t necessarily be able to afford, bringing them a little glimmer of festive cheer over this Christmas period.


Cyfannol Women’s Aid

To purchase warm clothing, hats, scarfs, and gloves for both the women and the children currently residing in their refuges.


Tasty not Wasty CIC

To supply food for families for Christmas. Also aim to carry out Christmas lunch with activities for those who would be socially isolated.


Hope GB

Christmas afternoon tea boxes for families at Hope GB.


Garnsychan Partnership

To replenish food stocks and items of need which have not always been received through other donation sources.



Provide extra Christmas cupboard items to their Food Share Co-op members, and similar crisis food bags for those referred.


Age Connects

Deliver a Christmas afternoon tea box to socially isolated older people living throughout Torfaen on the 23rd December to nominated people.


Thank you so much. I wasn't expecting that much. I now can book the vans and organise everything in advance

Sabrina Cresswell Tasty Not Wasty CIC

That is fantastic news, thank you so much. We are very happy to accept

Lynne Howells CoStar

    Tasty Not Wasty CIC were awarded £3,367 to help support with activities on Christmas Day. Their founder, Sabrina Cresswell, said; “Thank you so much. I wasn’t expecting that much. I now can book the vans and organise everything in advance”

    Another successful applicant was CoStar to help provide extra items for their foodshare. Lynne Howells, on hearing their application was successful, said “That is fantastic news, thank you so much.  We are very happy to accept”.

    The Community Winter Support Fund is available till the end of March 2022, and all local organisations are welcome to submit applications for any projects that will support with winter pressures.

    If you would like to chat with one of our team about your project idea, contact us on 01495 365610 or check out our website to apply here:

    If you’re a local community group, voluntary organisation, sports club or community venue based in Torfaen, TVA can help with supporting volunteers, your governance, accessing funding opportunities, and online support. Contact us at or on social media, search @TVAWales.

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