Torfaen Voluntary Alliance
Guide To Support Groups In Your Area

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Age Connects Torfaen – Help and Information for older people to enable independence
Tel: 01495 769264 (Widdershins Centre) or 01495 774455 (Abersychan Centre)

Alzheimer’s Society Gwent – Befriending Project
Caring for someone with Alzheimers? Then the above project may be able to help you with support and advice. Tel: 01495 768627

Bipolar Disorder Self Help Group
Support for people with bipolar disorder, their family and friends. Tel: 01633 244244

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Pontypool Pacers
A community based cardiac exercise support group, working with individuals leaving the hospital based rehabilitation course. The project offers support, exercise andsocialisation, all within a safe environment. Further Information from Gethin Jones Tel: 01495 773681

Cancer Support (Gwent)
Support and information to families and friends of those affected by cancer. Help and understanding is available. Tel: 01495 768633

Carers Centre (Torfaen) – Open Monday to Friday 11.00 am to 3.00pm
Carers and those they care for are given support and information, the opportunity to meet with others and discuss matters of mutual concern. Call in at 3 Central Mews, Crane Street, Pontypool or Telephone 01495 753838

Diabetes Support Group – Cwmbran & District Diabetes Support Group
Help and support for is available to diabetic patients and carers from the above support group. Further information from Val Carnagie Tel: 01633 872553 (Cwmbran Group)

Educational Patient Programme – six week course of 2.5 hours each week
Do you have or care for someone who has a long term health condition? Free courses, designed to help manage any long term health conditions. Further information from Course Co-ordinator Tel: 01291 672352

Friends for Life – Community befriending project for those aged 50+ For further Information Tel: 01495 774455 or email:

Huntington’s Disease Support Group – meeting informally at the Torfaen Carer’s Centre for support and information in a relaxed atmosphere. Further Information from Jackie Peacock Tel: 01873 831931 or Jennifer Evans Tel: 07724 136306

Torfaen Libraries Health & Wellbeing Information & Support Service
An information, support and sign-posting service for health and wellbeing issues. Dedicated information area at Cwmbran Library. Further details from Norah Williams; tel 01633 647654 email

Mental Health Foundation – Self Management Project
The project delivers self-management skills to people with serious psychiatric diagnosis. - enabling them to take control of their mental health. 2 day course, 3 x ½ day sessions and local peer support groups. Interested? Then Contact Catherine Currier on 05601 292452

Mobility Issues - Wheels in Motion – for disabled people of all ages
Wheels in Motion (WIM) are a self help group for people with mobility issues – have your say and promote change within a supportive environment. Further information from Jeanne Tel: 01495 762441 or Rex Tel: 01633 482529

Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS) – Torfaen & District Support Group
This support group meets weekly aiming to improve self management, providing information, promoting a healthier lifestyle with peer led support.
Further information from Sally Bailey Tel: 01633

Older Persons Forum – Torfaen - held monthly in Blaenavon, Cwmbran and Pontypool. Further Information from Torfaen Age Concern Tel: 01495 769264

Osteoporosis Support Group (Gwent)
This support group meets monthly, as well as various socialisation events occurring regularly. Further Information from Sheila Fox Tel: 01495 763008 (also a help and advice line)

Parkinson’s UK – Support and Information to people with Parkinson’s, their familiesand carers. Further Information from Karen Miles Tel: 0844 225 3789 or email:

Respiratory Support Group
The Local Health Board and the British Lung Foundation support this group under the banner of “Breathe Easy”. Further information from British Lung Foundation Tel: 01792 455764

Stroke Support Group - Torfaen
Living with a stroke? If so, this new support group could be for you and your carer. The group meets first and third Thursday of the month between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm. Further information from Lyndon or Lorraine Tel: 01633 675735

Torfaen MIND Wellbeing Centre – Drop In & Informal Support Group, advice & support on mental health issues, including service user forum.
Further information Tel: 01495 768833

Torfaen Citizens Advice Bureau – Benefits Advice and Information
Cwmbran Bureau: Tel 01633 876121 Pontypool Bureau: Weekdays Tel 01495 759814 Advice line 08444 77 20

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