These links may help you contact the right people to help out with any local issues or problems you may be dealing with.

Community Representation

Lynne Neagle AM

01495 740022
Lynne.neagle@wales.gov.uk

Torfaen’s Assembly Member. Contact Lynne to raise issues relating to areas of National Assembly responsibility – like education and health. Lynne holds regular constituency surgeries.

Torfaen County Borough Council
01495 762200
Torfaen Council’s main switchboard number.

Torfaen Citizens Advice Bureau
Pontypool Office 01495 757421
Cwmbran Office 01633 482464

Greenmeadow Community Farm
01633 862202

Government & related sites

Parliament
The home page of the UK Parliament, including useful information about Parliament and links to the pages of the Houses of Commons and Lords.

National Assembly for Wales
This page will give you access to information about the National Assembly and the Assembly Government.

Torfaen County Borough Council
The website of Torfaen County Borough Council. Information on the Council and its services.

Blaenavon Town Council

Cwmbran Community Council

Pontypool Community Council

Henllys Community Council

Government Departments

10 Downing Street
Cabinet Office
Department for Communities and Local Government*
Department for Culture, Media and Sport*
Ministry of Defence
Department for Education*
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs*
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Department of Health*
Home Office
Department for International Development
Law Officers Department
Ministry of Justice
Northern Ireland Office
Privy Council Office
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills*
Department for Transport*
HM Treasury
Wales Office
Department for Work and Pensions

*Please bear in mind that some of the functions of these departments are devolved to the National Assembly for Wales.

The Parliamentary Ombudsman

A free service to investigate complaints about service from Government Departments and their agencies.

Directgov

Government website, with masses of information about public services – education, housing, financial, transport, crime and justice, motoring, employment, health and well-being, the environment and more.

Political sites

Labour Party
Information about the Labour Party, what it stands for and how you can get involved.

Labour Party Wales
Information about the Labour Party in Wales.

Police

Gwent Police
Information, contact details, news and careers advice from our local Police Force.

Health

Gwent NHS Trust
Information about Gwent NHS Trust.

Cancer Help
CancerHelp UK is a free information service about cancer and cancer care for people with cancer and their families.

Macmillan Cancer Support
This site takes you through the range of financial help available to people with cancer and their families.

Progress – Prostate Cancer Support Group
The site of Progress – a local support group for patients, their familes and friends.

Financial

Home Heat Helpline
Practical energy advice for people concerned about paying their energy bills.

Financial Ombudsman Service
A service to help settle disputes between consumers and financial firms.

The Pensions Regulator
Information about the UK regulator of work-based pension schemes.

Citizens Advice Consumer Service

Advice and information for consumers – what your rights are, how you can complain and what to look out for before buying something or hiring someone to do a job.

Older People

Age Concern Gwent
The site has been designed to give you information, not only about Age Concern Gwent the Charity, but also about issues which affect older people.

 

Travel

UK Visas
Information about requirements for entering the UK from abroad.

Passport Office
Information about passport applications.

Travel Advice
Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice about travelling abroad.

Education for all

Open University
Information about Open University distance learning opportunities.

 

Work

Jobcentre Plus
Help, advice and information if you are looking for a job, or if you are looking to recruit.

Employees’ Rights
Information about your rights at work, including union rights, health and safety, time off and the minimum wage.

Volunteering

Torfaen Voluntary Alliance
Information about volunteering and support for volunteers in Torfaen.

Utilities

Welsh Water
Welsh Water’s website, containing news and information for customers.

Energywatch
Information about the gas and electricity watchdog.

Local Information

Blaenavon Tourist Information Centre
Find out what you can do in and around beautiful Blaenavon!

Big Pit: The National Mining Museum of Wales

Pontypool Museum

Cwmbran
A one stop shop for local information on Cwmbran.

Parents and children

Torfaen Children’s Information service
Information and advice on local childcare, organisations for parents and children and childrens’ activities.

Child Support Agency
Information about the CSA.

Tax Credits Information
Information on tax credits available to working families.

Housing

Shelter Cymru
Shelter Cymru works for the prevention of homelessness and the improvement of housing conditions in Wales, and the right of everyone to a safe, suitable, affordable home. You can contact them for free advice if you have a housing problem.

Melin Homes
The website of Eastern Valley Housing Association, a Housing Association in Torfaen providing good quality, affordable homes to a wide range of local tenants.

Other

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Website featuring information about the award, for young people, volunteers and companies.

Torfaen Youth Information Service
Information for young people in Torfaen.

Please note: The fact that these links are here does not mean that Nick Thomas-Symonds necessarily endorses the sites below – they are here merely to point you in the direction of some potentially useful sites. If you think a site shouldn’t be listed here, contact me and tell me why. Or, if you think a site should be here that we’ve missed, get in touch and I’ll see if it can be added.