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The area has a population of around 91,000.
Much of the southern part of the county borough around the Cwmbran new town conurbation is now urbanised. The north of the county borough is greener and retains extensive areas of countryside, especially on the route to Blaenavon.
The administrative centre is Pontypool in the centre of the county borough. Most of the administration of Torfaen County Borough Council is conducted from the Civic Centre here.
STARS IN OUR SCHOOLS 2020
If any schools in Torfaen would like to get involved with Stars in our Schools this year, we would be more than happy to help.
This year it's going to be different as we know but if you have an idea that will work for your individual school, send an email over to our Branch Chair Jack on Jack.Johnson@torfaen.gov.uk as soon as possible and we will be in contact with how we can help.
UNISON in Schools
It's been a year unlike any other and next Friday 27 November UNISON is celebrating the unsung heroes of education – the support staff who are 'Stars in our Schools'.
Nominate a colleague who goes above and beyond, and you'll enter into a prize draw to win a £25 voucher for them and for yourself, in time for Christmas.
October - November 2020
WALES LOCKDOWN OCTOBER 23RD - NOVEMBER 9th
We are constantly blown away by school staff across Wales. Thank you for your dedication and willingness to go above and beyond.
Because of you, pupils can continue to attend school.
KEEP TORFAEN SAFE
CALLING ALL SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF
Torfaen Unison School Forum online meeting is an opportunity to discuss coronavirus, your rights at work and making schools safe for all to give you an update from the Welsh Government. If you would like to attend please contact:
Call: 01495 766356
KEEP WALES SAFE
TORFAEN UNISON COVID-19 HARDSHIP FUND
Torfaen UNISON Branch have set up a fund to help members and their families who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship due to Covid 19. The grant is a one off payment of up to £100.
To be eligible you must be a fee paying member of Torfaen branch of UNISON for at least 4 weeks, and have savings of less than £800.
If you are eligible and wish to apply please contact our Welfare Officer Sue Pritchard on firstname.lastname@example.org, or ring on 07889564124, to complete a simple application form.
Cangen Torfaen UNISON Branch Secretary
MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FROM TORFAEN UNISON BRANCH
Torfaen UNISON represents cleaners, care workers, school staff, housing workers, social workers and many others working in the Public and voluntary Sector.
So many of our members alongside those who work in the NHS are at the frontline of the fight against coronavirus in our community.
As a UNISON branch we, along with the wider union are deeply concerned about the shocking lack of personal protective equipment for staff in the frontline.
Staff who need this to keep themselves and us safe, not only are the NHS suffering from the lack of PPE, but so too are our members in care homes, schools and other frontline services.
It is essential that the Government urgently increase the supply of PPE in hospitals, social care and wherever assessments consider members could be at risk, we also need testing to be rolled out now to frontline staff to enable them to keep themselves and others safe.
If you are concerned about the lack of PPE at work, please let us know, we are here for you.
Either raise it with us directly by calling the branch on: 01495 766356
Or message us at email@example.com
Whatever concerns you have as we move further into this unprecedented territory, please contact us if there is anything we can do to support you.
Keep safe, and thank you for everything that you do to keep us safe
Cangen Torfaen UNISON Branch Secretary
IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID-19 UPDATE
Statement by Kirsty Williams Minister for Education
I’d like to thank parents for listening to the advice and keeping most children at home. I’d be grateful if tomorrow morning you only use schools or childcare as a last resort.
The advice has not changed as a result of tonight’s decision to further restrict movement, which our First Minister, along with other UK leaders took with the sole aim of slowing the spread of coronavirus.
Children should be at home wherever possible, critical workers will still need to have safe care arrangements for their children. Our schools and childcare settings are providing a vital service to support critical workers and our most vulnerable children.
Those involved in the current arrangements looking after children should continue. Many thanks to our amazing teaching and childcare professionals for their commitment in this time of national need.
This situation will continue for the immediate term but we will be reviewing with healthcare professionals, local authorities and our teaching unions.
IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE
Just to let you know that the Torfaen UNISON office is now closed, however just to reassure you, we can still be contacted via email, click here Torfaen Email or you can call on 01495 766356.
We are here for you, take care and keep safe.
Diane Morley Torfaen UNISON Branch Secretary
AGGREGATE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
The Torfaen Unison Branch Committee invite you to attend the forthcoming AGM. We urge you to attend and support your branch, and look forward to seeing you there.
Please click on the document link to the left to view a poster with all three dates.
GETTING HELP AS A MEMBER OF UNISON
Many people are struggling to make ends meet while the cost of living spirals. Even a small change in circumstances can turn a manageable situation into a debt problem that threatens your home or your family’s well-being. Whatever the amount, debt can feel stressful, overwhelming and all-consuming. Read more ....
Closing Date December
CALLING ALL PUPILS
'What Is Climate Change?' and 'How Does It Affect The World?' competition for primary and comprehensive schools with prizes.
Help And Support
TORFAEN HELP AND SUPPORT
Please ring us on 01495 766356 if you want to chat about the benefits of joining UNISON.
GET HELP WITH SCHOOL UNIFORM COSTS THIS SUMMER
Struggling to make ends meet? Worried about back to school costs? Help is on hand.
We have set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of up to £120.
To apply, download the application form from:
unison.org.uk/get-help or contact UNISONDirect on 0800 0 857 857.
Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 19 July 2019.
April, May, June 2019
FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS FOR SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF 2019
Working in partnership with Unison, The Open University in Wales are offering the following free workshops to support staff and teaching assistants in Wales.
Full details and dates click here