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£500 donation from community council to support school uniform ‘swap and shop’ day

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The Congress Theatre in Cwmbran town centre Credit: Cwmbran Life

Councillors at Cwmbran Community Council have given £500 to an event in the town to help parents save cash kitting out their children ready for the new term in September.

Torfaen Council is holding a ‘shop and swap’ event on Tuesday 22 August from 11am – 2pm at the Congress Theatre. As well as good quality, pre-loved uniforms, there will be PE kits, coats, bags, shoes and stationery, all free of charge.

If parents have any school uniform items that their children have outgrown, they’re encouraged to bring them along to donate.

At a recent meeting of the town’s community council’s policy and finance committee, councillors approved £500 to buy items including school bags, stationery and PE kits.

Cllr Leanne Lloyd Tolman, the chair of Cwmbran Community Council, stated, “We recognise that the back-to-school period can be financially challenging for parents.

“The Council is delighted to offer additional support aimed at benefiting families, particularly given the current cost-of-living crisis, which has led to increased prices for many essential items. Throughout the year, the Cwmbran Community Council has consistently assisted residents, including initiatives like ‘warm packs’ and funding for energy support programmes within the town.”

Another event is being held in Pontypool on Wednesday 16 August from 11am – 2pm at Pontypool Indoor Market.


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£500 donation from community council to support school uniform ‘swap and shop’ day