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CAP (Christians against Poverty)

by Colin Dexter

So far this year CAP UK helped 1,005 people become debt free. We think each and every one of them deserves a cheer! 🎉-CAP is on a mission to equip people with the skills and support they need to break free from poverty. No matter how bad things might be, there’s always hope.-So if you know someone who could use help getting out of debt, let them know they can call us for free on ☎️ 0800 328 0006☎️.-When our Debt Coaches first visit a new client’s home, they aren’t just there to offer our award-winning debt counselling service.-If the cupboards are empty, they can access emergency food deliveries. If the client needs a friendly face to talk to, who understands their situation, volunteer befrienders are ready to step in.💪-The care offered by our Debt Centres is holistic, which is why we’re able to see so many lives completely changed.

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Ty Sign Tots

by Colin Dexter

Today was our last Tots for the summer!! A big thank you to everyone who has attended our sessions over the last few weeks, we hope you have enjoyed yourselves!!All of us at Tots have loved seeing you again, meeting new people and seeing so many happy smiley faces! 😊We hope you all have a lovely summer☀️ stay safe and we will be in touch about when we start back in September!We will weather permitting meet up at Risca park on August 9th and 23rd from 10 until 12 or longer if it’s nice and people want to picnic! There will be balls and frisbees for the older ones and some of our tots toys! We would love to see you if you are available!!


by Colin Dexter

Ty Sign Tots has started back in Channel View Community Centre from June 14th . Two session one hour long to maximise the number of adults able to access the group with Covid restrictions. Cleaning of the floor, mats & toilets between sessions and different toys per session. There is now one window in Channel view for ventilation. You need to book in .


by Colin Dexter

A significant grant has been offered in principle towards the construction of a new community hall
to serve the Ty Sign estate in Risca.

The Agape Community Church, a registered charity has been
leading efforts to get funding for a new hall. They have met in the existing Channel View
Community Hall for the last 18 years, but are now seeking to develop a new building to further
support the work undertaken and increase opportunities within the community.

If current negotiations can be completed, a new hall could be built on the ‘Spar Field’ in the centre
of the Ty Sign estate. It would have a community hall, storage, toilets and fully equipped kitchen,
and would be up to modern standards of insulation. Most importantly, it would be open to all of
the community and would be located in the centre of the estate.

Colin Dexter, one of the leaders of the church said “We visited several modern active community
facilities at the start of this project and saw no reason why Ty Sign should not also have a new,
light, economic, accessible community facility. Like Channel View Hall it would be available to all
and bring new opportunities and possibilities. It would also complement the existing spaces at the
TLC cafe and St David’s church providing a breadth of resources to the various groups that require
community space. We are delighted in the confidence shown by the various funding bodies”.

The largest elements of the potential funding have come from the Welsh Government’s
‘Community Facilities Fund’ and the Big Lottery’s ‘People and Places’ programme. Planning consent
for the scheme was granted earlier this year. Negotiations on the scheme need to be completed,
but it is hoped that construction of the new hall will start in the Autumn.

Islwyn’s representative in the Senedd, Rhianon Passmore – a former county borough councillor for
the Risca East ward – described the funding as “good news for the whole area”.

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by Colin Dexter

Continuing with our Kick Start series on “Looking after our Mental Health and Wellbeing”. Next Tuesday 8th September at 7.30pm we will be looking at “Handling Habits”.We have all experienced huge changes to the way we lived our lives before Covid-19 and those changes may have brought about new or different habits. For instance a rise in your internet spending, comfort eating or drinking.In this weeks session we aim to equip you to better understand your habits and to avoid triggers or change in behaviour in response to triggers.This presented via Zoom. Don’t worry if you have missed one as each session is a stand alone. As with all our sessions they are free and are open for anyone to join.If you would like to join this session or would like to know more please email me at


by Colin Dexter
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All of us have in some way been affected by the COVID-19 situation. It may seem that life is on hold or your situation is getting worse. Agapé Community Church Ty – Sign in partnership with the international charity Christians Against Poverty are launching Kick Start. A series of bite sized video sessions to help people move forward in life.
We will be kicking off, if you pardon the pun, with a series about Looking after our Mental Health and Wellbeing. Four sessions over 4 weeks.
Every day, we face all sorts of pressure and challenge. This can seriously impact our mental health, which in turn can feed negative habits and cause even more pressure.
Now more than ever, it is vital that we prioritise our wellbeing and look after ourselves.
These sessions will help to equip you to deal with anxiety and worry, financial pressure, habits and grief and loss in a healthy way.
Each session will be held via Zoom and will be 40 mins in length. Starting on Tuesday August 25th at 7.30pm and for the following 3 Tuesday evenings.
To sign up or for more information please email me at
Also coming up over the next few months we will also be looking at “How to take control of our finances” and “How to find a job”. So, watch this space.


by Colin Dexter


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Lorraine’s story out of debt through CAP

by Colin Dexter