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4th Anniversary

This week marks our fourth anniversary as a charitable trust, providing a wide range of well-being services to promote healthy lifestyles to communities across Blaenau Gwent.

Originally created in 2014 to deliver Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council’s leisure services portfolio, we’ve been working with multiple partners and private sector organisations to make a positive impact to people’s lives by not only improving physical health and well-being, but also their mental and social well-being through our diverse range of services which include sport and fitness, culture, community learning and hospitality.

This year has seen some great successes throughout the Trust, including a commendation of our libraries as the best in Wales in terms of customer outcomes and the delivery of the Working Skills for Adults 2 project, which is backed by £2.7 million EU funding through the Welsh government and in partnership with our neighbouring local authorities to help 1,700 individuals gain new skills leading to improved job security and career prospects in the next three years.

Our ambition for the next four years is to be a pivotal organisation leading a preventative approach to tackling well-being issues across Blaenau Gwent and making a positive impact across the Heads of the Valley region. Our services already provide a key enabling role for children and families to be both physically and socially active throughout their lives, but we aim to do more to encourage our communities as a whole to embrace healthy lifestyle choices.
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Libraries Week Banner 2018

Our Blaenau Gwent Libraries will be celebrating National Libraries Week with a range of activities on the theme of well-being as Libraries across the country showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness and provide spaces for reading and creativity.

Dementia Friendly 'Remembrance and Reminiscence' Sessions are being held at Brynmawr Library on Monday 8th October 2pm - 5pm and Cwm Library on Friday 12th October 2pm - 5pm.  The sessions will be themed on local history and using reminiscence to help stimulate conversation and bring back happy memories.  A range of information for anyone affected will also be available.

Stress Busting sessions are being held at Tredegar Library from 10am - 12.30pm and at Abertillery Library from 2pm - 5pm on Wednesday 10th October which will provide free taster sessions in hand, foot and face reflexology (places will need to be booked in advance at the library).

Tredegar Library is holding an open day on Thursday 11th October from 10.30am - 2.30pm to raise awareness of library services for visually impaired people. Various activities will be delivered including storytelling, mindfulness, singalongs, stress awareness and local history sessions. Demonstrations on accessing our new e-audio service will also be available and information on our home delivery service and talking books.

For more information contact your local library:

Abertillery 01495 355646 • Blaina 01495 290312 • Brynmawr 01495 357743 • Cwm 01495 370454 • Ebbw Vale 01495 355055 • Tredegar 01495 357869

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Next week all of our Libraries across Blaenau Gwent will be hosting Coffee Mornings to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, so why not pop along and join us for some coffee (or tea) and cake!

All donations will be given to Macmillan Cancer Support to help fund the vital work they do in our communities to help people affected by cancer.


Abertillery Library: Wednesday 26th September 10am – 2pm

Tredegar Library: Wednesday 26th September 10am – 2pm

Cwm Library: Thursday 27th September 10.30am – 12.30pm

Blaina Library: Thursday 27th September 10.30am – 12.30pm

Ebbw Vale Library: Friday 28th September 10am – 12pm

Brynmawr Library: Friday 28th September 10am – 12pm


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Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council has created an independent customer survey questionnaire to evaluate the five core community services that have been outsourced to Aneurin Leisure.

We value the feedback from users (past and present) of these services on how well you feel these services are being delivered and would like to capture your views on improvements that could be made, so that we can plan for future needs and aspirations for our public services across the County Borough.

The 5 service areas include 1) Sport and Leisure 2) Education and Learning Services including Libraries, 3) Destination Venues, 4) Outdoor Activity Centres and 5) Live Entertainment, Theatres and Arts Development; the specific venues associated with service delivery are included at the bottom of this page.

The survey should take no more than 5 minutes per service area, if you do not use one or more of the services you may move onto the next. For every service area you feedback on we will enter your details into a prize draw to win £250 of Argos vouchers. We hope that you will be able to participate in this important exercise. 

To take the survey please click here


Thank you for taking the time to contribute towards the future development of our shared community services, we continually aim to meet the expectations of our customers and plan for the future.


Venues within the core service areas:

1)      Tredegar Sports Centre
         Ebbw Vale Sports Centre

         Abertillery Sports Centre   

2)      Ebbw Vale Learning Action Centre
         Brynmawr Learning Action Centre
         Tredegar Library
         Ebbw Vale Library
         Cwm Library
         Brynmawr Library
         Blaina Library
         Abertillery Library


3)      Bedwellty House 

4)      Parc Bryn Bach

5)      The Metropole

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EVSC Open Day

Are you looking to improve your health and fitness? Maybe you’re interested in getting in shape before the office Christmas party? Or perhaps you’re just looking for a way to switch up your current training regime?

Whatever your motivation, you won’t want to miss our FREE Open Day at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre on Friday 21st September from 6am – 10pm.

For one day only we’re offering FREE entry in to the gym for non-members any time from 6am – 10pm.   So whether you’d like to have a look around, check out the equipment or come for a workout – everyone is invited!

In addition to FREE entry to the gym, we’ll also be offering a variety of FREE taster sessions throughout the day, showcasing some of our popular Group Exercise Classes:


  • SPIN                                      6.30am                 Experience the new generation of cycling
  • HITFIT                                   9.30am                 Maximum effort, maximum results
  • JUMP                                    12.30pm               Plyometric workout with a huge calorie burn
  • NUTRITION TALK              3pm                       Find out how to improve your diet
  • ENCORE                               5pm                       All your abdominal needs
  • SPIN                                      6pm                       Experience the new generation of cycling
  • HITFIT                                   7pm                       Maximum effort, maximum results

For more information on our Open Day or any of our classes please all us on 01495 357777.

If you’d like to know more about our facilities or download a Swimming or Group Exercise Class timetable for any of our Sports Centres please visit our website at www.bglife.co.uk
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