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Monday 21st January 2019 has the dubious honour of being dubbed ‘Blue Monday’, the most depressing day of the year. The excitement and fun of the festive season is over and as the third Monday of January approaches many of us will be struggling with issues of low motivation, dissatisfaction with our routine, failed New Year’s resolutions, gloominess about the winter weather and worries over unpaid debts.

Although there are some factors that are beyond our control, this year people are being encouraged to tackle the impending gloominess by making a change and committing to setting aside some time on Monday to do something that they enjoy; so here’s some suggestions from us on how Aneurin Leisure can help:

  1. Get Active
Exercise releases a whole host of natural hormones, so why not visit your local Sports Centre for a mood boosting workout; you could hit the gym, go for a swim, join a group exercise class or even take your friends along for a game of football or badminton.

If you’re struggling to maintain your New Year’s Resolution to improve your health and fitness, why not have a chat with one of our staff? They can provide help and support to help you achieve your goals, and if you’re a life member you can access our free Activate Life service, which provides an in-depth health check that can be repeated every few weeks to track your progress.

Find out more about our range of facilities and services at

  1. Read a Book
If you’re looking for your next great read, our six Libraries throughout Blaenau Gwent provide a huge and varied range of free books, e-books and e-magazines that are suitable for people of all ages and interests.

Our new online BorrowBox service also enables you to browse through thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks for children and adults 24/7 from the comfort of your own home, so there’s no need to miss out even if you don’t have time to get to the library.

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  1. Go for a Walk
We’re lucky to be surrounded by beautiful natural scenery in Blaenau Gwent, and our two parks at Parc Bryn Bach and Bedwellty House & Park provide wonderful settings to enjoy some fresh air and a relaxing stroll. Both venues also have their very own cafes, providing a much welcomed refreshments stop and somewhere to warm up with a hot drink and bite to eat.

If you’re looking for a more exciting way to enjoy our local landscapes you could even try one of our adventure activities at Parc Bryn Bach. Taster sessions are available throughout the year allowing you to try out a variety of activities including canoeing and kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, climbing, caving, gorge walking, tandem paragliding and hill walking.

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  1. Sign up to a New Course or Join a Club
Our Adult Community Learning service provides a wide range of courses to suit everyone, whether you’d like to improve your employment potential with some new qualifications or brush up on your IT skills.

If you’d like to develop a new hobby, or meet like-minded people with the same interests, our Learning Action Centres and Libraries also host a variety of regular clubs that you could join, they range from subjects such as photography, crafts, reading and knitting to name just a few.

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  1. Meet Some Friends for Afternoon Tea
Catching up with friends or family is a great way to cheer yourself up, so why not meet up at Bedwellty House to enjoy afternoon tea together? Our Orchid House Tea Room offers a wonderful range of Afternoon Teas for adults and children alike, featuring a mouthwatering range of sweet and savoury treats that can be tailored to suit a variety of dietary requirements; so if you’re taking part in veganuary or have a gluten intolerance – there’s no need to miss out!

Thanks to our current Monday Madness promotion, visitors can also take advantage of a very special offer every Monday - buy one afternoon tea and get a second half price!

For more information call 01495 353397 or visit

  1. Enjoy a Night at the Theatre
Whether you’re interested in live music, drama, comedy, children’s shows or musical theatre – there’s something for everyone at The Met in Abertillery.

The venue hosts a regular programme of high quality productions with upcoming highlights including; The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio on 27th and 28th February, The Counterfeit Stones on 2nd March and Waterloo Live on 29th March.

To browse our full range of shows or book tickets online visit

To find out more about our full range of services at Aneurin Leisure visit our website at
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Aneurin Leisure will soon be delivering a new project in Blaenau Gwent to help local people with their employment prospects. The Nurture, Equip, Thrive scheme will help under-employed people return to full employment and help people with work-limiting health conditions or disabilities to stay in work, return from sick leave or take on career development opportunities.

Aneurin Leisure will deliver the scheme in Blaenau Gwent and will offer mentoring, coaching, careers advice, skills development and childcare and transport to help people into sustainable employment. The scheme will attract £450,000 of EU funding and will benefit over 250 local people.

The South Wales Valleys will also benefit from an extra £8.8 million of EU funding to extend 2 existing projects – Working Skills for Adults II and Bridges into Work II, led by Torfaen Council in partnership with Aneurin Leisure in Blaenau Gwent, plus Bridgend, Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil councils.

Working Skills for Adults II in Blaenau Gwent will receive an extra £340,000 to help employees gain new skills to improve their job security and career prospects. The scheme has already supported more than 300 people in the area to enhance their careers.

Michelle said of the Working Skills for Adults II project “I can’t believe how far I have come since starting the project, I have had wonderful support from day one and without this project I may never have changed career or considered further learning.”

In Blaenau Gwent Bridges into Work II project will be supported by an additional £600,000 of EU funding to deliver training and mentoring to improve the skills and employability of long-term unemployed people. The funding will help around 400 people over the next 4 years.

Mark Drakeford, Welsh Government Finance Secretary said: “It is vital we continue to invest in the areas which need it most, removing barriers to work, reducing in-work poverty and helping people move towards a brighter and more prosperous future.

“EU funds have already helped thousands of people throughout the South Wales Valleys improve their chances of getting a job. This extra investment will help build on this success.”

Anthony Hughes, Managing Director of Aneurin Leisure added: “Aneurin Leisure are delighted to be delivering on these three projects helping local residents find and sustain work that meets their needs and aspirations.”
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Throughout December all our Aneurin Leisure venues across Blaenau Gwent joined the St David’s Toy Appeal to collect toys to help make Christmas special for children in Wales. Whether they’re poorly, have challenging family circumstances, or are living in poverty, the children who the appeal aims to help are really deserving of an extra gift.

Thanks to kind donations from our customers, visitors and staff we collected 145 toys across the Trust, which were donated to a variety of charities, one of which was Follow Your Dreams, who tweeted to let us know that some of the toys from the appeal would be going to their Special Movers group based in Rassau.

The charity, which helps children and young people with learning disabilities to follow their dreams, tweeted everyone involved with the appeal and said; “You are all amazing. Thank you for supporting our charity through this appeal. You have helped to make so many children happy across South Wales with disabilities through us.”

Over 20 charities took part in the appeal including: Valleys Kids, Ty Hafan, Barnardos Cymru, Noah’s Ark, Follow Your Dreams, Home Start, The Salvation Army, Y Bont, Kidney Wales, Dreams & Wishes, Cardiff & Vale Health Charity and City Hospice.

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Post Office Outreach Service Blog


The Post Office has restored Post Office services to Cwm with the opening of a Hosted Outreach service located at Cwm Library.

The Hosted Outreach Service, which launched on Tuesday 8th January, is operated by the postmaster from Crumlin Post Office who will visit the community every Tuesday between 10am and 1pm.

During these weekly sessions visitors to the library will be able to access a variety of Post Office services and will also be able to take advantage of a range of banking services including cash withdrawals and balance enquiries for customers of all the main UK banks.

Gareth Shylon, Post Office Network Operations Manager said: “We are confident that this new Hosted Outreach service at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs.”

Tracy Jones, Library Services Manager for Aneurin Leisure added: “This is a great opportunity for the library service to engage with new customers, and enhance our support service to the local community.”

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Last week Alun Davies AM, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services announced three new Discovery Gateways within the Valleys Regional Park, naming Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar as one of the new sites.

“Further to the publication of the Valleys Regional Park prospectus in October and my Oral Statement on the Our Valleys, Our Future Delivery Plan on 27th November, I can now announce that Ynysangharad War Memorial Park (Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC) , Parc Bryn Bach (Blaenau Gwent CBC) and Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre (Bridgend CBC/Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales) will also be developed as Discovery Gateway sites, with Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Wildlife Visitor Centre, working closely with Bryngarw Country Park, as a regional gateway for the Ogmore, Garw and Llynfi Valleys.

I have already announced Dare Valley Country Park, Caerphilly Castle, Cwmcarn Forest, Blaenavon World Heritage Visitor Centre, Cyfarthfa Park and Bryngarw Country Park as Discovery Gateways.

In addition, work is continuing with Neath Port Talbot and Caerphilly County Borough Councils to develop plans for a further two Discovery Gateways in their areas. I also want to explore further options for a site in the upper Swansea Valley.

Over the coming months officials will work with the Valleys local authorities and the site operators to assess the strength and weaknesses of each of the sites with a view to putting in place development plans. These will deliver improvements to provide consistently high quality facilities and to strengthen the visitor experience for the people of the Valleys and visitors to the Valleys, as well as improving the iconic trails that join up the Valleys. These plans will be supported by the £7m of capital funding, over two years, which the Cabinet Secretary for Finance announced in the draft Budget 2019-20.

These sites are well located across the Valleys, will tell the stories of the Valleys and will work together to connect the Valleys as a region. The Discovery Gateways will use our rich cultural and industrial heritage to encourage people to be more active and to explore the beautiful Valleys landscapes.”
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