Join us to make a real change in YOUR community
Sharon Full Gospel Church is coming together with other community groups in Pontypool to support a community-led response to the needs faced by residents in our town.
In a recent Torfaen council survey, residents highlighted their priorities as (1) anti-social behaviour, (2) food poverty, (3) young families at risk, (4) social exclusion and loneliness, and (5) litter and the environment.
Hope for the Community is a new initiative funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund. It works alongside, but separately from, the church’s faith work, in partnership with others including Fareshare Cymru. Our volunteers represent every part of our community, from all faiths and none.
Together we can make our town a safer, cleaner and more equal place to live.
percent of residents are sometimes lonely
percent of residents feel safe going out at night
percent of residents concerned about litter
How You Can Get Involved
Could you help at our Fareshare hub? Unlike a foodbank, anyone can come (no voucher required) and take a bag of groceries.
Picking up litter, helping at a mother & toddler group, making crafts with the elderly, or supporting Neighbourhood Watch.
Every penny donated on this page (see link below) supports our community work – “Hope for the Community” which has a separate budget from the church itself.
We are looking for other local voluntary groups and businesses who share our community vision to make the church building a resource for the whole community to use. We are also looking for long-term sponsorship relationships.
Hope for the Community is a new initiative based at Sharon Church – a Pontypool town centre church. It was initially launched by the church members but is evolving into a community-led group growing grassroots responses to local needs. This project exists as supplementary to, but separate from, the faith-work of the church.
Meet our Community Worker
Lisa White is the new Community Engagement Officer for our HOPE for the community project. She was born in Pontypool and moved all over South Wales and County Durham for her father’s employment before returning to Cwmbran in the early ’90s where she attended Croesyceiliog comprehensive school, studying a BTEC in Health and Social Care at the sixth form before attending Usk College to do Childcare and Education. She got her NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education whilst working in nurseries, schools and kids clubs. Lisa has been involved in missionary trips in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa as well as Social and Community incentives around Cwmbran and Newport helping families in need and the homeless. She was a Children’s and Youth worker for C3 in Cwmbran and ran the charity’s coffee shop till it closed in 2017. Lisa is 40 and has been married to Matthew White for 19 years. They have 2 children Josef 18 and Martha 16.
For information on the Hope for the Community Project, call Lisa on 07530923366
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