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September 2020

*Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind appoints Ben Jeffreys as new Chair
Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind is delighted to announce the appointment of Ben Jeffreys as the charity’s new Chair with immediate effect.
Ben brings a wealth of commercial experience to the role and will be familiar to many within Torfaen as the Chief Executive Officer of Pontypool RFC, which is currently experiencing one of the most successful periods in its storied history under his leadership.
The club has re-emerged as a force within Welsh club rugby, having claimed three
successive WRU Specsavers National Championship titles and was in pole position to make it four in a row before last season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ben also spearheaded the complex legal process of securing Pontypool RFC’s future at Pontypool Park, which culminated in the securing of a long-term lease with Torfaen County Borough Council that will see the club remain at its historic home for the next fifty years.
Ben first joined the charity as a Trustee in February 2020 and replaces out-going Chair, Chris York, who leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind.
On assuming his new role, Ben said: “It is an incredible honour to be appointed as the Chair of an organisation that serves a cause very close to my heart and I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with the whole team in the months and years ahead. 
“Since I first joined the charity, I have been struck by the unwavering commitment displayed by the entire team. It is clear that the organisation has all the fundamentals in place to succeed and it is my sincere hope that we can continue to grow the organisation and serve more people in the community as a result.”
Ben’s appointment signifies a renewed drive to expand Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind’s Board of Trustees and provide a fresh strategic focus on how the charity can further deliver its diverse range of mental health services to the wider community.
“It is clear that Ben is a team player and I echo his sentiments regarding commitment within the organisation,” said Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind Trustee and Volunteer, Dean Piper. “It is exciting to have somebody in the Chair role with such a diverse skill set embedded in the roots of our local communities.
“We now face more challenges than ever before, but we do so in the knowledge that we have great strength within our extended team, with a strong intent on both support and growth. We know it will not be easy, but we will face the challenges together.”
Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind exists to help people achieve better mental health and wellbeing and our aim is to help people to help themselves to get the support that they need.
With the impacts COVID-19 continues to have on our mental health, our services are more important than ever before.
If you are interested in playing a leading role in helping to shape the delivery of mental health services at Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind by becoming a Trustee, please contact Andrew Goodwin via for more information.

*Waitrose's Abergavenny Branch donated £333 to TBGM's Phoenix Project, based in Brynmawr, to support vulnerable people accessing our services in the Blaenau Gwent area. Thank you.

June 2020

*Royal Mail's Pontypool Delivery Office staff and managers have raised an amazing £633.72 via a variety of events including fancy dress days.  A very big thank you to everyone.