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EVI Community Banking Hub

Here at EVI, we’ve partnered with Smart Money Cymru Community Bank, a not-for-profit ethical financial organisation, to launch a community banking hub in your area offering savings accounts, loans, and general money advice. 

Our friendly volunteers and EVI team can help you take control of your finances in a smart way, by encouraging you to save what you can on a regular basis and borrow only what you can afford to repay.

We offer a range of savings accounts to suit you and your needs – such as General, Christmas & Junior accounts. You can also borrow money off us for many reasons, from Christmas spending, new car purchases / car repairs, school uniforms, to vet bills, funeral costs, holidays and debt consolidation (and more).

At 1PM-3PM every Wednesday we’ll be here to answer your money questions. If you are a resident in Wales, you can join our Community Bank. So why not give us a visit? (No appointments needed).

Cyfannol Women’s Aid Blaenau Gwent

Cyfannol Women’s Aid supports individuals and families affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence and can provide information about how to stay safe, access to safe accommodation or support to stay at home.

Cyfannol offers a domestic abuse drop-in service at Ebbw Vale Institute (EVI) for anyone who has experienced any form of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. The service, available Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm, includes face-to-face crisis support and a helpline for anyone experiencing domestic abuse in Blaenau Gwent.

The 12-week Own My Life Course, delivered in the institute, supports women to regain ownership of their lives through a groupwork programme. The Ar Trac project provides individual and group-based support options for children and young people aged 5-16 who have been affected by domestic abuse.

EVI also hosts a safe and welcoming space for individuals accessing Cyfannol’s community-based domestic abuse and Horizon sexual violence support services to meet with staff.

For more information visit Cyfannol Women’s Aid’s website. To book an appointment or talk to someone in confidence please call 03300 564456, email BlaenauGwent@cyfannol.org.uk or visit EVI offices.

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council


Blaenau Gwent Youth Service offers information, guidance and support to young people aged 11 to 25yrs.

Counselling | Education | Training | Employment | Anti-Social Behaviour prevention | Youth Clubs | Health & Well Being

ACT Training Drop In Centre


ACT Training Ltd offers hundreds of vacancies and opportunities specifically for young people who are looking to get started in the world of work or improve their career prospects.

Visit the Tutors at EVI for more information

Barod Gwent N-Gage


Gwent N-Gage offers free, confidential and friendly one to one specialist support for young people who use substances and for their loved ones.

N-Gage offers mental health support, training and can work with families to help them to understand, respond to and cope with the substance use of their young family members.

Expressions Counselling Service, Kim Speer

Counselling Service: Kim helps people deal with the root causes of depression, anxiety and many other problems by changing people’s perceptions and behaviour though CBT.  Face to face and online counselling sessions available.


Foundation Funders:

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Current Funders:

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Blaenau Gwent County Council Logo
UK Gov Wales