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EVI Pantry

Open every Monday (10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm)

For just £4 per visit, you can choose 10 – 12 quality grocery items (sometimes more), which would normally total up to £20 in the supermarket. The Pantry is open to all – anyone who lives in Blaenau Gwent can join.

EVI Pantry stocks a wide range of top-quality food including fresh fruit and veg, frozen and chilled food, meat and dairy, and long-life tinned and packaged food. The Pantry is just like a shop, in that you choose the food you want from the shelves, and is run by uniformed staff and volunteers.

 You can join us for as long as you want, visiting every week or just occasionally – it’s up to you! You can have a maximum of one member per household. (You must have been accepted as a member to shop at EVI Pantry).

Communities for Work Plus

Communities for Work Plus Blaenau Gwent are based here at EVI, helping local people to find work. We offer free one to one mentoring support to individuals to help them overcome barriers they have finding work, for example job searching, CV writing, interview skills, sourcing and securing training opportunities, building confidence, childcare, transport,  and much more.

Get in touch on 01495 355355, PM through Facebook, or pop in to find out more about our opportunities.

EVI Repair Café

Come along to our Repair Café on the third Monday of every month, 2pm – 4pm, and get your broken household items repaired for free by volunteers! Bicycles, jewellery, clothing, woodwork, household electrics & more.

EVI Community Bank

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.

Every Monday our friendly team will be here to answer your money questions, whether it be about our savings accounts and loans available or simply for general money advice, we’re here to help. If you are a resident in Wales, you can join our Community Bank. Pop in!

Cyfannol Women’s Aid Blaenau Gwent

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.

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.

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 CBC Youth Services


Blaenau Gwent Youth Service offers information, guidance and support to young people aged 11 to 25yrs. Youth Service offices are based here at EVI.

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

ACT Training Drop In Centre

WALES’ LEADING TRAINING PROVIDER – now based at our second building at 44 Church Street, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6BE

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.

Contact 01495 301354 to find out more.

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.

Office for Alun Davies MS

Alun Davies MS for Blaenau Gwent holds his office here at EVI.

Phone: 01495 311 160 / Email: Alun.Davies@senedd.wales / Facebook

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Current Funders:

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Blaenau Gwent County Council Logo
UK Gov Wales
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