In 2014 I founded the registered charity Bethel Trust Port Talbot on Sandfields Road, right in the heart of Aberavon. Through this charity, we support disadvantaged families and individuals in Port Talbot and Neath areas. The charity operates a food bank that during Covid has been feeding around 400 people every week. It also provides a drop-in Centre for families and long term unemployed, a food discount shop, volunteering and training opportunities, addiction support group, and community church. My charity helps people with all sorts of needs including food poverty, homelessness, lack of confidence and skills, mental ill-health, job and accommodation searches, free hot meals, free clothing, and form filling. Together with an amazing team of volunteers and my husband, Anthony, we do our best to serve the people of Port Talbot.
Overall I have seventeen years experience of entrepreneurial work in the Third Sector, business enterprise, and education. I have also set up a number of small businesses, which has given me valuable experience and knowledge of the needs of local businesses.
My unique experiences have given me the opportunity to work on many issues today that impact people from business, education and poverty, to relationships, addiction and mental health. I am passionate about empowering people and communities, improving lives which in turn, greatly benefits the local community through increased employment, improved prosperity and mental health, and decreased anti-social behaviour.