About Us

Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid

At Port Talbot & Afan Women’s Aid (PTAWA) we believe everyone has the right to live in safety and have a future without fear.

Port Talbot and Afan Women's Aid

Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid

Founded in 1979, PTAWA provides support to women and children who have been affected by Domestic Abuse, enabling them to rebuild their lives.

Our 7 bed emergency safe house has accommodated approx. 900 women and 1200 children since 1992. We offer a 24 hour on-call service, move on supported housing, drop-in advice and outreach support in the community. We also provide services for Children who have been impacted by domestic abuse and early intervention programmes for young fathers and couples showing signs of unhealthy relationships.

As part of our commitment to working with the community to break the cycle of domestic abuse, we provide preventive work to challenge tolerance and acceptance of domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women.

For more information please visit www.ptwa.org.uk



Material Girls

Material Girls Volunteers

Material Girls Volunteers

Material Girls, as a Social Enterprise, is a business that has a social objective.

Material Girls tackles the social problem of Domestic Abuse by raising awareness and providing an interesting social and personal development opportunity for women. Material Girls enables women to flourish by empowering women with new skills and confidence.

The enterprise makes money from selling and recycling donated clothing. Donated clothing is sorted, steamed and repaired (if needed) by our amazing team of volunteers and recycled, sold online and at events.

Material Girls is currently funded by South Wales Police and Crime Commissioners Victims Fund and WCVA’s Volunteering in Wales fund until June 2017.

Since 2013, Material Girls has supported over 200 volunteers with 49% of volunteers progressing onto training, further education or employment in 2015.

Profit is reinvested back into the project and the continuation of PTAWA’s essential services.

If you would like to donate, volunteer or find out more, contact our Social Enterprise and Marketing Coordinator, Holly Aspey, on 01639 894864 or email hollya@ptwa.org.uk



The Team

The team

The team

Over the course of weekly sessions, our passionate team of volunteers sort, steam, alter and upload clothing to eBay or price items ready for events in the community.

Material Girls volunteers gain valuable skills and work experience, such as:

  • I.T. Skills
  • Event Planning
  • Team working
  • Sewing skills
  • Marketing Skills
  • Communication Skills


Last year 91 volunteers were empowered with new skills and confidence through their involvement in our Social Enterprise.


Annual Fundraising Fashion Show

Fashion Show

Fashion Show

Every year we hold an annual fundraising fashion show for our volunteers to showcase their new found confidence whilst gaining new skills in event planning and public speaking. We raised over £1,000 at our 2015 ‘100 Years of Fashion Show’

“Material Girls is all about empowering women with new skills and confidence to break the cycle of Domestic Abuse and become more employable. We’re thrilled to have seen so many people supporting our enterprise and enabling us to showcase the transition our volunteers have made as they confidently strutted down the catwalk. Everyone left the show feeling empowered and filled with pride!”





Environmentally friendly

KAYA Festival Pop-Up Shop

KAYA Festival Pop-Up Shop

We live in an era of disposable fashion.

Across Britain a staggering 1.8 million tonnes of Clothing and textiles gets thrown into landfill every year. – University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing.

Material Girls recycle old unwanted clothing.  Volunteers sell quality, pre-loved and vintage clothing online and at events whilst recycling un-branded items.

The need to find alternative ways to deal with our waste has never been greater – Every tonne of discarded textiles reused saves 20 tonnes of C02 from entering the atmosphere.




Volunteer Group of the Year Awards 2016

Volunteering Awards

Volunteering Awards

Material Girls won a Highly Commended Volunteering Award at WCVA’s Volunteer Group of the Year Awards 2016 for our outstanding commitment to volunteering.

“We’re delighted to be recognised for our commitment to volunteering and making a difference to women’s lives. Receiving an award was an excellent opportunity to give our volunteers the recognition that they deserve. The evening made our volunteers feel very special and proud of their hard work.”