Fashion Show Clearance Success!

Nov 25 2016

The Material Girls would like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone that got involved in our Fashion Show Clearance Sale at our head office on the 24th November.

The Sale was a huge success and we are so happy to say that we raised over £240 for women who are impacted by Domestic Abuse.

The Success of this day has not gone unnoticed and Lloyds Bank Port Talbot have kindly said they would match the funds made!! – Brilliant News!!



Material Girls receives Highly Commended Volunteering Award

Jul 08 2016

Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid’s volunteering Enterprise, Material Girls, has won a Highly Commended Volunteering Award at WCVA’s Volunteer Group of the Year Awards 2016 for their outstanding commitment to volunteering.

Material Girls’ unique and innovative volunteering enterprise, currently funded by WCVA’s Volunteering in Wales fund, empowers women with new skills and confidence to break the cycle of Domestic Abuse by becoming more independent and moving closer to employment or further education.

Material Girls has become one of Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid’s core services that enables progression and support for women who have been impacted by Domestic Abuse.

Material Girls has supported over 200 volunteers since the project began in June 2013 and has proven to transform women’s lives and enable them to live independent lives free from abuse.

Material Girls volunteers attended NPTCVS’s Award ceremony on 1st June 2016 to proudly receive their award.

“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.” – Holly Aspey, Social Enterprise and Marketing Coordinator

If you’d like to find out more about Material Girls please click here.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Holly on 01639 894864 or email

Volunteering Awards

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Material Girls Funding Success

Jul 08 2016

We’re delighted to announce that our Social Enterprise, Material Girls, has received £16,376 from the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victim Fund to support victims of Domestic Abuse for the next year.

The Victims Fund, launched in March, considered applications from Voluntary and Third Sector organisations for funding towards specialist victim services. The primary aim was to support new or existing projects which worked with individuals and their families who have been directly or indirectly affected by crime. The emphasis of the criteria was on innovative ideas, able to complement existing services for victims.

Material Girls is a textile recycling programme providing educational, personal development and volunteering opportunities to women overcoming Domestic Abuse and other forms of disadvantage. Material Girls enables women to flourish by empowering women with new skills and confidence.

Our Enterprise offers vital opportunities and support for women to build new skills, make new friends and develop a sense of identity and purpose. Having now operated since June 2013, Material Girls has worked with over 200 female volunteers, and in many cases has been pivotal in helping them turn their lives around.

We have many examples of women developing new supportive friendships; women having significantly improved mental health; women discovering new talents and skills; and women moving into paid employment. Perhaps the most important aspect of the project is the camaraderie, purpose and kinship that the project offers which is so vital to rebuilding shattered lives and confidence.

The Victim Support funding will run alongside continuation funding from WCVA Volunteering in Wales Fund to fully fund Material Girls until June 2017.

South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner

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Material Girls Welcomes New Sales, Events and Marketing Assistant

May 05 2016

Material Girls are delighted to welcome a new addition to the team, Jenn, our new Sales, Events and Marketing Assistant. Jenn has joined Material Girls through the Jobs Growth Wales scheme to help grow and develop our fledging Enterprise. Jobs Growth Wales is funded by the Welsh Government with the support of the European Social Fund to create thousands of new job opportunities for 16-24 year olds in Wales.

“Our new Sales, Events and Marketing Assistant, Jenn, will be an invaluable asset to our passionate team at Material Girls. Jenn has exceptional skills and experience in designing marketing materials, which we’re excited to utilise in order to drive our sales to our Enterprise.” – Social Enterprise and Marketing Coordinator, Holly Aspey.

‘I am extremely delighted to be working for Material Girls alongside Holly. I’m looking forward to using my design abilities to boost sales along with promoting and raising awareness of Material Materials and PTAWA.” – Jennifer Williams.

Whilst studying Graphic Communication at the Atrium, University of South Wales, Jenn completed a range of design projects throughout her three years. With gaining experience in the likes of identity branding, typography, website design and advertising, her understanding of design is going to be really beneficial in raising the profile of Material Girls through a range of different communication platforms. Since graduating with a BA Hons in Graphic Communication in July of 2015, Jenn has been aiming to start her career revolving around design and advertising.

The start of 2016 saw Jenn off to a creative start with her spending two months work experience at MeeCreative. Founded by Liam Mee, winner of South Wales Young Entrepreneur 2015, MeeCreative is an award winning Branding and Communications agency in Port Talbot. During her time there she worked on several client projects and a self-advertising campaign for the agency. She was also in charge of social media and SEO for the website that boosted the advertising of MeeCreative online.

In her spare time Jenn enjoys playing around and practising with Photoshop and Illustrator. She also runs an online Etsy shop where she sells handmade beaded bracelets featuring names of favourite character duos from popular TV and anime series. She’s aiming to build up her stock and look to get a stall at a local convention where she can promote her Etsy shop and sell in person.

Jenn’s ideas for boosting sales to the Social Enterprise include using online e-commerce websites such as eBay and the official Material Girls website to sell clothing and handmade items. She’s looking to discover events and fairs that will enable us to sell face-to-face and also source local outlets where Material Girls products can be sold. Jenn will also be taking advantage of social media to promote and publicise Material Girls and PTAWA.

Jennifer Williams

Material Girls raise over £1,000 at 100 Years of Fashion Show!

Dec 23 2015

Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid’s (PTAWA) innovative Social Enterprise, Material Girls, raised over £1,000 at their 3rd Annual Fundraising Fashion Show on Thursday 12th November at Blancos hotel in Port Talbot. Material Girls sells pre-loved, vintage and up-cycled fashion to empower women with skills and confidence to break the cycle of Domestic Abuse.

This year was the biggest show yet, with over 100 supporters filling the Michael Sheen Suite at Blancos Hotel. The 100 Years of Fashion Show showcased Material Girls’ vintage clothing collection and modern dresses. The outfits had been donated to the Enterprise and revived, repaired and professionally steamed by Material Girls volunteers during weekly volunteering session.

Material Girls is going into its third year of trading and is growing from strength to strength supporting more and more women each year. Last year, Material Girls supported over 80 women with 40% of these women going onto further education, training or employment. There was a moving speech at the beginning of the Fashion Show, from a volunteer who had previously been in PTAWA’s refuge and the positive impact Material Girls has on her life – helping her to break the cycle of Domestic Abuse.

The show was hosted by local celeb, Helen Enser Morgan, making the evening extra special and entertaining. Stalls lined the room selling clothing, cakes and crafts in aid of PTAWA. Half way through the show there was a musical performance by a talented young lady, Summer. There was a special guest, Emma Jenkins – Miss Wales, making an appearance at the show and giving a motivational speech backstage to the Material Girls volunteer models.

PTAWA’s Social Enterprise and Marketing Coordinator, Holly Aspey, was thrilled with the funds raised at the Fashion Show and the impact the show had on the Material Girls volunteers:

“Material Girls is all about empowering women with 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!”

Lucy Holmes, Director of PTAWA added:

“Congratulations and well done to Holly and the team of volunteers who helped make the fashion show a resounding success. It’s fantastic to see this event grow year on year. The room at Blancos was full of supporters, some old and importantly, some new. The fashion show is just the tip of iceberg of what the volunteers within Material Girls do for the project, but I’m so pleased that they were able to showcase all of their hard work and I think everyone came away smiling, especially after Sharon’s very powerful speech.”

Material Girls recycle donated clothing by up-cycling tired items and repairing and reviving vintage items; saving them from a tragic end in landfill. All proceeds raised by Material Girls are either reinvested in the Enterprise or funds vital services of PTAWA. Material Girls is a volunteering project that is funded by WCVA’s Volunteering in Wales fund.

If you’d like to donate, volunteer or find out more information about Material girls please contact Holly Aspey, Social Enterprise and Marketing Coordinator,

Tel: 01639 894864 Email:

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