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The Material Girls Fashion Show

The Material Girls Fashion Show

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Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid raise over £1000 at their 5th annual Fashion Show

Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid’s (PTAWA) innovative Social Enterprise, Material Girls, rose over £1000 at their 5th annual Fashion Show on Thursday 26th October 2017 at Blanco’s Hotel in Port Talbot.

This year’s Fashion Show was a huge success, with over 100 supporters filling the Michael Sheen Suit at Blanco’s. The Fashion Show showcased the Material Girls’ clothing collection and glamorous dresses. The outfits had been donated by generous members of the community and through the project’s ‘Bring a Bag to Work’ campaign where local organisations collected unwanted clothing from their employees.

The Material Girls project was created with the vision of providing an opportunity for local women in the community to gain new skills and training to enhance career prospects, to grow confidence, reduce isolation and improve community participation, all while producing profits to support Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid’s wider work.  Since the inception of Material Girls PTAWA’s profile and reputation has increased and in turn we have been able to draw more funding and become more competitive in a bid to maintain and grow our support services. Schemes such as the ‘Bring a bag to Work’ campaign have taken our enterprise and our wider work to a new audience, attracting support from corporate and public sector organisations.

Our strategic priorities as an organisation are clear. We want to prevent Domestic Abuse, we want to intervene to ensure individuals are safe and we want to provide opportunities for women and families to progress. The third priority is what makes PTAWA unique. Not many domestic abuse organisations are striving to achieve that in the way that we are. Progressing from abuse is vitally important and the Material Girls project plays a huge role in helping us achieve that goal.

The project is going into its 5th year of trading and is growing from strength to strength supporting more and more women each year.

The Fashion Show was presented by local celebrity Helen Enser Morgan, making the evening entertaining. Local up and coming singer, Eleri Angharad gave an excellent performance and aspiring photographer Debbie Jones took some amazing photos of the evening. Domestic Abuse Survivor Rachel Williams gave an incredibly inspirational talk about her experience of Abuse and the great work that she does now to the break the cycle Domestic Abuse.

PTAWA’s Social Enterprise Coordinator, Chantelle Davies, was thrilled with the funds raised at the event and the impact it had on our fantastic Volunteers:
“Material Girls is all about empowering women in the community to enable them to flourish and live successful lives. We we’re thrilled to see the room full of our supporters. It was a great evening and I think everyone left feeling empowered and filled with pride!”

All proceeds raised are re-invested into the enterprise or funds vital services of PTAWA.

If you’d like to donate, volunteer or find out more about our services contact 01639 894864