Our Vision & Mission

Our vision is to create safer communities where everyone can live free from domestic abuse, violence against women and sexual violence.

Our mission is to provide high quality, innovative, end to end services which enable individuals and families to thrive.

Our Strategic Plan


Staff & Board Members

Louise White (Chair)

Louise has 20 years HR experience, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a Master’s Degree in Employment Law. She currently works as the Head of HR at DVLA, leading on all people issues for over 6,000 employees. She believes that people are the most valuable asset in any organisation and is committed to creating a positive working environment. Louise has a particular interest in championing women’s issues in the workplace.

Louise lives locally, in Port Talbot, with her husband and the last one of her 3 grown up children who is still at home. In her spare time, she likes walks along the beach with the dog rain or shine, watching live music and dining out.

Karen Tipple (Vice Chair)

Karen has worked within the supported housing sector for 7 years and is currently a Service Manager within the Thrive team at United Welsh with responsibility for partnership working and delivering health and wellbeing contracts. Prior to this Karen has managed Supporting People services including homeless hostels and floating support services. Karen originally trained as a Probation Officer after graduating from University and worked as a Probation Officer for 8 years before moving into housing. Karen has a keen interest in ensuring that services are delivered based on what matters to the person using that service and has recently completed the Vanguard Method for Person Centred Services programme.

Karen lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, growing her own vegetables and long walks along the beach.

Carly McCreesh-Johnson

Carly has worked in the voluntary sector for almost ten years, firstly at New Sandfields Aberavon as a Project Development Officer for over 5 years and secondly, working at Chwarae Teg as a Senior Project Officer. She previously worked as a Social Economy Officer for Bridgend County Borough Council, managing a £2.2m European grant scheme to support the development of social enterprises. Now Carly is employed as Project Manager for a Community Shared Project at Wales Cooperative.

Carly has a wide range of experience in the voluntary sector around business development, fundraising, project development and management. Carly has lived in Port Talbot all her life, she has two children; Ava 6 and Finley 10. Carly is currently undertaking an ILM 5 course for leadership and management for Directors through the LEAD programme, delivered by Swansea University.

Carly is the longest standing Board member, with over 10 years service.

Her interests involve keeping fit, spending time with family and going to the cinema.

Nia Singleton

Nia is currently Community Liaison Manager UK at Tata Steel in Europe. Based in Port Talbot, she has over 10 years experience in communications, undertaking numerous role within Tata Steel including; Internal Communications Business Partner and External Communications Community Relations Executive.

Nia has been instrumental in helping to shape ‘Thrive Women’s Aid’ to be recognised as a leading provider of domestic abuse services.

Nia was previously a Drug and Alcohol Misuse Counsellor and is a trained Probation Officer.

Nia is also a Welsh language speaker and writer.


Gail is a qualified and registered social worker with almost 17 years’ experience in child and family social work in the South Wales area and the south of England. She have experience of undertaking child protection investigations as well initial and core assessments alongside working with children in the looked after system and work within the courts. Gail has experience of completing fostering assessments, auditing files and has spent the last seven years working as an Independent Reviewing Officer and Child Protection Case Conference Chairperson.

Gail has a huge passion for training and have undertaken a great deal of training related to social work, child protection, counselling and education. She is also qualified to masters level and hold additional professional qualifications in Teaching and Counselling.

Gail currently chair the Parents and Friends association at her son’s school, where she is also a parent governor.

Lousie Fleet

Louise is currently employed at the Wales Audit Office (WAO) as Manager of the Performance Development & Guidance Team, supporting auditor colleagues with audit guidance, learning and development, and ensuring compliance with internal quality framework for audit work.

Louise is an elected employee Board member of Wales Audit Office (WAO) and is a member of the HR and Remuneration Committee.

Louise has significant experience, at a senior level, of auditing public sector bodies, analysing and interpreting complex data, making judgements and forming reasoned conclusions based on robust evidence.

Since 1993 Louise has been a Magistrate and in 1999 she became a Chairman in the Adult Court and Family Court in Swansea.

During 2017/18 Louise was the High Sherriff of West Glamorgan.

Louise is also currently the Chairman of the Neath Port Talbot Child Contact Centre.

Louise is a keen golfer and in 2010 was Appointed Director of the Board of Ryder Cup in Wales. She also enjoys keeping fit, reading, music, theatre and cooking.

Hannah Boyle (Treasurer)

Hannah is an ACA qualified Chartered Accountant with experience working in both practice and Industry. After qualifying at a leading financial services firm, she now works as a management accountant for FEI Foods Ltd in Llansamlet.

Hannah lives in Bridgend where she grew up and returned to after graduating from the University of East Anglia (Norwich).

Hannah is a keen runner and volunteers as treasurer for her local running club. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, being active and learning new things.

Our History



Our organisation was founded under the name Port Talbot Women’s Aid and in 1980 the first refuge was opened in a house provided by Port Talbot Borough Council.

Outreach and refuge Support


A Floating Support scheme began in 1992 with Dewi Sant as the Registered Social Landlord and a large house with six family sized bedrooms was opened in partnership with South Wales Federated Housing Association (now United Welsh Housing Association).

Children's Services


New projects started to expand our offer of services which included support for children and young people impacted by domestic abuse.

Women's Centre opens


A Community resource opens, where women in the community call in for support, information, workshops and training courses in a safe environment.

30 Years


Our organisation celebrates 30 years of Women’s Aid in Port Talbot and the Afan Valley. Our name was changed to reflect the work undertaken in the valleys area and so we became Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid or PTAWA.

Move on Accommodation


Our five bed ‘Move-on’ accommodation was opened, extending the reach of our residential service provision. We also appointed our first Manager, having previously operated as a collective.

Celebrate 20 Years in Current Refuge


PTAWA celebrates 20 years in the current refuge. Since 1992 approximately 900 women and 1200 children have been accommodated in our refuge.

Male Support


We began supporting male abusive parents in a bid to improve safety, reduce risk of harm and ultimately prevent domestic abuse.  

Thrive Group Wales


In June 2017 we created Thrive Group Wales. A social enterprise with the purpose of creating a sustainable income stream for our organisation.

Thrive Women's Aid


Thrive Women’s Aid was borne. While supporting and empowering women in the local area is at the heart of what we do, we felt that the time was right to change our brand to reflect the needs of our service users, who are based across the entire Neath Port Talbot area. We felt that we needed to reposition our brand to show the breadth of services we offer. Our new brand name has been chosen by our service users who wanted something positive, warm, and friendly.

Celebrate our 40th Anniversary


For 40 years, our beloved charity has provided a haven for women, children and young people in Neath Port Talbot, helping them to rebuild their lives and regain their independence in safe communities.

Seren Môr Consortium

The Seren Môr Consortium is a partnership of specialist organisations working together to end Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.

The Seren Môr consortium has recently been formalised with the completion of a due diligence procedure and sign off of our Memorandum of Understanding. The consortium is made up of the following VAWDASV provider partners:

  • Bawso
  • Hafan Cymru
  • New Pathways
  • Thrive Women’s Aid
  • Swansea Women’s Aid

The main aim and purpose of the consortium is to strengthen, sustain, develop and protect domestic abuse, sexual violence and violence against women services across the region. Our partnership has an ethos of mutual respect, trust, fairness and collective action on the basis that a collective approach is stronger than individual organisations acting alone, so to become more resilient and able to respond effectively.

Please direct any queries to westernbay@hafancymru.co.uk


For 40 years, Thrive Women’s Aid has provided a haven for women, children and young people in Neath Port Talbot, helping them to rebuild their lives and regain their independence in safe communities.

At Thrive we believe everyone has the right to live in safety and have a future without fear.

We believe that domestic abuse is a gender-based issue that is a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and a violation of human rights.

Women are disproportionally affected by domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women. Many women experience different forms of violence because they are women.

We primarily deliver support to women affected by domestic abuse. For this reason Thrive is committed to providing services by women for women. Being women-centred and women-led provides space to share experiences and address the unequal distribution of power across political, social and economic spheres, allowing delivery of woman-centred support informed by values of empowerment, rights and self-determination.

However we don’t just help and support women in need, we help the whole family to thrive to ensure the cycle of abuse is broken for good.


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