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.



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).



New projects started to expand our offer of services which included funding for a 35 hour childwork post.

Community Aid


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

Mothers and Toddlers Funded


Funding to provide a ‘mothers and toddlers’ facility both in-house and in the community. A grant was awarded to provide therapeutic activities for the refuge residents.

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.



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.  

Funding Milestone


After a period of substantial growth the organisation exceeds half a million pounds income to support our charitable activities.

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.