A wellbeing centre has been set up in the Amman Valley by a woman who sadly lost three family members to suicide.

Nicola Thomas set up Lles Brynaman Well-being earlier this year following the death of her sister Pauline, nephew Kurtis and cousin - who all took their own lives.

Lles Brynaman Well-Being meets several times a week and provides several free activities and workshops, such as coffee evenings ad group therapy sessions, to help improve the wellbeing of the people of Brynaman and the surrounding villages.

Nicola, who grew up in Brynaman, told The Guardian: “It is therapy for me. Being able to help others keeps me going.

“I'm not a person who will sit down and do nothing.

“We set out to do this, and even if we helped one person that was good enough for me. But to be helping almost 30 people in the short time that we've been running is fantastic.

"It is not just about mental health. It is about wellbeing and people meeting up for a chat and to escape their busy lives.

“I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in fundraising activities and challenge to raise money for Lles Brynaman over the last few months.”

Weekly coffee evenings are held at St Catherine’s Community Church hall every Monday from 7pm until 8pm which is a free event in a non-judgemental setting.

There is also a Walk and Talk group every Tuesday where members meet at the Black Mountain Centre in Brynaman at 6.15pm to leave at 6.30pm for a walk around the community in a group.

One member said: "I get lonely a lot of the time and would often walk on my own late at night so going out with company is so much nicer and safer. It lifts my mood.”

An eight-week Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course has just finished but Nicola hopes to run the course again soon.

The group is also looking for members to attend My Generation sessions, a free workshop in partnership with MIND cymru which helps those over 50 to improve their wellbeing.

The sessions help with staying mentally well while enjoying activities such as arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations and spending time with others.

Future courses include Cardio Tennis Sessions and working closely with Swansea City Football Club and MIND charities.

For more information email llesbrynamanwellbeing@outlook.com, or visit Lles Brynaman Well-being on Facebook and Twitter.