Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Community Conversation with the Police and Crime Commissioner

 The Commissioner will be hosting virtual community conversations over the coming months, which will act as an interim replacement for the community walkabouts we usually hold. The first virtual meeting is targeted at residents living in Merthyr Tydfil and will take place on Tuesday 29th September at 6pm.

Further information here in English

Further information here in Welsh

Monday, 14 September 2020

"Meet the Funder" 1 October 2020 - Sport Wales' Be Active Fund

'Meet the Funder': Register now to join the Sport Wales’ Be Active Wales Fund online.

 Sport Wales’ “Be Active Fund” is currently open for applications with £4m to help Protect and Prepare community Sports Clubs in Wales.

 In collaboration with Third Sector Support Wales, we would like to invite you to attend an online ‘How To Apply For Funding’ workshop, where we will outline the latest news and information about the fund.

The session will take the format of a 20 minute presentation plus question and answer session.

 The session will run online (Zoom) from 2:00pm-3:00pm (max) onThursday  1 October 2020

 To register, please email: training@vamt.net  stating ‘Sport Wales’ in the header by 28 September 2020.Please include the name of your organisation and the county in which you are based in your email.  A link to the event will be sent out closer to the date. Please note the session will run through the medium of English.


 'Cwrdd â'r Cyllidwr': Cofrestrwch nawr i ymuno â Chronfa Cymru Actif Chwaraeon Cymru ar-lein

 Mae £4m ar gael I Ddiogelu a Pharatoi chwaraeon cymunedol.

 Ar y cyd â Chefnogi Trydydd Sector Cymru, hoffem eich gwahodd i fynychu gweithdy ‘Sut i Wneud Cais am Gyllid’ ar-lein, lle byddwn yn amlinellu'r newyddion diweddaraf a gwybodaeth am y Cronfa.

Bydd y sesiwn yn cynnwys cyflwyniad am 20 muned, ynghyd a cwestiynau ac atebion.

 Bydd y sesiwn yn rhedeg ar-lein (Zoom) o 2:00yp-3:00yp ar Ddydd Iau, 1af Hydref 2020.

 I gofrestru, e-bostiwch training@vamt.net  erbyn 29 Medi 2020  yn nodi 'Chwaraeon Cymru” ym mhennawd y neges. Cofiwch gynnwys enw eich sefydliad a'r Sir yr ydychwedi'ch lleoli ynddi yn eich e-bost.  Bydd dolen i'r digwyddiad yn cael ei anfon yn agosach at y sesiwn,.  Sylwch y bydd y sesiwn yn rhedeg drwy gyfrwng y Saesneg.

Thursday, 3 September 2020

*****EXTRA DATE AVAILABLE - FREE On-line Managing Anxiety Course



 Free Online Managing Anxiety Course

              Starting 15th September 2020                         

The course is run in partnership with New Horizons Mental Health and Adult Learning Wales 

Each person will be given a log in for the moodle with Adult Learning Wales where you will find work sessions with links or power point for information regarding that session, you can then email your completed work to the Tutor who will give you feedback. Plus, there will be 1 vscene sessions for the group with the tutor, so you can discuss how the course is going and any queries you have.

To enrol on the course please send your name and email to:

tracy.thomas@newhorizons-mentalhealth.co.uk or telephone 01685 881113

Demand for courses are high, so please contact us as soon as possible if you wish to have a place.

Information on what the course covers:

Know the terms 'anxiety' and 'panic attack'. Know causes of anxiety. Know symptoms of anxiety. Know how anxiety can affect the individual and the individual’s friends and family. Know how different ways of thinking and behaving can affect anxiety. Know how anxiety can be managed.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

NSPCC Training for Designated Safeguarding Person


 This advanced safeguarding course runs on the 1 & 2 September (through Zoom) and is aimed at DSP’s working in Wales across all sectors including education and the voluntary sector. 

 More info on the course can be found at this weblink https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/training/designated-safeguarding-person-wales including how to book a place!

Message from Natural Resources Wales

Miki Miyata-Lee is a Senior Officer from from Natural Resources Wales.  See her message below:

I am a partnership specialist, who is keen to promote health and wellbeing of people and environment in Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr, RCT and Vale of Glamorgan.

Currently, I am reaching out for new audiences and partnerships, who have interests in promoting any activities involving local greenspace, and seaside/riverside space etc., that can bring environmental, social, economic and cultural benefits to everyone.  It can be both urban and rural area.  What we are looking for is diverse ideas, cultures and creativities which can contribute to South Central Wales Area Statements:

  • Building resilient ecosystems
  • Connecting people with nature
  • Working with water
  • Improving our air quality
  • Improving our health

I currently have a very modest amount of funding called Shared Outcome Request.  Please find the info here  .  If you are interested in having a chat with me, please get in touch.  It doesn’t have to be about accessing to the grant.  It can simply a friendly chat about your local people and places, and how you think we can bring better wellbeing of people with local environmental actions. 

Ffon: 03000 654 538/ Mob: 0781 799 1047


Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Calling Residents of Treharris . . .

The Bevan Foundation is a charity that is looking at how to grow opportunities, incomes and services in Treharris.

To do this we need to understand more about the circumstances of Treharris residents. Please will you help us by joining our virtual focus group?

We want to know about how money circulates locally and how and where it is spent.

To say thank you, you will be paid £15 for participating. The information you give will be treated in strict confidence, we may use your insights but you will not be named publicly.

 We are looking to run the virtual focus groups on these dates: 

19 August@2:00
26th August @ 2pm
 2nd September @ 2pm

Places are strictly limited. If you would like to participate, or would like to know more you can contact

Lloyd Jones,

Project Support Officer:


 Please also pass this on to anyone you think might be interested. Thank you!

About the Bevan Foundation

The Bevan Foundation is Wales’ most innovative and influential think tank. We develop lasting solutions to Wales’ most challenging problems.

We are independent of government or any political party, and are funded by subscriptions, donations, grants from charitable trusts and foundations and commissions.

 145 & 145a High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8DP



 01685 350938

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

NEW!! Covid Recovery Fund from Lloyds Bank Foundation

Please note - Merthyr Tydfil is the only area in Wales to be selected as one of the six areas referred to below.

Launch of new COVID Recovery Fund

We are delighted to announce new funding for small and local charities helping people overcome complex social issues and recover beyond the immediate COVID-19 crisis.

Charities can apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of
£50,000 from Monday 3 August at 10am.

To meet the needs of small and local charities and the people they support, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales will open new COVID-19 funding to support charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.

The COVID Recovery Fund will offer 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside the support of a Development Partner to help charities identify and act on any organisational challenges they are facing.

To ensure this funding is distributed equitably, a minimum of 25% of the grants will be awarded to charities led by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. Eligibility criteria will also be flexed for charities operating in Wales and those based in the six communities we are partnered with.

We will be publishing full eligibility guidelines this week and will be holding a Q&A webinar with our grants team to talk through and answer questions about the fund on
11th August between 2 pm – 3.30 pm.

Visit our website to stay up to date.

In the meantime, you can also subscribe to our newsletter, where we share resources, guidance and funding from around the sector.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

New Funding Opportunity - the Fore Trust

The Fore Trust have a  new Transition Fund which is open for the first round of registrations. 

Small charities and social enterprises can apply for funding to help adapt to the post-lockdown world. 

Find out more and apply.