Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Introduction to PQASSO (Quality Assurance) Essentials for small groups @VAMT 9th October 10am-12pm

Introduction to PQASSO Essentials

Is your third sector group or organisation small in terms of the number of paid staff?

 Or perhaps your group or organisation is run by volunteers.

Or perhaps it is a newly established group or organisation.

If so, PQASSO Essentials is a free tool which can help your small group or organisation to: 

  • Carry out a basic ‘health check’ to know which areas need developing and strengthening.
  • Help promote good governance and better identify risks.
  • Help you be more effective and efficient in how you work.
  • Provide a framework to support its development or to structure an organisational review.
  • Provide assurances about your work to your funders and partners.
VAMT's hosting an Introduction to PQASSO Essentials on 9th October at the Voluntary Action Centre between 10:00am and 12:00 pm.  To book your place or to find out more please email
More information about PQASSO Essentials is here (scroll down to PQASSO Essentials pilot

FREE - Training from Local Giving Wales @VAMT in September

Tending to your roots: Top tips to help charitable groups succeed at online fundraising (free course)
26th September at the Voluntary Action Centre 2:00pm-3:30pm

 Does your organisation want to become more sustainable and open up new income streams? Do you want to develop an engaged, larger supporter base? Do you need to raise unrestricted funding to help cover core running

Lauren Swain, Localgiving's Wales Development Manager, will  speak about how small charities and community groups achieve these goals. The workshop will focus on how to optimise online fundraising in an easy and cost effective way to help groups like yours fundraise effectively online.

This session is tailored to the needs of small charities and community groups that want to get started or give their online fundraising a boost. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to hear about Localgiving's development programme in Wales, which offers a year of free help, Gift Aid for all and £200 match funding per group. For more information on what Localgiving giving offers please click here:

For further information or to book your place email or telephone 01685 353917

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Grants of up to £25,000 for small charities in South Wales through Track 2000 Grant Legacy Fund

If you are a registered small-medium size Charity, community voluntary group or small social enterprise based in South Wales, with an income of £500,000 or less, Track 2000 can fund your project or organisation with between £5,000 - £35,000 for revenue or capital costs.

You will need to complete a simple application form telling them about your formal status, the project or service you are providing and why you require grant funding. This could be for capital items, staff costs, project costs or expansion due to demand for your project operations or services.
There are three forms of grants available under Education and Training, Environmental Improvements and Strengthening Disadvantaged Communities who face poverty or hardship.  Projects can last for up to 2 years.

To apply download an application from the website and follow the guidance provided

Friday, 10 August 2018

Roller Derby now in Merthyr Tydfil

A brand new Roller Derby has started in Merthyr Tydfil.  

Based in the Engine House, sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 8-9pm and new members are welcome.

Can't skate?  Why not join their Learn to Skate classes?  Same venue, same night, start at 7pm - cost £25 for 6 weeks.


Ever fancied learning to skate? Classes now in Merthyr Tydfil

Classes start on 25th September and run from 7pm to 8pm
Cost £25 for the 6 week block.

Kit can be hired at the venue.

These sessions are available to those aged 18+

Don't want to skate but would like to offer support?  

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Move in with us??

VAMT currently have one room available to let within the Voluntary Action Centre-

1st floor (29.25 mtr sq)

The Voluntary Action Centre is the hub for 3rd Sector organisations in Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre. We currently house Safer Merthyr Tydfil, Barnardos, NYAS, Alzheimers Society, the Samaritans & MIND.

Contact us now for more information, our rent is extremely competitive!! Email
Laura or ring 01685 353900.

Postcode Community Trust Grant Round Opened

The Postcode Community Trust have opened their second grant round of 2018. The Trust was established in 2014 and focuses on initiatives that benefit communities through grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and wellbeing programmes which improve a community's physical and mental health.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available to registered charities, with other organisation types able to apply for up to £2,000. Grants can run for up to 12 months.

Projects previously funded in Wales include Golden-Oldies, a social initiative, bringing positive change and improving the wellbeing of older, marginalised and visually impaired people. The group received funding to provide structured, daytime social singing and activity sessions that encourage participation and functional exercise.

The closing date for submitting expressions of interest is 15 August 2018. Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit full proposals between 5 September - and 19 September 2018.

For more information visit

Friday, 3 August 2018

VAMT vacancy: Community Coordinator for Merthyr Tydfil

Community Coordinator
£32,486 per annum

We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our existing team of Community Coordinators within Cwm Taf. 

Hosted by VAMT and based in Merthyr Tydfil you will support individuals, communities and organisations to work together to reduce social isolation in our frail elderly population, and support older people (50+) to maintain their health, wellbeing and independence.

You will be pivotal in brokering access to local community services and activities to find solutions based on “what matters” to individuals.

If you are passionate about making a difference, both for individuals and communities then we want to hear from you. 

Download an application pack from: or

Closing date:  12 Noon Friday 31st August 2018
Interview date: Wednesday 12th September 2018

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Inform September 2018 - Call for Articles

The closing date for submission of articles for the September edition of Inform, VAMT's hard copy magazine is 24 August 2018.  Let the rest of the third sector in Merthyr Tydfil know what you're up to.  For further information or to submit an article email Hilary