Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Job Vacancy at the Bevan Foundation

The Bevan Foundation are currently looking for an Admin/Events/Marketing Officer.  Closing date 8 June.  You'll find full details here

Friday, 22 May 2015

Cwm Taf Mental Health Recovery College Timetable 2015/2016

Click on this link to see the range of courses available via the Cwm Taf Mental Health Recovery College.  Details of how to apply is contained within the document.

Sustainable Social Services for Wales update/ Diweddariad o Wasanaethau Cymdeithasol Cynaliadwy i Gymru

The Sustainable Social Services for Wales update has now been published
For electronic English version please click here:
Mae’r diweddariad i Wasanaethau Cymdeithasol Cynaliadwy i Gymru wedi’i gyhoeddi.
Mae fersiwn electronig Cymraeg ar gael yma:

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Organ Donation

Lisa Morgan is a Specialist Nurse responsible for organ donation in Cwm Taf.  She is very passionate about the work she does and is keen to work with organisations, community groups etc to promote the organ donation scheme and to encourage people in Cwm Taf to sign up.

Cwm Taf University Health Board will be actively marketing the scheme over the next couple of months ahead of National Transplant Week in September (7-13th) and the change of organ donation legislation in December (see link below)

If you would like Lisa to come to talk to groups or provide you with information for your newsletters, social media pages etc.

If you are able to help promote the scheme, please contact:  Claire Williams, Cwm Taf UHB, 01443 744845.

£6.7m investment in new IT system to integrate NHS and social services in Walesy/Buddsoddiad o £6.7m mewn system TG newydd i integreiddio’r GIG a gwasanaethau cymdeithasol yng Nghymru

You will wish to be aware that the Minister has issued the following statement.

For electronic English version please click here

Byddwch yn dymuno gwybod bod y Gweinidog wedi gwneud y datganiad canlynol

Mae fersiwn electronig Cymraeg ar gael yma

Restorative Approaches to Family Engagement

If you wish to attend this event please respond to this email  by Monday 25th May  at the latest as places are limited.

Carers Week 2015 - sessions in Merthyr Tydfil

Follow this link to find out about Carers Drop In Sessions at Keir Hardie Health Park as part of Carers Week 2015

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

SUN (Service User Newsletter)

Take a look at the attached May edition of the SUN (Service User Newsletter) which focusses on Crisis Response and Home Treatment - lots of great information.  Feedback, or information for future editions is welcomed by my colleague Rachel Wyatt at Interlink:

Positive Ways of Changing Behaviour

Difficult or challenging behaviour often has its roots in the way the world views characteristics of autism or how others’ behaviour or the environment affects people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Learning Disability Wales are offering a one day course, Positive Ways of Changing Behaviour which will help you understand the reasons for what is seen as difficult or challenging behaviours of people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and how you can work in a positive way to help change these behaviours.


Workshop on Liver Disease Delivery Plan

Friday, 15 May 2015

Diary Marker: "Work together to build and maintain healthy and safe communities"

You are invited you to mark in your diary the following event which will take place on the morning of Monday 15th June 2015 at the Heronston Hotel, Ewenny, Bridgend.

The South Wales Police Compact with the Voluntary and Community Sector 

“Work together to build and maintain healthy and safe communities”

The Compact is a partnership agreement between the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, the Chief Constable for South Wales and the Third Sector as represented by the seven County Voluntary Councils in South Wales. Its shared objective is the building and maintaining healthy and safe communities across South Wales through strengthening joint and partnership working.

The event is aimed at third sector organisations across the South Wales Police Force area (Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Vale of Glamorgan) particularly those that have an involvement or interest in community safety.

Further details will be published next week but if you wish to express an interest in attending email Ian Davy

Thursday, 14 May 2015

June Edition of Inform

Contributions are sought for the June edition of "Inform", VAMT's popular hard copy newsletter.  If you'd like to share your group's successes, news or just share what you are up to with the broader third sector in Merthyr Tydfil, please let us know.

We've also availability in the sought-after "Focus on" page which can highlight the work of your group.  300-400 words plus logo plus photos in jpeg format are all that are required.

If you've something you'd like to contribute, then please don't hesitate to email

Deadline for receipt of articles is 22 May 2015.

Awards for All Success for Three Merthyr Groups

Congratulations to Kevin Ryan Court Tenants Association, Trelewis Playgroup and Forever Young in their recent Big Lottery Awards for All applications.

Kevin Ryan Court Tenants Group in Merthyr Tydfil will use the grant to improve their activities to reduce the social isolation of members. This grant for £1,235 will fund refreshments for a spring event, a Wii and Wii fit games, board games, arts and crafts materials, travel to Tenby and Aberystwyth, and refreshments.

Trelewis Playgroup will fund a new sessional worker and revitalise their club by purchasing new items and toys. This grant for £5,000 will fund a Sessional Worker, toys and equipment.

Forever Young, based in Merthyr Tydfil, will go on a series of trips to places of interest to members. This grant for £1,350 will fund trips to Oxford, Hereford, Tenby and Cheltenham.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

News from the Institute of Fundraising Cymru

For recent news from the Institute of Fundraising Cymru (IoF) please click here .  It includes information on their training programme, including the Introductory Certificate in Fundraising being held in Carmarthen on 23 June and in Cardiff on 16 September.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Cwm Taf Community Health Council

The latest news from Cwm Taf Community Health Council can be found here

Funding Success for Bevan Foundation

The Bevan Foundation have recently been successful in a bid to SWCED.  Further details are available here