Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The Welsh Blood Service - Donor Session at Merthyr Tydfil

by joining our Bone Marrow Register - Ask for more information on the day
The Welsh Blood Service has recently introduced a new computer system.   Throughout this period of transition you may experience delays at clinic, please be mindful of this when you go along.
Existing donors, please bring your donor card with you and any new donors, please register online prior to the donation session.
Please ensure that there is a minimum of 12 weeks between donations for males and 16 weeks for females.
 If in doubt whether you are eligible to donate please click on the following link to read our general guidelines
Os nad ydych yn siwr a ydych yn gymwys i gyfrannu ticiwch ar y cyswllt canlynol i ddarllen ein cyfarwyddiadau cyffredinol

Voices Against Violence Choir

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

VAMT Inform Newsletter - call for articles - deadline 11 September 2015

If you'd like to share some good news or just tell the third sector and its stakeholders what your organisation is currently doing, then why not contribute to the September edition of Inform?  Due to be distributed in late September, the deadline for articles is 11 September 2015.  Our newsletter designer has asked that:
  • Where possible logos should be supplied as .eps (vector) files.  If this is not possible then a .jpg file of at least 100kb in size should be adequate.
  •  Images need to be high resolution - 300dpi at final print size.  As a guide, images should be at least 1000kb/1mb to be used at quarter page size
Please email your articles to or give her a call on 01685 353917

Monday, 24 August 2015

Career Development for Women across Wales

September Activity Programme

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training from New Pathways

ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Saturday & Sunday 12th & 13th September 2015

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a 2 day workshop that offers intensive training for front-line workers and community members.

Introductory cost of £50.00


This course is suitable for...

The emphasis is on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help as needed.  ASIST provides practical training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. 


Participants often include:

·         people concerned about family and friends
·         natural helpers and advisers
·         emergency service workers
·         counsellors, teachers and ministers
·         ISVA's, IDVA's, crisis Workers, mental health practitioners
·         workers in health, welfare and justice
·         community volunteers.

This is a great opportunity for staff to attend this course at a reduced rate as other training providers will usually charge between £150.00 and £200.00 per person. The focus is not only on a model which may help with your work but also in your interactions in the community in general.

To book on Email
Alternatively, you are welcome to telephone us on 01685 379310.



Tydfil Training host Cyfarthfa Retail Park Recruitment Information Day

Cyfarthfa Retail Park Recruitment Information Day

Come along and find out about the exciting career opportunities soon to be available in the Cyfarthfa Retail Park.

On Wednesday 26th August 2015 we will be holding an information day where you can find out more about new and expanding businesses, vacancies and how to apply.
If you are interested, please drop in to:
MTe3C Centre
114 High Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8AP
Wednesday 26th August 2015               9.30am – 4.00pm
Please contact Tydfil Training on 01685 371747 for more information

Veteran Engagement Officer Vacancy - Muni Arts Centre

The new Muni Arts Centre is re-opening its doors to its local Community

 Due to a Community Covenant Grant we can offer a new post:

 Veteran Engagement Officer (21 hours)
£15,308 per annum/pro rata

In this role you will create new and maintain existing veteran support networks with the local Cwm Taf Community. To engage with external partner agencies, volunteer organisations and charities to provide holistic veteran/family support.

A full driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential, and the ability to speak Welsh would be an advantage.
For application pack:

or ring 01443 490391
Muni Arts Centre
Gelliwastad Road
CF37 2DP
Closing date for completed applications, 5pm Friday 4th September 2014

Galon Uchaf and Penydarren Community Association - Vacancy for post of Community Centre Manager

Galon Uchaf and Penydarren Community Association are currently recruiting for a Community Centre Manager, 10 hours per week, £7.50ph.  Further details are available here

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Cyfarthfa Park volunteers honoured with community award

Volunteers in Merthyr Tydfil have been honoured with a community award for their work in maintaining Cyfarthfa Castle and Park. Have a look at their video Inspire! Project Award Winner 2015 - Parks for People, Heritage & Volunteering Project

The Parks for People project encourages volunteers to learn horticultural and heritage skills, from growing fruit and vegetables to stone-walling and hedge-laying.

This particular Heritage Lottery-funded initiative at Cyfarthfa Park has seen 116 people rack up 9,000 volunteering hours over the past three years.

The volunteers, aged between 16 and 81, say they get as much out of it as they put into it - including new skills and new friends.

Angela Beacham, 55, became a volunteer after her marriage broke down and she was made redundant from her job. She said on ITV Wales Cymru

Peter Lynn
At 81 years old, Peter Lynn is the oldest volunteer on the team. Last year he gained a university-level qualification through his volunteer work.I meet a lot of people - very nice people - of all ages, of all cultures, of all interests. I get a little bit of leg-pulling about my age! But they're all very, very respectful.

Leanne Williams, Heritage and Volunteer Co-Ordinator for the Parks for People project, said: "The 116 volunteers have made a phenomenal impact on Cyfartha Park. We've opened up some additional heritage features, which were originally lost, and they also maintain areas that probably would have fallen into disrepair otherwise. "This award recognises outstanding learners - and I believe all our volunteers are outstanding learners. "The volunteers' next project is to rebuild the Ice House in Cyfarthfa Park, working alongside professional stonemasons. We also have many other regeneration projects in the pipeline."

Thursday, 13 August 2015

World Mental Health Day - Merthyr Rugby Club

A World Mental Health Day Event 2015 is being held on Friday 9th October at the Merthyr Tydfil Rugby Club commencing at 10.30 am and finishing at 2.30 pm.

World Mental Health Day is a global annual event aimed at raising awareness of mental health and addressing associated stigma.

The World Mental Health Day Event is a way of working collaboratively towards addressing the needs of our local communities. This day will provide an opportunity for individuals and members of the local community to engage with providers of services, as well as giving the chance to local organisations and partners to showcase the quality and quantity of services available within Merthyr Tydfil and the surrounding area.

Full details about the event and booking form

Please return your booking form to Carol Hindley or call her on 01685 353900 no later than Thursday 7th September.

Job Vacancy - Carers Information and Development Officer

VAMT has a vacancy for a Carers Information and Development Officer. It is a fixed term contract until 31st March 2016. 

For the application pack go to

Monday, 3 August 2015

What are your priorities for older people’s services in Cwm Taf?

We need your views on our plans and priorities for older people’s health and social care services in Cwm Taf
Because of changes in the law, and the growing number of older people in our area, your local councils and health board are working together to look at new plans and priorities for older people’s health and social care services across Cwm Taf.

We want older people to have longer, healthier and happier lives, and to stay as independent as they can be for as long as possible.

We think this means we need to change the types of services we provide, and the way we provide them. We need your views on our plans and priorities for the future of older people’s services, to see whether you think they’ll achieve what we want for older people in our area.

We’ll be asking the public for their views from 27th July - 18th September 2015.

To have your say on our plans and priorities for older people’s health and social care services, visit and take part in our online survey.

If you’d like any further information, or have any queries please contact Jessica Thomas via email on

Rydyn ni eisiau'ch sylwadau am ein cynlluniau a'n blaenoriaethau ar gyfer gwasanaethau iechyd a gofal cymdeithasol i bobl hŷn yng Nghwm Taf

Oherwydd newidiadau yn y gyfraith a'r nifer gynyddol o bobl hŷn yn ein hardal ni, mae eich bwrdd iechyd a'ch cynghorau lleol yn cydweithio i edrych ar gynlluniau a blaenoriaethau newydd ar gyfer gwasanaethau iechyd a gofal cymdeithasol i bobl hŷn ar draws Cwm Taf.

Rydyn ni am i bobl hŷn fyw bywydau hirach, iachach a hapusach, ac aros mor annibynnol ag y gallan nhw fod am gyhyd â phosibl.

Rydyn ni o'r farn bod hyn yn golygu bydd angen i ni newid y mathau o wasanaethau rydyn ni'n eu darparu, a sut rydyn ni'n eu darparu nhw. Rydyn ni angen eich barn am ein cynlluniau a'n blaenoriaethau ar gyfer dyfodol y gwasanaethau i bobl hŷn, i weld a ydych chi o'r farn y byddan nhw'n cyflawni'r hyn rydyn ni'i eisiau ar gyfer y bobl hŷn yn ein hardal.

Byddwn ni'n gofyn i'r cyhoedd am eu sylwadau o 27 Gorffennaf tan 18 Medi 2015.

I gael dweud eich dweud am ein cynlluniau a'n blaenoriaethau ar gyfer iechyd a gwasanaethau gofal cymdeithasol i bobl hŷn, ewch i a chymryd rhan yn ein harolwg ar-lein.

Pe hoffech chi ragor o wybodaeth, neu os oes gennych chi unrhyw gwestiynau, cysylltwch â Jessica Thomas drwy e-bost:

Ymgynghoriad ar orsaf fysiau ganolog Merthyr Tudful

Consultation on Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station