Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Cwm Taf UHB are sourcing representatives - are you interested?

The All Wales Individual Patient Funding Requests (IPFR) policy was introduced in 2011 and its aim is to ensure there is a fair, transparent and consistent approach to decision making across Wales. Where a medicine or treatment has not been appraised or approved for use in the NHS in Wales, a clinician can apply for it to be made available under the IPFR process. This process allows access to treatments where there is clear evidence a patient will benefit because of exceptional clinical circumstances.  

Following a ministerial review of the IPFR process in Wales, there is a requirement for each health board to recruit two lay representatives to its IPFR panel.  Each lay member will be required to fully participate in the IPFR panel discussions and will have voting rights. 

If you would like to be considered for this role, please submit an expression of interest detailing how you fulfil the requirements of the role specification.  Please address this to:

Lynda Williams
Director of Nursing & Chair of the IPFR panel
Cwm Taf Local Health Board
Ynysmeurig House
Navigation Park
CF45 4SN

Expressions of interests must be received no later than Friday 21 October 2016.  Suitable candidates will be invited to attend an informal discussion with members of the IPFR panel in November 2016. 

For further information, please contact Claire Tynan-Preece, Patient Flow Manager on 01443 744821 or

Oustanding Contribution to Volunteering in Merthyr Tydfil - Nicola Park Award 2016

This afternoon sees the official launch of the Nicola Park Award 2016 at VAMT's Celebration of Volunteering event at the Red House/Old Town Hall.

The closing date for nominations for this year's award is 24 October 2016.  This award marks an outstanding contribution to volunteering in Merthyr Tydfil, and this year, for the first time, is open to both organisations and individuals.

 A nomination form and further details are available here  and in Welsh here

The award will be presented at VAMT's AGM on 18 November at the Bessemer Hotel in Dowlais.

Please think about who you could nominate - if you need a hard copy, then contact Karen Foley on 01685 353913 or call in to the Voluntary Action Centre.

Can you help our local Alzheimer's society colleagues?


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Need some Help? Maybe the Prince's Trust can be of assistance . . .

The Princes Trust in Merthyr and Pontypridd are are currently looking to do a community project in both areas. It could be a school or Youth Club that needs Painting etc, or gardening done.

The idea of the project is that the Trust fundraise for equipment needed, for example paint and then complete the project.

Projects would need to take place week commencing 17 October and week commencing 24 October .

For further details, or to express an interest, contact Mandy Keating,

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Quiz Night in aid of Merthyr Tydfil Community Trust

To raise funds for the Merthyr Tydfil Community Trust, VAMT has organised a fundraising quiz night on Thursday 13th October at 7pm at Merthyr Rugby Club.

The Merthyr Tydfil Community Trust which is a charitable trust that supports local voluntary and community groups. It makes small grants to small groups that make a big difference to them. For more information on the Trust click on the following link

Please enter a team. For further details on how to take part please see the poster and booking form

Drink Wise Age Well Open Day 28 October 2016

For more information click here

Friday, 2 September 2016

Merthyr Tydfil Destination Day - 7th September 2016

You may be aware Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council organise an annual Destination Day to help celebrate the successes of the tourism sector and promote wider tourism developments of private sector businesses and stakeholders.  This year they are planning on holding Destination Day Event on Wednesday 7th September 2016 at Orbit Business Centre.  The programme (draft below) will start with a buffet lunch between 12pm-1pm and then progressing onto a number of talks relating to the official launch of our new Merthyr Tydfil Destination Management Plan 2016-18 and respective marketing tools (video, guide & website), and update form Visit Wales and other tourism related presentations.

Official Welcome
Cllr Margret Davies
Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil
The Importance of Tourism in Merthyr Tydfil:
Cllr Brendan Toomey
Leader of MTCBC
Merthyr Tydfil Destination Management Plan 2016-18
Gareth Chapman
Chief Executive of MTCBC
Destination Management - A Collaborative Approach
Ryan Barry
An Overview of Tourism Development
Gerwyn Evans
Visit Wales
Break - Teas & Coffee's
Celebrating the Cyfarthfa Park:
Richard Marsh
Keith Prosser
Merthyr Leisure Trust
Rock UK Summit Centre
Rock UK Summit Centre
BikePark Wales
BikePark Wales
Parkwood Outdoor Dolygaer
Parkwood Outdoor Dolygaer
Closing Remarks
Gareth Chapman
Chief Executive of MTCBC

 This event will be the perfect opportunity to meet similar businesses / organisations, gain a better understanding of tourism developments, both in Merthyr Tydfil and throughout Wales and give you an opportunity to make significant links with Local Authority staff and wider stakeholders.

If you and any colleagues / partners wish to attend the event please contact either Alex O'Brien on:  (01685) 727495 or Beth Jones on: (01685) 727309 or by emailing