Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Spread the Word - Literature and Arts Festival Merthyr Tydfil 2 March 2017

Spread the Word Literature and Arts Festival on
 Thursday March 2nd 2017
The biggest event on World Book Day in Wales

On Thursday March 2nd 2017, the Stephens and George Charitable Trust will host the biggest event on World Book Day ‘The Spread the Word Literature Festival, in Merthyr Tydfil. The event is being opened by the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, at 10am at St David’s Church, Merthyr Tydfil.

This year the festival will be held in even more venues within the town centre, with entertainment for children of all ages including stilt walkers, jugglers, Crazy Golf, Giant Chess boards and games, fairground rides, Falconry, human statues and lots more.
Every year the Festival is themed on a famous author or book. This year the theme is Harry Potter and with the support again from community service woodwork department in Cardiff, we will have fantastic magical Harry Potter Props including 10ft broom sticks and a Hogwarts Castle which the team have been creating for months to bring the festival to life.

There are over 200 workshops at the event, and authors, illustrators, actors and performers come from all over the UK to participate. Amongst them will be Tony De Saulles who illustrates the Award winning series Horrible Science. Dan Anthony who has worked as a scriptwriter on CBBC's Story of Tracy Beaker and S4C's The Baaas and as well writing the successful Rugby Zombie books for young readers.

Techniquest will bring the magic of Harry Potter to the festival through spell making sessions and ITV Wales journalist Hannah Thomas will be talking about her career and life as a journalist. Henning Lohlein, award winning illustrator and writer is running workshops. His book, Mr Fox, is amongst Julia Donaldson 10 favourite picture books.
Over 2500 children will be in attendance at the event dressed as characters from the Harry Potter books. The day will commence with over 1500 children parading through the Town Centre of Merthyr Tydfil. Music Workshops have been held prior to the event funded by The Big Music Project through Youth Cymru and run by Aber Arts. Young people have learnt to play instruments such as ukulele’s and recorders to enhance the Festival through music.

Helen Hughes The Charity Coordinator states “The event is part of the Stephens and George Charitable Trust’s aim to empower young people through literacy. Without good reading and writing skills young people will have limited life chances. At the event, each year we bring the magical world of books alive to enthuse and educate young people“

If you would like to volunteer at the event please contact the Trusts volunteer mentor Nerys Golding-Hann by emailing her on  Nerys.hann@stephensandgeorge.co.uk. There will be plenty of variable opportunities and volunteers ages range from 16 to 68 years of age. “The Festival is a great way of developing your experience and confidence as well as giving something back to your local community.” Nerys Golding- Hann.

The event is free of charge to attend and runs from 9am until 3pm on World Book Day. Further information can be obtained from helen.hughes@stephensandgeorge.co.uk 01685 375331

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Community Art Exhibition at Llancaiach Fawr

Trelewis Community Art Club are holding an art exhibition at Llancaiach Fawr on Tuesday 21st February and Saturday 25th February 2017 between 10.00am and 4.00pm. 
Please come along and see some of our talented artists' work

Mae Clwb Celf Cymuned Trelewis yn cynnal Arddangosiad gelf yn Llancaiach Fawr o Ddydd Mawrth Chwefror 21ain hyd Ddydd Sadwrn Chwefror 25ain 2017 rhwng 10.00am a 4.00pm
Dewch draw, is teimlwch awydd i weld gwaith rhai o'r artistiaid talentog

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Valleys Taskforce - Merthyr Tydfil event

Welsh Government have set up a Valleys Taskforce to look at what needs to be done to reinvigorate and regenerate our Valleys communities. 

The Taskforce is coming to the Redhouse in Merthyr Tydfil at 6pm on Monday 13th February to hear views of the local community.

To book click on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trafod-y-cymoedd-talk-valleys-tickets-31750351155?aff=es2

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Inform March 2017 - call for articles

As always, VAMT is looking to receive your contribution to our hard-copy magazine Inform which will be distributed in early March.

We welcome articles of interest to the wider third sector - if you'd like to let others know what you're up to, successes, new services, volunteering opportunities, then send them in to hilary.edwards@vamt.net by 14 February 2017.

Many thanks - look forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Fixed Term Job Vacancy with Communities First South Cluster

Communities First South Cluster

 Prosperous Lead Officer

NJC pay Scale Points SCP 28 - 31

 £24,717 – 27,394 (37 hours per week)

Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil are looking to recruit for this post on a fixed term contract, this post is currently funded until 30th June 2017. The post holder will have overall responsibility for the planning, delivery, implementing, monitoring and maintenance of the Prosperous Communities Action Plan as part of the South Cluster Local Delivery Plan. The post holder will also be responsible for delivery of the clusters Community Career Clubs, providing advice on financial inclusion, employability and benefit issues.  Communities First is a Welsh Government Community Focused Tackling Poverty Programme. The programme supports the most disadvantaged people in the most deprived areas of Wales with the aim of contributing to alleviating persistent poverty.

For an application pack please visit www.vamt.net or e mail ken.long@vamt.net

 The closing date for applications is 10am on the 10th February

 The interviews will be held on the morning of the 14th February   

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