Friday, 30 June 2017

Valleys Steps
Business and Performance Manager x 1 Post
Salary: £24,000 – £27,000 pro rata (dependent on experience).
Hours: 37.5 per week
Base: Abercynon, Mountain Ash.
Valleys Steps is an exciting new organisation establishing in the third sector. It delivers early intervention mental health initiatives including Mindfulness and Stress Control courses, to achieve improved and sustainable well-being for the communities of Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil.
We are seeking to appoint a Business and Performance Manager to strengthen the organisation in fulfilling it’s finance and performance requirements, whilst assisting the development and support within the staffing team.
For a full job description click here
To download an application form please click here
Closing date: 26th July 12pm
Interviews: 10th August
01443 803048
Tŷ Antur, Navigation Park, Abercynon, CF45 4SN

Monday, 26 June 2017

St Tydfil Shopping Centre's Community Fund - closes 30 June 2017

Following the launch of St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Community Fund at the beginning of the year, the centre is once again giving away £500 worth of vouchers, but this time to help a group organise a summer event or activity.

The centre is asking for groups in the Merthyr area to nomination themselves to receive £250 to spend at Iceland and £250 for use at Wilko.

 If you would like to nominate, please email explaining what event or activity you would like support for. One group will then be chosen from all the nominations to receive the £500 worth of vouchers. 

Nominations can also be made by sending a letter to:

St Tydfil Community Fund
c/o PMW Communications
PO Box 167
EX39 9DU

The closing date for nominations is Friday 30th June and more information can be found on the St Tydfil Shopping Centre website –

St Tydfil Cares Community Fund Terms & Conditions: The closing date for nominations is Friday 30th June. Any entries received after that date will not be counted. The judge’s decision is final. The winning group will be required to attend a photo presentation at St Tydfil Shopping Centre.  The photo will be distributed to the media. St Tydfil Shopping Centre reserves the right to award the prizes to a runner-up if contact is not received from the selected winner after 10 days. The winner is required to be involved in a follow-up photo call showing how the £500 vouchers were used. It is the winners’ responsibility to check the stores’ voucher terms and conditions. The prize does not have a cash alternative.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Looking for new #iwill ambassadors in Wales; Deadline: 17/7/17

Looking for new #iwill ambassadors in Wales

Know a young person (aged 10 – 20) that goes above and beyond in their communities? Are the young volunteers you work with passionate about making a difference? Do you know a social action champion of the future?

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, why not nominate a remarkable young person to be a new #iwill Ambassador? Nominate here -

Alternatively, you can encourage young people you know to apply to become ambassadors here -
The #iwill campaign Ambassador nominations are officially open until July 17th - the campaign are looking for a range of different types of social action, from young people from different locations, backgrounds, organisations, ages, etc.

This is a great opportunity for young people to build on their social action experience, develop skills and gain recognition for their contribution!

 Please contact for more information.

Yn chwilio am lysgenhadon #iwill newydd yng Nghymru

Ydych chi’n adnabod rhywun ifanc (10 – 20 mlwydd oed) sy’n mynd y tu hwnt i’r disgwyl er budd ei gymuned? A yw’r gwirfoddolwyr ifanc rydych yn gweithio gyda nhw yn benderfynol o wneud gwahaniaeth? Ydych chi’n adnabod rhywun a all hyrwyddo gweithredu cymdeithasol at y dyfodol?

Os felly, beth am enwebu person ifanc nodedig i fod yn un o Lysgenhadon newydd #iwill? Enwebwch yma -

Neu fel arall, gallwch annog pobl ifanc rydych yn eu hadnabod i ymgeisio i fod yn llysgenhadon yma -

Mae cyfnod enwebu Llysgenhadon ymgyrch #iwill ar agor yn swyddogol tan 17eg Gorffennaf – mae’r ymgyrch yn chwilio am amrywiaeth o wahanol fathau o weithredu cymdeithasol, gan bobl ifanc o wahanol ardaloedd, cefndiroedd, mudiadau, oedrannau, ac yn y blaen.

Dyma gyfle ardderchog i bobl ifanc adeiladu ar eu profiadau o weithredu cymdeithasol, datblygu sgiliau ac ennill cydnabyddiaeth am eu cyfraniad!

Cysylltwch â i gael gwybod mwy.

High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan


The new High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan, which covers Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf, is David Davies JP from Aberfan.
The history of High Sheriffs is a long one – they were certainly around in the 10th century, leading troops into the Battle of Hastings. Indeed, the post is the oldest secular office after the Crown itself and remains a personal appointment of The Queen.

As well as being Her Majesty's representative for law and order, the modern day High Sheriff spends much of his or her time supporting the voluntary sector generally. David has chosen as his main charity Llamau which is the leading charity in Wales supporting homeless young people (including those at risk of homelessness) and vulnerable women.

David will also be seeking nominations for the High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan Youth Community Awards, which rewards young people - individuals and groups - aged 11-21 for the community works they carry out among us. Nominations close in January, with a presentation evening in March in Bridgend and prizes of up to £1,000. There is also the opportunity to be entered in a national competition with the winners being invited to London – and, twice in the past 5 years, a group from Mid Glamorgan has won the overall national prize!

David looks forward to upholding the finest traditions of this ancient office; and, in doing so, to meet as many of you as possible and to serve the communities of Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf. Get in touch on or 07962 646866.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Is there a project you'd like to discuss with Big Lottery?

The Big Lottery Fund are developing their local knowledge of Merthyr Tydfil. To aid this they are providing the opportunity for groups to pop in and ask advice on their funds and application processes, or simply for a chat to find out more about the Fund.

The first two sessions will be held at the VAMT Offices on Friday 14 July and Monday 14 August. They are informal and they will be available from 10:30am till 4:00pm. An appointment is not necessary but if you wish to specify a time, please email Ian Davy 

Monday, 19 June 2017

Free event: The Future of Fundraising

This is the first round of new Third Sector Support Wales engagement events being held in Merthyr Tydfil, Powys and Flintshire. 

For more details on The Future of Fundraising please here 

Please book here

EE Staff looking for Team Volunteering Opportunity

We've been contacted by a member of EE looking for a team volunteering opportunity for 4 members of staff for a day - ideally outdoors.

If you've got an opportunity please email drop an email to
Many thanks

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Gerald Jones MP and Dawn Bowden AM - Rescheduled Funding Surgery 30 June 2017

The rescheduled Funding Advice Surgery hosted by Gerald Jones MP and Dawn Bowden AM will take place on 30 June from 11:30am at Merthyr Town Football Club - further details here

Intro to On-line Fundraising training 28 June

Still a couple of places left on this free half day course run by Local Giving.
Email  if you're interested in booking.

Awards for All Grant Successes

Congratulations to:
Cefn Coed Community Centre
Stephens and George Centenary Charitable Trust
Twynyrodyn Creative Activity Group
Trefechan and Cefn Gardening Association
on their recent successful grant applications to BIG Lottery Awards for All.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Celebrating Volunteers - 12 September 2017

Nominations for volunteers to attend our Celebrating Volunteers event on 12 September will open on 1 July.  It's going to be very special, but places will be limited, so make sure you get your nominations in early.

Job Vacancies with Elite

Elite Supported Employment have a number of job vacancies.  Further details are here (English) and  here (Welsh)

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Samaritans South Wales Project - Recruiting Volunteers

Information Sessions 

7th June 2017
Ebbw Vale
Learning Action Centre
20 James St, Ebbw Vale
NP23 6JG
8th June 2017
St Catherine’s Church Hall
Upper Church Street, Pontypridd, CF37 2UF

So many people have it in them to be a Samaritans volunteer
To touch another person’s life when it really matters, by helping them directly, or by keeping our project running, is a rare gift.

Please call  Susan Francis on 02920 222008 or Martin Smidman on 07553 118799
Or email

If you cannot make these dates but are still interested – give us a call