Friday, 21 September 2018

Tenovus Cancer Care - Volunteers Needed 25th/26th September

On  25th and 26th September, Tenovus Cancer Care have been invited to promote our Big Birthday Raffle and sell raffle tickets at Tesco in Merthyr And we’re looking for help over the two days to sell raffle tickets and raise vital funds to support the work we do.

We’re looking for people to give any time between 10am and 4pm, however little or long you can spare. Even an hour could be a huge help!

If you’d like to volunteer simply call us on 029 2076 8850 or email . We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Quiz Night - Fundraiser for the Merthyr Tydfil Community Trust

A “Quiz Night” will be held on Thursday 25th October at 7pm at the West End Bowls Club, The Walk, Merthyr Tydfil.

It is being organised by VAMT to raise funds for the Merthyr Tydfil Community Trust which is a charity that supports local voluntary and community groups. It makes small grants to small groups that make a big difference to them. 

Please support us by coming along and entering a team. To register email Carol Hindley or phone her on 01685 353900.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Tackling Loneliness and Isolation

Tackling Loneliness and Isolation is a cross-cutting objective of the 
Cwm Taf Well-being Plan. One of the first steps is to find out what is going on at the moment to combat loneliness and isolation, what works best and what needs to be done in the future to connect people better. 

It would be great if you could complete this short survey The deadline is 5th October. 

Following that a meeting will be arranged where we can discuss the findings and make proposals to tackle this issue. If you have not already expressed an interest in this work and would like to do so, please email Ian Davy

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Have a look at the latest edition of Inform

The latest edition of VAMT's quarterly magazine has been published. Have a look
click here

If you would like to receive a paper version in future please email Ian Davy

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Help for Community Green Spaces

The Community Land Advisory Service Cymru has received new funding from The Environment Minister, Hannah Blythyn AM to support all community led green space projects.

 We are here to help you find land, acquire more land, do deals with landowners (including local authorities) to allow to use of land and to help you get all the necessary permissions including planning. We are also about to partner up with Cardiff University Law School to enable additional legal support and template documents. Our press release on the new Programme
can be found via this link.

If you need any land or planning advice for your community green space project, please email or call us on the details below.

Lucie Taylor MRTPI      CLAS Cymru Coordinator | Cydlynydd Cymru CLAS
Tel |Ffôn 02921 960966
Tel |Ffôn 077801 15292
For more information on the Community Land Advisory Service in Wales (CLAS Cymru) visit our

Weekly 50+ Activity Hub

Early Intervention Youth Fund

A Home Office Fund  has been released to Police and Crime Commissioners to tackle serious violence related to young people.  Whilst it is stipulated that the bids need to be made by Police and Crime Commissioners, it is instrumental that this is done in partnership with key stakeholders from the public, third and voluntary sector.  With that in mind we are writing to ask if your organisation and any network of organisations you belong to would be interested in submitting a bid proposal in partnership with us. Please take the time to read the attached  letter which provides important information and application guidelines.

We are mindful that there is not much time to make the proposal, and with that in mind we ask that you outline any early thought to us by midday this Friday. Please feel free to contact us (Sian Rees 07814518766 / Daniel Jones 07866592799) to discuss further.

We have attached the Early Intervention Youth Fund Prospectus to give you more information and extracted the main questions  from the online fund application form to help shape some of your thought.

Local Giving Wales - event on 26 September

Just a reminder that Local Giving Wales are holding a session at the Voluntary Action Centre on 26 September between 2:00pm-3:30.  If you'd like to attend email

Further information on Local Giving is here

Monday, 10 September 2018

MSE Charity open to applications - building financial capability skills

MSE Charity is currently accepting applications to its ‘Building and Developing Resilience’ theme for projects focused on building financial capability skills.

It is assisting groups who support mental health, well-being, cooking well for less, training others, independent skills and peer mentoring.

Projects must commence from January 2019 onwards.

The maximum grant available is £7,500. The MSE Charity will consider full project cost recovery but does not cover the organisation's core funding.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply. This includes UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions. Applicants should have an annual income of less than £500,000 and have unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.

The round is limited to the first 40 applications that are accepted or the deadline, whichever is soonest, so applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.
The application deadline is 28 September 2018 (5pm).
Further information for all enquiries, including an eligibility quiz, is available at

Volunteering Wales Grants - Further Information

Further information on the new Volunteering Wales Grants is available here

Inspiring Digital Activities Training - Mental Health Focus

Digital Communities Wales are running an Inspiring Digital Activities course focused around Mental Health. The course will run from 10-2 16th October.
Further details and to book on please see the link below

Volunteering Wales Grants - new round opening 12 September

Announcing….a new round of Volunteering Wales Grants!
A new round of Volunteering Wales Grants is launching on 12 September, with opportunities for project funding of up to £20,000 for activity from 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020.

Volunteering Wales Grants is a scheme funded by the Welsh Government to promote and improve volunteering in Wales. The scheme is administered by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and is designed to deliver the government’s commitment to identifying opportunities for more people to volunteer.
Prosperity for All
Grants will be allocated to projects that can demonstrate that they are able to make a contribution to delivering the Welsh Government’s strategy, Prosperity for All, which describes a long-term aim to build a Wales that is prosperous and secure, healthy and active, ambitious and learning, and united and connected. 

The strategy identifies five priority areas which have the potential to make the greatest contribution to long-term prosperity and well-being. These are early years, better mental health, housing, skills and employability and social care. They are areas where it has been shown that earlier intervention and more seamless services can make a real difference to people’s lives.

The Volunteering Wales Grants for 2019/20 will support volunteering projects that contribute towards achieving outcomes in one or more of the priority areas.

Volunteering by young people is encouraged and supported through this grant scheme and a percentage of the funding available has been ring fenced to support projects that exclusively recruit young volunteers aged 14 – 25.
How can I find out more information?
Information sessions will be taking place around Wales during October and November 2018 to promote the Volunteering Wales Grants.  VAMT hope to host one in Merthyr Tydfil - or contact VAMT 01685 353900

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Help and Support for your organisation from the Institute of Fundraising Cymru

Please find information on the Institute of Fundraising Cymru's two initiatives, open to local organisations: a fundraising health check, and Executive Coaching, here

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Volunteers needed for Tenovus Cancer Care's Big Birthday Raffle

 As part of our 75th birthday celebrations, we’ve gone back to our roots to honour the original ten businessmen who founded Tenovus Cancer Care all those years ago!

Back in the day our founders launched a simple raffle with the grand prize of car and we want to pay tribute to them with our Big Birthday Raffle.  The lucky winner will drive away in a brand new MG3 Car!  Second prize is a holiday at Watermark’s luxury lakeside lodges and third Prize are 5 chances to win a £50 John Lewis voucher.

And here’s where we need you!  We’re looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to represent Tenovus Cancer Care within your local community by attending events from now until October and helping us to sell raffle tickets as well as raising awareness about the work we do – our 75th Birthday Champions.  You can read all about the raffle on our website here and the volunteer role here.

The money we raise from this raffle will allow us to deliver more cancer treatments on board our Mobile Support Units to those who really need it. It means people can gain invaluable help through our support services. And it means we can carry out even more vital research into finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

 If this opportunity is something you, or someone you know, would like to get involved with, then we’d love to hear from you! Email us at or call us on 029 2076 8331.

Free Tool Maintenance Course at Nant Llwynog, Bedlinog 19 and 20 September

Please find further details of this free two day course, provided by Keep Wales Tidy in English and  Welsh

Gardener's Question Time at Cyfarthfa Park

Friends of Cyfarthfa Park are holding a Gardener's Question Time Session on September 10th in the Bothy at Cyfarthfa Park.  Tickets are available from Heolgerrig Post Office, Toffs Hair Studio, and the Red House or you can pay on the door. 
Further details here

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Are you a crafter or are involved in rural skills??

Do you make things? Are you a crafter (making things by hand) or involved in rural skills? Do you live in any of the Cwm Taf rural wards of Cyfarthfa, Plymouth, Merthyr Vale, Bedlinog, Treharris, Vaynor, Ynysybwl,Maerdy or Rhigos? If so we would like to hear from you.

The Rural Action Cwm Taf Rural Development Programme would like to find out whether there is a desire for a craft network in the rural wards of Cwm Taf and is keen to understand the views of those working in, hobbyists or interested in Craft and / or Rural Skills.

Please share your views here

Ydych chi'n gwneud pethau? Ydych chi'n crefftwr (gwneud pethau wrth law) neu'n ymwneud â sgiliau gwledig? Ydych chi'n byw yn unrhyw un o wardiau gwledig Cwm Taf megis: Cyfarthfa , Plymouth, Ynys Owen, Bedlinog, Treharris, Y Faenor, Ynysybwl, Maerdy neu’r Rhigos? Os felly, hoffem glywed gennych.

Hoffai Rhaglen Datblygu Gwledig Gweithredu Gwledig Cwm Taf wybod a oes awydd am rwydwaith crefft yn wardiau gwledig Cwm Taf ac mae'n awyddus i ddeall barn y rhai sy'n gweithio, hobiwyr neu sydd â diddordeb mewn Crefft a / neu Sgiliau Gwledig

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Awareness Raising - Protecting children and young people from sexual abuse

A session on raising awareness about protecting children and young people from sexual abuse is taking place in the Civic Centre, Merthyr Tydfil on 10th September.

The session is open to parents/grandparents, people who care for, work or volunteer with children and young people and has been arranged by Cwm Taf Safeguarding Board and Stop it Now! Wales.

The Cwm Taf Safeguarding Board monitors how well agencies and other partnerships in the Cwm Taf area (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf) undertake their work with regard to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk and ensures safeguarding is embedded in all working practices.

Stop it Now! Wales is a project which works across the country to ensure that parents, carers and professionals are as best placed as they can be to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

The Project believes that child sexual abuse is preventable and that all adults have a role to play in protecting children from sexual harm. This can be best achieved when adults are alert to the signs of child sexual abuse, including the behaviour that someone who might pose a risk to children can display, and knowing where they can seek help and advice.

If you are a parent or grandparent, someone who cares for, works or volunteers with children and young people, you are welcome to attend.

Parents who have attended similar sessions delivered by Stop it Now! Wales have said:

  • “It was very eye-opening and I think everyone should attend these sessions”
  • “I found the session very helpful and informative. Thank you, well delivered” 
  • “The session was BRILLIANT! – It really told us what we need to know about keeping children safe in an informative and secure way”. 
The session will take place in the Civic Centre, Merthyr Tydfil on 10th September, 2018 from 9:30am until 12:30pm.

To book your place, please contact the Safeguarding Business Unit on 01443 484 560.

Safeguarding – it’s everyone’s business!

Exploring 18th Century Merthyr Tydfil

Addysg Oedolion Cymru| Adult Learning Wales

 Cangen Merthyr Tudful |Merthyr Tydfil Branch

 Tymor yr Hydref | Autumn Term 2018

 Archwilio Merthyr y 18fed Ganrif

Exploring 18th Century Merthyr
 Canolfan Soar, Merthyr Tydfil


 £4 y sesiwn | per session

11 Medi | September: Introduction

 18 Medi | September: Merthyr Before Iron

 25 Medi | September: Glamorgan Archives Visit

 2 Hydref | October: Faith and the People

 9  Hydref | October: A Friendly Society?

 16  Hydref | October: Crawshay’s Kingdom

Cysylltwch | Contact:
Croeso i bawb | all welcome

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Free Event for Sports Clubs

Coalfields Regeneration Trust together with Geldards Solicitors are offering a free event for sports clubs to look at different legal structures.  The event will take place on 27 September at the Willows Centre in Troedyrhiw between 7:00pm-9:00pm (Registration from 6:30).

If interested, please register using this link:

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Introduction to PQASSO (Quality Assurance) Essentials for small groups @VAMT 9th October 10am-12pm

Introduction to PQASSO Essentials

Is your third sector group or organisation small in terms of the number of paid staff?

 Or perhaps your group or organisation is run by volunteers.

Or perhaps it is a newly established group or organisation.

If so, PQASSO Essentials is a free tool which can help your small group or organisation to: 

  • Carry out a basic ‘health check’ to know which areas need developing and strengthening.
  • Help promote good governance and better identify risks.
  • Help you be more effective and efficient in how you work.
  • Provide a framework to support its development or to structure an organisational review.
  • Provide assurances about your work to your funders and partners.
VAMT's hosting an Introduction to PQASSO Essentials on 9th October at the Voluntary Action Centre between 10:00am and 12:00 pm.  To book your place or to find out more please email
More information about PQASSO Essentials is here (scroll down to PQASSO Essentials pilot

FREE - Training from Local Giving Wales @VAMT in September

Tending to your roots: Top tips to help charitable groups succeed at online fundraising (free course)
26th September at the Voluntary Action Centre 2:00pm-3:30pm

Does your organisation want to become more sustainable and open up new income streams? Do you want to develop an engaged, larger supporter base? Do you need to raise unrestricted funding to help cover core running

Lauren Swain, Localgiving's Wales Development Manager, will  speak about how small charities and community groups achieve these goals. The workshop will focus on how to optimise online fundraising in an easy and cost effective way to help groups like yours fundraise effectively online.

This session is tailored to the needs of small charities and community groups that want to get started or give their online fundraising a boost. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to hear about Localgiving's development programme in Wales, which offers a year of free help, Gift Aid for all and £200 match funding per group. For more information on what Localgiving giving offers please click here:

For further information or to book your place email or telephone 01685 353917

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Grants of up to £25,000 for small charities in South Wales through Track 2000 Grant Legacy Fund

If you are a registered small-medium size Charity, community voluntary group or small social enterprise based in South Wales, with an income of £500,000 or less, Track 2000 can fund your project or organisation with between £5,000 - £35,000 for revenue or capital costs.

You will need to complete a simple application form telling them about your formal status, the project or service you are providing and why you require grant funding. This could be for capital items, staff costs, project costs or expansion due to demand for your project operations or services.
There are three forms of grants available under Education and Training, Environmental Improvements and Strengthening Disadvantaged Communities who face poverty or hardship.  Projects can last for up to 2 years.

To apply download an application from the website and follow the guidance provided

Friday, 10 August 2018

Roller Derby now in Merthyr Tydfil

A brand new Roller Derby has started in Merthyr Tydfil.  

Based in the Engine House, sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 8-9pm and new members are welcome.

Can't skate?  Why not join their Learn to Skate classes?  Same venue, same night, start at 7pm - cost £25 for 6 weeks.


Ever fancied learning to skate? Classes now in Merthyr Tydfil

Classes start on 25th September and run from 7pm to 8pm
Cost £25 for the 6 week block.

Kit can be hired at the venue.

These sessions are available to those aged 18+

Don't want to skate but would like to offer support?  

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Move in with us??

VAMT currently have one room available to let within the Voluntary Action Centre-

1st floor (29.25 mtr sq)

The Voluntary Action Centre is the hub for 3rd Sector organisations in Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre. We currently house Safer Merthyr Tydfil, Barnardos, NYAS, Alzheimers Society, the Samaritans & MIND.

Contact us now for more information, our rent is extremely competitive!! Email
Laura or ring 01685 353900.

Postcode Community Trust Grant Round Opened

The Postcode Community Trust have opened their second grant round of 2018. The Trust was established in 2014 and focuses on initiatives that benefit communities through grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and wellbeing programmes which improve a community's physical and mental health.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available to registered charities, with other organisation types able to apply for up to £2,000. Grants can run for up to 12 months.

Projects previously funded in Wales include Golden-Oldies, a social initiative, bringing positive change and improving the wellbeing of older, marginalised and visually impaired people. The group received funding to provide structured, daytime social singing and activity sessions that encourage participation and functional exercise.

The closing date for submitting expressions of interest is 15 August 2018. Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit full proposals between 5 September - and 19 September 2018.

For more information visit

Friday, 3 August 2018

VAMT vacancy: Community Coordinator for Merthyr Tydfil

Community Coordinator
£32,486 per annum

We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our existing team of Community Coordinators within Cwm Taf. 

Hosted by VAMT and based in Merthyr Tydfil you will support individuals, communities and organisations to work together to reduce social isolation in our frail elderly population, and support older people (50+) to maintain their health, wellbeing and independence.

You will be pivotal in brokering access to local community services and activities to find solutions based on “what matters” to individuals.

If you are passionate about making a difference, both for individuals and communities then we want to hear from you. 

Download an application pack from: or

Closing date:  12 Noon Friday 31st August 2018
Interview date: Wednesday 12th September 2018

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Inform September 2018 - Call for Articles

The closing date for submission of articles for the September edition of Inform, VAMT's hard copy magazine is 24 August 2018.  Let the rest of the third sector in Merthyr Tydfil know what you're up to.  For further information or to submit an article email Hilary

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Free Part-Time Access Courses from the Open University in Wales

Do you know learners who are ready to take the first steps into higher education?

To open up higher education, The Open University in Wales is offering a number of free places on the People, work and society Access course for people living in targeted postcode areas* in Wales. This project is funded by the three Reaching Wider partnerships in Wales.

 These courses are delivered part-time through distance learning, and are very flexible for learners.

After completing the Open University course, students will be able to either continue their studies with The Open University or will be guaranteed an interview at one of the partner institutions.

Places for this project are limited so please pass the
course information on to any learners who may want to apply as soon as possible.  Learners need to live in eligible postcode areas. 

 Those who aren’t eligible for this project, but are on a low household income may be able to secure other funding for study through The Open University.

 Learners can find out if they are eligible, request more information and an application pack through this webform

 Sponsored places will fill up soon, the Access course starts in October 2018.
We are taking applications now!
Further information:

Monday, 30 July 2018

Fruity Fridays at the Food Co-op

Please note that milk tokens can be used as a way to purchase items available via the Food Co-op.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Youth Led Grants - Closing date 24 August 2018

The Welsh Government has made funding available to Third Sector organisations who actively engage with young people aged 14-25.

The aim of the Youth Led Grants scheme is to support a range of small volunteering projects and activities that create new volunteering opportunities for young people aged 14-25.
The deadline for applications is Friday 24th August 2018, can you send your completed application forms to me.

Each organisation can apply for up to £800.00 for a project that is organised and run by young volunteers. 

To avoid disappointment please read the  funding criteria carefully. The application form is available here

 If you need any clarification please contact Frances Barry


Interested in knowing more about Bee Keeping???

The Rural Action Programme's  Bees Project, in partnership with  MTCBC’s Countryside Team, will be holding a Bees event on Monday 30th July at the Pavilion in Parc Taf Bargoed Glo Ddu Pavilion, off High Street, Trelewis, CF46 6AP. 

This is an event for anyone interested in the idea of bee keeping and all are welcome to attend.

 The event will start at 5pm with a talk from Julian Rees (Pollen8) about the importance of bees and pollinators generally and this will be followed by a question and answer session with some local bee keepers about the commitment of looking after bees.

 You will get to handle the equipment bee keepers use, try on bee suits and generally get a feel for whether you think bee keeping is right for you!  The event will end by 7pm.

 If you think after the event you would be interested in bee keeping we will run bee keeper training which will provide you with the skills to look after bees and put you in contact with a local bee keeper to mentor you in the future.

Please let Jo Davies at MTCBC know if you wish to attend:       


Friday, 20 July 2018

NEW: Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind - Active Inclusion Project

MTIB Active  Inclusion Project covering Merthyr Tydfil, RCT, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly or Swansea

MTIB will be running a new Active Inclusion Project which aims to improve the employability of disadvantaged people furthest from the labour market. We will be able to work with those over the age of 25 who are designated long term unemployed or economically inactive and have complex barriers to employment

We are also looking for host organisations that would be prepared to offer volunteering and employment placement. 

MTIB can offer:
·       Participants the opportunity to achieve both part and full accredited qualifications, positive outcomes such as increased confidence and motivation and a range of progression outcomes including volunteering, further learning, supported employment and part or  full time employment.
·       Employers - paid supported employment opportunities for programme participants for either 16 or 26 weeks and  between 16 and 30 hours per week.

For more information please contact Alison Harris, Employment & Training Officer on tel: 01685 370072

For more information on this and other MTIB services visit or 

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Glaxo Smith Kline Impact Awards open for applications

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding and training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people's health and wellbeing. They are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King's Fund. The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million. 
The 2019 GSK IMPACT Awards are now open for applications. View the guidelines and access the application form >
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 20 September 2018

Free Activity Sessions for Carers in Merthyr Tydfil

Coed Lleol are running free weekly activity sessions for adults in Merthyr Tydfil, aimed at getting people outdoors, learning new skills, and meeting new people.

One of our target groups is Carers. Providing something for people who could do with some time to themselves, doing something fun outside the home on a regular basis.

 Sessions are on Tuesdays from 10 until 1.

Attendees must be over 24 and must have been outside of employment for 1

The sessions will run until Autumn, and then we will change to running them on a Wednesday. We are also able to run a bespoke program of 12 sessions if an existing group would like a program just for them at a location of their choice.  For further information click

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Looking for Funding??

VAMT will have a new, searchable Funding Portal available in September.  In the meantime, we have access to the Directory of Social Change's Trust Funding database.  Let us know the status of your organisation (CIO, Unincorporated Organisation, Registered Charity etc), what you are looking for funding for, how much it will cost and where you are based and we'll do our best to help you.  Contact Hilary at VAMT.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

PQASSO and PQASSO Essentials - Quality Assurance for the Third Sector

 Do you want to meet other PQASSO users from our growing PQASSO community in Wales? Then join one of our FREE network meetings.  
Who should attend?
  • Anyone involved in implementing PQASSO or using PQASSO Essentials in their organisations.
  • Perhaps you have just started using PQASSO or PQASSO Essentials in your organisation.
  • Or, for whatever reason, progress has stalled or lost momentum and you want to kick start it.
  • Or you are progressing well through your self-assessment.
  • Or your organisation has achieved the PQASSO Quality Mark.
Wherever you are in the process of implementing PQASSO or using PQASSO Essentials, we would love to see you at the network meetings.
The meetings will be an opportunity to:
  • meet other PQASSO and PQASSO Essentials users
  • share your approach and practice to implementing PQASSO and using PQASSO Essentials
  • learn from others
  • share ideas
  • share challenges
  • get support
  • ask questions 
When and where?
 5 July 2018, 9:30am-11:30am - Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services, Carmarthen
11 September 2018, 1:00pm-3:00pm - Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations, Llandrindod Wells 
 Next steps
To book your place please      Download a booking form
Contact Heledd Kirkbride, PQASSO Wales Officer - | 07376 602320

Free Part-Time Access Course from the Open University in Wales

Certain conditions apply - for more information click here

Joint Housing Surgery 16 September hosted by Open Doors with Dawn Bowden AM

Open Doors are hosting a joint housing surgery on the 16th July with Dawn Bowden (who will be there from 2-3pm) and Shelter Cymru and MTCBC. It’s at the Crown and there will be a complimentary buffet for all attendees.

 We are particularly looking for private tenants but all residents welcome! If interested, please contact me at to book a place. Limited spaces!
For further information, click here

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Managing your Community Building - Free Event 11 July

Coalfields Regeneration Trust are holding a free workshop on Managing your Community Building at the Willows Centre, Troedyrhiw on 11 July.  Booking closes on 4 July.  Further details can be found here

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Adult Learners Week - I, Daniel Blake

Merthyr Valleys Homes have teamed up with the Bevan Foundation to put on a showing of I, Daniel Blake, a film about one man’s journey and struggles through the benefit system.

The film will be shown at Trelewis Community Centre on 26th June.

Refreshments will be available from 12.30pm.  The film starts at 1pm and a discussion will be held afterwards for local residents, representatives and organisations to share their thoughts on the film and their experiences.
If you or any of your service users would like to come along, you’re more than welcome.  The event is free but is restricted to over 15’s due to the film rating.

To book your place, call me on 01685 727818 or Hannah Hall on 01685 727894 or email

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Ask the Expert: Brexit – what’s going on?

Wales TUC have organised a "Ask the Expert Brexit" event on Wednesday 20 June in Merthyr Tydfil.

The event is a chance for you to ask any questions you have on Brexit to experts from The UK in a Changing Europe – a non-partisan and impartial academic think tank on Brexit.

Speakers include:
  • Professor Anand Menon- Director, The UK in a Changing Europe 
  • Professor Catherine Barnard – Senior fellow, The UK in a Changing Europe 
  • Dr Jo Hunt – Senior fellow, The UK in a Changing Europe 
  • Chair (TBC) 
Location: Plymouth Courtyard Room, Redhouse, Old Town Hall, High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AE.

Time and date: Registration is from 6pm. Event starts at 6:30pm and ends at 8pm.

Register here:

If you have any questions or comments please contact Navjyot Lehl at The UK in a Changing Europe at or phone 020 7848 8597.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Inform June 2018

Would you like to contribute to the June 2018 edition of Inform, VAMT's hard copy magazine.  If you'd like to share successes, new activities or just let other people know what your group is up to, this is your opportunity.  There's also the Focus on slot available which allows you to showcase the activities of your group.  Email by 4th June please.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Tackling Poverty Strategy Workshop

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council are developing a Tackling Poverty Strategy and are keen to involve third sector organisations and community groups in its development and implementation.

A workshop will be held at 2pm on Monday 18th June in the Voluntary Action Centre. If you are interested in attending, please let Ian Davy know and reserve the date. 

Further details will be sent out in due course.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

WCVA host Twitter Q and A Session on GDPR / CGGC yn cynnal sesiwn Holi ac Ateb ar Twitter

Twitter Holi ac Ateb ar GDPR

Daw’r Rheoliad Diogelu Data Cyffredinol (GDPR)  i rym ar 25 Mai 2018 a bydd yn effeithio ar yr holl fudiadau trydydd sector sy'n cadw ac yn prosesu data personol buddiolwyr, rhoddwyr ariannol, staff a gwirfoddolwyr.

Bydd Cyngor Gweithredu Gwirfoddol Cymru (WCVA) yn cynnal sesiwn Holi ac Ateb fyw ar Twitter i ateb eich cwestiynau a thrafod unrhyw drafferthion y mae mudiadau trydydd sector yn eu cael wrth baratoi at y GDPR.

Dilynwch y sgwrs a gofyn eich cwestiynau gan ddefnyddio #GDPRsk, yn fyw ar Twitter ddydd Mercher 23 Mai 2018, 12-1pm

Twitter Q&A on GDPR
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and will affect all third sector organisations that store and process the personal data of beneficiaries, financial donors, staff and volunteers.

Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) will be hosting a live Twitter Q&A to answer your questions and discuss any issues third sector organisations are experiencing preparing for GDPR.

Follow the conversation and ask your questions using #GDPRsk, live on Twitter on Wednesday 23 May 2018, 12-1pm

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Funding Information Day 15 June

Gerald Jones MP and Dawn Bowden AM host a Funding Information Day at Merthyr Town Football Club on Friday 15 June.  For further information and how to book, please click here

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Organisations from across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf join forces to launch first Well-being Plan for future generations

A five year plan to develop more job and training opportunities; give babies a better start in life, and improve the mental health of young people has been launched by a collective of public sector and voluntary organisations across Cwm Taf.

The ‘Cwm Taf Public Services Board’ is made up of organisations right across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf including health board, local authorities, police, fire service, voluntary sector, Natural Resources Wales and probation service.

The Board was set up after the Well-being of Future Generations Act was passed by the National Assembly, and is a revolution in the way local public services are being planned and delivered for the future.

The aim is to shift the focus from simply reacting as individual organisations to complex social problems, to addressing them together.

The Well-being Plan which will be published today (May 3rd) uses a ‘place-based approach’ where all partners will work together more effectively with residents to identify issues, priorities and potential solutions in targeted areas.

Ferndale/Tylorstown in Rhondda and Gurnos in Merthyr Tydfil have been identified as two pilot areas for the plan and if the approach is successful it will be rolled out to other communities across Cwm Taf.

Growing the workforce of the future is a key part of the Well-being Plan, specifically the provision of more education, job and training opportunities within the public sector organisations involved, to help develop a skilled and sustainable workforce locally.

Another key objective is to focus on a baby’s first 1000 days – from pregnancy through to 2 years of age. There will be a review of existing services to find out what changes need to be made to provide better support for new parents and babies.

The Well-being Plan will also seek to focus on prevention and early intervention to reduce the need for child and adolescent services, including mental health, and develop more integrated services involving health, social services and schools in the area.

Behaviour change campaigns encouraging healthier lifestyles and offering support will also begin with the organisations themselves by cross-promoting positive messaging among thousands of local staff.

Chair of the Public Services Board Professor Marcus Longley – who is also chair of Cwm Taf University Health Board – said, “This plan is all about how we improve things for future generations and make sure that the decisions we take today take a longer term view for their benefit. Although there is already lots of working together across our organisations, this collective approach will become really embedded in how we find solutions to some of the really challenging issues in our communities that each of us can’t address alone. I’m excited about the publication of the Well-being Plan today but I am under no illusion that the real work in getting tangible improvements that people can point to, is only just starting.”

South Wales Police Superintendent Phillip Ashby, said: “Community issues can be wide ranging and are rarely tackled effectively by one agency alone. This plan paves the way for a collaborative approach to problem solving which will help to ensure that solutions have a lasting impact and actually improve the quality of life and future prospects for people living across the Cwm Taf region.”

The Chairs of Interlink and Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil – Pauline Richards and Anne Roberts respectively – said, “We welcome the intention to make our communities a better place to live. We know that more people than ever feel lonely and are more isolated and this is a major cause of poor health both physically and emotionally. We can do this by strengthening the support for people in our communities and increasing volunteering”

Chief Executive of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Chris Bradshaw said: “We are looking forward to improving the way in which we plan and deliver public services with our partners so that we make a real difference to the lives of people in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil.”

Leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Councillor Kevin O’Neill said: “Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has been a key partner since the implementation of the Board; working in partnership is central to everything we do. We are fully committed to making life better for all our communities and this Plan will ensure this is aim is achieved.“

A website called ‘Our Cwm Taf’ has been developed which provides information about the work of the Public Services Board and all the organisations that are part of it, showing the work they undertake together, as well as key information about the areas that are part of Cwm Taf.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

New Funding Opportunity - Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme

The first round of the Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme is now open for applications. Grant funding will be available to projects benefitting their local community and environment which operate within 5 miles of certain waste transfer or treatment stations or landfill sites and qualify under one of the three fund themes.

The flyer can be viewed here 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Mae gan SNAP Cymru rif newydd ar gyfer ei Linell Gymorth

0808 801 0608

Mae galwadau am ddim yn golygu bod pawb yn gallu defnyddio ein gwasanaeth ni, heb ystyried incwm ariannol na modd yr unigolyn. Mae ein Swyddogion a’n Gwirfoddolwyr Teuluoedd a Phobl Ifanc yn darparu gwybodaeth gyfrinachol a diduedd ar bob agwedd ar anghenion dysgu ychwanegol, yn ogystal â sicrhau bod barn rhieni a gofalwyr yn cael ei chlywed a’i deall a’u bod yn deall eu hawliau, eu rôl a’u cyfrifoldebau.

Gall teuluoedd a gweithwyr proffesiynol gael gwybodaeth a chyngor
drwy gyfrwng ein llinell gwybodaeth a chyngor o
ddydd Llun i ddydd Gwener, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Mae ein Llinell Gymorth yn eithriadol brysur ac rydym yn derbyn mwy na 7,000 o alwadau am gefnogaeth bob blwyddyn. I gefnogi’r galw, rydym yn recriwtio ac yn hyfforddi gwirfoddolwyr yn barhaus a hefyd rydym wedi cyflwyno ffurflen gyfeirio a holi ddiogel ar ein gwefan

Mae’r rhan fwyaf o deuluoedd a phobl ifanc yn gweld ei bod yn gallu datrys problemau penodol ar ôl cael y cyngor. Gall pobl ddychwelyd fel y mynnant i holi am broblem benodol neu broblemau eraill fel maent yn codi.

SNAP Cymru have a new helpline number

0808 801 0608

Free calls make our service accessible to all, irrespective of an individual’s financial income or means. Our Family and Young Peoples Officers and Volunteers provide confidential and impartial advice, on all aspects of additional learning needs as well as ensuring that parents and carers’ views are heard and understood and that they understand their rights, roles and responsibilities.

Families and professionals can access information and advice
through our free helpline
Monday – Friday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm.

Our Helpline is exceptionally busy, we receive in excess of 7,000 calls for support every year. To support the demand we continually look to recruit and train volunteers and have also introduced a secure referral and enquiry form on our website

Most families and young people find they can sort out particular issues following the advice given. People can return as many times as they like about a particular issue or any others that arise.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Mayor's Charity Golf Event

If you would like more information on this event to raise funds for the Mayor's Charities have a look at the poster 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Make the Difference Cwm Taf - to be launched in Volunteers Week

Volunteers Week takes place every year between 1-7 June.  This year, a brand new scheme aiming to link retirees from the public sector with organisations seeking trustees will be launched across the Cwm Taf area.  Led by Interlink more information on the initiative is available here

Free Property Management Workshop from Coalfields Regeneration Trust - Opportunity to shape the event

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is seeking to arrange a FREE workshop for voluntary sector organisations that are responsible for property management – buildings and/or land. The workshop will be delivered in partnership with The Ethical Property Foundation who are the sole referral partner to the Charity Commission for land and property advice –

We would like your feedback to ensure that this event meets your needs as a property manager, or if you are about to manage a property for the first time.

I would be grateful if you could complete the following survey – it will take less than 2 minutes of your time, and may save you time and money in the near future!

I would be grateful if you could complete the survey before Monday 30th April. We are aiming for the workshop to take place in June, venue to be confirmed.

 If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanking you in anticipation
 Natalie Sargent
Community Asset Transfer Development Officer
 Tel/Ffon: 01443 404455
Mobile/Ffon Symudol: 07929 834310