Thursday, 20 December 2018

Job Vacancy - Plant Bach @ Penydarren

Plant Bach is a registered with CSIW to provide a Flying Start preschool care provision for a maximum of 26 children between the ages of two to three years old serving the communities of Galon Uchaf, Penydarren and the neighboring local communities. 

We are recruiting for two One to One posts  

One to One Additional Needs Support Worker

POST 1 is  6  Hours Per Week  / Term Time Only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday afternoons 
(Temporary basis one term only initially, extension subject to further funding award)

POST 2 is 16  Hours Per Week  / Term Time Only Monday through to Friday Afternoons
(Temporary basis for up to one year, reviewed termly initially, extension subject to further funding award)

Rates of Pay: National Minimum Wage rates


Applicants must be aged 18 years and over.
Previous Experience (Paid or voluntary), in Early Years or Childcare sector
Early Years or Childcare  qualifications (minimum level 3) essential

Please request an application pack via e mail at

For informal discussions please contact Chris Davies on 07855 332992

Closing Date for receipt of all Applications is
5pm on Monday 24th December 2018

Interviews to be held
Scheduled for the morning of Thursday 28th December 2018

Monday, 17 December 2018

New Funding Search Platform launched

Funding Wales is the new funding search platform created by Third Sector Support Wales. Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using our free online search engine.

You can search hundreds of grant and loan finance opportunities from local, national and international sources.  From small grants to large capital projects, the new platform can help you find the funding you need.

Visit today and find the funding you need for your third sector organisation.
It will be available on the VAMT website very soon.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Don't forget about our survey on food provision

If you're a third sector organisation and you provide food, then please complete our survey.  It should take less than 5 minutes.  Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Better Bids - Training 28 January 2019

For community groups & organisations looking for and applying for funding, a half day course which covers:
  • What grant funding is
  • What funders are looking for from you and how you
  • show funders you are competent
  • What you need to put in place before applying
  • How you evidence the need in your project
  • What a good application looks like
Venue: Voluntary Action Centre, 89-90 Pontmorlais, High Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8UH
Cost: £10
Trainer: Simon James, Interlink.
Monday 28 January 9:30am
email to book.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Rural Action Cwm Taf LEADER Fund is now open

The Rural Cwm Taf Local Action Group are now inviting expressions of interest for the Rural Development LEADER fund.  Funds are available for community projects in the following electoral divisions across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf. 
  • Bedlinog
  • Cyfarthfa
  • Maerdy
  • Merthyr Vale
  • Plymouth
  • Rhigos
  • Treharris
  • Vaynor
  • Ynysybwl
 We can only fund revenue costs and you must find at least 20% match funding to contribute to the project.  Please note that we cannot support existing projects or projects that would provide a direct benefit to your organisation.  This fund is for project ideas which have not been tried in our area before.
Due to the amount of documents included in the application pack, if you are interested in submitting a project idea for consideration please contact Jo Davies directly so she can meet with you to give you information about the fund and provide you with the relevant forms (please state whether you would like the application pack in Welsh or English).  Jo can be contacted on 01685 727089
Expressions of Interest must be received by 5pm on Thursday 31st January 2019 and can be submitted in hard copy or electronically.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Deputy Leader Vacancy with Plant Bach

Plant Bach Pre-School in Penydarren have a temporary vacancy for a Deputy Leader.  Job description is available here

Application Packs are available by e mailing

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Inform December 2018

If you're a member of VAMT you'll receive your hard copy of Inform through the post very shortly. For a sneak preview of the electronic copy click here

Thanks to everyone as always for their contributions.

VAMT Job Vacancy - Community Zone Information and Advice Officer


£18,746 y flwyddyn (pro rata)
28 awr yr wythnos – contract penodol am 6 mis

Byddwn yn darparu’r pwynt cyswllt cyntaf ar gyfer aelodau o’r cyhoedd a darparwyr/sefydliadau sy’n cael mynediad at Barth Cymunedol y Gurnos. Byddwch yn gyfrifol am hyrwyddo a chefnogi’r gwasanaethau sydd ar gael a darparu gwybodaeth  cyngor a chymorth ar draws amrywiaeth o sianeli cyfathrebu yn cynnwys dros y ffôn, wyneb yn wyneb a digidol.

Am wybodaeth bellach a phecyn ymgeisio ewch i neu gysylltu â
Carol Hindley yn GGMT ar 01685 353908

Y dyddiad cau ar gyfer ymgeisio yw 17 Rhagfyr 2018.  

Elusen Gofrestredig 1118403
Cwmni Cyfyngedig Drwy Warant 6058360


£18,746 per annum (pro rata)
28 hours per week - fixed term contract for 6 months

You will be providing a first point of contact for members of the public and providers/organisations accessing the new Gurnos Community Zone. You will be responsible for promoting and supporting the services available and providing information, advice, and assistance across a range of communication channels including telephone, face to face and digital.

For further details and an application pack please visit or contact Carol Hindley at VAMT on 01685 353900.

The closing date for applications is 17th December 2018.

Registered Charity 1118403
Company Limited by Guarantee 6058360

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Food Provision

Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil have been asked to undertake a brief exercise to map the work that voluntary and community groups are doing across the borough to support people who may be having difficulty accessing good quality, nutritious food.  We'd then like to bring partners together at a workshop session to be held in February to discuss food and nutrition further.  We'd be grateful if you could complete the  short survey below by 15 January 2019.
Thank you for your help in advance.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Weston Charity Awards opens today

Do you want to increase the impact of your small charity and safeguard its future? The Weston Charity Awards offer a year’s strategic planning support and a core grant of £6,500 to the winning charities.

The Awards celebrate and support great front-line charities in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales working in the fields of youth, welfare and community. Charities with incomes under £5 million can apply from 3rd December 2018 and by 11th January 2019. 
Last year, five charities in Wales were among the 20 winners. The Welsh winners were:
  • Cardiff City FC Community Foundation
  • GISDA in Gwynedd
  • Recovery Cymru in Cardiff
  • Swansea Young Single Homeless Project
  • Paul Sartori Hospice at Home in Pembrokeshire
They have all been matched with volunteer business coaches called Pilotlighters and are currently participating in a programme of strategic planning and mentoring. In 2019, could this be you? 

Voluntary Arts Wales want your views

For more information click here

Monday, 26 November 2018

Fund for Wales Opening for Applications

 The Fund for Wales is open to applications from the 1st of December. Deadline for submitting an application is the 31st of January.

 Grants of £500 to £1,000 are available for small, volunteer-driven community groups whose projects aim to deliver one of the five following outcomes:

·         Improving people’s chances in life

·         Building stronger communities

·         Improving rural and urban environments

·         Encouraging healthier and more active people and communities

·         Preserving heritage and culture

 More information available on the Community Foundation in Wales website -

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Youth Led Grants 2018

Youth Led Grants Autumn 2018 round now open – limited time only!

VAMT has recently acquired additional money to distribute youth-led projects in Merthyr Tydfil.

What could your project do with £800?

Projects must be youth-led and create volunteering opportunities.
For this round of Youth Led Grant applications, priority will be given to projects that focus on early years (0-7), housing, social care, mental health or skills & employability.

The application window is short, as the project needs to delivered and money spent by 31 March 2019.

Closing date for applications – 12 noon on Friday 14 December 2018.

Application and guidance can be found at

For more information please contact Laura Johnson on (01685) 353902 or

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

FREE - Confidence Building Course TOMORROW 21 November 2018

Adult Learning Wales have a Confidence Building course taking place at the Voluntary Action Centre tomorrow between 9:30 and 3:00.  They are offering places free of charge to anyone who wishes to attend.  If you or someone you know are interested, then just come along at 9:30am.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Deadline for Inform, VAMT's hard-copy newsletter 23 November 2018

Don't forget, the deadline for December's edition of Inform, VAMT's hard-copy newsletter is this Friday, 23 November.  If you've anything you'd like to share with the wider third sector in Merthyr Tydfil, now is the time to do it!  Drop me an email at

Job Vacancies with the Romani Cultural and Arts Company

Further details are available here

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Community Engagement - Kier Construction

VAMT have been asked to host an event with Kier Construction, providing an opportunity to meet with their Community Engagement Co-ordinator. The event will take place between 10:00am-12:00pm at Cefn Coed Community Centre, Old Drill Hall Road, Cefn Coed y Cymmer, CF48 2NA on Wednesday 28 November 2018.
The brief for the event is below. If you’d like to attend please RSVP to by 22 November 2018.

As part of Kier Constructions’ commitment to Corporate Responsibility and Social Value, we would like to work collaboratively with individuals and organisations from Merthyr Tydfil to create opportunities for the local area. Opportunities include:

- Direct sponsorship
- Employment, Training and Work Experience Opportunities
 - Educational engagement with schools and colleges
- Supporting local initiatives and projects
- Volunteering our site team time to local causes
- Supporting local enterprise and business
- Supporting and promoting local wellbeing initiatives
- Supporting regeneration projects
- Protecting the local environment

We promote a ground up approach and would like to meet with potential partners to consult and put together ideas in order to achieve sustainable local impact.

High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan Youth Community Awards

The High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan Youth Community Awards were set up in 2008 when finance was pledged by local firms, organisations and individuals in the County to support young people who were volunteering.   The idea behind the scheme was to encourage community spirit and financially reward individuals and groups who have shown commitment and given of their time and effort; taking part in initiatives which stand out as being over and above what could normally be expected.

The success of the Awards has led to additional sponsorship and again this year a first prize of £1,000 will be made, together with other financial rewards. 

You will note from the form that applications are invited from young people between the ages of 11 and 21, and also a group of young people again between 11 and 21, who have helped their local neighbourhood, an individual, family member or local organisation.  The closing date is 25 January 2019.

If you require any further information please email the High Sheriff Awards Panel email address or telephone  on 0771 858 4764.  The application form is here

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

NEW - Funding Available for Social Dining Clubs

RVS and Asda Foundation have come together to provide small grants and support to establish Social Dining Clubs.

Full details of the initiative are attached:

·        Covering letter

·        Application guidelines
·        Application form

For more information, please contact the organiser Laurence Quirk, Royal Voluntary Service directly at / 07500 993 038.

BBC Children in Need fund RCAC Gypsy Traveller arts project for another three years.

A link to the full article is on their website here

Getting Started with Volunteers - Free on-line training resources

For further information click here

Trustees Week and Safeguarding Week - Twitter Chat

WCVA host a Safeguarding for Trustees Twitter Chat this evening 13 November

Join us on twitter @Wales_CVA from 7-8pm for an online chat about safeguarding for trustees in partnership with #trusteehour. This will be a great opportunity to ask questions and share tips for good practice.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Trustees Week 2018

What are you doing to celebrate Trustees’ Week in Wales? 
 Trustees’ Week 2018 takes place from the 12 - 16 November

Trustees' Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

Trustees' Week is also a great opportunity to thank trustees. They give their time voluntarily and make an enormous contribution to third sector organisations in Wales. 

Events will be taking place across Wales and you can find out more about what's happening on the
WCVA website 
How to get involved

· Take the time to thank your trustees for their contribution
· Attend one of the local or national events that will be happening during the week
· Use the hashtag #trusteesweek to join the discussion on social media
· Take the opportunity to advertise any trustee vacancies you may have

Here are some interesting statistics about trustees from the
Charity Commission:

· There are around 850,000 trustees in England and Wales

· 93% of trustees say the role is important or very important to them

· 70% of trustees volunteer for smaller charities

· The estimated value of trustee time is £3.5 billion a year

· 86,000 trustee roles are held by 16 to 34-year-olds

The majority (92%) of trustees are white, older and above average income and education, so there is a need to increase the diversity of trustees and recruit people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and skills. 

 Perhaps you could become a trustee? Watch this short video to find out more,
Being a Trustee, and get in touch with us at VAMT to find out about opportunities.

Wales for Africa Grants Scheme

Cynllun Grant Cymru o Blaid Affrica gan Lywodraeth Cymru – Ail rownd ar agor nawr i geisiadau

Mae WCVA wrth ei fodd o gyhoeddi bod ail rownd cynllun Grant Cymru o Blaid Affrica ar gyfer grantiau Bychain rhwng £500 a £5,000 ar agor nawr. Mae £53,865 ar gael i grantiau bychain yn y rownd hon.
Bydd cyfle hefyd i ymgeisio am un prosiect mawr Amlflwyddyn gwerth hyd at £50,000.
Dyddiad cau i ymgeisio
Grantiau bychain – 23ain Tachwedd 2018
Grant Amlflwyddyn – 30ain Tachwedd 2018
i gael rhagor o wybodaeth am y cynllun ac arweiniad ar sut i ymgeisio.
Os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau, cysylltwch â thîm grantiau WCVA drwy ebostio
Dilynwch @wcvafunding ar Twitter i weld cyhoeddiadau cyffredinol am gyllid gan gynlluniau grant Cymru o Blaid Affrica a rhai o gynlluniau eraill WCVA.

Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa Grant Scheme –  Second round now open for applications

WCVA is delighted to announce the second round of the Wales for Africa Grant scheme for Small grants between £500 - £5,000 is now open. There is £53,865 available for small grants in this round.
There will also be the opportunity to apply for one larger Multi-Year project valued up to £50,000
Deadline for applications
Small grants – 23rd November 2018
Multi- Year grant – 30th November 2018
Please visit our website  for further information about the scheme and guidance on how to apply.
If you have any questions, please contact the WCVA grants team at .
Follow @wcvafunding on Twitter for general funding announcements from the Wales for Africa grant schemes and other WCVA schemes.




Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Trustees Week 2018 12-16 November

12-16 November 2018 marks Trustees' Week, an annual event to highlight the fantastic work that Trustees undertake in our communities.
Help us at VAMT find out how we can better support trustees in the County Borough.  Is there training that your committee would like/needs to undertake?  Do you need new or additional trustees?
Let us know - email with suggestions.

Aldi Christmas Food Donations.

All Aldi UK stores will close from 6pm on Christmas Eve until Thursday 27th December 2018 to give our colleagues a well-earned break, so we will be donating unsold fresh food to good causes in the local community. Each of our UK stores will select one charity from their local area.

Interested parties should contact with the following information:
Organisation name
Charity number
Organisation focus (e.g. soup kitchen, food bank)
Contact details

If possible, the postcode of the 3 nearest Aldi stores

The closing date for applications is Sunday 18th November 2018. Successful applicants will require volunteers and transport to collect the food at 5.30pm on Christmas Eve. Only charities who apply via this email address will be eligible.


Tuesday, 6 November 2018

A note from the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner

We are keen to enhance our partnerships with the third sector; this briefing note is designed to raise awareness of the priorities of the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner to improve understanding and instigate opportunities for collaboration.

It is recognised that there are many priorities within the South Wales Police and Crime Reduction Plan which are also likely to be priorities of third sector organisations who hold a wealth of skills and experience. Therefore, there is opportunity for us to work closer together to make sure we are aligned in our working, support our shared priorities and collaborate on funding opportunities.

Who is the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner:

Alun Michael became the first Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales on the 22nd November 2012, and was re-elected for a second term on the 5th May 2016. In November 2016 Emma Wools was appointed as Deputy Commissioner on secondment from the National Offender Management Service in Wales (NOMS)

South Wales Police and Crime Reduction Plan 2018-21

Partnership working runs through the core of our Plan. We want to support, advise and enable those partner organisations delivering on shared priorities and outcomes. South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner currently give £332,000 to local authorities for youth offending services across South Wales and £565,300 to all seven local authorities for community safety funding which is used to deliver local priorities

Early intervention and prompt, positive action to help prevent problems before they escalate is at the heart of a five year plan for policing South Wales. The plan based on close co-operation with partners in local government, the health service and the voluntary sector, as well as Welsh Government, sets out six priorities for keeping our communities safe. It also reinforces the South Wales Police vision to make South Wales Police the best at understanding and responding to its communities’ needs.

Our priorities

The Police and Crime Commissioner holds the legal responsibility to set the policing priorities for South Wales through the Police and Crime Plan. In South Wales, they are as follows:
  • We will reduce and prevent crime and anti-social behavior to keep people safe and confident in their homes and communities
  • We will work to protect the more vulnerable in our communities, understanding causes and taking prompt positive action as issues arise
  • We will make our contribution to the strategic policing requirement and successfully police major events
  • We will engage with, involve and inform our communities, working with partners in local government, health, fire and welsh government to build resilience
  • We will work to make the local criminal justice system that most effective and efficient it can be to meet the needs of victims and reduce reoffending
  • We will spend your money wisely and support our people to provide the best possible policing in your community
Our outcomes
  • We will reduce the level of crime, disorder and anti social behaviour
  • We will enable our communities to be safe, confident and resilient
  • We will better meet the needs of vulnerable people, increasing their confidence to report and reducing repeat offences
  • We will improve how effectively our resources are used
  • We will ensure that South Wales Police is more representative of the communities it serves
  • We will strengthen our partnership work, applying the principles of co-operation to our work locally and through the criminal justice system
Our ability to deliver these outcomes relies on effective partnership work and a clear alignment of priorities. In a climate of shrinking resources, it is important we build relationships and partnerships to avoid duplication and silo working. We want to build a clear understanding of the organisations working in South Wales on these priorities, so if you are not already working with us, please let us know of your organization so we may support each other.

It is important that if we attend the same forums and/or work on similar agendas that we do not work separately but come together to pool resources and expertise. This is reflected in the opening statement of the plan ‘achieving more together towards a Safer South Wales.’

Please consider the above priorities, and if your organization is working towards similar or related objectives then do get in touch with our Policy and Partnerships Manager, Claire Cunliffe, to discuss how we can provide mutual support.

Contact details:
Mobile: 07966874996

More detailed information on our work can be found on our website: and you can keep up to date with our work on our Twitter page @commssionersw 

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme - Round 2 open

What is it?
The Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme is a new Welsh Government funding programme managed by WCVA. The scheme will support local community and environmental projects in areas affected by the disposal of waste to landfill. Most areas of the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough are eligible.

How much funding is available?
Grants of between £5,000 and £49,999 will be available for projects that meet scheme criteria. The fund size is £1.4 million per annum.

Who and what will it fund?
The Autumn 2018 grant round is open from 31 October 2018.

Closing date 18 January 2019 for projects beginning in April 2019.
Please click here for further information

Monday, 29 October 2018

Thursday, 25 October 2018

New Courses for November from Adult Learning Wales





To book a place please email

 Class fees apply – depending on circumstances e.g claiming a benefit, eg,  JSA, ESA, Working tax credits – then course is free.  


Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Quick Reminder - Volunteering in Wales Grant Roadshow 6 November 10:00-12:30 at the VAC

Just a reminder that VAMT are hosting a WCVA Volunteering in Wales Grant Roadshow on 6 November between 10:00am-12:30pm at the Voluntary Action Centre.  Please email if you'd like to attend.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Variety Small Grants for Youth Clubs

Variety, the Children’s Charity, is running a small grant fund for youth clubs to purchase equipment with.   The average size of the grants runs from £250 - £600.

More information including an application form and FAQs can be found  here

Healthy and Active Fund

The Healthy & Active Fund (HAF) is a new programme managed and delivered in partnership by Sport Wales, the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.  The Fund seeks to improve people's mental and physical health by enabling active lifestyles.  Its aims are to:
  • Sustainably increase the physical activity of those who are currently sedentary or have very low levels of activity.
  • Improve levels of mental well-being by promoting social interactions and increasing or improving access to spaces and places for physical activity.
Applications must demonstrate how the '5 Ways of Working' of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act have shaped and driven the project. Statutory and non-statutory bodies and organisations that have the structure and capacity to deliver the objectives of the Healthy & Active Fund can apply.  All projects will need to involve a range of partners in their design and delivery but there must be a minimum of two organisations from different sectors and the lead body must be from the Third or Public sector.

More information on applying here

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Direct Support and Engagement Workstream - Job Vacancy

Drink Wise Age Well currently have a full time job vacancy with TEDS.  Further information is available here

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Congratulations to Twyn Action Group -

Twyn Action Group Youth Club were recently awarded £229,916,from the People and Places fund of the BIG Lottery. they have worked with their community to decide what is most important to them. Residents are going to form a community panel to research and design a programme of new services and activities. The programme will build on the organisation's current work with young people and families in Merthyr Tydfil and will extend the opening of the Centre. Callum Palmer, Project Manager said  “That is fantastic, we needed someone to back us, it will mean a lot to the community who have really got involved with the project.”
Congratulations also to Royal Crescent Allotment Society, Stephens and George Centenary Charitable Trust and 3Gs Development Trust who were successful in their application to the BIG Lottery Awards for All fund.

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Fairground, Circus-folk, Show-people and Bargees Training day

Date: Wednesday 5 December 2018

Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE
Admission: The cost for the day (to include light refreshments & lunch) is £156.90 per delegate, if you book before the Thursday 22nd November and £173.07 per delegate if you book between Friday 23rd November and Monday 3rd December 2018. Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.
Organisers – The Romani Cultural & Arts Company

General Information
The Romani Cultural and Arts Company will be delivering three training workshops in three cities, focussing upon the Romani and Travelling people in Britain and their cultures, histories, languages, as a solid foundation to understanding the present communities. The workshops will deliver critical knowledge to professionals, policy-makers, and practitioners in local government, housing, accommodation, health, justice and education services; how to develop a respectful relationship with communities, approaches to constructing a positive dialogue around accommodation and ‘stopping-places’, to supporting better access for Romani and Travellers to health and wellness provision, to strengthening schooling, to raising attainment and improving elective home education, leading to increasing employment opportunities.

The situation for Romani and Traveller communities looks set to become more and more uncertain, as the protections offered under European legislation, conventions and frameworks will probably be rescinded. Show-people, Fair-gound families, Circus-folk and Bargees are likely to face significant changes in their businesses and operations too, with the post-Brexit legal framework. The overall social, economic and cultural impact of the departure from the EU will be especially deep upon these communities. The Romani Cultural & Arts Company has the best track record in the UK of delivering effective training in working with Romani and Traveller people, having carried out a range of training courses, international conferences, arts exhibitions and cultural symposia, schools workshops and heritage projects with Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, show-people, Circus-folk, Fairground families and Bargees, across Wales and Europe.
The Cardiff workshop will focus upon the current policy initiatives associated with the ‘Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales, 2015)’ have left behind the Romani and Traveller communities of Wales, particularly in terms of the ‘Well-being Assessments’ carried out by the Public Services Boards established by the Act and the recent review of these by Netherwood, Flynn and Lang (2017) for the Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe. These crucial processes have ignored the needs of Romani and Traveller people in ‘planning today for a better tomorrow’, with inadequate consultation of the present and future needs of Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities, insufficient sustainable development principles being applied to these needs, resulting in Romani and Traveller people being missed in the most important opportunity for improving the public sector’s delivery of provision rooted in the everyday reality of their lives and ensuring little benefit for the well-being of future Romani and Traveller generations.

Our training in Cardiff, in December 2018, will address these critical lacunae in government policy and practice, providing an opportunity to rectify, for local and national government policy-makers and service-providers, this absence of data and content and how to include the most marginal and excluded groups in Wales today.Book at Eventbrite