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 Community@mvhomes.org.uk

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: https://bit.ly/2wQU2Lt

If you have any questions or comments please contact Navjyot Lehl at The UK in a Changing Europe at Navjyot.lehl@kcl.ac.uk 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 hilary.edwards@vamt.net 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 – http://www.ethicalproperty.org.uk/

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



Monday, 23 April 2018

Job Opportunity at Romani Cultural and Arts Company

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is pleased to announce that it has received a Big Lottery grant for a two-year project to support elderly Gypsies and Travellers across South-East Wales. 

The project will see a co-ordinator develop a network of volunteers who will develop a programme of events and network opportunities for the elderly site residents of local authority Gypsy and Traveller sites.

For full details visit their website here

Thursday, 19 April 2018

IT for Beginners at Fir Tree Centre

A new course starting on 3 May at the Fir Tree Centre in Quakers Yard.  For further details click here

Merthyr Valleys Homes launch revised grant scheme

Merthyr Valleys Homes have recently revised their small grant scheme.  As they are in the process of moving, they have asked that anyone interested in finding out more contact Claire Payne on
01685 727751 or via email at  info@mvhomes.org.uk
Closing date is 8 May 2018 for this round.

BIG LOTTERY outreach sessions at VAMT


Following on from the success of local engagement in the Autumn last year, Big Lottery Fund will be at are going to be attending VAMT offices on:
  • Tuesday 24th April - 9am to 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 15th May - 1pm to 5pm
  • Tuesday 12th June - 9am to 1pm
These sessions are for groups to have direct advice on Big Lottery funds and application processes.

They are 'drop in' sessions, so you may not be seen immediately on your arrival.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Live Wise, Age Well - new course for 50+

For information on a new "Live Wise, Age Well" course for the over 50s, commencing at Georgetown Boys and Girls Club on 15 May, click here

Monday, 16 April 2018

Tales from the Camps: History, Ethnicity, Identity and Mobility - An Educational Training Day

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company are pleased to invite participants 21st May 2018, to a training day at the Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff offering ‘an insider’s guide to a deeper understanding of the Romani and Traveller communities in Wales’ and to building stronger relationships with the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities on the basis of that deeper understanding, for educationalists, policy and strategy-makers, local authority service providers, non-governmental organisations and the Third Sector. For further details click here

Tenovus Cancer Care Volunteer Awards

Nominations have now opened for Tenovus Cancer Care’s Volunteer Awards 2018!  This year, like every year, we’re coming together to celebrate our volunteers from across the charity who make what we do possible. Because of them we’re able to support more people affected by cancer and fund more vital research.

And that’s why we hold our annual Tenovus Cancer Care Volunteer Awards - to celebrate the fantastic work they do, show the impact they make and say a huge thank you!

There are seven award categories: Creative, Respect, Boldest, Supportive and Inspiring plus a Young Award and Team Award. And nominating is easy; you can do it
online, over the phone (029 2076 8331) or by filling in a paper nomination form and sending in the post (Tenovus Cancer Care, 9th Floor, Gleider House, Ty Glas Road, Cardiff, CF14 5BD).

 You can find out more about nominating on our website as well as stories of previous winners, FAQs, T&Cs and information about the event itself (the Awards this year will be taking place on Thursday 12th July 2018 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff).

 So if you know a Tenovus Cancer Care volunteer who deserves some recognition, simply fill out a nomination form
here. But be quick – you’ve only got until Monday 30th April to get your nominations in!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Proposed Alternative Traffic Routes for Twynyrodyn Road.

As part of the consultation process MTCBC will be holding a number of drop-in sessions for members of the public to come along and speak with Councillors and Officers regarding the proposed alternative routes and to express their views and opinions.  Confirmed drop-in sessions are currently as follows:

Date                                       Time                              Location
Tuesday 17th April    2.00pm – 4.00pm              Merthyr Labour Club
Thursday 3rd May     3.30pm – 5.00pm              Twynyrodyn School
Tuesday 5th June      5.00pm – 7.00pm              Merthyr Labour Club

We will also hold a number of Social Media sessions, the first of which will be via Facebook on Tuesday 8th May 4.00pm – 6.00pm. 

Click here to view the proposed routes and to take part in the online survey. 

Please pass this information on to any friends or family who may be interested in coming along!

Kind regards

The Corporate Communications, Consultation & Engagement Team

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Vote Groundwork Wales

Groundwork Wales have been shortlisted for a Natwest Skills and Opportunities Fund Grant.
Their Future Steps Project has reached the Public Voting stage, part of the final stage in the application process.  If they are successful, the funding will allow them to improve the financial literacy and self-employment skills of beneficiaries by providing them with specialist training and mentoring.  89% of their beneficiaries are long-term unemployed.

Please support their  application by following the link below, clicking on 'Wales' on the map, selecting Groundwork Wales from the list and clicking on the Groundwork Wales vote button:

Friday, 6 April 2018

Health, Social Care & Wellbeing Forum - NEXT WEEK

Our next Health, Social Care & Wellbeing Forum is on:
Wednesday 11th April
10 am to 12 Noon
VAMT offices

We have a brilliant agenda with great guest presenters.

Join us on Wednesday, or if you want to know more then contact 
Sharon Richards on 01685 353932

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Hall for lease in Trefechan

Trefechan OAP Association are looking for a local organisation to take over the lease on their building at the Birchway in Trefechan.  The building is in good repair.  It comprises a larger open space hall, a storage area, small kitchen and two separate toilets.  There is also a small patio area to the side of the building.

The group are looking for someone to take on a lease and to take full responsibility for the building.  Images of the building can be accessed:  herehere,   here and  here

Initial enquiries or expressions of interest should be passed to Hilary.edwards in the first instance to be passed on to the group.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Important Changes if you use the Volunteering Wales website to recruit volunteers

The Volunteering Wales website (www.volunteering-wales.net) is changing.  A new website will take its place from 1 April
The current link to this new website is  http://volunteerwales.teamkinetic.co.uk. This will change once the website has gone live in April.   The opportunities that you have available on the current Volunteering Wales website will need to be posted on the new website. Ideally WCVA would like this to happen before  April , so that  volunteers  will see a full range of active opportunities once the switch over is completed.

 The easiest way to complete this is to register as a new provider and start uploading opportunities.  If you have  a lot of current opportunities, start with the most important ones.   Gavin at WCVA is available to offer assistance to you to help get you and your organisation registered and to help upload opportunities, please contact Gavin Wilson: gwilson@wcva.org.uk.  Gavin has produced a guide for providers which can be found here

Job Vacancies with Elite

Please find details of job vacancies with Elite Supported Employment Agency here

Homestart - Open Morning 26 March 2018

Please find details of Homestart's forthcoming volunteer recruitment morning  here

Valleys Landscape Park stakeholder events

In his role as Chair of the Valleys Taskforce the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services will visit three areas across the valleys to discuss his proposals for a “Valleys Landscape Park” with community stakeholders.    The aims for the proposal are to invest in the Valleys’ natural and cultural assets, empower local communities, offer outstanding and accessible recreational opportunities, engender community pride in the Valleys and enhance Valleys town centres as vibrant places, with attractive green spaces, which support local economies. 
By implementing the actions set out in the plan the Valleys will become a place where communities are empowered, and the local environment is easily accessible, widely used and at the heart of Valleys life.

 These events will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to shape the proposal for the Valleys Landscape Park and to influence decisions around statement sites across the Valleys and local community projects with potential for development.

 The dates and venues for the events are included below:

16 April          Dare Valley Country Park              17:30 – 19:30
26 April          Bedwellty House and Park            17:30 – 19:30
30 April          Pontardawe Arts Centre                 17:30 – 19:30

If you are interested in attending one of these events please contact the Valleys Taskforce Team at TalkValleys@gov.wales and they will issue an official invitation.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

New Funding Source Open for Groups in Merthyr Tydfil

Money raised from the Health Lottery is available to groups in South Wales, including Merthyr Tydfil.  For more information click here

Relaunch of Merthyr Tydfil Borough Credit Union Payroll Deduction Scheme

Merthyr Tydfil Borough Credit Union would like to invite businesses & organisations to the ‘Re-launch of MTBCU’s Payroll Deduction Scheme & Business Networking Morning’.

The morning will be a chance for businesses and organisations to learn about the fantastic free Payroll Deduction Scheme that MTBCU runs in the local Borough to benefit employees in the workplace. You’ll also learn about the important work the Credit Union does for the community. It will additionally be an opportunity for businesses to network with one another.

The event will take place in The Orbit Centre, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1DL, on Thursday 29th March, 9:00am-10:30am.

Breakfast & Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to
lewis@mtbcu.org.uk & inform us of any dietary requirements. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the event.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Employee Volunteers from EE looking for an opportunity next week

EE has 9 people looking to undertake some voluntary work next Monday 26 February.  They are willing to give 10 hours to take the opportunity to give something back to the community and are open to any suggestions.

If you can help, please contact lee.hartshorn    07495623260

Job Vacancy - Drink Wise Age Well

Further information is available here

Friday, 16 February 2018

The PCC Victims Fund has been launched for a third year and is now open for applications

The fund awards grants ranging from £5000 to £30000 to third sector organisations who deliver services and support to victims of crime in South Wales.

Officers and staff are encouraged to share this information with any relevant charities or community groups they might be involved with, through work or in a personal capacity. Also please consider sharing on social media the links and posts from the PCC, SWP and/or Community Foundation in Wales.
To access the application form and guidance documents for the 2018 Victims Fund, visit the Community Foundation in Wales website
Closing date for applications is the 6th April.

If anyone would like any further information please get in touch.

Wendy Evans
Arweinydd Prosiect ar gyfer Gwasanaethau Dioddefwyr/Project Lead for Victim Services

Comisiynydd yr Heddlu a Throseddu De Cymru / Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales

Ffôn/ Phone: 01656 869366  Est/Int 70342 Mob: 07811166851

Postcode Community Trust Launches First Round of Community Grants Programme for 2018


The People’s Postcode Community Trust was established in 2014 to support marginalised groups in obtaining the skills and resources to effect change in their own communities. The Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.
The Trust provides short-term, designated funding for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain.
This year, the Trust will consider projects which improve health and wellbeing through:
  • Grassroots sports, arts and recreation projects that improve health and wellbeing.
  • Projects that improve the health of communities, through, for example, first aid courses, befriending, counselling or reducing isolation.
The projects can be up to 12 months in length.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000.
There is a two-stage application process.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 February 2018.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

GDPR (Data Protection changes) Awareness Session 14 March

You may be aware that the way organisations gather and store information on individuals is changing from 25 May 2018. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) expands the rights of individuals to control how their personal information is collected and processed, and places a range of new obligations on organisations to be more accountable for data protection.

Do you know how this change will affect your organisation?

VAMT is holding a short awareness raising session for voluntary groups to raise awareness of how the changes will affect us all.

It takes place at the Voluntary Action Centre on 14 March between 3:00pm and 4:30pm.

Email training@vamt.net to book a place

PCC Victims Fund open for applications

The PCC Victims Fund has been launched for a third year and is now open for applications.

The fund awards grants ranging from £5000 to £30000 to third sector organisations who deliver services and support to victims of crime in South Wales.

To access the application form and guidance documents for the 2018 Victims Fund,
visit the Community Foundation in Wales website 

Closing date for applications is the 6th April.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

New Offer from Local Giving

 Localgiving has a new offer for charitable groups in Wales. We have been offering 250 groups a free year of help with online fundraising and £200 Wales match funding, as well as national match funding campaigns throughout the year. All of these 250 free spaces were used up by the end of November, but we had a number of groups still showing interest or who were close to completing registration. 
We are currently doing an offer of 20 places for Wales groups, which gives them 25% off the membership cost and still the £200 of Wales match funding. Here is some more detail about this offer:
  •  £200 of match funding, to double the first £200 of donations made to the group via Localgiving
  • 25% off a 12 month Localgiving membership (pay just £72 instead of £96)
  • Automated Gift Aid for all groups, whether registered charities or not (an extra 25% on top of donations)
  • Free friendly support from trained fundraisers
  • Automatic inclusion in national match funding campaigns to boost fundraising
 This offer is limited and will end when all 20 places have been claimed - there are still 17 places left at the moment.
To take advantage of the offer, groups simply need to enter the promotional code WALES72 in the payment section when they register here: join.localgiving.org
If you require any further information contact Lauren Swain, Wales Development Manager  lauren@localgiving.org

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Inform March Edition

The closing date for the March edition of Inform, VAMT's hard copy magazine, is 23 February 2018.  If you've anything you'd like to share with the rest of the third sector in Merthyr Tydfil, we'll be more than happy to include it.

We've still got the Focus On . . .slot available, so if you'd like to share information about your organisation and what you do, let us know.  Articles of about 300 words together with JPEG logos and high resolution photos should be sent to  Hilary.Edwards 

We look forward to hearing from you.

GDPR (Data Protection) Changes - Are you a member of VAMT?

Due to forthcoming changes in Data Protection legislation, VAMT will no longer be able to keep information on voluntary organisations who are not members.  If you still want to receive information from us, please check on the link to find out if you're a member or not. 

A membership form is available in English or Welsh     Please return completed forms to Laura.Johnson

NEW - FREE Training from VAMT and Interlink

As part of it's LEADER funded Digital Support Project within the 9 rural wards in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf (Vaynor, Cyfarthfa, Plymouth, Merthyr Vale, Treharris, Bedlinog, Maerdy, Ynysybwl and Rhigos), VAMT and Interlink are able to offer a free package of training: Peer Mentoring, Adults at Risk and Writing Better Bids.

The first "package" will be delivered during March - for further information click here

Cynllun Grant Canmlwyddiant y Bleidlais i Fenywod – ‘Dathlu Menywod yng Nghymru’ / Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme - ‘Celebrating Women in Wales’

Cynllun Grant Canmlwyddiant y Bleidlais i Fenywod – ‘Dathlu Menywod yng Nghymru’

O dan Gynllun Grant Canmlwyddiant y Bleidlais i Fenywod, byddwn yn darparu grantiau o rhwng £500 a £20,000 i sefydliadau trydydd sector, sefydliadau cymunedol a grwpiau cymunedol, ar gyfer prosiectau a/neu ddigwyddiadau a fydd yn nodi’r canmlwyddiant.

Am fanylion am y cynllun grant, ewch i: http://gov.wales/topics/people-and-communities/equality-diversity/centenary-grant-scheme/?skip=1&lang=cy

Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme - ‘Celebrating Women in Wales’

Under the Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme, we will provide grants of between £500 and £20,000 to third sector organisations, community organisations and community groups, for projects and/or events which will mark the 100th anniversary.

For details about the grant scheme, please visit: http://gov.wales/topics/people-and-communities/equality-diversity/centenary-grant-scheme/?lang=en

Congratulations to Llwynog Bychain Beddllwynog

Llwynog Bychain Beddllwynog were recently successful in their application for funding to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.  For more information click here

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Gwnewch wahanlaeth / Make a difference

DEWIS Centre for Independent Living have an open day on:
Wednesday 28th February
11 am to 3pm

They have a range of opportunities available, such as Personal Assistants.
Why not go along and see for yourself?

Recruitment Open Day at DEWIS Centre for Independent Living

Have you ever fancied a career as a personal assistant?
Why not go along to the DEWIS Centre for Independent Living Open Day on 28th February and find out more?

Friday, 2 February 2018

Health, Social Care and Wellbeing forum

Just a reminder that the next Health, Social Care & Wellbeing Forum is being held at VAMT offices on Wednesday 7th February, starting at 10 am.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Almond Tree Counselling - Inter Parental Realtionships


                                                          The Almond Tree Counselling Service
                                                                  (Part of The Almond Tree - reg Charity 1155122)
  c/o  91 The Hollies, Quaker’s Yard                                            Merthyr Tydfil,  
                      CF46 5PP
                                     01685 373517

24th January 2018

Almond Tree Counselling – Inter Parental Relationships

The Almond Tree has a small amount of Families First funding for piloting counselling provision to support parents/care givers experiencing tension/conflict between themselves that is impacting on children and young people within the family unit

There are spaces for 8 couples.

Essential criteria:

·       Parents/care givers must live within the county borough of Merthyr Tydfil
·       There must be children/young people (aged 0 to 18) living within the family home
·       Counselling provision will be up to 8 weeks only

Referrals will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

For further information contact:

The Almond Tree

01685 373517

Monday, 15 January 2018

Family Fun Day - Summit Centre Trelewis

The official launch of Taf Bargoed Summit Centre’s brand new, Café on the Rock will be on  Saturday 24th February 2018!

To celebrate the opening of the first part of our redevelopment project, they are holding a family fun day including activities, a performance from Britain’s Got Talent’s welsh choir ‘Only Boys Aloud’ and much more.

Please see the invitation for full details.

If you are able to attend, please let Rachel Allan know by 10.02.18 so they can confirm numbers.

Rachel Allen
Centre Director
Rock UK
07969 379848

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Digital Support Cwm Taff Project

Does your community group need digital support? 

Do you belong to a community group in one of the following rural wards of Merthyr Tydfil and RCT:

Merthyr Tydfil

Bedlinog,Treharris ,Aberfan and Merthyr Vale, Plymouth, Cyfarthfa, Vaynor


Ynysybwl, Maerdy, Rhigos/Penderyn 

Do you need support with getting online, to access funding, resources and training?

We can provide one-to-one support and group support and will be interested in recruiting volunteers to support the needs of the groups we work with.  

If you are interested in getting involved or you are a member of a group that needs help, please get in touch.

Email: lisa.toghill@vamt.net 
Mobile:07557 342480 
Find the project on Facebook 'Digital Support Cwm Taf'

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

High Sheriff Fundraising Ball for Llamau

David Davies JP, the High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan, is hosting a fundraising ball at the Vale Resort on 17 February to raise money for Llamau.  Further details are here

NEW - Walking Lunches

Monday, 8 January 2018

VAMT Staff Become Dementia Friends


Information Sessions

Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. Each Information Session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities. If you would be interested in becoming a Dementia Friend, or if you would like a Dementia Friends sessions delivered for you organisation to become part of the Dementia Friendly Community of Merthyr Tydfil, then please email Elaine James or ring 07580866547 for further information.


Friday, 5 January 2018

High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan Awards

A reminder that the closing date for the High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan Youth Community Award is 26 January 2018.

 The High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan Youth Community Awards Scheme takes place annually and involves the current High Sheriff inviting applications for a competition to find a young person between the ages of 11 and 21, and also a group of young people between the ages of 11 and 21, who have helped their local neighbourhood, an individual, family member or local organisation.

 The award committee is anxious to ensure that as many organisations as possible are aware of the scheme as there are many young people in Mid Glamorgan who are worthy of an award so I would be grateful if you could circulate the attached entry form to anyone you consider would be eligible.  The first prize is again this year £1000

 If you require any further information, please email the High Sheriff Awards Committee email address highsheriffmidglamorganawards@gmail.com or telephone  0771 858 4764
An application form is available here