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



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
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.