Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Green Flag Award for Nant Llwynog Park

Congratulations to the Friends of Nant Llwynog Park in Bedlinog which has just been awarded a Green Flag by Keep Wales Tidy.  The prestigious award is the international mark of a quality park or green space.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Job Vacancy - Cwm Taf Care and Repair

We currently have a vacancy at Cwm Taf Care & Repair
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT 
35 Hours Per Week
1 YEAR FIXED TERM CONTRACT 
Current Salary - £17,729 per annum 
 
Application Pack
Application Form
Equality & Diversity Form


If you would like further information regarding this post
please contact Jolene Smith on 01443 755696


 
The closing date for applications is 12pm on Friday 26th July 2019
Interviews are scheduled to take place on Thursday 8th August 2019
 
Start Date: Immediate Start

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Social Enterprise Assist Fund

 SE Assist fund is affordable finance and localised support to help social enterprises grow. The Fund is now open for applications until 27th August. To apply, please visit the SE-Assist website https://se-assist.co.uk/wales/apply/

 Successful applicants receive:

·         An interest free loan from £10,000 - £30,000 (with the potential to borrow more at 6.5%)

·         Financial management support

·         Peer support from a network of ambitious local social enterprises and more

 Eligibility:

  • be based within Wales
  • have a social impact that addresses a local social or environmental need, in line with the non-profit social enterprise definition set out above
  • turnover less than £500,000 pa (over the last three years) for the organisation, or specific initiative, for which you are applying
  • have borrowing powers as defined in your constitution
  • have, or be working towards, a sustainable business model
  • be seeking support for organisational growth or sustainability
  • have a clear need for package of support that SE-Assist will provide
  • outline how the loan will be used and repaid
Live Q&A session with funders

We would also like to invite anyone interested, to take part in an online Q&A session that we’ll be hosting on Wednesday 17th July at 2.30pm (joining details to follow). This will give businesses the opportunity to ask questions and help them to prepare their submission. Please let Abi at CAF Venturesome know if you would like to join the call at aryan2@cafonline.org.

 

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Trustees Required at Trinity Childcare and Family Centre

Trinity Childcare and Family Centre based in Aberfan, a registered childcare setting offering a range of childcare, family and community support. To continue to develop the Centre, its aims and objectives we are looking to recruit additional trustees.

Anyone interested can give us a ring on 01443 693777, where we would be delighted to talk about Trinity, its developments and how you can help.

Further information here

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Welsh Ambulance Service - Engaging with Carers event 18 July 2019

At the Red House, Merthyr Tydfil.
More information here

Merthyr Valleys Homes Careers Fair

Merthyr Valleys Homes are holding their first Careers Fayre next Thursday 4th July, 2.30pm – 4.30pm at they MVH offices in Gellideg.

Come and find out more about our 6 weeks of summer programme, which will provide opportunity to attend work placements through all departments within Merthyr Valleys Homes.

For more information contact: rachel.thomas@MVHomes.org.uk

More information here

Saturday, 15 June 2019

We are recruiting


COMMUNITY ZONE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

£23,398 per annum (pro rata)
21 hours per week - fixed term contract until 31.03.20

We are looking for an experienced and dynamic community development officer to be part of the integrated Calon Las Community Zone in Merthyr Tydfil.  The postholder will be instrumental in developing a neighbourhood network and supporting new and existing groups within the locality.  Operating as part of the Information and Advice service, this is an exciting opportunity for the right individual and we would welcome enquiries.

For further details and an application pack please contact Carol Hindley at VAMT on 01685 353900 or email Carol.Hindley@vamt.net.

The closing date for applications:  Wednesday 26 June 2019 (Noon).
Interview date:  Friday 5th July

Registered Charity 1118403
Company Limited by Guarantee 6058360

Rydym yn recriwtio


SWYDDOG DATBLYGU’R PARTH CYMUNEDOL

£23,398 per annum (pro rata)
21 awr yr wythnos – contract cyfnod penodol hyd at 31.03.20

Rydym yn edrych am swyddog datblygu cymunedol profiadol ac egnïol i fod yn rhan o  Barth Cymunedol integredig Calon Las ym Merthyr Tudful. Bydd deiliad y swydd yn allweddol er mwyn datblygu rhwydwaith cymunedol a chefnogi grwpiau newydd a chyfredol yn yr ardal. Mae’r swydd yn rhan o’r Gwasanaeth Gwybodaeth a Chynghori ac yn gyfle cyffrous ar gyfer yr unigolyn cywir. Rydym yn croesawu ymholiadau. 

Am ragor o fanylion  ac am becyn ymgeisio, cysylltwch â Carol Hindley yn GGMT ar 01685 353900 neu e-bostiwch Carol.Hindley@vamt.net.

Dyddiad cau ar gyfer ceisiadau: dydd Mercher 26 Mehefin 2019 (hanner Dydd).
Dyddiad Cyfweld: Dydd Gwener 5 Gorffennaf

Elusen Gofrestredig 1118403
Cwmni Cyfyngedig drwy Warant 6058360

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Adopt an allotment

Have you ever fancied growing fruit/veg in your own allotment?

Merthyr Valleys Homes are looking for individuals to adopt a plot at at the Cae'r Wern Allotments and would love to hear from any interested parties.

You don't have to be a tenant of Merthyr Valleys Homes to benefit from this opportunity.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Co-op's Local Community Fund

Are you aware of Co-op's Local Community Fund?

They are currently open for applications. If you were successful all Co-op customers can choose your cause to donate a percentage of their shopping to every time they make a purchase. 

For full details please click here

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Calling Children/Families/Parents groups

Do families know how to access free school meals?
Do they know how to apply for a grant for school uniform?

As part of a piece of work to maximise family income, which VAMT are undertaking with partners across the sectors in Merthyr Tydfil we want to get this information out to as many people as possible, so please pass on the following links:

Uniform grants

Free School Meals

Free School Meals (Polish)

Uniform Grants (Polish)

Further information is also available from CAB (who kindly provided us with this information)

Citizens Advice Bureau Opening Hours and Outreach

Monday, 20 May 2019

Welsh Government’s Foundational Economy Challenge Fund

The Foundational Economy is a name for those business activities that we use every day. Care and health services, food, housing, energy, construction, tourism and retailers on the high street are all examples of the foundational economy.

The Welsh Government’s Foundational Economy Challenge Fund offers funding of up to £100,000 to support organisations and businesses, to think of and introduce innovative ways of working to help raise foundational economy's profile and to stimulate debate and learning on what works.

Who can apply?

Any public, private or third sector organisation which can demonstrate it is active in the foundational economy in ways which benefit Wales is eligible to apply for this fund, however the following conditions should apply:
  • it must be a new activity / project in Wales, the funding cannot be used to fund ongoing projects
  • the projects must benefit the foundational Economy in Wales
Fund administrators will be holding surgeries to discuss project ideas and they will provide further information about the priorities and criteria for the fund. 

Please see below the dates for the Foundational Economy Challenge Fund Surgeries:- 
  • 3 June – Welsh Government Office - Government Buildings, Picton Terrace, Carmarthen SA31 3BT
  • 4 June – Welsh Government Office - Rhydycar Business Park, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1UZ
To book a 30 minute slot at your preferred location please call the Business Wales Helpline on 03000 6 03000. 

The deadline for applications is 12 July 2019.

For further information on the Foundational Economy Challenge Fund please contact Business Wales on 03000 6 03000 or visit their contact us page.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Can you help ONS test out the next Census?

The Office for National Statistics are looking for help with testing the next Census.   They are mostly looking for groups/meetings/classes they could go along to and ask people to look at short (no more than 5 minute) tests.

If you can help email  Alison.Hawkesworth@ons.gov.uk

Did you know Merthyr Tydfil CAB runs outreach sessions?

 Here are details of their services across the Borough.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Up to £1m available to Sports Clubs across Wales.

Sport Wales, in partnership with Welsh Government, has launched a new fund, 'A Place for Sport', with up to £1m available for sports clubs and organisations across Wales.  
      
The fund will support projects seeking to improve, protect or create new sporting facilities.

Applications are invited from community sport groups and can include things such as floodlights, new multi-sport surfaces, expansion or improvements to existing facilities, etc.  The detailed fund criteria can be found on the Sport Wales website.
 

Inform , VAMT's hard copy magazine deadline is 16 May

The deadline for the next edition of Inform is 16 May 2019.  We’re hoping to make it a celebration of Volunteers’ Week which takes place between 1-7 June each year, so if you’d like to let the wider third sector and others know what your volunteers have been up to, this is the perfect opportunity.

 It’s not limited to volunteering, so anything you would like to share would be welcome.  There is still space for a “Focus on” a third sector group or project which gives a special opportunity to showcase your organisation.  If you’d like the “Focus on” slot, please let me know as soon as possible – first come, first served.  Email info to Hilary.edwards@vamt.net
Thank you!

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

2019-20 Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme (LDTCS) is now open for applications.

Oes gennych chi syniad am brosiect a fydd yn hybu’r amgylchedd yn eich cymuned? (Scroll down for English)

Rydym yn falch o gyhoeddi bod rownd gyntaf 2019-20 Cynllun Cymunedau y Dreth Gwarediadau Tirlenwi bellach ar agor i geisiadau.

Mae’r gronfa ar gael i ymgeiswyr sy’n cynnal gweithgaredd o fewn 5 milltir i safle tirlenwi neu drosglwyddo gwastraff cymwys – gweler y map yma i weld a ydych yn gymwys i ymgeisio. O’r dudalen hon gallwch hefyd weld tudalennau eraill y cynllun i gael rhagor o wybodaeth a darllen arweiniad y cynllun.

Mae’r cynllun yn ariannu prosiectau sy’n canolbwyntio ar Fioamrywiaeth, Lleihau Gwastraff a Dargyfeirio Gwastraff o Safleoedd Tirlenwi a Gwelliannau Amgylcheddol Ehangach.

Rydym wedi cynnal dwy rownd o’r gronfa hyd yma ac wedi ariannu prosiectau ardderchog sy’n gwella ac yn hybu’r amgylchedd yn eu hardal leol gyda chymorth y gymuned. O fele’r coed i ailddefnyddio hen ddeunyddiau plastig, mae gweithgareddau lu ar waith ledled Cymru.

Gallwch ddarllen mwy am y prosiectau sydd eisoes ar waith yng Nghymru yma.

Mae’r ffenestr ymgeisio ar agor am 12 wythnos, a’r dyddiad cau yw Gorffennaf 21 2019 (23:59).

Rydym yn cael llawer iawn o geisiadau sy’n gwneud y broses ariannu’n un gystadleuol iawn. Os hoffech gymorth ac arweiniad i ddatblygu prosiect gallwch gysylltu â’ch Cyngor Gwirfoddol Sirol lleol yn rhwydwaith Cefnogi Trydydd Sector Cymru yma.

Os oes gennych gwestiwn am Gynllun Cymunedau y Dreth Gwarediadau Tirlenwi cysylltwch â Thîm Cronfeydd Grant WCVA drwy ebostio ldtgrants@wcva.org.uk

 Have you got a project idea which will enhance the environment in your community?

We are pleased to announce that the first round of 2019-20 Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme (LDTCS) is now open for applications.

The fund is open to applicants carrying out activity within 5miles of an eligible landfill or waste transfer site – view the map here to check if you’re eligible to apply. From this page you can also view the scheme’s other webpages for further information and the scheme guidance.

The scheme funds projects with focusses on Biodiversity, Waste Minimisation and the reduction of Waste to Landfill and Wider Environmental Enhancements.

We’ve run two rounds of the fund so far and have funded some great projects making positive environmental enhancements in their locality with the support of the community. From pine martens to reuse of discarded plastics, there is a variety of activity happening across Wales.

You can read more about the projects already running in Wales from here.

There is a 12-week application window, the closing date is 21 July 2019 (23:59).

We receive a high number of applications which makes the funding process very competitive. If you would like support and guidance in the development of a project you can contact your local Third Sector Support Wales CVC here.

If you have any questions about LDTCS please get in touch with the WCVA Grant Funds Team at ldtgrants@wcva.org.uk

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales - Early Intervention Youth Fund

As you may be aware Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales are working in partnership to deliver a funding programme (June 2019 – March 2020) to explore youth work approaches to early intervention and prevention as part of the Early Intervention Youth Fund.

The Fund aims to provide support for early intervention and prevention programmes that:

• Deliver services to support and prevent young people from getting involved in crime by supporting positive activities.

• Deliver positive outcomes for young people, focused on addressing risk factors linked to serious violence.

• Build on, and develop, our understanding of what works in practice for tackling these risks factors.

• Drive improved local, multi-agency partnership working; and most crucially, reduce the levels of serious violence and crime.

 We are looking to fund projects mainly working with 11-18 year olds but will consider projects with young people aged up to 25 years, who may be at risk of criminal involvement, as victims and/or perpetrators.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Film Screening and Q and A with the Director - news from Bevan Foundation

The Bevan Foundation is delighted to be hosting a screening of the film, A Northern Soul a film by BAFTA nominated documentarian Sean McAllister at the Red House in Merthyr on Friday the 10th of May. Following the screening of the film, audience members will have an opportunity to question the Director, Sean McAllister in a Q&A session. 

The evening will start with drinks and some nibbles at 17:45 with the film itself due to start at 18:30 and tickets cost £5. 

More information about the film and a trailer is available by clicking on the link below.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Local Giving Magic Little Grants

Grants of up to £500 are available for groups with an income of less than £250,000.  
Local charities and community groups can apply online to deliver projects across Great Britain that encourage people to be physically active. 

Carers Week Information

Carers Week 10th-14th June 2019

In readiness for Carers week, Cwm Taf UHB are holding an information stand at Prince Charles Hospital from 10th – 14th June 2019.

Would your organisation like to attend to promote what services and support you offer Carers within the community?

Please note as space is limited we only have access to one information stand.

If you would like to man an information stand for a day or morning/afternoon please email Cerys.gamble@wales.nhs.uk


Dates and times for Royal Glamorgan Hospital will be released shortly.

 Carers Champion Conference


The Carers Champion Conference which will be held 10:30am – 2:30pm on Friday 7th June 2019 at:

 Llantrisant Leisure Centre
7 Park View
Llantrisant
Pontyclun
CF72 8DL

The focus of this year’s conference will be what services are available to Carers of all ages in our Community.  Please confirm your attendance and any specific requirements to
cerys.gamble@wales.nhs.uk

Please feel free to pass this information onto any colleagues who would like to attend.

If you would also like to provide an information stall to promote your area of work, or should you have any queries, please contact cerys.gamble@wales.nhs.uk 


St Tydfil Cares Community Fund


St Tydfil Shopping Centre is delighted to be bringing back its St Tydfil Cares Community Fund for a special one-off giveaway and is inviting groups, schools and charities in the Merthyr area to nominate themselves to win a £200 We Love Merthyr gift card.

 The Community Fund aims to help a local group complete a project, put on an event or support work that benefits people in the area. The gift card can be used at a wide range of stores in the shopping centre, so whatever the need, St Tydfil Shopping Centre wants to hear about it.

If you would like to nominate, please email StTydfil@pmwcom.co.uk giving a bit of information about your project and explaining how the £200 to spend would be of benefit.

 From all the nominations received, three groups will be selected as finalists, then the local community will be asked to vote for who they would like to win. Voting will be done by email and via the shopping centre’s Facebook page.

 Nominations can also be made by sending a letter to:
St Tydfil Community Fund
c/o PMW Communications
PO Box 167
Bideford
Devon
EX39 9DU

The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 30th April 2019.

 

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Free to good home - Super Star 11 electronic organ & stool

Residents at Ty Gwaunfarren are looking to donate a Super Star 11 Electronic Organ complete with stool to a voluntary organisation in the area.  (Unable to post a picture at the moment).
If your organisation is interested please contact the scheme managers:
 
Karen - 07827 279 696 or email Karen.lewis@wwha.co.uk
David - 07929 201 317 or email david.morgan2@wwha.co.uk

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

South Wales PCC Victims Fund – launched for a 4th year!

What 
  • The Victim Fund has been launched for a fourth year.
  • The Fund can support new or existing projects and specialist services that work with individuals who have been directly or indirectly affected by crime.
  • This year we have two grant pathways available via the fund that can support small or larger grant applications.
  • We are interested in different and creative ideas of how organisations can work with victims to achieve positive outcomes which can complement and support core services or offer victims another choice in how they would like to be supported.
  • The service or project can be broad based or targeted towards a specific victim category. The service can help those directly and indirectly affected by crime, including family members, friends and witnesses
Who

The fund is open to third sector organisations in the South Wales Police Force Area – they can deliver in one area or across several.

When


Applications are open and close on the 12th April.


How

Community Foundation in Wales are managing the fund  - for more information click here. I have also attached the criteria which explains the different grant pathways.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Inform - don't forget, deadline is Friday 22 February

Don't forget, the deadline for articles for VAMT's Inform Newsletter is this Friday, 22 February for distribution in early March.  Please email articles to hilary.edwards@vamt.net

VINCI UK Foundation - supporting initiatives that offer new opportunities to people who suffer social or employment exclusion


What drives us? The VINCI UK Foundation supports initiatives that promote social cohesion, fights exclusion and isolation in the UK and the Republic of Ireland by combining the skills of VINCI staff, together with financial assistance, to be a long term partner of the community.

 Applications for Funding are now open as from 1st January 2019; offering new opportunities to people who suffer social or employment exclusion.

News from Planning Aid Wales

To view their latest newsletter, click here

Monday, 18 February 2019

Arddangosfeydd Gwirfoddoli Ieuenctid: 21/03/2019 – Caerdydd / Youth Volunteering Showcases: 21/03/2019 – Cardiff

MAE LLEOEDD YN BRIN A’R CYNTAF I’R FELIN FYDD HI / SPACES ARE LIMITED AND WILL BE ALLOCATED ON FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS

Dear all

RE: Youth Volunteering Showcases: 21/3/2019 - Cardiff

The Volunteering Wales Youth Network and WCVA are pleased to invite you to the South Wales Youth Volunteering Showcases to celebrate and promote the breadth and depth of youth volunteering that is taking place across Wales.

The event will take place at the Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday 21st March 2019, 5pm – 8.30pm.

The event will include recognition of volunteers through story-telling and presenting certificates, networking space and workshops, an opportunity to learn about other volunteering opportunities and meet other young volunteers.

Young people, volunteers and those that support them are invited to attend, from the following: 

·  Organisations represented on the Volunteering Wales Youth Network

·  Organisations funded by the Volunteering Wales Grants

·  Youth Led Grant panels and the projects they fund

·  Young volunteers that have achieved Millennium Volunteer Awards and / or due to achieve awards on Volunteering Wales digital platform

·  #iwill ambassadors of Wales

·  Volunteers nominated for WCVA Volunteer of the Year Awards

Of course, there is limited space at the event and so organisations are initially allocated 5 places each (to include staff AND young volunteers). To register your attendance at the event please visit this link:


NB/ This invite is invitation only – all attendees MUST register using the above link by Tuesday 12th March 2019.

 Please note that there is funding available to support with travel costs for volunteers and staff to attend the event. Please indicate on registration the anticipated costs required for travel

 There are opportunities for your organisation and young volunteers to contribute to the event in the following ways:

·  Showcase a youth volunteer project on the main stage or deliver a performance (by young volunteers)

·  Hosting a stand in our exhibition area

·  Creating a case study poster about a youth volunteer or youth volunteering project

·  Leading a workshop

·  Presenting certificates / awards from your organisation to young volunteers

Share Impact Ltd has been awarded the contract to work in partnership with young volunteers to plan, organise and host the volunteering event. To find out more about the event or to register your interest in contributing in one of the ways above you can email Kat Luckock on kat@shareimpact.org or call her on 07715415267.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

This morning at VAMT - Health & Wellbeing Forum


This morning at VAMT from 10 am to 12 Noon we will be holding the Health & Wellbeing Forum.

Presentations will include Wellbeing in Merthyr Tydfil via colleagues at the Leisure Trust, as well as the UHB's approach to identifying and supporting Carers throughout the region.

As usual we will receive updates from all attendees regarding their individual services / projects.

If you can't attend today, then please note the forward dates:

Wednesday 10th April 2019
Wednesday 12th June 2019
Wednesday 14th August 2019
Wednesday 9th October 2019
Wednesday 4th December 2019
Wednesday 5th February 2019

All meetings run from 10 am to 12 Noon and are held at the Voluntary Action Centre, 89-90 High Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8UH

This is a great platform for gathering information / sharing information with third sector colleagues and partners.

If you would like to know more then please contact Sharon Richards, Health & Wellbeing Manager at VAMT on 01685 353932 or email sharon.richards@vamt.net 

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Job Vacancy at Community Transport Association

We are currently recruiting for a new team member to work directly with the Community Transport Associations network of charities and local authorities across the southern part of Wales. We are reaching out to people in similar roles and organisations to see if you know anyone in your own network who might be interesting in applying for the role.

Some knowledge of community transport would help, but most of all we want someone with practical experience of working with local charities and community groups to strengthen their services and relationships.

If this sounds like someone you know we’d be pleased to receive an application.  Details of the post can be found on our website:  https://ctauk.org/jobs/

First Aid and Health and Safety Training at VAMT

First Aid Level 3 Training 12 March 2019 £60 per person.
Canolfan Soar, Merthyr Tydfil 9:30-3:30
6 hour course accredited by Highfield Qualifications. The content of the course meets the HSE requirements for emergency first-aiders in the workplace. It covers roles and responsibilities of the first aider and how to assess an incident; first aid skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator, providing first aid to a casualty who is choking and dealing with external bleeding and hypovolaemic shock.
Candidates will need to bring a form of photographic identification with them and should dress modestly as they will need to demonstrate CPR in order to gain the qualification.
Health and Safety Awareness within the workplace 27 March 2019 £40 per person
Voluntary Action Centre, Merthyr Tydfil 9:30- 12:30
4 hour course accredited by Highfield qualifications.  At the end of the session learners will:
  • Understand roles and duties for health, safety and welfare in the work place
  • Understand the process of risk assessment
  • Understand how risk assessments improve health and safety at work
  • Know the processes for responding to accidents, near misses and ill-health in the workplace
 Again, candidates will need to bring a form of photographic identification with them.
To book email Hilary on training@vamt.net

Call for articles for "Inform" VAMT's online and hardcopy newsletter

Would you like to tell the third sector in Merthyr Tydfil and beyond what your organisation is up to at the moment?  Share successes, new services or just let others know what it is you do.  Inform, VAMT's hard copy newsletter is the ideal medium.  Just email an article, ideally with jpeg logo and high resolution images if you have them to hilary.edwards@vamt.net by 22 February for them to appear in the March edition.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Safeguarding Training

Safeguarding Children and Young People 
Date:  6 March 2019
Time:  9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Venue:  VAMT
Cost: 
FREE
This is a level 2 awareness raising session for voluntary and community groups which will increase the participants’ confidence in identifying and referring safeguarding issues.  Participants will:

  • Develop a basic understanding of child protection and abuse
  • Gain knowledge of child protection terms
  • Consider how to report/respond as an individual
This course is aimed at those with a limited knowledge of safeguarding issues who are looking to set up, or review safeguarding policies and procedures within their organisation.

Safeguarding AdultsDate:  6 March 2019
Time:  1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Venue:  VAMT
Cost: 
FREE
This is a level 2 awareness raising session for voluntary and community groups which will include:
  • The background to legislation
  • Definitions and indicators of abuse
  • Current trends in adult protection in Cwm Taf
This course is aimed at those with a limited knowledge of safeguarding issues who are looking to set up, or review safeguarding policies and procedures within their organisation.
To book a place  telephone 01443 846200 or e-mail cjordan-evans@interlinkrct.org.uk

Take Action - Food Poverty

Following the launch of the South Wales Food Poverty Alliance’s report “Mapping Food Insecurity in South Wales”, which takes place at the Bevan Foundation’s Seminar “Solutions to Holiday Hunger” this week, VAMT would like to invite you to a workshop with Food Sense Wales on 21 February 2019 at the Voluntary Action Centre to look at how we can progress local action in Merthyr Tydfil.

Objective:
To identify key stakeholders and key actions to address food and poverty in Merthyr as a starting point for a Food and Poverty Action Plan
 

Introduction and overview of Food and Poverty in South Wales – evidence from South Wales Food Poverty Alliance Mapping report
 Workshop 1 – Optimizing household income
What are the keys actions, key stakeholders and resources needed to ensure people are accessing the support available to them?

 Workshop 2 – Improving access to healthy affordable food
Alternative retail, school holiday provision, meals on wheels, social meal provision and cooking on a budget – what’s currently happening and what needs to happen in Merthyr to support healthy food choices?

Priority Actions and next steps

Registration and tea coffee at 9:00am for a 9:15am start finish by 13:00pm  If you’d like to attend please email
training@vamt.net or telephone 01685 353917.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Volunteer with Cwm Taf UHB




Do you have time to help others?

We at Cwm Taf Health Board Time4me Self-Management Service are looking for volunteers who are 18+ to join our friendly team that supports people to manage their health condition.

We provide Health & Well Being courses and sessions to encourage people to learn new skills and practice new techniques to better manage their health and wellbeing across Rhondda, Cynon Taf and Merthyr.

We have a variety of available opportunities:
v  Delivery of the courses/sessions
v  Service promotion and awareness raising
v  Administration duties including social media

No previous experience is required and full training and support will be given for the roles which can assist your future career opportunities.

If retired or unable to work then it may be something fulfilling you could be supportive of.

If you think this is something you would like to be a part of and have the time and commitment, please contact Debra, Jan or Gillian on: -0168535125/32 or email: CTT_time4me@wales.nhs.uk

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Team Challenge/Employee Volunteering Opportunities for HSBC Staff

Staff at HSBC Merthyr Tydfil branch are currently seeking opportunities for their staff to undertake team challenges or other employee volunteering opportunities.  Staff could be available at any time, daytime, evenings or weekends and are keen to get involved in activities which could support our community locally.

If you've got any ideas of how they can help, please contact Hilary.edwards@vamt.net  or call 01685 353900, and we'll pass the suggestions on.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Century of Hope - the Womens Archive Wales 8 Februry at the Redhouse

Merthyr Residents are invited to Women’s Archive Wales’ final event in our Century of Hope project at the Redhouse Merthyr Tydfil on Friday evening February 8th. As you will see from the invitation we will be commemorating the life and work of Dr Ursula Masson, a native of Merthyr and founder member of Women’s Archive Wales and also premiering the film of the history of WAW and the 2018 project to celebrate a century since some women were first granted the vote, during the evening. There will be refreshments and a chance to socialise too.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

FREE Bevan Foundation Seminar 7 February Solutions to Holiday Hunger

A free event to be held at Soar on 7 February of interest to anyone interested in reducing poverty.  Further details here

Youth Community Awards - High Sheriff

The awards recognise young people who have made a difference in their community in the Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf areas.

They could be eligible for prizes of up to £1,000 for individuals and groups (three or more members).

For more information click here

The deadline has been extended to mid February.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Looking for a small grant?

Call For Applications - Merthyr Tydfil Community Trust

This fund is available to small voluntary and community groups for any charitable purpose (excluding religious activities). Grants awarded will not normally exceed £300. The application must be for an activity based in the County Borough of Merthyr Tydfil.

Applications can only be considered from organisations whose income in the last financial year was less than £10,000.

Please return the completed application form by post or email as detailed at the end of the form. The deadline is Wednesday 27th February.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

How can we best support the third sector and volunteers?

VAMT is part of Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW).

TSSW want to know your views of how they can help third sector and volunteers contribute fully to individual and community well-being, now and for the future. 

Had support? 

Come to a stakeholder focus group in the VAMT Offices in Merthyr Tydfil on January 22nd at 1.30pm – information on this and other ways you can engage are on http://ow.ly/S8FY30naede

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Funding to help communities boost their local environment – Deadline 18th January 2019

Don’t miss out! The deadline for the second round of the Landfill Tax Communities scheme is the 18th January 2019 (23:59).

Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 will be available for projects that meet the scheme criteria. WCVA may also award a grant to one nationally significant project with a value of between £50,000 - £250,000. The application process can be viewed on WCVA’s website – https://www.wcva.org.uk/funding/landfill-disposals-tax-communities-scheme/application-process
From here you will find information on how to access the application forms on eTender Wales. Please note there is one form for the main grants and a separate one for the nationally significant grant.

The Scheme encourages activities that help native wildlife and restore, maintain and enhance natural habitats, create community green space, and encourage prevention, re-use and recycling of waste, including food waste and composting initiatives. It will also fund the creation of green infrastructure – such as allotments, hedges, green roofs, parks and gardens – improvements to community facilities and activities to bring neglected and run-down areas back into community use.

Applications are welcomed from all sectors. Check out the scheme guidance document on the website for more information about what the scheme will fund.