Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Vacancies at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

 Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board have the following vacancies available:

Band 3 HCSW – Immunisation

 ***closing on 11 May (midnight) ***

Merthyr Cynon – Healthcare Support Worker - Immunisation (jobs.nhs.uk)

Rhondda Taf Ely – https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/916506488

Bridgend – https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/916506934


Band 5 Immunisers (open to various registered professional groups)

All closing on 19 May:

Merthyr Cynon – Immuniser (jobs.nhs.uk)

Rhondda Taf Ely – Immuniser (jobs.nhs.uk)

Bridgend – Immuniser (jobs.nhs.uk)


Could your group use these display cupboards?

 contact enquiries@tbdt  

Inform - special Volunteers Week edition

 As you may already be aware, Volunteers Week takes place between 1-7 June every year, and offers an opportunity to celebrate volunteers and volunteering.  The theme for this year is “Time to say Thank You”.    As we won’t be able to hold a celebration event again this year, we’re hoping to mark the week in different ways.  One of these is to produce a digital version of “Inform”,  our magazine, celebrating the achievements of the last year, and the efforts of volunteers to enable the work carried out.  So please, send us your good news stories, tell us about remarkable volunteers and what they do, anything that you would like to share.  We’ll be happy to include other good news stories, but would like a focus on volunteering if at all possible.

 Stories via email to hilary.edwards@vamt.net by 21 May will be welcomed. 

Monday, 10 May 2021

#Clwb Cwtsh - speaking Welsh with young children

 #ClwbCwtsh is a short, fully-funded informal 8-week Welsh taster programme focussed on speaking Welsh with young children (and is aimed at parents to be, parents/carers, members of the extended family). Learners won’t need any Welsh to join. All sessions are on-line (due to Covid-19 restrictions) and will start next week on May 10th, with a choice of times and days available.

More info here

Job Vacancy at Plant Bach

    Plant Bach is a registered with Care Inspectorate Wales 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 a

 Fixed Term Play Leader

 16 Hours Per Week / Term Time Only

(Temporary for up to 12 months to cover a period of staff absence from the setting.

Successful candidate will be required to start as soon as reasonably possible, subject to recruitment & DBS clearance. 

 Rates of Pay: £10.00 per hour


 Applicants must be aged 18 years and over.

Previous Experience (Paid or voluntary), in Early Years or Childcare sector

Level 3 Early Years or Childcare qualification (Essential)

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children’s Care (Essential)

 Please request an application pack via e mail at plantbachpenydarren@gmail.com   

 For informal discussions please contact Chris Davies on 07855 332992

 Closing Date for receipt of all Applications is

12pm on Monday 17th May 2021

 Interviews to be held

Date to be confirmed to shortlisted candidates.

Cutting Costs and Carbon Footprint in your community facility





THURSDAY 20th MAY, 2021

11:00am – 13:15pm




Ensuring a safe return to your building during a pandemic may feel a daunting and challenging task. So how can you be green too – making sure you cut your bills and reduce your carbon footprint? This 2-hour webinar funded by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and delivered by the UK’s leading property advice charity the Ethical Property Foundation will give you the confidence & knowledge to ensure your community facility is energy efficient and not costing the planet.   


This FREE property advice webinar will include:


·         How can you save money and cut your carbon emissions?

·         How can you make your workplace energy efficient and a comfortable environment for staff, volunteers and visitors?

·         What are Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) and how does this affect your organisation?

·         What is an Energy Performance Certificate and how could this affect your organisation?

·         Understand the principles of cost and energy efficient maintenance management.

·         Top Tips for reducing your bills and your carbon footprint

·         Key questions trustees need to ask.

·         How much do you need to spend?

·         Q & A

         Participants receive: a comprehensive Information Pack including a template to record energy usage & free follow up 1:1 property advice with access to no cost or low cost legal & surveying support. 


Delivered by Ethical Property Foundation’s highly experienced Property Advisers,

John Holes FRICS and David Sayce FRICS



For further information on this webinar or future events please contact:

wales@coalfields-regen.org.uk / 01495 367680


Thursday, 6 May 2021

P/T Job Vacancy at Twyn Community Hub

NEW Children in Need Activity Coordinator post

We have secured Children in Need funding for new sessions - 10 hours per week @ £10 per hour and are looking for a Children In Need Activity Coordinator.

For a job description and application link, or any other information please an email to communication@twyncommunityhub.co.uk

Applicants must be aged 16+

Closing date Tuesday 11th May at 12pm

The successful applicant must be available to start from the beginning of June 

Feeding Merthyr Tydfil

 You may be aware that for more than 2 years now, VAMT has brought a core group of third sector organisations together to look at issues regarding access to affordable food across the County Borough.  These local  issues were very clearly spotlighted during the pandemic,  the incredible  response of third sector organisations and volunteers and the levels of need they found in our communities.

 We were recently approached by  an amazing organisation called “Feeding Britain” https://feedingbritain.org

 Feeding Britain currently works across 28 areas from Cornwall to north Scotland and partnerships come together to address issues and underlying causes of  hardship.  Among the initiatives supported by Feeding Britain across the UK are Affordable Food Networks saving households more than £2.5 million a year on their shopping, Healthy Holidays supporting 40,000 children and families during school holidays, Pathways From Poverty helping to increase people’s incomes and address the underlying causes of hardship, and Fuel Banks providing two weeks’ breathing space for people on the brink of destitution.

To this end I’d like to invite you to a meeting (via Zoom) with Andrew Forsey,  Director of Feeding Britain, to talk about establishing a similar network in Merthyr  Tydfil – Feeding Merthyr  Tydfil, which would be the first of its partnerships in Wales.  This will take place on Tuesday 18 May at 3:00pm.  Hopefully there will be the opportunity to   discuss the coverage of existing provision, share the challenges facing families and individuals, and begin developing plans to ensure nobody has to go hungry or without basic essentials during the recovery from the pandemic.

 If you’d like to attend, please email VAMT  by Friday 14 May and I’ll send you a link.  

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

New Initiative from the Bevan Foundation

 As part of our project to build local economic resilience in the south Wales valleys, we’re inviting residents and workers in the south Wales valleys to share what they love about the area and what could make it even better. 

 We’d very much appreciate your support in getting as many and varied views as possible.

 Selected contributions will be used in a video and publication to support our recommendations to key decision-makers which point to the need for policy change to improve the valleys.

 Contributions can take the format of a captioned photo, a short video clip, or a longer written submission, and all valid submissions received by 12noon on Thursday 20th May will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 3 £25-£50 cash prizes.

 You can find out more and see all terms and conditions on our website.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Tesco Community Grants - Targetting Children, Young People, Families and Food Insecurity

The programme is currently seeking applicants from Merthyr Tydfil.  Any queries please contact Ian Dennis, below.

Tel/Ffon: 01495 222605  Mob: 07909168121