Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Comic Relief Community Cash - open for applications 24 March

Comic Relief and the Community Foundation in Wales are working together to distribute the Comic Relief Community Cash fund to Wales.

Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available for small, locally based groups or organisations across Wales that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives.

To find out more and apply, click here

Note: This fund will open on Friday 24th March and close on Friday 28th of April 2017 at midday

Call for Nominations - WCVA Volunteer of the Year Awards 2017

Enwebwch nawr - Gwobr Gwirfoddolwr y Flwyddyn 2017

Mae cannoedd o wirfoddolwyr yn ein cymunedau. Ydych chi’n adnabod unigolyn neu grŵp ysbrydoledig sydd wedi gwneud gwahaniaeth mawr i’ch ardal neu i fywydau pobl eraill?

Os felly, pam na wnewch chi eu henwebu ar gyfer Gwobr Gwirfoddolwr y Flwyddyn Cymru? Dyma’ch cyfle chi i helpu’r pobl hynod yna i gael y wobr y maent yn eu haeddu.

DYDDIAD CAU: 21 EBRILL 2017. I ddarganfod sut i wneud enwebiad, ewch i www.wcva.org.uk/voty

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Nominate now – Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards 2017

There are hundreds of volunteers in our communities. Do you know of an inspirational individual or group that has made a real difference to their area or to the lives of others?

If so, why not nominate them for a Wales Volunteer of the Year Award? It’s your chance to get these remarkable people the recognition they deserve.

CLOSING DATE: 21 APRIL 2017. To find out how you can make a nomination, visit www.wcva.org.uk/voty

Job Vacancy with Drink Wise Age Well

Drink Wise, Age Well

Helping people make heathier choices about alcohol as they age

Direct Engagement & Support Project Worker

Salary: £21,057 - £23,935

Location: Office base at Pontypridd and covering the Cwm Taf area

Contract: Permanent, in line with funding (current funding to 31st March 2020)

For further details email richard.broadway@drinkwiseagewell.org.uk or phone 0800 161 5780.

For a full job specification and application pack for the post please apply via the Drugaid Cymru website:


or contact Catherine Guy (HR Assistant) on 01633 811960 for a paper application

Closing date: 6th April 2017 - Interview date 13th April


Yfed Doeth Heneiddio'n Dda

Helpu pobl i wneud dewisadau iachach am alcohol wrth iddynt fynd hŷn

                            Gweithiwr Tîm Cymorth ac Ymgysylltu Uniongyrchol

Cyflog: £ £21,057 - £23,935

Lleoliad: Swyddfa ym Mhontypridd ond yn gweithio ar draws ardal Cwm Taf

Contract: Parhaol, yn unol â chyllid (ar hyn or bryn tan 31ain o fis Mawrth 2018)

Am fanylion pellach e-bostiwch richard.broadway@drinkwiseagewell.org.uk neu ffôniwch 0800 161 5780.

Am becyn cais a manyleb swydd llawn a

Ewch i’r wefan ganlynol lle bydd rhaid i chi wneud cais drwyddi hi


Neu cysylltwch â Catherine Guy (cynorthwy-ydd Adnoddau Dynol) ar 01633 811960 becyn cais papur

Dyddiad cau: 6ed o fis Ebrill 2017 - Dyddiad cyfweld: 13eg Ebrill

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Third Sector - The New Generation Awards

Have you heard about Third Sector’s new Fundraisers: The New Generation awards?

The awards aim to shine a spotlight on the best up-and-coming talent in the sector and identify the fundraising leaders of tomorrow. Anyone can enter; as long as the person has worked in the fundraising sector for three years or less, they are eligible.

Best of all, the awards are free!

So if you think you have the best and brightest fundraisers on your team and want their talents recognised, or want to enter yourself visit
www.fundraisingweek.co.uk/networking/new-generation/ for more information.

The finalists will be invited to a free drinks reception hosted by Third Sector in London on Monday 22 May and will also feature in the May/June issue of the magazine.


The deadline for entry is 28 March.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Diary Marker - Funding Fair 12 May

Gerald Jones MP and Dawn Bowden AM  are hosting another funding advice surgery this year in Merthyr Town Football club on Friday 12th May from 11-2pm in Merthyr Town Football Club.
Further information to follow.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Mindfullness in Woodlands - a one day introduction 14 April Taf Fechan Nature Reserve

MINDFULNESS IN WOODLANDS—A ONE DAY INTRODUCTION - 14 April.  Taf Fechan Nature Reserve

à Come and learn the skills of mindfulness practice in the tranquil natural setting of a local woodland. à Enjoy the benefits of mindful awareness and pick up new tools to apply the practice to your own life. à Experience yourself, your mind, body and heart, and the woodlands, in a refreshingly vital and direct way. à Learn some of the basic techniques of traditional woodland management and coppice craft in a mindful, calm and clear environment. 
 The day will include: 

à A brief introduction to the theory and principles of mindfulness à A series of nature-based meditative exercises designed to heighten and develop the tools of mindful awareness à Some basic instruction on the application of mindfulness to woodland management and green woodwork à Time for reflection, meditation, and nature contemplation in the context of a safe group environment 

 Sessions will run from 10 – 4.30, and will include break periods for tea and lunch. Some of the day will be held in silence, but there will be opportunities for discussion as well as independent learning. There will be exercises that are both physically active and co-operative, as well as periods of inward reflection. Participants are asked to bring their own weather-appropriate outdoor clothing (waterproofs, wellies, sunblock etc.) and a packed lunch, though tea and healthy snacks will be provided. 

Your tutor will be Gareth Fysh-Foskett, a former Buddhist monk who has spent much of the past decade living, working and meditating in woodlands. 

TO BOOK/FURTHER INFORMATION: Anna Stickland  actifwoodsmerthyr@smallwoods.org.uk   07765 213514 

Anna Stickland

Actif Woods Wales Woodland Mentor (Merthyr Tydfil)

Mob:  07765 213514



Twitter @ActifWoodsWales

Charity No. 1081874

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Spread the Word - Literature and Arts Festival Merthyr Tydfil 2 March 2017


Spread the Word Literature and Arts Festival on
 Thursday March 2nd 2017
The biggest event on World Book Day in Wales

On Thursday March 2nd 2017, the Stephens and George Charitable Trust will host the biggest event on World Book Day ‘The Spread the Word Literature Festival, in Merthyr Tydfil. The event is being opened by the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, at 10am at St David’s Church, Merthyr Tydfil.

This year the festival will be held in even more venues within the town centre, with entertainment for children of all ages including stilt walkers, jugglers, Crazy Golf, Giant Chess boards and games, fairground rides, Falconry, human statues and lots more.
Every year the Festival is themed on a famous author or book. This year the theme is Harry Potter and with the support again from community service woodwork department in Cardiff, we will have fantastic magical Harry Potter Props including 10ft broom sticks and a Hogwarts Castle which the team have been creating for months to bring the festival to life.

There are over 200 workshops at the event, and authors, illustrators, actors and performers come from all over the UK to participate. Amongst them will be Tony De Saulles who illustrates the Award winning series Horrible Science. Dan Anthony who has worked as a scriptwriter on CBBC's Story of Tracy Beaker and S4C's The Baaas and as well writing the successful Rugby Zombie books for young readers.

Techniquest will bring the magic of Harry Potter to the festival through spell making sessions and ITV Wales journalist Hannah Thomas will be talking about her career and life as a journalist. Henning Lohlein, award winning illustrator and writer is running workshops. His book, Mr Fox, is amongst Julia Donaldson 10 favourite picture books.
Over 2500 children will be in attendance at the event dressed as characters from the Harry Potter books. The day will commence with over 1500 children parading through the Town Centre of Merthyr Tydfil. Music Workshops have been held prior to the event funded by The Big Music Project through Youth Cymru and run by Aber Arts. Young people have learnt to play instruments such as ukulele’s and recorders to enhance the Festival through music.

Helen Hughes The Charity Coordinator states “The event is part of the Stephens and George Charitable Trust’s aim to empower young people through literacy. Without good reading and writing skills young people will have limited life chances. At the event, each year we bring the magical world of books alive to enthuse and educate young people“

If you would like to volunteer at the event please contact the Trusts volunteer mentor Nerys Golding-Hann by emailing her on  Nerys.hann@stephensandgeorge.co.uk. There will be plenty of variable opportunities and volunteers ages range from 16 to 68 years of age. “The Festival is a great way of developing your experience and confidence as well as giving something back to your local community.” Nerys Golding- Hann.

The event is free of charge to attend and runs from 9am until 3pm on World Book Day. Further information can be obtained from helen.hughes@stephensandgeorge.co.uk 01685 375331

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Community Art Exhibition at Llancaiach Fawr

Trelewis Community Art Club are holding an art exhibition at Llancaiach Fawr on Tuesday 21st February and Saturday 25th February 2017 between 10.00am and 4.00pm. 
Please come along and see some of our talented artists' work

Mae Clwb Celf Cymuned Trelewis yn cynnal Arddangosiad gelf yn Llancaiach Fawr o Ddydd Mawrth Chwefror 21ain hyd Ddydd Sadwrn Chwefror 25ain 2017 rhwng 10.00am a 4.00pm
Dewch draw, is teimlwch awydd i weld gwaith rhai o'r artistiaid talentog

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Valleys Taskforce - Merthyr Tydfil event

Welsh Government have set up a Valleys Taskforce to look at what needs to be done to reinvigorate and regenerate our Valleys communities. 

The Taskforce is coming to the Redhouse in Merthyr Tydfil at 6pm on Monday 13th February to hear views of the local community.

To book click on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trafod-y-cymoedd-talk-valleys-tickets-31750351155?aff=es2

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Inform March 2017 - call for articles

As always, VAMT is looking to receive your contribution to our hard-copy magazine Inform which will be distributed in early March.

We welcome articles of interest to the wider third sector - if you'd like to let others know what you're up to, successes, new services, volunteering opportunities, then send them in to hilary.edwards@vamt.net by 14 February 2017.

Many thanks - look forward to hearing from you.