Monday, 24 July 2017

Comic Relief Launch New Active Ageing Grants Programme (UK)

Comic Relief Launch New Active Ageing Grants Programme (UK)
The new Active Ageing: Creating Change in Communities initiative is providing £1.5 million of funding in order to engage older people aged 65 and over from ‘harder to reach’ groups to get involved in opportunities which use their skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to their communities.
Registered and un-registered community based organisations and partnerships across the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man can apply for grants of between £40,000 and £80,000 to support projects, initiatives and activities which primarily focus on benefitting older people, specifically those older people who do not usually participate in volunteering or social activities because they are from a disadvantaged community, or face barriers to participation. Comic Relief is also interested in supporting activities which will have a wider benefit for the community in which they are taking place.
To be eligible for funding, projects should:
  • Meet at least one of the following outcomes:
    • Older people improve their mental health and wellbeing.
    • Older people increase the quality and quantity of their social connections.
    • Older people develop an enhanced sense of purpose and empowerment.
  • Provide creative, fresh approaches to engage beneficiaries in social action activities which bring people together and help to improve their lives and solve problems that are important to their communities. This may include activities around campaigning and fundraising as well as volunteering, all of which can create a double benefit for communities and the older person themselves. For the activities to have positive benefits for the older people involved, they should:
    • Provide meaningful roles with opportunities for social interaction and leadership.
    • Ensure that older people are recognised and valued for their contribution.
  • Make older people feel valued and enable them to be creative and productive. To do this, activities might focus wholly on older people, or use a broader community or intergenerational approach. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they really understand the needs of their community, the role that older people can play in catalysing social change and make the case that they can deliver.
Comic Relief expects to award grants to between 15 and 25 projects.
The deadline for applications is 29 August 2017 (midday).

Vacancy: Business Development Manager

Twynyrodyn Action Group currently have a vacancy for a Business Development Manager - follow this link for the job description and person spec:

For further information contact:
Callum Palmer 
Twyn Action Group Youth Club ( TAG Youth ) 
Glaser Road, Twynyrodyn , Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 0TD
tel / ffon: 01685 709430 Direct Line: 01685 709434
Works Mobile: 07494482257

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Find out how your lungs are functioning

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) and Cwm Taf University Health Board, will be running a lung screening event at St.Tydfil's Shopping centre, St.Tydfil’s Bridge, Merthyr Tydfill, CF47 8EL on Wednesday 12 July between 10am and 4pm.
The events aims to help find residents of Merthyr Tydfill (and visitors) living with undiagnosed Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), so that they can get support and help.
COPD encompasses a number of conditions, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, which can cause people to have difficulty breathing due to long-term damage to their lungs.
Head of British Lung Foundation Wales, Joseph Carter, said: “If you have felt breathless or have had a persistent cough for three weeks or more, then come along to one of our free events. We will have a specialist BLF nurse at hand who can offer free advice, information, and a lung function tests.”
“It’s quicker (seeing us at an event) than waiting to go and see your doctor if you have concerns, and our nurses are always happy to help. There will be information for people to take away on the day too”
To find out more about the British Lung Foundation visit phone 03000 030 555 or follow us on Twitter @BLFWales

Monday, 10 July 2017

Keeping fit during pregnancy

Keeping fit and active while pregnant is good for wellbeing- so in that spirit the sports development team in Merthyr Tydfil leisure centre are offering Bumpfit.

Cwm Taf Community Capacity Grant Scheme Project confirmed

VAMT and Interlink can now confirm that 12 projects have been awarded grant funding via the Cwm Taf Social Services & Well-being Partnership.  Click on the link for a quick overview:  CCGS 2017-18

Draft Cwm Taf Well-being Objectives

The draft Cwm Taf well-being objectives have now been published via the Our Cwm Taf website. 

The webpage contains the draft well-being objectives, proposed steps and information as to how stakeholders are able to get involved in the ongoing conversation.

Please share this link among your networks.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Celebrating Volunteering 2017

Today sees the launch of VAMT's Celebration of Volunteering 2017.  The event will be held on 12 September at the Red House/Old Town Hall between 4:00pm-6:00pm - up to 5 volunteers plus a staff member if required may be nominated to attend.  This year we hope to have a very special guest to present volunteers with certificates so places are extremely limited.  Please make your nominations early and by 19 July at the very latest.  Places are available on a first come first served basis.

A covering letter and nomination form is available in word format here and pdf here

Friday, 30 June 2017

Valleys Steps
Business and Performance Manager x 1 Post
Salary: £24,000 – £27,000 pro rata (dependent on experience).
Hours: 37.5 per week
Base: Abercynon, Mountain Ash.
Valleys Steps is an exciting new organisation establishing in the third sector. It delivers early intervention mental health initiatives including Mindfulness and Stress Control courses, to achieve improved and sustainable well-being for the communities of Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil.
We are seeking to appoint a Business and Performance Manager to strengthen the organisation in fulfilling it’s finance and performance requirements, whilst assisting the development and support within the staffing team.
For a full job description click here
To download an application form please click here
Closing date: 26th July 12pm
Interviews: 10th August
01443 803048
Tŷ Antur, Navigation Park, Abercynon, CF45 4SN

Monday, 26 June 2017

St Tydfil Shopping Centre's Community Fund - closes 30 June 2017

Following the launch of St Tydfil Shopping Centre’s Community Fund at the beginning of the year, the centre is once again giving away £500 worth of vouchers, but this time to help a group organise a summer event or activity.

The centre is asking for groups in the Merthyr area to nomination themselves to receive £250 to spend at Iceland and £250 for use at Wilko.

 If you would like to nominate, please email explaining what event or activity you would like support for. One group will then be chosen from all the nominations to receive the £500 worth of vouchers. 

Nominations can also be made by sending a letter to:

St Tydfil Community Fund
c/o PMW Communications
PO Box 167
EX39 9DU

The closing date for nominations is Friday 30th June and more information can be found on the St Tydfil Shopping Centre website –

St Tydfil Cares Community Fund Terms & Conditions: The closing date for nominations is Friday 30th June. Any entries received after that date will not be counted. The judge’s decision is final. The winning group will be required to attend a photo presentation at St Tydfil Shopping Centre.  The photo will be distributed to the media. St Tydfil Shopping Centre reserves the right to award the prizes to a runner-up if contact is not received from the selected winner after 10 days. The winner is required to be involved in a follow-up photo call showing how the £500 vouchers were used. It is the winners’ responsibility to check the stores’ voucher terms and conditions. The prize does not have a cash alternative.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Looking for new #iwill ambassadors in Wales; Deadline: 17/7/17

Looking for new #iwill ambassadors in Wales

Know a young person (aged 10 – 20) that goes above and beyond in their communities? Are the young volunteers you work with passionate about making a difference? Do you know a social action champion of the future?

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, why not nominate a remarkable young person to be a new #iwill Ambassador? Nominate here -

Alternatively, you can encourage young people you know to apply to become ambassadors here -
The #iwill campaign Ambassador nominations are officially open until July 17th - the campaign are looking for a range of different types of social action, from young people from different locations, backgrounds, organisations, ages, etc.

This is a great opportunity for young people to build on their social action experience, develop skills and gain recognition for their contribution!

 Please contact for more information.

Yn chwilio am lysgenhadon #iwill newydd yng Nghymru

Ydych chi’n adnabod rhywun ifanc (10 – 20 mlwydd oed) sy’n mynd y tu hwnt i’r disgwyl er budd ei gymuned? A yw’r gwirfoddolwyr ifanc rydych yn gweithio gyda nhw yn benderfynol o wneud gwahaniaeth? Ydych chi’n adnabod rhywun a all hyrwyddo gweithredu cymdeithasol at y dyfodol?

Os felly, beth am enwebu person ifanc nodedig i fod yn un o Lysgenhadon newydd #iwill? Enwebwch yma -

Neu fel arall, gallwch annog pobl ifanc rydych yn eu hadnabod i ymgeisio i fod yn llysgenhadon yma -

Mae cyfnod enwebu Llysgenhadon ymgyrch #iwill ar agor yn swyddogol tan 17eg Gorffennaf – mae’r ymgyrch yn chwilio am amrywiaeth o wahanol fathau o weithredu cymdeithasol, gan bobl ifanc o wahanol ardaloedd, cefndiroedd, mudiadau, oedrannau, ac yn y blaen.

Dyma gyfle ardderchog i bobl ifanc adeiladu ar eu profiadau o weithredu cymdeithasol, datblygu sgiliau ac ennill cydnabyddiaeth am eu cyfraniad!

Cysylltwch â i gael gwybod mwy.