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FestiVol – A Celebration of Volunteering in RCT, Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd, Saturday 6 June 2015
- Held to celebrate Volunteers Week
- All Interlink’s Member Organisations are invited to participate or attend
- As a public event this is a magnificent opportunity for our members to showcase themselves and their services
- Will consist of a Central ‘Marketplace’ including Stalls and Traders
- It will also incorporate a Volunteers Celebration Ceremony in a Marquee
Organisations involved so far are: Phoenix Initiative, toogoodtowaste, Rhondda Breast Friends, Purple Shoots, Glyncoch Regeneration, Contact a Family, Singing for the Brain, Dinky Doughnuts
Don’t miss out! Get involved NOW! If you would like to be involved in FestiVol by having a stall / put on an activity or if you can sponsor this event or supply us with items such as a Marquee, tables, chairs etc please get in touch. Contact Interlink on 01443 846200 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.interlinkrct.org.uk/Festivol
Interlink is made up of our members, which are all community and voluntary organisations. We believe the more we work together, the stronger we all become. Once you join, you will be able to make use of all the things we have to offer. Please fill in our Membership application form and e-mail it to email@example.com or send it to us at the address below.
Projects Ideas – from Younger to Older!
Two of the most exciting projects that we are currently exploring have been specific projects focused on older and young people and aim to use Sense Maker to look at how we can best support and empower older and younger people.
Small Countries: Big Ideas – Interlink has two projects chosen to be part of the Small Countries: Big Ideas Project to develop the use of Sense Maker, new software that allows the development of tools to measure how people feel and the impact on people of services through story- telling. We now have projects in development to listen to the stories of young people in the Rhondda and older people throughout RCT. Let us know if you would like to be involved – get in touch with Simon on 01443 846200 firstname.lastname@example.org
Older People, Story Telling and Tackling Loneliness and Isolation – Interlink applied for some funding from the Intermediate Care Fund for the ‘Isolation to Integration’ project to carry out training to enable us to carry out a storytelling project to find more about how isolated older people feel. We have done the training and some stories, and are now planning how we take our next steps into carrying out more stories and improving services.
We were also able to fund some research into whether the services that were being commissioned for older people are helping to address loneliness and isolation. The stories everyone collects will help to inform the research. This project has been fantastically supported by lots of people especially Age Connects ‘Breakthrough Project’ and Matt Wyatt (NHS Improvement Team).
Festival of Dangerous Ideas – Talented Rhondda Alliance
A brilliant event took place in Trerhondda Chapel, Ferndale on the 26 February to launch the Talented Rhondda Alliance. The Chapel was packed with lots of organisations and young people and explored some of the barriers experienced by young people – especially those young people whose talents are not considered academics. Over 100 ideas were generated on the day, including a social enterprise to build and loan scooters for young people to get about. It is an exciting time and the next move is to carry out a huge listening campaign with local people involved in collecting and telling stories and building on the talents of young people in the Rhondda. If you have an idea or want to get involved – come and join the Talented Rhondda Alliance. The event was supported by NIACE Cymru. . Let us know if you would like to be involved – get in touch with Simon on 01443 846200 email@example.com
Interlink Conference Facilities
Interlink offers a range of meeting and conference facilities, whether your requirements are for a training venue, conferences, small meetings or one-to-ones. www.interlinkrct.org.uk/conference-facilities
Are you looking for office accommodation in the Pontypridd area? We have office space available to rent in our office in Upper Boat, for more information give us a call on 01443 846200.
ICT Support / Bespoke Training
Interlink are able to assist with skill sharing or provide bespoke training on the following Microsoft packages:
Word Excel Publisher Access Powerpoint Internet and e.mail
Our Admin team are able to assist organisations with the following services:
• Website – we can post information on about your organisation on/event on our website
• Mailshot – send us your information on for our newsletter and mail outs
• Desktop publishing – which includes design of leaflets, posters, tickets, business cards, etc.
• Photocopying – our colour photocopier has the capacity to print in full colour with a professional finish
• Signposting – if we can’t help, we will find someone who can!
For more information contact us on 01443 846200 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit www.interlinkrct.org.uk/training to see what training we have on offer.
Dementia Awareness Training (Alzheimer’s Society) – 24 April 2015 at Interlink, 3 sessions – FREE Training
9.30am – 10.45am
11.00am – 12.30pm
1.30pm – 3.00pm
To book a place on one of these sessions contact Interlink on 01443 846200
Substance Misuse (TEDS) – 5 May 2015 at Interlink, 9.30am – 12.30pm – FREE Training
To book a place contact Interlink on 01443 846200
Mental Health First Aid for Youth (Journeys) – 12 and 19 June 2015 at Interlink, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Interlink members or CVC members £40 for both days
Non-members £80 for both days
Interlink Trustee Event – 16 March 2015 – 9.30am – 1.00pm at Interlink – contact Interlink to book a place
Taf Ely Funding Event – 24 March 2015 at Llanharan Welfare Hall, 10.00am-2.00pm – contact Interlink to book a place
Crystal Trophy Awards 2014-15 – Closing date 20 March 2015
Rural Development – consultation workshops – 9 March at 9:30am – 12:00pm at the Voluntary Action Centre, 89-90 High Street, Merthyr Tydfil. If you would you like to find out more about the latest round of the Rural Development Fund its aims, opportunities, restrictions, and have a chance to have your say about how it would be best spent in your area contact: Alison Harris, Partnership and Policy Officer, VAMT or e.mail: email@example.com
No Smoking Day – 11 March 2015
Regional Policy Events – FREE half day events – Reforming local government: power to the people
On 3 February 2015 the Minister for Public Services, Leighton Andrews AM, published a White Paper which set out the Welsh Government’s ambitious plans for the future of Local Government in Wales.
A Night Out at the YMCA Pontypridd from Next Steps Pontypridd! 13 March 2015
The Next Step drop-in Pontypridd – Drugaid Cymru / Interlink RCT – This event is happening NEXT FRIDAY at the YMCA on the 13 March! Stalls from Have HeART Project, Artis Community, Interlink, YMCA, Night Out and The Next Step Pontypridd. Ragsy will be performing on the night with his new album ‘Ouch.’ The Silly Boys will be performing their show ‘Two Punks and a Tandem.‘… See More
Cake Sale and Coffee Morning at Pontypridd YMCA – 18 March 2015, contact Bryony Gurmin at YMCA Pontypridd on 01443 402541
Age Alliance Wales Networking Event – 25 March 2015, The Pavillion, Llandrindod Wells
RCT Challenge: Opportunities in your Community – 25 March 2015, Hawthorn Leisure Centre
The Event will bring together people who are interested in creative solutions on how local services could be run by them, or by members of their community, with the organisations that can support and advise on how this can be done. This event is open to anyone who has an interest in running a service or taking ownership of a community building. Contact Heledd Morgan: firstname.lastname@example.org 01443 680527
New Horizons Courses for April 2015 – To enroll or for more information please contact (01685) 881113
Village SOS Mentors – For more details about the role please refer to the Mentor Person Spec. If you would like more information or talk about the role, please contact Chris Cowcher, VSOS Community Manager on 01285 653477 Ex 215
WCVA Newsletter – this week’s updated from WCVA
Public Health Wales launched its free mobile application on the 27 February 2015 – for more information: http://www.haveaword.org.uk/News.aspx http://www.haveaword.org.uk/Resources.aspx and click on ‘Have A Word with your phone’
Institute of Fundraising Cymru – see more for training, jobs and meetings
Community Energy Wales Research Brief & Tender Invitation – Closing date 21 March 2015
Beddau and Tynant Community Library – Over 65? Have a go at something new! Taster sessions
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) would like to invite you to a free event to help develop a vision for how the natural resources of the Rhondda could be sustainably managed now, and in the future, to deliver more for the environment, people and business. Please join us on Tuesday 24 March 2015 at the Heritage Park Hotel, Rhondda. The day is aimed at bringing together professional partners and community members. Places are limited, so please register your attendance by replying to: email@example.com
Cwm Taf Rural Development Plan Consultation – The deadline for responses is 31 March 2015
Dylan’s Den – Trustees needed! Closing date 9 March 2015
Abcul Vacancy for Policy Officer – Closing date is 20 March 2015
Youth Empowerment Officer Glyncoch Community Regeneration Ltd – Closing date is 27 March 2015
Building Communities Trust – Vacancy for Chief Executive – www.recruit3.org.uk
Getting Ahead 2 – A new £10 million funding programme aims to boost the employment prospects of young people in Wales with a learning disability and/or learning difficulty including Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Deadline is 29 May 2015.
The Tree Council is offering funding through its Orchard Windfalls initiative to assist schools and community groups proposing to undertake well-planned orchard planting projects during National Tree Week. Schools and community groups which are charities or other not for profit organisations in the UK are eligible to apply for funds to support projects where the total tree planting costs are between£100 and £700.
National Tree Week takes place during the week of 28 November to 6 December 2015. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2015. Further details are available from: http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/Grants/Orchard-Windfalls
Purpleshoots! Helping people start great ideas! Purple Shoots Business Lending (“Purple Shoots”) is a not-for-profit microfinance organisation, set up to tackle unemployment and economic problems in the areas where it operates.
Keep Wales Tidy Grant Scheme – Communities across Wales can now benefit from a grant scheme launched by one of Wales’ leading environmental charities.