Welcome to Interlink’s Information bulletin The Community Capacity Fund 2015-16 is now OPEN! It aims to support innovative and creative projects that increase the capacity of third sector organisations and community groups to support our older citizens (65+) to retain their independence in their own homes and local communities – get in touch to find out more! We need YOUR HELP to find the RIGHT priorities for Mental Health Services in Cwm Taf, Have your Say 2015! For more info see the link below. Book now to attend the new Social Services and Wellbeing 2015 – Act Awareness Raising Training session on 4 September! Check out our training courses and conference facilities we have available. Do you have events or information you would like to include in the bulletin? Then please forward your information to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 5 August. Click here to view the Spring Edition of our newsletter.
Interlink Membership 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. Pontypridd Futures – 20 August – 1pm – 4pm, Pontypridd Museum. If you’d like to attend contact Interlink RCT on 01443 846200 firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply NOW for the Interlink Development Fund for small community and voluntary groups in RCT – Interlink Development Fund is available to any member community or voluntary group in Rhondda Cynon Taf to support them to recruit new members, involve more people from the community and help to develop your group. For more information call Interlink on 01443 846200.
COMMUNITY CAPACITY FUND 2015-16 Now Open! – (Supported from the Cwm Taf Intermediate Care Fund, ICF). Applications are invited from voluntary and community based organisations in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil. The closing date for applications is FRIDAY 14 AUGUST AT 4PM. Interlink are holding a funding surgery on Wednesday 29 July from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at Interlink Offices where our funding support advisor, Ken Moon, will be available to support you in your application. To book a slot please contact Anne Morris: email email@example.com
Silver Linings Peer Support Group for people experiencing anxiety or depression – Where? Chill Out Room at Llanharan Drop In Centre, When? Every Monday 1.00pm – 3.00pm, Want more information? Contact Phoebe Walford on 01443 229723
Get Creative Workshops for Service Users and Carers – 2 September, 2.30pm – 4.30pm & 3 September, 2.30pm – 4.30pm at the YMCA Pontypridd. Visual Arts – 16 September, 1.30pm – 3.30pm & 23 September 1.30pm – 3.30pm at the YMCA Pontypridd. To book a place, please contact Rachel on 01443 846200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Have Your Say 2015 – We need YOUR help to find the RIGHT priorities for Mental Health Services in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil Monday 7 September, 12.30pm – 4.00pm at Soar Chapel, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil and Thursday 10 September, 12.30pm – 4.00pm at the YMCA Building, Taff St, Pontypridd. You can also complete our short survey on-line at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/3DYW2DG or visit www.interlinkrct.org.uk You can also take park in our wellbeing survey www.surveymonkey.com/r/3K39LCK Follow us on Twitter @Involve2E and Like us on Facebook at Involve2evolvemh If you are interested in attending or would like further information please contact Rachel on 01443 846200 or e-mail: 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.
Training Courses – April – September 2015
Social Services and Wellbeing 2015 – Act Awareness Raising Training – 4 September 2015 at Interlink, 9.30am – 12.30pm FREE – NEW
Introduction to Investing in Volunteers – 17 September 2015 at Interlink, 9.30am – 12.00pm FREE
Mental Health First Aid for Youth – 25 September and 2 October at Interlink, 9.30am-4.30pm – Cost £40 for both days
Safeguarding Children and Young People – 30 September 2015 at Interlink, 9.30am – 12.30pm – Cost FREE
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults – 30 September 2015 at Interlink, 1.30pm – 4.30pm – Cost FREE
For more information visit our website
Cwm Taf Safeguarding Children Board Training Programme 2015-16 For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
We are able to assist organisations with the following services:
- Website • Mailshot • Desktop publishing • Photocopying • Laminating/Binding • Signposting
For more information contact us on 01443 846200 or e-mail: email@example.com
Visit www.interlinkrct.org.uk/training to see what training we have on offer.
Cwm Taf Sexual Health Foundation Course Dates –
October 9 2015 – Keir Hardie Health Park – Seminar Room
1 & 2 January 15 2016 – Keir Hardie Health Park – Seminar Room
3 April 15 2016 – Keir Hardie Health Park – Seminar Room
3 July 1 2016 – Keir Hardie Health Park – Seminar Room 3
All courses commence at 10.00am and finish at approximately 4.00pm. This course also includes Level 1 Condom Card Scheme training. Julie McDonald Tel: 01685 351448 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Working with Fathers Training – 22 September 2015, Cardiff – Online Booking Form
11 November 2015, Llandudno Junction – Online Booking Form For more information www.childreninwales.org.uk/item/working-fathers-6/
Cwm Taf Safeguarding Children Board Training Programme 2015-16 For more information email: email@example.com
Social Value for Competitive Advantage Workshop 28 July – Cardiff; 29 July – Narberth; 11 August – St Asaph; 19 August – Swansea REGISTER HERE business.wales.gov.uk 03000 6 03000
RCT People First Summer School – 20 July – 7 August – To book a place contact Dawn Price on 07792 648458.
Community Engagement Conference – 10 September 2015, 9.00am – 4.00pm – Further details or to register please contact 029 2041 6515/6577 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Cardiff School of Education & Niace Dysgu Cymru)
Green Valleys Support Fibromyalgia support group – Meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 11.00am -2.00pm at Taff meadow community centre and on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in Sainsbury’s Cafe at 7.00pm – 9.00pm. Meetings are £3. For more information contact Jojo on 07511537613 Facebook:- gvsfm https://www.facebook.com/groups/GreenValleysSupportFibromyalgia/
RCT Homes Community Fun Day 2015 – 31 July 2015 at Tonyrefail Leisure Centre, 10.30am and 4.00pm.
Adult Abuse – Safeguarding Survey – As part of an ongoing project looking at raising awareness of the Adult Abuse and Safeguarding Agenda our group have compiled this brief survey to gather background information to help influence how we take the project forward. The survey should take no longer than a couple of minutes and is accessed via the SNAP survey web link below. https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=143696112706 https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=143696137606
Purple Shoots – Little loans to grow great ideas – In 2014, Purple Shoots made a total of 91 small loans to 81 different individuals (a few have had follow on loans), 66 of whom were unemployed before they had the loan. Those figures have now increased to 145 small loans to 40 more individuals (plus some follow on loans) of whom 32 were unemployed before they had their funds. That means that in 18 months Purple Shoots has helped almost 100 people out of unemployment and has helped start or grow 121 businesses. There are also two new self-reliant groups running, one in Pontypridd and one in Ystrad Rhondda. There have been more great success stories and you will find information about some of these in this newsletter: Jon Griffiths Jon Griffiths set up “Chillit” as a fridge repair and maintenance business. He had had a similar business in the past with his brother but abandoned it when his brother and then his sister-in-law both became seriously ill and died. Following their loss he suffered from depression for more than a year and his own finances reached a very low ebb. Jon recovered and decided to start again but by then, he had acquired a poor credit score and he could not get funding from anyone – just for a van and some marketing to get back off the ground. Purple Shoots was able to help. That was nearly 18 months ago and since then, Jon has grown the business and now has premises in Blaenavon. He is accredited for fridge dismantling and looking to get contracts from manufacturers and councils to do this and is thinking of taking on staff. www.purpleshoots.org
Community Energy Wales – Open to members. In order to become a member you can complete a registration form online here. You will then have the opportunity to create a profile on our website, list all projects you are involved with and submit news stories you want to share with the network. Alternatively you can e-mail Robert@communityenergywales.org.uk for a PDF registration form.
FREE App development opportunity in Rhondda for young people 14+ – Hosted by Big Click at Penrhys Partnership, this project offers young people (14-25) in Rhondda who are mad about IT, coding, Apps or programming an opportunity to develop Apps for phones and other devices in collaboration with community partners and local business. Check out this link for details. http://bigclick.org.uk/appening-rhondda/ Rhondda Foodbank Annual Sponsored Walk – 12 September 2015
Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants: Grants of up to £5,000 or £10,000 are available to UK community groups for innovative projects that encourage and inspire people to lead heart-healthy lifestyles through being active, eating a heart-healthy diet and not smoking. Click here to apply
Starbucks Youth Action Grants Open to Applications http://www.ukyouth.org/our-work-with-young-people/corporate-responsibility/youth-action#.VaO-3k1ASmF Grants of up to £1,000 are available to inspire and empower young people to make a difference in their communities. Young people in England, Scotland and Wales aged between 16 and 24 years who are not in education or employment are eligible to apply. For 2015/16, applications will be considered monthly between July 2015 and March 2016. The final deadline for applications is 7 March 2016.
WG invites bids for Small Scale Project Funding 2015-16 – You are invited to bid for small scale project funding for projects greater than £1,000 – but less than £15,000. Please refer to the Welsh Government Website: http://gov.wales/topics/environmentcountryside/environment-grants/?lang=en for a copy of the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate Small Scale Project Funding Application 2015-16 Guidance Notes as well as a copy of the application form. Please note that the application form should be sent in by hard copy or e-mail and must be submitted by 11 September 2015. If you should have any queries regarding this process please contact us by e-mail: ESDGrantsManagementTeam@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK Phone: 02920 801029
£100,000 of Community grants up for grabs in the Rhondda – Application forms are available from www.maerdywindfund.co.uk and www.treorchywindfund.co.uk For more information contact Helen Bagwell Treorchy Wind Fund Manager on email@example.com 07801 546859
RCT Together – Community Enabling Fund – Expression of Interest Form now available on RCT Council Website – If you need any further information, please contact Debra Hanney, Community Asset Development Officer Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council on 01443 425761. RCT Together – Enjoy the video link to find out more about RCT Together.
Active Inclusion Fund events – Please return the booking form to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to secure a place on your preferred date. If you have any questions please email the Active Inclusion team at email@example.com or call the WCVA helpdesk on 0800 2888 329 (It has been brought to our attention by WCVA that if you are going to submit an application, policies must be signed by 2 trustees)
Protecting Community Assets Consultation Protecting Community Assets – Consultation – Please see a link below to a consultation, DTA Wales/Renew Wales will respond but it would be good if you could also respond and please distribute the consultation to others who you think might be interested. http://gov.wales/consultations/people-and-communities/protecting-community-assets-consultation/?lang=en (English) http://gov.wales/consultations/people-and-communities/protecting-community-assets-consultation/?lang=cy (Welsh) Consultation ends 11 September 2015