COMMUNITY CO-ORDINATOR BULLETIN
|Rhondda Valleys||Page no. 2|
Contact: Meriel Gough
Tel: 07580 865938 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Older Person’s Friendship Group based in Ferndale seeks new members!
Do you know of an older person that would like to go on several social outings every year with like-minded people? Contact Meriel for further information.
There are several groups in The Rhondda Valleys that meet and take part in traditional past times activities such as sewing, quilting, knitting and cake craft. Interested? Please get in touch – Meriel
There are also several groups that meet in The Rhondda Valleys which appeal predominantly to men – these include a Radio Society, Wood Carvers, Mens Shed Handy man activities and gardening. Interested? Please get in touch – Meriel
If you or someone you are caring for would like to receive support and information regarding their journey with dementia, there is an experienced Dementia Support Worker available in the local area. Dementia Support Workers are able to do home visits and discuss individual needs and available services.
Singing for the Brain
Every Wednesday at 2pm–3.30pm,
Alec Jones Day Centre, Station Street, Porth, CF39 9NR
Forget Me Not Cafés
The first Thursday of every month 2pm -4pm Ton and Gelli Community Centre, Dinam Park Avenue, Ton Pentre, CF41 7AT
Advocacy service for people with Dementia
The advocacy service will help you with key decisions in your life and will empower and support you while you live with dementia. We will do this by expressing your wishes and views to key professionals, organisations and Carers, standing by your side every step of the way.
An exciting cycling initiative to get people of all ages and abilities out and about on specially adapted bikes is available from “Cwm Cycling Rhondda”. Providing bicycles, mountain bikes and specially adapted bikes, trikes, and go-karts for hire on a safe cycle route at Rhondda Sports Centre, and the neighbouring Gelligaled Park. Older people are very welcome: one of the bikes supports a wheel chair!
Contact Rory Davies@rctcbc.gov.uk Tel 01443 777536
Rhondda Breast Friends based in Porth are no longer operating out of their premises in Eirw Rd, however several of their services are still available. Please contact Chairperson Sally Stoat email@example.com for further information.
Do you know an older person that is ex-forces and would like to join a group that supports local residents by providing for their befriending and safety needs as well as going on social trips together with a Forces, Military theme? This group is based in The Lower Rhondda Fach. Please contact Meriel for further details.
Older People Friendship Groups seeking new members
There are many groups’ supporting older people in The Rhondda Valleys.
Three groups based in Tylorstown, Ton Pentre and Pontygwaith would love to hear from older people (aged 50+) who would like to join them.
If you know of anyone that would like to join please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get back into the “beautiful game” with Llwynypia BGC Walking Football!
NO Age Limit! NO Running!
When: Tuesday’s, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Where: Llwynypia Boys and Girls Club
For over 50’s £2
For more information contact Jeff at Llwynypia:
Tel: 07969555537 Email: email@example.com
Over 50’s Forum
Residents aged fifty and over are being invited to take advantage of a unique new discount scheme that has been launched in Treorchy just for them! Available in shops in Tonypandy too! Businesses in the town have joined forces with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Older People’s Forum to start the Fifty Plus Discount Card, which can be used at all shops and premises displaying the promotional sticker in their window. Discount cards are available to residents over the age of 50 at local libraries in the Rhondda Valleys.
Mental Health Week: Ton Pentre Football Club – Quiz Night – Wednesday 7th October from 7:30pm – 10:30pm Entry £2. Money raised will support raising awareness of mental health issues in RCT. Boyd Clack will be the Compere for the evening. www.mentalhealthsupport.co.uk
The Rhondda Alliance Showcase Event: ‘Shine on Rhondda’
9:30am-3:30pm, Wed 7th October, Arts Factory, Trerhondda, Ferndale CF43 4LY.
MORE dangerous ways of developing the potential of Young People in the Rhondda. An event to look at all that is great about the Rhondda; incredible people, brilliant projects and future opportunities – looking at what works and what we can do more of in the Rhondda. Let’s find out… what sport, art, music, IT, enterprise, environmental, faith and heritage groups and projects are happening? How can we get ALL Rhondda groups working together?
Plus: 6:30-9:00pm Networking, Information and a performance by Spectacle Theatre: ‘Special’ a story about friendship, bullying and not fitting in.
You can just drop in or if you run a group book a stall, please give us a call on 01443 846200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a Booking Form, or collect one form Arts Factory, Trerhondda, Ferndale.
Older People, and older people groups very welcome – Intergenerational thinking – Old and young people connect wonderfully well!
Drink Wise Age Well are holding coffee mornings for over 50’s in RCTCBC’s Day Centres!
Teifi House Maerdy – every other Friday 10am- 12 noon starting 2nd October
Nazareth House Day Centre Williamstown – every other Wednesday 10am- 12 noon starting 7th October
Alec Jones Day Centre Porth – every other Tuesday 10am – 12noon starting 6th October
Brynnar J Jones Day Centre Gelli – every other Thursday 10am- 12noon starting 8th October.
For further information contact Karen, Rich, Deb or Julie: 0800 161 578
Contact: Jason Tynan
Tel: 07580 869946 or email: email@example.com
Bingo at Trecynon hall on Thursdays, 7.15 pm until 8.30 pm. Just turn up.
Space at the Hall is available to hire. For information contact Gareth at the hall firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Co-op at Saron Chapel, Aberaman. (Use the Lewis Street entrance). Bags of fruit, veg, stew pack, stir fry or salad at a bargain price of £2.50 each.
Orders must be paid for in advance by Monday evening, and you can either do this by popping into Saron Chapel at 11.00 a.m., Friday morning (where you will also be able to see the bags) or by contacting Linda De Vet 07903620891 or Sheryl Evans 07816288785
Do you think there is a need for Christmas Dinner for people that might be alone on Christmas day? Lots of you have said it is a good idea, but actual/ potential numbers are what is really needed.
Please let me know email@example.com and I will pass the information on to the local churches who are trying to identify if there is a need.
The Freeze Soft Play Centre in the old library in Penrhiwceiber are considering offering Christmas Dinner on Christmas day. For more information or to order a delivered meal contact 07881 382 490
Drink Wise Age Well Over 50’s Coffee Morning at Mountain Ash Day Centre
Every other Friday 10am – 12 noon (Started 11th September)
You can just turn up or contact Karen, Rich, Deb or Julie for more information 0800 161 5780
Taster sessions continue at Mountain Ash Community Drop in Day Centre!
Did you or your spouse work in the coal mining industry?
The Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO) run social groups in the Cynon & offers a wide range of activities including: Quizzes, Bingo, Entertainment, & Free Trips. If you would like more information, please call Phil Williams on 01443 485233
Abercynon Community Centre has the following events:
Friday 9th October 7pm-10pm Jazz night, with tapas & a glass of wine included £5 per ticket
Wednesday 28th October 1pm-5pm Halloween Tea Dance, £5 per ticket – includes dancing, buffet & refreshments
For tickets or more information, contact Merryl Murphy Abercynoncommunitycentre1@outlook.com
Penrhiwceiber Artist Dalene West has a Christian Art Exhibition in the Gallery above the café in the Dare Valley Country Park.
The exhibition will be opened on Tuesday 6th October at 6.30pm by the Archbishop of Wales, and will then run daily until the end of October.
The art work will all be for sale along with a 2016 Calendar and greetings cards.
Textiles Class at Abercwmboi Communities First, Tuesdays 6.30pm to 8.30pm For more information or to book a place on the course please contact Alun Lewis on 01685 872364 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Coleg y Cymoedd Aberdare Campus still have spaces on courses from computing to catering, beauty to office management.
You could also learn Welsh every Monday & Wednesday between 9:30am & 11:30pm
For more information contact Gail on 01685 887752
Do you care for someone with a dementia?
RCTs Carers’ project invites you to A Carers’ Dementia Workshop on Tuesday 13th October 2015 at the YMCA in Mountain Ash. If you would like to meet other Carers, find out more about your legal rights, the benefits available to you, the emotional aspects of caring and much more, call Claire on 01443 668813 to find out more or to book your place.Respite & transport could be provided if needed.
Do you have any clients who are men who would benefit from an activity or group specifically for men? Let me know: email@example.com
The Alzheimer’s Society’s Forget Me Not Café which has been taking place in Abercwmboi Rugby Club is looking for a new venue. If you have suitable space, please contact the Alzheimer’s Society on 01685 353919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you member of Interlink?Interlink is RCTs Community Voluntary Council (CVC) which is the umbrella organisation that supports community groups and voluntary organisations.
Once you join, you would be able to make use of all the services Interlink has to offer. Please fill in the Membership application form and e-mail it to email@example.com or telephone Cara on 01443 846200
Contact: Karen Powell
Tel: 07580 869970 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PONTYCLUN BOSOM PALS
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP for Pontyclun and Surrounding Areas
Originally a support group just for Breast Cancer, but now working with all types of cancer.
Join us and bring a friend for a friendly, confidential and supportive get-together.
Supporting: Patients, Carers and Family 07563 795 885
Earlier this year RCT Libraries ran a competition with local people to take photographs of ‘Our Valley’ the result of this has been produced into a Library Calendar which is on sale in your local library, they are beautiful photos and would make a great gift too!
Start Date: 16th September 2015
Venue: Llantrisant Leisure Centre
Price: FREE to Leisure for Life Members / £3 per session for non-members
Age: open to ages 7 – Adult
If you would like to talk to someone about the session please contact the Disability Sport Officer Shelley Jones on 07881268185.
HAWTHORN COMMUNITY CENTRE
Providing a meeting space for clubs and societies
STAGE PA SYSTEM PROJECTOR SCREEN FLIP CHART available
KITCHEN DISABLED TOILETS ACCESS FOR WHEELCHAIRS CAR PARK
Hawthorn Gardening Club 7.30pm – 9.30pm 3rd Weds in the month
Contact: Marion Hubbard 01443 842454
Card Making 11.45am – 1.15pm Thursdays
Contact: Denise Hulonce email@example.com
For more info on the centres activities Contact: Cathy- 07890144096 firstname.lastname@example.org
HAPI (healthy, aspiring, prosperous and inclusive) is a two year Big Lottery funded project which is hosted by Newydd Housing Association. Lisa Voyle and Hannah Parry are the new HAPI project team who are dedicated to supporting over 800 participants from Rhydyfelin, Hawthorn and Glyntaff to improve their health and wellbeing.
New activities starting this month:
VINTAGE CLUB 1.30pm-2.30pm (6 wks) From 5th Oct Ilan Centre
Over 50’s exercise class
MINDFULNESS 10am-11.15am (8 wks) From 6th Oct HAPI Hub
GET COOKING 10am-12pm (8 wks) From 7th Oct HAPI Hub
WALKING GROUP 10.30am weekly From 8th Oct HAPI Hub
MEN’S SHEDS 11am-12pm fortnightly From 9th Oct HAPI Hub
CONFIDENCE 10am-2.30pm 16th Oct HAPI Hub
BUILDING One session only Free lunch provided
CYCLE GROUP 10am From 18th Oct HAPI Hub
For more details on these and other activities, please contact the HAPI Team on 07899665807 or email email@example.com
Café 50 is the place to be for the over 50’s whether to eat, to socialise or to be active. Midday meals available, main course, pudding and cup of tea or coffee for £4.
Monday 10am-12pm Craft club
Tuesday 10am-12pm Mature movers
Tuesday 1.30pm-2.30pm Quiz
Tuesday 7.30pm-9.30pm Cantorian Pontyclun Ladies Choir
Thursday 10am-12pm Knitting and crochet grou
1st Wednesday 1.30pm-3.30pm Macmillan fund raising group
1st Thursday 2pm-3.30pm Hard of Hearing Group
Last Friday of mth 11am Legal advice surgery (Full Stop Law)
If you want to come along and join in any of the activities, or set up a club or meet, please contact the Clerk to Pontyclun Community Council, 01443 238500.
Café 50 is available for hire in the evenings and at weekends.
ST.CATHERINE’S CHURCH, PONTYPRIDD
Monday Tai Chi 11.00am £2.50 In the church
Table Tennis 1pm Upstairs of the hall
Computer Class 2pm In the café
Yoga 6.30pm Upstairs of the hall
Tuesday Local Walks 10am Meet at the church
Short walks and day trips around Pontypridd Please contact Alyson
Thursday Film Club 2pm (Monthly) First floor of the hall,
Room 2 Please contact Martine on 07947 214184
Yoga 6.30pm Upstairs of the hall
Friday IT Drop in Session 10am In the café
French 2pm 1st floor of the hall Rm 1
To find out more about St Catherine’s, visit www.connectpontypridd.co.uk
DRINK WISE AGE WELL is proud to present
The Tea Dance Social
Llantwit Fardre Sport Hall
Wednesday 14th October
Contact Suzanne 07958 162199 for full details.
Library Sessions Mon 5th October Reminiscing with photographs
Mon 5th October Together with Creative Writing
Mon 12th October Kevin Ashman – Author
A new over 65’s club is starting on 19th October:
3C’s Companionship, Conversation and Creativity
19th October Willow Weaving
26th October Creative Writing
The sessions are free and include refreshments.
For more information, contact Mair Williams on 07934 375936
Have you had your flu vaccination yet? If not, contact your GP Surgery to find out more. Those with certain medical conditions will be offered the jab, including older people over the age of 65. Flu can bring serious complications to those at risk, so make sure you have your vaccination.
To find out more check out the NHS website www.nhs.co.uk
Do you know an older person who may be facing Christmas Day alone this year? Do you think they would like company and a Christmas Dinner? We are trying to establish if there is a need for Christmas Dinner for people that might be alone on Christmas Day, and the feedback we are receiving is saying that it is a good idea, but potential numbers are what we need to know.
Please contact me on my email address listed above with your views, and I will pass the information on to the local churches who are trying to identify if there is a need.
Contact: Elaine James
Tel: 07580 866547 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Coordinators Drop In / Information Event for the Over 65s
Is being held in the Civic Centre, Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil on Tuesday 20th October to obtain information on services or activities that are available to individuals in their local area.
Information will be available from:
Local Community Coordinator
Merthyr and the Valleys Mind, and others
Drop in anytime between 10am and 3.00pm
Sensory Open Day at Keir Hardie Health Park on Wednesday 7th October 10.00am – 3.00pm. Demonstrations of Low Vision and Hearing Loss equipment will be taking place plus a free hearing screening. There will also be tours of Room 24 which is the demonstration house containing assistive telecare equipment.
For further information contact Dr Morgan Evans on 01685 722135 or Owne Jones on 01685 386167 or email email@example.com
World Mental Health Day is a global annual event aimed at raising awareness of mental health and addressing associated stigma. An event is being held on Friday 9th October at the Merthyr Tydfil Rugby Club commencing at 10.30 am and finishing at 2.30 pm.
The World Mental Health Day Event is a way of working collaboratively towards addressing the needs of our local communities. This day will provide an opportunity for individuals and members of the local community to engage with providers of services, as well as giving the chance to local organisations and partners to showcase the quality and quantity of services available within Merthyr Tydfil and the surrounding area.
Hafal Carers Transport Service
Hafal provide a FREE transport service for carers of individuals with a mental illness who are in- patients at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital Llantrisant (RGH) or Ysbyty George Thomas Treorchy (YGT) on alternative days. The service is open to carers of those receiving support from the adult mental health or older persons mental health wards. The service is provided by appointment.
Monday to Friday 5pm – 10pm and Saturday and Sunday 1pm – 6pm
The service alternates on a two weekly rota:
Week 1 Week 2
Monday YGT Monday RGH
Tuesday RGH Tuesday YGT
Wednesday YGT Wednesday RGH
Thursday RGH Thursday YGT
Friday YGT Friday RGH
Saturday RGH Saturday YGT
Sunday YGT Sunday RGH
Hafal also aim to offer an information service at the hospitals during visiting times. This will be provided by staff and service users, some of whom have experienced mental illness.
To book a transport appointment or for information on the services Hafal provide across the area, please contact Brian Robertson, Practice Leader at Hafal on 01685 373322.
Tenovus Cancer Care
Noticed any changes when you go to the loo like blood, pain or bloating?
Pop on board the Tenovus Mobile Support Unit and chat with a specialist nurse who can put your mind at ease and, if necessary, arrange for other tests.
The Drop-in Bowel Clinic is fast and free and is at the Civic Square, Merthyr Tydfil every other Monday.
Anyone can use this free service, there’s no need to make an appointment.
Call 0808 808 1010, free 365 days a year.
The Tenovus Cancer Care Merthyr Tydfil Sing with Us choir is a choir for people who have been affected in some way by cancer.
They rehearse every Wednesday from 6:30 – 8pm in High Street Baptist Church Hall. There is no audition and the choir is completely free to join and be a member.
To join, simply turn up at the rehearsal or if you would like more information call 0808 808 10 10, the Freephone support line, and ask to speak to a member of the Sing with Us team.
Healthy Eating Cooking Classes
Would you like to learn how to cook healthy meals and increase your cooking skills?
Then why not join one of our friendly, informal cookery classes.
You will receive recipe ideas, prepare, cook and eat the food you have cooked.
Your weight can also be monitored (optional)
Join the class at the 3Gs Community Building
Tuesdays 9.45am – 12.00pm
Wednesdays 11.15am – 1.30pm
Sensations is a hearing loss group in Merthyr Tydfil for people with all levels of hearing loss.
The daytime group meets on the 2nd Monday of every month between 10am and 12noon at the 3G’s Community Building, Chestnut Way, Gurnos
There is also a loop system on site.
A Fruit and Veg Co-op is provided by the Gellideg Foundation Group at various distribution points throughout the Mid Cluster, Communities First area.
Orders can be placed weekly for Fruit Bags, Veg Bags or Salad Bags or for individual items. Large bags are £2.90 each, Small bags are £1.80 each and Extra Small Bags of fruit or veg are £1.20 each.
Also available are Fruit and Veg Grocery Boxes containing various items at £6 each, these are provided on a first come, first served basis and are limited to 2 boxes per household.
Splash Out Group meet at Rhydycar Leisure Centre Tuesday and Friday mornings and activities include Aquacise and Zumba.
Troedyrhiw OAP Group meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
at the Willows Centre, Troedyrhiw from 1 – 3pm.
Call in for a coffee and a chat and listen to guest speakers.
Derby and Joan Club Aberfan meet in Aberfan Old Library on Wednesdays from 2 – 4pm.
A new Textile Course has recently started in Trinity Chapel, Merthyr Vale on Thursdays from 3.30 – 5.30pm. Anyone with an interest in textiles, tailoring or sewing is welcome to attend.
As we are now approaching winter, and may experience inclement weather conditions, I am developing a list of emergency contacts within the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough who would be prepared to go out and assist older people living in their neighbourhood who may require support during this time.
If you, or any of your colleagues who are DBS checked would be prepared to help out someone living nearby, can you please contact me with your name and contact details in order that we may be prepared to help if needed.
Please ring Elaine James on 07580 866547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Deanne Rebane
Tel: 07580 869983 or email: email@example.com
Community Coordinators at Flu Clinics
Thanks to all those GP Practices that responded, and so far we have invitations to attend clinics at 29 Practices across Cwm Taf.
We will be contacting 3rd Sector organisations to arrange for them to attend clinics alongside Coordinators. The Royal Voluntary Service (Befriending) Speakeasy (Fuel Poverty) and The Alzheimer’s Society have already signed up.
We will be providing feedback to Practices following clinics, and reporting on how well we have engaged with patients and what resulting support has been provided for them.
“Myth Busting “- working within communities to try to help increase the take-up of the flu jab and other immunisations.
A series of “Myth Busting” talks have taken place with over 200 people participating including 26 staff who work in a community role.
Feedback from participants has been very positive and we will be making recommendations about rolling out the talks to more people next year.
Evaluations of these talks, together with the work we will be doing in GP Practice Flu Clinics during the autumn are being fed into the Cwm Taf Flu Planning Group.
I am working with a Practice in Rhondda to organise a talk to patients who persistently turn down the offer of the flu jab.
Samaritans Cymru – South Wales Valleys Pilot Programme Launch
Redhouse – Merthyr Tydfil on 19th October 2015 – 2 – 4pm
Samaritans currently has no branch located in the South Wales Valleys area. The lack of an on the ground presence in this area of significant need is something we need to address. Our service is available across the country via telephone, email and text. However a local presence is important. By recruiting volunteers locally we can provide outreach work, the development of local referral partnerships which will increase understanding of our services, as well as provide local influence on suicide prevention
This project seeks to reduce emotional distress and lower the risk of suicide in the South Wales Valleys by;
- Understanding the emotional support needs of the valley communities
- Increasing awareness of our existing services
- Increasing access to and availability of Samaritans emotional support service by providing it locally
- Learning from the project and sharing that learning
Samaritans Cymru has over 650 volunteers currently working out of nine branches in Wales. We work locally and nationally to raise awareness of our service and reach out into local communities to support people struggling to cope.
Please come along to find out more about the project and how we hope to reduce emotional distress and help lower the risk of suicide in the South Wales Valleys. To register your place to attend, please visit: http://bit.ly/1LiTdvH
Parkinson’s – new
Parkinson’s UK services are coming to Merthyr Tydfil – they have been working successfully with patients in RCT for some time.
Their services will include referrals to the National Exercise Referral Scheme and also the development of a Parkinson’s Café. For more details contact Rebecca Lydon on 07899 067524 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be supporting Parkinson’s UK in Merthyr Tydfil by helping to raise awareness of the Parkinson’s Specialist Services available in Cwm Taf, in order that patients and their families or Carers can access the expert support available.
Our team of Coordinators has started linking in with services for Parkinson’s patients by supporting courses arranged by the Specialist Team at Dewi Sant Hospital for both Maintained and Complex patients. We hope that patients and their families will benefit from support from other 3rd Sector support available to them.
Tenovus and Bowel Screening
The Tenovus mobile Bowel Screening drop in service is available every other Monday – next date is Mon 12th October. The unit will be located outside the Civic Centre in Merthyr Tydfil town centre with no appointment necessary.
I have attended a Cwm Taf UHB meeting to discuss actions to increase the uptake of Screenings, particularly Bowel Screening. We think that the 3rd Sector has an important role to play in raising awareness of issues with communities, particularly around the importance of early detection of disease and to find out what we can do to help persuade more people attend for screening.
We are working closely with Rhondda GP Cluster to support their priority to increase screening uptake, and linking in with the Screening Wales Engagement Team to attend community events as well as GP Practices.
Motor Neuron Disease Association – NEW
The MND Association are holding an informal Meet and Greet session for people living with or caring for someone living with MND.
Wed 21st October at Dare Valley Country Park between 11am & 1pm
Contact Jo Cunnah on 07872 161 740
In the coming months I will be contacting more Community Pharmacists to explain how Community Coordinators can help support their role. Please contact me for further details.
Making a Reality Of Integration – less science, more craft and graft
This free seminar organised by Wales Audit Office and the Good Practice Exchange takes place in the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff on 14th October.
Community Coordinators will be presenting and holding a workshop on their work in Cwm Taf to date. For further details email
We continue to work closely with the CIAS Team by attending Dewi Sant Hospital every Fri morning to speak to patients, their families and Carers, to signpost them to additional support.
The Triangle Trust provides funding for charities, not-for-profit social enterprises and community interest companies in the UK that are working to support unpaid Carers. Each year, one round of Development Grants is held for organisations working with Carers.
Grants are available for up to £40,000.Registered charities, not-for-profit social enterprises and community interest companies that are working within the UK are eligible to apply. Organisations must have a constitution whose primary purpose is to support unpaid Carers. Further details are available from: www.triangletrust.org.uk/what-we-fund
The People and Places programme funds capital and revenue projects that encourage co-ordinated action by people who want to make their communities better places to live. Public sector as well as voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations can apply for three levels of grants (£5,001-£500,000; £250,001-£500,000; £500,001-£1 million) to support local and regional projects throughout Wales that focus on:
- Revitalising communities.
- Improving community relationships.
- Enhancing local environments, community services and buildings.
Carers Dementia Information: Join us at our Carers Dementia Workshops. You will be able to meet other Carers, find out more about your legal rights, the benefits available to you, the emotional aspects of caring and much more.
Course dates include:
Tuesday 13th October 2015 – YMCA, Mountain Ash
Wednesday 18th November 2015 – Coleg Y Cymoedd, Llwynypia
Thursday 18th February 2016 – YMCA, Pontypridd
All 10-3:30pm. Call Claire on 01443 668813 to find out more or to book your place.
Ageing Well in Wales Programme – online resource – www.ageingwellinwales.com – Ensuring Wales is a good place to grow older. For information on: Age- friendly communities, Dementia support, falls prevention, loneliness and isolation and opportunities for learning and employment.
Total Care Support Solutions Ltd has ceased trading due to a lack of funding.
The Board of Trustees have not taken this decision lightly as they have been providing services since 2008. Some services to the parent company, Crossroads Care Cwm Taf, will be transferred.
|Getting Ready for Winter – we need your help
As we head towards the winter and temperatures begin to drop, households across Wales will be feeling the impact of the colder weather. If you come across households in need of advice or home improvements you can refer them to Nest for help. The advice team are ready to take calls on Freephone 0808 808 2244 or visit the website.
Discover a Career in Health & Social Care: Innovate Trust are having a recruitment day to recruit Support Workers to work in the Taff Ely area with adults who have learning disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives. If you are naturally caring and are looking for a stimulating and rewarding occupation come along to their recruitment day!
Recruitment Day: Friday 2nd October 2015 9:00am—3:00pm Llantrisant Leisure Centre,Southgate Park, Llantrisant, RCT, CF72 8DJ
Application Packs can be downloaded: www.innovate-trust.org.uk
For further information and an application form please contact Innovate Trust on 02920 382151 or alternatively email Rhiannon.email@example.com
Age Cymru’s ‘Spread the Warmth Campaign:
Spread the Warmth grants are targeted at areas where there are high incidences of Excess Winter Deaths, as well as prioritising provision of information and winter support services to isolated and vulnerable older people. The grants will be allocated by the end of October, and Age Cymru will also be supporting delivery partners’ work by providing thermometers and an updated version of the “Winter Wrapped Up” publication. ‘Spread the Warmth Campaign’ is supported by Welsh Government, Nest and Western Power Distribution in producing the resources and offering the community-based grants.
GR Cleaning services (Social Enterprise)
Gardening services for older people in RCT and Merthyr.
Grass cutting and mowing
- Flower beds and shrubberies maintenance
- Hedge cutting
- Weed control
- Trim trees back and cut brambles
- Handyman Service also available
£12.50 per hour depending on the nature of the job
The Cinnamon Trust Appeal – The Graig Pontypridd – Help needed to walk dog
The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet care. We urgently need dog walking volunteers in Graig for a local resident and their lovely 8 year old Westie who would love to go for a good walk.
A large number of elderly or ill pet owners become very worried about their ability to care for their pets, feeling that their only option is to rehome them, this is where our national network of dedicated volunteers step in to offer support enabling them to stay together. We’ll walk the dog for a housebound owner, we’ll foster pets when owners need hospital care, we’ll fetch the cat food, even clean out the bird cage or litter trays. We always need new volunteers so even if you can only spare an hour a week we would love to hear from you. If anyone can help please call during office hours 01736 758707 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org www.cinnamon.org.uk
Alzheimer’s Society Wales Conference Thursday 15th October 2015
Making Wales a dementia friendly nation. All Nations Centre, Cardiff
To book your free place or to receive further information email: email@example.com or call 029 2047 5588.
The Alzheimer’s’ Society has a new Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator.
The purpose of a dementia friendly community is for people with dementia to live independently for as long as possible in a supportive environment. A dementia friendly community is one in which people with dementia are empowered to have high aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can contribute and participate in activities that are meaningful to them and that they have the support from those who live and work around them to enable them to be an active member of the community.
For more information contact Rhia Stankovic-Jones 01685 353919 or 07885 225613 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
To also find out more about attending a Dementia Friends session in your area and how to become a Dementia Friends Champion check out:
Care & Repair RCT & Merthyr would like to offer their assistance to older and disabled homeowners in the borough who require advice or support with repairs to their property. Their agency provides a FREE advice service that enables older and disabled people to remain at home with greater comfort, warmth and security. They offer a full range of services including:
- Casework and Technical Core Services – Grant Sourcing and Support Service
- Benevolent funding and Private Work scheme
- Handyperson Service
- Fire Safety Scheme
- Benefit Advice
- Digital Inclusion Advice
- Dedicated Dementia / Alzheimers service
Please contact the agency on 01443 755696 to arrange for a Case Officer to call and discuss your needs further by visiting you in your own home!
The Motor Neuron Disease Association are inviting people living with MND or caring for a person with MND to attend an informal meet and greet session on Wednesday 21 October at Dare Valley Country Park, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf, CF44 7RG between 11am & 1pm. The session will be extremely informal and will enable you to meet others in a relaxed and friendly setting to share experiences over a cup of tea or coffee.
It may be a little daunting to come along to something that you are unsure about but please be assured whether you decide to pop along for 10 minutes or stay and chat for 2 hours, it will be lovely to see you and you will be most welcome.
There will be no MND Association signs to identify where we will be sitting so if you are free and would like to come along and join us just look out for the Welsh Dragon in the cafe area.
We look forward to seeing you on 21 October but in the meantime, if you wish to speak to someone or have any questions then please do get in touch with Jo Cunnah, Volunteering Development Co-ordinator on 07872 161 740.
As Community Co-ordinators we welcome your feedback on this bulletin and would like to hear from you regarding future contributions.
We look forward to hearing from you.