Welcome to Interlink’s Information bulletin
World Mental Health Day Event in Merthyr is being held tomorrow 9 October at Merthyr Tydfil Rugby Club the theme is ‘Dignity in Mental Health’! Take a look at our Children and Young People section, we have lots of information on training and also a link to the Children’s Commissioner for Wales’ National survey. Do you have events or information you would like to include in the bulletin? Then please forward your information to email@example.com by Wednesday 21 October. Click here to view the Summer Edition of our newsletter.
Interlink News 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to us at the address below.
Community Coordinators Bulletin – October 2015 – For more information contact Interlink on 01443 846200.
World Mental Health Day Event – 9 October, Merthyr Tydfil Rugby Club – For more information contact Carol Hindley at VAMT by email: Carol.Hindley@vamt.net or call 01685 353900.
Have Your Say 2015 – We need YOUR help to find the RIGHT priorities for Mental Health Services in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil 9 October, 10.30am – 2.03pm at Merthyr Tydfil Rugby Club. 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
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.
Older People, Isolation and Loneliness: Interlink Research Report – OUT NOW! –Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Simon on 01443 846221 for the full report or a discussion on the research and / or the ethnography project or storytelling project.
Stepping Forward 2 – Interlink have been working in partnership with the DWP to deliver person centred creativity courses within RCT. The first course ended late summer saw 2 people into employment and 2 into volunteering. It was a great success with participants saying – ‘It’s the best course I have ever attended!’ At the moment we have another 11 learners engaged on the course which is held at the YMCA, Pontypridd. One learner told us ‘I never thought I could do anything like this. It’s been great having something so fun to look forward to.’ The course ends in October where all participants will achieve a city and guilds accreditation in Employability skills.
Community Voice – Community Voice has a new newsletter with some great stories of work achieved to date. Please follow this link for a good read. For further information on Voice contact L.email@example.com
Interlink Training 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 Safeguarding Children and Young People – 30 September 2015 at Interlink, 9.30am – 12.30pm – FREE Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults – 30 September 2015 at Interlink, 1.30pm – 4.30pm – FREE Awareness of Eating Disorders Training – 10 November 2015 at Interlink, 9.30am – 12.30pm -FREE Substance Misuse Training – 17 November 2015 at Interlink, 1.00pm – 5.00pm – FREE Action Learning Sets Training – 9 December 2015 at Interlink, 9.30am – 12.30pm – £20 members £40 non-members Managing Volunteers Training – 13 & 14 January 2016 at Interlink, 9.30am – 4.30pm – £40 members £80 non-members Volunteer Recruitment Training – 27 & 28 January 2016 at VAMT, 9.30am – 4.30pm – £40 members £80 non-members Social Services Wellbeing Act Training – 29 January 2016 at VAMT, 9.00am – 1.00pm – FREE Safeguarding C&YP Training – 18 February 2016 at Interlink, 9.30am – 12.30pm – FREE Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Training – 18 February 2016 at Interlink, 1.30pm – 4.30pm – FREE For more information visit our website or to book a place contact Interlink. Would you like to attend a First Aid or Health and Safety Course? Then please let us know by calling 01443 846200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be providing another course soon, date to be confirmed.
Cwm Taf Safeguarding Children Board Training Programme 2015-16 For more information email: email@example.com
ICT Support / Bespoke Training
Interlink are able to assist with skill sharing or provide bespoke training on Microsoft packages: We are able to assist organisations with the following services:
- Website • Mailshot • Desktop publishing • Photocopying • Laminating/Binding • Signposting
Children and Young People Children’s Commissioner for Wales’ National Survey – The surveys for different age ranges can be found here http://www.childcomwales.org.uk/en/what-next/. Accessible surveys for pupils with additional learning needs, or deaf pupils can be found here http://www.childcomwales.org.uk/en/accessible-links/ For more information visit
Challenges of Child Protection (Level 4) 2 day course held twice a year. Target group: Team Managers, Snr Pracs, Social Workers with 2 years + experience and experienced staff from partner agencies who routinely work in the Child Protection arena and have previously attended Child Protection Process and Practice and Conference and Core Group Training. 27 and 28 October 2015 at 9.15am – 4.30pm, both at Glyncornel, Llwynypia, RCT CF40 2JF. To book a place please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01443 668879
CTSCB Child Practice Review Feedback (Safeguarding Children Level 3) – Cwm Taf Safeguarding Children Board would like to invite you to attend a feedback session to hear the findings from the published Child Practice Reviews in respect of Child AD, Child CRB and Child HST. This is a good opportunity to find out about the Child Practice Review Process and understand when and why reviews should be undertaken. 12 November 2015 1.30pm – 4.30pm at Ystrad Rhondda Sport Centre CF41 7SY 16 November 2015 9.30pm – 12.30pm at Llantrisant Leisure Centre CF72 8DJ 25 November 2015 1.30pm – 4.30pm at Hawthorn Leisure Centre, Rhydyfelin CF37 5LN 2 December 2015 1.30pm – 4.30pm at the Orbit Business Centre, Merthyr CF48 1DL To book places on the following please email: email@example.com or tel. 01443 668879
Substance Misuse Raising Awareness (1 day) (Safeguarding Children Level 3) 26 November 2015 at 9.00am – 3.30pm or 3 March 2016 at 9.30am – 4.30pm at Heddfan, Rhydyfelin, RCT CF40 2JF To book places please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01443 668879
Managing Allegations of Abuse Against Staff and Volunteers – A multi-agency course for statutory services and third sector managers/head-teachers. 25 November, 26 November or 2 December 2015 at 9.30am – 12.30pm At Electoral Services, Maritime Estate, Pontypridd CF37 1NY. To attend this course for Managers and Head-Teachers please email: email@example.com or tel. 01443 668879
YOUNG WALES – what’s it all about? A new initiative that Children in Wales is driving forward. Its main aim is to work directly with children and young people in Wales to gather their views on issues that are important to them – we can then ensure that their voices are heard by Welsh Government Ministers and policy makers. www.youngwales.wales
Children in Wales, Parenting Conference – Thursday 15 October 2015 at 9.30am – 4.00pm, Park Inn by Raddisson, Cardiff Central. To book your place for south Wales please click www.childreninwales.org.uk
Equality and Inclusion of Disabled Children
21 October 2015, Rhyl – Online Booking Form
Disabled Children Conference 2015: Promoting and Empowering the Rights of Disabled Children and Young People
Wednesday 11 November 2015 at 9.30am – 4.00pm at Park Inn, Cardiff Centre. To book your place, please visit www.childreninwales.org.uk
24 November 2015, 9am – 4pm, Park Inn by Radisson, Cardiff City Centre For further details and to reserve your place, please visit our website at: www.childreninwales.org.uk/events
Cwm Taf Safeguarding Children Board Training Programme 2015-16 For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summary of United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child – On 20 November 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, also known as the UNCRC. The Convention changed the way children are viewed and treated – in other words as human beings with their own distinct set of Rights. These Rights describe what a child needs to survive, grow and reach their potential. The vast majority of countries in the world have signed up to these Rights, including the United Kingdom. Summary of United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child http://www.unicef.org.uk/Documents/Publication-pdfs/UNCRC_summary.pdf
Rogue Trader Awareness Good Neighbours STOP rogue traders – If you feel there is a crime in progress call 999, or 101 for a non-emergency. If in doubt get it checked out. www.heddlu-de-cymru.police.uk www.south-wales.police.uk
Team Pink Free Arm Chair Exercise Video – Free Exercise video for those who prefer to sit down, made by girls from Team Pink u18s, Wattstown RFC. First part FREE via YouTube! For more information and to express and interest in purchasing 3 level on DVD (60 minutes) email email@example.com or please forward to someone who may benefit. https://youtu.be/OU8CiiC-VHk
Diverse Cymru Bulletin – www.diversecymru.org.uk
BOSS (Business Online Support Service) – Business Wales is pleased to announce the launch of a new exciting service for business…. BOSS! BOSS provides a wide range of on-line courses and support for businesses. To find out more and register visit www.business.wales.gov.uk
Bridgend is the only Test Town in Wales this year (full details of the Carnegie Trust UK sponsored project can be found at http://www.testtown.org.uk/testtown-2015/test-town-bridgend/) and we are looking for young people with a business or business idea to sell or showcase their products or services at a Youth Enterprise Market from 19th -21st November in Bridgend Town Centre. All applicants will be invited to showcase their ‘stalls’ at an event in Bridgend College on Thursday November 5th and will be offered bespoke development sessions should they need them in order to ensure their business is ready for the market. An application form can be found on the website.
Toogoodtowaste – We want your opinions; please complete our online survey ….. Do you think there is a need for more furniture, household and electrical goods recycling? Is volunteering and work based training important? Please let us know through completing our online survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/toogoodtowastepublicconsultation by 5pm Monday 12 October.
RCT faces upto the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill – The summary report in now available – please email firstname.lastname@example.org For more information visit www.thersa.org/fellowship/in-your-area/regions/wales-cymru
New Horizons courses for September to December – www.newhorizons-mentalhealth.co.uk/services/ Tel: 01685 881113 Email: email@example.com
Mindfulness and Stress Control courses – September to November 2015 – For further information contact CTT_stresscontrolfirstname.lastname@example.org or call 01443 744800
The Care Council for Wales has been asked by Welsh Government to work with partners to develop the national learning and development plan to support the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The Care Council has also been asked to develop a ‘one stop shop’ where all resources on the Act can be available and accessed by all organisations from one central information hub http://www.ccwales.org.uk/getting-in-on-the-act-hub/ If you wish to apply for the Co-production Grant Fund please request a proposal form from Abubakar Askira at email@example.com . Proposal forms need to be completed against the fund criteria and returned to Abubakar Askira at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 27 October 2015.
Postcode Community Trust – Launch of Community Sports Scheme (London, Scotland and Wales) – Grants of up to £2000 are available to enable grassroots sports clubs and organisations to obtain kit and equipment. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2015. See http://www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk/ for more details.
Gwanwyn Community Grant Scheme now open – Gwanwyn is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year celebrating creativity in older age. 2016 is Gwanwyn’s 10th birthday so we are looking for projects and events that will help us celebrate this important milestone! Applications are now open with the deadline for submission on Wednesday 9 December 2015. For an application form and an information pack with details on how to apply please download from the Gwanwyn website or to request a pack by post please call Age Cymru on 029 20 431 555.
Exciting News about the Sport Wales Grant Application Process – From 26 October 2015, the way you apply for a Sport Wales Community Chest and Development Grant will be changing. Applications will have to be made online, via the Sport Wales website, rather than using the existing paper/pdf based application forms. Please regularly check the funding pages on the Sport Wales website http://sport.wales/funding–support.aspx for the announcement of the Go Live date. If you would like to know more about the changes please contact Rebecca Goodall on Rebecca.Goodall@sportwales.org.uk or 029 2033 8223
Taff Ely Onshore Wind Farm Fund – deadline 13 November – The Taff Ely Wind Farm Community Fund is administered by Interlink RCT the umbrella body for all local community and voluntary groups in RCT. To find out more about the fund please contact Ken Moon at Interlink RCT on Tel: 01443 846200, or email: email@example.com. An electronic form is available on our web-site or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Grow Wild Funding to help communities bloom – Organisations and community groups across Wales are being invited to apply for funding of £1,000 to £4,000 from Grow Wild to create inspiring spaces. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Applications for 2016 funding must be received by 1 December 2015. First, please read the community project application guidelines for 2016 funding: www.growwilduk.com/community-projects/application-guidance For more information contact Maria Golightly by email: email@example.com or call 07917 266 445
Another £50K for community buildings … it’s round four of the popular WPD fund. Grants of up to £1,000 are now available to community groups across Western Power Distribution’s network area in the Midlands, South West and South Wales to reduce the energy use in their community buildings. The Community Chest, funded by WPD and administered by CSE. Applications are open from today until Friday 27 November 2015 or until the grant pot is exhausted. Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis. More details, the case studies and application downloads are available here www.cse.org.uk/projects/view/1302
Vacancies Rhondda Volunteering Project Worker vacancy with Interlink – For an application contact 01443 846200 or firstname.lastname@example.org Closing Date: 5pm Wednesday 21 October.
Family Support Caseworker Vacancy with Drugaid – Closing date for applications 10am on Monday 12 October 2015 Please can all Applications be returned direct to: email@example.com for more information call 01633 811954 www.drugaidcymru.com
Drink Wise Age Well Maternity Cover: Prevention Worker – The closing date for applications will be Midday, Monday 19 October 2015. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Horizons Mental Health CIO is inviting applications to join the Management Committee – For further information please email: Janet Whiteman (Director) –email@example.com or contact New Horizons on 01685 881113.
Board Members Wanted for Pen y Cymoedd, Vattenfall – To apply, please go to www.empowersvs.co.uk/pycfund The closing date is noon 23 October 2015.
Step Change Peer Mentor Vacancy with Drugaid – The closing date for all applications is Midday Friday 9 October. Interviews are expected to be held 15 October. For more information and to return application form contact firstname.lastname@example.org