Welcome to Interlink’s Information bulletin
‘The Big Thank You’ is coming to RCT in Volunteers Week 1-10 June! Contact us to find out more! Check out our latest training courses and events – don’t miss out, book your place now! This year’s Crystal Trophy Awards nominations are now open – make sure you submit your application by 27 May! Find local groups and services in Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil with Findagroup quickly and easily. Do you have events or information you would like to include in the bulletin? Then please forward your information to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to us at the address below.
Do You Want Help with Volunteers Week? ‘The Big Thank You’ is coming to RCT in Volunteers Week 1 – 10 June 2016 – Interlink are inviting you to get involved by saying a ‘Big Thank You’ to all the volunteers in RCT. For more information contact Chris, Thomas or Kath at Interlink on 01443 846200.
What do you think about Interlink? Let us know by completing our survey – Please take a couple of minutes to complete our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZRQQHLT
Apply NOW for the Interlink Development Fund for small community and voluntary groups in RCT – You can get support from a member of Interlink’s staff by calling 01443 846200 if you need help to complete the application. (This does not guarantee that your application will be successful). An electronic form is available here Development Fund Application Form or by emailing email@example.com
Children in Need Funding Surgery – 10 May at Interlink, 9.30am – 3.30pm, book your ½ hour appointment to meet with James Bird from CIN, contact Cara at Interlink on 01443 846200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Taf Ely and Bridgend Funding Fayre – 16 May 2016 at Heol y Cyw Welfare Hall, Bridgend, 6pm-8pm – To book a place please contact: RCT – Interlink on 01443 846200 or email@example.com or Bridgend – BAVO on 01656 810400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Crystal Trophy Awards 2015-16 are now open and receiving applications! – Deadline Friday 27 May 2016. In anticipation a great response and we look forward to receiving your applications, if you have any queries in the meantime, please get in touch with Anne Morris, Health & Wellbeing Manager, Tel: 01443 846200 Email: email@example.com.
Community Coordinators Bulletin – May 2016 – For more information contact Interlink on 01443 846200.
The Refugee resettlement support group Valleys of Sanctuary are planning a Cwm Taff event for Refugee week 20th – 26th June, time date and venue to be confirmed. As part of this the group would like to hear from others who are planning events in the run up to during and after refugee week to that they can help promote and support across the Taff Ely area – contact firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 01443 846200.
Findagroup in RCT and Merthyr Tydfil is now live – ARE YOU LISTED? http://findagroup.cymru/ For more information contact Interlink on 01443 846200. Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act For any information and advice on the SSWB Act contact Interlink on 01443 846200 or visit http://gov.wales/topics/health/socialcare/act/?lang=en
Looking for Funding? Open 4 Community – Great news! We’re pleased to announce the launch of a brand new funding information service – Open 4 Community. Follow the link to access this FREE service and start sourcing funding opportunities today http://www.idoxopen4community.co.uk/interlink for more information or help using this service contact Interlink and speak to Joanna or Ken.
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
We offer bespoke training courses tailored to your needs – get in touch for more information.
Trustee Training – 3 May at Ystrad Boys and Girls Club, 5.00pm – 7.00pm FREE
Depression Busting – 13 and 20 May at Interlink, 9.30am – 5.00pm, FREE
Awareness of Eating Disorders Training – 26 May at Interlink, 10.00am – 1.00pm FREE
Peer Mentoring Training – 1 June at Interlink, 9.30am – 12.30pm, £20 members, £40 non-members
Action Research for Funding – 3 June at Interlink, 9.30am – 12.00pm, FREE
Action Learning Set – 23 June at Interlink, 9.30am – 12.30pm, £20 members, £40 non-members Protection of Vulnerable Adults – 21 September at Interlink, 1.00pm – 5.00pm FREE
Engaging with Older People – 29 September at Interlink, 9.30am – 12.00pm, £20 members, £40 non-members
To book a place contact Cara at Interlink on 01443 846200 or email: email@example.com Cwm Taf Safeguarding Children Board Training Programme 2015-16 For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01443 668879.
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
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.
Children and Young People Play Wales – Schools toolkit – updated edition – An updated edition of our Use of school grounds for playing out of teaching hours toolkit is now available to download. www.playwales.org.uk/eng/home https://issuu.com/playwales/docs/using_school_grounds_out_of_teachin?e=5305098/4853824
Cwm Taf Safeguarding Children Board Training Programme 2015-16 For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01443 668879.
Interested in learning to sign? new Sign Language Classes starting soon in Pontypridd with Wales Council for Deaf People – For more information contact Laura on 01443 485687 or email: email@example.com
Hearing Voices – New Peer Support Group – 13 April at 1.00pm – 3.00pm at Rear of Temple Baptist Church, Pontypridd. You can just drop in, held every Wednesday starting on 13 April.
Menter Iaith are looking for Volunteers for Parti Ponty 2016 – If you are interested please call 01443 407570 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BiFest Wales 2016 on Saturday 14 May 2016, 12 noon to 11:45pm – The Theatre, First Floor, YMCA Swansea. Full details are below and on our website www.bicyrmu.org.uk and on the FaceBook event here: www.facebook.com/events/582829411864450/ Email: Bicymru@yahoo.co.uk if you have any queries or if you want leaflets or posters electronically.
DO YOU: suffer from a mental illness? Care for someone with a mental illness? Come along to Llanharan Drop-in Centre on 27 May 2016 11am-3pm – For more information contact: Telephone: 01685 884918
Samaritans Volunteering Information Evenings – If you would like further information or support to attend, please call Susan Francis on 02920 222008 or Martin Smidman on 07553 118799 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Small Charity Week! 13 – 18 June, Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world. Small Charity Week is brought to you by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), who with the support of partner organisations ensure the work of small charities is recognised and celebrated. www.smallcharityweek.com
University of South Wales Event: Celebrating Care – 18 June, Glyntaff Campus (Stall) – The Big Weekend takes place on 17-19 June. As part of this wider event, the School of Care Sciences (part of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Education) are organising an alumni event to take place at the Glyntaff campus on Saturday 18 June, 10am-3pm. This particular event will be based around Celebrating Care. It will look to showcase all of the local charities involved in offering both health and care facilities and services (along with local health boards and other formal bodies). If you would like any further information you can visit the following webpage www.southwales.ac.uk/alumni/get-involved/big-weekend-2016/whats-on/ or don’t hesitate to contact Daniel Muller on 01443 654358 www.southwales.ac.uk
New Pathways First Aid Training – We currently have some fully funded spaces available on the Welsh Government approved Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course. Please note, the courses are two days and both days are compulsory. The course dates are as follows:
- Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of May 2016 – Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taf
- Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd of May 2016 – Caerphilly
The course has been fully funded by The Big Lottery, therefore places fill up very quickly. For more information please visit www.mhfawales.org.uk or to book, email email@example.com to book or enquire please email direct to firstname.lastname@example.org
Charity Afternoon Tea & Bridal Catwalk Show – Sunday 10 July at 3.00pm at Brynffynon Hotel, Llanwonno – £20.00 per person. In aid of Rowan Tree Cancer Care. Tickets available to purchase at Mountain ash centre and Mountain Ash/Pontypridd shop. For more details contact 01443 479369.
Active Inclusion Funding Events – WCVA is running a series of local events for you to find out more about the fund. A full listing of the events can be found here. www.wcva.org.uk This opportunity is open to organisations from any sector and you do not need to have previous experience of running European funded projects. For further information please click here. www.wcva.org.uk
2016 Alcohol Concern Cymru Conference | Saving lives: Understanding the links between alcohol and suicide
22 September 2016 – Grand Hotel, Swansea Join us at our 2016 conference in Swansea, where we’ll be exploring the complex relationship between alcohol consumption and suicide. http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/swansea2016/
Pontypridd Talking News Association – Would you like to be added to the listeners list? Just Send a letter or postcard with contact details sent to: Pontypridd Talking News Association, C/O University of South Wales, Room G514 Glyneath Block, Llantwit Road, Pontypridd, RCT CF37 1DL Why not give it a try, there is no obligation to continue. Why not ask for a one or two weeks sample. They would be pleased to send you a copy.
Welsh Government Guidance on the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act – Below is a link to the final guidance for the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act, published last Friday. http://gov.wales/topics/people-and-communities/people/future-generations-act/statutory-guidance/?lang=en
Care and support in Wales is changing – From April 6, people will have more say about how social services assess and deliver their care and support. – for more information visit www.gov.wales/topics/health/socialcare/act/?lang=en
Mapping the Social Business Sector in Wales – The Wales Co-operative Centre requires the services of an organisation or organisations to conduct a survey of the Social Business Sector in Wales, to collate information and to analyse the data and responses with a view to creating both a directory of the sector and an informed State of the Sector report. For further information please click here. The deadline for tender submissions is 5.00pm on 20/05/2016 https://www.sell2wales.gov.wales//search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=APR132590
Efail Isaf Village Hall Committee are looking for a new Treasurer to join their committee as one of the voluntary Trustees of Efail Isaf Village Hall. Anyone who has the skills and enthusiasm with a couple of hours free time a week who is interested please contact email@example.com or 07760882240. New enthusiastic committee members with some spare time who are not looking for a treasurer role are also most welcome.
Trustees Required – Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery, Aberdare, CF44 8DL – The Cynon Valley Museum Trust is a charity preparing to reopen the above iconic, accredited venue in 2016. The charity is expanding and with an exciting programme being planned the Trust would welcome applications from anyone interested, particularly with experience in museum work, the arts and retail to join us. Main meetings are held once a month on a Thursday evening at the Museum. There is also a vacancy for a Treasurer. For more information please contact: Dinah Pye (Chair – Cynon Valley Museum Trust ) on 01685 813318 or send CV’s to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tylorstown Welfare Hall Seeks Trustees – The last remaining Miners’ Institute in the Rhondda Fach, Tylorstown Welfare Hall, is actively recruiting trustees and is keen to hear from any interested parties! Trustee meetings take place once a month and potential trustees are needed to lead and take responsibility for projects and sub groups. Anyone interested is invited to contact Rebecca Sullivan on 01443 730534 or email email@example.com For more information about Tylorstown Welfare Hall go to: http://www.tylorstownwelfarehall.co.uk
Staying informed about the Pen Y Cymoed Wind Farm Fund – The Board of Directors who will now manage the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund CIC has been recruited. If you are not on the mailing list for this fund then get in touch by Friday 6th May so that they can keep you informed of the upcoming application process please. Please click here for more information about the newly recruited Board of Directors and their future plans
The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is back for 2016! Applications open online next week, and you have until 31 May 2016 to tell us all about your project to be in with a chance to win funding. www.mandsenergyfund.com
Aged Veterans Fund – https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/aged-veterans-fund The Aged Veterans Fund has £25million available over 5 years. It will fund projects that support non-core health, wellbeing and social care needs for older veterans (born before 1 January 1950), including surviving World War 2 veterans, those who undertook National Service and other voluntary enlisted veterans who may need some focused support in relation to their health and social care needs. Applicants must be a registered charity with a track record of managing large strategic projects, and capacity to manage and coordinate the provision of the proposed portfolio.
Tesco Bags of Help Programme – The second funding round for the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme opened on 18 April 2016. Bags of Help is available to a wide range of community groups and provides grants to improve local green spaces. Successful projects will go forward to a public vote in Tesco stores which will decide whether they receive a grant of £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000. Projects will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, woodland walks and community gardens. It will fund capital projects that provide community benefit and do not charge for access. Applications close on 3rd June 2016. Please visit www.groundwork.org.uk/tescobagsofhelp for further information.
Transform Foundation – Transform Foundation’s Website Grant is open for applications. Each £18,000 grant covers strategy, design and development to build a website. You’ll work with a committed team of leading charity focused digital marketers, developers and designers to build an amazing web presence. The Website Grant is aimed at small to medium-sized charities and other not for profit organisations with a social mission (including, for example Community Interest Companies). The grant is most suitable for non-profits with an income between £500,000 and £20 million. https://www.transformfoundation.org.uk/
The Atlantic Area programme has announced that it is open to receiving proposals to its fund from 26 April until 30 May, 12 noon. The programme’s overall objective is to implement solutions to regional challenges in innovation, resource, efficiency and environment to generate a better quality of life in the Atlantic Area territory (France, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and the UK). Please refer to the Programme Manual 2014-2020 for further information and for details on who can apply and how to apply, please click here.
Wellbeing Assistant Vacancy with United Welsh – Closing date 3 May 2016. More details on the job can be found at www.unitedwelsh.com or if you require further information please do not hesitate to contact Emily Mills on 029 2085 5656or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacancies with Co-Production Network for Wales – Network Director & Network Coordinator posts – Closing date 9 May 2016 – For an informal discussion, please contact Rick Wilson on 01792 646640, Ruth Dineen on 02920 227726 or Adrian Roper on 02920 642250.
Resilience Project Worker vacancy with Drink Wise, Age Well – closing date 10 May 2016 – For further details, please visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk for details and download the Royal Voluntary Service application form.
Job vacancies with Elite Supported Employment Agency – Closing date 20 May 2016 – For further information and application pack: www.elitesea.co.uk
For more voluntary sector vacancies visit: www.recruit3.org.uk
‘Connect, Complement, Co-ordinate’: A RCT Together pathway for support – The Rhondda Cynon Taf Voluntary Sector Liaison Steering Group (VSLSG) has commissioned a piece of work to understand how best to support community organisations through the different stages of establishing a service or taking on a building. A review of current support needs has been proposed by the VSLSG, which aims to result in a structured ‘pathway’ for supporting community groups. This will form part of the collective response in Rhondda Cynon Taf to changing public services and a greater focus on community involvement, known as ‘RCT Together’. Please click on this link to complete the survey : Gwefan dwyieithog (i’r cyhoedd) – Bilingual link (public)
WCVA Consultations – Please visit our website here to read the latest edition of our weekly Consultation Bulletin for your information in both English and Welsh. We have redesigned the Bulletin as a result of feedback from our survey of its recipients. It will now be available on a page on our website, rather than as a downloadable Word document.