Our Cwm Taf Bulletin
What you need to know
Interlink’s Our Cwm Taf Update – there is EVEN MORE going on!
- Cwm Taf to…Cwm Taf Morgannwg, a new beginning
With the region changing from Cwm Taf (RCT and Merthyr Tydfil) to merge with Bridgend under a new Cwm Taf Morgannwg (CTM) region, there is a lot of confusion and change. The most obvious for us being the first joint Cwm Taf Morgannwg Social Value Network Event in the Orbit Centre, Merthyr Tydfil. It was a great success with over 80 organisation attending and discussing the opportunities to work together to improve wellbeing under the new CTM Social Services and Wellbeing Partnership Board. This event discussed how we can work together to provide support and develop more resilient people and communities. Watch this space for the Event Report.
CTM Social Services and Wellbeing Partnership Board overseas to large programmes, the Transformation programme and the Integrated Care Fund, both waiting for Welsh Government approval. The Integrated Care Fund Guidance states that 20% of the funding by 1920/21 must go to third sector or social value organisations. Interlink and VAMT have applied for small and medium sized grants for third sector organisations, and at the time of writing, this application may extend across the new CTM region. Interlink has also applied for a place based coordinator; and VAMT are applying for a Volunteer Coordinator and funds to support befriending across Cwm Taf.
The Transformation proposals look to develop an integrated 24/7 rapid response in the community, to people requiring health and social care support, building on the virtual ward pilot programme in the Cynon cluster, and includes proposals to extend ‘social prescribing’ where GP’s refer people into community activities and services, across Cwm Taf.
Meanwhile we are starting to see better connection with the CTM Social Services and Wellbeing Partnership Board and Cwm Taf Public Service Boards, but this is no looking to merge with the Bridgend PSB any time soon. The big priorities includes working within communities through the Community Zones approach and tackling adverse childhood experiences. Big ticket cross cutting priorities for the third sector include volunteering and addressing loneliness and isolation. To find out more visit the Our Cwm Taf website http://www.ourcwmtaf.wales/home.