We offer lots of free information, advice and support to individuals and community and voluntary groups in Rhondda Cynon Taff. We meet with you to chat about what help you need, and do what we can to turn your ideas into action so you can make a difference!
We are really interested in getting people to work together, so helping you to involve more people and to network with others to tell them what fantastic work you do is something we get really excited about!
What support can you expect from Interlink?
Expect us to be really interested in what you do and how we can help.
What can we help with?
- Setting up your group
- Planning and developing your project
- Help with funding, a funding search and funding applications
- Involving and working with your community and other partners
- Recruiting and supporting volunteers
- Helping you to measure the impact of what you do
- Promoting your work
- Managing your organisation
- Supporting the development and training of you and your group
What we provide depends on what you and your group need. So if you need information, advice or support in any area, pick up the phone and give us a call. We can talk to you over the phone or we can come and speak to you and your group in your community – what ever is easiest for you!
Help from others
We help hundreds of groups every year. Making sure you get the right support is really important to us. At some stage you will need specialised advice or specific funding. We find out what you need and get the best organisations to help you. We are lucky to have lots of great partners to work with in RCT.
Getting Groups Together
We have over 500 members. They have lots and lots of knowledge and skills to share. We help groups get together and learn from each other through joining a network or forum or getting involved in new opportunities to work together. You can get involved by calling us, coming along to one of our networks or events.
Networks and Forums – we have regular meetings through networks, forums and events – so you can share information, generate ideas, hear from partners and get involved in working together to provide new activities and community services. Our main networks and forums are:
- Health, Social Care and Well-being Forum
- Children and Young People’s Network
- Social Enterprise Forum
- Mental Health Forum
Consortia – we help community and voluntary get together respond to new opportunities and to make joint funding applications. We advertise new opportunities as they come up, so keep keep an eye out or best of all, sign up to one of our networks or forums to receive information as it comes out.
All our members are encouraged to join a network or forum or to get involved in new opportunities to work together.
We are really interested in involving people and communities. For you this might mean involving people in running your group or recruiting more volunteers to help you with your work. For a large organisation, such as the local council or health board, it may mean involving the people who use a leisure centre or hospital. This has been at the heart of our See CHANGE project funded by the Big Lottery Fund People and Places Programme over the last two years.
Involving people can make a big difference. For a small group it can mean they have more people and can do more to help their local community. For a council or health board, it could mean they get more people to exercise and eat healthily and reduce the pressure on local services.
Producing things together
Involving people is not only about getting help with what you want to do. It can develop into a relationship where different groups are involved and have a say in planning together from the start. It means those involved equally interested in achieving the desired outcome and has a voice in important local decisions. This is what we aim to achieve with our partners in the Community Voice project funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
We aim to support our member community and voluntary groups and partnership representatives to work with anyone who would like to join with us to engage and involve more people in RCT in decisions that affect them.
We would like you to be fully involved and for you to involve us.