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19 March 2014 Welcome to Interlinks Information bulletin Content suggestions are most welcome and if you have events or information you would like to include in the bulletin please forward to cjordan-evans@interlinkrct.org.uk

Interlink News Nominations are now open for the Interlink RCT Volunteer Awards 2014 Your chance to nominate an individual or group making a difference to the lives of people in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Nomination forms are available to download from our website www.interlinkrct.org.uk or call 01443 846200.

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. You will receive:     

Help with funding Support and advice from our staff An invite to join our networks and forums Useful information by email and newsletter Help developing your knowledge and skills.

Please fill in our Membership application form and send it to us at the address below or e-mail to info@interlinkrct.org.uk Interlink Helpdesk, 6 Melin Corrwg, Cardiff Road, Upper Boat, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF37 5BE

Interlink, 6 Melin Corrwg, Cardiff Road, Upper Boat CF37 5BE 01443 846200 e-mail: info@interlinkrct.org.uk www.interlinkrct.org.uk Registered Chairty No: 1141143 Company Limited by Guarantee: 07549533


Interlink Training Interlink offers a range of meeting and conference facilities, whether your requirements are for a training venue, workshops, conferences, small business meetings, one-to-ones or just time out from your current environment. Conference Facilities

Interlink are able to assist with skill sharing or provide bespoke training on the following Microsoft packages: Word Excel Publisher Access Powerpoint Internet and e.mail Our HelpDesk team are able to assist organisations with the following services: • Website – we can post information on about your organisation on/event on our website • Mailshot – send us your information on for our newsletter and mail outs • Desktop publishing – which includes design of leaflets, posters, tickets, business cards, etc. • Photocopying – our colour photocopier has the capacity to print in full colour with a professional finish • Laminating/Binding • Signposting – if we can’t help, we will find someone who can! For more information contact the HelpDesk on 01443 846200 or e-mail: info@interlinkrct.org.uk

Local News trustee seminars: invaluable expertise on all trustee matter Academi Wales Third Sector Training course on Managing change successfully, which is running in South and North Wales

Rhondda, Wales: International award winning theatre company Spectacle Theatre Ltd are embarking on an all Wales tour with their latest production ‘It’s The Jennifer Vyle Show’ by Paul Swift. www.spectacletheatre.co.uk Interlink, 6 Melin Corrwg, Cardiff Road, Upper Boat CF37 5BE 01443 846200 e-mail: info@interlinkrct.org.uk www.interlinkrct.org.uk Registered Chairty No: 1141143 Company Limited by Guarantee: 07549533


Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting of Rhondda Breast Friends will be held on Tuesday 1 April 2014 at The RBF Centre, 31A Eirw Road, Porth, RCT CF39 9LT Commencing at 7.00pm until approximately 9.00pm If you wish to nominate anyone to become a Trustee, please contact Christina Ryan to request a Nomination Form on: Tel: 01443 687556 Email: christina@rhonddabreastfriends.org.uk Local re-use and recycling charity toogoodtowaste are extending their opening hours in their Ynyshir branch to 5.00pm every day. The charity shop will be open 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and 11.00am – 5.00pm on Sundays. The opening hours will increase from Monday 10 of March with their first Sunday opening taking place on Sunday 16 March. It looks like a visit to them will be toogoodtomiss. If you would like to find out more about the work they do you can visit their website at www.toogoodtowaste.co.uk or follow their Facebook and Twitter pages. Shelter Cymru has housing advisers in every local authority across Wales, running advice surgeries in a range of community venues. We provide free independent advice, advocacy and legal representation on a wide range of housing related issues to help people keep their homes. Keeping people in their homes since 1981. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own. Get in touch ring 08450755005. You can also find out about how to help yourself to solve your problem by using our on line information resource at www.sheltercymru.org.uk Could you set up a small fortnightly league in your local community on Sunday afternoons? – (autumn/winter/spring only). Although these are voluntary roles, honorariums of £400 are available. No previous experience or table tennis knowledge is necessary. Table Tennis Wales is the national governing body for the sport. We are seeking individuals who may be prepared to set up doorstep community leagues to help get the nation active. These fun leagues will be suitable for both beginners and more experienced players, for all ages and backgrounds, for both genders, and for those with disabilities. We are keen to establish these leagues in various localities across Wales. We would estimate the time commitment no more than 4 hours or so every fortnight. If you are interested or to obtain more information please email TTW General Manager Phil Avery- at philipaveryco@hotmail.com

Interlink, 6 Melin Corrwg, Cardiff Road, Upper Boat CF37 5BE 01443 846200 e-mail: info@interlinkrct.org.uk www.interlinkrct.org.uk Registered Chairty No: 1141143 Company Limited by Guarantee: 07549533


Parc and Dare Theatre, Treorchy, Thursday 17 April at 7pm On the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike we preview ‘Still the Enemy Within’, an independent, crowdfunded film which uncovers the hidden story of the people behind the longest national industrial dispute in history. Demonised by the government and dubbed ‘Arthur’s Army’ they lead a fight-back that would change British society forever. Producer and Director Sinead Kirwan and Owen Gower will talk about how they got access to people who have never before been willing to talk about their experiences on camera. They will also explain how they are still raising money to make the film a reality. Light refreshments will be available before and after the lecture. RSVP: Hywel Wiliam, RTS Wales Centre Administrator - hywel@aim.uk.com tel: 07980 007841

This May, GTFM celebrates its 12th year as Wales’ first full-time FM Community Radio Station. The station is celebrating by teaming up with local breast cancer support charity – Rhondda Breast Friends, to host its biggest ever charity fundraising event…a live 75hr marathon broadcast! For more info contact Mark Andrews or Gavin Powell on 01443 406111 or email mark@gtfm.co.uk / gavin@gtfm.co.uk

You may be aware that from 1 October 2014, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will be responsible for commissioning the majority of victims’ services locally through funding from the Ministry of Justice. This means that voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector service providers may be bidding to their local PCC to obtain funding to deliver services, as well bidding to other public sector bodies. The workshops will help VCSE organisations prepare for commissioning, and are designed to better enable frontline service providers to bid for grants and/ or contracts when tendering processes are launched. Further details are also available at www.vcseworkshops.co.uk including dates and how to register your interest in attending. For further information about the move towards local commissioning of victims’ services please visit www.gov.uk/local-commissioning-of-victims-services

Contact Richard or Dawn on 01443 683037

Interlink, 6 Melin Corrwg, Cardiff Road, Upper Boat CF37 5BE 01443 846200 e-mail: info@interlinkrct.org.uk www.interlinkrct.org.uk Registered Chairty No: 1141143 Company Limited by Guarantee: 07549533


Directors and volunteers wanted! RCT People First – a unique charity supporting people with a learning disability to have a voice in RCT, based in Porth. Directors – RCT People First need YOUR help. RCT People First want to hear from you if you have skills and would like to help on a practical level with: Finance; HR; Fundraising; Training; Enterprise Volunteer Fundraisers - RCT People First need YOUR help. RCT People First want to hear from you if you have skills and would like to help on a practical level to help promote the organisation and run a fundraising campaign. For more information, please contact Dawn Price on 01443 683037 or email dawn@rctpeoplefirst.org.uk or visit http://www.rctpeoplefirst.org.uk/

Showing at the Coliseum Theatre Aberdare on 7-10 May 2014. Click the link to view the flyer Our House works with 16-25 year olds supporting them into positive career paths and unlocking their talents. Over the course of 2014 we will be hosting Pop Up Talent Shops, a new and exciting way for young people to engage with employers and working people from a variety of sectors. These Pop Up Shops will offer young people taster sessions and access to new training and skills development opportunities to help them gain vital employability skills. The ‘shop’ is being held on Saturday 22 March 2014, 11.00am-3.00pm at Pontypridd YMCA. Contact: Chris Skym Phone/ Ffon: 01443 491544 / 07581 235 978 | Email/Ebost: christopher.skym@gwalia.com www.gwalia.com

Suites of offices, one minute from town centre, close to all amenities, car parking space, rare opportunity, available on short or long term lease. Telephone: 01443 485687 or email: mail@wcdeaf.org.uk for further details and viewing.

Interlink, 6 Melin Corrwg, Cardiff Road, Upper Boat CF37 5BE 01443 846200 e-mail: info@interlinkrct.org.uk www.interlinkrct.org.uk Registered Chairty No: 1141143 Company Limited by Guarantee: 07549533


Closing Date: 31 Mar 2014 Salary: £20,290 per annum Hours: 35 per week Contract type: Permanent Alzheimer’s Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. Dementia affects over 800,000 people in the UK alone and numbers continue to grow. We are looking for a dynamic experienced individual, who has experience of managing staff and volunteers in a Day Care setting for people living with Dementia. You will possess NVQ level 3 in health and social care or have demonstrable experience. It is desirable that you have experience of working within the voluntary sector and have developed partnerships with the statutory sector. Interview date: 8 April 2014. For further information please contact ceri.davies@alzheimers.org.uk or telephone 02920 434973 To find out more about the role, download a job information pack below. To apply download an Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. Working for Us gives you more information about what it’s like to be an employee at the Society. No CVs or agencies please.

An excellent opportunity to attend a day full of fundraising information from charity experts to help fundraisers broaden their skills base, build their knowledge and network with other fundraisers. Topics for the day will be: Dr Claire Routley - Key Skills for Fundraisers Mike Westerman - Working with Trustees Dr Martin Price - How to present your project to funders Dr Claire Routley - Preparing a Fundraising Strategy Action Learning Session Wednesday 26th March 2014 at 10.00am – 4.00pm, Venue: Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Cardiff CLICK HERE TO BOOK - South Wales' Skills Day

Our mission is to bring real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. Your voice will help shape our vision and plans for spending £4 billion from 2015-2021. For more information visit www.yourvoiceourvision.org.uk

Interlink, 6 Melin Corrwg, Cardiff Road, Upper Boat CF37 5BE 01443 846200 e-mail: info@interlinkrct.org.uk www.interlinkrct.org.uk Registered Chairty No: 1141143 Company Limited by Guarantee: 07549533


Go4it is a family engagement programme aimed at raising the activity levels of families in RCT with Children under 11. *Funded by Sport Wales, Families First RCT and Meadow Prospect Look for the frogs @: Twitter; @Go4it_now Facebook; Go4it now Download the Go4it mobile download for details of hundreds of activities available for you and your family in RCT @: www.go4itnow.co.uk Ziggies is a family engagement programme aimed to give parents the confidence to support their child’s love of stories. Look for the caterpillar @: Twitter; @ziggiesorg Facebook; Ziggies www.ziggies.org For more information on any of the programmes above please contact Catryn Grundy catryng@rcthomes.co.uk

Adult Learners Week 2014 and the Festival of Learning May 2014 will see the start of our new Festival of Learning – for adults, families and communities – which will culminate in a week of activities during Adult Learners’ Week at its new date of 14 – 22 June. The Festival of Learning will encompass activities such as Voluntary Arts Week, Museums at Night Festival, Learning at Work Week, Hay Festival, VQ Day (a national celebration of vocational qualifications) Volunteers Week and Universities Week. For more information click here ALW 2014 Event request form.docx ALW 2014 Event Request form WELSH.docx

Interlink, 6 Melin Corrwg, Cardiff Road, Upper Boat CF37 5BE 01443 846200 e-mail: info@interlinkrct.org.uk www.interlinkrct.org.uk Registered Chairty No: 1141143 Company Limited by Guarantee: 07549533

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