Offices closed to visitors

Whilst our offices are closed to the public, we are still working hard and are contactable by video, email and phone. 

We want you to stay healthy at home and so if you need help, please think about asking your family, neighbours and friends first. 

We are also operating a 'Stay healthy at Home' out of hours service during evenings from 5 - 8pm and weekends 9am - 8pm for people who are genuinely isolated.  This service helps connect people to community resources and groups who can provide assistance. Please call: 07851 248576 


May 2020: Covid-19 funding alert

For our latest funding e-briefing full of local and national funding streams to assist you through Covid-19, please click here


Latest updates :

(Further daily updates are also available by visiting our Latest news web page and our Facebook and Twitter feeds)

29 May 2020
Carers UK has launched its latest bilingual digital innovation for unpaid carers in Wales, in a drive to recognise their valuable skills and experience. The interactive e-learning programme, Learning for Living, helps carers develop greater understanding of the unique skills and knowledge they apply on a day-to-day basis in their caring role, and how they can transfer these skills to the workplace. | Read more |

New funding announced to bring Forces communities together during the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants of up to £10,000 available for six-month projects that seek to bring some joy to those affected by limited contact, or who can't access local services. Registered charities and CICs, schools and Armed Forces bases and units can apply. | Read more |

28 May 2020
Following phenomenal uptake of its temporary free translation offer, the Welsh Language Commissioner’s office is switching back to offering free proof reading of 1,000 words to voluntary organisations. | Read more |

Voluntary Services Emergency Fund - new grant scheme to enable voluntary organisations providing vital support during the Coronavirus crisis to continue and expand their work. | Read more |

27 May 2020
Independent Age Grants Fund - Up to £15,000 is available to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by COVID-19. Various deadlines. | Read more |

The Ministry of Justice has secured £25 million as part of a £76 million government package of support to charities supporting vulnerable people including victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse. | Read more |

Covid-19 Support Fund providing immediate relief to charities affected by Covid-19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities, and issues where there is the greatest need. | Read more |

21 May 2020
Welsh Government's Home shouldn’t be a place of fear campaign has been launched to let those at risk know that help is still available, 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the Live Fear Free helpline 0808 80 10 800 and website gov.wales/live-fear-free

Community Views - COVID-19 Recovery Planning - Do you live in Bridgend, Rhonnda Cynon Taf or Merthyr Tydfil? As we move on to the recovery phase of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, we will all need to take action to protect ourselves, our families and our communities. To help Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board plan locally for when the lockdown restrictions start to ease, they need your feedback on the next steps.
| Take part in survey here |  
The survey will be open until midnight on Sunday 31 May 2020.     

20 May 2020
If you run a front-line food aid charity you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable. | Read more |

Third Sector Resilience Fund for Wales offering funding to provide cash flow support for voluntary organisations in Wales during the current Covid-19 crisis. | Read more |

19 May 2020
The Youth Endowment Fund’s COVID-19 grant round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people (predominantly aged 10 to 14) at risk of youth violence, and can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines. | Read more |

The Swimathon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund offers grants of a minimum amount of £250 and up to a maximum amount of £1,000 tohelp small swimming and aquatics organisations meet their obligations during this difficult period. | Read more |

18 May 2020
Homelessness charity Emmaus South Wales is delivering entertainment packs to local households to help provide some light relief during the coronavirus lockdown | Read more |

Mental Health Awareness Week taking place 18 – 24 May 2020.  During these unprecedented times, acts of kindness have been bringing communities together. Research has shown that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected, which is why ‘kindness’ has been chosen as this year’s theme. | Read more |

15 May 2020
Don't miss new small charities grant - charity-run shops, sports premises and community centres are set to benefit from a new £10,000 Welsh Government business support grant scheme. The scheme will be available to eligible organisations which have properties within the retail, leisure and hospitality sector with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.

The funding is being provided to help them respond to the financial challenges of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Applications will be restricted to a maximum of two properties within the county borough area, and it will not be available to organisations that have already received a £10,000 grant from the Economic Resilience Fund (ERF). Organisations who have received less than £10,000 in ERF funding can still apply, but the amount will have to be deducted from the small charities grant. Contact Bridgend County Borough Council on 01656 643643  for more details. There will soon be a separate form for you to apply on Bridgend County Borough Council's website here

14 May 2020
Staying well at home - how are you doing?

Leaving home to exercise – changes to the rules- updated guidance relating to exercise away from the home is available at: gov.wales/leaving-home-exercise-guidance or in Welsh at llyw.cymru/gadael-y-cartref-i-wneud-ymarfer-corff-canllawiau

Coronavirus and Me - Nation-wide survey for children and young people - The Children’s Commissioner for Wales (in partnership with others) has launched an on-line survey asking children and young people to give their views on the impact of the pandemic for them. Closing date: 27 May 2020.

13 May 2020
Help keep our children safe -  due to the lockdown caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic, thousands of children within Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend, are remaining at home, which unfortunately is not always the safest place for some. There is a hidden group of children potentially at risk of abuse or neglect who are having much less interaction with statutory services. | Read more |

12 May 2020
During this challenging time, it’s really important that we take care of ourselves and others. And that’s the case no matter where you live. Helping in your community is a great way to show that.Find out how to help each other safely at gov.wales/safe-help

WCVA will be doing a series of events focused on gaining a better understanding of how communities and voluntary organisations have responded to the COVID-19 crisis to date, what we have learnt, and what the implications might be for the future. Their first event, Preparing for different futures: financial resilience, will take place on Thursday 14 May from 4pm to 5pm on Teams. People who wish to join the session will have to register, for free, | on their Eventbrite listing, which you can find here |

10 May 2020
First Minister of Wales' message to the people of Wales
The First Minister has addressed the people of Wales as the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set down the changes to the lockdown rules in England which will come into effect from 11 May. The message here in Wales has not changed – wherever you can you should stay at home.


BAVO leading on co-ordinating a community response to COVID-19 in Bridgend County Borough

BAVO has been asked to lead on co-ordinating a community response to COVID-19 in Bridgend County Borough, working with voluntary and community groups and the volunteer centre and connecting people that need support to assets in their local community.

We will be working in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, Public Service Board members, Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board and Cwm Taf Morgannwg Public Health team.  We are also connected to Third Sector Support Wales, the national network of CVCs and WCVA.

COVID-19: BAVO's Community response:
Bridgend County Borough is rich with active voluntary, community and faith based organisations and volunteers that will already be developing plans to support vulnerable people in localities.

There will be an additional groundswell of local people wanting to play a role in supporting COVID-19 efforts.

BAVO will look to harness this support in a safe and effective manner ensuring efforts are well co-ordinated and duplication is minimised.  

We will work with the sector to explore options for mobilising support for vulnerable and excluded groups with additional expertise being provided for key partners. We will also consider how the sector can provide new support to vulnerable adults/families that need to self-isolate or who are stressed and anxious about COVID-19

We are working with Bridgend County Borough Council and other partners to:

(1)      Co-ordinate community action 

(2)      Support safe volunteering and volunteer practice

| Read more here |


Coronavirus - Actions for your community

Six steps to make a positive difference in your community:

  • Think of others and be kind;

  • Connect and reach out to your family and neighbours;

  • Make the most of local online groups;

  • Support vulnerable or isolated people;

  • Share accurate information and advice;

  • Behave responsibly'

| Read more here |


Digital Communities Wales: Supporting people to come together digitally during social distancing

If the elderly or vulnerable in our society can access and use digital technology over the coming weeks, it means they will be able to stay connected, socialise online, shop for groceries, find health information and access resources and activities to keep them occupied. | Read more here |


What can voluntary and community organisations in Bridgend County Borough do to prepare for Coronavirus?

Help for your voluntary organisation or community group.

At this stage, one of the most useful things that organisations can do is to think about how their organisation will cope if a high proportion of their staff or volunteers become ill or unavailable at the same time, and what steps you might take to avoid this happening.

| Read more here |


Find local support groups

Find voluntary services at your fingertips! Find a wide variety of excellent voluntary and community services that are able to provide information and support so that people can make an informed choice.
 
en.infoengine.cymru/

www.dewis.wales/

infoengine - are you offering support to your community during the Coronavirus epidemic?

Promote the services you have available. Register on to en.infoengine.cymru/ the online directory of third sector services, to let your community know how you can help them in these difficult times.

| Read more |

| Darllen mwy |


COVID-19 - advice for parents and carers

This guidance will assist schools, childcare and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers regarding:

1. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
2. How to prevent the spread of disease
3. Cases and contacts in educational and childcare settings

| Read more here |


The outbreak COVID-19 may be stressful for people - How to protect your mental health

Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress and looking after your mental health will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. There is a lot of online advice and news articles out there to help people through this period of change. | Read more here |


NEW DWP website provides information about Coronavirus and claiming benefits

It is being updated regularly with the  arrangements the Department of Work and Pensions is making to support those affected by the coronavirus

www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/


Information for the public on COVID-19

What is COVID-19 and what are the symptoms?

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. It is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • cough;
  • difficulty in breathing;
  • fever.

| Take a look at NHS Direct Wales symptom checker here |

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

| Read more here to look for general advice on keeping yourself and those around you healthy and safe |

| Take a look at an 'easy read' document about Coronavirus from People First here |


With the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, information and advice from Government can change quickly.

For all the latest Government information on COVID-19 and the measures the Government, and Devolved Governments, are taking, please visit the UK Government website and the Welsh Government websitec.

| Read more here |


Online isolation notes launched – providing proof of coronavirus absence from work

From the Department of Health and Social Care, 20 March 2020

People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through a new online service. | Read more here |

Need for public bodies and health practitioners to be able to communicate directly with people when dealing with Coronavirus health emergency has never been greater

The ICO is a reasonable and pragmatic regulator, one that does not operate in isolation from matters of serious public concern. Regarding compliance with data protection, they  will take into account the compelling public interest in the current health emergency.

Data protection and electronic communication laws do not stop Government, the NHS or any other health professionals from sending public health messages to people, either by phone, text or email as these messages are not direct marketing. Nor does it stop them using the latest technology to facilitate safe and speedy consultations and diagnoses. Public bodies may require additional collection and sharing of personal data to protect against serious threats to public health.

| Read more here |


Coronavirus, an advisory webinar for employers

Multiple dates available.

This free webinar will provide practical advice for employers to help manage the impact of Coronavirus in the workplace. It includes:

  • steps that can help reduce the spread of the virus;
  • effective ways of communicating with employees;
  • self-isolating, time off, sickness certification and sick pay;
  • altering working hours, shift patterns and working arrangements;
  • remote working and the use of technology 

| View more details and register your place here |


Useful links:

Further guidance regarding the Coronavirus can be found via:

NHS Coronavirus overview

ACAS Coronavirus advice for employers and employees

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19

Welsh Government

Government’s Corona Virus Action Plan