Did you know?

A report by Public Health Wales identified that people living in the Llynfi Valley have 20 years less healthy life expectancy compared to the rest of Bridgend County Borough.  We want to change that, and we need your help to succeed.

So who are we and what are we doing?

We are a partnership of community groups, businesses, Councillors, local authority, ABMU health board, GP practices, Public Health, NRW, Police, social landlords and residents.

The original Public Health report identified key areas of concern for us to focus on. By working together with residents, businesses and the local community we want to promote and improve local people’s health and wellbeing.

Weight and nutrition

We work with the community, schools, restaurants, businesses, leisure services, allotments and market gardens amongst others to promote health and fitness activities, weight management programmes, leisure, outdoor gyms, recreation and play activities. 

The physical environment

It is widely known that exercise has a great impact on physical health, combining this with the great outdoors also has a dramatic affect on mental wellbeing.  

Join Maesteg's parkrun.... 

We have worked together to recruit volunteers and ambassadors to develop more social walking / running activities and to make Llynfi Park run sustainable. Now, more people of all ages, sizes and abilities are partaking in regular exercise in their local park on a weekly basis and there is enough research to show this will have a positive long term affect on people’s health and wellbeing. 

Get involved by searching 'Yr Hen Blwyf - the old parish running club' or 'Maesteg parkrun' on Facebook or visit www.parkrun.org.uk/maesteg

Three running trails on the 'Spirit of Llynfi Woodland' site have now been waymarked, and are already being used by the local community.... The running trails comprise a 5k, 3k and 1k route, providing the opportunity for people of different fitness/ability levels to make use of the trails. The Running Trails Project was initiated by the local community with various groups and individuals, including local school children coming forward with the desire to see waymarked running routes developed in the community. | Read more |

Volunteer with The Llynfi Woodland Group.... Comprising of local volunteers, they meet on the first Saturday of every month on site to undertake a range of activities ranging from habitat creation, vegetation management, and outdoor cooking. The Woodland Group now have their own Facebook page 'Llynfi Woodland' should you wish to find out more/get involved! 

Dementia friendly communities

The Llynfi Valley was the first dementia friendly community in the county borough. Dementia is a growing issue. A dementia friendly community is one where residents and businesses have raised awareness of, and understand more about dementia. It’s a community that is able to recognise, be patient and care better for people with dementia. It is also a place where people with dementia can continue to have aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can still contribute and participate in activities that are meaningful to them. 

In these communities, people living with dementia will still feel included in community life, be more independent and have more choice and control over their lives and their carers will be encouraged to seek help and support.

Along with shops and organisations within Maesteg, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (Fire Station Maesteg), Police Community Support Officers, Awen library staff, GP surgeries and Halo Leisure have all completed dementia awareness sessions.

The first community led group was formed and now meets monthly to ensure we further build and improve ‘Dementia Friendly Maesteg’. 

Weekly ‘Memory Lane drop-in café
A weekly ‘Memory Lane drop-in café’ at Duffryn Chapel, Bedw Street Caerau is held every Thursday from 1 - 3pm.  The café is run by volunteers who want to help fight loneliness and give locals the opportunity to meet other people, socialise and share experiences. Activities include historical photograph sharing; craft and board games. For further details call John Hughes, T: 01656 731392.

Get involved in LV20 … we want to hear from you!

Contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]