Care home residents enjoy Virtual Reality adventures
Residents at Bryn y Cae and Tŷ Cwm Ogwr have enjoyed wildlife adventures, space flights and visits to cities across the world thanks to virtual reality technology. Funded by Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund ‘Connected Communities’ Grant, and delivered by Awen Cultural Trust and Bridgend County Borough Council, the project aimed to unlock memories for residents with dementia and provoking conversations.
Schools set for new term
Schools across Bridgend County Borough are preparing to return to the classroom this week after the festive period. Despite concerns over rising COVID-19 cases affecting services in the county borough, all schools will return on Thursday 6 January, However, Tynyrheol Primary School and Nantymoel Primary School have both reported staffing issues related to COVID-19 which means not all pupils will return on Thursday. Nevertheless, it is the intention that both schools will operate as normal by Monday 10 January. Robust plans are being put in place at schools, following revised guidance issued by Welsh Government.
£100m funding announced for schools
In order to support schools in Wales, Welsh Government has announced that over £100m of funding will be made available. The funding package includes £50m to be provided via local authorities, which will help schools carry out repair and improvement work, with a focus on health and safety measures such as improving ventilation. £45m of funding will also be available to support school budgets across Wales, assisting schools as they continue to deal with the ongoing impacts of the pandemic and to prepare for the requirements of the new curriculum.
Popular cycle track to close temporarily
A section of cycle track in Ogmore Vale has closed while essential works are carried out. The work, which will see the installation of a new sewer to alleviate potential flood risk, is expected to be completed by the end of April 2022. A stretch of the track will remain closed for the duration of the works.
Give blood this new year
The Welsh Blood Service is seeking donors. Appointments are available in Bridgend County Borough at the Heronston Hotel on 6, 14, 26, and 31 January and you can book online – please note that anyone who has recently received a Covid-19 vaccination must wait seven days before making a blood donation.
Have your say on Pencoed proposals
There is still time to have your say on £17m proposals for rebuilding the Penprysg road bridge to accommodate two-way traffic, creating a safe active travel bridge and closing the current level crossing. Complete the consultation online by 30 January or request an alternative format by emailing [email protected], calling 01656 643664 or writing to Communications, Marketing and Engagement, Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4WB.
Last change to nominate your heroes
Time is running out for residents to put forward nominations of individuals, groups and businesses who may be worthy of a Citizenship Award. Organised by the council, the awards are open to people who live in the county borough, as well as local groups and businesses. Nominations can be completed online and must be submitted by Friday 7 January 2022.
Mobile testing arrangements
Free mobile testing for anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 remains available at the former Revlon site in Maesteg (CF34 9TS) from 9am-5pm and is open all week except Tuesdays. This site incorporates a drive-through testing facility, which must be booked in advance. Drive-through testing is also available at Coity and Litchard Community Centre (CF31 1PA) from 9am-5pm, and at the walk-through facility based at the Bowls Hall car park in Angel Street, Bridgend (CF31 4AH) which is available between 8am-8pm – booking for both of these sites is essential.
Jobs available in catering services
The Catering Services team is urgently looking for cooks, senior dining room assistants, assistant cooks, general kitchen assistants and more to help prepare and serve meals for children at local schools. With benefits ranging from flexible term-time working hours to a staff pension scheme, the Catering Services team offers excellent rates of pay such as £9.50 an hour for a general kitchen assistant. Continuous support is available as well as on-the-job training, and there are plenty of opportunities to study for further qualifications while working. Find out more by visiting the jobs pages at www.bridgend.gov.uk.
Careers in care
Apply for tenancy hardship grants
Tenants renting privately in Bridgend County Borough may be eligible for a Welsh Government grant aimed at helping those who have fallen behind on their rent due to Covid-19. The £10m grant was announced by Welsh Government earlier this year. To learn more about the grant and to check if you are eligible, visit the Welsh Government website. To make an application, please email [email protected] and include ‘THG Support Grant’ as the subject line of your email.