Get funding for winter heating
Residents in Bridgend County Borough are urged to take advantage of funding from Welsh Government which is helping keep people warm this winter. Designed to support eligible households with the cost of heating their homes throughout the winter months, the scheme offers applicants a one-off £100 payment and forms part of a Wales-wide initiative. Find out more and make an application by visiting the local authority’s winter fuel support page.
Business support fund launched
A range of businesses who have been affected by the Omicron variant can now register for Welsh Government funding. Businesses who pay non-domestic rates can apply for payments of £2,000, £4,000 or £6,000 depending on their rateable value. Registration is available on the local authority’s website and is intended to cover the impact on business from 13 December 2021 to 14 February 2022.
Coychurch Crematorium donate to Samaritans
Coychurch Crematorium have donated £15,000 to Bridgend Samaritans after they were nominated as its chosen charity. The charity was chosen by the Coychurch Crematorium Joint Committee, which includes councillors from Bridgend County Borough Council, in recognition of their enormous support to children and adults through difficult times.
Council launch Winter of Wellbeing programme
Bridgend County Borough Council are working with Welsh Government to support the national Winter of Wellbeing programme for children and young people. Following on from the success of the summer scheme, a further programme of activities and opportunities has been developed as part of the Winter of Wellbeing with additional activities available through January until March 31, including the February school holidays. Keep an eye on the council’s social media and website for further details.
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Free orienteering event
A free park orienteering event is being held at Bryngarw Country Park on February 5 as part of the Winter of Wellbeing programme. The event is free to under-25s and accompanying adults, and £5 to non-members over the age of 25. Book your space on eventbrite.
Nursery admissions now open
Applications for full-time nursery in September 2022 and part-time nursery in January or April 2023 are now open. The closing date for the receipt of applications for full-time nursery is Friday 25 March 2022 at 4pm and parents and carers should be notified of the status of their application by Monday 16 May 2022. The closing date for the receipt of applications for part-time nursery is Friday 27 August 2022 at 4pm and parents and carers should be notified of the status of their application by 31 October 2022. Apply online by signing up to My Account and visit our website for more information.
Flu vaccine catch-up clinics
Flu vaccine catch-up clinics have been made available for children who missed their appointment in school or at the GP. Clinics are available for children aged 2 (before 31 August 2021) up to year 11 in school. Drop-in appointments are available at Bridgend Community Vaccination Centre (Ravens Court CF31 4AP) on 22 and 23 January from 9am until 4pm. No booking is required. Find out more about the flu vaccine on Public Health Wales website.
Adult Community Learning courses
Residents in Bridgend County Borough are being encouraged to sign up for Adult Community Learning courses starting this January. A full list of courses on the council’s website. For more information and to enrol, please email: [email protected]
Applications open for Halo Sport Foundation
Local sporting talent is being called upon to apply for the Halo Sport Foundation. The next round of applications is open until 20 February 2022 and offers eligible athletes, living or studying in Bridgend and a member of an affiliated sports club, the chance to apply for support with things such as free memberships. You can find out more, on the Halo Sport Foundation website.
Have your say on Digital Christmas campaign
Businesses in Bridgend County Borough are being asked to voice their opinion on the recent ‘spend Christmas in your town centre’ initiative. Funded through Welsh Government’s support for town centres, the initiative included a Digital Christmas website, town centre apps, radio/print adverts & YouTube films with the aim of encouraging people to shop locally. Complete this short online survey by following this link.
Give blood this new year
The Welsh Blood Service is seeking donors. Appointments are available in Bridgend County Borough at the Heronston Hotel on 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.
Two weeks left to have your say
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.
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.
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.