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May 2015

Future of Sports Coaching to be Debated in Wales

Experts in grassroots and elite coaching will head to Wales for a major annual conference next week to debate the future needs of sport.

Support for plan to tackle legal highs

Welsh Government plans to tackle the potential dangers of so-called 'legal highs' have been supported by BMA Cymru Wales.

Barbara The Bread Cooks Up A Storm For Carers' Week

She’s renowned locally as Barbara the Bread and fans of Miskin’s Barbara Powell will be pleased to know she is st

Paws on Patrol Scheme Sniffs Out Crime

Dog owners and dog walkers have joined forces with crime-fighting partners to sniff out leads and help detect environmental and anti-social offences and issues across Rhondda C

Aberdare Festival is a huge hit!

Thousands of people flocked to a FREE family fun day over the Bank Holiday weekend, thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.

Statement on April 2015's performance figures

TRACY Myhill, Chief Executive at the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “It’s very encouraging that our response times have improved yet again, and it’s especially good to see that in April more than

Valleys artist overcomes 15 years of depression for debut exhibition

A story on artist Glyn Brimacombe, who is about to have his first solo exhibition at the age of 49.

Life saving - It's all in a day's work....

Three men from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Streetcare team have been branded heroes after they helped save a woman&rsqu

Community Co-ordinators for older people – get in touch!

Interlink and VAMT are now employing 5 wonderful Community Coordinators who are busy finding out all about o

Public bodies should pay costs and surcharge if decisions overturned: Law Society

Public authorities including councils should pay the costs of claimants to the legal aid fund together with a surcharge where their administrative decisions are overturned by courts and tribunals, the Law Society has proposed

New CIPD branch chair salutes achievements of HR students (across South East Wales)

The South East Wales branch of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, recognised the achievement of eight students from universities and colleges across South Wales, at its annual dinner last night. 

Alun Lewis Centenary Celebrations

To mark the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Alun Lewis, one of the most significant Welsh writers of the 20th Century, a series of events will take place across Wales.

Volunteers in Aberdare needed to join charity collection

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Diabetes UK Cymru are appealing for enthusiastic volunteers in Aberdare to help out at a collection weekend at their local Tesco store.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to trial CCTV system to reduce deliberate fire setting

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) is working with Remote Surveillance Ltd to trial CCTV surveillance system across the Merthyr area over the Whitsun Bank Holiday (22nd to 26th May) to reduce deliberate fire setting and anti-social behaviour in those communities.

New unit launched in south Wales to better safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults

Agencies responsible for safeguarding vulnerable adults and children across the Cwm Taf region launched its new Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on Thursday, 21st May 2015, in the presence of First Minister Carwyn Jones.

General practice crisis threatens to 'destroy the NHS'

The general practice funding and recruitment crisis is a 'hurricane' threatening to undermine the fabric of the NHS, a conference heard today.

Green light for renewable energy in Wales

A major conference on renewable energy in Cardiff today (Thursday 21 May) will hear about a new agreement that will pave the way for generating renewable energy on land managed by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

Macmillan’s free programme for people affected by cancer in Wales marks 2 year anniversary

Macmillan Cancer Support’s free programme to help people affected by cancer manage the emotional impact of their diagnosis has now marked its second anniversary.

New Cabinet Announced

In advance of his appointment as Leader of the Council, for a second term, at the Council AGM on Wednesday evening (May 20), Cllr Andrew Morgan has announced detail of his new Cabinet.

“Worrying” urgent cancer treatment decline in every part of Wales

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams has responded to “worrying” figures showing a decline in the percentage of urgent cancer patients treated within the target time in every Welsh health board.

New one-stop-shop Hub goes ‘live’

A new online hub that provides information and training to help social care professionals implement the Social

Transport Proposals

'The RCT Borough Council Cabinet has today agreed to consult on the proposal to charge for all discretionary school transport.

Plaid Cymru plans for urgently-needed high street support

Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Economy Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth has warned that figures that reveal that high street footfall has fallen in Wales show that the economic recovery isn’t reaching every part of Wales.

Communities will get power to block wind farms

Communities will be given the power to block all future onshore wind farms under

Police force fined £160k after losing DVDs of interview with abuse victim

The Information Commissioner’s Office has imposed a £160,000 monetary penalty on a police force af

A long way to go on A&E waiting times in Wales

Figures released today show that, in April, just 83.3% of Welsh A&E patients waited less than four hours from arrival until admission, transfer or discharge - well below the Welsh Government target of 95%.

Statement on Judicial Review Outcome

Commenting on the decision of the Court in favour of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, in respect of the decision-making processes around nursery funding arrangements, Leader of the Council, County Borough Councillor Andrew Morgan said:

Service Users Bring Wales-wide Arts Festival to RCT

Talented older residents are inviting the community to enjoy their work this week, as a free Wales-wide arts festival arrives

No let-up in shameful NHS treatment delays

There’s been no let-up in significant delays for NHS treatment in Labour-

Revealed: 22% rise in concerns over Welsh care homes

Concerns raised about Welsh care and nursing homes have jumped 22% over the past 12 months, according to new figures obtained by Plaid Cymru under the Freedom of Information Act.

Priorities for improvement – Social care Wales questionnaire

The Strategic Improvement Steering Group (SISG) for social services, which Children in Wales Chair John Valentine Williams sits on, has produced a questionnaire about priorities for improving social care i

iPads help patients with cancer to communicate

Patients at Cwm Taf University Health Board who have undergone treatment for canc

Child Safety Week 1-7 June

As part of Child Safety Week 2015, St John Wales is offering Child and Infant first aid sessions for p

Home to School Transport Rhondda Cynon Taf

The Council’s Cabinet will next week consider the level of the Council's Home to School Transport provision.

help tŷ hafan make every moment count this children’s hospice week

Children’s Hospice Week, taking place between 11 – 17 May, highlights how services like Tŷ Hafan

Inspectors highlight primary schools’ strengths in the creative arts

Estyn has highlighted a number of primary schools across Wales that are leading the way in the creative arts and w

Get Into The Swing of National Golf Month!

It’s National Golf Month, so time to get into the swing of things with this fantastic opportunity for all ages.

Exciting Older People's Discount Scheme Launched in Treorchy

Residents aged fifty and over are being invited to take advantage of a unique new discount scheme that has been launched in Treorchy just for them!

Clydach Valley Mining Memorial Service

The annual Clydach Valley Mining Memorial Service, this year marking the 50th anniversary of the colliery dis

Save our Male Voice Choirs

Our documentary film following 

Tree felling to combat disease at Cwmcarn begins

Natural Resources Wales has today (Monday 11th May) begun their major tree felling operations at Cwmcarn Forest to slow the spread

Strong Plaid Cymru team will be Wales’ voice in Westminster

Leanne Wood has said that the strong team of three Plaid Cymru MPs elected to will be a strong voice for Wales in Westminster.

Crayfish released to replace victims of pesticide spill

Nearly 600 juvenile crayfish have been released into a Powys river to replace the original population which fell victim to a pollution incident in 2012.

Council and Communities Take A Stand

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Communities First are leading the way when it comes to challenging stereotypes, hate crime and negative attitudes in the community.

Provision for young care leavers at risk of homelessness

Following a request from the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, the Public Policy Institute for Wales has commissioned leading expert, Anna Whalen, to analyse the provision for young care leave

Ann Clwyd Cynon Valley Chris Bryant Rhondda Owen Smith Pontypridd

Ann Clwyd Cynon Valley Chris Bryant Rhondda Owen Smith Pontypridd

3 Labour career politicians make no mistake their careers come first


Welsh Ministers and NHS board face judicial review over secure placements

Lawyers for a 21-year-old woman with learning difficulties and autism are to seek permission for a judicial review of the Welsh Government’s provision of secure placements for patients.

Leanne Wood marks International Workers' Day

Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood has said her party is committed to improving the lives of working people as she marks International Workers' Day.

Mayor's Charity Bed Push Success

A staggering £810 was raised by volunteers, businesses and kind-hearted members of the public at this year’s Mayor’s Charity Bed Push.

Can You Organise a Walk for Diabetes?

A health charity is seeking volunteers across Rhondda Cynon Taf to step up to the challenge and arrange a local walk to help raise vital funds to support people with diabetes.

Laura Takes NFYFC Senior Member Title

During the NFYFC Annual Convention in Torquay Laura Elliott from Glamorgan YFC was awarded the prestigious NFYFC Senior Member of the Year Title.