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December 2018

Exercise classes for seniors in South Wales.

Do you want to have fun, meet new people and gain health benefits in the new year? 
 
Senior Fitness Wales offer older adults exercise classes to improve their general health and fitness levels by incorporating strength, balance, cardio, flexibility and coordination exercise

Over half of NHS Wales complaints not resolved within target time

Information requested by the Welsh Conservatives has revealed 2,993 of the 5,868 (51%) complaints made by patients to health boards in Wales were “not resolved or dealt with” within the Welsh Government target of one month.

Walking rugby tournament puts players through their paces

Familiar faces from the rugby world were given a work-out at Sardis Road last week, when they faced stiff competition from a community group doing wonders for physical and mental health in Cwm Taf.

Death of a 17-year-old boy have warned an extremely potent batch of drugs could be circulating in the Rhondda.

Detectives investigating the sudden death of a 17-year-old boy have warned an extremely potent batch of drugs could be circulating in the Rhondda.

Officers were called to an address in Treherbert earlier this afternoon where the youth was in cardiac arrest. He later died at the scene.

The Best of Welsh Drama, Music and Food at Theatr Brycheiniog this Spring!

Spring marks that start of a new year, and an exciting new period for Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon’s centre for the arts and entertainment.

Theft of an elderly's woman's handbag in Tesco, Aberdare

Officers want to speak to this woman in connection with the theft of an elderly's woman's handbag in Tesco, Aberdare, in November. 

Aberaman Extra Care development reaches latest landmark

The construction of a new Extra Care scheme in Aberaman will soon reach an exciting milestone – as January will see the delivery and installation of pre-constructed modules to shape the development.

RNIB Cymru seeks network committee members

We are looking for people who want to help shape our work in Wales. As a member of our new Network Committee, you will help lead and steer our work to bring about positive change for blind and partially sighted people of all ages and anyone affected by sight loss.

Shop Local This Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, shoppers don’t have to travel to large cities to buy their gifts - Rhondda Cynon Taf is home to a wide range of high streets and bustling town centres.

NRW in a ‘mess’ according to staff in leaked report

Wales’ environmental protection agency has had a staff consultation, which implied major restructuring plans were underway, leaked. Staff are reportedly overwhelmingly against the proposals.

Shadow Environment Minister, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:

Survey: Tackling loneliness and isolation

The Welsh Government is holding a consultation asking for views on what they should do to tackle loneliness and social isolation.

 

Drug dealer convictions prompt county lines warning for valleys

County lines gang members caught with drugs worth thousands in a south Wales street were jailed earlier today (Thursday, 13th December 2018)
Saed Saeed, from Cardiff, and Fouad Cilmi, from Bristol, were arrested on 8th August 2018, after being stopped by armed officers.

Fall in acceptances to Welsh universities “indicative of wider government failings”

The Welsh Conservatives have said fewer and fewer people are choosing to study in Wales because the Welsh Government are failing to make Wales an attractive place to work.

St John Baptist took part in a girls' 5 a side Girls' football tournament

On Wednesday, December 12th 2018, St John Baptist took part in a girls' 5 a side football tournament called the 'WSFA National Fives' in Whitchurch, Cardiff. The team was made up of both year 7 and 8 females.

Active Monitoring brings colour back to Sonia’s life

A colouring book might not seem like an obvious benefit to anyone left devastated by bereavement but, for Sonia Bucsenac, taking up the activity has helped her cope with the loss of her beloved husband.

The Twelve Myths of Christmas

Christmas is a special time of year. Even so, it doesn't stop health and safety being - wrongly - cited as a reason for preventing pretty harmless activities from going ahead.

Tower Colliery was worked until it became uneconomic and closed in January 2008

THE LEFT BETRAYS WALES, AGAIN

This is another little tale that gets rather complicated, so let me set the scene with some background information. (Sorry, no music.)

Parents to work around children thanks to returners programme

A WELSH care provider has launched a campaign this month (December, 2018) to help parents return to work after having their children.

 

NRW implements emergency byelaws to protect salmon

Emergency byelaws which will protect salmon stocks after current byelaws expire have been made by Natural Resources Wales.

The current National Salmon Byelaws, which have been in place for 20 years to protect early-running spring salmon, will expire on 31 December.

BBC story about staff response to Organisational Design consultation

Later this week, we expect the BBC to run a story on the summary response from our staff to the consultation we carried out this summer on structure proposals as part of redesigning our organisation for the future.

Caught by an officer hiding behind a false wall in a Cardiff flat

A paedophile who has spent five years on the run from police will spend this Christmas in prison.
Brian Ward, 62, from Pontyclun, has evaded authorities since 2013, was found by a police officer hiding behind a false wall in a Cardiff flat on Thursday, December 6th, 2018.

Wales has the weakest economy of all UK nations and regions

Statistics released yesterday show Wales recorded lower Gross Value Added (GVA) per head than Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the nine English regions.

High street retailers to get £2,500 cut to their rates bills

High street businesses and other retailers in Wales will each receive a £2,500 cut to their business rates next year, Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford will today announce.
 

Progress on plans to improve NHS dental services in Wales

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has today welcomed progress on Welsh Government plans to improve NHS dental services in Wales.
Tuesday 11 December 2018

 

‘Make Wales the most attractive country to grow old’, says AM

A Welsh Conservative Assembly Member has marked Human Rights Day by raising the awareness of his proposal for an Older People's Rights Bill in Wales, which gives older people more protection than anywhere else in the UK.

Welsh business rates relief scheme only “a temporary fix” for Britain’s “most expensive” business rates

The Welsh Government have extended their high street rates relief scheme for a further year; but the Welsh Conservatives have said labelled it “a temporary fix” to pressures facing small and medium businesses in Wales.

Valleys’ top cop gives seal of approval for new recruits

A batch of brand new police officers will be walking a beat near you this Christmas.
Nineteen new faces were welcomed to the region on Monday by Chief Superintendent Belinda Davies.

Launch of Neighbourhood Nursing Pilot

Welsh Government have pledged £1.2m over two years towards the pilot of neighbourhood nursing principles which are loosely based on the principles adopted by Dutch Community Care Model, Buurtzorg.

Christmas Events in RCT

The festive season is almost upon us and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is ensuring it can be celebrated in style once again this year with funding for each of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s town centres. 

Christmas Events in RCT

The festive season is almost upon us and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is ensuring it can be celebrated in style once again this year with funding for each of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s town centres. 

Donate a shoebox gift to the elderly this Christmas

PEOPLE from Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) are this month (December, 2018) being reminded they can still donate shoeboxes of items for elderly and vulnerable people being supported by a care provider in the area.

 

Christmas Refuse and Recycling Dates

We Wish you a greener Christmas and a waste free New Year!

Wales commits to a fossil-free future for sake of the planet

Friends of the Earth now calling for the rest of the UK to step up and end all fossil f

Welsh Assembly to debate performance and legacy of Carwyn Jones’ Government

The Welsh Conservatives will be holding a debate in the Senedd on Wednesday with the aim of persuading AMs to call on the Welsh Government to “acknowledge its failures and abandon its f

Cwm Taf University Health Board News

Cwm Taf University Health Board held its latest Board meeting on November 29th 2018 at Ynysmeurig House in Abercynon.

Shop Local This Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, shoppers don’t have to travel to large cities to buy their gifts - Rhondda Cynon Taf is home to a wide range of high streets and bustling town centres.

Turning Empty Properties Into Affordable Homes

Cabinet has agreed a three-year plan to build upon its successful approaches to date in tackling to reduce the number of empty properties in the County Borough. 

CCTV caught Aberdare teenager dealing drugs

A 19-year-old from Aberdare has been convicted at Merthyr Crown Court.
Owen Waters, from Belmont Terrace, was spotted by a local authority CCTV operator acting suspiciously in the town centre.

Valleys Taskforce Investment for Dare Valley Country Park

The Dare Valley Country Park in Aberdare has been identified as one of the first six Valleys parks and heritage sites, after the Valleys Taskforce announced that the Discovery Gateways are to share a combined £7m of investment.

launch new Housing Strategy

The Welsh Conservatives have today released a new strategy which aims to tackle the housing crisis in Wales.

Drums For All! Theatr Brycheiniog’s Inclusive Drumming Sessions are Looking for Volunteers.

Initially established back in 2017 with Lynn Kay of Beat It Percussion, the Drumming Together dementia-friendly music making sessions were for older adults who were looking for something creative and social to get involved in.