In Our Area…

Welcome to our ‘In Our Area’ page, here you can find interesting news and case studies from groups we are working with.

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Group News & Case Studies…

Dulais Valley Lunch ClubNPTCVS Celebration of Volunteering Evening 2016Cruse Morgannwg - Dementia Friendly CampaignPontardawe Community Sports & Recreation Association

Sunshine and lunch at the Dulais Valley Lunch Club!

Members of the Dulais Valley Lunch club enjoyed a lovely two course lunch at the Sarn Helen Café at Dove Workshop, Banwen. The lunch club, which is part of Neath Port Talbot CVS’s Community Links Project, gives old friends living in the Crynant, Seven Sisters and Banwen area an opportunity to reconnect with each other. Funded through the Big Lottery, the Community Links project aims to bring groups of older people together once a month to improve their health and wellbeing and help to reduce isolation. The sun was shining and the Dulais Valley looked beautiful as people tucked into their home cooked meals and enjoyed catching up with each other.

NPTCVS Celebration of Volunteering Evening 2016…

As part of their activities for Volunteers Week 2016 Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service held a Celebration of Volunteering at which Mrs Gwenda Thomas (former Assembly Member for Neath) presented awards to over 80 volunteers. Individuals from a wide range of Community Groups such as Margam Community Centre, Sound of Voices were recognised for their volunteering and the difference that their volunteering had made to communities.

26 individual volunteers, from a range of organisations, were recognised for their invaluable contribution including those from Pontardawe Arts Centre, Briton Ferry Inner Wheel, Groundwork Wales and Melin Cryddan Community Conference and the volunteers, whose ages ranged from 11 years to 87 years proved that volunteering opportunities are available for all ages.
The Millennium Volunteer Award, which recognises the contribution of young volunteers aged 14-25 years awarded volunteers with 100 hour certificates and a 200 hour Award of Excellence and the final awards of the evening went to recipients of Wales Council for Voluntary Action’s Volunteer of the Year Awards.

The final award of the evening, in memory of Debbie Connolly ( a former staff member of Neath Port Talbot CVS who tragically and suddenly passed away earlier in the year) the Debbie Connolly Special Recognition Award went to Mr Raymond Thomas for his outstanding contribution to volunteering. For over 50 years Ray has been a volunteer, fundraiser and campaigner in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

As part of the evening Mrs Gaynor Richards MBE, Director Neath Port Talbot CVS recognised the contribution that Mrs Gwenda Thomas stating that she was” a truly remarkable woman who has throughout her life championed the cause of the Voluntary/Community Sector and Carers”. She was presented with a gift purchased with contributions from the sector.

Cruse Bereavement Care Morgannwg Branch joins ‘dementia friendly’ campaign…

A group of Cruse Bereavement Care volunteers  became ‘Dementia Friends’ recently, as part of a campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around the condition.

The group attended a free one-hour Information Session which was run by Neath Port Talbot CVS, who have a number of staff that are trained local Dementia Friends Champion.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition. The charity wants there to be a four million Dementia Friends with the know-how to help people with dementia feel understood and included in their community.

If your organisation would like to host a free Dementia Friends Information Session for your members, please contact Neath Port Talbot CVS on 01639 631246 or info@nptcvs.org.uk.

Pontardawe Community Sports and Recreation Association…

We supported the development of Pontardawe Community Sports and Recreation Association, which is bringing five different sporting organisations together as one Charitable Incorporated Organisation to take over the running and maintenance of a local recreation area. The creation of this organisation will ensure that the playing fields and associated facilities are kept open for the community.