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November 2019

Literature for Wellbeing Funding Scheme

Literature Wales announces its investment in 10 new projects which aim to encourage engagement and inclusion in communities across Wales.

Deprivation in Wales:

“After countless millions spent by this Welsh Labour Government, and billions from elsewhere, over 20 years on attempts to deal with poverty in our country, the publication of the Wales Index of Multiple Deprivation

A very worrying turn of events at the Welsh Government. Say The Cynon Valley Party

A very worrying turn of events at the Welsh Government. There are moves to give councils the ability to decide the method of how elections are conducted in their own local authority.

Tree felling works at community route to Dare Valley Country Park plus a planning application

The Council will shortly undertake a week of essential work to fell diseased trees on the community route leading to Dare Valley Country Park. The intention is for the route to remain open, but users may face some disruption. 

Is Rhondda Cynon Taf Council using a postcode lottery when it comes to cleaning out old culverts?

Most will remember Storm Callum that struck in October 2018 some will not want to remember as it was bad if you were one of the many residents who unfortunately had floodwater in their property flooding was widespread throughout Cynon Valley with roads blocked the A465 Heads of the Valleys road c





Re-programming of flu immunisation sessions planned for children aged 4-10 years in schools

Following the postponement of some school flu vaccination sessions, the following schools have now been rescheduled for week commencing December 2nd. Please note, these sessions have been added to the weekly plan and do not replace the schools currently listed.

Conservatives to deliver new deal to boost cross-border infrastructure for Wales and England

A majority Conservative government will negotiate an ambitious Marches Growth Deal and invest in infrastructure to improve transport networks and boost economic growth acr

Quality Improvement in Practice at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Over the next two days (25-26 November 2019), some of our quality Improvement (QI) leads at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board are participating in a national Improvement Conference hosted by Improvement Cymru – Re-thinking how we improve.

The Duke of Cambridge awards Cath O’Brien MBE

The Duke of Cambridge has awarded former Welsh Blood Service Director, Cath O’Brien, with a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the Welsh Blood Service and the adoption of Cell and Gene Therapy in Wales.


Inducing birth at 41 weeks 'may reduce risk of stillbirth'

"Induction recommended for women still pregnant at 41 weeks," reports The Guardian.

Carers Wales response to Assembly inquiry makes recommendations to make carers rights in Wales a reality

Today, on Carers Rights Day the Assembly Health, Social Care and Sport Committee has launched its report into its inquiry on how the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (the Act) has impacted on carers.

Eight days of strikes at three Welsh universities on from Monday

Members of the University and College Union at 60 UK universities will walk out from Monday (25 November) to Wednesday 4 December

·         Disputes are over pay and working conditions, and rising pension costs


Otter alert

In order to help the otter population in Wales survive and flourish, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is asking people to spot and report dead otters as part of a UK-wide project.

Drainage improvement scheme to begin in Aberdare

The Council will shortly begin a drainage improvement scheme at two streets within Aberdare – requiring temporary traffic lights at a section of Cardiff Road for a short period of time, to facilitate the works. 

Velindre University NHS Trust signs up to TUC Dying to Work charter

The Charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign, which aims to give employees with terminal illnesses more choice in how to spend their final months and offers peace of mind around job security.


Steve Ham, Chief Executive of the Velindre University NHS Trust said:

Velindre Cancer Centre celebrates Rosie Roberts’ win at the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards

Staff at the Velindre Cancer Centre are celebrating nurse leader Rosie Roberts’ success at the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards for her work on Developing Acute Oncology Services in Wales.


Secret ballot must be a priority for next UK Parliament

Blind and partially sighted voters still struggle to cast their ballot papers in secret, says a leading sight loss charity as it launches its manifesto for the December 12 General Election.

Media statement in response to joint HIW / WAO report

Dr Sharon Hopkins, Interim CEO of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, said: “We welcome the review by HIW and the WAO and recognise there are very significant findings outlined in their report.

Progress update - Pontypridd sheltered accommodation scheme in Graig

The Council has provided an update on construction of the Pontypridd Extra Care scheme in Graig – with groundworks well underway and the construction of the main building to begin in the New Year.

General election 2019 candidates for Cynon Valley

The nominations are in for the 2019 general election that takes place on Thursday, 12 December, this election came about because MPs in Parliament could not agree as the majority of MPs were against respecting what the people voted for to leave the European Union.

South Wales Police a investigate after a man was discovered with serious injuries in a subway close to Tonypandy railway station.

South Wales Police are continuing to investigate after a man was discovered with serious injuries in a subway close to Tonypandy railway station.
Officers were called by a member of the public who found the man at approximately 1am.

Residents want to know when theThe Public Right of Way across the Grade 2 listed Tram Bridge in Robertstown Aberdare will reopen

The Public Right of Way across the Grade 2 listed Tram Bridge, Robertstown has been closed for months, residents have been complaining about the delay in reopening the bridge as the PROW is a safe method of crossing the busy A4059 at this point.

64% of adults in Wales will be overweight or obese and 11.5% will have diabetes by 2030

  • Obesity is the main driver for the increase of type 2 diabetes.
  • Diabetes UK Cymru calls on Welsh Government and the food and drink industry to make healthy choices easier for everyone.
  • Diabetes UK publishes new 5-year strategy to tackle urgent public health crisis on all fron

A meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is to be held on Thursday, 28 November 2019 at 10.30am in Ynysmeurig House, Navigation Park, Abercynon.

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Cancer support bus coming to Rhondda Cynon Taf for Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Macmillan Cancer Support’s information bus Bronwen is coming to Rhondda Cynon Taf to help answer your questions about lung cancer and other cancers during Lung Cancer Awareness Month.


Transport for Wales ‘going off the rails’

Rail delays add to Welsh commuters’ woes.

Russell George AM has today (November 12) blasted Transport for Wales (TfW) for delays to services in across the network this morning, leaving some passengers late for work.

Council Supports The 40,000 Strong Campaign

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is supporting the 2019 Help for Heroes 40,000 Strong campaign, remembering our Armed Forces community at this time of year. 

Double celebration for innovative Leg Club

Volunteers and members of an innovative leg club are celebrating one year since the group opened its doors, this week.



Theatr Iolo are offering free play sessions this November as part of Cardiff’s first Fair Saturday to celebrate their new Welsh language family show, Chwarae.


Life-saving defibrillator installed in Cwmdare

Local energy company, Pennant Walters, has supported and contributed to the installation of the first defibrillator in the village of Cwmdare.


Council again announces £1.4m spend for Dare Valley Country Park

The Council has announced its vision for Dare Valley Country Park which will broaden the popular landmark’s offer – utilising significant £900,000 funding from the Valleys Taskforce, via the Valleys Regional Park initiative, and an additional £500,000 funding through the #RCTinvest capital progra

Welsh health Board manager works from his home in Spain for almost £2,000 a day

Paul Davies AM,  questioned the First Minister on the value of paying an NHS Wales manager – who works for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board from his home in Spain – earning alm








People in South Wales have until the 22 November to nominate an outstanding education professional for the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru.


Abacare calls for ‘chat benches’ to come to Wales

A WELSH care provider is calling for a new initiative to help tackle loneliness and isolation to be implemented in Wales (November, 2019).


Natural Resources Wales (NRW) are teaming up with the Daerwynno Outdoor Centre to set up new trails in the Llanwynno woodland near Ynysybwl.

The new routes, which are located within land on the Welsh Government Woodland Estate (WGWE), will include trails for horses, runners and cyclists.

The project is part of a community management agreement between NRW and the Ynysybwl Regeneration Partnership.

Can you help find the relatives of an Aberdare man?

South Wales Police are appealing on behalf of the coroner to find the relatives of an Aberdare man who passed away recently.

Cynon Valley Memorial Garden Opening

Hundreds of people attended the official opening of the new Cynon Valley Memorial Garden in Aberdare at the weekend. 

The Council has been working closely with local organisations as part of its continuing commitment to support the Armed Forces community, Past and Present. 

Government To Close A Legal Loophole To Improve Safety

The government has confirmed it will close a legal loophole which has allowed drivers to escape prosecution for hand-held mobile phone use while behind the wheel.

Sir David Henshaw confirmed as Chair of NRW

Sir David Henshaw has been confirmed as the chair of Natural Resources Wales by Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs. 

In accepting the role Sir David said: