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June 2020

Welsh Blood Service will be visiting Dare Community Sports Hall Aberdare 1st – 3rd July

The @Welsh Blood Service will be visiting Dare Community Sports Hall Aberdare 1st – 3rd July and they need your support.If you are fit and well please click on the link below to book a convenient day and time.

The people of Wales do not want a slate curtain being drawn across our border

Responding to a report that the Welsh Government’s Health Minister would not “rule out” tourists from other parts of the UK quarantining upon arrival in Wales, the Shadow COVID Recovery Minister, Darren Millar MS, said:

Cynon Valley garden funding sows seeds for community wellbeing

An outdoors community enterprise set up to boost mental health and wellbeing in the Cynon Valley is celebrating after successfully applying for funding to buy the five-acre site it has been renting during a ‘whirlwind’ two years.

Cwm Taf maternity scandal: £131k payout to former chief exec a 'kick in the teeth' to grieving parents

Commenting on the news that the former chief executive of scandal-hit Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board received a £131,000 golden handshake, Welsh Conservative health spokesperson Angela Burns said:

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB an update on A&E at Royal Glamorgan Hospital

Today our Board have approved to commit to a 24/7 consultant-led facility at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

Campaign welcomes Cwm Taf Health Board decision not to downgrade A&E at Royal Glamorgan Hospital

The Campaign to Save Royal Glamorgan Hospital A&E (SRGAE) is delighted the recommendation put before the Cwm Taf University Health Board members not to downgrade the unit but to retain it as a 24-hour service has been accepted.

Diabetes UK Cymru-One million steps in Wales

Many people have re-discovered their love of walking in the great Welsh outdoors in recent months – and now we’re asking them to join us for the Diabetes UK One Million Step Challenge, to raise funds and help make a huge difference to the lives of people with diabetes across the UK.


Vary the Traffic Regulation Order Cwmdare






Athletics facilities to reopen to the public

Following the latest easing of the lockdown regulations in Wales, the Council has confirmed that athletics facilities in Tonypandy and Aberdare are opening to the public on Monday, June 29 – and users are reminded to adhere to the social distancing measures at all times. 

Notice is hereby given that 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 will be held on Monday, 29 June 2020 at 11:00 am. 

Carers Wales Open Campaign Discussions

As a membership charity for unpaid carers, Carers Wales continually seeks carer input into our work, our priorities and direction. Since the coronavirus restrictions have been in place, we have been seeking new ways to do this. 

Royal Army Medical Corps support our NHS teams

A total of 12 Combat Medical Technicians and Paramedics from the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) have been deployed to Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend since April 2020.

Campaign welcomes recommendation not to downgrade A&E at Royal Glamorgan

The Campaign to Save Royal Glamorgan Hospital A&E (SRGAE) welcomes the recommendation put before the Cwm Taf University Health Board not to downgrade the unit and says it represents a major step towards final victory for our campaign.


Urgent inquiry needed into why 1,000 people were discharged to care homes without Covid testing

Commenting on the report that some 1,000 people have been discharged from hospital to care homes without Covid testing,  Janet Finch-Saunders, the Shadow Minister for Social Care, said:

RCT Libraries Launch Order And Collect Service

The Council’s Library Service is launching an ‘Order and Collect’ service for all of its customers, with effect from Wednesday, June 24.

Statement on Royal Glamorgan Hospital Emergency Department

Dr Nick Lyons, Medical Director of Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, said: “Our teams have been working extremely hard to make significant changes to the Emergency Department and supporting services at Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

Albanian national jailed for producing cannabis in Cifynydd Hotel

Earlier this month we told you about an arrest following the discovery of a large cannabis factory at the old Commercial Hotel in Cifynydd.

Today, Flavio Picaku, 25, was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to producing the class B drug.

LLG and ADSO warn on lawfulness of 'hybrid' meetings

So-called ‘hybrid’ meetings - where some councillors are present in a committee room and others participate remotely - are unlawful “under the current situation as it stands at the moment”, Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) and the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) have concluded

Flooding Statement – Council Leader

Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan, said: “Last night, communities across Rhondda Cynon Taf experienced unprecedented levels of rainfall during a short space of time, with 26mm falling over the space of just twenty minutes.

Work on a new Primary and Community Care Centre in Mountain Ash is progressing

Work on a new Primary and Community Care Centre in Mountain Ash is progressing despite the challenges of COVID-19.

Lockdown home schooling: ‘We’ve had enough of being Catch-up Cymru'

Reacting to the report that children in Wales are receiving less home schooling during lockdown than those in other nations in the UK, the Shadow Minist

Shadow Minister calls for answers and action over flooding in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Commenting on the flooding affecting parts of South Wales today, Shadow Environment Minister Andrew RT Davies said:

Children in Wales Members’ Survey on Covid-19 – The Results Summary Report

Over 7 working days between April 22nd and May 1st 2020, Children in Wales issued a survey to our members and wider constituents.

Therapy services ‘virtual’ly normal thanks to community hub!

Therapies staff at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon have come up with an innovative way to provide virtual care and reassurance to patients during the Coronavirus pandemic.


Men are trying to buy goods with fake money

Business owners and shop workers are urged to be vigilant following reports that two men are trying to buy goods with fake money. Over the past few days, two men purporting to be from Ireland have handed over fake Irish £20 notes to shop workers in Talbot Green and Treforest. There have also been

Almost 25,000 sign petition to save A&E at Royal Glamorgan

The Campaign to Save Royal Glamorgan Hospital A&E (SRGAE) is proud to announce that almost 25,000 people have signed the petition to permanently retain a 24-hour consultant led, accident and emergency department at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant.

Kelly Offers Pandemic Support with Story of Recovery After Catastrophic Motorbike Accident

A FORMER RAF instructor who was forced to leave the service after a life-changing accident will be speaking about her mental health struggle to help others as she prepares to be Vice-captain for Team UK at the Invictus Games next year.

Covid testing remains stuck at just 25pc of capacity

Commenting on the latest weekly testing capacity, Shadow Minister for Health, Angela Burns MS, said:

“The latest statistics point to an extremely alarming situation, where – again – only a quarter of capacity was used. 

Top Award For Nos Galan Road Races

The world-famous Nos Galan Road Races are officially the best 5K race in Wales once again, having been crowned the regional winner at the 2020 UK Running Awards.

Two convicted drug dealers from Merthyr Tydfil have been ordered to pay back more than £25,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

They were jailed for seven years after police struck lucky and found approximately £10,000 worth of crack cocaine in a Dowlais property which they were searching in connection with a shoplifting offence back in May, 2018.Both men were inside the property at the time when police forced their way i

UK Government supports the wages of 31,100 jobs across Rhondda Cynon Taf

Since the launch of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the UK Government has supported the wages of 31,100 jobs in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Community councillor in Wales fails to secure injunction to stop Ombudsman investigating complaints against him

A High Court judge has rejected an application by a community councillor for an injunction against the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales (PSOW) to stop its investigation of complaints made against him.

A Meeting of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will be held on Monday, 29 June 2020 at 11:00 am. 

Statement - review of plaques, statues and memorials

The Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council have today (June 10) made a joint statement in relation to a review of all statues, busts, plaques and memorials on Council-owned sites.

Update on Tylorstown landslip remediation and future plans

The Council will shortly begin the significant process of moving 60,000 tonnes of spoil material following the landslip in Tylorstown during Storm Dennis – and has also outlined its future vision for the area. 

Cwm Taf Morgannwg staff use VR technology to support wellbeing

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB staff who are tackling COVID-19 on the front line are, for the first time, using virtual reality (VR) to help support their mental health and wellbeing.

BMA Cymru Wales says face covering measures welcomed by doctors

Responding to the announcement by the Welsh Government today that the public will be recommended to wear three-layer face coverings in areas where social distancing is not possible, BMA Cymru Wales council chair Dr David Bailey said:'We are pleased to hear that Welsh Government is recommending th

Transport for Wales assumes day-to-day maintenance of railway lines

Transport for Wales has taken over the day-to-day maintenance of local railway lines including Aberdare and Treherbert – in an important step towards delivering improved rail services for Rhondda Cynon Taf by 2023.

Theatr Iolo announce productions, podcasts and storytelling for young audiences to experience online.

Following the success of Llygoden yr Eira, their co-production with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, which was available for families to watch on YouTube during April, Theatr Iolo have made a selection of their past work available online, as well as commissioning a number of new pieces made especially

Rob Brydon and Wynne Evans get together for evening of entertainment to support Tenovus Cancer Care

Wales’ favourite comedian, Rob Brydon, and broadcaster Wynne Evans are putting on an evening of entertainment to raise vital funds for Tenovus Cancer Care.

Last chance to submit a new claim for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Employers who intend to furlough an employee for the first time must have done so by 10 June.


Abacare praises unpaid carers during Carers Week

A WELSH care agency is praising unpaid carers who have been looking after their elderly and vulnerable loved ones during the current restrictions (June, 2020).


Wales Carers Alliance responds to Welsh Government and Chief Medical Officer response to WCA COVID-19 letterr

The Wales Carers Alliance is an alliance of Welsh charities that exists to uphold unpaid carers rights and champion the voice of carers across Wales.

Drakeford playing catch up over face masks

The Welsh Conservative Shadow Health Minister, Angela Burns MS, has welcomed doctors’ leaders calling for face coverings to be worn in Wales where social distancing is not possible, saying:

Royal Glamorgan Hospital A&E department introduces a Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) system

In response to the pressures facing staff in the Emergency Department as a result of COVID-19, a team at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital has been working to introduce Trauma Risk Management (TRiM), a trauma focused peer support system.

South Wales Police are urging people to be vigilant following reports of suspicious doorstep callers

South Wales Police are urging people to be vigilant following reports of suspicious doorstep callers in the Pontypridd area offering to sell products to homeowners.They are adopting forceful techniques and we believed they are targeting elderly and vulnerable residents.We received one report that

Covid-19: Rule relaxation of ‘limited benefit’ to many shielded people

Commenting on the announcement today (Jun 4) by the Chief Medical Officer on shielding, Angela Burns MS – the Shadow Health Minister – said:


The Price of Pupil Poverty Mini Guide now available

As part of the support for schools and children during COVID-19, Children in Wales have released a mini guide to support The Price of Pupil Poverty guides for Schools in Wales.

Call out for Best Practice and Innovative Ideas: What methods are school using to support children during COVID-19

Children in Wales are asking for schools to put forward innovative ways they are adapting to ensure pupils from low income and disadvantaged families are getting help and support during Covid-19.

‘The Welsh Government must explain the social care testing delay’ says Shadow Minister

The Shadow Minister for Social Care – Janet Finch-Saunders MS – has today (June 3) has called for an explanation in the delay in the Welsh Government’s roll-out of social care testing.

ODP Sophie is one of a kind at boosting colleagues’ wellbeing

 Stocking the fridge and cupboards with treats for colleagues isn’t in Sophie Roberts’ usual job description, but her small kindnesses are making a massive difference to colleagues working in the Covid ITU at Prince Charles Hospital, and inspiring staff to think of others.


Lions £160k boost for the nation’s Air Ambulances

Air ambulances across the British Isles will receive vital equipment for use in their battle against COVID-19 – thanks to a generous £160,000 donation from Lions Clubs.


Grass cutting in Rhondda Cynon Taf

The Leader of the Council has today (June 2) made a statement in relation to grass cutting and biodiversity across the County Borough.

Test, Trace, Protect now live in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Test Trace Protect is now live in Rhondda Cynon Taf and across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board region, with all residents and key workers within the area showing symptoms of Coronavirus urged to apply for a test. 

Ten-year-old keen rugby player Corey Williams from Ton Pentre, Rhondda

Ten-year-old Corey provides patients with ipads to stay in touch with their relatives during COVID19

Cwm Taf Morgannwg supporting colleagues to keep smiling

Staff and teams from across Cwm Taf Morgannwg health board are stepping away from their usual roles to support colleagues in other areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact tracing

Contact tracing is how we identify people who come into contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus and may be at risk themselves. These ‘contacts’ can then be given advice to reduce spread to other people as much as possible.