Bridgend County Borough News round-up – 3 September 2022

Inspire 2 Work can offer support for school and college leavers

Young people in Bridgend County Borough are being encouraged to join the Inspire 2 Work programme if they have just finished school or college and don’t know what to do next.

The programme is available to anyone who is currently not in education, employment or training and aged between 16 and 24.

Inspire 2 Work can help with:

• 121 support and advice from qualified youth workers

• free professional CV development

• support to complete applications for college or work

• access to free online training

• interview skills, work experience and confidence building

• identifying any barriers to work or training

The team can be contacted by emailing youthsupport or by phoning 01656 815146.

Road closures warning ahead of Sarn interchange resurfacing works

Bridgend County Borough Council are reminding motorists that between the 12 and 30 September overnight road closures will be in place on the Sarn interchange for carriageway resurfacing works.

The works will take place between 11pm and 5am and local diversions will be in place.

During this time, access to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet village including KFC, Harvester and Premier Inn will be via the Pen-Y-Cae roundabout only.

The roads affected include:

• A4061 bridge over M4 (North and southbound)

• A4061 Sarn roundabout (North and southbound)

There will also be overnight lane closures in place to install temporary lights for the works from 9pm on Wednesday 7 September to 5am on Thursday 8 September.

Digital drop-in sessions available this September

The council’s Adult Community Learning are running free digital drop-in sessions for anyone who needs support, advice or help with their digital devices. Residents can just drop-in with no appointment needed and stay for as long or as little as you like. Support is available for people of all ages and staff will be on hand to answer any burning questions.

The sessions are running from two locations for ten weeks:

  • Maesteg 7777s starting on 26 September 2022 then every Monday from 2pm until 4pm.
  • Pyle Life Centre starting on 27 September 2022 then every Tuesday from 2pm until 4pm.

Visit the council website for more information and to browse all available courses.

Celebrating Pride Cymru 2022 with Proud Councils

Bridgend County Borough Council recently joined with Proud Councils at Pride Cymru to show support for the LGBT+ community.

Members of staff, councillors and associated community groups were at the event this past weekend, where they were joined by hundreds of people who marched through the streets of Cardiff to show support for the LGBT+ community across Wales.

As well as taking part in the parade, members of staff were present at the Proud Councils stall to encourage visitors to discuss how local authorities can improve issues and prevent discrimination.

Visit the council website to find out more about Pride Cymru 2022.

£90,000 funding awarded for pitch and draining improvements in the Llynfi Valley

Two sports clubs in the Llynfi Valley are now able to make pitch and drainage improvements after being awarded a combined total of £90,000 thanks to the council’s Community Asset Transfer (CAT) fund.

Llangynwyd Rangers FC have been awarded £50,000 to improve the two football pitches at Llangynwyd Playing Fields (Llan Siro), and the club are also planning to undertake a refurbishment of the pavilion.

Maesteg Harlequins RFC have been allocated £40,000 to enhance the two rugby pitches at South Parade, with additional funding also provided by the Welsh Rugby Union.

Visit our website to find out more about the funding for pitch and drainage improvements.

Work has started on Safer Streets Fund initiatives across the county borough

As a result of a joint initiative between the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales and the council, the local Community Safety Partnership (CSP) has been awarded almost £750,000 of funding from the Home Office to deliver a series of initiatives aimed at community safety.

Work has started to build on existing initiatives and deliver new approaches to address women’s safety, neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour. Projects include:

  • New street-based CCTV cameras in key locations
  • Mobile Youth Unit vehicles to aid youth engagement in anti-social behaviour hotspots
  • Crime prevention road shows
  • Increase police patrols and introduce taxi marshals in Bridgend town centre at night
  • Commission a ‘Safe Space Scheme’ where people can seek refuge
  • Introduce a street art project to reduce the fear of crime
  • Introduce ‘Don’t be a Bystander’ training to reduce violence against women and girls
  • Offer free self-defence classes

Visit the council website to find out more about the new Safer Streets Fund initiatives.