Latest news from Bridgend County Borough

Unique voting pilot at school

Cynffig Comprehensive School are set to take part in a unique voting pilot which aims to get more young people involved in local elections. The pilot, which is the only one of its kind in Wales, will see two polling stations open at the school on the Tuesday ahead of Polling Day from 8.30am to 4.30pm. Students who live in either the Cornelly ward or Pyle, Kenfig Hill and Cefn Cribwr ward and are registered to vote, will be able to cast their vote within the school during school hours. They will also have the option of voting in a polling station instead of at school.

Businesses up for awards

Several town centre businesses have been nominated for this year’s Best of Welsh Business awards. A total of six businesses – Beth Daniels Hair Design, Cariads Cwtch Apothecary, Clippaz, Cabo Roche, Morgan’s Bistro and UAA Academy – will take on retailers from across the country next month after being voted in as finalists. Winners will be decided at an event on 27 March 2022 at Cardiff’s Coal Exchange.

Next steps of employment scheme

Cabinet met last week to consider the next steps of the successful employment scheme. Employability Bridgend has supported 4,661 participants, with 1,589 of these entering employment and 1,609 receiving training to further their employment journey. Inspire 2 Work have also worked to also support 876 young people who were classified by Careers Wales and Job Centre Plus as their ‘hardest to reach’. As a result, 427 young people have successfully progressed into employment or education.


Free school meal vouchers

Parents and carers of children who are eligible for free school meals will receive their February half-term digital payment voucher this week. A £19.50 voucher will be issued via email or text message for each child eligible for free school meals. The voucher is redeemable by parents and carers at any PayPoint outlet for cash to be used for food. PayPoint outlets are often located in local shops, supermarkets and fuel filling stations. Parents or carers who have not received a payment voucher for the February half-term holiday by Wednesday 16 February should contact


Abuse of council staff not tolerated

Bridgend County Borough Council is the latest local authority to announce that it is developing a new zero-tolerance approach towards anyone who abuses or threatens local authority staff. It follows recent news that councils across England and Wales have taken similar action to protect their staff over the last two years.


Winter Fuel payment doubled

Eligible households facing rising energy bills are to receive an extra £100 of relief payment as part of the Welsh Government’s Household Support Fund which is providing £51m of targeted support for families and the most vulnerable in society. Councils have contacted people they believe are eligible and applications can also be made online through the council’s ‘My Account’ facility until the deadline of 28 February. People who have already received a £100 payment under the scheme do not need to anything as they will receive the further £100 payment in the coming weeks.

Garden waste subscriptions open

Residents in Bridgend County Borough can now register for the council’s garden waste collection service. The local authority’s waste partner Kier is also offering a chance for 100 lucky residents to win a free subscription – simply sign up online for collections and winners will be contacted in March. Garden waste is collected every two weeks and collections will run from 14 March 2022 until 18 November 2022. Until the end of March 2022, costs are set at £38.91 per household, £34.85 for pensioners and additional sacks at £5.08. To sign up, visit the Recycle for Bridgend website.                                        


Consider a career in social care

Residents in Bridgend County Borough are being encouraged to ‘consider a career in social care’ as part of the council’s recruitment drive. The latest phase of the campaign, which kicks off next week, focuses on why choosing a career in social care is a strong and rewarding choice. A mix of videos, social media posts and graphics will introduce potential candidates to staff already working in the sector and their stories of building careers for life in social care. A full list of social care vacancies at Bridgend County Borough Council can be found on the local authority’s website.                                                                       


Nursery admissions now open

Applications for full-time nursery in September 2022 and part-time nursery in January or April 2023 are now open. The closing date for the receipt of applications for full-time nursery is Friday 25 March 2022 at 4pm and parents and carers should be notified of the status of their application by Monday 16 May 2022.

The closing date for the receipt of applications for part-time nursery is Friday 27 August 2022 at 4pm and parents and carers should be notified of the status of their application by 31 October 2022. Apply online by signing up to My Account and visit our website for more information.                                        


Give blood this February

The Welsh Blood Service is seeking donors. Appointments are available in Bridgend County Borough at the Heronston Hotel on 17 and 21 February and you can book online – please note that anyone who has recently received a Covid-19 vaccination must wait seven days before making a blood donation.


Halo Sport Foundation deadline approaches

Local athletes hoping follow in the footsteps of their Olympic and Paralympic heroes have until the end of the week to apply for the Halo Sport Foundation. The next round of applications is open until 20 February 2022 and offers eligible athletes, living or studying in Bridgend and a member of an affiliated sports club, the chance to apply for support with things such as free memberships. Those supported by the scheme in the past include Paralympic Gold-medallist Aled Davies OBE and former world champion triathlete Helen Jenkins. You can find out more on the Halo Sport Foundation website.


Jobs available in catering services

The Catering Services team is urgently looking for cooks, senior dining room assistants, assistant cooks, general kitchen assistants and more to help prepare and serve meals for children at local schools. With benefits ranging from flexible term-time working hours to a staff pension scheme, the Catering Services team offers excellent rates of pay such as £9.50 an hour for a general kitchen assistant. Find out more by visiting the jobs pages at                                                                                   


Apply for tenancy hardship grants

Tenants renting privately in Bridgend County Borough may be eligible for a Welsh Government grant aimed at helping those who have fallen behind on their rent due to Covid-19. The £10m grant was announced by Welsh Government earlier this year. To learn more about the grant and to check if you are eligible, visit the Welsh Government website. To make an application, please email and include ‘THG Support Grant’ as the subject line of your email.


Mobile testing arrangements

Free mobile testing for anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 remains available at the former Revlon site in Maesteg (CF34 9TS) from 9am-5pm and is open all week except Tuesdays. This site incorporates a drive-through testing facility, which must be booked in advance. Drive-through testing is also available at Coity and Litchard Community Centre (CF31 1PA) from 9am-5pm, and at the walk-through facility based at the Bowls Hall car park in Angel Street, Bridgend (CF31 4AH) which is available between 8am-8pm – booking for both of these sites is essential.