Latest news from Bridgend County Borough

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Bridgend town centre street market

Bridgend town centre will host an all-new street market this Saturday and is inviting residents and visitors from far and wide to come and sample what it has to offer. Organised by Green Top Events and designed to promote local produce, the street market will feature numerous stalls along Adare Street, Caroline Street and Wyndham Street offering a fest of artisan food and drink, handcrafted gifts, treats and more. Visitors are being encouraged to take advantage of the three-hours free parking at the nearby Rhiw multi-storey car park, and to explore the town centre’s independent shops, restaurants and cafes.

 

Programme for female founders

Female business founders in the county borough are being offered a free accelerator programme which aims to take their business to a new level. The programme, launched by Radikl, is fully funded by the UK Government’s Community renewal Fund and offers 40 free places to businesswomen and non-binary business owners in Bridgend a fully online learning tool designed to take ambitious individuals through a combination of powerful, practical lessons and workshops. The programme begins on 14 March 2022. For more information and to apply for a free space, visit the Radikl website.

 

Covid Pass no longer needed

The latest changes to coronavirus restrictions mean that venues previously covered by the domestic Covid Pass regulations no longer need to restrict entry to vaccinated individuals, those who have a negative test or people who are medically exempt. From 28 February, adults and children aged 11 and over will also no longer be required to wear face coverings in most indoor places except for health and social care settings, all retail settings and public transport.

 

Don’t miss winter fuel support deadline

Eligible households who have not already been contacted by the council have until 28 February to apply for help to face rising energy bills as part of Welsh Government’s Household Support Fund. The fund, which is providing £51m of targeted support for families and the most vulnerable in society, is offering a £200 payment to each eligible household and additional applications can be made through the council’s ‘My Account’ facility.

 

Vaccinations for five-to-eleven-year-olds

Children aged five-to-eleven in Bridgend County Borough will be able to receive Covid-19 vaccinations as part of the latest coronavirus measures introduced by Welsh Government. Following advice from the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation, Welsh Government Health and Social Services Minister Eluned Morgan has confirmed that the vaccinations will be offered to children aged five-to-eleven who are not considered to be at clinical risk. Designed to increase immunity within the age group in advance of any potential future waves of Covid-19, the move is also intended to enable children to benefit from as much time in school as possible. Parents and carers of children interested in taking up the vaccination offer are being advised to visit the Public Health Wales website for more information.

 

Rogue builder jailed

A rogue builder from Bridgend has been jailed after leaving several people out of pocket across Wales. Morgan Lewis, 23, defrauded 20 people across south Wales including single mothers, NHS workers and a widow, causing a loss of approximately £50,000. In a case investigated by the Shared Regulatory Service and prosecuted by Bridgend County Borough Council, Lewis pleaded guilty to 11 charges under the Fraud Act and 10 further charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Lewis was jailed for 16 months and an investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act continues.

 

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.

 

One month left for full-time nursery admissions

The deadline for submitting an application for full-time nursery in September 2022 expires at 4pm on Friday 25 March, with notifications due by 16 May. People interested in part-time nursery places in January or April 2023 have until 4pm on Friday 27 August to apply, and will be notified by 31 October. To apply sign up for the free My Account service at the council’s website.

 

Give blood this March

Donor appointments are available on 8, 9, 21, 30 March with the Welsh Blood Service at the Heronston Hotel. To find out more or volunteer, simply book online – please note that anyone who has recently received a Covid-19 vaccination must wait seven days before making a blood donation.

 

Free webinar for mature motorists

The Older Drivers Forum is running a free webinar for members of the public on changes recently made to the Highway Code. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers in a Q&A section. The same webinar is available on two days, Thursday 10 March at 2pm and Monday 14 March at 7pm. Each webinar will have 500 free places and those interested can register here.

 

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 focuses on why choosing a career in social care is a strong and rewarding choice. A mix of videos, social media posts and graphics 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.

 

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 www.bridgend.gov.uk.

 

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.

 

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 housing@bridgend.gov.uk and include ‘THG Support Grant’ as the subject line of your email.