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.
Charity takes over Maesteg re-use shop
Homelessness charity Emmaus South Wales has worked in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council and Kier to take over the ‘The Siding’ re-use shop at Maesteg’s community recycling centre. Visitors to Maesteg’s recycling centre can now donate any items that are in good, saleable condition to The Siding, rather than throwing them away. All donated items will be resold through the shop by Emmaus at affordable prices, meaning a new home is found for them rather than contributing to landfill waste.
Council to meet with schools over drop-off areas
Bridgend County Borough Council officers will meet with headteachers and chairs of governors of Pencoed Primary School, Brynmenyn Primary School and Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen next week to discuss the future of school drop-off areas. The areas located at the three schools were temporarily closed in December following safety concerns.
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.
Wildlife prioritised for light installation
The welfare of wildlife near Bridgend Tennis Club has been taken into consideration while new lights are installed on a popular walking route across the Ogmore River at Newbridge Fields. Lights were placed at a low-level optimum height to protect any roosting bats and low-level lighting units that illuminate a path were strategically placed in order to avoid up-lighting spill that might disturb any spawning fish in the river.
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.
Applications open for Halo Sport Foundation
Local sporting talent is being called upon 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. You can find out more, on the Halo Sport Foundation website.
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 email@example.com and include ‘THG Support Grant’ as the subject line of your email.
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.
Give blood this February
The Welsh Blood Service is seeking donors. Appointments are available in Bridgend County Borough at the Heronston Hotel on 7, 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.
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.