Cleaning up after Storm Arwen

Council crews worked around the clock to keep roads open and homes, people and property safe as Storm Arwen hit the county borough last weekend. Workers responded to calls of high winds tearing slates from the roofs of local businesses in Bridgend town centre as well as properties in Coity Road and areas such as Brackla. Teams also dealt with fallen trees at more than 19 locations, collapsed fencing, downed telephone lines, and even a horse stable which was blown onto a busy road in Cefn Cribwr.

 

Helping the homeless this winter

Bridgend County Borough Council has confirmed that support will once again be available to anyone who finds themselves homeless or at the risk of homelessness this winter. If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness, contact the council on 01656 643643 or visit www.bridgend.gov.uk. If you are concerned about someone you have seen sleeping rough, send us an alert by using the StreetLink app or website.

 

New housing service partnership

Bridgend County Borough Council has partnered with Welsh charity Adferiad Recovery to deliver a specialist housing support system for people with repeat histories of homelessness. The Housing First service helps homeless people to secure accommodation and provides wraparound specialist support so they do not become homeless again. To find out more about Housing First in Wales, visit the Cymorth Cymru website.

 

Support for older people

Bridgend County Borough Council is continuing to work with Hafod to deliver housing-related support to those aged 55 and over. The service supports a growing number of vulnerable people by developing innovative responses to meet the demand and helping people maintain their independence. A homeless prevention approach will also be provided as well as Extra Care facilities, which enable residents to live within their own self-contained flats with appropriate help and support close at hand.

 

Keeping the county borough tidy

Volunteers who help to keep their communities free from litter are being encouraged to keep up the good work by Keep Wales Tidy. Litter picking equipment and bin bags can be collected from hubs across the county borough, and people can also register as litter champions with Keep Wales Tidy. For more information on becoming a litter champion, contact Brian Jones on 07824 504819. To find out more details on litter picking hubs in your area, visit the Keep Wales Tidy website.

 

Omicron – support for businesses

With the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, Welsh Government has made downloadable materials available to help businesses advise their customers on the requirement to wear face coverings while visiting local shops. The pack, which includes posters and leaflets, can be accessed by visiting the Welsh Government website.

 

Mynydd Cynffig Primary school consultation event

Members of the public are to be asked to voice their opinion on plans for an all-new primary school and nursery in Kenfig Hill. Bridgend County Borough Council wants to deliver a £10.2m two-form entry school and a 75-place nursery on the site of the former Mynydd Cynffig junior school by 2025. A public consultation will be held on 7 December in the infants hall at Mynydd Cynffig at 4pm-5pm and 5.15pm-6.15pm. To register your attendance, email michelle.smith@bridgend.gov.uk or call 01656 815135.

 

Update on local libraries

Sarn Library’s opening hours have permanently changed to 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm, Monday to Friday. With the library now open on Wednesday afternoons, local children are being invited to help decorate the interior by picking up and colouring in pictures of owls, which will be placed on display. For more details or to find out about the wide range of free events taking place at local libraries such as story and rhyme sessions, baby massage and virtual storytelling, visit the Awen website.

 

Careers in care

Ever considered a career in social care? Watch a new video, visit the WeCare Wales website, follow WeCare Wales on Twitter or Facebook or visit the council website.

 

New Pencoed drop-in session

Residents and businesses in Pencoed are being asked for views on £17m proposals for rebuilding the Penprysg road bridge to accommodate two-way traffic, creating a safe active travel bridge and closing the current level crossing. You can complete the consultation online or request an alternative format by emailing consultation@bridgend.gov.uk, calling 01656 643664 or writing to Communications, Marketing and Engagement, Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4WB. You can also attend a drop-in session on Friday 3 December at Pencoed Library between 10am-12pm.

 

Employment workshops for autistic people

Autism Wales will host workshops on Friday 3 December offering autistic people practical knowledge and skills for finding the right job and career. Covering issues such as communicating needs to an employer and maintaining mental health within the workplace, you can find out more or register to attend the event, by visiting the Autism Wales website.

 

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.

 

Nominate your heroes

The Mayor of Bridgend County Borough is asking residents to put forward nominations of individuals, groups and businesses who may be worthy of a Citizenship Award. Organised by the council, the awards are open to people who live in the county borough, as well as local groups and businesses. Nominations can be completed online and must be submitted by Friday 7 January 2022.

 

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. Continuous support is available as well as on-the-job training, and there are plenty of opportunities to study for further qualifications while working. Find out more by visiting the jobs pages at www.bridgend.gov.uk

 

New blood drive for Christmas

With Christmas approaching, the Welsh Blood Service is seeking donors and aims to have at least seven days of each blood type in stock to help people in need across Wales. Appointments are available in Bridgend County Borough at the Heronston Hotel on 1, 2, 7, 24 and 30 December 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.