New education and wellbeing centre opens

Bryngarw Country Park’s new education and wellbeing centre was officially opened this week by Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden MS. ‘Y Nyth’ is one of several improvements made by Awen Cultural Trust in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, following a £750,000 investment by Welsh Government, as part of the Valleys Regional Park. For more details visit the council website.

Changes to drop-off points at three local schools

Bridgend County Borough Council has confirmed that it is introducing new temporary measures at three local schools following an assessment of how their drop-off points are currently being used. From Monday 6 December, the drop-off areas located at Pencoed Primary, Brynmenyn Primary and Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen will only be available for use by staff working at the school, parents and carers who are Blue Badge holders, and home-to-school transport vehicles provided by the local authority. The move follows monitoring by council staff which has confirmed that if used correctly, the drop-off points offer a safe, convenient way for parents and carers to take children to school. Unfortunately, the assessment also established that the drop-off points are not being used properly. Staff recorded multiple incidents of drivers having poor judgement, making dangerous manoeuvres and ignoring instructions from officers on site. For more details visit the council website.

Festive video showcases town centres

Businesses from Bridgend County Borough’s three town centres have featured in a new festive video. Aimed at encouraging more people to shop local this Christmas, the video showcases a number of small businesses in Bridgend, Porthcawl and Maesteg town centres. Keep an eye on the council’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels on Saturday 4 December to watch the video. The release of the video coincides with Small Business Saturday UK, a grassroots, non-commercial campaign which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to support small businesses in their communities. For more details visit the council website.

Changes to booster programme

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have advised the interval between the second Covid-19 vaccine dose and the booster is cut to three months and offered to over-18s in a bid to curb a possible Covid wave driven by the Omicron variant. There are also plans to invite those aged 12-15 for a second jab and for severely immunosuppressed people to be offered a fourth vaccine dose. For more details visit the Welsh Government website.

Beware Covid-19 scams

Bridgend County Borough Council is urging residents to remain wary over the danger of coronavirus-based scams. If you receive a call, text or email claiming to be a Covid-19 vaccine booking line asking for your bank details or for money then this is a scam. The NHS will never ask you for your bank account details or card details. The vaccine is free. More information on spotting scams can be found on the UK Government website.

How to help the homeless

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.

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.

Have your say on primary school plans

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 or call 01656 815135.

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 consultation, calling 01656 643664 or writing to Communications, Marketing and Engagement, Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4WB.

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.

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.

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 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.