Council mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2022

The Mayor, Cllr John Spanswick lit a candle on Thursday night as Bridgend County Borough Council marked Holocaust Memorial Day 2022. Households across the county borough were encouraged to join the Mayor in lighting a candle as the nation paused to pay tribute to those persecuted and killed during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides across the world.

 

Waste crews praised

Bridgend County Borough Council’s waste partners Kier have been praised for their role in ensuring that waste and recycling was collected efficiently over the festive period. Over 1,300 tonnes of recycling were collected over the two-week period following Christmas and New Years’ holidays, while 150 tonnes less refuse was collected indicating an increased uptake in the recycling service.

 

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 tomorrow, 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.

 

Use of face coverings to continue at schools

Welsh Government has confirmed that the use of face coverings will remain in place at schools in Wales for the foreseeable future. In Bridgend County Borough, secondary schools have been maintaining the use of face coverings as part of their Covid-19 control measures. This means that face coverings are already in use not just in communal areas such as corridors and halls, but also in classrooms. There is no requirement for primary school pupils in the county borough to wear facemasks.

 

Highway Code updated

New Highway Code rules took effect from Saturday 29 January, with the aim to improve road safety for people walking, cycling and riding horses. A full list of the eight new rule changes, including an updated hierarchy of road users, new rules for people crossing the road at junctions and positioning in the road when cycling can be found on the UK Government website.

 

Covid-19 restrictions eased

Welsh Government has confirmed the latest easing of restriction as the nation moves towards alert level 0. Nightclubs can re-open. The ‘rule of six’, table service and two-metre physical distancing will no longer be required, but self-isolation rules for people who test positive for Covid-19 and rules on face coverings within most public indoor places will remain in force. Limits on people taking part in outdoor activities were lifted last week.

 

Last chance to have your say

Time has nearly run out to have your say 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. Complete the consultation online by the end of today 30 January 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.

 

Follow Foster Wales Bridgend on social media

Bridgend’s dedicated fostering service, Foster Wales Bridgend, is now on social media in both English and Welsh. They will be keeping people up to date on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter under the username @FosterWalesBridgend.

 

Armed forces fund

The Armed Forces Covenant Trust, a charity who support armed forces communities across the UK, has awarded Bridgend County Borough a grant under their ‘Strengthening Delivery of the Covenant’ programme. The grant intends to continue the fund projects working in the region that are dedicated to supporting members of the armed forces community. The grant will be utilised to help organisations to gain access to training and to fund events that support, celebrate and raise awareness of the armed forces community in Wales. Applications must be submitted by 3 February 2022. To find out more, email b.dennedy@npt.gov.uk.

 

Have your say on NHS Wales App

Work has started on a new NHS Wales App which will give people in Wales access to health care services through their smartphones and tablets. To enable this, people are being encouraged to sign up and get involved in activities that will shape the development of the app. You can sign up here to register your interest, complete a survey on your preferences, sign up for updates and get involved in further research activities.

 

Public space order consultation

Residents in Bridgend County Borough will be consulted over proposals that could extend existing Public Space Protection Orders in Bridgend town centre, Maesteg, Porthcawl, Pencoed and Caerau. People are to be asked whether the orders should be extended for another three years, and whether the area known locally as the play area or ‘Wildmill adventure park’ off Quarella Road should be included. Views will also be sought on whether a gating order which restricts access between Talbot Street and Plasnewydd Street in Maesteg should be extended to cover 5.30pm-9am Mondays to Saturdays, and for 24 hours on Sundays and bank holidays.

 

Get funding for winter heating

Residents in Bridgend County Borough are urged to take advantage of funding from Welsh Government which is helping keep people warm this winter. Designed to support eligible households with the cost of heating their homes throughout the winter months, the scheme offers applicants a one-off £100 payment and forms part of a Wales-wide initiative. Find out more and make an application by visiting the local authority’s winter fuel support page.

 

Free orienteering event

A free park orienteering event is being held at Bryngarw Country Park on February 5 as part of the Winter of Wellbeing programme. The event is free to under-25s and accompanying adults, and £5 to non-members over the age of 25. Book your space on eventbrite.

 

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 housing@bridgend.gov.uk 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 January

The Welsh Blood Service is seeking donors. Appointments are available in Bridgend County Borough at the Heronston Hotel on 31 January 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.