Community vaccination rates

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has published figures highlighting how many people in each ward within Bridgend County Borough have received both shots of the Covid-19 vaccine. In total, more than 104,000 residents of Bridgend County Borough are fully vaccinated against coronavirus. This includes 88 per cent of people living in Nottage and Rest Bay. In Penyfai, Newton, Litchard and Coychurch Lower, the rate is 85 per cent. In Felindre and Cefn Glas, 84 per cent of residents are fully vaccinated, and 83 per cent in Llangynwyd. Coity, Penprysg, Hendre, Maesteg East, Aberkenfig and Porthcawl West Central all stand at 82 per cent, and Blaengarw, Bryncethin, Llangeinor and Ogmore Vale are at 81 per cent. Eighty percent of residents living in Porthcawl East Central, Pendre, Maesteg West, Ynysawdre and Newcastle have received both vaccinations. In the Llangewydd and Brynhyfryd, Cefn Cribwr and Bryntirion, Laleston and Merthyr Mawr wards, the rate is 79 per cent. Blackmill, Brackla, Pontycymmer and Oldcastle are at 78 per cent, and Bryncoch and Sarn stand at 77 per cent vaccinated. For Cornelly, Nantymoel, Caerau and Pyle, the completion rate is 76 per cent. Finally, 75 per cent of residents living in Bettws and 74 per cent in the Morfa wards are fully vaccinated.


Have you had both shots?

The council is reminding residents of the importance of receiving both shots to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Anyone aged 16 and over who has yet to receive their first dose can do so with no prior booking by visiting a Covid-19 Vaccination Centre. Walk-in appointments are available at Ravens Court in Bridgend town centre (CF31 4AP) between 11am and 4.30pm – please bring along a form of ID such as a passport, drivers licence or a utility bill for proof of address. More information is available at the health board’s website.


Exercising dogs on beaches

With the seasonal 1 May – 30 September restriction now over, dogs are once again welcome at Rest Bay, Town Beach, Coney Beach and Trecco Bay. They continue to be welcome for walks all year round at Sker Beach and Newton Beach, but wherever you choose to visit with your pet, please remember to clean up after them, and to dispose of dog waste responsibly.


School face coverings reintroduced

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is to reintroduce face coverings at all secondary schools from 4 October to help curb rising coronavirus cases within the 11-15 age group. This temporary measure aims to protect students from infection and will be reviewed on 22 October ahead of half-term. In Bridgend County Borough, face coverings are already in place within secondary school classrooms as well as communal areas such as corridors and halls. Vaccines are still being offered to all 12-15 year olds with the intention that all appointments will be offered by the end of half-term. For more information, visit the health board website.


High transmission rates

Across the region, rates of coronavirus transmission are currently highest within the 11-15 year old age groups. The increase follows a steady rise in cases throughout September following the reopening of schools. A range of control measures are in place to protect staff and pupils, including regular bi-weekly lateral flow testing. The situation is being monitored closely


Warning over fake vaccine forms

Welsh Government has issued a warning after fake vaccine consent forms were sent to UK schools by anti-vaccine groups. Featuring false claims about risks posed by the vaccine, the forms have appeared after it was announced that children aged 12-15 were to be offered their first vaccination. People are urged to get their facts from reliable sources such as the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board website, which includes latest vaccine and testing news and more.


Schools welcome top class learning spaces

Additional classrooms and learning spaces have been created at school across Bridgend County Borough Council. Work took place during the school summer holidays and were funded by a £500,000 Welsh Government Schools Capital Maintenance Grant, with more projects lined up in the coming months. Among the schools to have benefitted so far are Bryntirion Comprehensive, Trelales Primary and Pencoed Comprehensive who have welcomed a range of upgrades including new classrooms, ramps, foldaway partitions and new domestic learning spaces.


Bounce and rhyme sessions

Popular Bounce and Rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers have resumed at local libraries across Bridgend County Borough. Featuring action songs, rhymes, play activities and more, details including dates, times and locations are available at the Awen website.


Black History Month

Following the Cardiff unveiling of a statue of Wales’ first black headteacher, Betty Walker, Black History Month 2021 is being marked with a series of exhibitions organised by the Race Council Cymru detailing the lives of the Windrush generation in Wales. Designed to celebrate African history and heritage by engaging, educating and empowering people in Wales to acknowledge and recognise the contribution that African communities have made in the history of Wales’ economic and cultural development, you can find out more at the Race Council Cymru website.


Budget consultation underway

All residents are being encouraged to take part in Bridgend County Borough Council’s budget consultation and help shape spending priorities for the coming year. This year’s consultation considers a longer-term vision for the county borough and covers a range of areas including investment in schools, regeneration projects, council tax levels, car park fees, how best to support local business, tourism and the economy, and more. Fill in the survey online before 14 November or order a hard copy by emailing, calling 01656643664 or writing to Consultation and Engagement, Civic Offices, Angel Street Bridgend, CF31 4WB.


Help for young people

A free service is enabling young people to chat online with the council’s youth support team. Children, teenagers and young adults aged 11–25 who live locally can use the service to access help with issues ranging from housing and advice on work-related training to one-to-one emotional wellbeing sessions or even if they are just feeling lonely and bored. You can access the service and find out more about how the council is supporting young people at the Bridgend Youth Support pages of the council’s website.


Join the cleaner streets team

Vacancies are available to join the council’s Cleaner Streets team with roles ranging from general cleansing operatives to sweeper drivers. Anyone who is interested in finding out more can visit the Pertemps Agency for further details.


Wanted – more people to work in social care

The council, Welsh Government and Social Care Wales have launched a new video encouraging more people to work in the social care sector. The WeCare Wales website features jobs across Wales, and you can find out more on Twitter or Facebook. Local roles are available across areas such as home care, reablement, young people’s services and more. Visit the council website or the authority’s Facebook and Twitter pages to find out more.


Help for young people

A free service is enabling young people in Bridgend County Borough to chat online with the council’s youth support team. Children, teenagers and young adults aged 11–25 who live locally can use the service to access help with issues ranging from housing and advice on work-related training to one-to-one emotional wellbeing sessions or even if they are just feeling lonely and bored. To find out more, visit the Bridgend Youth Support pages of the council’s website.


Mobile testing arrangements

Free mobile testing for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 remains available at the former Revlon site in Maesteg (CF34 9TS) from 9am to 5pm all week, including Saturday and Sunday. This site incorporates both a drive-through testing facility, which must be booked in advance, and a walk-in option where no booking is required. 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. You can arrange appointments by visiting the Welsh Government website or by calling 119 (18001119 for people with hearing or speech difficulties).