The hillside above Caerau is looking cleaner and brighter today, after a major litter pick as part of Keep Wales Tidy’s Spring Clean Cymru campaign.
A big team of volunteers removed over two tons of waste from the stream, the play area and beyond the verges around Caerau Park, in an area of great natural beauty. V2C staff were supported by members of the Maesteg Fire Service and residents from the area.
The first ever Spring Clean Cymru campaign was part of the Great British Spring Clean, supported by TV naturalist and writer Steve Backshall, the BAFTA-winning Deadly 60 presenter. Across the UK, up to half a million people have been out and about as part of a wider campaign to rid the country of litter.
Rachel Morton from Valleys to Coast said:
“We had such a great day cleaning up the mountain side, and the volunteers loved it. Was great to see everyone from V2C, residents and Fire Service there. V2C runs year-round volunteer events to help keep our communities and the environment clean, and appreciate the partnership with Keep Wales Tidy who are the environmental champions.”
Brian Jones, Bridgend Project Officer for Keep Wales Tidy, said:
“It was great to see so many people from the area coming together and getting involved in Spring Clean Cymru. It’s vital that we all do our bit to care for our local environment and this event has been a perfect example of what local communities can achieve when they work together.
“We would like to thank our event sponsor, Valleys to Coast for their help in making the event such a success.”
For more information on Keep Wales Tidy activities in Bridgend contact Project Officer Brian Jones on 07824 504819.
Maesteg Comprehensive and Valleys to Coast (V2C) have joined forces to launch a three-year Business Class partnership to boost career opportunities for young people.
Business Class, collaboration between Careers Wales and Business in the Community (BITC), is a nationwide initiative aimed at strengthening links between schools and employers to develop Wales’s talentpool of future employees.
The Business Class programme aims to improve school pupils’ understanding of the world of work and career choices by linking them with businesses for collaboration and engagement opportunities.
Tania Hill, Assistant Head Teacher from Maesteg Comprehensive said:
“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity for our students to learn new skills and be inspired by V2C. Our students will benefit hugely from the business knowledge as well as learning transferable skills which we hope will prepare them for the world of work. The staff and students are looking forward to what the partnership will bring to the school.”
Claire Murphy, Assistant Director of Corporate Services from V2C spoke at the launch:
“We are looking forward to developing stronger links with the community and to help equip pupils with the skills needed for the workplace. We are particularly keen to engage with girls to enthuse them about non-traditional jobs or careers that they might not have thought about.”
“Over the next 3 years, we’ll be delivering mentoring sessions and motivational presentations using female role models, work experience placements and sessions discussing what skills we look for when recruiting new employees.”
“V2C is proud to be at the heart of communities across Bridgend and we hope that this scheme will further raise the aspirations of young people in the area and give them a taste of real working life before they enter the workplace.”
Commenting, Hannah Stephens, Business Engagement Adviser, from Careers Wales said: “It is fantastic to see such an important Welsh company, V2C, getting involved in Business Class and helping to build sustainable links between schools, young people and local employers. By working together in this way, we can all help young people across Wales achieve their potential.”
Picture from left to right:-
Hannah Stephens – Careers Wales Tania Hill – Assistant Head, Maesteg Comprehensive Steve Curry – Community Regeneration Manager V2C Claire Murphy – Assistant Director of Corporate Services V2C
Valleys to Coast is celebrating being awarded its gold corporate health standard – the quality mark for health and well-being in the workplaces in Wales.
Delivered by Public Health Wales, the health standard has bronze, silver, gold and platinum categories to public, private and third sector organisations running practices to promote the health and well-being of their employees.
There is an annual diary of activities across the organization which includes health incentives such as the biggest looser, fruit for the day, walking lunch, discounted gym memberships and check your levels which have been very successful.
The group ensures that national health & wellbeing campaigns such as ‘No smoking day’ and national alcohol awareness campaigns are advertised to staff. The calendar of events also includes specific initiatives based on feedback from staff, this year we are running an 8 week mindfulness course.
Speaking about the award, Health and Safety Business partner, Sue Jones said: “We are absolutely delighted that Public Health Wales has recognised the tireless work that V2C carries out every day to improve the health and well-being of our 235 members of staff working in a huge variety of roles. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the health & wellbeing group for their contribution to such a successful program of work.”