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Abercynon Road Club: If you’d like to get started cy­cling and would like to join us, please search for us on Face­book.

Ladies’ Choir: The Phoenix Singers are based in Abercynon and are on the look­out for any ladies who en­joy singing and who would like to join this happy bunch.

The group and prac­tice ev­ery Thurs­day at Abercynon Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at 7pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion, ask one of our cho­ris­ters, see our web­site www. or find us on Face­book.


Send your news to: com­mu­ni­ties@waleson­ For­get Me Not Cafe: Join the­for a Alzheimer’sfun and in­ter­ac­tiveSo­ci­ety af­ter­noon.

Meet on the fourth Fri­day of the month, 1.30pm-3.30pm, at Aberdare Rugby Foot­ball Club, 49 Glouces­ter Street, Aberdare, CF44 7BP.

Call 01685 353919 or email south­east­wales@ Singing for the Brain: Stim­u­lat­ing group ac­tiv­ity for peo­ple with de­men­tia and their car­ers.

Meet at St Mair’s Day Cen­tre, Sey­mour Street, Aberdare, CF44 7BL on Fri­days, from 10.45am12.15pm.

Call 01685 353919 or email south­east­wales@ Cof­fee and Faith: There is a Faith, Feel­ing and Friend­ship Cof­fee Pop-in at the Sal­va­tion Army, Wind Street, Aberdare.

Fri­days from 11am, with lunch at 12.30pm, the cof­fee pop-in of­fers time to chat and re­lax among friends.

Call Ma­jor Cle­ments on 07854 484192. Aberdare Food­bank: Run by the Sal­va­tion Army at their Wind Street base, in Aberdare. Open Tues­days, 1.30pm2.30pm and Fri­days, noon-1pm. Self-re­fer­rals are al­ways wel­come, and the team en­deav­our where pos­si­ble to meet need for emer­gency food aid. Call Ma­jor Cle­ments on 078544 84 192. Young­sters’ Play Ses­sion: Cynon Val­ley Pals hold play ses­sions ev­ery third Wed­nes­day of the month at the Freeze Play Cen­tre, Pen­rhi­w­ceiber, from 4pm-6pm for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties and their fam­i­lies.

Call 07967 845056 or 07875 701847, you can also find them on Face­book or visit the web­site at www. cynon­va­l­ley

Ladies Choir: If you’ve a good cause to sup­port, then Cyt­gord Welsh Ladies Choir could be a no-cost way to help you raise funds.

The choir meets to re­hearse each week dur­ing school term time at Siloa Chapel, in Aberdare, next to the li­brary, on Thurs­days, from 7.15pm-9pm.

Con­tact Mar­i­lyn McA­dam on 01685 876809 or 07813 802673 or email cyt­gord­choir@


Who We Are: We are a small char­ity that works with chil­dren with ad­di­tional needs and their fam­i­lies.

We work with chil­dren be­tween the ages of three and 11 years.

They par­tic­i­pate in play schemes, or­gan­ised ac­tiv­i­ties and day trips with the sup­port of vol­un­teers.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit our web­site www. cynon­va­l­ley­, find us on Face­book or call 07967 845056 or 07875 701847.

Help Needed: We have some spe­cialty equip­ment that we use for our hol­i­day playschemes but we need some­where to store it safely and se­curely.

If a lo­cal busi­ness or any­one else could help us out with the do­na­tion of a plas­tic out­door shed we would be very grate­ful.

If you can help, please mes­sage us through Face­book or through our web­site.


01443 800339 (10am-6pm) con­tact@friend­soft­hean­i­mal­

Wonkies Up­date: Great news to share that our amaz­ing Rod­ney with pros­thetic paws has at last found a for­ever home and has moved to Lan­cashire.

We have had so many come in with life threat­en­ing ill­ness and in­jury but just a few of the re­cent ones are Mr Darcy the Re­triever found with a bro­ken leg. Sadly it can­not be saved so will be am­pu­tated.

Peter the aban­doned cat who has an eye in­jury and will have to have

his eye re­moved. Jake the Cav­a­lier puppy who was handed in with part of his leg miss­ing from birth. Sev­eral rab­bits that have been found with life chal­leng­ing ill­ness.

A cat who has come in to our care after be­ing at­tacked by a dog and who will also have to lose a leg.

The list is end­less but with the hard work of our vol­un­teers and the help of our sup­port­ers we con­tinue to help as many as we can. Busy Sum­mer: Our sum­mer has been very busy with teams of Vol­un­teers at­tend­ing many events.

We are so grate­ful to all those or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses who in­vited us along to raise funds for our wonkies and now the chal­lenge is on to keep up the mo­men­tum dur­ing the win­ter months when it is much harder for our vol­un­teers to raise the money we need for our vets bills.

Full House: All out fos­ter homes are cur­rently full with cats, kit­tens, mums and kit­tens, dogs, rab­bits and guinea pigs and we are des­per­ate to find more peo­ple who would like to join the team.

All our staff are un­paid but the re­wards are huge know­ing that you will have made a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to the life of an un­wanted, aban­doned or abused an­i­mal.

Please call our helpline on 01443 800339 or email us at

We ur­gently need more places of safety.

Our Shops: We have two shops in Ton Pen­tre and Tre­orchy and we cur­rently have va­can­cies for helpers who are able to of­fer a few hours to help.

We are also in need of items to sell both in the shops and at our monthly Auc­tions that we hold at Pon­typridd Rugby Club with the next one on Oc­to­ber 4.


Send your news to: com­mu­ni­ties@waleson­ Women’s Rugby: Moun­tain Ash RFC sees the re­turn of women’s rugby fol­low­ing a gap of 16 years.

The age group is be­tween the ages of 12 and 18 and they train on The Rec from 6pm ev­ery Wed­nes­day. This is a great op­por­tu­nity for young women to ei­ther con­tinue with their rugby or to play for the first time.

If you know any­one who might be in­ter­ested, then ei­ther pass this in­for­ma­tion on to them or sup­port them to go along and give it a try.

Ladies’ Group: The Cynon Val­ley Ladies Group meet once a fort­night in the Dar­ren Las Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Moun­tain Ash, on Cardiff Road, at 6.30pm.

If you are look­ing to make friends or learn a new skill, please come along.


Re­source Cen­tre: 16 Dean Street, Aberdare CF44 7BN Main Of­fice: 16a Dean Street, Aberdare CF44 7DG 01685 881113 info@newhori­zons-men­tal­ Men­tal Health Project: If you are aged 18-25, and suf­fer with men­tal health is­sues, you may be in­ter­ested in men­tal health char­ity New Hori­zons’ Youth Project.

Held Mon­days from 4pm-8pm, and ev­ery fort­night on Satur­days from noon-4pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion about ser­vices on of­fer email: info@new hori­zons-men­tal health. or you can call the cen­tre on 01685 881113. Sup­port With a Cuppa: New Hori­zons Peer Sup­port Group at St Lleuwrug’s Church Hall (sit­u­ated be­hind Hir­waun Li­brary) is held on Fri­days from 1pm-3pm.

They of­fer sup­port to those with men­tal health is­sues in a friendly and safe en­vi­ron­ment.

A warm wel­come awaits any­one who wishes to join them, plus a cuppa and bis­cuit.

New Hori­zons: New Hori­zons men­tal health char­ity has a cen­tre in Aberdare which is open at the fol­low­ing times:

Mon­days, 4pm-8pm – Youth Project;

Tues­days, 11am-1pm – ac­tiv­i­ties, groups and train­ing;

Wed­nes­days, 9am-4pm – ac­tiv­i­ties, groups and train­ing.

Closed bank hol­i­days.


Cov­er­ing the vil­lages of Cwm­dare, Tre­cynon and Ll­wyd­coed Send your news to: Ni­cola Matthews 01685 875710 ni­cola.matthews@hot­ Gwasanaeth Cym­raeg/ Welsh lan­guage ser­vice: Y Cy­mun Bendi­gaid takes place on the fourth Sun­day of the month

at 4.30pm in St Fa­gan’s Church. Croeso i bawb/all wel­come.

Easy Fundrais­ing: St Fa­gan’s has signed up with easy­fundrais­ uk which, to date, has raised more than £16.5m for good causes.

To get in­volved just go to easy­fundrais­ causes/stfa­gans­ab­er­dare and join in.

Ev­ery time you shop you’ll be help­ing the par­ish raise much-needed funds. We are grate­ful for all con­tri­bu­tions. Messy Church – Free Fun: After a month’s break, Messy Church is back on Satur­days at 10am. With free lunch. So­cial Me­dia: Keep upto-date with all the news on Face­book: St Fa­gans Aberdare, Twit­ter: @ Aber­dareStFa­gan and In­sta­gram: ab­er­dare_ st_fa­gan. Our web­site is www.stf ag ans abe rd are. Caffi Cinio: Lunch club at St Fa­gan’s Com­mu­nity Hall with a two-course lunch for £3.45, on Thurs­days from 1pm3pm. Tea and cof­fee is of­fered free. Book with El­iz­a­beth on 01685 872827. Com­mu­nity Li­brary: St Fa­gan’s Com­mu­nity Hall, in Wind­sor Street, Tre­cynon, is home to our com­mu­nity li­brary.

No mem­ber­ship needed, just come along from 10am-noon, Mon­day to Fri­day – free tea and toast on Mon­days!

A sim­i­lar event is held at St Luke’s church hall on Thurs­day morn­ings.


Send your news to: com­mu­ni­ties@waleson­

Macmil­lan Cof­fee

Morn­ing: Pen­rhi­w­ceiber Hall and Pen­rhi­w­ceiber Pri­mary will be tak­ing part in the the World’s Big­gest Cof­fee Morn­ing this Fri­day, Septem­ber 29.

They will be host­ing these two event for Macmil­lian Can­cer Care at Pen­rhi­w­ceiber Hall from 10am and at the school from 9.15am with a spe­cial per­for­mance from the school choir.

Ev­ery­one wel­come to sup­port this good cause.

Ta­ble Sale: The Lee Gar­dens pool com­mit­tee will be hold­ing a Ta­ble Sale at the pool this Satur­day, Septem­ber 30, from 10am.

There will be plenty to see and do and plenty of fun to be had.

To book a ta­ble play speak to one of the com­mit­tee mem­bers.

To see what’s hap­pen­ing at the pool visit their Face­book page.

Har­vest Ser­vice: St Winifred’s Church will be hold­ing their an­nual har­vest ser­vice this Sun­day Oc­to­ber 1 at 11am.

Pen­rhi­w­ceiber Pri­mary will also be hold­ing their Har­vest Ser­vice at the Church on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 4 from 9.30am. Ev­ery­one is wel­come.

Many Thanks: The Pool Com­mit­tee would like to thank all those who voted in the One fam­ily Grant ap­peal where the pool was one of the groups com­pet­ing to win £25,000. Un­for­tu­nately the group wasn’t suc­cess­ful this time.

Spe­cial thanks to Asda Aberdare and Tesco Aberdare for al­low­ing the group to give out fly­ers out­side their stores

Youth Club: St Winifred’s Church will be start­ing a Youth club for young peo­ple in year 6 and above. The first ses­sion starts this Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 28 from 5pm at the church hall. This will of­fer young peo­ple a safe place to re­lax, learn new skills and make new friends. To see what goes on at St Winifred’s visit their web­site or Face­book page.


Freep­hone Car­ers Line: 0808 100 1801

Men­tal Health Fo­rum: Do with youa men­tal­care for ill­ness? some­one Would you like to meet peo­ple in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion to your­self? Then come along to our men­tal health fo­rum for car­ers. Call 01443 668839. RCT Car­ers’ sup­port project: Do you look after some­one who is ill, frail, has a dis­abil­ity or who is af­fected by sub­stance mis­use? If so, the Car­ers’ Project is here to help.

Call 01443 668813. Car­ers’ Coun­selling: Rhondda Car­ers’ Project has a free con­fi­den­tial tele­phone and face-to­face coun­selling ser­vice pro­vided by qual­i­fied coun­sel­lors. Call 01443 668813 for de­tails. First Aid & Heart Start: This course aims to teach you CPR and other emer­gency life-sav­ing skills, along with cov­er­ing some ba­sic first aid. Call Claire on 01443 668813 Re­bound­ers’ Ses­sion for

Par­ent Car­ers: This ac­tiv­ity is aimed at par­ent car­ers and the per­son they care for. Car­ers are in­vited to join us in a mini taster ses­sion and find out all about Re­bound­ers – Tram­polin­ing For All.

Call the Car­ers’ Project on 01443 668813 to book.

Car­ers’ As­sess­ments: Visit­ and take a look at their Guide to Get­ting an As­sess­ment in Wales book­let.

Leisure Of­fer: RCT coun­cil of­fers all car­ers dis­counted ac­cess to coun­cil leisure fa­cil­i­ties. Call 01443 668813.


Send your news to: Alex Price 01443 479369 ad­min@rowantreecan­cer­

What We Do: Rowan Tree Can­cer Care pro­vides prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port to peo­ple liv­ing within Rhondda Cynon Taff whose lives have been touched by can­cer.

Clients and fam­i­lies can ac­cess our free trans­port ser­vice to and from their can­cer-re­lated hospi­tal ap­point­ments. Your emo­tional well­be­ing is ex­tremely im­por­tant to us and we of­fer – mas­sage, aro­mather­apy, re­flex­ol­ogy, In­dian head mas­sage and hy­drother­apy to help you re­lax and de­stress.

Although our char­ity cen­tre is based in Moun­tain Ash, we also pro­vide free com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies ev­ery Wed­nes­day at Tonyre­fail, ev­ery Thurs­day at Taffs Well, and ev­ery Fri­day at Ynysybwl Surgery & Pont­newydd Med­i­cal Cen­tre, Porth.

Med­i­cal con­sent forms will need to be com­pleted be­fore ther­apy ap­point­ments can be made.

If you would like to reg­is­ter your­self or any­one else with the char­ity please con­tact the can­cer cen­tre 9.30am4pm Mon­day to Fri­day on 01443 479 369.

Lot­tery: The lot­tery num­bers on Septem­ber Septem­ber 8 were 5, 13, 14, 21. The jack­pot is now £7,020.

For your chance of win­ning please pick up your tick­ets at Rowan Tree Can­cer Cen­tre or Shops.

All you need is four lucky num­bers be­tween 1 and 24, tick­ets priced £1 each, you must be 16+ to en­ter.

The draw takes place ev­ery Fri­day at Cynon Val­ley In­door Bowls Cen­tre in Moun­tain Ash.

Wigs: We have a large se­lec­tion of do­nated wigs avail­able to pur­chase. Real hair wigs from £20 and syn­thetic wigs from £10. Call 01443 479369.

Vol­un­teers: Driv­ers are ur­gently needed in the Rhondda.

Please call the cen­tre on 01443 479369.

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