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Community services

Services within the community provided by the voluntary sector can be accessed via the community co-ordinator team, based in Interlink RCT. This team works to provide connections between individuals, communities and organisations.

The co-ordinator for Taff Ely is Karen Powell, whose contact details are shown below.

Mobile - 07580 869970


The team is very happy to take referrals directly from patients or you can discuss your needs with a GP, who can make contact on your behalf.

An example of how a patient was helped recently by the team - a lady had suffered a stroke and, although she had regained the ability to be mobile around her home, she was not confident to go out on her own. She contacted the team to see if someone could help to take her shopping once a week. She was put in touch with a voluntary befriender, who took her out shopping. The relationship between the befriender and the patient developed so that she was also taken out to social events such as a craft class and afternoon tea. The patient has since regained her confidence to the point where she is able to go out on her own but has maintained contact with her befriender as a friend.

The team publishes a regular newsletter of events - a copy of the latest newsletter can be accessed below.

December and January bulletin

In addition you can search for local groups, activities, facilities and services provided by the community and voluntary sector in RCT by using the service Findagroup.

The service includes a huge range of activities and services across all communities providing activities and services for people of all ages and abilities. Findagroup has been developed by Interlink and Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydful to promote the work of the community and voluntary sector (also called the third sector). This includes members of the public looking for find something they want to do or a service they need, as well as people organisations like the practice looking for services for their patients.

If anyone is interested in registering their own group to provide services for others, this can be done at

Alzheimer's Society

The society has a number of services that may benefit those affected by dementia, such as;

-  User Involvement; participation in Media, Interview Panels, SURP Group and much more for both person diagnosed with dementia and carer.

 - Live Well with Dementia; This is a new programme set up for those in the early stages of dementia to gain understanding of their diagnosis, support available for them to continue to live independently and a chance to learn new ways of coping with change and everyday tasks.

 - Arts & Crafts Group; As some of you may be aware our Pottery group in Garth Olwg, Life Long Learning Centre stopped running due to unforeseen circumstances however, following discussions over the last month with facilitators and venues a new Arts & Crafts Group will be starting in Garth Olwg but on a weekly basis, every Monday.

 If these are of interest, please contact Gareth Lewis on 01685 353919 or email  


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