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Decision Time for Valleys to Coast as it targets carbon neutrality by 2030

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Guided by its vision to build a better Bridgend and Wales, housing association Valleys to Coast has implemented Decision Time for managing meetings, risks and objectives, as it targets carbon neutrality by 2030.

Valleys to Coast was established in 2003 as the first large-scale voluntary transfer of council-owned homes to a social housing association in Wales.

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The not-for-profit provides over 6,000 secure and affordable homes across Bridgend and manages over 700 leasehold flats.

It joins over 85 organisations in the housing sector in the UK & Ireland to implement the Decision Time platform, including almost 20 others in Wales.

Geoff Higgins, managing director of Decision Time, an Advanced company, says all-in-one solutions are essential to support organisations in the housing sector to maximise time and resources.

Geoff Higgins, managing director of Decision Time

“The sustainability of an organisation is determined by the effectiveness of its governance structures and their capability to confidently make decisions that comply with changing regulations. Our all-in-one solution is the bedrock for good governance across many organisations in the housing sector, and its functionality is one of the key driving forces behind the efficient decision-making guiding their environmental, social and governance standards.”

Joanne Oak, chief executive officer at Valleys to Coast

Joanne Oak, chief executive officer at Valleys to Coast, says Decision Time provides greater visibility of risks across the business.

“The availability of the risk module was the main reason we decided to make the move to Decision Time. This tool will ensure the risk register is a dynamic document, accessible to all across the business, and it will aid improved and informed decision making.”

She says Decision Time integrates all aspects of Valleys to Coast governance which were previously managed through separate systems, a feature that will support its sustainability commitments.

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“The integration of risk management, board books and goals in one system will help to drive governance improvements and aid simplified decision making. There are many added value features that we didn’t have in our previous systems which will enhance the running of board meetings, allowing us to deal with transactional items in a streamlined and efficient manner while freeing up time for our board to focus on strategic decision making as we progress with our target to be carbon neutral by 2030, whilst regenerating our local communities to build a better Bridgend and Wales.”

(Lead image: Valleys to Coast)

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Maesteg woman dies in serious Llangynwd collision

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South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious collision on the A4063 near Maesteg.

A local woman was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision between a blue Hyundai and a blue Renault Clio shortly before 9.30pm on Wednesday (10 August).

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The accident, between Nicholls Road and Bridgend Road on the A4063 closed the road from the Shwt turn off to Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd for several hours.

Police Sergeant Jason Beaumont said: “Despite best efforts from the emergency services, the driver of the Hyundai a 29 year-old female, from the Maesteg area, was declared deceased at the scene.

“The driver and passenger of the Renault Clio were taken to hospital with minor injuries.”

Officers are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed, has dash-cam footage, or who stopped at the scene to contact them online or by calling 101 quoting occurrence number 2200269545.

(Lead image: Google Maps)

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New sensory garden helps Bridgend adults with dementia

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After two years of planning, fundraising and hard work, volunteers and staff at Bridgend Resource Centre have unveiled a new sensory garden to support local adults with dementia.

Based at the resource centre in Waterton, the garden was planned and landscaped by students from Bridgend College who worked closely on the design alongside advisors from Age UK, Age Connects and the Alzheimer’s Society.

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With brightly-coloured resign pathways winding through a mix of raised flower and herb beds, the garden has been specially planted with specific types of flowers and shrubs designed to help stimulate the senses.

Visitors to the garden can enjoy quiet, tranquil areas for reflection as well as a range of water features, shade sails and living walls covered in flowers and vegetation. Particular care has been taken to ensure that the garden remains accessible, and includes wheelchair-friendly bespoke furniture.

Bridgend Councillor Jane Gebbie, Cabinet Member for Social Services and Early Help said: “This fantastic new facility is helping adults with dementia as well as people with learning or physical disabilities, and is the result of more than two years’ worth of effort and hard work. Research shows that being outside and able to move about can reduce tension and anxiety for people with dementia, and this custom-built space is specifically designed to enable people to stroll freely and safely.

“To create the garden, staff and volunteers raised more than £16,000 through a variety of different ways, and donations were gratefully received from the families of users of the centre, G4S, Rockwool, Bridgend Rotary Club, Tesco and Asda. Local residents also helped by donating unwanted clothing, shoes and linen to a special recycling bank located opposite the nearby Lidl store at the Bridgend Retail Park.

“In addition to the work undertaken by Pencoed College, Age Concern, Age Connect and the Alzheimer’s Society, further support was received from the Carer’s Trust and B-Leaf, and the garden is the result of all of these efforts and more. It is already proving to be of great benefit, and I would like to congratulate and thank everyone who had a hand in helping to make it a reality.”

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(Lead image: Bridgend Council)

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Business boost for Bridgend Indoor Market

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Bridgend Indoor Market is set to benefit from a funding boost to help develop small business opportunities and increase consumer interest and footfall.

A series of popup initiatives are being developed at the market in Bridgend’s Rhiw Shopping Centre to create opportunities for business start-ups and micro-business to establish and grow.

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The council hopes this will lead to greater footfall and dwell time in the market.

The project aims to not only makes spaces available, but to also help broker the process, with wraparound business support and advice, as well as some small grants to further assist business development.

One new entrepreneur taking part in the pop-up initiative Katrina Evans, said: “This is a great opportunity to develop my small business, and I am looking forward to trialling my products in front of a wider audience at Bridgend Indoor Market.

“I’m really grateful for the support I have received from the Pop Up Wales initiative, and I can’t wait to get Kat’s Wax, Wick and Wonders up and running.”

The pop-up initiative is thanks to a £120,000 funding package from the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund that the council is using to deliver its Bridgend Elevate and Prosper Project (EAP).

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An additional £11,800 match funding has been received via the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns initiative, which is a Welsh Government programme providing support for the revitalisation of town centres in Wales.

Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Neelo Farr said: “This is exciting news for people in the county borough, and an excellent opportunity for start-up businesses and potential entrepreneurs to test out their business ideas in the marketplace.

“The level of financial support and advice offered through this initiative presents an ideal opportunity for individuals to establish an enterprise with very little outlay, offering the best chance of success while investing in and helping to nurture the local economy.”

(Lead image: Bridgend County Borough Council)

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