The Fern Partnership

Working with Ferndale Community School

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Are you part of a group or club or do you run a business in the fund area of benefit?

Did you know you can apply for a Micro Fund grant of up to £5,000. This round closes in 3 weeks and so if you are based in one of the villages below and have an application or project in mind - contact us. / 07458 300 123

Maerdy,Ferndale, Blaencwm, Blaenrhonndda, Tynewydd, Treherbert, Treorchy, Cwmparc or Pentre

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Inspire 2 Work has an exciting opportunity for participants aged 16 – 24 yrs who are interested in working within the Construction Industry.

They will be running an Introduction to Construction course. Participants will gain a

Level 1 Health & Safety & CSCS Card

To be eligible to attend the participant must be:

· Aged 16-24yrs

· Living in RCT

· Not in education or employment

· Not on the work programme etc

· Must not be eligible for Communities for Work

· Participants must also provide all eligibility confirmation in advance:

i.e. proof of age, proof of eligibility to work in the UK

Additional Information:

· Able to work early hours

· Physically Fit

· Any experience of Construction (an advantage but NOT essential)

· Any links to employers (also an advantage but NOT essential)

Anyone interested please give us a call Tuesday-Friday between 10am-2pm on 01443 570021 (option 4) or email

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Please find below some of the latest local jobs listed online. If you would like support with CV writing, cover letters, job searches or support with your find a job account please get in touch with our community team by calling 01443 570021 (Option 4) or email:

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We're Hiring!!! We're so excited to find someone new to join our team!!
We are looking for an experienced Cook to join us. Please check out the job description on Indeed, link below, and if you feel that you're the one for us, email us your CV and a covering letter to We look forward to hearing from you, thank you.

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Some cards have been handed in to Ferndale Hwb this morning belonging to Brian Knight. if anyone knows Brian could you please let him know they are here to be collected. Our number is 01443 570021 (option 4)

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The Welsh Government has announced that unpaid carers who provide personal care when social distancing is impossible, may be eligible for PPE supplied by their local authority.

You may be eligible to receive a supply of PPE from your local authority if:

Personal care may include helping someone to:
• wash or bathe
• use the toilet
• get dressed and undressed
• eat and drink
• take medication

Requesting PPE
If you want to request PPE you can:
• Contact your social worker if you or the person you care for have one.
• Contact the Carer Support Project on 01443 281 463 or by e-mailing

We may ask for some personal details from you and about your caring situation. Once your request has been approved, we will contact you to arrange convenient pick up or delivery arrangements for your equipment.

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Working in partnership with Transport for Wales Trafnidiaeth Cymru, we have some great Trainee Train Driver roles now available in:

Llandudno Junction
& Shrewsbury

You need to live within one hour of your chosen depot, instinctively put safety first and understand the importance of great customer service, strong performance, rules and regulations.

Take a look here –

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Share this with all friends....Free course with card coming up very soon. Call the number to register. ...

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Job Vacancies with New Parhways ...

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4 weeks ago

The Fern Partnership


We would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff and the community for supporting the Fern Partnership during the last four months during the stresses and difficulties of COVID-19. We like many organisations have found the situation extremely challenging and have prioritised protecting our team and the organisation during this time alongside ensuring the health and wellbeing of all. We have made some difficult but necessary decisions to see us through the challenges we find ourselves in and are likely to continue for months ahead as operations, where possible reopen and function where it is safe and viable to do so.

During this time, our staffing model has changed significantly and has been divided into three areas in the main. A limited amount of our staff have been working from home on business-critical duties and future planning, a proportion of our staff have continued to work meeting the demands and safety requirements of the community childcare needs particularly supporting Key Workers, however a large proportion of our organisational staff (of whom we employ 68 staff in total) have been furloughed.

Continuing our partnership working with RCT CBC we have provided our Hwb in Ferndale as a central anchor base for the council where our business operations have been able to run as usual. We are extremely grateful to the council for the redeployment of government funded staff during this time who have supported the community throughout the pandemic. I am delighted to update you on some of data and exceptional work that has been undertaken by the local authority staff and wider partners. Collectively they have supported over 473 households and spent over £13,000 supporting the most vulnerable in the community during this time. This has been done by undertaken shopping duties, attending over 609 shopping stops, providing over 1000 receipts for proof of purchase, undertaking pharmacy collection and providing pharmacy support as well as supporting referrals and increasing partnership working with the Foodbank and Citizen Advice. Trevallis has also worked with over 40 families in the area and provided welfare calls to the most vulnerable. In addition to this fantastic non-statutory service, RCT and the team are also planning on incorporating dog walking into the support package. The Fern Partnership like so many other individuals, groups and community members would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners and RCT in particular for their exceptional work during this time. The level of support provided has made us as an organisation feel less guilty in a time our when our capacity is extremely limited.

As an income generating organisation, minimising the risk and our organisational survival has been our priority during this time alongside the essential safety of our staff and the community. We understand this is likely to have impacted on the community in terms of the reduced support we have been able to provide and we apologise however hope you understand.

At last by no means least, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated and loyal staff, particularly those super heroes, who have worked as front-line staff providing essential care to the children and babies in our community. Working in an environment whereby social distancing is not possible is even more challenging, particularly as the majority of the children in our care are under 3. Who will wipe their noses clean and wipe away their tears? I would also like to thank the working from home team also who have been a critical part of our organisational survival during this time. The work that has gone on behind the scenes has been outstanding and I thank you wholeheartedly also.

Over the coming weeks and months ahead, our organisation will continue to adapt and evolve as much as possible with a view point of safeguarding jobs and the organisation in time where so many organisations have sadly not been as fortunate. It is not always easy to predict into the future, especially in times where the road looks scary. But that has not stopped our team as yet and we do not plan on allowing it to stop us now! The months ahead will be challenging; however, we are optimistic and hope for your continued support and positivity so see us through this.

Thank you for understanding

Michelle Coburn-Hughes
Managing Director

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🌈Community Team Update🌈

Good morning,

Following the exit of Drew and Sarah from our community team we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to two new members of the team.

Catrin and Erin will be delivering work clubs in the Rhondda Fach as well as delivering social activities and supporting groups. Their main base will be Community Hub Maerdy when it reopens but until then they are available via email and will have a presence at Ferndale Hwb weekly.

Both Catirn and Erin have a wealth of knowledge and experience and keen to support the community in which they live 🙂

Contact details below;

Welcome to the team both!

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Who are we?

  • A Multi Award winning organisation and charity founded in 2008 by current Director of Business Michelle Coburn-Hughes as The Friends of Ferndale. The aims of the organisation is to enhance provision for pupils and offer services and support for the local community.
  • Due to rapid expansion and development in recent years the organisation is expanding to offer service to wider communities in RCT and beyond. In 2016 the organisation developed and became a company limited by guarentee with charitible status operating as ‘The Fern Partnerhip’.

Any questions? Please contact us.