Wellbeing News: CREATING HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER COMMUNITIES

OSPREYS WHEELCHAIR RUGBY
The Osprey Wheelchair Rugby team have started training at MLC!

FROM MERTHYR TO SPAIN
During April Dowlais Library hosted the IB Cymru Exhibition.
The echibition told the story of volunteers who traveled to Spain during the 30’s to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Huw Williams and Ceinwen Statter gave a talk about the people from Merthyr Tydfil and surrounding villages who went to fight. It was an excellent event and we’re looking forward to having both Huw Williams and Ceinwen Statter visiting us again.

ABERFAN CENTRE
Aberfan Community Centre is currently undergoing a refurbishment! So far the centre ‘free weights’ gym has been re-situated and refurbished! Next stage will be completing the new cafe!

STAFF TRAINING
Congratulations to staff across the Trust who have completed their First Aid and Fire Warden training!

NEW PARTNERSHIP
Earlier in the year Merthyr Leisure Centre decided to partner with Merthyr Squash Club to help start a Junior Section.
Junior classes were introduced every Sunday along with new adult squash sessions.
The children’s sessions were a great hit, so much so we are running a summer ladder for the first time ever at MTLC.

DINO SHOW
Visiting Dinosaurs, over 200 excited children came to visit the dinosaurs, and we can confirm none we eaten, again they enjoyed themselves so much they will return.

DOG SHOW
MTLC saw its second dog show of the year, this time it was Rhondda and Pontypridd districts, with over 800 dogs entered the competition. The show was so good they have already signed up for next year.

NATIONAL DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Welsh National Dance Competition took place at MTLC during June. The main hall was filled to capacity of 1,200, with different groups attending throughout the day, children and adults alike enjoyed the facilities and sourounding services.


WELSH BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP
Over the last few months one of our lifeguards has coach this young boxing talent to the Welch championships, good luck for future bouts.

TO THE RESCUE!
Well done to three lifeguards from MTLC who became hero’s on Weymouth beach, when they had to enter the water to save a number of children that had got into difficulty! Here’s their story:
“Last day of our holiday and never did we think that we would end up climbing over the harbor wall, down the ladders and jumping in the sea to rescue people who were drowning!
Joshua Thomas went in to help a man who was trying to bring two children in to shore on his kayak, and by the time he put his shorts back on we spotted two children drowning and being pulled further out to sea.
We both ended up going in to bring them to the harbor wall ladder and thankfully Jamie Hall had jumped in to help us as the current and waves were so strong!
Thankfully all the children are now safe and sound! Even though we are all lifeguard trained and strong swimmers ourselves we still found the sea challenging, highlighting how dangerous the sea can be and how important water safety is!”

AQUATICS
We have trained 4 new level 2 swimming teachers (3 @ MTLC & 1 @ ACC). Attendees from MTLC were current casual staff who undertook 9 hours of voluntary assisting in our swim school to qualify for their place on the course. Following successful completion of the course these staff have now undertaken a further 9 hours of paid assisting and have been assessed delivering a lesson to sign them off as competent to deliver lessons for the trust.
These new teachers have allowed us to add an additional 68 places to our learn to swim scheme!

HEALTH AND FITNESS – WORKING LINK
PARTNERSHIP – NHS/MTLC
There have been a number of clients coming to the centre and working with Physiotherapist to rehabilitate from surgery, this has led onto instructors working alongside them after rehabilitation to further facilitate their return to participate in physical activity.
The working link between the NHS and the team has provided a step in link, so it has been easy for them to continue with enhancing their health and well-being. By meeting the staff whilst undertaking rehabilitation, they have been able to continue the journey with ease and comforted by the concept of knowing the instructors.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE
The Food and beverage saw a few changes, New Barista machine serving traditional Italian coffee, new card reading vending machines, and thinking about the environment, with new environmentally friendly packaging and utensils.
We also seen our new venture into the next valley RCT, to deliver a number of buffets, hopefully this will become a regular business.

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL GARDEN
The libraries HMG has had some recent work completed just in time for Wales in Bloom. The volunteers and staff have been working hard to get the garden looking spectacular with some more plants and a lick of new paint. We also worked with local artist Claire Timbrell who provided some beautiful paintings for the garden. Fingers crossed we get some great news from Wales in Bloom!

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