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Below is a list of organisations in and around RCT that you may find useful as they provide a wide range of advice and support for people with mental health problems, their carers and families. However this list is by no means comprehensive and is therefore constantly being updated. If you would like to have your organisation included here or you details amended please contact us by email admin@mentalhealthsupport.co.uk.


Aberdare Children's Contact Centre

Corporation Building
Depot Road
Mid Glamorgan
CF44 8DL

Contact Carol Peeke

Telephone : 01685 884001

The Children's Contact Centre in Aberdare provides a neutral meeting place where children from separated families can spend quality time with non-resident family members when there is no viable alternative.

The Centres' aims are to alleviate the hardship and distress children often feel during this difficult time in their lives.


(Education & Support for families)
c/o Community Rehabilitation Team Merthyr Tydfil
St. Tydfils Hospital
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 0SJ
Tel: (01685) 723244 (ext.4418)
Email: Julian.pitt@nglam-tr.wales.nhs.uk

The ACT family work project provides Support, education, and advice to families where a family member is experiencing a severe and enduring mental health problem.

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54-55 Bute St
CF44 7LD
Tel: (01685) 878755
Email: info@adref.org.uk
www: www.adref.org.uk

We are a housing charity who works in partnership with other agencies to address homelessness by supporting vulnerable people in a range of housing projects or in the client's own home.

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Age Concern

Age Concern
Duffryn Buildings
Duffryn Road
Mountain Ash
CF45 4DA
Tel: (01443) 477126
Email: got@acmorgannwg.org.uk
www: www.accymru.org.uk

Age Concern provides outstanding support to older people living in the community, to prevent admission to hospital and to help them maintain independence whilst living in their own homes.

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Alateen Family Groups UK & Eire
61 Great Dover St
Tel: (2074) 030888
Email: enquiries@al-anonuk.org.uk
www: www.al-anonuk.org.uk

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Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society
(Rhondda Cynon Taf)
7 Gelliwastad Rd
CF37 2BP
Tel: (01443) 400233
Email: maria.moruzzi@lycros.co.uk
www: www.alzheimers.org.uk

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Amber ProjectAmber Project - Working with young people who self harm

Quaker Meeting House

43 Charles St


CF10 2GB

Telephone: 029 2034 4776



ASSIST Trauma Care
11 Albert Street
CV21 2RX
Tel: (01788) 551919 / (01788) 560800
Email: assist@traumatic-stress.freeserve.co.uk
www: www.traumatic-stress.freeserve.co.uk

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Ategi Adult Placement Service (APS)
Smith House
Cardiff Road
CF37 5HP
Tel: 01443 484400
Email: tims@ategi.co.uk
www: www.ategi.org.uk

Ategi Adult Placement Service offers short breaks within the homes of individually assessed and trained individuals, couples or families. Breaks are generally arranged through Care Managers and people are matched depending on their likes, dislikes, activities and needs.

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Basement Project (The)
PO BOX 5, Abergavenny
Tel: (01873) 856524
www: http://www.basementproject.co.uk

We provide information on self-harm and surviving abuse.

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Battle Against Tranquillisers (BAT)
PO BOX 658
BS99 1XP

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BAWSO - Black Association of Women Step Out LtdBAWSO

9 Cathedral Road
CF11 9HA

Tel: 02920 644633
Fax: 02920 644588
Email: cardiff@bawso.org.uk

www: www.bawso.org.uk


Brook Advisory Centres LTD
(Charity number 239966)

Brook Central
421 Highgate Studios
53-79 Highgate Road
Tel: (02072) 846040
Email: admin@brookcentres.org.uk
www: www.brook.org.uk

Brook centres protect, promote and preserve the sexual and reproductive health of young people by educating them in matters relating to sexual behaviour, contraception, sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy.

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Brynawel House

Brynawel House Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre
Llanharry Road
CF72 9RN
Tel: (01443) 226864
Email: brighterfuture@btconnect.com
www: www.brynawelhouse.co.uk

Brynawel House provides residential treatment and rehabilitation for people expereincing alcohol dependency, we also provide day services.

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Healthy Living Centre

Bryncynon Strategy/Healthy Living Centre
2-4 Commercial Place
Mountain Ash
CF45 4YR
Tel: (01443) 475120
Email: bryncynon@hotmail.com
www: www.bryncynonstrategy.org.uk/

We are a community regeneration project offering a range of services for young children and families; young people; learning and volunteering opportunities; and projects to improve health and all aspects of wellbeing.

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Cardiff Concern

Regal House
Gelligaer Lane
CF14 3JS
Tel: (02920) 664410
Email: cardiffconcern@btinternet.com

Website: http://www.cardiffconcern.org.uk/

We are a voluntary Christian counselling service for clients over the age of 16 years. We deal with depression, anxiety, relationships, bereavement, addictions, domestic violence, abuse, self-esteem and rejection. We never impose our religious faith or belief on clients.

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Carers Information


Carers Information
The Carers Centre
Austin Friars
Southern Stafforshire
ST17 4AP
Tel: (01785) 606675
Email: info@carersinformation.org.uk
www: www.carersinformation.org.uk

This site provides up to date resources and information on issues relevant to carers, users and professionals who assist them in their role.

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Carers Support Project
Ilan Avenue,
Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF37 5PN

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 1.30 pm and 2pm to 5pm
Admin line and Fax: 01443 407582
Email: CarersSupportProject@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk

The Carers Support Project provides support, counselling and information for people caring for others. It operates a freephone CarersLine (0808 100 1801) and also a carers telephone counselling service. The project also produces a Carers Pack, quarterly newsletters, pamper days, workshops and trips, all of which are free to carers in Rhondda Cynon Taf.


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Carers Wales

Carers Wales
River House
Ynysbridge Court
Gwaelod Y Gart
CF15 9SS
Tel: (02920) 20811370
Email: info@careswales.org
www: www.carerswales.org

Our work involves improving the lives of carers by raising awareness of the needs of carers and campaigning for change, helping carers become more aware of their own role and status in the community, providing information, advice and support to carers enabling them to make their own choices about providing care.

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Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice Bureau
(Cynon Valley)
Old Library
Duffryn Rd
Mountain Ash
CF45 4DA
Tel: 01443 475633
Email: cynonvalleycab@talk21.com
www: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Confidential advice and information for all including benefits advice, debt, employment, representation at appeals. This service is free. Drop in without an appointment Old library mountain Ash 9:30am – 12:30 pm Mon-Thursday, YMCA Hirwaun 9:30 am to 1 pm, Yffynnon centre Penrhys; 2pm – 3:30pm Thursday and Teify House Maerdy 4 pm- 6pm Thursday.

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Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice Bureau
(Merthyr Tydfil)
Tramroadside House
CF47 0AP
Tel: (01685) 382188
www: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

We provide free, confidential and impartial advice to anyone who needs it regardless of race, gender, sexuality or disability.

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Combat Stress

Combat Stress
(Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society)
Tyrwhitt House
Oaklawn Road
KT22 0BX
Tel: (01372) 841600
Email: contactus@combatstress.org.uk
www: www.combatstress.org.uk

We are the only organisation since 1919 helping ex-service men/women suffering psychological injury to the mind due to their service career. We have a network of 12 welfare officers who visit clients at home a 3 different treatment centres.

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Community Health Council

Community Health Council
(Merthyr & Cynon Valley)
3rd Floor, Hollies Health Centre
Swan Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8ET
Tel: (01685) 384023
Email: Jan.adams@merthyrchc.org.uk
www: www.patienthelp.wales.nhs.uk

The key function of the Community Health Council is to represent the interests of the public in the health service in Merthyr and Cynon Valleys.

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Community Health Network

Tel: 01685 383929

w: www.gellideg.net/chn.htm

Community Music Wales
Unit 8, 24 Norbury Rd
Tel: (02920) 83 8060
Email: Admin@communitymusicwales.org.uk
www: www.communitymusicwales.org.uk

We provide opportunities for groups of people to create and play their own music. We provide tutors and instruments for people to take part in workshops. CMW have to find funding for projects, often working in partnership with other organisations to provide music activities for their client groups.

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Llanover House, Llanover Road
Mid Glamorgan
CF37 4DY
United Kingdom

Tel: (01443) 480484

Fax: 01443 430486
Email: info@crossroads.org.co.uk

www: www.crossroads.org.uk/cwmtaf

Office Hours: Mon - Thurs 9am - 5 pm Fri 9am - 4.30 pm An out of hours number is provided for emergencies

We work to deliver quality services for people with care needs and the people who care for them. We offer services to people who are caring for others with a physical disability or poor mental health.

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Curse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care
(Merthyr & RCT)
Commercial Street
Mountain Ash
CF45 3PW
Tel: (01443) 477700
Email: crusemtrct@postmaster.co.uk
www: www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

Cruse provides one-to-one and group support/counselling information and advice to the bereaved, and information and advice to professionals dealing with the bereaved.

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Dial UKDial UK
St Catherines
Tickhill Rd
Tel: 01302 310123
Email: enquiries@dialuk.org.uk
www: www.dialuk.org.uk

Dial UK is the national organisation for the DIAL network- approximately 135 disability advice centres run by and for disabled people. DIALs give free independent advice on all aspects of disability over the telephone and in drop-in centres: many can arrange to visit less mobile clients in their own homes.

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Disability Employment Advisor (DEA)
Pontypridd Job Centre Plus
Oldway House Broadway
CF37 4SP
Tel: (01443) 612011
Email: Russell.parsons@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk

The DEA helps people with health problems/disabilities find and keep suitable employment. Support available includes advocacy and specialist job matching, in-depth occupational assessment, advice on in-work benefits, work preparation/placements, advice on keeping a job and much more. You can contact DEA in your local job centre.

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Eating Disorders Service

Tier 2 Eating Disorder Lead Clinician

Maritime Resource Centre

Woodland Terrace



CF37 1DZ

Tel: 01443 486222 ext 5404

Fax: 01443 486322

mobile: 07899 874878

e mail: Carolyn.Sansom@wales.nhs.uk

Anybody wanting help regarding concerns about an eating disorder should go to their GP in the first instance who will offer appropriate advice and support or refer on to the local sector mental health team if needed. If you have any problems or queries accessing these services please contact Carolyn Sansom , Tier 2 Eating Disorder Lead Clinician

Education and Life Long Learning Service (The)
Continuing Education Section
Ty Trevithick
CF45 4UQ
Tel: (01443) 744474

We provide a range of leisure and vocational course for adults in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf. We Have centres in Abercynon, Porth, Merthyr Tydfil and Pontypridd. For more information contact us on the above number.

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Elite Supported Employment Agency
15 Talbot Rd
Talbot Green
CF72 8AD
Tel: (01443) 226664
Email: Information@elitesea.co.uk
www: www.elitesupportedemployment.co.uk

Elite Supported Employment Agency enable individuals with disabilities to access, obtain and maintain paid employment or vocational experiences via appropriate training and support. Elite is a voluntary organisation.

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Eye to Eye Youth Counselling Service
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Beddau CEC
Bryncelynnog Comp
CF38 2AE
Tel: (01443) 204551

Offers a free Counselling Service to Young People in Rhondda Cynon Taf aged between 11 & 25 yrs.

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Jims Lounge
(TV Room)
Wesley House
For information call Kristen at Maerdy Communities First 01443 755687

Are you experiencing stress, anxiety or depression?
Do you want to get out of the house?
Do you want to feel better about life?
Do you want to make new friends?

Come along to Ferndale Footsteps Peer Support Group. A confidential, informal, drop-in support group in Ferndale.


Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
7 York Court
Wilder Street
Tel: (01179) 429311
Email: info@fflag.org.uk
www: www.fflag.org.uk

We promote the well-being of LGB people, their families and friends by support (via 18 confidential helplines and 11 parents’ groups based around the UK), education and information, various publications, training and workshops.

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FFLAG - Wales
Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Wales
Tel: (0845) 6520321
Email: Janet.Jeffries@btopenword.com
www: www.fflagwales.org.uk

We provide information for families of lesbians and gay men.

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Family Awareness & Drug Support (FADS)
9 The Shopping Centre
CF44 9HD
Tel: (01685) 814900
Email: sheala.edwards@hotmail.co.uk

FADS aims to support families affected by drug and alcohol misuse in the Penywaun and surrounding areas. FADS offers advice, guidance, support and a professional counselling service for users and families.

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Gofal Cymru

We have offices across South Wales that provide a wide range of mental health and wellbeing services. Here you can find the contact details for all of our offices . To contact your nearest office, click on one of the locations below.

Alternatively, contact details and information about all of our mental health and wellbeing services can be obtained from our Head Office:

2nd floor
Derwen House
2 Court Road
CF31 1BN
t: 01656 647722 
e: enquiries@gofal.org.uk


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Hafal Merthyr
Unit 16
Pant Industrial Estate
Merthyr Tydfil
CF48 2SR
Tel: (01685) 373322
Email: merthyr@hafal.org
www: www.hafal.org

Hafal (meaning 'Equal) is the principal organisation in Wales working with people recovering from severe mental illness and their families. We are a charity run by the people we support.

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Hafal Neath
Suite C2
William Knox House
SA10 6EL
Tel: (01792) 816600
Email: hafal@hafal.org
www: www.hafal.org

Hafal empowers people with severe mental illness and their families to achieve a better quality of life to fulfil their ambitions for recovery, fight discrimination, enjoy equal access to health and social care, housing, income, education and employment.

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Headway Cardiff Headway Cardiff
Rookwood Hospital 
18-20 Fairwater Road 

Tel: 029 20577707

Email: info@headwaycardiff.org

www: www.headwaycardiff.org

Headway Cardiff has been working for people with acquired brain injuries, their families and carers in south east Wales since 1985. We became a registered charity in 1997 and currently provide support and services to over 300 people every year.

We aim to increase awareness and understanding of brain injury and its consequences, along with providing the necessary support to those with brain injury and their families, to help them attain the highest possible quality of life.

Housing Association
(Pontypridd & District)
16 Gelliwastad Road
CF37 2BW
Tel: (01443) 404910
Email: enquiries@pdha.co.uk

PDHA is a general needs housing association providing quality housing in the Taff Ely area of RCT. The association has a tenant support scheme that provides low level floating support.

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Interlink Mental Health Project

6 Melin Corrwg,

Cardiff road,

Upper Boat,

Cf37 5BE

Tel: (01443) 846200
www: www.interlinkrct.org.uk

We provide information and support to individuals who want to access volunteering opportunities.

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Journeys - Supporting people to find their own route to recovery from depression.

Address: 120-122 Broadway, Roath, Cardiff CF24 1NJ

Email: info@journeysonline.org.uk

Website: www.journeysonline.org.uk

Tel: 029 2069 2891

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Mental Health First Aid (Wales)

For general enquiries please contact your local Mental Health First Aid Regional Co-ordinator by phone or e-mail

North Wales:
Gwynfryn Evans
Tel: 07500 776376
Email: g.evans@mind.org.uk

Mid Wales:
Joyce Borgs
Tel: 07855 749866
Email: j.borgs@mind.org.uk

South Wales:
Claire Foster Tel:
07533 896335
Email: c.foster@mind.org.uk

Project Manager:
Kim Pugh
Tel: 02920 346581
Email: k.pugh@mind.org.uk


(Merthyr and the Valleys)
111/112 Rear of High St (Post office lane)
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8AP
Tel: (01685) 359183
Email: info@matvmind.org.uk
www: www.matvmind.org.uk

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MDF The Bipolar Organisation Cymru

MDF the Bipolar Organisation (Cymru)
Mill Street
South Wales
NP20 5HA
Tel: (01633) 244244
www: www.mdfwales.org.uk

Carers, Education, Training & Employment, Service-User Support Groups, Young Persons, Mental Health Awareness, Older persons, Volunteering, Advice & information, Support.

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Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Foundation
Sea Containers House
20 Upper Ground
Tel: (02078) 031101
Email: mhf@mhf.org.uk
www: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

The Mental Health Foundation uses research and practical projects to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems. We bring together teams that undertake research, develop services, design training influence policy and raise public awareness, all under one roof.

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Mental Health Service User Involvement Project
Interlink, maritime offices
Woodland terrace
CF37 1DZ
Tel: (01443) 485337
Email: pkitzinger@interlinkrct.org.uk
www: www.interlinkrct.org.uk

To facilitate the involvementand consultationof people who use local mental health services in decisions around planning and implementing these services.

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BM Mermaids
Tel: (07020) 935066
Email: mermaids@freeuk.com
www: www.mermaids.freeuk.com

We provide a support group for children and teenagers with gender identity issues, plus their parents and professionals

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New Horizons

New Horizons
44-49 Cardiff Street
CF44 7DG
Tel: 01685 881113
Email: Newhorizons2001@btconnect.com
www: www.newhorizons-mentalhealth.co.uk

New Horizons provides and manages resource and outreach centres which offer a place to chat and meet new friends; a range of sporting, leisure and social activities; self development training and courses; a vast range of volunteering opportunities and access to youth counselling, housing and welfare services.

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Older Persons Mental Health Team (Cynon)
Social Services, Principal Office
Llewellyn St
CF47 8HU
Tel: (01685) 875481

The team assesses the needs of people over 65 years with a mental health problem, and people with dementia of any age. Multidisciplinary team.

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Peer Mentoring Wales

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Brynffynon House

46 Merthyr Road


CF37 4DD

Tel: 01443 407686

Merthyr Tydfil


1st Floor

Oldway House

Castle Street


CF47 8UX

Tel: 01685 721991

website: www.drugaidcymru.com/services/peer-support.aspx

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Re-Solv Wales
21a Berriew Street
SY21 7SQ
www: www.re-solv.org

We are a society who educate young people of the dangers of volatile substances and are involved with education and awareness and field workers visit schools in Wales.

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(Seasonal Affective Disorder Association)
PO BOX 989
West Sussex
BN44 3HG
Tel: (01903) 814942
www: www.sada.org.uk

We are a voluntary organisation and registered charity, which informs public and health professions about SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), and supports and advises sufferers.

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Cityside House
40 Adler Street
E1 1EE
Tel: (02073) 751002
Email: info@sane.org.uk
www: www.sane.org.uk

Sane - raising awareness and respect for those affected by mental illness and providing information and support through SANELINE, 0845 767 8000, open every day of the year.

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Sudden Death Support Association
Eldon House
The Street
RE21 0PJ
Tel: (01189) 733939

We offer a befriending service for those who have experienced a sudden death. We aim to put callers in touch with volunteers who have shared a similar experience.

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Treatment & Education Drug Services
Engine House
Depot Road
CF44 8DL
Tel: (01685) 880090
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Trothwy Cyf

Trothwy Cyf
Caersalem House (Flat 4)
Gelli Road
Ton Pentre
CF44 7AS
Tel: (01443) 437492
Email: sam.lewis@gwaliagroup.org
www: www.trothwy.com

We have two projects in RCT for people living with mental ill health: (1) Caersalem house, accommodation ranging from 24 hr-staffed supported to self contained flats. (2) Floating support to enable individuals to maintain and live in their own home.

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Ty-Heddwch Resource Centre
RCT County Borough Council
1 Bethania Place
Tel: (01685) 886568

Provides one to one and group support to those experiencing mental health issues as part of their care plan, supporting people scheme, community support, meaningful daytime activities Referrals Via (CMHT).

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Valley's Race Equality Council (The)
Venture House
Navigation Park
CF45 45N
Tel: (01443) 742704
Email: Info@valrec.org

Valrec is a charitable organisation committed to working towards the elimination of racial discrimination, campaigning for equal opportunities and promoting good relations between persons of different racial groups.

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Voluntary Center

Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil

89-90 Pontmorlais, 
High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8UH

Telephone: 01685 353900
Fax: 01685 353909

E: volunteering@vamt.net

W: www.vamt.net


Women's Aid
Women's Aid
(Cwm Cynon)
P.O Box 22, Aberdare
CF44 6XZ
Tel: (01685) 879673
Email: cwmcynonwa@btinternet.com

To offer support and information to women and their children who have experienced domestic abuse; also to offer temporary accommodation.

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Women's Aid

Women's Aid
Upper Floor
3 Church Street
CF37 2HT
Tel: (01443) 480067
Email: pwwa@freeuk.com

Women’s Aid is a registered charity set up to enable women and children to escape from domestic abuse. We offer support together with emergency temporary accommodation. In addition we are able to offer support to women and children living in the community through our outreach service and 24 hr on call and drop-in service. We also recruit volunteers from the local community.

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Young Carers Project
(Rhondda & Taff Ely)
293 Brithweunydd Road
CF40 2NZ
Tel: (01443) 433079
Email: rhonddayc@nch.org.uk

This project aims to provide support and respite for young people aged 5-18 years who are caring for a relative who is ill, disabled, suffering mental distress or misusing substances.

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Young Carers Support Project
(Cynon Valley)
Mountain Ash YMCA
Duffryn Road
Mountain Ash
CF45 4DA
Tel: (01443) 476777

This project aims to provide support and respite for young people aged 8-18 years who are caring for a relative who is ill, disabled, suffering mental distress or misusing substances.

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