Engage and influence


We support community and voluntary organisations to work alongside and develop relationships with people and partnerships. The partnerships may be responsible for running public services such as those provided by the council or health board. We work together to develop local activities, services and facilities through:

  • our Community Advice Team
  • our networks
  • our community platform Connect RCT
  • promoting the value and impact of activities provided by community and voluntary groups
  • developing projects and applying for funding
  • supporting representatives from the community and voluntary sector to attend strategic partnerships like the Public Service Board Regional Partnership Board for Health and Social Care
  • developing relationships between community and voluntary sector organisations and public sector organisations such as the council or health board

Join our networks

By joining our networks, you can:

  • make new contacts
  • hear about what others are doing locally
  • have the opportunity to be involved in training, activities and projects
  • hear from funders about funding
  • find out about opportunities for working with partners

This network meets regularly to discuss developments and opportunities for partnership working. There is an associated bulletin which signposts children’s services, events and opportunities known to the network. It is open to all groups/organisations working with children, young people and families. You can enquire about joining by emailing Julie Edwards at jedwards@interlinkrct.org.uk.

A new mental health forum has been established to cover Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf county boroughs. This regional forum meets to discuss developments and opportunities for community and voluntary organisations to collaborate to improve mental health and wellbeing services. Community and voluntary organisations lead the forum, which we, Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend Association for Voluntary Organisations also support. If you’re a community or voluntary body and want to know more, please email sthomas@interlinkrct.org.uk.

The regional mental health website provides information on:

  • Mental health support services. It has a directory of services commissioned by Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTUHB) to offer community support across the three county boroughs.
  • Self-help zone. There is a handy area of useful resources to help support your emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Our stories. There is a collection of stories from real people who have accessed community services to support their mental health.

Rhondda Cynon Taf mental health information
We provide information, advice and support. This includes promoting a breadth of mental health activities and opportunities for community and voluntary organisations in Rhondda Cynon Taf. If you want this information or need any other support relating to mental health and wellbeing, please email sthomas@interlinkrct.org.uk. You can also access this website’s wellbeing pages and Connect RCT for support.

Mental health network bulletins

See our archive of mental health bulletins.

This network is for supporting people who help and manage volunteers with any training or advice they may need. It connects you to our services so you can recruit volunteers and get the most out of them while providing them with a rewarding experience. To learn more about the network or to join, email volunteering@interlinkrct.org.uk.

We facilitate this voluntary sector network. It’s open to community and voluntary sector colleagues, while being a platform for promoting local and regional voluntary sector services. It engages the sector on strategic developments in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT), and the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board area.

The network is a collective of voluntary organisations and community groups who work in the field of health, social care and wellbeing in RCT. By sharing information and involving organisations in consultations and reviews, it is a voice for voluntary organisations. Also, it encourages partnership working.

Network members have:

  • email briefings with regular news on funding opportunities, training, conferences, good practice and consultations on policy and strategy
  • invites to events and discussion groups, including networking and presentations on current issues
  • the chance to respond to consultations about health, social care and wellbeing
  • the chance to act as voluntary sector representatives on planning and strategic groups


Become a member by emailing amorris@interlinkrct.org.uk


See our archive of wellbeing coordinator bulletins.

Engage and influence people via Connect RCT


‘Connect RCT’ is Rhondda Cynon Taf’s social network for voluntary and community groups. You can network with other groups, and everyone who lives in RCT that wants to do things in their community. It’s a great place for engaging with people and organisations, as when running discussions or polls on the site.


Put your group and activities on Connect

Get support on influencing or engaging


Our Community Advice Team (CAT) is here to assist you in making changes. Contact them for free support:




E: info@interlinkrct.org.uk

T: 01443 846200

Links and information sheets on engagement and influence

Background information for local wellbeing influencing

The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act (FGA) has transformed community and voluntary sector work. It promotes working more sustainably through five ways of getting things done, which are:

  • long-term planning
  • acting earlier to prevent later problems
  • looking at the whole picture and integrating things better
  • involving people
  • working together

The Cwm Taf Public Service Board (PSB) has a responsibility to ensure public bodies and the third sector work together to plan and address important local issues. This is to benefit local people and communities. The PSB works on a shared Wellbeing Plan to identify how they will do this, and we help involve the community and voluntary sector to shape and deliver the plan.

Our Cwm Taf’s website shows who does what, and gives more information about this partnership.

The Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act helps to support people to have better health and social care. It is outlined in the Area or Regional (SSWB) Plan, which the Social Services and Wellbeing Partnership Board are responsible for. It focuses on involving people and communities, and acting early to prevent problems worsening.

Influence and partnership work is built on people listening to and respecting each other. The better we understand, listen and work together, the bigger the difference we can make.