Specialist programme

This programme is for small, local, specialist charities supporting people facing complex issues.

Under this programme we will support charities to strengthen their capacity and capabilities and become more resilient through a range of tailored development support offers alongside a three-year unrestricted grant of £75,000.

We will support small charities with an annual income between £25,000 to £500,000 where the main focus of your charity is to provide support for one of the eight themes outlined below. 


Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Care Leavers

Domestic Abuse



Sexual abuse & Exploitation

Trafficking and modern slavery

We will open for applications from Wednesday, 1 November 2023, 10am.

We’ll be hosting a webinar on Monday, 9 November 2023, 10:30am to 12:00pm where we’ll discuss the eligibility for this programme and answer questions. If you’d like to join, please register here

The National Lottery funded Merthyr Tydfil ‘Snakes and Ladders’ Project is an exciting and ambitious opportunity to engage young people in informing and developing mental health and wellbeing responses for young people and, thereby, increase the long-term resilience of the young people of Merthyr Tydfil.

Led by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and working alongside a wide partnership of organisations across Merthyr Tydfil the initial development stage facilitated engagement with young people across the Borough to capture their wishes and feelings to shape future Project delivery and response to young people’s emotional and mental health needs. The Project is now entering an exciting second phase, working alongside young people, to shape service delivery in line with their prioritisation of mental health issues.

All partners involved believe that children and young people, and where appropriate their families, should have opportunities to have their voices heard and be taken seriously in decisions that affect them. We believe this leads to better decision-making and improved services.

Safer Merthyr Tydfil and Barnardo’s Cymru are excited to be offering the following job opportunities.

Safer Merthyr Tydfil:

Position):             Children and Young People’s Engagement Worker, 28 hours per week, £23,400 p/a (£18,720 pro rata)

Contract:              Term of project – to 30th September 2027.

Barnardo’s Cymru:

Position):             Children and Young People’s Engagement Worker, 37 hours per week, £23,400 p/a

Contract:              Term of Project – to 30th September 2027.

All posts will be subject to agile working conditions with option (where appropriate) to work from office, home or within community – fixed base will be Safer Merthyr Tydfil Offices. Flexibility is also required as evening and occasional weekend work is essential.  Flexible working, pension scheme, generous holidays and other employment benefits also apply.

The successful applicants will have demonstrable experience of working with children and young people and where appropriate their families. Be able to evidence experience of active participation, engagement and influencing skills and have an appropriate level of understanding in relation to safeguarding.

A current valid driving licence and the ability to provide a suitable vehicle for work are desirable.

This post will be subject to suitable employment screening checks which includes eligibility to work in the UK, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and a minimum of two previous employment references. 

Both organisations are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from across all of our diverse communities. 

An Application Form and Job Description are available from:

SMT website:

Barnardo’s Cymru Website:

MTCBC Website:

For further information about the posts please ring:

Janice Watkins, Project Coordinator, Safer Merthyr Tydfil – 07949 684130

Pat Duke, Assistant Director, Barnardo’s Cymru – 07917 580669

The closing date for applications is:  12:00 noon 5/11/2023.

Interviews dates: w/c 11/11/2023.


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