Forums and groups

A forum or discussion/ action group can be a great place to meet new friends, find out about activities, socialise and discuss issues that matter to you as an older person living in Bridgend County Borough.

Below are some local groups who meet regularly:

Bridgend SHOUT older person’s forum

Bridgend SHOUT forum works with Age Cymru, local government, health providers and other organisations to participate in consultations relating to the Bridgend area, Western Bay Health Board area and on national issues if they affect over 50s. Board members represent SHOUT and Bridgend over 50s on a number of working groups at a local and national level with information fed back to members at monthly meetings and through the Facebook page ‘SHOUT Bridgend County’ and twitter page @SHOUTBridgend.

Bridgend Shout forum meet monthly at the Evergreen Hall, Angel Street:

The University of the Third Age (U3A)

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a nationwide organisation based on local groups providing opportunities for retired and semi-retired people to come together and develop their interests.

There are learning opportunities, outdoor pursuits, social events and outings on offer at a typical U3A, including anything from bridge to gardening to theatre trips.

U3A have groups in, Bridgend and Porthcawl , and you can search further locations by visiting their website here:


01656 784211

01656 767529

PACT meetings with South Wales Police

Partnerships and Communities Together (PACT) meetings are intended to give you an opportunity to highlight the community issues that are having an impact on your quality of life and to assist in deciding which issues are dealt with as priorities. It is not a surgery to discuss individual issues or concerns. Your neighbourhood policing team hold PACT surgeries separately. The meetings also give you the opportunity to get to know your local officer.

Visit to find details of your local PACT meetings and issues affecting your neighbourhood.

Setting up your own community learning club

This guide provides practical tips for setting up your own community learning club. It also highlights organisations and resources that can help. Click here to view the guide.

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  • Local and national support organisations

    Organisation Contact number Website
    Age Cymru 08000 223 444 Age Cymru
    Ageing Well in Wales 02920 445030 Ageing Well in Wales
    Alzheimers Society 0300 222 1122 Alzheimers Society
    Age connects morgannwg 01443 490650 Age connects morgannwg
    Older people’s commisioner for Wales 08442 640670 Older people's commisioner for Wales
    Welsh Local Government Association 029 2046 8600 Welsh Local Government Association
    Bridgend County Care and Repair 01656 646755 Bridgend County Care and Repair
    Bridges into Work 2 01656 815317
    Communities First Bridgend 01656 642605 Communities First Bridgend
    Careers Wales 0800 028 4844 Careers Wales
    Adult Community Learning 01656 642729
    BAVO 01656 810400 BAVO
    Local Community Coordinators 07815 579082 Local Community Coordinators