Please find below Cardiff Partnership information, which may be of interest to those in Cardiff North. All contacts and programme details are included within the attachments.

Cardiff North Weekly Update – Week Ending 17th February

Council News

1. ANPR – Automated Number Plate Recognition – The Council’s in house Enforcement Agents who are responsible for enforcing the payment for parking fines, bus lane infringements and moving traffic contraventions will start using Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) on the 10th February. Read More Here.

2. Inspiring line-up and stirring stories for little literature lovers at Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival 2018 – Celebrated authors and illustrators will once again bring a cast of colourful characters and amazing tales to inspire and entertain little literature lovers this spring, as the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival returns to the Welsh capital in April. Read More Here.

3. The Big Gig returns to Cardiff; the Music City This year, music has been placed at the heart of the City’s Development with the announcement of the Cardiff music strategy and the Council’s commitment to help secure the future of live music in Womanby Street. Read More Here.

4. Wedal Road Household Waste Recycling Centre will close on March 2ndWedal Road HWRC will close at 6pm on Friday March 2nd but residents in the city will still be able to use the Council’s two supersites at Lamby Way and Bessemer Close. Read More Here.

5. Understanding the need for Household Waste Recycling Centres in the future – The need for a new household waste recycling centre (HWRC) in the city will be discussed by Cardiff Council’s Cabinet at its next meeting on Thursday, February 15th. Read More Here.

6. Cardiff’s Indoor Arena preferred site revealed – Atlantic Wharf looks set to be named the preferred location for Cardiff’s planned 15,000-seat indoor arena. Read More Here.

7. Cardiff reveals ‘Capital Ambition’ despite budget pressures – New schools, better roads, a new re-use/recycling centre and a multi-million pound investment in cycling infrastructure are just some of the proposals put forward in Cardiff Council’s budget for 2018/19. Read More Here.

8. Phase Two of Cathays Regeneration Project due to commence – Improvement works to Llanbleddian Gardens are due to start this week as part of the Cathays Regeneration Project. Read More Here.

9. Cardiff special school taken out of special measures – Woodlands High School in Cardiff has been removed from special measures by Estyn, the education inspectorate for Wales. Read More Here.

10. Enforcing banned turns in Cardiff – Motorists are being warned that two new banned turns are now being enforced in the city bringing the total of banned turns monitored by number-plate recognition cameras to 14. Read More Here.

11. Boost for Burnham Avenue – A busy shopping parade in the east of the city has been given a new lease of life thanks to Cardiff Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Scheme. Read More Here.

12. Gabalfa Primary School pupil a cut above – A young girl from Gabalfa Primary School in Cardiff is showing her support for The Little Princess Trust by donating 12 inches of her own hair. Read More Here.

13. Understanding the need for Household Waste Recycling Centres in the future – The need for a new household waste recycling centre (HWRC) in the city has been discussed by Cardiff Council’s Cabinet. Read More Here.

14. Cabinet agrees budget proposals – New schools, better roads, a new re-use/recycling centre and a multi-million pound investment in cycling infrastructure are just some of the proposals put forward in Cardiff Council’s budget for 2018/19. Read More Here.

15. 100 Days to go for Cardiff, before the arrival of the Volvo Ocean Race – Friday, February 16 marks 100 days to go before the Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s toughest and most prestigious sailing event, arrives in Cardiff on Sunday May 27 for a 14 day stopover. Read More Here.

16. Cardiff’s Indoor Arena preferred site approved – Cardiff Council’s Cabinet has endorsed the proposed preferred location of Atlantic Wharf for a new 15,000-seat indoor arena. Read More Here.


17. Cardiff Foodbank Newsletter: Winter 2018 Please click here to read more.

18. Bogus Calls from HMRC – The South Wales Police would like to inform as many people as possible of the latest scam that is being perpetuated by fraudsters which relates to telephone calls from someone purporting to be from HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) and informing the person called that they owe an unpaid debt and that this debt if this debt is not paid, that person will go to prison. They are then informed that to avoid going to prison, they must buy iTunes vouchers to the value they are told by the caller and then ring the telephone number the caller has given them and tell them what the voucher serial numbers are.

What this means is that once the fraudster caller has the serial numbers they can then cash these vouchers and pocket the money, they do not physically have to have possession of the vouchers. Unfortunately, one man from Whitchurch handed over nearly £5,000 and a lady from Tongwynlais handed over £700 and was then duped into handing over a further £950, so please don’t let this happen to you. If you do receive a call of this nature, do not fall for it and report it to either Action Fraud on 03001232040 or call the police on 101.

19. Phantom Debt Fraud – Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a ‘phantom’ debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.

The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order to recover the supposed debt that it owed. In some cases, the victim is also threatened with arrest. From the reports, Action Fraud has received, this type of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK.

It is important to recognise that there are key differences between the various entities who seek to settle debts or outstanding fees in England and Wales. These differences range from the type of debt they will enforce to the legal powers they possess. To learn more, please take a look at some of the helpful information and links on the Step change Debt Charity website here.

20. CAER Heritage ‘Hidden Hillfort’ February Newsletter – Please click here to read more.

21. Regional Safeguarding Boards Newsletter – The first edition of the Safeguarding Boards newsletter has now been published. Future newsletters will be produced by the Business Unit on a quarterly basis in order to update agencies, professionals and the public about the work of the Board. The newsletter has also been uploaded onto the Children and Adults Safeguarding Boards’ website. The links to the website are provided below:




22. Welsh Government Invites Applications to Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme – Grants of between £500 and £20,000 are available to third sector organisations, community organisations and community groups for projects and/or events which are aligned with at least one of the centenary’s key themes:

· Celebrate

· Educate

· Participate

The funding is for activities taking place in Wales with the following outcomes:

· To celebrate and increase people’s awareness of the women’s suffrage movement

· To improve people’s understanding of democracy in the UK, particularly young people

· To encourage and inspire participation in civic life, especially women

· To involve women from under-represented groups such as BAME, LGBT+ and disabled women.

The activity should be either one-off or for a time limited period only, and must take place between May and December 2018. Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is 16 March 2018.

23. The Seed Fund Opens for 2018 Showcasing UK Food Start-ups – The Seed Fund was established by food brand experts, The Collaborators, in 2013 and is supported by a range of PR, social marketing and private equity firms.

Now in its fifth year, the Seed Fund supports new food brands in the UK to become successful and inspiring businesses. The key aim of the Fund is to help start-ups and small producers in UK grow and flourish within the food and beverage sector.

The Fund is looking for applications from small producers in the UK who have been awarded a great taste award in the previous year as well as start-ups that have been trading for less than four years. The overall winner will receive a year’s worth of support from an expert team of Seed Fund mentors as well as £100,000 worth of branding and marketing development from The Collaborators.

A total of 12 companies will be selected for The Seed Fund Academy. This is a series of workshops, mentoring sessions and talks that will take place throughout the country over the course of the summer season. A variety of industry experts will host the academy, which will cover a wide spectrum of disciplines such as social media, marketing, raising finance and food photography. Click here for more information. The next deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.

24. Nesta Launch Awards for ‘Good Help’ – Nesta are seeking applications from organisations that demonstrate they are helping people transform their lives through ‘good help’ activities. The Good Help Award will reward an organisation or team that demonstrates they are helping people to find their sense of purpose and develop their confidence to take action to transform their lives, rather than focusing on fixing a problem for them.

Nesta will use the award process to identify and celebrate all of the most promising ‘good help’ projects – not just the winners – and will be looking for opportunities to share best practice and learning in ways that can help them all increase their impact.

There are three awards available – one £15,000winner, and two £5,000 runners up.

Any organisation or team from within the public, voluntary, community or social enterprise sectors in the UK are eligible to apply.

All applicants must be offering ‘good help’ through an established (i.e. operational for at least 12 months or more) project, programme or service in the UK. Click here for more information.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 30 April 2018.

Shortlisted applicants will be announced in June and invited to an exploration workshop in July. Winners will be announced at a celebration event on 13 September.

25. Building a Stronger Britain Together – Funding and support for groups involved in counter-extremism projects in their communities. The call for grant funding is open from Monday 15 January 2018 at 3pm until Friday 16 February 2018 at 5pm. Click here for full details.

26. Postcode Local Trust Launches First Round of 2018 – Established in 2015, the Postcode Local Trust provides grants to projects that are beneficial to local areas. It offers funding for outdoor projects related to play areas, green spaces, sustainable energy and conservation. Postcode Local Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

This year the Postcode Local Trust is offering grants for local projects which support improving biodiversity and outdoor spaces such as:

· Community gardens and play areas using sustainable materials

· Outdoor education and heritage

· Green energy projects and flood prevention

Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000.

There is a two-step application process. Click here for more information. The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 February 2018.

27. Launch of the 2018 British Small Business Awards – The British Small Business Awards aim to celebrate and bring attention to the UK’s small business sector. The purpose of this awards scheme is to give recognition to outstanding sole traders, micro businesses and small companies in the United Kingdom.

Successful businesses will receive an award that will commemorate their talents and hard work. Nominations are welcome from sole traders, micro businesses and small businesses in the United Kingdom. Nominations must be submitted by 26 May 2018. Click here for more information.

What’s on?

28. Co-production Network for Wales: Let’s work together to bring about change– The Cardiff get-together, hosted by ACE will take place on: Wednesday 28th February 2018, 10am to 4pm at Our Place Dusty Forge, 460 Cowbridge Road West, Ely, Cardiff, CF5 5BZ. To book a place please click HERE. And for more information, please click HERE.

29. Girls Together Event - International Women’s Day – Girls Together are busy planning for International Women’s Day which takes place on 8th March. However they will not just be celebrating one day! On March 8th the team will be up-skilling girls within their own secondary schools through the delivery of a Sports Leaders Playmaker award.

Then on 20th March, Girls Together will be operating a secondary school mass participation event for girls in year 7 and 8. It is expected to attract 300 girls taking part in an afternoon of Sport and Physical activity at Cardiff University in Talybont. Confirmed activities include BeatBall, Cricket, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Netball, Rugby, Squash, Table Tennis, Trampoline and Weightlifting. Each school in Cardiff will initially be offered 20 spaces at the event. For more details on this event please email

Finally on 26th March, Girls Together will be supporting its new partner Full Circle Education/Girls Circle at their ‘Keeping it Equal’ event. This is an annual event just for girls and young women aged 11-25, which aims to build girls’ aspirations for the future, promote gender equality and inspire young women to consider a wider range of jobs and careers, particularly in non-traditional roles.

30. Go Girl Academy – Already planning your Easter holiday childcare? Why not give the Go Girl Academy a try? Go Girl Academy runs workshops and camps to promote confidence, self-esteem and well-being for girls 9-16 years. Youngsters can join them at their Easter camps on 5th and 6th April at Roath Church House.

Camp activities include fresh air activities, music, dance, Easter egg hunt, mindfulness, role model Inspiration visits, girly pamper stations, skincare and lots more.

Girls Together are pleased to be offering some physical activity to support the camp which is open to girls aged 9 and upwards and places are just £40 for the 2 days. Participants will just need a packed lunch with lots of water and comfortable clothing with sport shoes. Checkout the facebook page here:

31. Get Online @ Home – Get Online @ Home is an initiative providing low cost refurbished desktop, netbook and laptop computers throughout the UK plus broadband comparison service since 2011, helping thousands of individuals, numerous housing associations, charities, community learning groups & local authorities achieve digital inclusion. Whether its communicating our offer to your learners/residents/clients, directly supplying your project with equipment to deliver digital inclusion, or recycling and re-using your redundant I.T equipment, we want to support your projects. Please call 01443 434675 or email here.

32. Crime Prevention Roadshow Please see attached flyer for full details.

33. Mini Circus Event @ Cathays Community Centre – You think you got what it takes to run away with the circus? Or just fancy having a go at something new? But, do you like to have fun? Come on down to Cathays Community Centre on Friday 23rd February! Please see attached flyer for full details.

34. Quiz for a Cause: Fundraising for Cardiff Foodbank– Join in for a great night out and support the ‘quiz for a cause’ to raise much needed funds for Cardiff Foodbank.

Cardiff Foodbank is seeking to raise funds to help towards warehouse costs, so that food donated by the general public can be sorted and stored safely and securely. Last year over 132 tonnes of food was donated and warehouse costs amounted to over £25000.

Cardiff Foodbank provides short-term help to people in food crisis across the city, by providing emergency food parcels, a safe place to chat and access to information for further support.

They provided food for over 14500 individuals in Cardiff last year who found themselves in crisis due to benefit delays, low income, relationship breakdown, redundancy, sickness, bereavement, mental health issues, debt and for many other reasons.

Click here to book tickets or if you are unable to attend but would still like to give financially, please click HERE to donate. Alternatively you can also book by calling 02920 483344. Tickets are £4 per person.

Job Vacancies

35. Employment Opportunities with the National Training Federation for Wales – The National Training Federation for Wales are expanding the team. Please see attached for more information.

Volunteering Opportunities

36. Student Volunteering Week 2018 – Please see attached information regarding Cardiff Volunteering’s Student Volunteering Week events (19th to 25th February).

37. The Volvo Ocean Race: Volunteers Needed – Ever thought about volunteering at a major event in the City? This is your opportunity to be part of an iconic sporting event taking place in Cardiff from 27th May – 10th June. The search is on for hundreds of volunteers who are willing to give their time, skills and energy to support this prestigious event. Most roles do not need any sailing expertise so as long as you have some enthusiasm and a willing attitude, we would love to hear from you! For more information and to sign up please visit:

38. Pave the Way open to new volunteers from Tuesday 27th February – Pave the Way Cardiff is open again to new volunteers later this month. If you or someone you know would like to join the project, you can come along to one of the meet ups to find out more. If you like the sound of the project and the support that can be provided into independent volunteering, you can register and the team will take it from there.

The meet ups, which will run every Tuesday from Feb 27th between 11.30am and 1pm are quiet informal drop-ins. If you would like directions or want to find out more click on the link here or contact Jo Harry on 02921322627

Training and Workshop Opportunities

39. Girls Together Role Model Programme Date Extended– Girls Together is expanding the current role model programme. They are identifying inspiring females across a variety of sports to join the programme. To read more and submit an application to become a role model visit: If you are already a Girls Together role model – don’t worry you can apply again for another chance to represent the campaign!

40. Get Into Retail Course – The next Get into Retail programme with New Look will be taking place in March. This course is open to 16-30 years olds (NEET). Key details are below and in the posters attached. (w)

Get Into Retail with New Look
Taster Day: Tuesday 13th March
Programme: 19th March to 13th April 2018

· Gain in-depth training and work experience in the retail industry
· Learn about merchandising, production, marketing and selling products
· Improve your teamwork, communication skills and boost your confidence
· Interview skills and CV work
· Possibility of employment with New Look on successful completion of the programme
· Receive 6 months support after the programme to help you find a job

No restrictions on where young people come from but will need to be able to attend the 4 weeks.


Work placements will be at the following stores:

· Cardiff Queen Street
· Cardiff St David’s
· Llantrisant
· Newport Friars Walk
· Newport Retail Park
· Cwmbran
· Barry

You can refer young people through the Princes Trust website here at or through their customer service line on 0800 842842.


41. IPAD training for parents of children with additional needs – Please view the following link HERE for information on iPad training for parents in their learning, play and life. They must book with family fund and own an iPad and not register with ADHD Cardiff.

42. Your Wellbeing, Your Government – Diverse Cymru and C3SC are running a new project aimed at improving understanding amongst diverse communities of how Government works and how you can get involved. The project is aimed at all diverse individuals and community organisations representing diverse individuals or communities. This includes Black and Minority Ethnic, disabled, trans*, older, lesbian, gay and bisexual people, people of different faiths and carers. Please pass the information on to anyone who you think would be interested in the project. More information about the events and a registration form are attached. Details of upcoming dates and venues are below:

Co-producing engagement that works for diverse individuals and community groups


· Monday 12 March 2018

Registration from 9:45am. Start: 10:00am. End: 1:00pm
St Philip Evans Hall, Cardiff

· Thursday 19 April 2018

Registration from 4.00pm. Start 4.15pm. End 7.00pm.

Taff Housing Conference Centre.

Travel, access, childcare, replacement care and respite costs related to attending will be reimbursed. All events include light refreshments.

To register for any of the events please complete the attached registration form and return it to Shelagh Maher on or phone 029 2036 8888 (ext 255). Please also include your dietary, communication, language and access requirements when you book your place.

43. Financial wellbeing at work – With mental health high in public consciousness, more and more employers are realising the importance of their role in safeguarding employees’ wellbeing at work. An important – but sometimes overlooked – aspect is employee financial wellbeing. It’s well documented that underlying symptoms of financial stress among your workforce can lead to sickness absence or reduced staff productivity. For many reasons, it makes sense for responsible employers to pay attention to improving employee financial resilience. Click here for more information and booking details.

44. Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) Training Courses March 2018 – Please click here to see the latest training courses on offer this month by the C3SC.

Have Your Say

45. Welsh Government Consultation: Creating a Parliament for Wales – The Assembly Commission would like to hear your views on how the electoral, operational and internal arrangements of the National Assembly for Wales could be changed.

The Wales Act 2017 marks the start of a new phase of devolution in Wales. It gives the National Assembly for Wales powers over new policy areas, including the Assembly’s own size, electoral system and internal arrangements.

The independent Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform published its report last year: A Parliament that Works for Wales. The Panel considered the Assembly’s capacity to deliver for the people of Wales, and concluded that with only 60 Members the Assembly is too small to carry out its functions effectively. The Panel also considered how Members should be elected, and what the minimum voting age should be for Assembly elections.

The Assembly Commission is seeking views on the Expert Panel’s recommendations, and on other reforms to the Assembly’s electoral and op