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 10th December

Have Your Say

1. Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Area Plan for Care & Support– We would like to hear your views on the Draft Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Area Plan and what we can do to improve health and well-being. The Area Plan provides the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Regional Partnership Board’s response to the findings of the Population Needs Assessment, which was published in March 2017. It has been prepared to meet the requirements of the Statutory Guidance in relation to Area Plans under section 14A of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The Area Plan sets out the key needs identified within the Population Assessment, along with the priority areas for action in response to the findings. In addition, an Area Action Plan has also been developed which provides the detail of how these priorities will be delivered.

The main focus of both plans will be the Regional Partnership Board’s responsibilities for the integration of services in relation to:

· Older People, including people with dementia

· Children with complex needs

· Learning disability and autism

· Adult and young carers

· Integrated Family Support Services

Where there are other care and support themes identified which are led by other Partnerships and planning arrangements across the region, both Plans will signpost to existing reporting mechanisms to enable progress to be monitored.

We would be grateful if you could provide your views via the online survey here by Sunday 3rd December 2017. Alternatively, please email any comments direct to hsc.integration@wales.nhs.uk by 3rd December.

2. Cardiff residents are being urged to share their views on the Council’s budget proposals for 2018/19 – Any residents who want to take part in the consultation can do so by viewing the Changes for Cardiff document and filling in the questionnaire online at www.cardiff.gov.uk/budget. The budget consultation closes on Thursday, December 14. Hard copies will be available for people at libraries, leisure centres and hubs or you can request a hard copy version by emailing budget@cardiff.gov.uk or telephoning 02920 873854. For a full version of the budget proposals, please read the City Council’s Cabinet Report of November 2, 2017, at www.cardiff.gov.uk/budget

3. Wellbeing Consultation: We want your views! – Building strong resilient communities is at the heart of the Draft Well-being Plan. We want your views on how this plan proposes to help Cardiff meet the challenges of a rapidly growing population. Over the next 3 months an online survey will be available and at a series of events in each of the six neighbourhood partnership areas across Cardiff. Please see below for details:

Click here for more information on the Well-being plan.

To complete the online survey: Click Here

To see which events are near you: Click Here

Council News

4. Roath Flood Scheme goes before Scrutiny Committee– A scheme designed to stop Roath Brook from bursting its banks is to be reviewed by Cardiff Council’s Environmental Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday. Read More Here.

5. Delight all-round as dramatic school improvement praised by inspectors – Riverbank Special School in Caerau is celebrating after being removed from monitoring by Estyn, the education inspectorate for Wales. Read More Here.

6. Threatening loan shark jailed A threatening loan shark who received full state benefits has been jailed for three and a half years at Cardiff Crown Court today. Read More Here.

7. Christmas Memorial Service – An ecumenical Christmas Memorial Service will be held at the Wenallt Chapel at Thornhill Crematorium at 2pm on Sunday 10th December 2017. All are welcome to attend and pay their respects to their loved ones during this Christmas period. Read More Here.

8. Eleven drivers caught and operations will continue – A festive message is being given to the taxi and private hire trade – abide by the terms of your licence or face disciplinary action. Read More Here.

9. Volunteer Cardiff: New website launched – A new website promoting opportunities in Cardiff has been launched. Read More Here.

News

10. Spice Time CreditsClick here to learn about some of the achievements bringing us festive cheer this Christmas.

11. South Wales Community Messaging: Increasing in Commercial Burglaries during last 7 days – The SWP have notices an increase in commercial burglaries in the last 7 days. Safes and high value items have been targeted. Please review your business security & consider the advice below. Prepare to bank large amounts of cash regularly and protect keys for your business vehicles. Crime prevention advice – commercial premises:

· Make sure your alarm is functioning or consider getting one installed if you do not already have one.

· Do not keep high value stock behind the counter where someone can reach over & take.

· A monitored one or one which contacts you to warn that it has been activated is ideal so you can respond quickly.

· If you have office accommodation make sure computers are locked to the desks and protectively marked with company name & registered with immobilise.com.

· If there is vacant accommodation above or to the side of your premises. Make sure they are secure to prevent someone breaking into your premises through the ceiling or wall. Consider measures to strengthen weak points in your building fabric.

· Do not leave cash on the premises. Leave till drawers open and put a message up to say cash is not left overnight, If you have a safe, make sure it is concealed and fixed to the wall or floor. Ideally integrated into the fabric of the building. To ensure your safe is the best possible standard, visit: www.securedbydesign.com a Home Office approved website which lists approved security products which have been awarded the ‘Police Preferred Specification’ status, or www.soldsecure.com which lists products approved by the Master Locksmith Association.

· CCTV can be very useful in identifying offenders and can be a deterrent. It is also good for personal safety if you are also available where you can live monitor the images via on an app or on your mobile phone. Conceal the hard drive.

· If you have high value stock, consider installing a security fog system www.smokecloak.com or www.protectglobal.co.uk. It will activate if the alarm is triggered and will protect your stock.

· Ensure the access to any private quarters/staff areas are locked at all times during opening hours.

· If you have external roller steel shutters, consider getting them floor bolted as well. If you have rear fire escapes, consider using drop bars to secure them when the premises are closed.

· If you have areas of unprotected glazing. Consider replacing with laminated glass or installing security film to the inside of toughened glass – for example: Scotchshield Window Film 3M.eu/WindowFilm

· Consider joining with the other local traders to share costs of joint crime prevention measures, i.e. CCTV, on site security & improved perimeter fencing.

12. #Ideasmeanbusiness regional launch in Cardiff – Innovate UK (the UK government’s innovation agency) is delighted to be announcing a partnership with The Prince's Trust, where, through a joint #IdeasMeanBusiness campaign, they will seek out and support young innovators.

This new programme is for 18-30yr olds who are not in employment, education or training, or are in a form of under-employment, and will ensure those who have an idea for an innovation that could go on to be commercially successful, are presented with a new opportunity to develop it further. It will offer funding, expert advice and connections to a new network of people and organisations working in innovation.

As part of this campaign, they have also published a recent YouGov research report, that surveyed young people from disadvantaged backgrounds about their attitudes towards innovation, which we used to inform this campaign.

Campaign Launch

Innovate UK & The Prince’s Trust recently launched this campaign on 5 December 2017 in London and now they are taking the launch on tour with a coffee van. At these vans, business ideas can be exchanged for free coffee and they can learn about the programme.

They will be in Cardiff city centre on Wednesday 13 December 10-2pm. Follow @innovateuk on Twitter to learn more.

Grants/Funding

13. Government Invites Women’s Charities in the UK to Apply for £15m in Funding– The Tampon Tax Fund was announced by the Chancellor during the 2015 Autumn Statement. The Office for the Civil Society, which is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), is running and managing this UK-wide fund.

Charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations based and working in the UK can submit applications for grants of at least £1 million. There is £15 million for the current fund which covers 2018-19. The minimum grant is £1 million. There is no maximum level of grant. The grant must represent more than 50% of the applicant’s collective annual income. Grants may be for one or two year projects, with a maximum of two years up until 31 March 2020. The funding will support projects that focus on at least one of the following categories:

· Violence against Women and Girls

· Mental Health and Wellbeing

· General programme

Please click here for more information. The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 28 January 2018.

14. Gwanwyn Community Grants – Would you like to take part in Gwanwyn 2018 and celebrate creativity in older age? Funding of up to £500 available to groups and organisations to provide opportunities for older people to take part in arts events all over Wales. For more information visit the Gwanwyn website here.

What’s on?

15. Forget-me-not Christmas Service– For people with memory problems, and their carers, for people who feel isolated or vulnerable and for anyone who would like to join us. Christmas service will be in St Peter’s Church, St Fagan’s Road, Fairwater, CF5 3DW on Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 2pm. Followed by free refreshments. On road parking, and fully accessible. Any further information please phone 02920562551.

16. Cardiff Rivers Group Next Event– The Cardiff Rivers Group will be taking on the dock feeder canal at the rear of the Park Plaza and New theatre this Saturday 9th December. Please click here for full details.

Job Vacancies

17. Families First – Tros Gynnal Plant are looking for a Practitioner Manager who can lead and develop a new helpline element of our Early Help Service for families in Cardiff. Click here for full details. Closing Date: December 11, 2017 at 12 noon.

Volunteering Opportunities

18. Cymru Older People’s Alliance (COPA): Advert to fill post of Honorary Secretary – The position of Honorary Secretary is a voluntary one. It is not remunerated but travel and other expenses are reimbursed. Please see attachment for more information.

19. ‘Happiness Live’ – Age Cymru are currently looking for volunteers aged 70+ to assist with an exciting new TV programme for BBC 1 Wales called Happiness: Live, a one hour live special hosted by Alex Jones and Jason Mohammed that will be the showpiece of BBC Wales’ Health season in January 2018.

‘Aiming to blast away our January Blues and improve the nation’s mood (live!), this hugely fun and informative show uses lively studio experiments, thought-provoking pre-recorded films, engaging experts, humorous guests and social media to debunk the myths of the self-help industry and discover the science of happiness, establishing how we can all become happier in our lives’.

Wildflame Productions are looking for volunteers who are 70+ to talk about intimacy in meaningful relationships in older age. As part of the television programme, they would like to discuss how an intimate relationship can improve our health and happiness and explain some of the science behind that. The show is supported by research from Cardiff University and experts will be explaining the scientific links between sex and happiness as part of the show. The ideal would be a couple/couples who are happy to talk in studio with Alex and Jason about the importance of a meaningful intimate relationship in older age or from the comfort of their sofa at home. In terms of time commitment, they would like to do some filming with the contributors in the next 2 weeks, which will take a couple of hours of their time maximum.

The contributors will be invited to be part of the audience of Happiness: Live at the BBC Wales studio on Tuesday January 23rd.

 

Cardiff North Weekly Update – Week Ending 3rd December

Have Your Say

1. Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Area Plan for Care & Support– We would like to hear your views on the Draft Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Area Plan and what we can do to improve health and well-being. The Area Plan provides the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Regional Partnership Board’s response to the findings of the Population Needs Assessment, which was published in March 2017. It has been prepared to meet the requirements of the Statutory Guidance in relation to Area Plans under section 14A of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The Area Plan sets out the key needs identified within the Population Assessment, along with the priority areas for action in response to the findings. In addition, an Area Action Plan has also been developed which provides the detail of how these priorities will be delivered.

The main focus of both plans will be the Regional Partnership Board’s responsibilities for the integration of services in relation to:

· Older People, including people with dementia

· Children with complex needs

· Learning disability and autism

· Adult and young carers

· Integrated Family Support Services

Where there are other care and support themes identified which are led by other Partnerships and planning arrangements across the region, both Plans will signpost to existing reporting mechanisms to enable progress to be monitored.

We would be grateful if you could provide your views via the online survey here by Sunday 3rd December 2017. Alternatively, please email any comments direct to hsc.integration@wales.nhs.uk by 3rd December.

2. Cardiff residents are being urged to share their views on the Council’s budget proposals for 2018/19 – Any residents who want to take part in the consultation can do so by viewing the Changes for Cardiff document and filling in the questionnaire online at www.cardiff.gov.uk/budget. The budget consultation closes on Thursday, December 14. Hard copies will be available for people at libraries, leisure centres and hubs or you can request a hard copy version by emailing budget@cardiff.gov.uk or telephoning 02920 873854. For a full version of the budget proposals, please read the City Council’s Cabinet Report of November 2, 2017, at www.cardiff.gov.uk/budget

3. Wellbeing Consultation: We want your views! – Building strong resilient communities is at the heart of the Draft Well-being Plan. We want your views on how this plan proposes to help Cardiff meet the challenges of a rapidly growing population. Over the next 3 months an online survey will be available and at a series of events in each of the six neighbourhood partnership areas across Cardiff. Please see below for details:

Click here for more information on the Well-being plan.

To complete the online survey: Click Here

To see which events are near you: Click Here

4. C3SC Food Cardiff Survey– Please take a couple of minutes to complete this short survey. Anonymised results will help inform the Cardiff Sustainable Food Cities strategy, help connect food related activities delivered across the City and support new ones. This survey will help Food Cardiff understand the role of Third Sector Organisations in delivering food related initiatives in Cardiff and inform future Sustainable Food Cities strategies. Click here to complete the survey.

Council News

5. Eastern High transformation recognised by education watchdog – Estyn, the education inspectorate for Wales, has today published a report removing Eastern High school in Rumney, Cardiff from special measures. Read More Here.

6. Explore the history of Bute park at Cardiff Story Museum – A new exhibition exploring the history of Bute Park opens at the Cardiff Story Museum on December 2nd. Read More Here.

7. 150 new reasons Cardiff is getting even greener– Cardiff is getting even greener thanks to 150 new trees that are being planted in the city’s streets and parks. Read More Here.

8. Scrutiny Chair wants your views on how Leisure Centres are run – Cardiff Council’s Economy and Culture Scrutiny Committee want to hear views from the public on how Leisure Centres are being run in the city. Read More Here.

9. Construction starts on permanent home for Cardiff’s newest high school – The turf has been cut by Deputy Leader of Cardiff Council and Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry, and Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, at a ceremony to mark the start of construction for the new home of Cardiff West Community High School. Read More Here.

10. Building more and better jobs – Cardiff residents, local businesses and all those that depend on the Cardiff economy are to be given the opportunity to help shape an ambitious agenda aimed at rebuilding the momentum of Wales’ capital city. Read More Here.

News

11. South Wales Community Messaging: Lock Your Doors & Windows – Don’t Make it easy for a burglar – There has recently been a number of dwelling burglaries throughout the city through insecure windows & doors. It is important that you protect your property as best you can by taking simple steps. The majority of property crimes committed in the South Wales Police area are opportunistic and target insecure premises and vehicles. A criminal will always choose an unlocked door or window rather than smash a lock or climb a wall which is time consuming, potentially noisy and may draw attention to him/her. The following advice will help you maximise security and minimise the likelihood of you being the next victim:

· Secure all windows and doors – protecting your home doesn’t have to be expensive. Simply locking windows and doors is the best way of keeping unwanted visitors out! Remember, crime happens in the daytime too so always lock up even if you’re just nipping out or even just upstairs! It takes seconds to open a door and remove an item.

· Secure your garden – getting access to your garden is the first step, if this is made difficult then they are unlikely to bother. Always lock your gate, if you have a shed or garage then lock this too. Anti-climb paint is also good deterrent, it is a greasy black paint that doesn’t dry and can be applied to tops of walls (legal restrictions with this option, contact your local PCSO for advice).

· Don’t leave valuables on display – whether that be in your house or in your car, if it can’t be easily seen it is much less likely to be targeted. Think from a criminals point of view, choose the house with the laptop, smartphone or car keys are on the windowsill or in the porch or on a shelf by the front door.

· Security lights: security lights trigger when there is movement. If a light comes on when approaching your property the criminal is unlikely to hang around. If he can be seen he can be identified! Or dusk to dawn lights that are low energy and stay on all night.

· Alarms: burglar alarms are ideal but can be expensive. If this is an option for you then it is highly recommended. If not, window alarms are a cheaper option, as are shed alarms which can be purchased for around £20 in any hardware store and are simple to install.

· CCTV: again this can be expensive but is a very effective tool. A much cheaper option is an online web cam which is motion activated and will contact your smart phone. Or a ‘dummy’ CCTV camera which can be purchased on line or from a DIY store.

· Mark and register your property – ultra-violet pens can mark your property without being seen by the naked eye. If the worst happens and your property is stolen it is much easier to get it back to you if it is marked. Think about it, most people don’t keep track of serial numbers so if a TV is recovered we have no way of finding out who it belongs to – unless it is marked! We recommend that you record the details of your valuables with the free website www.immobilise.com. This website is checked when property is recovered and it is a great tool to reunite the property with its rightful owner.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously in the area, it is extremely important that you ring 999 ASAP. Slow time calls can be made through 101.

12. Shopping Online Safely – A few helpful tips for shopping online safely over the holiday season:

Check web address

Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site.

Is it a secure connection?

Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and have a web address that starts with https. This means your connection to the website is secure.

Phishing

Don’t click on links or attachments within unsolicited emails. The number of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period.

Bank transfers

65% of Action Fraud reports during the 2016 Christmas period were linked to online auction sites. Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.

13. For Cardiff Enewsletter – Click here for the latest newsletter from For Cardiff.

14. Word on the Street Newsletter – Click here for the latest news bulletin from Word on the Street

Grants/Funding

15. Government Commits to More Funding for Community-Led Housing – Housing Minister Alok Sharma announced at the first national Community-Led Housing Conference that the Government will launch a new fund ‘worth £60 million in the first year alone’ which will provide both capital and revenue funding, with flexibility to meet demand.

Community groups, registered providers and other appropriate organisations will be able to apply for funding from January 2018 with the first allocations of funding being awarded around the beginning of April 2018.

Further information about the programme will be provided in the prospectus which is expected to be available shortly.

According to the Housing Minister, 2a significant element of the funding will also go towards developing an advisory network that supports community groups to bring forward projects.’ He also said that he will be setting up an advisory group to steer the Department of Communities and Local government on the delivery of the funding programme. The full transcript of the Housing Minister’s speech can be found on GOV.UK here. Full details of the funding programme will be provided as soon as they become available.

16. Applications Open for Horizon Prize for Social Innovation in Europe– In 2015, the European Commission (EC), in cooperation with the European Investment Bank Institute, announced plans to launch a Horizon prize on a social challenge chosen by the public from five proposed challenges. The proposed challenges were:

1. Childhood obesity

2. Ageing population

3. Integration of immigrants in the labour market

4. Women entrepreneurship and women-led enterprises

5. Citizens for clean energy

With 32% of votes out of a total of 9,685, the challenge of ageing population topped the list of five proposed topics. The EC has therefore launched the Horizon Prize for Social Innovation in Europe Ageing population to deliver new solutions to the challenge of Europe’s ageing population.

The purpose of the contest is to develop innovative and sustainable mobility solutions for older people aged 65 and over. The prizes will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the applicants who in the opinion of the jury demonstrate a solution that best addresses the award criteria. The solutions submitted, likely to combine technological, social and behavioural features, must be implemented for several months during the contest period.

The jury will assess the work and progress made by the applicants during an implementation period of at least five months between the opening of the prize and the submission of the applications, based on measurable evidence that they will have to provide. Applicants will also have to demonstrate that their solution can be scaled up and replicated in different contexts.

Click here for more information. The total budget available for the prize is €2 million, and applications can be submitted on the EC’s Participant Portal website. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2019.

17. Weston Charity Awards Expands Programme For 2018 – 20 registered charities in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales can apply for a package of support intended to provide long-term benefit. Registered charities that are ambitious and working to alleviate disadvantage in either youth, welfare or community sectors can apply. Recipients will receive:

· A fully funded year of support from Pilotlight

· An unrestricted cash contribution of £6,200 to support the work with Pilotlight, this includes travel expenses to meetings

· Access to the advice and support of both Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation

· Three ‘connect’ sessions with other Award Winners across the year

Charities must have an annual income of less than £5 million, and at least one paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position. Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is 12 January 2018 (5pm).

18. AHF Publishes 2018 Deadline for Project Development Grants – The Architectural heritage Fund (AHF) is an independent charity that offers grants to help it deliver its overall strategic objectives and outcomes for heritage and communities. AHF offers grants of up to £25,000 to registered charities and social enterprises in the UK that need financial assistance to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a building project and taking it towards the start of work on site.

The grants are intended to support project development costs only and not for on-site capital works. Funding is available for any work that is essential for taking the project forward towards the goal of revisiting an historic building.

Applicants must explain how a particular piece of work or activity will enable this. Examples of eligible costs include:

· The employment of a project co-ordinator

· Fees for consultants to help progress the organisation’s plans

· Property valuation by a PICS registered valuer

· Fundraising consultants

· Business planning consultants

· Costs associated with developing a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund or other capital funders

· Costs of community engagement work

· Legal costs where this is critical in establishing ownership of the viability of proposed uses or for advice on governance

· VAT costs that cannot be reclaimed

· Organisation’s overheads/administration costs

· Costs associated with converting an existing or social enterprise into a Community Benefit Society

Applicants are generally expected to cover at least 50% of the cost of the work. Click here for more information. The 2018 deadlines for applications requesting more than £5,000 are 16 February, 11 May, 24 August and 2 November.

19. BBC Children in Need Main Grants Programme 2018 Deadlines Announced – The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme will consider applications requesting grants of over £10,000 to support projects for up to three years. Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

· Illness, distress, abuse or neglect

· Any kind of disability

· Behavioural or psychological difficulties

· Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and make a real difference to children and young people’s lives.

Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding providing the current grant is coming to an end within the next 12 months. Applicants will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the difference the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people the organisation has worked with. Click here for more information. There are three deadlines for initial applications in 2018: 16 January 2018, 17 May 2018 and 13 September 2018 (midnight).

20. Welsh Government Launches New Round of Rural Business Investment Scheme – Food (RBISF) – The Rural Business Investment Scheme – FOOD (RBISF) is a capital investment programme designed to support projects that offer clear and quantifiable benefits to the food and drink industry in Wales. The scheme is intended to support food and drink processing or manufacturing activities currently not eligible under the Food Business Investment Scheme.

The indicative funding allocation under the current round of the scheme is: £500,000 for an expected maximum number of full applications of 25.

The minimum grant will be £2,400. The maximum grant for an individual investment project is 40% of the total eligible cost with a maximum of £50,000 for any individual investment project. Support can cover tangible assets such as land, buildings, machinery and equipment and intangible assets such as computer software, patent rights and licenses and technical and consultancy fees, including:

· the construction, acquisition, or improvement of immovable property, with land only being eligible to an extent not exceeding 10% of the total eligible costs of the investment project;

· the purchase of machinery and equipment up to the market value of the asset;

· general costs linked to expenditure such as architect, engineer and consultation fees, fees relating to advice on environmental and economic sustainability, eligible to an extent not exceeding 10% of the total eligible costs;

· acquisition or development of computer software and acquisitions of patents, licenses, copyrights, trademarks

The scheme is open to applications from a wide range of micro and small businesses (micro enterprises employ fewer than 10 people and small enterprises fewer than 50) involved in food and drink processing and manufacture throughout Wales. Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is 24 January 2018.

21. New ‘Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW) Funding and Support – 2017/18 – Natural Resources Wales is making £3million available to projects to improve the environment across Wales. Having identified key challenges that face the Welsh environment, NRW will be offering money and other support to organisations that can offer projects to meet these challenges. For full details visit the NRW website. A streamlined funding application process has also been launched. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is 14th January 2018. You can find out more about this opportunity by joining a webinar on 5th December, Time: 10:15 to 11:45. The Webinar will be a summary of the main issues, covering crucial aspects of the remit and process of the Open Call and will be informed by the FAQs of the stakeholder events. If you would like to register for the webinar please e-mail: external.funding@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

If you decide to submit an application relating to community gardens/growing or community farming projects and require support in developing the submission, please contact marcus@farmgarden.org.uk

What’s on?

22. Warm & Safe Homes Pilot– The Affordable Warmth Partnership was formed alongside the Cardiff Affordable Warmth Strategy in 2006, with the aim of tackling fuel poverty across all tenures of housing in Cardiff. The main focus of the project is to identify households in fuel poverty and poor health who can be supported to improve their living conditions and subsequently improve their quality of life, health and wellbeing. Please see the attached document for more information on the project and how to access support.

23. Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens (FCFCG): Supporting Communities to Grow– The FCFCG will be holding its South Wales Regional Gathering on the 7th of December at Insole Court, Cardiff and would love for more people to come join. This is an opportunity to meet other great community growing groups, get inspired and pick up new ideas and get up to date on the latest news in the community growing sector. There will be workshops, guest speakers and a delicious free lunch! For more information and to register click here!

If you require any further details, please contact the office on the details below or email Lisa Williams lisa@farmgarden.org.uk or Nina Thomas nina@farmgarden.org.uk

24. Age Connects and The Big Christmas Give – Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale has been chosen to benefit from the Big Give Christmas challenge. The Big Give Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign – it offers supporters the opportunity to have their donation on www.thebiggive.org.uk when the campaign goes live:

Please support us if you can – it only takes three simple steps:

1. Mark Tuesday 28th November until Tuesday 5th December in your diary and tell everyone you know too!

2. Go online to www.theBigGive.org.uk and search for the Age Connects Community Volunteer Support Programme

3. If you can –donate- all donations over £5 will be doubled!

These donations will mean we can reach out to lonely, vulnerable older people and make a huge difference to local people who have nowhere else to turn and need our help. We have also set a thunderclap, which means if 100 people follow the link below and sign up before the launch date of 28th November to the thunderclap – our Big Give message will be shared to so many more people! Please do this now and encourage your contacts to do the same! Please see attached flyer for more information and click here for the thunderclap details.

25. ADHD Awareness: 8th December Please find attached details on workshop on the 8th December run by Snap Cymru for parents and professionals. Please feel free to share information with colleagues.

26. Cardiff People First What’s On December Please see attached Cardiff People First’s ‘What’s On’ for December 2017. If you know someone who has a learning disability, please let them know about Cardiff People First.

27. Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party – The SVC are holding a free Christmas party for older people on the 4th December at Cathays Methodist Church (next Monday). If you know anyone who might be interested in attending, please share the attached flyer with them.

28. Cardiff North Time Credits – Keeping you up to date with the exciting world of Time Credits! Click here for more information.

29. The Welcome Cafe – The Welcome Café is for people living with dementia and those caring for them. The café provides a safe and welcoming environment where you can relax, listen to some music, join in craft activities or simply enjoy good company. The Café is held once a month on a Tuesday afternoon at the Thornhill Centre from 2 to 3:30pm. The dates for the start of this year’s Cafes are:

· Tuesday January 10th

· Tuesday February 14th

· Tuesday March 14th

· Tuesday April 11th

· Tuesday May 9th

· Tuesday June 13th

For more information please contact Andrew Lucas on alucas@caerdydd.gov.uk or telephone: 02920 872536

30. COMMUNITIES FIRST BUTETOWN CLEAR OUT

Communities First Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown have the following items available, first come first serve via email – cathryndavies@srdc.org.uk :

· A rotating 4 shelf carousel – height 56 inches, depth 32 inches, free to a good home

· 2 monitors

· Black and white printer

Health

31. Haya Fitness: Women Only Gym – Haya Fitness is based in Leckwith Road, Canton and is a dedicated Ladies Only Gym. The idea of the gym was originally to give women of the Muslim faith who cover up, a space where they could openly exercise, but since opening 1 year ago the gym has welcomed women from all parts of the community. Some are gym novices and feel more comfortable in a ladies only space, others are from the older generation (with fabulous over 50s prices) and others are just body conscious and prefer the idea of ladies only.

The gym has all the equipment for strength, resistance and cardio workouts and a large studio where a selection of classes are offered. The gym also includes a sauna and even a kid’s play zone where mums can exercise knowing their children are safe. Access the gym website here for more information.

Job Vacancies

32. Cymru Older People’s Alliance (COPA) – Please find attached details around two (2) positions which COPA are currently advertising. These 2 posts are ‘North Wales Co-opted Trustee’ and an ‘Honorary Secretary’. If you are interested in either post, please apply by the 29th December.

Volunteering Opportunities

Updates from Volunteering Matters:

33. Rural Wisdom – Please find attached details of the ‘Rural Wisdom’ project being run by our partners ‘Volunteering Matters Cymru’. The project aims to tackle isolation among older people, were goals are set by local people. The overall aim of the project is to provide each participating community with a dedicated worked to help older people achieve the small reasonable goals that might make a huge difference to residents. The project will also provide constant information about what is being achieved (and what does not work) to other communities so that valuable learning is passed on.

Training and Workshop Opportunities

34. Get into Retail – The Princes Trust is organising a Get into Retail programme with Marks & Spencer which will be taking place in the New Year. This course is open to 16-25 year olds (NEET). Key details are below and posters attached. Welsh

Get into Retail with Marks & Spencer Taster day: 30th January. Programme: 5th February to 1st March.

· Gain in-depth training and work experience in the Retail industry

· Learn about merchandising, production, marketing and selling products

· Improve your teamwork and communication skills and boost your confidence

· Take part in work experience

· Interview skills and CV work

· Possibility of employment with M&S after the course

· Receive 6 months support after the programme to help you find a job

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

 

Cardiff North Weekly Update – Week Ending 26th November

Have Your Say

1. Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Area Plan for Care & Support– We would like to hear your views on the Draft Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Area Plan and what we can do to improve health and well-being. The Area Plan provides the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Regional Partnership Board’s response to the findings of the Population Needs Assessment, which was published in March 2017. It has been prepared to meet the requirements of the Statutory Guidance in relation to Area Plans under section 14A of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The Area Plan sets out the key needs identified within the Population Assessment, along with the priority areas for action in response to the findings. In addition, an Area Action Plan has also been developed which provides the detail of how these priorities will be delivered.

The main focus of both plans will be the Regional Partnership Board’s responsibilities for the integration of services in relation to:

· Older People, including people with dementia

· Children with complex needs

· Learning disability and autism

· Adult and young carers

· Integrated Family Support Services

Where there are other care and support themes identified which are led by other Partnerships and planning arrangements across the region, both Plans will signpost to existing reporting mechanisms to enable progress to be monitored.

We would be grateful if you could provide your views via the online survey here by Sunday 3rd December 2017. Alternatively, please email any comments direct to hsc.integration@wales.nhs.uk by 3rd December.

2. Cardiff residents are being urged to share their views on the Council’s budget proposals for 2018/19 – Any residents who want to take part in the consultation can do so by viewing the Changes for Cardiff document and filling in the questionnaire online at www.cardiff.gov.uk/budget. The budget consultation closes on Thursday, December 14. Hard copies will be available for people at libraries, leisure centres and hubs or you can request a hard copy version by emailing budget@cardiff.gov.uk or telephoning 02920 873854. For a full version of the budget proposals, please read the City Council’s Cabinet Report of November 2, 2017, at www.cardiff.gov.uk/budget

3. Wellbeing Consultation: We want your views! – Building strong resilient communities is at the heart of the Draft Well-being Plan. We want your views on how this plan proposes to help Cardiff meet the challenges of a rapidly growing population. Over the next 3 months an online survey will be available and at a series of events in each of the six neighbourhood partnership areas across Cardiff. Please see below for details:

Click here for more information on the Well-being plan.

To complete the online survey: Click Here

To see which events are near you: Click Here

Council News

4. Council call on Natural Resources Wales to consider state of Cardiff’s rivers– Cardiff Council is to write to Natural Resources Wales to ask for its views on a report into the state of the city’s rivers. Read More Here.

5. Cardiff Council to consult on school admissions options – Proposals to consult on options for school applications in Cardiff have been agreed by the council’s Cabinet today, November 16, 2017. Read More Here.

6. Annual awards salute the inspiring stand against bullying People taking a stand against bullying have been recognised at Cardiff Council’s Inspire Awards 2017, held to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week. Read More Here.

7. Local democracy up for debate as young people visit Council Chamber– Students from two Cardiff secondary schools gathered in the County Hall Council Chamber today, Friday November 17, to meet local politicians as part of UK Parliament Week. Read More Here.

8. Travel advice for Wales vs. New Zealand at Principality Stadium – Wales will be taking on New Zealand at the Principality Stadium on Saturday November 25 and all those coming to watch the game are being strongly advised to leave plenty of time to get into the stadium due to enhanced security measures. Read More Here.

9. Admiral makeover for city’s school crossing patrols – School crossing patrols in Cardiff are getting kitted out with new uniform, thanks to a new deal with local employer, Admiral. Read More Here.

10. Housing Champion Hannah recognised for helping the homeless – A council worker dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of homeless people in the city has been recognised with a Welsh Housing Award for 2017. Read More Here.

11. Cardiff International White Water picks up Welsh Hospitality Award – Cardiff International White Water has been named the ‘Best Entertaining Team’ at the Welsh Hospitality Awards 2017. Read More Here.

12. Know the difference between taxis & private hire vehicles – Cardiff Council is raising awareness about the difference between hackney carriage (taxis) and private hire vehicles. Read More Here.

13. Top 10 tips for travel at Christmas – WALK OR CYCLE? – Live locally and coming into the city to shop or meet friends? Why not beat the traffic and walk or cycle? Read More Here.

14. Llanishen Hub open for business next week – A new community hub, offering more and better services to customers, opens in Llanishen next week. Read More Here.

News

15. South Wales Community Messaging: Lock Your Doors & Windows – Don’t Make it easy for a burglar – There has recently been a number of dwelling burglaries throughout the city through insecure windows & doors. It is important that you protect your property as best you can by taking simple steps. The majority of property crimes committed in the South Wales Police area are opportunistic and target insecure premises and vehicles. A criminal will always choose an unlocked door or window rather than smash a lock or climb a wall which is time consuming, potentially noisy and may draw attention to him/her. The following advice will help you maximise security and minimise the likelihood of you being the next victim:

· Secure all windows and doors – protecting your home doesn’t have to be expensive. Simply locking windows and doors is the best way of keeping unwanted visitors out! Remember, crime happens in the daytime too so always lock up even if you’re just nipping out or even just upstairs! It takes seconds to open a door and remove an item.

· Secure your garden – getting access to your garden is the first step, if this is made difficult then they are unlikely to bother. Always lock your gate, if you have a shed or garage then lock this too. Anti-climb paint is also good deterrent, it is a greasy black paint that doesn’t dry and can be applied to tops of walls (legal restrictions with this option, contact your local PCSO for advice).

· Don’t leave valuables on display – whether that be in your house or in your car, if it can’t be easily seen it is much less likely to be targeted. Think from a criminals point of view, choose the house with the laptop, smartphone or car keys are on the windowsill or in the porch or on a shelf by the front door.

· Security lights: security lights trigger when there is movement. If a light comes on when approaching your property the criminal is unlikely to hang around. If he can be seen he can be identified! Or dusk to dawn lights that are low energy and stay on all night.

· Alarms: burglar alarms are ideal but can be expensive. If this is an option for you then it is highly recommended. If not, window alarms are a cheaper option, as are shed alarms which can be purchased for around £20 in any hardware store and are simple to install.

· CCTV: again this can be expensive but is a very effective tool. A much cheaper option is an online web cam which is motion activated and will contact your smart phone. Or a ‘dummy’ CCTV camera which can be purchased on line or from a DIY store.

· Mark and register your property – ultra-violet pens can mark your property without being seen by the naked eye. If the worst happens and your property is stolen it is much easier to get it back to you if it is marked. Think about it, most people don’t keep track of serial numbers so if a TV is recovered we have no way of finding out who it belongs to – unless it is marked! We recommend that you record the details of your valuables with the free website www.immobilise.com. This website is checked when property is recovered and it is a great tool to reunite the property with its rightful owner.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously in the area, it is extremely important that you ring 999 ASAP. Slow time calls can be made through 101.

Grants/Funding

16. New Deadlines for National Churches Trust’s Project Development Grants – The National Churches Trust has announced the deadlines for the 2018 application period for its Project Development grants. The grants are a pilot scheme intended to support churches to develop high quality, well researched, sustainable projects through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, by testing the viability of proposed solutions. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. UK places of worships, of all ages, listed and unlisted, are considered for the funding, though the Trust is particularly interested in applications from the North East of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian/Church of Scotland. Funding is limited and in high demand. Applicants must read the guidance notes carefully to ensure they are eligible. The Fund is only open to buildings built as churches originally and 50% of the funds need to have been raised prior to submission. Click here for more information. The deadlines for applications are 10 January 2018, 25 April 2018 and 29 August 2018.

17. Big Lottery Fund to Launch New Grants Programme for Wales – The new Helping Working Families funding programme will provide grants of up to £500,000 to help improve working families’ lives in Wales. The Big Lottery Fund says that the fund is aimed at enabling households affected by ‘in-work; poverty to improve their lives and it targets households where someone is working and with a child under the age of 18. Organisations will need to work with families to design and deliver activities that matter to them. Working with and empowering families will be a key to deciding which projects to fund. Click here for more information. The deadline for applications has been announced as 15 March 2018.

18. Launch of the Welsh Business Awards 2017 – The Welsh Business Awards aim to recognise the best from businesses across Wales. Businesses, whether small, medium or large, all play a fundamental role in driving the Welsh economy forward. These awards will celebrate success, excellence in best practice and the contribution Welsh businesses make to the wider community. The Awards are a platform for any business wishing to highlight their achievements, benchmark against the competition, reward their teams and gain the recognition they deserve.

The categories are:

· Commitment to customer service

· Commitment to skills and people development

· Excellence in community relations

· Excellence in environmental management

· Excellence in marketing and communications

· Growth business of the year

· Start-up business of the year

· Success through innovation

· Success through overseas trade

· Young entrepreneur of the year

The deadline for nominations is Friday 8 December 2017 and nominees will be announced on Monday 29 January 2018. Winners will be announced at Dinner on Thursday 8 March 2018 at the City Hall in Cardiff.

19. Community Trees Fund to Open Soon – The Tree Council is the UK’s lead charity for trees and works in partnership with communities, organisations and Government to make trees matter to everyone. The Community Trees Fund, which forms part of the Council’s annual Community Action Programme, will open for applications on 4 December 2017 with new guidance notes and application forms. The programme funds trees of appropriate species, size and numbers. Groups may apply for the costs up to four fruit trees on semi-vigorous, vigorous and very vigorous rootstocks.

The Tree Council reviews its eligibility criteria every year and the criteria for last year (listed below) may be different when the fund re-opens on 4 December:

· Applications must be made on behalf of a community group which must be a charity/not for profit organisation.

· Children under the age of 16 years must be actively involved in the planting process.

· Planting must take place on publicly accessible land, usually in public or charity ownership.

· The community group must be able to raise 25% of planting costs.

· Planting must take place during National Tree Week (or as soon as possible afterwards).

· Hedge plants, willow and retrospective costs will not be funded.

Click here for more information. Applications will be accepted from 4 December 2017 to 31 March 2018.

What’s on?

20. Restorative Approaches to Housing Conference, Friday 19th January – Please see attached flyers for an upcoming conference looking at the difference that restorative approaches can make in the housing sector. Julia Houlston Clark will host the event for the day and participants will have the opportunity to meet the Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership team. Guest speakers will include Serena Jones from Coastal Housing and Philip Richardson from Cadwyn Housing. Some elements of the course will belong:

· How to take a whole organisational approach to restorative approaches, which is values driven, using strengths based working.

· How you can work with and train families using restorative approaches and what benefits are.

· How restorative approaches can give tenants, families and staff skills to resolve problems for themselves quickly and effectively

· How innovation with RA can help you achieve better results, better working and living environments and save you time and money

· How restorative approaches are strengths based and value driven.

Early bird tickets will be available until the end of November for the price of £65 per person. £85 rate for later bookings. You can find out more here and book here.

21. Multi-Sports Event – South Wales Police in partnership with Sport Cardiff are organising a free multi-sports event on Tuesday 12th December between 16:30 and 18:30. It is aimed for 7-12 year olds. Please see attached poster for more information.

22. Role Model Programme Date Extended– Girls Together is expanding the current role model programme. To read more and submit an application to become a role model visit: www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/girls-together If you are already a Girls Together role model – don’t worry you can apply again for another chance to represent the campaign! Closing Date for applications has been extended to 8th January 2018.

23. Fun, Fitness and Football for Young Girls – Looking for a new class for girls aged 7-11 years? Why not try BeatBall? The activity offers football and fitness in a fun, music centred environment. It is not your standard Girls Football class! Sessions are 2 hours long and charged at £3.60 per week. Join in at Fairwater Leisure Centre on Tuesdays or The Powerhouse, Llanedeyrn on Fridays from 4-6pm. For more information and to register please email fbenningwood@cardiffmet.ac.uk or call 029 2020 5285

24. Cardiff Rivers Christmas Party! Please click here for full details.

25. Interfaith Event 29th November – The Interfaith Council of Wales invites you to an evening of discussions on: ‘Hate Crimes- What it actually is and how to report it’, Wednesday 29th November, 7:30pm start @ Dar-ul-Isra Mosque, 21-23 Wyverne Road, Cardiff, CF24 4BG. Please see attached flyer for more details.

26. Age Connects and The Big Christmas Give – Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale has been chosen to benefit from the Big Give Christmas challenge. The Big Give Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign – it offers supporters the opportunity to have their donation on www.thebiggive.org.uk when the campaign goes live:

Please support us if you can – it only takes three simple steps:

1. Mark Tuesday 28th November until Tuesday 5th December in your diary and tell everyone you know too!

2. Go online to www.theBigGive.org.uk and search for the Age Connects Community Volunteer Support Programme

3. If you can –donate- all donations over £5 will be doubled!

These donations will mean we can reach out to lonely, vulnerable older people and make a huge difference to local people who have nowhere else to turn and need our help. We have also set a thunderclap, which means if 100 people follow the link below and sign up before the launch date of 28th November to the thunderclap – our Big Give message will be shared to so many more people! Please do this now and encourage your contacts to do the same! Please see attached flyer for more information and click here for the thunderclap details.

27. Christmas and Forget Me Not Chorus – Join in for an evening of song with the Forget-me-not Chorus, special guests, carols and mince pies to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. All welcome, no tickets required. Doors open 6:45pm, donations appreciated. Please click here for more information.

28. Cardiff and Vale White Ribbon Events Calendar 2017 – Please see attached flyer for the White Ribbon Events Calendar which provides information about events that are taking places across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Please feel free to circulate widely. The White Ribbon badge bed outside Cardiff Castle has also been planted so it you are passing please take a look.

29. Upcoming Litter Picks – See below for the latest Love Where You Live Litter Picks coming up in your area:

· Llanrumney – Monday 27th November, 10am. Greggs are helping us out with a community litter pick around Llanrumney. Free coffee for anyone that joins us! Meeting: Greggs, Countisbury Avenue

· Splott – Wednesday 29th November, 11am. This is in conjunction with the Oasis Centre. Everyone attending can then come and join us for a free lunch at Oasis. Meeting: The Oasis Centre, 69b Splott Road

Health

30. Haya Fitness: Women Only Gym – Haya Fitness is based in Leckwith Road, Canton and is a dedicated Ladies Only Gym. The idea of the gym was originally to give women of the Muslim faith who cover up, a space where they could openly exercise, but since opening 1 year ago the gym has welcomed women from all parts of the community. Some are gym novices and feel more comfortable in a ladies only space, others are from the older generation (with fabulous over 50s prices) and others are just body conscious and prefer the idea of ladies only.

The gym has all the equipment for strength, resistance and cardio workouts and a large studio where a selection of classes are offered. The gym also includes a sauna and even a kid’s play zone where mums can exercise knowing their children are safe. Access the gym website here for more information.

31. NHS Screening Information – Breast Test Wales is returning to Butetown Women will be invited to attend for breast screening at the static centre at 18 Cathedral Road, Cardiff from middle of November, 2017 until beginning of December 2017. Women aged between 50-70 who are registered at the following surgeries will be sent an invitation in the post. Women over the age of 70 can self-refer by telephoning Breast Test Wales on: 029 2039 7222.

32. Read About Me Initiative – Read About Me is a new person-centred toolkit, developed by Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan University Health Board for people with a dementia or cognitive impairment. Please see the attached document for more information.

Training and Workshop Opportunities

33. Community Food and Nutrition Skills: Course Dates: Please see attached document for more details on this course.

34. Leadership in Running Fitness Qualification – Are you a keen runner and interested in gaining a coaching qualification? Girls Together is currently planning a Leadership in Running Fitness course in a bid to increase female social running groups within the City. The course is a one day commitment and cost approximately £100 (bursaries may be available). To register your interest please contact fbenningwood@cardiffmet.ac.uk

35. Public Health Wales Falls Prevention Workshop – The workshop will be held on Monday 27th November at the Life Sciences Hub in Cardiff Bay. It will run from 12:30 until 17:00 and lunch will be provided. Travel expenses can be recovered. If interested please contact Steve Huxton at steve.huxton@olderpeoplewales.com or call 20445030 

 

Cardiff North Weekly Update – Week Ending 17th November

Have Your Say

1. Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Area Plan for Care & Support– We would like to hear your views on the Draft Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Area Plan and what we can do to improve health and well-being. The Area Plan provides the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Regional Partnership Board’s response to the findings of the Population Needs Assessment, which was published in March 2017. It has been prepared to meet the requirements of the Statutory Guidance in relation to Area Plans under section 14A of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The Area Plan sets out the key needs identified within the Population Assessment, along with the priority areas for action in response to the findings. In addition, an Area Action Plan has also been developed which provides the detail of how these priorities will be delivered.

The main focus of both plans will be the Regional Partnership Board’s responsibilities for the integration of services in relation to:

· Older People, including people with dementia

· Children with complex needs

· Learning disability and autism

· Adult and young carers

· Integrated Family Support Services

Where there are other care and support themes identified which are led by other Partnerships and planning arrangements across the region, both Plans will signpost to existing reporting mechanisms to enable progress to be monitored.

We would be grateful if you could provide your views via the online survey here by Sunday 3rd December 2017. Alternatively, please email any comments direct to hsc.integration@wales.nhs.uk by 3rd December.

2. Cardiff residents are being urged to share their views on the Council’s budget proposals for 2018/19 – Any residents who want to take part in the consultation can do so by viewing the Changes for Cardiff document and filling in the questionnaire online at www.cardiff.gov.uk/budget. The budget consultation closes on Thursday, December 14. Hard copies will be available for people at libraries, leisure centres and hubs or you can request a hard copy version by emailing budget@cardiff.gov.uk or telephoning 02920 873854. For a full version of the budget proposals, please read the City Council’s Cabinet Report of November 2, 2017, at www.cardiff.gov.uk/budget

3. Wellbeing Consultation: We want your views! – Building strong resilient communities is at the heart of the Draft Well-being Plan. We want your views on how this plan proposes to help Cardiff meet the challenges of a rapidly growing population. Over the next 3 months an online survey will be available and at a series of events in each of the six neighbourhood partnership areas across Cardiff. Please see below for details:

Click here for more information on the Well-being plan.

To complete the online survey: Click Here

To see which events are near you: Click Here

Council News

4. Making Cardiff a safer, better 24 hour city – Finding ways to Improve Cardiff’s night time economy and securing a prestigious Purple Flag for the city will be discussed by Cardiff Council’s Cabinet when it considers a new Public Service Board (PSB) strategy for the city. Read More Here.

5. New approach to helping people into work Arrangements for new citywide employment services delivered by the Council have been revealed. Read More Here.

6. Creating a capital city that works for Cardiff and Wales– Creating a successful capital city which works for Cardiff’s residents and works for Wales is at the heart of a new report which lays out how the Council will deliver on its Capital Ambition promises. Read More Here.

7. Cardiff in the frame for cycling partnership – Cardiff has been chosen to take part in an exciting partnership which would see a major programme of cycling activities developed in the capital. Read More Here.

8. Quick guide to applying for a primary school place in Cardiff – Starting primary school is an exciting time for children and parents, but it can also be a stressful time. Decisions have to be made on the schools to apply for, and then the wait to see if the application has been successful. Read More Here.

9. Bike Life Cardiff 2017: Cardiff wants more cycling! – People in Cardiff want more segregated cycle lanes – even if it means less space for cars, according to the 2017 Bike Life Cardiff report. Read More Here.

10. Europe honours Cardiff – Cardiff has been awarded the Plaque of Honour by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Read More Here.

11. Preparing for a new community hub – Llanishen Library will close next week ahead of the library service transferring to a brand new hub in the community. Read More Here.

12. Travel advice for Wales vs. Georgia at Principality Stadium – Wales will be taking on Georgia at the Principality Stadium on Saturday November 18th and all those coming to watch the game are being strongly advised to leave plenty of time to get into the stadium due to enhanced security measures. Read More Here.

13. Rent Smart Wales prosecutes 1st agent – Rent Smart Wales enforcement activity is gathering momentum as the one year anniversary of the registration deadline approaches. Read More Here.

14. City stands up to end male violence against women for White Ribbon Day – Later this month, Cardiff Council will show its support for White Ribbon Day, an international campaign led by men to end violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. Read More Here.

News

15. The Index eNews/eNewyddion Mynegai – The 24th edition of The Index Newsletter will go out in January. Do you have a service which supports children and young people with disabilities or additional needs? Would you like to promote an event, share a story or spread the word about support for families? We want to hear about your service, news and stories! Please ensure you submit your article (no more than 200 words), along with logos and photos to disabilityindex@cardiff.gov.uk. Over 1,000 families and professionals across Cardiff and the Vale are signed up to received The Index. The deadline is Friday 15 December, 2017. Please click here to view previous editions of The Index. To find out more or to submit an article please email: disabilityindex@cardiff.gov.uk

16. The City Centre Mobility Assistance: Buggy Service – The City of Cardiff Council now operate 1 buggy so please use it! The Buggy Service operates from 7am until 2:30pm and can be called/texted between these hours. The driver Mr.Paul Smith will be available to assist as much as possible, he is contactable on mobile tel: 07875 170719.

17. Employment Fraud Alert– The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation.

Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Studen Room website are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses asking them to complete application and interview forms which request personal details and banking details, as well as copies of identity documents.

How to protect yourself:

· Check emails and documents from the recruiter for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work.

· If visa fees are mentioned, ask the embassy representing the country where you believe you will be working how to obtain a visa and how much it costs. Check that the answers the potential employer or recruiter gave you are the same – if they’re not, it may be a sign of fraud.

· Carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using the contact details obtained through your own research or their website to confirm the job offer is genuine.

What to do if you’re a victim:

· If you think your bank details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.

· Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.

· Warn the operators of the job website you used that their site is being used by fraudsters.

· If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Grants/Funding

18. Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence Open for 2018 Entries – The annual Museums and Heritage Awards are now open for entries to a total of eleven categories, covering all major aspects of the museums, galleries and heritage attractions sector in the UK. The Awards are also open to operators and suppliers unless otherwise stated. Projects can be considered for a maximum of three categories from the following list:

· The International Award

· Marketing Campaign

· Temporary/Touring Exhibition

· Restoration/Conservation

· Project on a Limited Budget

· Innovation

· Education Initiative

· Permanent Exhibition

· Fundraising Initiative

· Volunteers of the Year Award

· Best Shop (turnover of under £500,00) / Best Shop (turnover of above £500,000)

The entry fee for the Awards is £95 for all categories except Project on a Limited Budget for which the entry fee is £55 and Volunteers of the Year Award for which all entries are free. The fee applies each individual category entered into. Submissions should relate to the period between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. The awards ceremony will take place on 16 May 2018. Click here for more information. The deadline for entries is 1 February 2018.

19. Applications are invited for the Hau Third Sector Fund 2017– The Cardiff Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council in Partnership with Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) and Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) have allocated £38,000 in total, to fund new and innovative third sector preventative community activities and services in Cardiff and the Vale. This revenue and capital Fund aims to support proposals which improve the quality of life for priority groups across Cardiff and the Vale, by ensuring that opportunities are put in place locally to promote health, wellbeing and independence.

The Fund is open for applications from Tuesday, 14 November 2017 with a deadline for submission of 12 noon on Friday, 1 December 2017. Click here for more information. Or see attached document.

20. Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation Now Open for 2018 – The Foundation offers grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 per year, for up to three years, for pioneering and practical projects that address the Foundation’s main areas of interest which are:

· Peace and Security – The Foundation supports the development of ways of resolving violent conflicts peacefully, and of addressing their underlying causes.

· Environmental Sustainability – The Foundation supports work that addresses the pressures and conditions that risk global environmental breakdown.

Registered charities that are working to influence policy, attitudes and values at a national or international level can apply. These may be single issue groups working to achieve a particular change, or organisations with a broader remit. Particular consideration is given to small pioneering headquarters organisations.

The financial support is intended for UK registered charities for whom the grant would represent between 5% and 50% of their annual income (organisations with an annual income of between £10,000 and £300,000 approximately). Organisations or projects that are not UK registered charities will be considered if they can indicate a UK registered charity that is able to receive funds on their behalf. There are normally two funding rounds per year. Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is 9 February 2018 (midnight).

21. Nesta Launches ShareLab Fund for Collaborative Technology Ideas to Solve Social Challenges – Nesta’s ShareLab Fund supports ideas that use collaborative digital platforms to address a social need, thereby helping to relieve pressure on existing local public services. These platforms are likely to take the form of a web-based digital tool, such as an app or a website that helps find, connect or mobilise assets, time, skills, money, resources or people to address a social challenge.

Nesta is offering grants of between £15,000 and £30,000 to those wishing to test an innovative idea, or move from prototype to pilot. The grants can be used to cover:

· Direct project costs

· Related staff costs

· Learning and development/user research

Anyone in the UK, or internationally, may submit an idea to the Share Lab Fund, even if they are not in a position to develop it themselves. However, to progress an application, applicants will need to be able to receive funds through a legally incorporated body such as a company, charitable incorporated organisation or similar, which is registered in the UK. Applicants may be working as a tech entrepreneur, for a public service, a charity or social enterprise, for example.

Click here for more information. The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) is 5 January 2018.

What’s on?

22. Upcoming Litter Picks – See below for the latest Love Where You Live Litter Picks coming up in your area:

· Rhiwbina – Saturday 11th November, 10am. Time Credits available! Meeting: hill Snook Park (Gratfon Terrace Entrance)

· Riverside – Sunday 19th November, 10am. Meeting: Dispenser Gardens

· Taff Trail Tidy Up – Part 1 – Thursday 23rd November, 10am-12pm. Meeting: Blackweir entrance to the Taff Trail (by Ambulance Station off North Road), Finishing: Near Tesco Extra on Excalibur Drive

· Taff Trail Tidy Up – Part 2 – Friday 24th November – 10am to 12pm. Meeting: Gabalfa Youth Centre. Finishing: Near Tesco Extra on Excalibur Drive

· Llanrumney – Monday 27th November, 10am. Greggs are helping us out with a community litter pick around Llanrumney. Free coffee for anyone that joins us! Meeting: Greggs, Countisbury Avenue

· Splott – Wednesday 29th November, 11am. This is in conjunction with the Oasis Centre. Everyone attending can then come and join us for a free lunch at Oasis. Meeting: The Oasis Centre, 69b Splott Road

24. Alcohol Awareness Week 2017– Alcohol Awareness Week ‘Alcohol and Families’ 13th to 19th November 2017 aims to get people talking about how much they drink and the risks involved and how by making small changes people can help reduce the risk to their health.

The focus this year is ‘Alcohol and Families’. You can use this opportunity to start a conversation around problematic alcohol use to help break the cycle of silence and stigma that is all too often experienced by families.

We are supporting organisations to get involved by offering a campaign toolkit (available on the Drinkwise Wales website here) accompanied by resources to run your own alcohol campaign.

If you would like to order free resources to support your campaign please contact caroline.mullins@wales.nhs.uk to arrange collection from our offices at 1st Floor, Global Link, Dunleavy Drive, Cardiff CF11 0SN.

If you download the toolkit you will find a range of ideas on what you can do in your organisation to raise awareness of alcohol issues, ideas for tweets, newsletter articles, Dry January etc. There will be a Welsh version available on the website shortly so if you would like it in Welsh please keep checking back.

You can download free resources from Alcohol Concern and get involved in the discussion at #AAW2017 here.

25. Cardiff and Vale Monthly Updates What’s On – Please see attached document for more information.

26. Ely & Caerau Hub Locality Event– Wednesday 22nd November, 3pm to 6pm. Please share attached flyer with your networks (also available in Welsh).

27. Chwarae Teg Festival– Chwarae Teg are celebrating 25 years of ‘making Wales fairer for all’ and have organised a gender equality festival party. It will be held at the Tramshed on Tuesday 5th December from 1:30pm until 5pm and anyone is welcome to pop along to experience taster workshops, music and performance; and much more (see attached flyer).

The Women’s Network is proud to be a supporter of Chwarae Teg’s vision for ‘a Wales where women achieve and prosper’. If you want more information please visit their website where they have tonnes of information about who they are and what they do.

28. Tell us what you think: Loneliness and local communities – On Wednesday 15 November, the House of Commons will be debating the effect of loneliness on local communities. A digital debate on the House of Commons Facebook page will be run in the lead up to the debate. On Tuesday 14 November 5-6pm, Rachel Reeves MP, the Member who has proposed the debate, will be live on Facebook to respond to comments. Comments will be used to inform the debate.

How you can help?

· What do you think should be done to tackle loneliness in our communities?

· How do you think communities can be better supported to do something about loneliness?

· Do you think everybody has a role to play in tackling loneliness?

Comment on the Facebook event page here with your views and experiences and help inform the House of Commons debate.

Health

29. Notice of Public Meeting Thoracic Services Engagement and Invitation to Healthwatch Meeting – Please see attached documents for more information.

30. Read About Me Initiative – Read About Me is a new person-centred toolkit, developed by Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan University Health Board for people with a dementia or cognitive impairment. Please see the attached document for more information.

31. A Major Trauma Network for South and West Wales and South Powys – Public Health Wales (PHW) have been working with doctors, nurses and independent experts to develop proposals for a new major trauma network across South Wales and now would like to know what the public thinks. PHW want to develop services to give you an increased chance of survival and better recovery and quality of life if you suffer a major trauma anywhere in South Wales (this includes South and West Wales and South Powys). Major trauma refers to multiple or serious injuries that may result in disability or death. Injuries can include serious head injuries, multiple injuries caused by road traffic accidents, industrial accidents, falls, mass casualty events and knife and gunshot wounds.

Views are needed from everyone living in communities across South Wales, to make sure the right decision is made for local people. To do this a public consultation is being run to find out what people think about these proposals and to ask if there is anything else that would need considering as plans are being developed. You can find more information on the consultation here.

Volunteering Opportunities

32. Radio Cardiff’s Voluntary Sector show returns– Radio Cardiff’s long-running voluntary sector show Cardiff in Action returns to the airwaves next week for a new 10-week series. As usual, the programme will be broadcast live on Thursdays from 1:30pm to 3.00pm starting on 23 November. Each week new presenters Helen Joy & Kathryn Allen will be meeting organisations, campaigners and volunteers and sharing community information.

If your organisation has an event, fundraising initiative or volunteer recruitment campaign and you’d like to tell Cardiff about the show, we are now taking bookings for guests. To book a slot please email Helen & Kathryn on info@vcscymru.org.uk.

Training and Workshop Opportunities

33. Prince’s Trust: Fairbridge Programme – The final Prince’s Trust-Fairbridge Programme for 2017, will commence in Cardiff, on 11th December. The programme works with 16 to 25 year olds giving them the motivation, self-confidence and skills they need to change their lives. A ‘Taster Day’ for this programme, will be held on Tuesday 28th November (at 11am), when young people and referrers are very welcome to come along and find out more about the programme. You can find out more information at www.princes-trust.org.uk and also refer on-line by completing this simple form: Prince’s Trust Referral Form.

34. Public Health Wales Falls Prevention Workshop – The workshop will be held on Monday 27th November at the Life Sciences Hub in Cardiff Bay. It will run from 12:30 until 17:00 and lunch will be provided. Travel expenses can be recovered. If interested please contact Steve Huxton at steve.huxton@olderpeoplewales.com or call 20445030.

35. Farming for the Future of 5-a-day – The forthcoming Agricultural Bill has the power to transform our public health. On November 22nd, The Food Foundation will host an event ‘Farming for the Future of 5-a-day’ bringing together policy makers to speak on connecting farming, fruit and veg consumption and health. The event aims to open a dialogue toward meeting the challenges facing our food system and discuss policy options for increasing both production and consumption of fruit and veg. Please click here to register and be part of the discussions.

36. Powerhouse Employment Event – The Powerhouse will be hosting an Employment Event on the 21st November from 11am to 2pm. There will be plenty of opportunities for employment, training and volunteering, please see the attached flyer for more information.

We Need Your Votes!

37. Co-Op Fundraising – Care and Repair Cardiff and the Vale have been chosen as one of Co-ops local charities to benefit from their Local Community Fund. Between now and the 27th Oct 2018, you can support Care and Repair Cardiff and the older people they help locally while you shop at your local Co-op. Every time members shop at the Co-op, 1% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund. You can also help by going online at www.coop.co.uk/membership and picking Care and Repair as your local charity.

38. Please Vote for Goldies Cymru in the Aviva Community Awards!– The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance for local community projects to win funding, because together we can do more for the causes you care about. Projects are nominated and then there is a vote to see who receives funding. Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva Community Fund website can vote and online voting is open between 24 October and 21 November so please take a few minutes to do this now.

You have to register to vote, but you get 10 votes to use how you want. Please vote for Goldies Cymru. Goldies Cymru puts smiles on hundreds of faces through its daytime singing and activity sessions. These take place across South Wales, working in partnership with a number of other organisations. Vote NOW for GOLDIES CYMRU! Help Goldies Cymru win £5,000 to support the Sing and Smile sessions in Cardiff and help us bring more smiles to more faces. Click here for full details.

 

 

Cardiff North Weekly Update – Week Ending 12th November


Council News

1. Cardiff Council Locality Events: Come have your say at an event near you to discuss your local area, to identify and prioritise issues. Staff from Cardiff Council and other organisations will be there to listen to you, talk through ideas and share information on a variety of topics.

Join the conversation at any of the events listed here and here.

2. Welsh National Field of Remembrance Opening Ceremony – The opening ceremony for the 2017 Welsh National Field of Remembrance at Cardiff Castle took place on Wednesday, November 8. Read More Here.

3. Future management of Cardiff’s trees foes before Scrutiny Committee – How Cardiff Council manages trees on its land will be discussed at a Scrutiny Committee meeting next week. Read More Here.

4. Bute Park celebrates a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People – Bute Park will celebrate a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People with a special event during which a new addition to the park will be revealed. Read More Here.

5. Greener Grangetown – Press Statement – 6th November 2017 – Cardiff’s Environmental Scrutiny Committee is due to receive an item titled Greener Grangetown – Member Update at its meeting on Tuesday 7th November. Read More Here.

6. Cardiff Council named as Living Wage for Wales Champion 2017-18 – The Living Wage Foundation has named Cardiff Council its Living Wage for Wales Champion for 2017-18. Read More Here.

7. Smart parking is now city wide – Cardiff is bidding farewell to the tediousness of finding a parking spot as a new smart parking system helps drivers find an available parking space using a smart phone app will go-live this week. Read More Here.

8. Travel advice for Wales vs. Australia at Principality Stadium – A full city centre road closure will be in place for Wales vs Australia at Principality Stadium on Saturday November 11th. With a crowd of over 70,000 expected, the authorities are advising all ticket holders to plan ahead and plan their travel in advance. Read More Here.

9. Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival 2018 Launch: Tuesday 12th December 6:30pm – The sixth Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival gets off to a flying start as Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy rides into City Hall on Tuesday 12th December, to introduce his new book from his series for young readers; Flying Fergus 7: the Wreck It Race. Read More Here.

News

10. South Wales Community Messaging: Be aware when buying a second hand car privately online – Police are reminding motorists to be cautious when buying vehicles online. There have been two recent incidents in Cardiff where cars have been bought on Ebay & Gumtree only for the new owners to later discover they were actually stolen.

A Ford Fiesta, bought from the Birmingham area, was found to be on false plates when the owner tried to tax it, and a VW Polo, bought as a 21st present, also turned out to be stolen.

Stolen vehicle are usually passed on with their identity changed, but here are some tips to help reduce the risk:

· Always pay for a history check. It will identify if a car is stolen or previously written off

· See an original copy of the V5C registration document or logbook – and check it has the DVLA watermark

· Don’t buy a car without the logbook. Stolen vehicles are often sold this way, the seller claiming it has been sent to the DVLA for updating. This may be the case, but there’s no way of checking.

· Check the seller’s address on the logbook matches the one on their driving licence or a utility bill.

· Check the car’s number plate and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) match those recorded on the logbook

11. Bullies Out Newsletter – Click here to read the latest news from Bullies Out!

Grants/Funding

12. National Churches Trust’s Maintenance Grants Open for Applications – Grants of between £500 and £3000 are available to listed churches, chapels and meeting houses with repair or maintenance projects costing between £1,000 and £10,000 – where applicants can demonstrate that they have already secured a minimum 50% of the total project costs.

Congregations can be of any denomination that is a member or associated member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Unitarian buildings may also be considered. Priority will be given to Baptist and Presbyterian/Church of Scotland denominations.

The funding can be used for a number of different things, including:

The Trust will consider places of worship in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Priority will be given to North East England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Click here for more information. There will be three closing dates for applications in 2018. The first application deadline is 24 January 2018.

13. National Churches Trust’s Partnership Grant Programme Open for 2018– The Partnership Grant programme is provided by the National Churches Trust in partnership with local churches trusts across England, and across Wales and Northern Ireland, with the goal of helping the local churches trusts to flourish.

Grants of between £2,500 and £10,000 are available for urgent repair projects with estimated costs of between £10,000 and £100,000 (including VAT and fees). The following criteria applies:

· Project must be led by a qualified professional – a chartered architect (RIBA) or chartered building surveyor (RICS) or engineer with conservation accreditation (e.g. AABC) if working on a listed building

· Opening times – the place of worship should open to the public beyond worship, for a minimum of 40 days a year, in line with other grant-giving bodies.

· Friends – at least three members of the congregation must join the Friends of the National Churches Trust for a minimum of 40 days a year, in line with other grant-giving bodies.

· Friends – at least three members of the congregation must join the Friends of the National Churches Trust for a minimum of three years. The annual membership fee is currently £30 per person per year by Direct Debit.

A list of participating trusts can be found on National Churches Trust website. There will be three closing dates for applications in 2018. Click here for more information. The first application deadline is 10 January 2018.

What’s on?

14. International Men’s Day Event 2017: Wales – UK and Welsh experts have been invited to speak at ‘Dying in Silence’ at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay (Friday 17th November, at 6.00pm, Ty Hywel, Conference Rooms C&D) chaired by Neil McEvoy AM (South Wales Central). The event is open to the public and free, but booking is essential.

Chair, Neil McEvoy AM said ‘I’m launching this International Men’s Day event in Wales to highlight the issue of male suicide. My concern is that men are literally dying in silence, because it is not something we talk about. We are changing this on the 17th November.’

Sharing their personal experiences and putting forward ideas of how to improve the situation in Wales will be:

Erin Pizzey, lifelong campaigner against domestic abuse; Wynford Ellis Owen, founder of community based recovery centre The Living Room; Nicola Abraham, Director, The Jacob Abraham Foundation, tackling suicide. Interested groups and organisations will also be invited. Details may be subject to change.

PLEASE BOOK BY Wednesday November 15th: Event: Dying in Silence

Friday 17th November 2017

18:00 – 20:00 GMT

Refreshments will be provided at 6pm for 6:30pm start, Ty Hywel, Conference Rooms C&D, Cardiff Bay. Attendees should allow ten minutes for security check-in.

For more information please contact Bethan Phillips on email: Bethan.phillips@assembly.wales or Phone: 0300 200 7434

15. Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) Members’ Networking Event and AGM– Thursday 16th November from 11:45am. Please click here for more information.

16. Open Volunteer Litterpicks: Everybody Welcome! – There are a couple of open litter picks that you may be interested in joining in!

· Tudor Lane, Riverside – 8th November 2017, 11:00am to 12:00pm: Litter pick in partnership with South Wales Fire Service, local PCSO’s, Cardiff Council. Follow link here for more details. Please note parking in the area can be difficult.

· Longwood Drive – 13th November 2017, 10:00am to 12:00pm: Meeting outside McDonalds, Coryton. This event it in partnership with Whitchurch Pact and McDonalds.

· Pentwyn Leisure Centre – 17th November 2017, 10:00am to 12:00pm: Meeting at the back of the carpark of Pentwyn Leisure Centre and will be litter picking Bryn Celyn Estate.

· St Mellon’s Paths and Playing Fields – 19th November 2017, 10:00 am to 11:30am: Residents of St Mellon’s are coming together to clean up the area, meeting in Tesco car park (by the path which leads to the woodland). Depending on numbers, we will be tackling the pathways, subways, woodland and playing fields.

As always all kit and equipment will be provided, health and safety briefing will be given and Cardiff cleansing team will be removing all bags collected. Any questions please contact Gareth Davies on email: gareth.davies@keepwalestidy.cymru or ring 02920 726967

17. Cardiff Rivers Group News Please click here to read the latest from the CRG Team!

18. Age Cymru’s Winter Health Campaign ‘Spread the Warmth’ – It’s that time of year again when we ask for your support to help us ‘Spread the Warmth’ this winter. Age Cymru’s ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign is now underway and runs from November 2017 to March 2018. In line with prudent healthcare principles, the overarching ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign strategy is to better support older people to make healthier choices and feel supported and empowered to maintain good health and wellbeing during winter. The campaign’s strategic aim is to support the NHS by reducing the number of older people becoming unwell and needing to access secondary and tertiary healthcare services. The campaign also serves to support NHS Wales by promoting Choose Well and Beat Flu, raising awareness of primary and community care services among older people and supporting them to take action to avoid the need to access A&E or dial 999 for minor ailments. Please visit their website here for full details and information on the campaign.

19. Cardiff West Neighbourhood Watch Association – The Annual General Meeting of the Cardiff West Neighbourhood Watch Association will be held at the Whitchurch Rugby Club, Samuels Crescent, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 2TH on Tuesday 21st November, 2017 at 7.00pm.

Nominations for Officers and Committee are invited and together with the names and addresses of the proposer and seconder should be received at the above address, or by email to wiliam.farnham@south-wales.pnn.police.uk by no later than 5.00pm on the 14th November, 2017 (all existing Officers and Committee are seeking re-election). Where the number of nominations for a particular position exceeds the number of vacancies, a ballot will be held at the meeting.

The format for the evening is that our guest speaker for the evening, Ella Rabaiotti, Wales Area Manager, CRIME STOPPERS, will give a presentation on the work of Crime Stoppers at 7:00pm which should finish around 8:00pm. This will then be followed by the AGM and the Agenda for this is provided below. Light refreshments will be available free of charge.

20. Launch of Diverse Cymru’s ‘Your Wellbeing, Your Government’ – Diverse Cymru is launching an exciting new project, ‘Your Wellbeing, Your Government’ and would like to invite you to attend one of its launch events in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. They also have a number of other engagement events coming up that you may be interested in attending. Please see below for dates and times. The attached document gives more information about each event. If you would like to attend any of the events please complete and return the enclosed booking form or you can email Shelagh Maher on shelagh.maher@diverse.cymru or telephone me on (029) 2036 8888 ext 255. The events are free to attend but places must be booked. The events are:

· Cardiff Your Government, Your Wellbeing Project Launch

Friday 24 November 2017, 1pm to 3pm, Taff Housing Conference Centre (in the car park behind Diverse Cymru) Alexandra House, 307-315 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF5 1JD. Free event. Tea and coffee included.

· Engaging diverse citizens in Cardiff event

Monday 27 November 2017, 10am to 5pm, Cardiff Story Museum, Learning Suite (basement), The Old Library, The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1BH

The topics and times are:

10am to 11:30pm: Cardiff’s Well-being Plan

11:30am to 1pm: Integrating health and social care in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan

2pm to 3:30pm: Equality in social care in Wales

3:30pm to 5pm: Setting spending priorities and looking to the future

21. Alzheimer’s Society: Carols at Christmas– The Alzheimer’s Society are delighted to announce their annual Carol Concert will be returning to the stunning St John the Baptist Church Cardiff on Tuesday 12 December! Join us for a magical evening of carols, festive treats and celebrity guests all in support of Alzheimer’s Society Cymru. Together we will unite against dementia.

Location: St. John the Baptist Church, The Hayes, Cardiff

Date: Tuesday 12 December 2017

Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm)

Ticket Prices: £10 per person: concert ticket, £14 per person: Combined concert ticket for a person with dementia and their carer, £6 per child aged 9 and under

For contact details and to purchase tickets please click here.

22. Invitation to Community Celebration: 22 November 2017– The Eden Project is organising a Community Celebration event which will be held on Wednesday 22 November and everyone is welcome to attend! The event will be a chance to celebrate all things community in Wales, with opportunities to network, share ideas and skills and to help re-energise communities across Wales. The #BigWalesThanks will also be introduced from 4pm and will be an opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to someone who has helped or made a real difference to their community. We want to shine a light on and celebrate all the amazing things people across Wales are doing every day. Nominations are open, so if you or your network would like to highlight the positive impact a person or group is having, then please do share the form available here. All ‘nominators’ and ‘nominees’ will be invited to the event to celebrate together! Please feel free to share this opportunity with your wider network.

Health

23. Falls prevention exercise for older people animation – The Chartered Society for Physiotherapy have developed a new animation around falls prevention for older people. It is based upon 6 evidence based exercises to improve strength & balance and therefore help prevent falls. There is also a leaflet which can be printed which highlights the exercises, available here. These exercises have been extracted from the larger ‘Get Up and Go’ booklet that may have seen before, available here. The animation brings to life the strength and balance exercises from the popular Get Up and Go Guide. It aims to raise awareness amongst older people of the benefits of regular exercise in maintaining independence and fall prevention. Click here to view the animation on YouTube. If you need a subtitled version for quiet settings one can be found here.

24. Alcohol Awareness Week 2017– Alcohol Awareness Week ‘Alcohol and Families’ 13th and 19th November 2017 aims to get people talking about how much they drink, the risks involved and how by making small changes, people can help reduce the risk to their health.

The focus this year is ‘Alcohol and Families’. You can use this opportunity to start a conversation around problematic alcohol use to help break the cycle of silence and stigma that is all too often experienced by families.

Alcohol Awareness Week will take place between the 13th and 19th November 2017. We are supporting organisations to get involved by offering a campaign toolkit (available on the Drinkwise Wales website here) accompanied by resources to run your own alcohol campaign.

If you would like to order free resources to support your campaign please contact caroline.mullins@wales.nhs.uk to arrange collection from our offices at 1st Floor, Global Link, Dunleavy Drive, Cardiff CF11 0SN.

If you download the toolkit you will find a range of ideas on what you can do in your organisation to raise awareness of alcohol issues, ideas for tweets, newsletter articles, Dry January etc. There will be a Welsh version available on the website shortly so if you would like it in Welsh please keep checking back.

Please also find attached a Units poster but they are also available on request with other materials promoting Alcohol Awareness Week. Also attached is a flyer promoting ‘Alcohol Briefing Intervention’ training. This FREE 2 hour training aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to raise the issue of alcohol and motivate and support individuals to change their drinking behaviour.

You can download free resources from Alcohol Concern and get involved in the discussion at #AAW2017 here.

25. Let’s talk About Mental Health: Advice and Support from The Mentor Ring and The Salvation Army– Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Job Opportunities

26. Citizen Directed Co-operatives Cymru Project Officer (Disabled person definition), Secondment Opportunity – Fixed term: to September 2018

NJC 30-34 £25,727 - £28,922

35 hours per week

Interested? 029 2088 7325 (use announced for textphone, E-mail info@disabilitywales.org, download a pack from our website at www.disabilitywales.org

Closing date: 27 November 2017

Interviews: 7 December 2017

This post is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

27. BAWSO is hiring – BAWSO have various vacancies available:

· Full Time Support Worker based in Newport

· Full Time Support Worker (Floater) based in South Wales

· Full Time Admin & Advice Worker Based in Newport

For more information about the posts and application pack please email recruitment@bawso.org.uk or visit our website http://www.bawso.org.uk/job-opportunities/staff/.

Have Your Say

28. Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Area Plan for Care & Support– We would like to hear your views on the Draft Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Area Plan and what we can do to improve health and well-being. The Area Plan provides the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Regional Partnership Board’s response to the findings of the Population Needs Assessment, which was published in March 2017. It has been prepared to meet the requirements of the Statutory Guidance in relation to Area Plans under section 14A of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The Area Plan sets out the key needs identified within the Population Assessment, along with the priority areas for action in response to the findings. In addition, an Area Action Plan has also been developed which provides the detail of how these priorities will be delivered.

The main focus of both plans will be the Regional Partnership Board’s responsibilities for the integration of services in relation to:

· Older People, including people with dementia

· Children with complex needs

· Learning disability and autism

· Adult and young carers

· Integrated Family Support Services

Where there are other care and support themes identified which are led by other Partnerships and planning arrangements across the region, both Plans will signpost to existing reporting mechanisms to enable progress to be monitored.

We would be grateful if you could provide your views via the online survey here by Sunday 3rd December 2017. Alternatively, please email any comments direct to hsc.integration@wales.nhs.uk by 3rd December.

29. Cardiff residents are being urged to share their views on the Council’s budget proposals for 2018/19 – Any residents who want to take part in the consultation can do so by viewing the Changes for Cardiff document and filling in the questionnaire online at www.cardiff.gov.uk/budget. The budget consultation closes on Thursday, December 14. Hard copies will be available for people at libraries, leisure centres and hubs or you can request a hard copy version by emailing budget@cardiff.gov.uk or telephoning 02920 873854. For a full version of the budget proposals, please read the City Council’s Cabinet Report of November 2, 2017, at www.cardiff.gov.uk/budget

30. Wellbeing Consultation: We want your views! – Building strong resilient communities is at the heart of the Draft Well-being Plan. We want your views on how this plan proposes to help Cardiff meet the challenges of a rapidly growing population. Over the next 3 months an online survey will be available and at a series of events in each of the six neighbourhood partnership areas across Cardiff. Please see below for details:

Click here for more information on the Well-being plan.

To complete the online survey: Click Here

To see which events are near you: Click Here

31. Vote for ACE: Breaking the Cycle: Financial Capability to help people stay out of crisis– ACE needs your support for their ‘Breaking the Cycle’ – financial capability to help people stay out of crisis project, run in partnership with Fareshare and Cardiff Foodbank. The project will provide low-income families in crisis across the city, with tailored support to build financial capability. The project will work alongside a dedicated employability support project run from the ‘Dusty Forge’. Click here for full details.

32. C3SC Requests Views on Cardiff’s Draft Well-being Plan – City of Cardiff Council’s Policy Review & Performance Scrutiny Committee will be considering Cardiff’s Well-being Plan at its meeting on Wednesday 15th November in County Hall.

The Cardiff Third Sector Council is the umbrella membership organisation for the third sector in Cardiff and is the point of contact that provides resources and connects the local third sector to resources to meet and voice their needs and those of their service users. C3SC would like to hear your views on the following questions to help them respond to a question from the Scrutiny Committee:

1. What are the key challenges your organisation/the third sector faces in delivering its contribution to the Well-Being Plan?

2. How will collective action help your organisation/the third sector to overcome the challenges?

3. Any additional comments

To respond to this consultation; please send your responses by email to: enquiries@c3sc.org.uk The deadline for your responses is 12 noon on Tuesday 14th November 2017.