Cardiff Health and Social Care Network
What is Cardiff Health and Social Care Network?
Established in 1999, the Network is a collective group of over 200 members who work in health and social care in Cardiff.
- Presents a collective voice from the third sector, and facilitates and encourages involvement in joint planning groups;
- Influences local, regional and national policy by responding to consultations;
- Co-ordinates and maintains communication channels between the voluntary and statutory sector;
- Identifies gaps in provision;
- Responds to unmet needs;
- Campaigns/lobbies for better services.
Membership of the Network is open to individuals working in third sector organisations whose area of benefit is Cardiff. This can include national or regional voluntary organisations' projects or offices if they are based in Cardiff.
Events and meetings
- Cardiff and Vale Carers Support and Information Network Group (CSING) - Monday 17 June.
- Cardiff and Vale Falls Awareness Event - Friday 21 June.
- Cardiff Health and Social Care Network meeting - Monday 15 July.
- Cardiff and Vale joint event: Keeping in Touch with the Third Sector - Thursday 12 September.
- Cardiff and Vale Carers Support and Information Network Group (CSING) - Monday 23 September.
- Cardiff and Vale Carers Support and Information Network Group (CSING) - Monday 2 December.
- Cardiff and Vale joint Health and Social Care Network event - Wednesday 11 December.
New A-Z Carers' Directory now available
In January 2010, the ‘Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010’ came into force and places a duty on all health boards to create a Carers’ Information and Communication Strategy that will demonstrate how they will support carers.
Joint work was undertaken by Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board (UHB) in developing their strategy, in partnership with local authorities, C3SC, VCVS and the third sector. The strategy has now been submitted to Welsh Government for approval.
The working group has maintained its structure in order to deliver key pieces of work that will offer benefits to carers. This includes a new Cardiff and Vale Carers’ Handbook, training and learning resources for staff from statutory agencies and the third sector, and the Cardiff and Vale A-Z Carers’ Directory.
This Directory offers a collated reference book of third sector and statutory services that carers can
access for support.
URGENT ACTION - measles protection
You will be aware of the current measles outbreak in Wales. Although the outbreak has not yet reached Cardiff and the Vale, with the number of people affected it is probably a matter of when, not if. To date, over 500 people across Wales have been confirmed with measles, with over 50 hospitalised as a result. Cardiff and Vale UHB have asked if all providers who work with the public could display an information poster urging parents to get their children vaccinated with MMR, which is very effective at preventing this serious illness. The UHB estimate that over 13,000 children and young people across Cardiff and Vale are not fully protected with MMR. You can download the poster here.
- The Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs invites you to its 5th annual lecture on Tuesday 25 June - A Transatlantic Perspective on Recovery from Addiction.
- Free steroid and image enhancing drugs training - 28 June 2013.
- Tender opportunity: Evaluation of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill. "Companies expressing interest must complete online questionnaire by 20 May 2013."
- DUET: Dementia awareness training - Tuesday 21 May 2013.
- Cardiff Council Sport and Culture Bursary 2013 - closes Friday 28 June 2013.
- Can your organisation help to publicise The Wheelchair Sports Spectacular 2013?
- Headway Action for Brain Injury Week - Route to Recovery Conference: Friday 17 May 2013 in Wrexham.
- Mental Health Today Wales conference - Wednesday 22 May.
- Cardiff and Vale UHB Remodelling of the Emergency Unit (EU) at University Hospital of Wales (UHW).
- Have you heard of Cardiff YMCA's 'Time 4 Me' Young Carers Project?
- Cardiff Council Citizen Focus is running an Older Person Questionnaire.
- Disability Can Do offers advocacy training.
- 'Come Outside!' is an innovative programme to inspire over 2,500 people from our most deprived communities to enjoy the outdoors, experience the benefits, and value and care for the natural environment.
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening programme has been launched in Wales.
- New substance misuse service for children and young people in Cardiff and the Vale.
- The Carers Strategy Summary Leaflet is now available and you can download it here.
- 'Hard to Swallow: the Facts about Food Poverty' - read the report.
- On Board, the independent third sector update from the University Health Board, can be found here.
- Meet one of the Ambassadors for the Strengthening Disabled People's User-Led Organisations (DPULO's) programme.
To find out more:
- Career opportunities for 16- to 19-year-old NEETs
- Huggard is now offering catering
- Do you want to help shape the future of volunteering and mentoring?
- Project to help organisations in criminal justice show they are ‘impact ready’ for payment by results contracts
- 'Youth On Boards' project for 18- to 25-year-olds