Final call for nominations for Third Sector Awards Cymru 2012
- Wednesday, 07 November 2012
People who believe a voluntary organisation they admire should receive recognition still have to send in their nominations for a Wales-wide awards scheme.
The Third Sector Awards Cymru celebrates the best of the voluntary sector in Wales and reward the inspirational work of groups from around the country.
The awards are supported by Class Telecommunications, and this year the number of nomination categories has been increased from four to six. These are:
- The Class award for best communications – for groups with effective or innovative ways of communicating their message to service users and volunteers.
- The green award – for organisations that have made strides in reducing their carbon footprint and becoming more sustainable.
- The health, social care and wellbeing award – for those groups who have helped people to be happier and healthier in their communities.
- The award for good governance – to recognise those groups whose trustees ensure their organisation is well run and exemplar
- ·The award for innovative fundraising – for organisations who have run campaigns or events demonstrating creativity and innovation in fundraising.
- Award for the most admired organisation – for organisations most respected for their inspirational work and the causes they represent.
Organisations shortlisted for one of the prizes will be invited to a gala awards dinner, taking place in the Radisson Blu in Cardiff on 31 January, with special guest, BBC Radio Wales’ Jason Mohammad.
Nomination forms are available at http://tinyurl.com/cp8g7s9. The deadline for entries is 16 November 2012.
Previous winners at the Third Sector Awards Cymru include Cerebra, a Carmarthen-based charity which provides support to children with brain injuries; Crest Co-operative, a recycling enterprise in Llandudno, and Safer Wales, an anti hate crime organisation in Cardiff.
Jonathan Levy, Class Telecommunications’ Chief Operating Officer, said: ‘Every year the Welsh third sector continues to impress with its hard work and determination to make a difference to lives across the country. These awards are a way to give something back to the groups that make an often unheralded, but very real, positive impact on our communities.’
WCVA Chief Executive Graham Benfield OBE, added: ‘In these leaner times, it’s more important than ever to celebrate those voluntary organisations that have gone the extra mile in their work. The Third Sector Awards Cymru continues to highlight the achievements made by Wales’ outstanding voluntary groups.’
For more information, please contact Lynne Reynolds on 029 2043 1718, Dave Cook on 029 2043 1710 or Jackie Huybs on 01495 790212 / 07814 070239.
Support for 14,000 older jobless in Cardiff
- Wednesday, 07 November 2012
PRIME Cymru, the charity established to assist people over fifty into work or business has launched a new service in Cardiff and South East Wales. With Welsh Government support, PRIME Cymru will be offering a personalised service to anyone looking to find work or who wants to improve their chances of employment by undertaking education or training opportunities, as well as those looking to use volunteering as a stepping stone to formal economic activity from the counties of Bridgend to Newport. There are currently nearly 14,000 people between the age of fifty and state pension age in Cardiff who are jobless.
PRIME Cymru will provide a bespoke individual service to anyone over 50 who is looking to become economically active. Every client will receive one-to-one support in creating and implementing their own personal development plan. Where appropriate, each participant will work with their own mentor who will guide and support them to fulfil their ambitions. PRIME Cymru will be working closely with other providers to ensure that clients can obtain the relevant education, training and volunteering opportunities that may be the stepping stones to success.
In recent years, PRIME Cymru has helped over 2,000 older people into employment and over 1,600 to start their own businesses. Anyone aged fifty or above is eligible for support.
There are currently nearly a quarter of a million people in Wales between 50 and 64 who are jobless. PRIME Cymru will continue to operate its pan Wales volunteer mentoring programme to support any client who needs support. The organisation has recruited and trained over 300 volunteer mentors to work as ‘critical friends’ to help people achieve their aims.
David Pugh, Chief Executive of PRIME Cymru, said “ We welcome the support of the Welsh Government which will allow us to extend and improve our services to older people in Cardiff, and we acknowledge the Welsh Government’s recognition that older workers have an enormous amount of skills and experience to bring to the workplace but quite often they do not have the formal qualifications required by employers. Six hundred thousand people over 50 in Wales do not have the skills to use the internet. We should not abandon them at this time, but provide the essential tailored support they need to enable them to return to meaningful employment.
“The latest unemployment figures expose the real difference in employment chances based upon age. The perception of young unemployed people becoming a forgotten generation appears to be more emotive than evidenced. More than a third of older jobseekers have been unemployed for over a year. Less than one in six younger jobseekers have been long term unemployed. Older unemployed people are becoming the lost generation.
“Our programme has been specifically designed with, for and by older jobseekers and entrepreneurs. Over ten years experience has resulted in tailored support packages being developed and agreed with each individual client. We are looking forward to working with and supporting many more mature jobseekers and entrepreneurs in Cardiff.”
The programme will operate in Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, RCT, Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend and Cardiff.
PRIME Cymru is a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales. Anyone who would like to become a mentor or would like some assistance finding employment or to become self-employed can contact PRIME Cymru free* on 0800 5874085 or at www.primecymru.co.uk
*mobile and other charges may apply
Alcohol Awareness Week is coming
- Tuesday, 06 November 2012
Alcohol Awareness Week will take place between 19th and 25th November 2012. Organisations in Cardiff and Vale can get involved and receive a FREE campaign toolkit accompanied by resources to run their own alcohol campaign. The toolkit will provide information about this year’s theme, ideas of how to get involved and relevant resources.
The more organisations that get involved the better the likelihood of getting the ‘2 alcohol-free days a week’ message out there in Cardiff and Vale!
Name of person requesting toolkit:
(please indicate your preferred number and they will try to accommodate)
‘Don’t let drink sneak up on you – have at least 2 alcohol-free days a week’ A4 posters
‘What’s in your drink?’ A4 posters
‘Don’t let drink sneak up on you’ A5 booklets
‘Alcohol Awareness Week’ banner
Alcohol Unit Wheels
These interactive wheels are designed to help people to calculate the number of units in their favourite drinks. They are a useful engagement tool to be given out.
Alcohol Unit Beakers
These interactive beakers help people to visualise the quantity of 1 unit of spirits, wine and beer. They are a useful engagement tool to be given out and used at home.
‘Don’t let drink sneak up on you’ pens (for staff only)
‘Don’t let drink sneak up on you’ sticky notes (for staff only)
NEW - Fairwater Housing and Benefit Surgery
- Tuesday, 06 November 2012
Would you or anyone you know like help with any of the following?
- Housing and Council Tax Benefit
- Council Tax
- Housing waiting list and advice
- Help with form filling
- Tenancy enquiries
- Rent account advice and balance information
- Neighbour nuisance
If so, a Housing and Benefit Enquiry Officer is available every Thursday from 9am to 12.45pm and 2pm to 4.45pm at Fairwater Library, Doyle Avenue, Fairwater, CARDIFF CF5 3HU
Private room available - please call (029) 2087 1392 to make an appointment.
Consultation on Cardiff Local Development Plan (LDP) 2006 - 2026
- Tuesday, 06 November 2012
The consultation on the Cardiff LDP Preferred Strategy together with the Initial Sustainability Appraisal Report runs from 1st November to 14th December 2012.
The pre-deposit proposals documents outline the Authority’s vision, strategic options, preferred strategy, key policies - including broad locations for new housing, employment and other strategic requirements - and include an initial sustainability appraisal report. Other background information is also available.
A series of public events has been arranged for November. These events will give you a chance to view and comment on the pre-deposit documents. In addition all consultation documents will be on the Council’s LDP Website www.cardiff.gov.uk during the consultation period.
Your views will help inform the preparation of a more detailed plan called the Deposit Plan which is due to be considered by Council in September 2013.
You are welcome to come along and give your views at one of our public conferences at the following locations and times:
St David’s Hall - Monday 5th November, 12.30pm to 2pm
Plasmawr High School - Tuesday 6th November, 6.30pm to 8pm
Rumney High School - Monday 12th November, 6.30 pm to 8pm
Llanishen Leisure Centre - Tuesday 13th November, 12.30 pm to 2pm
Alternatively you can come along to one of our public drop-in exhibitions at the following locations and times:
PUBLIC DROP-IN EXHIBITIONS
• Ponprennau Community Church Hall - Wed 7th November, 12pm - 7pm
• St Fagans Village Hall- Thursday 8th November, 12pm - 7pm
• Lisvane Memorial Hall- Friday 9th November, 12pm - 7pm
• Trowbridge Community Centre - Wednesday 14th November, 12pm - 7pm
• Radyr Library- Monday 19th November, 2pm - 6pm
• Western Leisure Centre - Tuesday 20th November, 12pm - 7pm
• Llanrumney Library - Wednesday 21st November, 12pm - 7pm
• Old St Mellons Village Hall - Thursday 22nd November, 12pm - 5.30pm
• Whitchurch Community Centre - Friday 23rd November, 1pm - 7pm
• Grangetown Salvation Army Hall - Monday 26th November, 12pm - 7pm
• Howardian Centre - Tuesday 27th November, 12pm - 6pm
• Chapter Arts Centre, Canton - Wednesday 28th November, 12pm - 7pm
• Creigiau Church Hall - Thursday 29th November, 1pm - 6pm
• Cathays Library - Friday 30th November, 2pm to 6pm
All you need to do is visit the venue on the appropriate day and time as detailed above. Further information on the Preferred Strategy will be included in the next edition of Capital Times and will be on the Council’s website www.cardiff.gov.uk.
You can comment on the Pre-deposit documents in one of 2 ways (closes 14th December 2012):
If you have any questions, please call Cardiff Council on 029 2087 3461. Alternatively, you are welcome to visit County Hall where there will also be an exhibition and staff available between 9am -1pm and 2 - 4:30pm every working day of the consultation period (1st Nov to 14 Dec 2012).
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