Sent on behalf of the University of South Wales:


Please note the student must live or work in the convergence area.

“KESS PhD Studentship: Social prescribing in the Welsh Valleys: a quasi-experimental design to compare the effect of social prescribing in community and GP practice settings on well-being

Ref: KESS MAXI 21438

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 28th October 2018

“KESS PhD Studentship: A Realist Evaluation of staying well in your community: Identifying social prescribing intervention profiles for type and impact

Ref: KESS MAXI 21444

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 28th October 2018

Further information about USW current list of scholarships can be found

On behalf of John Rose, Director of BLF in Wales:


As you know we have been developing our approach since 2015. During this time we have made many successful changes to the way we work; we have also learnt lots; and gained many fellow travellers on this journey.

Over the last few months we’ve been reflecting on what we’ve learnt and heard from our colleagues, customers and stakeholders. We think that now is the right time for us to make some small changes to our strategic framework and how we describe ourselves so that we can be clearer about our purpose and embed what we have learned.

The first change you will see is that we will be describing the overall purpose of our work as:

We support people and communities to thrive

Here is a link to our People in the Lead strategy.

The latest step in this journey has been to look at how we can visibly demonstrate that The National Lottery and the communities we support are at the heart of what we do. As a result, the Board has approved a new name and visual identity for the Fund. From the end of January 2019 we will be known as:

The National Lottery Community Fund

Alongside our new name we will also implement a new visual identity at the end of January. We aim to keep the cost of this change minimal and we will of course remain the Big Lottery Fund in statute.
As ever, I want to thank you for your support. If you have any questions or would like any more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

With very best wishes and much excitement as we continue to take People in the Lead forward.



John can be emailed through Chris Howe at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Be sure to include these events in your diary. The following is on behalf of Race Council Cymru:


"On Saturday 20th October from 11.30am-6.00pm we are hosting a Youth event at the Wales Millennium centre (Glanfa stage), featuring New Town Kings and Reuel Elijah, Crossing Borders Music and Heritage Musicians and Dancers funded by Heritage Lottery Young Roots Fund, as well as an open-mic. On the same evening, there will be another youth event at Ffresh at the Wales Millennium Centre, which will have a Young Performers and Entertainers music at 9pm – 10.45pm - tickets may be purchased from Wales Millennium Centre Box Office.
The 25th October 2018 marks the official anniversary of 50 years of the Race Relations Act 1968. The Race Equality Conference will be held in Cardiff at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay from 10.00am-4.00pm. Hosted by Julie James AM, Leader of the House and Chief Whip. Speakers include Julie James LOH & Chief Whip, Simon Woolley Director Operation Black Vote, Dr Paul Hutchings, Ali Abdi etc. - Free Event and all welcome to attend. Please click on this link to register your attendance:
Remembrance Service in Recognition of the contributions of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Men and Women to the First and Second World Wars, 2nd November 2018, 6pm for 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Temple of Peace, Cardiff – Organised by Race Council Cymru in partnership with Welsh Government, WCIA, British Legion and Horn Development Association - Free Event and all welcome to attend

The Grand Finale will be held at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on Thursday 4th November from 11.30am to 6.00pm featuring Bob Bailey and the Jailers, Ify Iwobi and Co band, Ma Bessie and her Blues Band, Sun of Africa etc. and the event will be opened by our Hon First Minister Carwyn Jones AM.

Black History Wales Wide programmes are funded by Arts Council Wales, Welsh Government and other kind supporters and contributors without who’s support these events would not have been possible."

If you would like to know more about our Black History Month events across Wales, please visit our website

Twitter: @BHMWales


For general information about Race Council Cymru, please visit

Twitter: @rcccymru


Alternatively please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone us on: 07838 360979

This stakeholder event event looks at how European migrants contribute to civil society in Wales.

Researchers from Aberystwyth University and Roehampton University will discuss the findings of a research project (carried out between 2016 and 2017) which looked at various ways in which European migrants are involved in civil society organisations and activities in different parts of Wales. The project also explored how participating in civil society affects migrants’ sense of belonging. The event will bring together a range of stakeholders to discuss the lessons from this research, and how they could be used to inform policy and practice.

The event will include a panel discussion and Q&A session where practitioners will talk about their experiences of EU migration and civil society. It will explore new ideas and ways of thinking about migration and civil society, with a focus on common experiences, practices and challenges. The event will be of particular interest to third sector workers and policy makers.

The event will end with a buffet lunch and a chance to network.


To book a place, please visit:

Organisations are invited to contact Vicky Poole at Cardiff Council for the next Open Your Eyes Week, Below are some dates of availability for organisations who wish to get involved. They are working with Corpus Christi High School cluster the week of the 5th November 2018.


Please see below some dates and schools they looking for organisations to speak at:

Tuesday 6th November

1.30pm - Christ the King Primary School, Everest Ave, Llanishen, Cardiff CF14 5AS


Thursday 8th November

11am - St Bernadette's Primary School, Bryn Heulog, Pentwyn, Cardiff CF23 7JB

1.30pm - St Joseph's R.C. Primary School, 204 North Rd, Gabalfa, Cardiff CF14 3BL


For more information and a guidance documnent, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07837 340 205.