Charities' role in society is increasingly seen as essential, according to independent research by Ipsos MORI, conducted on behalf of the Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales. The research shows that there has been an increase in the number of people who feel that charities play an 'essential' role in society (37% compared to 30% in 2010). Overall, 96% of people say charities' role is essential, very important or fairly important.

Overall, public trust and confidence in charities remains high, with a mean score of 6.7 (up from 6.6 in 2010). The research shows that charities are still one of the most trusted groups, with only the police and doctors being more trusted.

The research also shows that the overwhelming majority of people believe charities should provide the public with information on 'how they spend their money' (96%) and on 'how they benefit the public' (94%). The public view on this has remained unchanged over time.


Taken from the Charity Commission's website. Read the full article here.

The Community Housing Cymru Group was set up in 2010 and comprises of parent body Community Housing Cymru and two subsidiaries; Care & Repair Cymru and CREW – the Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales. The group structure was set up to work together to strengthen the voice of housing, care and regeneration in Wales, and encourage collaboration across the three areas.

The group's new website - Under One Roof - has just been launched. It is aimed at helping members and agencies work together towards making their communities more sustainable.

You will find a wealth of resources - from template letters to a document on how to influence locally - to help you work with local councillors and council officers to build relationships and to make them aware of the work you do in their community.

The website also asks visitors to the site to sign up to show support for sustainable communities.

The ‘Your representatives’ section outlines who your local council leader, AM and MPs are. It not only includes their contact details - you can also email from the website.

Visit the new website at

Advocacy Matters (Wales) is delighted to be awarded a £247,872 Big Lottery grant to provide Big Lottery Fund logoadvocacy to parents with learning disabilities involved in child protection and child care proceedings. The three-year Project will be developed and delivered in Cardiff, Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan.

AMW will provide 1:1 Independent advocacy support for the parent involved in child protection and child care proceedings to express their wishes in reviews. The Advoacte will accompany parents at statutory review meetings, meetings with local authority personnnel, solicitors and court hearings ensuring information given to them is provided in a format that can be easily understood and meets individual needs. 

Peer and self-advocacy support groups will be delivered in partnership with local People First groups through the creation of Parent First Groups. The Parent First Groups will meet on a regular basis and facilitate support groups for parents who may be exploring the option of parenthood, those who have children living with them, and those whose children no longer live with them.

Accessible easy read information packs, including preparation materials for child care proceedings and Looked After Children (LAC) review meetings, will be developed as part of the project contributing to good practice guidance for parents with learning disabilities in child protection issues.

This is a FREE and confidential service available to parents with a learning disability, including parents who are not assessed and / or eligible for statutory services.

Please phone Advocacy Matters (Wales) on (029) 2023 3733 for more information and to make a referral.

Sheila Hendrickson-Brown has been appointed as Chief Officer of Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC)Sheila - to lead the organisation as it strives to support community groups and voluntary organisations throughout the City.

Sheila has a background in the third sector and joins us from Torfaen Citizens’ Advice Bureau where she was Director. Sheila has also worked for other third sector organisations, including the South East Wales Race Equality Council and Race Equality First.

“I am confident that Sheila will prove herself to be a welcome and solid Chief Executive to lead the organisation and represent the sector through the challenging times ahead,” said Richard Edwards, Chair of C3SC’s Board of trustees.

Sheila says: “I am delighted and honoured to take on the role of Chief Officer of Cardiff Third Sector Council and to join an organisation that makes a positive difference to people’s lives. The value of the third sector in Cardiff is immeasurable. Its role of developing responsive services and giving support, options, opportunities and a voice to people who often have the least power in society is beyond measure. Third sector organisations, whatever their shape and size, do such an important work and make a positive difference to the lives of people in Cardiff.”


Welsh Mental Health Strategy

The Welsh Government is asking for comments by 31 July on its strategy for the future of mental health services in Wales.


Wales-wide drive to reduce harm from alcohol

A joint training programme to reduce the harm caused by alcohol has been launched by Public Health Wales, Cardiff University and the Welsh Government.


Consultation on Active Travel (Wales) Bill

These proposals are aimed at enabling more people to walk and cycle and travel by more active methods. The consultation ends on 12 August 2012.


Door hanger to keep older people safe and secure

Age Cymru has produced a door hanger that has been developed to aid older people to be safe and secure in their home and to protect themselves from scams. Click here or telephone 01352 706228.


Bespoke dementia information packs

To mark Dementia Awareness Week, the Welsh Government has launched information packs for people with a diagnosis of dementia.


Wales’s first smoking cessation service for young people

ASH Wales has been awarded more than £850,000 from the BIG Lottery to fund Wales’s first smoking cessation service aimed specifically at young people. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Transition and beyond

A joint venture between the Down's Syndrome Association and Mencap is offering parents or carers of a young person with a learning disability, and the young people themselves, the chance to find out more about services for young people and adults in their area. For further information please contact the Wales Learning Disability Helpline on 0808 808 1111.


Taken from Public Health News email newsletter, June 2012