Employment specialists from ACE Cardiff, the charity, are offering job search mentoring, including informed advice, CV and interview preparation.

There is no fixed fee for this service but a donation to the charity is appreciated.

ACE can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (029) 2047 1241.

One million pounds is to be invested in the UK’s first ‘Sustainable Food Cities’ programme, which will use healthy and sustainable food to address some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems including obesity, food poverty and climate change. 

In recognition of its pioneering work transforming food culture, Cardiff has been selected as a founding member of the UK-wide Sustainable Food Cities Network launched on 6 August, which will enable cities to learn from each other and work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of their city.

As part of the Sustainable Food Cities programme – which is led by the Soil Association, Food Matters and Sustain and funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – Cardiff will get a chance to be one of six cities to receive funding to become a model Sustainable Food City and to receive the national recognition of being formally awarded Sustainable Food City status. More than 100 urban areas across the UK are expected to have joined the Sustainable Food City Network by the end of the 3 year programme.

Eryl Powell, Chair of the Cardiff Food Council, said: “The huge level of commitment and interest already invested in the Cardiff sustainable food scene gives a clear signal that the people of Cardiff want healthy and sustainable food. However, with rising levels of food poverty and obesity in the city, now is the time to step up the pace in transforming Cardiff’s food culture.

“We’ve established an excellent Food Council partnership between Cardiff University, Cardiff Council, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and local third sector organisations and social enterprises, and being part of the UK Sustainable Food Cities Network will bring more expertise to our local approach.”

Speaking about the project, Tom Andrews, Soil Association programme manager of Sustainable Food Cities said: “The Sustainable Food Cities programme is about using food to improve people’s health and wellbeing, creating new businesses and jobs and reduce our impact on the environment. Food is not only at the heart of some of today’s greatest challenges but is also a vital part of the solution. The Sustainable Food Cities Network will create cities where every school, hospital, restaurant and workplace canteen serve only healthy and sustainable meals; where everyone has access to affordable fresh, seasonal, local and sustainably produced food no matter where they live; and where people of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to learn about, grow and cook food. It is about creating cities where good food is visible and celebrated in every corner and where people’s right to eat healthy and sustainable food is embedded into every relevant policy and strategy.”
The Sustainable Food Cities Network is an alliance of public, private and third sector organisations using food as a vehicle for driving positive changes. The Network helps people and places to share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice in all aspects of sustainable food.

Ben Reynolds, Network Director at Sustain said: “With more than eighty per cent of us now living in urban areas, people in towns and cities can have a huge impact on our food system. What we grow, buy, cook or throw away can not only improve the health and well-being of our families, but also protect our countryside, wildlife and precious marine life, while improving the livelihoods of people on our doorstep and millions of miles away. The Sustainable Food Cities programme will help local communities to make that happen.”
Clare Devereux, Director at Food Matters said: “Our experience in Brighton and Hove has shown just what can be achieved if you get the right individuals and organisations together to develop a common vision of how they want to change their food system and then support them in turning that vision into reality. For many years, Brighton and Hove has been ahead of the game, but it is amazing how quickly and enthusiastically other towns and cities are now adopting similar approaches and starting to catch up.”


The Ageing Well in Wales Programme, hosted and lead by the office of the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, has this week launched four new networks to support the sharing of knowledge and innovation across the public, third and independent sectors in Wales. Priority themes for the networks are: to create age friendly environments, places and neighbourhoods, raising awareness of dementia and designing places and changing attitudes to create dementia supportive communities, prevention of falls and also increasing the opportunities that exist for people 50+ to access employment and skills

Organisations and groups from across Wales who have projects that focus on these themes have been invited to apply through an open call to join the networks which will commence in the autumn. Membership will give participants access to specialist advice, toolkits to support their local plans and information about good practice from across the UK and Europe. The networks will also provide a forum to promote and share innovation, as well as opportunities for joint-working and collaboration.

Establishing the new networks is a key part of the Ageing Well in Wales’ innovative approach to promote healthy ageing across Wales. The networks will connect up practice at the local level to a national programme which is also part of a bigger European Initiative designed to increase the health and wellbeing of people as they become older. The momentum of the programme is growing and recently it received a three star rating in recognition from the European Commission for the partnership work that already exists in Wales following the successful Older People’s Strategy for Wales.  

Ageing Well in Wales National Programme Director, Beverlea Reategui, said: “There are many organisations in Wales, working across the public, third and independent sectors, who share the aims of the Ageing Well in Wales Programme – to improve older people’s health and wellbeing so that they can have a better quality of life as they age. The next phase of the Older People Strategy for Wales has a clear focus on wellbeing and our themes will contribute to the successful delivery of this strategy over the next five years.

“Wales has a lot of good practice which we need to develop and transfer  to more people. We also need to raise our game and participate more at the European level to access knowledge and potential funding opportunities to ensure that Wales does not get left behind. Global ageing is with us. Wales needs to take advantage of the contribution a healthy ageing population can make to its economy, communities and individual families. Too often ageing is portrayed as a burden on society and we need to shift the conversation and attitudes to focus on the benefits for Wales of people living longer with their families and participating in their communities”

Further information about the Networks for those organisations interested in joining is available from the Ageing Well in Wales website, or by contacting the Ageing Well team at the office of the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.

Further information about the Ageing Well in Wales Programme, as well as information about the new networks, is available here from the Ageing Well in Wales website (www.olderpeoplewales.com/en/Ageingwell/The-programme.aspx), by calling 08442 640 670 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Information sheet

A new information sheet on Charitable Incorporated Organisations is now on our website. 

The Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) is a new legal form designed specifically for charities. The key features of a CIO are set out in another of our information sheets, Choosing legal structures, which you should read if you are looking to compare the main types of legal structure available to voluntary organisations.
This information sheet will offer more detailed guidance on the CIO, including the differences between the two CIO models that can be used, the advantages and disadvantages of this structure, and how you can look to register a CIO if you decide it is the best structure for your organisation.

The South Wales Programme has received more than 50,000 responses to the eight-week consultation about the future of consultant-led maternity and neonatal care, inpatient children’s services and emergency medicine (A&E) for people living in South Wales and South Powys.
A total of 53,359 questionnaires, letters and detailed submissions have been received and are being processed by Opinion Research Services, which was commissioned by the five health boards - Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, Aneurin Bevan, Cardiff and Vale, Cwm Taf and Powys - to provide an independent analysis of the responses received during the consultation period.
Paul Hollard, programme director of the South Wales Programme, said: “We would like to thank members of the public and other interested groups for their input into this consultation and for taking part in this very important debate about the future of consultant-led maternity and neonatal care, inpatient children’s services and emergency medicine (A&E) across South Wales and South Powys.
This is a huge response to an NHS consultation and demonstrates how passionate people are about their NHS in South Wales and South Powys and the importance of ensuring high quality care is available as locally as possible.
“It also shows that people understand the significant pressures these services are under and the reasons why we need to make changes to ensure they are safe and sustainable into the future.
“In the consultation document, we indicated that health boards would be meeting in October to make a decision about the outcome of the South Wales Programme. However, given the sheer scale of responses and the level of detail they contain, we believe this timescale is now inappropriate.
“In order to fully and properly understand and interpret the comments submitted by the public, politicians, NHS staff and by local interest and professional groups, we will need to take more time to analyse these responses.
“In view of this, we therefore expect health boards to meet before the end of the year to make a decision about the outcome of the South Wales Programme. We recognise that this is later than anticipated but it is important that we consider all the comments received before the health boards make their decisions.”
Once the analysis of all the responses is complete, it will be shared with the five health boards, the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust and the community health councils. This analysis of the consultation responses, together with all the evidence which supports and informs the South Wales Programme to date, will then be considered by the boards and CHCs.
Individual health boards will make a decision about the outcome of the consultation and the future for consultant-led maternity and neonatal care, inpatient children’s services and emergency medicine (A&E) based on all the evidence supporting the South Wales Programme and the evidence that has emerged during the eight-week consultation process.
The outcome will deliver improved clinical outcomes for patients across South Wales and South Powys and secure the safety and sustainability of these services into the future.


The South Wales Programme options

Option 1: University Hospital Wales, Cardiff; Morriston Hospital, Swansea; Specialist and Critical Care Centre (SCCC), planned to be built near Cwmbran and Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil
Option 2: UHW, Morriston Hospital, SCCC, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant
Option 3: UHW, Morriston Hospital, SCCC, Prince Charles Hospital and Princess of Wales Hospital, in Bridgend
Option 4: UHW, Morriston Hospital, SCCC, Prince Charles and Royal Glamorgan hospitals


Need more information about the South Wales Programme or want to get in touch?
Visit www.wales.nhs.uk/swp or www.wales.nhs.uk/swp/hafan