On Thursday November 14th, Cardiff Third Sector Council and its partners are launching ‘Co-Creating Healthy Change’, a diverse portfolio of ten projects designed to enhance the voice of the community in shaping health and well-being service delivery.

Sponsored by Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services and attended by guests from across the third sector, Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cardiff Council and Cardiff and Vale UHB, the event will mark the formal commencement of the portfolio and the work it will undertake between now and 2017.

The Minister said:

‘I fully support the Co-creating Healthy Change Project which aims to enable people from disadvantaged or marginalised groups in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to be better able to influence the type of health and well-being services they require.’

Funded by Big Lottery through its Community Voice funding stream, the portfolio is led on by Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) and supported by Vale Centre for Voluntary Services, C3SC’s counterpart based in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Sheila Hendrickson Brown, Chief Officer of C3SC, said:

For many people, particularly those from traditionally disadvantaged communities, the opportunity to influence real change in services is still not part of their day to day reality. We urgently need fundamental reform of services to bring them nearer to people and to better meet their needs. Increased coordination and sharing valuable data about people’s experiences is a positive step towards putting service-users at the heart of service design. This will open up opportunities for more innovation based on co-production

The portfolio is one of eleven Lottery funded projects exploring citizen participation across Wales and draws together expertise and knowledge from ten significant partners within the sector who will engage with the community and health and well-being service providers from across the health sector to co-create change in service delivery.

Katie Cooke, Co-ordinator of the Portfolio, said:

‘This is a very exciting portfolio that promises to facilitate meaningful service-user involvement in shaping health and well-being services. This is a fantastic opportunity for the partners and for the sector as a whole, to build on commitments and the progress made towards change and improvement’

Dave Horton, Community Development Co-ordinator, Action in Caerau & Ely said ‘Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE) are really excited about the launch of the Community Voice portfolio in Cardiff.  The projects will help place local people at the heart of health service provision in the city.  They are based on a belief that everyone has something to contribute to the task of building an equal society where all are valued, principles that ACE are committed to living out in our community’  

'We're really excited to be a part of this project’, said  Linda Newton, Director, Cardiff and Vale Action for Mental Health.  ‘This funding makes a huge difference and will help give a voice to the people who use community mental health services and put them right at the heart of service planning.'

Junaid Iqbal, Hafal  added: ‘The Co-creating Healthy Change portfolio offers Carers from all walks of life a valuable and much needed opportunity to have a voice in aspects of care relating to their loved ones and more importantly, aspects which would impact on their own health.’

You can find out more about Co-Creating Healthy Change here.

Co-Creating Healthy Change and Big Lottery logos

You're invited to the launch of Co-Creating Healthy Change, a Big Lottery funded portfolio of ten projects working across Cardiff and the Vale to engage and involve communities in helping to shape health and well-being services, and promote healthy living by empowering service users to feel able to advocate for their own needs, concerns and wishes.
We’re delighted to be holding the launch event at the Senedd on Thursday 14 November. Sponsored by Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services, the event is an excellent opportunity to find out more about Co-Creating Healthy Change, to meet the delivery teams and to find out how to become involved.


How to book

To book your place, please email Katie Cooke, Portfolio Co-ordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Smoking is killing more than 5,000 people a year in Wales and costing the Welsh economy almost £800m a year.Quit for Wales logo
In November 2013 ASH Wales will be launching a six-month campaign to encourage smokers to Quit for Wales. The campaign will be supported by the Welsh Rugby Union who will help promote the messages during the autumn rugby internationals and signpost people to cessation services.
The Welsh Government wants to reduce smoking rates from the current 23% to 16% by 2020 – which means 25,000 people a year in Wales will need to quit each year– and that’s without anyone else starting to smoke.
The vast majority of smokers say they want to quit, so to reach this target we need to give more people more opportunities and more support to give up smoking.


The Quit for Wales campaign will:
- Highlight the numbers of smokers we need to reach by 2020,
- Raise awareness of the need for investment in more flexible and innovative support for groups where smoking prevalence is higher than average and,
- Encourage Wales’s 500,000 smokers to try a quit attempt and signpost them to cessation services


Ash Wales wants:
- Every workplace in Wales to promote flexible quit smoking support to their employees

- All midwives and health visitors in Wales to be educated on smoking in pregnancy and receive brief intervention training as part of their pre-registration training
- All mental health service providers to be trained in quit smoking support


How to get involved in Quit for Wales:
- Put the Quit for Wales logo on your website and link it to www.quitforwales.org
- Encourage people to make their pledge to quit by using the Twitter hashtag #quitforwales
- Promote the campaign at any events you may be holding by handing out Quit for Wales cards which will signpost people to smoking cessation services including Stop Smoking Wales and


ASH Wales’s quit support project for 11-25s The Filter
- Encourage local businesses in your area to sign up to Quit for Wales and promote stop smoking support in their workplace (workplaces can access a toolkit from Stop Smoking Wales)
- Encourage people to write to their Assembly Member to highlight the campaign and get more people trained in brief intervention to help more people quit


For more information about the campaign and how to get involved contact Felicity Waters at ASH Wales on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or log on to www.quitforwales.org

St Peter's Hall, St Peter’s Street, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3BA. - Friday 13 December from 1-4pmCardiff Third Sector Forum banner

C3SC and Cardiff Council invite you to the Cardiff Third Sector Forum at St Peter’s Hall, St Peter’s Street, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3BA. The event presents one of the first opportunities to hear about the proposed changes to third sector funding, and the impact on how the sector works here in the capital.
You will hear presentations on co-production and have the opportunity to participate in an early exploration on how this process will affect the work of everyone delivering services to our communities in Cardiff. Download the agenda here.
Whether your group is small or large, this is a vital event to start preparing for the future, so we strongly encourage you to attend. And the event is open to all third sector organisations in Cardiff, so please help us spread the word!

Book today by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phoning (029) 2048 5722.

Six groups in Wales have been shortlisted to battle for the public vote and £50,000 of lottery cash in this years The People’s Millions TV competition. Big Lottery Fund logo

Since The People’s Millions began in 2005 the competition has funded 32 diverse community projects Wales-wide with an incredible £1.7 million in Big Lottery Fund good cause money.

The People’s Millions 2013, which takes place on ITV  Wales Tonight evening regional news during the week of November 25, will give six selected community groups across Wales from Caernarfon to Cardiff the opportunity to win the public vote on why they deserve a life changing Lottery award.
Each night two groups will make their bid for viewers’ support to take home up to £50,000, with the public voting by phone to decide who wins the prize.

There are three, £50,000 awards up for grabs in Wales – one award for each night, as well as a bonus award for the runner with the most phone votes across the week.

This is the eighth year that the Big Lottery Fund and ITV have given the public the chance to choose where the Lottery good cause cash goes in their region.

On Monday 25 November, the first two projects to run the gauntlet will be Fathers Reaching Out and Challenge Wales. If Bridgend based Fathers Reaching Out pulls in the most votes they will use their winnings (£23,900) to run the Social Awareness of Postnatal Depression project – a campaign to raise awareness about and tackle the stigma associated with post-natal depression, including the impact this can have on family life and the support that’s available for families affected by the illness.

But if Challenge Wales secure a victory, they will spend their £50,000 on the Turning the Tide project. The Challenge Wales charity aims to develop the self-esteem and life-skills of young people through sailing opportunities. The Positive Future Voyages project will run a host of pre-voyage sensory visits and sailing voyages for around 140 visually impaired young people and their buddies throughout Wales.

On Tuesday 26 November, the Carmarthen Youth Project in South Wales will battle it out with homeless charity GISDA in North Wales. If the Carmarthen Youth Project (£40,294) pulls in the most phone votes they will run the ‘Growing Green Teens’ project to teach young people how to grow and develop an allotment. Crops grown on the allotment will be brought back to the youth centre where older volunteers will be able to teach the methods of growing and selling food to the young people. The project will improve the lives of people in the community by introducing disadvantaged young people to a positive project that will help them to live physically and mentally healthy lives. They will learn new skills in gardening, growing, cooking and maintaining good health.

However if they come out on top, GISDA will run The Caffi Ni/Our Cafe (£50,000) project which will open an informal cafe in Caernarfon where the homeless charity can provide young people with work experience, new skills, confidence and the motivation to lead successful independent lives. The cafe will be equipped with equipment to create light lunch and refreshments and younger people will receive accreditations for cooking skills, starting their own business, health and safety and food and hygiene. GISDA will also arrange for outside agencies to visit the site twice a week as well as organising open microphone sessions and bands.

On Wednesday 27 November, the final night of voting, the Action for Elders Trust will take on Pinkspiration CIC. If the Action for Elders Trust tops the polls they will run the ‘Balanced Lives’ (£49,340) project in Cardiff and Wrexham aimed at improving the lives of older people. The project will be held in community centres on a weekly basis and focuses on three elements: physical health, mental health and general wellbeing. The project will do this by helping to reduce and prevent the impact of falls, improve mobility, reduce social isolation and improve their emotional resilience and health.

But if Pinkspiration get the most support they will run the Design Factor (£49,920) project which will bring together young people not in employment, education or training from deprived areas within Swansea, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Cardiff. Young people will learn the core aspects of running a business by developing empty shops and spaces in their communities and getting involved in the planning, design, marketing, business and the financial management of the project.

Voting numbers will be available on the day the projects are due to appear on ITV with Telephone voting lines* opening at 9am on each day and winners announced the following day.
John Rose, Big Lottery Fund Wales Director, said: “Each year The People’s Millions showcases the tremendous work that projects are doing to make a real difference in their local communities and this competition gives them the opportunity to get the support of a Wales-wide audience behind them. The highly imaginative range of projects shortlisted for The People’s Millions this year really will enable local lives to be changed by you. We want ITV Wales Tonight viewers to throw their support behind The People’s Millions and decide which project has got the community X-Factor. Every vote counts.”

Phil Henfrey, Head of ITV Wales, said: “Every year through The People’s Millions, ITV Wales Tonight viewers have a say in how thousands of pounds of Lottery money is spent in their local area. We’re looking forward to another exciting contest this year and wish all the projects taking part the very best of luck.”

For more information on shortlisted groups, visit The People’s Millions website www.peoplesmillions.org.uk