Following the 37 Cardiff Debate events held across the city from June until the end of September all the information gathered has been collated and a report has been produced capturing what residents said about their priorities for public services.

The report sets out some of residents’ ideas on how public services can do things differently in order to meet the financial challenges and provide more sustainable services in future. Please follow the link below to read the full report.

http://www.cardiffdebate.co.uk/news/cardiff-debate-results-phase-one/

Women Making a Difference (WMAD) has been named by Estyn, the education and training inspectorate for Wales, as one of three best practice case studies in their Women Making a Difference November 2014 report.

The Estyn report pays attention to Women Making a Difference's work across South Wales and the outcomes of WMAD's courses. It notes that learners have utilised their new skills and knowledge to organise a range of activities and highlights the accomplishments of the women who have participated in our courses, including being appointed as School Governors and standing for Parliamentary elections.

"Learners taking Women Making a Difference's programme gain the skills to play more prominent roles in public life. They make very positive progress. Many of them move on from the programme to a range of destinations and activities."

Amy Preece, Director at Women Making a Difference, commented that "having trained almost a thousand women since 2005, we're thrilled that the accomplishments of these amazing women is being recognised and are honoured to have played a part in their journey."

The report notes the importance of partaking in study saying that "adult learners improve their personal and social skills and their personal effectiveness as a result of taking part in learner improvement activities." This further confirms the benefits of education, at any age, for the individual, their employer, and for their community.

The full Estyn November 2014 Report can be viewed on the Estyn website. 

Visit www.wmad.org.uk/ for additional information.

The photo is from a recent Women for a Change course in Cardiff, which started in September 2014. Pictured are the tutor and some of the participants. The course was run in association with Cadwyn Housing Association.

 

The hope is that you will response to such an important act of support to all vulnerable people in the UK.

The City of Sanctuary movement is calling for all migrants, including refugees, to be welcomed in the UK and to be safe, healthy and integrated. The Welsh Refugee Council is asking for your support to make this happen.

One of the key outcomes from the recent City of Sanctuary conference was the Birmingham Declaration. They are now looking for as many organisations as possible to endorse the declaration. This is in preparation for taking it to all party leaders around the end of this month. The endorsements are needed by 27th November at the latest, so please could you take action on this quickly, by asking any organisation / civic group you know, which sympathises to endorse it. This would include your own organisation, charities, faith groups, schools, Trade Unions, theatres, etc. 

The Birmingham Declaration is now on the Sanctuary Summit website. https://sanctuarysummit2014.wordpress.com/the-birmingham-declaration/  Anyone with the authority can sign up to the declaration on behalf of an organisation, by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:

Organisation 

Name

Position in organisation 

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With best wishes from the Sanctuary Summit Planning Group 

As pressures mount on the world’s economies it is all too easy to forget what impact global macro policies can have on the micro lives of every man and woman on the street. The annual Christmas Prayer from Living Room Cardiff highlights the need to pray for those individuals struggling to make ends meet at a time of great financial and social uncertainty, tempted to turn to drugs or alcohol to numb the pain.

We remember this year the homeless and the refugees, especially those who shelter in centres in arid deserts in the Middle East. Others will live in fear of being infected by the Ebola virus and see every social engagement as a risk of facing death.

Written by the Rev. Denzil John, the Living Room Cardiff Christmas Prayer reminds people of the Centre’s important role as a warm and welcoming refuge from the world outside for those who enter its doors.

Wynford Ellis Owen. Chief Executive, Living Room Cardiff, said, “Christmas 2014 will be particularly difficult for many individuals and families across Wales and our troubled world; this year’s prayer is a reflection of all that is facing modern society.

“Uncertainty in all our lives makes us vulnerable to stress and turning a blind eye is not the answer. We must confront our fears rather than expecting to find the answer at the bottom of an empty bottle of wine or in a packet of cigarettes. When times are hard, this is even more the case. However, the prayer is one of hope and the Living Room Cardiff is a positive response to very difficult and deep seated issues at the heart of our society.”

Clive Wolfendale, Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive of CAIS, Living Room Cardiff’s parent company added, ““We offer this seasonal prayer as a reflection on the wider context of our work. Our purpose to bring inner peace to individuals in a world that increasingly challenges that mission”.

You can read the prayer on the CAIS website.

The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, Dame Rosemary Butler AM, wants to hear what 11-25 year olds think about lowering the voting age. This national conversation with young people will run until 2 June 2015.

Young people can let the Presiding Officer know by voting on the online poll, through social media and by completing the survey. The National Assembly for Wales will also be attending youth group meetings and making information available on their website, ‘Your Assembly - your say, your way’ to allow youth groups to hold the debates themselves if they wish.

Please encourage the young people you meet with to have their say via:

Online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/vote-16

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Twitter: @YourAssembly #Vote@16Wales>

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Your-Assembly-your-say-your-way/618841891501669?ref=hl