East Cardiff, Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn Communities First (ECLP) launched an innovative new engagement project in October called HERE ALL WEEK! The project aims to add strength and value to the work undertaken in the ECLP cluster by ensuring there are opportunities for face-to-face engagement with local people so the work we do in the area is informed and owned by the local community. Here All Week

HERE ALL WEEK! sees us visiting a different community venue for one week each month and showcasing the activities and initiatives that we are working on.
Between 14th and 18th October, we launched HERE ALL WEEK! at Llanrumney Hub with a range of activities, training and information drop-in sessions that were open to everyone across the Cluster. We were supported in this delivery by a range of partners, including: Public Health Wales, The Prince’s Trust, Cardiff and the Vale Credit Union and Sustrans Cymru, with activities ranging from taster plumbing sessions and baby massage to empowerent training for our health champions. We also took the opportunity to speak to the residents of Llanrumney about Communities First – what we do and how we could work with the community to achieve positive change.

We have been pleased with the results and we would like to thank the Llanrumney Hub for supporting and hosting us during the week. We have already started the planning process for the next HERE ALL WEEK! which will be taking place in the Pentwyn Leisure Centre from 18th to 22nd November. Keep an eye out for more information and a timetable of activities.

To find out more, or if you would like to take part, contact Joe on 07969 185047 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dedicated staff from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have been thanked for their part in delivering a state-of-the-art centre caring for some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Patients, staff and third sector partners joined the official opening of the new development at UHL which includes Mental Health Services for Older People Unit (MHSOP) at University Hospital Llandough.

The £57 million facility comprises two day hospitals, 82 beds over five wards in purpose built environments and was officially opened as part of the hospital’s week long series of events as part of World Mental Health Day.

Simon O’Donovan, the Clinical Director for the MHSOP, was joined by UHB Vice Chair Marcus Longley and Older People’s Commissioner for Wales Sarah Rochira.

Mr O’Donovan said: "The dedicated staff across all disciplines and grades have worked hard to ensure successful service transformation. When walking around the unit and observing the therapeutic interactions and activities one appreciates that the highest level of person centred respectful care is indeed embedded in the culture of our service.”

Read the rest of this article on the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board website.

Children in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are being offered needle-free flu vaccines for the first time.Two people holding up flu-jab posters

The new nasal spray will provide a quick and painless way to protect youngsters from seasonal flu.

Parents of two- and three-year-olds will be invited through the post to contact their GP to receive the vaccine. Children in school Year 7 are also being offered the nasal spray. Other at risk groups such as the over 65s, pregnant women and people with long term health conditions are also being encouraged to get the free injection version of the vaccine.

Dr Tom Porter, Consultant in Public Health Medicine with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: “We would strongly encourage anyone who is eligible for the vaccine to take up the offer. The flu virus spreads easily and can be a serious illness. The vaccine is free, safe and effective." 

Read the rest of this article on the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board website.

A new report has said the UK Government needs to 'carefully monitor' the impact of housing benefit changes.

The Commons Welsh Affairs Committee has highlighted some of the potential problems changes to housing benefit could cause.

The Committee has said the UK Government's 'bedroom tax' policy affects proportionally more housing benefit claimants in Wales that elsewhere in Great Britain, and there could be a shortage of one or two bedroom homes to accommodate those who need to downsize. The Committee also stresses this makes it 'increasingly urgent' for the Welsh Government to continue its house-building programme, and monitor the rental market in Wales.

Read the remainder of this article on the WCVA website.

The Lobbying bill has its second reading in the House of Lords on 22 October, and opposition is growing from all quarters.

Sector bodies including NCVO, ACEVO, SCVO (Scotland) and WCVA are united in the view that the last minute amendments from the UK Government do not go far enough, meaning there is still significant uncertainty and ambiguity about which organisations may be caught by the bill's provisions.

Read the remainder of this article on the WCVA website.