Last week saw the one year anniversary of the first Action on Hearing Loss Cymru Hear to Meet Actionon on Hearing Loss Cymru logogroup at Thornhill Church Centre. Due to the success of this group, a second Hear to Meet group will be opening in South East Cardiff.

What? Hear to Meet – a monthly social get-together for adults (50+) with experience of hearing loss. They might wear hearing aids or identify as hard of hearing. The free and friendly get-together is a chance to share information, listen to speakers and enjoy each other’s company. There will be a loop system running at the group.


Where? Albany Road Baptist Church (opposite the Claude pub). The City Circular bus 1 and 2 stop outside the church and there is a free car park onsite. Free pick up and drop off is available for people who need it.


When? Second Friday of every month (10am-12pm) 

Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) believes it’s essential for the third sector to have its voice heard in the setting of policies and strategies that impact on Cardiff communities. One of the key ways C3SC is able to achieve this is through third sector representatives – individuals from within third sector agencies who volunteer to attend important meetings on behalf of the third sector. These representatives consult with the third sector to ensure they can convey the views of the broader third sector, as well as feedback to C3SC’s various networks via the network email bulletins.


There are 13 separate strands of work, called ‘workstreams’, for which C3SC has third sector representatives:

  • Early Years Intervention
  • Safety and Safeguarding Communities
  • Sustainable Employment
  • Clean and Sustainable Environment
  • Substance Misuse
  • Emotional and Mental Health
  • Older People Services
  • Youth Participation
  • Community Cohesion
  • Carers
  • Intra City Transport
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Vulnerable Families


C3SC provides support and administrative assistance to help its representatives communicate with the various networks C3SC runs. Each representative attends the vital strategic meetings in which policy and strategic action is set for the workstream they represent.


Being a third sector representative can be a highly rewarding experience. You’ll get to sit in the heart of the decision making process, and be able to speak on behalf of the third sector, contributing guidance and experiences to ensure Cardiff’s communities benefit from improved services.


Over the next few months, C3SC will be exploring launching a new, dedicated part of its website to enhance support for representatives so they can help one another, share developments, and contact C3SC members directly. 


As part of this process, C3SC is looking to recruit 3 new representatives:

1) One representative on the TAF (Team Around the Family) Evaluation Panel:the representative will need to be at a senior practitioner based level with an understanding of how services work on the ground.
2) One representative to sit on the Early Intervention and Prevention Steering Group (under Families and Young People Programme Board).
3) One representative to sit on the Intra City Public Transport workstream (under Urban Environment Programme Board).


If you are interested in becoming a Third Sector Representative, please complete the application form.


For positions 1) and 2) please email your application form to Sheila Hendrickson-Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post it to Sheila Hendrickson-Brown, Cardiff Third Sector Council, Brunel House, 2 Fitzalan Road, Cardiff CF24 0EB.

For position 3) please email your application form to Kevin Rahman-Daultrey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post it to Kevin at the address above.

Wales news

Website to support asylum seeking and migrant families

Children in Wales has launched a website to support the Including Families project.


Non-instructed advocacy guide

This resource provides information about non-instructed advocacy. The guide costs £5 - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Putting well-being for all at the heart of social services

A document has been published by the Welsh Government to improve the well-being of people who need care and support and carers who need support.


Play and early years information sheet

This Play Wales information sheet explores what is play and its importance to and for children’s development in the early years (birth to seven years old). It also explores the importance of adult roles, advocacy and the child’s right to play.


Foot Fun

Age Concern Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan is holding a foot awareness day on Thursday 25 June between 10.30am and 12.30pm at Barry Memorial Hall. For more information tel Nona Hextor on 01446 732385 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Taken from Public Health Newsletter, May 2013. For further information, contact:

Monica Dennis

Healthcare Alliances

Britannia House, 11 High Street, Cowbridge, CF71 7AD

Tel: 01446 774864

Mob: 07977 492926

Thousands of young parents and young people with disabilities in Wales will have a better chance of building a brighter future thanks to over £14 million awarded by the Big Lottery Fund today.

A total of 18 projects working with young parents and young disabled people aged 14-25 throughout Wales share in the £14,123,947 awarded through the Big Lottery Fund’s (BIG) Bright New Futures programme. The projects funded today have been awarded grants of between £200,000 and £1 million each to build the resilience of young people so that they have the life skills, knowledge and the ability to manage key transitions in their lives. 

Thanks to their grant of nearly £940,000 the Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT) will support over 2,140 young parents aged 18-25 imprisoned in HMP Cardiff and HMP Swansea. The Supporting Young Parents in Prison project will provide casework support, parenting programmes and support for parents in the community. Young people will be supported to engage in their child's life from prison, make plans for resettlement, reduce re-offending and promote good practice in prisons. The project will also support the wives, girlfriends and partners of those imprisoned by linking them to existing local services and by providing bespoke parenting interventions.

Explaining the need for the project, the Prison Advice and Care Trust Chief Executive, Andy Keen-Downs, said: “In partnership with the Prison Service, we will provide much needed support for young parents in prison across South Wales and their children.”

“Children of prisoners are the hidden victims of crime.  They serve a kind of ‘hidden sentence’ that risks damaging their education, and their mental health.  Prisoners’ children are also three times more likely than other children to go on to offend themselves, and this grant will help us to break the cycle. The four year funding will enable us to support over 2000 young families, with programmes to improve parenting skills, build stronger relationships, and achieve better outcomes for children whose parents are in prisons, and lower rates of re-offending by imprisoned parents.”

And thanks to their award of nearly one million pounds (£999,889), Taff Housing Association (THA) will run the Taff Shine project to support 190 young parents aged 16-25 in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, to develop good parenting skills. Support will be provided on a one to one and group basis at community-based ‘hubs’ and ‘hands-on’ practical skills will be developed in the home.

Highlighting the need for the project, Mark Sheridan, the Director of Support Services & Continuous Improvement at Taff Housing Association, said: “This will provide a much needed service to help young parents in the homeless system in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. We already work with young parents at the Tŷ Enfys hostel in Cardiff which provides training and accommodation on site for around 23 young mothers and their children at a time. The need is so great that we wanted to take this service out to the many other young parents in the homeless system.”

“This funding will enable us to go out into the community and provide hands on training for those who need it the most. While the Local Authorities help them find housing, we will help them develop their parenting skills and other skills which they might want to develop through this project. It’s very important to provide this kind of support to some of the most vulnerable members of society. We are talking about very young parents who have to deal with all the issues around homelessness in addition to all the challenges that come with dealing with a new child for the first time in their lives, probably without much family support.”

He added: “We hope the young parents we will be working with will develop the skills and confidence they need to make decisions that will help them deal with the big landmarks in their baby’s lives and in their lives in terms of moving on, creating a home and creating a good life for themselves and their children. Most importantly, that they can move beyond ‘just surviving’ and realise some of the aspirations they might have for themselves and their children.”

Highlighting the importance of the Bright New Futures programme and the projects funded today, Gareth Newton, Big Lottery Fund Wales Committee Member and Chair of the Bright New Futures Programme Committee, said: “This programme again underlines how we are committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.”

“Although most young people get the support they require and have a good experience of education and work, there are some who need more support as they become adults.”

“These projects funded today will support young parents and young disabled people to help them be who they want to be and do what they want to do. We acknowledge there may be hurdles along the way for these young people but the funding from Bright New Futures will help make crossing some of them that much easier.”


Full list of awards:

Ceredigion – 1 Grant worth £584,165



Through the Prosiect Uno Project, DASH (Disabilities and Self Help) will enable at least 75 young disabled people aged 14-25 in Ceredigion to acquire the skills to live independently.


Gwynedd – 1 Grant worth £857,730

Gisda Cyfyngedig



The Rhieni Ifanc Ni project will support young parents aged between 14 - 25 living in Gwynedd with the problems and issues that they face. It will assist at least 100 young families with issues such as finance, child development, child care, training, qualifications and accreditations, cooking and keeping a tenancy.






Monmouthshire – 2 Grants worth £1,477,731

Bridges Community Centre



Through the Building Bridges project, the Bridges Community Centre will support at least 160  young disabled people aged 14-25 in Monmouthshire to enable them to overcome social isolation to take part in social, leisure and work related opportunities.



Monmouthshire Housing Association Limited


Through the Dads Can project, Monmouthshire Housing Association will support 450 young dads aged 14-25 in Monmouthshire to enable them to manage the transition to fatherhood positively.


Swansea – 2 Grants worth £1,057,622

Interplay (Integrated Play and Leisure Project)

Swansea a surrounding areas

The 'Enabled' project will support a minimum of 150 young disabled people aged 14-25 living in Swansea with the transition into adulthood.


Action for Children



The Little Steps/Big Steps project will support 280 young parents aged 14-25 living in Swansea by delivering improved signposting and support throughout their parenting journey.


Multi-location / Wales-wide – 11 Grants worth £9,226,562

Prison Advice and Care Trust


Cardiff and Swansea

The Supporting Young Parents in Prison project will support 2,140 young parents aged 18-25 imprisoned in Cardiff and Swansea prison. This will be achieved through providing casework support, parenting programmes and support for parents in the community


Taff Housing Association Limited


Cardiff and the Vale

Through the Taff Shine project, Taff Housing Association (THA) will support 190 young parents aged 16-25 in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan (who are homeless or at risk of homelessness) to develop good parenting skills.




Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Newport, Powys

Hafal will provide an early intervention service across South East Wales for 600 young people aged 14-25 experiencing or at risk of psychosis The up 4 it project  will provide them with a tailored recovery plan involving access to work experience, training, Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, volunteer peer support or a wellbeing programme to increase their confidence and skills during transition.



Newport Mind Association


Newport,Monmouthshire, Torfaen,Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly




Newport Mind Association will provide tailored support to 2,666 young people aged 14-25 across South East Wales through the Changing Minds - young people's project. The project will focus on those suffering from mental health problems. Using peer mentoring, one to one person centred support and recovery based self management courses the project will increase the number of young people accessing support and improve their ability and resilience to better manage life transitions.


Relate Cymru

Bridgend 33%, Neath Port Talbot 33% and Vale of Glamorgan 33%

Relate Cymru will support 150 young single parents aged 14-25 in Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and the Vale of Glamorgan. The Foothold Project will focus on developing their life skills through tailored training provision and supporting them to make positive progressions. It will also develop their emotional skills such as assertiveness, stress management, coping skills, healthy relationships and parenting as well as building self-esteem.



Sense, the National Deafblind and Rubella Association

Merthyr Tydfil 40% Caerphilly 20%, Newport 30%, Torfaen 10%

Sense, the National Deafblind and Rubella Association will provide tailored support for 50 deafblind/multi-sensory impaired (MSI) young people aged of 14-25 across South-East Wales through the Being Me! A supported journey into adulthood project.



Charter Housing Association Limited

50% Newport City, 25% Caerphilly Borough and 25% Monmouthshire

Through The Growing Together Project, Charter Housing will provide support to 240 young single parents aged 14-25 living in social housing in Newport, Monmouthshire and Caerphilly. It will involve training in the practicalities of managing a home and personal development, information and guidance including signposting to relevant provision, peer support and an online forum.


The Movement for Non-Mobile Children (Whizz-Kidz)

Cardiff, Swansea, Gwynedd, Conwy, Powys & Wrexham

Through the My skills, my friends, my future project, Whizz-Kidz will support at least 230 young wheelchair users aged 14-25 in Wales. Tailored one-to-one support will be provided by staff, assisted by volunteer buddies, to enable the wheelchair users to attend clubs, camps, wheelchair skills training and work placements. This will enable them to gain the skills they need to improve their confidence and aid their transition to independent living in adult life.


Women Connect First


Cardiff and surrounding area, Newport, Penarth


With a focus on those from black and ethnic minorities, Women Connect First (WCF) will improve the lives of 2,300 young parents aged 14-25 in Cardiff and the surrounding area. The Youth Connect - Cyswllt Ieuenctid project will use a range of activities including counselling services and courses in English, ICT, parenting skills and environmental trips.



The Royal National Institute of Blind People

Wales wide

The project will support 290 blind and partially sighted young people aged 14 - 25 in Wales to become able and independent individuals, emotionally resilient and equipped with the skills and confidence to make a smooth and successful transition into adulthood.




Wrexham and Flintshire


Through The Aspire Project, Barnardo's will provide co-ordinated, tailored support to 600 young parents in Wrexham and Flintshire focusing on those aged 14 to 25, primarily who are most vulnerable.


Wrexham – 1 Grant worth £956,137

Dynamic, Centre for Children & Young People with Disabilities


The A Dynamic Future project will support 270 young disabled people aged 14 - 25 living in Wrexham, with the transition into adulthood through supporting them to design and implement their own individual transition plans. Each young person will have a support worker to assist them to achieve the goals set in their plans.



For further information about the programme and how you can apply for funding, please visit


The Welsh Government has launched its guidance for those applying for investment via its new community regeneration framework.

Vibrant and viable places, the Welsh Government’s framework resulting from a review of approaches to regeneration in Wales, launched in March. Now the Welsh Government has launched the guidance document to partner the framework.

The framework hopes to help communities obtain ‘a strong local economy and good quality of life’, with intensive regeneration investment in a small number of key places. The guidance aims to assist applicants to access this investment.

In a statement, Carl Sargeant, AM, Minister for Housing and Regeneration, said: ‘Our aim is to achieve lasting improvement in areas where market forces will not be able to achieve this without some support from Government. My investment will be targeted at the most coherent and integrated town centre schemes that make the best possible use of the wide array of possible funding sources.’

‘The guidance published today sets out how partners should apply and how the budget will be allocated.