The Huggard Centre is expanding its services to include corporate catering services. ‘The Huggard Café' offers a quality catering and delivery service, with a five star food hygiene rating, and is currently aiming to expand into running a commercial coffee shop to support its work with homeless people. Huggard can currently cater for meetings and conferences of all sizes.

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Find out more about Huggard at www.huggard.org.uk

This information is to alert you to a new project Clinks is running, and opportunities for you and your organisation to get involved.

Between April 2013-14 Clinks will be working with New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) to support voluntary and community sector organisations working in criminal justice to improve their capacity to undertake and/or commission research and evaluation. 

You can read NPC’s press release about the project here.

Are you increasingly being asked to produce good quality evidence of the effectiveness of your services? NOMS' Commissioning Intentions and the Transforming Rehabilitation proposals both place emphasis on 'evidence based commissioning'. This can be tricky for small organisations that may not have the resources or expertise needed for research and evaluation. This project will support voluntary and community sector organisations working in criminal justice to identify, produce and use good quality evidence which will help you to evaluate what works - and what doesn’t work - with offenders.

The project will provide support and resources and work with the sector to help you identify, produce and use good quality evidence.

If your organisation works in criminal justice, please consider completing this survey.

  

For further information about this project, please visit Clinks or contact:

James Noble, NPC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 020 7620 4863

Jess Mullen, Clinks,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 020 7248 3538

This project is led by New Philanthropy Capital in partnership with Clinks and supported by the organisations that are part of Project Oracle.

Cardiff Council has published the new timetable for the Hub dropin advice centre. The new centre, based in the city centre, offers the chance to obtain advice from a number of advice providers.

The new Advice Hub is now open in Marland House, Central Square (by the bus station). The Hub brings together the work of the Council and other agencies under one roof, allowing customers to get the help they need more quickly and conveniently than ever before. 

  

Ground floor – help with council services

Help with a wide range of council services is available on the ground floor including housing benefit, council tax, housing advice, waste management and recycling, street lighting, free bus passes.

   

First floor – a wide range of advice services

A wide range of advice services from council and partner agencies are available on the first floor. 

The Council’s Cardiff Advice Service can help with the changes to welfare benefits, budgeting, debt advice, paying utility bills, welfare benefit and council tax. 

    

Citizens Advice Bureau and Somali Progressive Association are also permanently based in the HUB.  

   

Other organisations offering services include: 

  • Want 2 Work - back to work advice
  • Shelter – housing advice
  • Trading Standards – consumer advice
  • Credit Union – savings and loans
  • Nest – help to reduce energy bills

  

Customers can drop in, or make an appointment to see one of the Council Advisors or partner organisations. 

   

Find out more on the Cardiff Council website at www.cardiff.gov.uk/thehub

 

Contact details:

Advice Hub, Marland House, Central Square, Cardiff CF10 1EP
Call 029 2087 1000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
   
 

Following the Combine workshop at the end of February, the We Matter statements the campaign feels should be the foundation of the National Statement of Outcomes currently being developed by the Welsh Government were published. 

You can see the statements and a film about how they were created on the I Matter, We Matter website at http://imatterwales.org.uk/2013/03/20/combine-workshop/

The statements have been presented to the Assembly group who are working on this and so far the response to them has been very positive.

The Deputy Minister for Social Services Gwenda Thomas has published a written statement on well-being and social services improvement. In this statement she says that 'I Matter, We Matter' has ‘provided valuable input into the well-being statement’.

You can read the Deputy Minister's statement in full here.

At the moment they are focusing on two things:

  • They have asked for the opportunity to formally present the We Matter statements to Ministers and Officials at the Welsh Assembly. The people at the Combine workshop felt this was very important.
  • That the Welsh Government National Statement of Outcomes is clear about how outcomes will be used across Wales to help people have control over how they transform the supports that they use on a day-to-day basis.

Your views on the next step would be very welcome. Please email your views to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can read more about how the Assembly’s developing approach to working with outcomes here.

If you'd like to see a copy of the interim report from the I Matter, We Matter campaign, please email Rick Wilson at the email address above.

What are 50+ Forums?

50+ Forums are a new way of involving older people in helping to identify key issues which matter to them in their communities and coming up with ideas and solutions to improve services they receive.

    

Why are we establishing 50+ Forums?

Cardiff Council and its partners are committed to progressing the older person’s agenda and values the experiences, skills and knowledge that older people can contribute to the city and the work which they do. Gathering the views of our older people will influence our policies and improve the development of services over future years.

    

Who can get involved in the 50+ Forums?

·         Any person aged 50+ years!

·         Cardiff Council will support the Forums and will work with partners such as the Police, Health, Communities First, Wales’s Older Person Commissioner, Welsh Government, Age Concern, Age Cymru, Care and Repair, Cardiff Third Sector Council, Everyone’s Future Project, Healthy Wealthy and Wise, and other community groups.

   

How will the Forums work?

Cardiff Council currently works with many partner organisations across six neighbourhood management areas of Cardiff to join up service delivery. They propose to set up a 50 + Forum within each of these neighbourhood management areas.

Each 50+ forum will be made up of older people from each of these areas and anyone is welcome to attend and participate.

Each Forum will have a Chair and Vice Chair elected by the individual members of each Forum.  Their responsibility will be to listen to people about what the key issues are and make sure everyone on the Forum gets an opportunity to have their say.

In addition to the six neighbourhood 50+ Forums, they will also look to bring together the Chairs and Vice Chairs of each Forum as part of a city-wide Forum. This meeting will be convened by Cardiff Council’s Older Persons Champion - Cllr Luke Holland, Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health & Wellbeing (Adult Services) - to enable common issues to be discussed and best practice shared across the different communities of Cardiff.

 

Where will the Forums be?

The 50+ Forums will take place at a community venue within each of the six neighbourhood management areas of Cardiff. These areas are:

 

Cardiff West - Craigau, Fairwater, Llandaff, Llandaff North, Morganstown, Pentyrch, Radyr, St Fagans, Tongwynlais and Whitchurch.

Cardiff South West - Caerau, Canton, Ely and Riverside

City and Cardiff South - Butetown, Cathays (part) and Grangetown

Cardiff South East - Adamsdown, Cathays (part), Gabalfa, Plasnewydd and Splott

Cardiff East - Llanrumney, Rumney and Trowbridge

Cardiff North Cyncoed, Heath, Lisvane, Llanishen, Old St Mellons Pentwyn, Penylan, Pontprennau and Rhiwbina

 

The venue will change around each area and dependant on where the local people prefer to meet.

 

How often will the Forums meet?

Each of the 6 Neighbourhood 50+ Forums will meet four times a year. The city-wide 50+ Forum will meet twice a year.

 

When will the Forums be taking place?

The first meetings of the 50+ Forums are scheduled to take place at the dates and venues below:

 

·         20th May           Cardiff North - Llanishen Leisure Centre, 10.00am

·         20th May           City & Cardiff South -  County Hall, Atlantic Wharf,  2.00pm

·         21st May           Cardiff East -  John Reynolds Centre, Llanrumney, 12.00 midday

·         22nd May          Cardiff South East -  Moorland Community Centre, Splott, 1.30pm

·         29th May           Cardiff West - Sbectrwm Community Centre, Fairwater, 2.00pm

·         12th June          Cardiff South-West - Old Library Trelai, Ely, 12.00 midday

 

How can you become involved?

Come along to one of the planned meetings. Alternatively to find out more or register your place, you can contact Andrew Lucas, Cardiff Council’s Older Person Co-ordinator on 029 20872536 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.