Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning offers 'pathways' towards an undergraduate degree from Cardiff University. The pathways are ideal for those who may have the ability, motivation and potential to succeed in university but may not have considered it an option in life - until now.

Students who enrol will receive encouragement and support, and if they are in receipt of DWP benefits, the course may be free. The pathways are part time, flexible and designed to support adults from all backgrounds.

Find out more on the Centre for Lifelong Learning's website.

Helping trustees tackle challenges and prevent problems at their charities Charity Commission logo

The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, has launched a new series of audio podcasts, designed to help charity trustees understand their duties under charity law.

The podcasts of this autumn series introduce Commission guidance on:

  • Protecting your charity from harm from extremists
  • The Big Board Talk - 15 questions trustees need to ask

  

Read the article and download the audio podcasts from the Charity Commission website.


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The Executive Summary and Overview Report on the key findings from the All Wales Hate Crime Research Project is now available to download from Race Equality First’s Website. Please go here to download the report.

   

New DVD resource

Vibe Creative, in partnership with Race Equality First, has created Wales: Standing Together against Hate Crime, a DVD training resource aimed at raising awareness across Wales of hate crimes and their impact. 

The resource, funded by The Big Lottery and Welsh Government, includes 5 impactive stories from people whose lives have been affected by hate crime. The DVD features the Research Associate talking about the findings from the All Wales Hate Crime Research Project and messages from the Police and Crown Prosecution Service. 

You can watch a short trailer of the film here.

If you would like to register to use the resource, please contact Mair Rigby, Hate Crime Project Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

A national research programme on Religion and Society was carried out at the University of Derby from 2010-2012. Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) sponsored a workshop that took place in Cardiff in October 2012, where organisations had the opportunity to express their views.

The results of the project have now been published and you can download the documents from the University of Derby website.

Men aged 65 who live in Cardiff are being encouraged to take up the offer of a free NHS screening test which could save their life.

Launched in May 2013, the Wales Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme (WAAASP) offers men a quick, painless, one-off ultrasound scan to check for a condition that can be life-threatening, if left undetected.

Screening clinics are held regularly in locations across Wales, such as community hospitals, community health facilities and GP practices.

An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) can happen to anybody but it is most common in men aged 65 and over who smoke; have high blood pressure; high cholesterol or have a family history of AAA.

Men aged 65 will be invited for AAA screening if they live in Wales and are registered with a GP practice.

Men who are eligible to be screened will receive an invitation letter and information leaflet through the post, offering them an appointment at a local screening clinic. The letter will give details on where the clinic is being held.

The test measures the size of the abdominal aorta. The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the body. Sometimes, as people grow older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak, and stretch to form an aneurysm (a swelling). When this happens, there is a risk that the aorta may split or tear (rupture).

A ruptured AAA can lead to serious blood loss that will need immediate emergency treatment. Not every AAA will rupture, but if it does, the chances of getting to hospital and surviving surgery are very poor.

There are around 400 deaths a year in Wales from a ruptured AAA and the screening programme aims to reduce the number of ruptured AAA and deaths by half in the men invited for screening by 2025.

Llywela Wilson, Head of the Wales AAA Screening Programme commented: “We would encourage all men who receive an appointment for AAA screening in Cardiff to take up the offer for this quick, free and very important health check.

“Men will be invited to a local clinic to have the ultrasound scan carried out by a qualified screener, and given the results straight away before they leave. Their GP will also be sent a written copy of the results. Men found to have a large AAA will be referred to the hospital specialist team to discuss treatment to repair it.”

She added: “The ultrasound scan itself takes just a few minutes of your time, but it really could help save your life. Around 95 out of 100 men screened will have a normal result, where no AAA is detected, and they will not need to be screened again.”

Usually people cannot tell if they have an AAA as there are no signs or symptoms. The screening programme aims to reduce the risk of rupture through early detection, appropriate monitoring and treatment.

AAA is less common in women and the National Screening Committee does not recommend offering women screening for AAA.

Anyone (male or female) who is not in the screening age group and is concerned that they may have an AAA, or is worried about a family history should speak to their GP.

   

For further information, and for a list of clinic locations, visit the website: www.aaascreening.wales.nhs.uk or telephone:

South East Wales: 01443 235 161

West Wales: 01792 453 162

North Wales: 01492 863 563