The Welsh Government's ministerial Task and Finish Group on Welfare Reform haWelsh Government logos commissioned a three-stage programme of research to assess the impact of the UK Government’s welfare reforms in Wales.

The Stage 1 report was published in February 2012. The main aim was to analyse the existing evidence on the cumulative impact of the tax and benefit changes on individuals and households in Wales.

The Stage 2 reports were published in February 2013. This stage was undertaken via a combination of internal and external work.

The Stage 3 research is currently underway.

You can read more about this research and download related reports and findings on the Welsh Government website.

Our member organisation Nu-Hi is a not-just-for-profit social enterprise business set up in Wales by recovered drug and alcohol users with personal experience of addiction, treatment and recovery.  They use their skills, knowledge and personal experience in the design and delivery of bespoke training workshops for all. They trade to the private, public and voluntary sectors. Profits are re-invested into growing the business and building the capacity of its dedicated team of volunteers to meet the growing demand for their product and services.

Nu-Hi has been invited to deliver drug and alcohol education at the Peninsula secondary school, Waterloo Village in Sierra Leone.

Skillshare Africa is a pilot project developed by Nu-Hi in response to this invitation. They provide resources and training opportunities which have already benefited two West African communities in Sierra Leone. They offer teacher training and provide educational materials, medical supplies, walking aids and much more. Following this visit they will recruit further volunteers to support our work in Africa. They need to raise £20,000 to buy more resources for the schools and local community in Waterloo.

They are seeking sponsorship from businesses, whose standards of corporate social responsibility reflect their own, to assist in making this project possible. This project is keenly supported by the local media, who will be publishing events in which corporate sponsors will have a key presence. When this project takes place Nu-Hi will be relaying photographs and video diaries from Africa incorporating the logos of sponsors. If you know of any businesses who might be interested in sponsoring this worthwhile project, please get in touch with Nu-Hi.

For further information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.nuhi.co.uk

The Charity Commission can now accept applications for registration from existing unincorporated charities with annual incomes over £250,000 who are setting up a CIO and transferring assets into it.

Find out more on the Charity Commission's website.

Here is a letter from Paul Hollard, Director of Planning/Deputy Chief Executive, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

  

Dear Colleagues

    
Cardiff and Vale UHB Remodelling of the Emergency Unit (EU) at University Hospital of Wales (UHW)
The UHB is about to embark on a project to remodel the EU at UHW (Heath Hospital) which will increase the size and redesign the layout of the department.

  
The scheme, which will be carried out over the next twelve months, will increase the number of resuscitation bays, create a Rapid Assessment and Treatment Unit (RATU) and provide an improved slightly larger patient assessment area. When completed it will significantly improve our ability to ‘manage’ emergency patients more efficiently and minimise risk.

   
During the phased implementation the UHB will continue to work with partners to ensure sustained operational delivery of safe services throughout the construction phases for the treatment of patients requiring emergency care, and those who are critically ill or injured. Patients who haven’t arrived by ambulance will continue to be assessed and prioritised by nursing staff as normal.

   
The construction activity is due to commence on Monday 18th March, and will impact both internally and to the area outside the unit.

   
We are asking for the continued cooperation of partners in health and social care in reinforcing to patients the importance of choosing the most appropriate service for their needs, and also ensuring that if they do need to come to the EU, that the area outside is kept clear for use by emergency vehicles only.

     
Yours sincerely

Paul Hollard

In November 2012, Alun Michael was elected Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales.  He replaced the previously existing Police Authority.  One of the key duties of the Commissioner is to produce a Police and Crime Reduction Plan, outlining a vision and the key priorities for policing and community safety across the South Wales force area. 

It is the duty of the Commissioner to make sure that the Plan provides clarity and focus for the South Wales Police and for everyone in our area.  This is the first Police and Crime Reduction Plan the Commissioner has issued, and covers the period April 2013 – March 2017. 

Within this plan, Mr Michael outlines his expectations of the Chief Constable and partner agencies in supporting the delivery of the objectives as well as helping to meet their own objectives.

This plan will guide actions in the immediate future, so there is no need for any uncertainty.  But finalising and agreeing this plan is just the start of the process, not the end of it. During the course of 2013  the Commissioner will work with the Chief Constable and with everyone in the Police Service;

-       and with partners in Local Government and Welsh Government

-       and with partners in other public services, particularly the NHS

-       and with the business community

-       and with victims groups and voluntary, community organisations and other interested parties

  

Mr Michael invites you to comment on the contents of the Plan, along with the priorities and planned outcomes.  He welcomes your views on this to help develop the document.

Follow this link to take part in the survey: http://www.southwalescommissioner.org.uk/en/Take-Part/Surveys/Police-and-Crime-Plan.aspx