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Now more than ever we need to respond to the rising needs in society by including communities in shaping the services they use. This was the key message at the hugely successful launch Delegates at the launch of Co-Creating Healthy Change at the Seneddof the Big Lottery funded Co-Creating Healthy Change project that took place at the Senedd on Thursday 14 November.

Co-Creating Healthy Change is a diverse and exciting portfolio of ten projects working across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan and coordinated by Cardiff Third Sector Council. The aim of the project is to increase the voice of the community in shaping the delivery of health and well-being services.

Sponsored by Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services, and hosted by Cardiff Third Sector Council, over 150 people attended the launch. Delegates included staff from Vale Council for Voluntary Services, third sector organisations, local Councils, the NHS, the National Assembly for Wales, and the many partners and friends of the ten organisations involved in the delivery of the project.

C3SC was delighted to have Mike Theodoulou, Wales Committee Member for the Big Lottery Fund, open the event - sharing with the audience the need for the third sector to respond to the changes to society causeMark Drakeford AM talks to C3SC staffd by the economic downturn, a message emphasised by Sheila Hendrickson-Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Third Sector Council in her following speech.

After a networking lunch, the keynote speaker, Mark Drakeford AM Minister for Health and Social Care, spoke about co-production and the benefits of involving service users in making decisions about health and well-being in their local communities.

Sheila Hendrickson-Brown, Chief Officer of C3SC, said: “The launch at the Senedd offered a great opportunity to bring together people involved in supporting Co-Creating Healthy Change, and who recognise the huge potential each individual project has to bring about improvements in the lives of people in our local communities. C3SC feels privileged to be leading this portfolio of projects.”

Find out more about Co-Creating Healthy change by visiting or email Katie Cooke, Portfolio Co-ordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Launch of the Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale* Moneywise project was held on Monday 28th October 2013 at the charity’s offices in Fairwater. From left to right: Age Connects MoneyWise advisers - Tony Green and Claire Burke

The Moneywise Project is funded by The Big Lottery and part of the Age Connects long-established Welfare Rights Service. The project aims to help older people who have money worries and to deliver benefits advice and financial guidance to older people in a crisis or bereavement situation.

Newly appointed Moneywise Adviser Tony Green explains “If you are 60 or over and struggling to meet the rising costs of household bills or unsure about claiming benefits, then we are here to help”.

The Moneywise project can assist with the following:

·       Advice for people over the age of sixty in a crisis or bereavement situation in hospital or in the community.

·       Advice on a face-to-face basis whether in hospital or at home.

·       We can provide income maximisation through benefit entitlement and charitable grants.

·       We look at reducing household bills through energy providers, telecoms providers etc.

·       We can advise on budgeting, setting up bank accounts, direct debits etc.

An Age Connects client who recently benefited from the help offered by the Moneywise Project is Mrs Dorothy Thomas from Whitchurch. Mrs Thomas enthuses “The visit from the Moneywise Advisor has helped me to gain confidence in all my personal finance matters. I am very grateful for the help and support that he gave me. I feel that he couldn’t improve on the service as it was absolutely superb. I will always recommend Age Connects to everyone, Thank You”.

If you feel this service could help you or someone you know, please contact the Age Connects MoneyWise Advisers - Tony Green and Claire Burke as follows:

Tony Green based at University Hospital of Wales on tel: 029 2033 5431 and Claire Burke at University Hospital Llandough on tel: 029 2071 6815.

Every family has their own Christmas traditions and the festive season is full of excess but there are still ways you can make savings. The Energy Saving Trust Wales has plenty of simple tips to help you save energy and money which you can fit in to even the busiest family Christmas.


It’s all in the preparation…

With thoughts turning to searching for the perfect presents and making your tree a masterpiece worthy to put them under, why not make a few extra considerations:

  • If you haven’t already, go for a living tree rather than a plastic one. Ideally, choose a potted one and water it every day (Christmas trees need at least 1 litre of water a day!). In the New Year, shift it outside to grow until its needed next year. If a living tree isn’t an option, find a local sustainably-forested cut tree and ensure that it is recycled once the decorations are taken down.
  • Plastic trees are generally made from metal and PVC meaning that they are not biodegradable or recyclable and embody a lot of carbon. Plastic trees tend to be imported from China and their transportation just adds to their carbon footprint. ‘Real’ trees are carbon neutral because they absorb as much carbon as they grow as they will emit if burnt.
  • Try decorating your tree with LED Christmas lights this year, they look just as eye-catching and will cost you nearly six times less to run than traditional Christmas lights. Always remember to turn Christmas lights off when you go out, and go to bed.
  • An extravagant Christmas display outside can cost as much as £100 to power throughout December, producing enough CO2 to fill more than two double decker busses.
  • Batteries are the extra Christmas essential we always forget-how many times have you bought that perfect, much yearned for toy, only to get home and realise it doesn’t include batteries? Why not be extra prepared this year and invest in some rechargeable batteries to keep the Christmas fun long lasting.


Festive food for thought

The kitchen is one of the easiest places to save energy and these tips might even make cooking your feast less of a challenge:

  • A clean oven lets you see what’s going on at a glance; you can check on your turkey through the window and open the oven door less so you don’t lose heat.
  • Always remember to use the right sized pots and pans for the job and make sure your flame is directly under the pan and not escaping up the sides, food will cook better and you won’t be wasting energy.
  • You could even make an early start on a New Year’s resolution and just buy the food you need, anything left over and you can start composting your food waste. An average of 30% of household waste can be composted and putting your Christmas leftovers to good use could do wonders for your garden when spring returns!


Enjoy the splendour of the season

If you’re staying at home this Christmas and visiting family nearby why not walk off that extra mince pie instead of taking the car? You can get out and enjoy the season and don’t have to worry about having a festive tipple while you’re celebrating. Short journeys use almost twice as much fuel so you’ll also make quite a saving!

Duncan McCombie, director of Energy Saving Trust, Wales, says ‘Our simple steps couldn’t be easier to follow and making some savings is always a welcome thought when festivities take their toll on your bank balance.  By following our easy tips you can also save energy and your carbon footprint, the best Christmas present for future generations too!’

For more energy saving tips and advice, visit the Energy Saving Trust’s website,


The Garfield Weston Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence.


The Foundation makes grants across the UK to organisations in the following categories:

            Arts                           Education         
            Youth                        Health
            Community               Environment
            Religion                    Welfare


You'll find the guidelines and application form on the Garfield Weston website at