Barnardo’s Cymru and Inroads are partnering up to create a new Substance Misuse service for Children and Young People in Cardiff and the Vale. This will provide support to young people up to the age of 18 years old to help reduce the negative impact that drugs and alcohol may be having on their lives.

The service will be ‘Open Access’, which means that anyone can ask for support if they are using substances or are affected by someone else’s substance use.

The type of support will include both groupwork and 1:1 sessions with an experienced project worker. The staff will work flexibly to meet the needs of every individual to support them in achieving their goals.

Barnardo's Cymru and Inroads are asking if you can help them with:

a)    Creating a name for the service.

b)    Designing a logo.

c)    Any other comments on how you think the service should work.

 

To find out more, please call Leoni Oxenham at Barnardo's Cymru on (029) 2049 7531 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund is a £14 million fund run by the innovation charity National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA), working in partnership with the Cabinet Office.

The first round runs from April until October 2013, and will support innovative ventures and programmes that use social action to achieve impact in the following areas:

  • Ageing well: Helping people to age well, particularly by supporting people over 50 years to have a purpose, a sense of well-being and to be connected to others.
  • Long-term health: Enabling people with long-term health conditions to have a better quality of life, particularly through the use of peer to peer networks and groups.
  • Young people: Supporting and encouraging young people to succeed and find employment, for example through mentoring, coaching, and peer-to-peer networks.
  • Impact volunteering: Using new approaches to 'impact volunteering' to mobilise volunteers to increase and enhance the outcomes achieved by public services.

Charities, social enterprises, public services and for-profit businesses can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 to support projects that deliver public benefit. In most cases match funding will be required.

Applications can be made at any time via an Expression of Interest form.

The programme will run for the next two years, and will open to applications as NESTA identifies different priorities.

Find out more on the Nesta website.

Grants of between £100,000 and £5 million are available for heritage projects that have the potential to unlock a heritage asset in need of investment and utilise it as a stimulus for economic growth. It is anticipated that in most instances this will involve the repair and adaptation of a historic building or a coherent group of historic buildings for an end-use that generates a sustainable commercial income.

Not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations in the UK are eligible to apply. Not-for-profit organisations can include the following:

  • Community or voluntary groups.
  • Community Interest Companies.
  • Charities and trusts.
  • Social enterprises.
  • Community/parish councils.
  • Local authorities.
  • Other public sector organisations.

Private sector for-profit organisations are encouraged to participate but are required to be minority partners in a partnership that is led by a not-for-profit group.

Priority will be given to projects that are located within areas of the UK experiencing economic disadvantage.

Applications may be submitted at any time. Find out more on the Heritage Lottery Fund website.

Biggest ever increase in welsh foodbank use: 120% rise in numbers turning to foodbanks in last 12 months

UK Foodbank charity The Trussell Trust says this must be a wake-up call.

Trussell Trust foodbanks have seen the biggest rise in numbers given emergency food nationwide since the charity began in 2,000. Over 35,000 people in Wales have received at least three days emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks during the last 12 months, more than twice the number helped in 2011-12.

Rising cost of living, static incomes, changes to benefits, underemployment and unemployment have meant increasing numbers of people in Wales have hit a crisis that forces them to go hungry. This dramatic rise in foodbank usage predates April’s welfare reforms, which could see numbers increase further in 2013-14. 

35,919 people received a minimum of three days emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks in Wales in 2012-13, compared to 16,204 in 2011-12. Of those helped in 2012-13, 12,625 (35.1 percent) were children. 5,784 people were fed in Cardiff alone with Cardiff foodbank giving out over 53 tonnes of food. Nationally, Trussell Trust foodbanks have given three days emergency food to 346,992 in 2012-13 compared to 128,697 in 2011-12.

The Trussell Trust has seen a 55% increase in the number of foodbanks launched in Wales since April 2012 but has seen a 120% increase in numbers of people given emergency food. Christian charity The Trussell Trust is launching three new foodbanks every week to help meet demand and has launched 345 UK foodbanks in partnership with churches and communities to date.

Trussell Trust Executive Chairman Chris Mould says:

'The sheer volume of people who are turning to foodbanks because they can’t afford food is a wake-up call to the nation that we cannot ignore the hunger on our doorstep. Politicians across the political spectrum urgently need to recognise the real extent of UK food poverty and create fresh policies that better address its underlying causes. This is more important than ever as the impact of the biggest reforms to the welfare state since it began start to take effect. Since April 1st we have already seen increasing numbers of people in crisis being sent to foodbanks with nowhere else to go.’

He continues:

‘Last year The Trussell Trust estimated that our foodbanks would help 250,000 people in 2012-13, we’ve helped 100,000 more than that. 2012-13 was much tougher for people than many anticipated. Incomes are being squeezed to breaking point. We’re seeing people from all kinds of backgrounds turning to foodbanks: working people coming in on their lunch-breaks, mums who are going hungry to feed their children, people whose benefits have been delayed and people who are struggling to find enough work. It’s shocking that people are going hungry in 21st century Britain.’

People turn to foodbanks for a range of reasons including low-income, redundancy due to benefit delay, debt and benefit changes. Other reasons included domestic violence, sickness, refused crisis loans, debt and unemployment. Less than five percent of those helped turn to foodbanks due to homelessness. The majority of those helped are working age families.

Foodbanks are community driven with an estimated 30,000 volunteers giving their time across the UK. Over 300 tonnes of food was donated by the public in Wales in 2012-13. Chris Mould adds: ‘Whilst it’s deeply concerning that so many people are facing hunger in the UK, the evident willingness of the public to help their neighbours through foodbanks has prevented thousands of crises escalating into disaster. We regularly hear people say that ‘the foodbank saved my life’ and it’s local communities that make that possible.’

For more on foodbanks, visit www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-projects

To find out more about Cardiff Foodbank, visit www.cardifffoodbank.org.uk/

In our Document Library you can now find a report called 'Effective Services for Vulnerable Groups: Citizen Directed Support - Key Findings', and a covering letter from Dr Andrew Goodall, Chair of the Effective Services for Vulnerable Groups Delivery Board.

The report highlights the key findings from the research into Citizen Directed Support undertaken by WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action).

You can read the letter and report here.