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C3SC and Cardiff Council invite you to the Cardiff Third Sector Forum at St Peter’s Hall, St Peter’s Street, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3BA. The event presents one of the first opportunities to hear about the proposed changes to third sector funding, and the impact on how the sector works here in the capital.
You will hear presentations on co-production and have the opportunity to participate in an early exploration on how this process will affect the work of everyone delivering services to our communities in Cardiff. Download the agenda here.
Whether your group is small or large, this is a vital event to start preparing for the future, so we strongly encourage you to attend. And the event is open to all third sector organisations in Cardiff, so please help us spread the word!

Book today by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phoning (029) 2048 5722.

Six groups in Wales have been shortlisted to battle for the public vote and £50,000 of lottery cash in this years The People’s Millions TV competition. Big Lottery Fund logo

Since The People’s Millions began in 2005 the competition has funded 32 diverse community projects Wales-wide with an incredible £1.7 million in Big Lottery Fund good cause money.

The People’s Millions 2013, which takes place on ITV  Wales Tonight evening regional news during the week of November 25, will give six selected community groups across Wales from Caernarfon to Cardiff the opportunity to win the public vote on why they deserve a life changing Lottery award.
Each night two groups will make their bid for viewers’ support to take home up to £50,000, with the public voting by phone to decide who wins the prize.

There are three, £50,000 awards up for grabs in Wales – one award for each night, as well as a bonus award for the runner with the most phone votes across the week.

This is the eighth year that the Big Lottery Fund and ITV have given the public the chance to choose where the Lottery good cause cash goes in their region.

On Monday 25 November, the first two projects to run the gauntlet will be Fathers Reaching Out and Challenge Wales. If Bridgend based Fathers Reaching Out pulls in the most votes they will use their winnings (£23,900) to run the Social Awareness of Postnatal Depression project – a campaign to raise awareness about and tackle the stigma associated with post-natal depression, including the impact this can have on family life and the support that’s available for families affected by the illness.

But if Challenge Wales secure a victory, they will spend their £50,000 on the Turning the Tide project. The Challenge Wales charity aims to develop the self-esteem and life-skills of young people through sailing opportunities. The Positive Future Voyages project will run a host of pre-voyage sensory visits and sailing voyages for around 140 visually impaired young people and their buddies throughout Wales.

On Tuesday 26 November, the Carmarthen Youth Project in South Wales will battle it out with homeless charity GISDA in North Wales. If the Carmarthen Youth Project (£40,294) pulls in the most phone votes they will run the ‘Growing Green Teens’ project to teach young people how to grow and develop an allotment. Crops grown on the allotment will be brought back to the youth centre where older volunteers will be able to teach the methods of growing and selling food to the young people. The project will improve the lives of people in the community by introducing disadvantaged young people to a positive project that will help them to live physically and mentally healthy lives. They will learn new skills in gardening, growing, cooking and maintaining good health.

However if they come out on top, GISDA will run The Caffi Ni/Our Cafe (£50,000) project which will open an informal cafe in Caernarfon where the homeless charity can provide young people with work experience, new skills, confidence and the motivation to lead successful independent lives. The cafe will be equipped with equipment to create light lunch and refreshments and younger people will receive accreditations for cooking skills, starting their own business, health and safety and food and hygiene. GISDA will also arrange for outside agencies to visit the site twice a week as well as organising open microphone sessions and bands.

On Wednesday 27 November, the final night of voting, the Action for Elders Trust will take on Pinkspiration CIC. If the Action for Elders Trust tops the polls they will run the ‘Balanced Lives’ (£49,340) project in Cardiff and Wrexham aimed at improving the lives of older people. The project will be held in community centres on a weekly basis and focuses on three elements: physical health, mental health and general wellbeing. The project will do this by helping to reduce and prevent the impact of falls, improve mobility, reduce social isolation and improve their emotional resilience and health.

But if Pinkspiration get the most support they will run the Design Factor (£49,920) project which will bring together young people not in employment, education or training from deprived areas within Swansea, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Cardiff. Young people will learn the core aspects of running a business by developing empty shops and spaces in their communities and getting involved in the planning, design, marketing, business and the financial management of the project.

Voting numbers will be available on the day the projects are due to appear on ITV with Telephone voting lines* opening at 9am on each day and winners announced the following day.
John Rose, Big Lottery Fund Wales Director, said: “Each year The People’s Millions showcases the tremendous work that projects are doing to make a real difference in their local communities and this competition gives them the opportunity to get the support of a Wales-wide audience behind them. The highly imaginative range of projects shortlisted for The People’s Millions this year really will enable local lives to be changed by you. We want ITV Wales Tonight viewers to throw their support behind The People’s Millions and decide which project has got the community X-Factor. Every vote counts.”

Phil Henfrey, Head of ITV Wales, said: “Every year through The People’s Millions, ITV Wales Tonight viewers have a say in how thousands of pounds of Lottery money is spent in their local area. We’re looking forward to another exciting contest this year and wish all the projects taking part the very best of luck.”

For more information on shortlisted groups, visit The People’s Millions website

East Cardiff, Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn Communities First (ECLP) launched an innovative new engagement project in October called HERE ALL WEEK! The project aims to add strength and value to the work undertaken in the ECLP cluster by ensuring there are opportunities for face-to-face engagement with local people so the work we do in the area is informed and owned by the local community. Here All Week

HERE ALL WEEK! sees us visiting a different community venue for one week each month and showcasing the activities and initiatives that we are working on.
Between 14th and 18th October, we launched HERE ALL WEEK! at Llanrumney Hub with a range of activities, training and information drop-in sessions that were open to everyone across the Cluster. We were supported in this delivery by a range of partners, including: Public Health Wales, The Prince’s Trust, Cardiff and the Vale Credit Union and Sustrans Cymru, with activities ranging from taster plumbing sessions and baby massage to empowerent training for our health champions. We also took the opportunity to speak to the residents of Llanrumney about Communities First – what we do and how we could work with the community to achieve positive change.

We have been pleased with the results and we would like to thank the Llanrumney Hub for supporting and hosting us during the week. We have already started the planning process for the next HERE ALL WEEK! which will be taking place in the Pentwyn Leisure Centre from 18th to 22nd November. Keep an eye out for more information and a timetable of activities.

To find out more, or if you would like to take part, contact Joe on 07969 185047 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dedicated staff from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have been thanked for their part in delivering a state-of-the-art centre caring for some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Patients, staff and third sector partners joined the official opening of the new development at UHL which includes Mental Health Services for Older People Unit (MHSOP) at University Hospital Llandough.

The £57 million facility comprises two day hospitals, 82 beds over five wards in purpose built environments and was officially opened as part of the hospital’s week long series of events as part of World Mental Health Day.

Simon O’Donovan, the Clinical Director for the MHSOP, was joined by UHB Vice Chair Marcus Longley and Older People’s Commissioner for Wales Sarah Rochira.

Mr O’Donovan said: "The dedicated staff across all disciplines and grades have worked hard to ensure successful service transformation. When walking around the unit and observing the therapeutic interactions and activities one appreciates that the highest level of person centred respectful care is indeed embedded in the culture of our service.”

Read the rest of this article on the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board website.

Children in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are being offered needle-free flu vaccines for the first time.Two people holding up flu-jab posters

The new nasal spray will provide a quick and painless way to protect youngsters from seasonal flu.

Parents of two- and three-year-olds will be invited through the post to contact their GP to receive the vaccine. Children in school Year 7 are also being offered the nasal spray. Other at risk groups such as the over 65s, pregnant women and people with long term health conditions are also being encouraged to get the free injection version of the vaccine.

Dr Tom Porter, Consultant in Public Health Medicine with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: “We would strongly encourage anyone who is eligible for the vaccine to take up the offer. The flu virus spreads easily and can be a serious illness. The vaccine is free, safe and effective." 

Read the rest of this article on the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board website.