Independent Age: the older people's charity offering free friendship services to help alleviate loneliness has launched their befriending service in South Wales. Through regular visits, over a cup of tea and a chat, their volunteers build relationships that make the older people they help feel less isolated and more socially connected. The service is run for people over the age of 65. The aim of their friendship service is to reduce feeling of loneliness in older people and, where possible, encourage them to join in local activities.

“We are already seeing the measurable benefits of befriending in many parts of the UK so we are very excited to be bringing a similar service to Cardiff and Newport”.


Who can make a referral? 

-          Anyone can make a referral by calling:  0800 319 6789


FREE coffee morning!

Come along to the FREE coffee morning at the Llandaff/Gabalfa Hub on Monday 25th February between 11am – 2pm.

Here you can find out more about Independent Age’s new free service, getting involved as a volunteer and benefiting from the services they offer.

-          Free tea, coffee and cake

-          A free Dementia Friends Session (by Alzheimers Society)

-          A talk by Independent Age on Loneliness.

Please do share this between your networks and invite people along that may benefit from a friendship service.

The Cardiff Third Sector council have released a Brexit News Hub for resources and articles related to the process of the UK leaving the EU, and how this will affect third sector organisations in Cardiff.

We welcome any submissions from external sources that you would like us to include. We hope this will become a useful resource for our members to monitor the outcome of the Brexit process. 

You can access it here.

Via Gwent Police


Gwent Police are recruiting Community Safety Officers, and we are genuinely looking to recruit talented people from a Black, Asian or other ethnic minority background. Gwent has an evolving diverse community, where policing is dependent on building public trust and confidence. We are working towards being a more inclusive employer, and we know we can’t do this without making sure we are reflective of the communities we serve.

We will be holding an awareness event on the 13th of February 2019 at the Newport Leisure Centre 1 Kingsway NP20 1UH from 6pm until 8pm and would love you to join us to find out more, not only about our upcoming Police Officer posts, but also about the other voluntary and paid opportunities within our organisation. You’ll be able to speak to existing officers, learn more about the Police and what we do – we’ll even make you a cup of tea! Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you are coming.

Can’t make it? Just drop us an email to let us know you are interested and we will keep you updated, including application dates and further support that will be available to you throughout the recruitment process.

‘Be the change you want to see’



Anfonwyd ar ran WEN Wales / Sent on behalf of WEN Wales

Mentees wanted!

Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales is recruiting a cohort of 25 aspiring women to take part in a mentoring scheme to get more women, and more diverse women, into public and political life. If you are a woman looking to develop or further a career in politics or public life then this could be the scheme for you.

The scheme will run from April 2019 to December 2019.
Closing date for applications is 24th February, 18:00.

Taking part will enable you to develop your political skills and increase the impact and influence you can have on political and public life through mentoring from one of a number of highly influential women along with bespoke training and peer group support.

Mentor’s include women from across political parties and with a vast range of experience within public life including,
· Members of Parliament including Madeleine Moon & Tonia Antoniazzi, and Baroness Anita Gale from the House of Lords.
· Assembly Members such as Jayne Bryant, Eluned Morgan and Leanne Wood.
· Councillors and Council Leaders including Councillor Sara Jones and Powys Council Leader Rosemarie Harris.
· Civil servants such Torfaen Chief Executives Alison Ward, Sally Holland Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sophie Howe Future Generations Commissioner for Wales and Welsh Government Permanent Secretary Shan Morgan.
· Senior Leaders from the third sector including Uzo Iwobi Race Council Cymru CEO, Maria Constanza Mesa Director of Women Connect First and Frances Beecher Chief Executive of Llamau.
· Business Owners and Board Members such as Catherine Brown.

The scheme includes time spent in the Welsh Assembly, learning about how the Assembly and political parties work and how to get selected as a candidate; visit to the Houses of Parliament, meeting with MP’s and members of the House of Lords; a tour of Parliament, and time to observe activities within the Commons Chamber; hearing about how to be a trustee and be more active in public life. A series of networking and other events will aim to train and further develop the core skills required to be effective in public or political life.

We’re now inviting applications from women across Wales. This scheme is open to all women – we want to hear from you and improve the representation and diversity of women in Welsh public life.
If you can demonstrate a clear interest in politics and public life and a commitment to your own and others’ development, then this could be the scheme for you.

To find out more and to apply visit



Eisiau mentoreion!

Mae Rhwydwaith Menywod Cymru (WEN) yn recriwtio carfan o 25 o fenywod llawn dyhead i gymryd rhan mewn cynllun mentora i gael rhagor o fenywod, a menywod mwy amrywiol, i fywyd cyhoeddus a gwleidyddol. Os ydych chi’n fenyw sy’n dymuno datblygu gyrfa neu symud eu gyrfa ymlaen mewn gwleidyddiaeth neu fywyd cyhoeddus yna gallai hwn fod yn gynllun i chi.

Bydd y cynllun yn rhedeg o fis Ebrill 2019 i fis Rhagfyr 2019.
Y dyddiad cau ar gyfer ceisiadau yw 24 Chwefror, 18:00.

Mae’r Mentoriaid yn cynnwys menywod o ar draws y pleidiau gwleidyddol a gydag amrywiaeth helaeth o brofiad mewn bywyd cyhoeddus gan gynnwys,
• Aelodau Seneddol gan gynnwys Madeleine Moon a Tonia Antoniazzi, a'r Farwnes Anita Gale o Dŷ'r Arglwyddi.
• Aelodau Cynulliad fel Eluned Morgan, Jayne Bryant a Leanne Wood.
• Cynghorwyr ac Arweinwyr Cyngor gan gynnwys Cynghorydd Sara Jones a Arweinydd Cyngor Powys Rosemarie Harris.
• Gweision sifil fel Prif Weithredwyr Torfaen Alison Ward, Sally Holland Comisiynydd Plant Cymru, Sophie Howe Comisiynydd Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol Cymru ac Ysgrifennydd Parhaol Llywodraeth Cymru Shan Morgan.
• Uwch Arweinwyr o’r trydydd sector gan gynnwys Uzo Iwobi Prif Weithredwr Cyngor Hil Cymru, Constanza Maria Mesa Cyfarwyddwr Women Connect First a Frances Beecher Prif Weithredwr Llamau.
• Perchnogion Busnes ac Aelodau Bwrdd fel Catherine Brown.

Bydd cymryd rhan yn eich galluogi i ddatblygu eich sgiliau gwleidyddol a chynyddu’r effaith a’r dylanwad y gallwch ei gael ar fywyd gwleidyddol a bywyd cyhoeddus drwy fentora gan un o nifer o fenywod dylanwadol iawn ynghyd â chefnogaeth grŵp cyfoedion a hyfforddiant pwrpasol.

Mae'r cynllun yn cynnwys treulio amser yng Nghynulliad Cymru, dysgu am sut mae'r Cynulliad a'r pleidiau gwleidyddol yn gweithio a sut i gael eich dewis fel ymgeisydd; ymweliad â Thŷ'r Senedd, cyfarfod ag ASau ac aelodau o Dŷ'r Arglwyddi, taith o amgylch y Senedd, ac amser i arsylwi gweithgareddau o fewn y Siambr Gyffredin; clywed am sut i fod yn ymddiriedolwr a bod yn fwy gweithredol mewn bywyd cyhoeddus. Bydd cyfres o ddigwyddiadau rhwydweithio a digwyddiadau eraill ceisio eich hyfforddi a datblygu’r sgiliau craidd sydd eu hangen i fod yn effeithiol mewn bywyd cyhoeddus neu wleidyddol ymhellach.

Rydym bellach yn gwahodd ceisiadau gan fenywod ledled Cymru. Mae'r cynllun hwn yn agored i bob menyw – rydym eisiau clywed gennych a gwella’ gynrychiolaeth a’r amrywiaeth o fenywod ym mywyd cyhoeddus Cymru.

Os gallwch ddangos ddiddordeb amlwg mewn gwleidyddiaeth a bywyd cyhoeddus ac ymrwymiad i’ch datblygiad eich hunain a datblygiad eraill, gallai hwn fod y cynllun i chi.

I gael gwybod mwy ac i wneud cais, ewch i


The Cardiff and Vale Future Disabilities Programme Board on behalf of the Cardiff and Vale Regional Partnership Board are seeking to gather up to date information on Changing Places toilets across the region. We want to hear from those who need to use them, their carers and any other citizens with an interest. There are opportunities for third sector organisations to get involved in the service user, carer and citizen engagement. There is funding available to support this area of work.


Expressions of interest are invited from third sector organisations across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, and across Wales. Please complete the short Expression of Interest form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5pm on Thursday 7 February 2019. For more information please see the full Call for Expressions of Interest.