The ECDL is the professionally recognised, European-wide qualification which enables you to demonstrate your competence in computer skills. It is accredited by the British Computing Society (BCS). You do not need any prior knowledge of IT to study the ECDL.


This flexible programme covers seven modules which can be taken in any order and at any time over three years. All modules have to be passed to gain the qualification and include:


  • Security for IT Users
  • IT User Fundamentals
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Database Software
  • Presentation Software
  • Using email and the Internet

The cost for the ECDL is £280* which includes:

  • Registration with the British Computer Society (the awarding body for ECDL).
  • Registration as a UWIC Student.
  • Access to online courseware to enable you to study at any time that is convenient to you.
  • Access to twice-weekly workshop-based sessions** - where you may work through courseware, ask any questions you may have and sit the module assessment tests.
  • Seven module assessment tests.

*course fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and expire after 12 months.
** during term time.


Cardiff Metropolitan University is running the ECDL course. To find out more about gaining a qualification, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (029) 2041 7078.

Benefits Stigma in Britain, a study by Turn2us, found that misleading news coverage, driven mostly by the policy process, is preventing thousands of people in need from claiming benefits, leading many to forego essentials such as food and fuel: as many as 1 in 4 of those eligible say they have been put off applying for, or collecting benefits, due to the perceived stigma attached to doing so.

In addition, the report revealed that:

  • the public vastly overestimated the numbers of people ‘claiming falsely or committing fraud’, with 1 in 5 believing a majority of claims to be false. This is perhaps unsurprising when up to 39% of coverage of benefits references fraud. Tellingly, the government’s own estimate for fraud, combined with customer error, is 3.4% for unemployment claims and 1.2% of disability claims.
  • disproportionate coverage of fraud and misleading news stories are linked to rising stigma, with people who read more stigmatising newspapers perceiving higher levels of fraud and demonstrating more reluctance to claim, even when they are experiencing abject need.
  • stigma is resulting in thousands of elderly, sick and disabled people skipping meals or keeping the heating off, lest they be tarred with the ‘scrounger’ brush.  One individual, who was left disabled by a brain tumour operation, ate porridge five nights a week, rather than ask for help. ‘People will think I’m a scrounger’, she said.
  • in a majority cases, the media runs stigmatising stories off the back of the policy process – statements from government and opposition parties, parliamentary committees and affiliated organisations. The researchers tested the accuracy of some of the most widely publicised news stories about claimants and found both policy-makers and media outlets were regularly imparting misinformation.


You can read the full report at:


You can also download Read Between the Lines - an effective ‘myth-buster’ smashing some of the most widely repeated inaccuracies about welfare - by visiting


Turn2us has asked that you encourage service-users to check their entitlements at



The Charity Commission has confirmed that from 10 December 2012 it started considering online applications for registration as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

The CIO is a new legal form designed specifically for charities. The structure provides charities with some of the benefits of being a company, without all of the associated burdens. CIOs will be incorporated charities able to enter into contracts in their own right, whose trustees will have limited or no liability. CIOs will therefore only need to register with the Commission, not with Companies House.

Read the rest of this article on the Charity Commission website.

Our Annual General Meeting and Information Fair took place on Friday 30th November. The day was packed with information, advice and practical support on social media, commissioning, HR management and much more.

We hope you enjoyed the AGM as much as we did! Here are a few photos of the day.


Networking at the AGM  VCS exhibition stand  Everyone's Future exhibition standAttendees networking at the AGM latest edition of Maniffesto newspaperAttendees network at the AGM Jenny Rathbone AM addresses delegates Sheila Hendrickson-Brown Delegates holding up their voting cards

William Shawcross, the new Chair of the Charity Commission, highlighted good governance during first speech as Chair of Charity Commission.

Charities should not take public trust and confidence for granted the regulator of charities in England and Wales stressed.

Speaking at the annual conference of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) recently, William Shawcross highlighted the importance of good governance in upholding public trust in charities. He pointed in particular to independence as a key driver of public confidence and a fundamental principle of charity law.

Read the full article on the Charity Commission website.