(Via Cardiff Transition)

Share Cardiff - Sharing and Collaboration Day.

We're building a collective plan for Share Cardiff project which aims to collect, map and share all the good things happening in Cardiff. It's about the people, projects and places making Cardiff a more beautiful city. It's about community, sustainability, social good, sharing knowledge and information.

If you're interested in sharing, community, collaboration, open source, the commons, peer to peer, solidarity and building a better future together, come along!

When: Saturday 4th May - 10.00-16.00

Where:  Taff Housing Association Conference Suite, Rear of 307-315 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF5 1JD


Share Cardiff has two main aims this year, and this event will build a more solid plan around how they will happen and what's possible.

  • Community connection. We plan to hold 6 participatory mapping events in communities to gather and share information and bring people together.
  • Sharing knowledge.  We aim to create a simple web platform that enables people to share digitally and plan to have a more physical way of sharing info too. 

Please sign up and find more details here.... https://www.eventbrite.com/e/invite-sharing-collaboration-day-registration-60342898233

EU Settlement Scheme events – Cardiff and Wrexham  


The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is now open to applications for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK.

HM Government have put in place an extensive engagement programme with local government, employers and third sector groups to ensure all EU citizens are informed about how the EUSS will protect their rights to live and work in the UK after we leave the EU and how to apply.

As part of this engagement, we are inviting community and voluntary organisations based in Wales to two EUSS information events on Wednesday 8 May in Cardiff and Thursday 9 May in Wrexham - hosted by Home Office officials.

These events will include:

  • Overview of the EUSS
  • Support for vulnerable citizens
  • Right to work checks
  • No deal scenario
  • Q&A

Time and venue details:

Cardiff: Wales Office, Caspian Way, Cardiff, CF10 4DQ. Time: 15.00 – 16.30

Wrexham: Ty Pawb, Market Street, LL13 8BY. Time: 13.00 – 14.30

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Digwyddiadau’r Cynllun Preswylio’n Sefydlog i Ddinasyddion yr UE – Caerdydd a Wrecsam  


Mae’r Cynllun Preswylio’n Sefydlog i Ddinasyddion yr UE nawr ar agor i geisiadau gan ddinasyddion yr UE, yr Ardal Economaidd Ewropeaidd a’r Swistir sy’n byw yn y Deyrnas Unedig.

Mae Llywodraeth Ei Mawrhydi wedi rhoi rhaglen helaeth ar waith i weithio gyda llywodraeth leol, cyflogwyr a grwpiau trydydd sector i sicrhau bod holl ddinasyddion yr UE yn gwybod sut fydd y Cynllun yn amddiffyn eu hawliau i fyw a gweithio yn y DU ar ôl i ni adael yr UE a sut i ymgeisio.

Fel rhan o’r rhaglen hon, rydym yn gwahodd mudiadau cymunedol a gwirfoddol yng Nghymru i ddau ddigwyddiad gwybodaeth ynglŷn â’r Cynllun Preswylio’n Sefydlog ddydd Mercher 8 Mai yng Nghaerdydd a dydd Iau 9 Mai yn Wrecsam – dan ofal swyddogion o’r Swyddfa Gartref.

Bydd y digwyddiadau’n cynnwys:

  • Trosolwg o’r Cynllun Preswylio’n Sefydlog i Ddinasyddion yr UE
  • Cymorth i ddinasyddion agored i niwed
  • Gwiriadau hawl i weithio
  • Goblygiadau dim cytundeb
  • Holi ac Ateb

Amseroedd a lleoliadau:

Caerdydd: Swyddfa Cymru, Ffordd Caspian, Caerdydd, CF10 4DQ. Amser: 15.00 – 16.30

Wrecsam: Tŷ Pawb, Stryd y Farchnad, LL13 8BY. Amser: 13.00 – 14.30

Os oes gennych gwestiwn, neu i gadw’ch lle, ebostiwch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(Cardiff Metropolitan University)

Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Widening Access Summer School 2019

Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Widening Access Summer School 2019 is now open! 

The Summer School is for Adult Learners and provides a variety of FREE courses from 17th – 28th June 2019.

This year we have 25 courses and events running, with over 300 places available to learners. No qualifications or previous experience are required to attend the non-accredited taster courses.

We also have an accredited module in Reflective Skills, where learners can gain 10 university credits at Level 3 which can be used to access further study at Cardiff Metropolitan University. (To enrol on this course individuals must hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above, or have an equivalent Level 2 qualification. Individuals must also have completed at least one other Summer School course).

(via Disability Wales)

Welsh Women’s Aid and Disability Wales launch joint report at Cross Party Group meeting in Cardiff Bay

This morning, Welsh Women’s Aid and Disability Wales launched their joint report, “Supporting disabled people experiencing violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence in Wales.” The third sector organisations launched the report at the Joint Cross Party Group on Disability and Cross Party Group on Violence against Women and Children at the Ty Hywel Building in Cardiff Bay.

We know that disabled people experience disproportionately higher rates of abuse than non-disabled people and the violence experienced is also gendered, with disabled women more likely to experience violence and abuse, over longer periods of time.

The report shows the findings from three surveys which were issued to specialist services and survivors of abuse. Welsh Women’s Aid and Disability Wales circulated two surveys; one for violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence specialist services and one for survivors, which was also provided in an easy read format.

The report shows that:

  • Of those who responded 382 disabled survivors were referred to specialist services for support during 2017/18
  • The majority of disabled survivors disclosed they had experienced violence in the context of domestic abuse, with most reporting that the perpetrator was a male (ex) partner. The report also shows that many disclosed multiple perpetrators, involving not only partners but also family members.

An emerging theme from the feedback provided by disabled survivors was a dissatisfaction with the police response when they reported abuse, which is notable as this feedback also emerged in 2011 report. This time, nearly half (47%) disabled survivors who took part in the survey reported their concern that nothing happened to the perpetrator of abuse, after their disclosure.

The recommendations from this report, which was informed by survivors and specialist services include:

  1. Agencies working to identify disabled survivors and their experiences of abuse as early as possible, ensuring staff are trained to understand and know how to mitigate and reduce the specific barriers to disclosure for disabled people.
  2. Agencies needing to recognise and understand the specific forms which violence against disabled women may take.
  3. Accessible information on violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence to be available in a range of formats.
  4. Publicity campaigns aimed at tackling domestic abuse to include disabled people and diversity across different forms of impairments in different communities, recognising that disabled people aren’t a homogenous group.

The recommendations for statutory services (health, social care, housing, education justice system etc.):

  1. The Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to conduct a review into police conduct when responding to disabled survivors of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
  2. For all police forces to be trained in coercive control and violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence including in relation to disabled women.
  3. All statutory services have knowledge of disability services and signpost to specialist VAWDASV services that can support disabled survivors.

Tina Reece, Head of Engagement for Welsh Women’s Aid said:

“Due to issues of funding and resource survivors reported barriers to accessing support from services, waiting lists for specialist support, lack of access to appropriate resources which are designed and accessible for disabled people, and also a lack of support through the medium of Welsh. We need to ensure we are providing the best and most appropriate support for everyone in Wales who needs it”.

Miranda Evans, Policy and Programmes Manager for Disability Wales said:

“Disabled women are twice as likely to experience domestic abuse compared to non-disabled women. We need a concerted multi-agency approach to tackling violence and abuse experienced by disabled women across wales. 

Disabled women need to feel confident in reporting abuse as and when it happens.  Policy and service delivery must recognise the requirements of disabled women.  Positive action is needed to address the barriers faced by disabled women experiencing domestic abuse.  Disabled women matter too!”

More information:

  • The Cross Party Group will be held from 12.00 – 1.15 on Wednesday 1st May at the Ty Hywel Building in Cardiff Bay
  • For further information, or to arrange interviews, please contact Becky James (Media and External Relations Officer) at Welsh Women’s Aid on 07544300983 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Welsh Women’s Aid is the Wales umbrella body for violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence specialist services in the third sector in Wales. Our aim is to end such violence and abuse and ensure survivors have access to high-quality, needs-led and strengths-based support so that they can live safe, healthy and equal lives free from abuse. We act as the voice of the specialist sector to influence and improve policy, legislation and practice for the benefit of survivors, working in partnership with services, survivors and other stakeholders to end to violence against women in all its forms.
  • More information is available at  www.disabilitywales.org/joint-report-disabled-women-experiencing-domestic-abuse/
  • Anyone affected by violence against women, domestic abuse or sexual violence in Wales can contact the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 for 24/7, for confidential information and support.
  • Disability Wales is the national association of disabled people’s organisations striving for the rights, equality and inclusion of all disabled people. It was set up in 1972 as Wales Council for the Disabled.

(via Fertility Network UK)

Continuing Fertility Support

Fertility Network UK has been providing a Wales-specific information & support service since January 2016 and we have provided practical and emotional support to 1,425 people.

Our initial funding grant has now come to an end and we are making applications to continue the service in Wales.

It would be helpful if you could complete this short questionnaire so that we can see exactly what you feel, as professionals, is needed by your patients and service users going forward…  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5ZLR7X5