ICF Community Coordinator Bulletin Cynon
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month 21 April 2015
‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ Maya Angelou
New ICF Community Coordinator for the Rhondda
Following the early ending of the secondment of the Rhondda Coordinator, Karen and Jason have been covering the area in addition to our own communities. Meriel Gough has taken up a secondment as the new Coordinator for the Rhondda Valleys and started on 13th April.
ICF Community Coordinators’ Survey:
Thank you for completing the survey. The data has not been saved by survey monkey, which means we have not had the results yet. It’s being looked into, so fingers crossed it will be possible to retrieve it.
GP One Wales www.gpone.wales.nhs.uk
The GP one website which was launched in January 2015 is for all GPs working in Wales. It is a site designed by GPs for GPs, providing timely, reliable and relevant information about current issues and initiatives in General Practice.
Free 7 day trail at the TONING & REHABILITATION CENTRE which has assisted toning equipment.
Monthly membership costs just £30
To find out more call 01443 224398 firstname.lastname@example.org
Diversity and Equality
Back in November Dr Katherine Bristowe, Research Associate and her team at King’s College London opened the ACCESSCare study which is looking to improve the care for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans* and who are facing the later stages of a life limiting illness (cancer, neurological conditions, organ failure such as heart, lung or liver disease, or any other life-limiting illness or condition).
They are undertaking qualitative interviews to explore experiences of care, from which we will develop training and education for healthcare professionals, as well as supportive materials for individuals, partners, and those close to them.
Initially they were recruiting only those who were living with the illness themselves. They have now opened recruitment to partners of people facing the later stages of a life limiting illness, as well as bereaved partners of people who recently died from a life limiting illness. They will be recruiting until the end of September this year, and would be really grateful for any support you can offer in publicising the study.
They are currently doing well in recruitment of men who identify as gay to the study, but are doing less well amongst the lesbian, bisexual and trans* communities, so would particularly be grateful for any support you can offer in spreading the word amongst the LB and T communities.
The Valleys Regional Equality Council VALREC will cease all operations effective 30th April 2015. www.umbrellagwent.co.uk
You’re invited to attend the official launch event of Umbrella Gwent on 30 April 2015, 6pm at the Parkway Hotel, Cwmbran.
Umbrella Gwent is a brand new charitable organization & provide a range of key services to advance sexual orientation and gender identity equality and inclusion across Gwent.
The event will be the first opportunity for us to show you everything that we’ve been doing behind the scenes and to finally #OpenTheUmbrella.
For full details of the launch and to register now, please click here. Spaces for the event are limited and they’re being filled very quickly.
BiFest Wales 2015 on Saturday 9th May 2015, 12 noon to 11:45pm – First Floor, YMCA Swansea. www.bicymru.org.uk
Sometimes just going to a group where older people can form friendships could be as effective as using a befriending service!
Welcome Friends Lunch
The next Welcome Friends lunch for over 50’s at Norton Bridge Church in Cilfynydd will be held on Friday 24th April at 12.30pm.
Enjoy a home-made lunch of roast pork with apple sauce, roast potatoes, vegetables and gravy followed by lemon cheesecake or bread pudding with custard.
Tea or coffee to finish.
Contact Gillian Berry to book a place on 01443 486169
If you would like to volunteer with Welcome Friends or for more information about the befriending they provide, please contact Diane Matheson, Senior Project Coordinator email@example.com
A Diabetes Peer Support Group is being set up in Abercynon Community Centre. Come along at 2pm on Wednesday 22nd April
Diabetes UK groups offer people living with diabetes a chance to meet and share experiences with others. They are all run by volunteers &meet on a monthly basis.
These groups tend to have less formal meetings, so it’s best to advise anyone interested to phone the main contact beforehand in case of any change to arrangements.
Abercynon Group – Contact Ray Highton on 07879495673 or at firstname.lastname@example.org (double ‘s’ at end of diabetes).
Informal group with a focus on campaigning, who meet locally or chat on Facebook.
Cwmbach Group – Contact Wendy Gane on 01685 883246 or at email@example.com.
Group meets at 7:30pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Venue: OAP Hall, Pit Place, Aberdare CF44 0LW.
‘Have a Word’ Alcohol Brief Intervention
In February 2015, the service launched the mobile phone app ‘One Drink, One Click’.
This app available helps people to monitor their alcohol consumption. You can input the number of alcoholic drinks consumed, find out how many units this is and measure this against the recommended limits.
Find this app at http://appstore.com/onedrinkoneclick
It’s free to download and full instructions and guides are provided.
The Alzheimers Society are facilitating an ‘open workshop on dementia’ at 2pm on Wednesday 29th April at Abercynon Community Centre.
Merthyr and the Valleys MIND (MATVM)
Merthyr & the Valleys Mind have relocated their social group from the Resource Centre in Morgan Street, Pontypridd to the YMCA in Pontypridd. The group meets every Tuesday afternoon between 1pm-4pm, please ring before attending on 01443 727522.
Coping with Life Workshops
Merthyr & the Valleys Mind are holding 2 hour workshops about how stress can affect your life, and the opportunity to learn techniques and skills to cope.
The sessions will take place at YMCA, Potnypridd and will commence at 10.30am until 12.30pm. Details and dates of the sessions:
22nd April I feel stressed
29th April I can’t sleep
6th May I worry about everything
13th May I have panic attacks
20th May I’m feeling low
27th May I snap or shout at people
To book your place or require further information, please telephone Kay Maybank on 01685 353944 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Website address: www.matvmind.org.uk
RNIB Cymru Group:
Every two weeks on a Wednesday afternoon at: Mountain Ash Day Centre, 75 Oxford street, Mountain Ash CF45 3HD
Please contact Nicki Cockburn, Community Support Co-ordinator for further details: RNIB Cymru 01443 401411 email@example.com
|RNIB would like to invite you to drop in to meet with a variety of exhibitors and guests and take part in product demonstrations.
Where: Haverfordwest Rugby Football Club, Pembroke Road, Haverfordwest, Dyfed SA61 1LY
When: Monday 18 May 2015, 1pm – 4.00pm
Register your interest
Please call 0303 1234 555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 14 May.
CISWO (the mining industry charity) has a new social group at Trecynon Hall as well as their existing group in Ynysybwl Community Centre
For more information, please contact Phil on 01443 485233
Befrienders Needed Befrienders Needed Befrienders Needed
RSVP Welcome Friends 017788 310445 email@example.com
Loneliness: Are loneliness maps the answer?
Cynon Valley Museum Trust
From 9.23 am on Friday 10th April the CVMT was granted Charity Status.
Following a full survey to be carried out this coming Thursday they are hopeful of making progress towards the lease and have targeted August Bank Holiday to reopen the Museum
Thank you again for all your help and I trust you are all well.
Yoga all over Cynon for everyone!!!!!!! Classes for all ages, specific conditions and abilities
RCT Together – Community Enabling Fund – Expression of Interest Form now available on RCT Council Website
Are you interested in taking over a Council run facility or service as part of the RCT Together approach they can now submit details of their interest online.
An easy to use e-form has been launched which allows people to, express an interest, secure information and feedback on any plans they may have.
Councillor Keiron Montague, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery, Communities and Housing with responsibility for RCT Together said: “This is an exciting development following on from the launch of RCT Together and the announcement that we will be making £100k available through the Community Enabling Fund to support groups to put together sustainable plans to maintain Council run services and facilities.
“The launch of our online expression of interest e-form gives those interested individuals, groups and organisations the opportunity to let us know what their initial thoughts and plans are and take the first steps in the process aimed at sustaining services and facilities.
“These are challenging times for all public services but the feedback and interest we have had from the community since we launched RCT Together demonstrates the appetite within our communities to work together to maintain well valued Council run services and facilities in the future.”
Individuals, groups and organisations can access the e-form, and also find out more about the RCT Together approach and the Community Enabling Fund by visiting the RCT Together pages
Nantgarw China Works is charity to preserve and promote Nantgarw China Works. The House has many things to offer, ranging from the museum which highlights some of the most beautiful porcelain in the world made here right on our doorstep and the history of the site, it’s ruins, kilns and the Glamorganshire Canal. Visitors will receive a warm friendly welcome from the group of dedicated volunteers and can expect an interesting free tour of the site and pottery.
Coffee mornings are more than welcome and can be pre booked.
Special events are held throughout the year please check website for details www.nantgarwchinaworksmuseum.co.uk
All workshops are pre-booked in advance as they are extremely popular, please contact Carol for details: 07896518801.
RCT Homes Community Fun Day Friday July 31st 10:30 am – 4pm.
Tonyrefail Leisure Centre, Ty’n y Bryn Park, Waunrhydd Road, Tonyrefail CF39 8EW
Helen Boggis from the Canna Centre in Penywaun is leaving to spend more time on her council duties, so she won’t be a stranger.
BUPA UK Foundation to Open in May
The BUPA UK Foundation is expected to provide up to £1 million in grants in 2015 to support health and social care projects across the UK.
The funding will be offered through clearly defined funding programmes, each of which will be focused on a different theme. The theme of the first funding round will be announced in mid-May when the Foundation opens to applications, with funding decisions expected in the summer.
The Foundation expects to fund a small number of practical projects and initiatives that aim to tackle critical challenges in health and social care, deliver public benefit and make a direct impact on people’s health and wellbeing.
The Foundation has a strong interest in tackling health conditions that can affect everyone, including heart health, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and dementia. It will also focus on important factors that underpin good health, such as mental health, ageing and wellness, the prevention of long-term conditions, and behaviour change to improve health and wellbeing.
The Foundation is currently inviting interested groups to comment and provide their ideas on:
- Themes or challenges they would like to see the Foundation tackle through its funding programmes.
- Its approach to grant-making and the kinds of projects and initiatives it plans to fund.
This can be done by taking a short survey on the Bupa UK Foundation website. http://www.bupaukfoundation.org/
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