ICF Community Coordinator Bulletin Cynon
Stroke Awareness month May 2015
“Life is the foremost of all treasures. It is expounded that even the treasures of the entire major world system cannot equal the value of one’s body and life. Even the treasures that fill the major world system are no substitute for life.”
Stroke Association – Action on Stroke Month
The month of May is the Stroke Association’s Action on Stroke Month. Make May Purple is the association’s way of promoting the awareness month and encouraging fund raising through various events across the country and by wearing purple. The monies raised will go toward supporting people to live well after stroke.
The Stroke Association is teaming up with the Stroke Nurses in conjunction with the awareness month to hold a `Know Your Blood Pressure Event’ in the foyer of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital on Tuesday 12th May from 10am – 3pm. BP’s will be offered and the Association will be on hand offering information and advice on healthy living etc. All are welcome. To find out more about Action on Stroke Month visit www.stroke.org.uk/strokemonth
Event of the century – VE day’s got nothing on this!!!
Health & Well Being Event
19th May 2015 in St Mairs Day Centre, Aberdare
1pm to 3.00pm
You simply have to tell all older people in the Cynon about it!
For more information, or to enquire about a stall contact Rhian Webber, on 01443 744847 Rhian.Webber@wales.nhs.uk
ICF Community Coordinators:
We are waiting for confirmation that funding for the ICF Community Coordinators will be extended until 31st March 2016. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear!
Planning is taking place for the 2015 Flu Clinics which proved a wonderful opportunity last year in those practices where we were able to meet and share with older people what is available in their local community to reduce their loneliness and isolation while they were waiting for their vaccinations.
Diversity and Equality
Pride Cymru LGBT Coffee Club have a series of weekly Coffee Mornings from 12th May until 16th June at Sunflower&I in Mt. Stuart Square, Cardiff bay. For more information, call Pride Cymru on 029 2022 0033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Willis at Swansea University is seeking expressions of interest from to co-present a paper. The title: Trans* ageing, care and place: addressing the social needs of older trans adults living in Wales for the Abstract for Trans Studies Now Conference 2015, University of Sussex on 12th June 2015 Contact Paul email@example.com
Many LGB and/or T people do not receive the support they need when facing a life-limiting illness. If you, or your partner, friend or relative, identify as LGB and/or T and are approaching the later stages of a life-limiting illness (such as cancer, neurological conditions, heart, lung or liver disease), the research team at King’s College London would like to talk to you about your experiences, to find out how care could be improved.
Visit website: www.csi.kcl.ac.uk/accesscare or email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7848 5521
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
It might sound a bit fishy, but Casting for Recovery provides free fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer. http://castingforrecovery.org/about-casting-for-recovery/
The Cilfynydd OAP Group meet fortnightly on a Thursday at the Cilfynydd Community Centre from 2pm till 4pm. The group is a social group that has a mixture of men and women were you can join in with the chat and enjoy a cuppa.
They also arrange monthly trips and would like to extend an invitation to non-members who would like to come along.
To find out more on the itinerary of the trips, or if you would like to become a member, or perhaps know someone who would enjoy a cuppa and a chat then please contact Pauline Axhorn on 01443 383464.
RSVP Welcome Friends are holding an afternoon tea at Norton Bridge Methodist Hall in Cilfynydd on Tuesday 2nd June at 2.30pm. It will be a Coronation Special with music, a sing song, raffle, good food and good company all for just £2.50. All are welcome but places need to be booked in advance. Book early as these are popular events, ring Gill Berry on 01443 486169 or Diane Matheson on 07788 310445.
RSVP Welcome Friends are part of CSV, which have launched their new name ‘Volunteering Matters’ http://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/
CISWO (the mining industry charity) has a new social group at Trecynon Hall has grown from strength to strength. They also still have their existing group in Ynysybwl Community Centre. For more information, please contact Phil on 01443 485233
Join the ‘Cwmbâch Old Age’ every Wednesday from 2pm for good company, guest speakers, bingo a lovely cup of tea in a china cup and saucer and trips out. Contact Gwyneth O’keefe on 01685 875758 or come along to the hall on a Wednesday afternoon!
You’ll be in stiches with Cynon StichHers on a Monday 1.3pm to 3.30pm at St. Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Cwmbâch just pop along if you are intereste!
Dementia 18th May Dementia Week
Tuesday 19th May Alzheimers Society Information Stall Prince Charles Hospital Foyer
Alzheimers Society Information Event
Wednesday 20th May 10:30am – 1pm at Café Cariad, (opposite the entrance to Ynysangharad Park, Opposite the Malsters.)
Thursday 21st May Dementia Café Abercwmboi Rugby Club 1-3
Friday 22nd May Alzheimers Society Information Stall – Royal Glamorgan Hospital Foyer
Merthyr and the Valleys MIND (MATVM): Coping with Life Workshops
Workshops about how stress can affect your life, and the opportunity to learn techniques and skills to cope.
Mondays 10:00am to 12:00pm
13th April 2015 I feel stressed
20th April 2015 I can’t sleep
27th April 2015 I worry about everything
11th May 2015 I have panic attacks
18th May 2015 2 sessions: 10:00- 12.00pm I’m feeling low / 12:30– 2.30pm 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
Self Help Courses
Community based self help courses are now available in this area, they are free and are being delivered by Cwm Tâf Health Board in partnership with Communities First
- The courses help people to better understand and manage their feelings and thereby improve their well being.
- Courses are ‘walk in’ / self referral and being delivered in venues
across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil
- All adults are welcome, no one is expected to speak during the sessions and anyone attending is welcome to bring a friend
The Courses available are:
- Stress Control
For further information contact: CTT_stresscontrolemail@example.com
Medisure is a scheme run by Boots the Chemist, is a way of helping you, or someone you care for, to organise and take medicines at the right time every day.It’s important to take the right dose of prescribed medicines at the right time, to help control medical conditions as much as possible. This can sometimes be difficult if you, or someone you care for, are taking more than one medicine to help manage a long-term condition. The pharmacy team can arrange to organise the medicines into separately sectioned blister packets, each marked with the day and time of day when different tablets should be taken. This not only helps you take all the correct medicines at the right time, but it also may help to identify if any doses have been missed, both for you or for someone who may be helping to look after you. The Medisure service could help if you or the person you care for are:
- Struggling to organise medications and find it difficult to remember when to take them.
- Helping to look after someone else and are worried that they may not be taking their medicines correctly.
- Responsible for organising someone else’s medicines as it will save you time.
- Recently home from hospital after a stay because of either taking too much, or not enough, of your medicines
- Recently home from hospital and suddenly have a lot more tablets to take. In Wales, there is also the Discharge Medicines Review Service and manage your new medicines
Looking after someone who is visually impaired.
Being able to feel the blister packs may help them check they haven’t missed any tablets.
- Finding it difficult to get tablets out of its current pack. Whether you take two tablets or ten at any one time, they will be held in just one pocket in the blister pack, making it easier to get them out.
If you think that Medisure could help you, talk to your pharmacist. They will talk to you about the medicines being taken and any difficulties being experienced. If the pharmacist thinks that Medisure could be the right solution, then a start date can be agreed.
Message in a Bottle
Aberdare Rotary Club funds the Message in a Bottle scheme, which ensures a person’s vital medical information is stored in one place – usually the fridge – and can be accessed by paramedics, police and social services in the event of an emergency.
Message in a Bottle is a small plastic container with a green cross and emergency written across the front. It contains a form for people to write all their information which can include medical and personal information as well as next of kin and any other information they believe should be shared should they be unable to communicate in the event of an emergency at home.
The container is widely recognised with all emergency services including ambulance, police, fire, social services. For further information call 01685 873504 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Engaging Older People 4th June 2015 at Interlink – Cost A: £20 B: £40
Learn Direct offer a number of drop in ICT training courses.
Mondays Aberdare Library 11:30am to Aberdare Library
Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm Hirwaun Library
For information contact Simon Conlin 07776455474 firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteering: Befrienders Needed Befrienders Needed Befrienders Needed
RSVP Welcome Friends 017788 310445 email@example.com
Age Cymru wish to recruit trustees who have the following skills & experience:
• Health and Social Care
• Business Management
• Social Enterprise Development
• Marketing and PR
If you are interested in becoming a trustee, a candidate briefing pack and further information on the wonderful work done on behalf of older people in Wales is located on our website www.agecymru.org.uk
Support in the home
Total Care Solution Services (TCSS), the commercial arm of Crossroads Care Cwmtâf will no longer provide gardening or handy man services. For more information about their service telephone: 01443 484249
An alternative could be the Telecentre & Business School, based in Porth. A registered charity, call Paul on 01443 682312 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Carers’ Week (8-14 June 15) For more information about Carers’ Week in RCT click HERE
You can register for Carers Week here – www.carersweek.org
The Carers Allowance Digital Service has been live since October 2013. It is a simpler, clearer and faster way to make a claim or report a change of circumstances. The Carer’s allowance Digital Service can be accessed at: www.gov.uk/apply-carers-allowance
Carers Training Survey if you’d like to comment on training for carers, contact Claire.L.Meredith@rctcbc.gov.uk
Carers Wales Local Ambassador Volunteers
As a carer, you’ll know how caring can cut some people off from the outside world. It’s hard to meet other people who know what you’re going through and it’s hard to find out what help is out there in your local area.
That’s why Carers Wales are creating a network of Carers Wales Local Ambassadors who use their knowledge and expertise to help other carers. We want a team of skilled volunteers who understand what caring is like in order to reach out to carers, raise awareness of carers’ issues and improve local services.
They are recruiting volunteers as Carers Wales Local Ambassadors who will represent Carers Wales in their local carer communities, recruiting and welcoming new members, raising awareness of the services and support available to carers and the issues affecting carers.
Want to know more?
If you would like to know more or would like to apply to be an Ambassador for your local area, visit our website http://www.carersuk.org/how-you-can-help
Or contact Julie Skelton Julie.email@example.com 029 2081 1370
Carers Rights for Carers Workshop, Wednesday 27th May 2015
For further information or to book a place contact Pat McCarthy on 029 2081 1370/mob 0786 653 9075 firstname.lastname@example.org
Request for research participants: The Carers’ Time Use Study If you would like to take part or would like more information, contact Maria Cheshire-Allen email@example.com 01792 295886 or 07779 28 23 76
Western Power Priority Service Register you join Western Powers Free Priority Service To join call 0800 032 0311, or register at www.westernpower.co.uk
Are you struggling to pay your energy bills or need free advice on how to reduce your energy bills?
Contact: 01443 475725 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are grants available via the NEST government scheme for older people in receipt of Pension Credit. You can ring them on 0808 8082244.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of their services. For more information about South Wales Fire and Rescue Service visit www.southwales-fire.gov.uk
Many of the services they deliver are non-statutory which means they could be lost due to the cuts. To have your say about what matters to you: http://bit.ly/swfrshaveyoursay
Welfare Reform: Introduction to Universal Credit – 5 June 2015, Hi-Tide, Porthcawl For information and to book a Free place, contact:
Judith Jones: 01656 642759 Judith.Jones@bridgend.gov.uk
or Jean Gregson: 01656 815143 Jean.Gregson@bridgend.gov.uk
Pension Flexibility 2015 From 6th April 2015 a number of changes are being made to pension tax rules. For further advice or if you have any questions about this change, please contact Samantha Skill on 03000 564149 or Neeta Ruparelia on 03000 564289 email: email@example.com or visit www.gov.uk
Royal Mail & trading standards launch new joint initiative to tackle scam mail: http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/extra/news-item.cfm/newsid/1641
Vital changes to Consumer Contracts Regulations now in force http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/extra/news-item.cfm/newsid/1527
Withheld telephone number top tip
Telephone providers offer a service to their customers to reject calls which are made from withheld numbers. For many statutory organisations this could cause a problem. If you wish to make a call, you could dial 9 for an outside line 1470 & the telephone number you wish to call. Check with your provider that this would work.
Television Freelance Producer Sally Lisk-Lewis, is currently working on a BBC series, Michela Chiappa’s 100 Year Old Diet looking at longevity in Wales – and exploring to what extent, nature/nurture, diet, lifestyle, wealth, luck etc. plays a part. It’s going to be presented by Welsh/Italian chef, Michela Chiappa If you would like to contribute or be involved, contact Sally Lisk-Lewis Mob: 07974 692211 Tel: 01446 781027
Preparations for the forthcoming Well-being of Future Generations (WFG) Act
In preparation for the WFG Act, the Commissioner for Sustainable Futures, Peter Davies, would like to invite you to a series of regional events to input into the early development of Statutory Guidance for the Well-being of Future Generations. This will be an opportunity for you to influence how the Statutory Guidance can support public sector bodies to embed their sustainable development duty.
The events running across Wales will also cover future plans for The Wales We Want National Conversation and Sustainable Development Charter as active networks for the new Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.
We hope that you can join us on one of the following dates:
11 May | focused on the Health sector: Waterfront Museum, Swansea
18 May | Halliwell Centre, Trinity St. David, Carmarthen
28 May | Flint Town Hall
All events will be 10 -3pm, with lunch and refreshments provided. Please book your place via eventbrite.
The Campaign to end loneliness believes that loneliness is not inevitable and the third age can be the best age. Since their launch in 2011 they have focused on a long term vision for change that will catalyse the whole country towards new ways of reducing loneliness. They are now shaping their strategy for beyond 2017 and invite you to give your ideas about what we should do next. You’ll also get the chance to win one of three £50 John Lewis vouchers in our survey prize draw. You can tell them your views by completing our online survey by 31 May 2015 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LonelinessStrategy2017
Don’t forget about the lunch clubs and coffee mornings! Ask me if you want to find one!!!
Age Connects Morgannwg Nail Cutting Service
St Mairs Day Centre, Aberdare
£13 for finger nails or Toenails; £17 for Fingernails and Toenails
Home visits are also available
For further details please contact 01443 490650
Hafal is commissioned by the Health Board to run a Carers’ Transport Service that is provided on alternate days for carers of individuals with a mental illness, who are inpatients at Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant and Ysbyty George Thomas Hospital,Treorchy.
The service is open to carers of those receiving a service from adult mental health and older people’s mental health wards.
The service is provided by appointment. To book a transport ring: 01685 373322.
RCT Together – Community Enabling Fund – Expression of Interest Form now available on RCT Council Website – If you need any further information, please contact Debra Hanney, Community Asset Development Officer Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council on 01443 425761.
Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust Regional Round Open to Applications in Wales – The deadline for applications is 29 July 2015 (12 noon). www.millenniumstadiumtrust.org.uk
Speakeasy Advice Energy Project – As an organisation Speakeasy Advice Centre specialises in providing free debt and welfare benefits advice, as well as running an Energy Advice Project. www.speakeasyadvice.co.uk.
Arts & Business Cymru’s CultureStep Programme – 2015/16 Rounds Announced – The next submission deadline is 19 June 2015. www.aandbcymru.org.uk/culturestep-1
Accelerating Ideas Pilot – The Accelerating Ideas pilot is testing a completely new funding approach which aims to get great ideas and practice more widely shared and adopted across the UK www.biglottery.org.uk
Launch of Pen y Cymoedd Community Fund ‘Vision’ www.penycymoedd.vattenfall.co.uk
Getting Ahead 2 – A new £10 million funding programme aims to boost the employment prospects of young people in Wales with a learning disability and/or learning difficulty including Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Deadline is 29 May 2015.
Are you individuals, community groups and organisations you know who may be 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.
RCTCBC 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.
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
The next Bryncynon Strategy Community Forum will be held at The Feel Good Factory on Friday May 22nd 2015 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Duck Race Saturday 30th May, Dare Valley Country Park followed by BBQ at St. Fagans Community Hall Adults £2 Children £1 Ducks on sale in the Church Parish Hall £1 each
Praise in the Park with the Llwydcored Silver Band An afternoon of favourite hyms by the bandstand in Aberdare Park 3pm on Sunday 31st May Bring a picnic and your own chair!
St Fagan’s Community Hall Community Library launch Monday 1st June 10am with guest speaker Alan Williams author of The Blackheath Séance Parlour Free tea & toast from 9am
Festivol is an event organised by Interlink to celebrate & recognise volunteers throughout RCT and is taking place in Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd on June 6th from 11am-3pm.
The event will be a FAB opportunity for organisations/community groups to show what they have to offer to the wide audience expected to pass through the park on a Summer Saturday!
You could also nominate a volunteer for an award!!!
Contact Kath Price at Interlink on 01443 846200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 22nd May in order to book a FREE stall.
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