The Connected Carers Project has been set up to help and support family carers of people with a life-long and/or life-limiting conditions.
The Connected Carers Project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund for three years, until August 2020. The project is managed by Glamorgan Voluntary Services and delivered by Cardiff & Vale Parents' Federation and Touch Trust.
Cardiff & Vale Parents' Federation (based at Sbectrwm in Fairwater, Cardiff) organise social gatherings and activities at venues across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. These will be held at a range of venues and provide opportunities for family carers to meet other family carers who are experiencing similar situations and challenges, to share experiences and information in a friendly and supportive social environment.
Touch Trust (based at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay) provide touch thareapy and sensory experiences for people with disabilities. As part of the Connected Carers Project, Touch Trust will be providing Time For Me sessions where the family carer will be able to choose from a range of opportunities e.g. head massage, reiki, relaxation session while the person they care for will attend a Touch Trust sensory session.
For further details please contact Rhian Thomas at GVS, Tel: 01446 741706 or e-mail
Pave the Way
Pave the Way is a new project funded by the Big Lottery Fund to support people into volunteering to achieve wellbeing.
Operating throughout Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, it is led by Cardiff and Vale Action for Mental Health (cavamh) in partnership with Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) and Voluntary Community Services (VCS). This ensures that our project can be delivered in your community and led by the organisation which understands your area and the volunteering opportunities available. Read more about Pave the Way
Co-Creating Healthy Change
Co-Creating Healthy Change, funded under Community Voices by Big Lottery, is a portfolio of ten projects working across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan so that people are able to influence decisions about health and well-being services and co-create change in health and social care public service delivery.
Managed by Cardiff Third Sector Council in conjunction with Glamorgan Voluntary Services, the portfolio will operate from 2013 until 2017 to develop people’s skills, enabling them to influence decisions about the delivery of health and well-being services in their area.
The portfolio is an exciting collaboration between ten partners, which brings together their diverse skills, experience and remits to develop, and deliver, a multitude of forums, events, training sessions and activities, enhancing the community voice in shaping health and well-being service delivery.
Vale Youth Forum (still operating and supported but not managed by us)
The Vale Youth Forum (VYF) is a registered charity that works with young people who either live, work, or attend an educational establishment in the Vale of Glamorgan. The VYF is made up of young representatives aged 11-25 from all over the Vale of Glamorgan who have normally been elected or nominated from their school council, youth club, church group, scout group or any other youth facility. If your organisation works with young people aged between 11-25 or if you are a young person who is interested in being represented on the Vale Youth Forum then contact the Forum by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 07526 449720.
Friendly AdvantAGE Project
The project offered a range of befriending services to reduce loneliness and isolation and improve the well being of older people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. The project funded by the Big Lottery for four years was delivered through a consortium of service providers experienced in supporting older people.
Barry: A New Community
Barry: A New Community was a heritage project identifying the people, families and events that shaped modern Barry from 1881 to 1945. During that time Barry was an economic hub that helped drive the growth of Wales. The Project concluded at the end of June 2015.
Get the Vale Online
Funded by the Welsh Government’s Communities 2.0 programme and delivered by VCVS now (GVS), Get the Vale Online was a digital inclusion project aimed at improving the quality of life for people in the Vale of Glamorgan by helping them to make the most of the Internet and new technology. It reached a successful conclusion in March 2015. For more information, please visit the website.