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Vacancy at The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

As part of our ongoing Welsh Government funded project work – keeping children safe from child sexual abuse – we are recruiting a Welsh language speaker to the Stop It Now! Helpline as part of an expansion to the Stop It Now! UK & Ireland Helpline Team. Closing date for receipt of applications (no CV’s) is 9am on 10th December 2020

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Platfform for Families

Groups and one-to-one support for parents and siblings of children facing mental health challenges in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Carers Emergency Grants

On Friday 27 November 2020, Carers Trust South East Wales launched the new Carers Emergency Grants scheme for unpaid carers. Carers can apply for a grant of up to £300 to address immediate, winter pressures and emergency needs caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

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Carers Emergency Grants – Winter 2020/21

On Friday 27 November 2020 Carers Trust South East Wales is launching the new Carers Emergency Grants scheme for unpaid carers. Carers can apply for a grant of up to £300 to address immediate winter pressures and emergency needs caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

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Latest Statement from Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales welcomes the decision of the Welsh Government to introduce restrictions on indoor venues ahead of Christmas period, in order to reduce the opportunities for the virus to spread in our communities and to keep people safe.

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Welsh Government announce changes to flu vaccine eligibility

Following Welsh Government’s announcement, people aged 50 to 64 (as of 31 March 2021) will be eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine from 1 December 2020 from their local GP surgery or community pharmacy. If you are asked to wait, please be patient as they may be prioritising higher risk groups first.

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Reading Well Books on Prescription for children

Turning the page on support for children’s mental health A new scheme has been launched in Wales to help children understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing through reading. Reading Well Books on Prescription for children has been developed by leading health professionals alongside children and their families, and is being brought to Wales by UK charity, The Reading Agency in partnership with Welsh Government and public libraries. Reading Well  for children is the third Reading Well scheme to be delivered in Wales following the success of the dementia and mental health book collections. 

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GVS has a New Dewis Cymru Editor

Cath Haines is the new Dewis Cymru Editor based at GVS covering the Vale of Glamorgan. If you are looking to promote your new group, services or organisation you can get in touch with Cath who can give you the help and advice you need to start promoting your organisation.

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Online Event - Re-engage with your Community 2: Older People in Wales

Following on from our event on the 29th October we are hosting our second online event to help address some of the barriers older people face when accessing their communities in Wales. We understand that when groups and services start to re-open, there needs to be measures in place to ensure older people are safe, feel valued and are welcomed back into their communities.

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Request for donations to help local community

As we are unable, this year, to provide a free meal for the elderly, lonely and vulnerable families we are hoping to provide bigger food bags, and selection boxes for all the children. Your help is invaluable to us as a community. We are aiming to give out 80 food bags costing £400 and 300 selection boxes costing £300.

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UK Wide Consultation on four proposals

On behalf of the four nations, NHS England and NHS Improvement are currently leading public consultations on proposals which include changes to medicines responsibilities for eight regulated health professions.

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Cardiff and Vale UHB Tops 10,000 Video Consultations

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has conducted more than 10,000 video appointments since it rolled out the NHS Wales Video Consultation service in April. The popular service enables patients to attend their hospital appointment from the comfort of their own home or without having to leave work. It has given thousands of patients the option of safely continuing to see their clinician face-to-face throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Innovative social care team develop online library of helpful videos to support parents across the Vale

The Vale Parenting Service has been working with families to build on their strengths and make positive changes since 2018. Their work had always been conducted face to face but COVID-19 made that impossible. Rather than put their work on hold the team began to think creatively around how they could continue to deliver a quality service to parents across the county.

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Wales Council of the Blind - latest news

WCB RESET Project - Education resource issued WCB has produced an education booklet, as part of our RESET project, supported by funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. [Full story...] WCB is now on Instagram In addition to Facebook and Twitter, we are now sharing the news of the sight loss sector in Wales via Instagram. [Full story...]

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Cardiff Women's Aid Update

Cardiff Women's Aid will be publishing our formal Strategic Plan in the New Year and releasing our Impact Report for 2020, in December, which we hope to share with you. We also want to let you know that we will be launching our brand new cardiffwomensaid.org.uk website and refreshed services websites rise-cardiff.cymru & cardiffwomenscentre.org.uk as part of the '16 Days of Activism' during November.

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Cardiff & Vale University Health Board leaves Dragon's Heart Hospital

After 205 days, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) has formally left Ysbyty Calon Y Ddraig, Dragon’s Heart Hospital. The hospital will now complete its decommissioning plan to allow for the reinstatement of the Principality Stadium. Ysbyty Calon Y Ddraig, Dragon’s Heart Hospital, the second-largest field hospital in the UK, was constructed as part of NHS Wales’ response to Covid-19. The hospital is an example of how Cardiff and Vale UHB worked collaboratively with a wide range of partners including Cardiff Council, Welsh Rugby Union, Cardiff Blues, The Armed Forces, Mott MacDonald, Archus, Q5, BDP and ES Global. To design, build and deliver a hospital in just two weeks, to protect and treat the communities of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. The temporary hospital extended the Health Board’s capacity to accommodate up to 2,000 patients.

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Transforming NHS Wales Services through digital developments

Digital technologies are having a profound effect on how NHS Wales organisations deliver care and treatment for their populations. Opportunities to innovate, upscale and deliver digital healthcare are increasing the support we can provide people to maintain their independence and their health and wellbeing; stay up to date with the latest information relating to their care and treatment plan; and access a wide range of healthcare services from their homes. For NHS organisations, effective use of digital technology is easing demand on services; reducing costs in some areas; and supporting professionals to treat patients with the greatest and most urgent needs first.

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