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Wales Council of the Blind

Sylw WCB News. 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...] WCB RESET Project WCB's RESET project will produce information packs and online resources to assist people with sight loss in negotiating the measures put in place under the Covid-19 pandemic. [Full story...] WCB Sight Loss Manifesto - we want to hear your views

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Does your charity / community group need more coverage?

Learn Twitter 1-2-1 with GVS! Some charities have yet to utilise the benefits of Twitter. Now is the time to raise your profile through social media by interacting with key funders, linking with key partners, following the work of other experts in your field and communicating with service users who are already using Twitter.

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Covid-19 Health and Social Care Partnership Survey

COVID-19 has brought about many changes to how health and social care services work in partnership across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. It is important that we capitalise on the shared experience and innovation that has emerged over the recent months.

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Public Health Wales statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Statement: Monday 19 October 2020 Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales supports the announcement by the Welsh Government today of a two-week national ‘fire-break’ to disrupt the transmission of Coronavirus in Wales. These new restrictions will come into effect at 6pm on Friday 23 October, and will last until the start of Monday 9 November.

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National coronavirus firebreak to be introduced in Wales on Friday

A short, sharp “firebreak” will be introduced across Wales at the end of this week to help regain control of coronavirus, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced today. The fortnight-long action is needed to save lives and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed. Speaking to the people of Wales, the First Minister said: This is the moment to come together; to play our part in a common endeavour to protect the NHS and save lives. This will not be easy, but we will do it together.

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Spooooky October Half Term fun!

Sun 25th Oct - Sun 1st Nov We have lots of 'spooooky' fun planned at the Farm for this October Half Term! Entry tickets are £3.50 each (this includes adults but children under the age of 1 years old do not need a ticket).

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The Green Ribbon Arts Festival

The Green Ribbon Arts Festival starts in just two weeks’ time and we’re really looking forward to the event getting underway. The programme continues to be updated at greenribbonarts.cymru/whats-on/. The whole of week one is online, with the final few items of week two to be added in the coming days.

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Age Cymru launches new HOPE project

We are delighted to announce that the HOPE project has now been officially launched and is up and running and ready to support older people and carers across Wales. HOPE was launched on Tuesday 6th October with the support of Deputy Minister Julie Morgan MS, who’s video message, along with further details about HOPE, can be found on Age Cymru’s advocacy webpages - http://bit.ly/HOPEAdvocacy.

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In the Spotlight with Amelia Trust Farm

GVS interviews local charities and voluntary organisations to hear about their amazing work within the communities they support. We have planned ‘Spooooky October Half Term fun’. More information can be found here. Entry is by pre-booked tickets only and we cannot accept bookings on the day.

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The Queen's Birthday Honours: Public Health Wales

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours, we are delighted to say that the following staff from Public Health Wales have been made Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for efforts in the COVID-19 response: Dr Eleri Davies, Head of Healthcare Associated Infection, Antimicrobial Resistance and Prescribing Programme (HARP), Public Health Wales Dr Robin Howe, Professional Lead Consultant in Microbiology, Public Health Wales Gail Lusardi, Nurse Consultant, Public Health Wales Dr Catherine Moore, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Wales Specialist Virology Centre, and Head of Molecular Service Development, Public Health Wales

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Charity Fraud Awareness Week

As you may be aware Monday 19th October sees the start of Charity fraud Awareness Week 2020. This is all the more relevant in 2020 as during times of turmoil we often see increases in instances of fraud and the charitable sector is often unfortunately amongst the worst affected.

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CAVRA - Amazon Smile

CAVRA, like many other charities is struggling to survive, with funds being very low, as a result of many events being cancelled. Many of you purchase goods on line via Amazon , I would like to enlist your support by using the Amazon Smile system.

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New car parking app introduced to five locations

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has introduced a new parking payment service to five sites around the County Car parks at Harbour Road and Nell’s Point on Barry Island will benefit from the system as well as Rivermouth and Brig Y Don in Ogmore and Cymlau in Southerndown. Using a specially-designed app, created by PayByPhone, users can purchase parking reliably and quickly from their mobile phone.

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Bro Radio continues supporting local groups across the County

Bro Radio, the local community radio station for the Vale of Glamorgan is continuing to provide free opportunities to local groups to promote their work to listeners and readers across the County. As well as providing 120 hours of volunteer led radio each week - the station also has the largest social media following of any media organisation based in the County, with over 30,000 readers accessing local news and information via its website every month.

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The lifeblood of charity shops are its volunteers

This week (from 12 October) WCVA in partnership with the Charity Retail Association will be sharing stories from charity shop volunteers to attract more people to sign up and help their local shops recover from the pandemic. Everyone loves a charity shop – what’s not to like? They raise vital funds for their amazing causes, contribute to a healthier planet by saving items from landfill and provide invaluable opportunities to people in the community through volunteering. For the public they are a treasure trove of pre-loved items at bargain prices and a community hub with a friendly smile and fascinating conversation. Everyone is a winner when it comes to charity shops, the benefits are endless.

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Finance Committee launches consultation

The Finance Committee has launched its consultation on Welsh Government’s draft Budget priorities for 2021-22. WCVA is keen to hear from as many sector voices as possible in drafting its response. We have created this survey based on the consultation questions. It would be great to hear your thoughts on how the upcoming draft Budget can support the sector in the next financial year – a year which is likely to be critical for the sector. Please take a look at the survey and answer as many questions as you feel relevant to you and your organisation.

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Welsh Government confirms re-start of learning disability Improvements

The Minister and Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services have announced the re-start of the Welsh Government's Improving Lives programme for people with a learning disability, which was has been paused for six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The announcement was made in a letter from Julie Morgan, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, to Humie Webbe and Sophie Hinksman, Co-Chairs of the Learning Disability Ministerial Advisory Group. In the letter the Deputy Minister says:

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HOPE Project hosting The Advocacy “Big Events”

The HOPE Project are hosting The Advocacy “Big Events” during the weeks beginning Monday 19 October 20 and Monday 2 November 20. The theme of the “Big Events” aligns with the findings from the recent survey “Advocacy during COVID-19”. This survey was led by the Advocacy Lead, National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and was undertaken to understand how people have been impacted as well as how well the advocacy sector in Wales were able to respond and support people during the COVID-19 crisis. There will be a report, which will be published shortly, available and distributed before the Advocacy “Big Event”.

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Welsh Council of the Blind - Swyl Bulletin

Sylw - the bulletin of Wales Council of the Blind. To subscribe to our fortnightly email bulletin, please go to our Mailchimp subscription page at http://eepurl.com/dE3CJj Sylw is also issued as a two-weekly email bulletin. Please contact bec@wcb-ccd.org.uk if you would like to receive this. If you have any events or news you would like us to publicise in future editions, please send the details to ann@wcb-ccd.org.uk.

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