Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Brain Injury Trust Conference 2015

Speakers include Professor Mark Solms, Professor Lynne Turner-Stokes and Professor Pam Klonoff Ph.D. ABPP

Ground breaking research that builds bridges between psychoanalysis, neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry. Take part in three sessions over both days!

Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI)

Discover more about the new clinically devised questionnaire that highlights brain injury and its deficits during a social care needs assessment.

Some sponsorship opportunities still available - click here for more details
We are grateful to our main sponsor, Irwin Mitchell and all our sponsors and exhibitors, as their sponsorship enables delegate prices to be kept relativity low.
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust is the brain injury division of The Disabilities Trust and the means by which it provides its brain injury services.

The Disabilities Trust, First Floor, 32 Market Place, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9NP, United Kingdom.
Tel: 01444 239 123     Fax: 01444 244 978     Email:, The Disabilities Trust is a company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales under 2334589 and registered as a charity in England and Wales under 800797 (BIRT:800797-1) and in Scotland under SC038972 (BIRT:SC043579).
Registered office as shown.

Pedal Power Summer Bulletin
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You can make us Sainsbury's Local Charity of the year with just one vote

Sainsbury's in Pontypridd has nominated us as their local charity of the year. In order for us to win we need you to vote online. To vote please visit Sainsbury's local charity voting page search for postcode CF37 4TG and click vote for Cardiff Pedal Power. Winning this will really help in these times of austerity.

We Sell Bikes!

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Launch of Wales National Suicide & Self Harm Prevention Strategy

The Minister will be launching the Wales national suicide and self harm prevention strategy, Talk to Me 2, at an event followed by a forum which will take place on Thursday 16th July 2015 at the All Nations Centre, Cardiff.  Online Registration is now OPEN, please Click HERE to register your attendance.  This will be an All day event from approximately 9:30am - 5:00pm.

Who Should attend?
People from a variety of backgrounds engaged in promoting the health and wellbeing of people in Wales who self harm or are at risk of self harm or suicide. Participants from health, social care, housing, education, justice, transport, town planning, local and national government, help line staff  faith and community organisations or those with personal experience of self harm and those bereaved by suicide will find the launch event informative and provide an opportunity to connect with agencies actively tackling suicide and self harm.
Why should you attend?
Suicide is a significant cause of early mortality, particularly among young and middle aged people but are relevant across the life course. Self harm is a significant cause of unscheduled health care and is an indicator of a significant level of distress among individuals. Tackling the separate but related issues of self harm and suicide are therefore critical components in addressing health and wellbeing among statutory non statutory and community organisations. Talk to Me 2 has recently been the subject of a national consultation it is to be formally launched on the 16th July by the Minister for Health and Social services, it will become the cornerstone for suicide and self harm prevention over the next five years indicating priorities to be addressed at national regional level and local levels. The Launch event will provide the opportunity to gain greater insight into the content of the strategy, the development of regional groups to progress the work, experiences from other UK administrations and the opportunity to network with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds.

Living Streets

Jo Elkington, Development Manager of Living Streets is wanting to connect with local organisations and community groups and has asked for an email introduction to members of the Health, Social Care & Wellbeing Forum as she is interested in talking to organisations that are working on active lifestyles, health and wellbeing with communities in Merthyr Tydfil.
Living Streets, the national charity that promotes walking and walkable streets, is at the initial stages of developing a programme in Wales and are keen to meet organisations with similar objectives within the health and wellbeing agenda to inform our work.
Are you:
o   Already doing work in this area?
o   Interested in walking-related opportunities for your service users?
o   Willing to share best practice?
o   Interested in talking to Living Streets to find out more about what we do?
About Living Streets
Living Streets is the national charity that stands up for pedestrians. At present we are delivering projects in England and Scotland; working in Wales will be new for us. We encourage people to walk, and we work to create safe, attractive, enjoyable streets where it’s great to walk. Our work involves both campaigning and policy advocacy, and delivering projects across our three key theme areas of Communities, Workplaces and Schools. Our Communities work aims to improve the local street environment and encourage more people to walk regularly:
Improving the local street environment
This starts with learning about local communities and why people do not make everyday journeys on foot. our ‘Community Street Audit’ approach supports communities as they identify the issues in their local built environment that prevent them from walking, and supports them in devising solutions. Audit evidence can be used to inform investment in the local area to make improvements identified by the community themselves. The process also encourages volunteer action and intergenerational cooperation.
Encouraging more people to walk
This is about encouraging people to increase their everyday walking, and helping them to form a walking habit. As well as obvious benefits like physical fitness, walking can be beneficial for a range of health conditions, improved mental health, increased confidence, greater independence and reduced social isolation
I attach a couple of leaflets which tell you what we are about with examples of our work – the first attachment is a 2-page summary of a project we delivered with communities across England and the second attachment comes from a project we delivered with older people in Yorkshire.
If you are interested in finding out more about Living Streets, are already doing work in this area, or would like to get involved in some way, then Jo would love to hear from you.
phone:        07525807423
skype:        ls.joanna.elkington
email:   web: 

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Alternative Careers Fair for women exploring ‘non-traditional’careers
within the Industry Sector
30th June 2015
St Fagan’s National History Museum. Cardiff, CF5 6XB
Drop in between 10.00am – 2.00pm
• Chat with organisations and role models from the industry sectors
• Find out how to build a career within the industry sectors
• Book a construction site tour with Kier Construction
• Discover a range of exciting careers that you might not have considered
This event will be opened by Christine Chapman AM
To book your place please contact
Anne Howells,
029 2047 8900
Please note bookings needs to be made before 25th June 2015
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yn y Sector Diwydiant
30 Mefefin 2015
Amgueddfa Werin Cymru, Sain Ffagan, Caerdydd, CF5 6XB
Galwch heibio rhwng 10.00am a 2.00pm er mwyn
• Sgwrsio a seflydiadau a modelau rol o’r sector diwydiant
• Darganfod sut I ddatblygu gyrfa yn y sector diwydiant
• Archebu taith o amgylch safle adeiladu gyda Kier Construction
• Dysgwch fwy am bob math o yrfaoedd cyffrous nad ydych o bosib wedi eu hystyried
Caiff y digwyddiad ei agor gan Christine Chapman AC
I gadw lle cysylltwch ag: Anne Howells -029 20 478900
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Over 50's Walking Football

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Breakfast Clubs for Veterans

Welcome to the 'Breakfast Clubs'.
The Breakfast Clubs are groups of Veterans and serving members of all arms of Her Majesties Armed Forces, who, in short, look out for each other. Self reliance, wasn’t it always the way?

There are no official national rules or subscriptions; individual Breakfast Clubs make their own decisions.
To find your nearest Breakfast Club, follow the link below (or copy and paste it into your browser), and choose the nearest marker to you on the map. The marker will give you the venue, day and time of the Breakfast Club, as well as a link to their Facebook Page.
Cardiff Breakfast Club are looking forward to the future and would like to invite veterans to come and join them for breakfast any Saturday morning to see how the club works for the benefit of its members.

​Please feel able to circulate the club details to your contacts and other military contacts in the South Wales area. Cardiff Breakfast Club have a closed Facebook which veterans and serving members can join, where people can chat and join in.

Add to Your Life

Click here for the Add to Your Life summary update #45, dated 24th June 2015.
A further summary update will be circulated by the end of July 2015.

Charity Auction

If you're looking for a night out, then how about this Charity Auction Evening in aid of Age Connects Morgannwg?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Promoting Carbon Monoxide Awareness from Gas Safe Charity

More information on Gas Safe Charity's Promoting Carbon Monoxide Awareness  is available here
The Charity has a number of resources for the next twelve months to allow more people to be trained in Carbon Monoxide awareness.,

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Info Burst

Click on this link for May's edition of Info Burst from South Wales Ambulance Trust

Mental Health First Aid - Two days FREE training provided by New Pathways 14 and 15 July

About the course:

VAMT Third Sector Excellence Awards logoMental health problems are common, especially depression, anxiety and misuse of alcohol and other drugs. One person in four will experience some form of problem with their mental health in the course of a year. There is a stigma associated with mental health problems which may hinder people from seeking help, many people are not well informed and help is not always on hand, especially when the problem first arises. MHFA (Wales) is a 12 hour course developed and supported by the Welsh Government in partnership with other organisations. MHFA has spread to more than 20 countries worldwide.
The idea of MHFA is that people should be taught how to perform basic ‘first aid’ for those exhibiting signs of mental distress, just as they are commonly taught first aid for physical problems. MHFA improves mental health literacy and helps people to recognise the signs and symptoms of someone with mental health problems; to respond to various mental health crises, engage with, support and signpost people to appropriate professional help.
Learning Outcomes
MHFA aims to help participants to:
  • preserve life
  • provide help to prevent the mental health problem or crisis developing into a more serious state
  • promote the recovery of good mental health
  • provide comfort to a person experiencing distress
  • promote understanding of mental health issues
Who this course is for
Volunteers and staff in voluntary sector organisations
Date: 14 and 15 July 2015 (participants need to attend both days)
Time: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Venue: VAMT
Cost: This course is being delivered by New Pathways Free of charge

To book your place please email training by 18 June 2015

NHS Screening in Merthyr Tydfil

Breast Test Wales will be returning to Merthyr Tydfil next week to offer breast screening to women in the area. The mobile screening unit will be sited in Keir Hardie Health Park Car Park from mid June 2015 until January 2016.
Women aged 50 -70 years registered at: Keir Hardie Practices, Pontcae Medical Practice, Brookside Medical Centre, Dowlais Medical Centre, Treharris Primary Care Centre, Morlais Medical Centre, Oakland Surgery and Troed Y Fan Practice will automatically receive their breast screening invitations in the post, women over 70 can request appointments by telephoning the screening office on 029 2039 7222.
Alongside breast screening, the other adult screening programmes include Bowel, Cervical and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening. The links will take you through to our key messages.
Bowel Screening: Men and women aged 60 -74 are sent a home test kit to complete every 2 years
AAA Screening: Men aged 65 are invited for an ultrasound scan to check the size of their abdominal aorta
Cervical Screening: Women aged 25 -49 are invited for a smear test every 3 years, women 50 -64 are invited for a smear every 5 years.
Please can you assist in helping us raise awareness of the national screening programmes.
The Screening Engagement Team are available to deliver screening talks, screening awareness training, support events, set up information stands and provide free screening resources. Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to do in your community or workplace.
Additionally, please check out our new Bowel screening Carers booklet and Transgender Screening leaflet

Add to Your Life

Follow this link for the Add to Your Life summary update #44

PQASSO for Wales - Quality Assurance for the Third Sector in Wales.

PQASSO for Wales is a Quality Assurance project funded by the Big Lottery to support third sector organisations.  Officially launched in Cardiff yesterday, the project is seeking expressions of interest from organisations interested in taking PQASSO forward.

Dyma wybodaeth am y pecyn Datgan Diddordeb i fudiadau sydd am gymryd rhan ym mhrosiect PQASSO i Gymru.
Rydym yn chwilio am gymysgedd o fudiadau o leoliadau daearyddol amrywiol, o wahanol feintiau, ac sydd ar waith mewn meysydd amrywiol, i gymryd rhan yn y prosiect.
Mae’r pecyn Datgan Diddordeb yn cynnwys:
·         Cyflwyniad
·         Adran 1 sy’n egluro beth fydd cymryd rhan yn y prosiect yn ei olygu
·         Adran 2 Ffurflen Datgan Diddordeb
Y dyddiad cau i gyflwyno’r ffurflen Datgan Diddordeb yw 5.00 o’r gloch brynhawn dydd Gwener, 17 Gorffennaf 2015.
Ni allwn warantu y byddwn yn cynnal rownd Datgan Diddordeb arall.
Gwybodaeth pellach am PQASSO
 Here is information about the Expression of Interest pack for organisations wishing to take part in the PQASSO for Wales project.
We are looking for a mixture of organisations from a range of geographical locations, of differing sizes, and engaged in a variety of fields, to take part in the project.
The Expression of Interest pack includes:
·         Introduction
·         Section 1 which explains what taking part in the project will involve
·         Section 2 Expression of Interest form
The deadline for submitting the Expression of Interest form is 5:00pm on Friday 17 July 2015.
 We cannot guarantee that we will hold another Expression of Interest round.