Notices

Goldies Cymru Sing-a-long Sessions (3rd March)

GOLDIES CYMRU are organising a fundraising event on the 3rd March at the Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli. We are having a Good Ole Fashioned Jumble Sale and a sing-a-long.

This fundraiser has been organised for the the Mid & West Wales Goldies Sessions, so we are hoping that people will be coming from “far & wide” to find out about Goldies sessions and to have  rummage through our jumble items, have a sing song and a cup of tea with homemade cakes.

In Carmarthenshire, there are regular sessions  each month at Cartref Cynnes (Johnstown, Carmarthen) and Ty Dyffryn in Ammanford. Further information on the Goldies Cymru website

All money raised will be going towards the on-going costs of running Goldies sessions across Wales. Also this will be a launch date for the LLANELLI sessions which will be running in the theatre as part of their day programming on a monthly basis.

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Welsh Government Consultation (Public Toilets)

Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities

The Welsh Government is consulting on draft guidance for local authorities on how to:

  • assess the need for toilet provision for their communities
  • plan to meet those needs
  • produce a local toilets strategy.
Individuals and organisations are asked to  submit their comments by 4 April 2018. Further details on the Welsh Government website
In the Ministerial Foreword to the consultation document Vaughan Gethin sets out the vision and purpose.
Access to toilets for public use is an issue that affects the health, dignity and quality of people’s lives. There are public health and environmental costs to the wider community of not providing adequate toilet facilities. Accessible, clean toilets that are well located in places like parks, promenades, cycle trails and walking routes help encourage people who may need regular toilet access to take exercise and stay more physically active. They can also help encourage people out of their cars and back on to more sustainable forms of travel.

To read More

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Rethinking Respite Care (St Clears session)

The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales is running a series of discussion sessions across Wales to hear from people living with dementia and those who care for them about what they want from respite / short break support:

Who are the events for?

People Living with Dementia

People caring for someone living with dementia

Aims

To hear people’s experiences of respite / short break provision

To identify good practice and what it is that can promote more positive experiences for people living with dementia and for carers.
Click here to book your place online

The events are supported by My Home Life Cymru and Swansea University. The results of this work will form a report and a call to action, which will be published in Spring 2018.

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Latest Survey Results (January 2018)

To see a copy of the most recent survey ie  50+ survey 17 (September 2017) click here. The full results have now been analysed and can now be seen here. However if you would just like to see the Headline Results of the survey please click here.

Check out the Useful Documents archive for a full list of previous surveys and reports

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Dementia Friends Awareness session 0n 13th February 2018 (2pm – 3pm)

A special free training / awareness event on being a Dementia Friend is being organised for members of the Carmarthenshire 50+ Forum on 13 February at Cartref Cynnes, Johnstown, Carmarthen, SA31 3NQ. The event will last for an hour and will be delivered by Susan Smith, a Dementia Friends trainer. Places are limited – however further sessions may be offered at a later date if there is a demand.

If you would like to attend please check out the poster for further details and contact Susan or click on the Eventbrite link to book on-line

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Rural Affairs Consultation / Survey

Carmarthenshire County Council has established a cross-party Task Group to consider the issues effecting rural communities in Carmarthenshire and to identify actions the Council, in partnership with other public bodies and organisations, can take in addressing those issues to ensure and support rural regeneration in future years.

We would like to seek your views on the matters you feel are important to secure the future prosperity of our rural communities.The closing date for the survey is 30 March 2018. Click on the link below.

http://ilocal.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/consultations/rural-affairs-survey/

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17 January 2018 (Dewis Cymru – information sessions)

The DEWIS system is moving on a pace and there are now more community groups, services and activities on the system but we need more information to make it a useful directory for service users, carers and health professionals alike.

DEWIS can be found at https://www.dewis.wales/ . If you can’t find what you want on the system then please contact Susan Smith or Jessica O Donnell

To build up the system organisers are looking for old age groups, knitting groups, art and craft groups, church groups, alternative therapy groups, mobile hairdressers, scout groups, brownies, guides, football groups, toddler groups, walking groups, slimming groups that offer a social get-together etc. The list is endless. Anything that supports and helps someone’s health and well-being can be put on DEWIS for free, whether private, statutory or third sector information.

There will be a number of community sign-up events across Carmarthenshire in the next few months.  The next two will take place at Ty Gwyn church in Llanelli on 23rd January and at the Library in Carmarthen on 30th January. Both events 10am – 2pm. For further information or putting information onto the Dewis system please contact susansmith@cccpartners.org.uk ,

The directory is going to be a tool for all health and social care professionals. Help make Carmarthenshire the best place for community information.

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03 January 2018 (Dewis Cymru – have choice and take control)

Do you run or attend a group, activity or service that supports people of all ages in Carmarthenshire?

Have you heard about the new Health and Wellbeing Directory in Wales called DEWIS Cymru. Further information in the leaflet or via the website

If you would like to know more or have support to add your service, group or activity please contact Sue Smith, Community Resilience Coordinator, 01269 830061, susansmith@cccpartners.org.uk

Or Jess O’ Donnell,  SPICE project coordinator, 07397890429, jessicaodonnell@justaddspice.org

‘We are happy to meet with you or your group and tell you all about DEWIS Cymru’.

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03 January 2018 (Carmarthenshire Public Services Board)

Breaking News! Last opportunity to have your say re the draft Well-being Plan

The Public Service Board has published the Draft Carmarthenshire Well-being Plan on its website and the 12-week consultation period comes to an end on 3 January 2018 (12 noon). Here’s the link to the web-pages which include the consultation details and the on-line survey form.

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Budget Consultation 2018-2021     27 Nov 2017 -  07 Jan 2018

In order to set a balanced budget, the Council must find and deliver £31 million of efficiency savings over the next three years (2018-2021). This is a result of economic and demographic pressures, such as reduced grant funding from Welsh Government and increased demand for local services.

In making difficult decisions about its services, the Council would like to hear your views on its proposals. In total, 20 proposals are listed for comment, and will be considered alongside other ‘managerial’ options such as procurement arrangements, staffing structures and internal/back office functions.

A full public consultation on the budget proposals will take place from 27th November 2017 until Sunday 7th January 2018.
By February 2018, the Council’s Executive Board needs to form a draft budget to present to full council.

You can let us know what you think by completing our online budget survey, which asks for your opinion on all ‘policy’ efficiency saving proposals. The survey also asks for your views on possible new ways of working.

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Y Tad – Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s next production

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s next production – Y Tad – is a drama about a man living with dementia. It deals principally with the universal themes of family and caring for a loved one. It is a Welsh language production, but is fully accessible to non-Welsh speakers using their new app Sibrwd. For further details about the production and the schedule of performances including the one at the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen check out the website

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13th November 2017 (Eiriol Workshops)

Please see information about free workshops being provided by Eiriol at Burry Port and Llandovery

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19th October 2017 (Campaign to end Loneliness, Carmarthenshire)

Useful networking event at the Ivy Bush Carmarthen led by Campaign to end Loneliness bringing together voluntary and community organisations involved in helping to end loneliness in the county. County launch expected in the near future. Similar events taking place in Pembrokeshire. Useful forum for bringing together partner organisations. So much going on – often un-reported

workshop at the Ivy Bush Carmarthen

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12 October 2017 (Message on behalf of Carmarthenshire Public Services Board)

The Public Service Board has now published the Draft Carmarthenshire Well-being Plan on its website and has started the 12-week consultation period. The consultation period will close on the 3 January 2018. Here’s the link to the web-pages which include the consultation details.

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12 October 2017  The Campaign to End Loneliness

The Big Lottery have recently funded The Campaign to End Loneliness to expand its work into Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. The campaign is still in the early planning stages and is keen to work with organisations interested in or who already working on the issue of loneliness in older age. There will be an action planning workshop specifically for action in Carmarthenshire on 19th October at the Ivy Bush Hotel in Carmarthen from 10:30 until around 14:30.

More details will be made available in due course

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24th September 2017 (National Botanic Gardens)

The annual 50+ Forum took place on Friday 15th September 2017 at the National Botanic Gardens. The event started around 10am and finished at 4pm. There was an exciting lineup of speakers, included the renowned entertainer, composer, singer, actress and script writer, Caryl Parry Jones in addition to information stands from over 40 organisations and a full range of activities.

For a full report including video footage of the main speakers in the marque please click here

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20th June 2017 (Carmarthenshire Public Service Board)

#IdeasExchange – an opportunity to share your thoughts on the future of services in Carmarthenshire

We hope you can join us at one of our engagement events to give us your innovative ideas for the work that will be done by Carmarthenshire Public Services Board (PSB) over the next five years.

The PSB, which is made up of public sector organisations across the county, is running 3 engagement events in July and wants to hear from you on what the Board should focus on.

By May 2018 the PSB is required to publish a five year County Well-being Plan that will say how the PSB will work together to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Carmarthenshire.  This is a requirement of the PSB under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.

The #IdeasExchange workshop will take place at the following locations between 1.30pm and 4.30pm:

Wednesday 5 July 2017 – Lliedi Suite, Selwyn Samuel Centre, Llanelli

Wednesday 12 July 2017 – Dynefor Bowls Club, Ammanford

Wednesday 19 July 2017 – St Peter’s Civic Hall, Carmarthen

The PSB have already developed draft Well-being Objectives for the Plan based on the Assessment of Local Well-being.  Results from the engagement campaign that was undertaken last year as well as other extensive research have been fed into the Carmarthenshire Well-Being Assessment 2017 which has now been published and is available on the PSB (‘The Carmarthenshire We Want’) website.

For further information on the PSB, visit The Carmarthenshire We Want

Please complete the form to register for one of the events

16th June 2017 (Notices for 50+ Forum members)

Would you like to take part in a research project – Aberystwyth University, (Centre for the Study of Ageing, Abuse & Neglect) are looking for people in mid and central Wales, who would be interested in taking part in a small group discussion, looking at a range of topics such as attitudes to ageing; how older people are portrayed on TV and in film; the myths around older people; disability and older people and whether it is more difficult to ask for help as you get older. Read more

If you would like to take part please contact Jeremy Newman, Dewis Choice Research Project Coordinator, on jen11@aber.ac.uk or ring 01970 622516.

25th May 2017 (Notices for 50+ Forum members)

You are invited to the Carmarthenshire Carers Forum on 13 July 2017. Click Here

New walking hockey at a number of locations: give it a try. Click here

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