Digital Inclusion

There’s no doubt that people who are unable to get online miss many opportunities for social contact, access to ways of saving money on bills etc. Our recent digital survey highlighted areas that people wanted help with – particularly those people who have begun to engage with tech devices. As a result we set up a ‘digital hub’ at our Annual Event in September at the Botanic Gardens and were helped by Barclays Bank, Digital Communities Wales, Dyfed Powys Police and TSB. They covered a number of topics people wanted to engage with – staying safe online, recognising scams, help with health care, safe online banking, ancestry research. Here is a short video clip filmed on the day by TSB featuring some of the work that they and others helped with.

Wyn Llewellyn – Community Engagement Lead

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Walking Netball in Trimsaran

Alice hope, Acif Adult Officer for Carmarthen attended a walking netball session this week in Trimsaran sports centre, there is a really keen group of ladies delivering a walking netball session but they are looking for more people (men & women) to attend the session.

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CAVS Carmarthenshire AGM

Wonderful AGM today Cavs Carmarthenshire

We’d like to express our thanks to all staff, trustees and members who joined us.

Congratulations also goes to all of our Recognition Award winners.

Nurture Centre 🏆 Tim Doyle 🏆
Certificates –
🏵Alwyn Jenkins Radio Glangwili
🏵Janet Lewis Ty-Golau
🏵Ben Evans Dr.M’z
🏵Sandra Llewelyn Carmarthenshire 50+
🏵Krista Robinson Nurture Centre

Dr.M’z 🏆Kelly Tomlinson 🏆
🏵Scarlet Marenghi @MayorsCharityCommittee

TRUSTEE (in memory of Dr.C.Reed MBE)
🏆Gina Jones🏆
Llandovery Hospital League of Friends
Llandovery Museum and Visitor Gateway

🏆Macmillan Cancer Support @MacmillancarmarthenshireSupportBuddies🏆
Certificates –
🏵 Radio Glangwili
🏵 @FriendsOfTalogHall Talog, Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom
🏵 @CASM @CarersOfThoseWithAlcoholAndSubstanceMisuse

🏆@BrynStoresCommunityShop Brechfa 🏆
Certificates –
🏵Tom Ashton Llandovery Youth and Community Centre 🏵

🏆Sarah Morris-Herbert CASM 🏆
Certificates –
🏵 Tim Doyle Nurture Centre
🏵Sarah Llewelyn Carmarthenshire 50+

We would also like to announce that Cavs Carmarthenshire have achieved @trustdchtycymru quality mark Level 1.
#qualitystandards NCVO Caerfyrddin, Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom

Well Done Everyone!

Carmarthen Journal Golwg Tri Chwech Dim Llanelli Star
Cyngor Sir Gâr – Carmarthenshire County Council
BBC Cymru Wales Canolfan S4C Yr Egin

CAVO Ceredigion PAVS Volunteering Pembrokeshire

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Have your say: Wales Public Body Equality Partnership Public Consultation

Dear Friend

We are inviting you to take part in the Wales Public Body Equality Partnership consultation on their Equality Objectives and actions for 2020 to 2024.
Please share this invitation with both community groups and organisations working around equality and with your members or diverse individuals. Diverse individuals includes older, younger, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic, disabled, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people; people of different religions and beliefs; people who are pregnant or on maternity leave; and women and men.

Public Bodies Involved include: Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Arts Council of Wales (ACW), National Museum Wales (NMW), Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Welsh Language Commissioner (WLC), Careers Wales, Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA), Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), Sport Wales, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, and Velindre University NHS Trust.
You can find the consultation document here

We also have an online survey here

This consultation will end on Sunday 26th January 2020. Please answer this consultation by Sunday 26th January 2020.

We welcome your replies earlier, if possible. Earlier replies will help us design the engagement events. All replies will help us agree our Equality Objectives and the actions we will take to achieve each objective.

This consultation is available in large print format and as a Word document in both Welsh and English on Diverse Cymru’s website.

If you would like a printed copy of the document by post or by email please contact us.

Please contact us if you want this consultation in a different format (for example Braille, on a different colour of paper, or an audio file.)

You can reply to this consultation by:

Filling in the online survey here

Or sending your response to Diverse Cymru by:


Telephone: 029 2036 8888. Please ask for Georgia Marks or Shelagh Maher.

Post: Diverse Cymru,

3rd Floor, Alexandra House

307-315 Cowbridge Road East



If you would like help with your reply please contact us on 029 2036 888 and ask for Shelagh Maher or Georgia Marks or email We can read questions to you and write your response with you.

Have your say events

We are holding engagement events about these Equality Objectives.
These events are your chance to tell us what actions we should take to achieve our Equality Objectives.
We welcome delivery partners and stakeholders, diverse individuals and community groups and third sector organisations at these events.
Diverse individuals include:
· Young people under 26
· Older people over 50
· Black and Minority Ethnic people, including Gypsies, Roma and Travellers
· Disabled people. This includes:
o People with mobility impairments. For example, wheelchair users or people with health conditions that affect walking.
o People with sensory impairments. For example, Blind, Deaf, or hearing-impaired people.
o People with learning disabilities. For example, autistic people or people with dyslexia or dyspraxia.
o People with cognitive impairments. For example, people with dementia or hydrocephalus.
o People with long-term health conditions. For example, HIV, diabetes or MS.
· Lesbian, gay and bisexual people
· Trans people
· People of different religions and faiths
· Women and men
· People who are pregnant or new mothers


Welsh Government Buildings, Rhodfa Padarn, Llanbardarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3UR

Tuesday 26th November 2019

Registration: 9:30 am

Event: 10 am to 1 pm

Light lunch and networking: 1 pm to 2 pm

You can register for this event online here

West Wales

National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 3RD
Thursday 28th November 2019
Registration: 9:30 am
Event: 10 am to 1 pm
Light lunch and networking: 1 pm to 2 pm
You can register for this event online here

South East Wales

Sport Wales, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW
Friday 29th November 2019
Registration: 9:30 am
Event: 10 am to 1 pm
Light lunch and networking: 1 pm to 2 pm
You can register for this event online here

North Wales

Neuadd Reichel, Bangor University, Ffriddoedd Road, Bangor LL57 2TR

Monday 2nd December 2019
Registration: 9:30 am
Event: 10 am to 1 pm
Light lunch and networking: 1 pm to 2 pm
You can register for this event online here

Please use the contact details above for Diverse Cymru to register for these events.
Please tell us if you want to contribute in Welsh or English; any dietary requirements you have; and any access requirements you have when you register.
We can reimburse travel, childcare, replacement care, access, and similar costs for diverse individuals. Please contact us before the event for information.

Cofion Cynnes

Kind Regards

Ele Hicks

Rheolwr Polisi

Policy Manager

Diverse Cymru – promoting equality for all / hyrwyddo cydraddoldeb i bawb

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Talking Books Wales

Are you finding it difficult to read print?
Do you know of anyone with a similar problem?

Talking Books Wales can help.

Why not join the 450+ who benefit from this facility for blind and partially sighted people. You can choose from a “library” of over 2500 titles- in Welsh and English. Audio books are sent and returned free of charge in CD format.

Why not contact Linda or Phil on 01267238225 or by e- mail-

Based in Carmarthen Talking Books Wales serves the whole of Wales. Please spread the word. 

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Walking Football is coming to a Leisure Centre near you!

The Actif Communities team are excited to announce the launch of three new weekly Walking Football sessions across Carmarthenshire.

As the name suggests, walking football is an adapted version of the traditional sport where players walk instead of running or sprinting. This exciting and inclusive sport encourages people to stay active regardless of their age, fitness level and ability

Not only are there lots of health benefits, walking football can be the perfect opportunity for those looking to make new friends, have fun and try something new.

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Saron Cuppa Club

Great 50 plus session today at Saron.  There were 43 people present at this really welcoming and vibrant group. We had a great chat about a range of topics. Group leader is Lynne Woods and she is pictured displaying an award the club won recently. About ten 50 plus members present and we had 6 new joiners.

Thank you Saron for a great welcome.

Wyn Llewellyn

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Whether to Weather

Looks as if we’ve got another General Election, so the question is whether to weather?  Will we put ourselves out on a winter’s day to go and vote?  Yes we should.  We should let them know what we think, whatever our choice is.

Elections are traditionally not held during the winter months.  Its incredible to think that the last one was in 1974.  The last December one was a century ago.  I think there were not many of us 50+ gang who could claim to have voted then.

Why is this?  Well because of the weather.  Even in early December it can be treacherous.  Some years ago there was a Winter Fair in the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells where there was a record temperature of minus 15 degrees.  Every toilet except one was frozen solid, and in the National Trust shop the snow domes on sale had frozen solid.  A few years before that here in Carmarthen on the first Saturday in December we had a sudden shower in the early hours which then froze to a sheet of sheer ice.  Hardly anyone could venture out, all events had to be cancelled and many shops could not open.

What could we do?  Nothing.  But there is something we can all do to prevent having to go out on Election day if the weather has turned bad.  We can prepare now by getting ourselves a postal vote. All you have to do is telephone Carmarthen County Council on 01267 234567 and ask them to send you an application form for a postal vote. Or download one on your computer. This way you can vote and stay safe.

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October Newsletter

the October newsletter is here – just in time before the end of the month!


2019 October Newsletter

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Bytes & Bites a big success

Yesterday saw our first ever Bytes and Bites event in Carmarthen, Digital Communities Wales trained young people from Dr Mz’s to teach older folk how to use technology.

Feedback has shown that this was a great event for all concerned and we have a waiting list of people wanting us to do more.

We need venues, catering, volunteers to be trained, young people to teach us. So if any of you work in schools, colleges, libraries, churches anywhere that an event can be run please let us know.

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