And now the good news is that the Forum has appointed Sandra Llewelyn,a new volunteer and member of the steering group as the secretary. Members will be hearing a lot more from Sandra over the next few weeks and months! Watch this space!
Herbert Protocol (posted June 2019)
The Herbert Protocol is an initiative that has only recently been launched by Dyfed Powys Police.
It enables relatives who have a family member living with dementia to register details that will help to locate their loved one, in the event that they go missing.
Family can register details, for example, of favourite café or shop, location that holds fond memories, memorable holiday destination etc as this will give the police a steer on where to start looking. Click on the link for further information.
Forum Secretary Position
The 50+ Forum Steering Group is seeking a volunteer with relevant administrative experience to take on the role of Secretary to the Forum. This is a voluntary role with an approximate time commitment of about one day per month on average.
The key aspects of the work include:
• Being responsible for co-ordinating the administration of the Forum’s affairs
• Taking a lead role in liaising with the county council secretariat function
We are looking for someone who has administrative experience and relevant digital skills
To learn more about the 50+ Forum visit www.carmarthenshire50.org.uk/50-forum
Please express your interest in this role by contacting Wyn Llewellyn, Interim Chair on 07702249644 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year the annual 50+ Forum took place on Friday 14th September 2018 at the National Botanic Gardens. The event started around 10am and finished at 4pm. There was an exciting lineup of speakers, including Helena Herklots, the new Commissioner for Older People and Huw Iranca-Davies, the Welsh Government Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care 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
In advance of the 50+ event at the Botanic Gardens members received the following information: (click on the links)
50+ Forum Strategic Plan (Sept 2018)
The new strategic plan for the Forum was agreed at the September meeting of the steering group. The plan was introduced to members at the Annual General Meeting held on 14 September 2018 at the National Botanic Gardens.
The action plan to take forward the strategy will be taken to the next meeting of the steering group in December.
The Newsletter will report on these developments in due course. Your comments would be much appreciated.
2018 Annual Member Survey (Survey 18)
Each year members of the Forum are invited to complete an Annual Survey regarding key aspects of community life in Carmarthenshire. Members receive a paper copy of the questionnaire in addition to other information about the work of the Forum. We would like as many members as possible to complete the survey on line. The survey has now closed and the headline results can be accessed here 2018 Survey Headline Results.
The full survey analysis will be available by March 2019
We would like as many members as possible to receive member information via email. Please use the contact form on the website to advise us of your email address.
2017 Survey Results
To see a copy of last year’s survey ie 50+ survey 17 (September 2017) click here. The survey has now been analysed and the full results can now be seen here. However if you would just like to see the Headline Results of the survey please click here.
Did you know that Carmarthenshire has an Ageing Well Plan
The county plan reflects the priorities in the overall Welsh Government Ageing Well in Wales plan
Ageing Well in Wales is a national Programme hosted by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. It brings together individuals and communities with public, private and voluntary sectors to develop and promote innovative and practical ways to make Wales a good place to grow older for everyone.
Following consultation, in relation to the Ageing Well of older people, the county council has published its Well-being Objectives for 2017-18
Objective 10: Age Well – Support the growing numbers of older people to maintain dignity and independence in their later years
Objective 11: Age Well – A Council-wide approach to support Ageing Well in Carmarthenshire. For further details of this particular well-being objective click here.
The full list of Well-being Objectives can be seen here on the Council website
Skanda Vale Hospice (Sponsored Walks in May)
Skanda Vale Hospice is putting on a sponsored walk on 6th May starting at Llangrannog on the Ceredigion coast and going to either Cwmtydu or Newquay. There is also a smaller walk around Llangrannog itself. Transport is provided to the start of the walks, snacks and drinks and a buffet lunch at the end.
The Hospice is also doing a trek up Cadair Idris on the 27th May- again transport and lunch included.
Planning the Way Ahead (7 March 2019)
Good meeting with colleagues from the communications sub-group this morning at Cartref Cynnes. Planning the way forward and how we can better engage with older people and groups around the county. Looking at surveys, newsletters, annual event in September and general publicity
Community Health Council Survey of GP practices(6th March 2019)
Have you used your local GP Out-of-Hours service in the last 6 months?
Please complete our CHC survey and we will use your responses to let the NHS know where services are working well & where improvements are needed.
Signing up on-line (4 March 2019)
On-line signing up of new members to the 50+ Forum at Cartref Cynnes this morning. Don’t be left out of the conversation – join the 50+ Forum and have your say on the big issues affecting older people in the county
We would like to meet you…
If you are involved with a local older persons group or other similar local group in the county you may like to have a presentation about the work of the Forum.
If so please complete the contact form on the website or email email@example.com
Two members of the steering group Gillian Wright and Wyn Llewellyn have been out and about talking to members of the Llandovery Friendship Group. By all accounts it was an interesting afternoon in the Rhys Pritchard Memorial Hall.
Wyn talked about the priority issues emerging from the 2018 50+ survey and their impact on the local area and some of the other local challenges e.g. the lack of public transport and the closure of banks.
To see the presentation slides click on the link
Carmarthenshire is Kind – Helping to create friendly communities
Carmarthenshire is Kind is an initiative that is being led by Integrated Services within Carmarthenshire County Council.
A Carmarthenshire Friend is someone who has attended a one hour information session and has committed to an action that will make the lives of people living in Carmarthenshire a little bit better.
Anyone of any age can be a Carmarthenshire Friend and every action counts – from helping someone to find the right bus to smiling and connecting with people around you.
For more information click on the link
WG Consultation – Loneliness and Social Isolation (posted 22/01/2019)
The 50+ Forum set up a small ‘task and finish’ group comprising members of the steering group and others to complete the response to the Welsh Government consultation on Loneliness and Social Isolation.
The response was submitted to the Welsh Government by the due date and hopefully it reflects your views and concerns.
Special thanks to all who contributed especially to Wyn Llewellyn, the vice-chair, who coordinated the process
To see the response document please click on the link
Action on Disability – the right to independent living (21/01/19)
The 50+ Forum set up a small task group with steering group members and others to respond to the Welsh Government consultation.
I am pleased to say that the group was able to put together a response and send it off to Cardiff in good time!
You can click on the link to see the response. I hope it reflects your views. Comments welcome. We want to keep this issue alive and we look forward to the Welsh Government’s response
Digital Sessions – Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr (posted 19/01/2019)
Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr are offering drop-in digital sessions in the following venues across the north of the county ie
Llyfrgell Caerfyrddin/Carmarthen Library – Every Tuesday afternoon 14:00 – 16:00
Llyfrgell Sanclêr/St Clears Library – Every Thursday afternoon 14:00 – 16:00
Llyfrgell Castell Newydd Emlyn/Newcastle Emlyn Library – Every Friday morning 10:00 – 12:00
*Angen cofrestru o flaen llaw /
*Advanced booking required – contact Megan on 01239 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information click on the link
Ysgol y Dderwen Christmas Shoe Box Presentation (posted 14/12/2018)
Congratulations to the pupils of Ysgol y Dderwen, Carmarthen for producing such wonderful Christmas shoe boxes bursting with goodies for older people in the area. The presents will be distributed to older people – less likely to receive visitors and presents over the Christmas period – by Age Cymru Sir Gar volunteers
Action on Disability – the right to independent living (20/11/18)
The Welsh Government has launched this consultation on their proposals which are intended to develop and improve access to help, advice and services for disabled people in Wales.
Action on Disability: the Right to Independent Living aims to tackle inequalities and poverty experienced by these communities, promoting equality of opportunity and supporting them to more easily and readily access resources and mainstream services.
The 50+ Forum will be setting up a ‘task and finish’ group to consider the document and make a response.
Click here for more information on the consultation document and the online response form
Carmarthenshire is Kind poetry competition (posted 7 November 2018)
As part of the Annual 50+ event at the National Botanic Gardens a poetry competition was held on the theme of ‘What makes Carmarthenshire Kind’. The entries were judged by Ceri Wyn Jones, former Children’s Poet for Wales, and announced on the day.
On 5th November the 1st Prize winner and his school was presented with a book token at his schools assembly by Julia Wilkinson, Llanelli CRT Locality Manager, Peter Loughran 50+ Chair and Wendy Tiffin, Business Team Manager Carmarthenshire Libraries.
All prize winners will have their poems exhibited in Llanelli, Carmarthen and Ammanford libraries from Monday 26th November for 2 weeks.
Loneliness and Isolation (posted 2 November 2018)
Welsh Government are asking for views on their proposed approach to tackle loneliness and social isolation in Welsh communities. As one of the objectives of Ageing Well in Wales and something which has a huge impact on the lives of older people, we want to ensure that the voice of older people is clearly heard on this topic.
Could you please share details about the consultation with your local 50+ forums and other groups of older people. The consultation document is pretty intimidating at 40 pages long, so we’d appreciate any support and encouragement you can provide to enable older people to have their opinions heard by Welsh Government.
I’ve attached copies of the consultation document, and you can find out more information by clicking on the link
If people do find the full consultation process a bit much, it’s completely valid to submit a response with only some of the questions answered.
Completed consultations can be returned by email or post. The closing date is 15th January 2019.
In addition to the written responses, Welsh Government are running three public “conversations” on their plans:
13th November in Carmarthen
19th November in Newport (S. Wales)
27th November in Wrexham
To attend any of these events, people need to email email@example.com as soon as possible. It would be great to see as many older people attending as possible.
If you have any questions about any of the above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Arweinydd Heneiddio’n Dda yng Nghymru / Ageing Well in Wales Lead
Comisiynydd Pobl Hŷn Cymru / Older People’s Commissioner for Wales
Adeiladau Cambrian / Cambrian Buildings
Sgwâr Mount Stuart / Mount Stuart Square
Caerdydd / Cardiff, CF10 5FL
Goldies Cymru (posted 01 November 2018)
Goldies Cymru are having a series of roadshows across South Wales to publicise their work.
The roadshow comes to Carmarthen Library on Friday 14th December (1pm – 2pm) and will be hosted by Emyr Wyn Jones. There will be an hour of singing and information about the organisation. Light refreshments will be provided.
More details of the event and future plans in the promotional leaflet
Walking Well Carmarthenshire Project Launch (posted 30 October 2018)
The new 3Bs project was officially launched this morning at Parc Howard, Llanelli. The project which aims to get young mothers and mothers-to-be into the habit of walking is funded by Public Health Wales and delivered by CETMA.
Walking Well Carmarthenshire is a 50+ Forum initiative and is designed to get older people walking, and talking and connecting.
The Forum welcomes the opportunity to build on its experience to broaden the appeal of walking to a younger audience as well.
Dewis Choice Project (posted 11 October 2018)
The Dewis Choice project has been considering raising a petition for submission to the Senedd – the National Assembly of Wales.
The petition is now on the Senedd website and open for people to read and hopefully sign to show their support.
The title is, ‘Transforming the response to older people experiencing domestic abuse – a call for action’.
As long as there are more than 50 signatures the Senedd Petitions Committee will consider the petition, gather together information about the subject where it has been discussed in the Assembly or in Committee meetings and ask for a response from the relevant minister.
To show your support and sign the petition please click on the link
Dementia Friends Champions Training (Posted 20th September 2018)
A training session for new Dementia Friends Champions will be held on November 1st, 9am – 4pm in meeting room 5, Saint David’s Park, Carmarthen. Tea and Coffee available – please bring your own lunch. The days training is free and information on becoming a Champion can be accessed via the link.If you want to attend the above Champion Training Day you must register via the Alzheimer’s Dementia Friends web site.
Please note that anyone who wishes to book would need to register a Champion’s account first (if they don’t have one already).
Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
This request is being sent out to all ‘dementia friends’ in the Taf Community and to wider partners.
What is a Dementia Friends Champion?
A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help.
It’s easy to get involved. Dementia Friends Champions will attend an induction, receive support when they need it, and be part of over 10,500 volunteer Dementia Friends Champions creating dementia friendly communities together.
Events at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen (Posted 5th September 2018)
New funding for Carmarthenshire Therapy Dogs (Posted 23rd July 2018)
Fantastic news for Carmarthenshire Therapy Dogs. The charity has been successful in a Awards for All bid and there is now some additional funds to expand the project.
An invitation is extended to anyone who would like to support this scheme, volunteer or just come and find out what is happening to a meeting of the Carmarthenshire Therapy Dogs on Tuesday July 24th at 6.00pm in the Llandybie Public Memorial Hall, Woodfield Road, Llandybie, , Carmarthenshire,SA18 3UR. Refreshments will be provided – the meeting is to discuss the future of Carmarthenshire Therapy Dogs and the recent funding.
Walking Well Carmarthenshire Project Development Opportunity (posted 13 June 2018)
Carmarthenshire 50+ are advertising for a Development Officer for their Walking Well project. Details click here.
Walking Well Carmarthenshire (WWC) is a project of the 50+ Forum. A small co-ordination team deals with day-to-day issues but this is insufficient to develop the project, hence the contract now on offer. The development work described is a pilot project funded by Public Heath Wales Primary Care Carmarthenshire (PHWPCC).
WWC aims to encourage as many people as possible in the County of Carmarthenshire to enjoy the benefits of walking in groups of like-minded people. It is well-known that there are significant physical, mental and social health benefits to be gained from such activity.
There are currently six groups in place around the county each run by volunteers – in St Clears, Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Llandeilo and two in Llanelli, one of which is a Wildlife Group that tends to travel across the County as well as holding walks in Llanelli itself. It is hoped that further groups will start soon, notably one based on a Family Centre in Llanelli – a development which is relevant to the project to be undertaken under this contract.
By March 2018, the six groups had recruited some 545 members and, during the year to that date, a total of 226 walks had been completed.
The new pilot project is now tasked with spreading this success by establishing family-friendly groups across the whole of the County, both in conjunction with existing Groups and in new places.
Heléna Herklots – new Older People’s Commissioner for Wales (posted 5 June 2018)
Deputy Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Kelly Davies, said:
“We welcome the announcement that Heléna Herklots will be the next Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.
“Having spent her career working tirelessly to improve the lives of older people and carers across the UK, Heléna brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, along with a fresh perspective on how the issues that affect the lives of older people in Wales can and should be addressed.
“We look forward to working with Heléna to continue to drive change for older people across Wales to ensure that they can live healthy, happy and independent lives and access the services and support they need as they grow older.
“I would also like to thank Sarah for everything she has done on behalf of older people as Commissioner during the past six years to change policy and practice, hold public bodies to account and ensure that the huge contribution that older people make to our lives in so many ways is recognised.
“Sarah’s hard work has made a real and meaningful difference to the lives of older people across Wales and we wish her all the very best for the future.”
Message from the Older People’s Commissioner (posted 31 May 2018)
As you may be aware my term of office as your Commissioner formally comes to an end on 1 June. It has been both a privilege and a pleasure to have represented you and other older people across Wales.
Thank you for everything you have shared with me, thank you for everything you have taught me and for all the support you have provided to my work. We have together achieved much, and I am positive that the new Commissioner will continue the work and be a strong champion for you.
Thank you for all the friendship you have given me, and I wish you all the very best for the future.
Sarah Rochira Older People’s Commissioner for Wales
50+ Annual Event at National Botanical Garden of Wales (posted 11th April 2018)
Note the date!
We will be hosting the annual 50+ event at the National Botanical Garden of Wales on Friday 14th of September, 2018.
Consultation on County Licensing Policy (Posted 11-04-2018)
Carmarthenshire County Council is currently undertaking a review of its Licensing Policy which outlines the Authority’s approach to licensing Premises, Clubs, Temporary Events and Personal Licences.
This is an opportunity for local residents, businesses, existing licence holders and their representatives to formally comment on the proposal and provide feedback to the Authority.
To assist respondents , we have created an online survey on the council’s website: http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/home/council-democracy/consultation-performance/current-consultations/licensing-policy-review-lammas-street-carmarthen/ The authority welcomes peoples’ views on not only the questions posed in the consultation, but also on any other issues arising out of the current statement of licensing policy and the implementation of the Licensing Act in Carmarthenshire.
Skills for Life and Well Being (posted 11 April 2018)
The Adlerian Society of Wales is offering a rolling programme of 4 or 8 week courses to improve your wellbeing, boost your confidence, self awareness and gain skills for life.
The courses are free of charge and the theme is IMPROVING RELATIONSHIPS @ HOME AND WORK
They are being run at two different centres
a) Haverfordwest Community Learning Centre off Dew Street, Haverfordwest, SA61 1ST on Fridays from 10-12pm. Sessions run from 4 May – 29 June 2018
b) Newcastle Emlyn Catholic Church Hall on Mondays from 6-8pm. Sessions run from 23 April 2018 – 25 June 2018
See the posters for details – Haverfordwest and Newcastle Emlyn
Rural Volunteering Project Launches (Posted 8th March 2018)
A NEW project has been launched to recruit volunteers and create more volunteering opportunities in rural Carmarthenshire. The Rural Volunteering Programme, which is being led by the Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS) aims to tackle a range of issues around volunteering in rural areas, including broadening the scope of opportunities, providing training for volunteers and promoting the health and wellbeing, social and community values of volunteering. The project will also reach out to more rural communities through its mobile volunteering unit.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s executive board member for communities and rural affairs, Cllr Cefin Campbell, said: “The benefits of volunteering are numerous. It can broaden horizons and skill sets for those volunteering and improving employability. Volunteers can also be a great asset to organisations and companies who recruit them. “This is a fantastic project to help our rural areas and we are delighted to be supporting it.”
The Rural Volunteering mobile unit has been exploring the Tywi area throughout February and will be visiting as many areas as possible: other areas to be visited throughout the year include Whitland and St Clears, Llanybydder, Newcastle Emlyn, Llandeilo and Llandovery, the Gwendraeth and Glanamman. A timetable for the project’s visits will be available at www.cavs.org.uk.
The project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP), which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. Rural volunteering officer Jamie Horton said: “We aim to reach as many rural communities as possible, no matter how remote, with the goal of encouraging volunteering and promoting volunteering opportunities across the area. “We are open to suggestions as to where we can visit – if individuals or groups would like us to visit their community, just let us know.” You can get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone – 01267 245555
You are also invited to complete an online questionnaire to help build a better picture of volunteering in the county. Visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ruralvolunteering
Goldies Cymru Sing-a-long Sessions (Posted 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.
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.
To read More
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.
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com ,
The directory is going to be a tool for all health and social care professionals. Help make Carmarthenshire the best place for community information.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org Or Jess O’ Donnell, SPICE project coordinator, 07397890429, email@example.com
‘We are happy to meet with you or your group and tell you all about DEWIS Cymru’.
03 January 2018 (Carmarthenshire Public Services Board)
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.