Democracy Club’s polling station finder covers all areas of Wales for the 2022 elections. It’s also now available in Welsh, thanks to support from the Welsh Government.Click on Polling station finder and enter your postcode to find your nearest polling Station.
Welcome to your vote campaign – Thursday 10th March 2022
We’ve created a range of ‘Welcome to Your Vote’ campaign resources for local councils, charities and other organisations to engage with young people and qualifying foreign citizens in Scotland and Wales.
The resources are in a variety of formats, so you can choose the best option for your audience. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org
One Voice Wales – with assistance from Welsh Government – has published a video to promote and encourage individuals to stand for the local community and town council elections in May 2022. The video, is available here in Welsh and English:
English Home – One Voice Wales
- Raises awareness of the role and contribution community and town councillors make to society
- Shows how community and town councillors are well placed to know the priorities and needs of their local area and how councils can collaborate with local partners to achieve positive change
- Explains the importance of diversity in local government
- Explains the challenges councillors face and the support available to them e.g., through training programmes provided by One Voice Wales
- Outlines the skills, knowledge and experience gained through the role and their wider application in other aspects of life and employment, the exposure to a range of unfamiliar issues and a greater understanding of how local democracy works
- Explains that everyone has skills to bring to the role of Councillor from their daily life e.g. organisation, communication, problem solving etc.
RE: THE QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE BEACONS 2ND JUNE 2022
I would be extremely grateful if you would assist us in the following ways, especially as we only have four months to go before the ‘big day’. Councils still however have got ample time to become involved in this special tribute to our Queen Elizabeth, celebrating this unique moment in her reign and in her life too.
(1) Please be kind enough to send the attached to your members throughout Wales
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend Tart.
The Song for the Commonwealth.
The Guide to taking Part
(2) Would you please be kind enough to upload the attached on your websites as soon as possible please.
Your earliest assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Click to Download – Letter
Click to Download – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Tart
Click to Download – Calling all Commonwealth Choirs
|WPD’s Community Matters Fund £500,000 fuel poverty fund opens for grant applications|
We are Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distribution network operator for the South West, South Wales and the Midlands. This winter we are launching our new ‘Community Matters’ scheme, a half-a-million pound fuel poverty fund to help families heat their homes this winter.
Tackling fuel poverty is a crucial and immediate priority for us, and as a result, we are calling on local charities, councils and community groups across our network to apply for grants worth up to £10,000 in order to aid their fuel poverty support activities as we enter what will be a challenging winter for many. It is expected that more than 100 grassroots organisations, across our regions, will be supported via the scheme.
The announcement follows the successful ‘In This Together – Community Matters’ fund, which throughout the COVID-19 pandemic received fantastic support from many MPs and distributed funds to a wide range of charities and community organisations. Separately over the past two years, we have worked with partners to deliver £20 million of direct savings for over 40,000 customers struggling to pay their bills. The new scheme is the first phase of our annual £1 million community fund, which is provided entirely by the company’s shareholders.
To help guide applications, examples of the types of support we’d consider eligible for the fund are:
· Energy tariff/switching advice
· Energy efficiency guidance and products: Insulation installations, updating heating systems
· Grant/discount scheme advice
· Innovation/other to be detailed and impact clearly specified and demonstrated
Applications for the ‘Community Matters Fund’ are welcome from registered charities, community groups and councils within our distribution network area. The application form is available from our website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/community-matters-fund. We are welcoming applications up to £10,000 but no funding request is too small.
The closing date for submissions is Monday 22nd November 2021.
Look out for us on social media #WPDCommunityFund.
Updates on age-friendly communities for members of the Ageing Well in Wales network
Be an Age-Friendly Champion
Help us to make Wales a Wales a nation of age-friendly communities by becoming an Age-Friendly Champion and spreading the word about the Ageing Well Card.
The Ageing Well Cards contain simple messages that can be used to let people know that they might need a little help or support and are provided in a distinctive and practical travelcard wallet. They mean older people can maintain their independence and continue to do the things that matter to them.
Get in touch if you would like to help make sure the cards are widely recognised or if your organisation would like to become more age-friendly.
Did you know?
· One in three people in Wales will be over the age of 60 by 2025
· Over 65s spend around £1 in every £5 in the UK
· Up to £214 million in Pension Credit and other entitlements went unclaimed in Wales in 2016/17. If you think you or someone you know might be eligible, find out more at https://bit.ly/2LNfIhu or contact the Age UK advice line on 0800 678 1602
Making your community more age-friendly
We will soon be running 5 Age-Friendly Communities events across Wales:
· Welshpool Town Hall on the 18 September
· Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil on the 10 October
· Galeri Caernarfon on 16 October
· Letterston Memorial Hall on 23 October
· National Waterfront Museum, Swansea on 24 October
For more information, contact the Ageing Well team at email@example.com or on 03442 640 670.
Making a difference
Is there a cause or issue in your community that is important to you? The Older People’s Commissioner can support groups that include older people to plan and get started on any local campaign.
We can provide free practical advice to help you:
· Get the information you need
· Make your campaign stand out
· Reach the public and media
· Influence decision-makers
To find out more, or to book a session with your community group, please get in touch.
Have your say about the Wales you want
Our friends at the office of the Future Generations Commissioner are capturing stories, ideas and suggestions about what people want a future Wales to look like and would love to hear from you. You can take part in “Our Future Wales” online at https://bit.ly/2LAzopJ.
You can contact the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales at:
Mount Stuart Square
Cardiff CF10 5FL
Phone: 03442 640 670
The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has launched a Facebook page!
Here at the Commissioner’s office, we celebrate the fact that we are living longer, healthier lives and we understand the importance of adding life to years, not just years to life.
Hearing from older people about the things that matter to them most is vital in helping to guide and shape our work and we want to use Facebook as a platform to have an open and honest conversation with older people and stakeholders throughout Wales.
We want to hear from older people about what is working well, and what needs to be improved. We want older people to share their opinions about what it’s like growing older in Wales today and hear their ideas on the best ways to deliver change because by working together, we can help to make Wales the best place in the world to grow older.
If you would like to keep up to date with the Commissioner’s work, feel free to like, follow and share our page here
Good news for good causes
We know that fundraising is a constant effort for community groups throughout Powys. Loto Powys Lotto has been established to help local organisations and clubs raise much-needed funds. Working with Powys County Council, we have established this ethical lottery as an easy, fun and totally free way for good causes create sustainable, year-round income.
It would be amazing if you could tell the good causes in your area about this opportunity. If you have a parish newsletter, website, social media or other communication methods, Please spread the word about this funding for local groups. Examples of good causes:
Lotto Powys Lotto can help groups raise over £500 a year with just 20 ticket sales a week. There’s no risk, no cost and no administration.
How Do Groups Sign-Up?
Step 1: Go to https://www.powyslotto.com/good-causes/apply and register the organisation
For more info check out our factsheet containing some Frequently Asked Questions. Feel free to share this with local groups.
Happy To Help
The kiosk situated in the Village in which the defibrillator was housed in before it was stolen is now empty and is crying out to be used
If anyone has any suggestions on what the kiosk can be used for or be made use of please let us know.
Contact: Delyth on 070971 160396 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Carers Allowance is the lowest benefit of its kind at £64.60 per week. It is the main benefit for people caring unpaid for family or friends. We want to see Carer’s Allowance significantly increased for all carers in the UK.
In Scotland, Carer’s Allowance is going up by £8.50 per week, to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance. In the short term we want Carer’s Allowance in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be raised by at least £8.50, to match the changes being made in Scotland.
Carers UK is sending a letter on behalf of the 6.5 million carers in the UK to Secretary of State, Esther McVey, calling for Carer’s Allowance to be raised to the level of Jobseeker’s Allowance
Please add your signature to this petition, you do not have to be a carer, just to care and it only takes a few minutes.
Disposable plastics tax in February 2018
The Welsh Government is always looking for ways to improve delivery of our environmental objectives, and announced our continued consideration of a disposable plastics tax in February 2018. There has been considerable interest in, and support for, a tax on disposable plastics in Wales.
As you may be aware, the Chancellor launched a call for evidence on 13 March to examine how charges or changes to the tax system could tackle the problems associated with single-use plastic waste. We are pleased that HM Treasury are considering this at a UK level and have had constructive discussions with the UK Government that Wales will be fully involved in this process. This includes ensuring we will be able to view responses, contribute to the analysis of the call for evidence and share Welsh views on the development of policy options. Welsh Treasury and Environment colleagues are working closely together and we are committed to both working with the UK Government and continuing to work on a standalone disposable plastics tax for Wales. This remains an option for Wales, seeking to ensure that new taxes meet Welsh needs either alone or alongside the UK Government.
We are writing to you as a Welsh stakeholder to ensure you are aware of the call for evidence and to provide reassurance that any contribution will be considered from a devolved perspective.
The call for evidence looks across the lifecycle of single-use plastics to examine how the tax system or charges could reduce waste. The document is available here: “Tackling the plastic problem: Using the tax system or charges to address single-use plastic waste”.
The deadline for responses to this call for evidence is 18 May 2018 and they should be sent to ETTanswers@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk.
UK Treasury are keen to share this information-gathering exercise to anyone with an interest in single-use plastics. Please forward this email to anyone else who might be interested. Any questions about the kind of information that UK Treasury are looking for or about the process as a whole, please contact UK Treasury on the email address provided above.
Should you have any other queries, please contact us on the Welsh Treasury mailbox.
Trysorlys Cymru / Welsh Treasury
Road Maintenance in Llandefalle, Llanfilo & Felinfach
If anyone has any problem with Road Maintenance near them, please contact PCC Highways Dept. 01874 620500 or contact Delyth
email email@example.com or ring 07971 160396
SP Energy Networks are working with the Energy Networks Association on a new campaign around the dangers that overhead power lines present to people working in the agricultural sector. We would really value your support in disseminating information to your local community and general contacts.
On average, one farm worker dies each year as a result of contact with an overhead power line, and many people are simply unaware of the dangers. If machinery or equipment touches an overhead power line, electricity can pass through to reach the earth – leaving people at risk of serious injury or death. Electricity can also jump across gaps, so even getting too close to power lines can be dangerous.
We’re urging as many people as possible to be aware of, and to follow, some simple safety tips. A new film has been created to do just that, which you can view here http://www.energynetworks.org/electricity/she/safety/safety-advice/overhead-power-lines-safety-campaign.html
We’ve also prepared a stakeholder toolkit http://www.energynetworks.org/electricity/she/safety/safety-advice/overhead-power-lines-safety-campaign.html to help you share information simply and easily. You can get involved in a number of ways using the copy and images provided:
A spotlight on tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people
EnvisAGE is a discussion journal edited by Age Cymru. It aims to explore issues affecting older people, stimulate discussion and share good practice.
In editions of EnvisAGE, we shine a spotlight on tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. We look at the reasons for loneliness, and explore a broad range of possible approaches to reducing it to improve well being and quality of life.
Featured articles include:
· No one should have no one – older people’s experiences of loneliness
· Loneliness in later life: what are the risk factors?
· Combatting loneliness amongst older people- prioritise and mobilise!
· The Men’s Sheds movement in Wales – an insight from the Squirrel’s Nest
· OlympAGE Games provides a festival of fun sporting activities for older people
· Gwanwyn clubs: ‘…and now for something completely different!’
· Reducing loneliness and social isolation in older people? The role of the third sector and public policy in Wales
· It’s going to take a new kind of village: addressing loneliness in an ageing population
Sadly, at the beginning of December 2017, the Chair of Age Cymru’s Board of Trustees, Meirion Hughes, passed away following a brief illness. As a member of the EnvisAGE editorial board, Meirion made a significant contribution to the success of the journal. We therefore dedicate this edition of EnvisAGE to his lasting memory.
If you would like more information about EnvisAGE please visit http://bit.ly/EnvisAGE or contact Dr Ceri Cryer firstname.lastname@example.org