1. A shiny new logo and microsite for diversity and equality in Cardiff
This week, our creative team have been busy finishing off a shiny new logo and microsite for Equality City Cardiff.
Equality City Cardiff is a partnership between For Cardiff and Chwarae Teg, which seeks to embed diversity and equality into working practices across Cardiff. The new microsite serves as a hub for information on the initiative where employees can take the pledge on behalf of their own organisation. Find out more about Equality City Cardiff and the pledge at equalitycitycardiff.co.uk.
2. For people who don’t know where to go
Every year the Benefits Advice Shop must fight for funding to keep going. They’re not the kind of charity people tend to support, and yet they’re central to a community where levels of poverty are high, and people have nowhere to turn. It’s an organisation run by the community in response to a need within the community. The support they’ve received from Mab Gwalia will help residents in Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Abergele and Prestatyn to get much needed advice to understand their rights and entitlements, helping those most in need to support their families. This new film is part of a series we’ve created showcasing the 10 organisations Mab Gwalia has recently funded – find out more about Mab and join the movement at mabgwalia.wales.
3. Promoting a national rollout of communication aids for children
Through our work with the Welsh Government’s Talk With Me programme, which shares speech, language, and communication skills advice with parents of children aged between 0-5, we’ve been spotlighting initiatives which help little ones with their communication. Over the last few months, Talk With Me funding has enabled two Wales-wide initiatives which will benefit children who struggle with their speech and language. The projects involve the introduction of hundreds of symbol-based communication boards to community spaces and parks, as well as the creation of Welsh voices for children who use devices to assist them in speaking. Most recently, we’ve secured coverage in the South Wales Argus, Nation Cymru, West Wales Chronicle and the Rhyl Journal.
4. Llais looks for health and social care volunteers
We’re continuing to engage with all demographics and communities across Wales, to tell them all about how they can become involved with, and contribute to Llais, the new citizens’ body for health and social care in Wales.
You may have spotted the flyers, pharmacy bags, billboards and bus advertising, and this week we’ve been putting out a shout-out for people to volunteer with Llais, to share their experiences of health and social care in Wales, or to listen to others’ views, before feeding back to Llais.
There are lots of different volunteer options available and we’ve had support across the board from the editors of local and regional newspapers to recruit volunteers, including The Wrexham Leader, South Wales Echo, Western Mail, Brecon & Radnor Express, South Wales Argus and lots more.
5. The inspiring story behind a mum’s return to college as a mature learner
A few weeks ago, we told you about mum of two, Emma Hughes, whose battle with cancer inspired her to rethink what she wanted from life and motivated her to retrain for a career in the health sector. After a double mastectomy and having her ovaries removed, Emma – who didn’t have any qualifications – decided to join Coleg y Cymoedd as a mature learner, balancing her studies with her role as a carer for her disabled son. Just two years later and she’s now studying nursing at university – you can read her story on Wales Online and on the Mirror.