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Month: August 2017

Cymdeithas Gofal – Cui Bono?

REFRESHER In my previous post I wrote of Cymdeithas Gofal / Ceredigion Care Society, and its sister-outfit to the south, the Pembrokeshire Care Society, but I focused more on The Wallich. All three are involved in the homelessness business and are funded by the ‘Welsh’ Government and local authorities. Due to something niggling away inside the old Jac cranium, which prompted me to make more enquiries, I am returning to Cymdeithas Gofal. ◊ CYMDEITHAS GOFAL WHO’S WHO The homelessness that keeps Cymdeithas Gofal in business tends to be a consequence of behavioural and other issues like drug addiction and alcohol abuse, psychiatric problems, recently leaving prison, etc. And yet, when I looked at the directors of the company Cymdeithas Gofal and the trustees of the charity (the same as the company’s directors apart from one), I was struck by the fact that despite catering for people with problems requiring treatment, counselling and other help, I could see no one among the director-trustees with a medical – let alone a psychiatric – background, or any experience in probation or social work. In short, none of them seemed qualified to be dealing with the people they claimed to be ‘helping’. So who are these director-trustees, and what expertise do they bring to Cymdeithas Gofal? The first name we encounter is Guy Hamilton Evans, of whom more later. Which means we’ll start with the...

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Only 1 Week to Apply for the Sustain Wales Awards!

Only 1 Week to Apply for the Sustain Wales Awards! BY Cynnal Cymru IN Built Environment, Business, Climate Change, Communities, Creative Industries, Economy, Education, Future Generations, Governance, Health and well-being, Living Wage, Natural Environment, Resource Management With only one week left to apply for the Sustain Wales Awards, we’ve put together a few words of encouragement and advice from one of our judges, to help you create that Award-winning entry. As always we are looking for outstanding individuals, projects or initiatives that are helping to deliver the seven national goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, contributing to the environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability of life in Wales. Our 2016 winners had some truly inspirational stories to tell with applications coming in lots of different shapes and sizes. From Halen Môn’s approach to resource reduction and biodiversity enhancement to the collaborative ‘Healthy Hillsides’ project, tackling wildfires in the South Wales Valleys to Dŵr Cymru’s ambition to reduce it’s carbon emissions through initiatives like Rainscape. Top tips on Writing a Winning Application Cynnal Cymru Sustainability Consultant and judge, Rhodri Thomas, shares some of his top tops when writing your application: Tell us what you have you changed as a result of your actions. What has made a real difference to your organisation, environment or your community. Provide facts and figures to back up your application. This can include financial savings or carbon...

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Sam Coombes (Lewis)

National Theatre Wales & Common Wealth People have forgotten how to say ‘no’. That’s the problem in this country. We are allowed to say ‘no’. Port Talbot steelworks; site of one of the last heavy industries in Wales, and threatened with closure in 2015. The story made headlines around the world, and the Save Our Steel campaign was quick to respond, gathering a momentum that captured the spirit and uncertainty of our times. So what happens when we come together? What happens when we say ‘no’? In Port Talbot, leaders, workers and unions all said no. These people came together...

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Simon Nehan (Kevin) & Sam Coombes (Lewis)

National Theatre Wales & Common Wealth People have forgotten how to say ‘no’. That’s the problem in this country. We are allowed to say ‘no’. Port Talbot steelworks; site of one of the last heavy industries in Wales, and threatened with closure in 2015. The story made headlines around the world, and the Save Our Steel campaign was quick to respond, gathering a momentum that captured the spirit and uncertainty of our times. So what happens when we come together? What happens when we say ‘no’? In Port Talbot, leaders, workers and unions all said no. These people came together...

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Jason May (Rob), Sam Coombes (Lewis), Siôn Tudor Owen (Mark), Ioan Hefin (Adrian) & Simon Nehan (Kevin)

National Theatre Wales & Common Wealth People have forgotten how to say ‘no’. That’s the problem in this country. We are allowed to say ‘no’. Port Talbot steelworks; site of one of the last heavy industries in Wales, and threatened with closure in 2015. The story made headlines around the world, and the Save Our Steel campaign was quick to respond, gathering a momentum that captured the spirit and uncertainty of our times. So what happens when we come together? What happens when we say ‘no’? In Port Talbot, leaders, workers and unions all said no. These people came together...

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