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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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Trade union and co-working cooperative pledge to give power to the self-employed

The trade union, Community and indycube, a co-working social enterprise running a network of low cost desk space to independent and self-employed workers, have launched a new partnership to provide a comprehensive package of services and benefits for independent and self-employed workers across the UK. The new partnership is the first of its kind in trade union history and will offer attractive, bespoke services for the estimated 5 million self-employed workers in the UK. The partnership is the product of months of work by indycube and Community, in the knowledge that trade unions are currently simply not equipped to meet the specific needs of the growing numbers of independent and self-employed workers. The new platform, branded as ‘indycube Community’, offers all the best parts of Community’s traditional trade union support, such as expert legal advice and representation, but with additional specialist support on matters such as contract disputes, copyright law, intellectual property, and shareholder agreements, as well as many other areas relevant to self-employed workers. indycube Community will also offer business advice for starts up and freelancers, covering everything from invoicing and tax returns, to insurance and health & safety. One major additional benefit indycube Community will deliver for self-employed workers is a comprehensive invoice factoring service, to end the scourge of late payments and cash flow crises. Late payments currently leave UK small businesses and freelancers £26 billion...

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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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Governing Body meeting – Sept 13-14

Church members from across Wales will gather for a two-day meeting in Lampeter next month and will be among the first to be addressed by the new Archbishop of Wales. The Church’s Governing Body meeting takes place just a week after the election of the new Archbishop who will also be the President of the decision-making arm of the Church. The election follows the retirement of Dr Barry Morgan in January after 14 years as Archbishop of Wales and President of the Governing Body. The newly-elected Archbishop is expected to give a Presidential address to the Governing Body’s 144 members at the start of its meeting at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, on September 13. Other items on the agenda include: Climate change – a motion calling for the Church to promote eco-churches and dioceses through an award scheme; Armed Forces Covenant – a motion to endorse the Covenant to provide pastoral and spiritual support for military personnel and their families; Welsh language – a report from a conference examining the use of Welsh in ministry; 2020 Vision strategy – a report from a conference looking at the impact of Ministry Areas – the new ‘super parishes’. Agenda and reports You can follow proceedings via Twitter @ChurchinWales  #govbody Archbishop of Wales...

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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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