Archive for the ‘Voluntary Sector’ Category

Disability Pride Cymru 2010

June 18, 2010


A few photos of the event in Cardiff Bay.  A great day for everyone who attended.


Independent Living NOW!

June 18, 2010

The Independent Living NOW! Campaign will run from April 2010 to March 2011 and provides an opportunity for all disabled people in Wales to make their voices heard ahead of the 2011 Welsh Assembly elections.The campaign was launched on 28 April 2010 at Future Inns, Cardiff Bay and has six main strategic aims:

· to raise awareness and understanding of what Independent Living means for disabled people in Wales

· to call for a National Strategy for Independent Living

to develop a Manifesto for Independent Living throughout the campaign to influence policy makers

· to collect disabled people’s stories to establish an evidence base for Independent Living in Wales

· to develop a stronger coalition of disabled people’s organisations and disability activists

· to develop stronger links to the wider Independent Living movement

The first ILN! Campaign Briefing was held in Porthmadog on 26 May 2010. Organised in partnership with Arfon Access Group and CIL De Gwynedd, who hosted the event, over 30 people attended the briefing and contributed their ideas to the development of our Manifesto for Independent Living.The next ILN! Campaign Briefing will be in Powys on 7 July. This event is being organised in partnership with Disability Powys and Dewis CIL. A flyer for the event can be accessed here.

Facebook group

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IL NOW Campaign logo

Disability Wales Independent Living Campaign

June 7, 2010


 Disability Wales Independent Living NOW! Campaign

 Mid Wales Campaign Briefing – a free event  

Wednesday 7th July 12.30pm – 3.30pm,

 starting with lunch

Llandewi Village Hall, Llandewi Ystradenni, Powys LD1 6SF

‘Independent Living enables us as disabled people to achieve our own goals and live our own lives in the way that we choose for ourselves’ (DW 2009)

 Disability Wales in partnership with Disability Powys and Dewis Centre for Independent Living invite disabled people & local organisations to attend a half day event to find out more about the Independent Living NOW! Campaign and how you can get involved.

The campaign was launched in Cardiff Bay on 28 April 2010 and will run through to March 2011. The campaign provides an opportunity for all disabled people in Wales to make their voices heard ahead of the next National Assembly Elections in May 2011. The campaign is calling for  the introduction of a National Strategy on Independent Living. An online petition has been started to support this on the National Assembly for Wales website. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!!

 During the campaign we are gathering disabled people’s experiences of Independent Living – both good and bad. Do you have experiences that you would like to share? Whether it relates to housing, transport, personal assistance, community care, employment, aids & equipment, advocacy…we are keen to listen and utilise your experiences to influence change in Wales.

For further information and to book a place please contact:

Disability Wales, Bridge House, Caerphilly Business Park, Van Road, Caerphilly CF83 3GW  Tel: 02920 887325  Email:


Challenging Discrimination Together – Open Up anti-discrimination conference

June 4, 2010

14 June 2010
Jury’s Inn, Birmingham

9.30 Registration
5:30 Close  

Mind’s Open Up project will be holding their anti-discrimination conference, Challenging Discrimination Together, in Birmingham this June, as part of their work within Time to Change.

The conference will provide a space for people with experience of mental distress to share their ideas for challenging discrimination and think of ways to take the anti-discrimination movement forward at grassroots level.

The day will feature lots of exciting and interactive content, including workshops, displays, performance, panel discussions, plus free cake and prizes!

Delegates will have the chance to:

  • Meet like-minded individuals who are passionate about speaking out against discrimination.
  • Hear from others who have run anti-discrimination projects and learn from their experiences.
  • Pick up practical skills to help you speak out against discrimination, for example filmmaking, basic web design, and how to fundraise.
  • Find out more about the work of Open Up, Mind and the Time to Change programme.

The conference is open to anyone with direct experience of mental distress interested in challenging mental health discrimination.

For a full run through of the day’s schedule, please click here.

We may not be able to offer a place to everyone who applies – but we welcome applications from people with direct experience of mental distress from all backgrounds and communities. We are particularly interested in hearing from groups who have experienced multiple discrimination.

Please note that this conference is only open to people with direct experience of mental distress. If you would like to apply for a travel bursary, please email us at :

Fees and registration

£75 – standard rate for people being funded by their organisation.
£40 – self-funded
FREE! – unwaged (£10 refundable deposit)

Full information about booking accomodation will be provided on registration.

Register online or email, or call us on               020 8215 2366         020 8215 2366 for a registration form.

Please note:  The Terms and Conditions stated in online registration are general to Mind conferences, and do not apply to this Open Up event. For up-to-date Terms and Conditions for the conference, please visit the Open Up website.

Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health – Policy Watch.

June 3, 2010

The June bulletin from the Sainsbury Centre contains the following information: 

ACPO guidance on police responses to people with mental ill health

The guidance Responding to people with mental ill health or learning disabilities has been developed for ACPO by the NPIA, drawing upon the expertise of health professionals, charities, third sector organisations and social care workers.

The press release, quoting Sean Duggan, our joint chief executive, should be available on the ACPO website, but it might be being archived in light of the recent election.


Other information available at the Sainsbury website can be reached through the following link:

Brief summaries of the information follow:

Equality Bill completes its passage through Parliament and becomes the Equality Act 2010

June 3, 2010

The Equality Bill passed through Parliament on 6th April 2010 and became an Act when it received Royal Assent on 8th April.

Various summaries and commentaries of the new legislation have been issued, including the following:

The main points of the new law are:

* A duty requiring the public sector to actively promote equality will be extended to cover LGB&T equality, with effect from April 2011, and applicable to all public sector organisations, including the NHS, schools, local councils, and the police.

* Lesbian, gay and bisexual people will be able to hold their civil partnership ceremonies in England and Wales on religious premises where the religious organisations wishes to host such events.

* Employers will be able to use positive action to select candidates from under-represented groups when people applying for a job have the same qualifications.

* Prohibition of the use of pre-employment healthcare questionnaires prior to a job offer.  This will remove a barrier to people living with HIV entering the workplace.

* Prohibition of private members’ clubs from discriminating against members or guests based on their sexual orientation or gender reassignment.

* Introduction of the concept of “dual discrimination”, where people can show they were discriminated because, for example, they are both a woman and a lesbian, or because they are gay and from an ethnic minority.

* Extension of trans rights, such as banning discrimination by schools on the grounds of gender reassignment. It also bans discrimination against people because they are mistakenly thought to be transsexual, or because they are connected with a transsexual person.

* Slight extension of the definition of gender reassignment, so that trans people who do not have medical treatment will be protected from discrimination, so long as they intend to transition, or have transitioned gender.

Published here with full acknowledgement to Proud Tameside for the content of this information.  If you wish to read the Act please follow this link:

If you would like to read more about the work of Proud Tameside please follow the following link:

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) Have Your Say events

June 3, 2010

Want to get your voice heard?
Have something to say on LGB issues?
Want service providers to listen to you?

Stonewall Cymru are holding evening regional LGB Have your Say events near you
Meet with service providers, including health, police, fire and rescue, county councils and more

FREE entry. FREE buffet.

Engagement sessions on: Health and social care, community safety, education, and workplace
Hear from Service providers on their work on LGB issues.

Email: to register for the event in your area, or for more information.

South West Wales – Hosted by
De Orllewin Cymru – Dan nawdd

Fire Authority Conference Room ,  Fire and Rescue,   Lime Grove Avenue, Carmarthen, SA31 1SP                  

Tuesday 22nd June,


Islamic Social Services Association

June 3, 2010

Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) Wales is a voluntary organisation which provides a number of services including counselling, befriending, advocacy and chaplaincy.

ISSA WALES will be hosting their first annual conference on Tuesday 29th June 2010, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm at Future Inn, Cardiff Bay. The title is
‘Islam, Muslims & Mental Health’.

I hope you will be able to join us. Please pass this message on to your contacts.

Yours Sincerely
Ameira Bahadur
Project Worker
62 Whitchurch Road,
CF14 3LX
Telephone: 02920 345294

Presentations…DVD…Interactive Workshops
Questions & Answers
Limited places available on a first come first served basis. Booking essential.
Cost: Organisations: £40 per person. £20 for individuals.
Refreshments and lunch included.
For a booking form or more info please email
Or contact us on 02920 345294

Time to Change campaign

February 15, 2009

Sainsbury Centre welcomes beginning of Time to Change campaign

21 January 2009

Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health today welcomed the national launch of the Time to Change campaign, led by the charities Mind and Rethink.

Sainsbury Centre chief executive Angela Greatley said: “Ignorance and prejudice about mental illness have far-reaching consequences. Discrimination, harassment and exclusion have for too long been everyday experiences for people with mental health problems.

“I am delighted that the Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief have invested in Time to Change. It gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to challenge the myths about mental illness and to enable those who are affected by it to live their lives free of discrimination.

“The scale of the challenge is immense. Only one person in five with a severe mental illness is in paid employment. And an estimated one million people with depression are out of work, often for a lack of basic support from their GP and their employer. This is a massive waste of potential.

“Time to Change is our best hope of demonstrating that people with mental health problems have as much to contribute to society, and deserve to be treated with as much respect, as anyone else.”

To look at the campaign site please click the following link:

First Ever All Wales LGB Research Project involving Mental Health

December 21, 2008

Dear Stonewall Cymru supporter,


In partnership with Mind Cymru, Hafal and Journeys, Stonewall Cymru are currently conducting the first ever all Wales research project into the views and needs of those who are lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) and have experiences of mental health issues. 


The survey is now online to fill in or alternatively you can be sent a copy in the post.


To find out more about the project and to fill in the survey in, please visit our website.


Many thanks,



Kind Regards


Megan Evans


Mental Health Project Administration Officer/Swyddog Gweinyddol Prosiect Iechyd Meddwl


Stonewall Cymru

Transport House

1 Cathedral Road/1 Heol y Gadeirlan


CF11 9SB


Phone/Ffôn: 02920 237744
Fax/Ffacs: 02920 237749