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Consultation on the Independent Living Fund in Wales

Thursday 30 October 2014

 

INDEPENDENT LIVING FUND CLOSES NEXT YEAR!

What is the situation in Wales ? What might happen ?

The UK Government issued on 6 March this year a Written Statement in Parliament that the ILF will close on the 30 June next year. At that time responsibility and the funding for meeting the care and support needs of ILF recipients in Wales will transfer from the UK Government to the Welsh Government. It is then a matter for Welsh Ministers to determine how those needs should be met from that time.

To help Welsh Government decide how best to provide support in future they want to hear from you. They have issued a public consultation seeking your views on what arrangements you want the Welsh Government to make in future for people who get help from the ILF.

 

The consultation paper includes 4 options. These are:

Option 1: setting up something similar to the ILF in Wales;

Option 2: setting up a national independent living scheme in Wales;

Option 3: transferring responsibility and funding to local authorities in Wales through their normal funding mechanism

Option 4: transferring responsibility and funding to local authorities in Wales via a special grant with conditions set by the Welsh Government.

The consultation explains more about these

 

The consultation webpage can be accessed here:

http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/healthsocialcare/fund/?skip=1&lang=en

 

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**NEW** Job Opportunities

Monday 29 September 2014

 

 

EXCITING NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES!

 

The Disability Can Do Organisation is seeking to recruit the following posts to deliver Citizen Advocacy Services for Disabled Adults and Carers across Caerphilly County Borough:

Citizen Advocacy Services Manager (full time, 35 hrs per week, salary £26,539) Citizen Advocacy Assistant (part time, 30 hrs per week £17,505 pro rata, £15,005 actual)


All posts are subject to DBS check.


All posts are offered on a conditional basis until satisfactory completion of a 6 month probationary period.   Contract length – 3 years, with further continuation subject to funding.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon, Friday 17th October 2014.

 

We cannot accept emailed applications. 

Please return a hard copy of application form to:-
Recruitment, The Disability Can Do Organisation, Disability Can Do Centre,
1 Bryn Lane, Pontllanfraith, Blackwood, NP12 2PG

 

 

Mae’r Mudiad ‘Disability Can Do’ yn awyddus i recriwtio’r swyddi canlynol er mwyn darparugwasanaethau eiriolaeth dinasyddion ar gyfer Oedolion a Gofalwyr Anabl ar draws Bwrdeistref Sirol Caerffili.


Dinesydd rheolwr gwasanaethau eiriolaeth  (llawn amser, 35 awr yr wythnos, cyflog £26,804)Cynorthwyydd eiriolaeth dinasyddion(rhan amser, 30 awr yr wythnos, cyflog £17,505 pro rata, £15,005 gwirioneddol)

Mae’r swyddi i gyd yn ddibynnol ar wiriad DBS.

Cynigir pob swydd ar sail amodol hyd nes cwblhau cyfnod prawf boddhaol o 6 mis.Cyfnod cytundeb - 3 blynedd, gyda pharhad pellach yn ddibynnol ar gyllid. 

 Dyddiad cau ar gyfer ceisiadau yw 12pm canol dydd, Dydd Gwener Hydref 17fed 2014.

 

See below for Job Descriptions & Job Application Form

   Word 2007 and Later

   Word 97 - 2003

 

If you should require the above documents in any other format, please contact Mrs Helen Williams on 01495 233555.

 

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Remploy Success

Thursday 25 September 2014

 

Remploy Success

 

In this calendar month Disability Can Do has seen the conclusion of the Remploy Employability Project! After 18 months of hard work on behalf of both staff and participants, successes achieved by all involved was celebrated in style during a presentation ceremony held at the new Can Do Centre.

The project, funded by the Office of Disability Issues, was introduced in March 2013 to help support individuals made redundant from the Remploy Packaging & Print factory located in Croespenmaen. By providing a tailored employability package of CV support, assistance in applying to work vacancies and free accredited training, the project has been successful in helping 83% of project participants to take the next step in their career path.

Led by project leader Julie Charles, the project has provided all the tools needed for participants to regain confidence and enter the workplace afresh with nationally recognised qualifications and a host of skills that will assist them in their professional lives. Over the project duration, participants had access to training such as Emergency First Aid at work, Asbestos awareness and Manual Handling refreshers with other sessions aimed at improving interview techniques, motivation and other soft skills such as time management.

During the closing ceremony, participants were at hand to celebrate the successful outcomes that have been achieved over the last year and a half and were encouraged to review their journey from initial redundancy to the present. Speaking on behalf of the organisation, Chairman Roger Bevan announced his pleasure at such great results arising from the project and that participants should “be very proud” of every achievement. Several participants were keen to continue their involvement at Disability can do by enrolling on our volunteering program and have greatly contributed to the fundraising events over the summer period.

Staff and Trustees would like to give a big thank you to training providers “Rights for Us” and Joanne Tarling for helping to make this project so successful and to say good luck to all project participants for the future!

               

Roger Bevan, Chairman, presents flowers to project leader Julie Charles. Lindsey Lewis (Left), project participant and volunteer has recently obtained employment with Valley View Care Home.

 

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Official Opening of the Can Do Centre

Wednesday 24 September 2014

 

After many months of hard work and patience, we are proud to announce that our new premises are officially opened for business!  As of September our new premises at Bryn Lane, Pontllanfraith will provide the much needed facilities for our current services and will allow room for expansion in the years to come.

The premises known now as “The Can Do Centre” officially opened at this year’s Annual General meeting and was attended by senior council leaders including Mayor elect Cllr David Carter and Equalities champion Cllr James Pritchard. A wide selection of stakeholders were on hand to formally open the centre that will provide office space for all of Can Do’s current services and activity. This included staff, trustees, volunteers, service users aswell as partner organisations who have developed close working relationships with the organisation.

Chairman Roger Bevan presided over the afternoon and offered a warm welcome to everyone before handing over the honour of unveiling the sign to Honorary President Margaret Veater M.B.E.

Margaret has been heavily involved in the disabled people’s movement and campaign for equality since its inception during the 1980’s and during the ceremony spoke of how encouraging it was that the “Can Do” spirit had continued and prospered in the subsequent years.

Cllr. Pritchard, who recently experienced the issues faced by disabled residents from Caerphilly by spending a working week using a wheelchair, was also on hand to provide the donation monies he collected while addressing this community problem. He also expressed his pleasure at seeing the work completed by organisations such as Can Do who seek to provide a positive impact on peoples lives and change things for the betterment of those with disabilities.


 

 

 

 

 

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Independent Review of PIP

Wednesday 3 September 2014

 

 

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: first independent review call for evidence

The Department for Work and Pensions has appointed Paul Gray CB to undertake the first independent review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment. This is the first independent review as required by Section 89 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

The review includes all stages of the PIP process – from making a claim, the face to face consultation, the daily living and mobility criteria and getting a decision.

This call for evidence is one of several methods used to gather information during the review. Paul Gray will use evidence from this review to inform his report to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which will be laid before Parliament before the end of 2014.

More information on the review can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/personal-independence-payment-pip-assessment-first-independent-review

And to feedback your comments, click here: http://survey.dwp.gov.uk//index.php?sid=63591&lang=en

Deadline for responses is Friday 5 September 2014.

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*NEW* - ADVOCACY SERVICE FUNDING

Monday 1 September 2014

 

 

THE CAN DO ADVOCACY SERVICE

Disability Can Do is proud to announce the introduction of a brand new advocacy service funded by the Big Lottery’s People and Places Programme. This grant has awarded the sum of £571, 252 for a three year project and will expand our current advocacy provision by offering further support to adults with disabilities. In addition to providing independent advocacy, this project will see the introduction of a volunteer-led citizen advocacy service which will offer one to one, longer term support for service users. The service will also provide an in-patient advocacy service based at Ysbty Ystrad Fawr in Ystrad Mynach as well as  non-instructed advocacy support for people with limited or no capacity.

The project, launching in January 2015, will follow the conclusion of our current advocacy project and will be delivered by an Independent Advocacy Manager, a Citizen Advocacy Manager and two assistants. The project also promises to bring a significant number of exciting volunteer opportunities which will be made available to local residents who are looking to support us in our work.

More information to follow.

 

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Weeky News Update

Friday 22 August 2014

 

 

Disability News Service - Weekly updates

Disability News Service (DNS) is run by John Pring, an experienced journalist who has been reporting on disability issues for nearly 20 years.

He launched DNS in April 2009 to address the absence of in-depth reporting in both the specialist and mainstream media on issues that affect the lives of disabled people.

The news service focuses on issues such as discrimination, equality, independent living, benefits, poverty and human rights, but also covers arts, culture and sport.

To see the latest news please click on the link below:

http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2014/08/news-round-up-week-ending-8-august-2014

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Race Night 2014

Monday 11 August 2014

Race Night 

Good evening and welcome punters! You are cordially invited to the first Disability Can Do Race Night on 14th November @ 7pm! Join your fellow gamblers for some fun at the races as we host a night of winners, losers and money makers. With plenty of prizes to be won and refreshments provided this is an event that promises to bring excitement and tension in equal measure.

Tickets for the night will be available in the near future and we are still looking for individuals to donate a raffle prizes! If you are a local business who would like to get involved, either by donating a prize or sponsoring a horse then we would love to speak to you! 

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Fundraising News

Wednesday 6 August 2014

 

These past few weeks has seen Disability Can Do enter full swing fundraising mode! Donning our yellow t-shirts and appearing at all major summer events, we have been taking our knack for fun and fundraising into and across the Caerphilly Borough.

A big thank you goes out to all involved and those who have dedicated their free time to make the innovative and crowd pleasing activities used at the events. These have included the very popular “Play your cards right” (see below), Tombola, Lucky Dip and the sales of the fashionable “Loom Bands”! This this has raised an impressive £1453 so far and we aren’t even halfway through the summer schedule!

So if you fancy your luck then step right up and come and see us at our remaining events! We have plenty of prizes to be won and are always on hand to offer information about our services. Just look for our logo and the bright yellow tops!

michelle big cheese   Lana demonstrating play your cards right game

You can find us here:

Ael Y Bryn Family Fun Day: 7th August
The Bedwellty Show: 16th August
Barking Mad Dog Show: 26th August

And later on this year…

Can Do Sponsored Walk: 20th September

 

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