Community events and fundraising volunteers needed!!

Saturday 31 January 2015




Do you have a passion for events, are creative and love organising many activities within your local community, family or workplace? 

 Disability Can Do relies on people like you to help us keep our services running and to allow us to support disabled adults and their carers in the best way possible.

  We are currently looking for fundraising volunteers to:

  • Organise and take part in our fundraising events and activities
  • Organise fundraising collections
  • Gather a range of prizes which Disability Can Do can raffle or auction off at events

If you feel you could put your skills and enthusiasm to good use and volunteer then please get in touch on 01495 233555 or email

We’d love to hear from you!!



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Christmas Fayre at Can Do!

Tuesday 9 December 2014


christmas fayre poster

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Tu Fewn: Call for Disabled Artists

Friday 14 November 2014



Link to
Tu Fewn : Call for Disabled Artists


Tu Fewn is an exciting new project from DASH and Disability Arts Cymru.
Three commissions are available to UK and International disabled artists.
Ffotogallery: Commission to create a public-realm/digital cross platform artwork as part of the Diffusion Experience for Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography, 1-31 October 2015.
g39: An artist-curator will be commissioned to work with the g39 team for a 12 month period, responsible for devising one of g39’s 3-month seasons, comprising a main exhibition with associated projects / exhibition spaces, seminars and talks.
Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre: Commission for a disabled artist/maker to curate an exhibition as part of our “Maker to Curator” programme. The resulting exhibition will be presented at LGAC in January 2016.
To Apply:
Fill out the application form for each commission you wish to apply for, available from:
Application deadline for all commissions is 15.12.2014

Interviews will be held the week commencing 02.02.2015


Ffotogallery, Chapter, Market Rd, Cardiff, CF5 1QE
+44 29 2034 1667


Ffotogallery, Turner House, Plymouth Rd, Penarth CF64 3DH
+44 29 2070 8870

Gallery open Tues - Sat, 11am - 5pm



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Consultation on the Independent Living Fund in Wales

Thursday 30 October 2014



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:


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**NEW** Job Opportunities

Monday 29 September 2014





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:

And to feedback your comments, click here:

Deadline for responses is Friday 5 September 2014.

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Monday 1 September 2014




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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