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Children and Young People’s Participation in Wales… Good Practice 2016



Participation is listening to and collaborating with children and young people as active citizens with an important contribution to make to their schools, communities and nation.

We are clear the participation of children and young people is key in the development and delivery of our legislation, policies and programmes. It is our full intention to continue to ensure children and young people have an active voice in the workings of this Government.

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 puts the effective involvement of people and communities at the heart of improving well-being, as well as being one of the five ways of working set out in the Act.

The basis for having a voice is found in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which sets out the right for children and young people to have a say in what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

Core Aim 5

We have adopted the UNCRC as the basis of all our work for children and young people in Wales and the articles of the UNCRC have been summarised in the Seven Core Aims for children and young people. Core Aim 5 requires that all children and young people are listened to, treated with respect and have their race and cultural identity recognised.

National Participation Standards

Children in Wales are funded by Welsh Government to be a centre of excellence for children’s rights and recently they have updated the National Standards for Participation to reflect the rights based ethos that is integral to working with children and young people. The National Participation Standards are a guide on the best and most meaningful ways of listening and responding to the voices of children and young people, in line with Article 12 of the UNCRC.

The Standards have been refreshed by a partnership between Youth Forum workers and Young Wales, informed by consultations with young people.

The Participation Standards identify the key issues that all workers should be aware of when working with children and young people in Wales. The working group that undertook the work, reviewed each of the seven standards and ensured that each one reflected the rights based ethos that is integral to working with children and young people.

The launch of the refreshed standards will be followed up with revised guidance on the kite-marking process and the self-assessment tools, for use in Local Authorities, who have an inspection team. Organisations who work with children and young people will be encouraged to undertake the self assessment process to demonstrate they the meet the Participation Standards in all their work with children and young people.

Young Wales

The Welsh Government provides funding for the Young Wales project, facilitated by Children in Wales, an umbrella organisation for children’s rights.

Young Wales works with existing youth groups, forums and councils to gather the collective voice of children and young people to influence legislation, policies and programmes.

It also uses social media in order to reach children and young people who are marginalised, shy, disadvantaged, unconfident, or secluded, enabling them to also have a voice.

This guide is for anyone who works with or for children and young people including local authorities, schools, national, local and voluntary organisations; who are concerned with children and young people’s policy and provision, families and the community.

For more information please refer to the document below:








Wales & West Utilities – your gas distribution network – is holding a series of workshops where we will be asking our key stakeholders to give their views on our business priorities. Topics for discussion will include (but not be limited to):

Attendees will include representatives of business and industry groups; parish, community and local councils; housing associations; charities; energy suppliers and major users; developers; and environmental groups.  As a valued stakeholder of Wales & West Utilities, we sincerely hope you are able to join us at one of the following locations.


Exeter:    Sandy Park Rugby Stadium, Sandy Park Way, Exeter EX2 7NN

9th May 2017

Llandudno:    Venue Cymru, The Promenade, Penrhyn Crescent, Llandudno LL30 1BB

17th May 2017

 The stakeholder workshops will include short presentations from senior personnel at Wales & West Utilities, followed by round table discussions to give you an opportunity to give your thoughts on our priorities and shape our plans moving forward.

The schedule for the day is:

Registration from 9.30am

Workshops from 10am – 1:15pm

Lunch served from 1:15pm – 2pm

Optional “surgeries” from 2pm – 3pm


Please can you confirm your attendance by emailing contact@wwuworkshops.co.uk, clearly stating in the subject heading which event you would like to attend. Alternatively, please call Annabelle Loveday 020 3397 2414. Please also tell us if you have any specific dietary requirements.


Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 – Scheme Windows


Forest PlanningCo-operative Forest Planning Scheme

Expression of Interest Window closes 30 April 2017.

Encouraging planning for the creation of broadleaved and conifer woodland.



Glastir Woodland CreationGlastir Woodland

Expression of Interest Window closes 1 May 2017.

The Glastir Woodland Creation scheme provides financial support for new planting.   Financial support is also available for planting trees in areas that continue to be grazed as part of an  Agroforestry system i.e combining agriculture and forestry.


Timber Business Investment SchemeTimber Business

Expression of Interest Window closes 28 April 2017.

Enhancing forestry potential and adding value to forest products.



North Wales Discrimination Advice Service


Comic Relief’s Community Cash Grants Programmes open across the UK

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Comic Relief’s Community Cash Grants Programmes open across the UK

Comic Relief and Community Foundations across the UK are working together to distribute Comic Relief Community Cash funds to small groups working with vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. The funding is available to support community groups that are undertaking work that helps people of all ages feel more included in their community, builds their skills, and increases their sense of achievement.

Small local groups with an income of less than £100,000 that are run by local people and that are working in a disadvantaged or deprived area can apply.

This includes:

Groups which have been established for less than 12 months are eligible to apply.
Grants of up between £500 and £1,000 are available and could be used to fund the following sorts of activities:

Full details can be found on the Community Foundation in Wales website.
The closing date for applications is 28 April 2017.

Turn2us Intermediary workshops

Turn2us Workshops


If you are a staff member or volunteer offering frontline advice, support or information to people in financial need, join us for a free 3 hour workshop and learn how to use:

With these easy-to-use web tools you will be able to help people access benefits, grants and other forms of financial help.

For more information on workshops, go to: http://bit.ly/2p8QeOc

For more information about Turn2us, go to: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/


Liverpool  25/04/2017 09:30 12:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone  Register
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Charities: Rules and Guidance for Political Campaigning

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Campaigning rules and guidance 

The period between the end of the last Parliamentary term and the formation of a new government is known as purdah and means that civil servants and public bodies, including the Charity Commission, have to be careful about publishing anything that could be considered politically sensitive.   Under the Lobbying Act charities which are registered with the Electoral Commission will have to start reporting their activity. However, the Charities Aid Foundation has expressed concern that the Lobbying Act may deter charities from any commenting on political and social issues in the run up to the General Election.

John Low, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said: “Since last year’s EU referendum, people across the country are becoming increasingly active in political and social issues. There is a growing appetite to make a difference and many see charities as a way to achieve that “As we head into a General Election, there is a real danger that the Lobbying Act may deter charities from fulfilling this fundamental role which is central to our democracy. “While not engaging with party politics, it is both legitimate and vital for charities to influence government and opposition policies on behalf of their beneficiaries.

The Charity Commission has produced specific guidance for charities campaigning during the run-up to the election. Additionally the principles outlined in CC9 Speaking out: Guidance on campaigning and political activities by charities still apply during the period.

Charities, elections and referendums advises every charity to “steer clear of explicitly comparing its views (favourably or otherwise) with those of political parties or candidates”.

– See more at: https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/charity-leaders-say-sector-must-be-involved-after-snap-election-announced.html?utm_source=Civil+Society+News+List&utm_campaign=e0c4c449ce-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_26f393b813-e0c4c449ce-86521725#sthash.tUYYKLOq.dpuf

Comic Relief initiatives open #iwill Youth Social Action Fund



#iwill Youth Social Action Fund





Comic Relief are inviting proposals which effectively build relationships with young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old from disadvantaged backgrounds who do not currently participate in youth social action in their own community and which engage those young people in creative and meaningful youth social action. 

About the initiative

Last year 42% of 10-20 year olds took part in meaningful youth social action like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, spreading positive ripples around communities across the UK. For people taking part, youth social action creates opportunities to learn, be recognised for their contributions, and improve networks between peers and communities. There is also evidence that it may help with employability of young people. Yet there is still a gap in the level of youth social action undertaken by young people from less affluent backgrounds.

Comic Relief has partnered with the #iwill campaign, match funding to create a £2.4m pot to target young people from less affluent backgrounds not taking part in youth social action. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have each invested £20 million to support young people access high quality social action opportunities.

Co-produced with young people, and championing peer to peer engagement and the importance of trust building, this scheme will fund projects to seek out young people where they are, and encourage those from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action. This cohort has been identified through #iwill analysis of youth social action, creating the term ‘reluctant’ young people. 

The criteria for the grants will be:

Activity funded under this programme will reflect the Step Up To Serve 6 Shared Principles of quality social action, to be: challenging, youth-led, socially impactful, progressive, embedded and reflective.

Youth social action can include any activities around campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which can create a double benefit for communities and the young person themselves.  

We are keen to fund projects that will work with young people in areas of high need and deprivation, and where there are minimal services or activities available for young people. We would expect applicants to demonstrate the need of the young people they will work with, based on indices of deprivation, unemployment and other measures as they see fit.

 Engaging the ‘reluctant’ young people

Successful projects will be expected to demonstrate they understand and have a track record of successfully engaging this cohort through a range of activity:

Types of projects and youth social action activity

Youth social action should be youth led, but the young people who helped us co-develop this initiative were most interested in activity focusing on the following areas:

Types of activity they proposed could sit under these topics fell into three areas, which may apply across all topics, or just one:

Young people expected youth social action to be developed, led, and managed by young people, and suggested activities including the following: Young people developing a local music festival with a focus on raising awareness of youth mental health or youth homelessness. The core group of young people would be involved in fund raising for the event and securing sponsorship, organising the event, volunteering, researching the social issue. This was seen as an ambitious but exciting and innovative idea which, if targeted effectively, would attract a range of young people.

Successful applications would reflect the innovative and exciting ideas young people think would be most likely to attract and engage the ‘reluctant’ young people, though we would not expect applications to show an exact replica of the ideas reference above.


Funding available

Funding is available for grants of between £20,000 to £50,000 per year for up to three years (with a maximum of £150,000 in total). We would expect to see a range of applicant sizes, so projects are strongly encouraged to apply for funding proportionate to their size and structure.  We expect to make 15-30 grants in total. Of the total amount available £400,000 is available for grants in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Organisations applying to this initiative must meet Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements. Please read our FAQs (link) and Grant-making policies (link). In addition we will prioritise organisations that: 

 Key dates and process

The application process will be will a one stage process and we will be open for proposals from 10th April to midday on 12th May 2017. In the proposal form we will request a short (max three mins) film on the project.

Once we receive your proposal, we’ll initially check whether your organisation and proposal are eligible for funding under this initiative and then shortlist the strongest proposals to go through for a full assessment. Young people who have co-developed the grants initiative to this stage will help with the shortlisting process. We’ll aim to notify all applicants of our decisions at this stage in June 2017. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage, we’ll be unable to provide any additional feedback due to our limited resources. Assessments on the proposals which pass this stage will take place over June and July 2017 and final decisions will be made by our Grants Committee and Trustees. We also expect that young people will conduct interviews on youth leadership during the assessment process.

We aim to inform all applicants of the final decision in early October 2017. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage we’ll write to you explaining the reasons why and may offer further feedback by phone.

Relevant documents/links on www.comicrelief.com      https://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives

Comic Relief open HIV in the UK: Think Digital Fund



 HIV in the UK: Think Digital





Comic Relief are inviting applications to create, adapt, scale up or roll out digital solutions to respond to HIV in the UK. 

About the initiative

More than 30 years on from the start of the AIDS epidemic in the UK, the landscape is unrecognisable from that of the 1980s. The availability of effective HIV treatment means people living with HIV can lead a long and healthy life. However, there are now more people living with HIV in the UK than ever before. In 2015 an estimated 101,200 people were living with HIV in the UK, and of these, 13,000 did not know about their HIV infection. Many people receive a late diagnosis, meaning they start treatment later which affects life expectancy and increases complications; stigma and discrimination continue to be a major challenge in the UK.

This initiative will support organisations who are using technology in innovative and inspiring ways to respond to the ever-changing HIV landscape in the UK.

Proposals are particularly welcome which aim to address the following priorities:

The technological responses can include digital solutions for sector practitioners and those which make services work more effectively behind the scenes, as well as those for people living with HIV or those at highest risk of contracting HIV. We’ll support simple and low tech solutions such as videos, sms messaging and social media as long they make the best use of people’s current digital behaviour and not primarily face to face working.

A wide range of digital innovations will be considered and our aim is to fund projects that:

Applicants must be able to demonstrate they follow best practice in digital design and development – see https://www.gov.uk/design-principles

 Funding available

In order to encourage organisations to innovate and respond to the challenges present in the HIV sector, we have partnered with the MAC AIDS fund. We anticipate making up to 10 grants from a total fund of £450,000.


Organisations or partnerships applying to this initiative must meet Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements. In addition:

Please review our grant making policies and FAQs for details of our eligibility criteria for all organisations applying to Comic Relief for funding (see links below).

Key dates and process

We will be open for proposals from 10th April 2017 to midday on 19th May 2017. As part of your application you will need to produce a short video (max 3 minutes) outlining your project idea. This should be published on a public site such as YouTube or Vimeo without being password protected and a hyperlink given within the application form. Note: that the rest of the application form will not be made publicly available, and you can remove or protect the content after 15th August.

Once we receive your proposal, we will initially check whether your organisation and proposal are eligible for funding under this initiative and then shortlist the strongest proposals to go through for a full assessment. We will aim to notify all applicants of our decisions at this stage by the end of June. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage, we will be unable to provide any additional feedback due to our limited resources. Assessments of the shortlisted proposals will take place during July 2017 and final decisions will be made by our Grants Committee and Trustees. We aim to inform all applicants of the final decision in early October 2017. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage we will offer further feedback by phone.

Relevant documents/links on www.comicrelief.com


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Annual Open Day



Saturday 6 May 2017, 10am-1pm – Main Reception, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Thomas Drive, Liverpool, L14 3PE.

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital is holding its Annual Open Day, offering an opportunity to visit the hospital, see behind the scenes and get a range of health and lifestyle advice.

Everyone is welcome at our free public event including colleagues, patients, families and carers.



The event includes:

To book your place on the Open Day or for further information, contact the LHCH Membership Office at membership.office@lhch.nhs.uk or call 0151 600 1410. Places on the tours are limited and must be booked when you arrive on a first come, first served basis


Michael Sheen joins WCVA as new President


WCVA is thrilled to announce that one of Wales’ leading actors and campaigners for social justice has joined the organisation as its President.

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Michael Sheen OBE with WCVA Chief Executive Ruth Marks

Michael Sheen OBE has accepted the role of honorary President of WCVA and will play an important part in the public work of the lead national body for the third sector in Wales.

WCVA last year undertook a strategic review of its work, and following consultation with its members and partners, produced a vision for the third sector and volunteering to thrive and improve well-being for all.

Michael has an active interest in the social economy and is deeply involved in a number of organisations and initiatives through his personal philanthropy, advocacy and campaigning work. Michael is also Patron/Ambassador of many great third sector organisations, including his role as UNICEF UK Ambassador, Patron of Social Enterprise UK, Streetfootball Wales, Credit Unions Wales, End Youth Homelessness Cymru and many important local organisations in his home county of Neath Port Talbot.

He has campaigned and advocated on issues including homelessness, housing, fracking, the Future Generations Act and is a passionate supporter of the NHS and delivery of public and third sector services, all of which resonate clearly with WCVA’s strategic direction.

The Neath Port Talbot resident has won numerous awards for his screen and theatre work. It was widely announced late last year that he was to get more involved with local activism in his home town of Port Talbot, building on the unforgettable production (2011) of The Passion with the National Theatre Wales which engaged hundreds of volunteers and attracted thousands more to the town.

On accepting the role, Michael Sheen said: ‘I am immensely proud of the incredible work delivered by individuals, organisations and communities across Wales in the third sector and I hope that by taking up the role of honorary President I can lend my voice to the sector, provide some challenge and get involved!

‘I plan to use my role to actively challenge and support WCVA in their impact and role in supporting the community and keeping us focussed on what matters locally as well as the need for national leadership. Together I hope we can champion those achieving real change in their communities, attract more sustainable resources and policy support, whilst also raising the level of ambition for what we can achieve through a social economy in Wales.’

The President of a charity, not to be confused with that of a trustee or Board member, is an honorary role usually fulfilled by a high-profile figurehead. The position holds no legal standing within the governance of the organisation.

WCVA Chief Executive Ruth Marks said: ‘We are thrilled that Michael Sheen has agreed to be our President and very much look forward to working with him as a champion for the third sector in Wales. His interests resonate strongly with those of WCVA and the wider sector. WCVA is in the business of making positive change by connecting, enabling and influencing with our members and partners. Our new President can help us achieve this, as he brings a world-wide reputation for championing fairness, equality, and social justice.


Keeping Warm in Winter – Community Action on Fuel Poverty Workshop





Little Voices-Shout Out Survey

The Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People is a collaborative project with international, national and local partners. It provides a forum for research, debate, education and knowledge exchange on human rights of children and young people, working for realisation of human rights through policy, practice, advocacy and law reform.


Our Lleisiau Bach Little Voices project provides support for children and young people to carry out research within the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and to advocate for change informed by their research. Children aged 7-11 in Wales have submitted their own report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for the first time in the Geneva pre-sessional hearings in October 2015. Additionally children have carried out their own research projects within the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, advocating for change informed by their research which has delivered results and impact in the children’s own communities.



In response to the UN committee’s concluding observations (2016) the Little Voices-Shout OUT Surveydesigned by children will research topics exploring the realisation of children and young people’s access to rights in Wales.


We are asking your school to run the survey with your pupils.

For every school that participates you will be entered into a draw to win a FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY on the Children as Researchers method. Using this method children can learn about their issues, and develop skills in research and consultation, but they also take their recommendations to people in their schools and wider community who can help make the changes happen.  This can provide the possibility of positive change from small adjustments within schools, for example in relation to play or the physical environment, to potentially far-reaching changes in policy and practice.

There will also be a £100 AMAZON VOUCHER for the winner!


Please use the following link to direct pupils to participate in the survey:



Many thanks and good luck for the draw!

For further information please contact:

Helen Dale h.dale@swansea.ac.uk (South Wales)

Arwyn Roberts a.b.roberts@bangor.ac.uk (North Wales)

GwirVol Grant Scheme Open


Applications for the GwirVol Grant scheme are now being accepted.

The GwirVol Youth Led Grants Scheme is aimed at young people aged 14-25, who have an idea or project that will benefit their local community. This could be a one-off project such as a group of young people organising a Christmas knees-up for local elderly people to an individual organising a clean-up day in their local community. Please find attached the grant guidance notes and application forms. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Deadline for the Grant is 15th December 2017

All projects must be completed and accounted by 31st March 2018

Grants Guidence Notes can be found here: gwirvol-youth-led-grants-guidence-notes-17-18

Application forms for 2017, here:gwirvol-application-form-2017-18

To learn more about GwirVol please go to: http://bit.ly/2qSVK8j

Invite Girlguiding Clwyd Annual Review Wednesday 17th May 2017


‘The Wrexham We Want’ – A Plan for Wrexham

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We’re working on a plan that will shape the present and future of Wrexham County Borough. It’ll impact on your life. Your children’s. Even your grandchildren’s.

It’s really important we get it right. That’s why we’re involving you every step of the way.

‘The Wrexham We Want’ is about understanding your views on the most important issues facing Wrexham in the future, and the actions you think public services across Wrexham need to take to improve the well-being of future generations.

Thank you for your help so far. There’s a long way to go so we hope you’ll stay involved and help us deliver the future we all want.

What you’ve told us so far…

Phase 1 – In autumn 2016 we asked a really simple question: “what do you want Wrexham to be?”

We also asked what might get in the way. And what public services and communities need to do to make it happen.

This is what you told us

The answers were combined with other information to produce a draft Wrexham Well-Being Assessment.

It sets out the big issues, challenges and opportunities for Wrexham County Borough – both now and in the future – based on what you’ve told us, and what key data tells us.

Phase 2 – In early 2017 we asked you to look at the draft assessment and tell us if we got it right. We wanted to check if there was anything missing or anything we needed to change.

Here’s what you told us

Children and young people are our future, so it’s important they have a big say too.

The Senedd Yr Ifanc (Wrexham Youth Parliament) has been working with young people to capture their views.

Here’s what they told us

We’ve used the answers everyone gave us to finalise the Wrexham Well-Being Assessment – to make sure it reflects the things that really matter to local people.

Here’s a copy of the Wrexham Well-Being Assessment 

What happens next…

Phase 3 – Over the next few months we’ll be using the Wrexham Well-Being Assessment, and working with key groups across Wrexham, to develop a plan for the county borough.

It’ll set out how everyone will work together to create ‘The Wrexham We Want’. And it’ll be called the Wrexham Wellbeing Plan.

Phase 4 In Autumn 2017 we’ll ask everyone to look at the draft plan and tell us if we’ve got it right.

What you tell us will be used to finalise the plan – to make sure it focuses on the right priorities for Wrexham, and highlights the best ways public services and communities can work together to improve the well-being of future generations.

It’ll be published in April 2018. Once it’s published, we’ll continue to work with you to deliver the plan.

Stay involved…

This is not an ‘ask once and walk away’ exercise. We’ve asked for your views and taken them on board. And we want to thank you for your involvement so far – you’ve already made a difference.

As we move forward, we want to continue our conversation with you.

Your voice matters. Please register to stay involved.

Find out more about what the PSB is doing and why.

Ending Groundhog Day!

downloadThe Ombudsman published his second thematic report of the past 12 months entitled Ending Groundhog Day: Lessons from Poor Complaints Handling.

Read the full report here: http://bit.ly/2pyM1Tg

An exciting new community project looking at local history


Outlook Meadow has been awarded funds from the Welsh Heritage Lottery Fund to explore the heritage of the area surrounding ‘The Buck’, which is now known as Buck Farm. We are looking for volunteers to work with us and help local young people research the history of the area and the building itself.


Outlook Meadow offers countryside experiences to schoolchildren and community groups and has 6 acres of meadow and woodland that used to be part of Buck Farm. We are told that ‘The Buck’ was originally built in the 15th Century as a coaching inn serving the Wrexham area and that it has been on both the Welsh and English side of the border at various times.

Apparently, during the First World War all the trees were taken for the trenches, and during WW2 it was a damson farm. There are tales of a bomb dropping on the meadow, killing 4 cows and the stream at the back of the meadow once being the border.

We are keen learn what is true by working with local schools, community groups and interested individuals. We have the support of Wrexham History to help us research the area.

The project will require a number of skills, so let us know if you are interested in using or learning skills such as:
Project Management and Planning

Research and Research Techniques

Presentation and Artwork (Digital media & traditional) Drama creation and production

Anyone interested in becoming involved, please contact:
Lesley Christiansen on 01948 830198 or Mary Hext on 07876 703364.

Enterprise Education Alliance is a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise registered at Cardiff No 5711204.
Registered Address: Outlook Meadow, A525, Willington, Malpas, Wrexham SY14 7LX Telephone: 01948 830198.
Email: lesley@enterprisealliance.org.uk. www.facebook.com/outlookmeadow Twitter: @outlookmeadow

Petition Invitation for Carers Transport

To whom this may concern.

I am looking for your support on a massive issue that affects so many carers of all ages from as young as they can walk and talk till older adulthood. Many carers face huge financial difficulty and are unable to have much of a social life of there own as they can not afford to get around by public transport. It could be the simple task of getting to shops, collecting medication from the chemist, socialising with friends or doing many other caring duties that carers face on a daily basis.

The cost of travel may not seem alot of money to many but £4.00 per adult a day adds up to £28.00 a week and most carers just do not have this sort of money and of course weekly or even monthly tickets just simply aren’t an option. Having concessionary travel or even a discount on travel would be such a huge help to carers across the country who already do so much for others. The discount could be something as simple as reducing the rate for carers as to the same amount students pay,this in turn would go a huge way to helping carers have better lives. 45% of young adult carers (18-25) have reported that they have mental health problems due to their caring role and the struggles they face because of it. 68.8% of older carers say that being a carer has an adverse affect on their mental health. This could be lessened by such a small change like concessionary or discounted travel.

Being a carer is not all bad, I have never regretted caring for my mum despite the hardships and barriers that I faced because of it, simply because she is my mum and I love her. Carers do this on a daily basis because they care… This is why I feel so strongly about breaking down these barriers to caring such as transport. In effort to break down these barriers I have started a petition campaigning for free/concessionary transport for unpaid carers please follow the link below to check out my campaign page on facebook and sign my petition;



Kind regards
Amanda Macdonald

Trefriw Walking Festival – 19th to 21st May 2017


Trefriw Walking Festival is celebrating Wales’ Year of Legends and the wonderful scenery of Snowdonia National Park with a series of walks in and around our lovely village.  Join us for 3 days in May to enjoy walking through the Welsh ‘Lakeland’ in the Gwydir forest, surrounded by the grandeur of the Carneddau mountains.  Discover the rich local heritage of myths and legends, including Llywelyn the Great, our 13th Century Prince of Wales, and the famous Welsh bard, Taliesin on one of the special Legends walks.

There will be our usual packed programme of walks for all, ranging from strenuous high-level challenges to fascinating storytelling walks for all the family. Snowdonia’s natural history and wildlife will feature too, with bird watching and wildflower walks.

Learn how to take the best photographs of our magnificent scenery on a walk with renowned mountain photographer, Nick Livesey.  Guide your way to safety on our ‘Navigation’ walk and round it all off on Sunday, at our legendary Cake Fest while listening in awe to the final Legends Story from our storyteller.

Find out more information about Trefriw and the walking festival on www.trefriwwalkingfestival.co.uk and www.trefriwoutdoors.co.uk

Go to www.trefriwoutdoors.co.uk for visitor and accommodation information

Trefriw Walking Festival is organised by Trefriw Walkers are Welcome group, a voluntary group dedicated to promoting walking in the Trefriw Area

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