Newport Mind

Newport Minds ‘Branch Out’ project are looking for young people aged 15-25 who want to be; more active outdoors and in nature, meeting other young people with similar interests, learning new coping skills. To find out more and register your interest, visit the following link; To speak to someone for more information, please contact or call: 01633 258741


Video chat technology connects those affected by a brain tumour diagnosis.

Brain Tumour Support's unique network of regional support groups for brain tumour patients and their loved ones, provide a lifeline for many facing the trauma of a brain tumour diagnosis. At the start of the corona virus pandemic, these group meetings had to be put on hold, but the need to bring people together and lift spirits at this difficult time, is greater than ever. To respond to this need, Brain Tumour Support is organising video chat groups instead.

“We’ve kept our chats very informal,” says James Bartlett, Brain Tumour Support Worker for South East Wales. “Many have never tried video chats before and have had to step out of their comfort zone in order to join it. Many commented on how lovely it was to see people’s faces, sharing smiles and laughter. For some, who had been in extended lockdown because they are immuno-compromised due to chemotherapy, this was welcome relief..

Many of the people that the charity supports have had to surrender their driving licences and, especially if living remotely, that makes it very difficult to attend a normal Support Group.

Dates for up coming Video Chats via zoom are –

  • 3rd September – 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • 1st October– 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • 5th November– 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • 3rd December– 1:30pm – 2:30pm  The Stroke Priority Setting Partnership is asking people affected by stroke, including close friends and family who are supporting stroke survivors, and health and social care professionals who work in stroke, for their most important unanswered questions for stroke research. Since the beginning of March 2020, the Stroke Priority Setting Partnership has gathered the voices of people across the UK to find out what research can make the biggest difference to the lives of those affected by stroke. If you can, please take the time to join them and help to change the future for people affected by stroke. People’s Commission All the below sessions are the latest 7 week EPP courses of 1 hour 40 mins;
  • Education for Patients Programme-EPP
  • The Older People’s Commissioner has received lots of questions from older people and their families about where they can get the information and support during the coronavirus outbreak. Answers to the most frequently asked questions from the public can be found here:
  • You can take part now on the Stroke Association website, the survey will be running until mid-April 2021. Please share the opportunity with other people affected by stroke, and health and social care professionals in stroke that you may know
  • Have your say for stroke
  • For more information and the Zoom link to access the meeting, please contact James Bartlett by email
  • Living with Chronic Pain
  • Living with Diabetes
  • Living with Chronic conditions (physical and mental)
  • Cancer Thriving and Surviving
  • The courses below are also now ready for booking;
  • Living with Chronic Conditions courses:Thursday 13th at 9 amAll courses are on Zoom and invitations and full joining instructions on how to use will be given. Participants will be emailed a full and complete pack of resources and an active participation pack so they do not need to print off any thing to be active and inclusive. Courses are all interactive. If you know anyone that would be interested in knowing more about the above courses and booking information, please contact Jules Godden email Welsh Government Covid Risk Assessment ToolSafeguarding the health and social care workforce in Wales is our priority. The All Wales COVID-19 Workforce Risk Assessment Tool is designed to be suitable for use for all health and social care staff. The Tool helps you to consider your personal risk factors for COVID-19 and what you can do to help you stay safe. Here is a link to a short online video about the risk assessment tool.  A temporary increase in the notice period for eviction will come into force in Wales on the 24th July 2020. This will provide greater protection from homelessness for tenants in private rented and housing association accommodation in Wales. The change, means that unless a tenant is being evicted on the grounds of anti-social behaviour, they will be entitled to six months’ notice instead of three. This will apply for all notices issued until at least the end of September. While the changes only apply to those renting their homes from private landlords or housing associations, the Welsh Government is working with local authorities to ensure their tenants benefit from the same protection. Full information can be found here;
  • Welsh Government-News for Tenants
  • Together we’ll keep our workforce safe
  • Monday 28th September at 3 pm
  • Tuesday 11th August at 2pm


National Survey for Wales (monthly survey): June 2020

The survey has just been published for June 2020 and is based on telephone interviews with people across Wales and includes questions on the impact of COVID-19. The National Survey for Wales involves around 12,000 people each year and covers a wide range of topics. It runs all year round, across the whole of Wales. The results are used by the Welsh Government to help make Wales a better place to live. Results from each month's fieldwork will be published the following month To view the latest summary please go to the link below;


Seeking unpaid carers involvement-Carers Wales

Free Online event: 12 august 14.00pm-15.00pm

An invitation to engage with organisations and carers about the work of Carers Wales and the ways organisations could work together. Carers Wales works to make life better for carers across Wales, by:

  • Campaigning for improved carers rights and lasting positive change
  • Giving expert advice, information and support
  • Innovating to find new ways support carers through digital and tech developmentCarers Wales will be increasing our focus on mobilising carers across Wales to have more voice and control over carer-related policy and services e.g.;
  • This involves continually seeking carer input into their work and the work of other organisations to ensure carers have a say to influence and shape services intended for them. 
  • Supporting carers to share their experience of caring
  • Supporting carers to take up carer representational roles on boards, committees, task and finish groups etc
  • Involvement in local consultations which may have an impact on carers (e.g. carers strategy, well-being strategy, population needs assessments, service commissioning and consultations)
  • Creating opportunities for carers to have direct contact and influence politicians, service commissioners and officials

To find out more and to register for the online event on please access the link below; Once you have registered you will be able to access the Zoom meeting link.


Rough Sleeping in Wales – Everyone’s Problem; No One’s Responsibility

Report of the Auditor General for Wales-July 2020

The Wales Audit Office we have examined how public bodies are responding to and addressing wicked issues using people sleeping rough as a tracer. Rough sleeping is not simply a homelessness problem. To end rough sleeping, solutions need to address both accommodation and support needs and requires many public bodies – for example, councils, the Police, health bodies, housing associations, the National Probation Service and others – to change how they work and what they do to tackle rough sleeping. As statutory multi-agency boards, Public Service Boards are well placed to coordinate and drive these changes through their well-being assessments and plans. To access the report please use the link below;


Charter for volunteering and workplace relationships

The Charter is about clarifying and strengthening relations between paid workers and volunteers. Harmonious relations between paid workers and volunteers are essential to the smooth and safe delivery of public services, with each understanding and complementing the other’s role. This charter has been developed by Wales Trade Union Congress (Wales TUC) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), setting out key principles for successful volunteering and positive workplace relationships.


Webinar: Responding to LGBTQ+ inequalities during COVID-19 and beyond Last week a webinar was held with NHS Employers to explore the inequalities experienced by LGBTQ+ people and, in particular, those experiences of LGBTQ+ healthcare staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 300 people attended the live webinar. For people who were unable to join due to other commitments, can view the recording and the slides, you can access them here; If you have any questions or comments, please tweet or email:


Keep Wales Safe - British Sign Language

The Welsh Government has uploaded a short video which is signed in relation to keeping safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Youtube video can be viewed at;


Bevan commission –distance aware

The Bevan Commission are supporting this national initiative which provides a way for individuals and organisations to politely prompt ongoing distancing and respect of individual social space. There are a variety of templates to download or you can create your own. Please visit the Bevan Commission website to find out how at;


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