On Thursday 15th August 2019, Ffion Poole, Kath Toms, Sharon Cochrane and Christy Taylor attended a public health event, run by the NHS Aneurin Bevan Health Board, held in the Congress Theatre, Cwmbran. At the event we talked about future plans in terms of Health, Housing, Community, and Wellbeing. It was a very successful and interesting day, and at the end of the event we received a goody bag to thanks us for our hard work. We are looking forward to the next public health event.
FareShare Cymru is based on the outskirts of Cardiff and serves charities and community organisations across South Wales.
FareShare Cymru saves surplus food from waste, which they provide to 136 organisations, including homeless shelters, school breakfast clubs and community centres.
Caerphilly People First has recently signed up to this scheme, and for a fixed payment we receive a weekly package of food, which we use in the office throughout the week.
At the end of July Ffion Poole and Christy Taylor attended the two-day residential National Council meeting in Bangor, North Wales. One of the issues we discussed was Talkback, the newsletter of All Wales People First. National Council members voted on whether Talkback should continue being produced as a paper copy, or if people would prefer a video podcast of news, which they could watch on YouTube. The result of this vote was 71% for a paper copy and 29% for a video podcast.
Also at the meeting were Mandy Jenkins and Leanne Hawker from the Welsh Ambulance Service, who delivered a presentation about the work the ambulance service does to include people with learning disabilities. We also talked about the number of ambulances and rapid response units that are allocated across the seven health boards in Wales.
We also received a presentation from Daron Owens of Bangor University, who gave a talk on the Social Services Health and Well-being act, which came out in 2016. The act provides the legal framework for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and also carers who need support. Daron has been researching the impact of the act and shared some of the findings he has made.
On Thursday 25th July 2019, Ffion Poole, Sharon Cochrane, and Kath Toms, supported by Christy Taylor, visited the Welsh Ambulance Service in Swansea to help them create an easy-read leaflet on how to do CPR and use a Defibrillator. We also had the opportunity to use a dummy to practice how to to CPR and also use a defibrililator. We had a great day, and after all the hard work Jason, one of the paramedics, let us have a go in the ambulance car. We can’t wait for the next visit.
At the end of July, Ffion Poole and Kath Toms – supported by Christy Taylor – delivered Safeguarding training to advocates and support workers from Person to Person. Person to Person is an organisation which matches up people with learning disabilities (the partner) to a volunteer member of the community (the citizen advocate). People with a learning disability can often become socially isolated and extremely vulnerable, and the advocate’s role is to assist their Partner to stand up for their rights and to make sure that their voice is heard.
Everyone who attended enjoyed the training, and got involved and was asking questions. If anyone is interested in receiving the training we provide they can ring our office on 01443 834444 and ask for Ffion Poole or Christy Taylor.
At the end of July, Stuart, Christy, Amy, Ffion, and Sharon visited Louise Price, one of the earliest members of Caerphilly People First, who now lives in Barry.
After picking Louise up from her home, we went to Barry Island where we had a go on the 2p machines, some people went on the Ferris wheel, and we all had chips followed by ice-cream (of course).
In July Caerphilly People First members visited Springfield centre in Pontllanfraith where they delivered ‘Big Accident, Little Accident’ training training to a lovely group of people. The training concerns when is the right time to call 999 (only if the situation is an emergency). The group also talked about their experiences of calling 999 or 101, and how they have been treated by Paramedics in the past.
We also handed out the ‘About Me’ documents and magnets. The document can be filled in to contain medical information about you (like medication, allergies etc), which you can stick to your fridge using the magnet, and which paramedics can consult if they are called to your home.
At the end of June, Ffion, Kath and Sharon (supported by Christy) visited Bert Denning Centre. The centre provides support for service users who have learning/physical disabilities, and mental health issues. We delivered Safeguarding, and Ambulance training (when to call 999) to the group and staff. We also talked about screening for cervical and bowel cancer, and how the tests are done. We had a brilliant morning and were greeted with such warmth, we look forward to visiting again in the near future.
In June we attended the Scrutiny Committee meeting at Ty Penallta. Ffion Poole, Sharon Cochrane, Christy Taylor, and Jim Wright from the Gwent Charter Checkers delivered a presentation on the Gwent Charter. The charter is a document which sets out the rights of people with learning disabilities, which we are hoping to get as many organisations and individuals as possible to sign. Cabinet members who were at the meeting, who have yet to sign the charter, showed great interest. We have been invited back to give a more detailed presentation at a later date, and hopefully acquire lots more signatures
On Thursday 13th June 2019 Caerphilly People First hosted a cupcake day to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who baked or donated cakes, and also thanks to everyone who bought cakes on the day. Thanks to the great efforts of everyone we raised £92.10 in total.