County Meeting

The most recent Caerphilly People First county meeting was held in Bargoed YMCA at the end of November.  At the meeting we were joined by Anwen, Stacy, and Liz from the Caerphilly County Borough Council Equalities team.  The ladies were at the meeting to gather the views of our members on the 7 equality objectives the council have written, with the aim of making Caerphilly County Borough a fairer place to live and work.

The objectives are to:

  1. Understand and remove the barriers people face when getting services (such as health, transport, housing).
  2. Improve education for everyone.
  3. Help create communities that are strong and include everyone.
  4. Make sure people who live in Caerphilly have a say in how services are run.
  5. Make sure people can get services in Welsh.
  6. Have a workforce that includes all the different types of people who live in Caerphilly.
  7. Lower the pay gap between men and women.

Members gave their views on the 7 objectives, and these will be included in the report that is due to be published in April 2020.

equalityAt the meeting we were also joined by another guest speaker, Adam from Pride Cymru.  Adam explained that Pride is an organisation which works to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or ability.  Their aim is for the LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans) community to be valued and accepted in their community, and to be free from hate crime, discrimination and prejudice.





Adam also talked about Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend (attended by Ffion and Sharon from Caerphilly People First in 2019), which Pride would like to make more accessible for people with disabilities.  Adam also stated that 180 Pride event volunteers have attended learning disability awareness training, to prepare for the annual Pride Big Weekend.

‘Big Accident, Little Accident’ Training

On Tuesday 22nd of October 2019, Ffion Poole, Sharon Cochrane, Cyril Luke and Christy Taylor visited Gwerin day centre in Rhymney where we delivered ‘Big Accident, Little Accident’ training.  This training is all about when is the right time to call 999.  We talked about people’s experiences when they have called 999 or 101 and how they have been treated by paramedics and other health professionals.

We also handed out the ‘About Me’ sheets and magnets.  We talked about how to fill them in and explained to everyone that if they need to ring an ambulance the paramedics will come into their home and look for the sheets.  These sheets contain information such as a person’s likes and dislikes, allergies, what medication they take, and emergency contact details.



‘Big Accident, Little Accident’ Training

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.


Christmas 2013 Newsletter

Once again, here is the newest edition of our newsletter, which this issue focuses on a visit to Caerphilly by a group of professionals from Bulgaria.  We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter and we’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas 2013 Newsletter



Message from the Chair – Jamie Roberts

Over the past few weeks, Caerphilly People First members have shown the Adviser of Blaenau Gwent People First around the various day opportunities centres in Caerphilly. These include the work projects in Woodfieldside and Windy Ridge, and Springfield. The Adviser stated that she was very impressed with the opportunities that people with learning disabilities have in Caerphilly. We think this is great news—a person who works outside Caerphilly has seen the good work that goes on here in comparison with Blaenau Gwent .