Focus Group / Jubilee Celebrations

The Caerphilly People First Reconnect Focus Group enjoyed another busy Tuesday this week.  The day began with our regular visit to the Taraggan educational gardens where we planted potatoes and checked on the progress of our sprouts.

The afternoon was spent hosting the second part of our platinum Jubilee celebrations.  We had a great time taking part in a quiz about the Royal Family, playing bingo, and having conversation over tea, sandwiches and scones.  Thanks again to United Welsh for funding this activity.

Tackling Isolation and Loneliness Week 4

For the fourth of the six events we have set up to tackle isolation and loneliness, we headed to the Fleur De Lys Community Centre in Blackwood.  We were delighted to be joined by ten people, some of whom we were meeting for the first time.  Everyone seemed very positive as we talked about our experiences of Covid, and how we have all coped. Thankfully, individuals are now increasingly going out into the community and attending events.  After the discussions we had a great time playing music requested by individuals, and we also hosted a quiz that was all about Easter.  Congratulations to Sophie and John who won the quiz and got to share the Easter egg.

Fundraising for Ukraine

We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who attended this week’s coffee morning held to raise money for Ukraine. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we have raised over £200 so far, and this will be donated to the British Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian appeal. If anyone would like to donate directly to them, the link is:

Alternatively, there is still time to donate through Caerphilly People First, and if you’d like to do this you can contact Ffion Poole on 07488 350518.

Medical Students Training

At the beginning of March, Ffion Poole and Natalie King worked alongside Cardiff People First to train medical students on how to communicate with people with learning disabilities. The training involved going into a breakout room and holding a number of interviews with students, where the conversations included what Caerphilly People First does and people’s lives and hobbies. We really enjoyed this and hope we can be involved again in the future.

Winter Wellbeing Week 3

For week 3 of our Winter Wellbeing course, the Tuesday Focus Group discussed the benefits of Vitamin C and Vitamin D, and compared foods to see which foods contain the most sugar and fat, and which healthier foods you can replace the unhealthy ones with.  After this discussion, the group took part in a healthy eating quiz prepared by Carmarthenshire People First, following which the group made healthy carrot and coriander soup.

Learning Disability Awareness Training In Schools

Caerphilly People First has been involved in a very important project which involves visiting schools to provide learning disability awareness training to pupils aged 7-11.  The training was put together by Caerphilly People First along with Hayley Gray and David Williams from the Gwent Regional Partnership Team.

The first training sessions took place at Pontnewydd Primary School in Cwmbran in October 2018, and was carried out by Caerphilly People First members Ffion Bethell and Kath Toms, with support from staff member Christy Taylor.

The team trained 233 pupils aged 7-11—including some with special needs—and on completion each student was given a goody bag and certificate as a thank you for taking part.

In January training continued in Malpas Park Primary School in Newport, where training was delivered to 115 pupils.  The training will continue in various other schools during the next few months.

We hope that the outcome of the training will be that young people will become more aware of the issues faced by people with learning disabilities, and gain an understanding of their lives. school training


Student Nurse Placements

For two weeks during October we welcomed two nurses on a one week placement each. We had the pleasure of training Natalie and Mariain subjects including Learning Disability Awareness, Safeguarding, Hate Crime Awareness, and Ambulance training.  The training was delivered by Ffion Bethell, Kath Toms and Sharon Cochrane. It was a pleasure to have Natalie and Maria join us for their placement and we wish them all the best in their nursing careers.