Vale Health Social Care & Wellbeing ebulletin 27.8.2020

Vale of Glamorgan news
During the COVID-19 crisis all GVS staff have been working remotely. We are now planning a gradual reopening of our offices in Barry from the 1st September 2020. We will not be able to accommodate “walk in” visitors. If you wish to speak or meet with a specific member of staff from 1st September, please telephone 01446 741706 or e-mail [email protected] in the first instance so that the necessary arrangements can be made. Read more
The GVS Annual General Meeting will be held online via ZOOM on Wednesday, 4th November 2020 10.00am to 11.00am. Read more
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has written to residents that have been shielding to advise them of the ongoing support available now that this period has ended. Read more

Voluntary Sector news

Directory of Third Sector Services

This briefing provides information about third sector front line services, and helplines, which can support people during the Covid-19 crisis. It also includes information about other services and community hubs.  Please note that this briefing is for health, social care and third sector staff. Read more
Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) has updated the Directory of Services for Older People in Cardiff and Vale. This provides a wide range of information about services provided by voluntary and community groups which support older people. It’s separated into sections such as Befriending, Advocacy, Social Activities, Welfare Advice, Lunch Clubs, Veteran Support and much more. Read more
We are putting together a new mailing list that will focus on providing more in-depth information regarding potential funding opportunities in The Vale. Read more
To see the full latest bulletin from Wales Council of the Blind please click the link below. This bulletin has been updated to include our Covid-19 advice pages with a new section with advice to people with sight loss regarding safe guiding, social distancing and dealing with surfaces. Read more
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
As part of the Health Board’s plan to ensure all patients can access essential services during the covid pandemic, we have launched a temporary dedicated Cancer Support Line. If you or a family member are living with cancer and you have questions or concerns, then call us on the support line – 02920 745655. The line is manned by our friendly and helpful advisors Monday – Friday, 9 – 12.30 and 1.30– 4pm. Read more
Lisa Cordery, Specialist Community Public Health Nurse and Sophie Quinney, Gender Specialist for the Welsh Gender Service have made the 2020 Pinc List. Read more
The launch of two green zones at University Hospital of Wales and University Hospital Llandough increases patient access to urgent surgery. Extensive work has been carried out at University Hospital of Wales (UHW) and University Hospital Llandough (UHL) to create dedicated green zones to enable more patients to undergo urgent surgery. The Protected Elective Surgery Unit at UHW and the Protected Surgical Unit at UHL have been established to minimise the risk of COVID-19 infection, increasing patients’ access to elective surgery. Read more
Health & Wellbeing
Improvement Cymru for Public Health Wales is offering everyone in Wales over the age of 16 free access to an online self-help video course designed to help them understand their feelings, and enable them to take greater control of their actions so that day to day life becomes less distressing and more enjoyable. The four part “ACTivate Your Life” course. Read more
Monday 24th August 2020 Dr Christopher Williams, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales reminds the public that if you have recently travelled outside the UK there may be restrictions on your return. Advice on travelling abroad, including the latest information on quarantine requirements on returning home, can be found on the Welsh Government and FCO websites. Read more
Welsh Government News
These useful links have been designed by Welsh Government with information for vulnerable children who have been shielding and are returning to school. Read more
Cardiff & Vale Health Charity has allocated funding to support third sector community projects to enhance the Health and Wellbeing of people in the region impacted by COVID-19. The deadline for submission of 12 noon on Friday, 11th September 2020. Read more
GVS, with thanks to funding from Comic Relief, is administering a small grants scheme to help voluntary groups in the Vale of Glamorgan. Small grants are available up to a maximum of £500. Read more
Barry Town Council has committed £150,000 to a Covid-19 Recovery Fund to support a more Resilient Barry. At a meeting of Full Council held on 29 July 2020, Councillors unanimously agreed to repurpose a number of existing budget headings and use money from reserves to launch the fund directed at independent traders, local businesses and community groups based in Barry. Read more
Training & events
It’s easy to get involved and entirely up to you how you complete it – it’s your walk, your way Its completely free to sign up! Walkers also have the opportunity to purchase their t-shirts and other merchandise from our online shop.​ Read more
This course is a great resource for staff working in the health and social care field. It will also appeal to artists intending to engage with supported people in their art practice. Based on the Touch Trust approach to holistic wellbeing the course will be delivered by experienced staff with a background in the expressive arts field and therapeutic arts settings. Read more
The MS Society will be hosting a free corporate webinar on 23rd September for employers affected by MS. The aim of the session is to improve awareness of MS, the additional challenges faced by people with the condition as a result of the pandemic, and inform employers how they can best support their employees with/affected by the condition. Read more
This free session is an opportunity to consider the steps you need to take when reopening your Community Facility. Read more

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