August 2011 Edition


Community Transport

We are campaigning to improve the quality of community transport provision in Swansea. If you would like to get involved in our community transport campaign, please contact Pablo Rees, Secretary, by email or tel: 07423 063941.

Taxi Text

Our Taxi Text campaign aims for Swansea based taxi services to include a text service so that deaf/hard of hearing people or those with speech disorders can book a taxi in this format. If you would like to get involved in our taxi text campaign, please contact Pablo Rees, Secretary, by email or tel: 07423 063941.

Continence Campaign

We are campaigning to improve continence services across Swansea. If you would like to find out more about our continence campaign, please contact Elinor Evans, SCVS, by email or tel: 01792 544018.

Special Events

Forum member’s work closely with SAFE and the City and County of Swansea, and provide advice and support at the listed meetings:

  • Special Events
  • Winter Wonderland


  • Cheques won’t be scrapped in 2018It has been announced that the banking industry will not scrap the use of cheques. The Payments Council, a banking industry body, had been planning to replace them by 2018. However, after widespread criticism from MP’s and Charities, it has now been decided they will be kept “as long as customers need them”. The news has been described as a victory for consumers and for the common-sense approach, as scrapping cheques would have had serious implications for the small businesses and charities that rely on this payment method. For further information about this, please visit:
  • Making Decisions on Individual Patient Funding Requests – FAQThe NHS in Wales provides a comprehensive range of routine services, and also a wide range of specialist services. Sometimes, however, a patient needs something which falls outside the range of services. These are called “Individual Patient Funding Requests”.This policy is due to be issued across Wales shortly and the Welsh Government has asked each Health Board to conduct a short engagement process during July in order to inform the public about the process for submitting a funding request.For further information about the Individual Patient Funding Requests including details about ‘drop-in sessions’ that are due to take place in July, then please visit the SCVS website by clicking on the following link:
  • Questionnaire from South West Wales Neurological AllianceThe South West Wales Neurological Alliance is working with ABMU Health Board to look at ways to improve the experiences of service users who have neurological conditions. With funding from the Big Lottery/Awards For All, SWWNA have developed a questionnaire to help them and the Health Board understand the issues that affect patients and their families/carers and inform future service improvement and development.Please find a copy of the questionnaire enclosed/attached. Questionnaires should be completed by no later than Thursday 1st September, and sent by POST: Carol Ross, 5 Lansdown Court, Neath, SA11 2EA or EMAIL: Please contact Carol Ross, Secretary of SWWNA, if you require a hard copy of the questionnaire on 07845 007304.
  • Have you got experience of being a service user or carer?Would you like to influence the next generation of health and social care professionals?The College of Health and Human Sciences want to invite you to be involved in their programmes. “We want our students to hear about local people’s experiences, so they can understand how to be the best health and social care staff”.To find out more you are invited to an open morning on either of the two dates below:Tuesday 6th September 201111.00am – 12.30pmRoom G17, Ground Floor, Building 3, St david’s Park CarmarthenMonday 26th September 2011

    11.00am – 12.30pm

    Room 120, First Floor, Vivian Tower, Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus.

    To find out more or book your place please contact Alison Miles 01792 518548 or email:

  • Natwest Community ForcePlease see the link (below) for information about the Natwest Community Force. Natwest has launched Community Force, a £2.8m grant fund to help local charities raise the publicity of their work and attract volunteers.158 Community Force areas have been set up and each will be offering three local projects the chance to win an award of £6,000 each. Organisations and charities can apply for a Community Force award between 25th July and 4th September 2011. An online public vote on Natwest’s website will decide which three organisations should receive the awards.
  • SAIL Advice LineThe SAIL Advice Line’s contact details are:SAIL Advice LineInfolab LibraryCwmbwrla Day ServicesHeol Y GorsCwmbwrlaSwansea

    SA5 8LD

    Advice Line Number: 01792 652101

    Mobile Number: 07749 416308

    Email Address:

    The SAIL Advice Line is currently available every Wednesday in the Cwmbwrla Infolab Library, from 10.30am to 15.30pm. They are available for advice on all aspects of Independent Living, welfare benefits and form filling (by appointment only).

  • Events

  • Meeting with Geraint Davies MPFollowing an email sent by Forum Secretary, Pablo Rees, to First Cymru, regarding access issues to local bus services, Geraint Davies MP has offered to meet with disabled people to discuss their concerns and issues that have an impact on their lives.DATE: Friday 30th September 2011TIME: 1.00 to 2.30 pmVENUE: The Scout & Guides Headquaters, Bryn Road, BrynmillRSVP: Pablo Rees Tel/Text: 07423 063941 or Email: alternatively you can RSVP to Elinor Evans, SCVS, on Tel: 01792 544018 or Email:*BSL interpreters will be available at the event.
  • Training
    • Swansea Disability Forum were awarded funding from Awards for All Wales in 2009 that was committed to training. Throughout 2010 Swansea Disability Forum held several training sessions, including on committee skills, plan reading and most recently, presentation skills.
    • Swansea Disability Forum does not have any training scheduled for May 2011.
  • Gift Aid registration surgery – five simple steps to Gift Aid

    Friday 9th September 2011 10am – 12pm.

    SCVS have arranged to host a Gift Aid registration surgery on Friday 9th September. Some of the changes announced in the budget require organisations to be registered to claim Gift Aid for up to 3 years before they can take advantage of the new proposals, so if your organisation is not registered already, this could be a good opportunity to start using the scheme.

    The session will cover information on how to:

    Download a copy of this E-Bulletin August 2011 Edition (in Word format)

    • Register with HMRC to claim Gift Aid
    • Encourage your donors to complete Gift Aid declarations
    • Maintain appropriate records
    • Make a claim for Gift Aid
    • Promote Gift Aid
    • Ensure your organisation complies with relevant legislation and best practise
    • Know where to go for further information, help and advice

    For further information please contact Alyx or Lauren on 01792 544005 or 543639. To book your place please email your name and organisation to

    If you are not already a member of SCVS and wish to join please follow the link here:

    Contact us:

    Swansea Disability Forum

    Charity registration number: 1135336

    Address: C/O Pablo Rees

    4 Capstan House

    354 Oystermouth Road


    SA1 3UL