November 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 tel: 01792 544018.

Continence Campaign update!

The ABMU Health Board have merged continence services from across Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea to a single point of contact in Port Talbot. You can contact ABMU continence services on the new numbers below:
Continence Advice Line: 01639 683063
Continence Pads Delivery Line: 08000 934801

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

If you would like to be part of these meetings, please contact our secretary Pablo Rees, by email or telephone 07423 063941.

You can also contact Pablo if you are interested in joining the new National Waterfront Museum Access Group who aim to improve and monitor access to the museum.


  • City and County of Swansea – Draft Equality Objectives: Have Your Say!

The City and County of Swansea are asking YOU to take part in a consultation on the work they are currently undertaking, to ensure the Council complies with the regulations of the Equality Act 2010.The Equality Act 2010 – What’s it all about?

The Equality Act 2010 is a new piece of legislation which acknowledges the barriers faced by all members of society. The law has been strengthened and simplified to ensure everyone is given due consideration and recognises that people cannot be defined solely by their gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic.

As a local authority in Wales, the City and County of Swansea is required under the Act to develop and publish a series of Equality Objectives. These Objectives will demonstrate the Council’s dedication to fairness and will address the most important issues identified by the people of Swansea. All of the Council’s service areas will be involved in the development of the final Objectives, which will be subject to review every year to measure how they have benefitted protected groups and individuals in the community.

The main aim of the consultation is to ensure that the Equality Objectives (to be published in April 2012) are meaningful and genuinely reflect the needs and concerns of the people who live and work in Swansea.

Providing feedback on the Draft Equality Objectives:

Please find attached with this newsletter a copy of the Draft Equalities Objectives. There are a variety of ways you can provide feedback on the Draft Equality Objectives:

  • By Post: You can put your comments in writing and send free of charge to:
    The Equalities Officer
    City and County of Swansea
    Freepost (SWC0034)
    Swansea SA1 1ZZ
  • By Email:
  • By Tel: 01792 636745

The team are open to suggestions of other ways to engage with anyone interested in taking part.

  • The RNIB@Info-Nation: Support for young people with sight loss

Info-Nation and The RNIB will be working together to offer information, advice and support services to young people aged 11 – 25 years old who are experiencing sight loss. These services are free and confidential and are provided in a friendly and informal youth setting.Info-Nation provides general information and support services throughout the week. Specialist workers from the VIWG/RNIB will be at Info-Nation to support young people with sight loss every other Thursday 3-5pm from 29th September 2010.

They can provide support and information for education, employment & training; law & rights; health, sexual health; family & relationships; travel; the environment; sport & leisure; money; housing and more.

Drop in or call ahead to make an appointment.
Info-Nation, 47 Kingsway, Swansea, SA1 5HG
Tel: 01792 484010
Txt: 07930 328607 or you can find Info-Nation on Facebook!

  • Funding available for additional childcare costs for childcare for disabled children and young people

From 1st July 2011, the revised Local Authority One to One Referral Scheme has been piloted at Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS). The aim of the One to One Referral Scheme is to ensure that a chosen childcare provider can accommodate a disabled child/young person at no extra cost to themselves or the parent. The parent is expected to pay the normal childcare fees as set by their chosen childcare provider, with the grant being viewed as a “top up”. The scheme is for disabled children and young people aged between 6 months and 16 years. The grant is to fund additional staff required to support a disabled child or young person attending a childcare setting. To qualify, children and young people must be referred by a recognised professional (Community Paediatrician, Health Visitor, SENCO). All referrals will be judged on a case by case basis and are subject to available funding. The grant applies to Full day care; Child minders; Sessional care; Creche ; Out of School (Breakfast Club; After School Club; Wrap Around) and Holiday Care. All eligible settings must be CSSIW registered. After school clubs should also be registered however provided they are school run this is also acceptable. The scheme was able to fund a maximum of 6 hours one to one support a week this however has just been increased to 12hrs a week. This increase is only until the 31st of March when the whole scheme will be reviewed. If you would like to find out more about the One to One Referral Scheme, please contact Sandra Spratt by Tel: 01792 544019 or Email:

  • New 5 year vision for the NHS in Wales

“Together for Health: A five year vision for the NHS in Wales” has been published. You can view the document at:

  • Warm home discount scheme

A new government scheme called the Warm Home Discount. Under this scheme, social tariffs will gradually be phased out and instead, two separate, clearly identified groups will be offered a credit of £120 each year, for the next four years, to help with winter electricity costs. All of the big six energy suppliers, are part of this scheme including British Gas, Eon, N.Power, Scottish Power, Southern Energy, and EDF. The scheme makes it compulsory for these energy companies to offer the rebate to a core group of pensioners, (those who get the guarantee credit of Pension Credit). The definition of the second, broader group of customers, have been left to the energy companies to define. This group is supposed to include ‘fuel poor’ consumers. The criteria varies between each supplier with some more generous than others, but they basically cover households which have a low income and those with a disability, or long term illness, or child under 5, or a child with a disability. If you think you or anyone you know may be eligible, check with your supplier now and ask for their eligibility criteria for this scheme.

  • Older people and technology (60 Plus)

Swansea University are running a study looking at how older people perceive technology and how that affects their attitude towards and use of new technology. They are looking for volunteers across all abilities – you definitely do NOT need to be a computer expert! All they ask is that you sit in a group and chat to them over tea and sandwiches about your experiences. Their next session is at midday, Wednesday 23rd November 2011, on the main University campus on Oystermouth Road, and should last no longer than two hours. They will reimburse reasonable travel costs, and will provide the tea and sandwiches! So far, all volunteers have really enjoyed themselves, and they are sure that you will too.For more information and to register, please contact Dr Richard Cobley on 01792 602066, leaving a message if not answered. Alternatively, you can email: They would ask that volunteers be aged sixty or over. They aim to accommodate all access and dietary needs.

  • E-Petition: Halt welfare reform

Pat Onions has fought and argued for the needs of carers and claimants for many years. Her petition on the UK Governments ‘E-Petition’ website, calls on the Coalition to “Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families”.Please consider taking a moment to sign Pat’s petition. You can view the petition at: Here!


  • Public Meeting

Have Your Say on DLA Reform
Tuesday 22 November 2011
Neath RFC, The Gnoll, Gnoll Park Road, Neath, SA11 3BU
2 – 4pmThe House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee is holding an open meeting on the UK Government’s proposal to introduce Personal Independence Payment from 2013, replacing Disability Living Allowance for all working age claimants by 2015/16.

“Like DLA, PIP will be a non-means tested, non-contributory tax-free cash benefit paid to people whose disabilities mean they incur extra costs in everyday life.

However, the Government aims to simplify the benefit and reduce expenditure by introducing a new assessment for PIP and changing some of the current rules. The changes include: systematic periodic review of most PIP awards; ending automatic entitlement for specific conditions; replacing DLA’s three rates in the care component with two rates in the new daily living component; and extending the Qualifying period from 3 months to 6 months”. Work and Pensions Committee.

The Committee of Westminster MPs is keen to hear your views, particularly if you, or someone you take care of, are a current working age recipient of DLA. They are keen to le4arn about the following:

  • Do you think DLA needs to be reformed?
  • How well do you understand the purpose of DLA?
  • How would you cope if you didn’t qualify for the new PIP
  • Do you receive help from other sources, such as the Local Authority?
  • Is it right to assess everyone for PIP or should people with some disabilities qualify automatically?
  • How do you think a six month qualifying period will impact on people?
  • Is it important that PIP should act as a gateway to other benefits, such as Carers Allowance, Motability, the Blue Badge scheme ect. , in the same way as DLA?
  • How do you feel about having a face-to-face assessment for PIP?
  • Have you experienced the Work Capability Assesment for Employment and Support Allowance and are there lessons to be learned from that assessment?
  • What’s the best way for the new assessment to deal with fluctuating conditions?
  • Is it right for the assessment to take account of aids and appliances which help people to overcome their difficulties?

This is your chance to have your say as the committee wants to hear directly from people who may be affected as well as taking formal evidence from them. All are welcome at the meeting.

You can also contact: The Clerk, Work and Pensions Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London, SW1A 0AA or email: if you are unable to attend and want to find out how you can present your views.

  • VIWG: Notice of AGM

Thursday 15 December 2011
Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea
2pmVIWG (Vision Impaired West Glamorgan) are holding their AGM on 15th December 2011. Vision impaired people who live in the City and County of Swansea and the County Borough of Neath Port Talbot are welcome to attend, and anyone wishing to be considered for election on to the Management Committee is asked to contact the Chair, Andrea Gordon, or the Vice Chair, Andrew Hubbard, no later than 21 November 2011. There are also vacancies on the committee for people with sight, and VIWG welcome your involvement.

Contact Andrea on mobile phone number 07581 507575 or Contact Andrew on 01792 511343.

This is an open meeting where VIWG will be reporting on work over the last year. VIWG are happy to take questions, talk about plans for the future, and hear what you think.

  • The LC @ Christmas

LC, Oystermouth Road, Swansea
Tel: 01792 466500Christmas Splash – water park sessions with a festive twist!
6-24 Dec

7 Day Gym and Class pass @ £12 for non members 1Dec – 8 Jan


  • Swansea Disability Forum
  • Swansea Disability Forum does not have any training scheduled for November 2011.
  • Introduction to BSL (British Sign Language)

The course will be delivered by a Deaf teacher using British Sign Language (BSL). It will use different learning methods including conversations, role-plays, tutorials and video/DVD work.
Course cost’s including materials and assessment £100.00
Rates available for individuals /low income
Course will run on a Wednesday morning 11.30 to 1.30pm
There will also be an evening class. Details to follow.
First ten to sign up will be on first course :
Swansea Centre for Deaf People, 57a Neath Road Hafod,
Swansea, SA1 2HW
Please contact: phone/ text 07817686324’

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

“On behalf of Swansea Disability Forum, I would like to thank you for your contributions throughout 2011 and to wish you ALL a very Merry Xmas and a prosperous New Year!!!” Pablo Rees, Secretary.

Contact us

Swansea Disability Forum
Charity registration number: 1135336
Address: C/O Pablo Rees
4 Capstan House
354 Oystermouth Road


If you would like to contribute to this newsletter, please contact Emma Carpenter or Elinor Evans at SCVS, Voluntary Action Centre, 7 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5NF by tel: 01792 544018 or email or

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