October 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 pabwales@gmail.com. or tel: 07423 063941.

  • Taxi TextOur 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 pabwales@gmail.com. or tel: 07423 063941.
  • Continence CampaignWe 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 elinor_evans@scvs.org.uk.or 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 pabwales@gmail.com. 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 – Equality ObjectivesThe City and County of Swansea has always been committed to supporting equality and wants to make sure that fairness remains at the heart of the Council’s work. This is why we are asking YOU to take part in our planned consultation on the work we are currently undertaking.As a local authority in Wales, the City and County of Swansea is required by law to develop and publish a series of Equality Objectives. We want these Objectives to make a real difference and address the most important issues to the people of Swansea. All of the Council’s departments are involved in this work and we’ll be publishing updates on our progress every year.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.Here are some of the ways you can get involved:Blue Badge ConsultationPlease use the link below to access the current blue badge consultation which runs until the end of October 2011. http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/transport/bluebadge/?lang=en
    • We are holding a drop-in session in Central Library on Wednesday 12th October from 12noon to 7pm. Members of the Access to Services team will be present to discuss the objectives with anyone who wishes to come along (a British Sign Language interpreter will be present).
    • We are offering the option of commenting on the objectives via email. Anyone interested in doing this can contact accesstoservices@swansea.gov.uk to register their interest.
    • We are offering the option of attending community groups at their own venues and delivering a short session allowing attendees to comment on the draft Equality Objectives.

    If you would like any further information on the above, please don’t hesitate to contact Access to Services on 01792 636745 or email accesstoservices@swansea.gov.uk.

  • TALKBACK: The Swansea Children and Young People’s Disability Strategy ConsultationThursday 13 October and Monday 24 October 2011, Committee Rooms 1 and 2, Civic Centre, 10.15am to 3.00pmThe City and County of Swansea are holding two separate consultation sessions for young people, parent carers and professionals to hear about the Swansea Children and Young People’s Disability Strategy. The Disability Strategy Group has been working on improving joint consultation, and listening to parents and young people. The other themes that it is looking at are supporting families, and positive awareness of disability issues.If you were unable to reserve a place to attend the consultation sessions, The Children and Young People’s Disability Strategy is also available to view at http://www.cypswansea.co.uk/ from 26 September 2011.
  • Swimming lessons for adults with disabilitiesAdults with disabilities can now enjoy some time in the pool at Penlan Leisure Centre in dedicated sessions with fully qualified and supervised staff. The sessions are aimed at adults with various disabilities such as MS, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, people who have had a stroke, to name a few.The classes are at Penlan Leisure Centre on Thursdays from 3 – 3.45pm. Prices are £4.60 std, £3.40 concession and £2.37 PTL. For further information please contact Penlan Leisure Centre on 01792 588079.
  • RNIB Cymru’s Welfare Rights Service now running in SNPTRNIB Cymru’s new Welfare Rights Service is now up and running in Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot. The service will be available to anyone living in these areas with sight loss regardless of whether they are registered blind or partially sighted. The service is funded for 2 years by the Big Lottery Fund and will be provided in partnership with Vision Impaired West Glamorgan.Sight loss can result in additional expenses that can prevent people from going about their day-to-day life. This service will help people find out exactly what they are able to claim for, help them to fill out forms, challenge benefit awards or decisions and provide representation at Tribunals if necessary. It is our goal to ensure that everyone receives everything that they are entitled to.In 2010/11 alone RNIB Cymru’s Welfare Rights Service enabled 484 people to claim just under £1million in benefits they had had not been aware that they were entitled to. The difference that this extra money makes to people’s day to day lives cannot be underestimated.If you are blind or partially sighted and feel you would benefit from the scheme you can ring RNIB Cymru’s Welfare Rights Service on 01792 776360.


  • World Sight Day: Soccer event!Saturday 15 October 2011
    Pitch Soccer venue, Fforestfach, 1-3pmGlantawe Lions Club are hosting a fun football event to mark World Sight Day, where normally sighted players will be masked and playing against visually impaired people in one of 6 x 20 minute matches. Some of the visually impaired teams taking part include Swansea City Visually Impaired Juniors and Swansea City Visually Impaired Seniors. Soccer skills aren’t necessary, just be healthy, able to enter and join in the fun of the day.Contact Christine Sweeney if you’re interested in taking part, by tel: 0845 833 95 26 or email: christine.sweeney@glantawelions.org.uk.
  • The Hardest Hit: Cardiff22 October 2011
    12.30pm start: speeches and marchThe Hardest Hit rally, march and lobby on 11May was a success and the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) and the UK Disabled People’s Council (UKDPC) are working together to support further “Hardest Hit” activity on and around 22 October.RNIB Cymru and Disability Wales are organising an event in Cardiff, which will start at 12.30pm. After speeches, the march will start at approximately 1.30pm, and they plan to march through Cardiff town centre and back up through St Mary’s street. Cardiff Council and South Wales Police are working with us to ensure the day runs smoothly and safely. For more information on how you can help, or if you wish to help in planning, please contact Andy or Miranda on wales@hardesthit.org.uk
  • SCVS: AGMThursday 10 November
    Scout & Guide HQ, Bryn Road, Brynmill, Swansea
    5.30 – 7.00pmSwansea Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) hold their AGM on the 10th November 2011. Speakers and agenda to be confirmed at a later date.
  • Cancelled event: Meeting with Geraint Davies MP, Friday 30th SeptemberAt last minute notice, unfortunately, this event had to be cancelled. Swansea Disability Forum’s committee will meet to discuss rearranging this meeting in future and keep you informed of any developments.

October Meetings

  • SAFEThe next SAFE (Swansea Access For Everyone) meeting will be held on Thursday 20th October at 6.30pm. Euros Owen, 50 + Strategy Co-ordinator, Performance and Strategic Planning CCS, will be attending.
  • Disability Wales – AGMDW hold their AGM on Wednesday 19th October at the Hilton Hotel, Newport, from 10am – 4pm.
  • *Change of venue: Module 4 on “Working Together – building partnerships & relationships”being held on Thursday 20th October has now been moved from Parc y Scarlets to the Village Hotel, Swansea.


  • Swansea Disability ForumSwansea 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.E3 – Equality Education Enterprise Equality Education Enterprise is one of four COASTAL projects run from Swansea Vale Resource Centre. It provides Disability Equality Training to schools, businesses and public and voluntary sector organisations. For more information about COASTAL@Swansea Vale, take a look at the recently published Swansea Social Services newsletter on the following link Here!.If you’re interested in delivering training to help break down barriers; working with businesses to help them become more inclusive; or would prefer to help behind the scenes, we’d love to hear from you.The new autumn term Training Programme 2011 is now available to view on the SCVS website: Click Here!
    • Swansea Disability Forum does not have any training scheduled for October 2011.

If you are not already a member of SCVS and wish to join please follow the link here: http://www.scvs.org.uk/join/p1566.html.

Contact us

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

Email: disability.forum@hotmail.co.uk

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 emma_carpenter@scvs.org.uk or elinor_evans@scvs.org.uk.


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