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Welcome to Cartrefi's News and Events. 

6th April 2018

Gender Pay Gap


11th December 2017

The End of an Era...but the Journey Continues with New Local Co-op Forums

Chaired by Director Siobhan Carey, the end to this year saw the final meeting of the Mid and East National Representative Group.  This is to make way for the new Co-operative Forums.

The NRG consisted of staff and the people we support working in consultation with one another, as well as working alongside some of the Board of Directors and Adrian Roper, Cartrefi's Chief Executive.  By doing this they achieved many useful things.

We feel it is worth acknowledging all the hard work and achievements, some of which includes;

- Looking at support worker job descriptions and interview questions.

- Making informative video guides about Working in Someone's Home and The Social Services Wellbeing Act.

- The Shape Up 2017 Campaign, encouraging others to be more active.

- Enabling the people we support in quality checking.

Siobhan wanted to thank all NRG members, Carol, William, Nae, Donna, Audrey, Daniel and Susan for all their hard work.  

Members of the NRG have since been invited to join their local forum.  This offers all stakeholders the opportunity to get involved in having a say about how Cartrefi works, making a positive difference to your local community and taking part in voting and representing others.



6th November 2017

Flares, a small social enterprise in Bridgend are producing items for sale such as snowman jute bags, t-shirts and craft items.   To purchase one of these items and support a great cause, simply download an order form and email it to;


 Snowman bags


20th June 2017

We've reached 100 plus members!

Susan Aubrey - 100th member

We are excited to be a part of the UK's dynamic co-sector.

We are working towards building our co-operative, to strengthen communities.  We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Susan, our 100th member.  Let's join forces to embed the co-op values and principles in our day to day lives.


Pictured: Susan Aubrey, Support Worker, Brecon



Disabled Access Day

10th - 12th March 2017

Looking for something to do but struggle to find an accessible venue?  Well we have done the looking for you...

This weekend sees the annual Disabled Access Day across the UK, designed to celebrate good access and create opportunities for people to try something new.

This campaign, now in its 3rd year showcases excellence in access.  Organisations and venues in your area offer a warm welcome and many offer dedicated events and activities, such as touch tours, performances, sensory experiences and level access.

This event has grown in popularity over the 3 years, therefore this year it will be extended for 3 days, 10th - 12th March 2017. It has attracted sponsors such as Barclays, Gatwick Airport and Quest 88.

This campaign is promoted and sponsored by the fantastic Euan's Guide; a listing and review site that help people with disabilities, their friends and families determine which venues are accessible.  Cartrefi Cymru has historic links with Euan's Guide and we respect their work.

Last year, there were a number of dedicated events across Wales.  The website  is currently being uploaded with activities but there are some big headline events in places like London, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.   

So looking for something more locally..... 

What's on in North Wales?


At Welshpool, the Heulwen Trust are running two adapted canal boats to offer people with

Billy Brown on the boatdisabled trips on the Montgomery Canal.  

On Sunday, 12th March they have a free boat trip from Welshpool at 12.00pm for a twohour trip.  If there is a high demand, the Heulwen Trust will put on additional journeys during the weekend. 

For more information about this event, you can follow this link: Accessible Boat Trips in Welshpool.


What's on in Mid Wales?


The Tyddyn Retreat Mid Wales Venue & Holiday Cottages in Caersws are offering an irresistible Welsh tea.   You can find more information about this event here, Welsh Teas in Caersws.

Just over the border...

For those seeking a more active day out, perhaps a pedal around Shrewsbury's town park sounds a fun way to spend the afternoon?   A short hop across the border to Shrewsbury has Quest 88 holding an open day at the Inclusive Cycling Hubon the Saturday.  

They have a number of special cycles, tandems, handcycles and tricycles available. Together with some coaching and bags of encouragement, they are offering a complementary coffee and cake at Stop Café. You can find out more, by clicking here: Accessible Cycles in Shrewsbury.   

Note: Quest 88 have been in touch and extended a warm welcome to Cartrefi Cymru. 

What's on in West Wales?


If you are local or fancy a trip to Boncath in Pembrokeshire, Clynfyw Farm is a lovely, accessible day out. Click here to see what they have coming up, Clynfyw Farm website 


Want to know more? 

For more information on accessible venues and what's happening around your local area, its worth a visit to  You can also get the latest by following @access_day on Twitter.  

As we see more event in Wales, we will up date this page.  Also if any readers know of other #access_day events happening in Wales, please let us know so we can share!

 See our latest edition of Real Life Outcomes 

This edition of Real Life Outcomes comes from Powys.  A lot has been happening, so have a read of all the great news that has been going on in these areas recently.

Real Life Outcomes promo


Don't miss out on our Summer Fayre at Llandrindod 

Come and join us for competitions, games, workshops featuring sensory story telling, music groups and arts and craft sessions.  Fun photobooth, book stalls, nail painting and much more.

Time: 19th August 2017 12 noon to 5.00 pm 

Address: The Pavilion, Llandrindod Wells, Powys. 



Personal Progress QCF

Geraint Eardley recently completed his Personal Progress QCF at our assessment centre in our Bangor office.

Geraint says that he thoroughly enjoyed the qualification and he feels he has learnt a great deal from undertaking it. He also says the qualification has given him new found confidence.

These qualifications provide our learners with a foundation for lifelong learning and focus on the transferable social and life skills needed for living in the community.

Well done Geraint!




Promoting Independence Awards 2015

Cartrefi is lucky to have many fantastic teams, but one team in particular deserves a special mention. Our team in Brenig, Denbighshire was nominated for the Cymorth Cymru Top Team Award in this year's national competition, the Promoting Independence Awards.

The awards acknowledge and celebrate some of the fantastic work achieved within the housing, homelessness and social care sectors; who all work tirelessly to support vulnerable people to overcome barriers and fulfil their potential. There were more than 70 nominations, from across Wales, for this year's awards and we were delighted to discover that our Brenig team won 'Top Team 2015'.

The team at Brenig has achieved impressive things in how they have managed complex behaviour within their service, but even more impressive are the outcomes that they have helped the people they support to achieve. We want to thank Paul, Tony, Jim, Nikita, Jane, Hayley and Yasmin for their fantastic team work and their commitment to getting it right for the people we support. Special thanks to Steve and Jane for some fantastic, person-centred leadership over there. It's a great achievement.

PIA 2015


Enabling State Award

Back in November we were delighted to be shortlisted as 1 of 6 finalists in Carnegie UK Trust's 'Enabling State' challenge. The focus of the competition was to reward groups and organisations that help to improve the wellbeing of citizens and communities.

Our Floating Support Service in Brecon demonstrates an innovative new approach of support which empowers the services users and enables them to decide on the types of services they would like to receive, enabling them to be more independent.

The awards ceremony was held on the 25th November in London and here you can see our team from Brecon proudly receiving an Enabling State award. To view the video submission we entered into the competition, click the link below.

Enabling State 

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