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SCIP (SW) MONTHLY UPDATE BULLETIN - August 2006
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Conferences & Events of interest August 2006: NPTCBC Children’s Services Recruitment Event – Neath – 09/08/06

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September 2006: SCIP (SW) Annual Conference – Llanelli – 12/09/06 Swansea & West Wales National Back Exchange Group Falls Prevention Conference – 14/09/06 Pembrokeshire SCWDP Event – Pembs – 22/09/06 Careers Convention @ Dwr-Y-Felin Comprehensive School – Neath – 27/09/06 Equality & Diversity: Coming of Age Conference – Cardiff – 28/09/06

SCIP(SW) Annual Conference

Social Care in Partnership (SW), the regional social care partnership for South West Wales, is holding its Third Annual Conference in The Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli on 12th September 2006. This event will provide an opportunity for you to hear about the many benefits free membership of the Regional Partnership can provide. Social Care In Partnership (SW) was created to ensure that all parts of the sector – statutory, private, voluntary and learning providers work together – sharing vital knowledge and experience to raise the profile of the sector across Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot to tackle the recruitment, retention and workforce development challenges we all face. With so many changes and developments affecting the sector at this time the conference is aiming to provide members the opportunity to interact with organisations supporting the social care sector including: Social Services Improvement Agency, Welsh Local Government Association, SCIE, Careers Wales West, Jobcentre Plus, and many more. A Conference booking form is attached for your consideration, to be returned to the Partnership Coordinator by 8th September 2006. We hope that you will be able to find the time to attend this important event and find out about the progress being made by the regional partnership on behalf of you - its members. SWANSEA & WEST WALES NATIONAL BACK EXCHANGE GROUP FALLS PREVENTION CONFERENCE

Multi Agency Conference

Please find attached an invitation to attend a conference on 14th September 2006, in Brecon 10:30am – 14:30pm The Conference aims to: Raise the awareness of falls, risk factors and prevention strategies amongst those working with older people in hospitals or in the community. There will be a number of short presentations from specialists in the field of falls management. 1

Workforce development is a national initiative provided by Careers Wales, designed to help employers realise the full potential of their employees. Workforce For Employers the Careers Wales Workforce Development Team can provide: Development Teams –  A free, confidential and impartial service; Careers Wales  A professional on/off site advice service on learning opportunities;  Assessment of existing skills and learning needs of your employees;  An objective summary of employee’s skills, abilities, attributes and needs, to help you plan and develop your business For further details please contact your local Careers Wales office on freephone 0800 100 900 or visit their website at www.careerswales.com Don’t forget an efficient workforce is an effective one. Have you prepared for the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006? NIACE Dysgu Cymru - Older and Bolder Until now there has been no legislation that covers discrimination on the grounds of age. You may well be aware that new regulations come into force in October 2006. They cover employment and training. Individuals will be able to have greater control over their retirement age and will be able to challenge a variety of decisions e.g if they are rejected for promotion or are not offered a place on training, if they think these are made on the basis of age. There are implications for employers and also for providers of education and training. NIACE has been funded by the Department of Trade and Industry to provide information for educational providers on the incoming changes. On 28th September 2006 there will be a conference in Cardiff. Details of the conference and links to the helpline and website are given on the NIACE Dysgu Cymru Older and Bolder web pages; http://niace.rcthosting.com/en/OAB/eventsdetail.asp?Section=54&Ref=1480 (alternatively please find attached a PDF format conference application) Getting your Voices Heard Getting your voices heard is a course that has been developed by NIACE Dysgu Cymru to support older people to influence decisions that affect them. The course has been piloted and in the Autumn will be putting on some free training the trainer courses. These courses are suitable for community development workers and community activists who are able to work with a group of older people. Further details; http://niace.rcthosting.com/en/OAB/eventsdetail.asp?Section=54&Ref=1590 While you are following up the links above please spend a little time reviewing their newly reconfigured web pages for Older and Bolder. There is now much more information, more photographs, more inspiring stories. If you would like to contact NIACE Dysgu Cymru on this or other activities available, please contact Rachel Lewis on rachel.lewis@niacedc.org.uk

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Business Eye is a free, impartial information service for Wales created to find the answers to your business questions. Business Eye Whether you are an established company, a new idea, a sole trader or an employer of hundreds, Business Eye is here to help and can put you in contact with support from the public, private or voluntary sectors. Business Eye can act as a bespoke signposting service for employers seeking solutions, support, funding, etc to meet their specific requirements as they manage the most comprehensive Directory of Business Support Services available to Welsh businesses. You can contact Business Eye on Tel: 08457 96 97 98 or visit their website at www.businesseye.org.uk Business Eye also provide a newsletter which can be obtained by contacting assistance@businesseye.org.uk Don’t forget once you’ve made contact keep in touch as Business Eye receives constant updates on services, grants support available that could help your business now and in the future. Just a reminder that as part of the support offered by Social Care in Partnership (SW) we offer members a free opportunity to advertise their vacancies on our web pages within the new Social Services Improvement Agency website (which incidentally receives 2,500 – 3,000 web hits per week). Our webpage’s now offer more information on the Partnership, Communications, Learning, Funding and Recruitment, as well as website links to other useful social care providers/opportunities. If you would like your vacancies published free of charge on the Partnership’s recruitment web page, whether as a one off vacancy or on a continual basis, then please complete the attached vacancy template or placement vacancy template to the Partnership Coordinator j.alford@npt.gov.uk Please advise at time of sending, if you would like the vacancy to remain ongoing each month or if you have a specific closing date for applications to be received. The Employer Pledge has been developed as part of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Strategy – Words Talk, Numbers Count – to reduce the substantial number of adults in Wales with poor literacy and/or numeracy skills. The Pledge is intended for all private and public sector companies and organisations, whatever their size, and allows them to demonstrate their commitment to the National Strategy in a concrete way. At all stages support is provided. Addressing basic skills issues in the workplace is seen as an important part of the National Strategy. Benefits to the employer of doing so include: quality improvements, increased accuracy, improved customer relations and better team performance. Signing up to the Employers Pledge helps to promote the Strategy but, more importantly, highlights your company’s commitment to developing the potential of its employees and helps it to gain the business benefits that come from addressing any basic skills issues. For further information, please contact NSP for Basic Skills in the Workplace, Basic Skills Agency, Office 4, Rainbow Business Centre, Phoenix Way, Swansea Enterprise Park, Swansea, SA7 9EH. Tel: 01792 792046 or visit the website at www.basic-skills-wales.org Please note that there are two support officers for the South West Wales region these are: 3

SCIP (SW) Recruitment Website

The Basic Skills Employer Pledge

Neath Port Talbot & Swansea Lynn Nedin Tel: 07795 283 570 Email: lynnn@basic-skills.co.uk

Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire Jan Hagger Tel: 07788 423 406 Email: jan.hagger@tesco.net

Details of The Employer Pledge can also be found on our Communications pages on the Partnership’s website www.ssiacymru.org.uk Services in Health Education Ltd – Training & Development Consultancy Services Services in the Health Education Limited ( S.H.E. Ltd ) was established in 1996 and consists of a team of professional tutors and instructors with a vast collective knowledge. Their expertise has been gained from years of experience in many varied business areas. Training skills and practical experience have been acquired within the national Health Service, Social Services. retail and leisure industry environments and a number of other government agencies. Services in Health Education Limited adopted the motto " Nil Nisi Bonum " which roughly translated means " Nothing but the Best is Good Enough " -- and this reflects the core values and broad aims and objectives of this company. The company is now a well-established coaching and training provider for many agencies throughout the United Kingdom. Please check out their website at www.sihe-ltd.com for information about the courses available, or contact them on Tel: 02920 757776 Symmons Madge Associates – Health & Social Care Training Courses Symmons Madge Associates offer all their training courses on an in-house basis. Such courses can be delivered at your workplace at a time to suit you, your staff team and service users. Courses can also be adapted and tailored to meet your particular needs or we can split a training day to cover two areas as 2 half day courses. With costs from £350+vat for a half day course for up to 16 delegates this represents excellent value for money. All delegates receive a comprehensive set of notes and a certificate of attendance.
Please check out their website at www.symmonsmadge.co.uk for information about the courses available, or contact them on Tel: 01446 775959

Training Updates

For further information on any item in this bulletin, then please contact: Julie Alford, Partnership Coordinator, Tel: 07866 581 761 or Email: j.alford@npt.gov.uk www.ssiacymru.org.uk

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