Activities You Can Join (Updated October 2021)
- Funky Zoom Night Club – Mondays 6.30pm 1st and 3rd Monday (Zoom)
- Talk Tuesday – Tuesdays 11.15am Cadoxton Community Hall
- Arts and Crafts – Tuesdays 1.15pm Cadoxton Community Hall
- Ponty Friends – Tuesdays 6.30pm Pontardawe Rugby Club.
- Snack and Chat – Social Bean Cafe Swansea – Wednesdays 11.00am
- Karaoke – Wednesdays 6.00pm (Zoom Members only)
- Advocacy Group – Thursdays 2.00pm (Zoom)
- Film Club – Thursdays 6.00pm (Zoom members only)
- Talk Sport – 1st and 3rd Saturday 10.30am (Zoom)
- Saturday Social with Kelsey and Lily 2nd and 4th Saturday 12 noon (Zoom)
Coming soon… Christmas Disco (9th December), Christmas social event ( 14th December)
Help from Others – ‘At a Loss’ Support Group – Thursdays 10.00am to 11.30am (Macmillan Cancer Support)
Your guide to Advocacy
An advocate is someone who helps you to speak up for yourself.
They can also speak up for you if you find it hard to do this yourself.
An advocate supports you in making your voice and views heard.
Covid 19 Statement September 2021
With the arrival of the Covid 19 pandemic and the introduction of lockdown and social distancing, the way we work had to change dramatically. Although, for their own safety staff are working from home, they are finding ways to stay in touch with our most vulnerable members and other organisations who continue to support learning disabled adults. For the protection of members, we had to suspend all our social activities and postpone plans for some new projects, but have continued to distribute activity sheets, advice and information. Our latest project (YOLO Connect) keeps members in touch by improving their Broadband connections and giving them computers to access the internet. Things are slowly returning to ‘normal’, but infection rates remain high in the community. By popular demand we are slowly going back to face-face groups and events while taking every precaution to protect staff and our members.
Our Website will continue to provide the latest news and advice, and be a place for you to tell us about your experiences of living with Covid.
Making a referral
Someone you know can also refer you such as your social worker, Support worker, carer, friend or family member.
Your Advocate CANNOT
- Choose for you
- Take other people’s side
- Work with you all the time.
- Through West Glamorgan People First, YVA independently facilitates ‘Peer Advocacy’ for people with learning disabilities in Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.
- Peer Advocacy is a unique and effective form of group support.
- Individuals (or ‘Peer Advocates’) use their own skills, knowledge and experiences to help others who may be going through similar issues in their lives.
- Peer Advocacy empowers both the person delivering support and the person receiving it.
- Our Peer Advocacy Officer Sandi Mitchell runs training and support sessions involving people from across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot who feed into a central consultation group called ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’
- ‘NAUWU’ has developed into a powerful tool for direct engagement for people with learning disabilities and the local authority’s co-production initiative.
- For more information on Peer Advocacy please contact us on 07534 056109, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need someone to talk to – maybe thing are getting on top of you or you feel lonely and isolated – our Volunteers are on the other end of the phone to chat. They will just talk, or give practical advice on where to get more help if you need it.
It’s more important than ever to feel part of a community and to join in with our weekly online activities and special events. If you have no internet access, phone, PC or tablet YOLO Connect will look at ways to get you connected, including free equipment, help with broadband subscriptions and advice on staying safe online.
(Part-funded by the Community Foundation Wales)