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Activities You Can Join (Updated february 2024)

    • The Monday Club – Mondays – 1:00pm to 3:00pm – Neath Town Hall
    • Funky Zoom Night Club – First Monday – 6:30pm to 8:00 pm – Zoom
    • Brunch Buddies – Tuesdays – 10:30am to 1:00pm – The Griffin, Wind street, Swansea
    • The Social Friendship Group – Wednesdays – 5pm to 7pm (apart from every third Wednesday) – Social Bean Cafe
    • Diverse-city Support Group – 3rd Wednesdays – 5.30pm to 7.30pm – Social Bean Cafe
    • Cooking Together Workshop – Last Wednesday – 3:30pm to 5:00pm – Social Bean Cafe
    • Snack and Chat – Wednesdays – 11.00am to 1pm – The Malthouse Cafe Swansea (Blended)
    • Advocacy Group – Thursdays – 2pm to 3.30pm – Dylan Thomas Centre (Blended)
    Group Guide

    A special thank you to the following for their support and encouragement.

     Easy Read Conversion Service

    For those organisations who genuinely want to communicate with people who have a learning difference, we offer an easy-read conversion service. Complex documents are simplified and illustrated to make them easy to understand, according to your requirements. Charges are £20.00 per hour. Contact Bill Williams at for more information.

    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.

    What can an Advocate help you with?

    Support you in meetings and appointments

    Help you find out more information

    Talk to social workers, support workers and other professionals for you.

    Help you speak about something you are not happy with, for example –

    • You may not be happy with where you live
    • You may not be happy with how someone has treated you.
    • An advocate will help you sort out these problems

    Privacy and Confidentiality

    means not sharing information.

    Unless you want us to share your information, we will keep it private.

    If we think you or other people are at risk we may break this rule.

    If a court tells us to share your information we will break this rule.

    Making a referral

    You can make a referral yourself by phoning 07496189771
    or completing a service request form on this Website

    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.

    Peer Advocacy

      • 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 07496189771 or email


    Individual Advocacy

    If you have a learning difference or Autism and you need help with something, we offer one to one advice and support.  It may be something to do with benefits, housing or getting the help you need from health or social services.  Just fill in the referral form or give us a ring on 07496189771, and if we can’t help you we’ll find someone who can.