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Cardiff West Constituency Surgery moves to Ely & Caerau Hub

Ely and Caerau’s new Hub will open on the Jasmine Centre site this summer. Mark Drakeford AM and Kevin Brennan MP will hold the Cardiff West Constituency Surgery at the Hub every Saturday 10am-1230pm, starting July 5th. Surgeries will no longer be held at Ely Library from this date. The Hub is located in Ely just off Cowbridge Road West by the Fire Station. The address is: Ely & Caerau Hub, Treseder Way, Cardiff CF5 5NW. Click here to see the Hub on a map. Other facilities at the Hub will include: Full library service with events and activities for children. IT and self-service facilities including free internet access and telephone. Quiet area for study and use of IT. Housing advice and Benefits advice. Base for Communities First group ACE (Action in Caerau and Ely). Space for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Credit Unions and other community groups to offer their services. A café where people can mingle and share ideas informally. Caerau’s two Labour councillors praised the new facility.  Cllr Peter Bradbury said: “This is the one-stop shop Caerau needs – a place where you can get advice, develop your skills, access the full range of council services or just sit down and read a book.” Cllr Read more [...]

Search for grants in Cardiff West

GRANTfinder is by far the UK’s largest and most comprehensively supported searchable database. It is a user-friendly database carrying in excess of 6,000 UK and EU funding programmes, a reservoir of information that is constantly growing and continuously updated. We have access to it through our National Assembly account, and we can perform searches and provide the results to organisations in Cardiff West. If you are interested, please provide as much information as possible about your organisation and types of funding sought so that we can narrow down the results as much as possible. The sorts of useful information would include: location; total project value; who is applying for the funding; what they want the funding for; and number of employees (relevant only to the private sector). GRANTfinder’s search mechanism can identify funding opportunities for up-and-coming projects, but also it can search a particular funding programme or provider, without a project in mind (but the number of results can be unwieldy). Read more [...]

Please vote for Ely Fireworks Display

If you’ve a moment please click on this link to vote for the charity Ely Garden Villagers. If successful Lloyds Bank will provide funding for this charity in Ely – a largely disadvantaged community in my constituency Cardiff West – to put on a free fireworks display for local kids.

Alternatively you can text “VOTE FBR” to 61119, OR tweet “#CommFund FBR”, OR you can visit the Lloyd’s branch near Victoria Park on Cardiff Road East. You could also do all four! Many thanks.

Mark honoured to continue work as Health Minister, as new Cabinet announced by First Minister

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, announced last week a reshuffle of his cabinet. He said his new cabinet was ready to focus on the tough choices Wales needs to create world class public services, and to build on the recent improvements in the Welsh economy. Leighton Andrews returns to Government as Minister for Public Services. Carl Sargeant is now the Minister for Natural Resources and Lesley Griffiths becomes the Minister for Communities & Tackling Poverty. Edwina Hart, Huw Lewis, Mark Drakeford retain their current responsibilities, with Jane Hutt adding Government Business to her Finance role. Janice Gregory continues as Chief Whip. Established Deputy Ministers Ken Skates and Vaughan Gething will be given enhanced roles to cover Culture, Sport & Tourism and Health respectively. The First Minister retains responsibility for the Welsh language, constitutional affairs and promoting Wales abroad. First Minister, Carwyn Jones, said "This is a cabinet equipped with the skills and experience to deliver the changes that Wales needs in the crucial months ahead. We promised this would be a term of delivery and I am proud of what we have achieved together in the last three years.  Unemployment is lower here Read more [...]