It’s reported that more than 25% of older people in Wales feel lonely; we also know that men are more susceptible to feelings of loneliness. Hafan Cymru has taken steps to reduce loneliness and isolation felt by men by establishing the Men’s Sheds Cymru Project.
Last weekend saw Plaid Cymru have become the third party in the Assembly this year to return a new leader in Adam Price, the Assembly Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr. Adam Price beat previous leader Leanne Wood and Rhun ap Iorwerth to the post by taking 49.7% of first preference votes, which meant he didn’t quite reach the requisite 50% mark, leading to Leanne Wood being knocked out of the contest and her second preference votes being redistributed. Second preference votes gave Adam Price 618 more votes, meaning he beat Rhun ap Iorwerth by 3,481 votes to 1,961.
Jon Adams, Project Development Officer at Bronllys Wellbeing Park, will be joining us as a speaker at One Big Housing Conference, as part of a workshop on Rural Housing Cooperatives. He tells us what’s to come.
Dave Palmer, from the Wales Co-operative centre, will be speaking at our One Big Housing Conference. He tells us how Housing Associations and Local Authorities can work with the Wales Co-op Centre to access support.
Darren McGarvey, otherwise known as Loki, is a Scottish rapper, social commentator and author of Orwell prize winning Poverty Safari. We are thrilled to have Darren joining us as a speaker at our Annual Conference in November, where he will give insight into his own experience of poverty and social housing.
I wonder if our politicians feel the same back-to-school blues at the end of recess as I always did at the end of the summer holidays. Do they have crisp, new suits that just aren’t comfy yet? Clean new notebooks and pens stuffed into their bags that they will write the date neatly at the top of each page for a week or two? Do they vow to try a bit harder this year?
As both the Assembly and Westminster term have now drawn to a close for the summer recess, we can (perhaps) breathe a sigh of relief that we don’t need to be paying constant attention to the news for the next few weeks in case something, anything, is decided about our future relationship with the European Union. As we wave goodbye to the eventful (to say the least) events of the past few months, now seems like a good time to reflect on where we are currently so we can at least go into the next term with some sort of understanding. I am not expecting the next term will be any less eventful, but perhaps there will at least be a few solutions on the table.