Posted: Fri 14th Oct 2016

Llanishen Gets Together /
This article is old - Published: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016

An event which aims to promote community spirit and ensure public services in the area are integrated more effectively will be held in Llanishen later this month. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Llanishen Gets Together will bring together organisations who provide services to people in the area as well as businesses and community groups to raise awareness of just what is on offer to local people. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The event at Llanishen Leisure Centre on Saturday, October 29 (12.30 – 5pm) is being organised by the City of Cardiff Council’s Preventative Services which helps people to access a wide range of services in the city to be able to remain living independently for as long as possible. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Figures show that North Cardiff has the highest percentage of people living with dementia in the city with one in 77 (1.3%) compared to about one in 104 people (0.96%) for the wider city. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A range of organisations and charities will be at the Llanishen Gets Together event to promote activities and services already being delivered there and to encourage people in the area to become more involved in their community. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

There will also be a talk about the Dementia Friends initiative which encourages members of the public to receive training to be aware and supportive of the needs of people living with dementia, as well as information on recreational activities for people in the community, young or old, and musical entertainment from Cyncoed & Llanishen Singers, The Vale School of Samba and Goldies Cymru. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Elsmore, said: “Llanishen Gets Together is going to be an excellent opportunity for people in North Cardiff to find out about services that are being delivered in their area, many of which they may not know anything about but which could benefit them greatly. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“With an increasing ageing population and all public services coming under severe budgetary pressures, we have to do things in a more joined-up way. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Our Preventative Services deliver a range of services to help support people to be active in their community, preventing them from becoming isolated and ensuring they have a good quality of life. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“But this event isn’t just about older people in the community, it’s about everyone and how we all can play a part in making our areas more community-focussed and more supportive to all groups in an area. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“As well as our public service partners like the police and ambulance service, there will also be third sector partners and local community groups who will have information about activities and volunteering opportunities in the area to ensure people can remain active and continue to play a valuable role in communities where they live. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I’d encourage Llanishen and the wider North Cardiff community to ‘get together’ with us on October 29. It’s going to be a great event with lots going on and plenty of information available about services in the area.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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