A pioneering project to set up a usercontrolled c

first_imgA pioneering project to set up a user-controlled cooperative should boost the number of disabled people in Wales who use direct payments to fund their own support.The Citizen Directed Co-operatives Cymru (CDCC) project will support disabled people to develop a co-operative to manage their direct payments, allowing them to pool their support funding and giving them more “choice, voice and control”.The project, which has secured £500,000 funding for the next three years from the Big Lottery Fund’s BIG Innovation fund, was launched in Cardiff this week by Disability Wales and the Wales Co-operative Centre (WCC).The funding will allow Disability Wales and WCC to develop a single co-operative – set to be the first user-controlled co-operative in the UK to support disabled people with managing their direct payments – but they are hoping other such organisations will follow in its wake.Direct payments allow disabled people to take their council-funded social care packages as cash payments, giving them more flexibility and allowing them the option of recruiting their own personal assistants.The co-operative model is different to a traditional centre for independent living because it is owned by its members, who all have a say in how it is run.Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales – the national organisation of disabled people’s organisations – said: “We are hoping it will perhaps open up direct payments to a wider range of people who might currently be put off because they do not want the responsibility of employing a PA [personal assistant].”Although members will still be in control of their support, the co-operative will employ the PAs.The new organisation will also offer other options, such as members being able to pool their direct payments to fund group activities, such as drama sessions or watching a football match, or even setting up a social enterprise.Davies said: “We are hoping that this model opens up a host of opportunities that can support people in whatever independence means to them.“For some people it is about personal support, but for others it is about supporting personal interaction.”The new co-operative will also provide users of direct payments with a collective voice.Davies said the cooperative project was seen as a “companion” scheme to its Enabling Wales project, which is developing two new centres for independent living as social enterprises.Davies said that CDCC would “reignite the debate surrounding direct payments and will support and enable greater choice, voice and control for disabled people across Wales”. Although they were introduced in Wales in 1996, only just over 4,000 people are currently receiving their support through direct payments, out of about 95,500 adults (in 2012-13) receiving community-based services.Davies said the project had “emerged at the right time”, with the emphasis in the new Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 – which comes into force in April 2016 – on finding more effective ways to support people, and on a “choice and control” agenda.The act has introduced a duty on local authorities to promote the development of co-operatives, social enterprises, user-led services and the third sector.Trevor Palmer, a Disability Wales board member, added: “As a direct payment recipient, it is such positive news to hear that the CDCC project is being delivered in Wales.“This project will create real opportunities for disabled people to live a more independent life.”The CDCC project has also secured international attention, and among those to offer their backing at the launch was Dr Adolf Ratzka, one of the most influential figures in the European independent living movement, who contributed to the research that led to the funding being awarded.Ratzka (pictured, at this week’s event) is the founder and director of Sweden’s Independent Living Institute, the founding chair of the European Network on Independent Living, and the founder and chair of the Stockholm Cooperative for Independent Living.Professor Mark Drakeford, the Welsh health and social services minister, who attended the launch, said: “A co-operative model for direct payments offers people a real opportunity to make decisions about how they want to lead their lives – independently and in control – as fully participating citizens.“It’s about supporting people to support themselves.“It is through such collaboration and delivering practical leadership and action that we will achieve our vision of a greater voice and control for citizens and their right to live independently in the community.“Co-operatives support positive social change and innovation. They are rooted in local communities.“Any investment stays in the community and is recycled for wider economic and social benefits.”The BIG Innovation fund supports projects that test “new ways of tackling emerging and existing social problems”.Picture by Natasha Hirstlast_img read more

TICKETS for Saints big Super League clash with Wig

first_imgTICKETS for Saints big Super League clash with Wigan Warriors – and the Challenge Cup Quarter Final against Widnes – are selling well.Close to 14,000 have been sold for next Friday’s titanic derby with the auld enemy whilst the visit of the Vikings (Sunday June 28, 4pm) has seen season ticket holders snapping up their seats.Keiron Cunningham’s men will take on the Warriors on Friday June 12 (8pm) with the game having a significant impact on the league table.Saints are just a point ahead of Wigan in the standings and the last time the two teams met on Good Friday a tight old tussle saw Shaun Wane’s men earn the spoils.To get your tickets, call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, telephone 01744 455 052 or log on here.last_img read more


first_imgClub Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “This was a satisfactory financial performance considering we did not reach any finals last year.“We would anticipate a materially improved underlying financial performance in 2019 and further improvements in 2020 and beyond, reflecting on the restructuring of the balance sheet in 2019 and the capitalisation of directors loans.“The club is very soundly positioned going forward in terms of both assets and profitability.”This positive financial news comes after the club recently announced major capitalisation of shareholders’ loans into permanent equity capital.last_img read more

Estimated €58 million of cocaine discovered at Freeport

first_img Dwana Dwana Dwana Dwana DwanaDwana Cocaine with an estimated street value of €5.8 million has been discovered during searches at the Freeport terminal.Customs Officials from the Container Monitoring Unit say that the drugs were discovered during routine checks on reefer containers.Of seven suspected to be high risk, two were searched and found to contain cocaine 43 packets weighing a total of 51.6 kg, hidden among fruit. The drugs were being transported from South America to Albania.The Police Anti-Drug Squad are now conducting investigations into the drugs, and the duty magistrate is now leading a team of experts from the Police Forensics Unit.The find comes no more than a week after the discovery of €32.4 million of cocaine which had also been discovered in containers moving through the Freeport terminal. <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Dwana 1 of 6 WhatsApp SharePrint Dwanalast_img read more

Northern Ireland journalist killed in terrorist incident

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint A 29-year-old journalist was shot dead during rioting in Derry on Thursday night.Lyra McKee, made her name writing about growing up gay in Belfast and published investigative pieces with BuzzFeed and the Atlantic. The journalist was covering the riots and was shot during a night of clashes in which petrol bombs were thrown and vehicles hijacked.In 2016, McKee was named by Forbes as one of the “30 under 30 in media”.The police in Northern Ireland said that the case is being treated as “terrorist incident” and have launched a murder investigation.According to the assistant chief constable, Mark Hamilton, a single gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city and by which McKee was wounded as a result. The journalist was rushed to hospital however she succumbed to death. The police further said that they believe that her murder was carried out by a violent dissident republican.British Prime Minister Theresa May has called the killing as “shocking and truly senseless”, adding: “She was a journalist who died doing her job with great courage.””The death of Lyra McKee in last night’s suspected terrorist incident in Londonderry is shocking and truly senseless. My deepest condolences go to her family, friends and colleagues. She was a journalist who died doing her job with great courage.” – PM @theresa_may— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) April 19, 2019WhatsApplast_img read more

We need to integrate with each other – Muscat

first_img SharePrint Luke ZerafaLuke Zerafa Prime Minister and Partit Laburista (PL) leader Joseph Muscat said that the government will not allow the creation of ghettos. Referring to the cold-blooded murder of migrant Lassine Cisse Souleymane, Muscat said that this tragedy needs become a milestone that teaches us to live together and integrate notwithstanding our diverse culture, skin tone, and nationality.Joseph Muscat said this whilst talking in a political rally in Qormi on Sunday. He also added that we should stop listening to those who want to spread the venom against migrants.The Prime Minister also mentioned that this week, the Cabinet of Ministers will be discussing on an appropriate and just remedy on the issue of pensions for ex-Telemalta employees.Muscat also said that even if the PL wins the upcoming elections once again continuing on the success achieved in the General election of 2017, this will not necessarily translate into four seats for the party at the European Parliament.Touching on Egrant, Joseph Muscat stated that Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) is now with its back against the wall and keeps rehashing the issue even though the result of the inquiry has decreed that what evidence there might have been was false.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more