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24/02/2020

Lucie Jones is one of my favourite singers, so when I was invited to review her first solo concert, I didn’t take much persuading!  Lucie, who is from Pentyrch on the outskirts of Cardiff, first came to my attention when she reached the live finals of X Factor in 2009.  Controversially, she was booted off after a sing-off against Jedward.  Looking back, that seems an almost unbelievable decision by the judges.  However, Lucie was not bitter and has only positive…

24/02/2020

Disabled people from all over Wales have waltzed into 2020 for Strictly Cymru – the country’s renowned inclusive dance competition. Run by charity Leonard Cheshire, in partnership with the national governing body Paradance UK, the competition has seen dancers in both inclusive and wheelchair-specific categories compete in six heats across South Wales, in preparation for the grand final on 6 June. Strictly Cymru is now in its third year. Winning in the inclusive categories at the Carmarthen heat on 17…

20/02/2020

Dogs Trust Bridgend are making a special appeal for their longest serving canine resident, Conker who has been waiting for a home for over 250 days. The two-year-old Lurcher originally found himself in the care of Dogs Trust Bridgend in November 2018. Since then he has been adopted twice but sadly it was not meant to be and been waiting for it to be third time lucky since July 2019. He has been overlooked by more than 1,200 potential new…

19/02/2020

Air Marshal Sir Baz North, President of the RAF Association   Families of serving RAF personnel and veterans in South Wales who are finding life tough will be offered unique training to help them identify, and deal with, the symptoms of poor mental wellbeing. The Royal Air Forces Association, the charity that supports the welfare of the RAF family, is offering mental wellbeing awareness training at venues across the UK, some of which will be in Cardiff and Newport. The…

19/02/2020

La Voix is a supreme drag queen with striking red hair.  She effortlessly manages to tick the four boxes that make her a ‘quadruple threat’ of drag.  She is a fantastic singer, an amazing stand-up comic and impressionist and she always looks incredible!  She first came to national awareness through her performances on Britain’s Got Talent in 2014 and this led to Jennifer Saunders casting her in the Absolutely Fabulous Movie in 2016.  Since then, her popularity has escalated and…

18/02/2020

A ground-breaking Welsh initiative, which supports older people who suffer domestic abuse and is set to be extended across the UK, will present the debut of its next phase at The Angel Hotel Cardiff on Wednesday 19th February. The Dewis Choice project based at the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University (2015-2019) involved co-produced research funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Hosted by the Centre for Age, Gender and Social Justice, Dewis Choice continues to offer a holistic package…

17/02/2020

New research has revealed just how sedentary Cardiffians are, with more than half (57 percent) admitting they spend MOST of their spare time on the sofa and do next to no exercise. In fact, 43 percent of exhausted Cardiff adults said they love spending their weekends ‘just chilling’ after a hectic week and 56 percent admit they are a couch potato. And while six in 10 say they feel restless if they spend the whole day in the house, the average Cardiffian will spend…

17/02/2020

Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Director Berwyn Rowlands has been selected in the Top 10 at the British LGBT Awards in the category “Outstanding Contribution to LGBT Life.”  The British LGBT Awards have been running since 2015 and aim to highlight and celebrate role models and organisations who work to better the lives of LGBT+ people in the UK. The Outstanding Contribution to LGBT Life award celebrates individuals whose work has made a significant impact to the LGBT+ community, and…

17/02/2020

Fire and Rescue Service staff across Wales have shown exceptional professionalism and dedication to assist their communities following two successive storms in just over a week, resources have been extremely stretched with staff being recalled to duty for hours on end to assist their colleagues. These storms have seen an exceptional increase in the number of emergency calls to our fire controls across Wales, with control staff providing critical life saving advice, support and resilience during this busy time. The…

17/02/2020

Red Cross team leader Claire with Gwyneth   Recently, the Welsh Government published their strategy on loneliness and isolation. Kate Griffiths, British Red Cross Director for Wales said: “We welcome the Welsh Government’s strategy on loneliness and social isolation as a good first step, but we continue to call for lasting measures to help tackle the issue. We hope that the initial three-year grant funding announced today will lead to longer term commitments strengthened by firm and ambitious funding in…