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Contact your AM #SaveWILG

Here is an alphabetical list of AM contact details, so why not send festive messages to those with the influence to help #SaveWILG? Please feel free to encourage AMs to help protect independent living for disabled people with high support needs across Wales. If you are stuck for something to write, just spend two minutes reading this blog, my Twitter feed (@nathanleedavies) or our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SaveWILG) and you will soon get the idea.

Thanks for all your support in helping us to campaign for equality and justice in a crooked world.

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Mick Antoniw AM

10 Market Street
Pontypridd
CF37 2ST

0300 200 7309

Mick.Antoniw@assembly.wales

Rhun ap Iorwerth AM

1B Church Street
Llangefni
Ynys Môn
LL77 7DU

01248 723 599

rhun.apiorwerth@assembly.wales

Mohammad Asghar (Oscar) AM

Unit 1
Fairoak House
15-17 Church Road
Newport
NP19 7EJ

01633 220022

Mohammad.Asghar@assembly.wales

Gareth Bennett AM

National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

0300 200 7263

Gareth.Bennett@assembly.wales

Hannah Blythyn AM

38 Church Street
Flint
Flintshire
CH6 5AE

0300 200 7132

Hannah.Blythyn@assembly.wales

Dawn Bowden AM

110 High Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8AP

0300 200 7170

Dawn.Bowden@assembly.wales

Michelle Brown AM

National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

Michelle.Brown@assembly.wales

Jayne Bryant AM

National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

0300 200 7104

Jayne.Bryant@assembly.wales

Angela Burns AM

County Chambers
Warren Street
Tenby
Pembrokeshire
SA70 7JS

01834 843 052

Angela.Burns@assembly.wales

Hefin David AM

Bargoed YMCA
Aeron Place
Gilfach
Bargoed
CF81 8JA

01443 838542

Hefin.David@assembly.wales

Alun Davies AM

23 Beaufort Street
Brynmawr
Blaenau Gwent
NP23 4AQ

01495 311 160

Alun.Davies@assembly.wales

Andrew RT Davies AM

National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

0300 200 7227

AndrewRT.Davies@assembly.wales

Paul Davies AM

20 Upper Market Street
Haverfordwest
SA61 1QA

01437 766425

Paul.Davies@assembly.wales

Suzy Davies AM

Cornhill Chambers
8 Christina Street
Swansea
SA1 4EW

0300 200 7209

Suzy.Davies@assembly.wales

Mark Drakeford AM

395 Cowbridge Road East
Canton
Cardiff
CF5 1JG

029 2022 3207

Mark.Drakeford@assembly.wales

Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM

7 Bank Place
Porthmadog
LL49 9AA

01766 515028

Dafydd.Elis-Thomas@assembly.wales

Rebecca Evans AM

9 Pontardulais Road
Gorseinon
Swansea
SA4 4FE

01792 899 081

Rebecca.Evans@assembly.wales

Janet Finch-Saunders AM

29 Madog Street
Llandudno
LL30 2TL

01492 871 198

Janet.Finch-Saunders@Assembly.Wales

Russell George AM

13 Parker’s Lane
Newtown
SY16 2LT

0300 200 7206

Russell.George@assembly.wales

Vaughan Gething AM

National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

0300 200 7150

Vaughan.Gething@assembly.wales

John Griffiths AM

7th Floor
Clarence House
Clarence Place
Newport
NP19 7AA

01633 222 302

John.Griffiths@assembly.wales

Lesley Griffiths AM

Vernon House
41 Rhosddu Road
Wrexham
LL11 2NS

01978 355743

Lesley.Griffiths@assembly.wales

Llyr Gruffydd AM

Birch House Business Centre
Hen Lon Parcwr
Ruthin
Denbighsire
LL15 1NA

01824 703 593

Llyr.Gruffydd@assembly.wales

Siân Gwenllian AM

8 Castle Street
Caernarfon
LL55 1SE

01286 672076

Sian.Gwenllian@assembly.wales

Neil Hamilton AM

The Office of Neil Hamilton
Whitland Town Hall,
King Edward Street,
Whitland,
SA34 0AA

0300 200 7422

Neil.Hamilton@assembly.wales

Mike Hedges AM

97 Pleasant Street
Morriston
Swansea
SA6 6HJ

01792 790621

Mike.Hedges@assembly.wales

Vikki Howells AM

27 High Street
Aberdare
CF44 7AA

01685 881 388

Vikki.Howells@assembly.wales

Jane Hutt AM

115 High Street
Barry
CF62 7DT

01446 740981

Jane.Hutt@assembly.wales

Huw Irranca-Davies AM

Unit 2
112-113 Commercial Street
Maesteg
CF34 9DL

0300 200 7105

Huw.Irranca-Davies@assembly.wales

Mark Isherwood AM

Delyn Conservative Assoc.
5 Halkyn Street
Holywell
CH8 7TX

01352 710232

Mark.Isherwood@assembly.wales

Julie James AM

1st Floor
11 Wind Street
Swansea
SA1 1DP

01792 460 836

Julie.James@assembly.wales

Ann Jones AM

The Hub
69-75 Wellington Road
Rhyl
LL18 1BE

01745 332813

Ann.Jones@assembly.wales

Caroline Jones AM

National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

Caroline.Jones@assembly.wales

Carwyn Jones AM

1st/2nd Floor Suites
3 Cross Street
Bridgend
CF31 1EX

01656 664320

Carwyn.Jones@assembly.wales

Elin Jones AM

Ty Goronwy
32 Heoly Wig
Aberystwyth
SY23 2LN

01970 624516

Elin.Jones@assembly.wales

Helen Mary Jones AM

National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1NA

0300 200 6565

HelenMary.Jones@assembly.wales

Mandy Jones AM

National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

01248 717 052

mandy.jones@assembly.wales

Steffan Lewis AM

1a Griffiths Blds
Victoria Terrace
Newbridge
Caerphilly
NP11 4EW

0300 200 7138

Steffan.Lewis@assembly.wales

Dai Lloyd AM

Uned 2
Ffordd Brunel
Parc Ynni Baglan
SA11 2FP

0300 200 7255

Dai.Lloyd@assembly.wales

Neil McEvoy AM

321 Cowbridge Road East
Canton
Cardiff
CF5 1JD

0300 200 7434

Neil.McEvoy@assembly.wales

David Melding AM

Office 2
20 Pantbach Road
Birchgrove
Cardiff
CF14 1UA

029 2062 3088

David.Melding@assembly.wales

Jeremy Miles AM

7 High Street
Pontardawe
Swansea
SA8 4HU

01792 869993

Jeremy.Miles@assembly.wales

Darren Millar AM

North Wales Business Park
Abergele
LL22 8LJ

01745 839117

Darren.Millar@assembly.wales

Eluned Morgan AM

19 Cartlett
Haverfordwest
Pembrokeshire
SA61 2LH

03002007310

Eluned.Morgan@assembly.wales

Julie Morgan AM

17 Plasnewydd
Whitchurch
Cardiff
CF14 1NR

029 2061 4577

Julie.Morgan@assembly.wales

Lynne Neagle AM

73 Upper Trosnant Street
Pontypool
NP4 8AU

01495 740022

Lynne.Neagle@assembly.wales

Rhianon Passmore AM

208 High Street
Blackwood
NP12 1AJ

01495 225 162

Rhianon.Passmore@assembly.wales

Adam Price AM

37 Wind Street
Ammanford
SA18 3DN

01269 597 677

Adam.Price@assembly.wales

Nick Ramsay AM

The Grange
16 Maryport Street
Usk
NP15 1AB

01291 674898

Nicholas.Ramsay@assembly.wales

Jenny Rathbone AM

165 Albany Road
Cardiff
CF24 3NT

029 2025 6255

Jenny.Rathbone@assembly.wales

Mark Reckless AM

20 Commercial Street
Pontypool
Torfaen
NP4 6JS

07970 930275

Mark.Reckless@assembly.wales

David Rees AM

Water Street Business Centre
Water Street
Port Talbot
SA12 6LF

01639 870779

David.Rees@assembly.wales

David J Rowlands AM

20 Commercial Street
Pontypool
Torfaen
NP4 6JS

0300 200 7235

DavidJ.Rowlands@assembly.wales

Jack Sargeant AM

National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1NA

0300 200 6565

Jack.Sargeant@assembly.wales

Bethan Sayed AM

Unit 2
Brunel Way
Baglan Energy Park
Port Talbot
SA11 2FP

01639 820 530

Bethan.Sayed@assembly.wales

Ken Skates AM

Unit 19
The Malthouse Business Centre
Regent Street
Llangollen
LL20 8RP

0300 200 7114

Ken.Skates@assembly.wales

Lee Waters AM

43 Pottery Street
Llanelli
Carmarthenshire
SA15 1SU

01554 774 902

Lee.Waters@assembly.wales

Joyce Watson AM

3 Red Street
Carmarthen
SA31 1QL

01267 233448

Joyce.Watson@assembly.wales

Kirsty Williams AM

4 Water Gate
Brecon
LD3 9AN

01874 625739

Kirsty.Williams@assembly.wales

Leanne Wood AM

68 Heol Pontypridd
Porth
CF39 9PL

01443 681420

Leanne.Wood@assembly.wales

Pete Shelley Tribute: Day 4

On my Facebook page I am posting a week long tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley and I thought I would post these on my Blog as well so that as many people as possible can enjoy his music.

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I have chosen to feature ‘Why Can’t I Touch It?’  for today’s tribute to Pete Shelley. This was originally a B-side to the equally epic ‘Everybody’s Happy Nowadays’. The following writers were given credit for this song – Diggle, Steve GarveyJohn Maher, Shelley – which probably means Shelley only had a minor role in the collaboration of this record. Nevertheless, he undeniably made it his own with his trademark vocals.

Writing on the All Music website, Bill Janovitz describes this song in the following manner:

A reggae shuffle of sorts forms the rhythmic basis of this infectious pop tune from the Buzzcocks. While most of the band’s songs were infused with a healthy dose of punk rock energy and aggression, “Why Can’t I Touch It?” is a relaxed, albeit angular groove. The song approaches punk only by way of the Clash’s penchant for Caribbean beats and dub-style production/arranging and perhaps Pete Shelley’s astringent, high-register vocal delivery. 

Pete Shelley Tribute: Day 3

On my Facebook page I am posting a week long tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley and I thought I would post these on my Blog as well so that as many people as possible can enjoy his music.

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Day 3 of my tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley and a focus on one of his solo songs. This was not only creative genius but also really brave to think about homosexuality back in 1981. According to Wikipedia, “Homosapien” is a song by Buzzcocks lead singer Pete Shelley. It was the first single from the album of the same title, released in 1981.

The single was a big hit in Australia and Canada, reaching the Top 10 in both territories, as well as being a modest hit in New Zealand. Although it failed to crossover to singles charts, it was a popular dance track in clubs across Europe and the United States and reached number 14 on the Billboard Club Play Singles chart.

The song was banned by the BBC for its “explicit reference to gay sex” with the lyrics “homo superior / in my interior”.

Pete Shelley Tribute: Day 1

On my Facebook page I am posting a week long tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley and I thought I would post these on my Blog as well so that as many people as possible can enjoy his music.

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For the next week I will be sharing Buzzcocks songs as well as solo singles by the late, great Pete Shelley. This is one of my ultimate favourites and shows how Pete found the beauty in ugly situations. This song provided me with such energy and determination at times when I was at my lowest and I will always be grateful for this great gift from Bolton’s finest.

This song appears on the 1978 album, Love Bites. 

Desperately Seeking Staff

I am in search of new staff to work alongside me as a personal assistant. This is a fulfilling role that gives you the chance to make a difference to someone else’s life. I am looking for someone who is punctual, reliable, a team player and can be flexible. Word processing skills and a full driving licence are also essential.

Hours can be negotiated a interview.

Drop me a line via the Contact page, Facebook or Twitter. Good luck.

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Female Personal Assistant (Sex Discrimination Act Section 7 (2) (b) (ii) applies, Wrexham (0103) Rate of Pay: Flat Rate: £9.50 per hour or £10.50 at weekends and public holidays – Weekly Hours: To be discussed at interview.

About the employer:

This post is to support a sociable 41-year-old man living in the Wrexham area. He is wheelchair-bound and lives with Friedreich’s Ataxia. Subsequently he requires support to remain independent. An intelligent Author and disabled activist with a good sense of humour, he remains ambitious and adventurous. He enjoys company and likes to go out socialising.

Summary of duties:

To provide support to access various social and recreational activities. You must therefore have a clean driving license. You will need to support with his personal care, including toileting, washing, dressing and preparing meals. He is a very creative individual and requires support to develop his ideas.

Support with gardening and household tasks.

The post will include 5.6 weeks paid annual leave (pro-rata)

Police records check funded by the employer will be required.

The person they are looking for:

The ideal person will have a good sense of humour and should also display plenty of energy, initiative and enthusiasm. In addition, applicants should be patient and trustworthy with a flexible and empathic attitude. A positive attitude and clear understanding of confidentiality is essential. Promoting the independence of the client will be the main focus for any support.

You must be reliable, friendly and punctual.

Times Required:

A variety of hours are available to cover Mornings, Evenings and Weekends. To be discussed at interview.

Holiday and Sickness Cover is also available.

 

Motion for Disability Labour AGM #SaveWILG

This is the motion I am proposing at the Disability Labour AGM on Saturday 8th September in Leeds.

Thanks must go to Keith Sinclair for his amazing work on creating this motion. The strength of the #SaveWILG campaign group never fails to impress me. It is very humbling.

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Disability Labour notes:

  • the support for the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) from recipients and the wider support that exists.

 

  • that a positive approach must include a tripartite team to agree the Care Package, comprising the disabled individual, the local authority and a Social Worker independent of both parties.

 

  • the decision of the Welsh Government to abolish the WILG

 

  • the overwhelming decision of the Wales Labour Party conference to support the saving of the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG)

 

  • the different approaches that have been adopted to supporting Independent Living in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 

Disability Labour believes

  • that the approach to Independent Living adopted in England has been a disaster and that the models adopted in Scotland and North Ireland are more likely to meets the needs of disabled people.

 

  • that Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) and trade unions in Wales should be congratulated for their support for the campaign to save the WILG.

 

  • that the evidence is clear that local authorities in Wales are not in a position to seamlessly take on the responsibilities of the WILG.

Disability Labour calls upon

  • the Welsh Government to save the WILG as a first step towards meeting the needs of disabled people in Wales

 

  • CLPS, unions and Labour affiliates to support the campaign to save the WILG.

 

Proposed by Nathan Lee Davies

Seconded by Dorian Gordon

 

 

Sharing Options from WordPress.com to Facebook Are Changing

This is a pain in the arse, but I will overcome it and bring you an uninterrupted  service. We wouldn’t want anyone missing my priceless waffling…

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Starting August 1, Facebook will no longer allow third-party tools to automatically post to Profiles. Here’s how it affects you.

Taken from WordPress.com

Written by Mark Armstrong

We wanted to update you about an upcoming change Facebook is introducing to their platform, and which affects how you may share posts from your WordPress.com website to your Facebook account.

Starting August 1, 2018, third-party tools can no longer share posts automatically to Facebook Profiles. This includes Publicize, the tool for WordPress.com and Jetpack-powered sites that connects your site to major social media platforms (like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook).

Will this affect your ability to share content on Facebook? It depends. If you’ve connected a Facebook Profile to your site, then yes: Publicize will no longer be able to share your posts to Facebook. On the other hand, nothing will change if you keep a Facebook Page connected to your site — all your content should still appear directly on Facebook via Publicize. (Not sure what the difference is between a Page and a Profile? Here’s Facebook’s explanation.)

If you’ve previously connected a Facebook Profile to your WordPress.com site and still want your Facebook followers to see your posts, you have two options. First, you could go the manual route: once you publish a new post, copy its URL and share the link in a new Facebook post. (You can also share right from the WordPress mobile apps after a scheduled post goes live.)

The other option is to convert your Facebook Profile to a Page. This might not be the right solution for everyone, but it’s something to consider if your website focuses on your business, organization, or brand.

While Facebook is introducing this change to improve their platform and prevent the misuse of personal profiles, we know that this might cause a disruption in the way you and your Facebook followers interact. If you’d like to share your concerns with Facebook, head to their Help Community.

In the meantime, WordPress.com’s Publicize feature (and social media scheduling tools) will continue to be available to you for posting to Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms.