ScoutsCymru team up with six charities to launch social impact project in Wales

By Raspberry Jim,

15,000 young people in Wales have pledged to tackle Wales’ biggest social issues with the launch of ScoutsCymru’s A Million Hands project.

Over the next four years, Scouts from across the country will work with the support of charity experts taking part in community action activities

Working with Crisis, WWF, Mind Cymru, National Autistic Society Cymru, British Red Cross and Save the Children, young people will address and tackle six issues of national importance that are representative of young people’s concerns. These include ending homelessness, promoting better mental health, disability, refugees and displaced children, kindness and the environment.

The initiative was launched this week at the Senedd where charity ambassadors, ScoutsCymru and local AMs gathered to share the work they do and to discuss the national impact A Million Hands will have.

Rhian Moore, Chief Commissioner for Wales, concluded:

“Our young people are the change-makers and make-it-happen-ers for tomorrow. Their optimism and enthusiasm to do good in the world is truly inspiring. We want to help them to make a positive impact on the issues that matter to them and with the support of the charities they have chosen I believe that the pledge they have will make a huge impact in our local communities in Wales.

“By working together on A Million Hands, we can help bring people together, connect communities and live out our promise of leaving the world a little better than we found it.”

Scouts social impact project – A Million Hands – was launched four years ago and since then over 135,000 Community Impact badges have been ordered, representing over 960,000 hours of action.

Campaign champion, Scout Ambassador and astronaut, Tim Peake, praised the latest campaign and encouraged more Scouts to get involved by saying:

“I’ve had the privilege to see Planet Earth from 400 kilometres up. It’s an incredible sight. Through the space station’s cupola window, you can see clearly for thousands of miles across the Earth’s surface in all directions. The campaign is about raising awareness across six themes. And what’s so exciting is that they’re chosen by young people themselves. Over the last one hundred years, the issues we’ve tackled have changed, but our young people’s drive to make a positive impact remains as strong as ever.”

Joyce Watson AM sponsored the Wales launch and said:

“Scouts have been making a positive impact for over a hundred years, and I was proud to be a part of celebrating the next step forward with the launch of the A Million Hands programme.

“This will help young people take action to improve their communities, and to develop their skills to shape a better future for us all.

“I support all their chosen themes, which complement the priorities of our Youth Parliament – protecting the environment, kindness in the community, better mental health, understanding disability, ending homelessness and supporting refugees and displaced children.

“They are partnering with excellent organisations to take this forward, and I look forward to seeing how A Million Handschanges lives throughout Wales and the UK.”

ScoutsCymru is the national body for Scouting in Wales. Each week, 5,186 volunteers give 14,194 young people in Wales the opportunity to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future.

Quotes from charity partners:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to create a world that works for autistic people. We know that a little understanding can go a long way, and A Million Hands is a great way to get children and young people talking about autism and disability.

“Over the next three years, we’re looking forward to working with the Scouts to develop engaging and dynamic sessions so that Scout Troops all over Wales can create real change. It’s also a wonderful way for Scout Troops to be more autism-friendly and to understand how best to ensure autistic and disabled people can participate in their communities.”

Meleri Thomas, from the National Autistic Society Cymru

“For a century now, Save the Children has been standing up for children and making their voices heard. We wrote the treaty that sets out the rights of every child and we’ve been upholding them every day since. Together with children, supporters and partners, we’re determined to help every child reach their full potential.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with the Scouts on their ‘A Million Hands’ social impact project that aims to get Scouts from across the UK to take part in community action activities, to raise awareness and change around social issues. We will be working in partnership with the Scouts to help every child become who they want to be, by showing solidarity with refugees and displaced children and building empathy within local communities.”

Tom Baker, from Save the Children

“Day in and day out our volunteers and staff see that even small acts of kindness can make a big difference to people in crisis.

“Now, the A Million Hands project aims to get Scouts from across the UK to take part in activities, to raise awareness and change people’s attitudes towards social issues. It is fantastic that young people will be driving and developing the Power of Kindness in their community by becoming Kindness Champions.

“We want to support everyone to do more kind acts, no matter how small, because these little things can make a world of difference.”

Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of British Red Cross

“We’re pleased to be working with the Scouts on A Million Hands, alongside SAMH and Inspire. Thousands of young people today live with mental health problems, or support family and friends through them.

“Alongside the partners Mind, SAMH and Inspire, The Scouts will work towards pursuing better mental health for all by equipping people with skills, resources and knowledge to help build their resilience and take care of their own mental health.

“By 2023 we want 20,000 scouts to do this by incorporating wellbeing activities regularly into their scout sessions and also by creating opportunities for their local communities to talk about mental health and how they can help to keep themselves mentally healthy.”

Louise Clarkson, Head of Children and Young People, from Mind

PTI Cymru win at inaugural Wales Transport Awards

By Raspberry Jim,

PTI Cymru is “delighted” to have won a prestigious award recognising its services to travel in Wales.

The umbrella organisation that operates bilingual customer service management, marketing support, bus data services, translation services and more, including the Welsh Government’s public transport information service Traveline Cymru, had a successful night at the Wales Transport Awards on Friday at Mercure Cardiff Holland House.

PTI Cymru won the Services to the Transport Industry Award which recognises the “outstanding performance of an organisation that has consistently delivered excellent services to the transport sector.”

The Wales Transport Awards aim to “celebrate transport excellence in Wales” by recognising “the nation’s outstanding achievements throughout the industry’s sectors”.

PTI Cymru were also sponsors of the Customer Care category on the night which was won by Euro Commercials.

Jo Foxall, Managing Director of PTI Cymru said:

“We are delighted to have won this award and hope it will raise the profile of PTI Cymru as an organisation which works on innovative, pioneering and inclusive transport projects.

“Over the last few years PTI Cymru has worked to develop a number of projects and provided a service which enhances public transport in Wales.

“Our organisation takes pride in the vital part it has to play in people’s lives, helping to make public transport accessible to those who need it.

“Public transport is a lifeline to so many people across Wales, and we’re thrilled to be working in an industry that makes such an impact on the day to day lives of the public.

“We look forward to another successful year ahead and are over the moon to be recognised for our hard work and dedication to improving services to the transport industry in Wales especially during our 20th birthday year.”

PTI Cymru employs 44 people, across a site in central Cardiff and two sites in Penrhyndeudraeth, North Wales.

Traveline Cymru provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for travel information in Wales. The not-for-profit company is based on a partnership between the Welsh Government, public transport operators in Wales and Welsh local authorities. It provides route and timetable information for all bus, coach and rail services in the country via a bilingual website, its Freephone telephone service (0800 464 00 00) and a suite of services for mobile phone users, including a bilingual app. 

Cardiff nurse wins at Wales-wide awards ceremony

By Raspberry Jim,

A nurse, who works at a specialist hospital in Cardiff helping adults with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour or mental illness, has won two awards at the Wales Care Awards 2019.

Claire Wilson who works at Pinetree Hospital, part of Ludlow Street Healthcare, was awarded the Independent Nurse of the Year Award, as well as the Welsh Government’s Gold Award for Dignity in Care.

She was shortlisted in the Independent Nurse of the Year category in August, but the win of The Dignity in Care Award came as a surprise for Mrs Wilson on the night.

The highly prestigious annual awards, which took place at City Hall, Cardiff aim to recognise “commitment to the industry” and attracted 450 guests from the care sector.

Mrs Wilson has worked at Pinetree Hospital since 2012, and within the past two years has progressed from Unit Manager to Clinical Lead while making hugely beneficial changes to the running of the hospital.

Her passion and dedication for the job has helped the specialist hospital to achieve the highest QAIT rating by overseeing all the nursing, medication, first aid training and clinical standards monitoring. 

Her efforts have been crucial in implementing robust clinical practices, training both nurses and doctors, and updating the recording of medication to create a more effective and efficient system within the specialist hospital.

On her wins, Mrs Wilson said:

“I am honoured to have won the Independent Nurse of the Year Award at this year’s ceremony. It was incredibly inspirational to be surrounded by people who, like me, are so passionate about their work.

“I was really surprised, yet delighted, to be given another award – The Dignity in Care Award from the Welsh Government. I’m grateful to Ludlow Street Healthcare for giving me the opportunity to develop within my role and to suggest and implement my ideas for further improvements at Pinetree.”

Mrs Wilson’s dedication undoubtedly played a key part in her success at the annual awards, with her commenting that “Pinetree Hospital is a very important place to me, and the welfare of our patients is always at the forefront of my mind.”

CEO of Ludlow Street Healthcare, David Lawrence, said:

“Claire has truly set the standard for service provision in every respect and we as an organisation have thrived thanks to her innovative and determined attitude.

“She has impacted every aspect of care throughout the hospital, with her expertise not only enhancing the daily needs of our service users but supporting the development of her colleagues and staff too.

“We’re thrilled she has been recognised for her efforts with these two awards, which she thoroughly deserves.”

Pinetree Hospital, close to Cardiff city centre, is a specialist Learning Disability facility which aims to provide intensive treatment, therapy and active rehabilitation within a safe and therapeutic environment.

Sweet success for jamjar at annual PR awards

By Raspberry Jim,

Photograph of the jamjar team with Jason Mohammed at the CIPR PRide Cymru 2019 awards

Creative communications agency jamjar took home four awards at the annual Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Cymru Wales PRide Awards.

The Cowbridge-based agency, which specialises in PR, digital, social, marketing and creative, took home two gold awards and two silver awards on the evening.

Held at The Exchange Hotel, which recently re-opened in Cardiff Bay, and attended by 300 PR professionals, jamjar was recognised by its industry body for its work with Techniquest and Slim Chickens.

jamjar won two awards – Best Consumer Relations Campaign and Best Low Budget Campaign – for its work with American restaurant chain Slim Chickens. The multi-channel launch campaign for the Cardiff restaurant of Slim Chickens included a partnership with Cardiff Devils and Britain’s Got Talent food artist Nathan Wyburn.

CIPR judges praised the innovative campaign, commenting that jamjar had demonstrated “a the-sky-is-the-limit” mentality to delivering this creative campaign. The judges continued by saying:

“The strategy made the most of every outlet available to them and delivered outstanding outputs and outcomes. The audience group was well considered and, as a result, the campaign reached the right people at exactly the right time. It is clear that this campaign will have a lasting impact on the Slim Chickens brand.”

jamjar’s work for educational charity Techniquest was also recognised with a gold award for the Best Not-For-Profit Campaign with the judges praising the campaign’s “energy and invention” whist giving STEM mainstream relevance:

“The jamjar team achieved fantastic levels of coverage and exposure across all channels – and excellent Google stats too. Techniquest is clearly reaping rewards in terms of investment, profile and reputation as a result of this programme.”

These latest wins come after huge successes within the industry in the past few years, having been recognised with over 20 prestigious awards from the CIPR, Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Welsh Business Awards, making jamjar one of the leading agencies in Wales.

Lyndsey Jenkins, managing director of jamjar, said:

The jamjar team has grown over the past year and I’m incredibly proud of the new expertise we’ve been able to bring to our clients as a result.

“The latest wins are a testament to the hard work and dedication of my talented team, and we’re all so delighted to be recognised and celebrated by our industry peers for our creative and results-driven approach.”

Rhian Moore, Chair of CIPR Cymru Wales, commented:

“We know we have a huge number of talented communicators in Wales. The results we have seen at this year’s PRide Awards show the breadth of skill, professionalism and talent through a number of industries. The campaigns and examples of work showcased in the awards prove the value PR and compelling communications bring to businesses, our economy and society. Well done to everyone who made the shortlist and a massive congratulations to all our winners.”

Image – Steve Pope Photography

ScoutsCymru appoint two new Deputy Chief Commissioners

By Raspberry Jim,

ScoutsCymru has appointed two new Deputy Chief Commissioners to help drive the movement forward in Wales.

Joseph Murphy and Daniel Lyons have been appointed to support the development of ScoutsCymru and the implementation of a new strategy that focuses on giving young people in Wales skills for life.

The new Deputy Chief Commissioners will be working as part of Team Cymru, a dedicated panel responsible for the management of Scouting in Wales.  

Under the leadership of Chief Commissioner Rhian Moore, the duo will support in leading and managing the 6,500 volunteers in Wales who run the 300 groups across the country.

Joseph Murphy, 35, from Cardiff, is a Senior Business Manager for digital innovation company Simply Do Ideas and co-founder of Global Choices at the University of South Wales, a series of high-profile public talks, and TEDxNeathPortTalbot. As an experienced leader and growth expert, Joseph joins ScoutsCymru with a wealth of business experience, which he hopes to use to grow and diversify the ScoutsCymru membership and volunteer base.

On his appointment, he said:

“Scouting sets challenging expectations of its members, and these are values that I share, particularly trust, loyalty and courage. I want to invest in organisations that nurture these values holistically and for the long term.

“I’m a proud Welshman with an outward looking perspective. I have benefited from a robust education system, excellent employment opportunities and a supportive community and I’m now in a position to give back so that others may benefit too.

“In business, with people, for projects and programmes, growth is my passion. Through personal drive and professional expertise, I hope to support the growth of ScoutsCymru and in turn, grow as a person also.”

Daniel Lyons, 31, from Newport, brings over 15 years’ experience in leading and innovating impactful projects for children and young people in the statutory and charity sectors on an all Wales level. After volunteering for St Johns Cymru since the age of nine, he joined the organisation as its National Youth Development Manager in 2011 where he is responsible for developing and leading the National Youth Team, Programmes and Senior Regional Youth Officers. He plans to use experience in volunteering, alongside his experience of developing and delivering diverse, impactful young people and community centred programmes, to add value to ScoutsCymru. He said:

“Having worked in the youth work sector for a long time, I’ve witnessed the positive impact that Scouting has on young people, adult volunteers and communities across Wales. The leaders and staff are all an inspiration, full of passion and ideas and fully committed to delivering the highest standards.

“I was excited by the latest strategy and felt I had the skills and experience that could help make it a reality.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help lead and support ScoutsCymru in growing Scouting in Wales. The active and meaningful participation of young people and the commitment and skills of our leaders are key in delivering an inclusive and growing offer.

“I’m keen to ensure that we have systems, plans and support that enable our young people and leaders to deliver on the full potential of Scouting.”

Rhian Moore, Chief Commissioner for Wales, said:

“We are at a critical time for Scouting in Wales and we have an amazing opportunity to do things differently so we can support even more young people and help them to develop skills that will set them up for life.

“We are thrilled to welcome two new experienced and enthusiastic individuals to Team Cymru. Both Joseph and Daniel come from two different professional backgrounds but have a common goal of supporting young people and creating a Wales-wide inclusive Scouting movement. Together they will be a great asset to ScoutsCymru, and we are extremely excited for the future.”

ScoutsCymru gives over 14,000 young people in Wales the opportunity to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future. Open to all young people in Wales regardless of faith, gender, sexual orientation, race or social background, the movement encourages its members to do more, learn more and be more.

New conference strives to improve mental health and wellbeing in Wales

By Raspberry Jim,

Healthcare professionals from across Wales will come together in Cardiff in October to attend the Together for Mental Health 2019 conference organised by GovConnect, which aims to improve mental health and wellbeing in Wales through partnership working.

With the overall cost of mental health issues in Wales estimated at £7.2 billion a year, the conference will consider the progress of Together for Mental Health – the Welsh Government’s cross portfolio strategic response to mental health – and examine options for future improvements and innovations.

Following a keynote address from Ken Skates AM, whose policy interests include mental health, the conference’s packed agenda includes speeches, case studies and panel debates with specialists including Sara Moseley from Mind Cymru, Dr Kate Chamberlain, Chief Executive, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, and Hazel Powell, Nursing Officer for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Welsh Government.

Dr Kate Chamberlain, Chief Executive of Healthcare Inspectorate Wales said:

“Supporting positive mental health and wellbeing is of importance for all of us. I am looking forward to taking part in day of discussion on how we can improve and transform services so that they can meet people’s needs.”

Conference sponsor Ludlow Street Healthcare, a specialist provider of care for adults with complex mental health problems in Wales, is hoping the conference will provide an opportunity for everyone to share their experiences of delivering against the Welsh mental health strategy and vision for future mental health provision.

Dr Andrew Hider, Clinical Director at Ludlow Street Healthcare said:

“We are proud to be the main sponsor of this significant conference.

“If we are going to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Wales, a collaborative approach is essential. This conference is important as it is bringing together senior leaders from many of the key organisations and stakeholders around mental health and well-being in Wales.

“Mental health impacts on so many people, at so many levels and in so many spheres. Addressing this growing problem in a cohesive way requires involvement from a broad-range of organisations so it is crucial to bring everyone together to create and communicate a shared vision. I’m looking forward to the day and planning what we can achieve together in Wales.”

Hazel Powell, Nursing Officer for Mental Health & Learning Disability at Welsh Government, who is one of the guest speakers said:

“I am looking forward to joining the discussions and hearing about some of the innovative approaches being taken forward to improving mental health and well-being in Wales.”

Together for Mental Health 2019 will take place on October 16th in the Radisson Blu, Cardiff.

To find out more about the conference please visit

Workers balloting for strike action following “unfair” treatment at Burtons Biscuits’

By Raspberry Jim,

Workers at the Burton Biscuits factory in Cwmbran are balloting for strike action in light of a dispute over the use of Agency workers following a long running dispute over the “unfair” calculation of holiday allowances and holiday pay. 

The bakery, well-known for making the world famous Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels, has been baking biscuits in the UK since 1935 and opened its Llantarnam factory in 1939.

The factory, which has been running at its Llantarnam site for over 80 years has recently come under fire from the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union for the “unfair” treatment of its workers by bringing in agency workers, despite what they state has been a long standing verbal agreement to the contrary, and for paying “unreasonable” holiday allowances and pay.

John James, Organising Regional Secretary for Number 2 Region of the Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union, has been leading negotiations on behalf of the union along with the local union branch committee.

Mr James says:

“Burtons Biscuits introduced a flexible working contract to its workers some seven or eight years ago. This consisted of placing employees on a 16-hour contract which allowed the company to flex the employee up to 39 hours per week and to change their shift pattern on a weekly basis.

“The union has been stating that the way in which the company paid holiday pay was wrong and unfair and after many years of the company denying this, we finally got to challenge them.

“We have established that the company have not treated the flexi contract employees fairly, over holidays and holiday pay.

“We are currently in the process of taking the company to the employment tribunal.”

Seemingly as a result of this issue Burtons Biscuits have informed the union that they would now be using agency workers at its Llantarnam factory, which has caused “great upset” among the staff as they feel that this is “undermining them” and it would lead to lower wages in the long run.

Mr James explains:

“They called us to a meeting and informed us that they have spoken to various agencies and intend introducing agency staff at Burtons.

“This goes against a long held verbal agreement that this would not happen.

“As a result, we have now raised a collective grievance and notified the company that we are balloting for industrial action.

“If agency staff come on site, union members will walk off site.”

Clive Thomas, Managing Partner of local law firm Watkins & Gunn, who have represented the Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union for over 30 years, said:

“Our clients, the Bakers Union, are balloting for strike action, with our legal support.

“They have always strongly objected to agency workers being introduced to the site. They believe that, as well as the health and safety issues this can create, workers deserve decent jobs and full rights at work. 

“A flexi -contract has been in place for eight years which is not fit for purpose. Rather than beach their long held agreement not to introduce agency workers, Burtons Biscuits should work with the union to amend the current contract so that it will operate fairly and then be in a position to offer proper jobs to new workers at the bakery going forwards.”

With offices in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypool, Watkins & Gunn is an experienced trade union law firm representing unions including The Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union and the Community Union 

Law firm donates over £45,000 to 12 local charities

By Carys Bryant,

Award winning South Wales law firm, Watkins & Gunn, has been giving back to the local community by donating over £45,000 to 12 different local charities. 

Through ‘Watkins & Give’, the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm, it has so far surprised 10 charities with a mystery donation. There are 2 further mystery donations to go over the coming weeks as part of its ’12 days of Giving’ initiative.

With offices in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypool, the firm (with input from the staff) chose 12 local charities – Alzheimer’s Society, City Hospice, Kidney Wales, MIND, Richmond House (Diabetic Centre), Shelter Cymru, Sparkle, Tenovus, The Silverlining Brain Injury  Charity, The Wallich, Wooden Spoon the Children’s Charity of Rugby and Wales Air Ambulance – to receive donations ranging from £2,500 to £5,000.

Staff at the firm have been visiting the charities over the past month taking balloons filled with confetti and a golden ticket to reveal the mystery donation amount.

Natalie Corten, the solicitor at Watkins & Gunn who is championing the charity donations, said: 

“We wanted a different and fun way of making the donations, instead of just handing over the standard large sized cheque. 

“We came up with the idea of going to each of the charities with an extra-large confetti filled balloon containing a surprise golden ticket (think Willy Wonka!) with the amount of the donation written on it 

“As there are 12 charities in total, we have named the project ’12 days of Giving’

“We asked those of our staff with a particular affiliation to the charity concerned to go along to the presentation. We then asked someone from the charity to pop the balloon and read the amount written on the golden ticket to reveal the size of the donation.”

“We chose not to disclose the amount of the donation in advance so that we can capture the moment of surprise!

“This is my first ‘project’ for the firm, and it has been one that I have thoroughly enjoyed. As they say, it is “always nice to be nice”!

Through its ‘Watkins & Give’ initiative, the firm is committed to supporting the local community by fundraising, volunteering, attending charity events and giving pro bono legal advice.

Watkins & Gunn offer a wide range of legal services including Accident Claims, Medical Negligence, Wills and Probate, Employment and HR services, Education Law, Public Law, Business Law, Divorce and Family Law, Childcare Law, Criminal Law, Road Traffic Law and Property.

Pupil coding numbers at Sony UK Technology Centre estimated to hit record high

By Raspberry Jim,

The number of Welsh schoolchildren taking part in coding workshops at Sony UK Technology Centre has soared in the last year, according to latest figures from the manufacturing giant to coincide with National Coding Week.

In July, the Pencoed-based manufacturing facility, which produces thousands of high-specification broadcast cameras for worldwide distribution, celebrated welcoming 4,159 students through its doors. The team in Pencoed have now revealed that so far this year 1,268 pupils have taken part in their coding -specific workshops, with an estimated 1,688 to participate in total by the end of 2019.

Numbers have soared since the programme’s inception in 2017 where just 548 pupils took part. 

Thanks to the success of its Digital Competency Programme, Sony UK TEC launched its specialist ‘Learn 2 Code’ Workshops in 2017.

This tailored one day workshop, led by a qualified coding instructor, encourages children to use their creativity across a variety of digital platforms in a bid to boost STEM learning.

The factory, which produces the industry-leading Raspberry Pi computer, has spoken out about the importance of coding to mark National Coding Week from September 16th.

Director of professional services Gerald Kelly said incorporating coding into early education was absolutely vital for enhancing the future employment prospects of tomorrow’s workers, but also for the Welsh economy as a whole.

He said: “With the increasing development of and dependence on technology in all industries, we need the innovators of the future to be equipped with the skills to match. Coding introduces the pupils to various programming languages including Scratch and Python, an invaluable language that is used universally in the technology industry.

“In this digitally driven age it is fundamental that the next generation are able to recognise and utilise coding technology and use this not just for the betterment of their careers, but also to enhance the development of the Welsh economy.

“Part of our commitment to the local community is to inspire the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and creative talent and our coding workshops are one way of doing this.” 

Steven Lewis, a fully qualified coding instructor who runs the coding workshops at Sony UK TEC said:

“I’ve found the workshops give the children an insight into their own creativity by using a variety of platforms to teach STEM skills outside of the classroom environment.

“It’s fantastic to see the excitement and thrill that the children experience when they go from their first beeps to a complete soundtrack using Sonic Pi in only a few minutes, or when they ask if they can add another component to their circuit ‘to see what happens.

I bumped into a parent whose child attended one of the first Raspberry Pi coding days and found out that her daughter is now studying Computer Science GCSE. This is the kind of impact we want to see.”

Sony UK TEC also partners with regional rugby side Ospreys to deliver a Schools Programme for children from the authorities of Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot and Bridgend.

Thomas Matthews, whose role in the Sony Wales Academy in Pencoed focuses on ensuring the educational programmes run smoothly, has also been learning coding in order to deliver new Ospreys Coding Workshops to schools across the region.

He said: “The Ospreys coding sessions are such a great way to deliver interactive learning to pupils across the region and I’m really pleased I can be a part of it. Learning to code has been a fantastic experience and enabled to me learn a new skill and it will be extremely beneficial for pupils opening up future career paths that they may not have known existed. I’m really looking forward to seeing the success of this new scheme.”

Traveline Cymru keep students on the move

By Raspberry Jim,

As university students gear up for this year’s university Freshers fairs and festivities, Traveline Cymru is touring Welsh universities to help keep students up to date on travel discounts. 

This month, the public transport information service will make its way around universities in Wales to help new students get to grips with their surroundings in new towns and cities. 

The Traveline Cymru team will be making appearances at over 20 colleges and universities across Wales throughout September; including Bangor, Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Swansea. 

As new students adjust to life in new surroundings, they will have access to bespoke travel services such as myunijourney and mytravelpass. 

Filled with transport information and essential travel tips, myunijourney is a helpful online guide which includes a journey planner from their local campus, bus stop information and student ticketing.  

Traveline will also be promoting mytravelpass- a discounted bus travel scheme entitling young people aged 16-21 to at least a third off bus fare prices anywhere in Wales.

Jo Foxall, Managing Director of Traveline Cymru said:

“Starting university is one of the most exciting and stressful times of a young person’s life.  It can be incredibly daunting to be away from home, especially in an unfamiliar town or city.  

“We want to encourage students, both new and existing, to make the most out of the public transport services in their area, and we’re on hand to help them discover what options are available to them as they start to get their bearings. 

“We’ll be attending universities across the country over the next few weeks, which is the perfect time for students to come and chat to us and find out all about initiatives such as myunijourney and mytravelpass.” 

“For many students, it’s about knowing what transport options are available to them, and Traveline are there to help them find the information they need.” 

myunijourney information is available at and mytravelpass at