Dewis Centre for Independent Living (C.I.L.)

A voluntary organisation working in six Local Authorities


01443 827930


New Direct Payment Advisor vacancy

Dewis Centre for Independent Living Trainee Direct Payments Advisor Pontypridd Starting Salary:  £19,446 p.a.  37 hrs p/w We are an independent voluntary organisation providing a support service to disabled people living in four South Wales local authorities.  We are recruiting additional Direct Payments Advisors to join our existing team in  Upper Boat office near Pontypridd.  […]

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Come and join us at our Macmillan Coffee Morning Friday 28th September 10.30am – 1pm   Refreshments, cakes and sweet treats available to buy Quizzes Raffle (All proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support)   Amber House Upper Boat Business Park Upper Boat Pontypridd CF37 5BP

Peer Support Forum & Summer Get Together

Come and join PEER SUPPORT FORUM & SUMMER GET-TOGETHER WITH DEWIS CIL Enjoy refreshments while meeting other Dewis Service Users and guests in a friendly, supportive, user lead forum. We can talk about Dewis services, Direct Payments and Independent Living, raise issues, share our ideas and find solutions. Dewis Cardiff Advisors will be present to […]

Dewis CIL PA Noticeboard

    Dewis CIL have recently launched the new Personal Assistant Noticeboard service for Direct Payment users.  This service enables personal assistants to sign up and have their details posted to noticeboard where direct payments users can find a PA that matches their requirements. PA’s are able to show the times they are available for […]

Citizen Directed Co-operative

About Citizen Directed Co-operatives Cymru (CDCC) Project CDCC is an innovative project delivered in partnership between Disability Wales and Wales Co-operative Centre and is funded by Big Lottery Fund’s BIG Innovation fund until March 2018. The project will support greater voice, choice and control for disabled people through the development of citizen directed co-operatives as a new […]

Review of substance use services in Cwm Taf

Advocacy Staff Commendation

Senior Advocate Nicola Benney has been nominated for a Commendation for the portfolio she created in achieving her Level 3 Diploma in Independent Advocacy. ACTS Ltd, the assessors used by Dewis CIL for their advocacy staff completing the qualification, are able to nominate up to five learners across five categories for a Commendation. Nicola was […]


As mentioned in our last newsletter, this year in memory of Maryann King we are launching the PA Recognition Award allowing you to praise your PAs for the work that they do. Nomination forms will be sent out with the coming newsletter in the next few weeks and completed forms must be received back by […]

Peer-led and Self-led Groups in Pembrokeshire

Dewis Centre for Independent Living has been offering Independent Advocacy to eligible adults in Pembrokeshire since January 2015. This means offering support to someone to have their voice and rights heard and considered. In addition to this we have been working with people in Pembrokeshire to start creating ‘mixed abilities’ group opportunities which focus on […]

Working Together to Reduce Harm – Delivery Plan 2016 – 2018 Consultation

  The Welsh Government is currently consulting on the final three-year delivery plan of the Substance Misuse Strategy ‘Working Together to Reduce Harm’. It is aimed at Area Planning Boards, Local authorities, Local health boards, Community Safety Partnerships, the Police, Probation and Prison services, service users, providers of substance misuse services and any other key […]

Level 2 Award for Social Care Induction (Wales) for Personal Assistants Pilot

A qualification has been developed to support a common understanding to induction in social care in Wales which is the QCF Level 2 Award in Social Care Induction (Wales). This new Pilot, which has been promoted by Dewis C.I.L, has come about largely due to the generous efforts and goodwill of Rhondda Cynon Taff and […]

Findagroup – local group finder

It’s live! VISIT AND SHARE TODAY! Findagroup enables you to search for local groups, activities, facilities and services provided by the community and voluntary sector in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil. This includes a huge range of activities and services across all communities providing activities and services for people of all ages and […]

Dewis CIL gains new Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM)

Dewis CIL has been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi). The QPM is the UK’s only independent quality performance mark for organisations offering independent advocacy; an essential service for people who need support to express their needs and have increased choice and control in their lives. […]

Personal Learning Grants JUNE 2015 – Care Staff

Are you a Personal Care Assistant? Do you want to learn something new? Or are you keen develop your career? Would a UNISON Personal Learning Development Grant help? For PERSONAL CARE ASSISTANT MEMBERS working in private or charity-run/ voluntary aided homes or employed directly by individuals.   We know how difficult it is to afford […]

Employer toolkit to support the learning of Personal Assistants

The Employer toolkit to support the learning of Personal Assistants provides guidance, practice examples and practical tools to help employers support their Personal Assistants to gain the skills they need to be confident and competent in their roles. It promotes good practice for developing Personal Assistants’ knowledge and experience, recognising their important and significant role […]

Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure & Social Services and Well Being Act Conference

QCF level 3 diploma training dates announced

Training dates for QCF level 3 diploma in Health and social care have been confirmed. Click here for details.

Closure of the Independent Living Fund 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended the open forum at Dewis CIL to discuss the closure of the ILF at the end of June 2015. We appreciate your valuable comments and we will keep you posted with any further developments. More details on the consultation can be found here.

Merthyr Coffee Morning.

Vale Coffee Morning Reminder

Don’t forget to come along to our coffee morning next Wednesday 25th June at 11.00am at the conference room BSC, Hood Road Barry.  Everyone welcome!

QCF level 3 Diploma celebration event

On Thursday, 5 June 2014 a celebration event was held at Dewis Centre for Independent Living for the very first personal assistants who completed a QCF level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care based entirely upon personal assistance work. These personal assistants were, in a way, pioneers in this new venture. This first cohort […]

Photos from our latest coffee morning.

Photos from our latest coffee morning in which the theme was poetry. Also a poem written by our in-house poet Linda Randell just for the occasion! Click here to view.

Dewis Newsletter, Spring edition.

The spring edition of the Dewis newletter is now available. Click here to view Click here for the audio version  

Barry Summer Coffee Morning 25th June

Carers Wales newsletter

In Aprils edition of the Carers Wales newsletter you can find information on: Benefit changes explained ‘Bedroom tax’ comes into force Carers week annual survey Budget 2013 Click here for the newsletter Click here for the Carers Wales website  

Direct Payments Advisor vacancy

A vacancy within Dewis CIL as a Direct Payments Advisor is now being advertised.   Please click here for the full details of the job and application forms.

ILF – Scotland to lauch support for its disabled residents

It has been announced today that a new Scottish Independent Living Fund is to be launched from 1st July 2015 to replace the UK Government Scheme. This will mean that 3000 people in Scotland will be safeguarded under this scheme. For further details please click on the link below  

National Insurance £2000 Employment Allowance

It has come to our attention that our Service Users have received a letter from Downing Street advising them of  a new Employment Allowance of £2000.  As the wording of the document is slightly misleading, stating that the money is ‘cashback on the costs of jobs that you can choose how to spend’, it has […]

Dewis Easter Coffee Morning

See the photos of our Easter coffee morning here!

Delayed Payroll

We are experiencing difficulties with our payroll software system and unfortunately this has meant that we have been unable to process any payroll since Friday 28th March.  We have  an IT company working on the problem but we are still unaware as to when the system will be up and running again. We can only […]

PA annual leave cards for the new year.

April is the start of the new tax year and the beginning of a new year of annual leave entitlement for your PA. If you would like to print a leave card to record your PA’s holidays then please click here. Alternatively you can call us on 01443 827930 and request a copy to be […]

Barry Easter Coffee Morning on Wednesday 16th April 11am – 1pm

Dewis Coffee Morning – Programme of Events

Changes ahead to Older Peoples Mental Health Services – your opportunity to have you say

To everyone with an interest in older peoples mental health services Here is a real chance to influence changes! Please click on the links below for further information Summary Leaflet Final Event Flier FINAL

Part Time Independent Advocacy Vacancy

We have a vacancy for a part-time Independent Advocate based here in Pontypridd. The post  is for 16 hours per week. Please click on the link below for further details Advert Ind Adv PT Feb 14

RCT Carers News and Events

RCT Carers Support Projects Spring Newsletter and Calendar of events. Carers News 50 2014 FINAL – Spring 2014 – CSP Events

St Davids Coffee Morning ~ Thursday 6th March

Conwy advocacy service

Dewis CIL are proud to be delivering advocacy services in Conwy from the 1st February 2014. Our phone numbers are 01493 742567 or 0800 1670058. We will be able to support adults with a learning disability, physical disability, acquired brain injury, sensory impairment, mental health issues or carers If you want to get in touch […]

New online PA application form

Applicants for PA positions can now take advantage of our new online application form.  There is no need to download and email, just enter your details directly onto the page and submit directly to our recruitment department. Click here to take a look.

Are you a young adult carer in Wrexham?

If you are a young adult carer in Wrexham, then you may be interested in some fun activities that have been arranged by AVOW and Wrexham Carers Service. Please click on the link below for further details….. yac carers can event leaflet 2014

Workshops on making your community dementia friendly

Just a reminder of the workshops that are being held in various venues across Merthyr  Tydfil.  The next event is on the 18 February 2014 at the Bedlinog Community Centre, 6 Garth Terrace, Bedlinog, Treharris CF46 6TF.    They are free of charge and no need to book just turn up on the night.    Please note […]

Independent Advocacy vacancy in Conwy

Advocacy vacancy Conwy Please apply for your application pack by e-mail from

Vale of Glamorgan Coffee Morning 26th February

Bluestone Wales free mid-week breaks in January

Bluestone Wales have kindly offered the charity Follow Your Dreams the lodges at their resort for mid-week breaks during January 2014.   The dates available are the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. You can arrive at your lodge at 4.30pm on the Monday, and need to check out on Friday at 10.30am.   This is […]

South Wales Airport Visit

As part of the equality impact assessment process for developments which are being planned at the Cardiff Wales Airport, The Welsh Government is keen to engage with disabled people through a visit to the site.  This will help inform the planning process for the developments from the point of view of disabled people.     I […]

February Coffee Morning – Advice on making a will

Sorting out your affairs NOW will save time, trouble and expense later on! With the “Right” Will and good planning you can ensure that you help to PROTECT YOUR ASSETS and YOUR LOVED ONES Alan Hargreaves, Managing Consultant from Accord Legal Services Ltd, Merthyr Tydfil will be attending the service users coffee morning on Thursday […]

No Monthly Coffee Morning in January

Due to the Christmas holiday period it has been decided that there will be no service user coffee morning in January. The next date will therefore be Thursday 6th February at 10.30am.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Have a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year from us all at Dewis.

Dewis Christmas Extravaganza

Thanks to everyone who came to this years Christmas Extravaganza, it was a huge success and we hope you all enjoyed it. Answers to the quiz have just been posted on our Facebook page and you can find them here.

Christmas opening hours at Dewis

Office opening hours over the Christmas period are as follows:- 24 December – Open 25 December to 29 December – Closed 30 December and 31 December – Open 1 January – Closed Normal days and hours will resume from 2 January

Christmas payroll

The Royal Mail has stated that the last days for posting over the Christmas period are December 18th for 2nd class and December 20th for 1st class letters. To ensure that your payroll is run and returned to you before the holidays, please submit your timesheets by Monday 16th December at the latest. If you […]

St Fagans National History Museum Making History project, Consultation with Disabled People

Visionsense are an organisation of disabled people seeking the views of disabled people, disabled peoples groups, carers, family and associated groups and visitors on access and the future of Wales’s most popular heritage attraction, the excellent St Fagans: National History Museum. We want to meet disabled people, their carers, groups and organisations. Come and tell […]

Free Training for Volunteer Citizen Advocates

Dewis CIL is recruiting volunteers in RCT and Merthyr Tydfil to become citizen advocates for people with learning disabilities. We are offering volunteers the chance to complete the Agored Cymru Level 2 qualification “Introduction to Working with Adults with Learning Disabilities”.   Dewis is looking for people who have a few hours to spare from […]

International Day of Disabled People 2013

International Day of Disabled People 2013 It is 21 days until the annual International Day of Disabled People on 3 December.  Are you doing anything to celebrate the Day? If so, we would love to know. Every year, the International Day of Disabled People – which is promoted by the United Nations – is used […]

Mobile Sight Loss Information Services

The mobile Sight Loss Information Service, run by national charity Action for Blind People, will open its doors to people interested in or affected by visual impairment. Staffed by a friendly and knowledgeable team, the mobile carries the latest technology and gadgets to improve daily life. From vibrating bank note detectors to talking microwaves and […]

Dewis Christmas Extravaganza 2013

Independent Advocacy Vacancy at Dewis C.I.L.

A part-time vacancy has arisen for an Independent Advocate at Dewis C.I.L.  Please read the details below and complete and submit the application form by 21st November 2013. Advert Ind Adv PT Oct 13 Independent Advocate JD PT Oct 13 Appform Ind Adv

Wrexham advocacy service

Dewis CIL are proud to be delivering advocacy services in Wrexham from today. We have a new office in Wrexham at Unit 1, Plas Pentwyn, Coedpoeth, and our phone number is 01978 799 370. We will be able to support people with physical and learning disabilities, acquired brain injury, sensory impairments and older people. If […]

Vale Christmas Coffee Morning

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Reaching Out Disability Information Day

Dewis has once again been allocated a stand at the Reaching Out Disability Information Day which will be held on 31st October 2013 at Rhondda Sports Centre, Ystrad.  Staff member will be on hand and happy to  discuss Direct Payments and provide you with leaflets and information regarding our organisation. The day starts at around […]

We need you for our Christmas Extravaganza!!

Our Christmas Extravaganza event is happening on the 5th December  and we are looking for stallholders. Last year’s event was a great success and this year we are hoping for even more stalls. Could you or someone you know sell something which would make ideal Christmas presents or stocking fillers? There is no charge for […]

Dewis E-magazine

Click here to view Dewis’ e-magazine

QCF Information Day

Dewis will be holding it’s QCF information day on Monday 21st October 2013.  If you have registered your interest with us, you will receive a letter inviting you along to this morning session. If you have not registered your interest but still would like to come along to find out what it’s all about and […]

Super September Campaign in Merthyr Tydfil

This month Merthyr Leisure and Sports Development are running a Super September Campaign in celebration of disability sport in Merthyr. It’s been a year since the Paralympics and they want to showcase Merthyr’s legacy after those games and also they are embarking on the Disability Sport Wales insport accreditation, a scheme aimed at challenging and […]

Service user coffee mornings

We will be holding various themed coffee mornings up until December, culminating in our very successful annual Christmas Extravaganza. On Thursday 3rd October we will be offering a cream tea complete with scones and cream.  Why not come along to join us, bring your PA or a family member and make some new friends.  We […]

Training calender July – December

Our training calendar for July – December has now been posted.  Click to access details.

Real Time Information

The way you report PAYE (Pay As You Earn) to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) changed from 6 April 2013. The old system allowed employers to submit PAYE information to HMRC at the Payroll Year End. The new system means that employers have to submit payroll data to HMRC on or before every pay day.  […]

Prepare to Care courses

Merthyr and the Valleys Mind are running ‘Prepare to Care’ courses this Autumn for people who want to work in care or who are carers.  The courses will be held in Pontypridd from 10th September and Merthyr in November, are 4 hours long and held over 8 weeks.   For further information contact Kay Maybank […]

Website/e-mail downtime

We have been experiencing problems with our website and e-mails over the past week and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. The problems have resulted in the website not being accessible and the possible loss of any e-mails being sent into or from  Dewis.  If you have sent an e-mail to us this […]

New video: Service user Paula speaks about Dewis’ advocacy service

Dewis CIL recently provided an advocacy service for our service user Paula.  See the video where she talks about her experience by clicking on the image below.


Would you like to know how Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will affect you? Go to and use their PIP checker using the instructions below. Benefits Carers and disability benefits Come down to the 14th option.  Check how Personal Independence Payments (PIP) affects you. Start now Answer question 1 and click next step Enter your […]

Equality Advisory Support Service

The Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) is the successor to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Helpline and has been established for nine months.  It is now in a position to accept referrals from stakeholders who may be presented with complicated discrimination and/or human rights issues by their members and customers. The service is free […]

PIP consultation document – Case studies needed

As you may have heard there was a judicial review on the moving around (mobility) criteria of Personal Independence Payments (the benefit replacing DLA). The review found the Government had not consulted adequately when they changed the threshold needed to qualify for the enhanced (higher) rate of PIP for moving around from 50 metres to […]

Disability Sports Camp – Vale of Glamorgan

Simon Jones, Disability Sport Wales Development Officer is running a Disability Sport Camp every Thursday of the summer holidays in the Vale of Glamorgan.  If you would like any further information please check out the details on the website below or  contact Simon directly. Simon Jones Disability Sport Wales Development Officer Leisure Services Vale of […]

DWP benefit talk at Dewis Thursday July 11th

Don’t forget to come along to our monthly coffee morning next week, when a representative from the D.W.P. will be discussing the new benefit changes and answering your questions.

Volunteer opportunities in Merthyr Tydfil

Volunteer opportunities in Merthyr Tydfil   Dewis is looking for people with a few hours a month to spare to volunteer as a Citizen Advocate for someone with a learning disability. You’ll gain training, support and experience while helping someone in your community.   As a Citizen Advocate you’ll spend time with a partner doing […]

Spring 2013 Newsletter.

You can find the spring edition of the Dewis newsletter here.

Cowbridge Coffee Morning

Dewis will be holding a coffee morning for our Vale of Glamorgan service users on Tuesday 2nd July.  Everyone is welcome to come along to  join us for coffee, biscuits and a chat at the Lesser Hall, Cowbridge Town Hall at 11.00 am. We look forward to seeing you!

Monthly Coffee Mornings

Don’t forget we hold a monthly coffee morning on the first Thursday of every month at 10.30am.  Everyone is welcome to join in, whether it be for a chat or to take part in our workshops, so please come along and perhaps make some new friends at the same time.

Free Training Opportunities

If you work as a PA in the Vale of Glamorgan, take a look at the back of your payslips to see details of training opportunities.  Dewis are offering a range of relevant courses at no cost to PA’s or their employers.  For further details, contact us on 01443 827930 to register your interest, as […]

Whitsun Bank Holiday

Just a reminder that Dewis’ office will be closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 27th May.  We will re-open as usual on the Tuesday.  Happy holidays!

June Coffee Morning – Guest speaker

Come along to our coffee morning on June 6th and hear our guest speaker Andrew Griffiths talk about the ‘Cwm Rhondda Village’ Project. Started in Kenya in 1995 by Dewis service user Diane Price and her friend Pat Hughes after visiting orphaned children,’Cwm Rhondda Village’ project is a self-help group with a vision to provide […]

July Coffee Morning – Change of date

The July coffee morning will take place on Thursday 11th which is the second Thursday of the month, when there will be a guest speaker from the Department of Works and Pensions who will provide information on benefit changes.  A surgery will be held after the talk, so that you can discuss any questions at […]

Latest Newsletter 2013

You can find our latest edition of the Dewis Newsletter here.

Chief Executive Stephen Harris welcomes you to the new website

Chief Executive Stephen Harris welcomes you to the new website.