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Latest edition of WCB's Roundup looks at the work of the third sector

The latest edition of WCB's magazine Roundup is now available. The main theme of this issue is the work of the third sector: its makeup, and the types of services it offers.

It also includes a report on this year's Wales Eyecare Conference and news from across the sector. You can read Roundup here.

The latest newsletter from 'Storm', WCB's project for young adults with sight loss, has also been published and includes two personal stories from Storm members. It's available here.

You can read all past editions of Roundup by clicking on the 'Roundup News' tab at the top of this screen.

Call for applications: £10,000 grant for projects in RCT

The Pontypridd Talking Newspaper Association has stopped production and is in the process of distributing its funds to suitable charities.

Applications are invited for the award of £10,000 to fund a project that will benefit visually impaired people living in Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council area. All applications must be from a registered charity and applications should provide the following:

You should state how your project will be sustainable beyond this grant award, if applicable.

All applications must be sent to:
Wales Council of the Blind
Unit 2.2
Hastings House
Off Fitzalan Road
CF24 0BL

Tel.: 029 2047 3954

Closing date is noon 15th November 2019.

The committee of the Pontypridd Talking Newspaper Association will make a decision and distribute the award by 29th November 2019.

Bus passes are changing - reapply by 31st December

Bus pass holders across Wales will need to apply for their new-style Concessionary Travel Card between now and December 2019, when current passes will expire.

Applications can be made via the Transport for Wales (TfW) website (although it has been experiencing some difficulties recently due to the level of demand). You can also download a paper copy from the site and submit it by post, and Transport for Wales is making sure that copies are available from local council sites, such as libraries and community hubs.

TfW has assured people that there is plenty of time to apply, and your current bus pass will continue to be accepted for travel until 31 December 2019. Online application forms take up to 15 working days to be processed and to arrive in the post. If anyone is worried about making an application, help and support is available from the Transport for Wales helpline 0300 303 4240, or other support agencies such as Age Cymru.

You can read Q and As on the Concessionary Bus Pass here.

Wales Council of the Blind registration details:

Company Limited by Guarantee no. 2578918
Registered Charity no. 1045841