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Disabled people wanting to stand in Welsh local government elections 2022 can now apply for funding

The Welsh 'Access to Elected Office' fund has been set up to help disabled people with the additional costs they face when standing for election. The Welsh Government has announced that applications can now be made to the fund by those wanting to stand in the Local Government elections in 2022.

The fund can pay for reasonable expenses such as travel and assistive technology, and is managed by Disability Wales. It is also available for those seeking election to community and town councils in 2022. You can read the Welsh government's announcement here.

To find out how to apply, visit the Disability Wales website.

Come and visit Guide Dogs Cymru in Cardiff this month

Guide Dogs Cymru is marking 90 years since the first guide dog partnership in Wales with a pop-up shop in St David’s Centre, Cardiff, open daily throughout October. Whether you are a guide dog fan, a sight loss professional, or a member of the public interested in receiving support or a service, you are welcome to call in and find out more.

The shop is stocked with the charity’s latest gifts and cards, plus arts and crafts by visually impaired Welsh artists, including exhibited artist and guide dog owner Sian Healey. There are daily “Pat and Chat” sessions from 11am-1pm where shoppers can meet dogs and puppies, and their owners. Children can take part in creative half-term activities.

Sight loss professionals who would like to know more about Guide Dogs’ huge range of services, so that they can share knowledge with their clients, are welcome to visit and should contact Nathan Foy to make an appointment. Email or ring 07795 611477.

For other enquiries, including the charity’s Donate an Hour scheme for would-be volunteers, please contact Jacquie Hughes-Jones or 07919 228 635. For general Guide Dogs enquiries please contact Guide Dogs Guide Line on 0800 78 11 444, email, or visit their website.

Sight loss charities issue call for the benefit system and employment support to be made fit for purpose for blind and partially sighted people

The UK Government's recent consultation on 'Shaping future support: The Health and Disability Green Paper' has recently closed. In response, seven sight loss charities have issued a joint statement, calling on the government to make major changes to the way that people with vision impairment are treated.

RNIB, Glaucoma UK, The Macular Society, Retina UK, Visionary, the Thomas Pocklington Trust and Vision Foundation are calling for action to be taken to break down the barriers that vision impaired people face in negotiating the benefits system, and finding employment. You can read the joint statement here.

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