FTWW Publishes Annual Impact Report

FTWW is delighted to bring to you the charity’s Annual Impact Report for the financial year 2020 – 2021. The report covers all the ways in which FTWW has strived towards giving a voice to disabled women, girls and those assigned female at birth and those living with chronic / recurrent health conditions. It provides details of activities, campaigns, media coverage, volunteers’ contributions, resources created and distributed, as well as the year’s financial statements.   You can find the report in English and in Welsh, here. 

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Women’s Health Included in Senedd’s Health and Social Care Committee Priorities

Exciting news has emerged from the Senedd’s Health and Social Care Committee. On 15th December, the Health and Social Care Committee published its priorities for the next 5 years – and Women’s Health is amongst them. Our supporters will know that this is something on which FTWW has campaigned long and hard, so we’re incredibly pleased to see that ‘listening to lived experience’ will be fundamental to how the Committee will work.  The Committee’s Strategy document lists the following as key to improving outcomes for patients in Wales: widening understanding of unconscious bias access to services for long-term chronic conditions…

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Welsh Government Job Opportunities to Support the Disability Equality Task Force

The Welsh Government is seeking to recruit 3 managers for the interface between the Disability Taskforce, Welsh Government policy and statistical / data analysis teams, disability organisations, the Disability Equality Forum and other interested groups. They will work closely with the Chairs of the Taskforce and Taskforce members. The roles will also support the Taskforce by managing the work of the Taskforce and any sub-groups. The Disability Taskforce was set up in response to the Locked Out Report, which highlighted the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Disabled people.  You can find out more by downloading the adverts below.  SEO-…

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International Day of Disabled People

On Tuesday 30 November, Jane Hutt MS, the Minister for Social Justice, delivered a speech to the Senedd regarding the United Nations International Day of Disabled People, which falls on Friday 3 December. The theme for 2021 is ‘fighting for rights in the post-COVID era’.  The Minister acknowledged the work of the Disability Task Force, of which FTWW is a member organisation, following the Locked out report, which highlighted the devastating impact of the pandemic on disabled people in Wales. She also reaffirmed Welsh Government’s commitment to the social model of disability, saying, “We know that it is our society’s…

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Ending the Postcode Lottery – FTWW Joins Campaign

On 22nd November, we joined more than 20 organisations to launch a new pan-Wales campaign, Ending the Postcode Lottery. The campaign calls for an end to disjointed NHS Wales services and the creation of a single, independent executive to improve care standards. Like many other organisations across Wales, FTWW believes that a single national body with strategic oversight of NHS Wales is vital to drive improvements in patient care and hold health boards to account. A single, independent national NHS organisation would be better placed to improve patient care and deliver on the aims of A healthier Wales, the Welsh government’s plan…

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Welsh Government Commits to all-Wales Menopause Pathway

You may have seen Dot Davies’ ITV Wales documentary on Menopause, This Week: Tackling The Menopause Taboo, which followed the results of an ITV Cymru Wales survey, which found that more than a third of women said they have considered giving up their work because of their menopause symptoms. In addition, 60% said their symptoms have had a negative impact on their work, with 25% saying they did not feel supported by the workplace while experiencing menopause symptoms. We were delighted that the programme ended with a commitment from Welsh Government to an all-Wales menopause pathway providing same high standard…

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FTWW Responds to Health Minister’s Comments on Lupus Report

On Wednesday 3rd November, Mark Isherwood MS submitted a plenary question to the Senedd asking “How is the Welsh Government supporting people with autoimmune diseases?” (OQ57098). Mr Isherwood, who is Chair of the Cross Party Group (CPG) for Disability, followed up with a longer question referencing FTWW’s report, Making the Case for Better Lupus and Rare Autoimmune Disease Care, which you can watch here: Patients with diseases like #lupus, #vasculitis, #Sjögren‘s and #scleroderma are missing out on better care in Wales.@MarkIsherwood is right to ask the Welsh Government to improve care for patients living with these conditons. pic.twitter.com/yz6pN28MzD — RAIRDA…

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Help Us Help You – while you shop! Donate to FTWW via AmazonSmile

We’re delighted to let you know that you can now support FTWW via AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support us every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.co.uk on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping App for iOS and Android phones. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as amazon.co.uk, with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price to us. It really is that simple! You…

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Making the Case for Better Lupus and Rare Autoimmune Disease Provision for Patients in Wales

FTWW Calls for Better Lupus and Rare Autoimmune Disease Provision for Patients in Wales This Lupus Awareness Month, the patient-led women’s health equality charity makes 21 recommendations to Welsh Government in new report Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales (FTWW) has today published a new report which calls on Welsh Government to improve care for patients living with Lupus and Rare Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases (RAIRDs). ‘Making the Case for Better Lupus and Rare Autoimmune Disease Provision for Patients in Wales’ highlights issues around diagnostic delays, lack of specialist care in Wales, barriers to tertiary care, and issues in general…

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Jessica Nominated for Chwarae Teg Award

  We are absolutely delighted that our Recurrent Miscarriage Campaign Lead, Jessica Evans, is a finalist at this year’s Chwarae Teg Womenspire awards, shortlisted in the Community Campion category. Jessica has campaigned tirelessly for families experiencing the heartbreak of miscarriage, producing the ‘Making the Case for Better Miscarriage Care in Wales’ report, and liaising with health boards and charities to improve care and support for patients across Wales. We are incredibly proud of Jessica for the work she has done whilst experiencing her own losses. The Womenspire awards take place online on Thursday 30 September. We’re sure you’ll all join…

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