On this page you will find our monthly project newsletters , research and evaluation updates, referral forms and other useful downloadable resources!

June 2014 (pdf)

Angela Kenvyn, Project Manager introduces our final newsletter.
Real Opportunities Real Lives
As the current project comes to an end, we look at how we've celebrated achievements and shared best practice.
Evaluating Real Opportunities
The Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities share findings from their study into annual reviews.
A Parent's Perspective
Sue Bird shares her opinions on the Supported Employment

April 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

In this Issue

  • Prestigious Diana Award for Tyler Payne
  • Commonwealth Relay Baton Carmarthen
  • Autism Hero Awards
  • Confidence
  • Hannah's Experience of Real Opportunities
  • Training & Events

March Newsletter 2014 English (pdf)

In This Issue

  • Introduction
  • The Benefits of Travel Training
  • Game On in Swansea
  • Training & Events


February 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

In this issue

  • Introduction
  • Project Enable: The Story So Far...
  • British Squad Selection for Daniel
  • Training & Events



January 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

In this issue:
  • Introduction
  • Employment Success for Ricky Robinson
  • Caerphilly News Round Up
  • Pembrokeshire Parent Sessions
  • Celebrations in Carmarthenshire
  • Training & Events

December Newsletter 2013 (pdf)

In this issue

  • Introduction
  • Me and You Conference 2013
  •  Impact of Real Opportunities in Merthyr Tydfil
  • Autism Social Group's Launch in Swansea
  • Leavers Lunch Eases Transition to College
  • Training & Events



Real Opportunities, Real Results! Conference 2013 (pdf)

You can download our conference invite and agenda by clicking the title above to get a better idea of what the day as a whole was about. If you would like any further information about the day or the presentations please get in touch with Hannah Cox, Training Officer on 01639 635650 or at


"Special Educational Needs: Changing Culture" - Richard Mulcahy Head of ALN Reform Welsh Government

"A Parents Experience - Transcript" - Julia Cox, Parent of a Young Person working with the Carmarthenshire Hub Team.

"Real Opportunities and Supported Employment 2013" - Andrea Wayman Director of Elite Supported Employment Agency and Treasurer of the Welsh Assoication of Supported Employment Agencies.

"Real Opportunities Evaluation" - Steve Beyer Deputy Director of the Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities, Cardiff University.


Employment Workshop - Delivered by Nicola Doyle, Tom Clark (Mencap) and Derek Murphy (Carmarthenshire Hub Team).

Independent Living Workshop- Delivered by Louise Curran and Amy Pole (Caerphilly Hub Team)

Leisure Opportunities Workshop - Delivered by Lucy Harris and Ben Williams (Merthyr Hub Team)

More presentations and photos from the day will be shared when they become available.

June Newsletter 2013 (pdf)

In this Issue:

  • Introduction to our special edition annual conference newsletter
  • Evaluation: The story so far
  • Gesture Based Technology
  • Participant to Peer Mentor
  • The Impact of Real Opportunities in Local Authorities

Signs of Substance Misuse (docx)

Potential Signs of Drug Misuse.

A resource from the drugs awareness master class delivered by SANDS CYMRU. Read more about this master class in our April 2013 newsletter (Newyddlen Ebrill 2013).

April 2013 Newsletter (pdf)

In this issue


Supporting Young People & Bereavement

Labour Market Intelligence

Children's Rights and Responsibilities

Welfare Reform

Drug Awareness

Training & Events



January Newsletter 2013 (pdf)

In this issue


A look at some of the upcoming Welfare Reforms.

Person Centred Planning

A guide to person centred planning and how families can support the person centred plans of their family member.

Support for families

A breakdown of some of the organisations offering specialist support to families with children with disabilities.

Training & Events

A list of upcomingproject training and events.


December Newsletter 2012 (pdf)

In this issue


Luke Gerrard project participant shows off his work for the first time.

Opportunities for Young People

A young person from Methyr tells us about the Real Opportunities residential and a Peer Mentor from Caerphilly shares his experiences from the project.

Promoting the project in Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshireorganise an even for employers in the hope to secure their future of the project in the Carmarthenshire area

Training & Events

A list of upcoming training and events


November Newsletter 2012 (pdf)

In this issue


Information about the Carers Strategy consultation, Anti Bullying Week 2012 and Learning Disability Wales's Key to Your Home conference.

Hub Team News

Updates from Merthyr, Neath and Caerphilly. More team news from RCT and Carmarthenshire is available on our website.

Training & Events

A list of upcoming project training and events.


October Newsletter 2012 (pdf)

In this issue


Special introduction by Gerraint Jones-Griffiths.


Youth Work Week 2012

Connecting Cultures - young people write about their experiences of sport and the Olympic games.


Film Review

Caerphilly young people try their hand at film reviewing.


Residential 2012

Overview of the Real Opportunities residential 2012.


3 Organisations Every Young Person Should Know About

A look at MEIC, NYAS and CLIC Online.


Just for Fun...

Some games and puzzles just for fun!


Training & Events

A list of upcoming project training and events.


September Newsletter 2012 (pdf)

In this issue


Real Opportunities updates, Mission to Lars and Learning Disability Wales' Annual Conference.


Richard's Story

The story of how Richard Davey has taken big steps to becoming independent thanks to the Neath hub team.

Corey's Work Experience

Corey Richardson tells us about his recent supported work experience with Learning Disability Wales.

Healthy Living in Caerphilly
The Caerphilly Hub Team host a healthy living day.

Training & Events

A list of upcoming project training and events.


August Newsletter (pdf)

In this issue


IDP Consultation, Barclays Managing Money resources and Out of Sight campaign report.

Campaigning for Change

Jamie Bolling discusses the need for policy change on independent living and the need to move away from institutions.

Supported Employment

Elite are working with parents, carers, employers and young people to secure paid employment!


New Peer Mentors

Peer Mentor Coordinator Lucy Harris overcomes cultural differences!

Training & Events

Upcoming project training and events.


July Newsletter 2012 (pdf)

In this issue


Project conferences, offical website launch and new Breaks for Carers regulations.


Hub Team News
Driving experience day for Alex in Caerphilly and Disability Awareness training for Bridgend Peer Mentors.


Families with Disabled Children and Child Poverty <New research from Contact a Family and Family Fund show worrying figures.


Benefits Adviser Service
New service from Mencap Cymru for support around benefits.


Training & Events
A list of upcoming project training and events.

June Newsletter 2012 (pdf)

In this issue


Real Opportunities Annual Conference


Olympic Fever
Special Olympic Ski Success in Carmarthenshire


All Aboard
Update on the All Aboard Transport Challenge by Disability Wales


Peer Mentors
The benefits of peer mentor support and how it impacts on employment and training.


RNIB Cymru Transitions
Oveview of support from RNIB Cymru's Transitions Officer


Can Do Holidays
Lisa Newton helps families find accessible holiday accommodation.


Training & Events
A list of upcoming project training and events.

May Newsletter 2012 (pdf)

In this issue


Introduction to this month's special edition newsletter


Caerphilly, Bridgend and Neath
These hub teams discuss the importance of family liaison.


Swansea and RCT
Look at individual young people who have made an impact.


Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Torfaen
Discuss the importance of youth inclusion activities.


Look at good partnership working.


Training & Events
A list of upcoming project training and events.

April Newsletter 2012 (pdf)

In this issue


April is the month for benefits and autism awareness!


Real Opportunities Gets Social!
Real Opportunities is now on Facebook and Twitter


Families First
An Update on Families First from Zoe Richards


Success for Gerraint
Project Participant Gerraint gets elected!


Training & Events
List of upcoming training and events

March Newsletter 2012 (pdf)

In this issue


Conferences, Consultations and Events!


Building Relationships through the Outdoors
Carrie Needs from Swansea talks about her experience in Rhossili!


Getting Outdoors in Pembrokeshire
Sticking with the outdoor theme we find out what Pembrokeshire have been up to.


Project Survey
Information from the Research Team.


Training & Events
A list of upcoming project training and events.

February Newsletter 2012 (pdf)

In this issue


New Hubs, Consultations and Free Resources.


AM Visits Real Opportunities
The Deputy Minister for Skills takes part in a project induction.


Positive Outcomes
Some positive stories from Bridgend and Merthyr young people.


Social Opportunities
Torfaen start a weekend activity group.


Training & Events
A list of upcoming project training and events.

January Newsletter 2012 (pdf)

In this issue


Happy New Year, New Hub Teams and exciting Mencap Cymru events.


Small Steps, Big Successes!
A look at the personal achievements of one young person from Merthyr.


PCP Ideas
Joe from Caerphilly shares a creative PCP tool.


Carmarthenshire Information Day
Overview of Camarthenshire's information day success


Project Research
Brief overview of the Real Opportunities Research Team


Training & Events
A list of upcoming project training and events.