Our Love Innovation Hub puts a spotlight on unique innovation projects, that are affecting the lived experiences of large numbers of people - changing lives even! On this page you can find innovation stories, resources and ideas from across our Cwm Taf Morgannwg region and beyond!

Love Innovation Week

During February, the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Research, Improvement and Innovation Co-Ordination Hub worked with partners including Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Life Sciences Hub, Newydd Housing Association and many more to launch a week dedicated to ‘loving innovation’.

Innovation is a word that is often used across health and social care, but it can mean many things, to many people.

From using advanced technology to improve healthcare, to encouraging wellbeing activities in the community, innovation can take many different forms, but all of these can have positive impact on people’s lives.

This page was created during Love Innovation Week, and will now be a platform to share stories, lessons learnt and ideas from those who have innovated in the past.

We hope you will join us on social media by using the hashtag #LoveInnovation

 

We've spotlighted some inspiring stories below

How innovation can make a difference to lives

Ashley Bale, from Pontypridd, has developed an award-winning social app for people with learning disabilities. In this blog, Ashley shares why he believes innovation has an important role to play in making a difference to people's lives.

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Get Fit Wales

Newydd Housing's 'Get Fit Wales' programme encourages young people to step towards a healthier life, earning points to spend on healthy rewards in local businesses.

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My Day, My Way employment campaign

Cwm Taf People First members created a music video to help people with a learning disability understand their employment options, and also encourage employers to hire people with learning disabilities in a diversity of roles.

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Lighthouse Project

Passionate Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) resident Dawn Parkin has joined forces with leading charitable, housing and health and wellbeing organisations across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg region to support people in the community.

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Innovate Trust develops community app to keep people connected

The Innovate Trust has created a community-based app called Insight which provides an online space that is both safe and fully accessible for adults with learning disabilities, and mitigates social media risks, such as cyberbullying and trolling.

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A tool to help children manage their mental and physical health.

Sleeping Lion aims to help children manage their mental and physical health. This is achieved by performing exercises which help them increase their mindfulness, reduce their breathing rate, connect to their bodies, and calm themselves down.

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Creating a culture of innovation and impact across the region

Simply Do Ideas discuss how they partnered with Community Housing Cymru to create a culture of innovation and impact across the region

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Kelechi Nnoaham, Director of Public Health at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board says...

"Innovation isn’t just the successful exploitation of new ideas but the willingness to test and try out something new, that isn’t guaranteed to work but has the potential to make impactful and sustainable change a reality."

Interested in innovating? The below links may give you some ideas and advice!

Life Sciences Hub Innovation Network

‘Achieving Innovation’ is an online resource with key insights, new research and fresh perspectives – providing all sectors with the tools and information needed to make the difference.

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North Wales RIIC Hub Innovation

The North Wales Research, Improvement and Innovation Coordination Hub has developed this useful resource showing links to evidence/ good practice websites.

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SimplyDo: The Innovation Blog

SimplyDo's latest insights and best practices on how to drive innovation in your organisation.

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Our Jargon Buster

CTM RIIC Hub has created a list of commonly used words in this helpful jargon buster.

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Get in touch with the friendly team at the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Research, Innovation and Improvement Hub.

Feeling inspired? The RIIC Hub Engagement Officers can support with identifying. aligning and coordinating Research, Innovation and Improvement activity across Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend.

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