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Community Development

Current Services

We are currently providing the following services:

Funding Support

Training

Governance Advice for voluntary and community groups

Support for Community and Voluntary Organisations

Individuals looking at setting up a voluntary/ community organisation and committees wanting advice on general governance and day to day matters can access free support from AVOW’s Community Development Team.

Advice on various topics is regularly sought including the following:

  • Legal structures for organisations
  • Checking governing documents
  • Trustee roles and responsibilities
  • Policies and procedures
  • Insurance
  • Training needs
  • Venue hire and leases
  • Employment arrangements
  • Monitoring community projects

AVOW may or may not be able to advise you on all situations however we will know an organisation that can or will find help for you.

Please contact us with any enquiries relating to new or already formed community organisations on 01978 312556 or community@avow.org

“Some great feedback has been received regarding the support provided which can be found below. I think it’s a great service and I’m glad I’ve found it”.  Andrew Fergus

“Thanks ever so much for your time and honest advice.  Thank goodness there are people like you who know the ropes”. Gill

Sam Hughes from Chirk Parish Hall sought information on companies that provide hearing loops in the local area. Cathryn Williams, Community Development Manager advised that other committee members of community buildings across Wrexham County Borough had already sought this type of equipment and would ask them to contact him. Sam said “I heard from several members with names of contractors and have been in touch with a company already, Many thanks to all for their help.”

“Cathryn’s most professional presentation has given the steering group the opportunity to consider different forms of legal structures that could be applicable for the future management committee. The presentation and information has made the options much clearer and answered questions posed by the steering group. This has helped to reduce anxiety of some of the members”. Vy Cochran, Wales and West Housing Association.

Ollie's Snax Café

Ollie’s Snax provides individuals with an opportunity to improve skills within a catering environment thanks to an initiative developed by AVOW Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service. Individuals are improving communication, financial and catering skills whilst volunteering in Ollie’s café situated within Wrexham Law Courts.  The aim of the initiative is to help individuals improve confidence levels and gain new experiences to enable steps to be taken towards employment. Ollie’s Snax is open 9am-2pm Monday-Friday.  Ollie’s Snax is only open to users of Wrexham Law Courts.Ollie’s Snax has really helped people move forward in their lives and the quotes: below just cover a little bit of what has been gained through this initiative.If you are interested in volunteering in Ollie’s or would like more information on this opportunity, please contact us on 01978 312556.

Story by Marie Dingley-Shortt, Ollie’s Manager:

In May 2011 I was feeling very down, lacked confidence and had low self-esteem. I was given the chance by AVOW to attend a Food Hygiene Course (Level 2) and as I had always wanted to work in catering but had little experience, it was the lifeline I needed. Having attended and passed the course I looked at ways that I could put my new skills into practice and decided that volunteering might help me gain more experience. I volunteered at Ollie’s Snax cafe run by AVOW in December, where in the beginning I just served tea and coffees.  The staff members were very encouraging and supportive and my confidence grew enormously. In February 2012, the catering coordinator role was advertised and to my surprise I was offered the job and I’m now responsible for the day to day running of the café. I am so lucky to have been given this opportunity which has changed my life.

The Business Supporting Communities (BC2)

Community and voluntary organisations can access advice on any queries relating to the running of their organisation.

Examples of enquiries are below but the list is not exhaustive so feel free to ask away:

  • Choosing your organisational structure and governing document
  • Setting up a bank account and cheque signatories
  • General running of the organisation e.g. Annual general meetings, minutes, setting up of sub committees
  • Trustee/ committee roles and responsibilities and duties
  • Monitoring and evaluation of your services
  • Conflict within the trustee board

The Business Supporting Communities project (BC2) will create and maintain sustainable links between Third Sector groups (community, voluntary, charity and non-profit groups) and local businesses, bringing a wealth of expertise and experience together to benefit local communities across North Wales.It is not about money; it is instead about encouraging the practical support of local communities and economies. It will bring benefits to a huge range of communities by helping both individuals and Third Sector Groups to improve their skills, capacity and capability.This could be achieved as simply as offering office space for community meetings, sharing surplus equipment, providing work experience opportunities or volunteering your expertise and knowledge.  There are clear benefits for both the Third Sector Groups and the businesses involved.There are five main initiative areas:

  1. Sustainability and giving
  2. Volunteering and networking
  3. Young people
  4. Older people
  5. Hard to reach people.

Please visit our website www.b2cwales.co.uk  should you want further information.  Alternatively or phone: 07912 062879 / 01745 353 110.

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