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Hello, and welcome to our newsletter.

At our AGM on Thursday we launched our new Strategic Framework. The framework sets out our vision, mission and values for the next five years, you can read more (and watch a short animation) about our process for this work on our website.

Part of this process was to take a long term look at the future of the third sector and on Wednesday we released two Futures Reports examining global trends and what they could mean for the third sector in Wales.

After the AGM it was really exciting to have Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, delivering our inaugural Annual Lecture. You can read the transcript here, and the video will be available on our YouTube channel shortly.

Enjoy the newsletter, and we’ll see you all again next week.

Volunteering

Frankie returns to Abergavenny to share her inspiring time in Senegal

Earlier this year Frankie Wesson travelled to the sunnier climes of Senegal as part of an overseas youth volunteering programme called International Citizen Service (ICS).

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Co-production Network for Wales – making it happen!

New to the WCVA blog, Judith Nubold and Mark John-Williams from Co-production Network for Wales talk about their first weeks on the job.

Report demonstrates WCVA’s ‘considerable impact’

We’ve launched our Annual Report for 2015-16.

WCVA launches new Strategic Framework

At our recent Annual General Meeting, we launched our new Strategic Framework, outlining WCVA’s Mission, Vision and the Way We Work.

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Jodi Awards for Accessible Digital Culture (UK)

The Jodi Awards, offered in memory of Jodi Mattes, were first given in 2003 – the European Year of Disabled People. The biennial awards are run by the Jodi Mattes Trust which promotes barrier-free access to cultural collections for disabled people.

Strong civil society vital to shaping a better future for Wales

A strong third sector in Wales has a vital role to play in securing a positive future for our society, according to two new reports.

Funding

BIG’s Rural Programme – Community Grants

The Community Grants scheme is accepting applications from voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations aiming to tackle rural poverty in the rural communities (populations of less than 10,000 people) in the Welsh local authority areas of: Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Monmouthshire.

Minister announces new £1m EU funding for youth skills at UK’s largest Skills Event

Wales’ Skills and Science Minister, Julie James, is pleased to announce that a project to improve the skills and job prospects of young people is being extended into East Wales thanks to an additional £1million EU funding boost.

Research

Research looks at third sector involvement in education, training and employment

Third sector members working in the area of education have helped gather information about voluntary sector provision to support young people aged 14-18 to engage or remain engaged with education, training and employment (ETE).

Training and events

Poetry, football, ballroom dancing, and other ways to reduce alcohol harm

The people of Fishguard and Goodwick invite you to a conference like no other!

Developing a fundraising strategy

The funding landscape is changing for third sector organisations in Wales with many seeing cuts to their statutory funding. At the same time there are opportunities out there for organisations to raise funds from private sources. This course will help organisations to position themselves to take advantageous of the opportunities by taking a strategic approach to fundraising.

Gift aid registration surgery

To provide practical information for participants so that they are able to understand the benefits of income they could generate from Gift Aid and how to go about registering for and claiming Gift Aid on donations.

Working in partnership for better outcomes

Develop and improve new or existing partnerships.

How to prepare your annual report

Based on inspiring case studies from other small charities, this module covers the essentials, from measuring impact, telling your story, and building public trust to preparing for year-end, an audit or independent examination.

Policy and politics

Have your say on the MPs Code of Conduct

A free event is to take place around a consultation into possible changes to the MPs Code of Conduct.

Wales to receive £400 million following Autumn Statement

In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that Wales will receive an extra £400 million over five years to spend on capital projects.

This week’s Consultation Bulletin highlights

A consultation from the Charity Commission.

New briefing paper on ‘resilient communities’

We have launched a briefing paper for the third sector on the proposals around Communities First.

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