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Training with AVOW

AVOW provides a range of courses to enable community members to develop skills for the benefit of their voluntary and community organisations. http://sfclearningzone.org.uk provides online training to help you seek funding and support for your organisation – these will give you background of a variety of courses that are run by AVOW. Use the contact form on this site if you need any more information or contact AVOW on 01978 312556 / communitycourses@avow.org

Any training course marked with the AVOW logo can be booked on using the Online Booking Form. Unless otherwise stated the course will be held at our main office Ty Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND.

*Different rates apply for private / corporate individuals – please ask. Click on the different types of training available:

Info/T&Cs

Wrexham Adult & Community Learning PartnershipIf your community group has any training needs that are not currently advertised please contact us on 01978 312556 or email communitycourses@avow.org.

We may not always be able to offer all course requests, however we will do our best to signpost groups to existing courses in the area. 

Read the Training Courses Terms and Conditions.

AVOW Training: One Day: Supporting People to Get Online – 22nd November

AVOW Training: One Day: Supporting People to Get Online - 22nd November

Book your place at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/one-day-supporting-people-to-get-online-non-accredited-tickets-38765054321

Digital Communtiies Wales trianign is aimed at front line staff and volunteers who are supporting peopel to get onlien and become digitally included.

Supporting people to get online:

This session provides partipants with the skills they need to engage with and support peopel who need help to get online on a group an done to one basis.

The trainign is aimed at front line staff and volunteers who work with the general public and deal with people with digital includion needs.

Overall session aims are:

  • Understand the present challenged facing digital inclusion in Wales
  • understand the role of digital champions
  • Learn techniques for encouraging peopel to get online
  • discover resources available to support learners to get online.
  • Focus on Internet Safety, Social Media and Accessibility.

Pre-course requirements:

  • Basic ICT
  • Literacy skills
  • Numeracy skills

Learning Objectives – At the end of the session participants should be able to:

  • Udnerstand who isn’t online
  • Explain the skills/qualities needed to be a digital champion
  • Explain the barriers to getting online and how to overcome them.
  • Describe methods to insprie/motivate people to get and stay online.
  • Have the confidence to support others to get online.

Learning Outcomes – By the end fo the course, participants will:

  • Be able to confidently support clients / customers / tenants / services users to access basic online services.
  • Know where to find a range of resources to help get people online.
  • understand why digital inclusion is important and be able to explain the barriers for different groups to getting online.

While training is free to attend, any participants who fail to attend or cancel their place without 245 hours notice will incur a charge of £25.

Please contact:

Helen Evans: helen.evans@wales.coop
Deian apRhisiart Deian.apRhisiart@wales.coop

AVOW Training: Accounting – 30th November

AVOW Training: Accounting - 30th November

Date: Thursday 30th November 2017

Time: 9am – 1pm

Location: Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND

Cost: £12.50 per person

Learn about the account equation. Debits and credits, learn to complete a bank reconciliation.  At the end you will be able to put together a simple financial statement.

Booking is essential!

To book onto this course visit our website training page: http://avow.org/en/training-courses/, email communitycourses@avow.org or alternatively call us on 01978 312556.

 

AVOW Training: Food Safety Level 2 – 7th December

AVOW Training: Food Safety Level 2 - 7th December

Date: Thursday 7th December

Time: 9:30am – 4pm

Location: Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND

Cost: £55 per person

Booking: To book onto this course please visit our website at http://avow.org/en/training-courses/, email communitycourses@avow.org or alternatively call us on 01978 312556

The training aims to provide participants with a grasp of the importance of food safety and an understanding of how to control food safety risks.

 

AVOW Training: Gift Aid – 18th January

Gift Aid - 18th January

Date: Thursday 18th January 2018

Time: 9am – 1pm

Location: Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND

Cost: £12.50 per person

Learn how to set up a gift aid account, how to manage Gift Aid donations and how to submit a Gift Aid claim.

Booking is essential!

to book onto this course visit our website training page: http://avow.org/en/training-courses/, or email communitycourses@avow.org or alternatively call us on 01978 312556.

 

 

Autism Awareness Certification – Online Access

Autism Awareness Certification - Online Access
The ASD Aware Certification Scheme.
An introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders and some advice about how you can help.
The scheme aims to reward those who undertake some learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders, and is aimed at all. After accessing the scheme you will be asked to enter your details. This information will be used to monitor the uptake of the scheme across Wales and within businesses and services.

After entering your details you will be asked to complete answers to a series of 20 questions. If you are successful with this, a personalised certificate will be created for you to download. If you enter an incorrect answer, you will be given the opportunity to try again.

To see the ASD Aware organisations who have signed up to the scheme, or if your organisation would like to get involved click on the link below:

www.ASDinfoWales.co.uk/organisations
To access the introduction Powerpoint and PDF supporting documents please visit: http://www.asdinfowales.co.uk/asdaware

Carer Information and Support Programme (CrISP) – Various

Carer Information and Support Programme (CrISP) - Various

Alzheimer’s Society Cymru in North Wales will be running Carer Information and Support Programme (CrISP). The programme is free for carers of people living with dementia. The aim of the groups are to support carers by providing knowledge, information and coping strategies.

Please see attached for further information about the programme and to find out where sessions are being run. Booking is essential for a place on the course.

For further information, please phone 01492 546870 or email northwalesreferrals@alzheimers.org.uk.

Full description of programme: crisp-poster-2017_english

Training Locations and dates: crisp-north-wales-schedule-2017

Countryside Skills – November 2017

Countryside Skills - November 2017

Participants should be between 16 and 24 years  and be able to get to Wrexham.

(They can be residents of other counties but must be able to get to a central point in Wrexham for project days- Travel expenses will be paid)

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Participants will get:

  • An accredited LEVEL 2 LANTRA Certificate in Land Based Activities
  • Qualifications in Health and Safety and First Aid
  • The chance to skill build and develop their practical skills
  • To visit and work on some sites they may not have visited before or knew about
  • A varied project with elements of Career planning, Team work and Volunteering

Building Community Resilience – 16th November

Building Community Resilience - 16th November

Date: 16th November
Time: 10am until 12:30pm
Location: Cartrefi Cymru, Unit 27/Ddole Rd Ind Est, Llandrindod Wells LD1 6DF

Booking: please contact Suzann Wadcock at suzann.wadcock@adsscymru.org.uk

Purpose of Workshop:

Produce an Action Plan with a range of options for Community based solutions to deliver sustainable Preventative Services.

Managing projects – 21st November

Managing projects - 21st November

Aims

This Institute of Leadership and Management endorsed course provides learners with project management practical skills and knowledge so that they can plan, deliver and demonstrate successful project outcomes

Content

This course will take you through the range of project management principles and practical tools, and focus on techniques to develop your skills for setting up, running and managing a project.

Participants will need to have a current or potential project idea to bring to the course, on which their assessed work will be based

Learning outcomesBy attending this course, you will be able to

  • Understand the different types of projects
  • Understand the project planning cycle and the stages in its development
  • Identify the key factors in project success
  • Plan a system for monitoring and evaluating project success
  • Identify and address areas of potential risk
  • Understand the routes to project closure

Who this course is forThis course is for anybody who has responsibility for developing and running projects as part of their every day workAdditional informationA registration fee of £69 per learner will be charged for those who register to complete the ILM assessment

 

Date: 21 November 2017 – 22 November 2017 (2 Days) – WCVA, Rhyl (LL18 3EB)
Trainer: Eileen Murphy

Price

£260.00
WCVA Members
£320.00
Voluntary / Community
£343.00
Partners of WCVA
£380.00
Public and private sector

Managing projects – 21&22nd November

Managing projects - 21&22nd November

Date: 21 and 22 November 2017

Location: Rhyl

Cost: £260.00

Booking: http://bit.ly/2zF9wST

 

This Institute of Leadership and Management endorsed course provides learners with project management practical skills and knowledge so that they can plan, deliver and demonstrate successful project outcomes.

This course will take you through the range of project management principles and practical tools, and focus on techniques to develop your skills for setting up, running and managing a project.

Participants will need to have a current or potential project idea to bring to the course, on which their assessed work will be based

Learning outcomesBy attending this course, you will be able to

  • Understand the different types of projects
  • Understand the project planning cycle and the stages in its development
  • Identify the key factors in project success
  • Plan a system for monitoring and evaluating project success
  • Identify and address areas of potential risk
  • Understand the routes to project closure

Who this course is forThis course is for anybody who has responsibility for developing and running projects as part of their every day workAdditional informationA registration fee of £69 per learner will be charged for those who register to complete the ILM assessment

 

Multi-Agency Accredited Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training – Multiple Dates

Multi-Agency Accredited Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training - Multiple Dates

In collaboration with the North Wales Substance Misuse Workforce Development Training Group.

This training is for those who work within the substance misuse sector, across the six counties of North Wales.  It will be especially helpful for workers who are indirectly involved with substance misuse issues (i.e. teachers, police, housing workers, community support groups, receptionists etc.).  Each course will be interagency with participants from a variety of organisations.

This course is accredited by WEA Cymru at OCN Level 2.  Participants will receive an information pack and workbook, and certificate of attendance for the course.  This course is provided FREE OF CHARGE.  Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided on each day.

Dates Town County Times
22nd & 23rd November Rhyl Denbighshire 9.30am – 4.30pm
7th & 8th December Llangefni Anglesey 9.30am – 4.30pm
12th & 13th December Shotton Flintshire 9.30am – 4.30pm

To reserve your place, please complete and return the booking form (link below) to the CAIS Learning and Development, Station Court, 41-43 Station Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 9BU
Email: bookings@cais.org.uk

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One Day: Supporting People to Get Online – 22nd November

One Day: Supporting People to Get Online - 22nd November

Date: 22nd November 2017

Time: 9:30 – 16:00

Location: Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND

Cost: Free

Book online at: http://bit.ly/2yxu8fa

Digital Communities Wales training is aimed at front line staff and volunteers who are supporting people to get online and become digitally included.

Supporting people to get online
This session provides participants with the skills they need to engage with and support people who need help to get online on a group and one to one basis.
The training is aimed at front line staff and volunteers who work with the general public and deal with people with digital inclusion needs.
Overall session aim

  • Understand the present challenges facing digital inclusion in Wales.
  • Understand the role of digital champions.
  • Learn techniques for encouraging people to get online.
  • Discover resources available to support learners to get online.
  • Focus on Internet Safety, Social media and accessibility.
  • Pre-course requirements – Basic ICT, literacy and numeracy skills

Learning Objectives – At the end of the session participants should be able to:

  • Understand who isn’t online.
  • Explain the skills/qualities needed to be a digital champion.
  • Explain the barriers to getting online and how to overcome them.
  • Describe methods to inspire/motivate people to get and stay online.
  • Have the confidence to support others to get online.

Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, participants will

  • Be able to confidently support clients/customers/tenants/services users to access basic online services.
  • Know where to find a range of resources to help get people online.
  • Understand why digital inclusion is important and be able to explain the barriers for different groups to getting online.

While training is free to attend any participants who fail to attend or cancel their place without 24 hours notice will incur a charge or £25.
FAQs
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact Helen Evans: helen.evans@wales.coop or  Deian apRhisiart Deian.apRhisiart@wales.coop

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – Understanding Safeguarding and Mandatory Reporting Duty – 22nd November

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Understanding Safeguarding and Mandatory Reporting Duty - 22nd November

 

BAWSO training:

Female Gential Mutilation (FGM) -Understanding Safeguarding and Mandatory Reporting Duty. 

Date: 22nd November 2017

Time: 9am – 4pm

Location: TBC – Wrexham, North Wales

Cost: £75 per day

To book your place please contact training@bawso.org.uk for a booking form.

 

 

Project Griffin – 23rd November

Project Griffin - 23rd November

Date: 23rd November    

Time: 9.45-11.45   

Venue: Corlan, Unit 3 Mold Business Park, Wrexham Road, Mold  CH7 1XP

Cost: Free

Project Griffin is the national counter terrorism awareness initiative for business produced by NaCTSO to protect our cities and communities from the threat of terrorism.

The threat from terrorism is serious, but it is important to keep it in perspective. This threat comes principally from DAESH (also known as ISIL), Al Qaida, and groups and individuals who can be directed, encouraged or inspired by them. The level of threat is complex and ranges from crudely planned attacks to sophisticated networks pursuing ambitious and coordinated plots.

The aim of Project Griffin is to:

  • Help understand the threat from terrorism to the UK
  • Guide individuals on what to do if they find themselves involved in a terrorist incident or events that lead up to a planned attack
  • Enable people to recognise and report suspicious activity

Project Griffin holds briefing events to increase public and staff awareness of how best to reduce and respond to the most likely types of terrorist activities. The events are presented by trained police advisors delivering a range of CT awareness modules.

If you would like further information or a place get in touch by emailing info@flvc.org.uk

Get into Health and Social Care – 24th November

Get into Health and Social Care - 24th November

 

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Get into Health and Social Care through this 3 week training programme with The Prince’s Trust and Pendine Park.

Taster Day 24th November 2017

Ø  18-30.

Ø  No restrictions but based in Caernarfon.

Ø  Induction to Health & Social Care, basic First Aid Training and Manual Handling.

Ø  Opportunities in the following roles – care, enrichment activities, admin, maintenance, catering, housekeeping and gardening.

Ø  DBS to take place so young people must have this for taster day

 

Sustainable Management of Natural Resources – 27th November

Sustainable Management of Natural Resources - 27th November

Date: Monday 27th November

Time: 9:45am – 12:45pm

Location: Glasdir Business & Conference Centre, Plas yn Dre, LL26 0DF

Cost: Free

Booking: http://bit.ly/2AEiaOp

Join WCVA’s Environet team as we explore the emerging policy framework for the sustainable management of our natural resources and the opportunities this offers for practical action and collaboration.

Hear insights from groups already putting policy into practice and opportunities to take your own activities further with contributions from Welsh Government, the Local Environment Record Centre’s, Fair Do’s and Keep Wales Tidy. There will also be time for questions and networking.

Please let us know on the booking form if you would like to display any publicity materials.

24 November, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 
27 November, Glasdir Business and Conference Centre, Llanrwst
28 November, Tech Hub, Swansea

These half-day events will be followed by the Natural Resources Wales funding road-show in the afternoon:
24 November, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
27 November, Glasdir Business and Conference Centre, Llanrwst
28 November, Tech Hub, Swansea

Environet will use the information you provide on your booking form for administering this event. Details of participants may be given to other delegates, exhibitors and presenters, subject to permissions.

Community Music Wales Tutor Training – 27th & 28th November

Community Music Wales Tutor Training - 27th & 28th November

This is a two day practical course designed to give an understanding of community music and a taste of Community Music Tutor Training. This course is also useful to those who work with community groups and would like to explore using music activity in their work. Thanks to the Arts Council of Wales funding we are able to offer it at the amazing price of £50 (£30 concession).

For more information contact:

hannaht@communitymusicwales.org.uk | 02920 838060

All Wales Basic Safeguarding Awareness Training – 28th November

All Wales Basic Safeguarding Awareness Training - 28th November

A basic safeguarding awareness programme for those working with children, young people & adults

Aims

The aim of this course is to convey a number of key principles in the safeguarding of individuals and to provide staff with the basic foundation knowledge about responding to abuse and neglect.
Content
This course has been developed by the Care Council for Wales, WCVA, and local authorities. It is a basic safeguarding awareness programme that can be used for those working with children, young people and adults. The training has been based on the Social Care Induction Framework Quality Assured Lifelong Learning (SCIF QALL) unit ‘Induction to Safeguarding’.

This is an introductory course, and it is expected that those taking part would undertake further training and learning relevant to the particular group that they work with ie children or adults.

Level 2 – 1 credit (Agored Cymru)

Learning outcomes
By the end of the course the learner will

  • Know own role in relation to safeguarding adults and children and young people from harm, abuse and neglect
  • Understand how individuals are protected from harm, abuse and neglect
  • Know how to recognise different types of harm, abuse and neglect
Who this course is for
This training is aimed at new members of staff or volunteers within your organisations who are required to complete basic safeguarding training as part of their role.
Additional information
A registration fee of £21 per learner will be charged for those who register to complete the Agored Cymru assessment
Date: 28 November 2017 – WCVA, Rhyl (LL18 3EB)
Trainer: Suzanne Mollison
Price:
£135.00 – WCVA Members
£165.00 – Voluntary / Community
£177.00 – Partners of WCVA
£195.00 – Public and private sector

An Introduction to Mindfulness – 28 November

An Introduction to Mindfulness - 28 November

This course focusses on how we can use Mindfulness within our own lives as well as a way of supporting other people. This course looks into how we cope with stress and how we can use Mindfulness to help reduce the impact it has on our lives and of the people around us. Person Centred Planning will be explored as a way of supporting people who have a learning disability to be able to use Mindfulness in a way that most makes sense to them. The course will demonstrate how Mindfulness can be a useful skill when supporting people with a learning disability.

This course will:

  • provide a basic understanding of Mindfulness
  • provide a basic understanding of how Person Centred Planning can help when introducing Mindfulness techniques to individuals and groups
  • teach participants some Mindfulness techniques that can be practiced at home and in the work place
  • teach participants Person Centred Planning tools that will help when introducing Mindfulness techniques to individuals and groups.

 Course includes:

  • a brief history of Mindfulness
  • mindfulness exercises for individuals and groups
  • an overview of Person Centred Planning
  • Person Centred Planning skills that work well alongside Mindfulness
  • some techniques and approaches – how Mindfulness is for everyone
  • coping with stress
  • current research, relevant stories and experiences.

Designed for:

People who provide support to people with a learning disability including families, carers (paid or unpaid), private/voluntary organisations, and local authorities. Individuals with a learning disability are also very welcome. An awareness of Person Centred Planning is desirable but not essential.

Advisory note:  This course begins to explore stress and how to cope with stress. As such, emotions may be stirred that some people might find difficult. The course will explore ways to manage thoughts and feelings but anyone experiencing difficulty may wish to discuss this with either someone close to them or their GP.

Forthcoming Training dates

  • Bangor
  • Swansea

Prices

Members £137
Non Members £158
Person with a learning disability £53
Parent or family carer £53
Paid carer £53

To book your place please visithttps://www.ldw.org.uk/training-and-events/booking.aspx?id=3965

Get into Construction – 29th November

Get into Construction - 29th November

 

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Get into Construction through a 3 week training programme for young people with The Prince’s Trust and Llandrillo Menai.

Taster Day 29th November 2017

Ø  18-24 WCVA funded.

Ø  Conwy & Denbighshire only – must live in these areas.

Ø  CSCS card.

Ø  Lunch/refreshments provided and travel reimbursed.

Ø  Young people will have drug and alcohol test before starting.

Ø  Photo ID is required.

 

 

Supporting Women who Experience Multiple Disadvantage Seminar – 30th November

Supporting Women who Experience Multiple Disadvantage Seminar - 30th November

by Welsh Women’s Aid

 

Date: Thursday 30th November

Time: 14:00 – 17:00

Location: Glyndŵr University

Cost: £0 – £14.99

Booking: http://bit.ly/2ha3Nxj

This seminar will explore how services can deliver a trauma informed response to supporting women who experience multiple disadvantage.

With increases in women accessing specialist violence against women services with multiple needs, such as mental health and substance misuse, this seminar will look at what it means to deliver a trauma informed response that is high quality, needs led and strength based for women with multiple disadvantages.

Speakers will include:

  • Val Lunn, CEO, Women’s Aid Integrated Services
  • Jane Ruthe, Director, The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (North Wales)
  • Eleri Butler, CEO, Welsh Women’s Aid

The seminar will be of particular benefit to:

  • Public health and criminal justice professionals
  • Specialist violence against women services
  • Commissioners

Making Information Easy to Read and Understand Level 1 – 1st December

Making Information Easy to Read and Understand Level 1 - 1st December

Date: 1st December 2017

Location:Cost: 

Member rate £137
Non Member £158
Person with a learning disability £53
Parent or family carer £53
Paid carer supporting someone on the day £53

Booking: http://bit.ly/2hyNs5q

This one day course will help you make information easier to read and understand for people with a learning disabiliy.  You will then be able to produce

  • leaflets
  • letters
  • minutes from meetings
  • agendas
  • reports
  • posters.

After the course you will be able to

  • use clear words, sentences and grammar
  • work out the relevant information to be included in an easy read document
  • use pictures and images to make information clear
  • structure documents so they are easy to follow
  • get going straightaway making accessible documents.

Designed for

This course is designed for anyone who writes and produces written information that needs to be clearly understood, especially by people with a learning disability.

Related Courses

Making Information Easy to Read and Understand – Level 1 – 1st December

Making Information Easy to Read and Understand – Level 1 - 1st December

Course Aims

This one day course will help you make information easier to read and understand for people with a learning disability.  You will then be able to produce

  • leaflets
  • letters
  • minutes from meetings
  • agendas
  • reports
  • posters.

After the course you will be able to

  • use clear words, sentences and grammar
  • work out the relevant information to be included in an easy read document
  • use pictures and images to make information clear
  • structure documents so they are easy to follow
  • get going straightaway making accessible documents.

Designed for

This course is designed for anyone who writes and produces written information that needs to be clearly understood, especially by people with a learning disability.

Related Courses

Learning Disability Wales’ Training is part of our Valued Lives project

Prices: 

Member rate£137 | Non Member£158 | Person with a learning disability£53 | Parent or family carer£53 | Paid carer supporting someone on the day£53 |

Preventing Homelessness – A possession action toolkit – 1st December

Preventing Homelessness – A possession action toolkit - 1st December

Date: 1st December

Time: Full Day

Location: Conwy

Cost: Standard £145 / CPD £205

To book your place please visit: https://sheltercymru.org.uk/what-we-do/training-and-events/courses/book-a-course/

Where do you turn if the people you are helping are facing possession action? What if it is urgent? What if matters have gone too far and they are about to be evicted? What if no specialist adviser is available at short notice?

This course aims to give delegates the information and understanding to be able to confidently assist and advise people facing possession action – whether it is at an early stage or at a crisis point. Delegates will gain an understanding of when to refer to specialist advisers and why, as well as the ability to take action to assist and give the best opportunity of defeating a claim for possession or prevent an eviction.

Course includes:

  • brief overview of security of tenure
  • understanding a notice seeking possession and checking it’s validity
  • discussion of early intervention
  • review of Pre-action Protocols
  • detailed analysis of possession procedure
  • technical and substantive defences

Suitable for:

Anyone advising or supporting people in rented housing. It is an essential guide to assisting effectively and for those who are experienced in this area but who need an update.

It is presumed that delegates have at least a basic understanding of tenancies in order to maximise learning from this course.

Full Day
CPD 5 hours
Trainer: Clare Panton

Developing a fundraising strategy – 5th December

Developing a fundraising strategy - 5th December

Learn how to develop and implement a winning fundraising strategy

Aims
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.
Content
This course will help you to develop a fundraising plan for your organisation by taking stock of where you are now, mapping out where you want be and planning how you are going to get there.

It will cover the elements of a fundraising planning framework and how these fit in with other strategic planning processes, including mission, vision and values and organisational objectives.

The course will teach you how to carry out a fundraising audit using strategic planning tools such as PEST analysis, competitor analysis, collaboration analysis, market analysis and internal analysis.

Participants will go away armed with a better understanding of strategy and the knowledge that there is more to strategic planning than the ubiquitous SWOT analysis. They will be armed to develop and implement a winning fundraising strategy for their organisation.

Learning outcomes
  • Understand what a fundraising strategy is and why you need one
  • Be able to develop and implement a realistic fundraising strategy
  • Appreciate the role of the fundraising audit in developing a fundraising strategy
  • Be able to use tools such as PEST and SWOT analyses properly as part of the planning process
Who this course is for
Trustees, staff and volunteers.It is suitable for those that are new to fundraising and/or thinking about implementing fundraising in their organisation for the first time. It is also suitable for those with some experience of fundraising who want to take a more strategic approach to their fundraising.

Ideally participants will be those with responsibility for developing and implementing fundraising strategy in their organisation

Additional information
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Date: 5 December 2017 – Cartrefi Cymru – Bangor (LL57 1UR)
Trainer: Delyth Rowlands

safeTALK: Suicide Alert – 6th December

safeTALK: Suicide Alert - 6th December

Date: Wednesday 6th December

Time: 6pm – 9:30pm

Location: 3 Belmont Road, Wrexham, LL13 7PW

Cost: £20

Booking: http://bit.ly/2zEsbyW

Learn four basic steps to recognise persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide helping resources.

This hour training can help you make a difference.
Why come to safeTALK?

Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided – leaving people more alone and at greater risk.  safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care.

Who should attend safeTALK?

safeTALK is for everyone who wants to help prevent suicide: front line workers, clergy, volunteers, parents, youth,* teachers, law enforcement,… anyone who wants to help prevent suicide.

Housing and the Law in Practice – Social Rented Sector – 6th December

Housing and the Law in Practice – Social Rented Sector - 6th December

Date: 6th December

Time: Full Day

Location: Bangor

Cost: Standard £145 / CPD £205

To book your place please visit: https://sheltercymru.org.uk/what-we-do/training-and-events/courses/book-a-course/

“Housing Law has become an impenetrable forest. The once mighty oaks of the common law are in a      sorry state…there are few paths through the forest, known only to the post skilful lawyers. Some who enter the forest escape with scratches and torn clothes. Many become hopelessly lost”. – Circuit Judge Nic Madge, The Times Law Section 25th July 2000

Do your support workers, housing officers and management feel, on occasions, confused and unsure of the law of occupation in the social rented sector? It is an often complex system with different tenure, rights and responsibilities. It is essential that those a working in this area are fully informed and are confident to make decisions and advise appropriately in the many varied situations that arise day to day.

Course includes:

  • Security of tenure – thorough examination of  the different types of occupancy agreement within the sector
  • Possession procedure including:
  • Notices seeking possession
  • Grounds for possession
  • Court procedure and what to expect
  • Pre-action protocol
  • Joint tenancies
  • Surrender of tenancies
  • Assignments and succession
  • Public law and Equality Act issues
  • Homelessness prevention

 After attending this course delegates will be equipped to:

  • Recognise the tenancy and other occupation types used in social housing and associated security of tenure
  • Fully understand the legal procedure and court’s discretion when possession or demotion in sought
  • Tackle problems whilst avoiding possession wherever possible
  • Evaluate whether a sole or joint tenancy has come to an end by surrender or valid notice
  • Understand whether a tenancy has been transferred by way of assignment or succession and the requirements for the same

The training will include information sessions, action learning and discussion to maximise delegates’ learning potential.

 Suitable for:

Staff who are working with, or regularly providing advice to people in the social housing sector, to gain or update knowledge

Full Day
CPD 5 hours
Trainer: Ashleigh Stevens

Safeguarding Surgery & Workshop – 7th December

Safeguarding Surgery & Workshop - 7th December

Date: 7th December    

Time: 11.00-5.00   

Venue: Corlan, Unit 3 Mold Business Park, Wrexham Road, Mold  CH7 1XP

Cost: Free

FLVC offers you the opportunity to book a consultation session in person with Suzanne Mollison, WCVA Safeguarding Officer, to discuss your safeguarding issues – bring your policy for guidance, ask about your duties and responsibilities to safeguard children, young people and /or adults, talk about training or the skills you wish to acquire to develop safeguarding practice.  We have slots available at 11.30 and 12.30 we will also then be running a safeguarding workshop 1.30-3.30.

WCVA’s Safeguarding Service provides information, resources, advice and training for third sector organisations working with vulnerable groups to improve safeguarding policy and practice.  For further information, please see www.wcva-safeguarding.org.uk, including a safeguarding self-assessment tool, and contact the safeguarding enquiry line by telephone on 01745 357 574, through our helpdesk on 0800 2888 329 or e-mail safeguarding@wcva.org.uk

If you would like further information or a place please get in touch by emailing info@flvc.org.uk

Life Skills Training – 19th October – 7th December

Life Skills Training - 19th October - 7th December

 

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Living Life to the Full

12 HOURS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE with Advance Brighter Futures.

 

 

Sleep better, feel happier, have more energy, gain confidence, lose weight, stop smoking, get out more, enjoy better relationships, help others.

This course has been designed to help you tackle the everyday problems that everyone faces from time to time.  It teaches key life skills that will help you feel better, happier and more in control of your life!

It’s also really useful if you’re caring for someone who’s depressed or unhappy at the moment. 

8 Weekly Sessions of 1.5 Hours from 19th October – 7th December, 2017 on Thursday evenings (6:30pm-8:00pm*) at The Memorial Centre Brynteg | Quarry Road | Brynteg | Wrexham LL11 6AB†

This FREE service is suitable for anybody over 18 living in Wrexham’s rural communities‡

To find out more, please call 01978 364777, email info@abfwxm.co.uk or visit their website.

* Tea/coffee from 6:00pm.

† We will be attending the Open Day & Coffee Morning at Brynteg Memorial Centre on Saturday 30th September, 2017 from 11:00am – 2:00pm.  Come along if you would like to discuss the course and sign up in person (and enjoy some cake).

‡ Chirk | Llangollen | Penycae | Ponciau | Ruabon | Brymbo | Coedpoeth | Minera | Gwynfryn | Rossett | Gresford | Marford | Hoseley | Llay | Gwersyllt | Bryn Cefn | Gwenfro | Esclusham | Holt | Marchwiel | Bangor on Dee | Bronington | Erbistock | Penley | Worthenbury | Overton

 

Privacy by Design – #Desktopdata GDPR Webinar – 11th December

Privacy by Design - #Desktopdata GDPR Webinar - 11th December

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018.

GDPR aims to provide more protection for individuals, meaning more privacy obligations for organisations. The UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR.  It is time to start planning to ensure your organisation is compliant.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced a useful 12 steps to take now guide to help prepare you. 

In conjunction with the ICO, WCVA are holding free Webinars and dates of future sessions are listed below:

23 October 2017 Subject Access
20 November 2017 Data Protection for Trustees
11 December 2017 Privacy by Design
23 January 2018 Data Sharing
6 February 2018 CCTV

Visit #DesktopData – preparing you for GDPR on WCVA’s website to find out more about the up and coming Webinars including recordings of previous sessions.

Disability Awareness Training – 13th December

Disability Awareness Training - 13th December

Date: 13th December

Time: TBC

Location: Tŷ AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL1 1ND

Cost: £45

Aims

This course aims to raise the awareness of delegates towards the needs of people with disabilities which should help to increase the accessibility of your service. This course will train your staff to give better customer service … Result: Improved Service!  Welsh to follow.

Booking

To book onto this course either book via the website or email communitycourses@avow.org or via phone on 01978 312556

ACAS: Managing an Ageing Workforce – 13th December

ACAS: Managing an Ageing Workforce - 13th December

Venue: TBC, Wrexham

Date: 13/12/2017

Time: 09:30 – 16:00
Price: £170 per person (Please note our training events are VAT exempt )
To book now 

* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email events@acas.org.uk if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.

Overview

This full day event will focus on the benefits and challenges of managing a multi-generational workforce. It will provide you with practical guidance on recruiting and retaining older workers, achieving a healthy work-life balance for employees, performance management, retirement and recognising the most common health concerns that can affect older workers.

Business need

Individuals are living longer and therefore often working longer too.

This offers valuable opportunities for organisations but it can also present some challenges and new considerations. Those organisations that embrace the opportunity will gain significant advantage by recruiting and retaining key talent and improving engagement and productivity of their employees across all ages.

However, failure to address certain aspects of managing an ageing workforce could cause significant risk or damage to an organisation in terms of:

    • Performance management
    • Attendance
    • Resourcing and planning
    • Loss of key talent
    • Lowering productivity levels
    • High costs associated with potential age discrimination claims.

This event provides delegates with the knowledge and confidence to manage an effective multi-generational workforce.

It will also provide a valuable overview of current legislation and employer responsibilities.

All delegates will receive an electronic certificate of attendance for their participation in the training.

Suitable For

Delegates from all sectors of industry including: Managers, supervisors, team leaders, HR professionals, business owners, Trade Union representatives, employee representatives and individuals who wish enhance their CPD.

Programme

This event will be interactive with group discussions, exercises and case studies. It will include:

  • The benefits of a multi-generational workforce
  • Effective ways of working together
  • How to recruit and retain older workers
  • Managing performance and workplace discussions
  • Succession planning
  • Employment law and discrimination
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Retirement without a default retirement age

Big Lottery Funding Surgery – 10th January

Big Lottery Funding Surgery - 10th January

Date: 10th January

Location: Mold

Booking: Contact June Brady at june.brady@flvc.org.uk Or telephone 01352 744004

GIVING YOUR ORGANISATION AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH GARETH HUGHES FROM THE BIG LOTTERY 

Every year the Big Lottery Fund distributes millions of pounds of National Lottery funding to good causes. We can fund not for profit and voluntary organisations to deliver projects that aim to improve the lives of people and communities most in need.

We will fund the projects that matter most to communities and projects should involve the community in the design, development and delivery of the activities. We believe this will help projects to be better supported by the energy and strengths that exist within communities and it is more likely to be successful as a result. By community, we mean people living in your local area, people who share a common interest, or people who experience similar barriers and issues.

We can fund capital or revenue projects and have three grants available.

We are one of four bodies distributing National Lottery funding, if your project relates to sport, arts or heritage, please take a look at our blog to identify the most suitable funder.

Working with People with No Recourse to Public Funds – 15th January

Working with People with No Recourse to Public Funds - 15th January

Date: 15th January 2018

Time: 9am – 4pm

Location: TBC – Wrexham, North Wales.

Cost: £75 per day, £40 per half day pp/pc payable in advance.

To book your place please contact training@bawso.org.uk for a booking form.

 

Data Sharing – #Desktopdata GDPR Webinar – 23rd January

Data Sharing - #Desktopdata GDPR Webinar - 23rd January

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018.

GDPR aims to provide more protection for individuals, meaning more privacy obligations for organisations. The UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR.  It is time to start planning to ensure your organisation is compliant.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced a useful 12 steps to take now guide to help prepare you. 

In conjunction with the ICO, WCVA are holding free Webinars and dates of future sessions are listed below:

23 October 2017 Subject Access
20 November 2017 Data Protection for Trustees
11 December 2017 Privacy by Design
23 January 2018 Data Sharing
6 February 2018 CCTV

Visit #DesktopData – preparing you for GDPR on WCVA’s website to find out more about the up and coming Webinars including recordings of previous sessions.

AVOW Training: Making your Website Work for You – 25th January

AVOW Training: Making your Website Work for You - 25th January

Date: Thursday 25th January 2018

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND

Cost: £50 per person

Booking: To book onto this course please visit our website at http://avow.org/en/training-courses/, email communitycourses@avow.org or alternatively call us on 01978 312556

An effective website is a critical part of any business’ armory in this increasingly connected online world. Not only is it expected that you will have one, but visitors make a subjective decision about you and your products or services within seconds of arriving. Make sure it counts!

SURE for Mental Health 2 day training – 29th & 30th January 2018

SURE for Mental Health 2 day training - 29th & 30th January 2018

Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sure-for-mental-health-2-day-training-wrexham-29th-30th-january-2018-tickets-38941264370

This is a 2 day Big Lottery funded course. Places are offered free of charge. This training has been developed to enable people who do not have access to Mental Health training, due to monetary restrictions, to get Mental Awareness training that we believe everyone should have. The course has been developed by New Pathways, and ratified by Mental Health professionals.

The Learning Outcomes of the course are as follows:

By the end of the training the learner will be able to:

  • Describe good Mental Health
  • Recognise common Mental Health issues (such as Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia)
  • Use skills to support people with Mental Health issues
  • Describe some self-help techniques for Mental Health issues and know how to refer to additional support
  • Will have an understanding of the skills needed to respond to someone who is suicidal and potentially preserve life

This training runs from 9.30am-4.30pm both days, and attendance at both days is required.

This training is open to, and suitable for, anyone, from front line service staff, to people who want to help their family and friends; and is particularly useful for those with no previous Mental Health training.

The course is supplemented by our SURE for Mental Health mobile phone app, which has handy how-to guides and is updated regularly.

 

LOCKED OUT – Young People’s Access to Housing – 31st January

LOCKED OUT - Young People's Access to Housing - 31st January

In collaboration with Bron Afon Housing Community Housing

It’s the first time in many generations that young home seekers are in a worse position than their parents. Rising house prices and benefit changes have already locked many young people out of the housing market, and more cuts are to come.

This seminar will help delegates to come away informed and prepared for further changes.

The seminar will include the results of Welsh and UK research as well as practical examples of good policy and practice.

Come and take away ideas to help young people find and keep a home.

Watch this space for more information on contributors

31st January 2018
South East Wales TBC
£55

Book now to secure your place, don’t miss out!

For more information, contact our team on 01792 483072 or email training@sheltercymru.org.uk

CCTV – #Desktopdata GDPR Webinar – 6th February

CCTV - #Desktopdata GDPR Webinar - 6th February

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018.

GDPR aims to provide more protection for individuals, meaning more privacy obligations for organisations. The UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR.  It is time to start planning to ensure your organisation is compliant.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced a useful 12 steps to take now guide to help prepare you. 

In conjunction with the ICO, WCVA are holding free Webinars and dates of future sessions are listed below:

23 October 2017 Subject Access
20 November 2017 Data Protection for Trustees
11 December 2017 Privacy by Design
23 January 2018 Data Sharing
6 February 2018 CCTV

Visit #DesktopData – preparing you for GDPR on WCVA’s website to find out more about the up and coming Webinars including recordings of previous sessions.

Introduction to influencing – 4th July 2018

Introduction to influencing - 4th July 2018

Date: 4 July 2018

Location: Wrexham Museum

Cost: £125.00WCVA Members

£155.00Voluntary / Community

£167.00 Partners of WCVA

£185.00Public and private sector

Booking:

Aim

This course will help those working in third sector organisations to develop a planned approach to influencing opinion formers, policy makers and government.

 

Content

This course will provide:

  • an introduction to the role of the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government and how they operate
  • an introduction to how policy decisions are made and the role of influencing in reaching policy decisions
  • a practical guide to developing an influencing plan including mapping out your political stakeholders and identifying the right influencing tools and techniques

 

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the role of the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government and how they operate
  • Understand the role of influencing in how policy decisions are made
  • Understand who their political stakeholders are and how to influence them
  • Develop an influencing plan, setting aims and objectives and identifying appropriate influencing tools and techniques

 

Who this course is for

This course is for those who are new to influencing, and for workers for whom influencing is part of their role.

Apprenticeship Employer Incentive – Ongoing

Good Practice Exchange – Seminars and Webinars throughout 2017/18

Good Practice Exchange - Seminars and Webinars throughout 2017 /18

Please note – all our events are FREE of charge. Registration for all events will open two months prior to event, and can be found here

Date Event Location Event type
Quarter 1      
5 April Open Standards Webinar – Outputs Online webinar  
26 April The Challenges posed by Indirectly provided, publicly funded services in Wales – outputs Online webinar  
16 May How you Manage Risk around Organisation Change, Service Transformation and Innovation  Blog1 / Blog 2/ Blog 3 Cardiff Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

13 June Digital (part 2) Working title: Improving Digital Leadership and Ownership – outputs Cardiff

 

Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

29 June Digital (part 2) Working title: Improving Digital Leadership and Ownership – ouputs Llanrwst Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

Quarter 2      
8 Aug Building Financial Resilience in Public Services Webinar Online webinar 1200 – 1330 GMT
06 Sept Involving the citizen: How different methods of engagement can help involve the citizen in public service delivery Cardiff Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

28 Sept Involving the citizen: How different methods of engagement can help involve the citizen in public service delivery Llanrwst Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

Quarter 3      
10 Oct Early Closure of Local Government Accounts Cardiff Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

17 Oct Early Closure of Local Government Accounts Llanrwst Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

7 Nov How understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences can help integrate service delivery Online webinar 1200 – 1330
22 Nov Alternative Delivery Models/Commission in Services. In partnership with Community Housing Cymru, Welsh NHS Confederation, Good Practice Wales and WCVA Cardiff

 

Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

7 Dec Alternative Delivery Models/Commission in Services. As above Llanrwst Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

Date & time tbc Measuring Outcomes: who’s doing it and how (linked to WFG Act) Online webinar 1200 – 1330
Quarter 4

2018

     
18 Jan The role of Scrutiny in relation to the WFG Act. In partnership with WFG Office, WLGA, Welsh NHS Confederation and CfPS Cymru Cardiff Possible full day

0930 – 1600

25 Jan The role of Scrutiny in relation to the WFG Act. In partnership with WFG Office, WLGA, Welsh NHS Confederation and CfPS Cymru Llanrwst Possible full day

0930 – 1600

27 Feb Hospital Discharge Planning Seminar Cardiff Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

13 March How you Manage Risk around Organisation Change, Service Transformation and Innovation Llanrwst Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

14 March Hospital Discharge Planning Seminar Llanrwst Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

Date & time tbc Getting Better Outcome from Public Service Procurement webinar Online webinar  
  Advance Notice 2018-19 Programme    
Tbc Partnership working across the Voluntary Sector Cardiff

 

  Half day seminar 0930 – 1300
tbc Partnership working across the Voluntary Sector            Llanrwst   Half day seminar 0930 – 1300

 

New WCVA Training Programme focuses on your learning needs

New WCVA Training Programme focuses on your learning needs

Our training programme is focused on the needs of the third sector and will help you and your organisation run more effectively and also develop your own skills, knowledge and confidence – whether you are an employee or a volunteer.

WCVA provides training for those in the third and public sector on a range of topics, including Governance, Leadership and Management, Public Engagement, Co-production, Communications, and Funding.

Our courses are fun, participative and take place in a relaxed learning environment, they can provide you and your organisation with the skills needed to provide an excellent service.

Take a look at our full programme of courses for 2017-18

Transactivist Autumn Programme

Transactivist Autumn Programme

Do you identify as GENDER QUESTIONING, TRANS, NON-BINARY, GENDER FLUID or GENDERQUEER?

Are you looking for opportunities to meet with like-minded people to support each other and improve the situation for trans people across North Wales?

Trans issues are in the news, across social media and highlighted on television and in films . We are close to a tipping point. Children, young people and adults feel more able than ever to come out and be themselves, being true to their preferred gender identity.

West Rhyl Young People’s Project are running an Autumn Programme that will:

  1. support you and the expression of your gender identity.
  2. enable developmental opportunities to help you face personal challenges,
  3. provide coaching and mentoring to strengthen your resolve
  4. give you access to training to equip you to support other trans people.

We’re looking for trans people (aged 17+) who want to make a difference to their own lives and others.

Connect – Learn – Take Action – Flourish

This FREE programme will commence on Saturday 1st September and will run every two weeks until 27th October 2017.

On completion participants will have demonstrated a range of personal, social and community development skills and will be presented with a Certificate of Achievement.

This programme is aimed at trans people who are new to this work and who are looking for developmental opportunities that are both meaningful and fun.

Session Date Focus
     
1 01/09/17 An introduction to counselling skills: finding my voice
     
2 16/09/17 Being present in my world: From mindfulness to motivation
     
3 30/09/17 Meeting Needs: First steps in community awareness
     
4 13/10/17 Making it happen: Community activism
     
5 27/10/17 Motivational Interviewing : supporting the trans community’s well-being

This programme is managed by West Rhyl Young People’s Project and funded by the People’s Health Trust. WRYPP has almost 2 decades of experience of working around diversity and in helping people to embrace their individuality and to develop their strengths.

To enrol please email catherinereynolds@vivalgbt.co.uk or leave a message via Gareth Davies on 01745 357941.  The sessions will run from 10 a.m to 4.00 p.m. at WRYPP, 17 Bedford Street, Rhyl. Refreshments, coffee, tea, juice & biscuits will be provided for each session. Participants are requested to bring a packed lunch or access local shops for their lunch.

 

Step into Care – Work Placement

Free Part-Time Access Course

Get into Construction

Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE): webinar on post-CF plans

Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE): webinar on post-CF plans

Watch the webinar recording herehttp://bit.ly/2ul6jT1

By watching this webinar, participants will:

  1. Learn about the role of co-production and asset based community development in ACE’s regeneration/anti-poverty action
  2. Understand how ACE is developing its organisational sustainability for life after Communities First

Fully Funded Work Based Learning with NW Training

Fully Funded Work Based Learning with NW Training

North Wales Training is a leading provider of excellent training and work programme solutions, designed for investment in staff.

We are contracted by the Welsh Government to deliver a number of initiatives within all industry sectors across North Wales. We are currently working with local hotels, public houses, cafes, councils, schools and the private sector to deliver Diplomas in the work place.

We can currently offer the following qualifications to individuals:

  • Level 2 & 3  Diploma in Hospitality Routes (food and beverage/food production/kitchen services/professional cookery) 
  • Level 2 Certificate in Licensed Hospitality Skills BIIAB (includes personal license, food hygiene and health & safety) 
  • Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Customer Service
  • Level 2,3 & 4 Diploma in Business Administration 
  • Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Retail 
  • Level 2,3 & 5 Diploma in Health & Social Care 
  • Level 2,3 & 5 Diploma in Childcare and Playwork 
  • Level 3 & 4 Diploma in Advice and Guidance 
  • Level 4 Diploma in Employer Related Services
  • Level 2 Diploma in Team Leading ILM 
  • Level 3 & 4 Diploma in Management ILM 

If this is something you would be interested in please get in touch and I would be happy to discuss further.

Antur Stiniog and Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog

Antur Stiniog and Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog

Watch the webinar recording here

By watching this webinar, participants will:

  1. Learn about the development of a number of successful enterprises in the Ffestiniog area and about the purpose of the umbrella company, Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog.
  2. Appreciate the significance of establishing Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog and the cultural change afoot in the Ffestiniog area and how this can be an example for other communities to emulate.

Social Care Apprenticeships

Social Care Apprenticeships

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Are you aged 18 or over and interested in a career in Social Care?

Are you caring and understanding?

Do you like every day to be different and challenging?

Do you want to get paid while getting skilled?

Would you like to gain skills and knowledge in Social Care to help you achieve a successful career?

Yes? …..then this opportunity is for you.

Wrexham County Borough Workforce Development in partnership with Wrexham ITEC are offering a range of relevant training and experience to individuals to enable them to be fully qualified to gain employment in the Social Care sector.

If you would like to learn more about the programme, we are holding an open afternoon at Gwersyllt Resource Centre, Second Avenue, Gwersyllt, Wrexham LL114ED, on Thursday 27th July 2017, 12.30 pm – 4 pm. At this informal event, you will have the opportunity to talk to supported individuals, service managers and support workers about working in the social care sector, in addition to finding out more about the training programme.

Work Welsh with Learn Welsh Cymru – Ongoing

Amazon Web Services Re:Start – Ongoing

Fully Funded NVQ’s for Volunteers

Fully Funded NVQ's for Volunteers - ongoing

cambria

Coleg Cambria have on offer a limited number of fully funded NVQ’s for volunteers who have sustained their volunteering placement. The opportunity covers NVQ’s in Retail, Customer Service & Supporting Teaching in Schools.

An NVQ can take up to a year to complete therefore please consider this when discussing this with interested volunteers.

If you are interested contact the college as soon as possible, spaces are limited.

If you have any further questions please feel free to talk with Gari Thomas by mobile on 07738 12478 via a landline at 01978-267189 or via email at gari.thomas@cambria.ac.uk.

All Wales Public Service Graduate Programme 2018

All Wales Public Service Graduate Programme 2018

The Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Finance has agreed to a two year “All Wales Public Service Graduate Programme” pilot commencing in September 2018.

The aim of the graduate programme will be for us to prepare a group of aspiring leaders who are equipped to work in the public service in Wales and who are invested in the future of public services and the citizens that we all serve.  The programme will support the Welsh Government’s vision of ‘One Welsh Public Service’, be in the spirit of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act and will be the first of its kind.

For more information you can read the prospectus here:all-wales-public-service-graduate-programme-2018

 

or contact Elaine Jones on 0300 0256687  or email allwalesgrads’wales.gsi.gov.uk

Find a quality First Aid course at a location near you!

Find a quality First Aid course at a location near you!

BRC

As leaders in first aid training, we understand your need to reduce costs and save time when booking courses for your staff. That’s why we offer first aid and health and safety courses at conveniently located training venues across the UK, so you don’t have to look far to find quality training.

Whether you’re looking for a venue near to work or home, or booking for a team around the country, finding a British Red Cross first aid course is easy. Simply visit our website where you can browse by region or search by town/postcode to find a conveniently located course.

UK

If you have a group of up to 15 people who need training, we can even come to you. We can deliver courses on your premises or a location of your choice, offering the flexibility to train at a time and date to suit the group and with the benefit of learning in a familiar environment.

Other benefits of training with us include:

> 99 per cent customer satisfaction rating (based on 2016 delegate feedback)
> unrivalled reputation for quality and excellence, built up over 35 years
> automated external defibrillator (AED) training as standard on all first aid at work courses.

Train with a name you can trust – to find out more about what we offer, download our brochure, visit our website or speak to one of our advisors on 0845 485 3497.

Book a course

Volunteer Induction course available

Volunteer Induction course available

FLVC

Is your organisation recruiting and supporting volunteers?
Would you like them to access an accredited, generic volunteer induction course?

FLVC are offering a two day Volunteer Induction Course for volunteers/potential volunteers linked to organisations based in Flintshire.

The Course is accredited with WEA Cymru (2 credits at Entry Level 2) and includes general aspects of :
• Health and Safety
• Equal Opportunities
• Confidentiality
• Boundaries
• Support and Supervision of Volunteers
• Basics of Safeguarding (very brief introduction)

The course can be adapted to explore the Volunteering roles within the organisations represented by the attendees – (Organisations are asked to share their Volunteer Role Descriptions with FLVC prior to the course)

Course Title: Induction for Volunteers 
Level:
Entry Level 2
Credit Value:
2
Number of hours:
10 (over two days or three evenings)
Cost per participant:
From FREE to £80 (dependent on your organisation’s income threshold)

The course is delivered in a structured, but informal manner and participants are offered the opportunity to complete a short portfolio of evidence to submit for Accreditation of their work (optional).  Participants will be supported by the FLVC Volunteer Centre staff team throughout the course.

For more information please contact: Emma Gough, Volunteer Development Officer, FLVC

Tel: 01352 744000
Email: info@flvc.org.uk

The Open University Business School Open Learning courses

The Open University Business School Open Learning courses

Open Uni

New voluntary sector courses

Badged open courses

Two new courses relating to the voluntary sector will be available through OpenLearn this year as free online badged open courses (BOCs). These free courses are aimed at learners working (or aspiring to work) as paid members of staff or as volunteers in voluntary or community organisations:

Introducing the Voluntary Sector covers the context and features of voluntary and community organisations including: the structure and history of the UK voluntary sector; values and beliefs; funding issues; understanding stakeholders; power and empowerment; the role of volunteering.

Working in the Voluntary Sector focuses on the practicalities of working or volunteering in voluntary and community organisations including: working with volunteers; marketing and communication; budgets; fundraising; taking part in meetings; working in teams and partnerships; building resilience.

Each free course is 8 weeks long and involves 3 hours per week of study.

The Open University is building on years of knowledge, experience and research into Open Educational Resources (OER) with its release of innovative new badged open courses. These have been developed in response to the needs of informal learners who are seeking access to study skills and to have their learning recognised. Digital badges issued with each BOC and accompanying statement of participation certificate show that learners will have not only read full online courses but will have had to have passed online quizzes to earn their digital badge and OU certificate.

Pilot research has shown that this will help informal learners build confidence and motivation for learning, providing a record of achievement which they can share with friends, learner communities, employers and educational institutions. Learners will be able to display their completed badges publicly or privately in their My OpenLearn profile and link to other platforms, such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

For further information on free courses from The Open University, visit the OpenLearn website.

Online Educational Resourses (in development)

If you are interested in developing leadership within small and medium-sized voluntary organisations, why not enrol on our two new free leadership courses – coming in autumn 2016. The courses are open for anyone interested in learning about and developing leadership in the context of voluntary organisations. You do not need to be in a position of seniority to enrol. Volunteers and professional staff at any level are welcome – a key argument made in the courses is that leadership can come from anywhere.

The first five-week course, available via OpenLearn, Developing leadership in voluntary organisations: an introduction, unpacks what we understand by leadership in relation to voluntary organisations: the course explores this rich concept from a number of different perspectives. Taking its lead from the framework developed by the renowned leadership scholar Keith Grint, we approach leadership as something that is brought to life via people, positions, results, purpose and processes. Each element of the course will seek to both explore and enrich understanding of leadership in voluntary organisations but also invite learners to develop key skills that will be of practical value in the workplace.

Sitting in a space between private passions and public responsibility, voluntary organisations ask vital questions of society, of what it notices and values. Working from this premise, we can think of these organisations and, by extension, those people working in them, as occupying an important social and political leadership role. Yet the sector also faces a number of challenges and so is presented with a need to revitalise its sense of leadership.

With this in mind, we offer an eight-week Badged Open course, Developing energetic collaborative leadership for voluntary organisations.

So why collaborative leadership in particular?

Strongly driven by a sense of ethical purpose and the passions of those who found them, voluntary organisations can generate energy and deliver huge benefits for those who need them the most. This same energy can also be said to present a related antagonist in the shape of over-dependence on strong individuals, a situation that is both unsustainable and exhausting for those involved.

The sector, in its increasing dependence on competing for government grant money and contracts can be said to be fulfilling a vital public duty, performing a function that government agencies are unable to fulfil. Or it could be said that in competing for funding that voluntary organisations risk losing their sense of identity, independence and the sense of a coherent voluntary sector (rather than a collection of autonomous units in competition).

Finally, the explosion of digital technology and social media, with its related effects on how people relate to the world around them, politically and socially, surely holds major challenges for how voluntary organisations think of themselves and how they organise themselves.

The course will meet these challenges head-on by seeking to develop a form of leadership that is political (in the non-partisan sense of working with and against power), collaborative and concerned with keeping an energetic identity alive.

We will draw on a mix of contemporary and historical video and text-based case studies from the sector, so that leadership is developed against a live context. Running alongside these case studies will be a continuous dialogue, a live debate and discussion between learners.

Most importantly, the course will seek to develop a vibrant community of leadership within the voluntary sector, one that connects the academic, voluntary sector and political worlds, bringing together people committed to fresh thinking. With this in mind, a regularly updated blog will explore and provoke in more depth, inserting important academic questions and contributions from the sphere of leadership, as well as posing important questions to academia from the world of practice. We will also seek to establish face-to-face forums, allowing people to meet up informally, invite speakers and chew over pressing issues for organisations and the sector.

Social Care Workforce Development Partnership

Social Care Workforce Development Partnership

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Please find the following link to Wrexham County Borough Council’s main Workforce Strategy page, including 2015-16 training brochure. The documents are updated annually as they are finalised, so will update in time.

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk

Training for Carers / Support Workers

Training for Carers / Support Workers

‘The Touch Trust Training and ‘Communicating through Touch’ programme ‘

Through its licensed creative movement programme the ‘Touch Trust’ makes a significant difference to the lives of individuals in the disabled community.

Using techniques based on Laban’s creative educational movement, babies and their mother, adults and their carers; even those with dementia benefit enormously, especially in their self-confidence and self-esteem as they experience success! In addition, their families are supported and helped.

We run a training programme and also offer a one day ‘Communicating through Touch’ workshop for carers, parents and related professionals. It is a holistic, sensory and expressive experience which enables one to become a Touch Trust session leader or simply gain new ideas and techniques which enhance your abilities in understanding and helping your guests/clients/service users alike.

Please visit us at www.touchtrust.co.uk for more information or contact Karen.woodley@touchtrust.co.uk. Telephone:02920.635.664

Other courses in the region

Other courses in the region

If you cannot find the course you are looking for, try looking at:

Flintshire Local Voluntary Council (FLVC) – http://flvc.org.uk/learningzone/

Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council (DVSC) – http://www.dvsc.co.uk/en/home/

Conwy Voluntary Services Council (CVSC) – http://cvsc.org.uk/

Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) – http://www.wcva.org.uk/training-and-events

ACAS: Human Resource Management for Beginners – 5th February

ACAS: Human Resource Management for Beginners - 5th February

Venue: TBC, Wrexham

Date: 05/02/2018

Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Price: £170 per person (Please note our training events are VAT exempt )
To book now 

* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email events@acas.org.uk if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.

Overview

This practical event provides an introduction to the fundamentals of employing people. The course maps the employment relationship from recruitment, issuing contracts, managing holidays, dealing with absence, discipline and grievance matters through to ending the employment relationship.

A helpful tool kit of sample policies and letters is provided to delegates for use back in their workplace.

Business need

You’ve been successful in running the business so far, but maybe now you need help hiring and managing people. Or perhaps your boss has given you the job of dealing with all things HR in your company, you are new to it and don’t know where to start.

To help, we have packed together the essentials of HR and employment relations into a convenient training session which distils a lot of what you need to know into a one day event.

HR for Beginners has been designed specifically to meet your needs and is in response to requests from our customers.

This course assumes no prior learning and is very much focussed on the key building blocks needed for the HR function. Discussions based around practical case studies will be a central element of the course content.

There will be informal discussion opportunities and practical exercises throughout the day to encourage active delegate participation.

All delegates will receive an electronic certificate of attendance for their participation in the training.

Suitable For

    • Small businesses and those new to HR
    • Business start-ups
    • Those taking on their first employees
    • Expanding businesses
    • Newly appointed front-line managers and supervisors
    • Employee representatives

Programme

This event will cover:

Recruitment

    • How to draft a job description and a person specification
    • How to prepare, structure and run effective interviews
    • How to assess evidence and make decisions

Contracts of employment

    • How to put the main terms and conditions in writing
    • Rules on pay, hours of work and holidays
    • How to make changes to terms and conditions

Equal opportunities

    • Types of discrimination and the areas which are covered by discrimination law

Managing discipline

    • Dealing effectively with problems areas by following the Acas code of practice on discipline and grievance
    • Taking informal action, holding formal disciplinary meetings and dealing with employee grievances

Managing absence

    • How to deal fairly and effectively with unauthorised absence, short term illness and long term sickness through an absence policy

Ending the employment relationship

    • When is a dismissal fair and when might it be unfair?
    • Different ways to end a contract and rules on notice and notice pay

A toolkit of sample policy documents and letters around the main basic requirements is provided to allow for easy implementation back in the workplace.

 

Please read the comments from people and organisations who have attended various training courses:

Please read the comments from people and organisations who have attended various training courses:

Grants Fit for Funding

“Lots of information given and applying for future funding should be easier now after doing this course”.

“Very valuable, you made a daunting subject sound much more manageable and achievable – thank you”.

Health and Safety in the Workplace

“Well presented- made a not particularly interesting subject much more engaging”.

Minute Taking

“The course is ideal if you are just starting taking minutes at a meeting”.

“I enjoyed the course and the activities that we did as an individual and a group”.

Feedback

Feedback

Have you attended Training through AVOW? Did you like it? Can you suggest any improvements for future courses? Your feedback is essential to helping us tailor our training to your needs.

Please fill in the feedback form: Training Feedback Form

Children and Young People’s Participation in Wales… Good Practice 2016

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Participation is listening to and collaborating with children and young people as active citizens with an important contribution to make to their schools, communities and nation.

We are clear the participation of children and young people is key in the development and delivery of our legislation, policies and programmes. It is our full intention to continue to ensure children and young people have an active voice in the workings of this Government.

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 puts the effective involvement of people and communities at the heart of improving well-being, as well as being one of the five ways of working set out in the Act.

The basis for having a voice is found in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which sets out the right for children and young people to have a say in what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

Core Aim 5

We have adopted the UNCRC as the basis of all our work for children and young people in Wales and the articles of the UNCRC have been summarised in the Seven Core Aims for children and young people. Core Aim 5 requires that all children and young people are listened to, treated with respect and have their race and cultural identity recognised.

National Participation Standards

Children in Wales are funded by Welsh Government to be a centre of excellence for children’s rights and recently they have updated the National Standards for Participation to reflect the rights based ethos that is integral to working with children and young people. The National Participation Standards are a guide on the best and most meaningful ways of listening and responding to the voices of children and young people, in line with Article 12 of the UNCRC.

The Standards have been refreshed by a partnership between Youth Forum workers and Young Wales, informed by consultations with young people.

The Participation Standards identify the key issues that all workers should be aware of when working with children and young people in Wales. The working group that undertook the work, reviewed each of the seven standards and ensured that each one reflected the rights based ethos that is integral to working with children and young people.

The launch of the refreshed standards will be followed up with revised guidance on the kite-marking process and the self-assessment tools, for use in Local Authorities, who have an inspection team. Organisations who work with children and young people will be encouraged to undertake the self assessment process to demonstrate they the meet the Participation Standards in all their work with children and young people.

Young Wales

The Welsh Government provides funding for the Young Wales project, facilitated by Children in Wales, an umbrella organisation for children’s rights.

Young Wales works with existing youth groups, forums and councils to gather the collective voice of children and young people to influence legislation, policies and programmes.

It also uses social media in order to reach children and young people who are marginalised, shy, disadvantaged, unconfident, or secluded, enabling them to also have a voice.

This guide is for anyone who works with or for children and young people including local authorities, schools, national, local and voluntary organisations; who are concerned with children and young people’s policy and provision, families and the community.

For more information please refer to the document below:

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INVITATION TO WALES & WEST UTILTIES’ ANNUAL STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOPS

 

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON YOUR GAS NETWORK’S BUSINESS PRIORITIES AND BUSINESS PLAN

Wales & West Utilities – your gas distribution network – is holding a series of workshops where we will be asking our key stakeholders to give their views on our business priorities. Topics for discussion will include (but not be limited to):

  • Initiatives to address fuel poverty
  • Helping vulnerable customers
  • Alternative gas
  • The future of heat
  • Providing a reliable gas supply
  • Our customer service
  • Safety

Attendees will include representatives of business and industry groups; parish, community and local councils; housing associations; charities; energy suppliers and major users; developers; and environmental groups.  As a valued stakeholder of Wales & West Utilities, we sincerely hope you are able to join us at one of the following locations.

 

Exeter:    Sandy Park Rugby Stadium, Sandy Park Way, Exeter EX2 7NN

9th May 2017

Llandudno:    Venue Cymru, The Promenade, Penrhyn Crescent, Llandudno LL30 1BB

17th May 2017

 The stakeholder workshops will include short presentations from senior personnel at Wales & West Utilities, followed by round table discussions to give you an opportunity to give your thoughts on our priorities and shape our plans moving forward.

The schedule for the day is:

Registration from 9.30am

Workshops from 10am – 1:15pm

Lunch served from 1:15pm – 2pm

Optional “surgeries” from 2pm – 3pm

 

Please can you confirm your attendance by emailing contact@wwuworkshops.co.uk, clearly stating in the subject heading which event you would like to attend. Alternatively, please call Annabelle Loveday 020 3397 2414. Please also tell us if you have any specific dietary requirements.

 


Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 – Scheme Windows

 

Forest PlanningCo-operative Forest Planning Scheme

Expression of Interest Window closes 30 April 2017.

Encouraging planning for the creation of broadleaved and conifer woodland.

 

 

Glastir Woodland CreationGlastir Woodland

Expression of Interest Window closes 1 May 2017.

The Glastir Woodland Creation scheme provides financial support for new planting.   Financial support is also available for planting trees in areas that continue to be grazed as part of an  Agroforestry system i.e combining agriculture and forestry.

 

Timber Business Investment SchemeTimber Business

Expression of Interest Window closes 28 April 2017.

Enhancing forestry potential and adding value to forest products.

 

 


North Wales Discrimination Advice Service

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Comic Relief’s Community Cash Grants Programmes open across the UK


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Comic Relief’s Community Cash Grants Programmes open across the UK

Comic Relief and Community Foundations across the UK are working together to distribute Comic Relief Community Cash funds to small groups working with vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. The funding is available to support community groups that are undertaking work that helps people of all ages feel more included in their community, builds their skills, and increases their sense of achievement.

Small local groups with an income of less than £100,000 that are run by local people and that are working in a disadvantaged or deprived area can apply.

This includes:

  • Constituted voluntary and community groups.
  • Charities.
  • Social enterprises.
  • Co-operatives.
  • Community interest companies.

Groups which have been established for less than 12 months are eligible to apply.
Grants of up between £500 and £1,000 are available and could be used to fund the following sorts of activities:

  • Foodbanks.
  • Counselling and advice services.
  • Disability sports clubs/activities.
  • Training, skill building and volunteering projects.
  • Community groups and set up costs for new groups.
  • Support groups.

Full details can be found on the Community Foundation in Wales website.
The closing date for applications is 28 April 2017.


Turn2us Intermediary workshops

Turn2us Workshops

 

If you are a staff member or volunteer offering frontline advice, support or information to people in financial need, join us for a free 3 hour workshop and learn how to use:

  • The Turn2us Benefits Calculator
  • The Grants Search tool
  • Our website to access other information including how Universal Credit might affect your service users

With these easy-to-use web tools you will be able to help people access benefits, grants and other forms of financial help.

For more information on workshops, go to: http://bit.ly/2p8QeOc

For more information about Turn2us, go to: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/

Register

Liverpool  25/04/2017 09:30 12:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone  Register
Liverpool  25/04/2017 13:30 16:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone  Register
Colwyn Bay  13/06/2017 10:00 13:00 Colwyn Bay, Wales Open to anyone Register
Liverpool 14/06/2017 09:30 12:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone Register
Liverpool 18/10/2017 09:30 12:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone Register
Liverpool  18/10/2017 13:30 16:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone Register
Liverpool  07/12/2017 09:30 12:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone Register
Liverpool 07/12/2017 13:30 16:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone Register

Charities: Rules and Guidance for Political Campaigning

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Campaigning rules and guidance 

The period between the end of the last Parliamentary term and the formation of a new government is known as purdah and means that civil servants and public bodies, including the Charity Commission, have to be careful about publishing anything that could be considered politically sensitive.   Under the Lobbying Act charities which are registered with the Electoral Commission will have to start reporting their activity. However, the Charities Aid Foundation has expressed concern that the Lobbying Act may deter charities from any commenting on political and social issues in the run up to the General Election.

John Low, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said: “Since last year’s EU referendum, people across the country are becoming increasingly active in political and social issues. There is a growing appetite to make a difference and many see charities as a way to achieve that “As we head into a General Election, there is a real danger that the Lobbying Act may deter charities from fulfilling this fundamental role which is central to our democracy. “While not engaging with party politics, it is both legitimate and vital for charities to influence government and opposition policies on behalf of their beneficiaries.

The Charity Commission has produced specific guidance for charities campaigning during the run-up to the election. Additionally the principles outlined in CC9 Speaking out: Guidance on campaigning and political activities by charities still apply during the period.

Charities, elections and referendums advises every charity to “steer clear of explicitly comparing its views (favourably or otherwise) with those of political parties or candidates”.

– See more at: https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/charity-leaders-say-sector-must-be-involved-after-snap-election-announced.html?utm_source=Civil+Society+News+List&utm_campaign=e0c4c449ce-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_26f393b813-e0c4c449ce-86521725#sthash.tUYYKLOq.dpuf


Comic Relief initiatives open #iwill Youth Social Action Fund

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#iwill Youth Social Action Fund

 

 

 

 Summary

Comic Relief are inviting proposals which effectively build relationships with young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old from disadvantaged backgrounds who do not currently participate in youth social action in their own community and which engage those young people in creative and meaningful youth social action. 

About the initiative

Last year 42% of 10-20 year olds took part in meaningful youth social action like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, spreading positive ripples around communities across the UK. For people taking part, youth social action creates opportunities to learn, be recognised for their contributions, and improve networks between peers and communities. There is also evidence that it may help with employability of young people. Yet there is still a gap in the level of youth social action undertaken by young people from less affluent backgrounds.

Comic Relief has partnered with the #iwill campaign, match funding to create a £2.4m pot to target young people from less affluent backgrounds not taking part in youth social action. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have each invested £20 million to support young people access high quality social action opportunities.

Co-produced with young people, and championing peer to peer engagement and the importance of trust building, this scheme will fund projects to seek out young people where they are, and encourage those from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action. This cohort has been identified through #iwill analysis of youth social action, creating the term ‘reluctant’ young people. 

The criteria for the grants will be:

  • Ability to demonstrate effective ways to build relationships with ‘reluctant’ young people in their own community
  • Ability to demonstrate how they will engage those young people in creative, innovative and meaningful social action

Activity funded under this programme will reflect the Step Up To Serve 6 Shared Principles of quality social action, to be: challenging, youth-led, socially impactful, progressive, embedded and reflective.

Youth social action can include any activities around campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which can create a double benefit for communities and the young person themselves.  

We are keen to fund projects that will work with young people in areas of high need and deprivation, and where there are minimal services or activities available for young people. We would expect applicants to demonstrate the need of the young people they will work with, based on indices of deprivation, unemployment and other measures as they see fit.

 Engaging the ‘reluctant’ young people

Successful projects will be expected to demonstrate they understand and have a track record of successfully engaging this cohort through a range of activity:

  • Outreach – we would expect funded projects to invest time and effort in finding young people that are not currently engaged with their organisation on their own turf, whether that is in geographic locations or through targeted social media
  • Prioritising peer support and staff with similar lived experience in their project activity
  • Strong investment in the value of friendship and friendship groups
  • Effective and innovative use of social media threaded throughout activity
  • Creating and maintaining trusting relationships with the targeted cohort – whether directly or in partnership with other trusted organisation/business/enterprise
  • Use of incentives to attract young people, such as activities they may not otherwise have access to
  • Use of creative arts like music, or spoken word, to engage and build the confidence of young people, and help build effective relationships

Types of projects and youth social action activity

Youth social action should be youth led, but the young people who helped us co-develop this initiative were most interested in activity focusing on the following areas:

  • Mental health
  • Children in care, or those who have left care
  • Homelessness
  • LGBTQ+

Types of activity they proposed could sit under these topics fell into three areas, which may apply across all topics, or just one:

  • Awareness and education
  • Handling change
  • Support at the right time

Young people expected youth social action to be developed, led, and managed by young people, and suggested activities including the following: Young people developing a local music festival with a focus on raising awareness of youth mental health or youth homelessness. The core group of young people would be involved in fund raising for the event and securing sponsorship, organising the event, volunteering, researching the social issue. This was seen as an ambitious but exciting and innovative idea which, if targeted effectively, would attract a range of young people.

  • A range of creative activity providing peer support to young people in care. Ideas could include straight one to one mentoring, as well as more creative peer support through film making projects, art or spoken work events to explore issues and encourage young people in care to express their thoughts.
  • A bus travelling around schools and colleges educating young people on LGBTQ+ issues. The content of the bus would include factual, helpful information and sign posting, as well as creative content about particular case studies and experiences to share and generate conversation.

Successful applications would reflect the innovative and exciting ideas young people think would be most likely to attract and engage the ‘reluctant’ young people, though we would not expect applications to show an exact replica of the ideas reference above.

 

Funding available

Funding is available for grants of between £20,000 to £50,000 per year for up to three years (with a maximum of £150,000 in total). We would expect to see a range of applicant sizes, so projects are strongly encouraged to apply for funding proportionate to their size and structure.  We expect to make 15-30 grants in total. Of the total amount available £400,000 is available for grants in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Eligibility

Organisations applying to this initiative must meet Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements. Please read our FAQs (link) and Grant-making policies (link). In addition we will prioritise organisations that: 

  • Have a strong track record of working with young people in areas of deprivation and poverty
  • Can demonstrate the leadership of young people in their organisation, and how young people have helped develop their applications
  • Have engaged with the young people would benefit from this work and have demonstrable knowledge and experience of the communities they will be working with
  • Have existing strong working partnerships with local business, enterprises, or other groups that may be able to help with the outreach and engagement of “the ghosts”

 Key dates and process

The application process will be will a one stage process and we will be open for proposals from 10th April to midday on 12th May 2017. In the proposal form we will request a short (max three mins) film on the project.

Once we receive your proposal, we’ll initially check whether your organisation and proposal are eligible for funding under this initiative and then shortlist the strongest proposals to go through for a full assessment. Young people who have co-developed the grants initiative to this stage will help with the shortlisting process. We’ll aim to notify all applicants of our decisions at this stage in June 2017. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage, we’ll be unable to provide any additional feedback due to our limited resources. Assessments on the proposals which pass this stage will take place over June and July 2017 and final decisions will be made by our Grants Committee and Trustees. We also expect that young people will conduct interviews on youth leadership during the assessment process.

We aim to inform all applicants of the final decision in early October 2017. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage we’ll write to you explaining the reasons why and may offer further feedback by phone.

Relevant documents/links on www.comicrelief.com      https://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives


Comic Relief open HIV in the UK: Think Digital Fund

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 HIV in the UK: Think Digital

 

 

 

Summary:

Comic Relief are inviting applications to create, adapt, scale up or roll out digital solutions to respond to HIV in the UK. 

About the initiative

More than 30 years on from the start of the AIDS epidemic in the UK, the landscape is unrecognisable from that of the 1980s. The availability of effective HIV treatment means people living with HIV can lead a long and healthy life. However, there are now more people living with HIV in the UK than ever before. In 2015 an estimated 101,200 people were living with HIV in the UK, and of these, 13,000 did not know about their HIV infection. Many people receive a late diagnosis, meaning they start treatment later which affects life expectancy and increases complications; stigma and discrimination continue to be a major challenge in the UK.

This initiative will support organisations who are using technology in innovative and inspiring ways to respond to the ever-changing HIV landscape in the UK.

Proposals are particularly welcome which aim to address the following priorities:

  • Improve the quality of life for people living with HIV, particularly those who are 50+;
  • Increase access to services which enable prompt diagnosis of HIV and contribute to HIV prevention;
  • Address misinformation and the stigma surrounding HIV.

The technological responses can include digital solutions for sector practitioners and those which make services work more effectively behind the scenes, as well as those for people living with HIV or those at highest risk of contracting HIV. We’ll support simple and low tech solutions such as videos, sms messaging and social media as long they make the best use of people’s current digital behaviour and not primarily face to face working.

A wide range of digital innovations will be considered and our aim is to fund projects that:

  • Are focused on specific user needs, and current digital behaviours in their design, delivery and development
  • Make best use of web, mobile or internet based technologies, whether this is hardware or software development
  • Have potential to scale  and be adopted by others
  • Disrupt and challenge existing ways of delivering services
  • Involve collaborations between those delivering vital support services and digital agencies to ensure their reach, user involvement and technical rigour

Applicants must be able to demonstrate they follow best practice in digital design and development – see https://www.gov.uk/design-principles

 Funding available

In order to encourage organisations to innovate and respond to the challenges present in the HIV sector, we have partnered with the MAC AIDS fund. We anticipate making up to 10 grants from a total fund of £450,000.

  • Grants can be for between £20,000-£80,000, and over a period of 6 – 18 months.
  • We will fund digital solutions at any stage of development (from idea stage to those wishing to roll out existing solutions). You will need to have an identified digital partner (or in house digital expertise) in place at the point of applying for funding.
  • We are particularly interested to understand the sustainability and revenue models for the technological solution, so please reflect on this in the application.
  • We welcome proposals from the HIV sector and beyond, including unusual collaborations, such as those working together to develop new solutions alongside design or digital agencies.
  • The grant will include additional support from social-tech experts, which will include a one day start up workshop at the start of the grant, connections to tech experts, on-going mentoring and two peer learning days.
  • Applicants should budget for three trips to London to attend these sessions.
  • We expect that for those projects at an early stage of development, the first three months will be dedicated to research, ideas development, user testing or piloting, before development and delivery work begins in full over the remaining life of the project.

Eligibility

Organisations or partnerships applying to this initiative must meet Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements. In addition:

  • Grants are available for organisations based in the UK for work in the UK.
  • There is no restriction on the annual income of the organisation or partnership applying for a grant.
  • There is no restriction on applying for this grant if you have another grant with Comic Relief.
  • We will not fund pure research for the duration of the grant, however, we will support research as part of the grant that results in the creation of a tangible solutions and would expect user-centred research and design processes to be followed throughout.

Please review our grant making policies and FAQs for details of our eligibility criteria for all organisations applying to Comic Relief for funding (see links below).

Key dates and process

We will be open for proposals from 10th April 2017 to midday on 19th May 2017. As part of your application you will need to produce a short video (max 3 minutes) outlining your project idea. This should be published on a public site such as YouTube or Vimeo without being password protected and a hyperlink given within the application form. Note: that the rest of the application form will not be made publicly available, and you can remove or protect the content after 15th August.

Once we receive your proposal, we will initially check whether your organisation and proposal are eligible for funding under this initiative and then shortlist the strongest proposals to go through for a full assessment. We will aim to notify all applicants of our decisions at this stage by the end of June. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage, we will be unable to provide any additional feedback due to our limited resources. Assessments of the shortlisted proposals will take place during July 2017 and final decisions will be made by our Grants Committee and Trustees. We aim to inform all applicants of the final decision in early October 2017. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage we will offer further feedback by phone.

Relevant documents/links on www.comicrelief.com

https://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Annual Open Day

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Saturday 6 May 2017, 10am-1pm – Main Reception, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Thomas Drive, Liverpool, L14 3PE.

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital is holding its Annual Open Day, offering an opportunity to visit the hospital, see behind the scenes and get a range of health and lifestyle advice.

Everyone is welcome at our free public event including colleagues, patients, families and carers.

 

 

The event includes:

  • Tours of the radiology, operating theatre, and cath lab suites
  • Advice on how to keep your heart healthy including BMI checks, bodyweight MOT and nutrition
  • Blood pressure tests and CPR demonstrations
  • Information about our community cardio and rehab services
  • Free acupressure, massage and Reiki from the popular Cloud Nine team
  • The LHCH charity team and the Cardiomyopathy support group

To book your place on the Open Day or for further information, contact the LHCH Membership Office at membership.office@lhch.nhs.uk or call 0151 600 1410. Places on the tours are limited and must be booked when you arrive on a first come, first served basis

 


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