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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:


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.

How to Create Effective e-Bulletins Workshop

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

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


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.


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.

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Volunteer Induction course available

Volunteer Induction course available


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 
Entry Level 2
Credit Value:
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.

Joint Adults & Children’s Safeguarding (Basic Awareness)

Joint Adults & Children’s Safeguarding (Basic Awareness)

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Target Group Social Care Staff and Informal Carers

Note: This course is not for Social Workers. Social Workers should attend the Working Together Foundation Course and the Adult Safeguarding for Professionals courses.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Know own role in relation to safeguarding adults, children and young people from harm, abuse and neglect.
  • Understand how individuals are protected from harm, abuse and neglect.
  • Know how to recognise harm, abuse and neglect.

What the course covers

  • Legislation applicable to safeguarding.
  • Responsibilities in relation to safeguarding.
  • The importance of reporting concerns of possible abuse.
  • How to effectively report concerns of possible abuse.
  • Operating within the boundaries of confidentiality.
  • Understanding of the rights of individuals and ways of working that protect individuals from harm.
  • Identifying the categories of abuse.
  • Recognising the signs and symptoms associated with harm, abuse and neglect.

This is delivered as a non-accredited course or an accredited course requiring the delegate to complete a workbook which is assessed by their tutor. Successful completion of this course will attain 1 credit at level 2. Those attending a non-accredited course will receive a certificate of attendance.

The accredited course should be attended by new starters and those who have not attained a qualification in Health & Social Care.

Current Dates
13th April 2017 (x10 places)
4th May 2017
30th May 2017 (x10 places)
8th June 2017
22nd June 2017
7th September 2017
12th October 2017
8th November 2017
11th January 2018
23rd January 2018
8th February 2018
8th March 2018

Additional Information

Time: Registration 9.00am, Start: 9.15am, Finish: 4.30pm.
Venue: Rm3M2, Redwither Tower, Wrexham Industrial Estate, Wrexham, LL13 9XT
Trainer: WFD Assessors
No of places: 20

Understand the Power of LinkedIn to grow your Business

Understand the Power of LinkedIn to grow your Business - Thursday 11th May 2017


Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Location: Glasdir, Plas Yn Dre, Llanrwst, LL26 0DF

Price: Only £59.00 plus VAT

Book Your Place Now

Do you sell your products or services to other businesses? Do you need to speak to decision makers but aren’t getting very far? Would you like to discover how LinkedIn can transform your business relationship? Then this workshop is for you. 

LinkedIn is one of the most influential marketing channels out there, driving more traffic to corporate websites and blogs than all other social networks. It’s one of the few social media networks that have continually grown over the last few years plus over 50% of companies gaining new customers through LinkedIn.

What does this course cover?

linkedin dudeIn this highly interactive workshop you’ll discover how to use the power of LinkedIn to create valuable opportunities that lead to more business, including:

  • Building a powerful profile that works
  • Utilising LinkedIn’s key words to put you ahead of your competitors
  • Effectively linking LinkedIn with Face to Face Networking
  • Creating a Company Profile and gaining followers
  • Sharing your content to enhance your reputation
  • Using LinkedIn’s most powerful tool to build your business

Delivered by Teresa Carnall, one of North Wales’ leading social media experts and marketing gurus, Teresa runs her own busy marketing company as well as having trained 1,000’s of business owners and employees in effectively using LinkedIn.

Who should attend this course?

This course is aimed at those who already have a LinkedIn Profile but are struggling to understand how to make it work for them.

‘Teresa engaged the speed of the course according to peoples abilities. She was always ready to explain everything that I didn’t understand.’

Trainer Profile

Teresa Carnall 2Qualified Trainer and Social Media guru Teresa Carnall, owner of TBC Marketing, designs and develops all of her workshops. Teresa is an industry expert at delivering effective workshops that help take business owners to the next level. She is a highly respected marketer having helped hundreds of companies develop marketing strategies that work. Combine this with her straight talking style and sense of fun and you’ve got a workshop that’s both highly enjoyable as well as leaving you with the knowledge to take your business forward.

For more information please ring 01492 640 640. 

Food Safety in Catering – Level 2 Award

Food Safety in Catering - Level 2 Award - Wednesday 17th May 2017


Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: Glasdir, Plas Yn Dre, Llanrwst, LL26 0DF

Price: Only £40 + VAT per person

Book Your Place Now

This Level 2 Award (formerly called the Basic Food Hygiene Certificate) is designed to give food handlers an appreciation of good hygiene practices. Assessment is through a multiple choice exam at the end of the course.

What does this course cover?
The course covers recent developments and legislative changes as well as revising the key points of the full Level 2 Award.

Who should attend this course?
This course is specifically designed for food handlers who have a previous qualification.

What other experience/training is needed to take this course?
You will need to provide a copy of your Level 2 Food Safety in Catering Certificate, or equivalent, no more than 5 years old to be eligible for the refresher exam.

What other people have said about this course:
‘Very informative, friendly atmosphere and happy to answer any questions asked’

Trainer Profile


Rachel has more than 20 years experience of management, training and development in the hospitality industry. Originally from Cardiff, she lived and worked in Yorkshire and the North West before coming home to Wales in 2001. Now based in Snowdonia, Rachel’s company A470 Training helps small hospitality businesses to grow and develop, offering accredited courses in food safety, licensing and health and safety as well as bespoke courses and workshops.

Emergency First Aid at Work

Emergency First Aid at Work - Tuesday 6th June 2017


Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Venue: Glasdir, Plas Yn Dre, Llanrwst, LL26 0DF

Price: Only £69 + VAT  per person

Book your Place Now

This one day course includes both theory and practical sessions and will cover basic lifesaving first aid and workplace health and safety regulations. It is ideal for ‘nominated’ persons responsible for the First Aid provision in smaller low risk businesses or for people who provide support to qualified First Aiders in larger organisations and those with more complex risks.

What does this course cover?


  • Role of First Aider
  • Resuscitation
  • Airway management
  • Choking
  • Recovery position
  • External Bleeding
  • Treatment of minor injuries
  • Shock

What other people have said about this course:

‘Excellent course, taught in a fun way therefore easier to hold interest throughout the full days course and also, hopefully, will be easier for me to remember! Thank you Roger.’

Trainer Profile
Roger’s first aid experience comes from being part of the advanced trauma care team of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation and Search and Rescue Dog Association for 23 years, where he was actively involved in the casualty care of many injured people in the mountains. He has also been trained recently as an Ambulance Service Community First Responder.

Roger has been an instructor in first aid for over 20 years and believes strongly in delivering courses that are both meaningful and memorable.

For more information please ring 01492 640 640

Blogging for Business Owners

Blogging for Business Owners - Thursday 8th June 2017


Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Glasdir, Plas Yn Dre, Llanrwst, LL26 0DF
Price: Only £59.00 plus VAT

Book Your Place Now

Writing a blog for your website is a great idea. It creates new content on a regular basis (which search engines love) and gives you a great base from which you can create your social media content as well as your email marketing campaigns.

However, what do you write about? How do you find a style that’s right for you? How often should you Blog? All these questions and more will be answered in this easy to follow workshop.

What does this course cover?

  • How to create blogs that others are interested in.
  • How to find ‘your voice’.
  • Getting your blog in front of your audience.
  • How to help make your blog go viral.
  • How to help drive more traffic to your blog.
  • Writing engaging content.

Who should attend this course?

Those who want to use blogging as a way to create more interest in their business as well as creating an online audience.

No prior experience of blogging is needed for this course, although having a blogging platform already set up is desirable (website or specific blogging account)

What others say about Teresa.

‘Teresa engaged the speed of the course according to peoples abilities. She was always ready to explain everything that I didn’t understand.’

Trainer Profile

Teresa Carnall 2Qualified Trainer and Social Media guru Teresa Carnall, owner of TBC Marketing, designs and develops all of her workshops. Teresa is an industry expert at delivering effective workshops that help take business owners to the next level. She is a highly respected marketer having helped hundreds of companies develop marketing strategies that work. Combine this with her straight talking style and sense of fun and you’ve got a workshop that’s both highly enjoyable as well as leaving you with the knowledge to take your business forward.

For more information please ring 01492 640 640

How to prepare your annual report

How to prepare your annual report - 22nd June 2017, Wrexham


All charities must prepare and submit annual reports and accounts and in the current climate, transparency is key. Based on inspiring case studies from other small charities, this module covers the essentials, from measuring impact, telling your story, and building public trust to preparing for year-end, an audit or independent examination.

This module will give you everything you need to write a first-class annual report, including:

  • Statutory reporting requirements for charities
  • Policies and statements
  • Policies your charity should consider and how they can help your organisation
  • Preparing for year-end; independent examinations (IEs) and audits
  • How to report to donors and funders and get the right messages across
  • Demonstrating impact and telling your story
  • The importance of transparency
  • How to build public trust

Book now: www.smallcharityfinance.org.uk

Social Care Workforce Development Partnership

Social Care Workforce Development Partnership


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.


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

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”.



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



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:








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


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/


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



#iwill Youth Social Action Fund





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.


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



 HIV in the UK: Think Digital





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.


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


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Annual Open Day



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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