As Chairman of AVOW, I am delighted to introduce the Annual Review for 2013-14.
Our Silver Jubilee Year went extremely well and I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to ensure its success. The main focus of the year was fundraising for the Make A Difference (M.A.D) grant scheme. The target of £10,000 seemed unachievable in the current economic climate, however, thanks to some generous donations and a lot of hard work, we made it and have now decided to continue fundraising and continue the scheme into future years.
Discussions with the Welsh Government over the shape and funding of the Third Sector in Wales continue including consideration for a Regional approach, with North Wales as the “region”, however Sir Paul Williams’ review recommends three counties for North Wales. We continue to actively engage with the North Wales CVC’s and have undertaken a joint community enterprise project with FLVC funded by BIG lottery.
Cuts in local government spending have resulted in many new community organisations being formed to run community centres, libraries and other local authority provision for the continuance of these services. AVOW has been pleased to offer support, advice and encouragement to these groups, including the most ambitious group – SPLASH, which is seeking to reopen the Plas Madoc Leisure Centre.
AVOW has received a considerable amount of favourable comment in connection with The Land in Plas Madoc, and we are awaiting the premiere of the documentary film!
I am sure you will find the contents of the Annual Review of interest covering the diverse work AVOW conducts for the benefit of Wrexham County Borough.
In conclusion I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and support given by our partners and members, but particularly by our staff and volunteers and my fellow trustees.
2013/14 has been a special year for AVOW celebrating 25 years of supporting the voluntary and community sector in Wrexham County Borough. During this time there have been many changes with organisations expanding or merging to be stronger to meet the ever increasing demands from service users and people in communities to meet a broad range of needs.
AVOW has grown from the early days to a much larger team with paid staff and volunteers operating side by side. We should never underestimate the importance of the voluntary action that amounts to 1,000’s of hours every week in the area, whether by Trustees or front line support, this is truely valued.
During our Silver Jubilee Year we held a number of functions and raised over £10,000 for the Make a Difference (M.A.D) grant scheme that has been distributed to a variety of organisations.
Thanks to the AVOW Trustees, staff and volunteers who have worked so tirelessly for the benefit of others over the year to make sure that they we can all continue to Make a difference.
The Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW) is the organisation that connects voluntary and community organisations and activities across Wrexham County Borough.
Taking the lead in promoting citizenship, volunteering and social enterprise, AVOW brings together advice, information, financial and community development support services for voluntary and community groups and individuals. AVOW is one of 19 CVCs (County Voluntary Councils) across Wales.
In line with our mission and vision, AVOW aims to support and develop the community and voluntary sector within Wrexham County Borough.
Read more about us and what we do on our website, www.avow.org
|Margaret Bryden||Joyce M'Caw|
|Marjorie Dykins||Stephen Perkins|
|Dave Hylands||Barbara Roxburgh|
|John Leece-Jones (Chair)||Anne Ryan (Vice-chair)|
|Moira Jones||Michael Williams|
|Raymond Jones||Rosemarie Williams|
|Audrey Bulcock||Terri Brown||Luke Sutton|
|Kate Davies||Marie Gibson||Victoria Westaway|
|John Gallanders||Craig Hurst||Annabel Boyce|
|Ruth Holstein||Christopher Langford||Val Connolly|
|Katherine Jones||Roger Moore||Lynsey Edwards|
|Victoria Milner||Ceri Ord||John Ellis|
|Janet Radford||Ramona Ozolina||Joanne Evans|
|Ken Rowlands||Anwen Anthony||Vicky Hand|
|Richard Sciensinski||Rafat Arshad-Roberts||Lisa Jones|
|Gavin Thomas||Lisa Darlington||Tegan Sollis|
|Darren Tomkins||Marie Dingley-Shortt||Fran Bunning|
|Ceris Williams||Heather Hicks||Sophie Bunning|
|Aleksandra Zembrzuska||David Bullough||Sharon Evans|
|Margaret Clarke||Natalie Garratt||Lucy Hewitt|
|Julie Cooper||Claire Griffiths||Sophie Johnson|
|Wayne Greenshields||Aaron Jones||Lisa Jones|
|Peter Jones||Gemma Dee Jones||Sharon Jones|
|Natasha McQueen||Gemma Rose Jones||Lisa Nicholson|
|Tony Ormond||Gareth Poole||Carley Taylor Davies|
|Chris Roberts||Matthew Overson||Carolyn Wilkes|
|Sharon Stocker||Maxine Matthews||Catherine Williams|
|Laura Williams||Natalie Sear|
|Business Support||Carers||Community Development|
|Volunteer Centre||Health and Social Care||Play team|
|Little Sunflowers Child Care|
Find out more about our Trustees and Staff at www.avow.org
WREXHAM CARERS INFORMATION SERVICE provides information, advice and emotional support to unpaid, informal carers living in Wrexham County Borough.
Over the last twelve months, the service has helped 1,481 carers find out about their rights for both themselves and the person they care for as well as providing opportunities for them to meet others in similar situations to them by means of support groups, outings and activities.
Wrexham Carers Service work in partnership with many statutory and third sector organisations to ensure carers have access to the information and services they need. Regular newsletters promotes services offered by local and national organisations and how Carers can access these.
At major events for carers such as Carers Rights Day and Carers Week, representation is sought from numerous organisations to ensure carers are well informed on the range services available.
The service has also made numerous referrals to statutory and Third Sector organisations across Wrexham and signposted many more.
This year the Local Authority decided to retender the Carers into advice and support service and although Wrexham Carers Service were successful in that tender the service has changed considerably. The focus is now more on individual carer support as opposed to events. The service actually fundraises to enhance the support for carers.
THE VOLUNTEER CENTRE has continued to interview and place volunteers throughout Wrexham County Borough
17764 Volunteer Hours Celebrated through AVOW Awards
644 Potential Volunteers Interviewed
395 Volunteering Wales Online Enquiries
FOLLOWING REPORTS ON DRUG PARAPHERNALIA SCATTERED AROUND WREXHAM TOWN CENTRE, AVOW IS NOW HOSTING A ‘DRUG WALK’ EVERY OTHER FRIDAY WITH MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.
THE WALK IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE RISKS, WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY AND OFFERS ADVICE AND AN EXPLANATION OF WHAT THE ITEMS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR AS WELL AS CLEARING UP ANY NEEDLES FOUND.
ALL THE INDIVIDUALS TAKING PART ARE FULLY BRIEFED TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THE DANGERS INVOLVED AND INJURIES THAT COULD OCCUR IN THE HANDLING AND DISPOSING OF ANY PARAPHERNALIA.
THE CO-ORDINATOR OF THE WALK IS A QUALIFIED FIRST AIDER AND A MEMBER OF THE TIER TWO DRUG AND ALCOHOL SUPPORT TEAM WITH A GREAT DEAL OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE RISKS INVOLVED.
AVOW exists to help and support the Third Sector throughout Wrexham County Borough. This is through a variety of different means and is largely dependent on the needs of the Third Sector.
Ty Avow, located in Egerton Street in the centre of Wrexham, has provided accommodation to the following organisations throughout the year:
In addition to office space, Tŷ Avow has 5 meeting rooms available for hire and provides office services to the sector such as copying, laminating, franking etc.
AVOW believes that for the third sector to rise to the challenges of governance, funding and compliance and sustainability, knowledge is power and information is disseminated through a variety of means. All publications are available on the website www.avow.org and distributed electronically as requested. Publications that AVOW produces:
As social media becomes ever more dominant as an effective means for sharing information, AVOW does this quite successfully with over 500 likes on Facebook and over 1,100 followers on Twitter. Feedback for the newly introduced e-bulletin has been really positive and well received by both voluntary organisations and community groups.
What else do AVOW do to sustain a thriving and sustainable Third Sector?
In 2013, AVOW ran a project called the ‘History of Volunteering’ which culminated in an exhibition. The lead for the project, John Ellis, gathered information about volunteering and its origins within Wrexham over the past 5 centuries and displayed various artifacts at the exhibition.
The exhibition was launched on Monday 4th November 2013 at Priory Street in Wrexham, and stayed there until Saturday 16th November, after which it toured various communities.
Marjorie Dykins, Trustee and a founder member of AVOW, launched the exhibition and spoke about the value of volunteering and of her own extensive volunteering life.
The exhibition is available for display at other events/venues if desired.
|JEWELLERY MAKING||ALL WALES BASIC SAFEGUARDING AWARENESS|
|FAMILY HISTORY||ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF TRUSTEES|
|GRANTS FIT FOR FUNDING||FINANCE FOR COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS|
|IPAD & BLOGGING||DATA PROTECTION|
|HEALTH AND SAFETY LEVEL 2||INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET|
|EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK||CHILD PROTECTION|
|CHAIRING SKILLS||FIRE SAFETY & WARDEN TRAINING|
|MINUTE TAKING||COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT|
|FUNDRAISING STANDARDS BOARD WORKSHOP||RESULTS BASED ACCOUNTABILITY|
AVOW recognises the importance of meeting with funders directly to gather information and advice on their various grant schemes and to strengthen applications ready for submission.
A number or Funder Surgeries have taken place this year, as well as the Funders Fair which was held jointly with FLVC (Flintshire Local Voluntary Council). These events are always well attended and included representation from:
In September 2013, the North East Wales Funders Fair was held in Wrexham. This successful event was attended by 29 funders who provide grants and practical support for community projects.
AVOW will continue to arrange funding events with the aim of attracting grants for local groups and increasing the amount of funding for the local sector.
2013 WAS AVOW’S SILVER JUBILEE YEAR IN WHICH WE CELEBRATED 25 YEARS SUPPORTING THE VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR WITHIN WREXHAM COUNTY BOROUGH. IN RECOGNITION OF THIS, AND TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE SECTOR FOR THEIR LOYALTY AND COMMITMENT, AVOW RAISED OVER £10,000 FOR THE SILVER JUBILEE “MAKING A DIFFERENCE” GRANT SCHEME. THIS WAS RAISED BY THE STAFF, VOLUNTEERS AND TRUSTEES OF AVOW AS WELL AS SOME GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM BUSINESSES AND OTHER GROUPS WHO RECOGNISE THE VALUE OF THE SECTOR. NEARLY £8,000 HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO 19 GROUPS. PROJECTS THAT WERE SUCCESSFUL RANGED FROM FEEDING THE HOMELESS TO PROVIDING A BENCH AT THE CEMETERY IN MEMORY OF THOSE AFFECTED BY STILLBIRTH AND NEONATAL DEATH. THE FUND CONTINUES TO GROW AND MORE GRANTS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN THE FORTHCOMING YEAR.
MANY ARTISTES CAME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE VOLUNTEERING AT AVOW’S SILVER JUBILEE EXTRAVAGANZA CONCERT. PERFORMANCES BY BITESIZE THEATRE, BRYMBO MALE VOICE CHOIR, DANCING SHOES, SOLOIST KATE PARKES, LIMELIGHT PRODUCTIONS, SUMMILAN, WREXHAM COMMUNITY CHOIR, WREXHAM SCOUTS AND WREXHAM SINGING HANDS, WITH STEVE GARDNER COMPARING MADE FOR A MOST ENJOYABLE EVENT OF ENTERTAINMENT
IT WAS TRULY AN ENTERTAINING AND MEMORABLE EVENING WHICH WE ENJOYED, AND MADE US AWARE OF THE TALENT WE HAVE IN WREXHAM
Joan Williams - Wrexham Maelor Lions Club
Make a Difference (M.A.D) Day took place on Saturday 1st June 2013 on Queen’s Square and Llwyn Isaf in Wrexham town centre. Bitesize Youth Theatre performed twice during the day showcasing some very talented young people; there was also a variety of singers and musicians as well as a performance from Tom Hughes-Lloyd who was a runner up in Sky 1’s ‘Got to Dance’.
Plas Madoc play team brought along a bouncy castle and lots of different activities for children and young people to enjoy, including scraps from ‘The Land’ such as tubes, pallets, tools, chalks, cardboard etc. Over 40 stalls, Voluntary organisations and community groups were represented on the day promoting their work and recruiting volunteers.
AVOW STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVED THE FOLLOWING:
AVOW WAS SUCCESSFULLY REASSESSED for Investors in People and for Levels 1&2 Green Dragon Environmental Award
AVOW RECEIVED COMMENDATION from High Sheriff, Celia Jenkins, for assisting with the arrangements for the High Sheriff Awards
THE LAND’S innovative approach to play has received worldwide recognition with articles in the Netherlands, Australia, Italy and America as well as the UK
OLLIE’S CAFE again received a Level 5 for Hygiene
ANNABEL BOYCE achieved Level 3 Health and Social Care Diploma
14 Staff and Volunteers attended an Emergency First Aid at Work course
18 Staff and Volunteers achieved Food Safety Level 2
11 Staff and Volunteers attended a Safeguarding and Basic Awareness course
‘THE LAND’ IS AN OPEN ACCESS ‘JUNK’ PLAYGROUND, A HUB WITHIN A COMMUNITY PROVIDING SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT, POSSIBILITIES AND AT TIMES VALUABLE RESPITE. ALTHOUGH RELATIVELY NEW, THE VISION IS A FAR CRY FROM YOUR TRADITIONAL PLAYGROUND - THE ONLY SWINGS OR SLIDES ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN SHAPED BY THE CHILDREN WHO ATTEND AND MAY LAST A DAY OR WEEK, NOTHING IS PERMANENT ON THE LAND.
THROUGHOUT 2013 AND 2014, ‘THE LAND’ HAS BEEN GAINING RECOGNITION ON A GLOBAL SCALE, WITH NEWS ARTICLES COMING OUT OF AUSTRALIA AND THE UNITED STATES. AMERICAN FILM MAKER ‘ERIN DAVIS’ VISITED THE LAND IN 2013 TO RECORD FOOTAGE FOR AN UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY WHICH IS SET FOR RELEASE LATE IN 2014.
The strangest playground on earth
Beth Greenfield - Shine
Emily is 11 and has Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD which had previously prevented her from accessing playscheme or any other projects, however, with the support of the Inclusion Playworker, Emily has attended AVOW’s play provision for approximately 8 months. Already there has been a significant change in her independence, confidence and more friendships have been made. Emily’s communication skills have also improved. This has made a difference at home and had a positive impact on family relationships.
SHE LOVES ATTENDING PLAYSCHEME, SHE HAS IDENTIFIED A NUMBER OF FRIENDS BY SAYING THEIR NAMES AT HOME. PLAYSCHEME IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR HER AS SHE IS A VERY ACTIVE CHILD, BY ATTENDING SHE IS ABLE TO LET OFF STEAM.
Assocation of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW) Statement of Financial Activities for the year ended 31st March 2014 (Incorporating the income and expenditure account)
|Unrestricted Funds £||Restricted Funds £||Total Funds 2014 £||Total Funds 2013 £|
|Incoming Resources from Generated Funds|
|Investment Income-interest receivable||4,085||-||4,085||6,077|
|Incoming resoures from charitable activities||131,576||710,358||841,934||1,390,011|
|Total incoming resources||275,546||727,716||1,003,262||1,628,662|
|Total resources expended||465,869||731,862||1,197,831||1,666,849|
|Net incoming/(outgoing) resources for the year before transfers||(190,323)||(4,246)||(194,569)||(38,187)|
|Gross transfers between funds||158,957||(158,957)||-||-|
|Net movements in funds||(31,366)||(163,203)||(194,569)||(38,187)|
|Reconciliation of funds:|
|Total funds brought forward||186,954||268,411||455,365||493,552|
|Total funds carried forward||155,588||105,208||260,796||455,365|
Assocation of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW) Balance Sheet as of 31st March 2014
|2014 £||£||2013 £||£|
|Cash at Bank and In Hand||311,364370,278||519,720645,527|
|Creditors: Amounts falling due within one year||(156,700)||(254,280)|
|Net Current Assets||213,578||636,065|
|Total Assets Less Current Liabilities||436,269||636,065|
|Creditors: Amounts falling due after more than one year||(175,500)||(180,700)|
|The Funds of the Charity:|
|Total Charity Funds||260,796||455,365|
The statement of Financial Activities includes all gains and losses in the year. All incoming resources and resources expended derive from continuing activities.
The financial details shown above are extracts from the annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2014. These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the provisions for companies subject to the small companies’ regime, and with the Financial Reporting Standard for Smaller Entities (effective April 2008).
The financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 25th June 2014 and signed on its behalf by John Leece Jones (Chair)
A copy of the full annual report and accounts can be obtained from: John Leece Jones, Secretary, Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND. Telephone: 01978 312556, Email: email@example.com