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The Thomas Howell’s Education Fund for North Wales (THEFNW)

Grants are awarded to support the education of young people under the age of 25 in North Wales, particularly those from a low-income, otherwise disadvantaged background or area of high deprivation.  Funding is typically provided on a one-off basis for projects.  Next round for meeting dates, but applications need to be in at least 5 weeks before these dates:

  • 15th October 2019
  • 18th March 2020
  • 9th June 2020

Look on the website for more details at: https://www.thedrapers.co.uk/Charities/Grant-making-trusts/The-Thomas-Howells-Education-Fund-for-North-Wales.aspx.  Or contact; email: thefnw@thedrapers.co.uk tel: 07979 900 010.

Sport Wales Development Grant

Are you looking to establish a new team, develop new training facilities or purchase much needed equipment to take your project to the next level?

If so, a grant of £1,501 to £25,000 is available to cover all of the above projects as well as:

  • Coach education
  • Floodlighting for training purposes
  • Purchase of land, or rights in land, to develop activity areas
  • Start-up grants to support new enterprises

Who can apply?

This grant is available to any group as long as they hold an account (be it a Bank, Building Society or Credit Union account) in the organisation’s name.

Who cannot apply?

Sorry but if you are a member of the public, a primary school or an associated body arranging activities for children, or secondary schools who are part of the 5×60 scheme, you are ineligible for a Development Grant.

In addition the following activities cannot be funded:

  • Physical activities such as gardening, DIY, environmental improvements, performance dance or circus skills
  • Existing activities / projects that have already started
  • Projects that are considered to be part of an organisation’s normal day-to-day running costs
  • Projects based outside Wales

Or the following project elements:

  • Maintenance, repair or replacement of current equipment or facilities (however consideration will be given to replace equipment that no longer complies with current legislation)
  • Purchase of personal items of equipment
  • Catering and hospitality
  • Medals, certificates or trophies
  • Domestic or foreign tours
  • One-off events with no links to ongoing activities
  • Memberships


New Code of Fundraising Practice

The Fundraising Regulator has now published the final version of the new Code of Fundraising Practice, which will come into effect from October 2019.

The code sets the standards for fundraising by charitable institutions and third-party fundraisers in the UK. In the final version of the new code, the 20 sections, three separate rulebooks and the legal appendices have been compiled into one single Code of Fundraising Practice, making it simpler to navigate and easier to understand. The new Code covers:

  • Standards which apply to all fundraising
  • Standards which apply to working with others
  • Standards which apply to specific fundraising methods

This new Code of Fundraising practice will come into effect from October 2019. For more information, or to view the new code, visit the Fundraising Regulator website: https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/code/new-code-october-2019

Welsh Women’s Aid and DASU North Wales: Confirmation of transfer of Wrexham and Colwyn Bay domestic abuse services

As key stakeholder of Welsh Women’s Aid’s direct services in Wrexham and Colwyn Bay, we are pleased to inform you to the successful transfer of these Welsh Women’s Aid managed services to Domestic Abuse Safety Unit (DASU) North Wales. The transfer took effect from 1st of May 2019, and since this date both the Wrexham and Colwyn Bay domestic abuse services have been integrated into the governance and management of DASU North Wales. You can read more here.

The Children’s Society responds to the UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper

The Online Harm White Paper proposes internet safety measures and the establishment of a watchdog to oversee the industry’s compliance with new rules.  The Children’s Society welcome the government’s proposal bring new law, and expressed hope that any revenues collected from fines would be used to fund support for victims and initiatives that keep young people safe online.  You can read more from the Children’s Society here.

Updated DBS Guidance Leaflets

New DBS guidance leaflets, including regulated activity in Wales.

There are a range of other leaflets covering specific roles.  If you have any questions or concerns about safeguarding in your organisation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our free Safeguarding service by email: safeguarding@wcva.org.uk or telephone: 0300 111 0124 (option 6).

Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund

Between £2,500 – £5,000 is available to local community groups, sports clubs and charities to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK to play outdoor sport.  Applications can be made for grants towards some or all of the following types of projects with the intention of growing capacity to reach more young people:

  1.  The development and improvement of playing fields and other facilities.
  2. The development and training of volunteers including the provision of qualifications.
  3. The purchase of specialist disability equipment.
  4. The development of long-term sustainability, for example marketing and finance expertise.

Further guidance can be found at: https://www.accesssport.org.uk/angus-irvine-playing-fields-fund.

New film helps parents and carers to understand their rights under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act

The All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers have released a new film about the rights of parents and family carers under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act.  The short film includes two carers discussing their experience of the Act, how becoming aware of their rights has affected them and the changes they have made as a result.

The All Wales Forum is urging families to spend time looking into the Act and finding out your rights.  To help with this, they have included some helpful links at the end of the film that take you to the pages of Welsh Government and Social Care Wales where you can find summaries and easy read versions of the Act.

Watch the film here.

New Welsh approach to youth justice and female offending launched

The approach is outlined in new ‘blueprints’, which have been developed jointly with HM Prison and Probation Service and the Youth Justice Board Cymru.  The Youth Justice Blueprint and Female Offending Blueprint set out Wales’ key aspirations and guiding principles for women and young people in or at risk of entering the criminal justice system. You can read the full press release here.

Wrexham AM welcomes work support

Lesley Griffiths AM has welcomed the latest Welsh Government initiative and hopes Working Wales will benefit people seeking employment opportunities in and around Wrexham. Launched at the beginning of this month and delivered by Careers Wales, Working Wales’ introduction has heralded a more simplified approach to employability support.

£7,000 grant secured by Chirk Community Forum for inclusive play equipment

Community groups celebrated a funding boost at this year’s Airbus and Leader Community Awards. The proud winner – taking £7,000 – was Chirk Community Forum, who will purchase all-inclusive play equipment for all children across North Wales. Ten lucky finalists across Flintshire, Wrexham and Chester, received a share of £20,000. In partnership with the Leader, sister paper of the Advertizer, Airbus gave £1,000 each to Brymbo Boxing Club, St David’s High School, Flintshire Do It, North Wales Nappy Collaborative, Broughton War Memorial, Handmade for Dementia and Proud Mary’s.


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Community Centres and Village Halls Grants

Funding is available for capital projects at community centres in the most deprived urban areas and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas.  This is to help promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues.

Trusthouse interpret ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, so you might be a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.

Trusthouse will consider applications for new buildings; upgrading, renovating or extending buildings; improving or creating outside space (but not car parks).

Small and major grants are available to organisations, for further criteria and guidance, please visit: http://trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk/grants/community-centres-and-village-halls/

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund

Between £10,000 and £60,000 is available to organisations that support young people aged 14 – 25.  The Fund supports organisations which work with young people experiencing disadvantage in a way that recognises and builds on their strengths and potential.

Further guidance and information can be found at https://www.phf.org.uk/funds/youth-fund/. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Applicants may also be interested in the Ideas and Pioneers Fund, which offers grants of £10,000 to support individuals and organisations that have unusual or radical ideas to improve the life chances and opportunities of people in the UK.

Local authorities to set new targets for Welsh-medium education

The Welsh Government has published its plans to change regulations about how local authorities plan Welsh-medium education in their areas.  Under the regulations, open for consultation from the 30th of May, local authorities will set their own targets to increase the number of school learners given the opportunity to develop their Welsh language skills in school and to use the language in their everyday lives.  These targets will be agreed with the Welsh Government and are aimed at achieving the long-term goal of a million Welsh speakers by 2050.

You can read the full press release here.

National Collaborative Commissioning Unit to review placements of children with disabilities in England

Vaughan Gething AM has asked the National Collaborative Commissioning Unit (NCCU) to review placements of Welsh children with autism or learning disabilities in hospitals in England.  The Minister has told the NCCU to begin the review after the Children’s Commissioner for England’s report about children with learning disabilities or autism living in mental health hospitals.

The Commissioner’s report found that 250 children with a learning disability or autism were living in a mental health hospital in England, for an average of 6 months, often far from their home.  The Commissioner argues that these children should be in their communities, not institutions, whenever it’s possible.  In this statement, the Minister says that children with learning disabilities or autism in Wales who need in-patient care are placed in units in England.  These units must follow a specific framework when caring for people from out of their area.  This framework is overseen by the NCCU.

The Minister also notes that the Welsh Government is working with other agencies to create guidance to reduce the use of restriction in health, social care and education.

The Waterloo Foundation Fund

Between £5,000 – £25,000 is available to organisations under the categories of Caring Wales, Working Wales and Educating Wales. The fund has an ongoing application process.

For more information on the different categories and guidance on the application process, please visit http://www.waterloofoundation.org.uk/WalesAboutTheProgramme.html

The Youth Homelessness Helpline

Freephone 0800 328 02 92

If you, or someone you know, is worried about homelessness, we’re here to help you when you need it most.  Everyone deserves a safe and stable place to live.  That’s why if you’re aged 16-25 and facing the frightening reality of homelessness, we’ll help you when you need it the most.

The Youth Homelessness Helpline will provide you with help, support and advice so that you don’t have to face homelessness alone.

New research has found 58% of the Welsh public believe it is already against the law to physically punish children in Wales

The research, which was carried out for the Welsh Government, also found just 35% of people said it would sometimes be necessary to smack a child.  The same research showed the level of support for smacking was even lower among those with caring responsibilities – including parents, guardians and family members – for children aged seven or less.  Just 28% agreed with the statement that “it was sometimes necessary to smack a child.”

You can read the full press release here.

First Thematic Report from IICSA Truth Project published

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published the first thematic report of the Truth Project, focusing on CSA in religious institutions.  The Truth Project is part of the IICSA.  It is a way for victims and survivors of abuse to share their experiences.  The project is designed to hear as much or as little people want to share in non-judgemental non-challenging way.  If the person sharing agrees, their experience can be used anonymously in reports like the one published, or otherwise improve child protection in England and Wales.  You can visit the Truth Project website for more on What’s Involved.

The thematic report, “Child sexual abuse in the context of religious institutions”, looks at experiences of child sexual abuse in England and Wales.  The experiences mainly come from Anglican and Catholic Churches, but also include cases from other Christian denominations and other religions, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, Islam and Judaism.  It covers reports from between the 1940s and 2010s.  The report looks at failures by institutions to deal with child sexual abuse, as well as including recommendations from survivors who contributed to the Truth Project.

Adverse Childhood Experiences resources for Wales

During May this year, Public Health Wales released research on interventions for responding to ACEs. As part of their Early Action Together (EAT) work, they have also launched an information network in combination with the Royal Society for Public Health. EAT is a programme where Public Health Wales and key criminal justice and policing partners in Wales work together to take a public health approach to policing.  Working with the Royal Society for Public Health, EAT has launched an ACEs Learning Network.

The network has information for the public, professionals and the Police about EAT, and its work on ACEs. It will share useful information and research on ACEs as well as best practice and resources, like the network map. The map lists contact details of professionals working with ACEs in the UK.

Public Health Wales’ research, ‘Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences’, was produced with the Public Health Collaborating Unit at Bangor University.  It looks at common approaches to dealing with ACEs.

Wrexham Gateway Referral Form

Please find attached a new Gateway referral form that has been amended to include some additional fields.  As from the 1st April 2019 all referrals to the CAB for benefit, debt, employment and general advice will go through the Gateway. Please complete the form to refer to any services and the CAB and send it through to the housingoptionsgateway@wrexham.gov.uk.

Toolkit for schools to become human rights friendly

Amnesty International has published a package for schools to create an environment where students can enjoy their human rights. The package helps schools, communities and students teach and enjoy human rights one step at a time.

Human Rights Friendly Schools are founded on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. They are communities where human rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.

The Human Rights Friendly Schools package contains a toolkit, pamphlets for students, schools, teachers, communities, and families, as well as a poster.

“The most significant change I have experience or have seen as a result of the Human Rights Friendly Schools programme is that they take bullying, violence and teasing very seriously here. Almost no one is mean, and if so, the problem is immediately taken care of.”
Student, 11, Bermuda

The network of 238 schools aspiring to become human rights friendly is expanding continuously, with schools in 22 countries around the world joining the programme since 2009. There are many ways to become a Human Rights Friendly School. Each school has its own strengths to build from and its own local context to take into account. The best results are achieved when schools take a step by step approach outlining goals for each year in consultation with students, parents and administrative staff. When schools have a long-term approach, they see the greatest gains and will see sustainable changes in the everyday life of the students and their whole learning environment.

The set of new materials support the implementation of Human Rights Friendly Schools around the world. It provides concise, practical, and comprehensive support to schools implementing Human Rights Friendly School.

You can download the toolkit here. The key components of the package includes:

  •  A toolkit to provide school teachers with information about the whole-school approach, the ten global principles, the global standards that schools are working toward to become human rights friendly, as well as human rights activities to include in the everyday learning experience;
  • Four pamphlets to introduce the concept of Human Rights Friendly Schools to studentsteachersadministratorsfamilies and communities so they can get involved;
  • A Poster to raise awareness of the initiative in participating schools.

The content of the material is easy to comprehend and I anticipate easier implementation as a result. The new materials are precise and specific in explaining the whole aspects of the Human Rights Friendly Schools programme.”
Teacher feedback on the Human Rights Friendly School package

Youth Work in Wales: Principles and Purposes

A revised version of ‘Youth Work in Wales: Principles and Purposes’ has been printed. The booklet has been co-authored and co-sponsored by the Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services (CWVYS), the Wales Principal Youth Officers Group (PYOG) and the Education Workforce Council (EWC).

Please find attached:

Here is the electronic link to the document on the CWVYS website:

Please contact CWVYS for all enquiries regarding Youth Work and working with young people.

Are you working with vulnerable adults with a financial need?

Check to see if they are eligible for a grant through the Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF): https://gov.wales/discretionary-assistance-fund-daf/eligibility.

The lifesaver in your pocket

A Wrexham teenage victim of a sex attack has spoken out to encourage people to set-up a life-saving feature on their mobile phone.  The ‘Emergency SOS’ feature which not only dials the emergency services, but also gives an audible countdown and sends a text, including a map of your location, to a nominated contact.  For a period of time after you enter SOS mode, your mobile sends updates to your emergency contacts when your location changes.
You can read the full news article on the North Wales Police website.

ACEs Resilience Public Awareness Campaign

ACE Support Hub Wales are working on an exciting positive public awareness campaign that focuses on resilience.  Targeted at adults in Wales, the campaign aims to help this audience experience self-awareness and understand that we can all be a stable trusted adult to a child, and the power this has in helping a child to flourish.  They are looking for stories about resilience, so if you have a story about an adult, who helped you in childhood and want to get involved, get in touch!

Variety Youth Club Grants

Variety, the Children’s Charity, is running a small grant fund for youth clubs to purchase equipment with.  The average size of the grants runs from £250 – £600. Applications can be made at any time, there are no deadlines.  See the website for more information here

WFIS Professionals Referral Form

Please find attached Wrexham Family Information Service’s (WFIS) quick Professionals Referral Form, and leaflet which has all contact details on it.

WCBC Workforce Development Training Brochure for 2019/20

Please find attached the Training Brochure for 2019/20:

The brochure is also uploaded to the WCBC website in English and Welsh.

National Trust Wellbeing Access Pass

I am delighted to announce that we are launching the Wellbeing Access Pass (pilot) at Erddig, Wrexham and Ogwen, Snowdonia.

This is the first ever pass of its kind in the National Trust, and we been given the honour of piloting it across Wales and our 300 plus properties and a great way for your group to enjoy some wonderful places as part of your regular activities or as a special trip.  We are happy to discuss any specific details/requirements with you about your visits.

Please do note as this is a pilot we have only 10 passes that we can sell from Erddig so if you are keen to take advantage and be a part of this pilot send in the application form early to avoid disappointment.

What you need to know:

  • The Wellbeing Pass entitles groups of up to 50 people access to all National Trust places in Wales
  • This pilot is limited to a maximum of 20 groups, so it is ‘first come first served’.
  • Groups need to be within 10 miles of Erddig or 25 miles of Ogwen and operate for the purpose of improving health and wellbeing
  • The pass costs £45 for 12 months membership.
  • The pass is only valid in Wales and cannot be used for admission to National Trust places in England or Northern Ireland.


Interactive Sessions for Young People

Wrexham Participation Team is available to deliver fun interactive sessions for young people on the UNCRC, Senedd yr Ifanc, Decision Making, Interviewing Skills, and Having a Voice.


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/


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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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