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About AVOW

Children & Young People’s Wellbeing Network

Meetings take place on a quarterly basis, with the following dates for 2019:

  • 9th April, 9.30am-12.30pm at AVOW (Room 1)
  • 11th June, 9.30am-12.30pm at Caia Park Partnership
  • 3rd September, 9.30am-12.30pm at Felin Puleston, Erddig
  • 10th December, 9.30am-12.30pm at The Venture ICC

Please contact Fran Hughes (fran.hughes@flvc.org.uk) for further information or to be added to the mailing list.

Below are various news items, training opportunities, funding, etc. which may be of interest:

  • The Thomas Howell’s Education Fund for North Wales (THEFNW) 12 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • Sport Wales Development Grant 7 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • New Code of Fundraising Practice 7 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • Welsh Women’s Aid and DASU North Wales: Confirmation of transfer of Wrexham and Colwyn Bay domestic abuse services 7 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • The Children’s Society responds to the UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper 7 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • Updated DBS Guidance Leaflets 7 June 2019 - New DBS guidance leaflets, including regulated activity in Wales. Charity Trustees DBS Checks: Working with adults in the charity sector DBS Checks: Working with children in the charity sector Barring referrals: Your guide to how and when to make one Regulated activity with adults in Wales Regulated activity with children in Wales There are a […]
  • Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund 7 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • Learning Disability Wales Annual Conference 2019 7 June 2019 - Our annual conference 2019, Right here, will look at the importance of people with a learning disability of all ages being seen, heard, included and valued in all walks of life.  Like at school, college, work, home, community, arts, leisure and positions of authority and expertise. Being seen, heard, included and valued helps: Reduce stigma […]
  • Shelter Cymru training courses 7 June 2019 - Location & Date Training Course Suitable for South Wales, 28 Jun Anti-social Behaviour Solutions: Law and Practice All advisers and support workers working within housing, homelessness or criminal justice services. Swansea, 25 Jul North Wales, 3 Oct Homelessness Law in Wales – An essential introduction Essential core training for anyone supporting people facing homelessness or the threat of […]
  • New film helps parents and carers to understand their rights under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 7 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • New Welsh approach to youth justice and female offending launched 7 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • Wrexham AM welcomes work support 7 June 2019 - 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. https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/17638254.wrexham-am-welcomes-work-support/
  • £7,000 grant secured by Chirk Community Forum for inclusive play equipment 7 June 2019 - 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, […]
  • Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Community Centres and Village Halls Grants 7 June 2019 - 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, […]
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund 7 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • Local authorities to set new targets for Welsh-medium education 7 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • National Collaborative Commissioning Unit to review placements of children with disabilities in England 7 June 2019 - 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 Waterloo Foundation Fund 7 June 2019 - 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 7 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • New research has found 58% of the Welsh public believe it is already against the law to physically punish children in Wales 7 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • First Thematic Report from IICSA Truth Project published 7 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences resources for Wales 7 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • Wrexham Gateway Referral Form 6 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • Toolkit for schools to become human rights friendly 3 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • Youth Work in Wales: Principles and Purposes 3 June 2019 - 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: Welsh and English copies of a joint statement: […]
  • Are you working with vulnerable adults with a financial need? 3 June 2019 - 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 3 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • ACEs Resilience Public Awareness Campaign 3 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • Variety Youth Club Grants 3 June 2019 - 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 3 June 2019 - Please find attached Wrexham Family Information Service’s (WFIS) quick Professionals Referral Form, and leaflet which has all contact details on it. here-to-help-flyer referral-form-bilingual
  • WCBC Workforce Development Training Brochure for 2019/20 3 June 2019 - Please find attached the Training Brochure for 2019/20: training-brochure-2019-20-english training-brochure-2019-20-welsh The brochure is also uploaded to the WCBC website in English and Welsh.
  • National Trust Wellbeing Access Pass 3 June 2019 - 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 […]
  • Interactive Sessions for Young People 3 June 2019 - 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.

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