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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
  • 3rd September, 9.30am-12.30pm at Erddig (provisionally)
  • 10th December, 9.30am-12.30pm

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:

  • NSPCC Safer recruitment training Wales 12 June 2019 - 16th August 2019 | Coleg Cambria, Deeside The NSPCC is offering training for anyone responsible for selecting and recruiting the right candidates for posts that come into contact with children or young people.  Developed by specialist child protection and human resource safeguarding experts, this training course will teach you to safely recruit the right staff and […]
  • Go Green Day 2019 12 June 2019 - Go Green Day is an annual day of environmentally-friendly, green action across Wales! On Friday 21st June, schools, organisations, community groups and individuals will be ‘going green’ to show their support for the world’s tropical forests and to join the global movement of people taking action against climate change.  You can find out how to get […]
  • 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 […]
  • North Wales Practitioner Workshop: How can we improve the experiences of young homeless people living in supported accommodation? 7 June 2019 - Wed, 26 June 2019, 09:30 – 12:30 at Main Arts Building, Bangor University, College Road, Bangor LL57 2DG (View Map) How can we improve the experiences of young homeless people living in supported accommodation? Young homeless people are widely considered to be one of the most vulnerable groups in society, due to their diverse and […]
  • 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 […]
  • Youth Led Grants 2019 7 June 2019 - Grants of up to £1000 available for youth groups/projects in Wrexham: apply by 30th August 2019.
  • Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme 7 June 2019 - Open to applicants carrying out activity within 5 miles of an eligible landfill or waste transfer site. Applications are now open until 26th July 2019. Find out more HERE.
  • ONS Blog: Why are our children lonely? 7 June 2019 - Ellie Osborn from the Social Well-being Analysis team looks at recent work the ONS has done that contributes to society’s understanding of loneliness, particularly in children and young people, and how we can help and improve mental health in the younger generation. Go to our release
  • The Punitive Impact of UC on the Life Chances of Single Parents with Children Under 5 7 June 2019 - Up until 2008 single parents with children under 16 were not required to work. However, after 2008 the limit was gradually lowered, to 12 and then 7 under the Labour government, 5 under the Coalition government, and lowered even further to those with children over 3 years old under Universal Credit introduced by the present government. WBG […]
  • 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 […]
  • NSPCC Training Courses 7 June 2019 - Date Training Course Venue 9– 10 July 2019 Designated safeguarding officer (DSO) in Wales 2-day course, £290 per person Coleg Cambria, Kelsterton Road, Connah’s Quay, Deeside, CH5 4BR 16 July 2019 Safer recruitment training in Wales 1-day course, £145 per person Coleg Cambria, Kelsterton Road, Connah’s Quay, Deeside, CH5 4BR
  • North Wales Victim Help Centre seeing ‘worrying increase’ in teen ‘sextortion’ cases 7 June 2019 - The North Wales Victim Help Centre has reported a worrying increase in the number of cases of sexual blackmail involving teenagers.  Sioned Jacobsen, Operations Manager, says youngsters are being targeted by online extortionists.  She revealed her concerns to North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones who funds the centre.  You can read the full […]
  • Flying Start Projects across Wales benefit from nearly £3 million to improve facilities 7 June 2019 - The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan, confirmed on the 15th of May 2019, funding for 50 projects focusing on building new facilities building improvements, repair work and creating better access during 2019 to 2020.  Flintshire Council is awarded £365,000 for the Aston Family Centre to replace the existing modular unit with a […]
  • Disability Learning Network North Wales 7 June 2019 - Friday, 12th July, 2019, 1pm – 4pm at Disability Resource Centre, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Sarn Lane, Bodelwyddan The FDF Centre for Independent Living has been awarded a contract by Wrexham Borough Council to develop a Disability Learning Network for organisations working in Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy supporting children and young people with disabilities (0-25) and their […]
  • Upcoming Acas Training and Events 7 June 2019 - Whether you are new to Human Resources, looking to advance your people management skills or wishing to keep up-to-date with legislation changes, we have courses designed to help you.  Below are some of our upcoming courses and events in North Wales: Course Date Location Course Title 20.06.19 Mold Equality, diversity and inclusion – the essentials […]
  • North Wales Regional Partnership Board Individual Representatives 7 June 2019 - Want to play a key part in making decisions about Health and Social Care Services in North Wales? Do you receive care and support from health or social care services? If so, this might be for you.  The North Wales Regional Partnership Board is looking to recruit 2 Individual representatives to join its Board meetings.  […]
  • Introduction to Tendering Workshop 7 June 2019 - Introduction to Tendering Workshop 20th June 2019 – Conwy Business Centre, Llandudno Junction An interactive workshop designed to provide information for businesses new to tendering. The workshop aims to:  Demystify Public Sector Tendering Help suppliers find and respond to opportunities Maximise use of sell2wales, promoting their businesses to Public Sector and Tier 1 buyers Identify tender […]
  • Playday 2019 7 June 2019 - Playday is the national day for play in the UK, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August (7 August 2019).  This year, the Playday 2019 theme is Play Builds Children.  The theme aims to highlight the many ways in which play is beneficial to children and young people. Find out more here: www.playday.org.uk.
  • 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 […]
  • Engage to Change Wrexham Roadshow (Free event!) 7 June 2019 - Engage to Change will be in Wrexham during Learning Disability Week on Monday 17th June with our brand new Roadshow, bringing together people with a learning disability and autism, parents and carers, employers, local businesses, decision-makers and more to let you know how this project can benefit you.  The Engage to Change project is currently running […]
  • 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 […]
  • The Canoe Foundation Fund 7 June 2019 - Between £2,000 to £20,000 is available to groups looking to improve accessibility to use available water and facilities for canoeing.  Applications are considered each quarter with the first review of applications received by 31st August 2019.  Further information is available at https://www.canoefoundation.org.uk/.
  • Nesta Solving Together Fund 7 June 2019 - A £40,000 fund to support two high-potential, early-stage interventions which aim to improve parental engagement in maths and maths outcomes for secondary students (11-16 years old), using digital technology.  The fund will target a range of organisations including social enterprises, charities and private enterprises.  Interventions can be delivered within the school curriculum, in non-curriculum time […]
  • 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, […]
  • Regional Skills Partnership: Employer Skills Survey 2019 7 June 2019 - Are you able to recruit and retain people with the right skills for your Business? Would you like to be part of changing the Skills landscape in the North Wales region?  If so, this is your opportunity to have your say by completing this survey. If you would like any further information, please contact sianlloydroberts@gwynedd.llyw.cymru.  […]
  • 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, […]
  • Online ACEs survey for Public Health Wales 7 June 2019 - Public Health Wales wish to gain insight into the views and understanding of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) amongst staff in public sector roles within Wales. To do this, they have commissioned Strategic Research and Insight (SRI), an independent research company based in Cardiff, to carry out an online survey. This will gather the views of […]
  • 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 […]
  • Google.org Impact Challenge on Safety Fund 7 June 2019 - A €10m fund to support organisations across Europe that are working on challenges related to hate, extremism, and child safety, both online and offline. Each selected grantee receives funding between €50,000 and €1,000,000 and support from Google. By funding new and existing community projects across Europe, they hope to support initiatives to counter hate and […]
  • Children in Wales: training courses in North Wales 7 June 2019 - Course Title Date & Time Venue The Bigger Picture – Working with Children & Families in Wales This workshop is aimed at supporting a better understanding of current Welsh Government Policy and Programmes. 13th September 2019 9:30am – 1:00pm Conwy County Lines Exploitation – Gangs, Drugs & Wales The course is aimed at being a […]
  • 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. […]
  • ‘A Place for Sport’ Fund 7 June 2019 - Sport Wales, in partnership with Welsh Government, have launched a new fund, ‘A Place for Sport’, with £1m available for sports clubs and organisations across Wales.  The fund will support projects seeking to improve, protect or create new sporting facilities. Applications are invited from community sport groups and can include things such as floodlights, new […]
  • 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 […]
  • Young Disabled Persons Political Skills Day Event 7 June 2019 - 15th July 2019, 9:30am – 3:30pm at Siambr Hywel, Ty Hywel, Cardiff Bay To celebrate UN World Youth Skills Day and the skills of young people with disabilities in Wales, our three organisations – Leonard Cheshire Cymru, Children in Wales and Whizzkidz would like to invite you to an all-day event sponsored by Mark Isherwood, AM. Are […]
  • 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 […]
  • Cross Party Group on Neurological Conditions meeting 7 June 2019 - North Wales 4th October, venue TBC, 11am – 1pm Invitations and further information will be sent out in due course.
  • Alcohol and Everything Else: When drinking isn’t the only issue 7 June 2019 - Alcohol Change UK’s Annual Conference in Wales 18th September 2019, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, LL11 2HS Alcohol misuse is both a problem in itself and a coping mechanism for other problems. To provide the best support for people who may be drinking for complex reasons, services need to know how to address a range of complex needs. At this multidisciplinary event, experts […]
  • AVOW Volunteers’ Day 2019 7 June 2019 - AVOW will be hosting Volunteers’ Day on Saturday, 29th June on Queen’s Square in Wrexham, between 10am and 4pm. We have plenty going on during the day with a 12 hour football tournament hosted by Bellevue FC and a Brass Band Festival organised by Ian Lucas MP. We are inviting stalls from the third sector, across […]
  • 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 […]
  • Invitation to Our Future Wales: A National Conversation 7 June 2019 - We are pleased to announce the launch our national conversation, Our Future Wales.  We want to find out what matters to people around Wales and the information we gather will inform our Future Generations Report 2020. To kick start the conversation we will be holding four events across Wales when the Future Generations Commissioner for […]
  • Disability Learning Network Newsletter 6 June 2019 - Please find attached this month’s newsletter for the Disability Learning Network.  If you have any information, events or training that you would like to include in future newsletters please let Gemma Williams know (Befriending Development Officer at The FDF; email Befriender@thefdf.org.uk dln-newsletter-june-2019
  • 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: […]
  • Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects 3 June 2019 - Not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 may apply for a grant of up to £2,000. The scheme provides small grants for local projects that improve resilience within a community of interest. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. The Foundation is also interested in new […]
  • Ecclesiastical Launches £1m Giving Programme 3 June 2019 - The Movement for Good Awards will have two funding categories. The first will see 500 charities awarded £1,000 each, and this will be open for nominations from 23 April to 17 May, to eligible charities registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland, from small volunteer-run groups to larger, well-known organisations. Anyone can place a nomination for […]
  • 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 […]
  • Volunteers Wanted at Wales’ Largest Annual Multi-Sports Event 3 June 2019 - Gemau Cymru is Wales’ largest annual multi-sports event.  Translated as “Welsh Games”, its vision is to inspire young people across Wales to continue their learning and development as athletes and citizens.  This year’s event will be taking place in a variety of venues across Cardiff on 6th – 8th July, 2019. We are currently recruiting volunteers aged […]
  • 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 […]
  • Youth Support Small Grant Scheme 2019 – 2020 – now open for applications 3 June 2019 - What could you do with up to £400?  Does your organisation need funding for a youth work project that will make a difference to the community and support young people? Organisations working with young people aged 11-25 can now apply for up to £400 from the Youth Service Small Grant Scheme 2019/2020. Thursday 16th May […]
  • 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.
  • Free Participation Training 3 June 2019 - Free participation training for those working in the voluntary sector on 3 July at The Vic Young People’s Centre.

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