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Wrexham Fairtrade Coalition
Making Fairtrade EASIER
Education – in schools, colleges and for the general public / consumers
Action – Defending Fairtrade achievements and against poorer alternatives
Support – From the widest possible cross section of people and organisations
Information – helping people to decide how and why to buy fairtrade
Engagement – Giving everyone an opportunity to take part – enthused!
Re-invigoration – Because the Fairtrade movement still needs our help
The WFTC is committed to raising awareness about Fairtrade as a global issue, starting within its own community. It aims to re-invigorate the Fairtrade scene in Wrexham (and beyond!), by supporting local projects, actively engaging with churches, schools, businesses and organisations, to encourage a positive change in culture towards Fairtrade, and by offering information, advice and a forum for sharing good practice.
Please read on for news of a major renewal event for Wrexham Fairtrade – this will incorporate our AGM, and a celebration of Wales – 10 years a fairtrade nation!.
Cambria For Business are teaming up with the renowned AQR International to give you a insight into the 4 C’s of mental toughness.
This 2-hour seminar will provide delegates the opportunity to learn about Mental Toughness and how it can improve performance, wellbeing and agility in the workplace.
Mental Toughness describes the mindset of people (and organisations) and how they respond to pressure, stress, opportunity and challenges. It has a significant impact on performance, positive behaviours and wellbeing in the workplace.
The aims of the session are to:
Attendees will be given the opportunity to complete the Mental Toughness Questionnaire for themselves receive a development report.
Join us at the Cambria Business School on 22nd November 2018 8.30 – 11am.
Welsh Lessons (Adult Beginners), Sundays, 10am -12pm or 1pm – 3pm, Free, Booking Essential
Wrexham Community Choir, Tuesdays, 7.30pm, Adults, First session free then £5
Saturday Art Club (Ages 7-11), 10am -12pm, £6 (£4 for siblings), Booking Essential
Junior Dance (Ages 5+), Thursdays, 4pm, £3.50
TWIG @ Ty Pawb: Drop-In painting and drawing workshops (all abilities welcome), Tuesdays, 1pm-2pm, Free
Autism Tenn/Adult Life (Talk): https://www.facebook.com/events/227596894599514/
Mini Movers (Toddler Dance Group), Thursdays, 9.30am, £2.50
Bumps and Babies, Tuesdays, 12.30pm, Free
Baby Massage: https://www.facebook.com/events/427774854396870/
Sunday Craft Hour (All ages), 11am -12pm, Free
First session will be on the 23rd September, then every Sunday
Comedy Night: https://www.facebook.com/events/2215821541765868/
John Murray (Live music): https://www.facebook.com/events/206716920191956/
Open Mic: https://www.facebook.com/events/919551891562893/
Every other Thursday, first act at 7.30pm, Free
Zine Club: https://www.facebook.com/events/1079200522253428/
Third Thursday of every month, 5.00pm – 6.30pm, Free
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.
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.
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.
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:
HAVE YOUR SAY ON YOUR GAS NETWORK’S BUSINESS PRIORITIES AND BUSINESS PLAN
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):
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Expression of Interest Window closes 30 April 2017.
Encouraging planning for the creation of broadleaved and conifer 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.
Expression of Interest Window closes 28 April 2017.
Enhancing forestry potential and adding value to forest products.
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.
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:
Full details can be found on the Community Foundation in Wales website.
The closing date for applications is 28 April 2017.
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:
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/
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
#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:
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:
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:
Types of activity they proposed could sit under these topics fell into three areas, which may apply across all topics, or just one:
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.
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 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:
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.
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:
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:
Applicants must be able to demonstrate they follow best practice in digital design and development – see https://www.gov.uk/design-principles
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.
Organisations or partnerships applying to this initiative must meet Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements. In addition:
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
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:
To book your place on the Open Day or for further information, contact the LHCH Membership Office at email@example.com 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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