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(AVOW) Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW) recently held at the Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham was attended by approximately 150 members and guests.

The Guest Speaker was The Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones, First Minister for Wales. In His address the First Minister referred to the Welsh Government’s current consultation exercise to review and refresh the relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales, responses to which were required by the 8th August 2013. The First Minister outlined the history of the Third Sector and how the sector and Welsh Government had grown and developed. He also referred to the challenges, economic and other, to be faced to ensure the delivery of public services in Wales, acknowledging that the Third Sector had a crucial role to play in ensuring the delivery of such key services. He emphasized the need for Welsh Government, County Voluntary Organisations and Local Authorities to work together and build on best practice to successfully deliver services in Wales.

Following the First Minister’s address Moira Jones Trustee of AVOW formally thanked him for attending as Guest Speaker. The First Minister congratulated AVOW upon its Silver Jubilee and for 25 years of fantastic service in the Voluntary Sector in Wrexham and Wales. He then viewed AVOW’s Silver Jubilee Exhibition and cut AVOW’s celebratory Silver Jubilee cake.

At the meeting the First Minister also presented Certificates to:

Charlotte Hague and Pete Hughes in recognition of their work in volunteering at Dynamic and the Sensory Garden at Plas Madoc respectively.

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