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This week’s updates from WCVA

19 February 2018

Hello, and welcome to WCVA newsletter.

There’s only a week to go until the closing date for the Third Sector Partnership Council (TSPC) elections. The TSPC is the primary mechanism for the third sector to engage with the Welsh Government, and features elected representatives covering each of the 25 categories of interest within the third sector. If you have a network or organisation you’d like to represent your category, please email Fiona before the deadline on 23 February.

Environmental volunteering is a great way to support the planet whilst giving back to the local community. Environet Cymru have just released the Environmental Volunteering Toolkit, a handy guide to help potential volunteers decide which aspects of environmental volunteering will suit them the most. The toolkit offers practical advice for volunteers to utilise their unique skills to help the environment. To see how you can get involved in environmental volunteering, visit the Environet page on our website.

Finally, you can now book onto individual events at gofod3 – so now not only are tickets running out but sessions are filling up too! Make sure you don’t miss out by booking your free place at the gofod3 website.

Enjoy the newsletter and we’ll see you all again next week.


Your chance to hear about the latest developments in Volunteering

The next round of engagement events from Third Sector Support Wales will focus on volunteering.

Pay and Equalities Survey 2018

According to the latest pay and equalities survey carried out by ACEVO, the charity sector has failed to significantly increase the proportion of chief executives coming from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Volunteers and the law

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) have revised the comprehensive guide ‘Volunteers and the law’ helping to understand the legal rights and obligations when managing volunteers.

Making a difference to people who are disabled. Janices’ story

Janice Powers is a volunteer with Shelter Cymru and within this role she supports people who come into the project needing advice support or information with housing, benefits or debt.

WCVA general

WCVA statement: public trust and confidence in charities

WCVA have released a statement following Monday’s announcement that the Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Oxfam.

Third sector general

Nesta launch Awards for ‘Good Help’

Nesta are seeking applications from organisations that demonstrate they are helping people transform their lives through ‘good help’ activities.

Could you help financially vulnerable people access support for their water bills?

Welsh Water has a range of social schemes for vulnerable customers and is looking for third sector organisations that can help people access the support.


Welsh Government invites applications to Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme

Grants of between £500 and £20,000 are available to third sector organisations, community organisations and community groups for projects and/or events which will mark the 100th anniversary.

Postcode Community Trust launches first round of Community Grants Programme for 2018

The People’s Postcode Community Trust was established in 2014 to support marginalised groups in obtaining the skills and resources to effect change in their own communities.

Training and events

Building relationships between social and private enterprises

A free workshop to explore and develop positive relationships between social enterprises and businesses.

Open Government Conference – 15 March, Belfast

Together with colleagues in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England, the Wales Open Government Network has been busy organising the Re-Imagine Democracy conference for Open Government, taking place in Belfast on Thursday 15 March.

Public engagement: theory and practice

Last chance! A comprehensive, accredited engagement training course

Engaging online

Get to know your online audience and create innovative content to meet their needs

Bilingualism at work

Training for third sector organisations on developing bilingual services

Safeguarding trainers workshops

Social Care Wales is offering three dates of free training workshops to support trainers to deliver the All Wales Basic Safeguarding Awareness pack, suitable for organisations working with children and adults at risk.

Policy and politics

This week’s consultations

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