Internet and Emailing course – SPACES AVAILABLE
Wrexham Library starting Tuesday 18th Sept, 9.30-11.30am. It’s free to join.
It covers the internet, emailing and moving onto social media.
Please ring me at the library to book a place 292090
THE ESSENTIALS OF DATA PROTECTION AND GDPR
Training with AVOW
AVOW provides a range of courses to enable community members to develop skills for the benefit of their voluntary and community organisations. http://sfclearningzone.org.uk provides online training to help you seek funding and support for your organisation – these will give you background of a variety of courses that are run by AVOW. Use the contact form on this site if you need any more information or contact AVOW on 01978 312556 / email@example.com
Any training course marked with the AVOW logo can be booked on using the Online Booking Form. Unless otherwise stated the course will be held at our main office Ty Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND.
*Different rates apply for private / corporate individuals – please ask. Click on the different types of training available:
If your community group has any training needs that are not currently advertised please contact us on 01978 312556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may not always be able to offer all course requests, however we will do our best to signpost groups to existing courses in the area.
Free Training Workshop for Avow Members “Tending to your roots”
Top tips to help charitable groups succeed at online fundraising
13 September 11.00am – 12.30pm Room 1 at Avow Wrexham
Does your organisation want to become more sustainable and open up new income streams?
Do you want to develop an engaged, larger supporter base?
Do you need to raise unrestricted funding to help cover core running costs?
Lauren Swain, Localgiving’s Wales Development Manager, is here to speak about how small charities and community groups achieve these goals. The workshop will focus on how to optimise online fundraising in an easy and cost effective way to help groups like yours fundraise effectively online.
This session is tailored to the needs of small charities and community groups that want to get started or give their online fundraising a boost. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to hear about Localgiving’s development programme in Wales, which offers a year of free help, Gift Aid for all and £200 match funding per group.
For more information on what Localgiving giving offers please click here:
Contact: Nigel Davies Funding Advice Officer at Avow to book your place
01978 312556 or email@example.com
AVOW Training: Discrimination Awareness Training – 27th September
Safeguarding Your Assets 10th October 2018
AVOW Training: Minute Taking – 18th October
Free Access Module with The Open University
Free Online Learning Courses
Explore the new range of online learning courses available from Superfast Business Wales to understand how you can use online technology to save time and money, reach more customers, simplify your work processes and grow revenue.
There are course about project management, designing websites, using social media to good advantage, IT and more. These skills are equally as useful for running charities, community groups and social enterprises, as they are for businesses.
Get started now…
Advice & Guidance Level 3 & 4 – Ongoing
Community Development Level 2 – Ongoing
Community Development Level 3 – Ongoing
Workplace Training: Calling all Employers – Ongoing
Could you give a local young person (aged 16-24) a CHANCE and an invaluable OPPORTUNITY in your place of work?
We are looking for emoyers to host PAID work placements for 4 or 6 months……..Paid by Groundwork North Wales…. So NO COST TO YOURSELVES!!!!!!!
* Maybe you are expanding your business
* Maybe you are a brand new business
* Maybe you could just do with an extra pair of hands
Would you consider taking someone on through our programme? You may know the person you would like to take on already? If not you can interview candidates to make sure you get the right person for your company and we will support you throughout!
Have a look at the leaflet attached or call Jane Williams for more information on 01978 757524 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Engage 1 Advance 2: Employability Course – Ongoing
Coleg Cambria Traineeships – Ongoing
The Traineeship programme is a Welsh Governmetn training initiviative aimed at 16 – 18 year olds who are not in educations, employment or training (NEET). Learners are NEET for lots of different reasons; some may not be career focused, some may not have the right qualifications to get on a course, some may have very low self esteem and confidence. Whatever ht ereason the Traineeship Programme on offer at Coleg Cambria may provide them with a solutions. All referrals to the programme come via Careers Wales. All referrals’ will be assessed for the appropriate strand of the Traineeship programme.
Autism Awareness Certification – Online Access
After entering your details you will be asked to complete answers to a series of 20 questions. If you are successful with this, a personalised certificate will be created for you to download. If you enter an incorrect answer, you will be given the opportunity to try again.
To see the ASD Aware organisations who have signed up to the scheme, or if your organisation would like to get involved click on the link below:
Carer Information and Support Programme (CrISP) – Various
Alzheimer’s Society Cymru in North Wales will be running Carer Information and Support Programme (CrISP). The programme is free for carers of people living with dementia. The aim of the groups are to support carers by providing knowledge, information and coping strategies.
Please see attached for further information about the programme and to find out where sessions are being run. Booking is essential for a place on the course.
For further information, please phone 01492 546870 or email email@example.com.
Full description of programme: crisp-poster-2017_english
Training Locations and dates: crisp-north-wales-schedule-2017
Apprenticeship Employer Incentive – Ongoing
Transactivist Autumn Programme
Do you identify as GENDER QUESTIONING, TRANS, NON-BINARY, GENDER FLUID or GENDERQUEER?
Are you looking for opportunities to meet with like-minded people to support each other and improve the situation for trans people across North Wales?
Trans issues are in the news, across social media and highlighted on television and in films . We are close to a tipping point. Children, young people and adults feel more able than ever to come out and be themselves, being true to their preferred gender identity.
West Rhyl Young People’s Project are running an Autumn Programme that will:
- support you and the expression of your gender identity.
- enable developmental opportunities to help you face personal challenges,
- provide coaching and mentoring to strengthen your resolve
- give you access to training to equip you to support other trans people.
We’re looking for trans people (aged 17+) who want to make a difference to their own lives and others.
Connect – Learn – Take Action – Flourish
This FREE programme will commence on Saturday 1st September and will run every two weeks until 27th October 2017.
On completion participants will have demonstrated a range of personal, social and community development skills and will be presented with a Certificate of Achievement.
This programme is aimed at trans people who are new to this work and who are looking for developmental opportunities that are both meaningful and fun.
|1||01/09/17||An introduction to counselling skills: finding my voice|
|2||16/09/17||Being present in my world: From mindfulness to motivation|
|3||30/09/17||Meeting Needs: First steps in community awareness|
|4||13/10/17||Making it happen: Community activism|
|5||27/10/17||Motivational Interviewing : supporting the trans community’s well-being|
This programme is managed by West Rhyl Young People’s Project and funded by the People’s Health Trust. WRYPP has almost 2 decades of experience of working around diversity and in helping people to embrace their individuality and to develop their strengths.
To enrol please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message via Gareth Davies on 01745 357941. The sessions will run from 10 a.m to 4.00 p.m. at WRYPP, 17 Bedford Street, Rhyl. Refreshments, coffee, tea, juice & biscuits will be provided for each session. Participants are requested to bring a packed lunch or access local shops for their lunch.
Step into Care – Work Placement
Fully Funded Work Based Learning with NW Training
North Wales Training is a leading provider of excellent training and work programme solutions, designed for investment in staff.
We are contracted by the Welsh Government to deliver a number of initiatives within all industry sectors across North Wales. We are currently working with local hotels, public houses, cafes, councils, schools and the private sector to deliver Diplomas in the work place.
We can currently offer the following qualifications to individuals:
- Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Hospitality Routes (food and beverage/food production/kitchen services/professional cookery)
- Level 2 Certificate in Licensed Hospitality Skills BIIAB (includes personal license, food hygiene and health & safety)
- Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Customer Service
- Level 2,3 & 4 Diploma in Business Administration
- Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Retail
- Level 2,3 & 5 Diploma in Health & Social Care
- Level 2,3 & 5 Diploma in Childcare and Playwork
- Level 3 & 4 Diploma in Advice and Guidance
- Level 4 Diploma in Employer Related Services
- Level 2 Diploma in Team Leading ILM
- Level 3 & 4 Diploma in Management ILM
If this is something you would be interested in please get in touch and I would be happy to discuss further.
Antur Stiniog and Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog
Watch the webinar recording here
By watching this webinar, participants will:
- Learn about the development of a number of successful enterprises in the Ffestiniog area and about the purpose of the umbrella company, Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog.
- Appreciate the significance of establishing Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog and the cultural change afoot in the Ffestiniog area and how this can be an example for other communities to emulate.
Social Care Apprenticeships
Are you aged 18 or over and interested in a career in Social Care?
Are you caring and understanding?
Do you like every day to be different and challenging?
Do you want to get paid while getting skilled?
Would you like to gain skills and knowledge in Social Care to help you achieve a successful career?
Yes? …..then this opportunity is for you.
Wrexham County Borough Workforce Development in partnership with Wrexham ITEC are offering a range of relevant training and experience to individuals to enable them to be fully qualified to gain employment in the Social Care sector.
If you would like to learn more about the programme, we are holding an open afternoon at Gwersyllt Resource Centre, Second Avenue, Gwersyllt, Wrexham LL114ED, on Thursday 27th July 2017, 12.30 pm – 4 pm. At this informal event, you will have the opportunity to talk to supported individuals, service managers and support workers about working in the social care sector, in addition to finding out more about the training programme.
Work Welsh with Learn Welsh Cymru – Ongoing
For more information please see the documents attached below:
Amazon Web Services Re:Start – Ongoing
Fully Funded NVQ’s for Volunteers
Coleg Cambria have on offer a limited number of fully funded NVQ’s for volunteers who have sustained their volunteering placement. The opportunity covers NVQ’s in Retail, Customer Service & Supporting Teaching in Schools.
An NVQ can take up to a year to complete therefore please consider this when discussing this with interested volunteers.
If you are interested contact the college as soon as possible, spaces are limited.
If you have any further questions please feel free to talk with Gari Thomas by mobile on 07738 12478 via a landline at 01978-267189 or via email at email@example.com.
All Wales Public Service Graduate Programme 2018
The Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Finance has agreed to a two year “All Wales Public Service Graduate Programme” pilot commencing in September 2018.
The aim of the graduate programme will be for us to prepare a group of aspiring leaders who are equipped to work in the public service in Wales and who are invested in the future of public services and the citizens that we all serve. The programme will support the Welsh Government’s vision of ‘One Welsh Public Service’, be in the spirit of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act and will be the first of its kind.
For more information you can read the prospectus here:all-wales-public-service-graduate-programme-2018
or contact Elaine Jones on 0300 0256687 or email allwalesgrads’wales.gsi.gov.uk
Volunteer Induction course available
Is your organisation recruiting and supporting volunteers?
Would you like them to access an accredited, generic volunteer induction course?
FLVC are offering a two day Volunteer Induction Course for volunteers/potential volunteers linked to organisations based in Flintshire.
The Course is accredited with WEA Cymru (2 credits at Entry Level 2) and includes general aspects of :
• Health and Safety
• Equal Opportunities
• Support and Supervision of Volunteers
• Basics of Safeguarding (very brief introduction)
The course can be adapted to explore the Volunteering roles within the organisations represented by the attendees – (Organisations are asked to share their Volunteer Role Descriptions with FLVC prior to the course)
Course Title: Induction for Volunteers
Level: Entry Level 2
Credit Value: 2
Number of hours: 10 (over two days or three evenings)
Cost per participant: From FREE to £80 (dependent on your organisation’s income threshold)
The course is delivered in a structured, but informal manner and participants are offered the opportunity to complete a short portfolio of evidence to submit for Accreditation of their work (optional). Participants will be supported by the FLVC Volunteer Centre staff team throughout the course.
For more information please contact: Emma Gough, Volunteer Development Officer, FLVC
Tel: 01352 744000
ACAS: Human Resource Management for Beginners – 5th February
Venue: TBC, Wrexham
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Price: £170 per person (Please note our training events are VAT exempt )
To book now
* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.
This practical event provides an introduction to the fundamentals of employing people. The course maps the employment relationship from recruitment, issuing contracts, managing holidays, dealing with absence, discipline and grievance matters through to ending the employment relationship.
A helpful tool kit of sample policies and letters is provided to delegates for use back in their workplace.
You’ve been successful in running the business so far, but maybe now you need help hiring and managing people. Or perhaps your boss has given you the job of dealing with all things HR in your company, you are new to it and don’t know where to start.
To help, we have packed together the essentials of HR and employment relations into a convenient training session which distils a lot of what you need to know into a one day event.
HR for Beginners has been designed specifically to meet your needs and is in response to requests from our customers.
This course assumes no prior learning and is very much focussed on the key building blocks needed for the HR function. Discussions based around practical case studies will be a central element of the course content.
There will be informal discussion opportunities and practical exercises throughout the day to encourage active delegate participation.
All delegates will receive an electronic certificate of attendance for their participation in the training.
- Small businesses and those new to HR
- Business start-ups
- Those taking on their first employees
- Expanding businesses
- Newly appointed front-line managers and supervisors
- Employee representatives
This event will cover:
- How to draft a job description and a person specification
- How to prepare, structure and run effective interviews
- How to assess evidence and make decisions
Contracts of employment
- How to put the main terms and conditions in writing
- Rules on pay, hours of work and holidays
- How to make changes to terms and conditions
- Types of discrimination and the areas which are covered by discrimination law
- Dealing effectively with problems areas by following the Acas code of practice on discipline and grievance
- Taking informal action, holding formal disciplinary meetings and dealing with employee grievances
- How to deal fairly and effectively with unauthorised absence, short term illness and long term sickness through an absence policy
Ending the employment relationship
- When is a dismissal fair and when might it be unfair?
- Different ways to end a contract and rules on notice and notice pay
A toolkit of sample policy documents and letters around the main basic requirements is provided to allow for easy implementation back in the workplace.
Veterans’ Course – 18th – 22nd February 2019
The Royal British leagion Battle Back Centre has developed a new 5 day residential course for veterans.
The course is specifically focused on the needs of veterance, but will have many of the features of the highly regarded Multi Activity Course for serving personenel and will use sport and adventurous training to help accelerate physical, psychological and social recovery.
The Battle Back Centre is a first-class sports and outdoor facility centre for wounded, injured and sick serving personnel and veterancs. Located in a dlightful setting in central Shropshire, activities include wheelchair basketball, climbing, caving, archery, skiing, mountain biking and road cycling. during the course there will also be the opportunity for advice on the range of other services provided by the Legion.
To apply for a course vacancy call 01952 815681 or email email@example.com
Veterans need to have served in the UK Armed Forces.
To gain benefit from the course, veterans must be independently mobile and self-medicating. the Battle Back Centre is a recovery facility and is unable to provide clinical or nursing support.
Other courses in the region
If you cannot find the course you are looking for, try looking at:
Flintshire Local Voluntary Council (FLVC) – http://flvc.org.uk/learningzone/
Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council (DVSC) – http://www.dvsc.co.uk/en/home/
Conwy Voluntary Services Council (CVSC) – http://cvsc.org.uk/
Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) – http://www.wcva.org.uk/training-and-events
Training for Carers / Support Workers
‘The Touch Trust Training and ‘Communicating through Touch’ programme ‘
Through its licensed creative movement programme the ‘Touch Trust’ makes a significant difference to the lives of individuals in the disabled community.
Using techniques based on Laban’s creative educational movement, babies and their mother, adults and their carers; even those with dementia benefit enormously, especially in their self-confidence and self-esteem as they experience success! In addition, their families are supported and helped.
We run a training programme and also offer a one day ‘Communicating through Touch’ workshop for carers, parents and related professionals. It is a holistic, sensory and expressive experience which enables one to become a Touch Trust session leader or simply gain new ideas and techniques which enhance your abilities in understanding and helping your guests/clients/service users alike.
Please read the comments from people and organisations who have attended various training courses:
Grants Fit for Funding
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Children and Young People’s Participation in Wales… Good Practice 2016
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.
Core Aim 5
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.
National Participation Standards
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:
INVITATION TO WALES & WEST UTILTIES’ ANNUAL STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOPS
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):
- Initiatives to address fuel poverty
- Helping vulnerable customers
- Alternative gas
- The future of heat
- Providing a reliable gas supply
- Our customer service
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.
Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 – Scheme Windows
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.
North Wales Discrimination Advice Service
Comic Relief’s Community Cash Grants Programmes open across the UK
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.
- Constituted voluntary and community groups.
- Social enterprises.
- Community interest companies.
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:
- Counselling and advice services.
- Disability sports clubs/activities.
- Training, skill building and volunteering projects.
- Community groups and set up costs for new groups.
- Support groups.
Full details can be found on the Community Foundation in Wales website.
The closing date for applications is 28 April 2017.
Turn2us Intermediary workshops
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:
- The Turn2us Benefits Calculator
- The Grants Search tool
- Our website to access other information including how Universal Credit might affect your service users
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/
Charities: Rules and Guidance for Political Campaigning
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
Comic Relief initiatives open #iwill Youth Social Action Fund
#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:
- Ability to demonstrate effective ways to build relationships with ‘reluctant’ young people in their own community
- Ability to demonstrate how they will engage those young people in creative, innovative and meaningful social action
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:
- Outreach – we would expect funded projects to invest time and effort in finding young people that are not currently engaged with their organisation on their own turf, whether that is in geographic locations or through targeted social media
- Prioritising peer support and staff with similar lived experience in their project activity
- Strong investment in the value of friendship and friendship groups
- Effective and innovative use of social media threaded throughout activity
- Creating and maintaining trusting relationships with the targeted cohort – whether directly or in partnership with other trusted organisation/business/enterprise
- Use of incentives to attract young people, such as activities they may not otherwise have access to
- Use of creative arts like music, or spoken word, to engage and build the confidence of young people, and help build effective relationships
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:
- Mental health
- Children in care, or those who have left care
Types of activity they proposed could sit under these topics fell into three areas, which may apply across all topics, or just one:
- Awareness and education
- Handling change
- Support at the right time
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.
- A range of creative activity providing peer support to young people in care. Ideas could include straight one to one mentoring, as well as more creative peer support through film making projects, art or spoken work events to explore issues and encourage young people in care to express their thoughts.
- A bus travelling around schools and colleges educating young people on LGBTQ+ issues. The content of the bus would include factual, helpful information and sign posting, as well as creative content about particular case studies and experiences to share and generate conversation.
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:
- Have a strong track record of working with young people in areas of deprivation and poverty
- Can demonstrate the leadership of young people in their organisation, and how young people have helped develop their applications
- Have engaged with the young people would benefit from this work and have demonstrable knowledge and experience of the communities they will be working with
- Have existing strong working partnerships with local business, enterprises, or other groups that may be able to help with the outreach and engagement of “the ghosts”
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.
Comic Relief open HIV in the UK: Think Digital Fund
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:
- Improve the quality of life for people living with HIV, particularly those who are 50+;
- Increase access to services which enable prompt diagnosis of HIV and contribute to HIV prevention;
- Address misinformation and the stigma surrounding HIV.
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:
- Are focused on specific user needs, and current digital behaviours in their design, delivery and development
- Make best use of web, mobile or internet based technologies, whether this is hardware or software development
- Have potential to scale and be adopted by others
- Disrupt and challenge existing ways of delivering services
- Involve collaborations between those delivering vital support services and digital agencies to ensure their reach, user involvement and technical rigour
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.
- Grants can be for between £20,000-£80,000, and over a period of 6 – 18 months.
- We will fund digital solutions at any stage of development (from idea stage to those wishing to roll out existing solutions). You will need to have an identified digital partner (or in house digital expertise) in place at the point of applying for funding.
- We are particularly interested to understand the sustainability and revenue models for the technological solution, so please reflect on this in the application.
- We welcome proposals from the HIV sector and beyond, including unusual collaborations, such as those working together to develop new solutions alongside design or digital agencies.
- The grant will include additional support from social-tech experts, which will include a one day start up workshop at the start of the grant, connections to tech experts, on-going mentoring and two peer learning days.
- Applicants should budget for three trips to London to attend these sessions.
- We expect that for those projects at an early stage of development, the first three months will be dedicated to research, ideas development, user testing or piloting, before development and delivery work begins in full over the remaining life of the project.
Organisations or partnerships applying to this initiative must meet Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements. In addition:
- Grants are available for organisations based in the UK for work in the UK.
- There is no restriction on the annual income of the organisation or partnership applying for a grant.
- There is no restriction on applying for this grant if you have another grant with Comic Relief.
- We will not fund pure research for the duration of the grant, however, we will support research as part of the grant that results in the creation of a tangible solutions and would expect user-centred research and design processes to be followed throughout.
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
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Annual Open Day
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:
- Tours of the radiology, operating theatre, and cath lab suites
- Advice on how to keep your heart healthy including BMI checks, bodyweight MOT and nutrition
- Blood pressure tests and CPR demonstrations
- Information about our community cardio and rehab services
- Free acupressure, massage and Reiki from the popular Cloud Nine team
- The LHCH charity team and the Cardiomyopathy support group
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