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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.

Use the contact form on this site if you need any more information or contact AVOW on 01978 312556 / communitycourses@avow.org

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.

Info/T&Cs

Wrexham Adult & Community Learning Partnership

Info/T&Cs

If your community group has any training needs that are not currently advertised please contact us on 01978 312556 or email communitycourses@avow.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. 

Read the Training Courses Terms and Conditions.

AVOW Training: Mental Health First Aid Wales – 23rd & 24th October

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AVOW Training: Looking After Your Assets – 13th November

Looking After Your Assets - 13th November

Date: 13th November

Time: 10am until 1pm

Location: Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND

Cost: £10 per person*

Booking: To book your place please visit: https://avow.org/en/training-booking/

Aims & Objectives:

The objective of this training will be to look at ways in which an organisation should protect their finances, avoid losing or inappropriate use of funds. In addition, how to look after assets you own.

*10% members discount

 

AVOW Training: Discrimination Awareness Training – 10th January 2020

Discrimination Awareness Training

Date: 10th January 2020

Time: 10am until 12:30pm

Location: Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND

Cost: £15per person

Booking: For more information and to book your place please visit https://bit.ly/2mvfhy2

Aims & Objectives:

Aimed at organisations who want to increase their effectiveness of highlighting and challenging discrimination.

The Training includes an introduction / refresher to discrimination awareness, identifiable characteristics, defining equality and diversity, examples of discrimination, practical solutions and available resources.

Booking is essential!

To book onto this course visit our website training page above or email communitycourses@avow.org or call us on 01978 312556.

AVOW Training: Minute Taking – 15th January

Minute Taking - 15th January

Date: 15th January

Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm

Location: Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND

Cost: £17.50 per person *

Booking: For more information and to book your place please visit https://bit.ly/2mvfhy2

Aims & Objectives

To understand how meetings should be minuted to give those attending the information that they need, and to practice the skills of taking down and recording information clearly.

*10% members discount

 

AVOW Training: Safeguarding – 7th February

Safeguarding

delivered by WCVA

Date: 7th February

Time: 10:30am – 2pm

Location: Ty Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND

Cost: £12.50 per person

Booking: For more information and to book your place please visit https://bit.ly/2mvfhy2

The learning outcomes:

  • Known own role in relation to safeguarding adults, children and young peopel from harm, abuse and neglect.
  • Understand how individuals are protected from harm, abuse and neglect.
  • Know how to recognize different types of harm, abuse and neglect.
  • Know the recent changes to safeguarding as a result of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 with reference to the Wales Safeguarding procedures.

Booking is essential!

To book onto this course visit the link above, email communitycourses@avow.org or phone 01978 312556.

Courses and Training with Communities for Work (Sept – Jan)

Communities for Work

Communities for Work Plus (CFW+) offers support to all residents in Wrexham who are looking to get into employment, volunteering or training.

They are also able to offer in-work support for those on low incomes who are looking to upskill or retrain.

You can be referred to the team through your work coach; agency or you can self-refer to the programme.

Contact the Team:

For General Enquiries, please email: cfw@wrexham.gov.uk or phone 01978 802418/820520

For courses, please call 01978 318853 / 820520

Caia Park Team: 

Blue Building, Caia Park Partnership Ltd, Prince Charles Road, Wrexham

Call: 01978 802418

Plas Madoc Team:

The Opportunities Centre, Hampden Way, Acrefair, Wrexham, LL14 3US

Call: 01978 820520

For all courses available from September to January please see: courses-final-english

Cold Weather Shelter Training – October – December

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Welfare Training Wales – October to December

Welfare Training Wales

Course: Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Date: Friday October 11th
Time: 9.30-4.30
Location: Bangor
Cost: £90 *Lunch provided

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Course: Delivering Budgeting Support
Date: Tuesday 22nd October
Time: 9.30-4.30
Location: Bangor
Cost: £90 *
Lunch provided

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Course:Talking to People About Money – Effective Methods using Behavioural Insights
Date: Tuesday 19th November
Time: 9.30 – 4.30
Location: Bangor
Cost: £90 *Lunch provided

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Course: Universal Credit
Date: Tuesday 3rd December
Time: 9:30 – 12:30 (Half day)
Location: Bangor
Cost: £50 *Concessions available

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Course:Talking to People About Money – Effective Methods using Behavioural Insights
Date: Tuesday 19th November
Time: 9.30 – 4.30
Location: Bangor
Cost: £90 *Lunch provided

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Green Team: Employability Skills and Green Community – 12 week programme

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Volunteer Training: Cold Weather Shelter – October to December

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Making Information Easy to Read & Understand Level 1 – 22nd October

Making Information Easy to Read & Understand Level 1

Date: 22nd October

Location: Wrexham

Cost: please see link below for more information.

Booking: For more information and to book your place please visit https://bit.ly/2myvpPf

This one day course will help you make information easier to read and understand for people with a learning disability.

It will help you to produce

  • leaflets
  • letters
  • minutes from meetings
  • agendas
  • reports
  • posters

After the course you will be able to use clear words, sentences and grammar work out the relevant information to be included in an easy read document use pictures and images to make information clear structure documents so they are easy to follow get going straightaway making accessible documents.

This course is designed for anyone who writes and produces written information that needs to be clearly understood, especially by people with a learning disability.
If you have any queries, please get in touch with Inacia Rodrigues on 02920681174 or email inacia.rodrigues@ldw.org.uk.

Introduction to Full Cost Recovery – 24th October

Introduction to Full Cost Recovery

Date: 24 October 2019

Time:  10:00 – 13:00

Location: WCVA, Rhyl

Cost: 

Aelodau WCVA / WCVA Members £70.00
Gwirfoddol a Cymunedol / Voluntary & Community £85.00
Partneriaid o WCVA / Partners of WCVA £91.00
Sector Cynhoeddus a Preifat / Public and private sector £100.00

Booking: For more information and to book your place please visit: https://bit.ly/2m9Jv9q

 

Aims

Equip participants with an understanding of full cost recovery as well as the toolkit to calculate their organisations’ full costs.

Content

Failure to properly fund the overheads of your project can lead to instability, poor service delivery as well as jeopardising the sustainability of your organisation.

Overheads are all the costs that partly support the project, but also support other projects or activities that your organisation provides. These can include a proportion of salaries of core staff such as administrators, rent and utilities costs or your organisation’s legal and audit fees.

Full Cost Recovery is a method of cost allocation which ensures all overheads are included in your budgets when you apply for project funding or bid for services.

This half day workshop will equip participants with an understanding of Full Cost Recovery as well as introducing the different tools and techniques needed to identify and analyse their organisations’ full costs for a specific project.

Basic Map Reading Skills Training – Friday 1st November

Basic Map Reading Skills Training

Date: Fri, 1 November 2019

Time:  10:30 – 15:30

Location: St Collen’s Church, Regent Street, Llangollen, LL20 8PL

Cost: £0 – £20

Booking: For more information and to book your place please visit https://bit.ly/33BWiSA

Are you interested in learning basic map reading?

Are you interested in understanding maps better?

If so, come along to this course, delivered by Ramblers Cymru, the charity dedicated to protecting and maintaining our footpaths in Wales.

Course outline

This course will look at basic map reading skills.

Basic Map reading skills, signs and symbols, short map reading exercise.

The course will also focus on:

  • Understanding signs and symbols within map reading
  • A practical map reading exercise

Attendees

This training session is open to all individuals, members of charities who are looking to increase their map reading skills. For current members of Ramblers, the training session is free. If you are not a current member of Ramblers, the session costs £20 per person.

Logistics

The course will start at 10.30, please arrive 15 minutes before for registration etc.

Tea and coffee will be available. You are kindly requested to bring your own lunch.

We Care Wales Campaign – 1st November

We Care Wales Campaign

Date: Friday 1st November 2019

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Optic Centre, Unit 19, St. Asaph Business Park, St. Asaph, LL17 0JD

Cost: Free

Booking: For more information and to book your place please visit https://bit.ly/2l30SIP

There are a wide range of stakeholder materials available which are designed to help you promote the variety of roles available working with children and adults.

Two free sessions on the practical use of the WeCare.Wales material have been arranged.

Sessions will be in English

Places are limited so if you would like to attend please complete the booking form

Homelessness Decisions: Effective Challenges – 4th November

Homelessness Decisions: Effective Challenges

Date: 4th November

Location: Conwy, North Wales

Booking: Please visit https://sheltercymru.org.uk/what-we-do/training-and-events/courses/book-a-course/

 

Part 2 Housing Wales Act 2014 has been in force for over 3 years and has transformed how local authorities provide assistance to people facing homelessness in Wales.

If a homeless applicant is not happy with the outcome or decision at any stage, there are routes to challenge this. How do you take effective action to challenge decisions? How can you get matters resolved quickly and with the least disruption for the person you are assisting?  How can you challenge whilst preserving your relationship with the Local Authority?

This course will equip delegates to understand which decisions can be challenged, how and when, to enable them to achieve the best outcome for the person they are helping.

Course includes:

  • Key decisions in the process, including whether to carry out a homelessness assessment, refusal to provide suitable emergency accommodation and decisions to end assistance
  • Means of challenge
  • Internal reviews
  • Legal Principles
  • County Court appeals
  • Emergency action
  • Judicial review

Suitable for:

Housing advisors, support workers who regularly work with people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness seeking help and assistance from the a local authority.

Please note that delegates will need to have a very good understanding of the duties and procedures in Part 2 Housing Wales Act 2014 or have attended Shelter Cymru’s course: Homelessness in Wales – the essential law

Prisoners – Homelessness and Housing – 5th November

Prisoners – Homelessness and Housing

Date: 5th November

Location: North Wales

Cost: £145 per person

Booking: For more information and to book your place please visit https://bit.ly/2fIa2Vr

The rehousing of ex-offenders on release from custody continues to be a challenging area for homeless ex-prisoners and anyone supporting them to reintegrate into the community. This course aims to equip delegates with the working knowledge of homelessness law within the context of prisoners and prison leavers. Case study led focus on the prisoner pathway and the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.

Course includes:

  • Overview of Part 2 Housing (Wales) Act 2014
  • Changes to Priority Need
  • The Prisoner Pathway
  • Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
  • The Welsh code of guidance for local authorities on the allocation of accommodation and homelessness 2016

Suitable for:

Advisers working within housing, homelessness and criminal justice services

Please note that delegates will need to have a very good understanding of the duties and procedures in Part 2 Housing Wales Act 2014 or have attended Shelter Cymru’s course: Homelessness in Wales – the essential law

Eden Project: Community Camps – 22 to 25 November

Eden Project: Community Camps

Date: 22 to 25 November

Time: Residential

Location: Cornwall

Cost: Free

Booking: To apply for a free place, complete our online application form, or contact your local Community Network Developer for further information about applying, including ways we can support you (e.g. large print application form, telephone application etc).

Our Community Camps are residential experiences held at the Eden Project in Cornwall, offering a mixture of practical activities, workshop sessions and networking opportunity.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM COMMUNITY CAMP?

  • Focused workshops: Select from a menu of different themes to tailor your experience. These could include topics such as financing your project, spreading the word through social media, or a ‘how to’ on rejuvenating green spaces.
  • Practical activities: A selection of taster sessions offering ideas on how to best engage with the people in your own neighbourhood.
  • Networking: An opportunity to meet like-minded people, establish new useful connections and get a different perspective on things — whether it’s through one of our workshops or over a cuppa.
  • Practical resources: You’ll come away with a set of useful materials that will help support you once you’re back in your community.
  • Social activities: There’ll be plenty of chances to enjoy a delicious meal and chat with others in the same boat. During your free time you can also explore Eden in all its wonder.
  • On-site accommodation: You’ll stay onsite in the YHA Snoozeboxes — made from shipping containers!
  • Delicious food: All meals will be provided during your residential stay — plus plenty of tea and cake!

So far, 94% of people who’ve come to a Community Camp have gone on to do something in their communities using skills or information they’ve learnt at Camp. You can read about some of them here!

safeTALK – Suicide Alertness for Everyone – 28th November

safeTALK - Suicide Alertness for Everyone

Date: 28th November

Time: 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Location: 3 Belmont Road | Wrexham LL13 7PW

Cost: £20

Booking: For more information and to book your place please visit gldn.gg/e/safeTALK281119

safeTALK is a 3½ hour training course that can help you make a difference. Knowwhat to do if someone’s suicidal by following the easy to remember TALK steps – Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe.These practical steps offer immediate help to someone having thoughts of suicide and helps you both move forward to connect with more specialised support.

Course Aims:

  • Identify people thinking of suicide
  • Overcome barriers in talking about suicide
  • Identify reasons we may miss, dismiss or avoid suicide
  • Practice using the 4-step model of suicide alertness
  • Connect people at risk of suicide with further appropriate help

The safeTALK course was developed by LivingWorks in Canada and is delivered worldwide. It complements the more comprehensive 2 day ASIST course by conveniently widening the net of suicide alert helpers to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren’t missed, dismissed or avoided. The safeTALK course is based on the principles of maximum dissemination and minimum cost.

ASIST supports the National Service Framework (NSF) Standard 7, which looks at suicide prevention.

Working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities Training Day – 17th December

Working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities Training Day

Date: 1st December 2019

Time: 9:30 AM – 5:00

Location: Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

Cost: The cost for the day (including light refreshments and lunch) is £162.29 per delegate, if you book before the Tuesday 3rd December 2019 and £183.85 per delegate if you book between Wednesday 4th December 2019 and Monday 16th December 2019. Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

Booking: For more information and to book your place please visit: https://bit.ly/2MhQuqk

Organisers: The Romani Cultural & Arts Company

Who should attend this training?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, in meeting the needs of ‘hard-to-reach’ communities, and in addressing the intersection of ethnicity, race, class, gender and inequalities.

Aims

To increase awareness about the cultural diversity of Romani and Traveller communities across England and Wales, addressing issues of discrimination and exclusion, examining the needs of Gypsy, Roma, Travellers, to inspire and improve the services and provision delivered to GRT communities, and to generate trust and understanding between GRT communities and local authority service providers.

FREE Mental Health Awareness Training with I CAN

FREE Mental Health Awareness Training

FREE training is being offered to people across North Wales to help them better support those struggling with mental health difficulties.

The health board is the first in Wales to make such training widely available, free of charge.

Developed by NHS mental health professionals, I CAN training provides an overview of common mental health problems as well as best practice guidance on how to listen, give helpful advice, and look after your own mental health and wellbeing.

It is part of the health board’s I CAN campaign, which aims to provide earlier support for people experiencing mental health difficulties, empower people to take control of managing their mental health, and encourage open conversations about the topic.

The campaign has already seen new mental health support introduced for people in crisis at North Wales’ three Emergency Departments, as well as additional support to help people with mental health difficulties find and remain in employment.

I CAN training was originally developed for North Wales barbers, as part of efforts to tackle the tragedy of male suicide, and raise awareness of men’s mental health.
To register interest in the training, email ican@wales.nhs.uk

Social Care Workforce Development Partnership (SCWWDP) Training Magazine

Social Care Workforce Development Partnership (SCWWDP) Training Magazine

The SCWWDP have published the Regional, Local workforce Development Programme and Training Brochure for 2019/2020 on their website HERE.

Their local plan was developed using the Trianing Needs Analysis (TNA) that providers completed as part of the welsh Government Workforce Data Survey and supports the Regional Rolling Action Plan to deliver the prioritizes of the North Wales Workforce Strategy.

  • Supporting the domiciliary care workforce to prepare for registration and supporting knowledge/role of responsible individuals.
  • support the training, development and qualifications of social care managers.
  • Support outcome focused care and support practice.
  • Support qualifying and post qualifying programmes for social work.
  • Support front line social care workers to develop their skills in relation to social care.
  • Enable the workforce to meet regulatory requirements for qualifications and/or registration.

For further information on training and qualification opportunities please contact Workforce Development on 01978 292883 or email workforcedevelopment@wrexham.gov.uk

Read the full magazine HERE: issue-4-july-2019-english

Webinar: (PAYE) end-of-year expenses and benefits – Various

(PAYE) end-of-year expenses and benefits

Book online at: https://bit.ly/2RP1wWp

This webinar is aimed at employers and provides examples of the most common entries on the end-of-year expenses and benefits return (P11D). We can’t check your records and we can’t discuss anything confidential – so please don’t give us any personal details. But we can answer general questions about completing your end-of-year expenses and benefits return. You can ask questions using the on-screen text box.

Free Energy Advice Sessions with NEA Cymru – Ongoing

Free Energy Advice Sessions with NEA Cymru

Do you want to help your clients save money
on their energy bills?

Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) Cymru is offering free energy advice sessions to support your work in Wales, to help ensure that your clients/tenants can afford to live in a warm, dry home.

We can offer free advice sessions to local groups and organisations who are holding community events or have regular group meetings/coffee mornings. We have 3 types of tailored energy advice sessions available this Summer and Autumn.

Topics can include:

  • how to get the best energy deal (tariffs, switching and payment options)
  • billing and meter queries (including credit, prepay and smart)
  • top tips on how to save energy in the home
  • how to use common heating controls
  • dealing with damp and condensation
  • advice on dealing with energy debt
  • accessing grants and schemes available (e.g. Priority Service Register, Warm Home Discount, Nest)

Session options include:

Community Events

If you’re holding a community event aimed at low-income or vulnerable households, NEA Cymru can attend and host a stall. We can provide energy efficiency, fuel debt and general energy advice and access to assistance schemes, where applicable.

Energy Awareness Workshops

If you run a regular group, coffee morning, tenant meeting or the like, NEA Cymru can run an interactive and engaging group workshop to provide practical energy advice. Workshops can last from 45 mins – 2 hours (with breaks and refreshments) and be tailored to suit the needs of your clients. Activities can include energy-related quizzes, games and discussion.

Bill Management Surgeries

Alternatively, if you run a regular group, coffee morning, tenant meeting or the like, NEA Cymru can host a bill management surgery, to provide one-to-one, confidential and impartial advice to your clients. This can run alongside your regular meeting and work on a drop-in basis.

 

To book a session please contact:

Rhiannon Spence- Business Support Officer

rhiannon.spence@nea.org.uk

Tel 029 2072 6580

Please note that sessions are offered at NEA Cymru’s discretion.

HMRC Webinar – Online

HMRC Online

HMRC Online Resource

Please find all active webinars on the HMRC Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/HMRCgovuk/videos

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs is the UK’s tax, payments and customs authority.

We collect the money that pays for the UK’s public services and help families and individuals with targeted financial support. This YouTube channel supports customers who need help completing a variety of transactions with HMRC and also our Learning Together programme with Tax agents and advisers.

For more on Learning Together events see: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/agents/lt-events.htm

Would you like to receive regular Digital Help & Support from HMRC explaining what your obligations are when running a small business? If so, sign up to our Email Service to start receiving HMRC videos, webinars & email alerts from us https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmrc-webinars-email-alerts-and-videos

https://www.youtube.com/user/HMRCgovuk/videos

Free Online Courses with Business Wales – Ongoing

Free Online Courses with Business Wales

Explore the new range of online learning courses available from 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.

Find out more here.

Current courses

General Data Protection Regulations

Understanding the General Data Protection Regulation for businesses that collect, hold and use data.

Which Social Media Channel is Best for your Business?

This course will compare the functionality and benefits of 7 key social media platforms to help you choose the best channel/s for your business.

How to use online software to boost productivity

Discover how your business can use online software to suit your budget and boost employee productivity – whether that’s in or out of the office.

What to consider when purchasing a CRM system

Discover the important things you should consider before investing in a Customer Relationship Management system from a supplier.

Keep your business working on the go

Whether you’re based in the office or out and about, find out how online technology can keep your business connected wherever you are.

How to improve your project management

Discover the effective project management principles that can help you achieve your goals in a timely, efficient and cost-effective way.

How to design an attractive website

Explore some important considerations for developing a website that will help you attract more customers and stand out from competition.

How to improve work processes with online technology

Learn how you can improve your business and staff working processes by using online technology and creating a learning culture to upskill staff.

Speed up business growth with superfast broadband

Find out how to prepare your business for superfast broadband and take full advantage of the opportunities offered by a faster internet connection.

How to manage IT change within your business

This course will help you understand how to effectively manage changes in your business when implementing new technologies

 

 

Coleg Cambria Traineeships – Ongoing

Coleg Cambria Traineeships - Ongoing

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The Traineeship programme is a Welsh Government training initiative aimed at 16 – 18 year old 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 the reason 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

Autism Awareness Certification
The ASD Aware Certification Scheme.
An introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders and some advice about how you can help.
The scheme aims to reward those who undertake some learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders, and is aimed at all. After accessing the scheme you will be asked to enter your details. This information will be used to monitor the uptake of the scheme across Wales and within businesses and services.

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:

www.ASDinfoWales.co.uk/organisations
To access the introduction Powerpoint and PDF supporting documents please visit: http://www.asdinfowales.co.uk/asdaware

Work Welsh with Learn Welsh Cymru – Ongoing

Other courses in the region

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

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 visit us at www.touchtrust.co.uk for more information or contact Karen.woodley@touchtrust.co.uk. Telephone:02920.635.664

Please read the comments from people and organisations who have attended various training courses:

Please read the comments from people and organisations who have attended various training courses:

Grants Fit for Funding

“Lots of information given and applying for future funding should be easier now after doing this course”.

“Very valuable, you made a daunting subject sound much more manageable and achievable – thank you”.

Health and Safety in the Workplace

“Well presented- made a not particularly interesting subject much more engaging”.

Minute Taking

“The course is ideal if you are just starting taking minutes at a meeting”.

“I enjoyed the course and the activities that we did as an individual and a group”.

Feedback

Feedback

Have you attended Training through AVOW? Did you like it? Can you suggest any improvements for future courses? Your feedback is essential to helping us tailor our training to your needs.

Please fill in the feedback form: Training Feedback Form

Children and Young People’s Participation in Wales… Good Practice 2016

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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.

Young Wales

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:

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INVITATION TO WALES & WEST UTILTIES’ ANNUAL STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOPS

 

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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
  • Safety

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 contact@wwuworkshops.co.uk, 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

 

Forest PlanningCo-operative Forest Planning Scheme

Expression of Interest Window closes 30 April 2017.

Encouraging planning for the creation of broadleaved and conifer woodland.

 

 

Glastir Woodland CreationGlastir 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.

 

Timber Business Investment SchemeTimber Business

Expression of Interest Window closes 28 April 2017.

Enhancing forestry potential and adding value to forest products.

 

 


North Wales Discrimination Advice Service

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Comic Relief’s Community Cash Grants Programmes open across the UK


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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.

This includes:

  • Constituted voluntary and community groups.
  • Charities.
  • Social enterprises.
  • Co-operatives.
  • 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:

  • Foodbanks.
  • 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

Turn2us 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/

Register

Liverpool  25/04/2017 09:30 12:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone  Register
Liverpool  25/04/2017 13:30 16:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone  Register
Colwyn Bay  13/06/2017 10:00 13:00 Colwyn Bay, Wales Open to anyone Register
Liverpool 14/06/2017 09:30 12:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone Register
Liverpool 18/10/2017 09:30 12:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone Register
Liverpool  18/10/2017 13:30 16:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone Register
Liverpool  07/12/2017 09:30 12:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone Register
Liverpool 07/12/2017 13:30 16:30 Liverpool, North West of England Open to anyone Register

Charities: Rules and Guidance for Political Campaigning

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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

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#iwill Youth Social Action Fund

 

 

 

 Summary

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
  • Homelessness
  • LGBTQ+

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 available

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.

Eligibility

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.

Relevant documents/links on www.comicrelief.com      https://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives


Comic Relief open HIV in the UK: Think Digital Fund

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 HIV in the UK: Think Digital

 

 

 

Summary:

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

 Funding available

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.

Eligibility

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

https://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Annual Open Day

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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 membership.office@lhch.nhs.uk 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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