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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. 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 / 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. Click on the different types of training available:

Info/T&Cs

Wrexham Adult & Community Learning PartnershipIf 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: Gift Aid – 18th January

Gift Aid - 18th January

Date: Thursday 18th January 2018

Time: 9am – 1pm

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

Cost: £12.50 per person

Learn how to set up a gift aid account, how to manage Gift Aid donations and how to submit a Gift Aid claim.

Booking is essential!

to book onto this course visit our website training page: http://avow.org/en/training-courses/, or email communitycourses@avow.org or alternatively call us on 01978 312556.

 

 

AVOW Training: Making your Website Work For You – 25th January

AVOW Training: Making your Website Work For You - 25th January

Date: Thursday 25th January

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

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

Cost: £50 per person

Booking: To book onto this course please visit our website at: http://avow.org/en/training-courses/, or email communitycourses@avow.org or alternatively call us on 01978 312556

An effective website is a crisitcal part of any business’ armory in this increasingly connected online world. Not only is it expected that you will have one, but visitors make a subjective decision about you and your products or services within seconds of arriving. Make sure it counts!

Free Access Module with The Open University

Housing and the Law in Practice – Social Rented Sector – 6th December

Housing and the Law in Practice – Social Rented Sector - 6th December

Date: 6th December

Time: Full Day

Location: Bangor

Cost: Standard £145 / CPD £205

To book your place please visit: https://sheltercymru.org.uk/what-we-do/training-and-events/courses/book-a-course/

“Housing Law has become an impenetrable forest. The once mighty oaks of the common law are in a      sorry state…there are few paths through the forest, known only to the post skilful lawyers. Some who enter the forest escape with scratches and torn clothes. Many become hopelessly lost”. – Circuit Judge Nic Madge, The Times Law Section 25th July 2000

Do your support workers, housing officers and management feel, on occasions, confused and unsure of the law of occupation in the social rented sector? It is an often complex system with different tenure, rights and responsibilities. It is essential that those a working in this area are fully informed and are confident to make decisions and advise appropriately in the many varied situations that arise day to day.

Course includes:

  • Security of tenure – thorough examination of  the different types of occupancy agreement within the sector
  • Possession procedure including:
  • Notices seeking possession
  • Grounds for possession
  • Court procedure and what to expect
  • Pre-action protocol
  • Joint tenancies
  • Surrender of tenancies
  • Assignments and succession
  • Public law and Equality Act issues
  • Homelessness prevention

 After attending this course delegates will be equipped to:

  • Recognise the tenancy and other occupation types used in social housing and associated security of tenure
  • Fully understand the legal procedure and court’s discretion when possession or demotion in sought
  • Tackle problems whilst avoiding possession wherever possible
  • Evaluate whether a sole or joint tenancy has come to an end by surrender or valid notice
  • Understand whether a tenancy has been transferred by way of assignment or succession and the requirements for the same

The training will include information sessions, action learning and discussion to maximise delegates’ learning potential.

 Suitable for:

Staff who are working with, or regularly providing advice to people in the social housing sector, to gain or update knowledge

Full Day
CPD 5 hours
Trainer: Ashleigh Stevens

Privacy by Design – #Desktopdata GDPR Webinar – 11th December

Privacy by Design - #Desktopdata GDPR Webinar - 11th December

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018.

GDPR aims to provide more protection for individuals, meaning more privacy obligations for organisations. The UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR.  It is time to start planning to ensure your organisation is compliant.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced a useful 12 steps to take now guide to help prepare you. 

In conjunction with the ICO, WCVA are holding free Webinars and dates of future sessions are listed below:

23 October 2017 Subject Access
20 November 2017 Data Protection for Trustees
11 December 2017 Privacy by Design
23 January 2018 Data Sharing
6 February 2018 CCTV

Visit #DesktopData – preparing you for GDPR on WCVA’s website to find out more about the up and coming Webinars including recordings of previous sessions.

Community Shares Training – Wednesday 12th December

Community Shares Training - Wednesday 12th December

WOULD YOUR COMMUNITY BENEFIT FROM LEARNING MORE ABOUT COMMUNITY SHARES?  1-2-1 SESSIONS AVAILABLE ON  WEDNESDAY 12TH DECEMBER IN MOLD

Community shares can save local shops and pubs, finance renewable energy schemes, transform community facilities, support local food growing, fund new football clubs, restore heritage buildings, and build stronger more vibrant and independent communities.

Community Shares Wales is funded by Big Lottery Fund and delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre. It will provide support across Wales from October 2016 for three years and will work closely with the Community Shares Unit in England.

CONTACT june.brady@flvc.org.uk  TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE WALES CO-OPERATIVE CENTRE  AT THE OFFICES OF FLINTSHIRE LOCAL VOLUNTARY COUNCIL, CORLAN, MOLD BUSINESS PARK, WREXHAM ROAD, MOLD CH7 1ZP

What is Social Impact? – 12th December

What is Social Impact? - 12th December

Date: Tuesday 12th December 2017

Time: 09:30am – 16:30pm

Location:  TAPE Community Music & Film, Berthes Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 9SD

Cost: Free – £50 per person (Free places limited)

Booking: http://bit.ly/2yNuQGo

Demonstrating your organisation’s social impact is one of the most powerful ways to attract paying customers, donors or funders. And yet, it is the one thing that leaders of social change organisations say they struggle with the most. They often know it’s importance in theory, but don’t know how to measure impact and leverage it in practice.

Very few organisations use their social impact effectively as a tool to attract their target audience, or as a key part of their business strategy.

This course will take you ahead of the curve. Delving deep into your organisation’s purpose, you’ll learn all the tools you need to:

  • Understand what social impact is unique to your organisation
  • How to measure it in a way that is useful to you and your team
  • How to share your impact story with others in a way that will bring in income (£££’s)

But the course will also help:

  • Programme your mind for success
  • Shatter glass ceilings and help you experience freedom from self-limiting beliefs
  • Understand how you may have been blocking money from coming your way
  • Plan your time like a pro so you never feel overwhelmed again!

Who is this course for?

This course is for leaders of, and those working in, social enterprises, charities and voluntary organisations, who are delivering social or environmental impact through their activities, but are struggling to secure sustainable income.

If you’re not sure how to measure your social impact or use it to leverage customers and income then this is the course for you. You’ll discover ways to communicate your impact in compelling ways that attracts your target audience.

Employees, volunteers and those with an idea for a social impact venture are welcome to attend.

Course outcomes

  • Reconnect with who you really are – your vision, your values and purpose – and embed this at the heart of your organisation
  • Get crystal clear on what impact you want to achieve over the next 90 days, and learn skills, models and tools to make this a reality
  • Identify your target audience – the specific people you want to attract to your business (as customers, donors or funders)
  • Learn strategies for attracting your target audience in a way that makes them want to invest in your business
  • Determine what your social impact is and learn new tools for measuring it
  • Discover why your impact story will attract paying customers
  • Tell your story in a compelling way that makes you stand out from the crowd
  • Plan where and how to communicate to attract your target audience
  • Find digital tools that work for you and overcome your fears of technology

Course approach

This course is for go-getters and action takers; active participation is strongly encouraged!

There will be no ‘sitting at the back of the room just listening in’. This is an active course where you need to come prepared to delve deep, to discuss your organisations core purpose and actively participate in the group activities. You might be in a rut at the moment, but you need to be willing to try something new so you can create the change you dream of.

Having said that, Kat is an experienced facilitator, committed to equality of opportunity, and understands that people come with different needs and abilities. We all have different levels of energy throughout the day, with this in mind the training will be flexible to the needs of the group.

There will be space for quiet reflection, timeout and freedom to just come as you are!

Resources & Takeaways

  • Short pre-event questionnaire to ensure the training more than meets your expectations and focuses you to think about what you want to get out of it
  • Workbook and presentation slides of all the content covered during the day
  • Personalised Communications Plan with each step to achieving your goal
  • Network with a community of go-getters, who will provide ongoing support and encouragement long after the course has ended
  • 60-minute follow-up coaching call with Kat, within one month of the course, to keep you on track to achieving your goal, overcome any setbacks and celebrate success (valued a £129)
  • If agreed by the group a Facebook Group to continue the learning, share what works, overcome challenges and generally keep in touch

Curriculum

During this five-hour course (including breaks) we’ll cover nine hot topics in a way that applies them directly to you and your organisation, so you go away with relevant learning and actions you can actually implement.

  1. WHY THIS APPROACH WORKS: Why using your impact story attracts customers, donors and sponsors (and why it should be the number one thing you focus on in your business today)
  2. DIGITAL MARKETING TRENDS: Trends in digital marketing and how this helps you communicate your story to a wider, or new audience
  3. YOUR IMPACT STORY: Who you are and what your social impact is – crafting your unique impact story
  4. ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS: Setting your 90-day goal (for communicating your impact; attracting new customers; or securing new income) and discover an approach to achieve your goals every quarter
  5. YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE: Determine exactly who your target audience is so you can attract them directly
  6. MEASURING YOUR IMPACT: Different approaches for measuring your impact in a way that makes sense to you, your team and your target audience
  7. DISCOVER NEW TOOLS: How to use different platforms and tools to communicate your story and build your tribe (website, blog, video, articles, presentations/pitches, events, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram)
  8. SHARING YOUR STORY: How to package your story and where to ‘display’ it
  9. PLANNING FOR SUCCESS: Creating a plan for your communications to take away and implement

Disability Awareness Training – 13th December

Disability Awareness Training - 13th December

Date: 13th December

Time: TBC

Location: Tŷ AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL1 1ND

Cost: £45

Aims

This course aims to raise the awareness of delegates towards the needs of people with disabilities which should help to increase the accessibility of your service. This course will train your staff to give better customer service … Result: Improved Service!  Welsh to follow.

Booking

To book onto this course either book via the website or email communitycourses@avow.org or via phone on 01978 312556

ACAS: Managing an Ageing Workforce – 13th December

ACAS: Managing an Ageing Workforce - 13th December

Venue: TBC, Wrexham

Date: 13/12/2017

Time: 09:30 – 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 events@acas.org.uk if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.

Overview

This full day event will focus on the benefits and challenges of managing a multi-generational workforce. It will provide you with practical guidance on recruiting and retaining older workers, achieving a healthy work-life balance for employees, performance management, retirement and recognising the most common health concerns that can affect older workers.

Business need

Individuals are living longer and therefore often working longer too.

This offers valuable opportunities for organisations but it can also present some challenges and new considerations. Those organisations that embrace the opportunity will gain significant advantage by recruiting and retaining key talent and improving engagement and productivity of their employees across all ages.

However, failure to address certain aspects of managing an ageing workforce could cause significant risk or damage to an organisation in terms of:

    • Performance management
    • Attendance
    • Resourcing and planning
    • Loss of key talent
    • Lowering productivity levels
    • High costs associated with potential age discrimination claims.

This event provides delegates with the knowledge and confidence to manage an effective multi-generational workforce.

It will also provide a valuable overview of current legislation and employer responsibilities.

All delegates will receive an electronic certificate of attendance for their participation in the training.

Suitable For

Delegates from all sectors of industry including: Managers, supervisors, team leaders, HR professionals, business owners, Trade Union representatives, employee representatives and individuals who wish enhance their CPD.

Programme

This event will be interactive with group discussions, exercises and case studies. It will include:

  • The benefits of a multi-generational workforce
  • Effective ways of working together
  • How to recruit and retain older workers
  • Managing performance and workplace discussions
  • Succession planning
  • Employment law and discrimination
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Retirement without a default retirement age

Big Lottery Funding Surgery – 10th January

Big Lottery Funding Surgery - 10th January

Date: 10th January

Location: Mold

Booking: Contact June Brady at june.brady@flvc.org.uk Or telephone 01352 744004

GIVING YOUR ORGANISATION AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH GARETH HUGHES FROM THE BIG LOTTERY 

Every year the Big Lottery Fund distributes millions of pounds of National Lottery funding to good causes. We can fund not for profit and voluntary organisations to deliver projects that aim to improve the lives of people and communities most in need.

We will fund the projects that matter most to communities and projects should involve the community in the design, development and delivery of the activities. We believe this will help projects to be better supported by the energy and strengths that exist within communities and it is more likely to be successful as a result. By community, we mean people living in your local area, people who share a common interest, or people who experience similar barriers and issues.

We can fund capital or revenue projects and have three grants available.

We are one of four bodies distributing National Lottery funding, if your project relates to sport, arts or heritage, please take a look at our blog to identify the most suitable funder.

Step into Care Work & Education – 15th January Onwards

Step into Care Work & Education - 15th January Onwards

Pendine Park will be running our 3rd Step into Care Programme from 15th January 2018, due to the great success, they have converting over 70% of attendees into employment within Care Homes across Wrexham.

In the build up to their next programme, they will be holding 3 drop in events within the Wrexham Job Centre on the below dates and hope you can attend or pass on this information onto anyone who you are currently supporting and would like to come onto the 4 week programme.

  • 13th December 2017 – Time: 10am-1pm
  • 20th December 2017 – Time: 1pm-4pm
  • 10th January 2018 – Time 10am-4pm

Please find attached to contact information on the flyer below.

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Working with People with No Recourse to Public Funds – 15th January

Working with People with No Recourse to Public Funds - 15th January

Date: 15th January 2018

Time: 9am – 4pm

Location: TBC – Wrexham, North Wales.

Cost: £75 per day, £40 per half day pp/pc payable in advance.

To book your place please contact training@bawso.org.uk for a booking form.

 

Data Sharing – #Desktopdata GDPR Webinar – 23rd January

Data Sharing - #Desktopdata GDPR Webinar - 23rd January

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018.

GDPR aims to provide more protection for individuals, meaning more privacy obligations for organisations. The UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR.  It is time to start planning to ensure your organisation is compliant.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced a useful 12 steps to take now guide to help prepare you. 

In conjunction with the ICO, WCVA are holding free Webinars and dates of future sessions are listed below:

23 October 2017 Subject Access
20 November 2017 Data Protection for Trustees
11 December 2017 Privacy by Design
23 January 2018 Data Sharing
6 February 2018 CCTV

Visit #DesktopData – preparing you for GDPR on WCVA’s website to find out more about the up and coming Webinars including recordings of previous sessions.

AVOW Training: Making your Website Work for You – 25th January

AVOW Training: Making your Website Work for You - 25th January

Date: Thursday 25th January 2018

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

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

Cost: £50 per person

Booking: To book onto this course please visit our website at http://avow.org/en/training-courses/, email communitycourses@avow.org or alternatively call us on 01978 312556

An effective website is a critical part of any business’ armory in this increasingly connected online world. Not only is it expected that you will have one, but visitors make a subjective decision about you and your products or services within seconds of arriving. Make sure it counts!

SURE for Mental Health 2 day training – 29th & 30th January 2018

SURE for Mental Health 2 day training - 29th & 30th January 2018

Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sure-for-mental-health-2-day-training-wrexham-29th-30th-january-2018-tickets-38941264370

This is a 2 day Big Lottery funded course. Places are offered free of charge. This training has been developed to enable people who do not have access to Mental Health training, due to monetary restrictions, to get Mental Awareness training that we believe everyone should have. The course has been developed by New Pathways, and ratified by Mental Health professionals.

The Learning Outcomes of the course are as follows:

By the end of the training the learner will be able to:

  • Describe good Mental Health
  • Recognise common Mental Health issues (such as Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia)
  • Use skills to support people with Mental Health issues
  • Describe some self-help techniques for Mental Health issues and know how to refer to additional support
  • Will have an understanding of the skills needed to respond to someone who is suicidal and potentially preserve life

This training runs from 9.30am-4.30pm both days, and attendance at both days is required.

This training is open to, and suitable for, anyone, from front line service staff, to people who want to help their family and friends; and is particularly useful for those with no previous Mental Health training.

The course is supplemented by our SURE for Mental Health mobile phone app, which has handy how-to guides and is updated regularly.

 

LOCKED OUT – Young People’s Access to Housing – 31st January

LOCKED OUT - Young People's Access to Housing - 31st January

In collaboration with Bron Afon Housing Community Housing

It’s the first time in many generations that young home seekers are in a worse position than their parents. Rising house prices and benefit changes have already locked many young people out of the housing market, and more cuts are to come.

This seminar will help delegates to come away informed and prepared for further changes.

The seminar will include the results of Welsh and UK research as well as practical examples of good policy and practice.

Come and take away ideas to help young people find and keep a home.

Watch this space for more information on contributors

31st January 2018
South East Wales TBC
£55

Book now to secure your place, don’t miss out!

For more information, contact our team on 01792 483072 or email training@sheltercymru.org.uk

Basic First Aid – 1st February 2018

Basic First Aid - 1st February 2018

Date: Wednesday 1st February, 2018

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: 3 Belmont Road | Wrexham LL13 7PW

Cost: Free

Booking: To find out more about any of the sessions listed, please call 01978 364777 or email info@abfwxm.co.uk

Do you have the skills to cope in an emergency?

British Red Cross are offering a FREE simple first aid session to everyone on the BYW project that is easy to learn and relevant to daily life. The session is informal and relaxed and will give you the confidence and knowledge to help someone when they need it most. At the end of the session you will receive an information pack that covers the skills learnt, plus a certificate of attendance.

There are a maximum of 8 spaces available on this course so please contact us using the details below to book your place.
 

CCTV – #Desktopdata GDPR Webinar – 6th February

CCTV - #Desktopdata GDPR Webinar - 6th February

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018.

GDPR aims to provide more protection for individuals, meaning more privacy obligations for organisations. The UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR.  It is time to start planning to ensure your organisation is compliant.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced a useful 12 steps to take now guide to help prepare you. 

In conjunction with the ICO, WCVA are holding free Webinars and dates of future sessions are listed below:

23 October 2017 Subject Access
20 November 2017 Data Protection for Trustees
11 December 2017 Privacy by Design
23 January 2018 Data Sharing
6 February 2018 CCTV

Visit #DesktopData – preparing you for GDPR on WCVA’s website to find out more about the up and coming Webinars including recordings of previous sessions.

Active Citizenship Residential Training – 23rd & 24th February

‘Tales From The Trailers’ Accommodation, Health, Education and Mobility – 27th February 2018

‘Tales From The Trailers’ Accommodation, Health, Education and Mobility - 27th February 2018

Date: Friday 27th February 2018

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location:  The Management Centre, Bangor Business School, College Road, Bangor LL57 2DG

Cost:Book before Wednesday 31st January for  £145 per participant,

£160 per participant before Monday 26th February 2018. (including light refreshments and lunch)

Booking: Please email for a booking form totraining@romaniarts.co.uk

Who should attend this training?

This course is essential for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Romani and Traveller communities. It would be particularly useful for those who work in planning, housing and accommodation, equality, health, education, social services and the early years.

Why should you attend this training?

It will support you to:

  • Ensure effective engagement with the Romani andTraveller communities in your local area, whilst improving your knowledge of the complex cultural and historical issues that impact upon the relationships you wish to build, to improve service delivery;
  • Be understanding and informed in your interactions with people from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities
  • Be better able to assess the service needs that address the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in Wales

Aims

  • To increase awareness about the cultural, ethnic and historical diversity in Wales;
  • to address the issues, obstacles faced by and the needs of Romani and Travellers in Wales;
  • to encourage innovation and improvement in the delivery of services and provision to Romani and Traveller communities, and
  • to build trust and cooperation between Romani and Traveller communities and local authority and other sector service providers.

Learning Objectives

  • To achieve a broader and more comprehensive understanding of the needs of GRT communities, from a local authority perspective;
  •  To develop a level of knowledge that will enhance and inform local authority officers’ interactions with individuals and groups from the GRT communities in their areas and localities;
  • To introduce knowledge regarding the important differences between Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities and their cultures, languages and origins, insofar as is useful to participants in the training, with the aim of inspiring best practice and improving service delivery;
  • To introduce to participants examples of community members who are role models and who can challenge the prevailing stereotypes of Gypsies and Travellers or the negative images of Roma, present in media and popular press.

Outcomes
By the end the session participants will have:

  • Increased their knowledge of the culture, traditions and history of the Romani and Traveller communities (this includes a timeline of key historical events and legislation);
  • Developed an understanding of diversity within the Romani and Traveller communities (including addressing the questions of who are Gypsies, Roma and Travellers?);
  • Increased their awareness regarding the obstacles, prejudice and discrimination faced by Romani and Traveller communities in Wales more widely across the UK and across Europe;
  • Identified obstacles to access and attitudinal issues or barriers in accessing education, health, employment, accommodation, justice and other public services, that inhibit the delivery of quality provision to Romania and Traveller people communities;
  •  Improved participants’ understandings of how to engage effectively with the Romani and Traveller communities and what they can do to prevent exclusion and ensure inclusion in the delivery of their services;
  • Developed an approach that will put their learning into practice, in the workplace;
  • Established a baseline of knowledge and support that can be accessed to assist other staff, officers and co-workers.

There will only be 50 places available so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is unique – a Gypsy, Roma & Traveller led organisation that develops the community it serves the communities from the inside-out. We provide a deeper insights into working with Romani and Traveller communities, in ways that are intended to enhance, improve and support delivery of services by your organisation, in ways no other training can.

 

Mental Health Awareness and Support – 12th March

Mental Health Awareness and Support - 12th March

Date: 12th March

Location: Bangor

Booking: http://bit.ly/2jkaUBh

People with a learning disability have higher chances of experiencing mental health issues than other people in society. Statistics show this can be up to 40% of the learning disability population.

But what is a mental health issue? Why does it affect so many people and how can we make a difference to sufferers?

This one day course aims to give a broad understanding of a range of mental health issues, of how to recognise them and most importantly how to respond effectively. It looks at factors that cause poor mental health, how to respond to emergency situations like suicide risk and approaches to promoting good mental health.

The course will also cover key aspects of relevant legislation including The Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and other legislation

Course includes

  • What is mental health and what are mental health issues?
  • What affects mental health? A look at mental health, community and society.
  • How to offer person-centred mental health support in the learning disability sector.
  • Responding to a risk of suicide.
  • Ways to improve mental health and well-being.
  • The legal framework and Mental Health.

Designed for

This course is aimed at staff and managers working with people with learning disabilities. However, anyone wanting to know more about mental health can learn from it, apply it to those around them and help improve their own health and well-being.

Forthcoming Training dates

  • Swansea
  • Bangor

Prices

Member rate £137
Non Member £158
Person with a learning disability £53
Parent or family carer £53
Paid carer supporting someone on the day £53

Introduction to influencing – 4th July 2018

Introduction to influencing - 4th July 2018

Date: 4 July 2018

Location: Wrexham Museum

Cost: £125.00WCVA Members

£155.00Voluntary / Community

£167.00 Partners of WCVA

£185.00Public and private sector

Booking:

Aim

This course will help those working in third sector organisations to develop a planned approach to influencing opinion formers, policy makers and government.

 

Content

This course will provide:

  • an introduction to the role of the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government and how they operate
  • an introduction to how policy decisions are made and the role of influencing in reaching policy decisions
  • a practical guide to developing an influencing plan including mapping out your political stakeholders and identifying the right influencing tools and techniques

 

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the role of the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government and how they operate
  • Understand the role of influencing in how policy decisions are made
  • Understand who their political stakeholders are and how to influence them
  • Develop an influencing plan, setting aims and objectives and identifying appropriate influencing tools and techniques

 

Who this course is for

This course is for those who are new to influencing, and for workers for whom influencing is part of their role.

Autism Awareness Certification – Online Access

Autism Awareness Certification - Online Access
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

Carer Information and Support Programme (CrISP) – Various

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 northwalesreferrals@alzheimers.org.uk.

Full description of programme: crisp-poster-2017_english

Training Locations and dates: crisp-north-wales-schedule-2017

Apprenticeship Employer Incentive – Ongoing

Good Practice Exchange – Seminars and Webinars throughout 2017/18

Good Practice Exchange - Seminars and Webinars throughout 2017 /18

Please note – all our events are FREE of charge. Registration for all events will open two months prior to event, and can be found here

Date Event Location Event type
Quarter 1      
5 April Open Standards Webinar – Outputs Online webinar  
26 April The Challenges posed by Indirectly provided, publicly funded services in Wales – outputs Online webinar  
16 May How you Manage Risk around Organisation Change, Service Transformation and Innovation  Blog1 / Blog 2/ Blog 3 Cardiff Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

13 June Digital (part 2) Working title: Improving Digital Leadership and Ownership – outputs Cardiff

 

Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

29 June Digital (part 2) Working title: Improving Digital Leadership and Ownership – ouputs Llanrwst Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

Quarter 2      
8 Aug Building Financial Resilience in Public Services Webinar Online webinar 1200 – 1330 GMT
06 Sept Involving the citizen: How different methods of engagement can help involve the citizen in public service delivery Cardiff Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

28 Sept Involving the citizen: How different methods of engagement can help involve the citizen in public service delivery Llanrwst Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

Quarter 3      
10 Oct Early Closure of Local Government Accounts Cardiff Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

17 Oct Early Closure of Local Government Accounts Llanrwst Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

7 Nov How understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences can help integrate service delivery Online webinar 1200 – 1330
22 Nov Alternative Delivery Models/Commission in Services. In partnership with Community Housing Cymru, Welsh NHS Confederation, Good Practice Wales and WCVA Cardiff

 

Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

7 Dec Alternative Delivery Models/Commission in Services. As above Llanrwst Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

Date & time tbc Measuring Outcomes: who’s doing it and how (linked to WFG Act) Online webinar 1200 – 1330
Quarter 4

2018

     
18 Jan The role of Scrutiny in relation to the WFG Act. In partnership with WFG Office, WLGA, Welsh NHS Confederation and CfPS Cymru Cardiff Possible full day

0930 – 1600

25 Jan The role of Scrutiny in relation to the WFG Act. In partnership with WFG Office, WLGA, Welsh NHS Confederation and CfPS Cymru Llanrwst Possible full day

0930 – 1600

27 Feb Hospital Discharge Planning Seminar Cardiff Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

13 March How you Manage Risk around Organisation Change, Service Transformation and Innovation Llanrwst Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

14 March Hospital Discharge Planning Seminar Llanrwst Half day seminar

0930 – 1300

Date & time tbc Getting Better Outcome from Public Service Procurement webinar Online webinar  
  Advance Notice 2018-19 Programme    
Tbc Partnership working across the Voluntary Sector Cardiff

 

  Half day seminar 0930 – 1300
tbc Partnership working across the Voluntary Sector            Llanrwst   Half day seminar 0930 – 1300

 

New WCVA Training Programme focuses on your learning needs

New WCVA Training Programme focuses on your learning needs

Our training programme is focused on the needs of the third sector and will help you and your organisation run more effectively and also develop your own skills, knowledge and confidence – whether you are an employee or a volunteer.

WCVA provides training for those in the third and public sector on a range of topics, including Governance, Leadership and Management, Public Engagement, Co-production, Communications, and Funding.

Our courses are fun, participative and take place in a relaxed learning environment, they can provide you and your organisation with the skills needed to provide an excellent service.

Take a look at our full programme of courses for 2017-18

Transactivist Autumn Programme

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:

  1. support you and the expression of your gender identity.
  2. enable developmental opportunities to help you face personal challenges,
  3. provide coaching and mentoring to strengthen your resolve
  4. 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.

Session Date Focus
     
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 catherinereynolds@vivalgbt.co.uk 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

Free Part-Time Access Course

Get into Construction

Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE): webinar on post-CF plans

Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE): webinar on post-CF plans

Watch the webinar recording herehttp://bit.ly/2ul6jT1

By watching this webinar, participants will:

  1. Learn about the role of co-production and asset based community development in ACE’s regeneration/anti-poverty action
  2. Understand how ACE is developing its organisational sustainability for life after Communities First

Fully Funded Work Based Learning with NW Training

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

Antur Stiniog and Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog

Watch the webinar recording here

By watching this webinar, participants will:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Social Care Apprenticeships

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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

Amazon Web Services Re:Start – Ongoing

Fully Funded NVQ’s for Volunteers

Fully Funded NVQ's for Volunteers - ongoing

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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 gari.thomas@cambria.ac.uk.

All Wales Public Service Graduate Programme 2018

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

Find a quality First Aid course at a location near you!

Find a quality First Aid course at a location near you!

BRC

As leaders in first aid training, we understand your need to reduce costs and save time when booking courses for your staff. That’s why we offer first aid and health and safety courses at conveniently located training venues across the UK, so you don’t have to look far to find quality training.

Whether you’re looking for a venue near to work or home, or booking for a team around the country, finding a British Red Cross first aid course is easy. Simply visit our website where you can browse by region or search by town/postcode to find a conveniently located course.

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If you have a group of up to 15 people who need training, we can even come to you. We can deliver courses on your premises or a location of your choice, offering the flexibility to train at a time and date to suit the group and with the benefit of learning in a familiar environment.

Other benefits of training with us include:

> 99 per cent customer satisfaction rating (based on 2016 delegate feedback)
> unrivalled reputation for quality and excellence, built up over 35 years
> automated external defibrillator (AED) training as standard on all first aid at work courses.

Train with a name you can trust – to find out more about what we offer, download our brochure, visit our website or speak to one of our advisors on 0845 485 3497.

Book a course

Volunteer Induction course available

Volunteer Induction course available

FLVC

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
• Confidentiality
• Boundaries
• 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
Email: info@flvc.org.uk

The Open University Business School Open Learning courses

The Open University Business School Open Learning courses

Open Uni

New voluntary sector courses

Badged open courses

Two new courses relating to the voluntary sector will be available through OpenLearn this year as free online badged open courses (BOCs). These free courses are aimed at learners working (or aspiring to work) as paid members of staff or as volunteers in voluntary or community organisations:

Introducing the Voluntary Sector covers the context and features of voluntary and community organisations including: the structure and history of the UK voluntary sector; values and beliefs; funding issues; understanding stakeholders; power and empowerment; the role of volunteering.

Working in the Voluntary Sector focuses on the practicalities of working or volunteering in voluntary and community organisations including: working with volunteers; marketing and communication; budgets; fundraising; taking part in meetings; working in teams and partnerships; building resilience.

Each free course is 8 weeks long and involves 3 hours per week of study.

The Open University is building on years of knowledge, experience and research into Open Educational Resources (OER) with its release of innovative new badged open courses. These have been developed in response to the needs of informal learners who are seeking access to study skills and to have their learning recognised. Digital badges issued with each BOC and accompanying statement of participation certificate show that learners will have not only read full online courses but will have had to have passed online quizzes to earn their digital badge and OU certificate.

Pilot research has shown that this will help informal learners build confidence and motivation for learning, providing a record of achievement which they can share with friends, learner communities, employers and educational institutions. Learners will be able to display their completed badges publicly or privately in their My OpenLearn profile and link to other platforms, such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

For further information on free courses from The Open University, visit the OpenLearn website.

Online Educational Resourses (in development)

If you are interested in developing leadership within small and medium-sized voluntary organisations, why not enrol on our two new free leadership courses – coming in autumn 2016. The courses are open for anyone interested in learning about and developing leadership in the context of voluntary organisations. You do not need to be in a position of seniority to enrol. Volunteers and professional staff at any level are welcome – a key argument made in the courses is that leadership can come from anywhere.

The first five-week course, available via OpenLearn, Developing leadership in voluntary organisations: an introduction, unpacks what we understand by leadership in relation to voluntary organisations: the course explores this rich concept from a number of different perspectives. Taking its lead from the framework developed by the renowned leadership scholar Keith Grint, we approach leadership as something that is brought to life via people, positions, results, purpose and processes. Each element of the course will seek to both explore and enrich understanding of leadership in voluntary organisations but also invite learners to develop key skills that will be of practical value in the workplace.

Sitting in a space between private passions and public responsibility, voluntary organisations ask vital questions of society, of what it notices and values. Working from this premise, we can think of these organisations and, by extension, those people working in them, as occupying an important social and political leadership role. Yet the sector also faces a number of challenges and so is presented with a need to revitalise its sense of leadership.

With this in mind, we offer an eight-week Badged Open course, Developing energetic collaborative leadership for voluntary organisations.

So why collaborative leadership in particular?

Strongly driven by a sense of ethical purpose and the passions of those who found them, voluntary organisations can generate energy and deliver huge benefits for those who need them the most. This same energy can also be said to present a related antagonist in the shape of over-dependence on strong individuals, a situation that is both unsustainable and exhausting for those involved.

The sector, in its increasing dependence on competing for government grant money and contracts can be said to be fulfilling a vital public duty, performing a function that government agencies are unable to fulfil. Or it could be said that in competing for funding that voluntary organisations risk losing their sense of identity, independence and the sense of a coherent voluntary sector (rather than a collection of autonomous units in competition).

Finally, the explosion of digital technology and social media, with its related effects on how people relate to the world around them, politically and socially, surely holds major challenges for how voluntary organisations think of themselves and how they organise themselves.

The course will meet these challenges head-on by seeking to develop a form of leadership that is political (in the non-partisan sense of working with and against power), collaborative and concerned with keeping an energetic identity alive.

We will draw on a mix of contemporary and historical video and text-based case studies from the sector, so that leadership is developed against a live context. Running alongside these case studies will be a continuous dialogue, a live debate and discussion between learners.

Most importantly, the course will seek to develop a vibrant community of leadership within the voluntary sector, one that connects the academic, voluntary sector and political worlds, bringing together people committed to fresh thinking. With this in mind, a regularly updated blog will explore and provoke in more depth, inserting important academic questions and contributions from the sphere of leadership, as well as posing important questions to academia from the world of practice. We will also seek to establish face-to-face forums, allowing people to meet up informally, invite speakers and chew over pressing issues for organisations and the sector.

Social Care Workforce Development Partnership

Social Care Workforce Development Partnership

WCBC

Please find the following link to Wrexham County Borough Council’s main Workforce Strategy page, including 2015-16 training brochure. The documents are updated annually as they are finalised, so will update in time.

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk

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

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

ACAS: Human Resource Management for Beginners – 5th February

ACAS: Human Resource Management for Beginners - 5th February

Venue: TBC, Wrexham

Date: 05/02/2018

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 events@acas.org.uk if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.

Overview

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.

Business need

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.

Suitable For

    • 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

Programme

This event will cover:

Recruitment

    • 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

Equal opportunities

    • Types of discrimination and the areas which are covered by discrimination law

Managing discipline

    • 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

Managing absence

    • 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.

 

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

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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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