NE Wales Time Credits Training Event
AVOW provides a range of courses to enable community members to develop skills for the benefit of their voluntary and community organisations. http://sfclearningzone.org.uk provides online training to help you seek funding and support for your organisation – these will give you background of a variety of courses that are run by AVOW. Use the contact form on this site if you need any more information or contact AVOW on 01978 312556 / email@example.com
*Different rates apply for private / corporate individuals – please ask. Click on the different types of training available:
If your community group has any training needs that are not currently advertised please contact us on 01978 312556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may not always be able to offer all course requests, however we will do our best to signpost groups to existing courses in the area.
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.
Could you give a local young person (aged 16-24) a CHANCE and an invaluable OPPORTUNITY in your place of work?
We are looking for emoyers to host PAID work placements for 4 or 6 months……..Paid by Groundwork North Wales…. So NO COST TO YOURSELVES!!!!!!!
* Maybe you are expanding your business
* Maybe you are a brand new business
* Maybe you could just do with an extra pair of hands
Would you consider taking someone on through our programme? You may know the person you would like to take on already? If not you can interview candidates to make sure you get the right person for your company and we will support you throughout!
Have a look at the leaflet attached or call Jane Williams for more information on 01978 757524 or email email@example.com
The Traineeship programme is a Welsh Governmetn training initiviative aimed at 16 – 18 year olds who are not in educations, employment or training (NEET). Learners are NEET for lots of different reasons; some may not be career focused, some may not have the right qualifications to get on a course, some may have very low self esteem and confidence. Whatever ht ereason the Traineeship Programme on offer at Coleg Cambria may provide them with a solutions. All referrals to the programme come via Careers Wales. All referrals’ will be assessed for the appropriate strand of the Traineeship programme.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full description of programme: crisp-poster-2017_english
Training Locations and dates: crisp-north-wales-schedule-2017
By watching this webinar, participants will:
For more information please see the documents attached below:
Is your organisation recruiting and supporting volunteers?
Would you like them to access an accredited, generic volunteer induction course?
FLVC are offering a two day Volunteer Induction Course for volunteers/potential volunteers linked to organisations based in Flintshire.
The Course is accredited with WEA Cymru (2 credits at Entry Level 2) and includes general aspects of :
• Health and Safety
• Equal Opportunities
• Support and Supervision of Volunteers
• Basics of Safeguarding (very brief introduction)
The course can be adapted to explore the Volunteering roles within the organisations represented by the attendees – (Organisations are asked to share their Volunteer Role Descriptions with FLVC prior to the course)
Course Title: Induction for Volunteers
Level: Entry Level 2
Credit Value: 2
Number of hours: 10 (over two days or three evenings)
Cost per participant: From FREE to £80 (dependent on your organisation’s income threshold)
The course is delivered in a structured, but informal manner and participants are offered the opportunity to complete a short portfolio of evidence to submit for Accreditation of their work (optional). Participants will be supported by the FLVC Volunteer Centre staff team throughout the course.
For more information please contact: Emma Gough, Volunteer Development Officer, FLVC
Tel: 01352 744000
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
‘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.
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.
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.
Children in Wales are funded by Welsh Government to be a centre of excellence for children’s rights and recently they have updated the National Standards for Participation to reflect the rights based ethos that is integral to working with children and young people. The National Participation Standards are a guide on the best and most meaningful ways of listening and responding to the voices of children and young people, in line with Article 12 of the UNCRC.
The Standards have been refreshed by a partnership between Youth Forum workers and Young Wales, informed by consultations with young people.
The Participation Standards identify the key issues that all workers should be aware of when working with children and young people in Wales. The working group that undertook the work, reviewed each of the seven standards and ensured that each one reflected the rights based ethos that is integral to working with children and young people.
The launch of the refreshed standards will be followed up with revised guidance on the kite-marking process and the self-assessment tools, for use in Local Authorities, who have an inspection team. Organisations who work with children and young people will be encouraged to undertake the self assessment process to demonstrate they the meet the Participation Standards in all their work with children and young people.
The Welsh Government provides funding for the Young Wales project, facilitated by Children in Wales, an umbrella organisation for children’s rights.
Young Wales works with existing youth groups, forums and councils to gather the collective voice of children and young people to influence legislation, policies and programmes.
It also uses social media in order to reach children and young people who are marginalised, shy, disadvantaged, unconfident, or secluded, enabling them to also have a voice.
This guide is for anyone who works with or for children and young people including local authorities, schools, national, local and voluntary organisations; who are concerned with children and young people’s policy and provision, families and the community.
For more information please refer to the document below:
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):
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 email@example.com, 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.
Expression of Interest Window closes 30 April 2017.
Encouraging planning for the creation of broadleaved and conifer woodland.
Expression of Interest Window closes 1 May 2017.
The Glastir Woodland Creation scheme provides financial support for new planting. Financial support is also available for planting trees in areas that continue to be grazed as part of an Agroforestry system i.e combining agriculture and forestry.
Expression of Interest Window closes 28 April 2017.
Enhancing forestry potential and adding value to forest products.
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.
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:
Full details can be found on the Community Foundation in Wales website.
The closing date for applications is 28 April 2017.
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:
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/
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
#iwill Youth Social Action Fund
Comic Relief are inviting proposals which effectively build relationships with young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old from disadvantaged backgrounds who do not currently participate in youth social action in their own community and which engage those young people in creative and meaningful youth social action.
About the initiative
Last year 42% of 10-20 year olds took part in meaningful youth social action like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, spreading positive ripples around communities across the UK. For people taking part, youth social action creates opportunities to learn, be recognised for their contributions, and improve networks between peers and communities. There is also evidence that it may help with employability of young people. Yet there is still a gap in the level of youth social action undertaken by young people from less affluent backgrounds.
Comic Relief has partnered with the #iwill campaign, match funding to create a £2.4m pot to target young people from less affluent backgrounds not taking part in youth social action. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have each invested £20 million to support young people access high quality social action opportunities.
Co-produced with young people, and championing peer to peer engagement and the importance of trust building, this scheme will fund projects to seek out young people where they are, and encourage those from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action. This cohort has been identified through #iwill analysis of youth social action, creating the term ‘reluctant’ young people.
The criteria for the grants will be:
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:
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:
Types of activity they proposed could sit under these topics fell into three areas, which may apply across all topics, or just one:
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.
Successful applications would reflect the innovative and exciting ideas young people think would be most likely to attract and engage the ‘reluctant’ young people, though we would not expect applications to show an exact replica of the ideas reference above.
Funding is available for grants of between £20,000 to £50,000 per year for up to three years (with a maximum of £150,000 in total). We would expect to see a range of applicant sizes, so projects are strongly encouraged to apply for funding proportionate to their size and structure. We expect to make 15-30 grants in total. Of the total amount available £400,000 is available for grants in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Organisations applying to this initiative must meet Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements. Please read our FAQs (link) and Grant-making policies (link). In addition we will prioritise organisations that:
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.
HIV in the UK: Think Digital
Comic Relief are inviting applications to create, adapt, scale up or roll out digital solutions to respond to HIV in the UK.
About the initiative
More than 30 years on from the start of the AIDS epidemic in the UK, the landscape is unrecognisable from that of the 1980s. The availability of effective HIV treatment means people living with HIV can lead a long and healthy life. However, there are now more people living with HIV in the UK than ever before. In 2015 an estimated 101,200 people were living with HIV in the UK, and of these, 13,000 did not know about their HIV infection. Many people receive a late diagnosis, meaning they start treatment later which affects life expectancy and increases complications; stigma and discrimination continue to be a major challenge in the UK.
This initiative will support organisations who are using technology in innovative and inspiring ways to respond to the ever-changing HIV landscape in the UK.
Proposals are particularly welcome which aim to address the following priorities:
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:
Applicants must be able to demonstrate they follow best practice in digital design and development – see https://www.gov.uk/design-principles
In order to encourage organisations to innovate and respond to the challenges present in the HIV sector, we have partnered with the MAC AIDS fund. We anticipate making up to 10 grants from a total fund of £450,000.
Organisations or partnerships applying to this initiative must meet Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements. In addition:
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
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:
To book your place on the Open Day or for further information, contact the LHCH Membership Office at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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