Training with AVOW
AVOW provides a range of courses to enable community members to develop skills for the benefit of their voluntary and community organisations.
Use the contact form on this site if you need any more information or contact AVOW on 01978 312556 / firstname.lastname@example.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.
AVOW Training: Fire Warden Training – 19th June
AVOW Training: Food Safety Level 2 Training – 3rd July
AVOW Training: Mental Health First Aid – Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th September
Wrexham Festival of Learning – June 2019
Five to Thrive – 7th June to 12th July
Five to Thrive
Date: 6 weekly sessions from 7th June – 12th July, 2019
Time: Fridays | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: The Opportunity Centre | Plas Madoc | Hampden Way | Acrefair | Wrexham LL14 3US
Learn 5 actions we can all take that can help decrease some mental health problems and enable us to thrive in life.
This FREE 6 week course is aimed at anyone who is unemployed or over 50.
Booking with Advance Brighter Futures:
Our self-referral services are open for anyone experiencing mental health problems who feel they may benefit by referring themselves.We may however require a completed suitability questionnaire before we can confirm a place. Please ring 01978 364777 for more information or click here (goo.gl/9WrHk1) to download a self-referral form.
Parabl’s services listed below are aimed at helping people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties and these require a prior telephone assessment (please ring the Freephone Parabl number – 0300 777 2257 – to request one).
GPs should feel welcome to signpost to all of our self-referral and Parabl services.
The rest of our services require a Secondary mental health care referral (i.e. receiving support from a specialist mental health team or psychiatrist), apart from certain group activities which can be accessed by self-referral. You can find a link to our referral form here (goo.gl/9WrHk1).
All of the services are clearly labelled with the correct admission criteria but please call 01978 364777 if you require further clarification or more information.
Getting on Board: Trustee Recruitment Training – 20th June
Getting on Board: Trustee Recruitment Training
Date: 20th June 2019
Time: 09:45 – 16:00
Location: WCVA, Rhyl
|Aelodau WCVA / WCVA Members
|Gwirfoddol a Cymunedol / Voluntary & Community
|Partneriaid o WCVA / Partners of WCVA
|Sector Cynhoeddus a Preifat / Public and private sector
Booking: To book please call: 0300 111 0124, email email@example.com or book online, Here.
To help you identify which kinds of trustees would support the development of your charity and how to recruit them.
Recruiting trustees can be a risky process, sometimes ending in the hiring of candidates that might look good on paper but are unable to commit to the responsibilities required.
You will come away from this training with a clearer idea of the type of trustees you need, a draft advert, a list of free places to advertise, and a plan of how to ensure that new trustees hit the ground running.
During the course you will look at:
- The trustee landscape
- What do you need on your board?
- Putting together your advert
- How to get your advert out there
- The process after advertising
Meet the trainer
Getting on Board is a charity that helps individuals, employers and members of professional networks become new leaders in communities through board-level volunteering.
With over ten years’ experience in charity law, regulation and governance Lynn Cadman has provided guidance on an extensive range of governance issues and the legal framework in which charities must operate. Although she has worked with charities of all shapes and sizes, Lynn spent most of her seven year career at the Charity Commission working within the Large Charities Division. She provided bespoke one-to-one guidance to charities with an annual income of £5m-£600m as well as providing legal authority for a broad range of matters such as alterations to governing documents, land transactions, and significant transfers of assets. Lynn also worked within the Commission’s investigations function, seeing first-hand the impact that poor governance and insufficient controls can have on a charity.
Since leaving the Commission in February 2012 Lynn has provided consultancy advice and project management to a range of charities, including as an associate of Professional Governance Services Ltd. Most notably, over the last four years Lynn has worked with the Royal British Legion, initially as a consultant and then Head of Department, to transform its management of >700 charitable trusts of which it is trustee. This included introducing new policies and procedures for accounting, property management and governance as well as unlocking c.£40m from restricted funds that were no longer effective in meeting beneficiary need.
Lynn is a trustee of Eldon Road Baptist Church and BMS Worldwide and has experienced the joys and challenges of being a charity trustee and a volunteer. She is also a registered Prince 2 Practitioner and lay member of the Charity Law Association.
At the end of the day, you will have:
- A clearer understanding of who you need on your board (skills, knowledge, experience)
- A draft advert to attract potential trustees
- A list of ways your charity will advertise for trustees
- A plan for the recruitment and induction process
Who this course is for
Chief Executive Officers, Managers and Directors of charities and/or trustees. Two people from each organisation (usually CEO and Chair) is most effective but not essential.
GDPR: One Year On #desktopdata Webinar – 26th June
GDPR: One Year On - #desktopdata Webinar
Date: 26th June 2019
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Location: Online Webinar
Booking: To book online this webinar please visit https://bit.ly/2wXg6RK
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018, it aims to provide more protection for individuals and therefore more privacy obligations for organisations.
“Now one year on since its introduction, WCVA in conjunction with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) will be delivering a webinar which will look at the trends that the regulator has seen in complaints from data subjects and breach reports from organisations over the last 12 months. This will be an opportunity to discuss the changes in data protection and any uncertainties faced by the sector, plus an insight in to what to look out for during the second year of GDPR”
safeTalk: Suicide Alert – 26th June
safeTalk: Suicide Alert
Date: Wednesday 26th June
Time: 13:00 – 16:30
Location: Advance Brighter Futures, 3 Belmonth Road, Wrexham, LL13 7PW
Booking: Book online at gldn.gg/e/safeTALK260619
safeTALK is a 3½ hour training course that can help you make a difference. Know what to do if someone’s suicidal by following the easy to remember TALK steps – Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe.These practical steps offer immediate help to someone having thoughts of suicide and helps you both move forward to connect with more specialised support.
- Identify people thinking of suicide
- Overcome barriers in talking about suicide
- Identify reasons we may miss, dismiss or avoid suicide
- Practice using the 4-step model of suicide alertness
- Connect people at risk of suicide with further appropriate help
The safeTALK course was developed by LivingWorks in Canada and is delivered worldwide. It complements the more comprehensive 2 day ASIST course by conveniently widening the net of suicide alert helpers to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren’t missed, dismissed or avoided. The safeTALK course is based on the principles of maximum dissemination and minimum cost.
ASIST supports the National Service Framework (NSF) Standard 7, which looks at suicide prevention.
Wednesday 26th June, 2019
1:00pm – 4:30pm
3 Belmont Road | Wrexham LL13 7PW
Cost: £20 – you can book online here (gldn.gg/e/safeTALK260619)
Social Media for the Third Sector – 9th July
Social media for the third sector
Date: 9th July 2019
Time: 9:30 – 16:00
Booking: Book online at https://bit.ly/2wRKlts
Explore how your charity or community group can use social media more effectively to influence and engage with your audience.
Online social networking is the primary skill that third sector organisations should be mastering in 2019. It’s quickly become the best way to build your charity’s brand, fundraise and crowd fund, and reach and convert more people to your cause – and all for basically no money except a bit of extra time and dedication.
This course focuses on the different methods and techniques, specifically for third sector organisations to use on social media.
We will explore current technology and trends in the ever-changing landscape of online communications. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss how to use social media successfully, creatively and in-line with the values of the sector. Whether you’re already established online or just getting started, this course is for you!
- Understand the different social media platforms
- Discuss different approaches and strategies to engaging with your online audience
- Learn how to create interesting and visual content
- Be able to use social media to drive traffic to your website
- Identify individual and organisational barriers to using social media
- Learn how to monitor their online success
- Know where to access additional information and resources
Who this course is for
This course is for staff or volunteers who are hoping to develop their digital communication and engagement skills. This is neither a “beginner” nor an “advanced” course. All levels of technical ability are welcome as this course is about methods and techniques for your third sector organisation to thrive online.
Pains of Imprisonment Workshop – 10th July
Pains of Imprisonment Workshop
Date: 10th July 2019
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: Scale-up Room, Glyndwr University,
Booking: please visit https://bit.ly/2I0RFcH or email Tegan.Brierly-Sollis@glyndwr.ac.uk
Drug Addiction and Recovery – 11th July 2019
Innovative Approaches to Public Services in Rural Communities – 18th July
Innovative Approaches to Public Services in Rural Communities
Date: 18th July 2019
Time: 09:30 – 13:00
Location: Glasdir, Plas yn Dre, Llanrwst, Conwy, LL26 0DF
Booking: To register for the seminar please complete our online booking form [opens in new window].
This seminar will share innovative approaches to help understand how public services can meet the needs of rural communities in Wales.
Good Practice Exchange recently published a report on Local Government Services to Rural Communities. In this report we identified 9 authorities as rural, 11 as semi-rural/urban and 2 as urban.
The reality is that delivering fair and equitable public services and maintaining specialist provision in rural areas is challenging due a number of reasons including:
The loss of the ‘cornerstones’ of rural communities such as banks, schools, and post offices and poor access to key infrastructure like public transport and superfast broadband can compound the challenge of sustaining public services in rural communities.
The seminar is framed around the 7 Well-being goals of the WFG Act and is aimed at all public services in Wales. The ideas and approaches shared at this seminar can be adapted to suit a wide range of services.
This event is relevant to all public services across Wales including:
- local authorities
- police forces
- fire authorities
- third sector bodies
- housing associations
- community groups
- voluntary bodies
- social enterprises
Homelessness Decisions: Effective Challenges – 4th November
Homelessness Decisions: Effective Challenges
Date: 4th November
Location: Conwy, North Wales
Booking: Please visit https://sheltercymru.org.uk/what-we-do/training-and-events/courses/book-a-course/
Part 2 Housing Wales Act 2014 has been in force for over 3 years and has transformed how local authorities provide assistance to people facing homelessness in Wales.
If a homeless applicant is not happy with the outcome or decision at any stage, there are routes to challenge this. How do you take effective action to challenge decisions? How can you get matters resolved quickly and with the least disruption for the person you are assisting? How can you challenge whilst preserving your relationship with the Local Authority?
This course will equip delegates to understand which decisions can be challenged, how and when, to enable them to achieve the best outcome for the person they are helping.
- Key decisions in the process, including whether to carry out a homelessness assessment, refusal to provide suitable emergency accommodation and decisions to end assistance
- Means of challenge
- Internal reviews
- Legal Principles
- County Court appeals
- Emergency action
- Judicial review
Housing advisors, support workers who regularly work with people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness seeking help and assistance from the a local authority.
Please note that delegates will need to have a very good understanding of the duties and procedures in Part 2 Housing Wales Act 2014 or have attended Shelter Cymru’s course: Homelessness in Wales – the essential law
Free Energy Advice Sessions with NEA Cymru – Ongoing
Free Energy Advice Sessions with NEA Cymru
Do you want to help your clients save money
on their energy bills?
Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) Cymru is offering free energy advice sessions to support your work in Wales, to help ensure that your clients/tenants can afford to live in a warm, dry home.
We can offer free advice sessions to local groups and organisations who are holding community events or have regular group meetings/coffee mornings. We have 3 types of tailored energy advice sessions available this Summer and Autumn.
Topics can include:
- how to get the best energy deal (tariffs, switching and payment options)
- billing and meter queries (including credit, prepay and smart)
- top tips on how to save energy in the home
- how to use common heating controls
- dealing with damp and condensation
- advice on dealing with energy debt
- accessing grants and schemes available (e.g. Priority Service Register, Warm Home Discount, Nest)
Session options include:
If you’re holding a community event aimed at low-income or vulnerable households, NEA Cymru can attend and host a stall. We can provide energy efficiency, fuel debt and general energy advice and access to assistance schemes, where applicable.
Energy Awareness Workshops
If you run a regular group, coffee morning, tenant meeting or the like, NEA Cymru can run an interactive and engaging group workshop to provide practical energy advice. Workshops can last from 45 mins – 2 hours (with breaks and refreshments) and be tailored to suit the needs of your clients. Activities can include energy-related quizzes, games and discussion.
Bill Management Surgeries
Alternatively, if you run a regular group, coffee morning, tenant meeting or the like, NEA Cymru can host a bill management surgery, to provide one-to-one, confidential and impartial advice to your clients. This can run alongside your regular meeting and work on a drop-in basis.
To book a session please contact:
Rhiannon Spence- Business Support Officer
Tel 029 2072 6580
Please note that sessions are offered at NEA Cymru’s discretion.
HMRC Webinar – Online
HMRC Online Resource
Please find all active webinars on the HMRC Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/HMRCgovuk/videos
Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs is the UK’s tax, payments and customs authority.
We collect the money that pays for the UK’s public services and help families and individuals with targeted financial support. This YouTube channel supports customers who need help completing a variety of transactions with HMRC and also our Learning Together programme with Tax agents and advisers.
For more on Learning Together events see: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/agents/lt-events.htm
Would you like to receive regular Digital Help & Support from HMRC explaining what your obligations are when running a small business? If so, sign up to our Email Service to start receiving HMRC videos, webinars & email alerts from us https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmrc-webinars-email-alerts-and-videos
Free Online Courses with Business Wales – Ongoing
Free Online Courses with Business Wales
Explore the new range of online learning courses available from Business Wales to understand how you can use online technology to save time and money, reach more customers, simplify your work processes and grow revenue.
There are course about project management, designing websites, using social media to good advantage, IT and more. These skills are equally as useful for running charities, community groups and social enterprises, as they are for businesses.
Find out more here.
Coleg Cambria Traineeships – Ongoing
Coleg Cambria Traineeships - Ongoing
The Traineeship programme is a Welsh Government training initiative aimed at 16 – 18 year old who are not in educations, employment or training (NEET). Learners are NEET for lots of different reasons; some may not be career focused, some may not have the right qualifications to get on a course, some may have very low self esteem and confidence. Whatever the reason the Traineeship Programme on offer at Coleg Cambria may provide them with a solutions. All referrals to the programme come via Careers Wales. All referrals’ will be assessed for the appropriate strand of the Traineeship programme.
Autism Awareness Certification – Online
Autism Awareness Certification
The ASD Aware Certification Scheme.
An introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders and some advice about how you can help.
The scheme aims to reward those who undertake some learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders, and is aimed at all. After accessing the scheme you will be asked to enter your details. This information will be used to monitor the uptake of the scheme across Wales and within businesses and services.
After entering your details you will be asked to complete answers to a series of 20 questions. If you are successful with this, a personalised certificate will be created for you to download. If you enter an incorrect answer, you will be given the opportunity to try again.
To see the ASD Aware organisations who have signed up to the scheme, or if your organisation would like to get involved click on the link below:
To access the introduction Powerpoint and PDF supporting documents please visit: http://www.asdinfowales.co.uk/asdaware
Work Welsh with Learn Welsh Cymru – Ongoing
Other courses in the region
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.firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone:02920.635.664
Please read the comments from people and organisations who have attended various training courses:
Please read the comments from people and organisations who have attended various training courses:
Grants Fit for Funding
“Lots of information given and applying for future funding should be easier now after doing this course”.
“Very valuable, you made a daunting subject sound much more manageable and achievable – thank you”.
Health and Safety in the Workplace
“Well presented- made a not particularly interesting subject much more engaging”.
“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”.
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
Participation is listening to and collaborating with children and young people as active citizens with an important contribution to make to their schools, communities and nation.
We are clear the participation of children and young people is key in the development and delivery of our legislation, policies and programmes. It is our full intention to continue to ensure children and young people have an active voice in the workings of this Government.
The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 puts the effective involvement of people and communities at the heart of improving well-being, as well as being one of the five ways of working set out in the Act.
The basis for having a voice is found in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which sets out the right for children and young people to have a say in what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.
Core Aim 5
We have adopted the UNCRC as the basis of all our work for children and young people in Wales and the articles of the UNCRC have been summarised in the Seven Core Aims for children and young people. Core Aim 5 requires that all children and young people are listened to, treated with respect and have their race and cultural identity recognised.
National Participation Standards
Children in Wales are funded by Welsh Government to be a centre of excellence for children’s rights and recently they have updated the National Standards for Participation to reflect the rights based ethos that is integral to working with children and young people. The National Participation Standards are a guide on the best and most meaningful ways of listening and responding to the voices of children and young people, in line with Article 12 of the UNCRC.
The Standards have been refreshed by a partnership between Youth Forum workers and Young Wales, informed by consultations with young people.
The Participation Standards identify the key issues that all workers should be aware of when working with children and young people in Wales. The working group that undertook the work, reviewed each of the seven standards and ensured that each one reflected the rights based ethos that is integral to working with children and young people.
The launch of the refreshed standards will be followed up with revised guidance on the kite-marking process and the self-assessment tools, for use in Local Authorities, who have an inspection team. Organisations who work with children and young people will be encouraged to undertake the self assessment process to demonstrate they the meet the Participation Standards in all their work with children and young people.
The Welsh Government provides funding for the Young Wales project, facilitated by Children in Wales, an umbrella organisation for children’s rights.
Young Wales works with existing youth groups, forums and councils to gather the collective voice of children and young people to influence legislation, policies and programmes.
It also uses social media in order to reach children and young people who are marginalised, shy, disadvantaged, unconfident, or secluded, enabling them to also have a voice.
This guide is for anyone who works with or for children and young people including local authorities, schools, national, local and voluntary organisations; who are concerned with children and young people’s policy and provision, families and the community.
For more information please refer to the document below:
INVITATION TO WALES & WEST UTILTIES’ ANNUAL STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOPS
HAVE YOUR SAY ON YOUR GAS NETWORK’S BUSINESS PRIORITIES AND BUSINESS PLAN
Wales & West Utilities – your gas distribution network – is holding a series of workshops where we will be asking our key stakeholders to give their views on our business priorities. Topics for discussion will include (but not be limited to):
- Initiatives to address fuel poverty
- Helping vulnerable customers
- Alternative gas
- The future of heat
- Providing a reliable gas supply
- Our customer service
Attendees will include representatives of business and industry groups; parish, community and local councils; housing associations; charities; energy suppliers and major users; developers; and environmental groups. As a valued stakeholder of Wales & West Utilities, we sincerely hope you are able to join us at one of the following locations.
Exeter: Sandy Park Rugby Stadium, Sandy Park Way, Exeter EX2 7NN
9th May 2017
Llandudno: Venue Cymru, The Promenade, Penrhyn Crescent, Llandudno LL30 1BB
17th May 2017
The stakeholder workshops will include short presentations from senior personnel at Wales & West Utilities, followed by round table discussions to give you an opportunity to give your thoughts on our priorities and shape our plans moving forward.
The schedule for the day is:
Registration from 9.30am
Workshops from 10am – 1:15pm
Lunch served from 1:15pm – 2pm
Optional “surgeries” from 2pm – 3pm
Please can you confirm your attendance by emailing 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.
Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 – Scheme Windows
Expression of Interest Window closes 30 April 2017.
Encouraging planning for the creation of broadleaved and conifer woodland.
Expression of Interest Window closes 1 May 2017.
The Glastir Woodland Creation scheme provides financial support for new planting. Financial support is also available for planting trees in areas that continue to be grazed as part of an Agroforestry system i.e combining agriculture and forestry.
Expression of Interest Window closes 28 April 2017.
Enhancing forestry potential and adding value to forest products.
North Wales Discrimination Advice Service
Comic Relief’s Community Cash Grants Programmes open across the UK
Comic Relief’s Community Cash Grants Programmes open across the UK
Comic Relief and Community Foundations across the UK are working together to distribute Comic Relief Community Cash funds to small groups working with vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. The funding is available to support community groups that are undertaking work that helps people of all ages feel more included in their community, builds their skills, and increases their sense of achievement.
Small local groups with an income of less than £100,000 that are run by local people and that are working in a disadvantaged or deprived area can apply.
- Constituted voluntary and community groups.
- Social enterprises.
- Community interest companies.
Groups which have been established for less than 12 months are eligible to apply.
Grants of up between £500 and £1,000 are available and could be used to fund the following sorts of activities:
- Counselling and advice services.
- Disability sports clubs/activities.
- Training, skill building and volunteering projects.
- Community groups and set up costs for new groups.
- Support groups.
Full details can be found on the Community Foundation in Wales website.
The closing date for applications is 28 April 2017.
Turn2us Intermediary workshops
If you are a staff member or volunteer offering frontline advice, support or information to people in financial need, join us for a free 3 hour workshop and learn how to use:
- The Turn2us Benefits Calculator
- The Grants Search tool
- Our website to access other information including how Universal Credit might affect your service users
With these easy-to-use web tools you will be able to help people access benefits, grants and other forms of financial help.
For more information on workshops, go to: http://bit.ly/2p8QeOc
For more information about Turn2us, go to: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/
Charities: Rules and Guidance for Political Campaigning
Campaigning rules and guidance
The period between the end of the last Parliamentary term and the formation of a new government is known as purdah and means that civil servants and public bodies, including the Charity Commission, have to be careful about publishing anything that could be considered politically sensitive. Under the Lobbying Act charities which are registered with the Electoral Commission will have to start reporting their activity. However, the Charities Aid Foundation has expressed concern that the Lobbying Act may deter charities from any commenting on political and social issues in the run up to the General Election.
John Low, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said: “Since last year’s EU referendum, people across the country are becoming increasingly active in political and social issues. There is a growing appetite to make a difference and many see charities as a way to achieve that “As we head into a General Election, there is a real danger that the Lobbying Act may deter charities from fulfilling this fundamental role which is central to our democracy. “While not engaging with party politics, it is both legitimate and vital for charities to influence government and opposition policies on behalf of their beneficiaries.
The Charity Commission has produced specific guidance for charities campaigning during the run-up to the election. Additionally the principles outlined in CC9 Speaking out: Guidance on campaigning and political activities by charities still apply during the period.
Charities, elections and referendums advises every charity to “steer clear of explicitly comparing its views (favourably or otherwise) with those of political parties or candidates”.
– See more at: https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/charity-leaders-say-sector-must-be-involved-after-snap-election-announced.html?utm_source=Civil+Society+News+List&utm_campaign=e0c4c449ce-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_26f393b813-e0c4c449ce-86521725#sthash.tUYYKLOq.dpuf
Comic Relief initiatives open #iwill Youth Social Action Fund
#iwill Youth Social Action Fund
Comic Relief are inviting proposals which effectively build relationships with young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old from disadvantaged backgrounds who do not currently participate in youth social action in their own community and which engage those young people in creative and meaningful youth social action.
About the initiative
Last year 42% of 10-20 year olds took part in meaningful youth social action like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, spreading positive ripples around communities across the UK. For people taking part, youth social action creates opportunities to learn, be recognised for their contributions, and improve networks between peers and communities. There is also evidence that it may help with employability of young people. Yet there is still a gap in the level of youth social action undertaken by young people from less affluent backgrounds.
Comic Relief has partnered with the #iwill campaign, match funding to create a £2.4m pot to target young people from less affluent backgrounds not taking part in youth social action. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have each invested £20 million to support young people access high quality social action opportunities.
Co-produced with young people, and championing peer to peer engagement and the importance of trust building, this scheme will fund projects to seek out young people where they are, and encourage those from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action. This cohort has been identified through #iwill analysis of youth social action, creating the term ‘reluctant’ young people.
The criteria for the grants will be:
- Ability to demonstrate effective ways to build relationships with ‘reluctant’ young people in their own community
- Ability to demonstrate how they will engage those young people in creative, innovative and meaningful social action
Activity funded under this programme will reflect the Step Up To Serve 6 Shared Principles of quality social action, to be: challenging, youth-led, socially impactful, progressive, embedded and reflective.
Youth social action can include any activities around campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which can create a double benefit for communities and the young person themselves.
We are keen to fund projects that will work with young people in areas of high need and deprivation, and where there are minimal services or activities available for young people. We would expect applicants to demonstrate the need of the young people they will work with, based on indices of deprivation, unemployment and other measures as they see fit.
Engaging the ‘reluctant’ young people
Successful projects will be expected to demonstrate they understand and have a track record of successfully engaging this cohort through a range of activity:
- Outreach – we would expect funded projects to invest time and effort in finding young people that are not currently engaged with their organisation on their own turf, whether that is in geographic locations or through targeted social media
- Prioritising peer support and staff with similar lived experience in their project activity
- Strong investment in the value of friendship and friendship groups
- Effective and innovative use of social media threaded throughout activity
- Creating and maintaining trusting relationships with the targeted cohort – whether directly or in partnership with other trusted organisation/business/enterprise
- Use of incentives to attract young people, such as activities they may not otherwise have access to
- Use of creative arts like music, or spoken word, to engage and build the confidence of young people, and help build effective relationships
Types of projects and youth social action activity
Youth social action should be youth led, but the young people who helped us co-develop this initiative were most interested in activity focusing on the following areas:
- Mental health
- Children in care, or those who have left care
Types of activity they proposed could sit under these topics fell into three areas, which may apply across all topics, or just one:
- Awareness and education
- Handling change
- Support at the right time
Young people expected youth social action to be developed, led, and managed by young people, and suggested activities including the following: Young people developing a local music festival with a focus on raising awareness of youth mental health or youth homelessness. The core group of young people would be involved in fund raising for the event and securing sponsorship, organising the event, volunteering, researching the social issue. This was seen as an ambitious but exciting and innovative idea which, if targeted effectively, would attract a range of young people.
- A range of creative activity providing peer support to young people in care. Ideas could include straight one to one mentoring, as well as more creative peer support through film making projects, art or spoken work events to explore issues and encourage young people in care to express their thoughts.
- A bus travelling around schools and colleges educating young people on LGBTQ+ issues. The content of the bus would include factual, helpful information and sign posting, as well as creative content about particular case studies and experiences to share and generate conversation.
Successful applications would reflect the innovative and exciting ideas young people think would be most likely to attract and engage the ‘reluctant’ young people, though we would not expect applications to show an exact replica of the ideas reference above.
Funding is available for grants of between £20,000 to £50,000 per year for up to three years (with a maximum of £150,000 in total). We would expect to see a range of applicant sizes, so projects are strongly encouraged to apply for funding proportionate to their size and structure. We expect to make 15-30 grants in total. Of the total amount available £400,000 is available for grants in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Organisations applying to this initiative must meet Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements. Please read our FAQs (link) and Grant-making policies (link). In addition we will prioritise organisations that:
- Have a strong track record of working with young people in areas of deprivation and poverty
- Can demonstrate the leadership of young people in their organisation, and how young people have helped develop their applications
- Have engaged with the young people would benefit from this work and have demonstrable knowledge and experience of the communities they will be working with
- Have existing strong working partnerships with local business, enterprises, or other groups that may be able to help with the outreach and engagement of “the ghosts”
Key dates and process
The application process will be will a one stage process and we will be open for proposals from 10th April to midday on 12th May 2017. In the proposal form we will request a short (max three mins) film on the project.
Once we receive your proposal, we’ll initially check whether your organisation and proposal are eligible for funding under this initiative and then shortlist the strongest proposals to go through for a full assessment. Young people who have co-developed the grants initiative to this stage will help with the shortlisting process. We’ll aim to notify all applicants of our decisions at this stage in June 2017. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage, we’ll be unable to provide any additional feedback due to our limited resources. Assessments on the proposals which pass this stage will take place over June and July 2017 and final decisions will be made by our Grants Committee and Trustees. We also expect that young people will conduct interviews on youth leadership during the assessment process.
We aim to inform all applicants of the final decision in early October 2017. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage we’ll write to you explaining the reasons why and may offer further feedback by phone.
Relevant documents/links on www.comicrelief.com https://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives
Comic Relief open HIV in the UK: Think Digital Fund
HIV in the UK: Think Digital
Comic Relief are inviting applications to create, adapt, scale up or roll out digital solutions to respond to HIV in the UK.
About the initiative
More than 30 years on from the start of the AIDS epidemic in the UK, the landscape is unrecognisable from that of the 1980s. The availability of effective HIV treatment means people living with HIV can lead a long and healthy life. However, there are now more people living with HIV in the UK than ever before. In 2015 an estimated 101,200 people were living with HIV in the UK, and of these, 13,000 did not know about their HIV infection. Many people receive a late diagnosis, meaning they start treatment later which affects life expectancy and increases complications; stigma and discrimination continue to be a major challenge in the UK.
This initiative will support organisations who are using technology in innovative and inspiring ways to respond to the ever-changing HIV landscape in the UK.
Proposals are particularly welcome which aim to address the following priorities:
- Improve the quality of life for people living with HIV, particularly those who are 50+;
- Increase access to services which enable prompt diagnosis of HIV and contribute to HIV prevention;
- Address misinformation and the stigma surrounding HIV.
The technological responses can include digital solutions for sector practitioners and those which make services work more effectively behind the scenes, as well as those for people living with HIV or those at highest risk of contracting HIV. We’ll support simple and low tech solutions such as videos, sms messaging and social media as long they make the best use of people’s current digital behaviour and not primarily face to face working.
A wide range of digital innovations will be considered and our aim is to fund projects that:
- Are focused on specific user needs, and current digital behaviours in their design, delivery and development
- Make best use of web, mobile or internet based technologies, whether this is hardware or software development
- Have potential to scale and be adopted by others
- Disrupt and challenge existing ways of delivering services
- Involve collaborations between those delivering vital support services and digital agencies to ensure their reach, user involvement and technical rigour
Applicants must be able to demonstrate they follow best practice in digital design and development – see https://www.gov.uk/design-principles
In order to encourage organisations to innovate and respond to the challenges present in the HIV sector, we have partnered with the MAC AIDS fund. We anticipate making up to 10 grants from a total fund of £450,000.
- Grants can be for between £20,000-£80,000, and over a period of 6 – 18 months.
- We will fund digital solutions at any stage of development (from idea stage to those wishing to roll out existing solutions). You will need to have an identified digital partner (or in house digital expertise) in place at the point of applying for funding.
- We are particularly interested to understand the sustainability and revenue models for the technological solution, so please reflect on this in the application.
- We welcome proposals from the HIV sector and beyond, including unusual collaborations, such as those working together to develop new solutions alongside design or digital agencies.
- The grant will include additional support from social-tech experts, which will include a one day start up workshop at the start of the grant, connections to tech experts, on-going mentoring and two peer learning days.
- Applicants should budget for three trips to London to attend these sessions.
- We expect that for those projects at an early stage of development, the first three months will be dedicated to research, ideas development, user testing or piloting, before development and delivery work begins in full over the remaining life of the project.
Organisations or partnerships applying to this initiative must meet Comic Relief’s general eligibility requirements. In addition:
- Grants are available for organisations based in the UK for work in the UK.
- There is no restriction on the annual income of the organisation or partnership applying for a grant.
- There is no restriction on applying for this grant if you have another grant with Comic Relief.
- We will not fund pure research for the duration of the grant, however, we will support research as part of the grant that results in the creation of a tangible solutions and would expect user-centred research and design processes to be followed throughout.
Please review our grant making policies and FAQs for details of our eligibility criteria for all organisations applying to Comic Relief for funding (see links below).
Key dates and process
We will be open for proposals from 10th April 2017 to midday on 19th May 2017. As part of your application you will need to produce a short video (max 3 minutes) outlining your project idea. This should be published on a public site such as YouTube or Vimeo without being password protected and a hyperlink given within the application form. Note: that the rest of the application form will not be made publicly available, and you can remove or protect the content after 15th August.
Once we receive your proposal, we will initially check whether your organisation and proposal are eligible for funding under this initiative and then shortlist the strongest proposals to go through for a full assessment. We will aim to notify all applicants of our decisions at this stage by the end of June. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage, we will be unable to provide any additional feedback due to our limited resources. Assessments of the shortlisted proposals will take place during July 2017 and final decisions will be made by our Grants Committee and Trustees. We aim to inform all applicants of the final decision in early October 2017. If your proposal is unsuccessful at this stage we will offer further feedback by phone.
Relevant documents/links on www.comicrelief.com
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Annual Open Day
Saturday 6 May 2017, 10am-1pm – Main Reception, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Thomas Drive, Liverpool, L14 3PE.
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital is holding its Annual Open Day, offering an opportunity to visit the hospital, see behind the scenes and get a range of health and lifestyle advice.
Everyone is welcome at our free public event including colleagues, patients, families and carers.
The event includes:
- Tours of the radiology, operating theatre, and cath lab suites
- Advice on how to keep your heart healthy including BMI checks, bodyweight MOT and nutrition
- Blood pressure tests and CPR demonstrations
- Information about our community cardio and rehab services
- Free acupressure, massage and Reiki from the popular Cloud Nine team
- The LHCH charity team and the Cardiomyopathy support group
To book your place on the Open Day or for further information, contact the LHCH Membership Office at 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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