Heritage Lottery Fund – First World War: Then and Now (UK)
|Heritage Lottery Fund support is available for community projects which explore, conserve and share the heritage of the First World War. Examples of the heritage that projects might explore are as follows:
Projects should enable communities to understand more about the heritage of the First World War and benefit a wide range of people. In particular, priority will be given to projects that help young people aged 11 to 25 years to take an active part in the Centenary commemorations.
Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available for not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations in the UK.
Loan Finance from WCVA
Have you thought about how loan finance might be able to help you grow your organisation?
Since 2006, WCVA has been able to provide over £4 million of loan finance to
enterprising third sector organisations to help them to grow, become more
sustainable and create job opportunities in communities across Wales.
We have provided working capital to help organisations compete for contracts
offered by Local Authorities and Health Boards, supplied the bulk or finishing
finance to support large-scale capital projects and we have invested in organisations
to start or expand their trading activity.
Organisations from a range of sectors have benefited from our loan finance programmes
including: arts, community regeneration, education, environment, health,
housing, regeneration, support and sport.
We can often help finish packages of investment that grant providers cannot, and
using an element of loan finance is a strong indicator to other funders of your
resolve and confidence in generating income from any investment you are asking
them to make.
Two types of loan product are available for groups that operate in the Vale of Glamorgan:
- Micro loans of up to £20,000 anywhere in Wales.
- Property backed loans from £250,000 to £5,000,000 anywhere in Wales
If you’ve got something in mind, even if you’re still at the planning stage, why
not give us a call or drop us an email using the details below? We would be
happy to talk it through and see if we can support your work.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Phone – 029 2043 1779 /029 2043 5766 or e-mail
A seminar for trustees – Responsibilities when employing staff – delivered by Hugh James Solicitors
Your staff are your responsibility – make sure you know your duties and book a place on the seminar to be held on 25 June at the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff between 5pm – 8pm (Afternoon tea will be served prior to the seminar).
Whether an organisation is incorporated or unincorporated, the trustees are ultimately responsible for general control and management of administration. This includes the employment of any staff that the organisation may take on, so it is important that trustees are aware of their responsibilities when hiring.
Responsibilities when employing staff will examine the role of the employer to its employees, from recruitment to termination of employment. It will give participants the legal knowledge and practical advice needed to ensure that they can properly manage their responsibilities as employers.
The seminar will cover the following topics:
- Avoiding discrimination through recruitment and understanding an employer’s potential liability under the Equality Act 2010
- Contractual obligations and terms and conditions of employment – what do you have to provide and when?
- Is your organisation complying with the eight data protection principles under the Data Protection Act 1998?
- Understanding the role of the employer in dealing with disciplinary and grievance procedures – minimising the risk of claims in the Employment Tribunal
- Effectively managing sickness absence to minimise the impact upon your organisation
- Redundancy round up: reviewing the employer’s obligations when going through a re-organisation
To book your place tel: 029 2043 1724 or e-mail and ensure you’re doing everything you need for your staff.
Cymraeg i Oedolion – Welsh for Adults
Welsh Taster Courses
Are you a complete beginner who would like to give Welsh a go!? If so, why not try one of our Welsh Taster Courses?
These courses will cover pronunciation, counting and simple patterns in the present tense. Please click here to find a taster course that suits you.
Adult Learners Week
18 – 26 May
A week full of learning events for you. Why not click and take a look at the booklet here to find something to suit you!
Wythnos Addysg Oedolion
18 – 26 Mai
Wythnos yn llawn digwyddiadau addysgu ar eich cyfer chi. Beth am glicio ac edrych ar y llyfryn yma i ffeindio rhywbeth sy’n eich siwtio chi!
Cymraeg over a Cuppa
Why not come and enjoy an informal Welsh lesson, come and find out about our taster courses, summer course and the hundreds of Welsh course which are starting in September and enjoy a FREE cake and cuppa. Many Cymraeg over a Cuppa sessions will be held across the Vale during Adult Learners Week! Please see all the details below.
Cymraeg dros Baned
Beth am ddod i fwynhau sgwrs yn y Gymraeg a chael rhagor o wybodaeth am gyrsiau mis Medi dros baned a chacen AM DDIM! Mae nifer o sesiynau Cymraeg dros Baned wedi eu trefnu ar eich cyfer chi dros wythnos Addysg i Oedolion! Gwelwch yr holl fanylion isod.
|Cymraeg Over a Cuppa|
|Blue Deli Cafe, Barry||16.00 – 18.00||Tuesday 21st May
Dydd Mawrth 21 Mai
|The Old Hall, Cowbridge||16.00 – 18.00||Wednesday 22 May
Dydd Mercher 22 Mai
|The Beach Cafe, Llantwit Major||12.00 – 14.00||Thursday 23 May
Dydd Iau 23 Mai
|Foxy’s Deli, Penarth||18.00 – 20.00||Friday 24 May
Dydd Gwener 24 Mai
Free guide to data protection launched
A new free guide to data protection was launched at the Bates Wells Braithwaite offices on 30 April 2013. This is the product of a successful collaboration between Charity Finance Group; Bates Wells Braithwaite; The Information Commissioners’ Office and other partners. So far there has been excellent feedback including endorsement from the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator.
Crimestoppers launches charity fraud whistle-blowing service
Crimestoppers has launched a 24/7 reporting service in an attempt to tackle the estimated £1bn of charity fraud that occurs annually.
A charity itself, Crimestoppers says its new Charity Fraud Line will allow charity staff to report suspicions about colleagues or volunteers anonymously before Crimestoppers pass the information on to law enforcement providers.
The service has been developed with the support of the Charity Commission and to complement anti-fraud measures already in place in the sector, such as the Voluntary Sector Fraud Group. It is an extension of Crimestoppers’ Integrity Line, which was launched in 2005 to combat criminal activity in the private sector.
Crimestoppers founder and chairman, Lord Ashcroft, said: “As a charity itself, Crimestoppers is pleased to be launching this new service and supporting other third sector bodies that are being subject to fraud which has a huge financial impact on the good causes they work hard towards.
“A few individuals working within charities across the UK are causing significant losses to the generous donations given to various organisations by the public. This is why we are taking a stand and bridging the gap between giving information on criminal activity taking place both inside and outside the workplace.”
Befriending Places Available in the Vale
Are you feeling lonely and isolated. Would you like support to get out of your home and meet others in your community? If the answer is yes and you are 50 or over and live in the Vale of Glamorgan, our volunteer befrienders can help you. For more details or to make a referral, contact Samantha Jenkins the Let’s Get Out Co-ordinator for Age Concern on 07584346014.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – Saturday May 11th 2013
2 days to go, please come and support us!!
2.00pm Start Time
Atal Y Fro is a unique organisation dedicated to the elimination of domestic abuse. We do so by developing and providing specialist services aimed at raising awareness, in forming and educating communities in order to break the cycle of domestic violence.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Charity Walk is a walk with a difference! Each participant will be slipping on a pair of high heels (or any women’s shoes) and following a set route around Barry Island, where there is plenty of entertainment and refreshments available from local shops and cafes including a live broadcast by bro radio. Then it’s a quick squeeze into your heels and off we go!
So come on down with friends and family who will support you and rub your sore feet at the finish line! We hope this will be a bit of a giggle but remember, these men are standing up (possibly wobbling) and speaking out against Male Violence towards Women.
Beyond Barriers Workshop and Questionnaires
Please find information below relating to ‘Beyond Barriers’ project which is currently being run by Action for Children and Barnardos. I would like to take the opportunity to invite you to a forthcoming ‘Beyond Barriers’ morning workshop that is due to take place. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Registration is from 9.30 am onwards and it anticipated that the workshop will last for the morning, with a light lunch provided.
The first workshop will be held in Bridgend on May 15th 2013 at the Best Western Heronston Hotel, Ewenny Rd, Bridgend,CF35 5AW.
The second workshop will be Cardiff on June 5th 2013 at the Future Inns, Cardiff Bay, Hemingway Rd, Cardiff CF10 4AU.
I look forward to seeing you there and I would be grateful if you cascade this invitation to any contacts that you have who might be interested in attending and contributing to this project. Please let me know as soon as possible which workshop you would like to attend.
Please also find attached two The Survey Monkey Questionnaires, one for third sector organisations, the other for commissioners. These questionnaires form an important part of the project and I would be grateful if you would take the opportunity to complete and submit these questionnaires to contribute to the data that we are collecting in relation to commissioning, procurement and tendering issues across Wales. The links are as follows:
Third Sector organisations: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/36H2GL8
Emma Dalgleish, Development Officer, CFOG, Action for Children
Barnardo’s Marlborough Road Partnership
We’re after input from young people to name our new CYP Substance Misuse Service. There is a poll up on the Sprout website (www.thesprout.co.uk) asking young people to give their opinions on what they would name their new substance misuse service.
We’ll be looking to have a presence at local community events across Cardiff and the Vale from now on to raise awareness of the new service, particularly following our launch in June.
Team Leader – Cardiff and the Vale Tier 2 Children and Young People’s Substance Misuse Service
Barnardo’s Marlborough Road Partnership, 44-46 Marlborough Road, Roath, Cardiff, CF23 5BX
Cardiff Live Music Club
I am attaching our poster for the May Concert, a bit of a difference this month, as you will see it is a group of local Clarinet players who will be entertaining us.
Elsie Ball, Chairperson/Concert Sec.
Development of National Standards and Outcomes Framework for Children and Young People’s Advocacy Services in Wales.
We are seeking views on our plans to measure how national standards are being achieved.
Please submit your comments by 22 May 2013
For more information including ways to respond go to:
Margaret Griffiths, Team Support Officer, Empowering Children & Young People, Local Government and Communities Directorate, Welsh Government
Environment Wales Funding Surgery Thursday 13th June 2013 Barry Community Enterprise Centre
VCVS is pleased to announce that a day of pre-booked appointments has been organised in collaboration with Environment Wales. Groups serving the Vale of Glamorgan will be able to apply for a 30 minute appointment with Gareth Davies, Community Development Officer, Environment Wales/Keep Wales Tidy to discuss a potential project proposal. Groups that wish to apply must be available anytime between 10:00am and 5:00pm on 13th June 2013 – confirmation of the actual appointment time will be advised to successful applicants by Monday 10th June 2013. There will be a maximum of ten appointments available on the day.
To apply for an appointment please forward an outline of your proposal (one side of A4), preferably by e-mail, to ku.gro.svcelavnull@evad or alternatively it can be posted to VCVS, Barry Community Enterprise Centre, Skomer Road, Barry, CF62 9DA. Applications must be received by Wednesday 5th June 2013.
Environment Wales operates five grant streams to support voluntary organisations and community groups undertaking practical projects that promote one or more of the following objectives:
- to achieve sustainable improvements to the Welsh environment through practical projects;
- to increase understanding of sustainable development and the environment through information, education and advisory services;
- to help create new environmental initiatives which also allow communities and voluntary organisations to contribute to their social and economic needs;
- to support and train staff and volunteers engaged in these activities.
Two of the grant streams are available pre-registration i.e. for projects which may not yet be well-enough established to complete the registration process. These are:
Start-up Grants: These help to cover the costs involved with establishing new voluntary or community groups such as hiring venues, publicity or printing, training, insurance, affiliation etc. The maximum grant is £1,000.
Pre-Project Grants: These help cover the costs of any studies or surveys that need to be undertaken before a project can begin; for example feasibility studies, business plans, ecological surveys or community appraisals. The studies must be undertaken by a third party. The maximum grant is £6,000.
In both these instances, grants will only be awarded if the proposed project activities meet with our objectives and it is hoped that any projects benefiting from these grants will later come forward for Environment Wales registration.
There are 3 other Environment Wales grant streams, open to registered projects only.
Training Support Grants: These grants are available to help cover the costs of training courses and conferences. Eligible costs include travel expenses, subsistence and course fees. The maximum grant available is £600. Applications may be submitted at any time.
Project Grants: These grants help cover project materials and equipment. The maximum grant available is £10,000. Applications may be submitted at any time.
Management Grant: These grants help fund new posts within registered projects. The posts must be project-specific and not part of an organisation’s core activities. Grants range from £1,000 to £12,000.
More information is available on the Environment Wales website: http://www.environment-wales.org/
Barry Arts Festival 2013
Friday 10th May 4pm
Opening of festival shop (the former Blockbusters on Holton Road)
We’ve leased this shop for 6 weeks and we’ll be holding workshops (art and music) and there will be an exhibition by VOGA throughout the festival. Come along on Friday and check it out! We hope that Beatrice the Barry Arts Festival beetle will make an appearance too.. Go to www.barryartsfestival.org.uk or www.facebook.com/barryartsfestival to get the latest info and pictures.
Friday 24th May 6.30pm
Opening of festival by Dai Smith, chair of Arts Council Wales. Reception in Art Central
For a full programme, click on the link below.
Support Cycling to Work Campaign
Sustrans are launching a new campaign to encourage higher levels of commuting by bike. We are looking to build a workplace cycling standard and to highlight the need for much-improved facilities and support for cycling in workplaces.
As a starting point, we’re releasing a survey so we can find out about people’s experiences of cycling to work. It takes 2 minutes and there is a chance to win a pair of panniers worth £100!
If you have any questions regarding the survey please email Rachel Bromley
Barry Youth Marine Award
Barry Town Council, in association with the Tall Ships Youth Trust is delighted to announce the launch of the Barry Youth Marine Award. The details of which are as follows:
An all-expenses paid voyage, in UK waters, sailing as a member of the crew aboard the tall ship “Stavros S Niarchos”. This is a life changing experience that will also offer the opportunity to make new friends, enjoy new and unique challenges and sail aboard a magnificent ocean going square rigged tall ship.
The successful applicant(s) will have the costs of travelling to and from the ship together with all voyage costs and specialist insurance paid for
The award is open to every young person in the age group 12 – 25 who is resident within Barry Town
Applicants must be in good general health and not be actively involved in illegal drugs or substances. A current Passport may be required . Further information on this can be found on the tall ships web site (www.tallships.org)
Applicants will be required to write a short statement of 500 words about “What would make Barry better for me?”
An adjudication team will then assess the applications and may seek to meet with short listed applicants before making a final decision
The successful applicants(s) will be required to take part in a pre-agreed voyage within the summer voyage schedule.
Upon completion of the voyage the award winner(s) will be asked to attend a meeting of the Town Council to provide a 5 – 10 minute presentation / verbal report on their experiences
Award process timetable, 2013
Application deadline. 18th June
Announcement of successful winners. 28th June
Voyage Summer 2013
Further details can be obtained from Barry Town Council on 01446 738663
Applications to the competition to be sent to Barry Town Council, (Tall Ships Competition), Council Offices, 7 Gladstone Road, Barry CF62 8NA
Lights! Camera! Action!
Do you remember when Awetu, now Diverse Cymru held a BME Mental Health event in your area and some of you signed up as Mental Health Community Champions? Some of you delivered BME mental health awareness raising sessions to organisations that Diverse Cymru are currently working alongside to help promote the views of the BME community and help to enable them to make their voices heard.
Well here is an opportunity for us to continue that work together and invite the community to take part.
This year the campaign is supported by Diverse Cymru who will be helping to ensure that Hafal reach out to minority and disadvantaged communities. It would be great if people from the BME community could attend the event.
Lights! Camera! ACTION! will call upon services to deliver on the new Mental Health Measure and Strategy. During the campaign service users and carers across Wales will produce their own film blogs which point local services and national policy makers to good practice in mental health service delivery across Wales – and flag up local deficits in delivery. We’ll talk to camera about what changes we want to see in services as a result of the exciting new law and policy. The date for the event in the Vale of Glamorgan is on the 23rd May 2013 but the venue has not been decided yet – if you are interested in attending please contact Emma Billings at Hafal
Please click on the link below for more information
Measles Outbreak: Information in Different Languages
Posters and FAQ’s in 10 different languages promoting the MMR vaccination have just gone online – click on the link below.
They are in 10 of the most frequently used languages at Health Boards in Wales. As this isn’t a comprehensive list visit NHS choices – click on the link below.
Work draws international attention
Welsh government proposes business rate relief cut for charity shops
Charity Retail Association warns of potential ‘serious damage’ as Edwina Hart, Welsh business minister, unveils plans to cut relief from 80 to 50 per cent. The Welsh Government has unveiled proposals to reduce the business rate relief for charity shops in Wales from 80 to 50 per cent from 2022. In a statement to the assembly’s chamber, Edwina Hart, the Welsh business minister, announced that a consultation would be held on business rate relief for charities, social enterprises and credit unions. The consultation document contains ten recommendations made by a review group led by Brian Morgan, professor of entrepreneurship at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
The Charity Retail Association said the recommendations, if adopted, would be a ‘new tax on charities’ and could ‘seriously damage charities in Wales’. An emergency summit would be held with Welsh member charities to discuss the impact of the proposals on the charity sector, the CRA said. The association called on Hart to attend the meeting to hear directly from charities.
The consultation will close on 28th June 2013.