Thursday, 14 November 2019

Environment and Green Spaces Network - the way forward

You may be aware that VAMT supports and Environment and Green Spaces Network which is a virtual network and meets annually.  Members of the Network are seeking views on how it could move forward.  If you or your organisation would like to get involved, please contact to be added to the mailing list.

A link to the survey is below:

Job Vacancies with Change Grow Live

Please see further information in the links below

Volunteer Co-ordinator (Maternity cover)

Cultural Placenames Project - Can you help?

The latest piece of work commissioned by Rural Action Cwm Taf is around local placenames.  If you'd like to contribute, links to a brief questionnaire are below

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Strictly Wales - inclusive dance competition

Strictly Cymru, is a pan-Wales inclusive dance competition

Strictly is free to enter/ take part, no dance experience is necessary and it is a great way for disabled people to come together in a supportive environment and experience physical activity through dance.

 We have heats still to come in the following areas:

 Bridgend 23rd & 24th January

Cardiff RCT 30th & 31st January

Newport 13th 7 14th February

Further details at:

Catalyst Cymru Mentoring Project for heritage organisations is open for applications

Further information available here

The Romani and Traveller ‘Jivdi Lil’ (Living Book) Training Day

A resource for anti-bias work with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

What is a ‘jivdi lil’?
It is a ‘tool’ and resource for addressing stereotypes, prejudices, exclusion and discrimination towards Romani and Traveller peoples, communities and individuals. The ‘jivdi lil’ (living book) is a way of bringing people from very different and varying backgrounds, cultures, world-views and faiths together where they can explore the lived experiences of ‘Gypsies’ of marginalisation and racism expressed towards them by other groups, through ‘reading’ (listening to and interacting with) the ‘lil’ (book, a person from the Romani and Traveller community) who shares these stories in a series of short episodes, followed by questions from the reader.

 The ‘jivdi lil divvus’
A ‘jivdi lil divvus’ is a living book day, an event where ‘readers’ and ‘books’ (lila) come together, where ‘readers’ choose ‘lil’ and sit down with them to ‘read’ their story and then the ‘reader’ becomes a reviewer, with a short description of the experience of ‘reading’ on a review card. The ‘jivdi lil divvus’ is organised and co-ordinated by a ‘librarian’ (lavo lil), curated by assistants and volunteers.

The ‘Jivdi Lil’ Training Day
The training day will deliver the skills and knowledge to become a ‘lil’, a ‘lavo lil’ or an organiser of an event and programme. The training day will go through the basics about what, where, how and why before developing actual ‘books’ and ‘readers’ with practical exercises. Finally, there will be an opportunity to deliver a short ‘living library’ session. 

The workshop will be held at the RCAC offices in Temple Court, 13a Cathedral Road, Cardiff on Monday 16th December 2019, 09:30 to 17:00. Coffee, refreshments and simple lunch will be provided for participants.

We anticipate great interest for this exciting event so please book your place early.

Book at Eventbrite

Monday, 11 November 2019

High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan Youth Community Awards

The High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan Youth Community Awards were set up in 2008 when finance was pledged by local firms, organisations and individuals in the County to support young people who were volunteering.

The idea behind the scheme was to encourage community spirit and financially reward individuals and groups who have shown commitment and given of their time and effort; taking part in initiatives which stand out as being over and above what could normally be expected.

 The success of the Awards has led to additional sponsorship and again this year a first prize of £1,000 will be made, together with other financial rewards. 

The Awards Panel is anxious to ensure that as many organisations as possible are aware of the scheme as there are many young people in Mid Glamorgan who are worthy of an award

Applications are invited from young people between the ages of 11 and 21, and also a group of young people again between 11 and 21, who have helped their local neighbourhood, an individual, family member or local organisation.  The closing date is 31 January 2020.

 If you require any further information please email the High Sheriff Awards Panel email address or telephone 0771 858 4764

Inform December 2019 - Call for Articles

The next edition of Inform, VAMT’s hard copy magazine will be circulated in early December, hence, as usual,  seeking articles for inclusion.  It’s an ideal opportunity to let the wider third sector and others across the borough and beyond know what you’re up to, your funding successes etc.  Deadline for submission is Friday 22 November 2019.  Articles of 300-400 words are welcomed, especially if accompanied by high resolution images, plus a jpeg logo if possible.

Please contact Hilary  Edwards for further information

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Grants from Track 2000 Grant Legacy Fund

Track 2000 Grant Legacy Fund offers grants to small to medium registered charities, community voluntary groups and social enterprises with incomes of £50,000 or less and with less than 12 months running costs in reserve. Funded organisations will need vital grant support to help them to achieve organisations goals and aims in three key areas:

  • Environmental Improvements to both inner town/cities and semi-rural areas led by pro-active grass roots groups that include volunteers of all abilities and ages in full participation in the activities being delivered.

  • Training/Education, especially for disadvantaged youth/adults, individuals with special needs or who are disabled for careers opportunities and overcoming barriers to mainstream opportunities.

  • Strengthening Disadvantaged Communities, this strand supports small charitable organisations, community/voluntary groups and social enterprises, working at grassroots level to improve quality of life for individuals and families and assisting community regeneration in deprived areas.

Grants of £5,000 and up to £35,000 to cover revenue and capital cost are available for 1 – 2 years work to small charities in South Wales. Grants can cover capital items (but not buildings), staff costs, project costs or expansion due to demand for the project, operation or service.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Useful Links:
Apply Online

More info:

Organisation name:
Track 2000 Grant Legacy Fund


Drink Wise Age Well Survey

 DWAW's autumn campaign is up-and-running: 'Grey Matters: Alcohol Related Brain Damage'. We are carrying out pre- and post-campaign surveys that will allow us to gauge the campaign's reach and effectiveness.  
 A link to the survey can be found here