Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Monday, 1 June 2020

It's Volunteers Week!!!

Volunteer Centre staff from every county in Wales have come together for #VolunteersWeek to record this special message to thank volunteers who make such a huge contribution to communities across the country. Thank You

Mae staff Canolfannau Gwirfoddoli yng Nghymru wedi dod ynghyd ar gyfer #WythnosGwirfoddolwyr i recordio neges o ddiolch arbennig i bob gwirfoddolwr am eu cyfraniad enfawr ar draws y wlad. Diolch

Watch the film here

Short Survey - please take part

We understand that as a result of Coronavirus, organisations or groups like yourself may have encountered difficulties in the way you support your beneficiaries or service users. Indeed, some groups may not be able to support people in the same way they did before or are not able to provide support at all. We would like to find out how your group have been affected, and what support would help you in the future.

To best understand the issues you face you have been invited to take part in a short survey which is being managed by the Bevan Foundation who are a charity based in Merthyr Tydfil. All responses to the survey will be anonymised and, although we may use some of your answers in the report, you will not be identified. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a follow-up discussion.

The short questionnaire should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete part is easy, all you need to do is click the link below or copy and paste into your web browser. The survey will close on Friday 12th June but we would appreciate if you could complete it as soon as you can.

if you would like to ask any questions about the research, or you would like help to complete the survey then please contact Claire Thomas, policy and research officer at the Bevan Foundation by emailing Survey@bevanfoundation.org who will be happy to help you.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

New - funding opportunity for those working with older people affected by Covid

Please find a link to the details here

How has Covid affected you and future support needs - short survey

We understand that as a result of Coronavirus, organisations or groups like yourself may have encountered difficulties in the way you support your beneficiaries or service users. Indeed, some groups may not be able to support people in the same way they did before or are not able to provide support at all. We would like to find out how your group have been affected, and what support would help you in the future.
To best understand the issues you face you have been invited to take part in a short survey which is being managed by the Bevan Foundation who are a charity based in Merthyr Tydfil. All responses to the survey will be anonymised and, although we may use some of your answers in the report, you will not be identified. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a follow-up discussion.
The short questionnaire should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete part is easy, all you need to do is click the link below or copy and paste into your web browser. The survey will close on Friday 12th June but we would appreciate if you could complete it as soon as you can.
We have also attached a document which provides additional information about the project here
if you would like to ask any questions about the research, or you would like help to complete the survey then please contact Claire Thomas, policy and research officer at the Bevan Foundation by emailing Survey@bevanfoundation.org who will be able to help.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

New! Funding opportunity from Comic Relief being administered by VAMT

Applications are invited from local organisations to the new Comic Relief Emergency Fund, being administered by VAMT.  Closing date for applications is Friday 29 May.  Maximum grant application is £5,000.

The application form is available  here

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Funding Update 5 May 2020

NEW! Capital Fund from VAMT

Supported by the Welsh Government Integrated Care Fund VAMT are pleased to promote a Covid-19 Capital Small Grant opportunity to you.  This grant is to facilitate small capital solutions (including digital equipment/technology)  which will support vulnerable individuals and communities affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  

Contact Sharon.richards@vamt.net for more information.  Closing date:  12 Noon Monday 18th May 2020.  Application form here

Small Grants

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund - The fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency they have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. For more information click here  

While some areas are now ineligible to apply as of this morning, Merthyr Tydfil was still open for applications.

Greggs Foundation - The Coronavirus outbreak is having a devastating impact. Charities, community groups and schools who support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities urgently need our help. Click here for more information.

Community Foundation in Wales: Wales Coronavirus Resilience Fund  This fund has been established to assist groups and organisations that are adapting their services and support to individuals and families, whether singly or collectively, affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.  Click here for more information

Larger Grants

Voluntary Service Emergency Grant - The purpose of the Voluntary Services Emergency Fund (VSEF) is to enable those providing vital support to groups affected by Covid-19, such as: people in isolation, the elderly, carers, people struggling to access food etc. so that they can be supported during this time. Click here for more information and application form. 


Third Sector Resilience Fund for Wales - This fund is designed to support those voluntary sector organisations that need financial support to survive the current crisis primarily because of an unprecedented fall in their fundraising and donation income. Click here for more information

Barclays have set up a fund to support charities during the crisis. It is awarded on the back of an application and focuses on what support has been provided to vulnerable people and the community . The link is here

WCVA have a new streamlined application process for their new Active Inclusion Covid-19 programme.  Applicants will need to be on the Approved Beneficiary List. More information here

Charities Aid Foundation -  Charities Aid Foundation launches Coronavirus Emergency Fund (UK) - The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a new Coronavirus Emergency Fund. Through this fund smaller charities, not for profit organisations, social enterprises and unregistered community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to within their communities. For more information click here

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Emergency Fund - We are providing a package of support for the heritage sector as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This includes increased advice and support, longer-term skills and capacity building initiatives, and a £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund to provide emergency funding for those most in need. The Heritage Emergency Fund is accepting applications for funding from £3,000 to £50,000. The application form will be available from Wednesday 15 April and you will be able to apply until 30 June 2020. For more information click here

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Feeling lonely? Need support?

As we continue to be encouraged to stay at home, this is a very difficult situation for most of us.

If you are feeling lonely or vulnerable and need a listening ear, then VAMT can help you connect with support. Please phone 01685 353932 or 07580 866547.