Tuesday, 28 October 2014


LawWorks Cymru enables voluntary organisations and individuals in need to benefit from free legal advice. 

Supported through VAMT and Interlink, an event is planned for third sector organisations that provide services in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

A key activity at the event will be to consult organisations present on gaps in current free legal advice provision, with a view to setting up new or additional clinics in Merthyr and RCT.

For a booking form please email me at  ravi.vedi@vamt.net   

In order to plan the catering meet access needs etc. that you might have, the booking form would need to be completed and returned by Monday 3rd November.

We look forward to seeing you.
Kind regards,
Ravi Vedi
Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil / Gweithredu Gwirfoddol Merthyr Tydfil
T 01685 353900 / 933
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Gypsy Traveller Awareness Training

Gypsy/Traveller Awareness Training
Bridges are delighted to release dates for Gypsy/Traveller Awareness Training for November 2014 – dates are attached in the poster attached
Training is completely free!!
To book a place contact Lillie Bramley via Email

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

As you may or may not be aware this day was created on 27 January 2000 when representatives from 46 governments around the world met in Stockholm to discuss Holocaust education, remembrance and research. As a result Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) has been commemorated within the UK since 2001 and is a day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and in the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. The day aims to honour survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experiences to create a safer, better future.
Next year will mark two important anniversaries - the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. In order to do this the theme is Keep the memory alive by exploring and sharing the powerful stories of survivors.
Last year the theme was ‘Journeys’ and there were more than 2,400 activities that took place across Britain in public spaces, libraries, schools, universities, cinemas, prisons, workplaces and many more. 
I am hoping to encourage you to consider either creating your own or taking part in a Holocaust Memorial Day activity for 2015. The activities can be as small or as big as you wish from displaying posters / screensavers through to an event; diverse from a book club discussion, film showing through to a commemorative garden; it maybe that you choose to come together with other organisations to mark the day and pool resources. Also you are not beholden to hold the activity on Tuesday 27 January 2015. For example some are held before or after the 27 January, or there may even have a programme of activities.
There are some fantastic Free resources and support available to assist organisers. Please see below some handy links on the HMD website:
The packs were launched September and contain lots of information. Packs can be ordered through the above link.  I am in the process of trying to establish what will be available in the Welsh language, however there are already some life stories translated and some education resources.
Within the Free resources there are some life stories pertinent for the 2015 theme of Keeping the memory alive. There are also book and film reviews, lesson plans, posters, podcasts, films, presentations etc.
The above link will take you to the web page that will have all the registered events advertised.
Finally, I have attached a brief article that can be used in newsletters, emails etc to help to promote HMD. I would be grateful if you could help to distribute this and / or place the information on your website.
If you need any further information from me then please do not hesitate to get in touch. I tend to work Thursdays and Fridays for HMDT in case you don’t get an immediate response.
Diolch / Thanks
Sally Richards
Wales National Support Worker
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
Keep the memory alive - Holocaust Memorial Day 2015
'If something happens, I would want there to be somebody who would remember that someone named D.Berger had once lived. This will make things easier for me in the difficult moments.'
David Berger, in his last letter before being murdered by Nazis in Vilnius, 1941
PO Box 61074

Monday, 27 October 2014

The Rest Grant Scheme

The Trustees of the Rest Bay Convalescent Hotel are winding up the charity and are dispersing their remaining funds via Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) through a grant application process.

The funding awarded by the Rest, totalling around £500,000,will be in the form of one-off, unrestricted donations of up to £100,000 each to the selected charities, but the process of selection will be by a competitive grant process, with applications scored against a number of criteria, including compatibility of aims and objectives, track record and value for money.

Who can apply?
Your organisation can apply if:
  • it is a registered charity;
  • it has a constitution or set of rules, dated and signed as ‘adopted’ by the chair, or other senior office holder on behalf of the organisation:
  • it has a bank account, in the name of the organisation, which requires at least two signatures;
  • it can provide a copy of the most recent audited accounts or statement of income and expenditure signed as approved by the chair or other senior office holder;
  • your organisation’s activity takes place in South Wales; specifically in at least one of the following unitary authority areas: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taff; Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan
  • it provides support to individuals who are affected by ill health, work-limiting health conditions, disabilities or ageing and are in need of respite and / or recuperation.  This could include carers and the families of those affected.
What can they apply for?
  • Unrestricted funding to a maximum of £100,000.
When can they apply?
  • By 4 pm on Monday 22 December 2014
  • Please note: applications received after the closing time will not be considered.
 Please note:
  • Only one application per charity will be considered
  • Any attempt to canvass individual Trustees of the Rest regarding an application to the scheme will make that application ineligible
  • Any Trustee of the Rest with an interest in any application will be excluded from the decision making process
Further information can be found on the WCVA website 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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