Thursday, 25 February 2016

Courses and Newsletter by Institute of Fundraising Cymru


Please click on the link - Institute of Fundraising Courses for information about courses run by IoF

Free courses

The Wales Cooperative Centre in Caerphilly are running the following courses which are aimed at frontline staff and volunteers.  The courses are fully funded by the Welsh Government,

Please click on the links to book

2 Day Digital Champions training 1st & 8th April

1 Day supporting people to get online 25th May

½ Day Social media, participation, involvement and the web 8th June

½ Day Health, wellbeing & digital safety

For more information - please contact: Stephanie Davies
Direct Number/Ffon: 02920807152| Mobile: 07788314706 Email/ Ebost:

Social Care Workforce Training Opportunities

We have places available on the following, to book please e-mail or tel. 01443 668879

Understanding your Role and Responsibilities at Child Protection Conferences and Core Groups

(1 diwrnod)

(Diogelu Plant Lefel 3)

Hwyluswyr:  Pat Humphreys a Keiron Llewellyn

Cwrs undydd ar gyfer ymarferwyr amlasiantaeth sy'n mynychu cynadleddau amddiffyn plant a grwpiau craidd nid oes angen iddyn nhw fynychu cwrs tri diwrnod.

·       I ddeall pwrpas a swyddogaeth cynadleddau amddiffyn a grwpiau craidd a rolau a chyfrifoldebau aelodau'r grŵp craidd a'r gynhadledd
·       Rhoi darlun clir o'r gweithdrefnau ar gyfer amddiffyn plant
·       Deall y prosesau penderfynu sy'n pennu a yw cynhadledd yn cael ei gynnull neu beidio
·       Egluro ac i ddatblygu sgiliau ysgrifennu adroddiadau, gwella prosesau rhannu gwybodaeth a dadansoddi risgiau
·       Deall cwmpas a diben cynlluniau amddiffyn plant a gwella sgiliau ym maes
·       Datblygu cynlluniau a'u hadolygu


9.30 am – 4.30 pm
yn Heddfan,
Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF40 2JF

(1 day)

                (Level 3)

Facilitated by Pat Humphreys and Keiron Llewellyn

A one day course for multi agency practitioners who attend Child Protection Conferences and Core Groups and do not need to attend a three day course.

·       To understand the purpose and function of child   protection conferences and core groups and the roles and responsibilities of conference and core group members
·       To clarify the procedures involved in the child protection process
·       To understand the decision-making processes which determine whether a conference is convened
·       To clarify To develop skills at report writing, and to improve information sharing and analysis of risk at conference and core groups
·       To understand the scope and purpose of child protection plans and improve skills in the
·       Development and review of plan


9.30am – 4.30pm at Heddfan, Rhydyfelin, RCT  CF40 2JF

Understanding and Recognising Child Sexual Exploitation

Lefel 3 Diogelu
(cwrs undydd)


Lynwen Hartnell

Participants will have the opportunity to Consider all forms of child sexual exploitation: Bydd cyfranogwyr yn cael y cyfle i ystyried pob math o gamfanteisio’n rhywiol ar blant: 

  • Cynnal perthynas gamdriniol gamfanteisiol
  • Meithrin perthynas amhriodol ar-lein
  • Y defnydd o dechnoleg cyfathrebu gan gynnwys delweddau camdriniol
  • Cysylltiadau â masnachu mewn plant
  • Dod yn gyfarwydd â deddfwriaeth am droseddau rhywiol
  • Cydnabod pan fydd pobl ifainc mewn perygl; adnabod natur fregus ac arwyddion o gamfanteisio'n rhywiol ar blant


9.30am – 4.30pm

yng Nglyncornel CF40 2JF

(1 day)

(Level 3)

Facilitated by

Lynwen Hartnell

Participants will have the opportunity to consider all forms of child sexual exploitation:

·     Understand grooming and abusive exploitative relationships

·     The use of communication technology including abusive images

·     Links with Child Trafficking

·     Become familiar with sexual offences legislation

·     Recognise when young people may be at risk or involved by identifying vulnerability & warning signs of CSE


9.30am – 4.30pm

at Glyncornel, Llwynypia, RCT CF40 2JF

'Safeguarding Children–
From Recognition to Response'

(1 diwrnod)

(Diogelu Plant Lefel 3)

Wedi'i hwyluso gan Aelodau'r
Grŵp Hyfforddiant Bwrdd Diogelu Plant Cwm Taf

Deilliannau dysgu, er mwyn:

·     Cael ymwybyddiaeth o beth mae cam-drin plant ac esgeulustod yn golygu, a dysgu am arwyddion a symptomau o gamdriniaeth ac esgeulustod.

·     Bod yn ymwybodol o'r ddeddfwriaeth berthnasol, y broses diogelu plant ac awgrymiadau o adolygiadau ymarfer plant.

·     Deall sut gall ein gwerthoedd ac ymddygiad ddylanwadu ar ein barn.

·     Gwybod sut i ymateb i deuluoedd a phlant lle mae pryderon diogelu plant.

·     Gwybod sut i adrodd pryderon diogelu plant yn unol â pholisïau a gweithdrefnau eich asiantaeth, a Gweithdrefnau Amddiffyn Plant Cymru Gyfan.

LO 1 -1.1; 1.2; 1.3; 1.4 
LO 2 -2.1; 2.3; 2.4
LO3 - 3.3;
LO4 -4.1; 4.2; 4.3
LO7 – 7.1; 7.2           



yn Heddfan, Rhydfelen, RhCT

From Recognition to Response

(1 day)

Child  Protection
( Level 3)

Facilitated by Members of the
LSCB Training Delivery Group

This course is aimed at staff members who have direct contact with children, young people (under 25 years) and families and  in a position to identify concerns, for example, classroom teachers, non-teaching staff, child care workers, youth workers, primary care clinical and non-clinical staff, PCSO’s, probation officers, YOS etc

·     Have an awareness of what is meant by child abuse and neglect and learn about the possible signs, symptoms and indicators of abuse and neglect

·     Be aware of basic information relating to processes and legislation in child protection including recommendations from serious case reviews/public protection policies and guidance

·     Understand how our values and attitude can influence our judgement

·     Know how to respond to families and children where there are child protection concerns

·     Knowing how to report child protection/safeguarding concerns in relation to your agency’s policies and procedures and those of the All Wales Child Protection Procedures

LO 1 -1.1; 1.2; 1.3; 1.4 
LO 2 -2.1; 2.3; 2.4
LO3 - 3.3;
LO4 -4.1; 4.2; 4.3
LO7 – 7.1; 7.2           




at Heddfan, Rhydyfelin, RCT

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Facilitated by Mark Anthony


This half day course can act as a useful prerequisite to attendance at other IFSS training modules.

  • To understand the concept of motivation.

  • To gain a better understanding of Motivational Interviewing (M I) as a communication style.

  • To gain a better understanding of the spirit, principles and skills used in M I.

  • To recognise links to practice in Health and Social Care


9.30am  - 1pm

At Heddfan

Venture Out Activity Programme: March-April 2016

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Free Poetry and Art Events at Soar 3rd and 4th March 2016

Two free events are being held in Soar on 3rd and 4th March: an English language poetry workshop with Mike Jenkins at Canolfan Soar on Thursday 3 March . It's an all day workshop with Mike in the morning doing poetry and Rebecca Gouldson in the afternoon doing copper foil lettering.

The link to book a place on the workshop is here:

12 places are available.

For Welsh speakers or learners, there is also  a free Welsh poetry workshop with Grahame Davies on Friday 4th March.  It will be facilitated in English but the outcomes can be Welsh and English.    The link to book a place is here  

Again, there are 12 places on this one.

Office Manager Vacancy at the Bevan Foundation

The Bevan Foundation currently have a vacancy for an Office Manager, 18-24 hours a week (open to flexible working) up to £14,352 a year, based at their offices in Merthyr Tydfil

Full details of the vacancy and how to apply can be found at

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Lloyds Bank Foundation - funding

Lloyds Bank Foundation has changed over to a grant rounds system. Enquiries are only open during certain periods of the year. In Round One (now closed) Wales received a fair number of enquiries, which have turned into applications. 
Round Two (4th January to 5 p.m. 4th March) is now live, but early indications are that there are not as many enquiries coming from Wales.  Enquires received in Round Two will not get a funding decision until 8th August so planning now to submit an enquiry/proposal is essential

Round Three is not open until the 25th April until 8th June. . Round 3 decision will be communicated in late November.

For more information click on the link below :- 

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Working together for Service Delivery 16 March 2016

Working together for service delivery - A one day course, here at VAMT.  9:30-4:30 at the Voluntary Action Centre, 16 March 2016 - £20 per participant.


To provide participants with the tools and knowledge to make informed decisions about whether and how to work with other third sector organisations to deliver services.


Third sector organisations are increasingly being encouraged to work more collaboratively and form consortia. But working across organisational boundaries can bring difficulties and risks. This training course aims to explore the opportunities offered by working with partners, and to help organisations understand some of the key principles and practical considerations, such as choosing an appropriate structure and developing written agreements.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits and obstacles of joint working
  • Identify some of the key practical considerations for joint working
  • Assess the merits of different consortium structures

Who this course is for

This course is intended for staff and trustees of third sector organisations who are exploring whether to work with partner organisations.
To book your place email training by 1 March 2016

LIFE Programme for the Environment - Provisional Information Published on 2016 Call

The LIFE Environment sub-programme follows closely in the footsteps of previous LIFE Programmes and focuses on three priority areas:
  • LIFE Nature & Biodiversity - best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives and the Union Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, and the development, implementation and management of the Natura 2000 network.
  • LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency - pilot and demonstration projects to develop, test and demonstrate policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions.
  • LIFE Environmental Governance & Information - information, awareness and dissemination projects to promote awareness raising on environmental matters.
Public bodies, commercial organisations and non-commercial organisations, including NGOs are eligible to apply. To help those currently designing new LIFE projects, the expected timetable and budget has been published, along with the submission routes. The application package and supporting information will be made available once it is ready.
The expected timetable is as follows:
  • Traditional Projects - Environment and Resource Efficiency: 12 September 2016
  • Traditional Projects - Nature and Biodiversity: 15 September 2016
  • Traditional Projects - Environmental Governance and Information: 15 September 2016
  • Preparatory Projects: 20 September 2016
  • Technical Assistance: 20 September 2016
  • Integrated projects: 26 September 2016
The proposed budget is as follows:
  • Traditional projects (including those under the Climate sub-programme) - €239 million
  • Preparatory Projects - €1.92 million
  • Technical Assistance Projects - €800,000
  • Integrated Projects - €79.2 million
Applications for traditional projects will be made by eProposal. Applications for Technical Assistance, Preparatory Projects and Integrated Projects will be submitted by paper to the Directorate General for Environment.

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Postcode Community Trust - Community Sports Open to Applications (GB)

Grants of between £100 and £2,000 are available to enable grassroots sports clubs and organisations to obtain the following kit and equipment:
  • Replacement of worn-out equipment and kits.
  • A bank of new kits and equipment to support the launch of a new sports project.
  • New kit and equipment which will expand capacity to meet demand for activities.
  • Kit and equipment which will promote the inclusion of the disadvantaged or minorities within sports.
Priority will be given to projects that are creative, far-reaching and will leave a long-term impact once completed. The Trust will especially welcome applications for projects that are focused on improving life for disadvantaged groups and encouraging their inclusion within sporting activities.
Community groups and charities in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply for this round of funding.
The deadline for applications is 19 February 2016 (5pm).
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Monday, 8 February 2016

Drink Wise Age Well New Website

Please find below a link to Drink Wise Age Well's new website.   The link will shortly be added to the main pages of the VAMT website.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Youth Engagement and Progression Framework

ICF is undertaking some further research into the Youth Engagement and Progression Framework on behalf of the Welsh Government.  A comprehensive evaluation of the framework was carried out in 2014-15, during its implementation phase. The evaluation report was published in August 2015 on the Welsh Government website.

We would like to invite you to participate in a survey. which is part of a follow up study to the evaluation and aims to track progress. If you have already completed it, thank you very much for your help - you can ignore this request.

The response so far has been good but we would very much like to ensure that there is good representation from Third Sector Partners in Merthyr Tydfil.

Please see the links below:
 The survey will close on 12th February.
 Your opinion as a key stakeholder is very important. The views and comments that you provide in this survey will help to shape and improve ongoing implementation of the Youth Engagement and Progression Framework (YEPF). Information about the content of the framework can be found here.

The survey will take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete depending on what your involvement has been. Whilst many stakeholders will have completed a similar survey last year, it is important to collect information about your experiences now, to allow us to gather an up-to-date picture of progress.

Your responses will be treated confidentially and anonymously. Individuals will not be named although the type of organisation you work for and regional location may be revealed. Your answers, however, will not be reported to anyone in any way that will allow you to be identified.

Thank you very much for your contribution.