Monday, 12 November 2018

Trustees Week 2018


What are you doing to celebrate Trustees’ Week in Wales? 
 Trustees’ Week 2018 takes place from the 12 - 16 November

 
Trustees' Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

Trustees' Week is also a great opportunity to thank trustees. They give their time voluntarily and make an enormous contribution to third sector organisations in Wales. 

Events will be taking place across Wales and you can find out more about what's happening on the
WCVA website 
How to get involved

· Take the time to thank your trustees for their contribution
· Attend one of the local or national events that will be happening during the week
· Use the hashtag #trusteesweek to join the discussion on social media
· Take the opportunity to advertise any trustee vacancies you may have


Here are some interesting statistics about trustees from the
Charity Commission:

· There are around 850,000 trustees in England and Wales

· 93% of trustees say the role is important or very important to them

· 70% of trustees volunteer for smaller charities

· The estimated value of trustee time is £3.5 billion a year

· 86,000 trustee roles are held by 16 to 34-year-olds

The majority (92%) of trustees are white, older and above average income and education, so there is a need to increase the diversity of trustees and recruit people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and skills. 


 Perhaps you could become a trustee? Watch this short video to find out more,
Being a Trustee, and get in touch with us at VAMT to find out about opportunities.

Wales for Africa Grants Scheme


 
Cynllun Grant Cymru o Blaid Affrica gan Lywodraeth Cymru – Ail rownd ar agor nawr i geisiadau

Mae WCVA wrth ei fodd o gyhoeddi bod ail rownd cynllun Grant Cymru o Blaid Affrica ar gyfer grantiau Bychain rhwng £500 a £5,000 ar agor nawr. Mae £53,865 ar gael i grantiau bychain yn y rownd hon.
 
Bydd cyfle hefyd i ymgeisio am un prosiect mawr Amlflwyddyn gwerth hyd at £50,000.
 
Dyddiad cau i ymgeisio
Grantiau bychain – 23ain Tachwedd 2018
Grant Amlflwyddyn – 30ain Tachwedd 2018
 
 
i gael rhagor o wybodaeth am y cynllun ac arweiniad ar sut i ymgeisio.
 
Os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau, cysylltwch â thîm grantiau WCVA drwy ebostio walesafricagrants@wcva.org.uk.
 
Dilynwch @wcvafunding ar Twitter i weld cyhoeddiadau cyffredinol am gyllid gan gynlluniau grant Cymru o Blaid Affrica a rhai o gynlluniau eraill WCVA.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa Grant Scheme –  Second round now open for applications

WCVA is delighted to announce the second round of the Wales for Africa Grant scheme for Small grants between £500 - £5,000 is now open. There is £53,865 available for small grants in this round.
 
There will also be the opportunity to apply for one larger Multi-Year project valued up to £50,000
 
Deadline for applications
Small grants – 23rd November 2018
Multi- Year grant – 30th November 2018
 
Please visit our website www.wcva.org.uk/WalesAfrica  for further information about the scheme and guidance on how to apply.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the WCVA grants team at walesafricagrants@wcva.org.uk .
 
Follow @wcvafunding on Twitter for general funding announcements from the Wales for Africa grant schemes and other WCVA schemes.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 




















     

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Trustees Week 2018 12-16 November


 
12-16 November 2018 marks Trustees' Week, an annual event to highlight the fantastic work that Trustees undertake in our communities.
 
Help us at VAMT find out how we can better support trustees in the County Borough.  Is there training that your committee would like/needs to undertake?  Do you need new or additional trustees?
 
Let us know - email training@vamt.net with suggestions.
#trusteesweek
 

Aldi Christmas Food Donations.


All Aldi UK stores will close from 6pm on Christmas Eve until Thursday 27th December 2018 to give our colleagues a well-earned break, so we will be donating unsold fresh food to good causes in the local community. Each of our UK stores will select one charity from their local area.

Interested parties should contact
Christmas@aldi.co.uk with the following information:
Organisation name
Charity number
Organisation focus (e.g. soup kitchen, food bank)
Contact details

If possible, the postcode of the 3 nearest Aldi stores

The closing date for applications is Sunday 18th November 2018. Successful applicants will require volunteers and transport to collect the food at 5.30pm on Christmas Eve. Only charities who apply via this email address will be eligible.

 

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

A note from the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner

We are keen to enhance our partnerships with the third sector; this briefing note is designed to raise awareness of the priorities of the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner to improve understanding and instigate opportunities for collaboration.

It is recognised that there are many priorities within the South Wales Police and Crime Reduction Plan which are also likely to be priorities of third sector organisations who hold a wealth of skills and experience. Therefore, there is opportunity for us to work closer together to make sure we are aligned in our working, support our shared priorities and collaborate on funding opportunities.

Who is the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner:

Alun Michael became the first Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales on the 22nd November 2012, and was re-elected for a second term on the 5th May 2016. In November 2016 Emma Wools was appointed as Deputy Commissioner on secondment from the National Offender Management Service in Wales (NOMS)

South Wales Police and Crime Reduction Plan 2018-21

Partnership working runs through the core of our Plan. We want to support, advise and enable those partner organisations delivering on shared priorities and outcomes. South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner currently give £332,000 to local authorities for youth offending services across South Wales and £565,300 to all seven local authorities for community safety funding which is used to deliver local priorities

Early intervention and prompt, positive action to help prevent problems before they escalate is at the heart of a five year plan for policing South Wales. The plan based on close co-operation with partners in local government, the health service and the voluntary sector, as well as Welsh Government, sets out six priorities for keeping our communities safe. It also reinforces the South Wales Police vision to make South Wales Police the best at understanding and responding to its communities’ needs.

Our priorities

The Police and Crime Commissioner holds the legal responsibility to set the policing priorities for South Wales through the Police and Crime Plan. In South Wales, they are as follows:
  • We will reduce and prevent crime and anti-social behavior to keep people safe and confident in their homes and communities
  • We will work to protect the more vulnerable in our communities, understanding causes and taking prompt positive action as issues arise
  • We will make our contribution to the strategic policing requirement and successfully police major events
  • We will engage with, involve and inform our communities, working with partners in local government, health, fire and welsh government to build resilience
  • We will work to make the local criminal justice system that most effective and efficient it can be to meet the needs of victims and reduce reoffending
  • We will spend your money wisely and support our people to provide the best possible policing in your community
Our outcomes
  • We will reduce the level of crime, disorder and anti social behaviour
  • We will enable our communities to be safe, confident and resilient
  • We will better meet the needs of vulnerable people, increasing their confidence to report and reducing repeat offences
  • We will improve how effectively our resources are used
  • We will ensure that South Wales Police is more representative of the communities it serves
  • We will strengthen our partnership work, applying the principles of co-operation to our work locally and through the criminal justice system
Our ability to deliver these outcomes relies on effective partnership work and a clear alignment of priorities. In a climate of shrinking resources, it is important we build relationships and partnerships to avoid duplication and silo working. We want to build a clear understanding of the organisations working in South Wales on these priorities, so if you are not already working with us, please let us know of your organization so we may support each other.

It is important that if we attend the same forums and/or work on similar agendas that we do not work separately but come together to pool resources and expertise. This is reflected in the opening statement of the plan ‘achieving more together towards a Safer South Wales.’

Please consider the above priorities, and if your organization is working towards similar or related objectives then do get in touch with our Policy and Partnerships Manager, Claire Cunliffe, to discuss how we can provide mutual support.

Contact details:
Email: Claire.cunliffe@south-wales.pnn.police.uk
Mobile: 07966874996

More detailed information on our work can be found on our website: http://commissioner.south-wales.police.uk/en/home/ and you can keep up to date with our work on our Twitter page @commssionersw 

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme - Round 2 open

What is it?
The Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme is a new Welsh Government funding programme managed by WCVA. The scheme will support local community and environmental projects in areas affected by the disposal of waste to landfill. Most areas of the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough are eligible.

How much funding is available?
Grants of between £5,000 and £49,999 will be available for projects that meet scheme criteria. The fund size is £1.4 million per annum.

Who and what will it fund?
The Autumn 2018 grant round is open from 31 October 2018.

Closing date 18 January 2019 for projects beginning in April 2019.
Please click here for further information

Monday, 29 October 2018

Thursday, 25 October 2018

New Courses for November from Adult Learning Wales

ALL COURSES RUN AT 9TH AVENUE RESIDENTS CENTRE GALON UCHAF, MERTHYR TYDFIL, CF47 9TL

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 21ST
FOOD HYGIENE HIGHFEILD QUALIFICATION LEVEL 2
9.30-4.30PM

TUESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
FIRST AID HIGHFEILD QUALIFICATION LEVEL 3
9.30-4.30PM

WEDNESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER
MANUAL HANDLING OCN AGORED WORKBOOK
9.30-3PM

PHOTO I.D NEEDED FOR ALL COURSES.
To book a place please email leane.saunders@adultlearning.wales


 Class fees apply – depending on circumstances e.g claiming a benefit, eg,  JSA, ESA, Working tax credits – then course is free.  

 

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Quick Reminder - Volunteering in Wales Grant Roadshow 6 November 10:00-12:30 at the VAC

Just a reminder that VAMT are hosting a WCVA Volunteering in Wales Grant Roadshow on 6 November between 10:00am-12:30pm at the Voluntary Action Centre.  Please email training@vamt.net if you'd like to attend.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Variety Small Grants for Youth Clubs

Variety, the Children’s Charity, is running a small grant fund for youth clubs to purchase equipment with.   The average size of the grants runs from £250 - £600.

More information including an application form and FAQs can be found  here

Healthy and Active Fund

The Healthy & Active Fund (HAF) is a new programme managed and delivered in partnership by Sport Wales, the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.  The Fund seeks to improve people's mental and physical health by enabling active lifestyles.  Its aims are to:
  • Sustainably increase the physical activity of those who are currently sedentary or have very low levels of activity.
  • Improve levels of mental well-being by promoting social interactions and increasing or improving access to spaces and places for physical activity.
Applications must demonstrate how the '5 Ways of Working' of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act have shaped and driven the project. Statutory and non-statutory bodies and organisations that have the structure and capacity to deliver the objectives of the Healthy & Active Fund can apply.  All projects will need to involve a range of partners in their design and delivery but there must be a minimum of two organisations from different sectors and the lead body must be from the Third or Public sector.

More information on applying here

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Direct Support and Engagement Workstream - Job Vacancy

Drink Wise Age Well currently have a full time job vacancy with TEDS.  Further information is available here

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Congratulations to Twyn Action Group -

Twyn Action Group Youth Club were recently awarded £229,916,from the People and Places fund of the BIG Lottery. they have worked with their community to decide what is most important to them. Residents are going to form a community panel to research and design a programme of new services and activities. The programme will build on the organisation's current work with young people and families in Merthyr Tydfil and will extend the opening of the Centre. Callum Palmer, Project Manager said  “That is fantastic, we needed someone to back us, it will mean a lot to the community who have really got involved with the project.”
Congratulations also to Royal Crescent Allotment Society, Stephens and George Centenary Charitable Trust and 3Gs Development Trust who were successful in their application to the BIG Lottery Awards for All fund.

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Fairground, Circus-folk, Show-people and Bargees Training day

Date: Wednesday 5 December 2018

Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE
Admission: The cost for the day (to include light refreshments & lunch) is £156.90 per delegate, if you book before the Thursday 22nd November and £173.07 per delegate if you book between Friday 23rd November and Monday 3rd December 2018. Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.
Organisers – The Romani Cultural & Arts Company

General Information
The Romani Cultural and Arts Company will be delivering three training workshops in three cities, focussing upon the Romani and Travelling people in Britain and their cultures, histories, languages, as a solid foundation to understanding the present communities. The workshops will deliver critical knowledge to professionals, policy-makers, and practitioners in local government, housing, accommodation, health, justice and education services; how to develop a respectful relationship with communities, approaches to constructing a positive dialogue around accommodation and ‘stopping-places’, to supporting better access for Romani and Travellers to health and wellness provision, to strengthening schooling, to raising attainment and improving elective home education, leading to increasing employment opportunities.

The situation for Romani and Traveller communities looks set to become more and more uncertain, as the protections offered under European legislation, conventions and frameworks will probably be rescinded. Show-people, Fair-gound families, Circus-folk and Bargees are likely to face significant changes in their businesses and operations too, with the post-Brexit legal framework. The overall social, economic and cultural impact of the departure from the EU will be especially deep upon these communities. The Romani Cultural & Arts Company has the best track record in the UK of delivering effective training in working with Romani and Traveller people, having carried out a range of training courses, international conferences, arts exhibitions and cultural symposia, schools workshops and heritage projects with Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, show-people, Circus-folk, Fairground families and Bargees, across Wales and Europe.
The Cardiff workshop will focus upon the current policy initiatives associated with the ‘Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales, 2015)’ have left behind the Romani and Traveller communities of Wales, particularly in terms of the ‘Well-being Assessments’ carried out by the Public Services Boards established by the Act and the recent review of these by Netherwood, Flynn and Lang (2017) for the Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe. These crucial processes have ignored the needs of Romani and Traveller people in ‘planning today for a better tomorrow’, with inadequate consultation of the present and future needs of Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities, insufficient sustainable development principles being applied to these needs, resulting in Romani and Traveller people being missed in the most important opportunity for improving the public sector’s delivery of provision rooted in the everyday reality of their lives and ensuring little benefit for the well-being of future Romani and Traveller generations.

Our training in Cardiff, in December 2018, will address these critical lacunae in government policy and practice, providing an opportunity to rectify, for local and national government policy-makers and service-providers, this absence of data and content and how to include the most marginal and excluded groups in Wales today.Book at Eventbritehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/gypsy-roma-traveller-fairground-circus-folk-show-people-and-bargees-training-day-tickets-51135839673

Monday, 15 October 2018

Volunteering Wales Roadshow at the Voluntary Action Centre 6 November 2018

Grants of up to £20,000 are available from Volunteering Wales, administered by WCVA.  Closing date is 5 December 2018.  Further information on the grants is available  here

Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil host a roadshow on Tuesday 6 November between 10:00-12:30 when WCVA staff will talk through the application process and advise on making an application.  Further information in English  and Welsh

To book a place email training@vamt.net or give us a call on 01685 353900

Thursday, 11 October 2018

NEW - Carers' Support Group starts 1 November

Merthyr and the Valleys MIND's Carers' Star project host a new Carers Support Group starting on 1 November.  Further details here

NEW - High Street Friendship Centre and Cafe -

High Street Baptist Church are hosting a new High Street Friendship Centre and Café every Thursday from 18 October.  Further details are available here

BIG Lottery funding surgery tomorrow - 12 October 2018

Nadia Bogdan from BIG Lottery is at the Voluntary Action Centre tomorrow 12 October 10:00am-1:00pm - drop in and see her to discuss your ideas for a potential bid to BIG.  No need to make an appointment.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Free Event - Cat Care

FREE event on 5th October. Pets are so important to many people in both improving wellbeing and also reducing isolation.
  • Info about £5 neutering & microchipping
  • FREE cat care and neutering advice
  • FREE cat carrier loans for neutering appointments
  • FREE transport for neutering appointments
See Poster

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

New Community Coordinator for Merthyr Tydfil


VAMT is pleased to welcome Claire Williams to the role of Community Coordinator for Merthyr Tydfil.

Claire joins the established team of 5 Community Coordinators across Cwm Taf, who provide information, advice and support to help people connect with community groups, services and activities in the local area, to improve their health, wellbeing and independence.

To find out more, or to make a referral contact Claire on 07580 866547 or email claire.williams@vamt.net.

Aviva Community Fund open to applications

Community groups have been invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000 for projects focused on health and wellbeing, financial literacy skills or the environment.
Groups can apply for grants of £1,000, £5,000, £10,000 or £25,000 from a total funding pot of £2m put forward by the insurance company Aviva through its Aviva Community Fund, which is open for applications.

To be eligible, the groups must be non-profit, UK-based and have existed for more than six months. The projects must also be UK-based.

Groups applying for the £1,000 grants must have annual incomes of less than £100,000; those applying for the larger grants must have annual incomes of less than £1m.

This year, for the first time, Aviva is partnering with Crowdfunder UK to allow groups to raise money as part of the application process.  Applicants can ask people to vote for them to receive a grant. This year, as well as seeking votes, they will also be able to raise money for the project from the public, inviting them to donate.

Aviva has set up a Facebook community group to allow applicants to chat about their experiences and share tips and advice.
More information about the fund can be found on the Aviva website.
Applications close on 9 October.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Digital Skills Grants totalling £100,000 made available.

 Funding is available to charities and other organisations to help improve the digital skills of unemployed people and improve their employment prospects.   

It will be made up of five grants of £20,000 each.

The deadline for applications is 1 October.

Clarion Futures are managing the funding - further information is available by contacting them here:
http://www.clarionhg.com/charitable-foundation/clarion-futures-communities/

Inspiring Digital Activities - Mental Health

Digital Communities Wales are running an Inspiring Digital Activities course focused around Mental Health.   The course will run from 10-2 16th October.

Further details and to book on please see the link below

Global Village Seeking New Trustees

For further information please click here

Co-op Foundation - Webinar tomorrow from WCVA


Aim

To give community organisations an insight into the Co-op Foundation and decide if the fund is right for them and how to make a successful application 

Content


In this webinar Ella Smyth from the Co-op Foundation, will offer advice and information about the Community Spaces fund. Through this fund, organisations that own or manage a community space (e.g. a community centre, a community park, garden, woodland etc.) can apply for interest-free loans of up to £50,000 alongside some grant funding. Please do ensure you have read the guidelines before attending to ensure you are eligible to apply before you sign up for the webinar. The webinar represents a great opportunity to gain valuable insight into the Co-op Foundation and the Loans for Communities scheme. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the webinar participants will:
Have an improved understanding of the Co-op Foundation
Be better equipped to make a successful application

Who this course is for

This session is for community organisations who are interested in knowing more about Co-op Foundation’s work and specifically the Community Spaces programme.
Find out more and book a space

Healthy and Active Fund Roadshow - 2 October Merthyr Tydfil

Healthy and Active Fund Roadshows

Welsh Government, Sport Wales and Public Health Wales have come together to deliver the Healthy and Active Fund (HAF) which aims to improve mental and physical health by enabling the adoption of healthy and active lifestyles across Wales.
Phase 1 of the HAF will provide £5million of financial support, over a period of 3 years (April 2019 – March 2022), to projects that strengthen and develop community assets.
Priority will be given to projects that actively promote the reduction of inequality in outcomes for one or more of the following groups:

  • Children and young people
  • People with a disability or long term illness
  • People who are economically inactive or who live in areas of deprivation
  • Older people and those around the age of retirement from work
Statutory and non-statutory bodies, as well as organisations that have the structure and capacity to deliver the objectives of the HAF are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will need to demonstrate value for money, along with a clear business case for the continuation of the project beyond initial funding. Clear evidence of partnership working and engagement with the local community in the development of proposals will also be required.

Details of how the HAF will operate, criteria and objectives as well as what we expect to see in applications, will be shared at a series of roadshows across Wales. Details of roadshow locations and how to register can be found at:
Merthyr Tydfil:

Please feel free to share details of the fund and accompanying roadshows via any appropriate contacts and should you have any queries please feel free to contact HealthyandActiveFund@gov.wales

Friday, 21 September 2018

Tenovus Cancer Care - Volunteers Needed 25th/26th September

On  25th and 26th September, Tenovus Cancer Care have been invited to promote our Big Birthday Raffle and sell raffle tickets at Tesco in Merthyr And we’re looking for help over the two days to sell raffle tickets and raise vital funds to support the work we do.

We’re looking for people to give any time between 10am and 4pm, however little or long you can spare. Even an hour could be a huge help!

If you’d like to volunteer simply call us on 029 2076 8850 or email volunteer@tenovuscancercare.org.uk . We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Quiz Night - Fundraiser for the Merthyr Tydfil Community Trust

A “Quiz Night” will be held on Thursday 25th October at 7pm at the West End Bowls Club, The Walk, Merthyr Tydfil.

It is being organised by VAMT to raise funds for the Merthyr Tydfil Community Trust which is a charity that supports local voluntary and community groups. It makes small grants to small groups that make a big difference to them. 


Please support us by coming along and entering a team. To register email Carol Hindley or phone her on 01685 353900.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Tackling Loneliness and Isolation

Tackling Loneliness and Isolation is a cross-cutting objective of the 
Cwm Taf Well-being Plan. One of the first steps is to find out what is going on at the moment to combat loneliness and isolation, what works best and what needs to be done in the future to connect people better. 

It would be great if you could complete this short survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LonelinessandIsolation The deadline is 5th October. 


Following that a meeting will be arranged where we can discuss the findings and make proposals to tackle this issue. If you have not already expressed an interest in this work and would like to do so, please email Ian Davy

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Have a look at the latest edition of Inform

The latest edition of VAMT's quarterly magazine has been published. Have a look
click here

If you would like to receive a paper version in future please email Ian Davy

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Help for Community Green Spaces

The Community Land Advisory Service Cymru has received new funding from The Environment Minister, Hannah Blythyn AM to support all community led green space projects.

 We are here to help you find land, acquire more land, do deals with landowners (including local authorities) to allow to use of land and to help you get all the necessary permissions including planning. We are also about to partner up with Cardiff University Law School to enable additional legal support and template documents. Our press release on the new Programme
can be found via this link.

If you need any land or planning advice for your community green space project, please email or call us on the details below.

Lucie Taylor MRTPI      CLAS Cymru Coordinator | Cydlynydd Cymru CLAS
Tel |Ffôn 02921 960966
Tel |Ffôn 077801 15292
For more information on the Community Land Advisory Service in Wales (CLAS Cymru) visit our
website.

Weekly 50+ Activity Hub


Early Intervention Youth Fund

A Home Office Fund  has been released to Police and Crime Commissioners to tackle serious violence related to young people.  Whilst it is stipulated that the bids need to be made by Police and Crime Commissioners, it is instrumental that this is done in partnership with key stakeholders from the public, third and voluntary sector.  With that in mind we are writing to ask if your organisation and any network of organisations you belong to would be interested in submitting a bid proposal in partnership with us. Please take the time to read the attached  letter which provides important information and application guidelines.

We are mindful that there is not much time to make the proposal, and with that in mind we ask that you outline any early thought to us by midday this Friday. Please feel free to contact us (Sian Rees 07814518766 / Daniel Jones 07866592799) to discuss further.

We have attached the Early Intervention Youth Fund Prospectus to give you more information and extracted the main questions  from the online fund application form to help shape some of your thought.

Local Giving Wales - event on 26 September

Just a reminder that Local Giving Wales are holding a session at the Voluntary Action Centre on 26 September between 2:00pm-3:30.  If you'd like to attend email training@vamt.net

Further information on Local Giving is here

Monday, 10 September 2018

MSE Charity open to applications - building financial capability skills

MSE Charity is currently accepting applications to its ‘Building and Developing Resilience’ theme for projects focused on building financial capability skills.

It is assisting groups who support mental health, well-being, cooking well for less, training others, independent skills and peer mentoring.

Projects must commence from January 2019 onwards.

The maximum grant available is £7,500. The MSE Charity will consider full project cost recovery but does not cover the organisation's core funding.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply. This includes UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions. Applicants should have an annual income of less than £500,000 and have unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.

The round is limited to the first 40 applications that are accepted or the deadline, whichever is soonest, so applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.
The application deadline is 28 September 2018 (5pm).
Further information for all enquiries, including an eligibility quiz, is available at http://www.msecharity.com/

Volunteering Wales Grants - Further Information

Further information on the new Volunteering Wales Grants is available here

Inspiring Digital Activities Training - Mental Health Focus

Digital Communities Wales are running an Inspiring Digital Activities course focused around Mental Health. The course will run from 10-2 16th October.
Further details and to book on please see the link below

Volunteering Wales Grants - new round opening 12 September

Announcing….a new round of Volunteering Wales Grants!
A new round of Volunteering Wales Grants is launching on 12 September, with opportunities for project funding of up to £20,000 for activity from 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020.

Volunteering Wales Grants is a scheme funded by the Welsh Government to promote and improve volunteering in Wales. The scheme is administered by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and is designed to deliver the government’s commitment to identifying opportunities for more people to volunteer.
Prosperity for All
Grants will be allocated to projects that can demonstrate that they are able to make a contribution to delivering the Welsh Government’s strategy, Prosperity for All, which describes a long-term aim to build a Wales that is prosperous and secure, healthy and active, ambitious and learning, and united and connected. 

The strategy identifies five priority areas which have the potential to make the greatest contribution to long-term prosperity and well-being. These are early years, better mental health, housing, skills and employability and social care. They are areas where it has been shown that earlier intervention and more seamless services can make a real difference to people’s lives.

The Volunteering Wales Grants for 2019/20 will support volunteering projects that contribute towards achieving outcomes in one or more of the priority areas.

Volunteering by young people is encouraged and supported through this grant scheme and a percentage of the funding available has been ring fenced to support projects that exclusively recruit young volunteers aged 14 – 25.
How can I find out more information?
Information sessions will be taking place around Wales during October and November 2018 to promote the Volunteering Wales Grants.  VAMT hope to host one in Merthyr Tydfil - or contact VAMT 01685 353900 enquiries@vamt.net

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Help and Support for your organisation from the Institute of Fundraising Cymru

Please find information on the Institute of Fundraising Cymru's two initiatives, open to local organisations: a fundraising health check, and Executive Coaching, here

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Volunteers needed for Tenovus Cancer Care's Big Birthday Raffle

 As part of our 75th birthday celebrations, we’ve gone back to our roots to honour the original ten businessmen who founded Tenovus Cancer Care all those years ago!

Back in the day our founders launched a simple raffle with the grand prize of car and we want to pay tribute to them with our Big Birthday Raffle.  The lucky winner will drive away in a brand new MG3 Car!  Second prize is a holiday at Watermark’s luxury lakeside lodges and third Prize are 5 chances to win a £50 John Lewis voucher.

And here’s where we need you!  We’re looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to represent Tenovus Cancer Care within your local community by attending events from now until October and helping us to sell raffle tickets as well as raising awareness about the work we do – our 75th Birthday Champions.  You can read all about the raffle on our website here and the volunteer role here.

The money we raise from this raffle will allow us to deliver more cancer treatments on board our Mobile Support Units to those who really need it. It means people can gain invaluable help through our support services. And it means we can carry out even more vital research into finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.


 If this opportunity is something you, or someone you know, would like to get involved with, then we’d love to hear from you! Email us at volunteer@tenovuscancercare.org.uk or call us on 029 2076 8331.






Free Tool Maintenance Course at Nant Llwynog, Bedlinog 19 and 20 September

Please find further details of this free two day course, provided by Keep Wales Tidy in English and  Welsh