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
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  for further information about the scheme and guidance on how to apply.
If you have any questions, please contact the WCVA grants team at .
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 with suggestions.

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 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:
Mobile: 07966874996

More detailed information on our work can be found on our website: 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