Thursday, 14 November 2019

Environment and Green Spaces Network - the way forward

You may be aware that VAMT supports and Environment and Green Spaces Network which is a virtual network and meets annually.  Members of the Network are seeking views on how it could move forward.  If you or your organisation would like to get involved, please contact ian.davy@vamt.net to be added to the mailing list.

A link to the survey is below:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GreenSpacesFuture

Job Vacancies with Change Grow Live

Please see further information in the links below


 
Volunteer Co-ordinator (Maternity cover)

Cultural Placenames Project - Can you help?

The latest piece of work commissioned by Rural Action Cwm Taf is around local placenames.  If you'd like to contribute, links to a brief questionnaire are below
 
English

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Strictly Wales - inclusive dance competition

Strictly Cymru, is a pan-Wales inclusive dance competition

Strictly is free to enter/ take part, no dance experience is necessary and it is a great way for disabled people to come together in a supportive environment and experience physical activity through dance.

 We have heats still to come in the following areas:

 Bridgend 23rd & 24th January

Cardiff RCT 30th & 31st January

Newport 13th 7 14th February

 
Further details at:


Catalyst Cymru Mentoring Project for heritage organisations is open for applications

Further information available here

The Romani and Traveller ‘Jivdi Lil’ (Living Book) Training Day


A resource for anti-bias work with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

What is a ‘jivdi lil’?
It is a ‘tool’ and resource for addressing stereotypes, prejudices, exclusion and discrimination towards Romani and Traveller peoples, communities and individuals. The ‘jivdi lil’ (living book) is a way of bringing people from very different and varying backgrounds, cultures, world-views and faiths together where they can explore the lived experiences of ‘Gypsies’ of marginalisation and racism expressed towards them by other groups, through ‘reading’ (listening to and interacting with) the ‘lil’ (book, a person from the Romani and Traveller community) who shares these stories in a series of short episodes, followed by questions from the reader.

 The ‘jivdi lil divvus’
A ‘jivdi lil divvus’ is a living book day, an event where ‘readers’ and ‘books’ (lila) come together, where ‘readers’ choose ‘lil’ and sit down with them to ‘read’ their story and then the ‘reader’ becomes a reviewer, with a short description of the experience of ‘reading’ on a review card. The ‘jivdi lil divvus’ is organised and co-ordinated by a ‘librarian’ (lavo lil), curated by assistants and volunteers.

The ‘Jivdi Lil’ Training Day
The training day will deliver the skills and knowledge to become a ‘lil’, a ‘lavo lil’ or an organiser of an event and programme. The training day will go through the basics about what, where, how and why before developing actual ‘books’ and ‘readers’ with practical exercises. Finally, there will be an opportunity to deliver a short ‘living library’ session. 

The workshop will be held at the RCAC offices in Temple Court, 13a Cathedral Road, Cardiff on Monday 16th December 2019, 09:30 to 17:00. Coffee, refreshments and simple lunch will be provided for participants.

We anticipate great interest for this exciting event so please book your place early.

Book at Eventbritehttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-romani-and-traveller-jivdi-lil-living-book-training-day-tickets-80707984755?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

Monday, 11 November 2019

High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan Youth Community Awards


The High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan Youth Community Awards were set up in 2008 when finance was pledged by local firms, organisations and individuals in the County to support young people who were volunteering.

The idea behind the scheme was to encourage community spirit and financially reward individuals and groups who have shown commitment and given of their time and effort; taking part in initiatives which stand out as being over and above what could normally be expected.

 The success of the Awards has led to additional sponsorship and again this year a first prize of £1,000 will be made, together with other financial rewards. 

The Awards Panel is anxious to ensure that as many organisations as possible are aware of the scheme as there are many young people in Mid Glamorgan who are worthy of an award

Applications are invited from young people between the ages of 11 and 21, and also a group of young people again between 11 and 21, who have helped their local neighbourhood, an individual, family member or local organisation.  The closing date is 31 January 2020.

 If you require any further information please email the High Sheriff Awards Panel email address highsheriffmidglamorganawards@gmail.com or telephone 0771 858 4764

Inform December 2019 - Call for Articles

The next edition of Inform, VAMT’s hard copy magazine will be circulated in early December, hence, as usual,  seeking articles for inclusion.  It’s an ideal opportunity to let the wider third sector and others across the borough and beyond know what you’re up to, your funding successes etc.  Deadline for submission is Friday 22 November 2019.  Articles of 300-400 words are welcomed, especially if accompanied by high resolution images, plus a jpeg logo if possible.

Please contact Hilary  Edwards for further information Hilary.edwards@vamt.net

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Grants from Track 2000 Grant Legacy Fund

Track 2000 Grant Legacy Fund offers grants to small to medium registered charities, community voluntary groups and social enterprises with incomes of £50,000 or less and with less than 12 months running costs in reserve. Funded organisations will need vital grant support to help them to achieve organisations goals and aims in three key areas:

  • Environmental Improvements to both inner town/cities and semi-rural areas led by pro-active grass roots groups that include volunteers of all abilities and ages in full participation in the activities being delivered.

  • Training/Education, especially for disadvantaged youth/adults, individuals with special needs or who are disabled for careers opportunities and overcoming barriers to mainstream opportunities.

  • Strengthening Disadvantaged Communities, this strand supports small charitable organisations, community/voluntary groups and social enterprises, working at grassroots level to improve quality of life for individuals and families and assisting community regeneration in deprived areas.

Grants of £5,000 and up to £35,000 to cover revenue and capital cost are available for 1 – 2 years work to small charities in South Wales. Grants can cover capital items (but not buildings), staff costs, project costs or expansion due to demand for the project, operation or service.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Useful Links:
Apply Online

More info:

Organisation name:
Track 2000 Grant Legacy Fund

Link:
http://grantlegacyfund.org.uk/

Drink Wise Age Well Survey


 DWAW's autumn campaign is up-and-running: 'Grey Matters: Alcohol Related Brain Damage'. We are carrying out pre- and post-campaign surveys that will allow us to gauge the campaign's reach and effectiveness.  
 
 A link to the survey can be found here

Magic Little Grants

Thanks to an award of £550,000 from Postcode Community Trust, funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Localgiving are able to provide more grants than ever before.

This fund gives local charities and community groups the chance to apply online for a £500 grant to deliver projects across Great Britain that encourage people to be physically active. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.

With its simple 10-minute application process, the Magic Little Grants fund reduces the work required for local organisations to access the funding they need to launch or strengthen their services.
 
  • Applicants must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000. Preference will be given to projects that encourage social cohesion and help vulnerable people to overcome barriers to participation in physical activities.
  • Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.
  • The deadline for applications for Magic Little Grants 2019 is midnight on 30th November 2019.
 
As well as receiving a Magic Little Grant, successful organisations that are new to Localgiving will also be given a free annual membership with Localgiving worth £96.This membership gives them access to all of Localgiving’s wider online fundraising services, such as regular fundraising campaigns and training.

Welsh Government LEADER funding for groups working in Cwm Taf - via Rural Cwm Taf Local Action Group


Welsh Government funding for rural projects in 2019

Public and third sector organisations working with communities in the Bedlinog, Cyfarthfa, Maerdy, Merthyr Vale, Plymouth, Rhigos, Treharris, Vaynor and Ynysybwl wards are being invited to express an interest in applying for support from the Rural Action Cwm Taf LEADER Programme, administered by the Rural Cwm Taf Local Action Group.
Run by the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Union and the Welsh Government, the aim of the LEADER programme is to promote social inclusion, reduce poverty and improve health & wellbeing. 

Applicants’ projects will need to be community-led, using innovative methods to help communities address need by developing basic services, creating sustainable, resilient villages and improving the local environment. 

They should also fit into one or more of the following themes:
  • Exploration of digital technology
  • Adding value to local identity and natural and cultural resources
  • Exploring new ways of providing non-statutory services
  • Facilitating pre-commercial development, business partnerships and short supply chains
Applicant organisations must find at least 20% match funding to contribute to the project. Please note that existing projects or projects that would provide a direct benefit to your organisation cannot be supported.  The fund is for project ideas which have not been tried in the Cwm Taf area before.

Expressions of Interest must be received by 5pm on Friday, 31 January 2020 and can be submitted in hard copy or electronically.
For further information, guidance and an Expression of Interest form please contact ruralaction@merthyr.gov.uk, tel 01685 727089.

               

Monday, 4 November 2019

Talk! Learn! Do! Explore ways to talk to your children about money - new workshop from Merthyr Valleys Homes

Talk, Learn, Do!

Want to explore ways to talk to your children about money?

We are running a free Talk, Learn, Do! Workshop to help you out.

What children see and learn about money in childhood will influence how they manage their money as adults. To be able to manage their finances well, children need to observe, talk about and experience using money on a regular basis while they are growing up.

You as parents play a crucial role in building confidence and knowledge around money. Our attitude and habits towards money start to form by the age of seven, so the sooner you can start to talk to your child, the better.

This session will help you have the best conversations and be confident that you are teaching the behaviors that will make your child feel happy and in control around money. You will then be able to use the knowledge to create fun and easy ways to talk to your child, whatever their age.

The Talk, Learn, Do! Workshop is being held at Coed y Dderwen School on Tuesday 19th November between 2pm and 3pm. Spaces are free but must be booked in advance. To book your space call us on 01685 72772, email Community@mvhomes.org.uk or send us a message with your name, address and telephone number.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Trustees' Week 4 - 8 November 2019

Trustees' Week celebrates and recognises the Commitment and achievement of Trustees.
Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They help to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the world.

They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work.

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.


More information and resources including on line training are available at the Trustees' Week website

Meanwhile Wales Council for Voluntary Action have a free webinar for Trustees between 2:00pm-3:00pm on Wednesday 7 November.  Further details and how to book are available here


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Monday, 28 October 2019

Provident Social Impact Fund - open for applications from groups in Merthyr Tydfil


Provident Social Impact Fund is currently open to applications from Merthyr Tydfil.  Further information is available here
 
Funding of between £1,000 to £5,000 is available for projects which are aimed at:
 
  • Improving people’s personal finance capabilities (debt and financial advice/education)
  • Improving physical and/or mental health
  • Providing support which enhances, creates and sustains positive family relationships
  • Addressing issues of low educational attainment and improving learning outcomes
  • Providing people with opportunities to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage, including projects which increase access to employment
Next closing date is 9 November.
 
 

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Fruity Friday's

Further information on Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association Fruity Friday and Food Co op Here

Don't forget - Comic Relief Community Fund deadline is fast approaching - 31 October 2019

Introducing Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales – An easy-to-access pilot grant scheme for community groups in Wales.
Grants come in two levels:
Small Grants - £1,000 - £10,000
Organisational Growth Grants - £30,000 - £60,000

Comic Relief Community Fund Information

Comic Relief wants to ensure that its funding reaches the heart of Wales’ communities, by supporting community led action tailored to the varied communities across Wales. Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW) has been selected to administer grants on behalf of Comic Relief in Wales, ensuring a reach to grassroots organisations.
During this Comic Relief pilot scheme there will be one grant application window for organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000 per year.

The application window is open from 22 July 2019 and the closing date is 31 October 2019. 

The earliest projects can begin is the 1 January 2020

Projects should be completed by 31 March 2021.

There are two funding streams:
Organisational Growth Grants:
·         £30,000 – £60,000
·         For organisations to carry out activity to make a strategic impact and increase their resilience
·         Fitting in under one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

Ø  Children Survive and Thrive

Ø  Mental Health

Ø  Gender Equality

Ø  A Safe Place to Be

Small Grants:
·         £1,000 - £10,000
·         Projects carrying out community led working to tackle a specific need or issue within their locality

·         Fitting in under one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

Ø  Children Survive and Thrive

Ø  Mental Health

Ø  Gender Equality

Ø  A Safe Place to Be

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

British Liver Trust's Love Your Liver Mobile Scanning event has had to be moved for technical reasons

and it now being held at the Voluntary Action Centre, 89-90 Pontmorlais, High Street CF47 8UH until 4:00pm today not at the mobile unit in Penderyn Square.  No appointments necessary.

An insider's guide to working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities Training Day 17 December 2019

Date: Tuesday 17th December 2019 (9.30 AM – 5:00 PM)

Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE
Admission: The cost for the day (including light refreshments and lunch) is £162.29 per delegate, if you book before the Tuesday 3rd December 2019 and £183.85 per delegate if you book between Wednesday 4th December 2019 and Monday 16th December 2019. Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

Organisers: The Romani Cultural & Arts Company
Who should attend this training?
This course is suitable for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, in meeting the needs of ‘hard-to-reach’ communities, and in addressing the intersection of ethnicity, race, class, gender and inequalities.
It would be particularly useful for those who work in:
  •         Academia and Research 
  •         Accommodation and Housing 
  •         Early Years
  •         Education
  •         Environmental Services 
  •         Equalities 
  •         Fire, Police and Justice Services
  •         Government: local, regional and national
  •         Planning 
  •         Public Health
  •         Social Services
  •         Transport
  •         Voluntary and Third Sector organisations

 Why should you attend this training?
It will assist you to:
  •  Ensure effective engagement with the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in your particular area
  • Address the range of policies and strategies necessary to empower Romani and Traveller families and individuals, especially girls and young women, LGBT Romani and Traveller individuals, children and youth, and the elderly in these communities, to overcome the disadvantages and obstacles they face in accessing services and provision on a daily basis
  • Build understanding, strengthen knowledge and make informed decisions in your interactions with people from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities
  • Be better able to assess the needs of the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in Wales
Aims
To increase awareness about the cultural diversity of Romani and Traveller communities across England and Wales, addressing issues of discrimination and exclusion, examining the needs of Gypsy, Roma, Travellers, to inspire and improve the services and provision delivered to GRT communities, and to generate trust and understanding between GRT communities and local authority service providers.
 Learning Objectives
  •  To achieve a broader and more comprehensive understanding of the complex needs of Romani and Traveller communities, from local, national and international perspectives;
  •  To develop a level of knowledge that will strengthen and improve staff and officers’ work, related to health, education, housing and accommodation, training, justice and law enforcement;
  •  To introduce knowledge regarding the differences between Romani and Traveller communities and their cultures, languages and origins, insofar as is useful to participants in the training, with the aim of inspiring culturally sensitive ‘best practice’ and improving service delivery to all sections of the community;
  • To introduce to participants examples of community members who are ‘Community Champions‘ role models and who can challenge the prevailing stereotypes of Romani and Travellers, or the negative images of ‘Gypsies’, present in media and popular press.
To book your place follow the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/working-with-gypsy-roma-and-traveller-communities-training-day-tickets-75277867127?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

Community Information Event at Hope Chapel 21 October 2019 10:00am-12:00pm

More information is available here

Cardiff Firewalk for Blind Veterans UK Friday 15 November 2019

Full details are available on their website: https://www.blindveterans.org.uk/get-involved/events-calendar/cardiff-fire-walk/

 It is suitable for ages 8 and up and is a fantastic way to mark the end of the week of Remembrance. We can accommodate up to 100 fire walkers and people are able to walk the hot coals more than once. Should we have around that amount of walkers, we may be putting a call out for volunteers, but I will let you know that closer to the time.

 Walkers also need to be signed up 4 November. We can help with setting up online fundraising pages, so any questions can come directly to us at Blind Veterans UK.
@blindveteransuk on Facebook
@blindveterans
on Twitter
@blind_veterans_uk
on Instagram

Monday, 30 September 2019

Reminder - Comic Relief Community Fund - deadline for applications is 31 October 2019

Introducing Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales – An easy-to-access pilot grant scheme for community groups in Wales.
Grants come in two levels:
Small Grants - £1,000 - £10,000
Organisational Growth Grants - £30,000 - £60,000

Comic Relief Community Fund Information

Comic Relief wants to ensure that its funding reaches the heart of Wales’ communities, by supporting community led action tailored to the varied communities across Wales. Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW) has been selected to administer grants on behalf of Comic Relief in Wales, ensuring a reach to grassroots organisations.
During this Comic Relief pilot scheme there will be one grant application window for organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000 per year.

The application window is open from 22 July 2019 and the closing date is 31 October 2019. 

The earliest projects can begin is the 1 January 2020

Projects should be completed by 31 March 2021.

There are two funding streams:
Organisational Growth Grants:
·         £30,000 – £60,000
·         For organisations to carry out activity to make a strategic impact and increase their resilience
·         Fitting in under one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

Ø  Children Survive and Thrive

Ø  Mental Health

Ø  Gender Equality

Ø  A Safe Place to Be

Small Grants:
·         £1,000 - £10,000
·         Projects carrying out community led working to tackle a specific need or issue within their locality

·         Fitting in under one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

Ø  Children Survive and Thrive

Ø  Mental Health

Ø  Gender Equality

Ø  A Safe Place to Be

2 year secondment opportunity with the Police and Crime Commissioners Office

Further information here

Cwm Taf Care and Repair are recruiting

Seeking an Admin Assistant.  Further information here

Thursday, 26 September 2019

The Welsh Charity Awards 2019 - Outstanding Trustees Award

WCVA has launched the Welsh Charity Awards - brand new Awards, organised by WCVA. They recognise and celebrate the fantastic contribution charities, community groups, not-for-profits and volunteers make to Wales. 

Outstanding trustees

This award will go to an organisation whose trustees have demonstrated exceptional leadership in ensuring the organisation’s aims are delivered effectively by working together as an effective team.

The winning entry will address the trustee team’s leadership, integrity, decision-making, board effectiveness, diversity and accountability.

So are you working with a board who are displaying strength and integrity with every decision? Or are you part of a group of trustees who are passionately keeping your organisation above board?

Nominate them for a Welsh Charity Award today!
 
The deadline for nominations is 2 October. For more information and how to nominate, visit www.welshcharityawards.cymru

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Talent Search for Young People


Jukebox Collective are currently looking for Children & Young People to audition for their Performance Academy (please see attached details) which is funded by the Arts Council of Wales.  There are bursaries available for young people who are suffering from financial difficulties.

If you have any questions please contact Emily on 07856 432006

Further information is available in English here  and  here  and in Welsh here and here

Children and Young People Fund - closing date 31 October 2019


The Children and Young People Fund is open to applications again.

We are looking for applications for innovative projects that will work to improve and raise the aspirations of disadvantaged children and young people in communities across Wales.

 
Grants of between £1,000 & £10,000 are available.

More information available here – Children and Young People Fund

Deadline for submitting an application is 12pm on Thursday the 31st of October.
 
Further information is available from Ffion Wyn Roberts at the Community Fund in Wales - 02920 379580  ffion@communityfoundationwales.org.uk

Monday, 23 September 2019

United Welsh are reruiting . . .

Wellbeing Facilitator

Salary £20,090.90 per annum                     Full time, 35 hours per week
Temporary                                                    Cardiff & Vale

We are recruiting to various roles as Wellbeing Facilitators. Full information about this role can be found on our website www.unitedwelsh.com
Closing date:                 3rd October 2019 at 1.00 p.m.

Interview date:             To be confirmed

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Third Sector Support Wales - Impact events

The next round of our Engagement Events will help you to identify, plan and communicate the positive difference your organisation makes to society.

Impact practice encompasses all the activities you do to focus on impact. It’s about learning how to best serve the people you support. This means planning what difference you want to make; collecting the right information to know if you’re achieving your goals; assessing what impact you’re having; and learning from the results to improve your work.

Wherever you are on your impact journey, these events will offer you the opportunity to find out about the support that is available from Third Sector Support Wales and the Inspiring Impact project, hear from experts in evaluation and share your experiences with other third sector organisations.

The events take place on the following dates and locations: 
25 September 2019, 1.00pm – 4.00pm: PAVO Offices, Llandrindod Wells

3 October, Picton Centre, Haverfordwest

Please click on the above links to go to the Eventbrite page and book your free place

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Small Grants

Information on small grants currently available:

One Stop Carriers for Causes

Organisations within two miles of a One Stop shop can apply for grants of up to £1,000

The Weavers Trust

Grants of up to £15k available to small organisations working with: young offenders, prisoners and ex-prisoners, or young disadvantaged people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement

True Colours Trust

Grants of up to £10k to small charities and projects working to support disabled children and their families

Don't forget about the Comic Relief Community Fund - Applications close on 31 October.

Comic Relief Community Fund

Monday, 16 September 2019

How do you use technology to access information and learning for your organisation?

WCVA and your local County Voluntary Council (CVC) would like to hear your views on how you use technology to access information and learning to support your organisation.  
The survey will help us to understand how people use digital and online services so that we can make them better and easier to use. We also want to give you the opportunity to be more involved in the design of our services.

The survey seeks to understand how people use digital technology to access information and learning to support the growth and future resilience of their organisation. Taking part is your chance to shape and improve the digital services provided by WCVA and your local County Voluntary Council (CVC). The survey will help us to:

·         Know more about how you access information and learning online

·         Understand how you use technology

·         Target resources towards issues that matter to you

·         Find out what helps you to succeed
Answering the survey could also get you thinking about how you use digital in your own organisation and what areas need attention, while also giving you the chance to share your views, challenges and pain points.

To complete the survey please click on the following link.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DQ82LD9

The closing date for completing the survey is Friday 27 September 2019.
Thank you for taking part – your views are important to us. If you have any problems filling out the survey or want to learn more about this work please contact Sara Sellek at WCVA –ssellek@wcva.cymru or Tel: 029 2043 1777