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									    Issue date:
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Issue date: 28 November 2005

Contents

Are you looking for funding?
Charity Commission News
Contracts and Tenders
Funding
General
New JRF Findings
Policy
Publications
Training


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Are you looking for funding?
If you are looking for funding for your organisation or project, WCVA can carry out a
funding search for its members on Grantfinder. Contact the Helpdesk on 0870 607 1666,
help@wcva.org.uk or complete a funding enquiry form online here.

Grantfinder and other funding information is also available from County Voluntary Councils
(CVCs) - contact the WCVA Helpdesk for details of your nearest CVC.


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Charity Commission News
Information is taken from the Charity Commission website –
www.charitycommission.gov.uk

Customer Network
The Commission is encouraging more customers to join their Customer Network. This is
your opportunity to provide feedback, suggestions and views on a wide range of policy
issues, and to help them improve their service.

Winter Newsletter
Issue 23 (Winter 2005) of the twice-yearly newsletter Charity Commission News is now
available.

The Race Equality Scheme Report is now available.

Survey of public trust and confidence in charities
The Charity Commission commissioned this research to help them better understand what
gives the public trust and confidence in charities.
Survey of public trust and confidence in charities (PDF English 160KB)



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Contracts & tenders
To promote your organisation to public sector purchasers and to get free email alerts of
relevant tenders and contracts, register with Sell2Wales - the WDA’s online source of
public sector contracts in Wales at www.sell2wales.co.uk.

Official name and address for tenders
Organisation: Disability Wales

Contact: Kelly Stuart, Disability Wales, Wernddu Court, Van Road, Caerphilly CF83 3ED.
Tel 029 2088 7325 (for text phone use announcer), email info@dwac.demon.co.uk, fax
029 2088 8702.

Object of the tender
Promoting & Developing Direct Payments in Wales
In partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government, Disability Wales are calling for
tenders regarding a feasibility study concerning options for providing a central resource to
promote and develop Direct Payments across Wales.

Closing date for tenders: 12 noon, 2 December 2005.

Successful tender must submit Feasibility Report to Disability Wales no later than 19 May
2006.


Official name and address of the contracting authority
Organisation: NAfW Education & Training

For the attention of: Marcus Hill, National Assembly for Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10
3NQ. Tel 029 2082 5806, email Marcus.hill@wales.gsi.gov.uk.

Object of the contract
Demonstrating success and impact for extending entitlement and 14-19 learning pathways
Extending Entitlement and 14-19 Learning Pathways are two key flagship policies in Wales
which aim to improve options and opportunities for young people aged 11-25 and 14-19
respectively. Extending Entitlement is designed to provide improved access to support and
services (both targeted and mainstream) for all young people aged 11-25 across Wales
and 14-19 Learning Pathways aims to improve opportunity and choice specifically in
learning opportunities for young people. The National Assembly for Wales wishes to
commission four small-scale short-term studies (identified as Lots 1-4 below) to develop
the proposed models for demonstrating the impact of these policies in the future. The
results of these studies will be used to inform the further development and direction of both
of these Welsh policy initiatives. The contract can be split into four lots.

Lots one and two (Extending Entitlement - Lot 1 and 14-19 Learning Pathways - Lot 2) will
link policy targets through to indicators of performance at a network and an organisational
level. The work will involve reviewing recent research and current practice to inform the
development of a model mapped to the key components of each policy and information
sources currently available. The work will be undertaken throughout in conjunction with

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partners/stakeholders across Wales.

Lots three and four (Extending Entitlement - Lot 3 and 14-19 Learning Pathways - Lot 4)
will draw together and review existing research and practice literature relating to self, peer
and worker based models of assessing outcomes linked to a model of emotional
intelligence. This will inform the development of a draft framework for a toolkit that can be
used in relation to each policy area to measure the outcomes achieved by young people
as a result of receiving a service. The toolkit with be tested with young people and partners
and piloted prior to being finalised.

Tenders may bid for one, all or any combination of the four lots listed. However, each lot
will be let under an individual contract. Organisations wishing to express an interest in the
contract will need to complete and return a Pre Qualification Questionnaire by 5 December
2005. The time limit for completion of the contract is six months.


Official name and address of the contracting authority
NAfW Strategy & Communication

For the attention of: Rod Hough, National Assembly for Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10
3NQ. Tel 029 2082 3269, fax 029 2082 5350, email rod.hough@wales.gsi.gov.uk.

Object of the contract
Evaluation of the impact of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Basic Skills Strategy
This is a two-stage contract to evaluate independently and robustly the National Assembly
for Wales' Basic Skills Strategy. The first stage will be to develop an evaluation framework.
If the Client is satisfied with the outcome of the first stage, the second stage will involve
implementing the evaluation over three years. At the Client's discretion, the second stage
may be extended to 2010/11.

Under the first stage, the Contractor will develop the appropriate methodology, specifically:
a proposed framework for evaluating the impact of the strategy; research priorities; a
proposed timescale; staffing needs; costing options; data gathering requirements;
quantifying impact and the counterfactual. Suppliers who wish to express an interest in this
contract will need to request the pre qualification questionnaire by 9 January 2006 and
complete and return the questionnaire by 17 January 2006.

Stage 1: Evaluation framework will run from April – September 2006.
Stage 2: Evaluation (to be defined following stage 1) will run from November 2006 –
October 2009.


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Funding
BBC Big Challenge Health Work Awards
Designed with the aim of celebrating health within UK workplaces, these Awards recognise
employers who already realise the importance of health in the workplace, employers who
have risen to the challenge of making it their top priority and individuals in the workplace
that have inspired and encouraged their colleagues to lead healthier, fitter lives. The
Awards comprise five categories. Applications are invited from individuals and businesses

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from any sector. The deadline for receipt of entry forms is 2 December 2005. Further
details are available from www.bbc.co.uk/bigchallenge/healthyworkplace.

Deutsche Bank Spotlight Awards
Awards of £1,000 are available to young people aged 11 – 18 who have helped improve,
change or create something in their school, club or community. These could include young
people who have for example campaigned against racism, stood up for animal rights,
spoken up about bullying at school or even started a club or school council. The deadline
for entries for the award is the 3 February 2006. For more details go to
www.justdosomething.net/home/public/about-us/spotlight.aspx
(Source: External Funding Bulletin, 8/11/05)

GrantScape
Following the successful Biodiversity Challenge Fund in 2005, GrantScape has decided to
repeat the Challenge Fund in 2006 with approximately £2.5m available. The criteria for the
Biodiversity Challenge 2006 will be altered from the previous year to ensure that the
maximum grant will be available to enhance biodiversity value. Applications to the Fund
will need to comply with the requirement of the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme as well as the
biodiversity criteria set by GrantScape. The minimum grant is expected to be £250,000.
Further details are available from www.grantscape.org.uk.

Grant support for low carbon vehicle technology
The Energy Saving Trust is inviting application for low carbon research and development
grants. There are two opportunities to apply for grants:

Application requirements for call 1
Funding is available to encourage the development of new low carbon vehicle
technologies for larger vehicles. This initiative is part of the support available to encourage
greater efficiency from road transport.

Application requirements for call 2
Funding is available for projects showing advancements in powertrain and/or vehicle
structure and materials technology to achieve significant reductions in CO2 emissions to
cars and car derived vans.

The deadline for applications is 12 December 2005. Further details are available from
www.est.org.uk/fleet/funding/lowcarbonresearch or call 0845 602 1425.

GreenPlan Fund
Applications are now being invited for the February review of the GreenPlan Fund. The
Fund supports renewable energy generation projects that would have a positive impact on
the community. Funding of between £2,500 and £25,000 is available for projects which
utilise the following renewable energy sources and technologies: solar energy, onshore
wind, biofuels, geothermic energy, fuel cells and small-scale hydro. Eligible applicants
include community groups and not-for-profit organisations. The deadline for receipt of
applications is 27 January 2006. Further details are available from The GreenPlan Fund
Committee, email greenplanfund@powergen.co.uk or visit www.powergen.co.uk.

Idlewild Trust
Grants are normally in the range of £750 to £3,500, and are available for projects
concerned with the encouragement of the performing and fine arts, and the preservation of
buildings and objects of beauty and items of historic interest or national importance. The
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Trust welcomes applications from registered charities based in the UK. Although
applications are accepted all year round, the deadline for consideration at the March 2006
meeting is 3 March 2006. Further details are available from www.idlewildtrust.org.uk.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust provides grants to individuals and organisations for
projects in the UK, Ireland and South Africa that seek the creation of a peaceful world,
political equality and social justice. The trust runs a number of grant making programmes
that include Peace, Racial Justice, Power and Responsibility and Quaker concerns. The
deadlines for applications are the 5 December 2005 for projects in South Africa and the 3
January 2006 for projects in Ireland and the UK. For more details go to
www.jrct.org.uk/default.asp

Lloyds TSB Foundation - new thematic programmes
In 2006 Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales will be launching its new thematic
programmes, which are planned to absorb one-third of its grant-making budget. Its first
theme will cover support to charities working with ex-prisoners, focusing on the needs of
ex prisoners, their families and mental health issues. Further details and how to make a
first-stage application will be available early in 2006. The second theme will build on and
replace the Collaborative Programme run since 2000. Details will be available in Spring
2006. Both themes will have a two-stage application process: an expression of interest
stage, before a full application stage. Further details from www.lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk

The Richard Wilcox Welfare Charity
The objects of the trust are: to prevent the cruelty and to relieve the suffering a distress of
animals of any species who are in need of care, attention and protection; relieve sickness
and protect and preserve good health; promote the research and advancement of the
causes and treatment of disease; relieve patients receiving treatment in hospital or on their
discharge; provide, maintain and improve hospitals and other institutions providing medical
treatment; assist or promote any charitable organisation or charitable purpose.
Applications should be made in writing to Richard Oury, Administrator, Herschel House, 58
Herschel Street, Slough SL1 1PG.

Townscape Heritage Initiative
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced that the next application deadline for
stage 1 applications is the 6 May 2006. The Townscape Heritage Initiative is HLF’s grant
giving programme under which it supports schemes led by partnerships of local, regional
and national interests that aim to regenerate the historic environment in towns and cities
across the United Kingdom. The scheme is open to single organisations (such as local
authorities) or partnerships of not for profit organisations and provides grants of between
£250,000 and £2 million. For more details go to
www.hlf.org.uk/English/PublicationsAndInfo/AccessingPublications/Townscape+Heritage+I
nitiative.htm
(Source: External Funding Bulletin, 8/11/05)

Welsh Assembly Government - International Women's Day 2006
Around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) marks a celebration of the economic,
social, cultural and political achievements of women. To help celebrate IWD 2006 the
Welsh Assembly Government has established a grant to help fund a number of events.
The theme for IWD 2006 will be 'Promoting women and diversity in public life'. Your
application should reflect this theme. The events should highlight issues and concerns
relating to women and represent the diverse needs of women in Wales. The main
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emphasis will be on events held across the regions of Wales, in the North, Mid, West and
South. The Welsh Assembly Government will favour organisations that establish a
partnership to organise events together which promote IWD. A total grant fund of £15,000
is available and each payment will be limited to £2,500. The deadline for applications is 9
January 2006. Further details are available from Steve Moss, tel 029 2082 3303, email
Stephen.moss@wales.gsi.gov.uk.


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General
New members sought for the BBC’s BCW and EBCW
Broadcasting Council for Wales
Do you care about the BBC and its programmes on television, radio and online? If you do
you may be interested in an opportunity to become involved with the BBC. New members
are needed for the BBC Broadcasting Council for Wales (BCW) which represents the
views and interests of people in Wales. Council aims to represent all communities in
Wales and welcomes applications for membership from people from diverse professional,
geographic, and cultural backgrounds. The position is unpaid and lasts for a period of
three years.

Educational Broadcasting Council for Wales
The Educational Broadcasting Council for Wales (EBCW) advises the Broadcasting
Council for Wales on the development of the BBC’s Education services in Wales, a vital
part of the BBC’s public service remit. Membership of the EBCW is drawn from a wide
variety of fields within Education. A wide range of candidates would be welcomed and
professional experience of formal education and lifelong learning in Wales would be
particularly helpful for Council at the moment.

The closing date for applications is 9 December 2005. For further information and an
application form, please contact Karl Davies, Secretary, Governance and Accountability,
tel 029 2032 2004, or apply online at www.bbc.co.uk/wales/info/bcw.

Charities Bill moves to the Commons
The final stage of consideration of the Charities Bill in House of Lords took place on
Tuesday (8 November). The debate can be found at http://digbig.com/4ffnq. The Bill will
shortly be republished as amended, at
www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200506/ldbills/027/2006027.htm, but dates for debate
in the Commons have yet to be fixed. The Charities Bill team at the Home Office now says
that it seems very unlikely that it will get passed into law before early summer 2006.

Free Access to Legal Materials
The British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) is a charity which promotes the
administration and development of the law and advances legal education by providing free
access to legal materials. This database provides access to the most comprehensive set
of British and Irish primary legal materials including 400,000 searchable documents. See
www.bailii.org

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of
Wales - Appointment of Commissioners
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The Commission was established in 1908 by virtue of a Royal Warrant. It has a recognised
standing in the UK and internationally as the official body of survey and record for the
historic environment of Wales. There are two vacancies for Commissioners. Candidates
are sought who have either: proven professional expertise and experience at a high level
in Information Technology applications and Data Management; or experience at a high
level in the fields of either vernacular architecture or prehistoric and Roman archaeology.
In addition candidates will have a knowledge of, and interest in, the historic environment of
Wales, proven communication and team working skills and intellectual and analytical skills
of a high order.

It is the policy of the National Assembly for Wales to promote and integrate equality of
opportunity into all aspects of its business including appointments to public bodies. It
welcomes and encourages applications from groups currently under-represented including
women, minority ethnic communities and people with disabilities. The principles of fair and
open competition will apply and appointments will be made on merit. For an application
pack and further details, please contact Public Appointments Unit, National Assembly for
Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ (tel 029 2082 3799/3576, or fax 029 2082 6869
or e-mail publicappointments@wales.gsi.gov.uk). The closing date for receipt of
applications is 9 December 2005.

Zap Graffiti Arts!
Zap Graffiti Arts works with schools, youth organisations and the wider community
promoting graffiti as a positive art form through workshops for all ages producing murals
with groups, discussing themes of interest. They provide training for youth workers and
teachers and tutors in facilitating graffiti arts projects. To find out more, visit
www.zapgraffiti.com.

The Welsh International Climbing Centre
The Taff Bargoed Development Trust, one of the largest community owned Trusts in the
UK, has developed the Welsh International Climbing Centre. The Trust has secured a
grant that will enable disabled people to enjoy the experience and thrill of climbing in a
safe environment, and will be instructed by qualified staff. Further details are available
from Howard Jackson, Trust Manager, email howard@lcsuk.net.


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New JRF Findings
The following findings have just been published on the Joseph Rowntree
Foundation website

The education and employment of disabled young people. This study compares the extent
to which disabled and non-disabled young people had achieved their aspirations for work
and education by the age of 26. Read it at
www.jrf.org.uk/redirect.asp?url=findings/socialpolicy/0565

Tackling the roots of racism: lessons for success. This broad-ranging review looks at how
successfully policy measures have tackled the causes of racism. Read it at
www.jrf.org.uk/redirect.asp?url=findings/socialpolicy/0535




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Rethinking working-class 'drop-out' from university. Based on a range of qualitative
methods, this research questions the negative portrayal of students from disadvantaged
backgrounds who do not complete their initial university course. Read it at
www.jrf.org.uk/redirect.asp?url=findings/socialpolicy/0525

Migration and social mobility: the life chances of Britain's minority ethnic communities. This
study examines the class position in 2001 of those growing up in the 1960s-1980s and
finds that family background remains important but reveals differences between ethnic
groups. Read it at www.jrf.org.uk/redirect.asp?url=findings/socialpolicy/0545

The long-term relationship between poverty and debt. This study analyses the benefits for
people on low incomes of using credit to smooth out fluctuations in their incomes. Read it
at www.jrf.org.uk/redirect.asp?url=findings/socialpolicy/0635

Making change happen for black and minority ethnic disabled people. This work identifies
the common lessons from four grassroots development projects working in this area. Read
it at www.jrf.org.uk/redirect.asp?url=findings/socialcare/0495

You can also send comments on these pieces of work using the feedback icon on the
Findings page.


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Policy
WCVA News
Assembly News
Consultation


WCVA News
Regional Policy Events
The next round of the regional policy events will be held in January 2006. The theme is the
voluntary sector and the new European Funding Programmes. Background information
about the events is available here. To request copies of the programme and booking form,
please contact the Helpdesk on 0870 607 1666, email help@wcva.org.uk.

All Wales Wellbeing NGO Network Launch Event
The event is being held at the Caer Beris Manor, Builth Wells on 9 February 2006. The
aim of the launch and the agenda are given below

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Assembly News
Healthy Ageing Action Plan for Wales
The above document has been published by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Consultation took place during 2004, and there was strong support for the plan, which is a
key element of the Assembly’s overarching Strategy for Older People in Wales. It was felt

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that clarification of the scope and purpose of the document was needed, and to this end
the following applies: to bring together in one document both existing and proposed health
promotion initiatives for older people; to provide guidance for use at local level on key
evidence based health promotion interventions with older people; to outline responsibilities
of the Welsh Assembly Government and its partners, and to introduce new Assembly led
initiatives as part of the Assembly’s response to Health Challenge Wales. Copies can be
obtained from Linda Davies, Health Promotion Division, Welsh Assembly Government,
Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ. Or by e-mail Linda.davies2@wales.gsi.gov.uk.

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Consultation
Consultation on the Joint Working Grant 2006-2008
The Assembly has an allocated budget of £22.1m over two financial years (2006-7 and
2007-8) to support joint working between the NHS and local government, specifically to
promote the use of the Health Act 1999 Increased Flexibilities Partnership Framework.
This Grant Scheme continues the support for the development of joint working between
local government and health provided by the Joint Working Special Grant schemes 2001 –
2006. In updating the joint working grant the Assembly have incorporated a number of
changes from the grant in 2004. The deadline for comments is 20 January 2006. Formal
requests for bids will be issued to local authorities. Further details are available from Sarah
Powney, Older People and Long Term Care Policy 1, National Assembly for Wales,
Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ. Tel 029 2082 5681, email
sarah.powney@wales.gsi.gov.uk.


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Publications
Commission calls for unified justice
A commission on criminal justice is calling for a unified youth and adult justice system to
reduce youth re-offending. Lost in Transition, a report from the Barrow Cadbury
Commission on Youth Adults and the Criminal Justice System, says the current system’s
distinction between under-and-over 18s is arbitrary. It wants a “life course approach” that
targets interventions based on individual life stages. Copies are available from
www.bctrust.org.uk/files/BC_Commission_Report.pdf.

Digital Barrier is ‘social divisive’
A lack of access to digital technology is a critical barrier to delivering services to socially
excluded people, according to a study published this month. The report, published by the
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Social Exclusion Unit, says that disparities in levels
of access to ICT remain a significant concern in engaging and delivering services to
socially excluded people. The report argues that more must be done to expand access to
ICT facilities in institutions used by excluded groups. It proposes that community centres in
deprived areas must be connected to broadband services. Inclusion through innovation:
tackling social exclusion through new technologies is available from
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Extending access to learning through technology
A scheme that aims to create new ways of learning and boost workforce skills has
attracted millions of learners, according to a report from the public spending watchdog.
The National Audit Office report praises Learndirect for establishing 2,400 training centres
in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since its launch in 1998. It has also set up 6,000
online centres that provide Internet access. But the long-term sustainability of rural centres
and those dealing with disadvantaged groups is uncertain, the report warns. It urges Ufi,
the body that manages Learndirect, to work with the Department for Education and Skills
and the Learning and Skills Councils to secure the future of at-risk centres. Extending
access to learning through technology is available from www.nao.org.uk/pn/05-
06/0506460.htm.

Intergenerational Directory
The UK's Centre Intergenerational Directory has been updated and is now available online
at www.centreforip.org.uk/default.aspx?page=817. The directory lists individuals from the
Centre's network of Associates who are interested in intergenerational work. While it does
not include a section on Wales, it has been agreed that an All Wales directory should be
compiled in the same manner. This will be available on CCIP website
(www.glam.ac.uk/ccip). If you would like to be included in future editions of the directory
please download a form from the website.

Libraries and museums can bring imagination to evening economy
Libraries and museums could stay open in the evening to boost Britain’s after hour’s
economy, a new report has said. The report on the future of the evening economy for the
Civic Trust said town centres have needed to broaden the activities they offer in the
evening to attract a wider range of people. Opportunities review: consumers and products
of tomorrow’s evening economy will be available from www.civictrust.org.uk.


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Training
Training Support Network
WCVA training
Other training


Training Support Network
If you are involved in training within the voluntary sector and need to keep in touch with
current trends, and make contact with similar organisations, TSN could be just what you
need.



WCVA training
We run courses throughout Wales for latest updates visit www.wcva.org.uk/training

All prices are excluding VAT
A: WCVA members


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B: Voluntary & community organisations
C: All

Presentations skills
25 Jan 2006, Cardiff

Cost: A £90           B £100      C £120

Giving presentations can be a traumatic experience for even the most self-confident. Even
the most talented presenters get nervous and at times lack self confidence, but they use
techniques to overcome these barriers. In a supportive environment delegates will learn
the fundamental skills of how to prepare and deliver both formal and informal
presentations.

An introduction to fundraising
26 January 2006, Llandrindod Wells

Cost:         A £99.50     B £125        C £150

Who or what is a fundraiser? What needs to be in place before you can fundraise? Where
do you look for money? Is fundraising just about making applications? What affects
fundraising? If you have little experience or are new to fundraising, this course covers the
fundamentals, whether you work for a large or small organisation.

Time management - tips and techniques
30 January 2006, Cardiff

Cost:         A £99.50     B £125        C £150

Managing our time effectively makes us more productive, more efficient and less stressed.
The aim of this course is to provide participants with a range of time management and
stress reduction techniques to help them manage their time more effectively and reduce
stress levels.

Data protection
6 December 2005, Newport

Cost:         A £99.50     B £125        C £150

Many organisations fear they may be in legal trouble for failing to comply with Data
Protection requirements. Many also face problems in sharing data with other voluntary and
statutory organisations, and need to know how to follow good practice. If you are
responsible for drawing up your organisation’s ‘Data Protection’ policy, briefing staff,
volunteers and members or trustees, this course is for you. The course tutor is a nationally
recognised specialist on Data Protection.

Promoting your project
7 December 2005, Cardiff

Cost:         A £90        B £100        C £120


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Learn how to improve the way you market your organisation to potential volunteers, clients
and funders at this half-day workshop.

For further details and an application form contact WCVA Helpdesk on 0870 607
1666 or email help@wcva.org.uk

Other training
International Volunteers Day
5 December 2005
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (IVD) was adopted by
the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 40/212 on 17 December 1985.
Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organisations have successfully
joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on 5 December. IVD provides an
opportunity for volunteer organisations and individual volunteers to work together in
projects and campaigns bringing added visibility to their contributions to economic and
social development at local, national and international levels.

In Wales, as the Year of the Volunteer 2005 draws to an end, special events are taking
place in Llangollen and in Swansea to celebrate the work of volunteers in Wales who
support overseas communities. The day is also marked by a call for nominations for the
Wales Volunteer of the Year Award 2006. For further information about IVD visit
www.worldvolunteerweb.org. For information about what is happening in Wales contact
Fiona Liddell fliddell@wcva.org.uk, tel 029 2043 1727, or Lynne Reynolds
lreynolds@wcva.org.uk, tel 029 2043 1718.

Legacy Fundraising – securing the gift of a lifetime
6 December 2005, London
This conference gives a topical overview of the legacy market; it presents case study
based examples of some of the most traditional methods of legacy fundraising whilst also
providing new energy and inspiration for more original campaigns for the future. Examining
different approaches and techniques, the conference also assesses the impact of current
social trends and changes in demographics. For further information email
events@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk or visit www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk.

An introduction to housing associations
7 December 2005, Cardiff
Staff or committee members who have recently joined a housing association can find the
wide range of policies, regulations and jargon a minefield. This course will help to simplify
the role and activities of housing associations as well as de-mystifying some of the jargon.
Further details are available from Jennifer Horton, Training/Seminar Co-ordinator, WFHA,
tel 029 2030 3169, email Jennifer-horton@welshhousing.org.uk.

Tackling empty homes: RSLS & local authorities working in partnership
7 December 2005, London
The introduction of new powers of compulsory leasing (Housing Act 2004), together with
the Housing Corporation's pledge to work with RSLs to help local authorities take
advantage of these new powers, means that effective partnership working is now more
important than ever before. This conference will examine how RSLs and local authorities
can successfully work in partnership to bring empty homes back into use and meet
housing needs. The agenda includes both high-level strategy presentations as well as

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more fine-grained analyses of local level initiatives and practice. Further details are
available from www.capita-ld.co.uk/capita-ld/pdf/TSDEEmptyHomes.pdf or ring 0207 808
5309.

Disability Equality Training the Trainer
7/8 December and 13/14 December 2005
Disability Equality in Education sponsored by Cardiff Council and Scope Cymru are
holding this course for people who want to become Disability Equality Trainers or who
want to develop their skills further. The course will be interactive and will seek to use the
skills, experiences and expertise of course participants. The course is only open to
disabled people. Further details are available from Disability Equality in Education, tel 020
7359 2855, email info@diseed.org.uk.

An introduction to minute taking
8 December 2005, Cardiff
Minute taking is a crucial yet often under-rated skill that is essential to effective business
operations. Minutes need to be an accurate and efficient record of all items discussed.
They provide a permanent record of discussions and decisions. However people are rarely
trained to take effective minutes of meetings. This course provides the opportunity for
participants to increase their knowledge and improve their skills with regard to taking
minutes. Further details are available from Jennifer Horton, WFHA, as above.

Ethnic minorities and substance misuse
8 December 2005, Swansea
The aim of the conference is to present to key decision makers, service planners and
practitioners an up-to-date picture of research and best practice on the subject of ethnic
minorities and substance misuse, and raise awareness of the issues at a strategic level.
The conference will include a presentation of New Local Research Findings: A New
Challenge for Wales? It will also include best practice examples from Wales and UK,
workshops, key recommendations to feed into organisations development and practice.
Further details are available from Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations
(CEMVO Wales), Ground Floor, Princess House, Princess Way, Swansea SA1 3LW.

New to supervision
9 December 2005, Cardiff
Supervision can be a difficult and demanding role, yet most people given this role have no
previous experience or training in managing staff. As a result, supervisors can feel
unpopular, undermined, and unable to carry out their role. There are a small number of
simple skills which can completely turn this around, and maintain a good relationship with
your supervisees while making it clear that you have a responsibility to supervise them.
This course is practically based; with skills and techniques you can take back to the
workplace and use. Further details are available from Jennifer Horton, WFHA, as above.

A Forum Theatre Toolbox
24-26 January 2006, Pembrokeshire
This is a three-day initial training in forum theatre techniques, and the ‘toolbox’ of related
techniques used by Theatr Fforwm Cymru. This training is designed to provide participants
with a wealth of techniques for working within the framework of emotional literacy. The
course will give you an initial insight into the techniques used and equip you to work on
your own projects within your own community or organisation, and/or move on to in-depth
facilitator training. The course is equally suitable for those with little or no previous

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experience of forum theatre, and for those who wish to develop their techniques and
expertise. Further details are available from Theatr Fforwm Cymru, tel 01348 873805,
email info@theatrfforwmcymru.org.uk.

Voice 06: getting down to business
25 January 2006, Manchester
Interest in social enterprises has been growing enormously over the last few years and the
sector is in fact larger than previously imagined. The conference will provide an
opportunity to find out what’s going on in the social enterprise world, to keep abreast of
upcoming issues and to network with key practitioners, influencers and other stakeholders.
Organised by the Social Enterprise Coalition, the programme will include plenary sessions
and panel discussions, breakout sessions and exhibition stands. Further details are
available online at www.socialenterprise.org.uk/conference or email info@voice06.com.

Supervising Advocates
31 January & 1 February 2006, Llandrindod Wells
This is Advocacy Wales / Eiriolaeth Cymru’s first training course, which is aimed at anyone
with responsibility for providing supervision for advocates, whether they are paid staff,
volunteer advocates or citizen advocates. The course is ideal for those new to supervision
and for those wanting to refresh their skills. It will explore the principles and practice of
effective supervision. Though grounded in theory it has a high practical content. The costs
are £130 for AW members and £150 for non-members. For more information and to book
a place, please contact Delyth Higgins at Advocacy Wales, c/o WCVA, Baltic House,
Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff CF10 5FH, or by e-mail dhiggins@wcva.org.uk.

Aiming Higher Anelu’n Uwch
8-9 February 2006, Cardiff
This is the 3rd Prowess annual international conference. The conference will focus on
growth, sustainability and innovation. The conference programme has been designed to
be creative, informative and fun and includes debates, interactive workshops, topical fringe
meetings, speed networking, plenaries, a women’s enterprise market place, gala dinner
and awards ceremony. For further details call the conference hotline on 01603 762355,
email conference@prowess.org.uk or visit www.prowess.org.uk/conference2006.htm.


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   WCVA Regional                                       Wales Council for
    Policy events                                      Voluntary Action
    January 2006
Tuesday, 17 January 2006                           Wednesday, 18 January 2006
QED Centre, Treforest                              The Halliwell Centre, Carmarthen

Wednesday, 25 January 2006                         Thursday, 26 January 2006
North Wales Conference Centre,                     The Pavilion, Llandrindod Wells
Llandudno


The voluntary sector and the new European
           Funding Programmes
Delivering Welsh strategies through European Structural Funds

The current Structural Fund programmes (Objectives 1/2/3) will end on 31 December 2006, and the
next round is due to start on 1 January 2007. The Welsh Assembly Government has stated that the
new Structural Fund programmes for Wales will be developed in the context of key policy
documents, such as Wales a Vibrant Economy, the Wales Spatial Plan, the Skills and Employment
Action Plan, and the funding will be aligned to these strategic priorities. There will be a narrower
focus on jobs, skills development and support for the knowledge-based economy with fewer
projects, but with ‘deeper’ interventions. The Assembly Government also intends to simplify its
own funding streams, and there will be greater emphasis on pre-match funding and co-financing.

Over the last five years voluntary organisations have secured a significant amount funding from the
European Structural Funds to deliver vital social inclusion projects to regenerate and revitalise
communities across Wales. The question is, will the sector be able to continue to access the funds
post-2006?

Aims and objectives
This event will follow-up the regional policy events held in November 2004, The shape of things to
come: Europe post-2006, to provide the latest information on the future Structural Funds
programmes in Wales. It will focus on the role for the voluntary sector in delivering Welsh policy
priorities through the Structural Funds. The objectives are:
 To demonstrate the links between the Welsh and European policy contexts and the Structural
    Funds;
 to provide information on the future of Structural Funds in Wales and the implications for the
    voluntary sector;
 to explain the consultation process on the priorities of the future Structural Fund programmes
    and to gather ideas from voluntary and community organisations for future funding priorities;


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   to make contact with voluntary and community groups interested in joining a Euro Group, to
    receive information about Structural Funds, mainstream budget lines, EU policy etc.

Draft programme
The morning plenary session will set the scene with an overview of key Welsh policy documents,
including a presentation on the current consultation for Wales a Vibrant Economy, the new
economic development strategy for Wales. This will be followed by an outline of the European
policy perspective (the political and financial context, the key policy drivers and links to the
Structural Funds), and an opportunity to put questions to the panel and for discussion.

The afternoon session will focus more closely on the future of European Structural Funds
programmes for 2007-2013 in Wales, outlining the possible shape of the programmes, the
consultation process for future priorities and will look at opportunities for voluntary and community
organisations to access the funds to deliver Welsh strategic priorities through the Structural Funds.

Following this presentation there will be an opportunity to attend one of four workshops. Each
workshop will focus on a specific theme of the new Structural Funds programmes.

Choice of workshops – please choose one workshop from the following:

A     “Wales A Vibrant Economy” and community economic regeneration
Wales a Vibrant Economy (WAVE) is an important new policy document, which will supersede
a Winning Wales and will be a key influence on the future Structural Funds programmes. The
Welsh Assembly Government launched its consultation on the draft of WAVE on 23 November
2005 and would welcome views from the voluntary sector. This workshop will highlight the role of
community economic regeneration within the context of the consultation document and your views
will be sought on the suitability of priorities.

This workshop is for organisations that wish to learn more about the Assembly Governments
economic development strategy and to discuss the role for voluntary and community organisations
in achieving the goals set for community economic regeneration.

B     Employability
The voluntary sector has a niche role to play in providing pathways back into work and intensive
support measures to assist disadvantaged people, the long-term unemployed and economically
inactive people to improve their employability through structured and accredited learning
opportunities and tailored packages of support, to move people closer to the labour market. The use
of Structural Funds, particularly ESF, over the last decade has clearly demonstrated the success of
the role and approach of the voluntary sector in working with disadvantaged people, bringing a
sensitive understanding of individual barriers to participation and providing real training and
employment opportunities to the most vulnerable people.

This workshop is for voluntary and community organisations involved in providing pathways back
into employment. It aims to raise awareness of the impact that voluntary organisations make in
supporting the hardest to reach groups in society to take steps towards gaining employment, and
seeks to identify how this role can be maximised in the future Structural Fund programmes.

C    Global Grants
Global Grants are “small grants” schemes, which are designed to enable hard to reach areas and
groups to access Structural Funds and set up small projects. Under the current Structural Funds
programme (2000-2006), 1% of the total ESF programme was set aside to deliver a Global Grants
scheme. The Welsh Assembly Government provided the match funding for the Social Risk Fund,

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administered by WCVA, and to date over £3.6m has been distributed to over 390 groups. Across
Europe, this approach has proven to be an extremely effective mechanism for facilitating access to
ESF funds for hard to reach groups, to combat social exclusion, to regenerate communities and as
an essential tool to support disadvantaged groups and economically inactive people into pathways
towards employment. However, under the new Structural Fund regulations for 2007-2013 there
will be no ESF ring-fenced and Global Grants will be left as an optional activity for Member States
when deciding their priorities.

This workshop is for small groups, including recipients of grants from the Social Risk Fund, who
would like to explore good practice in this approach, including how to measure and evaluate
‘distance travelled’ by beneficiaries, and to discuss ideas for a new Global Grants scheme for the
new Structural Funds programmes in Wales.

D     Skills and lifelong learning
This workshop is for voluntary organisations interested in training and skills development, as it will
provide information on the policies and agendas that impact on skills development and lifelong
learning. It will also explore the role that voluntary organisations have to play in delivery, highlight
developments that voluntary organisations need to be aware of, and initiatives they can be involved
in.



     For a full programme and booking form please
   contact WCVA Helpdesk on 0870 607 1666 or email
       help@wcva.org.uk or visit WCVA website at
                    www.wcva.org.uk



                 Arranged by WCVA in partnership with CVCs


   This event is supported, in part, by European Union
               Objective 1, 2 and 3 funding


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         All Wales Wellbeing NGO Network Launch Event


                   To be held at the Caer Beris Manor,
                    Builth Wells on 9 February 2006



The aims of the this Launch event is are:

  To explain the thinking behind the NETWORK concept and how it might
  work. Hopefully this will iIncludeing approving the terms of reference /
  aims and objectives and a modus operandi;
 A second aim is to explore what the word wellbeing means in lay terms
  and what can be done at grass roots level to “measure” it and use in as a
  tool for evaluating projects / proposals.


The intended audience for the Launch event is all NGOs in Wales with an
interest in Wellbeing. This does not exclude those involved in health and
social care delivery as this clearly contributes to wellbeing. But it is hoped that
the majority audience will be NGOs involved in lifestyle and wider determinant
issues.

                           _________________________________


This is a free event and places are allocated on a first come, first served
basis.

Please fill in the attached booking form if you wish to attend and return it to:




        Kate Fletcher, WCVA, Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square,
            Cardiff CF10 5FH. E-mail: kfletcher@wcva.org.uk
                           Tel: 029 2043 1774




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               ALL WALES WELLBEING
             NGO NETWORK LAUNCH EVENT
                       - 9 February 2006 -



                             Agenda

10.00 am   Registration and Refreshments

           CHAIR – Dr Paul Walker, Chair, PHA Cymru

10.30 am   Welcome and Introduction – Paul Walker

10.35 am   The meaning of Wellbeing – Professor Gareth Williams

11.00 am   Presentations on Wellbeing NGO projects

11.20 am   Group Work – Wellbeing, what does it mean to us and
           How do we begin to measure it - (Refreshments will be available
           during this session)

12.45 pm   Brief feedback from Groups

1.00 pm    LUNCHEON and NETWORKING

2.00 pm    The Role of the Network – what it can do for you
           and what you can do for it

2.15 pm    How might the Network operate?

2.30 pm    Group Work - working with the network and making
           the network work for us - (Refreshments will be available during
           this session)

3.30 pm    Brief feedback from Groups

3.45 pm    Way forward and next steps
           Sarah Lloyd Jones and Malcolm Ward

4.00 pm    Depart


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                    Training Support
                        Network

If you are involved in training within the voluntary sector and need to keep in touch
with current trends, and make contact with similar organisations, TSN could be just
what you need.

The network aims to provide a forum for sharing experience, information and ideas
about training and development in the voluntary sector. We offer opportunities for
professional and personal development.

We have a role in identifying issues of common concern, promoting equality of
opportunity and good practice in training and development in the voluntary sector in
Wales.

We are aiming to gather the views of people who have expressed an interest in
the Training Support Network. To ensure we develop something, which meets
your needs, we will be running four half-day events in Cardiff, Carmarthen,
Colwyn Bay and Llandinam.

    If you would be interested in attending one of these events please complete
     attachment 1

    If you cannot attend an event but would like your views known please contact
     us and we will forward you a questionnaire.

    If you are not interested in being involved in the Training Support Network
     please reply to this email asking us to remove you from the mailing list.




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                  Training Support Network
We are aiming to gather the views of people who have expressed an
interest in the Training Support Network. To ensure we develop
something, which meets your needs, we will be running four half-day
events in Cardiff, Carmarthen, Colwyn Bay and Llandinam.

If you are interested in attending one of the following events please
complete the form below and return to Wendy Gilbert at
wgilbert@wcva.org.uk or Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff,
CF10 5FH
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Yes, I would like to attend the following event:

      8 December 2005 – Cardiff                 Time: 10am – 12.30pm

      9 December 2005 – Carmarthen              Time: 10am – 12.30pm

      17 January 2006 – Llandinham              Time: 10am – 12.30pm

      24 January 2006 – Colwyn Bay              Time: 10am – 12.30pm

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Organisation
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