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					    Issue date:
27 November 2006

Issue date: 27 November 2006


Are you looking for funding?
Charity Commission News
Contracts & tenders
New JRF Findings
Useful websites

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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, 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 –

Commission fast-tracks Farepak charity registration
The Charity Commission has responded to public concern over the collapse of Farepak
Food & Gifts by urgently registering the Farepak Response Fund as a charity. The
Commission received the application on 9 November and completed the registration the
following day. Farepak went into administration on 13 October, leaving families who had
made advance payments for vouchers and Christmas hampers empty-handed. A
spokesperson for the Commission said: “There was a massive amount of public concern
surrounding the issue and obviously as Christmas is a non-negotiable deadline we gave
the registration of the fund special dispensation.”

Three in five charities still have no reserves policy
A Charity Commission report into charities‟ reserves has revealed that while the proportion
of charities with a reserves policy has risen from 27 per cent in 2002 to 40 per cent,
charities with reserves totalling £3.6bn still have no policy in place. Although this is an
improvement on the 2002 figure of £5.5bn, the Charity Commission and Charity Finance
Directors‟ Group have urged charities without a policy to rectify the situation quickly.

Tell it like it is, based on data from 87 per cent of charities with annual income of over
£10,000, highlights a number of other developments in the sector since the Commission‟s
last report in 2002. Charities currently hold at least £35.5bn of reserves, a 37 per cent
increase from 2002‟s figure of £26bn. Charitable expenditure increased by 61 per cent
over the same period. The number of months‟ activity that reserves cover, has fallen from
an average of 18 months in 2002 to 12 months.

Safeguarding Children
Updated guidance entitled 'Safeguarding Children' is now available. This replaces the
Commission‟s previous guidance called 'Child Protection'.

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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

Official name and address of contracting authority
Organisation: NafW Dein – International Business Wales

For the attention of: Carys Pugh D‟Auria, National Assembly for Wales, International
Business Wales, Trafalgar House, 5 Fitzalan Place, Cardiff CF24 0ED. Tel 029 2082 8683,

Object of the contract
Lead Generation
International Business Wales (IBW) is the newly formed trade and investment arm of the
National Assembly for Wales. IBW is responsible for supporting and enabling new and
existing Welsh export companies to sustain and grow their overseas sales and for
attracting new investment into Wales by multinational (or other) companies looking to
establish a base for their European or UK operations.

The new team in International Business Wales is committed to supporting the economic
development of the Welsh economy through the delivery of more exports from Welsh
companies, the establishment of new companies and operations in Wales and the creation
of better quality jobs for the people of Wales.

This contract will identify those companies that intend expanding either within the UK or to
the UK and submit them to International Business Wales for progression. This contract will
also contain an element of marketing support to the lead generation programme.

Companies expressing an interest must request a prequalification questionnaire and return
it completed with any associated documents to the above address by Monday 18
December. All correspondence must quote contract number 231/2006.

Official name and address of contracting authority
Organisation: NafW Transport Wales

For the attention of: RVC Osborne, Rail and New Road Procurement, Transport Wales,
National Assembly for Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ. Tel 029 2082 6286, email

Object of the contract
Consultancy services
The supply of Consultancy Services to Transport Wales, a department of the Welsh
Assembly Government, to be split into 11 lots as follows:

Lot 1 - Transport Planning
Lot 2 - Environmental and Sustainability advice
Lot 3 - Ground Engineering and Investigation advice
Lot 4 - Transport Engineering
Lot 5 - Bridge and Structural Design Services
Lot 6 - Technical, Contractual and Financial Support Services
Lot 7 - Telecommunications and Electrical Related Services
Lot 8 - Traffic Movement Services
Lot 9 - Railway Consultancy Services
Lot 10 - Technical Advisers for PFI
Lot 11 - Noise Insulation Services

Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate: 18 December 2006.

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Russell Commission Enhanced Strategic Grants
The Welsh Assembly Government has made funding available for up to six strategic pilot
projects for the Millennium Volunteers Programme to implement the recommendations of
the Russell Commission. National voluntary organisations interested in developing young
people‟s volunteering, who can deliver throughout the whole of Wales, and who will use
the funding to build their capacity to establish permanent opportunities for young people,
are eligible to bid for up to £30,000 a year for the next two years. Millennium Volunteers is
a UK wide volunteering programme for 16-24 year olds. For an information pack click here
or call WCVA Helpdesk 0870 607 1666 or contact Leah Doherty:,
tel 029 2043 1763. The closing date for applications is 12 January 2007.

Heritage Lottery Fund - Your Heritage
The Your Heritage programme offers grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 and aims to
involve communities in their local heritage. The programme will help to: conserve and
enhance our diverse heritage; encourage communities to identify, look after and celebrate
their heritage; increase opportunities for learning about heritage; and open up heritage
resources and sites to the widest possible audience. Further details are available from the
Heritage Lottery Fund, tel 029 2034 3413, email or visit

It’s Your Community
Awards of up to £1,000 are available to local groups and individuals for the hire of tools or
equipment, and to purchase plants, paint, signs, materials etc. All types of environmental
projects such as: turning derelict land into an amenity park or wildlife area, tree planting,
creating a wildlife pond, renovating neglected river and canal footpaths, providing water
butts and recycling facilities in village halls - are welcome to apply, from anywhere in the
country. Further information is available from

LankellyChase Foundation
The foundation has amended its special programme that works with asylum seekers. It is
now focusing on those agencies which work within detention centres or whose prime aim
is combating the destitution faced by asylum seekers. Grants are limited to work with a
recognisable charitable purpose. Further information is available from

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation
The Awards are an investment in the next generation of campaigners. They can help your
campaign get the extra support it needs to make a national or international impact. The
awards offer pro-bono development opportunities to campaigners in nine categories. To
find out more visit or call 0207 770 7892.

The Social Care Accolades
The Social Care Accolades recognise and celebrate good practice in social care in Wales.
Accolades are awarded to teams, groups or organisations for their achievements in
learning and development in social care. If you think you've got what it takes, or if you
know of anyone who should enter you can request an entry pack from, tel 029 2078 0687 or visit The closing
date for entries is 1 March 2007.

Welsh Coalfields Bond & Awards Scheme
We want to give the people from the former coalfields area the chance to make a name for
themselves in the fast growing creative and cultural industries sector in Wales. The demise
of the coal industry in Wales has left households, and whole communities, struggling.
Some areas still rank among the highest for unemployment and lowest for income in the
UK. Unlike the rest of the UK's coal industry, work opportunities have not been replaced in
Wales, so hugely depleted local economies are leading to the complete breakdown of
communities as individuals seek work further afield.

The new Welsh Coalfields Bond is an initiative of Citylife and is supported by the
Coalfields Regeneration Trust. The money raised from the Bond will be used as a loan to
Rhondda and Hendre housing associations to finance various housing schemes. The
interest paid by them will then be used to fund the Awards Scheme.

The Awards will be made available to give those from the coalfields areas an opportunity
to pursue their aspirations, which are currently unattainable due to financial constraints.
Awards will be disbursed via the Coalfields Regeneration Trust following recommendations
from a Selection Panel and expert opinions from the creative and cultural industries.
Further details about the Bond and the Awards scheme are available from

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Fundraising Promise Scheme
The Fundraising Standards Board (FSB) has recently launched its Fundraising Promise
Scheme. The promise is a commitment made to the public by charitable fundraisers in the
UK, committing to the highest standards of practice, and ensuring that all their activities
are open and fair, honest and legal. By signing up to the FSB self-regulatory scheme you
will be agreeing to adhere to the Fundraising Promise when raising funds. A copy of the
promise is available from

International Statement of Ethical Principle in Fundraising
The Institute of Fundraising has announced the establishment of an International
Statement of Ethical Principles in Fundraising - a set of values and standards for the global
fundraising community, unanimously approved by 24 countries. It is an overarching
statement of common principles that unite all fundraisers, flexible enough to accommodate
political, cultural and legal differences. The Statement unites the international fundraising
community with a single universal declaration of five fundamental principles of honesty;
respect; integrity; compassion and transparency. For further information and to download
the International Statement please visit

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AbilityNet are looking for a community partner in Wales in 2007
We are looking for a community partner in Wales who will be part of years two and three of
a three year community investment program that will support disadvantaged groups
through the provision of technology and training. Switched on Communities is an initiative
funded by DSGi, best known for their high street stores PC World and Currys digital. They
are providing partners with training and resources so that they can support community and
voluntary sector IT provision in their region. For further information including tender
documents please go to

Big Lottery Fund publishes first three-year strategic plan
The plan sets out who they are as a new organisation, where they are now, where they
want to be in 2009 and how they aim to reach their desired destination. It includes their
funding frameworks and new programmes, which explains the difference they want to
make to communities and the lives of people most in need. Download the plan at

Global fundraising benchmark to compare costs
A global fundraising benchmarking exercise is currently under way in a bid to establish the
cost-effectiveness of fundraising techniques used both in the UK and around the world.
Fundraisers from 5,000 international organisations are being encouraged to participate in
the survey with a view to nfpSynergy, the organisation conducting the research, providing
a breakdown of the results not only by country but also by organisational network. For
example, respondents that are part of a network will be able to receive analysis comparing
them to both the benchmark and other organisations in their group. The survey is free to
enter and asks charities to list the approximate costs, expenditure, income and staff
numbers for each of their fundraising activities. Fundraisers have until 30 November to
participate. For more information, visit
(Source: Charity News Alert, 14/11/06)

Make your mark with a tenner
A new scheme called Make Your Mark with a Tenner has been launched. It will operate
through schools and FE Colleges, and offer £10 to 10,000 teenagers so that they can use
the money to launch their own social enterprise, alone or in teams. They will have a month
to use their talents, and 100 winners will be chosen: 50 who‟ve made the greatest profit,
and 50 who‟ve had the most social impact. The competition launches on 29 January 2007
and finishes on 23 February 2007. Full details are available at or by calling 0845 015 0010.

New charity accounting qualification launched
A new qualification for charity finance professionals has been launched by the Institute of
Chartered Accountants in England and Wales‟ charity and voluntary sector special interest
group, and Cass Business School. The ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting has been
designed specifically for accountants working in the charity sector and directly with
charities, to help them enhance their skills and develop a deeper understanding of the
knowledge required for top-level roles in charity accounting and financial management.
More information can be found at
(Source: Charity News Alert, 7/11/06)

Office space to let
Taff Housing Association will have additional space to let next October at their refurbished
offices in Canton. It is a third floor in their building with 3650 sq feet (will accommodate 30-
40 people). There are six designated parking spaces included and full access by lift. They
will also be offering optional buy in to central services (IT, Finance, HR), and access to
their conference/ training facilities. If you are interested, or would like to come and view
please contact Elaine Ballard on 029 2025 9165, or contact them via their website

Public Service Management Wales’ Organisational Development
Consultants Network
Public Service Management Wales' Organisational Development Consultants Network can
support voluntary organisations in developing their capacity to improve public services. A
team of highly skilled consultants are available to the voluntary sector to: help partnerships
work more effectively; support change that will result in better services; develop the
internal capacity of organisations; support the mainstreaming of the equalities, social
justice and Welsh language agendas. Bursaries giving organisations access to some free
consultancy are available from PSMW. Details on the scheme and how to apply are
available from or telephone 02920 922900.

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

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Northern Ireland 2006. Part of an annual series
looking at indicators of poverty and social exclusion, this study is the first to look
specifically at latest data for Northern Ireland. Read it at

Making user involvement work: supporting service user networking and knowledge. This
study examines major barriers to service user networking and knowledge and ways
service users see of overcoming these. Read it at

Do policies to promote community participation in governance build social capital? This
study explores whether policies to involve people in making decisions about their own
communities are effective in building strong social networks. Read it at

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

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WebSpring launch at national conference
WebSpring – WCVA‟s new website builder package – will be officially launched at WCVA‟s
annual conference in Cardiff on Thursday 30 November. The package has been
developed during 2006 with Sequence – Wales‟ leading digital agency – specifically to
provide voluntary organisations with cost-effective, professional websites.

WCVA Chief Executive Graham Benfield OBE will introduce WebSpring during the
conference plenary and delegates will have the opportunity to trial the package with
assistance from WCVA staff throughout the day. Mr Benfield commented: „WebSpring has
been set up to help voluntary organisations establish their own websites.

„The conference will provide an excellent opportunity for delegates to find out more about
how it works and how it can benefit their organisations.‟ For an annual conference
programme and booking form, contact the WCVA Helpdesk on 0870 607 1666 or email

Sustainable funding project throws lifeline to voluntary groups
Voluntary groups anxious about the impact that declining funding and lack of strategic
planning might have on their finances will be able to access a new resource that offers
practical help and support to develop a sustainable funding approach.

With the help of a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, WCVA is about to launch a three-year
sustainable funding project that aims to increase the numbers of voluntary and community
organisations across Wales that achieve long-term sustainability through a comprehensive
training, information and advice programme.

Working in partnership with CVCs and other umbrella bodies, the project will deliver three
key elements. A dedicated website, due to be launched imminently, linked to WCVA
website. In addition, any organisation will have the opportunity to sign up to an e-mailing
list to receive a free monthly newsletter. The project will also enable organisations to
participate in training, both directly delivered by the project and cascaded through the
CVCs. Finally, extended support will be made available to around 30 organisations to put
their new skills and learning into practice.

WCVA‟s sustainable funding project team includes Sara Carroll, who will focus on
communications, and Nicola Llewelyn, whose role will be training. Sara and Nicola are
based in WCVA‟s Lampeter office and can be contacted on 01570 424175/6 – or

WCVA regional policy events
The next round of the regional policy events will be held in January. The theme for the
events is Health Issues. The programme and booking form is now available.

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Developing restorative justice
The Youth Justice Board are consulting on Developing Restorative Justice: An Action
Plan, which runs until 1 January 2007. The consultation will help the board develop a
strategy for restorative justice. The document can be found at

Fairer Charging guidance to local authorities on charging for
domiciliary care services
On 15 February this year Dr Brian Gibbons AM, Minister for Health and Social Services,
announced a package of new initiatives for disabled and older people. These sought to
reduce the impact of local authority domiciliary care charging on this client group, while at
the same time offering a range of service improvements to the quantity and quality of
domiciliary care they receive. The package included:

a) For personal care, a proposal to increase by 10% (from 25% to 35%) the amount
   above basic levels of Income Support an individual must be left with after charges have
   been applied; referred to as the “buffer”;

b) Clarification of the treatment of disability related expenditure in domiciliary care

c) An additional £3 million per annum to provide additional support for carers of
   individuals with mental health problems;

d) Investment of £12.5 million over 2 years to improve the community equipment service
   with the aim of delivering a fully-integrated health and social care equipment service
   serving every area of Wales;

e) Just under £9 million over 2 years to support around 10,000 extra people with telecare
   facilities to help more disabled and older people remain in their own homes for longer.

This consultation seeks views about the Minister‟s proposals has in relation to a) and b)
above. The other initiatives are being pursued separately and have already been the
subject of other consultations. Comments are invited on any aspect of the proposed
changes. The consultation document is available from The
deadline for responses is 5 January 2007 and should be sent to Alison Sharp, Older
People and Long Term Care Policy Directorate, Welsh Assembly Government, Cathays
Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ or email responses to

Consultation on Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (Wales) Regulations
The Welsh Assembly Government proposes to introduce The Home Energy Efficiency
Scheme (Wales) Regulations 2007 to up-date the HEES Scheme in Wales and to extend
the measures and client groups who are able to receive assistance under the Scheme. A
consultation has been published and can be accessed via
Responses should be sent by Friday 29 December 2006 to Mr Craig McIlquham,
Domestic Energy Branch, Housing Directorate, Welsh Assembly Government, Merthyr
Tydfil Office, Rhydycar, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1UZ.

Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations
The Welsh Assembly Government is inviting responses to a consultation regarding a
proposed amendment of the Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales)
Regulations 2000 (the 2000 Regulations) for landfill gas engines. The consultation
documents are available on the Welsh Assembly Government website via the following
weblink - The deadline for responses is 12 January 2007 and
should be sent to Russell Lang, Environment - Protection and Quality Division, Welsh
Assembly Government, 1st Floor - CP2, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ. E-mail: env-
p& If you have any queries about the subject matter of the
consultation, please contact Ross Hunter on 029 2082 3473 or

WAG Refugee Inclusion Strategy
The Welsh Assembly Government is consulting on its draft Refugee Inclusion Strategy
which sets out its vision and 3-year strategy for achieving refugee inclusion in Wales. The
strategy aims to provide a clear strategic framework for all those working towards refugee
inclusion, co-ordinating the work of WAG and its partners to maximise impact and
resources. The framework set out in the draft strategy is structured around six key
areas: language, communication and information; building strong communities; fulfilling
potential; accessing core services; understanding diversity and supporting the most
vulnerable; a framework for monitoring and evaluation. The Assembly is seeking people‟s
views on the content of the strategy, what the top priorities should be and how WAG can
help other stakeholders to play their part in delivering the recommendations. The
consultation documents will be made available on WAG‟s website at A Translation Booklet, which contains the Minister‟s consultation
letter, executive summary and recommendations of the Strategy in French, Spanish,

Portuguese, Arabic and Somali, has also been produced. The consultation runs until 3
February 2007.

Towards a National Youth Service Strategy for Wales
The Consultation document is now available. Responses to the consultation are sought by
26 January 2007. For further information view or email with 'Youth Work Strategy – Consultation ' in the subject

The Welsh Language Board’s Voluntary Sector Strategy – Consultation
The Welsh Language Board is consulting on its voluntary sector strategy. This document
outlines how the Board will encourage an increase in the provision of Welsh medium
services in the voluntary sector in Wales. The document is available on the Board‟s
website - You can also contact the Board to receive a hard copy
of this document in either Arial 12 or 14; an audio CD version; or a Braille version in either
English or Welsh.

The Welsh Language Board would be grateful for your feedback on any part of the
document. In particular they would like you to consider the following questions: Have we
chosen the most appropriate implementation methods? Are the strategic priorities
sensible? Are the targets and the timetable achievable and appropriate? Are there other
aspects that require consideration? The deadline for responses is 26 January 2007, which
should be sent to Gethin Edwards, Health and Voluntary Sector Unit, Market Chambers, 5-
7 St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1AT. Email

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WCVA training
Other training

WCVA training
We run courses throughout Wales for latest updates visit

Price Bands (All prices are excluding VAT)
A WCVA members
B Voluntary and community organisations
C Public and private sector bodies

Public Engagement & Participation Training
North Wales
Module 1 – 18th January 2007, Module 2&3 – 23rd&24th January 2007

Cost: Module 1 only: £165, Modules 1,2 & 3: £350

A three-day intensive modular course for public service staff tasked with community
engagement and public participation. The three modules are aimed at people working in
the public sector, in the Welsh Assembly Government, in local authorities, and in the
health sector, who have a responsibility for engaging with the public. Module 1 is also
aimed at those working at senior management level whose departments are required to
consult and/or engage with the public and communities as part of the Making the
Connections agenda.

Giving Wales – making giving less taxing (½ day course)
26 January 2007, Cardiff

Cost: FREE

Britain has one of the most generous tax relief schemes in the world. The Giving Wales
project aims to support charities to increase their income through encouraging donors to
give tax effectively. The course will provide information on the options available to donors,
publicity materials and further signposting to the appropriate agencies. It is suitable for
anyone interested in donor fundraising for their organisation – voluntary and community
organisations of all sizes, funding advice workers and umbrella agency funding advisors.
Participants will gain knowledge of the various ways of giving to charity and will be able to
increase their organisation‟s income through tax-effective donations and gifts.

Time management
30 January 2007, Cardiff

Cost:         A £100        B £130        C £165

Managing our time effectively makes us more productive, more efficient and less stressed.
This course will give participants an opportunity to reflect on their workload and learn
techniques to plan and organise their time more efficiently. The course is for the busy
manager, supervisor or administrator who juggles deadlines, projects etc. 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.

Promoting your project on a shoestring
30 January 2007, Colwyn Bay

Cost:         A £100        B £130        C £165

This practical course will help give participants the skills and confidence to develop their
promotional skills, from exploring what motivates their target audience to writing effective
press releases. The course will involve developing an effective marketing plan and
participants will come away with a selection of new tools and ideas to promote their project
in a practical and cost effective way. The course is suitable for staff at all levels who have
responsibility for publicity and promotion of individual projects or the organisation as a

Personnel for non- personnel specialists (2 day course)
31 January & 1 February 2007, Cardiff

Cost:         A £165               B £190         C £260

This course will provide an introduction to the personnel (human resources) function within
an organisation, and an understanding of the current legal framework in which such

functions should take place. The course provides an introduction to the range of personnel
management responsibilities and will give participants the skills to carry out their Human
Resources role confidently and effectively.

Getting into local media
31 January 2007, Bangor

Cost:         A £100        B £130         C £165

This course is for those who wish to improve and increase their coverage in the media. It is
suitable for officers with responsibility for publicity and promotion, volunteer managers, and
project managers. The course will enable participants to understand what aspects of their
work are newsworthy. Participants will explore what makes a good story, what journalists
are looking for, and will identify individual stories within their organisation. The course will
help you to perfect the art of press release writing and contribute to a practical session
developing a media strategy

For further details and an application form contact WCVA Helpdesk on 0870 607
1666 or email

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Other training
Making sense of information management
28-30 November 2006, London
This event is dedicated to helping participants face the challenge of managing information
in their organisation. Information Management Solutions covers the full spectrum of the
information lifecycle through an exhibition of the leading vendors plus an extensive
educational programme. Take advantage of the free seminars to keep your skills and
knowledge up to date. Over 50 sessions including panel debates, case studies, strategic
keynotes and masterclasses from independent experts and practitioners will cover the
latest development and offer practical advice. Further details are available from www.ims-

Doing Good and Doing Well? The role of Chairs and CEOs
30 November 2006
The acevo annual conference is the largest gathering of chief executives, chairs and board
members within the third sector. This year‟s conference focuses on organisational
effectiveness – how to define and achieve success. It will also examine governance
issues, including the relationship between chief executive and chair. Join us for a
programme of exciting speakers, a choice of workshops and networking with peers. There
is also a dinner in the evening. Click here to book your place.

The Digital Arts Workshop - Winter 2006
Photoshop – 4, 5, 6 & 7 December
This essential software allows for the manipulation of images and is used throughout the
design and media industries. This is a non-accredited course delivered in partnership with
the University of Glamorgan Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Masterclasses are open to artists of all disciplines and uniquely offer one-to-one
professional tuition to produce a specific promotional product, such as a website,
catalogue, exhibition invite or digital presentation.
Further details are available from Women‟s Arts Association, tel 029 2048 7850, email

Welfare reform not welfare destruction!
National Lobby of Parliament and Rally
4 December 2006, London
The Rally is organised by the Coalition Against the Welfare Reform Bill. Rally will be
opposite the St Stephens Entrance to Parliament, from there they want groups and
individuals to go and lobby their MPs, and challenge them about their position on the
Welfare Reform Bill. For more information and the latest news go to www.welfare- or contact Steve on 01362 850130, e-mail

Know your rights outreach education training: making human rights
positive rights
4 December 2006, Cardiff
Special event organised by BVSNW in partnership with the 1990 Trust. This training and
development session is part of a national series, which will aim to help local groups and
individuals: challenge racial discrimination in local communities; influence government
policies and practice; network with others around the UK. The event is free and lunch will
be provided. Further details are available from Manjit Mahil, email

An introduction to housing associations
5 December 2006, 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 Ceri Ward, Events Assistant, tel 029 2055 7411, email

Road pricing in the UK: are we getting there
5 December 2006, London
After a year of substantial progress, the road pricing agenda in the UK now has a clear
and tangible momentum. The Department for Transport‟s TIF programme is well under
way. A new Road Traffic Bill is to provide better-targeted powers to ensure local schemes
are consistent with a national framework. Private sector bids have just been submitted to
DfT for its pricing technology trials and guidelines for a national framework for road pricing
are to be announced by the end of the year. Transport Times is holding a key one-day
conference to discuss where these developments have taken us on the ground and where
we go next in progressing the route map to road pricing in the UK. Further details are
available from or email

One Big Day
11 December 2006, Cardiff
This is a Disability Arts Cymru day of workshops and performances. It features two of the
world‟s best disabled performers – David Roche and Caroline Parker. Workshops start at
1pm and performances at 7.30pm. For more details contact Gwennan Young, Disability

Arts Cymru, tel & textphone 029 2055 1040, email, SMS 079 101 101

Collaboration is best…? Collaborative Working Conference
12 December 2006, London
This conference will explore collaboration within the sector: partnership working between
two or more voluntary or community organisations. The event will encourage participants
to think creatively about how collaboration can help their organisations. It will explore
exciting new developments in the use of collaboration, and show you what has worked
elsewhere. It will look at what it can achieve, how to do it, and how not to! You can book
online at or contact Asma Jhina, tel 020 7520
2440, email

Letter writing skills: a guide to style, punctuation & grammar
24 January 2007, Cardiff
Many people lack confidence in their letter writing, or would like to improve their skills in
this area. Letters are probably the most common form of communication used by housing
organisations, and it is therefore vital that they carry the right message: both in terms of
information communicated as well as the image presented. This course is a supportive,
non-judgemental environment in which participants can discuss concerns and difficulties,
and receive supportive feedback on their letter-writing style. Further details are available
from Jennifer Horton, tel 029 2055 7410, email

Centre for Intergenerational Practice training events 2007
Introduction to intergenerational practice
23 January 2007, Newport

Project planning & management
14 February 2007, Aberystwyth

8 March 2007, Welshpool

These training events have been organised for current practitioners and those interested in
developing intergenerational projects or programmes. There is no cost and lunch is
provided. Places are limited so book early. Further details are available from, tel 01443 482372 or email

Ambassadors for Change
Line Manager Briefings 5 & 18 December 2006
Module 1       25 January 2007
Module 2       13 February 2007
Module 3       27 March 2007
Module 4       17 April 2007
Module 5       15 May 2007
Module 6       19 June 2007
„Ambassadors for Change‟ is a development programme that equips participants with the
ability to apply proven business improvement principles, tools and techniques in the
workplace. It facilitates the delivery of business improvements, including projects, in a
flexible and supportive way, which complements PRINCE2 methodology. The programme
is open to all levels and designed for individuals who have a responsibility for delivering an
improvement or „project‟, which supports organisational objectives. Up to three people
from one organisation or sector can work on the same project. The programme consists of
six monthly workshop modules supported by one-to-one clinics offering advice and
guidance for participants and their managers. Further details are available from Leah
Moore, Knowledge Management Team, tel 029 2082 1579.
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Useful websites Contact a Family‟s website has been translated into Arabic, Farsi,
simplified Chinese and Somali. The site enables families with disabled children to link up
and provide emotional support for each other. is the People‟s Trust for Endangered Species, which works in partnership
with voluntary organisations, wildlife experts, government and industry to conserve wild
mammals and their habitats throughout the UK. is a new website by The Department of Health providing
information on personality disorders. is a free venue finding service. is a new-look website, which includes a brief
overview of Community Planning / Strategies in Wales, items about both the Community
Planning Officers' Network, and the Community Strategies Working Group.

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  Wales Council for Voluntary Action
  Regional Policy Events - January 2007
 Tuesday, 16 January                          Wednesday, 17 January
 The Pavilion, Llandrindod Wells              Venue Cymru, Llandudno
 Wednesday 24 January                         Thursday 25 January
 Newport Centre, Newport                      Halliwell Centre, Carmarthen

            Theme of the day – Health Issues
The aims of the day
The Regional Policy events aim to identify key issues in Health and Social care and provide the
opportunity for Professionals from across the sectors to explore the role of the voluntary sector in
delivering the health and wellbeing agenda, share examples of best practice and identify opportunities
for Partnership working.

 To examine the WAG Chronic conditions management model and framework and discuss the role
    of the voluntary sector in its implementation
 To identify opportunities to strengthen partnerships between local Government, Local Health
    Boards and the voluntary sector.
 To highlight examples of good practice.
 To consider the role of the voluntary sector in, and the implications of, the implementation of
    “Fulfilled Lives, supporting communities”
 To identify existing health and social care provision by the voluntary sector across Wales and it’s
    implications for future commissioning.
 To discuss how to ensure the voluntary sector can contribute to the needs assessment for the Health
    and Wellbeing strategies 2008-2011
 To showcase new initiatives with particular reference to the chronic conditions and wellbeing
Draft programme
10.00 Coffee and registration
10.30 Plenary session and introductions
10.45 Presentation on Chronic Conditions Management
11.15 Questions
11.25 Presentation on Fulfilled Lives Supportive communities
11.55 Questions
12.15 Workshop A: 1) Chronic Conditions
                        2) Implementing Fulfilled Lives
                        3) Health & Wellbeing strategies 2008-11
12.45 Lunch
13.30 Presentation on mapping exercise of health, social care and wellbeing services
14.15 Questions
14.30 Workshop B 1) Expert Patient Programmes
                        2) Long term conditions commissioning toolkit;
                        3) Wellbeing Impact Assessment tool
15.00 Evaluation and closing remarks
15.15 Close of day.

 For booking forms and further information on the work groups please contact
       WCVA’s Helpdesk on 0870 607 1666 or email

Arranged by WCVA in partnership with County Voluntary Councils

 Regional Policy Events                                                   Wales Council
  Arranged by WCVA in conjunction                                              For
   with County Voluntary Councils                                        Voluntary Action
               Booking Form
 Please indicate which event you would like to attend:

 16 January 2007                                           17 Janaury 2007
 The Pavilion, Llandrindod Wells                           Venue Cymru, Llandudno
 24 January 2007                                           25 Janaury 2007
 Newport Centre, Newport                                   The Halliwell Centre, Carmarthen

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                                                      please tick the box
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Other requirements (eg communication, diet, access etc)

 Please indicate in which language you will be contributing to the event:             English                   Welsh

 Please indicate whether you will require translation equipment for any contributions in Welsh:
                                                                                        Yes                      No
 Work group choices – see additional information for full details

 Morning Work Group                                       Afternoon Work Group

         Which sector are you representing – voluntary or statutory?

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 Cost per delegate per policy event £7.50            I enclose payment for:             .............     @ £7.50
 To include buffet lunch
Cheques/ PO made payable to: WCVA                    Total payment       ....................................

                Please complete and return no later than Friday 5 January
                                    with payment to:
           Gwyneth Jones, WCVA, 11-13 Wynnstay Road, Colwyn Bay LL29 8NB.
                  For further details phone 01492 539805 or email

                  Confirmation of booking and event details will be issued on receipt of payment
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