Revised Child Poverty Strategy for Wales

Posted on November 17, 2014

The Welsh Government is consulting on a draft Revised Child Poverty Strategy for Wales.
Start of consultation: 06/11/2014
End of consultation: 29/01/2015
The Strategy sets out the Welsh Government’s approach to tackling child poverty and improving the outcomes of children and young people living in low income households.
Please follow the link for more details:

Carers Rights Information Day

Posted on November 13, 2014

Friday 28th November 2014

Llandudno Town Hall from 10:00am till 2:00pm

Free tea, coffee and biscuits

Families First Funding 2015 – 16

Posted on November 5, 2014

Families First are looking for projects to be delivered in Conwy County Borough to provide support to families with the following: bereavement, separation or divorce, mental health or domestic abuse. Funding of up to £30,000 for up to 2 years is available, so for example, you could apply for £15,000 each year for 2 years, giving a total of £30,000. The deadline for applications is 22 December 2014. CYPP Funding application template 2015-16 CYPP Funding Guidance Family Support 2015-16 CYPP Funding Guidance

CVSC’s Annual Report is now available!

Posted on October 23, 2014

CVSC’s Annual Report 2013-2014 is now available to download.

Please click the image below to access the document.

CVSC need YOUR help!

Posted on October 20, 2014

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We are gathering support and information for a funding application for a growing need within the community. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Please follow the link to fill in a questionnaire


Have you pledged to BEAT FLU yet and had your free vaccine?

Posted on October 10, 2014

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The annual flu immunisation programme in Wales is now underway in time for the coming flu season – and those in ‘at risk’ groups are being urged by authorities to take up their free vaccination as soon as possible.

Last year, only half (51.1%) of people categorised as ‘at risk’ protected themselves against what can be a deadly virus, which can and does kill every year. People particularly ‘at risk’ of flu and its complications are given the vaccine at no cost: it takes a minute, lasts a year, but could save your life.

People in ‘at risk’ groups – including those aged 65 or over, pregnant women and those with certain long term health conditions – are urged to protect themselves as early as possible and before flu starts circulating widely. Health and social care staff should ask their employers about getting the vaccine.

Parents of children aged 2, 3 or 4, and those in school Year 7, are also being urged to have their child vaccinated for free – in the form of a nasal spray.

Health officials warn that even if you had the vaccine last year, the flu virus changes every year so you must have it again now in order to be protected.

Dr Richard Roberts, Head of the Vaccine Preventable Diseases Programme at Public Health Wales, explains why people in ‘at risk’ groups must not delay and make an appointment with their doctor today: “Flu is a serious illness caused by a virus that affects the lungs and airways. Symptoms generally come on suddenly, and can include fever, chills, headache, cough, muscle aches and fatigue.  For people with underlying health conditions, flu can even be deadly.

“Flu cannot be treated, but it can be prevented by having the vaccine. Make sure you don’t put yourself at risk by missing this potentially life-saving opportunity.”

Every year flu circulates but every year thousands of people who are at a heightened risk of serious side effects fail to protect themselves for free. Join the pledge to beat flu, and protect yourself now.

You can find out more by visiting or, or finding them on twitter and facebook.

FREE flu vaccinations for frontline volunteers!

Posted on August 29, 2014


We have now received the very welcome news from Welsh Government that free vaccinations will be made available nationally in Wales for Third Sector frontline volunteers. Unfortunately, Third Sector workers who are paid for their services present a different story, as they come under occupational health rules, and should be vaccinated at the expense of the employer.

The change will be implemented and supported in the guidance papers to GPs under the section on Carers. Third Sector care support workers will be viewed as a ‘sub-set’ of Carers. GP practices will be able to refer to the current Carers read code, but the updated publication will contain an additional clause stating that:

Individuals who work on a voluntary basis (are not paid for their time and effort) providing care on a frequent basis to one or more elderly, disabled or otherwise vulnerable people whose welfare would be at risk if the individual became ill.  These should be identified by a letter from their parent organisation naming the person and confirming their membership of, and role in, the organisation.

Outline Process

Third Sector carers will need to obtain a letter from their organisation proving their eligibility and present this to their GP practice. This mirrors the process that has been used to date for frontline St John Ambulance and British Red Cross workers and Community First Responders.

GP Practices procedure

GP practices will not need to scan in the letter from the Third Sector organisation or record the name of the organisation, though they may wish to retain relevant information in paper or electronic form for their own records.  The purpose of the letter is primarily to reassure the GP that the person asking for vaccination is eligible.

If GPs are unaware of the change, please inform them that WG will add the extra text (in red) to provide clarity in the formal documentation for next year, highlighting the need for a covering letter for those who are eligible.




 Third Sector Carers

Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

Individuals who work on a voluntary basis (are not paid for their time and effort) providing care on a frequent basis to one or more elderly, disabled or otherwise vulnerable people whose welfare would be at risk if the individual became ill.  These should be identified by a letter from their parent organisation naming the person and confirming their membership of, and role in, the organisation.


(Please note – this category refers to individual carers entitled to a free flu vaccine on the NHS, not professional health and social care workers who should be vaccinated by their employer as part of an occupational health programme).

For queries or more information, please contact Geraint Davies at

Integrated Assessment, Planning and Review arrangements for Health and Social Care Partners in North Wales.

Posted on July 14, 2014

Please find below a letter from the Director of Social Services at Conwy County Borough Council and the Director of Nursing at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

This document explains the newly introduced Integrated Assessment, Planning and Review arrangements for Health and Social  Care Partners in North Wales.

Integrated Assessment Planning Review Arrangements


Wales without Poverty? Take part in the Bevan Foundation questionnaire!

Posted on June 19, 2014

Everyone will be familiar with the idea of eradicating child poverty by 2020 and of the very real challenges of achieving this target in the current climate. Few of us have ever stopped to think about what a Wales without poverty might actually be like. As part of a UK-wide project, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is working with the Bevan Foundation to explore what living with low or even no poverty would mean. An article providing more detail on the project is in the current Network Wales.

To gather views, the Bevan Foundation is running an online questionnaire and partnering with other organisations to run a limited number of focus groups. The aim is to spark debate and engage as many people as possible in Wales. This is an excellent opportunity for the third sector to contribute to and help shape this important debate.

The online survey is at

If you are interested hosting or facilitating a focus group using the questionnaire as a template please contact Victoria Winckler at the Bevan Foundation on 0845 180 0441.

Young Inspector Recruitment

Posted on December 13, 2013

Young inspectors recruitment

Do you know/work with a young person who would like to have their say?

Do you know a young person who would like to inspect services for young people and families?

This is a great opportunity Conwy Council are eager to recruit more young people ready for the training in January and are asking if you could speak with the young people you work with and display the flyers within your service, feel free to send out to anyone working with young people who you feel may be interested. Flyers here.young inspectors 2013 flyer