Heritage Lottery Funding Surgery, 24th September 2014

Posted on July 25, 2014

At the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) we know that some community and voluntary groups are nervous of filling in grant application forms. This is why we offer a one-to-one advice service where you can meet officers and talk through your project and the process of applying for a grant.

We have a clear heritage focus but that doesn’t just mean old buildings.  It can also include history and heritage reflected through communities, people’s memories and stories, and working with young people to explore ideas of identity and place.

Sally Roberts, Development Officer at HLF, will be available between 9.30 and 16.30 at the CVSC Offices, 8 Riviere’s Avenue, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7DP on Monday 24th September 2014.

If you would like to book a slot, please contact Emmelia Booth on 029 2034 3413 or emmelia.booth@hlf.org.uk.

Information Flyer

Community Consultation – Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm

Posted on July 24, 2014

DONG Energy has submitted planning applications for the offshore and onshore consents for the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm. The Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm will be located west of the existing Burbo Bank operational wind farm in Liverpool Bay.

DONG Energy will commit to a Community Benefit Fund (“the CBF”) worth up to £250,000 each year for the lifetime of the project if the wind farm is built. The final value of the CBF will be subject to the final scale of the project, which will be determined in Spring 2015.

DONG Energy has appointed GrantScape to carry out local consultation to seek views from all stakeholders on how the CBF should be set up and delivered.

Please see www.grantscape.org.uk/bbecbf for further information.

Call for Evidence – Review of the role and functions of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Posted on July 24, 2014

Please see request below from Dr Mike Shooter regarding his review of the role of the Children’s Commissioner in Wales which has been forwarded by Children in Wales.  Here is a link to Welsh Government website setting the context

“As you may know, I have been asked by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty to undertake a review to the role and functions of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales. Wales was the first UK country to have such a commissioner, with the office being established in 2001; mine is the first review of the office since its establishment. The current Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler, has previously called for and has welcomed this review.

My review will focus on six key areas:

  1. the role and functions of a Children’s Commissioner for Wales;
  2. the impact that the role has had;
  3. the suitability and effectiveness of the underpinning legislation;
  4. accountability and governance;
  5. value for money; and
  6. accessibility.

In December I will provide the Welsh Government with a report and recommendations across these six areas. To achieve this I will meet a range of people across Wales and beyond to listen to and seek to understand their views and perspectives on the Children’s Commissioner. I would like to hear from as  many people as possible. With this in mind, I am  issuing my ‘Call for Evidence’.  This is intended to provide an opportunity to gather a range of in-depth information. Alongside the Call for Evidence, and as an alternative or supplementary option, we have also developed an online survey. The survey will consist mainly of yes/no questions with an option to expand on answers. Please feel free to use either – or both – engagement tools, as you see fit.

Children and young people are, of course, vital to the review. Two separate versions of the survey have also been specifically designed for different age groups (although it is of course open to children and young people  to complete any of the other surveys). It would be great if you could encourage children and young people to feedback to us. If you work with children and young people you may wish to conduct your own workshop and to let us know how that goes. All documents are downloadable. I have also recently awarded a contract to deliver a large number of workshops for children and young people across Wales. Further details will appear shortly.

I would be grateful if you could circulate the Call for Evidence to your stakeholders. Please help ensure that voices are heard so I can make recommendations that build on and strengthen the role of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

You can complete the Call for Evidence here.”

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Conwy & Denbighshire Consultation Event

Posted on July 24, 2014

Friday 5th September 10-1pm 
Kinmel Manor Hotel, Abergele
3rd Sector Strategy for BCUHB Conwy & Denbighshire Consultation Event 

We will be holding a joint Conwy & Denbighshire Workshop

This is your chance to help shape the 3rd Sector Strategy for BCUHB for the next 3 years 2015-2018. The purpose of the strategy is to set out the HB’s commitment to and operational arrangements for working collaboratively with the 3rd sector, to enhance the health & wellbeing of individuals, communities and the population of North Wales.

On the day the following themes will be explored:

  • Identifying key areas of work & collaboration with the 3rd sector
  • set out the guiding principles and practical support for working with the sector
  • expected outcomes
  • monitoring delivery of HB

There will be further opportunities to attend workshop events in the Mold/Wrexham & Bangor areas later in September / early October.

Places are limited and it would be advantageous for you to indicate your interest in attending this Workshop Event by return of email.

Please contact:

Geraint Davies (Health & Social Care Facilitator)
Email: geraintdavies@cvsc.org.uk
Phone: 01492 534091

Conwy Community Facilities – updating of information

Posted on July 23, 2014

We are collecting new and updated information about the community facilities available in Conwy. If you provide community based facilities, then please do take advantage of this free opportunity to promote them and complete the attached registration form and return by the 8th August 2014 either:

or by post to:
Conwy County Borough Council,
Communities, Community Development Service,
Mostyn Street, Llandudno, LL30 2RP

Outdoor screening of Project Wild Thing Film at Bodnant Garden

Posted on July 17, 2014


CVSC’s Play Development Team invite you to an outdoor screening of the nationally acclaimed film ‘Project Wild Thing‘ in the National Trust’s beautiful Bodnant Garden on Wednesday 13th August.

Screenings will be at 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
Please bring a picnic blanket to sit on, the film will be shown in a Marquee if it is raining.

Normal Admission prices for the garden apply. and can be found here: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden/prices/
Free for National Trust Members

Trailer for the film: http://projectwildthing.com/
The Film will be shown in English

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


Youth Work Excellence Awards

Posted on July 4, 2014

Send in your nominations for the 2015 Youth Work Excellence Awards.

The 2015 awards is an opportunity to acknowledge, recognise and celebrate the most outstanding youth workers and youth work projects that have taken place throughout Wales from July 2013 to July 2014.

The awards will take place on Thursday 19 February 2015 at the Swalec Stadium, Cardiff.

The categories for 2015 include:
• Outstanding youth worker
• Outstanding youth work project that supports young people into education, employment or training
• Outstanding youth work project that supports and promotes Welsh culture
• Outstanding youth work project that supports the health and wellbeing of young people
• Outstanding youth work project that support the development of new skills for young people
• Outstanding school based youth work project
• Outstanding global youth work project
• Outstanding arts youth work project
• Outstanding youth work forum project.

To nominate a youth worker or youth work project for an award, please read the guidance notes and complete a nomination form and send it to:
Rebekah Hurst,
Welsh Government,
Sarn Mynach,
Llandudno Junction,
LL31 9RZ.

Closing date for all nominations is 15th September 2014.

The Bangor Forest Garden Skillshare

Posted on July 4, 2014

When: Sunday 13 July 11am – 4pm

Where: Bangor Forest Garden

For more information click here


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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Waleswithoutpoverty.

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.