May 2014 Network event

Posted on April 15, 2014


Calling all Volunteer Organisers!

Do you….


  • have an interest in meeting other Volunteer Organisers?
  • need support with recruiting, retaining and managing volunteers?
  • want to find out about topical issues?
  • want to learn more about how CVSC Volunteering Team can support you?


…if so, we look forward to seeing you.



Llandudno Junction Community Club

Victoria Drive

Llandudno Junction


LL31 9PG


When?         Friday, 9th May 2014


What time?  9.30 am for a 10.00 am start, until 12.30 pm


If you control & click on this link, a map will appear


We look forward to seeing you!


Please contact Ceri, Medi or Ellen on 01492 871110 or email to register your place.


 Please remember to let us know of any specific requirements you may have.

 Thank You.




 9.30am                       Registration and Refreshments


10.00am                    Welcome and House-Keeping


10.10 am                   Round Robin!


10.40am                    Up-dates from the CVSC Volunteering Team – to include:-


  • General News
  • Volunteers’ Week Celebrations, June 2014
  • BIG Volunteering Wales project legacy
  • New Volunteering ‘partnership’


11.15am                    Refreshments & Networking


11.45am                    Supporting our Volunteers’ Needs

                                    By Sarah Lamberton

Financial Inclusion and Anti Poverty Project Manager


12.20pm                    Open questions and networking


12.30pm                    Finish




At sylw pawb sy’n cydlynu gwirfoddolwyr!

 Oes gennych chi …?


  • ddiddordeb mewn cwrdd â phobl eraill sy’n gwneud yr un gwaith â chi?
  • awydd dysgu am sut gall CVSC fod yn gefn i chi?
  • eisiau dysgu am faterion penodol?
  • angen rhagor o wybodaeth am sut gall Tîm Gwirfoddoli CGGC eich cefnogi chi?

… os oes, edrychwn ymlaen at eich gweld chi yno



Lle?     Clwb Cymunedol Cyffordd Llandudno

Victoria Drive

Cyffordd Llandudno


LL31 9PG


Pryd?            Dydd Gwener, 9  Mai 2014


Amser?          9.30 y bore i ddechrau am 10.00. Gorffen am 12.30 y pnawn.


Pwyswch Control a chliciwch ar y cyswllt isod i weld map:

Mi welwn ni chi yno!

Ffoniwch Ceri, Medi neu Ellen ar 01492 871110 neu e-bostiwch i gadw lle.


 Rhowch wybod i ni am anghenion penodol sydd gennych chi







9.30                         Cofrestru a Phaned


 10.00                          Gair o Groeso a Threfn y Dydd


10.10                          Cyfle i bawb gyflwyno ei hun yn ei dro



10.40                         Y diweddaraf o’r Ganolfan Wirfoddoli gan gynnwys:

  • Newyddion cyffredinol
  • Dathliadau Wythnos Gwirfoddolwyr, Mehefin 2014
  • Gwaddol Prosiect Gwirfoddoli’r Gronfa Loteri Fawr
  • Y ‘bartneriaeth’ wirfoddoli newydd


11.15                          Paned a Rhwydweithio


11.45                          Cefnogi anghenion ein gwirfoddolwyr

                                    Sarah Lamberton

                                    Rheolwr Prosiect Cynhwysiant Ariannol ac Atal Tlodi


12.20                          Sesiwn cwestiwn ac ateb a rhwydweithio


12.30                          Gorffen






Volunteering Opportunities

Posted on April 4, 2014

Volunteering Opportunities/

Cyfleoedd Gwirfoddoli

Please see below for a list of some of the opportunities we are promoting this week:

Y Bartneriaeth Awyr Agored/The Outdoor Partnership is looking for Volunteer Leaders/Assistants. They have a number of outdoor clubs across Conwy all looking for more volunteers. The activities range from kayaking, surfing, mountain walking, climbing, biking and cycle sports.


St David’s Hospice is looking for Cafe Assistants; duties include making drinks and snacks for visitors, keeping Café Dewi clean and tidy and provide a warm welcome to visitors to Café Dewi. No experience needed, training will be given.

Distribution Centre Volunteers; duties include sorting donated stock ready for distribution to our network of 9 hospice shops in the local area. No experience needed, training will be given.

Shop Assistants at the shop in Craig y Don. Positions will include greeting and serving customers, assisting in stock management, manning the till, processing sales, replenishing stock and displaying items on the shop floor.

Aberconwy Mind is looking for a Treasurer; key duties would be: Overseeing, approving and presenting budgets, being assured the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs.

Ensuring Charity has agreed reserves, preparation and presentation of accounts to the Board.

Advising on financial implications of the organisation’s strategic plans.

Ensuring charity is legislation compliant.

Ensuring accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by funders and Charity commission. Sitting on appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary panels.

Drop-in Centre Volunteers; In the initial stages volunteers would chat to adults experiencing mental health problems, making tea and coffee to provide a relaxed environment in which to talk. After training, volunteers will become qualified listeners.  Volunteers should be able to work in a non-judgemental, non-discriminatory way and be a good listener.  Volunteers should be able to provide information to service users, as well as support and motivate.  There are opportunities for volunteers to take on groups and activities after training.  This opportunity would be unsuitable for anyone physically unwell due to the nature of the volunteer work.

Cafe Volunteers for their basement cafe. There are opportunities for waiting on staff who would also be preparing and cooking food either in the kitchen or in the general public cafe, cleaning and washing up, also promotional and fundraising activities. Opportunities are also available within the retail section to advise and sell goods.

The North Wales Credit Union is looking for Ethical Banking Volunteers. North Wales Credit Union offers a saving and low rate loan service. Volunteers can work in four areas as follows:

- Collectors: collecting money from members at specified centre.

- Board of Directors: to manage the Credit Union.

- Credit Committee: to decide on loan applications.

- Supervisory Committee: to do financial checks.

Deafblind UK is looking for Home Befrienders to visit a deafblind person(s) in their own home or at another mutually convenient location to engage in conversation and/ or other activities as appropriate to build and maintain friendship. For example, chat and a cup of tea, gardening and walks.  Reducing deafblind people’s isolation, and improving their quality of life.

Volunteer Digital Befrienders to regularly visit a deafblind person(s) in their own home or at another mutually convenient location to enable them to engage with digital technology. Using “off the shelf” devices eg. IPad or tablet PCs to demonstrate and train the deafblind(s) person to make safe and effective use of the devices. Reducing their isolation and improving their quality of life. Deafblind UK loans all required devices to our volunteers but each remains the property of Deafblind UK.

Duties: To establish and build a befriending relationship. To regularly visit a deafblind person, ideally weekly. To train the deafblind person to use the device to meet their aspirations or to meet the defined set of applications and websites. to provide regular updates of your activity to your volunteer coordinator.

Tele-befrienders to make regular phone calls to a deafblind person (s) and engage in conversations of mutual interest, offering support and friendship to each deafblind person. Reducing deafblind people’s isolation, and improving their quality of life.

See something you would enjoy? Then do please get in touch with Ellen or Medi on 01492 534091 or e-mail

Cerdded Conwy Walks

Posted on March 21, 2014


Cerdded Conwy Walks are a group of volunteer walk leaders who are working with Conwy’s Community Walking Project to provide more guided walks in Conwy throughout the year. In 2013 Cerdded Conwy Walks put on over 50 walks in their Spring and Autumn walks programmes with over 500 walkers attending.

The 2014 Spring Walks programme is available now and is packed with over 20 walks from health walks along the promenade for those who want to give walking a try for the first time, to walks in the lesser discovered parts of Conwy, to mountain peaks such as Moel Siabod.

The Spring Walks programme is available at:

This year Cerdded Conwy Walks volunteers will also be hosting the second Trefriw Walking Festival, 15-18 May.  Four days of exploration in the foothills of the spectacular Carneddau mountains. Explore old lead mine workings, challenge yourself to a wild swim, hear the dark voices of Dulyn, and discover the history of Roman waters. Also enjoy map reading, den building, ancient churches, and a splendid Cake Fest Finale.

For more information on the festival visit:

As the Community Walking Project has limited funding, to help the work of the Cerdded Conwy Walks group continue, any donations from participants on the walks would be very much appreciated (we suggest £2). Donations go towards producing future walks programmes and will help the Cerdded Conwy Walks group to continue to be able to lead walks and events in Conwy.

If you are interested in leading a walk in Conwy, have experience in coordinating a programme, have any ideas, or would like further information please contact Jenny Towill (Community Walking Project Officer) on 01492 575543 or email


Working with the Police and Crime Commissioners Office

Posted on March 17, 2014

The Police and Crime Commissioners office acknowledge the important role the third sector play in Conwy and wish to engage with them more and build a good working relationship. As a result of this and a recent CVSC event ‘Making the Connections with the Police and Crime Commissioner’ a compact agreement has been drafted. The draft is now open for consultation-please read the draft and  send any comments to for  submitting into a final agreed version for signing in May.

The North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Compact.v2draft

Residential Care Review: Have Your Say!

Posted on March 13, 2014

The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales is conducting a Review into the quality of life and care of older people living in care homes in Wales.

To share the experiences of a friend or loved one living in residential care, please come along and speak to us at:

Llandudno – Trinity Centre, Trinity Avenue, LL30 2TQ
08/04/2014, 11.00-13.00

If you are unable to attend this event, you can share your experiences by contacting us on 08442 640670 or emailing

Discharge/Community Support Service

Posted on February 27, 2014

The Health Board plans to commission a new service from third sector organisations, which will act as a single point of entry for all low level support for adults 18+ years of age (assessed as not eligible for statutory intervention). This service will expedite patient discharge from statutory services and support vulnerable groups via information, education, advice and signposting and reduce “revolving door patients” within core services. The working title for this service is ‘Discharge/Community Support Service.

We need to develop a specification that meets the needs of health and social care services, including specialist services such as stroke, coronary heart disease, diabetes etc. Public Health Wales will support this work by ensuring robust outcomes are in place for the agreed service model.

I`ve attached a visual outline of the proposed Discharge Support Service (which needs considerable development to enable formal commissioning). To develop this further  we are planning on holding divisional workshops in March with front line staff, specialist nurses, social care staff, Public Health staff  and third sector so as to;

i) Understand the level of intervention required (within the scope of what the 3rd sector can legally provide)

ii) Understand what assets are currently available within these communities

iii) Develop the role of “community empowerment”, health education and health promotion in relation to tackling /managing long term conditions etc.

Three workshops are planned in March:

  • 11th March,2014 – 11-3 pm  – Glyndwr  (East)
  • 17th March,2014 – 11-3 pm  – Neuadd Reichel, UCNW Bangor (West)
  • 31st March,2014 – 11-3 pm  – Conwy Business Centre (Central)

It is essential we raise awareness of these workshops and the valuable role front line staff/mangers and 3rd sector have in shaping the commissioning of future services.

Those interested in attending a workshop should contact noting preferred venue. Limited spaces are available, so we would recommend you confirm attendance as soon as possible.

Survey – Discretionary Assistance Fund for Wales

Posted on February 25, 2014

The Discretionary Assistance Fund offers payments, or in kind support, to people needing urgent assistance and where there is an identified need to safeguard health and well being.

Payments will be made available to people who have no other means of meeting the immediate cost of living. They are not intended to meet the cost of ongoing expenses.

Within the scheme there are two types of non-repayable grant support:

  • Emergency Assistance Payments - assistance in an emergency or when there is an immediate threat to health or wellbeing. Anyone over the age of 16 can be considered eligible for these payments if they need help to meet expenses due to an emergency or because of a disaster.
  • Individual Assistance Payments - to meet an urgent identified need that enables or supports vulnerable people to establish themselves or remain living independently in the community. (To be eligible applicants must be: entitled to and be in receipt of income related welfare benefits; or if they are due to leave an institution or care home within 6 weeks, that they are likely to be entitled to receive income related welfare benefits on leaving).

Citezenzs Advice Cymru are trying to gather some evidence on the use and impact of the Discretionary Assistance Fund in Wales and would welcome your help by answering the following questions. The survey should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

Survey for service users (hard copy): DAF User questionnaire – English

Online survey for service users:

Online survey for advisors:

Communities First Jobs Growth Wales placements – vacancies available for young people living in a Communities First area in Conwy

Posted on February 21, 2014


Conwy Communities First have been allocated a number of Jobs Growth Wales Placements by Welsh Government which have been ring fenced for Communities First residents. This is a pilot with the Department for Work and Pensions in the first instance but we envisage it will continue in the next financial year too.

There are approximately 750 ring fenced placements for young people from Communities First Clusters across Wales from Jan-March 2014

Communities First’s role is to identify and work with young people aged 16-24 years who are unemployed, but job ready and not currently on the Work Programme - this is where we need your help.  Please promote these vacancies amongst any eligible young people that you are working with.

Communities First will also provide support to assist them to be work ready and during the placement if necessary e.g. interview skills, CVs etc. Young People will need to be from the Communities First Cluster for the Communities First vacancies. Please see a list of Communities First postcodes here: CF postcodes

Llandrillo College and North Wales Training are the designated providers for Conwy and Denbighshire. Their job is to identify the private sector employment opportunities – jobs will be for a minimum of 26 weeks, should be additional and sustainable at a minimum of 25 hours per week. Employers are reimbursed with National Minimum Wage.

Identified jobs won’t be advertised on the open market

Applications will be via CV’s only – Communities First staff can support potential applicants with this

Please find attached a list of Jobs Growth Wales vacancies. There are 4 vacancies for Conwy Communities First Residents: Conwy CF Vacancies for JGW

Please promote these vacancies amongst any eligible young people that you are working with.

If you need any more info or have any questions please contact Libby Evans ( / 01492 592061) or Jayne Neal ( / 01492 338914)

If you are working with a young person who gains employment via this route please let Communities First know so they can track the young person’s progress.

Grants and contracts – new guidance

Posted on February 13, 2014

The public sector in Wales funds the third sector through a range of grants and contracts, although in recent years there has been a considerable shift from grant funding to contract income: increasingly third sector organisations are tendering for public service contracts.

But there remains confusion about the differences between grants and contracts and the implications of the different funding mechanisms.

Grants and contracts is a free new guide commissioned by WCVA and SCVS that aims to clarify the legal position about the two funding mechanisms.

Written by Geldards Law Firm, it covers the main legal frameworks for grants and contracts; it explores the rules that govern public procurement; and covers the rules on State Aid and where they might affect third sector organisations. The guide sets out the public and administrative law considerations

The guidance concludes by setting out the factors to be taken into account when deciding whether to use grants or contracts.


New Advisory Group takes up the reigns to help deliver £19m Gwynt y Môr Community Fund

Posted on February 4, 2014

Wind farmA NEW group has taken its first steps towards delivering £19 million of community funding provided by Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm,  into the North Wales economy. The 14-member advisory group was set up by the wind farm developer RWE Innogy UK, and is taking forward the views of local people expressed during one of the biggest consultation exercises ever carried out by the renewables sector at the time.

In 2011/12, RWE Innogy UK funded a consultation exercise that engaged with more than 1,000 people and organisations, to understand the potential priorities of the fund, and how it should be  structured and operated. The results demonstrated support for projects that will help young people, improve skills, create jobs and regenerate the local area.

The substantial Community Fund of £768,000 per year, index linked to inflation, will become available once Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm is completely operational, with the first full payment expected in 2015.

RWE Innogy UK Investment Officer, Katy Woodington, said: “This is the first time we have assembled  an advisory group in this way and we think it is an innovative approach to ensuring that the Gwynt y Môr funding is used in the best possible way for the benefit of communities in the vicinity of the wind farm.   

“Fourteen representatives from local authorities, colleges, businesses, social enterprise, voluntary sector and Welsh Government are providing local and specialist guidance, advising on the strategic priorities of the region and how this money can be used to deliver the greatest impact in line with the consultation results.

“Working together we will be able to deliver funding to meet the goals of the region and the priority areas identified during the consultation.  The aim is to compliment and not duplicate existing provision.

“The consultation results indicated a preference for the coastal areas of Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire to benefit from the funding.  Part of the Advisory Group’s remit will be to provide additional advice in shaping the final geographical area that is eligible.

“£19m is a sizable amount of money, and provides an exciting opportunity to make a significant, long term and positive impact on the sustainable development of North Wales.

Advisory group member, Wendy Jones, Chief Officer for Community and Voluntary Support Conwy is delighted to be able to represent local people. She said: “While others in the group represent the interest of the public and private sectors, I very much see my role as representing grass-roots organisations. 

“The availability of the Gwynt y Môr funding is a fantastic opportunity for the region’s voluntary and community sector especially at a time of increased demand for their services and severe monetary cut backs.

“The advisory group meetings are already exploring new and interesting potential ways of using the money in the best way.”

Full details of the advisory group, its terms of reference and membership, along with notes from each meeting are available on the Community Investment pages of the Gwynt y Môr website:

In addition, and separate to the community funding, a £690,000 Tourism Fund has been made available throughout the construction of Gwynt y Môr.  So far, funding has been provided to four major tourism projects along the North Wales coast.

Gwynt y Môr is a €2billion(1) offshore wind farm on schedule to become fully operational later in 2014. When complete it will have the potential to generate enough energy from renewable sources to power the equivalent of approximately 400,000 homes(2) – around a third of the total number of households in Wales(3).

The construction of Gwynt y Môr to date, has enabled the injection of over £350million into the UK supply chain, been responsible for creating and securing employment for over 2,500 people in the UK.  Long term the project is expected to sustain over 110 jobs, from a new multi-million pound operations and maintenance base, which is being built at the Port of Mostyn in North Wales.

For more information about Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm visit our website: