CVSC and Estyn Llaw Training “Developing bilingualism in your organisation: An introduction”

Posted on October 28, 2014

The aim of this course, which is organised jointly between Estyn Llaw and CVSC, is to give an introduction to local organisations on bilingualism. It will be purposeful for any charity or society which is interested in increasing their use of the Welsh language, and want practical support in doing so. The course is also aimed at organisations which are unsure of the obligations of bilingualism, and want a basic introduction to the topic.

For further details:

Course content: Siwan Tomos (Estyn Llaw project manager)
To book your place: CVSC, 01492 534091 or e-mail

Celebrating Trustees Week “Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Workshop”

Posted on October 27, 2014

What does it involve and is it right for your organisation?

Come along to this informal and practical workshop, led by Jason Edwards, CVSC Enterprising Communities Officer to find out all about this recent new organisation structure and find out about:

  • the benefits
  • the challenges
  • the how to…
  • and when it is appropriate

Please contact CVSC on 01492 534091 or e-mail to book your place, remembering to let us know of any specific requirements you may have.

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.

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.

Hate Crime – “See it, Hear it, Report it” – Help spread the message during National Hate Crime Awareness Week

Posted on October 8, 2014

The week commencing 11th to 18th October is National Hate Crime Awareness week. This year in North Wales, key agencies are coming together to co ordinate an awareness raising campaign. We will all be promoting the same key message – hate crime will not be tolerated in North Wales!

A hate crime is where an individual is targeted because of their identity or perceived difference. It could be an act of violence or hostility or discrimination. Victims may have been bullied harassed or abused.

Hate crime destroys lives and isolates vulnerable individuals and communities. We know it is happening but it remains under reported. Left unreported, offenders are free to continue committing this crime. We want this to change. We want everyone to encourage and support people to talk about hate crime and most importantly REPORT IT.

So how can you support National Hate Crime Awareness Week? Help us to get the message across by:

  • Downloading our posters at and displaying them in your local pub, club, shop, workplace and anywhere else you can think of.
  • Encouraging your friends and family to listen out for our community radio broadcasts during the week
  • If anyone tells you that they have been a victim, listen to their story and encourage them to report it
  • If you witness it, report it… You don’t have to be a victim to make a report
  • Join in the Welsh Government/ Tai Pawb  twitter campaign at  #hcawarenesscymru
  • Go to our facebook page during the week to find out more.

Hate Crime should be reported by calling North Wales Police on 101 (999 in the case of an emergency) or Victim Support’s free 24 hour helpline on 0300 30 31 982.  Further information is also available online

St David Awards 2015

Posted on September 11, 2014

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The national St David Awards 2015 – nominations are open!

Do you know someone exceptional? 

Do you know someone in Wales who has done something exceptional? People doing good and making things better? Do you work with a colleague who always goes the extra mile? Someone who really deserves national recognition, who stands out for what you feel they have achieved? Do you admire people who may live abroad but give of their best to promote Wales on an international stage? People in a team or association who have a huge impact?

If you do you should go online and nominate them for a St David Award now

There are nine St David Awards:

1. Bravery 2.Citizenship 3. Culture 4. Enterprise 5. Innovation & Technology 6. International 7. Sport 8. Young Person 9. First Minister’s Special Award

The St David Awards annually recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of people in Wales. They acknowledge people who are making a real difference for this country – either at home or abroad. They are great marks of distinction and the highest accolades that Welsh Government confers on our citizens nationally.

The St David Awards operate over the entire country – they are the “awards of awards” and the natural destination for all those who have won other sectoral or community awards.

Visit the website and nominate now.

You can nominate for the St David Awards 2015 until 28 October 2014.

Follow all the latest news about the Awards on Twitter as well on @stdavidawards or visit the Facebook page

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

CVSC need YOUR help!

Posted on August 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


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.