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

Social Enterprise, Co-operatives, User Led Services and the Third Sector

Posted on August 29, 2014

Welsh Government has asked the Wales Co-operative Centre and Social Firms Wales to support the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act. Section 16 of the Act introduces a duty on local authorities to promote social enterprises, co-operatives, user led services and the third sector.

Welsh Government is currently developing Regulations and guidance for formal consultation in November. The aim of the statutory guidance is to secure increased involvement of people in the design and operation of services, and increased use of social values based models of delivery. These could include social enterprises, co-operatives, user led services and third sector organisations in the delivery of social services, particularly (but not exclusively) in early intervention/ prevention.  This is aimed at delivering on the vision of increased voice and control and better well-being outcomes. It also supports the aim of delivering more early intervention and prevention services.

Welsh Government wishes to provide support to local authorities, other public bodies and third sector organisations that are looking to pilot new models of care and support delivery. A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 pilot projects that lead to action on the ground will be supported.

Successful pilot project applicants will receive development support from either the Wales Co-operative Centre or Social Firms Wales. Support will be provided in areas such as: -

  • Visioning
  • Legal Modelling
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Business Planning
  • Legal Structure Development
  • Financial Modelling
  • Technical Challenges such as TUPE

Applicants should complete the form below and return to by 5pm Friday the 12th of September

 Please use this form to tell us about your project idea, explaining who your partners are and whether they are actual partners or potential partners. When completing the form please explain how your proposed pilot will address some of the fundamental principles below: -

  1. A people based model
  2. The promotion of well-being
  3. Increasing Voice and Control
  4. Collaboration and Integration
  5. A focus on prevention and early intervention
  6. Stronger national direction with clear local accountability

Application form

Facebook for Charities & Not-for-profit organisations

Posted on August 22, 2014

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Posted on August 22, 2014


1pm to 4pm,

Conway Road, Colwyn Bay

Basic Computer Skills, Internet and Email

Learn how to get online and use a computer confidently!

For more information, please contact:

Fran Graham 01492 534091/523849


Mary Brown 01492 531996/07717543131

Spread the word

Posted on August 21, 2014

Did you find our Financial Inclusion Awareness Raising Session beneficial? Do you know of any colleagues who might benefit from attending too? If so, please encourage them to sign up to one of our sessions. A booking form with a list of all future dates is attached, and there are still spaces available for our September sessions.

These are the last sessions that will be offered by the project, so don’t let your colleagues miss out!

If you have any queries, please contact the Financial Inclusion Together Team on 01824 712370 or email

Booking Form

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


St David Awards

Posted on August 12, 2014

Welsh Government would like to highlight an opportunity to nominate individuals or groups to the Welsh Government St David’s Day Awards for Wales 2015.  Nominations can cover a range of categories for recognition for those who are, or have been, actively engaged in supporting communities within Wales.

The St David Awards are dedicated to rewarding and exalting the achievements of people from all walks of life in Wales. The awards celebrate and recognise inspirational and exceptional people.

All the information on how to nominate an individual or group is available on the St David Awards website, along with main selection criteria,  tips, guidelines, sample nominations and frequently asked questions etc.

Nominations take place between July 21st and October 28th 2014.

The Awards Ceremony takes place on March 19th 2015, with winners being chosen from each category.

The nine award categories are as follows:

  • Bravery
  • Citizenship
  • Culture
  • Enterprise
  • Innovation and Technology
  • International
  • Sport
  • Young Person’s Award
  • The First Minister’s Special Award (chosen by the First Minister of Wales)


Application for Third Sector Nomination to A Community Health Council

Posted on August 4, 2014

The Welsh Assembly Government is seeking to appoint volunteer members to the North Wales CHC. CHCs are the public’s independent ‘watchdog’ of the National Health Service in Wales. They represent the public interest and play an important role in influencing the way that health services are planned, delivered and improved.
CHC members are volunteers and their role is to act as the eyes and ears of patients and the public, listening to their concerns and working with the health service to improve the quality of patient care. Please see below for information on how to apply:

Vol application form NEW

Application-form-Third-Sector-Nomination English

CVC advert

Monitoring Form

Third Sector Application Guidance Notes English

Third Sector Information for Applicants

Third Sector Nom Protocols

Third Sector Role Descrip and Personal Spec

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

Information Flyer

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.”