Joint meeting of Children & Young People’s Partnership Voluntary Sector Network and Health Social Care and Wellbeing Network

Posted on December 17, 2014

The meeting is taking place on 14 January 2015 at 2pm in Llandudno Junction Community Club.  Items on the agenda include information about the merging of the Children & Young People’s Partnership Board with Conwy Joint Localities Board, details about Conwy’s Single Point of Access to Health and Social Care Services and a presentation about Five Ways to Wellbeing –  a set of five activities that individuals can do that are known to increase wellbeing.

Please contact Geraint Davies or Ann Westmoreland for more information.



VACANCY: Appointment to North Wales Community Health Council

Posted on December 10, 2014

CHC Logo

Appointment to North Wales Community Health Council 

Third Sector Member Nominations


  • Are you currently part of a third sector (voluntary) organisation in the Conwy area? (You may be a volunteer, on the board, a member of staff or a carer)
  • Would you like to make a positive difference and influence local health services for the benefit of local people?


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 thehealth service to improve the quality of patient care.

 Please note, the closing date is 23rd January 2015

Application form

Role Description, Personal Specification and Eligibility Criteria

Guidance for Completing Form

Third Sector Nomination Protocols

Please return all forms to:

8 Riviere’s Avenue,
Colwyn Bay, Conwy,
LL29 7DP

or email it to

Review of the Police and Crime Plan

Posted on December 8, 2014

Police Commissioner Winston Roddick is calling on the people of North Wales to tell him what their views are on police and crime matters in North Wales.
You can submit your views via the Commissioner’s website Alternatively you can e-mail the Commissioner’s office or write to the Commissioner at Glan-Y-Don, Colwyn Bay, LL29 8AW.

The deadline for submissions is 18th of December 2014.
The Commissioner will present a summary of the submissions and propose draft amendments to be considered by the Police and Crime Panel on 19 January 2015.

Community Health Councils in Wales: Consultation on proposed changes to the Regulations and Establishment Order

Posted on December 8, 2014

Views are sought on amendments to the current Regulations and Establishment Order which apply to Community Health Councils (CHCs) in Wales.

This is a result of recommendations made by Professor Marcus Longley in his 2012 report Moving Towards World Class?: A Review of Community Health Councils in Wales. Some of the proposed changes also reflect recommendations on the functions of CHCs made in other reports received during 2014.
End of consultation: 09/01/2015

The documents can be found at the attached link.


Feedback please to Wendy Jones

High Sheriff of Clwyd Community Awards 2015

Posted on December 5, 2014

The High Sheriff of Clwyd Awards were launched in 2013 to recognise individuals or voluntary/ community organisations or groups (with charitable aims) that have made an outstanding contribution to their respective communities.

The winners will be presented with their awards at an event to be held at Coleg Cambria’s Deeside Campus, Kelsterton Road, Connah’s Quay on Thursday the 26th March, 2015 at 6pm for 6.30pm.

  1. Subject to the following anyone may make a nomination for their area and/or Clwyd, including people who benefit from the individual or voluntary / community group’s activities.
  2. You can only make one nomination.
  3. Individuals cannot be nominated by a partner or family member or nominate themselves.
  4. An individual nominee must reside in one of the four Principal Areas and be over 18 years of age.
  5. The nominee (whether an individual or an organisation/group) must not be contacted or made aware that they are being nominated for an award.
  6. Personal details provided on the nomination form may be passed to partner organisations and to the media for publicity purposes. If you don’t wish for any information to be shared in this way or if you do not wish media organisations to contact the nominee or nominator please let the appropriate County Voluntary Council know as soon as possible.
  7. The Judges’ decision is final and they reserve the right not to make an award.
  8. Nomination forms and Guidance notes can be downloaded from the appropriate County Voluntary Council website or by post.
  9. The closing date for the submission of completed and signed nominations to the appropriate County Voluntary Council is noon on Friday 30th January, 2015.

To nominate a group or organisation please follow the link below to fill out the online nomination form

Online Nomination form

Or download the nomination form and email it to or post it to us at:
8 Riviere’s Avenue,
Colwyn Bay,
LL29 7DP

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:

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 need YOUR help!

Posted on October 20, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 17.40.10

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

Beat Flu Logo 300dpi

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