Veteran Awareness Training – 20/10/2014

Posted on September 16, 2014

Veteran Awareness Training- For all public facing staff
Short awareness course approx. one hour

  • What are the issues armed forces personnel and veterans face?
  • What services do we have in Conwy?
  • What is the armed forces covenant?
  • How can my service/organisation support?

Click here for more information

Contact to book your place

The Police and Crime Commissioner Community Awards

Posted on September 12, 2014


The North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner will be hosting a Community Awards evening on Thursday 23rd October 2014.

The overriding intention of the Commissioner in hosting these awards is to recognise and acknowledge the efforts of individuals, groups and organisations who work tirelessly for the good of others to keep people and communities safe, prevent crime and support victims.

We have publicised details of one of the awards known as the People’s Award. This award is open to nominations by members of the public.

Reducing Harm Award
This award is for an individual, community group or organisation who have made efforts to prevent and tackle serious crime and/or provide support to victims of serious crime. (serious crime includes issues such as domestic abuse, drug crime, violent crime, organised or gang related crime etc).

Third Sector Award
This is an award for a local community or voluntary group who have contributed towards personal safety and crime reduction or who have made a significant impact in helping victims of crime.

Welsh Language Service Award
Group award for an organisation who, through the medium of Welsh, provide comprehensive victim services and/or other community services that help to reduce crime.

If you have any recommendations in mind for winners of the above three awards please complete the nomination form and provide us with some details about who they are and what factors have led you to make this nomination.

The Commissioner’s Office will then review and investigate the recommendations in order to establish winners in each category.

Nomination forms and any further information can be found here

Cash For Youth Grant Round 2 Open!

Posted on September 11, 2014


If you live in Conwy, are aged 14 to 25, have some big ideas or exciting plans that will benefit young people and your community, or you work with a group of young people and have an idea for a voluntary project involving them but need some funding assistance then a Cash for Youth Grant may be just what you need.

For an application pack or for further information, please contact Ellen at the Volunteer Centre on 01492 534091 or email

Closing Date for this grant round is 4pm 3rd October 2014.

St David Awards 2015

Posted on September 11, 2014

 Gwobrau Dewi Sant

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

Skills of Chairing a Meeting and Skills for Minute Taking

Posted on September 10, 2014

Wednesday 1 October, CVSC Offices, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7DP

Informal and introductory sessions on how to get the most out of your meetings! A must for timely and productive meetings!

Join Elizabeth Squires, an experienced Peer Mentor with B2C project to improve everyone’s experience and learn top tips for success.

Light refreshments provided, but not lunch. It is possible to attend either or both sessions.

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 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM)!

Posted on September 10, 2014

- with finger buffet -

Thursday 16th October 2014 at 6pm

Rowen Memorial Hall, Rowen

Further information coming soon!

Voting Open! BIG Community Voice need YOUR help!

Posted on September 8, 2014

Conwy Big Community Voice has been shortlisted by the National Theatre Wales’ Big Democracy Project, and we need your vote!

Voting is now open for the big democracy and can be found here:

Please spread the word far and wide………we only have until next Sunday, so speed is of the essence, please.

Just to let you know that an IP is blocked after 5 votes. So if you work in a council building, for example, once five votes are registered from that building people are know longer able. This is because the is a workaround where people are able to delete the cache and vote countless times. You can encourage people to vote on their phones, via text, or on their home computer.

On twitter use the hashtag #BigDemocracy

If you require any further information please contact Jane Walsh

Free PR Training for Charities, Voluntary Organisations & Social Enterprises (worth £300 per place)

Posted on September 8, 2014

Following the success of the first PR course held in April 2014, Business Supporting Communities (B2C) will once again team up with Accord PR to deliver another exciting trio of workshops, specially tailored for the third sector.

To be in with the chance of securing a place on the course, you must fill out the expression of interest form (below) and return it to Emma Jones (Interim Project Officer at B2C) by no later than 4pm on Monday the 22nd of September 2014.

For more information about the training, see the attached leaflet.

Expression of interest form

PR Masterclass information

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