This Summer edition is packed with various photos and articles highlighting the voluntary efforts of people across our community.
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Grant funding available to voluntary organisations working with people with learning disabilities (all ages) or children with complex needs, their families and carers. Fast turnaround – awarded funding will have to be spent by the end of March 2017.
Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council, DVSC, is delighted to have been selected as the lead body to distribute £460,000 of Welsh Government Intermediate Care Funding to the third sector across six counties in North Wales. The funding is for projects, activities or events which enhance existing services or develop new ones, and benefit citizens with learning disabilities (all ages) or children with complex needs, their families and carers in North Wales.
Voluntary groups and organisations will be able to apply directly to DVSC for two tiers of funding. Experience shows that small sums of money can make a big difference to people’s quality of life and wellbeing so the first tier has been set at £5,000. The second tier is for applications upwards of £5,000 but capped at £25,000. Proposals and applications for smaller grants are positively encouraged, as are projects looking to work in partnership with other organisations and across the six counties.
DVSC will be hosting funding surgeries and events throughout North Wales in partnership with neighbouring County Voluntary Councils (see dates below) to promote the funding opportunity to as many voluntary groups and third sector organisations as possible. DVSC’s Sector Support team will be able to give guidance and support to organisations as they develop bids to ensure they meet the necessary criteria.
There will be a flexible two tier decision making process, with a North Wales Third Sector Panel made up of representatives from neighbouring County Voluntary Councils, and users and citizens screening bids twice a month from October and making recommendations to the North Wales Social Care and Well-Being Services Improvement Collaborative for final approval before funding is released. The intention is that the process is flexible, speedy and user friendly.
For the application form and guidance notes please see enclosed or visit DVSC website: DVSC
If you would like to discuss your proposal further, please do not hesitate to contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call: Bronwen Isaac, Sector Support Facilitator direct on: 01824 709 334 (Monday – Thursday)
Emily Reddy, DVSC’s Sector Development Officer direct on: 01824 709 316 (Monday to Friday)
Funding Surgeries to provide support for the process have been organised. The following Funding Surgeries events have been scheduled to date:
Thursday 29th September – DVSC, Naylor Leyland Centre, Well Street, Ruthin LL15 1AF. 10am – 4pm
Monday 4th October – Porthmadog Football Club 10am – 1pm
Wednesday 5th October – at CVSC , 7 Rhiw Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7TG 10:00 am – 2:00pm
We would like hear what you think about the care and support needs and the needs of carers in North Wales and the best way to meet those needs. This is to help us write a North Wales Population Assessment for the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014.
Please note, the deadline for submission of the questionnaire has now been extended.
‘Under the requirements of the Social Services and Wellbeing Act 2017 there is now a duty under law to conduct a Population Assessment which gathers information on the care and support needs of our communities. By returning the attached questionnaire this is your opportunity to shape the needs of our future plans’
You can now view the list of all the projects funded so far by the Gwynt y Môr Community Fund!
Find the searchable list here:
North Wales Regional Safeguarding Board has made the following online courses available to the Voluntary and Community Sector. Please follow the links below for details about the course and how to register to attend.
Virtual College is a comprehensive online training toolkit designed to support your learning and development. In line with Child Safety Week, this e-learning course is now available for practitioners to raise awareness of risk and vulnerability of children in their care.
Click here for the Self-Registration Page
From here you will be able to create your own learner record by clicking on the register button below and filling in the online form. Once registered, you can select courses via your requested learning tab.
If you encounter any issues with this Virtual College site, including re-registering, please contact Virtual College:
Virtual College Learner Support Phone: 01943 885095
Gwynt y Môr Community Fund is not accepting new applications for the time being.
There has been an overwhelming response to the fund in its first year of operation and the Gwynt y Môr team would like to thank all of the groups who have applied. We have supported some truly fantastic community projects in just 12 months, investing almost £1,000,000 into local communities.
Rest assured the fund will reopen in a few months’ time and it will be announced on our website when new applications are sought.
Please note: If you have an over £10k application in progress, you will still be able to submit your Part 2 form within 12 months of the confirmation letter.
If you have any questions, please contact CVSC on 01492 534091.
Congratulations to CVSC on achieving the Bronze Small Workplace Health Award; the national quality mark for health and wellbeing.
For further information about this initiative click here
CVSC has a funding portal that you can use to find funding for your next project. Registering takes just a minute and you will have FREE, immediate access to information about 1000s of local, regional, national and European opportunities.
To support you in your quest for funding, CVSC has produced this step by step guide that will guide you through all the features and give you some handy hints and tips:
To get started, click the link below.
Modern Slavery in North Wales and Beyond…
When the word ‘slavery’ is mentioned it brings up many different images – often back to the 1800s in the fields of North America or the sugar plantations of the West Indies. People such as William Wilberforce come to mind, and his fight to abolish the slave trade, which took over twenty years, leading to the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. He saw man’s inhumanity to man for himself and made a decision to work for change. While raising awareness about the horrific realities of slavery he said “ You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know”.
Although the Act made slavery illegal, it did not stop it! Slavery is happening today … human beings are being bought and sold as commodities. It is estimated that there are over 20 million enslaved people in the world today and over 13,000 in the UK. Many of these vulnerable individuals are brought into the country by criminals to be used and abused, while some are British nationals who have found themselves trapped in exploitation.
Modern Slavery / Human Trafficking is happening in North Wales. There have been incidents of domestic servitude, sexual, labour and criminal exploitation recorded here in recent years. Men, women and children have been identified as victims and rescued from terrible situations. In 2013 the North Wales Anti-Slavery Project began, and was funded by the Welsh Assembly Government through local statutory agencies. A huge amount of work has been done in awareness raising and training for public servants, community groups and other partners, and over 4000 people have attended sessions to learn about the realities of modern slavery today, the signs and indicators and what to do about it. As the North Wales Anti-Slavery Coordinator, and with over 30 years experience serving in North Wales Police, Jim Coy has brought a great deal of insight and expertise to the work.
The strategy of the project has 4 main aims : awareness raising, prevention, survivor support and investigation. This work will continue despite the fact that funding was not made available to keep the Coordinator. The charity partners in North Wales such as Transform, BAWSO and British Red Cross will continue to support North Wales Police in this fight to rescue vulnerable and abused individuals and bring criminals to justice. The UK passed the Modern Slavery Act in 2015, bringing into post an ‘Anti-Slavery Commissioner’ (Mr Kevin Hyland), and we continue the work in line with his plan.
In North Wales, we have developed a very robust foundation for the work, with a ‘multi-victim contingency plan’ that has been tried and tested … during an operation to rescue 111 migrant workers in March 2015, and a reception centre model and strategy for an effective response to incidents that arise, where the survivors (victims) are treated with respect and care as a priority while law enforcement agents deal with the perpetrators. We also have a ‘survivor care pathway’ in place and excellent working relationships with partner agencies, to make sure that survivors are kept in a place of safety, where they can begin to recover from the abuse and trauma that they have experienced.
The fight against this crime must continue! In North Wales the risk areas include Holyhead Port and the major roads, nail bars, hand car washes, fast food outlets etc. Domestic servitude is a difficult area to discover as usually an individual is kept hidden away in a home doing all the cleaning, cooking or even caring for young children, with no pay or access to services. Online grooming is a serious issue also and it is important that our young people are taught about the risks.
How can you help? It is really important that everyone is aware of the reality of modern slavery, and report any suspicious incidents to the police or crimestoppers immediately.
This is a hidden crime that is happening all over the world, but with the help of fellow compassionate human beings we can make a difference and reach out to those who need our help!
“It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name — modern slavery.” President B. Obama
For more information about the signs and indictors please refer to www.modernslavery.co.uk or contact email@example.com
The Social Services and Well-being Act is the new law for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support.
The Act changes the way people’s needs are assessed and the way services are delivered, people will have more of a say in the care and support they receive.
To keep up to date of developments, new resources available, forthcoming events please visit http://www.ccwales.org.uk/getting-in-on-the-act-hub
You can also sign up to receive the regular e-bulletins from Care Council for Wales www.ccwales.org.uk
(Source SCiP update)