Projects funded by Gwynt y Môr

Posted on July 13, 2016

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:

Virtual College E-Learning – Child Accident Prevention

Posted on July 5, 2016

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.

Child Accident Prevention_0616 English Version

Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect Core_0116 English Version

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

Posted on July 4, 2016

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.

Bronze Small Workplace Health Award for CVSC!

Posted on June 23, 2016


Bronze SWH


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





Funding Portal

Posted on June 13, 2016

Looking for funding? You’ve come to the right place.

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.

Happy searching!

Modern Slavery in North Wales and Beyond… (Article by Ali Ussery, Transform International)

Posted on May 23, 2016

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 or contact

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act – now come into force

Posted on May 4, 2016

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

You can also sign up to receive the regular e-bulletins from Care Council for Wales

(Source SCiP update)

New! Epilepsy Wales Support Group

Posted on February 25, 2016


Epilepsy Wales Support Group

Epilepsy Wales Support Group
Every second Thursday of the month
10.30 – 12.30
Debenhams Café, Bangor
Join us for a cuppa and a chat



01978 312 325

Dewis Cymru

Posted on January 19, 2016

We are writing to you about the Dewis Cymru initiative. (,

As you may know, Dewis Cymru provides a central location online for anyone in the community who is looking for information and assistance about health, social care and wellbeing nationally, from sources within the public and third sector organisations across Wales.

The Dewis initiative began in North Wales and is now being rolled out nationally for the whole of Wales, in line with The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, which comes into effect in April 2016.

This excellent and developing network is available to you as an organisation to promote your work and involvement in the community with no cost to you, and the information that you provide will then be accessible for everyone throughout Wales.

If you have not registered with Dewis, you are invited to do so, by clicking on the link above and following the steps to provide information about the services that you offer. (See attached document with information on how to get started) If you are already part of the network, please take a few moments to log in and check that your details are current.

For more information about Dewis, or if you require any assistance in logging in and setting up your account, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Also if you know of any services within your network or community that should be advertised and included on Dewis, please pass on this message or let us know.

With grateful thanks,

DEWIS facilitators :

Ali Ussery – & Lesley Brown –

TEL. 01492 534091

Quit for Them Campaign

Posted on January 19, 2016

‘Quit For Them’ is a campaign targeting parents and grandparents, and encourage and support as many people as possible to quit smoking.

Co-created with children and young people in North Wales, Quit for Them is designed to offer easy and effective solutions to help parents and grandparents to quit smoking. And signpost smokers to cessation services which include pharmacy and Stop Smoking Wales as well as supporting people who want to try and quit independently. The campaign uses social media and online advertising supported by some outdoor media and print.

Quit For Them Campaign Guide

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