CVSC Training ” Ensuring Good Governance”, 18th May

Posted on April 26, 2016

Please find details of an extra opportunity to attend our popular training session on ensuring good governance in your organisation, in order to be best able to draw down vital funding.

The evening timing on this occasion is hoped to be for your convenience.

Are you Fit for the Future?

Come along to this informal and friendly session to find out the principles of good and effective governance and how you can best attract funding.
This session will be particularly useful and informative for Chairpersons as it will include advice on chairing meetings effectively.

Cost £15 Member, £20 Wider Voluntary Sector, £40 Private & Statutory
Ensuring Good Governance

Wednesday 18th May 2016
5.45pm registration for 6pm to 8pm
Community Room,
Theatr Colwyn
Colwyn Bay
LL29 7RU

Effective Governance flyer


CVSC Training “Financial Controls and the Role of the Treasurer”

Posted on April 13, 2016

Are you responsible for your group’s finance?
Want to know how to succeed in the role of treasurer?

If so, please attend this friendly and informal workshop to discuss the following:

Preparing budgets
Dealing with financial transactions
Setting financial controls
Reporting on financial situations
Dealing with annual accounts

When: 9.30 to start prompt at 10am until 12.30, Thursday 5 May 2016

Where: CVSC Offices , 7 Rhiw Road, Colwyn Bay LL29 7TG

Fee: £15 for CVSC members, £25 for the wider voluntary sector and £40 for the private and statutory sectors

To reserve your place, please ring 01492 534091 or e-mail Please let us know if you have any specific requirements.

High Sheriff of Clwyd Awards Nominations – message from Wendy Jones

Posted on March 8, 2016

On behalf of CVSC, DVSC, AVOW, FLVC and Mrs Janet Evans (High Sheriff of Clwyd 2015/16), I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those who took the time to nominate your chosen individuals or organisations for a High Sheriff of Clwyd Community Award.

Some truly exceptional nominations were received this year. Competition has been fierce and I, the other Chief Officers and our trustee panels have all had some very tough decisions to make. Eventually, we settled on our winners – eight individuals and four organisations – who were announced and awarded at the ceremony on Friday 4th of March 2016. On the evening, the High Sheriff also revealed her two overall Commendations, as well as winners of her Personal Awards and the Crimebeat awards.

Full details of all the awards presented and photographs from the ceremony will be circulated this week on our website and social media accounts.

Regardless of the results, it has been fantastic to see that, at a time when funding is scarce and community groups are facing unprecedented levels of demand for their services, there are still so many people across the four counties doing such great things – selflessly, willingly and voluntarily – for the good of their communities.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to bring these “local heroes” to our attention.

Wendy Jones

Chief Officer, CVSC


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

CVSC Annual Report 14 – 15 now available to read online

Posted on January 6, 2016

We are pleased to share with you CVSC’s 2014/15 Annual Report.

The winter edition of CVSC’s magazine is here!

Posted on December 21, 2015

Read online (below) or download here: Winter 2015 Magazine

Financial Inclusion and Tackling Poverty Together E-module

Posted on October 23, 2015

E-learning is here!

You can easily access the E-Learning module through and click on “Third Party Registration” on the right hand side.

Then select “Financial Inclusion” for the directorate and CVSC for the organisation.

It is entirely flexible and you can complete it in sections, at your own pace.

Please find a poster, FAQ sheet as well as some informal practical pointers below for your guidance.
Please do take this opportunity to take advantage of this excellent learning to ensure you and your organisation are best placed to signpost or refer to appropriate agencies supporting communities.

Some practical tips from CVSC Volunteers

Financial Inclusion and Tackling Poverty Together


The Welsh Language Commissioner’s new service for third sector and private sector organisations.

Posted on July 10, 2015

The home of our service is the Hybu micro-site: here is a summary of our work:

1.    To present charities and businesses with the advantages of working in Welsh and English. This is demonstrated through our research and video clips.

2.    To provide practical support for organisations through our various guidance documents, our proof reading service and our practical training courses

3.    To present the Welsh Language Progress Plan – an opportunity to assess your current provision through a questionnaire and produce and implementation plan

4.    The micro-site is a portal for wider support from the Commissioner’s officers.


From now on the Welsh Language Commissioner’s Promotion and Facilitation team will be transferring third sector organisations from implementing Welsh language schemes to the Welsh Language Progress plan system. The new system builds on the foundation of your language schemes by helping you to set clear, practical and measurable targets that work towards results. Many of you will have already been implementing Welsh language schemes, others have not fully completed the process.

This is an invitation to meet with myself or a member of the Promotion and Facilitation Team in order to guide you through the process of committing to a Welsh Language Progress Plan.


Why should you do this?

·         On the basis of our research with a range of third sector organisations assessing their experiences of implementing Welsh language schemes, the Progress Plan system is more practical and purposeful system that should lead towards results.

·         The system was prepared with the principles and requirements of the new Welsh language Standards in mind.

·         As the Standards come into force, the expectations on the organizations that fund you will change. This is a way for you to prepare for the changess that may affect you.

·         PQASSO for Wales which was launched on 10 June in order to strengthen quality in the third sector in Wales includes clear statements in relation to the need to consider the Welsh language and prepare a Welsh Language Progress plan in order to do this effectively.


I shall look forward to hearing from you in order to arrange a meeting to advise you on committing to a Welsh Language Progress Plan. In the meantime please take a look at our website.

Yours sincerely



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