This week's updates from WCVA

04 August 2014

Hello, and welcome to our newsletter.

It's Eisteddfod week, and as you're reading this we'll already have been on the Maes for a couple of days. If you haven't already been along to see us, don't worry - we'll be there all week, and there's still plenty more activities on our stand - including the launch of the Third Sector Awards Cymru 2014 this Wednesday. So if you're in Llanelli, do pop along for a coffee and a chat, and enjoy some remarkable events and displays showcasing the astonishing breadth of work of the third sector in Wales.

And if you can't get along to the Eisteddfod on Wednesday to grab an awards nomination form, don't worry - you can download one from our website from Wednesday afternoon.

Enjoy the newsletter, and the Eisteddfod, and we'll see you all again next week.



Wales’s first Investing in Volunteers achiever – 10 years on

This year we celebrate 10 years of the Investing in Volunteers Award

WCVA general

Discounts on promotional items for WCVA members

WCVA members can now save cash on promotional merchandise.

Breadth of third sector opportunities showcased at Eisteddfod

The ‘huge breadth’ of activities offered by the Welsh voluntary sector will be showcased as part of the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli.

Third sector general

International Learning Opportunities

Developing Leadership, Developing World, Developing Wales. Are you ready for the leadership challenge of a lifetime? The International Learning Opportunities (ILO) programme provides a unique opportunity to spend eight weeks in sub-Saharan Africa working on development projects that are designed to enhance your leadership skills.

Get grant ready with Idox's e-learning training programme

Are you looking to support your staff or local community in learning how to compile successful funding applications? If you have a vested interest in helping others to 'Get Grant Ready', but don't have extensive funds to spend on training, you'll be pleased to learn that Grantfinder offer an online version of their popular 'Get Grant Ready -a beginner's course in funding applications' training.

Response to Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme 2014-2020

WCVA has submitted a response to the Welsh Government consultation on the Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme 2014-2020.

Tipping the Balance: Tackling Health Inequalities through Tobacco Control

ASH Wales is pleased to invite you to its 6th international conference for 2014, taking place at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, 18th and 19th September 2014

Last chance to have your say on support for rural enterprise

A £1.4m project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, will help to develop social enterprise in rural areas by giving village communities access to a network of enterprise support and skills.

MBA students get taste of the sector

Over 100 MBA students at Cardiff University have had a taste of life in Wales’ third sector thanks to a link between WCVA and Cardiff Business School.


MTV Staying Alive Foundation (Worldwide)

Funding is available to support youth led initiatives across the world that work to prevent the spread of HIV.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation - Local Climate Resilient Futures Call Open

This call is seeking expressions of interest for action research projects to support the development of local climate resilient futures, including an inbuilt evaluation of impact.

Natural Resources Wales Competitive Fund

For this round of the Competitive Fund, various themes have been selected from four high level priorities listed in the Natural Resources Wales Business Plan as follows:

Training and events

Rescheduled dates! European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020: Opportunities for the third sector

Free half-day event.

Trustees and governance

Commission’s report highlights lessons for trustees

The publication of a report detailing one of the Charity Commission’s investigations sets out a number of valuable lessons that all trustees need to take heed of.

Coming soon - our first webinar for trustees

Plus seminars on VAT and SORP are on the way.

Three top tips for responsible trustee investment

Your charity’s most precious asset is its reputation, so as a trustee you need to ensure that any investments you make don’t result in the rest of your charity’s work being undermined. But how can you do that?

Cases show need for key safeguarding measures

Press coverage in recent years has exposed a number of abuse scandals, highlighting that it is essential for organisations - including charities - to have appropriate but proportionate policies and procedures in place to protect themselves and the people they support.

Policy and politics

Co-production asset map for Wales survey

Co-production Wales and Participation Cymru are hoping to create an asset map of the Welsh co-production community, to find out who and what's out there and to create opportunities for greater collaboration and networking. Please will you help us by completing our short (five to ten-minute) survey?

Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe (JIVE)

Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe (JIVE) is a two year project being led by Clinks and funded by the European Commission and forms a partnership of 8 organisations from across Europe to explore the role and value of volunteers working with offenders, their families and victims, and effective partnerships between the sector with statutory and private organisations

Age Connects Wales launches latest report ‘Time for Advocacy?’

The report was produced for the National Social Services Conference in Llandudno and circulated to all 300 delegates in attendance. Age Connects Wales provided a workshop at the Conference and as a result made a similar presentation to the Associations of Directors of Social Services, Safeguarding Policy Group.

Wales Council for Voluntary Action

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