Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations

Making Connections

As the local County Voluntary Council a big part of our role in county is to make connections, connections within the third sector and connections between the third and the statutory sector and the third and the private sectors. We have a number of projects and members of staff to help us to make those connections:
Engagement Officer
Engagement and Collaboration Manager.


Introducing the Warm and Safe Homes Advice Service

NEA’s WASH Advice Service is a free support service providing advice to householders on their energy bills and keeping warm and safe in their home.

It also offers advice workshops direct to householders and training to frontline staff.

What is on offer

  • Face to face/telephone/online support for householders and case workers
  • Engagement sessions/workshops/community events
  • Training for frontline staff


We can help you with

  • Warm Home Discount and Priority Service Register information
  • Support with gas and electricity accounts including fuel debt
  • Switching suppliers
  • Energy efficiency
  • Trust fund applications
  • Water rates
  • Benefits advice and income maximisation

For more information please visit



Coaches needed for Catalyst Cymru: Resilient Heritage

catalyst kayak

WCVA are looking to work together with consultants, practitioners and other third sector professionals to coach charitable heritage organisations in Wales to become more resilient.

Building on our previous Catalyst Cymru: Heritage Fundraising project (which ran from 2014-2018) our new Catalyst Cymru: Resilient Heritage project will provide in depth coaching to heritage organisations, as well as a programme of training and webinars covering several relevant topics. 

Through these activities, Catalyst Cymru: Resilient Heritage aims to support heritage organisations to further develop specific areas of their organisation to increase their sustainability and resilience. 

These areas are governance, fundraising, project management, marketing, business planning and impact measurement. 

Successful coaching applicants will be matched with charitable heritage organisations for up to six days of coaching. 

Some coaches may also be invited to deliver webinars or face-to-face training sessions to participants. 

An application pack with further details (including renumeration) is available on request. 

‘Working with true experts’ 

Alison Pritchard, Catalyst Project Manager says: 

‘I’m really looking forward to working with some true experts in their fields. 

‘It’s going to be great to see them work with charitable organisations from the heritage sector to create real change in those organisations. 

‘Hopefully this’ll benefit not only the organisation itself, but also the heritage it is promoting or protecting, and the communities in Wales who benefit from that heritage.’ 

Get in touch 

If you have skills and experience in governance, fundraising, project management, marketing, business planning and impact measurement, we’d like to hear from you. 

Please note, all applicants should have a strong working knowledge of the third sector in Wales. Experience in the heritage sector is also highly desirable. 

For an application pack or further information, please contact Alison Pritchard, Catalyst Project Manager, at or on 02920 435 763.



Gift box appeal Age Cymru


Age Cymru is once again appealing to the public to fill a wrapped shoe box with gifts in our aim to help make Christmas a special time for older people living within care homes.

In line with our ethos ‘No one should have no one to turn to’ and many care home residents having no close family to visit over the festive period, we hope that having a gift to open may make a huge difference.

How you can help

  • Find a shoe box – Wrap the box and lid separately in Christmas paper, or you can use a festive pre-printed box
    Fill with gifts – see our suggestions below (list is not exhaustive)
  • Attach a label marking whether your gift is for a male, female or generic
    Please don’t include personal information about yourself.

Delivery of gift boxes

Drop off your gift box – please don’t seal your gift box but place a rubber band around the closed box. You are now ready to deliver your gift box to our team at Age Cymru, Ground Floor, Mariners House, East Moors Road, Cardiff CF24 5TD.

Alternatively, we have a number of local Age Cymru partners and shops across Wales who are more than willing to accept your gift boxes.

Please ensure you deliver your boxes by Friday 6 December 2019. 

Suggestions to include:

  • Gloves / Scarves / Hat
  • Smellies
  • Games / Puzzles
  • Puzzle Books
  • Photo Frame / Photo Album
  • Diary / Calendar
  • Treats / Sweets
  • Chocolates / Biscuits
  • A Special Christmas Decoration

Please don’t add any second hand / used items to your gift box.


Why not download our poster and display them in your office, shop, day centre etc.

Apêl Bocs Anrheg Nadolig Age Cymru 2019

Age Cymru Christmas Gift Box Appeal 2019

Any questions?

If you require any further information then please contact our Gift Box team on 029 2043 1555 or send us an email