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.


What would you like from Ceredigion Disability Forum?

Come along on 15th May 2019 from 12.30 – 15.00 to St Paul’s Methodist Centre, Queen Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 2NN, to discuss the way forward for the forum

Are you a disabled person residing in Ceredigion, a support worker, carer or representative working with disabled people in the county? If so come along to the Disability Forum. If you can’t make it in person but would like to contribute then please send us an e-mail or give us a call


Are you living with dementia or caring for someone with dementia?

Hywel Dda University Health Board want to improve support provided to people living with dementia. We want to understand how you can be supported to think about and shape the care you receive in the future

Where would you like to be looked after?

What things are important to you?

Your thoughts and opinions if your health changes

Thinking about future care is called Advance Care Planning or can sometimes be known as a living will.
We’d like to hear your thoughts and experiences about what support you’d like to help you plan for your future care
Your thoughts, wants and experiences will help shape the services provided to you and your community
To do this, we’re holding a small group meeting

On: Tuesday 30 April 2019
Between: 10am-12pm
At : Tre Cynon, Cellan, Lampeter, Ceredigion SA48 8HZ
Whether or not you’ve already thought about future care

On: Tuesday 30 April 2019
Between: 2-4pm
At: Mudiad Meithrin, Y Ganolfan Integredig, Boulevard De Saint Brieuc, Aberystwyth SY23 1PD

Whether or not you’ve already thought about future care

To confirm your attendance or to get more information please contact
Julie on 07930 404858 or 029 2042 6033 Email:
We want everyone to have the opportunity to share their views. The group will be conducted in English but please let us know if you prefer to speak Welsh when you book your space so we can arrange support


Survey seeks opinion of older people

Age Cymru and Age Alliance Wales are in the process of gathering the opinions of those who work with older people on the impact of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

They are interested in the Act’s effect on older people (aged 50+) in a range of areas, including care needs assessments and reviews, social service provision and design, and information and advice services. 

An online survey has been developed. Results will be compared with the survey undertaken two years ago. It should take no more than fifteen minutes to complete.


Carers and those who receive care and support in Wales share their experiences in new report

Measuring the Mountain (MtM), a unique initiative gathering people’s experiences of social care throughout Wales, has shared its findings in a new report.

Funded by Welsh Government, MtM has collected close to 500 personal stories from across Wales about social care that reveal the complex, vulnerable and important relationships people have when they are carers or need care and support.

A Citizen’s Jury, hosted by MtM in September 2018, explored some of the key themes that emerged from the stories to understand more about the early impact of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

15 recommendations were produced that made clear the need for straightforward, easy interactions with social care providers. The need to value and support carers, and the importance of collaborative approaches at all levels of the sector.

On Wednesday, March 27, the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan, launched the report at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay. She said: ‘This is an important piece of work with a unique approach that has never before been undertaken in the social care sector in Wales.

‘Measuring the Mountain has been a collaborative approach which has proven vital to hear the voices of those engaging with the sector. I very much welcome the report, which provides us with clear evidence of where we are now and what needs to be done next.’

MtM’s activity over the last 12 months has highlighted elements of social care that are working well, as well as areas that require improvement. These findings will help inform the three-year evaluation of the Act being undertaken by a team from the University of South Wales. 

Project Manager of MtM, Katie Cooke, said: ‘We have focused on the experiences of people engaging with social care, and while we have been able to make recommendations based on this information, many issues and themes now need to be explored from the side of social care providers and their staff, so that concerns within the sector can be understood, and addressed, from all sides.’

For full details on the findings of Measuring the Mountain visit /


One of the jurors was Sara Flay, CEO of Legacy International, a social enterprise which aims to help people and organisations develop through mentoring and coaching. She said:

‘Having worked with many not-for-profit organisations who work with disabled people, I was really keen to be part of this project.

‘It has been a massively positive educational experience, which has brought real value to what we do. A lot of our work has shifted more towards health and social care, which wasn’t an area we had touched upon before.

‘We have now formed a think tank, trying to ask more thought-provoking questions about what matters to disabled people, alongside the inclusivity training we deliver to encourage companies to be more aware of disability, and our employment of people with disabilities and lifelong conditions.

‘The Measuring the Mountain project allowed us to identify areas of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act that are failing. Third sector groups have such a lot of support to offer local authorities in areas where resources may be lacking, and if the report’s recommendations are put in place, some fantastic improvements will be made for disabled people.’



Mind Aberystwyth has commissioned the social and economic research company Wavehill to look at the feasibility of developing a local green-house-based growing service within the Aberystwyth area. In simple terms, the service would involve allowing individuals the opportunity to spend time in a large greenhouse in the Aberystwyth area undertaking activities relating to the planting and growing of vegetables, herbs and plants, with the aim of improving their wellbeing. We are currently looking to establish demand via this short survey.

There are two surveys one for beneficiaries and one for service users

To complete the survey for beneficiaries please click here

To complete the survey for servie providers please click here


Social Care Wales – Workshops/online Survey to develop health & social care workforce strategy

As you will be aware we are currently running a number of workshops across Wales to develop a health and social care workforce strategy. In addition to the workshops there is an online survey that is open until 10 May 2019 via the following link.

As part of maximising the opportunities for people to contribute there are also two webinars planned for the following dates:

12th April 2019 or 16th April 2019

The following links provides details on the times of the webinars and also guidance on how best to access the webinar:

This is a critical stage of the engagement process and we therefore welcome continued contributions from yourselves, colleagues and your wider networks and would be pleased if you could circulate this email as widely as possible.

Thanks in anticipation of your cooperation and if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.


Have your say on new health and social care workforce strategy

Health Education and Improvement Wales and Social Care Wales are developing a social care workforce strategy.

Welsh Government have commissioned HEIW and SCW to develop the strategy, supported by the Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University.

A survey has launched to give people the chance to report what they consider to be the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the health and social care workforce in Wales over the next decade, and what the strategy’s vision and principles should look like.

Take the survey here. It should take 15-20 minutes.

You can also sign up to one of a pair of webinars, taking place on 12 and 16 April. Find out more here.


What’s new at the Third Sector Data Hub?

If you haven’t seen it, the Third Sector Data Hub – launched back in 2018 – offers the latest statistics and data around third sector income, funding, activities and workforce, as well as information about volunteering demographics. 

It uses our info, as well as that from Welsh Government, NCVO and others, to present to you an attractive, user-friendly experience that allows you to drill down into the data and find out what’s important to you.

And now we’re pleased to bring to you a pretty significant update.

We’re able to present statistical info from the Charity Commission, using data we’ve never had before, which brings a whole lot more detail about the shape of the third sector in Wales. For instance, you can:

·         Find the number of registered charities in Wales

·         See the areas in Wales these charities operate in highlighted on a map

·         Track the types of charities in each area of Wales by number (e.g. Powys has 118 disability charities operating while Merthyr Tydfil has 38; Cardiff has 151 charities whose purpose is to tackle poverty; Blaenau Gwent has 28)

·         See how many registered charities work in both England and Wales

We’ve also been able to update some of our financial data, so now you can see charities’ income per head of population across all the regions of England and Wales, as well as the number of organisations per 1000 population across each region.

The Hub is developed in partnership with Data Cymru, who will be at gofod3 this coming Thursday (21 March) displaying the Hub. Do take a few moments to pop along to their stand and see what it’s all about.

We’re proud of the Data Hub – we think it’s an incredibly useful, versatile tool for funders, decision-makers, the public and, of course, the third sector itself. So why not take a look for yourself?


Brexit Portal to support business

Brexit Portal to Support Business
Business Wales’ Brexit Portal has been designed to make it as easy as
possible for business to access the most up to date information and support that they need. The site will provide companies in Wales with up-to-date information and advice on a range of crucial issues. It also includes a diagnostic tool that helps businesses to identify how prepared they are for Brexit.

For further information please click here