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.


How can your organisation get involved with influencing policy decisions in Wales?

A new information sheet on the role of the third sector in influencing policy-makers has been published.

The sheet, published by Third Sector Support Wales*, explores:

  • Why the third sector should be involved in influencing,including the sector’s contribution to the economy and the experience and ideas it can bring to policy discussion.
  • How the sector can get involved in influencing,looking at how TSSW facilitates networks, connects sector representatives and networks with public sector governance arrangements, campaigns on issues and provides information.
  • Third sector influencing channels,including the role of County Voluntary Councils, Public Services Boards, Regional Partnership Boards, the Third Sector Partnership Council and third sector Ministerial Meetings.

For more information, contact or your local CVC.

*Third Sector Support Wales is the support infrastructure for the voluntary sector in Wales, comprising the 19 County Voluntary Councils and WCVA.



Free ‘Winter Warmer’ Energy Advice Sessions Available January-February 2020

Help your service users to stay warm this winter


Fuel poverty and energy efficiency charity National Energy Action (NEA) Cymru is offering free energy advice sessions to support your work in Wales, to help ensure that low income/ more vulnerable service users can afford to live in a warm, dry home.

We can offer free energy awareness/ energy advice sessions to local groups and organisations as a standalone activity or to support any planned community events you may have already organised throughout January and February 2020.  Three types of tailored energy advice sessions are outlined in the table below:


Community Stall Events

Community Energy Awareness Sessions

Bill Management Surgeries

If you’re holding a community event aimed at low-income or vulnerable households, NEA Cymru can attend and host a stall. We can provide basic energy efficiency, fuel debt and general energy advice and help direct attendees to schemes and services, where applicable.

If you run a regular group, coffee morning, tenant meeting or similar NEA Cymru can run an interactive group session to provide practical energy advice. Sessions can last from 45 mins – 2 hours (with breaks and refreshments) and be tailored to suit the needs of your service users. Activities can include energy-related quizzes, games and discussion. 

Minimum 12-15 individuals


Alternatively, if you run a regular group, coffee morning, tenant meeting or the like, NEA Cymru can host a bill management surgery, to provide one-to-one, confidential and impartial advice to your clients to help individuals with their fuel bills and/or apply for services. This can run alongside your regular meeting and work on a drop-in basis.


Minimum 6-8 individuals


Topics for sessions can variously include:


  • Accessing grants and schemes available (e.g. Priority Service Register, Warm Home Discount (£140 electricity credit), Nest – energy efficiency home improvements)
  • How to get the best energy deal (tariffs, switching and payment options)
  • Billing and meter queries (including credit, prepay and smart)
  • Top tips on how to save energy in the home
  • How to use common heating controls
  • Dealing with damp and condensation
  • Advice on dealing with fuel debts.


Sessions are offered as part of NEA Cymru’s ‘Empowering Communities’ project in Wales.  Sessions are limited and are offered on a first come first served basis.  To book a session please or for further details contact: (Project Assistant) or tel: 0191 2692917


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.