Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations


Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit. As a County Voluntary Council we work to promote and share good practice in engagement.


Inspire! Adult Learning Awards 2020 – call for nominations

Inspire Adult Learning Awards 2020 call for nominations

Learning and Work Cymru have opened nominations for the Inspire! Adult Learning Awards 2020 – be part of an inspirational celebration of lifelong learning. Closing date 31 January 2020

The 2020 Inspire! Adult Learning Awards are now open for entries. Learning and Work welcome nominations for individuals, families, community projects and organisations in Wales who have shown outstanding passion, commitment and drive to improve themselves, their community or workplace through learning.

Nominate an individual, family, community project or an organisation whose learning achievements will inspire others to return to or take up learning – people who have improved their lives and /or the lives of others and gained a positive or life-changing experience from adult learning.

Individual awards

•      Into Work

•      Young Adult

•      Life Change and Progression

•      Health and Wellbeing

•      Ageing Well

•      Starting Out – Welsh Beginner

•      Different Past – Shared Futures 

Group awards

•      Community Project

•      Closing the Gap

•      Skills at Work

Before you start your nomination, read through our guidance and categories document and ensure that you fully meet the criteria. 

Online: The easiest and quickest way to submit your nomination is by completing and submitting an online nomination form

By email or post: Email your completed Word document nomination form to or send it by post to: Learning and Work Institute, 3rd Floor, 35 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9HB.

Download the documents below: 

The closing date for entries is Friday 31 January 2020 

If you have any queries about the Inspire! nominations process, contact



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



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?