The Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt, today gave thanks to the brilliant, kind people from all backgrounds throughout Wales who are volunteering to help communities face lockdown together.
“Wales has a strong tradition of people helping one another out, and we’ve really seen this in action over the last year. From picking up the phone, to delivering supplies to people who are self-isolating, to helping our public services, volunteers and community groups have found lots of creative ways to help. By volunteering safety, this helps local communities, and takes pressure off the NHS.
I want to say thank you – you are fantastic.
If you’d like to volunteer or offer support, it’s important that you keep yourself and others safe. In particular, Welsh Government guidance is that you should avoid sharing a car with another person outside your household, even if you’re trying to help someone get to a vaccination appointment.
hat’s because it would be difficult to keep to the rules and maintain physical distancing. If you come within 2 metres of others, you should avoid physical contact, try to face away from other and keep the time you spend within 2 metres of others as short as possible.
Please follow the advice below, and stay safe.”
Ruth Marks, Chief Executive Officer of Wales Council for Voluntary Action, said:
“Volunteering efforts both formally and informally have made a huge difference to individuals and communities in Wales since the beginning of the pandemic. This type of support enables people to self-isolate where needed, and to stay connected. Now, with the infection rate at its highest, it has never been more important to ensure that support is carried out safely.
If you are able to support others, it is important to check guidance on how to do this safely. It is also worth considering the many ways to volunteer from your own home, for example by checking in on others by phone or video call to reduce isolation and loneliness.
To find out more on how to help others safely, and to register for volunteering opportunities, visit Volunteering-Wales.net.”
Ann Woods, Chief Officer of Flintshire Local Voluntary Council, said:
“The County Voluntary Council Network, working with WCVA, plays a massive role in linking support offered by volunteers to those who are in need of a helping hand. We are here to advise voluntary and community groups regarding their governance, their fundraising and their volunteer management practice.
In Flintshire we have provided training and support for many newly formed community groups who have helped with the Covid-19 response.
Our message is that all volunteers should follow the current Welsh government guidelines. Community groups/volunteers who have any questions about how to volunteer safely within their local community can contact their local Voluntary Council via Home – Third Sector Support Wales.”
View the press release on the Welsh Government Website.
Join us at an online session about the role of community groups in the Census 2021. The session will take place on Friday 22nd January at 10.30-11.30am over Zoom.
Hear from Huw Davies, Census Engagement Manager, about how the Census benefits the third sector, volunteer groups and the wider community. Find out about the role that community leaders will play in the Census 2021 and how communities can get involved. Afterwards there will be a Q&A session with Huw. This event is for both organisations and individuals.
If you are interested in attending, join the event on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-role-of-community-groups-in-the-census-2021-tickets-136597868903
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ymunwch a ni yn sesiwn ar-lein am rôl grwpiau cymunedol yn y Cyfrifiad 2021. Bydd y sesiwn ar ddydd Gwener 22ain Ionawr am 10.30-11.30yb ar Zoom.
Cewch glywed o Huw Davies, Rheolwr Ymgysylltu’r Cyfrifiad, am sut mae’r Cyfrifiad o fudd i’r trydydd sector, grwpiau gwirfoddol a’r gymuned ehangach. Darganfyddwch y rôl fydd arweinwyr cymunedol yn chwarae yn y Cyfrifiad 2021 a sut gall cymunedau gymryd rhan. I’w ddilyn gan sesiwn holi ac ateb gyda Huw. Mae’r digwyddiad hwn ar gyfer sefydliadau ac unigolion
Os oes gennych ddiddordeb, ymunwch â’r digwyddiad ar Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-role-of-community-groups-in-the-census-2021-tickets-136597868903
Os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau gallwch gysylltu â email@example.com.
Public Health Wales: Recruiting for a Research Project / Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru: Recriwtio ar gyfer Prosiect Ymchwil
On behalf of Public Health Wales they are looking for 2 Patient and Public Involvement members for a research project briefly outlined below:
Public Health Wales funded by the Health Foundation (Covid-19 research funding) is looking to recruit 2 Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) members of the steering group which would involve attending three (remote/virtual) meetings across the 12 month period (first one in January, second in June/July and last one in December), and it would be in an advisory capacity. This research project is a partnership between Public Health Wales WCVA, What Works Wellbeing and the University of Bristol to understand the role of community-led action as a protective factor against widening health inequalities during, and in recovery from COVID-19.
In particular the two PPI members would:
Add their input and insights to help shape the work going forward and sense-check it.
Have a regular opportunity to coproduce input in each step of the research cycle – from design to dissemination.
Help to actively coproduce the research methods that we will use, by offering insights into what is actually happening on the ground.
– Aged 18 years or above.
– Living and/or working in Wales.
– Basic IT skills.
– Experience in using Microsoft Teams basic features (or Zoom / Skype if needed).
– Grassroots volunteer; informal or formal volunteer; worker in the third sector; general member of the public.
Each meeting will last approximately 2.5 hours, plus approximately an extra 30 min to read the agenda/briefing information before each meeting.
Therefore, the two PPI will be asked to commit to a total of 9 to 10 hours over the 12 months. There is there opportunity for some remuneration, within the research budget.
Please contact Chiara Tuveri at Public Health Wales for further information Chiara.Tuveri@wales.nhs.uk
Ar ran Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru, maen nhw’n chwilio am ddau aelod Ymgysylltu â Chleifion a’r Cyhoedd ar gyfer prosiect ymchwil a amlinellir yn gryno isod:
Mae Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru, a gyllidir gan y Sefydliad Iechyd (cyllid ymchwil Covid-19) yn dymuno recriwtio dau aelod Ymgysylltu â Chleifion a’r Cyhoedd (PPI) ar gyfer grŵp llywio. Byddai hyn yn cynnwys mynychu tri chyfarfod (o bell/rhithwir) dros gyfnod o 12 mis (yr un gyntaf ym mis Ionawr, yr ail ym mis Mehefin/Gorffennaf a’r un olaf ym mis Rhagfyr), a byddai mewn cymhwyster ymgynghorol. Mae’r prosiect ymchwil hwn yn bartneriaeth rhwng Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru, CGGC, ‘What Works Wellbeing’ a Phrifysgol Bryste i ddeall rôl gweithredu dan arweiniad y gymuned fel ffactor amddiffynnol yn erbyn anghydraddoldebau iechyd sy’n cynyddu yn ystod, ac wrth adfer o COVID-19.
Yn benodol, byddai’r ddau aelod PPI yn:
Ychwanegu eu mewnbwn a’u mewnwelediadau er mwyn helpu i lywio’r gwaith wrth fynd ymlaen a gwirio ei fod yn gwneud synnwyr.
Cael cyfle rheolaidd i gyd-gynhyrchu mewnbwn ar bob cam o’r gylchred ymchwil – o’r dylunio i’r dosbarthu.
Helpu i fynd ati i gyd-gynhyrchu’r dulliau ymchwilio y byddwn ni’n eu defnyddio, drwy gynnig mewnwelediadau i’r hyn sy’n digwydd mewn gwirionedd ar lawr gwlad.
Meini prawf cynnwys:
– 18 oed a hŷn.
– Byw a/neu’n gweithio yng Nghymru.
– Sgiliau TG sylfaenol.
– Profiad o ddefnyddio nodweddion sylfaenol Microsoft Teams (neu Zoom / Skype os oes angen).
– Gwirfoddolwr llawr gwlad; gwirfoddolwr anffurfiol neu ffurfiol; gweithiwr o’r trydydd sector; aelod o’r cyhoedd.
Bydd pob cyfarfod yn para tua 2.5 awr, ynghyd ag oddeutu 30 munud ychwanegol i ddarllen yr agenda/gwybodaeth briffio cyn pob cyfarfod.
Felly, bydd gofyn i’r ddau aelod PPI ymrwymo cyfanswm o 9 i 10 awr dros gyfnod o 12 mis. Mae cyfle am rywfaint o daliad cydnabyddiaeth o fewn cyllideb y gwaith ymchwil.
Cysylltwch â Chiara Tuveri yn Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru am ragor o wybodaeth Chiara.Tuveri@wales.nhs.uk
WCVA has released sample Terms and Conditions for community centre managers in Wales to use when hiring out community centres.
WCVA is pleased to announce that we are now in a position to provide community centre managers with sample Terms and Conditions that can be used when hiring out community centres. Continue reading
Do you manage volunteers? Join the Ceredigion Volunteer Organisers Network via Zoom on 12th January, 10am – 12pm. Find out about employee volunteering and Time Credits!
For more information or to join the network contact Trish Lewis on Trish.Lewis@cavo.org.uk.
A ydych yn rheoli gwirfoddolwyr? Ymunwch â Rhwydwaith Trefnwyr Gwirfoddolwyr Ceredigion trwy Zoom ar 12fed Ionawr, 10yb – 12yp. Darganfyddwch fwy am wirfoddoli gweithwyr a Credydau Amser.
Am fwy o wybodaeth neu i ymuno â’r rhwydwaith cysylltwch â Trish Lewis ar Trish.Lewis@cavo.org.uk.
Find out about opportunities to volunteer with local community groups at our Regional Virtual Volunteers Fair on Wednesday 13th January 11am-12pm.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01570 423232.
Darganfyddwch am gyfleoedd i wirfoddoli gyda grwpiau cymunedol lleol yn ein Ffair Wirfoddolwyr Rhithwir Rhanbarthol ar ddydd Mercher 13eg Ionawr 11yb – 12yp.
Am rhagor o wybodaeth e-bostiwch email@example.com neu ffoniwch 01570 423232.
The Charity Commission has launched a new set of simple, easy to understand guides to help trustees
The Charity Commission, the charity regulator for England and Wales, has launched a new set of simple, easy to understand guides, designed to help trustees run their charities in line with the law.
The new guides cover five key aspects of charity management – a ‘core syllabus’ covering the basics that the regulator expects all trustees to be aware of.
They explain the basics of:
- financial oversight
- achieving a charity’s purposes
- good decision making
- addressing conflicts of interest
- what to file with the Commission and what support is available
This ‘gateway’ level guidance will make it easier and quicker for all trustees to check what is expected and to find more detailed information if needed, which is all the more important as charities respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Commission’s research and testing with trustees have helped shape their design and content.
The publications come as part of the Commission’s programme, outlined in its 2020/21 Business Plan, to deliver updated core guidance and an improved website, so that it is easier for trustees, who are overwhelmingly unpaid volunteers, to access the information they need. This is in line with the Commission’s strategic priority of ensuring trustees have the tools and understanding they need to succeed, and helping them maximise the difference they make.
The new tools have been launched to coincide with Trustees’ Week, the annual celebration of charity trustees and the contribution they make to society.
Charity’s evolving strategy aims to reach more farming people.
With 2020 bringing ever greater levels of uncertainty and unexpected changes, pressures on the farming community continue to grow. As part of a new package of services designed to assist people deal with these complex challenges, RABI is launching an online wellbeing community and counselling service for farming people across England and Wales on 19 October.
Against a backdrop of continuing strains and demands, this new online initiative is a significant step in RABI’s plans to evolve its services, to better meet the changing needs of farming people.
“We know that farmers have continued to face exceptionally difficult times. Managing mental wellbeing and maintaining good mental health has emerged as one of the most significant issues facing our sector, which is already known for its higher than average levels of stress, depression, anxiety, and suicide,” says Alicia Chivers, RABI’s Chief Executive.
“Our aim is to make a real difference to the farming community that RABI has been dedicated to for the past 160 years. We believe early intervention and one-to-one support are essential to ensuring good mental health and tackling the root causes of poor wellbeing. We believe that providing confidential, easily accessible, free online support can make a real difference to a wide audience.”
The initiative features two distinct sites – Qwell.io/rabi for adults, while Kooth.com/rabi is tailored to those aged 11-17. These safe and confidential online platforms are being delivered in partnership with a specialist online mental health provider. The websites include dedicated farmer friendly content that addresses farming sector specific challenges such as loneliness, Brexit anxiety, animal health and crop disease and farm debt.
Users will be able to anonymously access farmer specific and more generic content, as well as a wealth of discussion boards, case studies and messaging functions. There are many tools, such as a journal to record and track progress against personal goals, as well as tips and articles.
In addition, all users can access one-to-one counselling support from BACP recognised, qualified professionals through a chat function. The practitioners are trained in different forms of counselling, allowing them to meet individual needs and preferences.
“No one should take mental wellbeing for granted. We believe offering practical support through these sites is a constructive and hugely positive step forwards. It forms a key aspect of RABI’s ambitious five-year strategy that will extend our offering to a broader audience. We understand the issues that farmers face and really care about finding and developing tools that can assist. Our role is to offer encouragement so people can access the services they need, early enough to make a difference, hopefully preventing them from reaching crisis point,” continues Alicia.
“We also need to initiate frank and honest discussions throughout agriculture to tackle this complex subject. Therefore, we are also reaching out to numerous stakeholders and organisations, who I hope will join us by raising awareness more widely and amplifying these important messages.”
“The launch of the online wellbeing community is a significant step towards achieving our vision that ‘no farmer should ever face adversity alone,’” concludes Alicia.
To access the online counselling platform, visit the RABI website: https://rabi.org.uk/kooth
Blood donation is classed as essential travel under current Welsh Government guidelines. Please continue to support your local donation hub in Ceredigion
We still need donors to save lives.
If you are fit and well, please book to donate at;
📌 Lloyd Thomas Dining Hall, Lampeter
📅 5 &6 Nov
📌 Memorial Hall, Aberaeron
📅 9 & 10 Nov
Book your appointment here: https://wbs.wales/CeredCavo
New donors are especially needed at this time
To check eligibility and register, please visit: https://www.welsh-blood.org.uk/
Carers Trust Wales have published Caring for someone with dementia: A guide for family and friends. The new guide will help carers know where they can access practical help and give them the reassurance to look after their own health and well-being.
The guide contains access to information about issues including:
• Getting a diagnosis
• Carers rights and needs assessments
• Looking after your own emotional well-being
• Grants, finances, legal considerations
• Medicine management
• Hospital admissions
• Planning for the future
For further information about how to support Carers or to access support as an employee Carer click here.
Strategic Partnerships, Diversity and Inclusion Team Block 6, PPH