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Supporting charities through uncertain times: the Commission’s priorities for Wales
04Jul

Supporting charities through uncertain times: the Commission’s priorities for Wales

The Charity Commissioner recently spoke at Gofod3, this is the transcript of that speech.  I am delighted to be part of gofod3, and am grateful to WCVA for inviting me to speak today. I have learnt that gofod translates into English simply as space – an apt motif for this nationwide coming together of charities… Continue reading Supporting charities through uncertain times: the Commission’s priorities for Wales

Unpaid carers urged to apply for their £500 payment
01Jul

Unpaid carers urged to apply for their £500 payment

Unpaid carers in south Wales are being urged to apply for a £500 payment to help with the increased cost of caring during the cost-of living-crisis. To date 78% of eligible carers in south Wales have applied with over 16,400 claims paid to unpaid carers in the area. Ministers are calling on those remaining unpaid… Continue reading Unpaid carers urged to apply for their £500 payment

Re:act’s Disaster Response on the Ukraine
01Jul

Re:act’s Disaster Response on the Ukraine

Learn more about the response of Re:act with regard the Ukrainian crisis here

Torfaen Ukraine Support
30Jun

Torfaen Ukraine Support

We’ve been collating some of the support available for Ukraine across Torfaen.

This list will be updated on a regular basis, and we’ve added a form below if you wish to add your organisations information or update the information we have.

Ukraine – Welsh Government Briefing note for the Third Sector (June 2022)
29Jun

Ukraine – Welsh Government Briefing note for the Third Sector (June 2022)

Welsh Government have issued a briefing note for the third sector outlining the work that is taking place at a national level to support those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. Read it in full below:  Background There are three schemes to support those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine: The Ukraine Family Scheme is for people from… Continue reading Ukraine – Welsh Government Briefing note for the Third Sector (June 2022)

Ukraine crisis: increased risk of sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment
28Jun

Ukraine crisis: increased risk of sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment

Update from the Charity Commission: The situation in Ukraine continues to change rapidly, with many Ukrainians becoming displaced and seeking the shelter and safety of charities operating along Ukraine’s borders and in the neighbouring countries.

Torfaen Ukraine Support Collation
28Jun

Torfaen Ukraine Support Collation

We’re collating updated information on the support available across Torfaen with regard the Ukraine crisis.

We’d be grateful if you could submit information to what your organisation is doing at this time.

Shop SustainABLE-ly
28Jun

Shop SustainABLE-ly

A charity supporting people with autism and learning disabilities has opened a new shop selling fresh fruit and vegetables.  Able, based in Cwmbran, offers a range of day services, including a gardening project. The team behind it has now opened a new SustainABLE Shop to sell their produce to the local community, thanks to a… Continue reading Shop SustainABLE-ly

Welsh Government News
24Jun

Welsh Government News

New fund to support unpaid carers in Wales Unpaid carers in Wales will benefit from a support scheme helping them to buy essential items during the cost-of-living crisis. Eligibility for the grants is not linked to Carers Allowance, pensions or other benefits. Banning energy drinks for under-16s among new ideas to reduce obesity Banning the sale… Continue reading Welsh Government News

New GOV.UK checker for benefits and financial support
24Jun

New GOV.UK checker for benefits and financial support

GOV.UK has launched a question and answer tool to help people find out what benefits and financial support they might be eligible for. This has been developed quickly by Government Digital Service (GDS) after a request from Number 10, working closely with DWP and other departments.   People will answer up to 10 questions to… Continue reading New GOV.UK checker for benefits and financial support

Disability Energy Support are offering free energy and water advice to disabled people
23Jun

Disability Energy Support are offering free energy and water advice to disabled people

Disability Energy Support Offer free energy and water advice to disabled people, helping them to manage their energy and water needs. The service is open to: any disabled person or households where 1 or more disabled people live, and those households are in England or Wales For more information click here Trending Today Disability Energy Support… Continue reading Disability Energy Support are offering free energy and water advice to disabled people

Re-Start a Heart
22Jun

Re-Start a Heart

Do you want to learn a new skill that could save someone’s life?   Torfaen Council’s Adult Community Learning service is supporting the British Heart Foundations Re-Start a Heart Campaign, with the hope of teaching over 250 people how to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.   A series of… Continue reading Re-Start a Heart

Torfaen Third Sector Summit postponed!
21Jun

Torfaen Third Sector Summit postponed!

With regret the Torfaen Third Sector Summit has been postponed. The event was due to take place at Pontypool Active Living Centre on Tuesday 28th June but owing to the fact that several of our key attendees, have, in very recent days, tested positive for COVID, the decision has been made to postpone this event… Continue reading Torfaen Third Sector Summit postponed!

Online Nation 2022: Ofcom urges tech firms to keep women safer online
17Jun

Online Nation 2022: Ofcom urges tech firms to keep women safer online

Real-world concerns about women’s safety and wellbeing are mirrored in the online world, according to figures from Ofcom’s major annual study into the nation’s online lives. Our findings reveal that women in the UK are avid users of social media platforms, spending more than a quarter of their waking hours online – around half-an-hour each… Continue reading Online Nation 2022: Ofcom urges tech firms to keep women safer online

The return of gofod3: 20-24 June 2022
16Jun

The return of gofod3: 20-24 June 2022

How can we address the biggest issues facing Wales in 2022?   gofod3 is a FREE event organised by WCVA, in collaboration with the voluntary sector.   It is the biggest voluntary sector event of its kind in Wales, designed especially for people involved in Wales’ vibrant voluntary sector.   The full programme features over… Continue reading The return of gofod3: 20-24 June 2022

Using Connect Torfaen to its best potential
15Jun

Using Connect Torfaen to its best potential

Just a few tips for you when you use Connect Torfaen! Check under what category your profile is listed under. There are four categories on the site. Individual – For people to register on the site (e.g., Sarah from Thornhill who wants to volunteer or see what activities are currently active) Organisations – Organisations can… Continue reading Using Connect Torfaen to its best potential

Torfaen’s MS Lynne Neagle visits TVA’s offices
14Jun

Torfaen’s MS Lynne Neagle visits TVA’s offices

On Friday 10th June, Lynne Neagle MS for Torfaen, also Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, visited TVA’s offices. This was to discuss the work TVA has been undertaking across the borough and projects we wish to take forward in the coming months. It’s always a pleasure to welcome Lynne, and she also recognized… Continue reading Torfaen’s MS Lynne Neagle visits TVA’s offices

Happy to Chat Benches
14Jun

Happy to Chat Benches

The idea of ‘Happy to Chat’ benches seems to have been started by Avon and Somerset Police, who added chat benches in Vivary Park in Taunton and Burnham-On-Sea’s seafront to help tackle loneliness and isolation in the community. They did this by adding signs to benches that read ‘Sit here if you don’t mind someone… Continue reading Happy to Chat Benches

gofod3 The biggest voluntary sector event of its kind in Wales
13Jun

gofod3 The biggest voluntary sector event of its kind in Wales

gofod3 is a FREE event organised by WCVA, in collaboration with the voluntary sector.   It is the biggest voluntary sector event of its kind in Wales, designed especially for people involved in Wales’ vibrant voluntary sector.   The following events in particular might be of interest to you:   Adapting to the changing workforce: supporting… Continue reading gofod3 The biggest voluntary sector event of its kind in Wales

High Street Fitness #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
13Jun

High Street Fitness #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Thank you High Street Fitness for your amazing contribution to volunteering across Torfaen. #TorfaenSaysThanks this #VolunteersWeek We want you to tell us and the rest of Torfaen why you volunteer or if you’d like to celebrate volunteers, send us a selfie of you at your volunteering, a short video why you volunteer, or a little… Continue reading High Street Fitness #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Update on the Homes for Ukraine Scheme
13Jun

Update on the Homes for Ukraine Scheme

Following the people of Wales’ incredibly positive response to the Welsh Government’s Super Sponsor scheme, which has resulted in over 2000 visas being issued to date, Ministers have announced a temporary operational pause on new applications during June.   The temporary pause is to ensure people who are arriving, and those already here in Wales,… Continue reading Update on the Homes for Ukraine Scheme

Survey: How should Wales be run?
13Jun

Survey: How should Wales be run?

An inquiry is currently under way about the constitutional future of Wales. The Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales is undertaking a ‘national conversation’ about how Wales could be run in future. They are looking at who takes the political decisions affecting people in Wales; how these decisions are taken; and which aspects… Continue reading Survey: How should Wales be run?

Afternoon Tea #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
13Jun

Afternoon Tea #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

#TorfaenSaysThanks #VolunteersWeek   📍 The Log Cabin (Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Folly View, Pontypool)   Thank you to everyone who joined us at this celebration of volunteers across Torfaen.   If you missed this opportunity to celebrate some amazing work by your local community group, organisation or volunteer, you have another chance to nominate for a… Continue reading Afternoon Tea #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Fraudsters exploiting council tax rebate scheme
10Jun

Fraudsters exploiting council tax rebate scheme

Councils across England have warned that criminals are exploiting people worried about how they are going to cope with paying their rising energy bills. Fraud and cybercrime reporting centre Action Fraud has also received reports from victims of this new scam. At the beginning of April, the energy price cap increased by 54%, with a… Continue reading Fraudsters exploiting council tax rebate scheme

Make Caring Visible, Valued and Supported – Carers Week 2022 report
09Jun

Make Caring Visible, Valued and Supported – Carers Week 2022 report

Carers Week 2022: Rising pressures on unpaid carers as public backing for greater support grows 68 million unpaid carers concerned for physical and mental health 2:2 million carers worried about ability to cope financially More care is being provided than ever before – even more than during the height of the pandemic Overwhelming public support… Continue reading Make Caring Visible, Valued and Supported – Carers Week 2022 report

More than £50 million lost to remote access tool scams last year
09Jun

More than £50 million lost to remote access tool scams last year

More than £50 million was lost last year to scams where victims are tricked into handing over control of their computer or smartphone to criminals. New data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, reveals that 20,144 people fell victim to scams where they were persuaded to grant criminals remote access to… Continue reading More than £50 million lost to remote access tool scams last year

The Limbless Association
08Jun

The Limbless Association

Barrie Evans is the Outreach Co-ordinator and Support Officer for the Limbless Association in Wales. The Limbless Association (LA) is a national limb loss charity, which has been supporting amputees and their families across the UK since 1983. Losing one or more limbs can be isolating, adversely affecting a person’s mental as well as physical… Continue reading The Limbless Association

Blaenavon Museum #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
07Jun

Blaenavon Museum #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Thank you Blaenavon Museum for your amazing contribution to volunteering across Torfaen. #TorfaenSaysThanks this #VolunteersWeek We want you to tell us and the rest of Torfaen why you volunteer or if you’d like to celebrate volunteers, send us a selfie of you at your volunteering, a short video why you volunteer, or a little quote. Tag… Continue reading Blaenavon Museum #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – 2023 nominations now open
07Jun

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – 2023 nominations now open

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded for life.   Who is it awarded to? It is awarded to exceptional… Continue reading The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – 2023 nominations now open

Home Start Cymru #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
06Jun

Home Start Cymru #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Thank you HomeStart Cymru for your amazing contribution to volunteering across Torfaen. #TorfaenSaysThanks this #VolunteersWeek We want you to tell us and the rest of Torfaen why you volunteer or if you’d like to celebrate volunteers, send us a selfie of you at your volunteering, a short video why you volunteer, or a little quote.… Continue reading Home Start Cymru #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Garnsychan Partnership #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
06Jun

Garnsychan Partnership #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Thank you Garnsychan Partnership for your amazing contribution to volunteering across Torfaen. #TorfaenSaysThanks this #VolunteersWeek We want you to tell us and the rest of Torfaen why you volunteer or if you’d like to celebrate volunteers, send us a selfie of you at your volunteering, a short video why you volunteer, or a little quote.… Continue reading Garnsychan Partnership #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Annual National Pen Y Fan Recovery Walk 2022
06Jun

Annual National Pen Y Fan Recovery Walk 2022

Barod are delighted to announce that the annual national Pen Y Fan recovery walk is back for 2022, following a three year break due to the pandemic. This is a chance to celebrate recovery and other achievements, as well as provide an opportunity for many to walk up South Wales’ highest peak, while catching up… Continue reading Annual National Pen Y Fan Recovery Walk 2022

Age Connects Torfaen #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
06Jun

Age Connects Torfaen #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Over the past 2 years a lot has changed for volunteering across Torfaen, and as part of this we commissioned a film with Age Connects Torfaen that focused on the work their volunteers undertook during early 2021. In March 2020, the world was thrown into a time of unknowns, a time when nobody knew what to… Continue reading Age Connects Torfaen #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Claim What’s Yours campaign
06Jun

Claim What’s Yours campaign

Families across Wales are feeling the strain on their household budgets due to the rising cost of living, making that extra bit of help more important than ever. Many people are unaware they may be entitled to benefits that could offer the support they need. The Welsh Government’s ‘Claim What’s Yours’ campaign aims to: Raise… Continue reading Claim What’s Yours campaign

‘We work hard to ensure that every volunteer is appreciated’
02Jun

‘We work hard to ensure that every volunteer is appreciated’

Amgueddfa Cymru are one of many organisations who have achieved the Investing in Volunteers Award – here they tell us how they’ve used it to show volunteers the value they bring to their museums and communities.   Amgueddfa Cymru is home to the seven National Museums across Wales and the National Collections Centre. With over… Continue reading ‘We work hard to ensure that every volunteer is appreciated’

Bowel Cancer
02Jun

Bowel Cancer

We know that there is an increased interest and questions about bowel cancer and bowel screening within communities following the recent media coverage of Dame Deborah James (our Patron and bowel cancer patient). Any help you can give to signpost people affected by bowel cancer to our support services would be appreciated. Your help to… Continue reading Bowel Cancer

Trac2 #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
01Jun

Trac2 #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Thank you Trac2 for your amazing contribution to volunteering across Torfaen. #TorfaenSaysThanks this #VolunteersWeek We want you to tell us and the rest of Torfaen why you volunteer or if you’d like to celebrate volunteers, send us a selfie of you at your volunteering, a short video why you volunteer, or a little quote.  … Continue reading Trac2 #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Carers Week 2022 – Mon 6th – Fri 10th June
01Jun

Carers Week 2022 – Mon 6th – Fri 10th June

Write to your MP today calling for a Recovery and Respite Plan for unpaid carers!   This Carers Week, Carers UK and the six other charities involved this year are calling for the UK Government to publish a Recovery and Respite Plan for Unpaid Carers. Please write to your MP today and ask that they support… Continue reading Carers Week 2022 – Mon 6th – Fri 10th June

Community Matters Fund is now open!
01Jun

Community Matters Fund is now open!

Apply for up to £50,000 over two years! Western Power Distribution has teamed up with Localgiving to deliver its Community Matters Fund The fund will provide £500,000 to support charitable organisations in their response to holiday hunger. Applications are encouraged from organisations delivering projects that offer both short-term interventions to stop holiday hunger and longer term… Continue reading Community Matters Fund is now open!

Torfaen Citizens Advice #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks
01Jun

Torfaen Citizens Advice #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Thank you Torfaen CAB for your amazing contribution to volunteering across Torfaen. #TorfaenSaysThanks this #VolunteersWeek We want you to tell us and the rest of Torfaen why you volunteer or if you’d like to celebrate volunteers, send us a selfie of you at your volunteering, a short video why you volunteer, or a little quote.… Continue reading Torfaen Citizens Advice #VolunteersWeek #TorfaenSaysThanks

Repair Café Wales – from grant to government staple
01Jun

Repair Café Wales – from grant to government staple

Repair Café Wales has grown into a really successful grassroots movement, so much so that it is now a core part of Welsh Government’s programme.   Repair Café Wales has gone from receiving a small grant through the Landfill Tax Communities Scheme (LDTCS) to being included in the new Programme for Welsh Government. Frustrated with the unsustainable… Continue reading Repair Café Wales – from grant to government staple

Samaritans Cymru – Resource Launch: Finding your way – A guide for anyone who is struggling to cope
31May

Samaritans Cymru – Resource Launch: Finding your way – A guide for anyone who is struggling to cope

Following an unprecedented period of disruption and uncertainty, we know that many people have experienced trauma and poor mental health. The pandemic has widened inequalities for many people in Wales and those who were vulnerable at the beginning are now facing higher levels of distress than ever before.   At this ongoing difficult time, we… Continue reading Samaritans Cymru – Resource Launch: Finding your way – A guide for anyone who is struggling to cope

RNIB Vision Impairment Survey
31May

RNIB Vision Impairment Survey

Revealing Reality, has partnered with the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) to create a survey for people with vision impairments in the UK. It aims to measure quality of life and get a better sense of what is important and help the RNIB in the work they do. We want to encourage as… Continue reading RNIB Vision Impairment Survey

Community Facilities Programme
31May

Community Facilities Programme

Guidance for Grant Applicants The Community Facilities Programme is a capital grant scheme operated by the Welsh Government. Grants are available at two levels; small grants of under £25,000 and larger grants of up to £250,000. Grants can be used to improve community facilities which are useful to, and well used by, people in the… Continue reading Community Facilities Programme

Public Health Network Cymru Webinars
30May

Public Health Network Cymru Webinars

Public Health Network Cymru have a number of webinars coming up over the next few months. See below for further information: Public attitudes and behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic, a behavioural science approach: 25 May 2022 at 2pm – 3pm In this webinar Ashley Gould from the Behavioural Science Unit, Public Health Wales will unpack the key… Continue reading Public Health Network Cymru Webinars

Ukrainian Resettlement Programme – Health Guides and Information
30May

Ukrainian Resettlement Programme – Health Guides and Information

On behalf of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board  Following feedback from partners, hosts and individuals Health Services within ABUHB, we have developed the following documents in relation to engaging with our services and opportunities for additional health screening : Guide for Host Families along with FAQs Guide for New Arrivals along with additional information regarding… Continue reading Ukrainian Resettlement Programme – Health Guides and Information

Damage to Flower Garden in Blaenavon
30May

Damage to Flower Garden in Blaenavon

Sad state of affairs over the weekend with this damage in the Flower Garden in Blaenavon. The Friends of the Green have worked so hard making this space something special for all the community. If you spot any vandalism happening in any of the green spaces across Torfaen, contact Gwent Police on 101.  Jonathan Walby on Blaenavon… Continue reading Damage to Flower Garden in Blaenavon

Join the Welsh Social Care Hack 2022 and secure up to £20,000 of innovation project funding!
30May

Join the Welsh Social Care Hack 2022 and secure up to £20,000 of innovation project funding!

Apply for up to £50,000 over two years! The first-ever Welsh Social Care Hack has been launched, bringing the sector together to solve challenges faced by colleagues across social care, academia and industry by providing funding to develop the best innovative solutions.   The Welsh Social Care Hack will stimulate and support innovation to create Social… Continue reading Join the Welsh Social Care Hack 2022 and secure up to £20,000 of innovation project funding!

gofod3 returns
29May

gofod3 returns

We’re pleased to announce that the full programme for gofod3 2022 is live and we’re now taking bookings. gofod3 is free to attend and takes place online between the 20-24 June. The full programme can be viewed here.   With more events than ever before, there’s something for everyone with topics ranging from safeguarding, and… Continue reading gofod3 returns

Calling all voluntary youth services in Torfaen
28May

Calling all voluntary youth services in Torfaen

A new and exciting project to Map and Evaluate the Voluntary Youth Work Sector in Wales has been launched! The KESS project – Mapping and Evaluating the Voluntary Youth Work Sector for Wales is a Masters by Research project conducted by the University of South Wales and funded by the European Social Fund in partnership with CWVYS.… Continue reading Calling all voluntary youth services in Torfaen

Looking towards Volunteers’ Week 2022
27May

Looking towards Volunteers’ Week 2022

Organisations across Torfaen! Volunteers’ Week is 1st – 7th June and we’d like to celebrate your individual volunteers by using them in our promotion for the week.

Coronavirus regulations to end in Wales
27May

Coronavirus regulations to end in Wales

First Minister Mark Drakeford has said Wales can look forward to a brighter future, as the last remaining coronavirus protections in law come to an end. After more than two years of living with coronavirus regulations, these expired on Monday May 30 when the requirement to wear a face covering in health and care settings… Continue reading Coronavirus regulations to end in Wales

Let’s celebrate safely together
27May

Let’s celebrate safely together

Food Standards Agency reminds communities how to serve up safe food at street parties There’s only a few days to go until Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee during the long Bank Holiday weekend (2-5 June 2022). If you’re not sure where to start when planning your street party or event, the Food Standards Agency… Continue reading Let’s celebrate safely together

12 steps for an effective governance review
27May

12 steps for an effective governance review

As lead consultant for NCVO Dan Francis has conducted scores of governance reviews in many different types of charity. Here he shares his tips for getting the best from a governance review.   You’d be hard pressed to find a Chair who would disagree with the idea that good governance is fundamental to a charity’s… Continue reading 12 steps for an effective governance review

Funding4U Community Foundation Wales
26May

Funding4U Community Foundation Wales

On this session, hearing about the criteria and information about the Community Foundation Wales funding. Grants overview (this is where the top tips video is) – Grants – Community Foundation Wales Loud and Clear – Loud and Clear – Community Foundation Wales Fund for Wales – Fund for Wales – Community Foundation Wales Principality Building… Continue reading Funding4U Community Foundation Wales

Enhancing Community Health and Wellbeing Through Food
25May

Enhancing Community Health and Wellbeing Through Food

Gwent local authorities are looking at how to amplify the amazing work done by groups such as yours. The aim is to understand the depth of community support within the region and explore ways in which they could be enhanced. To do this they need knowledge from the people delivering that support today, to that… Continue reading Enhancing Community Health and Wellbeing Through Food

Work to improve urgent and emergency care picks up pace
25May

Work to improve urgent and emergency care picks up pace

New services are being developed to improve access to urgent and emergency care across Wales so people get the right care, in the right place, the first time. The NHS is making changes and improvements to the way it provides services – including increasing staffing in crucial areas – as part of the Six Goals… Continue reading Work to improve urgent and emergency care picks up pace

Changes to Public Health Wales Covid-19 surveillance
24May

Changes to Public Health Wales Covid-19 surveillance

Public Health Wales is changing the way we report Covid-19 data as we move out of the pandemic.  From Thursday 26 May daily reporting will end, and a new look weekly dashboard will be published every Thursday at 12pm.  Dr Meng Khaw, National Director for Health Protection and Screening Services at Public Health Wales said: … Continue reading Changes to Public Health Wales Covid-19 surveillance

Making the case for longer term funding
23May

Making the case for longer term funding

Alison Pritchard, Sustainable Funding Manager at WCVA, looks at the recent move to longer-term grants by Welsh Government and what this means for voluntary organisations.   At the start of April, Jane Hutt MS, Minister for Social Justice, announced that Welsh Government will now be providing longer-term grants. This is a positive change for the… Continue reading Making the case for longer term funding

More Torfaen groups supported with the Community Winter Support Fund
20May

More Torfaen groups supported with the Community Winter Support Fund

Over the course of the last four months, TVA has awarded nearly £40,000 in grant funding With the Spring now here, it’s time to take a look back on the Community Winter Support Fund, with support from Welsh Government and Third Sector Support Wales. Over the course of the last four months, TVA has awarded… Continue reading More Torfaen groups supported with the Community Winter Support Fund

Your chance to shape the first ever National Safeguarding Training Standards
20May

Your chance to shape the first ever National Safeguarding Training Standards

Consultation is now underway on Wales’ first ever National Safeguarding Training Standards. Developed in line with the Wales Safeguarding Procedures, the draft standards have been designed to help make sure everyone in Wales who needs it gets consistent and high-quality safeguarding training. Specifically, the project will ensure that: organisations incorporate the standards for practitioners into… Continue reading Your chance to shape the first ever National Safeguarding Training Standards

Volunteers’ Week Information Collation
19May

Volunteers’ Week Information Collation

Organisations across Torfaen! Volunteers’ Week is 1st – 7th June and we’d like to celebrate your individual volunteers by using them in our promotion for the week.

Principality creates £100,000 fund with Community Foundation Wales
18May

Principality creates £100,000 fund with Community Foundation Wales

Principality creates £100,000 fund with Community Foundation Wales to support young people in Wales The Principality Building Society’s Future Generations Fund is a Wales wide fund set up in partnership with Principality Building Society with the aim of having a positive impact on society and the lives of young people in Wales. This fund will… Continue reading Principality creates £100,000 fund with Community Foundation Wales

£9.5m new Innovation Hub to support Wales become a global leader in Cyber Security
17May

£9.5m new Innovation Hub to support Wales become a global leader in Cyber Security

A new Cyber Innovation Hub to help Wales become a global leader in the sector will be operational later this year, thanks to a £3m investment from the Welsh Government, First Minister, Mark Drakeford announced today. The Welsh Government is making a £3m investment in the new Hub over 2 years, with £3m of co-funding… Continue reading £9.5m new Innovation Hub to support Wales become a global leader in Cyber Security

Your guide to organising a street party
17May

Your guide to organising a street party

What sort of events does this guidance apply to? This is about the sort of street parties that groups of residents get together to arrange with their neighbours. The main differences between a small private street party and other public events are listed below. Street parties Other public events Only for residents/neighbours Anyone can attend… Continue reading Your guide to organising a street party

GamCare Women and Gambling-Related Harm Training
17May

GamCare Women and Gambling-Related Harm Training

Working together to raise awareness, address stigma, and reduce gambling related harms experienced by women WOMEN AND GAMBLING Gambling-related harm can be very hidden and the signs, such as debt, depression and anxiety, may not immediately suggest that gambling is the cause. Women make up over 80% of affected others who call the National Gambling… Continue reading GamCare Women and Gambling-Related Harm Training

Volunteering Main Grants Scheme now open
16May

Volunteering Main Grants Scheme now open

Apply for up to £50,000 over two years! Volunteering Wales Grants is a scheme funded by the Welsh Government to promote and improve volunteering in Wales. Volunteering Wales is about ‘…the kind of country we want to be’. A volunteer is someone who commits time and energy for the benefit of society and the community,… Continue reading Volunteering Main Grants Scheme now open

Pub is the Hub funding
13May

Pub is the Hub funding

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to enable rural pub owners, licensees, and local communities to work together to help support and sustain local services in Wales, Scotland and England. Pub is the Hub’s Community Services Fund will assist projects which support the needs of local communities by using pubs to offer a new… Continue reading Pub is the Hub funding

New campaign calls on motorists to “Drive your litter home”
12May

New campaign calls on motorists to “Drive your litter home”

One of Wales’ leading environmental charities is urging drivers to keep their conscience and our roadsides clear as part of a new national campaign. With more vehicles than ever before on our roads and a significant increase in our food and drink on-the-go culture, roadside litter is a growing problem in Wales. It is harmful… Continue reading New campaign calls on motorists to “Drive your litter home”

The Beacon Lodge Charitable Trust
12May

The Beacon Lodge Charitable Trust

The Charitable objectives are: To provide financial support in the form of grants to other registered charities which promote the care, safety and upbringing of children by: supporting and assisting those in need, their families and carers promoting their welfare and their support; and advancing their education. Charities applying for a grant from the Beacon… Continue reading The Beacon Lodge Charitable Trust

Loneliness affects mental health of millions, yet many feel ashamed to talk about it
11May

Loneliness affects mental health of millions, yet many feel ashamed to talk about it

Loneliness affects the mental health of millions yet many feel ashamed to talk about it: new Mental Health Awareness Week survey of 6,000 UK adults. A quarter of UK adults (25 per cent) have felt lonely some, or all of the time, over the previous month A quarter of UK adults (25 per cent) feel… Continue reading Loneliness affects mental health of millions, yet many feel ashamed to talk about it

Older Drivers: After the wheels stop turning
11May

Older Drivers: After the wheels stop turning

CADR, the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research is currently supporting the “Older Drivers: After the Wheels Stop Turning” campaign, which aims to increase awareness around the lack of support and guidance for older drivers after they have been told they must stop driving or have made their own decision to surrender their licence. Dr.… Continue reading Older Drivers: After the wheels stop turning

Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales
10May

Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales

Funding from the Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales to support community led organisations. After the delivery of a successful pilot scheme, Comic Relief has confirmed a new round of funding to fund community led action bringing about positive, lasting social change throughout Wales. Comic Relief and Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW) partners recognise the… Continue reading Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales

Volunteers’ Week 2022 – Come celebrate with us
09May

Volunteers’ Week 2022 – Come celebrate with us

📅 Tuesday 7th June @ 2:00pm📍 The Log Cabin (Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Folly View, Pontypool NP4 8BU) The time is fast approaching to celebrate the hard work of all volunteers with Volunteer’s Week 2022! We’ll be hosting an Afternoon Tea to say thanks for all the hard work of volunteers across Torfaen. 👉 Nominate yours to… Continue reading Volunteers’ Week 2022 – Come celebrate with us

Volunteers’ Week 2022 – Getting Involved
09May

Volunteers’ Week 2022 – Getting Involved

Volunteers’ Week is a special week earmarked to thank volunteers for all that they bring to their local communities, volunteers that make a difference to communities throughout Torfaen supporting organisations and helping people. Volunteers Week is celebrated between 1st and 7th June every year. It is a week in which the UK celebrates volunteers and… Continue reading Volunteers’ Week 2022 – Getting Involved

Torfaen’s Youngest Engineer Announced
06May

Torfaen’s Youngest Engineer Announced

The search was on for Torfaen’s Youngest Engineer. We were blown away after receiving over 165 entries from across Torfaen. We took a trip to Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw to surprise our winner during her assembly, Caitlyn Smith from Cwmbran! Trainee engineers at Pro Steel Engineering turned Caitlyn’s hand drawn picture into a real-life statue. Keep… Continue reading Torfaen’s Youngest Engineer Announced

The Month of Community 2022
26Apr

The Month of Community 2022

The Month of Community is a time when we come together to celebrate everything that makes our communities great.  It’s an opportunity to bring our neighbourhoods closer, give back, and shine a light on the amazing communities we live in. Campaign Dates Neighbourhood Watch Week 30 May-5 June Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June The Big Jubilee… Continue reading The Month of Community 2022

Placing health equity at the heart of Coronavirus recovery for building a sustainable future for Wales
22Apr

Placing health equity at the heart of Coronavirus recovery for building a sustainable future for Wales

The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre at Public Health Wales has produced a series of animations to highlight its crucial work in addressing health inequalities in Wales.  Part of a global initiative, led jointly by the World Health Organization, Welsh Government and Public Health Wales, the World Health Equity Status Report initiative (WHESRi) places… Continue reading Placing health equity at the heart of Coronavirus recovery for building a sustainable future for Wales

Seven qualities of being a great volunteer
22Apr

Seven qualities of being a great volunteer

Benefits of volunteering Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do, but what are the qualities, check out some tips from https://www.gozaround.com/blog/qualities-of-being-a-great-volunteer/ Energetic The number one thing you can bring to the table is all that energy you have stored somewhere inside you! When you are enthusiastic about a cause, your energy… Continue reading Seven qualities of being a great volunteer

Wales’ expanded flu programme extended by another year
21Apr

Wales’ expanded flu programme extended by another year

The Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan has today confirmed Wales’ flu vaccination programme will once again be extended to include those aged 50 and over and secondary school children in academic years 7-11 (11-16 years old). This is the second year the programme has been extended, which means that more than 1.5m… Continue reading Wales’ expanded flu programme extended by another year

Rural communities face pivotal time of change as ‘Triple challenge’ impacts take effect
21Apr

Rural communities face pivotal time of change as ‘Triple challenge’ impacts take effect

A new report published by Public Health Wales highlights how the combined influences of Brexit, Coronavirus and climate change will potentially see rural communities in Wales experience a time of great change, with both opportunities and negative impacts to navigate. Rural communities are impacted by the ‘Triple Challenge’ in a myriad of ways, details the… Continue reading Rural communities face pivotal time of change as ‘Triple challenge’ impacts take effect

March 2022: ‘How Are We Doing in Wales’ public engagement survey results
20Apr

March 2022: ‘How Are We Doing in Wales’ public engagement survey results

The results of the latest ‘How Are We Doing in Wales’ public engagement survey have been released by Public Health Wales: During March, the majority of people said that they were continuing to use protective measures to reduce their risk of catching or spreading coronavirus. For example:   92 per cent said they would self-isolate… Continue reading March 2022: ‘How Are We Doing in Wales’ public engagement survey results

Looking for Volunteers in Torfaen?
20Apr

Looking for Volunteers in Torfaen?

We’re looking to streamline our volunteering process. If you’re an organisation and have volunteering opportunities, we’d like to hear about them. Fill in this simple form, and we’d be grateful if this could be completed and returned to us. When you’re looking to recruit, we’ll then know of all the active opportunities available in Torfaen… Continue reading Looking for Volunteers in Torfaen?

Nearly four in ten cancer patients in Wales diagnosed in emergency settings
19Apr

Nearly four in ten cancer patients in Wales diagnosed in emergency settings

New research from the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU) at Public Health Wales has revealed that nearly four in ten (37.4 per cent) of the eight types of cancer in the study are being diagnosed in emergency settings, such as in hospital A&E departments. The research shows that a higher proportion of patients… Continue reading Nearly four in ten cancer patients in Wales diagnosed in emergency settings

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
19Apr

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. Created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, it is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded for life. Who is it awarded to? QAVS is awarded to exceptional groups of volunteers… Continue reading The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Suspected suicide information to be collected to prevent future tragedies
18Apr

Suspected suicide information to be collected to prevent future tragedies

A new national monitoring system is being set up to collect information on suspected suicides as part of a wider approach to prevent future tragedies, the Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing Lynne Neagle has announced. The Real Time Suicide Surveillance (RTSS) is being launched in partnership with Public Health Wales, all welsh police… Continue reading Suspected suicide information to be collected to prevent future tragedies

‘Breathing space to explore, develop, overcome & achieve…’
15Apr

‘Breathing space to explore, develop, overcome & achieve…’

With new funding on the horizon, our new report highlights the successes of organisations that received grants through the pilot Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales scheme. The 2019-21 pilot scheme for the Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales ‘Organisational Growth Grant’ has now come to a close, with all projects successfully delivering activities that… Continue reading ‘Breathing space to explore, develop, overcome & achieve…’

Do you qualify for free digital skills training?
15Apr

Do you qualify for free digital skills training?

Newid is running free digital skills training for organisations that provide advice, support and guidance to voluntary groups and charities. As part of Newid: Digital for the third sector, we are excited to announce an upcoming programme of free digital skills training for voluntary sector membership, infrastructure and umbrella organisations. Participants will gain skills, tools and knowledge… Continue reading Do you qualify for free digital skills training?

“Everything we do helps protect us and the people around us” – First Minister Mark Drakeford
14Apr

“Everything we do helps protect us and the people around us” – First Minister Mark Drakeford

First Minister Mark Drakeford has spoken about the importance of continuing to take simple steps to protect our public health to manage the spread of coronavirus. He outlined five easy things we can all do, including staying at home if we have symptoms of coronavirus. His comments come as the Welsh Government has carried out… Continue reading “Everything we do helps protect us and the people around us” – First Minister Mark Drakeford

Ukraine Appeal and Directory of Help
14Apr

Ukraine Appeal and Directory of Help

The situation unfolding in Ukraine has been heart-breaking to watch. TVA has compiled a list of organisations providing immediate support to the emergency situation where you can make a donation. Donating Money to the Ukraine Appeal Donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal. The UK Government matched, pound-for-pound, £25 million of public donations to… Continue reading Ukraine Appeal and Directory of Help

Applications open for Community Leaders
14Apr

Applications open for Community Leaders

Are you a community leader in Wales? Calling all Community Leaders! Also known as everyday people doing extraordinary things for their communities. In partnership with Clore Social Leadership, Wales Co-operative Centre have launched the 6th stream in a series of funded leadership programmes for Social Leaders Cymru. You can apply here for Community Leader Cymru and the closing deadline… Continue reading Applications open for Community Leaders

Energy crisis: advice and support
13Apr

Energy crisis: advice and support

The energy price cap rise announcement will have caused worry in homes across Wales, with rising fuel bills and cost-of-living increases putting even more pressure on households. The energy price cap rise announcement will have caused worry in homes across Wales, with rising fuel bills and cost-of-living increases putting even more pressure on households. Nest… Continue reading Energy crisis: advice and support

111 service now available across Wales
13Apr

111 service now available across Wales

Urgent medical and health advice is now available across Wales 24 hours a day, seven days a week following the successful rollout of the 111 helpline. The service, which is run by the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, and can be accessed online at 111.wales.nhs.uk or by telephone by calling 111, will give people up-to-date… Continue reading 111 service now available across Wales

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
12Apr

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. However it shouldn’t be because it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage. However this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives. Join an awareness talk  Bowel Cancer UK… Continue reading April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Ending Physical Punishment in Wales
12Apr

Ending Physical Punishment in Wales

21 March 2022 was a historic moment for children and their rights in Wales. From this day forward, physically punishing children is illegal in Wales. This change to the law aims to protect children and their rights and give them the best start in life. Voluntary sector organisations in Torfaen need to be aware of… Continue reading Ending Physical Punishment in Wales

Warning as scammers target £500 support for unpaid carers
11Apr

Warning as scammers target £500 support for unpaid carers

The Welsh Government is urging residents who are unpaid carers to be alert for a new scam. Within days of Welsh Government announcing that more than 57,000 unpaid carers across Wales are to receive a £500 support payment, some residents have reported being contacted by individuals impersonating council officers who have asked for confidential banking… Continue reading Warning as scammers target £500 support for unpaid carers

Stepping Stones with Age Connects Torfaen
08Apr

Stepping Stones with Age Connects Torfaen

Over-50s step into new hobbies with Age Connects Torfaen’s Stepping Stones Campaign.   Earlier this year, Age Connects Torfaen launched their Stepping Stones Project to help people over the age of 50 to learn new skills. The project was funded by the UK Government Community Renewal Fund. The Stepping Stones project aims to provide an… Continue reading Stepping Stones with Age Connects Torfaen

Campaign to help trustees be ‘certain in uncertain times’
08Apr

Campaign to help trustees be ‘certain in uncertain times’

TVA is supporting the Charity Commission’s current campaign to raise awareness amongst charity trustees of their core responsibilities, and to encourage greater use of resources that are available online. The Charity Commission is promoting the use of its 5-minute guides, which together make up an introduction to the ‘core syllabus’ that all charity trustees should be… Continue reading Campaign to help trustees be ‘certain in uncertain times’

RNID – Deaf Awareness Week
07Apr

RNID – Deaf Awareness Week

Royal National Institute for Deaf people, RNID, are a charity that supports people who are deaf, have hearing loss and tinnitus and we would like to inform you about Deaf Awareness Week, which falls in the first week of May, 2nd -8th.  We would like to take the opportunity to raise awareness about deafness, hearing… Continue reading RNID – Deaf Awareness Week

WAMES Vacancies
06Apr

WAMES Vacancies

Welsh Association of ME and CFS Support (WAMES) are seeking a new volunteer Treasurer to join their team. This role offers the opportunity to support the work of WAMES, the Welsh charity which represents and supports people affected by the neurological condition of ME, or CFS.   The role of the treasurer would be to:… Continue reading WAMES Vacancies