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The Welsh Health Hack returns on the 16th February #WHH2022
14Jan

The Welsh Health Hack returns on the 16th February #WHH2022

Join the Welsh Health Hack 2022 and secure up to £20,000 of innovation project funding! The Welsh Health Hack is returning for its 9th event, to create new innovation to solve challenges faced by colleagues across healthcare, academia and industry.  The Welsh Health Hack stimulates and supports innovation to create healthcare systems, process, practices, methods… Continue reading The Welsh Health Hack returns on the 16th February #WHH2022

Plan to ease alert level two protections announced
14Jan

Plan to ease alert level two protections announced

A plan to return Wales to alert level zero measures has today been set out by First Minister Mark Drakeford. The move comes as the latest public health data suggests cases of coronavirus have started to fall back from their very high levels. More than two-thirds of people aged 12 and over have received a… Continue reading Plan to ease alert level two protections announced

Funding to Equip Disadvantaged People with Communication Skills for Employment
14Jan

Funding to Equip Disadvantaged People with Communication Skills for Employment

The Thomas Wall Trust is currently accepting applications from charities who have been registered with the Charity Commission for at least three years and with an income of between £100,000 and £500,000. Grants of up to £5,000 will support a project or running costs for a charity that equips disadvantaged people (aged 18 and over)… Continue reading Funding to Equip Disadvantaged People with Communication Skills for Employment

Who’s responsible for Cyber Resilience in your organisation?
14Jan

Who’s responsible for Cyber Resilience in your organisation?

Before you say the IT department, think again. Cyber resilience is an organisation-wide approach which combines cyber security with business resilience, enabling an organisation to better prepare for, respond to and recover from cyber-attacks and breaches. 60% of small businesses who experience a cyber-attack go out of business within six months. For those businesses that… Continue reading Who’s responsible for Cyber Resilience in your organisation?

Energy saving advice from Warm Wales
13Jan

Energy saving advice from Warm Wales

Healthy Homes, Healthy People works across Wales and the South-West of England supporting people to have: Warmer homes Safer homes Healthier homes They do this by offering a range of advice, support and referral options tailored to the needs of the household.  Healthy Homes, Healthy People is open to everyone, but some of the services… Continue reading Energy saving advice from Warm Wales

“Help us to help you this winter” – Minister for Health and Social Services Eluned Morgan
13Jan

“Help us to help you this winter” – Minister for Health and Social Services Eluned Morgan

Help us to help you this winter urges Health Minister Eluned Morgan as more funding to relieve pressures and help the NHS and social care this winter is announced. To help the NHS recover from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, alleviate waiting times and reduce winter pressures, a further £12.5 million has been announced to support… Continue reading “Help us to help you this winter” – Minister for Health and Social Services Eluned Morgan

Arts Council of Wales funds exciting Gypsy Maker 5 Project
12Jan

Arts Council of Wales funds exciting Gypsy Maker 5 Project

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company is pleased to announce our new funding award from the Arts Council of Wales to continue the trailblazing Gypsy Maker project in Wales. ‘Gypsy Maker 5’ is a development of the highly successful ‘Gypsy Maker’ project . As with previous editions, Gypsy Maker 5 will commission Gypsy, Roma and… Continue reading Arts Council of Wales funds exciting Gypsy Maker 5 Project

Winter Pressures
12Jan

Winter Pressures

Working within the Winter Pressures funding to provide better services across Torfaen.

£21m for future of Wales’ voluntary sector
12Jan

£21m for future of Wales’ voluntary sector

£7m a year has been allocated to support Wales’ voluntary sector over the current Welsh Government’s term, a commitment of over £21m across the next three years. The announcement follows the publication of the draft Budget by Finance Minister Rebecca Evans last week [Monday 20 December]. This is in addition to around £7m provided every year… Continue reading £21m for future of Wales’ voluntary sector

Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards 2021
12Jan

Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards 2021

More than 170 people came together on Saturday 2nd October to celebrate the first ever Torfaen Community & Volunteer Awards at Pontypool Active Living Centre.

Welsh Government COVID Pass Guide
11Jan

Welsh Government COVID Pass Guide

The Welsh Government have produced an easy-to-read guide on how to acquire, and use your COVID passes, for those who have had trouble doing so. The guide also entails how to easily get a COVID test through the NHS. The guide can be accessed here.  

Give your views on education services in Torfaen
10Jan

Give your views on education services in Torfaen

Torfaen residents are being asked for their views on the effectiveness of education services provided by the council in supporting schools and youth services. Education watchdog Estyn has launched the pre-inspection questionnaire to ask parents, carers, learners, and anyone working or involved in education to help inspectors judge the effectiveness of education services.   Results from the… Continue reading Give your views on education services in Torfaen

People asked to keep Wales safe as alert level 2 measures stay in place
10Jan

People asked to keep Wales safe as alert level 2 measures stay in place

First Minister Mark Drakeford has asked people to keep taking steps to protect each other and keep Wales safe from the wave of omicron cases. He has confirmed alert level 2 measures will stay in place in Wales following the outcome of the latest regulations review. Cases of coronavirus have risen sharply to their highest… Continue reading People asked to keep Wales safe as alert level 2 measures stay in place

Membership & Partners AGM Postponed
10Jan

Membership & Partners AGM Postponed

Due to the situation we currently face with regard COVID-19, it has been decided to delay our AGM.  The event was due to take place at Llanyrafon Social Club on 18th January but as you may be aware, restrictions on indoor events mean only 30 people can safely meet in one space.  TVA’s Strategic Executive Officer Anne… Continue reading Membership & Partners AGM Postponed

Chat Together this January
09Jan

Chat Together this January

Join Bowel Cancer UK for Chat Together, their online meet-up for people living with and beyond bowel cancer. It’s a welcoming place to talk to others with bowel cancer and to meet new people.   Chat Together is a free, one-hour weekly call on Zoom with a small group of people who have been affected… Continue reading Chat Together this January

Programme for Government – Update
05Jan

Programme for Government – Update

The Welsh Government’s updated Programme for Government has been published. This amends the Programme for Government published in June to reflect the Co-operation Agreement with Plaid Cymru. We are committed to creating a stronger, fairer, greener and more compassionate Wales. The principles of inclusion, joint working and social justice will always be at the heart… Continue reading Programme for Government – Update

Wild Health Officer Vacancy
04Jan

Wild Health Officer Vacancy

Sitting within the Nature Based Solutions Team, the Wild Health Officer will work with communities across Gwent, engaging them with the outdoors, connecting them to nature and improving their physical and mental wellbeing in the process. The role will work alongside the existing Wild Health Officer and reports to the Head of Nature Based Solutions.… Continue reading Wild Health Officer Vacancy

Gwent Police are recruiting Police Constables
04Jan

Gwent Police are recruiting Police Constables

Gwent Police are recruiting Police Constables, applications open on January the 17th.   Prior to this Gwent Police Positive Action Team are running an awareness sessions aimed at expanding opportunities for people within our diverse communities on the 6th of January at 5-6:30pm.   During this session they will talk about: The role expectations, The application process and,… Continue reading Gwent Police are recruiting Police Constables

Exciting Opportunity with Head4Arts
29Dec

Exciting Opportunity with Head4Arts

Head4Arts is developing an Advisory Group which will help to shape the organisation’s future programme and operations.  We are looking to recruit individuals who can bring a range of skills, cultural interests and perspectives to help us to continually assess and improve the effectiveness our work.    This exciting opportunity is open to all; including… Continue reading Exciting Opportunity with Head4Arts

Membership AGM 18th January 2022 – Now Postponed!
23Dec

Membership AGM 18th January 2022 – Now Postponed!

https://youtu.be/t6QWFMoGccI Join our Membership AGM 📅 18.1.22  You’ll hear from the TVA Team, you’ll also find out more about the work they’ve achieved over the past 18 months with regard funding, volunteering, governance, and engagement. Register here Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

Strengthened measures to keep Wales safe as omicron strikes
22Dec

Strengthened measures to keep Wales safe as omicron strikes

New measures will be introduced from 6am on Boxing Day to help keep Wales safe. The measures are a revised version of alert level two to respond to the new omicron variant and are designed to help keep businesses open and trading and protect customers and staff. The regulations bring back protections in hospitality businesses,… Continue reading Strengthened measures to keep Wales safe as omicron strikes

Blaenavon Town Band wins with Connect Torfaen
22Dec

Blaenavon Town Band wins with Connect Torfaen

Congratulations to Paul Miles from Blaenavon Town Band, the winner of the £50 Amazon voucher!As part of the launch of Connect Torfaen, we held a prize draw for all registrants and Paul was the lucky recipient. On hearing the news, Paul was overjoyed. He said “The band registered as it hopes being part of it will… Continue reading Blaenavon Town Band wins with Connect Torfaen

Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards 2021 – Video MirrorBooth
21Dec

Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards 2021 – Video MirrorBooth

More than 170 people came together on Saturday 2nd October to celebrate the first ever Torfaen Community & Volunteer Awards at Pontypool Active Living Centre.

Hampers delivered just in time for Christmas
21Dec

Hampers delivered just in time for Christmas

Fifty Christmas hampers will be delivered to young people in need and their families across Torfaen this week.   Torfaen Youth Service staff have spent the past few weeks filling the boxes with food, toiletries and children’s gifts, thanks to a £2,000 grant from the Community Winter Support Fund.   The hampers will be given… Continue reading Hampers delivered just in time for Christmas

Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards 2021 – Mirror Booth Photos!
20Dec

Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards 2021 – Mirror Booth Photos!

More than 170 people came together on Saturday 2nd October to celebrate the first ever Torfaen Community & Volunteer Awards at Pontypool Active Living Centre.

Winter Bills Payment
18Dec

Winter Bills Payment

Eligible households can claim a one-off £100 payment from their local authority. The money is to provide support towards paying winter fuel bills. The payment will be available to all eligible households regardless of how they pay for fuel. This includes payments made on a pre-payment meter, by direct debit or by paying a bill… Continue reading Winter Bills Payment

Welsh Language Communities Housing Plan
17Dec

Welsh Language Communities Housing Plan

Jeremy Miles MP, Minister for Welsh Language and Education has published a consultation document on the Welsh Language Communities Housing Plan. The document contains a number of things that can be done at a community level to support and protect Welsh-speaking communities where there are large numbers of second homes. The Welsh Government are keen… Continue reading Welsh Language Communities Housing Plan

World Heritage Site launches virtual tours
17Dec

World Heritage Site launches virtual tours

With traditional school trips still on hold for many, a primary school in Blaenavon has decided to make the best of the situation by going on a virtual tour. A class of 21 pupils went on their first school trip in 15 months to Blaenavon World Heritage Centre – via their laptops. Funded by Welsh… Continue reading World Heritage Site launches virtual tours

Covid-19 Booster Vaccination ‘Don’t Contact Us, We’ll Contact You’
16Dec

Covid-19 Booster Vaccination ‘Don’t Contact Us, We’ll Contact You’

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has made a plea to local residents, asking them to wait to receive their booster vaccination and NOT to contact the Health Board for details of their appointment. Since the latest Welsh Government announcement on Monday evening, which declared that every eligible person will receive an offer of an appointment… Continue reading Covid-19 Booster Vaccination ‘Don’t Contact Us, We’ll Contact You’

Santa Dash raises funds for Age Connects Torfaen
16Dec

Santa Dash raises funds for Age Connects Torfaen

Hundreds of runners dressed in Santa costumes having taken part in the annual festive Age Connects Torfaen Santa run. This was the first time the event was held for the first time since the pandemic. The annual fun run attracted 300 people dressed in Santa suits, reindeer antlers, and their own Christmas creations to Pontypool… Continue reading Santa Dash raises funds for Age Connects Torfaen

Looking for volunteers for the Mass Vaccination Programme
15Dec

Looking for volunteers for the Mass Vaccination Programme

This role is now closed Thank you for your support in this role – 16.12.21 To volunteer in Torfaen, click here Do you have a little spare time and can provide a friendly face? Aneurin Bevan University Health Board’s Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Team are looking for volunteers to assist with their current programme. They’re looking… Continue reading Looking for volunteers for the Mass Vaccination Programme

Are you more aware and concerned about climate change now that you used to be?
15Dec

Are you more aware and concerned about climate change now that you used to be?

Renew Wales supports communities to take action on the impacts of climate change and live more sustainably. This could mean having a lower carbon footprint, protecting and enhancing nature, sustainable renewable energy or having locally grown healthy food for example.  There are additional benefits too and communities getting together to tackle climate change can have… Continue reading Are you more aware and concerned about climate change now that you used to be?

More local groups funded with the Community Winter Support Fund
14Dec

More local groups funded with the Community Winter Support Fund

Another £2,000 awarded for the Community Winter Support Fund With the winter now upon us, TVA (Torfaen Voluntary Alliance) understands how tough the cold and darker nights will be and in doing so, created the Community Winter Support Fund. The purpose of this grant is to help and support those under pressure during the winter… Continue reading More local groups funded with the Community Winter Support Fund

TVA recruiting volunteers for Winter Pressures
14Dec

TVA recruiting volunteers for Winter Pressures

Torfaen Voluntary Alliance and Age Connects Torfaen are recruiting specific volunteer roles for their Winter Pressures project. If you can regularly spare up to an hour and you’re a good listener, friendly, empathetic and like a good chat over the phone, then being a telephone befriender could be perfect for you.  TVA with Age Connects… Continue reading TVA recruiting volunteers for Winter Pressures

Torfaen Food Mapping Survey
14Dec

Torfaen Food Mapping Survey

On behalf of the Create Torfaen’s Rural Local Action Group, Miller Research is currently undertaking an extensive food mapping study of Torfaen, to support the progression towards Torfaen becoming a Sustainable Food Place. Sustainable food places are a partnership programme led by the Soil Association, Food Matters and Sustain. The network brings together food partnerships from… Continue reading Torfaen Food Mapping Survey

Fund For Wales
13Dec

Fund For Wales

The Fund for Wales is a national community endowment fund, managed and promoted by Community Foundation Wales. It is a philanthropy promotion and grant-making programme which raises money from people and organisations across Wales, the UK, and overseas who want to ‘give back’ to support and strengthen local communities: the Fund for Wales connects people… Continue reading Fund For Wales

Word From The Third celebrates anniversary
13Dec

Word From The Third celebrates anniversary

The Word From The Third is the podcast dedicated to Torfaen The #WordFromTheThird is where TVA features different organisations within Torfaen and giving them a chance to highlight any work or projects. It helps organisations reach a wider audience as well as helping people and other groups understand what kind of work you. Patrick Downes,… Continue reading Word From The Third celebrates anniversary

Membership Forum December 2021
10Dec

Membership Forum December 2021

On this session, you could’ve joined us to hear the latest news on volunteering, funding and governance for organisations in Torfaen. Found out what TVA does and how it can help your group or organisation. Having your questions answered about the third sector in Torfaen. Hosted by TVA, Presented by TVA Included the first play… Continue reading Membership Forum December 2021

Helplines over Christmas
09Dec

Helplines over Christmas

#AlwaysSomeoneToListen Mind Cymru infoline is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm. To contact them call 0300 123 3393. Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (in the UK and Republic of Ireland this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill). C.A.L.L. (Community Advice &… Continue reading Helplines over Christmas

WCVA is searching for a new Chair
09Dec

WCVA is searching for a new Chair

Wales Council for Voluntary Action is recruiting for a new Chair, after it was announced that Peter Davies will be stepping down from the role after eight years. The charity, which is the national membership body for voluntary groups and organisations across Wales, is looking for a new leader to help continue the strategic development… Continue reading WCVA is searching for a new Chair

Digital and BSL version of successful Young Carers book launched
09Dec

Digital and BSL version of successful Young Carers book launched

Young Carers provide an incredible contribution to society and in Gwent we are keen to ensure they are supported across various settings in their caring roles. We work in partnership with carers, Health Board, Local Authorities, Community Health council and the Third sector to support unpaid carers of all ages. In recognition of Carers Rights… Continue reading Digital and BSL version of successful Young Carers book launched

Leadership bursary returns
08Dec

Leadership bursary returns

For the first time since 2019 the Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary is now open for applications. The Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary aims to help leaders in the voluntary sector to develop their entrepreneurial leadership skills. The annual award grants £2,500 to support an individual in Wales to become a better leader. The deadline for applications… Continue reading Leadership bursary returns

All eligible adults in Wales to be offered booster vaccination by end of January
07Dec

All eligible adults in Wales to be offered booster vaccination by end of January

The Health Minister will today (7 December) confirm all eligible adults will be offered the booster Covid-19 vaccination by the end of January. NHS Wales has already started to ramp up the booster programme and is currently administering more than 19,000 vaccinations a day. Over the coming weeks, we aim to give more than 200,000… Continue reading All eligible adults in Wales to be offered booster vaccination by end of January

Help us shape the future of Funding Wales
07Dec

Help us shape the future of Funding Wales

Funding Wales, Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW)’s free funding search tool – has been helping organisations across the country to source funding since 2019. Since then, use of the system has been growing and we are taking stock and looking at what’s good about it and what could be enhanced, with the aim of developing… Continue reading Help us shape the future of Funding Wales

Every household in Wales will be given a free tree to plant
06Dec

Every household in Wales will be given a free tree to plant

Every household in Wales will be offered a free tree to plant as part of the Welsh Government’s commitment to tackle climate change, Deputy Minister Lee Waters promised today. The bold new policy will give people the chance to choose a tree of their own to plant or opt to have a tree planted on… Continue reading Every household in Wales will be given a free tree to plant

New Community Asset Loan Fund announced
03Dec

New Community Asset Loan Fund announced

Funded by Welsh Government, the Community Asset Loan Fund will offer loan finance for groups looking to bring property into community ownership. The Community Asset Loan Fund (CALF) is a new scheme funded by Welsh Government and managed by our Social Investment Cymru team. Loans will be available to allow voluntary organisations to take ownership of an… Continue reading New Community Asset Loan Fund announced

Applications now open for free coaching support
02Dec

Applications now open for free coaching support

Catalyst Cymru: Broadening Horizons are providing support to micro, small and medium sized heritage organisations and organisations running a heritage project to broaden their income streams and reach new audiences and people. They are now inviting applications for the free coaching support strand of the new project. Four days of free in-depth coaching support is available… Continue reading Applications now open for free coaching support

Safeguarding Addiction Webinar Session
01Dec

Safeguarding Addiction Webinar Session

Learn more about Gwent NGage and ARA at this Addiction Webinar, and the process you need to engage and refer. This session was on Tuesday 30th November 2021, was hosted by Torfaen Voluntary Alliance, and was presented by Catherine Smith from NGage and Lindsey Anne-Taylor from Recovery4All. https://youtu.be/PT2FVfWZrf4 NGage Referral Form NGage Presentation DUST Assessment… Continue reading Safeguarding Addiction Webinar Session

Christmas Opening Hours 2021
29Nov

Christmas Opening Hours 2021

Our offices close @ 1pm Friday 17th December 2021

And then reopen @ 9am – Tuesday 4th January 2022

Supporting the most vulnerable throughout the winter months
26Nov

Supporting the most vulnerable throughout the winter months

Supporting the most vulnerable throughout the winter months Over £8,000 pound awarded in the first round of the Community Winter Support Fund With the winter now upon us, TVA (Torfaen Voluntary Alliance) understands how tough the cold and darker nights will be and in doing so, created the Community Winter Support Fund. The purpose of… Continue reading Supporting the most vulnerable throughout the winter months

The Platinum Jubilee Fund
24Nov

The Platinum Jubilee Fund

Platinum Jubilee Fund The Platinum Jubilee celebrates 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign and to mark this occasion, The National Lottery Community Fund will fund 70 projects across the UK. This is a significant National moment, and we are looking for projects that go beyond simply celebrating but for those that create change… Continue reading The Platinum Jubilee Fund

Everything new starters need to know about the voluntary sector
23Nov

Everything new starters need to know about the voluntary sector

Everything new starters need to know about the voluntary sector Foundations for the third sector (F4S3) is an induction programme for people who have recently started working in the voluntary sector; new entrants, recent college graduates, those who have made a career change, or volunteered for 18 months or less.   A free pilot course… Continue reading Everything new starters need to know about the voluntary sector

Aneurin Bevan UHB wins at the Community Transport Awards 2021
19Nov

Aneurin Bevan UHB wins at the Community Transport Awards 2021

Transport to Health in Aneurin Bevan Grant Fund The Transport to Health project has been set up to support community transport across the Anuerin Bevan University Health Board area (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, South Powys and Torfaen). Aneurin Bevan UHB wins at the Community Transport Awards 2021 TVA is proud to announce that one of… Continue reading Aneurin Bevan UHB wins at the Community Transport Awards 2021

Putting your organisation into the spotlight
18Nov

Putting your organisation into the spotlight

We want to put a spotlight on some of the amazing organisations here in Torfaen. If you’re one and want to be featured, please get in touch. We would like to offer member groups the opportunity to publicise their organisations through our #WordFromTheThird channels. If you are interested, please send us your news, or complete… Continue reading Putting your organisation into the spotlight

Supporting local groups in Torfaen to access £96k of funding
18Nov

Supporting local groups in Torfaen to access £96k of funding

Since the beginning of the COVID19 outbreak, Torfaen Voluntary Alliance has been working hard to support organisations and groups across Torfaen to be able to continue delivering essential support through administrating funding applications made available from key partners: Torfaen CBC, Welsh Government, Comic Relief, WCVA, and Regional Partnership Board.    In total TVA have distributed… Continue reading Supporting local groups in Torfaen to access £96k of funding

Hope GB, bringing a glimmer of hope for families of autistic children
18Nov

Hope GB, bringing a glimmer of hope for families of autistic children

Torfaen Voluntary Alliance works with some amazing organisations across Torfaen, this is just one of those that we’ve supported in the last year and continue to do so. Hope GB is a registered charity based in Torfaen, South Wales, offering support services to people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASCs), and their families. As a people-centred… Continue reading Hope GB, bringing a glimmer of hope for families of autistic children

It’s National Safeguarding Week
17Nov

It’s National Safeguarding Week

Safeguarding Week is an annual, national campaign focusing on a wide range of safeguarding issues affecting our communities in Wales – in 2021, it runs from 15th – 19th November. Each of the Regional Safeguarding Boards co-ordinate a programme of educational and awareness raising activities and events, aimed at the public and professionals. Each region decides on… Continue reading It’s National Safeguarding Week

How to apply for a Queen’s honour
17Nov

How to apply for a Queen’s honour

Each county has a Lord-Lieutenant who is the local representative of Her Majesty The Queen in that county. In Gwent, this role is undertaken by Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE.   In this video you’ll learn more about the process and how to nominate someone for a Queen’s honour such as a CBE, MBE or OBE.… Continue reading How to apply for a Queen’s honour

Funding Wales: Your opportunity to shape the next stage
17Nov

Funding Wales: Your opportunity to shape the next stage

Use your voice to help us shape the future of funding searches for Welsh voluntary organisations. A tool for the Welsh voluntary sector   Funding Wales, Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW)’s free funding search tool – has been helping organisations across the country to source funding since 2019. Since then, use of the system has… Continue reading Funding Wales: Your opportunity to shape the next stage

Could you spot the signs of abuse? New all Wales safeguarding training launched today
15Nov

Could you spot the signs of abuse? New all Wales safeguarding training launched today

A new Wales Safeguarding Procedures interactive online training module goes live today to help people across Wales spot signs of abuse or neglect. Launched as part of National Safeguarding Week 2021, the training module is aimed at those working in the public and third sectors in particular. Victoria Crocker, Third Development Co-ordinator of TVA said:… Continue reading Could you spot the signs of abuse? New all Wales safeguarding training launched today

New COVID-19 recovery loan fund supports UK charities & social enterprises
09Nov

New COVID-19 recovery loan fund supports UK charities & social enterprises

Open now, the Recovery Loan Fund is a new scheme from Social Investment Business and founding investor the Fusion21 Foundation to help UK charities and social enterprises in the ‘post-COVID recovery’. The recently launched Recovery Loan Fund is currently available for voluntary organisations in the UK that have been impacted by COVID-19 and need funds to help… Continue reading New COVID-19 recovery loan fund supports UK charities & social enterprises

White Ribbon Day 2021
05Nov

White Ribbon Day 2021

Residents across Gwent are being asked to get involved and support White Ribbon Day on Thursday 25 November.   White Ribbon Day is an annual event that marks the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.   This year residents, businesses, schools and community groups are being asked to sign up… Continue reading White Ribbon Day 2021

Welsh Charities Week 2021
05Nov

Welsh Charities Week 2021

WCVA will host their first ever Welsh Charities Week! Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) will host their first ever Welsh Charities Week between 15th and 19th November 2021. The aim of the week is to celebrate and shine a light on the amazing work of charities, voluntary organisations, community groups and volunteers across Wales. Organised… Continue reading Welsh Charities Week 2021

#TrusteesWeek Lorna Virgo’s story
05Nov

#TrusteesWeek Lorna Virgo’s story

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

Older People’s Fund
04Nov

Older People’s Fund

Community Foundation Wales have a fund open at present offering funding to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on older people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged. They will support organisations supporting people who are 65 years and older. They will prioritise small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage… Continue reading Older People’s Fund

Garnsychan Partnership launch their Christmas appeal
04Nov

Garnsychan Partnership launch their Christmas appeal

Due to the huge success of the hamper scheme over the last 2 years, Garnsychan Partnership are back this year to do it all over again. So, do you know somebody who has had a tough year (financially, physically, or emotionally) and would benefit from knowing that a stranger is thinking of them. 40 fresh… Continue reading Garnsychan Partnership launch their Christmas appeal

#TrusteesWeek Daniel Crandon’s story
04Nov

#TrusteesWeek Daniel Crandon’s story

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

Third sector voter registration support grant – now open
03Nov

Third sector voter registration support grant – now open

The Programme for Government includes a commitment to reduce the democratic deficit. It is the priority that registration numbers of newly enfranchised voters increases. This includes first time voters and voters from under-registered groups.   £100,000 is being made available to third sector organisations to support their work to improve voter registration. The funding is… Continue reading Third sector voter registration support grant – now open

Gwent Assistive Technology Challenge
03Nov

Gwent Assistive Technology Challenge

The Gwent Integrated Care Fund has created the Assistive Technology Challenge. The Challenge provides an exciting opportunity for you to scale existing solutions or test new innovative assistive technology ideas that support increasing independence at home, use of advanced therapeutic technologies and/or improved digital infrastructure to support implementation.     The Challenge is open for applications from ABUHB,… Continue reading Gwent Assistive Technology Challenge

Soroptimist International is celebrating its one-hundred-year birthday!
03Nov

Soroptimist International is celebrating its one-hundred-year birthday!

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement with a network of around 72,000 club members in 121 countries. Advocating for human rights and gender equality, at the heart of Soroptimist International’s advocacy is its work across seven UN Centres, where the UN representatives ensure that the voices of women and girls are heard. Their membership… Continue reading Soroptimist International is celebrating its one-hundred-year birthday!

#TrusteesWeek What kind of skills have you got as a Trustee?
03Nov

#TrusteesWeek What kind of skills have you got as a Trustee?

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

#TrusteesWeek Katija Dew’s story
03Nov

#TrusteesWeek Katija Dew’s story

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

#TrusteesWeek Louise Woodgates’ story
02Nov

#TrusteesWeek Louise Woodgates’ story

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

Holliguard App – How it can safeguard you
01Nov

Holliguard App – How it can safeguard you

Hollie Guard is a next generation smartphone app that provides enhanced levels of protection. Hollie Guard has you covered, whether you’re working alone, travelling to an unknown area or simply commuting around town. With Hollie Guard, you can set extra levels of protection from right inside the App. The NEW 24/7 monitoring service provides direct… Continue reading Holliguard App – How it can safeguard you

Transport to Health Project Award to Age Connects Torfaen
01Nov

Transport to Health Project Award to Age Connects Torfaen

Transport to Health in Aneurin Bevan Grant Fund The Transport to Health project has been set up to support community transport across the Anuerin Bevan University Health Board area (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, South Powys and Torfaen). Age Connects Torfaen is pleased to announce that a grant of £10,000 has been awarded to the charity… Continue reading Transport to Health Project Award to Age Connects Torfaen

Gwent Citizen Panel – Seeking New Members
01Nov

Gwent Citizen Panel – Seeking New Members

The Social Services and Wellbeing Act (Wales) 2014 was introduced in April 2016. It brought together in one place all laws and guidance related to social care and health, and sets out expectations on what local authorities and Local Health Boards must do. The Act says that partners, including citizens, need to work together. People… Continue reading Gwent Citizen Panel – Seeking New Members

#TrusteesWeek Celebrating those unsung heroes across Torfaen & the UK
01Nov

#TrusteesWeek Celebrating those unsung heroes across Torfaen & the UK

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

Tell us about your community venue or room in Torfaen
20Oct

Tell us about your community venue or room in Torfaen

If your organisation or venue has a room for hire we’d like to know about it.  Our members often request rooms for meetings, events or for a specific purpose and if we know this, we can signpost them your way.   We’re looking for all community venues across Torfaen, so no matter how big or… Continue reading Tell us about your community venue or room in Torfaen

Knowledge Hub available for free support across the third sector
20Oct

Knowledge Hub available for free support across the third sector

Knowledge Hub gives voluntary organisations in Wales easy access to a range of online information, networking and learning. Third Sector Support Wales partners have launched a new bank of online information and learning resources for the voluntary sector in Wales. Knowledge Hub is an easy to use tool to help voluntary organisations upskill, learn and… Continue reading Knowledge Hub available for free support across the third sector

Have you heard of the Gwent Police Herbert Protocol?
20Oct

Have you heard of the Gwent Police Herbert Protocol?

Are you currently supporting a vulnerable person in your family, neighbours, workplace with Dementia, Alzheimer’s or with limited mental capacity? Have you heard of the Gwent Police Herbert Protocol? The Herbert Protocol is a risk reduction tool to be used in the event of an adult with one of these conditions goes missing. It is named after… Continue reading Have you heard of the Gwent Police Herbert Protocol?

Eastern Valley Foodbank return to face to face activity
18Oct

Eastern Valley Foodbank return to face to face activity

Please be aware that Eastern Valley Foodbank have returned to face-to-face operations,   This means that all five locations will reopen as a drop-in centre where customers may pick up their food parcels and get guidance and support with debt, budgeting, and benefits advice.   You must schedule an appointment through your support worker or… Continue reading Eastern Valley Foodbank return to face to face activity

Governance Health Check available to all members
18Oct

Governance Health Check available to all members

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

Beyond COVID-19: Keeping your charity safe from fraud
17Oct

Beyond COVID-19: Keeping your charity safe from fraud

This webinar on ‘beyond covid-19: keeping your charity safe from fraud’ was presented as part of international charity fraud awareness week 2020. The session highlighted what fraud and cybercrime could look like in the future from a range of different charity perspectives – small charities, large charities, counter fraud and finance professionals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHT5v_j76dk The Charity… Continue reading Beyond COVID-19: Keeping your charity safe from fraud

New website launched to protect the voluntary sector from fraud and cybercrime
15Oct

New website launched to protect the voluntary sector from fraud and cybercrime

The Charity Commission has launched a new charity fraud website designed to give the voluntary sector information, advice and practical tools to fight fraud and stay safe from harm. The new website is part of a joint initiative between the Charity Commission and the Fraud Advisory Panel, ahead of this year’s Charity Fraud Awareness week, which will take… Continue reading New website launched to protect the voluntary sector from fraud and cybercrime

COVID-19 ‘survive’ and ‘thrive’ grants now open
14Oct

COVID-19 ‘survive’ and ‘thrive’ grants now open

Voluntary organisations can now apply for pandemic funding through a new phase of the Third sector resilience fund for Wales. The Third sector resilience fund (TSRF) has provided unique support to 235 voluntary organisations in Wales since April 2020. However, charities and other voluntary groups are facing existing and new challenges as they deal with the ongoing… Continue reading COVID-19 ‘survive’ and ‘thrive’ grants now open

What will you be doing to celebrate Trustees Week in Torfaen?
14Oct

What will you be doing to celebrate Trustees Week in Torfaen?

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards 2021 – Celebrating the outstanding achievements of the last year
11Oct

Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards 2021 – Celebrating the outstanding achievements of the last year

More than 170 people came together on Saturday 2nd October to celebrate the first ever Torfaen Community & Volunteer Awards at Pontypool Active Living Centre.

Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of older people in communities across Wales
08Oct

Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of older people in communities across Wales

Organised by Age Connects Wales, the inaugural Older Person’s Awards will be launched to celebrate the achievements of older people in communities across Wales.

Community litter picking hubs re-open!
08Oct

Community litter picking hubs re-open!

Keep Wales Tidy’s community litter picking hubs have now re-opened all across Wales. They allow individuals, community groups and businesses to borrow litter picking equipment to clean up their local area, completely free.

Volunteers celebrated for going above and beyond in pandemic
28Sep

Volunteers celebrated for going above and beyond in pandemic

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards.

Taking place on 2 October 2021 at Pontypool Active Living Centre, the event will recognise the voluntary contributions made by groups, individuals and businesses across the county borough during the pandemic.

Transport to Health Project Awards Its First Grants
21Sep

Transport to Health Project Awards Its First Grants

Transport to Health in Aneurin Bevan Grant Fund The Transport to Health project has been set up to support community transport across the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, South Powys and Torfaen). Over £11,000 given to help residents in Torfaen and Powys get transport to vital health appointments The ABUHB… Continue reading Transport to Health Project Awards Its First Grants

Transport to Health in Aneurin Bevan Grant Fund
20Sep

Transport to Health in Aneurin Bevan Grant Fund

Transport to Health in Aneurin Bevan Grant Fund The Transport to Health project has been set up to support community transport across the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, South Powys and Torfaen). ​ It has been identified that there are areas where public transport provision is fragmented. This can mean… Continue reading Transport to Health in Aneurin Bevan Grant Fund

GDPR Toolkit

A GDPR toolkit is now available for download. You can access the documents on One Drive here: GDPR Toolkit Cymraeg English The toolkit is a package of GDPR templates and guidance that organisations can use to create their own policies and procedures. The toolkit includes: Privacy notice template  Data Protection policy template Data Protection Impact… Continue reading GDPR Toolkit

WCVA Third Sector Resilience Fund Phase 3 now open
13Sep

WCVA Third Sector Resilience Fund Phase 3 now open

The new phase of the fund will provide ‘survive’ and ‘thrive’ grant funding of up to £50,000 for voluntary organisations that are facing existing and new challenges as they deal with the ongoing effects of COVID-19. Applications are open to any eligible voluntary organisation in Wales, and there is support available to help organisations make… Continue reading WCVA Third Sector Resilience Fund Phase 3 now open

All Wales Forum
03Sep

All Wales Forum

We want to put a spotlight on some of the amazing organisations here in Torfaen. If you’re one and want to be featured, please get in touch. Name of organisation: All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities Where are you based: Cardiff What areas do you cover:  Wales What services… Continue reading All Wales Forum

Natural Resources Wales launches consultation on tackling environmental crime
03Sep

Natural Resources Wales launches consultation on tackling environmental crime

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is reviewing its Enforcement and Sanctions Policy, which will make how it tackles environmental crime in all its forms easier to understand and more accessible to the public. The updated policy clarifies how NRW engages with individuals and businesses to educate and encourage compliance through good working practices which put the… Continue reading Natural Resources Wales launches consultation on tackling environmental crime

Welsh Government further extends measures to protect businesses from eviction
31Aug

Welsh Government further extends measures to protect businesses from eviction

Businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will now be protected from eviction until 25 March, 2022, Economy Minister Vaughan Gething has announced. As part of a package of interventions the Welsh Government is making to support businesses, the moratorium against forfeiture for the non-payment of rent will now be further extended. It was originally… Continue reading Welsh Government further extends measures to protect businesses from eviction

Mind Our Future
31Aug

Mind Our Future

Mind Our Future is a £10 million grant programme to put young people in the lead so that they can imagine and create a more resilient and mentally healthy future for young people in Wales. Its focus and aims have been co-designed with the Young People in the Lead Team, a team of young people from… Continue reading Mind Our Future

No changes to Covid rules in Wales
27Aug

No changes to Covid rules in Wales

First Minister Mark Drakeford is urging people in Wales to get vaccinated and keep taking familiar steps to help address rising coronavirus cases. It comes as he confirms there will be no significant changes to Covid rules in this 21-day regulations cycle. Three weeks ago Wales moved to Alert Level Zero. This removed legal restrictions… Continue reading No changes to Covid rules in Wales