Register for Sports Wales “Be Active Fund” workshop

Sport Wales’ “Be Active Fund” is currently open for applications with £4m to help Protect and Prepare community Sports Clubs in Wales.

In collaboration with Third Sector Support Wales, you are invited  to attend an online ‘How To Apply For Funding’ workshop, where you will find out the latest news and information about the fund.

The session will take the format of a 20 minute presentation plus question and answer session.

The session will run online (Zoom) from 2 – 3pm (max) on Thursday 1 October 2020.

To register, please email: stating ‘Sport Wales’ in the header by 28 September 2020.

Please include the name of your organisation and the county in which you are based in your email.  A link to the event will be sent out closer to the date. Please note the session will run through the medium of English.

‘Cwrdd â’r Cyllidwr’: Cofrestrwch nawr i ymuno â Chronfa Cymru Actif Chwaraeon Cymru ar-lein

Mae £4m ar gael I Ddiogelu a Pharatoi chwaraeon cymunedol.

Ar y cyd â Chefnogi Trydydd Sector Cymru, hoffem eich gwahodd i fynychu gweithdy ‘Sut i Wneud Cais am Gyllid’ ar-lein, lle byddwn yn amlinellu’r newyddion diweddaraf a gwybodaeth am y Cronfa.

Bydd y sesiwn yn cynnwys cyflwyniad am 20 muned, ynghyd a cwestiynau ac atebion.

Bydd y sesiwn yn rhedeg ar-lein (Zoom) o 2:00yp-3:00yp ar Ddydd Iau, 1af Hydref 2020.

I gofrestru, e-bostiwch erbyn 28 Medi 2020  yn nodi ‘Chwaraeon Cymru” ym mhennawd y neges.

Cofiwch gynnwys enw eich sefydliad a’r Sir yr ydychwedi’ch lleoli ynddi yn eich e-bost.

Bydd dolen i’r digwyddiad yn cael ei anfon yn agosach at y sesiwn.  Sylwch y bydd y sesiwn yn rhedeg drwy gyfrwng y Saesneg.

The Future of Regional Development and Public Investment in Wales regional event

South East Wales: 1 October 2020 from 9.30 – 11am

Welsh Government is keen to launch a conversation at a regional level focused on recommendations found in the OECD report: The Future of Regional Development and Public investment in Wales, United Kingdom, and are launching a series of online events to discuss them.

They would like to hear from you about your region’s strengths, the challenges you are facing and expect to face, and how recommendations in the OECD report can be of value.

Agenda – Regional Event – English – PDF

Agenda – Regional Event – Welsh – PDF

The conversation, using an open-dialogue/question and answer format, will include the OECD, Welsh Government, the City and Growth Deals and Local Leaders to help them with taking forward the report recommendations.

Register your place for South East Wales event on 1 October here

Further events are being held at:

North Wales: 28 September 2020 from 2 – 3.30pm

Mid Wales: 29 September 2020 from 1 – 2.30pm

South West Wales: 30 September 2020 from 10 – 11.30am

Royal College of Nursing Wales – Nurse Staffing Levels Webinars 2020

The Royal College of Nursing Wales is interested to hearing your organisation’s views and experiences and would be pleased if you could join them for a webinar from 1.30 – 4pm on Thursday 1 October 2020 via Zoom. You can register your attendance here

The Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 placed a legal duty on Health Boards and NHS Trusts to regard the importance of ensuring appropriate levels of nurse staffing in all settings. Section 25B of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 placed a specific duty on adults acute medical and surgical settings to calculated and maintained safe nursing levels, according to specified methodology.

Research showed poor nurse staffing levels increased mortality by up to 26% compared to better staffed wards. The Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 protect and empowers patients by; reducing the length of in-patient stays through reducing trips, slips and falls; reducing infection and sores; and reducing mortality.

The Royal College of Nursing Wales is campaigning to:

  • Extend Section 25B of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 to children and mental health inpatient wards, care homes and the community;
  • Increase the number of commissioned nurse student places in all fields of nursing

More information can be found on the Royal College of Nursing website regarding the Safe and Effective Care Campaign, click here.

During the webinar there will be an opportunity to hear from the Royal College of Nursing in respect of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 and nurse staffing levels in Wales. This will be followed by break-out discussions as to how nurse staffing levels transposes onto the experiences of your members/service-users and how the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 would be beneficial to other areas including mental health inpatient wards, care homes and the community.

There are a number of additional forums during this week and you are welcome to attend any number of them if you feel they are more relevant to your work – please click on the links below to register:

National organisations
Monday 28 September  2020 from 1 – 4pm

North Wales grassroots and local organisations also exploring Welsh language issues 
Thursday 1 October 2020 from 9.30am – 12.00pm

South Wales grassroots and local organisations 
Thursday 1 October 2020 from 1.30 – 4pm

Mental health organisations 
Friday 2 October 2020 from 9.30am – 12.00pm

Carers organisations 
Monday 5 October 2020 from 1.30pm – 4pm

Celebrate #NotTheWelshCharityAwards this October!

The Welsh Charity Awards will no longer take place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis, instead the whole of October will be dedicated to recognising the amazing work of voluntary organisations and volunteers.

Organised by Wales Coucil for Voluntary Action (WCVA), the Welsh Charity Awards recognise and celebrate the fantastic contribution charities, community groups, not-for-profits and volunteers make to Wales.

WCVA has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s awards with the safety of all involved in mind. It was not an easy decision to make as the ceremony is such an important event to highlight and champion the voluntary sector in Wales.

However, with so many groups and individuals doing so much to support people in Wales during this difficult time, WCVA think it’s more important than ever to shout loud and proud about the work of voluntary organisations. And we need your help!

Get involved in the #NotTheWelshCharityAwards campaign:
WCVA’s campaign will take place throughout October and they’ll be sharing your stories about how a voluntary organisation or volunteer has had a big impact on your life over the last year.

They’d like to hear about the community groups, social enterprises, not-for-profit groups of all kinds (and volunteers!) that you would nominate for the #NotTheWelshCharityAwards.

There are two ways to get involved.

1. Send a video.

2. Tell WCVA your story on social media.

Find out more about how you can tell your stories here

NHS COVID-19 app an important way to help keep Wales safe

Don’t forget to download and use the app because the more people do so the more it will help reduce and manage the spread of COVID. You can find out how to download the app here.

The app works by logging the amount of time you spend near other app users, and the distance between you, so it can alert you if someone you have been close to later tests positive for COVID-19 – even if you don’t know each other.

The app will advise you to self-isolate if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case. It will also enable you to check symptoms, book a test if needed and get your test results.

The app features are:

  • Alert: lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district;
  • Trace: get alerted if you’ve been near other app users who have tested;
  • Check-in: get alerted if you have recently visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus;
  • Symptoms: check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a free test;
  • Test: helps you book a test and get your result quickly;
  • Isolate: keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice.

It’s supporting our NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service and will work alongside the existing manual contact tracing system.

Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: “The launch of the NHS COVID-19 app is an important part of Wales’ coronavirus response, supporting the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme. The more people who download and use this app, the more it will help us to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We have worked closely with the app development team to ensure it works seamlessly across Wales and England, providing people with the right advice based on where they live. In Wales, the app will complement our existing contact tracing and testing services and will further support our co-ordinated response to COVID-19 at both a local and national level.

“I strongly encourage everyone in Wales to download and use the app to keep Wales safe.”

The app has been designed with user privacy in mind, so it tracks the virus, not people and uses the latest in data security technology to protect privacy. The system generates a random ID for an individual’s device, which can be exchanged between devices via Bluetooth. These unique random IDs regenerate frequently to add an extra layer of security and preserve anonymity.

The app does not hold personal information such as your name, address or date of birth, and only requires the first half of your postcode to ensure local outbreaks can be managed.

What this means for businesses

This doesn’t replace the existing need for high risk businesses across Wales to record details of visitors and customers to their premises. It is still the law in Wales for high risk businesses to record visitors and to keep those details for 21 days. This includes pubs, restaurants, close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, indoor leisure centres and gyms, cinemas, casinos and bingo halls.

Find more information about the app and how to download the unique QR code for your business here.



Online nature sessions

Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10.30 – 11.30am.

During this period of physical distancing, Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) is continuing to help people across Wales improve their wellbeing by connecting to nature.

One of the ways we’re doing this is through online video sessions, currently held on Zoom. Zoom is free to download and can be used on a computer, tablet or phone. Each session has a different theme, from Foraging to Mindfulness!

The online sessions are free and open to anyone in Wales.

Find out what’s available and more information here.

Darganfyddwch beth sydd ar gael a rhagor o wybodaeth yma.

Listen to Measuring the Mountain’s Jury live online!

Doing what really matters in social care in Wales – how do we make it happen together?

From 21 – 24 September 2020, inspiring and thoughtful speakers from across the care and support sector will meet online to share their experiences of using, delivering and managing services in Wales.

They will be talking to MtM’s Jurors – 15 members of the public who will ask them questions to get to the heart of what really matters in social care and how we can make that happen together. At the end of the week the Jurors will produce a series of recommendations that will be presented to Welsh Government and shared with organisations across Wales.

MtM will be live-streaming the sessions so you can hear everything the Jurors hear; it will be an incredible opportunity to learn more about:

  • Innovative services – how they came about and why they work;
  • How different organisations have responded to the pandemic;
  • What day to day life is like for people who are unpaid carers and for those who use support services – find out what makes their lives easier or more complicated;
  • The priorities of the public as the Jurors ask questions and get to the heart of matters.

For further information, the latest programme updates and ways to watch follow or Twitter – @mtmwales or visit

20/21 ICF Revenue funding launched – deadline 9 October 2020

The 20/21CTM RPB Logo ICF Revenue funding scheme is open for applications until 5pm, 9 October 2020.

Applications are for third sector / not for profit organisations who are providing support to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Bridgend County Borough, particularly those with complex needs, young carers and/or those deemed at risk/vulnerable.  Successful applications are not likely to exceed £15,000.

Please note: This is not replacement or continuation funding for existing activities.  If you have received funding via this scheme in 2019/20, you will be required to have completed and submitted your good quality case studies and reports in order to be considered for 20/21.

Funding must be spent and the activity completed/delivered by 31st March 2021.

If you apply, you will receive an acknowledgement reference within 24 hours of submitting (Mon-Fri).  If you do not receive this, your application may not have been received.  You are strongly advised to get your application  in advance of the deadline if possible. Applications not received by this deadline will not be considered.

Please read the guidance if you intend to apply, it can be found here.

An application form can be downloaded here.

Please return your completed application by email to

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health board have 300 beds to redistribute to community services and organisations

Community groups are asked whether these can be of use to support your organisation’s work/projects, for the benefit of local residents.

As per the photograph, the beds are cream metal and come with waterproof mattresses (note that if partners are interested in just mattresses this can also be accommodated). They are easy to assemble and are tested to exceed 60601-2-52 entrapment testing. You can view the instruction manual here.

The beds will be at no cost to the organisations and will be allocated on a first come basis. The beds are stored in Bridgend and you will need to make arrangements for them to be collected (within a limited day/time frame) so please give this consideration prior to getting in touch.

You will also be required to complete a letter of undertaking which transfers the responsibility for the equipment which is available by downloading here.

If you are interested in having a further conversation email:  with your contact details.

Please note: you will be asked how the beds will benefit local communities and maybe contacted at a later date to provide an update as to their use.

Natural Resources Wales want to hear from you

Natural Resources Wales is keen to promote health and wellbeing of people and environment in Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr, RCT and Vale of Glamorgan.

They are currently reaching out to new audiences and partnerships who have interests in promoting any activities involving local greenspace, and seaside/riverside space etc., that can bring environmental, social, economic and cultural benefits to everyone.  It can be both urban and rural area.

They are looking for diverse ideas, cultures and creativities which can contribute to South Central Wales Area Statements:

  • Building resilient ecosystems;
  • Connecting people with nature;
  • Working with water;
  • Improving our air quality;
  • Improving our health.

A very modest amount of funding called Shared Outcome Request is available.

You can download further details here

For further information, contact Miki Miyata-Lee, Senior Officer – South Central Operations, E: or T: 03000 654 538/ Mob: 0781 799 1047.  It doesn’t have to be about accessing to the grant.  It can simply be a friendly chat about your local people and places, and how you think they can bring better wellbeing of people with local environmental actions.



Older People’s Commissioner for Wales publishes ‘Leave No-one Behind: Action for an age-friendly recovery’

This report which sets out the action needed to respond to the most pressing challenges facing older people and the longer-term work required to ensure that older people are not left behind in the reconstruction of our society over the coming month and beyond.  

You can download this report here

Gallwch lawrlwytho’r adroddiad hwn yma

Heléna Herklots, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales says: “I have also been concerned, and remain so, about the extent to which older people’s rights have been protected and the need to ensure that rights that have been removed are reinstated.

“Despite these difficult circumstances, the pandemic has also shown some of the best of who we are. I have heard so many inspiring stories of how people have been helping each other, of the way in which community organisations and many public bodies have responded quickly to what is needed and been creative in finding new ways to reach, connect and help.

“It is crucial that we harness these positive experiences into the next phase of the pandemic and engage and enable older people to play their part in a recovery from Covid-19 which utilises the experience and expertise of each and every generation and takes the next steps together.

“A time of uncertainty and challenge lies ahead, and we need to ensure that lessons are learnt from the experiences of the last few months. Older people’s rights need to be better protected, and where they have been removed, reinstated. The exclusion that many older people have experienced and felt must not be allowed to continue. Those that have suffered loss of loved ones need to be supported as they grieve, and those who have been kept apart from loved ones re-united. As plans are made across Government and public bodies to transition from this phase of the pandemic, the pledge must be to ‘leave no-one behind’.”

Save the date…
An online discussion and debate on ‘Leaving No-One Behind’ on the International Day of Older Persons, will be held on Thursday 1 October 10am – 12noon, watch out for further details.

#NevermoreNeeded! Ask your local MP to show their support!

In the face of coronavirus, charities are #NeverMoreNeeded – for the essential support they provide in crisis and beyond, and how they shape our society for the better.

The demands being placed on voluntary organisations right now is huge and rising, just when resources are being stretched to beyond breaking point and beyond, with organisations going to the wall on a daily basis.

We need a much greater level of support from the government – what’s on offer simply isn’t enough.

As we navigate the worst impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, people across the country are relying on charities and other voluntary organisations, for the essential support they provide and how they shape our society for the better.

Charities and other not-for-profit organisations make our communities stronger. In the toughest times, we provide support no-one else can.

Please ask your local MP to show their support, you can find a letter template and further information by visting



  • Third Sector Support Wales
  • PQASSO Quality Mark
  • Welsh Government
  • Investing in Volunteers
  • Lottery Community Fund
  • Disability Confident
  • Bridgend County Borough Council