Learning Disability Wales online Annual Conference 2020

This year’s annual conference will be on the theme of loneliness and isolation which will form part of their  national conversation for the year 2020/21.

They will host a series of mini events online using Zoom, Facebook Live and live streaming on Twitter to bring you short films, presentations, online workshops, quizzes and more!

Date: 9 – 20 November 2020
Location: Online

Their event will:

  • explore what loneliness and isolation are;
  • highlight the problems and effects of loneliness and isolation;
  • showcase what is being done to reduce loneliness and isolation in Wales.

They want to celebrate good work as well raising awareness of the problems many people face.

Find out more

‘Charities in a post Covid world’ – All Wales Charity Conference 2020 by Geldards LLP

This year, the annual All-Wales Charity Governance, Law and Finance Conference will be held ‘virtually’ on Thursday 15 October 2020 from 9.30 – 11.30am.

Join Geldards, Baldwins and Brewin Dolphin along with guest speaker Helen Stephenson CBE, CEO of the Charity Commission who will provide you with vital up to date, practical advice and guidance within the charity sector post Covid 19.

Further details will be available throughout the coming months, but in the mean time, please save the date and register your place here

Voluntary Services Recovery Fund now open

A new fund from Welsh Government and administered by WCVA will focus on reducing the inequality resulting from the pandemic.

Grants will support not for profit organisations working at a community scale up to a national level in Wales and can be between £10,000 – £100,000.

As the Welsh Government eases lockdown restrictions and people in Wales move forward, the funding needs to respond to new challenges.

Although the social restrictions are easing, many people are still in emergency situations that need urgent support.

The Voluntary Services Recovery Fund (VSRF) will focus on reducing inequalities across society because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many communities suffered disproportionately; therefore, actions need to take place to ensure a fair and just recovery.

The funding will also provide the resources for the voluntary sector to embed safe practises to carry on delivering essential services across Wales.

This fund is primarily focused on revenue funding; however, your funding request can contain costs for purchases of smaller ‘capital’ equipment including consumables (for example PPE, screens etc).

Activity will be funded for expenditure during the financial year 2020-21. They can consider requests where expenditure may be incurred outside of this financial year, owing to an essential need, this will need to be clearly demonstrated in the funding request.

Read more about the Voluntary Services Recovery Fund

Still time to apply for Food Poverty Grant!

Grants up to £5,000 are available to help boost the capacity of organisations to provide good quality, nutritious food to their customers.

Bridgend County Borough Council’s Food Poverty Grant in collaboration with WLGA and administered by BAVO, is made up of capital (equipment) funding primarily and will support organisations to access, store and distribute additional supplies of good quality food.

The fund will help boost the capacity of organisations to provide good quality, nutritious food to their customers. This could include, for example, but not limited to, purchasing fridges, freezers and cooking equipment.

The revenue funding element is a smaller pot of funding but can be used in a variety of ways. These might include developing projects such as social supermarkets, community cafes, healthy cooking classes and luncheon clubs.

It can also be used for taking forward initiatives such as outreach work, training for volunteers (e.g. food handling qualifications) or PAT/COSHH testing or related equipment.

Grants will normally not exceed £5,000, and priority will begin to those organisations currently working on issues of food poverty.

Read fund guidelines here

Download application form here

Applications are considered on a first come first served basis. However, the scheme will close on 8 September 2020. 

For further details, email: fionaburlingham@bavo.org.uk

Monthly cuppa and chat online session for trustees and committee members via Zoom

First Thursday of each month from 2 – 3pm

Every month we host an informal get together for trustees to share their thoughts and concerns with each other and to discuss possible ways forward. Mentors from the Link Up Project who have a range of different business skills will also be present.

Trustees find our sessions really helpful and supportive to share their concerns about emerging from lockdown into “new normal” and to learn from each others’ experiences and knowledge.

We know trustees are continuing to wonder about questions such as:

  • How can we provide our services to the community in a safe way in future?
  • How can we risk assess our premises?
  • How will we be able to operate and maintain social distancing in the premises we use?
  • What about cleaning?
  • Do we have enough staff / volunteers to operate the services we need to provide?
  • Will our existing business plan take us through the next year ok or will we need to adapt it?
  • What impact has lockdown had on our financial plan and do we need to adapt it?
  • How can we use technology to help us move forward during the next few months?
  • Do we have the equipment and /or the skills?

Our sessions are hosted using Zoom. It’s very simple to use; all you need to join in is a smartphone, tablet, laptop or pc with camera. You need to provide your own tea or coffee!!

Please let Suzanne at BAVO know if would like to attend by emailing: SuzanneChisholm@bavo.org.uk

If you can’t manage the date, but share these concerns, Link Up may still be able to offer you some support; just let Suzanne know.

Link Up partners

Welsh Blood Service sessions at Bridgend Field Hospital …Blood donors urgently needed so please help!

If giving is in your blood, please help as every drop counts!

If you are fit and well please click on the link below to book a convenient day and time. Blood Donation is classed as essential travel.

Please support your local session in these unprecedented times to continue vital supply of platelets and blood products.

The Welsh Blood Service will be at:
Bridgend (Field Hospital) – Bennett Street, Bridgend Industrial Estate, Bridgend,CF31 3SH
Thursday 17 September from 10am – 12.30pm and 2 – 5.30pm
Friday 18 September from 9.30am – 12.30pm and 2 – 5pm
Click here to make an appointment

Please note that there will be NO walk-in slots available.

For further details visit www.welsh-blood.org.uk or T: 0800 25 2266.

What needs to be reported as a serious incident during coronavirus pandemic?

The Charity Commission has published guidance for trustees on what matters may need to be reported as a serious incident during coronavirus pandemic. They have also included examples to help you decide when to report an incident.

Timely reporting of serious incidents enables them to provide advice and guidance to charities where required. It also helps them to gain a better understanding of the risks facing the sector, which is particularly important now as they seek to understand how the pandemic is impacting on charities.

Their guidance on serious incident reporting continues to be the main resource for helping trustees to decide whether to report. However, they appreciate that the pandemic is giving rise to some unprecedented challenges and scenarios that were not envisaged when this guidance was published.

The Charity Commission has therefore produced a supplementary examples table to help trustees to decide if they need to report an incident that is related to the pandemic.

You can read the new guidance here

Ask CERi!


CERi is a virtual agent that has been trained by NHS staff and members of the public in Cwm Taf Morgannwg to answer general questions you may have on COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. 

CERi realises you must be scared and uncertain as to what you should or shouldn’t do while we gradually move out of quarantine. CERi has been trained to give you answers and general advice from trusted sources.

CERi is here for you 24/7 to help you access the right support and advice.

CERi provides:

  • an empathetic tone;
  • answers about COVID-19 as it continues to change all our lives;
  • support to patients, health workers and the general public;
  • critical information and reduces calls to NHS Call Centres;
  • answers in Welsh, should you prefer to chat in Welsh;
  • a way for us to learn and evolve as we all go through this together.

Find out how to use CERi here

New NHS initiative – Distance Aware

Distance Aware is an NHS initiative that has been established to enable individuals and organisations to politely prompt ongoing distancing and respect of individual social space.

Since COVID-19 there has been a new focus on the need to maintain social distancing, while the public has made great efforts at this as with all things that require ongoing conscious efforts – people get tired. This coupled with increased anxiety of many who feel vulnerable, the virus still being present in our communities and the shielding period coming to an end, has made a number of individuals explore the concept of polite prompting of others by a means of self-identifying with a badge or similar.

A google-poll of 1,749 people in late June found that over 91% thought it was a good idea to have a badge or similar available to enable individuals to self-identify, with over 95% believing this choice could help those who feel vulnerable during the upcoming transition period.

There is a general understanding of personal responsibility and respect for others as demonstrated by 99% of those who took part in the poll expressing that if they saw a badge/pin they recognised they would respect someone’s space and keep their distance.

The ability to self-identify as wanting your space respected and others to maintain distance has been largely welcomed. The symbol designed has been done so with the aim of maximising inclusivity through its simple shape, lack of text and colour palates.

The scheme is open to everyone (not just those who feel vulnerable or who may have been shielding) reflecting the fact that the need for ongoing social distancing is everyone’s responsibility going forward. This was supported by over 50% of those not shielding who did the poll expressing a will to self-identify and engage in the scheme.

The scheme has been formally endorsed by the Welsh Government and has been presented to HMG with outcome pending.

The symbol can be accessed and downloaded via the Bevan Commission website at www.bevancommission.org/distance-aware

Here you can also find posters, the design guidelines and comms pack. Click here for Welsh language version.

Lloyds Bank Foundation offering unrestricted mental health grants

Lloyds Bank Foundation support charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million. They offer a two year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help your charity navigate change.

The funding supports charities with a strong track record of working with:

  • People who are managing mental health problems resulting in significant disruption to everyday living or in recovery from an episode of such problems occurring in the last two years;
  • This includes people managing conditions such as depression, schizophrenia or eating disorders. It does not include neurological conditions such as dementia or acquired brain injuries.

They are particularly interested in receiving applications from charities that provide a specialist mental health service, working to address a gap in statutory provision, as they believe this is the area in greatest need of support.

Download the full eligibility criteria here

The closing date for applications is 11 September 2020, and a decision will be given within three months.

Lloyds Bank Foundation will be holding a Q&A webinar with their Grants Team on 11 August 2020 between 2pm – 3.30pm. You can register here to learn more and ask questions about the fund.

For further information, please contact the Lloyds Bank Foundation Grants Team on E: enquiries@lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk  or T: 0370 411 1223.

Looking for funding for your project or organisation?…. click on our funding search platform for the third sector in Wales!

Our funding website Funding Wales launched by Third Sector Support Wales, helps third sector organisations find funding.

To start searching for funding opportunities, visit funding.cymru

The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund

In Autumn 2020, unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 will be available to help small charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term in a post-coronavirus world.

Funding will enable grantees to strengthen their organisations, plan ahead, become more sustainable and refocus on the new needs of their beneficiaries.

They are particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.  They want to be different.  Their funding process is specifically designed to level the playing field and give no advantage to those with fundraising experience or connections.

Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.

The Fore RAFT Transition Fund 2 registration timetable is as follows:

  • Registration – 21 September 2020;
  • Application deadline for registered organisations – 19 October 2020;
  • Funding decisions to be announced early December 2020.

Read more The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund

Looking for funding for your project or organisation?…. click on our funding search platform for the third sector in Wales!

Our funding website Funding Wales launched by Third Sector Support Wales, helps third sector organisations find funding.

To start searching for funding opportunities, visit funding.cymru

Warburton’s Community Grants

Funding is available to support charitable organisations that require small grants (up to £250) to help them deliver a broader activity.

Based on their localism approach, their community investment funds are allocated to their local bakeries and depots. This helps them to make the best decisions for the local community. They ill use your postcode to understand which of their sites is closest to you. They will then receive the application and make a decision.

The Community Grants are reviewed on a quarterly basis to help streamline the process. This means that if you wish to apply for a Community Grant you will need to do so before the corresponding date each quarter. Decisions will be made within six weeks of the deadline, and charities will be informed thereafter.

For further details and deadline dates, read more here

Looking for funding for your project or organisation?…. click on our funding search platform for the third sector in Wales!

Our funding website Funding Wales launched by Third Sector Support Wales, helps third sector organisations find funding.

To start searching for funding opportunities, visit funding.cymru

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