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

The future of youth volunteering in Wales: Have your say!

Tuesday 6 October 2020 from 6.30 – 8pm

Registration is now open for this online event, designed for young people aged 16-25 from across Wales to share their ideas and contribute to shaping the future of youth volunteering in Wales.

Young people of Wales make a positive contribution to their communities and continued to do so during the pandemic, in some cases finding their own youth led solutions.

As we all look ahead to the future and seek to design volunteering that works in Wales, the involvement of young people is vital to ensure early introductions and experiences of volunteering provide positive encounters and lead to real change.

This session led by young volunteers will invite young people, volunteers and non-volunteers to explore a number of key questions on the topic of volunteering. The session is a partnership between WCVA, the #iwill campaign and Scouts Cymru.

You can find out further details and register your place here


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: training@vamt.net 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 training@vamt.net 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

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 www.facebook.com/MeasuringTheMountain or Twitter – @mtmwales or visit www.mtm.wales/citizens-jury-2020

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.

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