Remembrance 2020 – don’t forget to check up to date guidelines

The Remembrance period is vitally important to us all, in order that we can honour the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community.

The Welsh Government fully appreciates that local authorities, town and community councils, along with charities and the Military, will be planning Remembrance activity for November 2020.

Given the current situation with Covid 19, it is clear that Remembrance this year will look somewhat different to previous years and will have to take account of the current situation, reflecting the regulations in place at the time to limit the spread of the virus. Welsh Government will be marking the occasion, albeit in amended format, with participation at the opening of the Wales Field of Remembrance and Festival of Remembrance (led by the Royal British Legion) and the National Service of Remembrance which will take place in a limited capacity.

In order that organisers can adhere to guidelines and safely plan Acts of Remembrance, please see below the current national and local guidance for Wales regarding Covid 19.

As this is a fast moving situation, we would urge organisers to regularly check and monitor announcements regarding permitted activity relevant to the area. It is not possible to predict where we will be in November as you will appreciate but hope the following guidance will help plan activity:

Coronavirus regulations – FAQs / Rheoliadau corona firws – Cwestiynau Cyffredin

Local lockdown information / Gwybodaeth gloi leol

Guidance on leaving your home and seeing other people / Canllawiau ar adael eich cartref a gweld pobl eraill

Coronavirus and the law / Corona firws a’r gyfraith


St Davids Awards nominations closing soon

The St David Awards are the national awards of Wales and recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of people from all walks of life in Wales and abroad.

2020 was the year of coronavirus which had such an impact on all our lives. In selecting finalists for the 2021 St David Awards, particular attention will be paid to individuals in each category who made a special contribution during the crisis.

Nominations of individuals who have made contributions to different aspects of Welsh life during 2020 are also welcome.

Now’s your chance to gain recognition for your business or organisation by nominating for a St David Award in one of the following categories:

  • Bravery;
  • Community Spirit;
  • Critical Worker (Key Worker);
  • Culture and Sport;
  • Business;
  • Innovation, Science and Technology;
  • Humanitarian;
  • Young Person.

Nominations for the Awards end on 15 October 2020.

For more information visit

Nesta – Rapid Recovery Challenge

The Challenge will find and support tools and services that improve access to jobs and money for people across the UK, focussing on those hardest-hit by COVID-19.

The Challenge has two streams:

  • Job Recovery Stream – this stream supports solutions that connect younger workers or those in (or who have recently lost) low-paid or insecure work into open jobs that match their skill sets. To help make these connections to live jobs, we expect solutions in this stream may also provide tailored learning, training, or advice to people seeking work;
  • Financial Recovery Stream – this stream supports solutions that help younger workers or those in (or who have recently lost) low-paid or insecure work access financial assistance more easily, manage their cash flow or, where necessary, access affordable, responsible credit.

You can find out further information and how to apply here

Closing date for applications: 26 October 2020.

Garfield Weston Foundation – Weston Culture Fund

This £25 million fund to be launched 5 October 2020, is designed to support mid to large scale cultural organisations in the UK to help them restart work, re-engage with audiences, adapt to changed circumstances and generate revenue. 

The fund is specifically for charitable organisations with a pre-Covid regular annual income of £500,000 or greater; smaller organisations will be able to apply for our regular grants programme via our website as usual.

Closing date for applications will be 9 November 2020 and decisions will be announced by the end of January 2021.

You can find out further information here

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.



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! Please ask your 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.


‘Meet the Funder’: Register now to join the Sport Wales’ Be Active Wales Fund online

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.

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