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One Powys - Connecting Voices

Powys Association of Voluntary Organisation (PAVO) is pleased to announce confirm it has been successful in a bid to the Big Lottery to support some six projects which will help 2,750 people to have a greater influence on the design and delivery of services thanks to a £688,316 award to Powys.

PAVO will manage the portfolio of 6 projects over five years aiming to empower citizens to have a greater influence on the design and delivery of statutory services in Powys. An estimated 2,750 beneficiaries will include people with poor mental health, carers, children and young people, lone older people, carers and people with a neurological disorder.

The portfolio is called 'One Powys - Connecting Voices'. It will be delivered in the context of 'One Powys', the county's single plan and link strongly with the Local Service Board and its partnership arrangements. PAVO will use its membership of strategic partnerships to ensure that the information provided by people in Powys make a difference to the way in which public services are planned and delivered. The aim is to ensure that 'One Powys' becomes an increasingly participative process.

One Powys Connection Voices Leaflet

Turning the tables conference report PAVO AGM Conference November 2015

 

Update October 2014

The One Powys Connecting Voices project is a portfolio of projects working with different sectors of the community within Powys. They encourage individuals and groups to explain their concerns and how they are affected by them. They then seek to address these issues either directly themselves or through sharing them with the portfolio of projects. Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations is able to use its direct links with statutory bodies as well as other service providers to promote awareness of these issues and have them responded to.

Some issues are easier to resolve than others. These are usually by making people aware of services such as Powys Befrienders or Care and Repair. Sometimes we look to provide contacts for specialists such as our own colleagues within PAVO or outside organisations such as Cartrefi Cymru for skilled trainers. More complicated issues can be raised with statutory authorities through PAVO representatives at the Strategic Partnership meetings or by Statutory body representatives attending the portfolio quarterly meetings

We are now 18 months in to a five year lifespan. The project includes the voices of people with poor mental health, carers, children and young people, older people, carers and people with neurological disorders.

We welcome input, comment and questions from the community so you are very welcome to contact either PAVO or individual members of the portfolio for more information. Contact details are below.

At the end of year one PAVO is pleased to feedback the results of the first audit. The 7 projects within the One Powys Connecting Voices portfolio and the overall monitoring and supporting role provided by PAVO, concluded we are doing well and are projected to meet our targets.

The Powys Community is finding a Voice and we are keen to make sure it is heard in the right places.

For more detail on our work please look at the One Powys Connecting Voices newsletters at the top of this page.

 

February 2014

We are now more than three quarters of the way through Year One of the One Powys Connecting Voices project and we are delighted to report that the portfolio of projects are currently meeting all targets and in some areas exceeding them. Well done to all those hard working volunteers and staff who have made this possible.

During the last nine months or so, the projects have all been set up successfully and there have been numerous activities to spread the word that we want our communities to get involved and be listened to. There have been meetings, free training sessions, social events, school visits, surveys and distribution of information that have met with great success. For more detail on this please look at the One Powys Connecting Voices newsletters at the top of this page.

We look forward to developing the projects further in the coming months and hope you will visit this page regularly for further updates.

All our projects welcome input, comment and questions from the community so you are very welcome to contact either PAVO or the individual projects for more information. Contact details are below.

May 2013

Powys Association of Voluntary Organisation (PAVO) is pleased to announce confirm it has been successful in a bid to the Big Lottery to support some six projects which will help 2,750 people to have a greater influence on the design and delivery of services thanks to a £688,316 award to Powys.

The PAVO portfolio consists of 6 projects which will run over five years aiming to empower citizens to have a greater influence on the design and delivery of statutory services in Powys. An estimated 2,750 beneficiaries will include people with poor mental health, carers, children and young people, lone older people, carers and people with a neurological disorder.

The portfolio is called 'One Powys - Connecting Voices'. It is being delivered in the context of 'One Powys', the county's single plan and links strongly with the Local Service Board and its partnership arrangements. PAVO is using its membership of strategic partnerships to ensure that the information provided by people in Powys make a difference to the way in which public services are planned and delivered. The aim is to ensure that 'One Powys' becomes an increasingly participative process.

The six projects in the portfolio are:

Neuro Voice Powys

- is a four year project delivered by MANGO (the Montgomeryshire Alliance of Neurological Groups and Organisations). The project will increase the opportunities of people affected by long term neurological conditions to voice their concerns & share their experiences of support and services in Powys. Their insights will then help influence service providers to better plan and deliver services for people with long term neurological conditions.

During year one the project will operate in Montgomeryshire and expand to mid and south Powys in subsequent years.

For more information www.neurovoicepowys.org.uk Telephone: 07918 077 721, Email: nvp@neurovoicepowys.org.uk

Carers Voice (Two projects in one)

The project, will be delivered by Powys Carers Service and Crossroads Mid and West Wales over five years.

Powys Carers Service - supports unpaid family Carers and Young Carers throughout the county. The Carers Voice project aims to improve the services received by Carers by gathering Carers' and Young Carers' issues and experiences and facilitating the dialogue between the providers and those receiving the service. The project will create the pathways for Carers and Young Carers to be involved in the design and planning of services, and enable their voices to be heard.

For more information email Lucy Taylor: info@powyscarers.org.uk tel: 01597 823 800 Website: www.powyscarers.org.uk

Crossroads Mid and West Wales project aims to help to improve the care of elderly and disabled people in the community by: Providing opportunities for unpaid carers to understand more about the health and social care planning and decision making processes that impact their lives, through informal training sessions; Enabling carers to join in local planning groups to voice their views and share their experiences about caring; Provide replacement care to help carers take part in local community projects

For more information email: Ingrid.bernathova@crossroadsmww.org.uk tel: 07837 188360 Website : www.carers.org/local-support/mdwestwales

Sparks

This project, over three years, is being delivered by Powys Advocacy for Children and Young People throughout Powys. It is creating a platform for the voices of children under the age of 11 to be heard enabling them to influence plans and decisions that affect their lives. A sustainable forum is being created through which policy makers can be accessed. Work in consulting with younger children (under 11s) as part of the Sparks project is ongoing. Pilot sessions with After School clubs took place in November 2013 in North and South Powys. Both were successful and there was an excellent response from the children involved. The pilot projects were evaluated and children and adults have requested more sessions. The consultation work is now expanding into primary schools, young carers groups and other social settings for children. Children have designed their own wonderful logo for the project.

For more information contact: Janie.Davies@trosgynnal.org.uk Tel: 01982 552450

YAPS

The Young Adult Peer Support (YAPS) project , delivered by the Ponthafren Association in Newtown, works to allow young people's voices to be heard in the development of services by facilitating a peer support system for 16-25 year olds to help build young people's confidence and formally gather their opinions. The project has a two level approach: top-down and bottom-up. Firstly, a top-down approach allows the project to communicate with service providers, local authorities, etc. on behalf of young people to discuss the collective concerns young people have expressed or to lend weight to points-of-view which a young people may be unable to convey by themselves. Secondly, the project seeks any and all opportunities to empower and encourage young people to use their own voices directly within the community to engage and participate in the development of services and decision-making (including within the YAPS project itself).

For more information contact : yaps.project@ponthafren.org.uk Tel: mobile 07792346519 landline 01686 621586

Good Neighbours

The Good Neighbour project provides a shopping ordering, collection and delivery service for people who have an identified need and who live in Newtown, Welshpool or Llanidloes.The Good Neighbour team work with volunteers to ensure that the service meets the needs of all our users, developing the trust and support which underpins the service and helps to build a professional relationship which enables us to identify the needs of , and become a conduit for, the voice of those who use the service.

Many people are able to live independently, but are unable to leave their homes easily to buy shopping supplies. This can be due to age or mobility related illnesses, a lack of easily accessible local shops, poor public transport services, lack of access to private transport or simply the inability to lift and carry heavy shopping bags. The Good Neighbour Project provides a personalised shopping support service for anyone who is finding that purchasing their weekly groceries and household provisions is becoming increasingly difficult. The service operates weekly with orders collected each Tuesday and shopping delivered to the customer on a Thursday.

The project is supported by a wide range of local producers with shopping regularly being purchased from small independent town centre retailers as well as the large supermarkets providing our customers with the widest possible choice of product and price.

For more information please contact Jan Chilcott at janchilcott@btconnect.com or telephone 01686 622388 Website address: midwalesfoodandlandtrust.org.uk

Resilient Community Pathways

The Powys Transition and Low Carbon Communities Network is delivering, over a five year period, the project enabling self-help environmental community action groups, throughout Powys, to raise their profile, offering training on environmental issues, share skills and experience and more effectively influence local councils, civic societies, national park strategic planning authorities and members of the Local Service Board concerning environmental issues. www.powystransition.org.uk

For more information contact : Tynllidiart, Cwmbach, Llechrydd, Builth Wells LD2 3RP, Tel: 01982 553398 email admin@powystransition.org.uk

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