PAVO is dedicated to supporting the thriving third sector in Powys, and employs a Social Value Development Officer to help empower non-profit organisations in delivering Social Value to their communities.
In 2021, we worked with our partners at Arwain and the Regional Partnership Board to deliver over £200,000 in funding to 26 organisations operating in the county.
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of community-based support and the role of communities in tackling loneliness and social isolation. This fund aims to build capability and sustainability of grassroots voluntary and community organisations that bring people of all ages together.
Funding came from the Welsh Government and grants of between £250 and £2,500 per year were available for up to three years. We received 29 applications, and funded ten projects.
Circles of Connection: The project will deliver in-person wellbeing sessions to young females across the age span of 9-16, with the aim of supporting them in their transition into and
Connect and Engage: Employment of an engagement officer which will create opportunities for people who are isolated in volunteering at the museum. They will also co-design and promote projects which promote real-life volunteering opportunities.
Come to your Senses: To engage with young people, in partnership with Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, Ennyn Cymru, Elin Chick - Youth Worker and Julie Evans Cub leader to reduce vandalism, alcohol and drug use and promote constructive engagement with each other and the wider community.
Supporting people with sight loss in Powys: The project will deliver practical and emotional support for people with sight loss in Powys, including eight local peer support groups, telephone befriending and support with technology, enabling them to regain their independence, reconnect with their communities, increase their ability to perform everyday activities and improve their general wellbeing and quality of life.
New Parents creative peer support group: A weekly group for new parents to come together, support one another and share experiences of early parenting whilst also partaking in creative activities (writing, crafts, music etc)
Pop up Play’ sessions: Will deliver open access play sessions to areas where there is rural isolation. These will be aimed primarily at 8-12 year olds but younger children will be able to attend if accompanied by a responsible adult/carer. Older children will also be able to access these sessions.
Community outreach: Continue to run the weekly outreach groups. Mid & North Powys Minds’ Friday Group (in Knighton) and Builth Group are activity based support groups run weekly and are essential in enabling people who live outside of Llandrindod Wells to access support.
Llanfyllin Men’s Shed Development Project: Plans to expand the existing Men’s Shed into a new Llanfyllin Shed that is open to all, and create a community hub which provides space for other groups to host activities and even for bands to practice.
Thursday Club (Ystradgynlais): Funding to continue an existing support group in the area which supports local people to come together at least once a week in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. The club provides light refreshments, companionship, and a base for group activities, gentle walks, and lunches.
Prosiect Peilot Ieuenctid a’r Hinsawdd / Youth and Climate Pilot Project: This pilot project aims to support a group of young people aged 13-18 who have missed out on a range of opportunities to socialize and mix during the Covid period, to meet regularly through a project on the theme of Climate.
The Winter Pressures Grant Fund directly supports local activity that can help to alleviate pressures, create additional capacity, or extend existing activity where other funds are running out.
The funding was made available from the Welsh Government via the Welsh Council of Voluntary Associations. The total value of the fund was £55,000, and groups were able to apply for up to £5,000.
We received 21 applications and funded 14 groups in total providing services across Powys with a focus on mental and physical health, fuel poverty, community transport, and food security.
Resilience: Continue and increase its current support to vulnerable and elderly people as they face the extra pressure during the winter months.
Youth in Mind: One-to-one mental health drop-in sessions at three high schools across Powys, and two weekly online groups for people aged between 16 and 25. In January, the services will extend to support children from aged 11 and over.
Therapy and support for families: Responding to increased referrals by providing access to therapy for children and families, including art and play therapy.
Community Food Events: Establish a winter cooking programme for isolated and margianlised people around Llanidloes, the scheme will consist of six fortnightly community meals and three monthly cooking demonstrations.
Transport service to Hospital and Primary Care Appointments: Provides a COVID safe minibus service to enable attendance at hospital and medical appointments.
Different By Design: Provides volunteer support to young men with learning disabilities, enabling them to develop independence and support their physical, mental and social well being.
Active Monitoring for Children and Young People: An early intervention psycho-educational programme to relieve mild to moderate mental health problems. such as anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem and loss and grief.
Mum’s Matter: Perinatal support for mothers with weekly peer support groups, one-to-one counselling as required, a closed facebook group and a peer-support WhatsApp group
Brecon Men’s Shed: Develop a Men’s Shed at the Market Vaults in Brecon. The Shed will be a place for men of all ages to come together and work on projects, while sharing skills and experiences.
Bwrsari Therapi Eginiad (Eginiad Therapeutic Bursary): Subsidised mental health bursaries for those most in need. Eginiad Cymru will run a winter intervention program for individuals on low incomes, who are living with chronic conditions, and/or who struggle to access services in the Machynlleth area.
East Radnor Home Support Winter Pressures: Provide extra support to respond in response to the increased demand on the Home Support Service, which supports vulnerable people in the community.
Improving Access to Practical Appropriate Paper-Based Technology (APT) Workshops for Vulnerable adults in Brecon and Welshpool: Remove barriers to accessing weekly practical workshops run by APT4SD. This project will foster positive mental health by enabling vulnerable adults to learn and participate in crafting items made of recycled materials.
Powys Home from Hospital: Provide extra capacity to support people in their own homes for up to three weeks (more if needed) either following discharge from hospital, or support at home following a period of poor health.
Hay Food Bank & Voucher Scheme: Set up a satellite of Brecon Food Bank in Hay-on-Wye, and run a Voucher Scheme for people referred to the Food Bank, enabling them to purchase non-food goods to improve insulation and energy efficiency in their home.
The Social Value Development Fund supports Social Value activities that bridge gaps in existing provision and aims to improve mental and physical wellbeing of people in Powys.
The funding was made available from the Powys Regional Partnership Board via the Social Value Forum. The total value of the fund was £170,000, and no limits were set on the amount that could be applied for.
We received a total of 35 applications, and funded a total of 14 projects up until March 2022.
Young People Peer Support Pilot: One-to-one peer support group for students in Llanfyllin highschool
Knighton and District Family Centre – pilot sessions: Provide Family Centre to identify need develop support for families
Food for All – Grow It, Prep It, Eat It!: Bring together the community to learn about food growing, preparation and preservation
Riverside Community Connections: Set up a luncheon club for vulnerable people
Building New Links: Facilitate meetings, social events and activities both in-person and on Zoom for isolated people
Reimagined BSL: Pilot project and feasibility study into providing British Sign Language training to third sector organisations in Powys
Big Fish Baby Fish: Weekly sensory, movement, and song sessions for under twos and their parents/guardians
Powys Pride: Plan and organise the first Powys Pride event
Hikes Away Scheme: Establish a new badge scheme for Girlguides to participate in organised walks and hikes
Recipes for Health: Provide cooking skills sessions and recipe boxes for cooking at home
Less Worry, Less Stress: Specialist Advice service, tailored to meet the needs of people experiencing problems which affect their mental health.
Grow Cook Share: Provide supported volunteering sessions to improve the mental and physical health and wellbeing of volunteers by using Cultivate community garden and kitchen.
Powys Hybrid Meeting Centres: Open five hybrid in-person and online meeting centres for people living with dementia
Fun, friendship and food for over 50’s: Double the existing provision of the Food, Fund and Friendship groups to support older and vulnerable people
The funding was made available through Arwain, and was open to smaller organisations with an annual income of less than £150,000. The fund was to support the development of innovative and new well-being activities in the community
Dozens of groups applied for up £4,000 in match funding to deliver wellbeing projects across the county. In total 12 projects were funded up until December 2021.
Get up and do Bronllys: Provide wellbeing activities in the village hall
Art and Well Being: Start an art group, support a weekly healthy eating and weight loss group
Community Coffee Mornings: Get togethers to create community cohesion and reduce isolation
Full Esteem Ahead: Support young volunteers to deliver wellbeing activities
Dolwen Field to Fork: Growing produce, food preparation and cookery classes to create community cohesion
Banw Valley Ti a Fi Group Leader : Community activity for families with preschool children
Bringing Families Outdoors: Woodland and nature based activity for families with young children
Nature Talk and Draw: Natural history and arts based activity in Rhayader
The Hub: Wellbeing activities for 11 – 16 year olds in Llandrindod Wells
Coaching sessions for members: Coaching sessions for members of Talybont Cycling Club
Yn Bersonal: Weekly wellbeing session in Machynlleth
FACT (Families Active and Creative Together): Weekly wellbeing and cookery sessions in Llanymynech
Hosted in CARAD’s theatre space in Rhayader, Nature Talk and Draw combines natural history and art to provide both an educational and creative space. Attendees are invited to learn about Powys’ diverse flora and fauna, while also exploring their artistic skills.
The sessions consist of a natural history talk from a locally embedded expert or skilled nature enthusiast, followed by a drawing workshop where people are able to closely study the natural specimens related to the talk and develop their artistic skills in a social setting.
A core group of regular participants have been developing their artistic abilities and creativity, which has a proven impact on ability to regulate emotion, problem-solve, and develop confidence.
Another group of regular participants are aged 15 and doing art at GCSE level; this has given them a space to practice their drawing skills and gain new knowledge of the natural world as well as increased appreciation of it.
Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with much of it focused on the joy of learning about the natural world and the safe, supportive space available for trying new things.
Some feedback gathered from the project:
“I absolutely loved it. I was made to feel welcome despite having deep seated anxiety and great to be actually be able to have a face to face session with other like minded people in an informal setting...that was so inclusive and enthusiastically supported”
“I am no artist but [the workshop facilitator] was very positive and gave me confidence, and for that alone I am very grateful.”
“One thing that was great was the opportunity of finding out what would normally pass us by, without looking properly at it and actually thinking about the environment”
Yn Bersonal (In Person) aims to support the emotional, physical and mental wellbeing of vulnerable, isolated people and those suffering financial difficulty in the Dyfi Valley across 64 Wellbeing Sessions. Taking a hybrid approach where possible, hosting the sessions both online and face-to-face sessions in Machynlleth. Additionally, many of the sessions have been run in Welsh or bilingually.
Over the past few months Yn Bersonal has been engaging people both physically and mentally with everything from Yoga and Therapeutic Movement to Poetry and Visual Storytelling.
Some feedback comments from the Poetry Sessions:
“Oh I loved this!! Thank you so much. It fed a need and touched a yearning in me that I've been carrying for years. Lovely! Now I shall write and write.”
“Thank you for the workshop and holding that space this afternoon. I have just finished a draft of a poem that I'll probably take to my Stanza poetry group later this month inspired by one of your prompts. I'm looking forward to the next one!”
Building on the national WI campaign Alleviating Loneliness, Whitton Women’s Institute wanted to make a difference locally by hosting coffee mornings to support the diverse rural
community with wide-ranging backgrounds and needs.
With the aim of getting people out of the house to meet and discuss their needs and interests, the coffee mornings also serve as an informal forum, to be a catalyst for evolving groups towards fulfilling the well-being needs within the community.
So far the Whitton WI has hosted three coffee mornings, with their homemade provisions attracting over 30 people to each event, including a group of regulars. A local family loaned some items to provide a children’s corner, and there is also a book stall, games table, and albums of local photos.
“It is certainly improving the emotional health and well being of individuals in our
Community,” said Hilary McConnachie, of the Whitton WI. “I have had people approach me — when out shopping and attending other events — to say how much they have valued the opportunity to meet with others and look forward to the next time. They have been keen to know that this activity will continue and I’ve said I certainly hope so.”