How about getting involved in one of the Senedd’s free online engagement sessions where you and your group can find out more about this year’s Senedd Election? Choose from three possible sessions.
John Griffiths, MS for Newport East and Chair of the Senedd’s Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee writes about the Committee’s recent inquiry looking at the impact of COVID-19 on the voluntary sector.
A message from Kaleidoscope
The Welsh Government is seeking your views on equality and inclusion funding
8 March 2021 2pm – 4pm
BBC Children in Need is looking for a new Chair and new committee members for our Wales Advisory Committee. We would welcome applications from those who share our commitment to support children and young people across Wales to be safe, happy, secure,...
TGP Cymru are looking for volunteers to work with our look after children or young people who have no or little contact with their birth families
Can you help us to help children access online learning?
Development Officer: Volunteering
Secondment Cover - Fixed Term ending 13 March 2022
35 hours per week - £26,511 pa
The Powys Well-Being Development Fund is open to constituted voluntary groups, charities and social enterprise to support the expansion or development of new activities that improve the physical and mental well being of Powys residents.
Take a few minutes to respond to this brief survey, which looks at how you currently train your volunteers?
New IiV standards due to launch via an online event in March - and you're invited
Focus for February: good governance, with a 4-part mini-series on Wednesday afternoons. But there's more besides!
A helpful guide for families, unpaid carers and care staff supporting a person moving to live in a care home.
The Charity Commission launches a new set of simple, easy to understand guides to help trustees run their charities.
Community Network Development Officers
Fixed Term (to end of March 2022)
2 Posts – North Powys base will be in PAVO Offices Newtown and South Powys base in PAVO Offices in Llandrindod Wells (home-working during Covid)
21 hours per week
If someone is unable to attend an appointment at a mass vaccination centre and would like to request an alternative (e.g. via GP practice) or cancel completely (e.g. because they do not wish to have the vaccine) they can use the following web form:
Covid scams are becoming an "extensive problem" says Yasmin Bell, Chief
Officer Citizens Advice Powys.
The Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy for Wales (YES) 2010-15 led a programme of work to inspire and support the next generation of entrepreneurs in Wales.
With all training currently delivered online – and for free (value £50 per session) – PAVO training has never been more accessible.
Research is being carried out to explore how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on unpaid carers, and to find out more about what sort of support they need - you can participate here!
Their innovative events provide a space for professionals people who work for carers in the spheres of policy, social care, education, health care, the third sector and public sector to share and learn together.
Young and Adult Carers look after someone who is ill or disabled, often a family member, unpaid and The ID could ensure they get priority treatment in shops and pharmacies.
This volunteering opportunity is temporarily CLOSED
Businesses of all sizes and individuals came together to support an annual Christmas Toy Appeal organised by Sarah Voice, from Welshpool, a nurse from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and her son Harry, for Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre (MFCC).
As we head into what will be a particularly unusual and potentially difficult winter for us all, the Older People's Commissioner for Wales would like to make sure that older people’s voices and experiences are heard and can be used to deliver change...
They are only accepting applications that are from Foodbanks or for Crisis Funds focused on the relief of poverty caused by the Covid-19 situation
As you may be aware, all European Economic Area (EEA) citizens and their families should be applying to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) as soon as they can and definitely before 30 June 2021. It’s a simple application and there’s no fee. Some things...
"...the health board is extremely grateful to the support of the many volunteers who have helped out throughout the pandemic. "
PAVO is here to support you and your organisation to develop your digital skills.
Getting started with the Active Offer is an online training session carried out by PAVOs Welsh language Development Officer Gwern ap Gwyn on the 10th of December at 10:30am
COVID-19 has affected the whole of Wales. It has presented real challenges to businesses, retailers, public bodies, elected members and council officers across the country. With lots of uncertainty for all of us, Audit Wales is now undertaking a...
At PAVO we aim to continually improve the ways in which we provide services to the third sector in Powys. We would be very grateful if you would once again take the time to complete our annual survey, which will help us to better our understanding...
Regrettably, the planned event for the 3rd December has been cancelled, but we hope you can join us on the 10th December to find out more about timebanking in Powys and how you and your organisation can benefit
ONE BRECON is a network of people, voluntary organisations and businesses working together for Brecon
The public is being encouraged to help continue the search for safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines by joining the latest phase 3 trial.
The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.
The Cambrian Railway Partnership is delighted to announce a one-off grant fund in order to support communities along the line.
Christmas has come early at PAVO with no less than five free online events & training sessions on offer in December.
"This morning we have launched the 2021 Hearts for the Arts Awards to celebrate creativity during the pandemic. We're inviting nominations from across the UK to recognise local authority and cultural trust arts champions and creative community...
Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations are looking for an organisation to act as a Delivery Partner to deliver localised volunteering services on behalf of Powys Volunteer Centre until the end of March 2021 for the Builth Wells / Llanwrtyd...
Hosted by EYST in partnership with five delivery partners; TGP Cymru, Newport MIND, Citizens Advice Cymru, Settled and Newfields Law.
How to help out
No matter how little time you have or where you live, there’s always something you can do to help your community. You can even help out online or over the phone, from the comfort of your sofa.
We are asking service users to review the Service User Involvement Strategy Consultation, and are looking for current/ex-service users or carers of people with substance misuse issues to be part of the Area Planning Board
Our Annual Conference and General Meeting this year will be held virtually and will provide an opportunity to reflect upon the voluntary sector’s role in supporting people through the coronavirus pandemic, and how organisations are planning for the...
Citizens Advice Powys staff and volunteers have been working from home since March 2020, continuing to provide a much needed advice service to people across Powys.
You maybe interested in being part of an approved list of providers in Powys
An update for Autumn 2020 and a call out for Trustees!
...with short film about the success of our Third Sector Skills project.
With a focus on volunteers both formal and informal, the campaign will mark the difference just a small amount of time can make to both communities and individuals.
Three opportunities to talk to us about being a trustee, as part of Trustees' Week 2020
This programme is open to young people aged 18-30, living in Wales, who are keen to gain invaluable work experience and have a desire to work in the customer service environment.
Are you interested in improving the health services of a nation? We are looking for volunteers from all walks of life, to help us reflect the wants and the needs of the whole population of Wales in developing and improving the NHS locally and...
Ideal for all organisations looking to increase funding methods and online reach:
THURSDAY 12th NOVEMBER 2020 10.30am - 12 noon
The NHS COVID-19 app is an important part of our Test Trace Protect programme in Wales to control the spread of Covid-19.
The Welsh Government has announced a new fund to help Wales’ unpaid carers cope with the financial pressures of COVID-19, the Carers Support Grant.
November 2020 sees the start of the next Prince’s Trust Cymru Get Into Construction programme with Welsh Water. This is a 2-week programme for young people aged 18-30 in South Wales who have an interest in working within the Water Industry.
Cymorth and CHC have been working closely with officials to understand the impact on our members and to inform Welsh Government decisions on homelessness, housing and support services
The latest government guidance and FAQs, about rules that will come into force at 6:00pm on Friday 23 October.
To support the COVID-19 testing capacity across the county, a Mobile Drive-Through Testing Unit is being set up in Machynlleth for 6 days from tomorrow (20 October).
Please find the updated version of the Powys DWP Partner Escalation Document for any Universal Credit/benefit enquiries.
Knowledge Hub gives voluntary organisations in Wales easy access to a range of online information, networking and learning.
Trustees’ Week 2020 – 2nd to 6th November - is an opportunity to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.
Public spaces - Re-opening & being COVID-secure
Don't be risk averse, be risk aware (COVID-secure risk assessment)
Being a trustee
PCC are conducting a research study in Powys and are particularly looking for the views of the following people....
"We recognise that social care and early years in Wales will need to be very different in five years’ time to respond to changing demographic, economic and social needs, and we think that means that we, as an organisation, need to be very different,...
Quality Assurance is an important topic for charities and voluntary sector organisations in Wales. WCVA has carried out research with charities and funders to find out what they think about quality assurance and especially the Trusted Charity...
Free training available to professionals and volunteers supporting young people across Wales
RNIB Cymru would like to invite you to an online event to mark the launch of our Manifesto for the 2021 Senedd elections, ‘A Wales without barriers for people with sight loss’.
Date: Thursday 8th October 2020
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
"Let's celebrate the beauty of the EU together"!
Webinar for young people 14-25 years old
We are delighted to announce our training programme is up and running again!
October 6th OR 16th 2020, 9:30am-12pm
Thursday 1st of October 2020 1pm - 3pm
Giving World helps charities access brand new life-essentials for free.
The Welsh Government would like help to try to understand how the coronavirus pandemic has affected community groups like yours.
The award is part of the Accolades, awards that are organised by Social Care Wales that recognise, celebrate and share excellent social care and early years in Wales.
This small but effective mental health charity, looking after and guiding young people aged 16-25, with mental health problems varying in severity, is looking for Trustees to help administer and support the two full-time staff.
Register now to join the Sport Wales’ Be Active Wales Fund online.
"How To Recruit Diverse Board Members"
24th September 2020 - 12:30 - 13:30
Demand for their Helpline services has soared in recent months. Latest figures show that in the past six months demand has increased by 97% compared to the same period last year, with 28% of people reaching out to the Helpline from May – July 2020...
A new free tool to help ensure that volunteers have the best possible experience.
WCVA will be supporting voluntary organisations that may not otherwise be large enough to qualify to access the UK Government Kickstart Scheme, which provides fully subsidised jobs for young people across the UK.
Third sector organisations in Powys have been awarded funding to help support vulnerable people through the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of £26,591 raised through the Comic Relief Big Night In has been allocated by PAVO to nine organisations from all...
Sixteen Powys organisations have been successful with their application to the Social Value Moving forward Fund.
Find out more here!
Date: October 13, 2020, 9:00 am until: October 14, 2020, 1:30 pm
Fifteen members of the public respond – watch online September 21st – 24th
Many BAME organisations in Wales have witnessed increased service demand from BAME community members impacted by Covid-19 needing advice and support around a range of areas
Building a Co-operative Institution in Wales – Banc Cambria
Wednesday 23 September 7-8.10 pm
A series of free online workshops for people who give their time, work in or want to make a positive difference in the community in Powys
WEFO have also relaxed the eligibility criteria during this period so they can continue to take referrals and sign up new participants to the programme.
A grant scheme for voluntary organisations providing vital support during the Coronavirus crisis.
Changes to offer new funding to provide survival and recovery support for voluntary organisations in Wales during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has necessitated a switch to new ways of working and communicating for everybody. Now, more than ever, we all need digital skills to work effectively.
The new register replaces two previous versions of the Charity Commission's search tool.
Sport Wales’ “Be Active Fund” is currently open for applications with £4m to help Protect and Prepare community Sports Clubs in Wales.
LOOKING TO INCREASE YOUR FUNDRAISING POTENTIAL BUT STUCK ON A PARTICULAR ISSUE AND NEED SOME PROFESSIONAL FREE HELP?
PAVO will be holding an online celebration event to mark the end of the Third Sector Skills Project on Monday 28 September 6pm - 7:30 pm
Local choir the Castle Belle’s joined with the Counterpoint Choir for “the Feel Good Festival Virtual Concert”, a celebration of music which streamed online raising £1000 which was split between Mind UK and Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre, North...
From September 21st to 24th 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.
As WG continued to ease lockdown restrictions, including trialling of outdoor events and more extended households meeting indoors, the necessary guidance and legislation were updated. WG also announced the extension of the Integrated Care and...
Community Cohesion Research Thursday, 3rd September 2020 at 7 pm. All participants to our focus groups will automatically be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of five £20 Amazon vouchers
The question of how and when to hold an AGM during a pandemic is a challenging one for charity trustees. This is a new and rapidly changing situation, so there is a lack of guidance and practical examples, but the following information about the...
Welsh Government has published a Coronavirus Control Plan for Wales. Coronavirus has not gone away and we are likely to see an increase in cases over the autumn and winter as it becomes colder and everyone spends more time indoors.
Following last years' successful 1st National Conference, get ready to connect again on September 29th 2020!
All the latest updates and announcements related to COVID 19 including how to get food and medicines, increased capacity for public transport, and guidance for those who are shielding or considered extremely vulnerable.
The Welsh Government fund, administered by WCVA, will focus on the recovery phase of the pandemic, aiming to ensure a fair and just recovery for people in Wales. Find out more and how to apply here.
You can view the Older People's Commissioner for Wales recent publication here
A great opportunity to get involved and have a say on what youth led projects are funded in your area
Small grants of up to £200 to develop emotional health and wellbeing projects as part of the whole school approach for children and young people in Powys
Links to the CMO videos shared on WG social media. All the videos are available on social media and can be shared widely.
A joint national project between Age Cymru and Carers Trust Wales, funded by Welsh Government is hosting listening events during August.
The new bi-lingual course has been developed in partnership between Digital Communities Wales and Digital Unite.
GamCare is aware that your organisation is likely to encounter individuals who are negatively impacted by their own, or someone else’s, gambling behaviour.
Guidance for those in charge of playgrounds or outdoor play areas to keep children safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Heart of Wales Line Development Company has decided to set up a one-off grant fund in order to support communities along the line.
“Optimising Rural Health and Wellbeing, now and in the future”, is being held this year on-line over 2 days on the 10th and 11th November 2020.
There is a £30 1st place prize available in two age categories: 0-15years & 16-25years of age. There are also 2nd (£20) and 3rd (£10) places prizes up for grabs
Discover the benefits of referring to and or working with the Jobsense specialist support project.
The Senedd’s Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee has today issued a stark warning that COVID-19 has already entrenched existing inequalities in Wales.
Welsh Government are asking the Regional Partnership Board to capture good practice and examples of innovative working across health, social care and the third sector in response to Covid-19.
Take Five is a national campaign offering straight forward, impartial advice that helps prevent email, phone based and online fraud.
Revised guidance will be issued w/c 17th August 2020
Join PAVO's VIRTUAL Q&A Session on the 11th August and find out more!
In this challenging year there are ways to ensure charities can carry on supporting their beneficiaries
The Social Development Moving Forward Fund is open for applications until midday on Friday 14th August 2020
Samaritans has launched a new confidential wellbeing support line for NHS and social care workers in Wales.
This will help gather your views on community cohesion, and specifically the impact that Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic may have upon your communities.
Age Cymru and Business in the Community (Cymru) are currently offering those aged over 50 a chance to take part in a mid-life review via a webinar under the Age at work Programme
The latest Government statistics regarding COVID 19
Are you working in or supporting participatory arts? Connectivity, collaboration and a collective voice are more vital than ever in our current coronavirus context.
Rewarding solidarity initiatives to tackle the Covid-19 emergency and its consequences in Europe
This guidance is for those managing community centres, village halls, church halls and other community centres, on safely reopening multi-purpose buildings.
New deadline for submissions is 14th August - check it out here and request your application form ASAP!
First meet up: Tuesday, 4 August at 2pm - join us to plan it out!
Do you feel disillusioned with Welsh Politics? Would you like to get more involved in public life and have an impact on the decisions that are made that affect you and your communities?
The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is profoundly impacting the lives of people in Wales and right across the UK. It is not only affecting physical health – it has also created a financial wellbeing crisis that will continue to worsen for millions of...
Do you or anyone you work with want to make a difference and play a key part in helping make decisions about Health and Social Care Services in Powys?
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.
This August, thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, four community focused Trusts will be launching their latest funding round. People’s Postcode Trust, Postcode Community Trust, Postcode Local Trust, and Postcode Neighbourhood Trust...
"We are issuing an invitation to people in Wales to send us their thoughts on how we should support future post-Covid recovery and reconstruction in Wales"
The Friends of Builth Wells Library have used funding from the Powys Community Sector Response Team ( C-SERT) to set up a ‘ click and collect’ service to enable residents of Builth and surrounding areas to collect new library books close to home.
WCVA’s Voluntary Services Emergency Fund, which has awarded almost £7.5million to voluntary organisations in Wales, will be changing in August to reflect the changing needs of the sector.
"We want to listen to the lived experiences of people who live and/or work in Wales. We want to know more about how people are finding the Welsh workplace and the impact that their race or ethnicity has on this"
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales Dr Frank Atherton has confirmed people in Wales who are shielding will no longer need to do so after 16 August.
Small grants up to £750 are available from PAVO to run projects that provide volunteering opportunities for young people aged 14-25 years - DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS is 14th AUGUST 2020
Public Health Wales are launching a webinar series focusing on the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Black Lives Matter (BLM) Wales is a collective movement led by individuals, from all walks of life around Wales, who stand together against all forms of racial injustice. The group consists of regional leaders, who have organised, led, attended, or...
As restrictions start to ease it's important to continue to keep Wales safe and to know what to do to Test, Trace and Protect ourselves and to stop the spread of the virus.
WCVA Volunteering Manager Felicitie Walls covers the main points of consideration when preparing or returning to volunteering after lockdown.
At the recent voluntary sector meeting with the Minister and Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, the Minister for Health, Vaughan Gething, commented that the sector was ‘hugely important’ in the coronavirus crisis as service deliverers,...
The Arts Council of Wales has announced its support of Black Lives Matter.
Keeping you up to date with restriction changes.
Welsh Government have created a new online tool to support people in finding the help they need if they're struggling because of COVID-19
This August, thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, four community focused Trusts will be launching their latest funding round.
Information produced by Wales Council of the Blind and Wales Council of the Deaf on making meetings accessible for people with sensory loss. Please feel free to share !
If you would like to participate in the research or know of any EU Citizens happy to be interviewed about their experiences, please click here.
As restrictions ease it's important to know when PPE is required and what kind of PPE is suitable.
VOTE FOR Ponthafren's Calmer Community
The Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team Wales (EYST), working with partners, has commissioned a study to help better understand the impact of the pandemic on BAME community and voluntary organisations in Wales. If you’re working in a BAME...
There are several Mens' Sheds accessible in Mid Wales - would you like to see more?
Visit here to take part in a short survey and help combat lonliness, social isolation and health issuesin Mid Wales!
Anyone who is resident in Wales can register for the screening here:
Blind and partially sighted people are used to navigating a complicated world. But coronavirus has turned the world upside down. As lockdown eases, changes to businesses, services and streets to enforce social distancing will make getting back to...
Coronavirus has had a significant impact on all countries around the world and Wales. As well as the health risks; jobs are at risk; public finances are at risk; our vulnerable communities are at risk.
Welsh Government have produced an easy read overview on what happens when you get a
test for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As more and more of our work has now gone online it's important to make sure that all meetings are accessible to people with sensory loss.
EU Citizens Rights Project is funded until 31st December 2020 to provide free advice and assistance with the EU Settlement Scheme, and specialist advice for Employment & Discrimination
Social media scams include anything from free supermarket vouchers to app downloads, questionnaires to quizzes, non-existent goods to investment scams
Llani Pantri, the food bank set up in Llanidloes in response to the Covid 19 outbreak, has grown exponentially from its humble beginnings back in March.
Have a look here for The Resilience edition!
"Community means sticking together even when we have to be apart."
Do you provide Social Care Services?
Covid -19 information, guidance & support is available through Business Wales
Are you looking for some simple, clear advice on Health and Safety obligations in the work placeand producing written risk assessments following the COVID-19 pandemic?
Digital Boost aims to support the British small businesses and charities impacted by COVID-19 on their digitisation journey.
"It’s good to see the community supporting each other, it’s been a ‘get to know folks' experience."
Armed Forces Day will take place on Saturday 27th June 2020 and is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways...
Coed Lleol are supporting people with health & wellbeing during COVID- 19 by running online sessions to help connect with nature
In response to the current Coronavirus crisis, WCVA ran a series of events exploring how the voluntary sector has been affected by and continues to respond to the pandemic. The second of these events looked at building on the community response and...
Mid and North Powys Mind now have two new FaceBook live sessions, one on creative writing and one as an intro to Silvercoloud/CBT. As well as this they have new Zoom training courses. They are also offering their new, or rather - returning service -...
Here at Wales & West Utilities our job is to keep you safe and warm at home.
Day to day we do that by looking after the pipes that keep the gas flowing.
You rely on us to heat your homes, while we also power businesses and essential services like...
The Next Steps programme has seen a high level of demand. As a result they will be closing the application form to new applications at 12 noon on Wednesday 24th June. Read more here....
We maybe in the midst of social isolating, but Brecon and District Mind are still very much there to help during these unprecedented times.
Do you know someone who is Deaf, has a hearing loss, tinnitus or sight loss?
JobSense support people who have been out of work for over 12 months or who are facing complex barriers due to their sensory loss. We support them to access paid work of...
The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK that Co-op members care about.
A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is one of the largest and most forward-thinking family-owned businesses in the UK and is the largest division of SPAR UK, owning circa 280 stores and serving more than 950 in total across England and Wales.
They want to...
European Youth Together’ projects aim to create networks promoting regional partnerships, to be run in close cooperation with young people from across Europe (Erasmus+ programme countries). The networks would organise exchanges, promote training (for...
Businesses are being asked for their views to help Powys County Council understand the full effects of Coronavirus on the local economy.
Powys Teaching Health Board and Powys County Council are working in partnership with local communities, the armed forces, Public Health Wales, Welsh Government, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, NPTC Group and other partners to deliver our NHS...
Welsh Government are consulting on a revised Active Travel delivery, planning and design guidance
Infoengine is the online directory for third sector services across Wales.
From the feedback we have received from individuals and groups we have redesigned infoengine’s registration process.
Welsh Government recently announced that 130 000 vulnerable and at risk people now need to continue shielding until the 16th August. For many this is a time of continued solitary isolation without company or someone to talk to.
Around 300 charities and not for profit organisations across Powys are set to receive a much-needed financial boost
Older people in Wales should continue to be vigilant to protect themselves from crime and scams during the Covid-19 pandemic as they can be a particular target for criminals.
We’re immensely grateful for the incredible community spirit and goodwill shown by the people of Powys at this time, demonstrated by a surge in interest in volunteering. Over the past three months almost 1000 new volunteers have registered on our...
Abermule Community Centre applied for a grant from the C-SERT emergency fund for an outreach project. Their Chair, Leon Shearer, tells us more.
Friday 19th June 2020 - 2pm.
Get your tickets here!
“I couldn’t have done without them at this time”
A reminder that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will cease on 31st October 2020.
However, it will close to new members on 30 June 2020, so the last date employers can furlough employees is 10 June 2020.
After 10 June 2020, employers will only...
Bright Green Future are looking for young people aged 14-17, with an interest in the environment and climate change, to take part in a free, year-long programme starting in September 2020.
Catalyst Cymru, a WCVA project funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund is delivering a series of free online training courses to support voluntary Heritage organisations’ fundraising activities in June and July 2020. Building an effective ‘Case for...
Carers Trust Wales are promoting a survey for young carers and young adult carers aged 12-25.
This survey examines how the voluntary sector and communities in Wales might look when the Covid-19 crisis begins to lessen.
Many people have been affected financially with the impact of the pandemic, 130 000 have been asked to continue to self isolate. The attached documents provide useful information about financial support available and the vital services continued to...
The Ethnic and Youth Minorities service are offering valuable anti racism training online for professionals, raising awareness of key groups living in contemporary Wales.
All children will have the opportunity to “Check in, Catch Up, Prepare for summer and September”, the Education Minister Kirsty Williams announced today as she published details of the next phase for schools in Wales.
The launch of a new NHS app in Wales, Consultant Connect, is set to reduce the need for Powys residents to travel for unnecessary hospital admission and referrals.
Being a parent can be tough. Being a parent on lockdown is tougher still.
Public Health Wales is offering all parents, parents-to-be, grandparents and carer-givers free access to a series of online courses designed to help them understand the...
For Volunteers' Week, Andrew from Llanidloes tells us of the joy and satisfaction he gets from his volunteering in schools.
For Volunteers' Week, Andy from Newtown tells us about his experience of volunteering during lockdown.
One of the 2019/20 recipients of PAVO's Youth Led Grants describes how bringing their project to fruition has built their confidence.
We are looking for young people aged 14-25 to sit on PAVO's Youth Led Grant Scheme 2020 panel!
Brecon & Radnorshire MP Fay Jones has recorded a message of thanks to volunteers for Volunteers Week 2020.
Viv Evans is a volunteer with Dementia Matters in Powys. For Volunteers' Week Viv tells us how she got involved and what her volunteering means to her.
When Knighton flooded earlier this year, a massive volunteer effort was co-ordinated to supported residents. Louise Hardwick tells the story for Volunteers' Week.
PAVO's Chief Executive Officer, Carl Cooper, has recorded a message of thanks to all volunteers for the start of Volunteer' Week 2020.
Beth Lowden from Blind Veterans UK explains how one of their regular volunteers has adapted to the Covid-19 situation.
Hundreds of people in Powys with COVID-19 symptoms can now be tested each day thanks to a new partnership between Powys Teaching Health Board, UK Armed Forces, Powys County Council, and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.
Recent weeks have once again highlighted the strong tradition of volunteering in Powys. People of all ages from across the county, including many of our own health board staff, regularly give up their own spare time away from work and family to...
Following recent discussions with the Chief Medical Officer for Wales (CMO), the Minister for Health and Social Services has published a statement containing modest changes to the advice for shielding people. Approximately 130,000 people in Wales are...
Kirsty Williams MS has recorded a special message for the start of Volunteers' Week 2020
Tenovus have a new telephone befriending service called Tele-friends - trained volunteers are on hand to give weekly uplifting phone calls for those who are affected by cancer.
A written update from Vaughan Gething on progress in implementing the Test, Trace, Protect strategy.
View the main programme featuring a vast array of inspirational, FREE live broadcasts and interactive Q&A’s, podcasts and films from the world’s greatest writers and thinkers.
It's Volunteers ' Week next week from the 1st-7th June. This special week is a time when all organisations who involve volunteers are encouraged to say a huge thank you to their volunteers. This year, the campaign will focus on sharing volunteering...
As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is developing the Arts Marketing Association are pulling together resources to help you find relevant information for the arts, culture and heritage sector.
Warm Wales’ North Wales team will be providing the support that they normally offer via Healthy Homes Healthy People home visits, in a different way while dealing with the current situation.
An online survey asking Wales’ children and young people for their views and opinions during the Coronavirus pandemic has launched today.
Welsh Government are asking the Regional Partnership Board to capture good practice and examples of innovative working across health, social care and the third sector in response to Covid-19.
A volunteer tells us about her experience as a Covid-19 Health and Care Volunteer in Powys.
Volunteers’ Week is a UK wide and annual festival of volunteering which takes place from 1-7 June every year.
Volunteers and local businesses are providing more meals on wheels in Welshpool with a little help from the C-SERT Emergency Fund.
Changes to the way we live and work have provided new oportunites for frauds and scams, taking advantage of the current situation. Please remain as vigilant and alert as possible.
Credit unions have a long history of working to help their members during challenging times and are continuing to offer affordable finance, including to those economically vulnerable, during the crisis.
Post Offices continue to remain open to provide essential services such as access to cash,cheque deposits, bill payments and sending and collecting parcels.
As of the 18th May the general clinical case definition for COVID-19 has been updated to include loss of or change in smell or taste.
The Welsh Language Commissioner’s office is offering free translations under 1000 words to voluntary organisations during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ten top tips to support parents and carers of young children from birth to four years old during lockdown at home.
Hay Festival goes digital ! Attending Hay Festival Digital 2020 online is completely free and couldn't be easier.
Welsh Women's Aid has launched a COVID-19 Bystander Toolkit.
If you are self-employed and the coronavirus has affected you, the Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant.
The latest PTHB update is for local stakeholders in Powys
PAVO would like to show appreciation to everbody working and volunteering during covid-19!
Funding from the C-SERT Emergency Fund is helping Powys communities respond to changing needs.
The 'Getting you back to work service,' helps hundreds of unemployed veterans every year find the right jobs, enabling them to thrive in the civilian workplace.
There are 370,000 unpaid carers in Wales and 210,000 military veterans. Many of these unpaid carers look after military veterans, while a significant number of veterans also care for family members. Yet many carers are stressed and struggling with...
UK charity regulators have warned independent examiners to be vigilant for charities misusing funds during the coronavirus pandemic. Independent examiners can review charity accounts instead of auditors, where a charity has an income of £250,000 a...
Brecon and District Mind are still open to offer support regardless of whether you have accessed their services before.
Please find a link below to register to attend the Webinar ‘Shining a Light on Creative Practices during the time of Covid-19’ hosted by Arts Health South Wests’ Alex Coulter.
WAHWN comes together with Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance and...
Almost two thirds of charity respondents to an IoF Cymru survey expect to make cuts to their services as a result of Covid-19.
At Citizens Advice Powys all of our services are still available via telephone. We know that a lot of people have had a drop in income and are starting to struggle to manage their money.
During the current pandemic the credit union office will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11.00-12.30.
Parkinsons UK have partnered with Lancaster University to put together a survey. We need your experiences of the current crisis so we can best shape a response.
The announcement includes some further details of who is included in the additional cohort
Volunteer gift cards can be purchased online and used by people other than the purchaser to buy shopping in store for them.
These are generally purchased on-line, and then an email is sent with a barcode to either the purchaser, or a nominated...
Our very own performing & community arts venue Hafren in Newtown is launching creative & quality of life enhancing online singing & rhythm, and creative arts classes for the community to enjoy.
The unprecedented Covid-19 lockdown is affecting us all in many ways. Relationships can be particularly hard hit at this time; whether through separation and loneliness, money worries, general anxiety, trying to work from home and home school at the...
The latest important updates including financial support, housing, benefits and childcare.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is a likelihood that 850,000 people affected by dementia will be cut off from their families, their communities and the services they rely on. The Alzheimers Society want to assure you that they are still...
The theme for Dying Matters/Byw Nawr 2020 is ‘Dying to Be Heard’ and focuses on how we can support each other by listening. How many people want to talk about death, but feel they have no-one to talk about it? How many people are “Dying to Be Heard”?...
Thanks to a grant from the C-SERT Emergency Fund, the Newtown Network has been able to supply more free meals to vulnerable members of their community.
The Food Standards Agency has updated their guidance on food safety for community cooking and food banks.
A selection of delectable ideas to appease your appetite for arts while staying at home..
Impelo, a small but mighty dance organisation based in Llandrindod Wells, has launched a fantastic and fun on-line dance programme for all people of all ages for FREE!
Mid and North Powys Mind are keen to offer their services to as many people as possible during this time.
A new round of Active Inclusion funding is being launched to help organisations in the struggle against coronavirus – with a simplified and shortened application process.
We have received lots of questions from older people and their families during these past few weeks, about where they can get the information and support they may need during the coronavirus outbreak.
We've provided answers to the questions we've...
The Charity Commission has issued guidance about managing financial difficulties caused by coronavirus.
All the latest news and information from Welsh Ambulance Services
In response to the growing number of not-for-profit organisations recognising the great value we offer our customers, Aldi has introduced the 'Aldi Voucher Scheme'
The Coronavirus Act 2020 introduced a new statutory provision for emergency volunteering leave, which allows workers who have suitable social care skills and experience to take unpaid leave.
Dementia Matters In Powys has had to cancel it's regular dementia support meetings at their meeting centers. Can you help them support their members?
All routine appointments in eye clinics continue to be postponed. However, injections for wet AMD, and other conditions which would cause severe visual loss if not treated, are still going ahead.
We are keen to help Welsh charities continue their operations during the Covid-19 crisis.
A personal message from Carol Shillabeer - Chief Executive Powys Teaching Health Board
Due to the Government guidelines, the JobSense team are working from home. They are still fully operating their pre-employment support services, with phone lines and emails open to participants and new referrals.
In keeping with the Good Friday tradition of eating fish, Llanidloes’ older and most vulnerable residents did not lose out this year despite Covid-19 restrictions and had free fish and chips delivered to their door.
As part of the training preparation for the response to Covid-19 a training session to support any member of clinical staff has been developed.
Young and Adult carers are doing incredibly important work to care for someone.
Home is not always synonymous with safety .
Audiology update for hearing aid support during COVID-19
The Government’s scheme to help pay people’s wages and support businesses amid the Covid-19 pandemic has gone live.
Due to current COVID-19 precautions, the all Wales Forum has had to postpone their carer engagement events. They have created a survey in the meantime to help gather the views of carers to add the the information they already have.
While we all try to adapt to the new normal that Covid 19 has brought,British Liver Trust have moved our peer support sessions online.
Thanks for all the support already shown for the Looking Out For Each Other Campaign and support you have already given to help communities across Wales during the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 is forcing massive changes to the way we work, how and where – and at great speed. Having the essential digital skills to be confident and comfortable using – and exploring – digital and tech to support this adaption is more important than...
Llanidloes launches its COVID 19 Mutual Aid Fund after their Good Friday Fish supper fed 300 people and raised £1500
Emerging evidence shows that smokers are at a greater risk of severe respiratory disease from COVID-19
The British Academy of Audiology (BAA) have joined the #StillHereForYou social media campaign, to let the public know that
Audiology departments across the country are still doing everything they can to help people with NHS hearing aids.
At A Loss provides a website directory of bereavement support that covers the UK.
Due to the seriousness of this outbreak it is now very important to start the conversation with the communities we support and for them to consider where they would wish to be cared for and what is important to them in case they become severely...
Not every home is a safe place to be during the social distancing period. Welsh Government have a useful website with support and guidance for anyone experiencing domestic violence during the lock down period.
There has been some confusion about the letters from Welsh Government regarding shielding and who is in the extremely vulnerable category. Local Health Boards have not been involved in the shielding process with information coming directly from Weals...
CAB's main objective at the moment is to make people aware that they are still providing a service across Powys
Good advice and information for any groups or organisations that are now responsible for handling personal information.
Good news for volunteers supporting people in roles that involve handling money.
Essential advice and information for those of you who are providing support services for those in self-isolation / quarantine.
It is with great sadness that we note the sudden death of our dear friend and Board Chair, Ian Charlesworth.
At Digital Communities Wales we’ve been working hard over the past two weeks to develop online digital inclusion training courses, including webinars and digital drop-in sessions that might be vital to you and your service users going forward.
Shared Lives carers often begin their enquiry as a volunteer wanting to help. Shared Lives carers provide a family setting and care for individuals who need support to live well and independently, they receive payment for the support they provide
Perinatal Mental Health support services will continue to be available during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Rosa has launched an emergency response fund to support the UK women’s sector. They are continuing to mobilise their resources to support organisations and understand exactly how the current crisis is impacting on them and the women they support.
We're delighted with our amazing Befrienders who have been officially recognised by the High Sheriff of Powys for the tireless support they provide to people over the age of 50 who are vulnerable, lonely or socially isolated.
Here in Powys I am tremendously proud of the way that health and care staff, volunteers, essential workers and our communities have responded to the challenges of Coronavirus (COVID-19).These are challenging and unprecedented times, never before...
Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities.
ASDA helps to support volunteer shopping with a Volunteer Shopping Card.
Like all public facing services Citizens Advice are having to adjust normal delivery patterns in the face of the Corona-Virus epidemic
We are supporting thousands of volunteers and hundreds of groups / organisations through our 13 Community Connector Support Networks. This week we started operating an out of hours duty line 5pm-10pm weekdays & 10am - 5pm weekends.
There has been a...
Have a look here for short lived funding streams and grants that you can apply for to support COVID 19 efforts
UCL Behavioural Science and Health has launched a study into the psychological and social effects of Covid-19 in the UK.
Key workers need to have identification that asserts their need to travel and carry out key duties.
It's important to be able to support all members of our community with the help and advice they need. Here are some NHS posters with Covid 19 advice in different languages.
Criminals are exploiting the current Coronavirus outbreak and playing upon people’s fears of the pandemic.
Credu supports Young Carers and Adult Carers. We hope you are keeping as well as possible during this time, though we know that many Carers are very concerned about their families regarding Coronavirus.
Several organisations are offering help and support to young people to support them during COVID 19
All our advocates are working from home, but all our phone, fax systems, emails are functioning as normal. Until further notice our team will not be providing face-to-face support but we are able to give support by phone, video calls, Whatsapps.
Availability of supplies for voluntary organisations carrying out vital roles
Ruth Marks, WCVA’s Chief Executive, outlines the role of the WCVA and the current focus of their work to support voluntary organisations during this difficult time.
..in ensuring that communities continue to live harmoniously in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and that any tensions which may be brewing are mitigated effectively before they have a chance to escalate
There is some limited ICF Funds available to constituted Social Value Sector organisations and informal groups working in partnership with their local Social Value/Third Sector Organisation and/or Community Council to support essential or emergency...
The coronavirus pandemic has raised serious issues for trustees of all charities, meaning that risk management and effective decision-making are more important than ever.
During these unprecedented times it is vital that we also continue to offer the highest standards of care at the end of life.
Social care employers, We Care Wales, want to help address the staff shortages you might be facing right now.
Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends.
Emergency childcare hubs will be operating from 13 locations across the county from this Friday (27 March), Powys County Council has said.
Could you spare some time to help our Health and Care services as a volunteer?
Looking after our mental health and wellbeing during the COVID 19 pandemic is essential to our physical wellbeing.
The Charity Commission has announced that any charity that needs an extension to their annual return deadline can contact the Charity Commission to ask for one.
Age Cymru is to offer a check-in-and-chat telephone service for the over 70s in Wales who live alone. It is hoped that the initiative will help provide some reassurances to older people, answer basic queries and link people to local services and...
"We face an unprecedented challenge to our health, economy, businesses, personal finance and way of life. And many of those who normally help society – our charities – are going to face similar pressures right now too" Martin says.
Guidance to help with running your charity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The world is a worrying place at the moment, particularly for people who are facing the prospect of self-isolating for periods of anywhere between 2-12 weeks.
Please click here for important information regarding the Social Value Development Fund.
Statement from Glenn Bowen, Wales Co-operative Centre’s Director for Enterprise:
Any charity that needs an extension to their annual return deadline can contact the Charity Commission to ask for one.
There are lots of ways you can volunteer for Llandrindod Samaritans - find out more here....
For updated information please go to......
This is to assist groups and organisations address climate change issues.
The fund is available to Social Value Sector organisations to develop new or to expand preventative services and activities that improve well being, reduce the need for higher level intervention and improve the ability of individuals to live active...
Believe it or not, Spring is coming...at last. Whether you are an experienced Chair or new Manager, budding volunteer or seasoned staff member, what better season to learn some new tricks to help you and your organisation thrive in the year ahead?
Small Grants scheme to promote health and wellbeing 2020-2021
The Social Value Development Fund is now open for applications and will close at midnight on 31st March 2020.
All across Wales, and South Wales in particular, communities have been hit by Storm Dennis and the flooding it has caused.
Find out more here......
Carbon Trust Webinar: This webinar is aimed specifically at Welsh small- to medium- sized organisations to help them save money and energy, as well as reduce their environmental impact through good energy management and cost-effective energy saving...
The inUnity film festival is looking for creative, meaningful short videos by young people that show how giving back drives change in society.
Become part of Team WAAT4 by taking part in the WAAT4 Challenge 2020, and raise funds for the vulnerable within the communities.
All the videos produced during the training sessions will participate to the InUnity Online Film Festival. The winning videos will be showcased at Gofod3 in March.
Llandrindod welcomes a new community transport scheme provided by Royal Voluntary Service!
Social Value Development Fund to 'pump prime' new or to expand existing preventative services during 2020/21
WCVA are undertaking some research into attitudes towards quality standards in the voluntary sector.
For allotment owners everywhere, February is known as the beginning of the ‘Hungry Gap’ – where the winter stores of spuds and swedes are starting to run out but the ground is still too cold to sow the seeds of new growth. Well it’s not that...
Powys County Council is currently developing its vision for education in Powys.
The Council has prepared a document which outlines its emerging vision for education in Powys.
Have a look at our 2020 training course schedule - there's lots on offer and more to follow!
The Knife Angel is the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression; and has been sculpted out of knives that have been surrendered to/or seized by police forces throughout the UK.
In December 2018, Powys County Council stopped publishing comments from “third parties” on their planning website........
We are excited to release our first ever podcast.
Core funding grants worth up to £100,000 are available for small and local charities.
Paris, 29 October 2019 – The winners of the 2019 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were celebrated with the Grande Soirée du Patrimoine Européen at the recently restored Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris....
Applications for the 2020 Weston Charity Awards are now OPEN.
Applications close at 5pm on Friday 10th January 2020.
Did your organisation miss the Comic Relief Deadline?
We are opening the scheme again for a brief window of opportunity
Raising funds for Ponthafren Association
The Active Offer is providing a service in Welsh without someone having to ask for it.
We’re marking The National Lottery’s 25th birthday with a new fund for communities with great ideas to bring people together all over the UK.
Apply to #CelebrateNationalLottery25 now
We'd like to find out where Powys voluntary organisations are with using the internet and digital technologies.
What support might be needed? What help can be given? Please take our 3-minute survey to help us plan our future support!
A a one day course to build confidence, knowledge and skills so that attendees can actively participate in the planning and reviewing of Public Services in Powys
We are inviting you to take part in the Wales Public Body Equality Partnership consultation on their Equality Objectives and actions for 2020 to 2024.
At PAVO we aim to continually improve the ways in which we provide services to the third sector in Powys.
PREPARATION OF THE OPERATIONAL PLAN 2020/21 - QUESTIONNAIRE FOR STAKEHOLDERS
The next Wales Webinar has been announced! It will be taking place at 1pm on Thursday 5th December and it will last for 30 minutes, perfect for fitting into a lunch break!
WCVA is inviting heritage organisations in Wales to apply for dedicated development support from our Catalyst Cymru: Resilient Heritage project.
We’re counting down to the Welsh Charity Awards this Friday!
PAVO's Welsh Language Development Officer Gwern ap Gwyn has been developing resources and tools to help organisations with the Active Offer.
We have created an online resource for trustees and staff to access, it has information around governance, funding and volunteering as well as short videos of why individuals became trustees.
Understanding Welsh Places presents information on the economy, demographic make-up and local services of more than 300 places in Wales in a quick and easy format.
Do you have a project that could benefit from analytical expertise?
Want access to those skills for FREE?
Winter seems to have arrived early this year, and is traditionally a time of reflection and preparation for a new year of work and growth. So what better time to look at the fundamentals of your organisation and invest in its future by coming on one...
After a long and difficult judging process, the votes are in...our esteemed panel have chosen 30 brilliant organisations and volunteers for the shortlist of the Welsh Charity Awards.
Charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare are appealing to people in Powys to volunteer to help in the UK’s biggest food collection for people in need.
Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm funds local community projects every year during the lifetime of the wind farm
The Accolades are back and we’re now accepting entries and nominations!
The Accolades are awards that recognise, celebrate and share excellent work by organisations, groups or teams in social care, early years and childcare.
Contact PAVO for support with your application. We can talk through your project ideas, help you with any issues around eligibility, advise around evidence of need, and check your application before submission.
Your Views Sought - Powys County Council is feeling the squeeze!
The continued pressure on public spending means that between £8m and £13m needs to be found during next year so we can set a balanced budget - required by law.
Thousands of people across the UK will post crossed finger selfies on social media on Tuesday 29 October to help celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th birthday.
A total of £128,000 is available between now and the end of March 2020
and a further £175,000 between April'20 - March'21
If you're yet to nominate a charity, social enterprise, community group or volunteer in the Welsh Charity Awards, then you're running out of time...the nominations stage closes on 2 October (next Wednesday!)
Small grants up to £800 are available from PAVO to run projects that provide volunteering opportunities for young people aged 14-25 years.
Swansea University is looking to talk to people aged over 18 who are using social care services in Wales.
This is part of a research study about people’s experiences of using social care in the last few years.
We’ve listed out some common...
Two in five people across the UK live in a town, but it is the unique sense of place, identity and shared history of each town which means that policies aimed at their regeneration cannot be rolled out in a way that discounts how distinctive they are
The purpose of the Tampon Tax Fund is to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.
With funding being reduced across many service areas, Powys Lotto is a way to empower our good causes to raise money for themselves and help continue providing vital services for Powys residents.
The next round of Engagement Events will help you to identify, plan and communicate the positive difference your organisation makes to society.
This report provides a review of the Well-being Plans of the Local Authorities that cover the Mid Wales region, with the intent of developing an understanding of the well-being needs of the people of Mid Wales.
The forum welcomes people who want to work toward greater racial equality in the region, most especially ethnic minority people.
The Committees of the National Assembly for Wales are seeking information to inform their scrutiny of the Welsh Government’s Draft Budget proposals for 2020-21. Anyone wishing to contribute can do so by submitting a formal response to the...
1. What are we trying to achieve?
2. How can I get involved?
3. What services could be provided at home?
....and much more - find out here!
A new report from WCVA outlines the need for creative collaboration across sectors to ensure sustainable funding streams for voluntary organisations in Wales
Thursday 18th July 10.00-3.00 at The Red House, Old Town Hall, High St, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8AE.
The Welsh Ambulance Service wants to understand what you need and expect from them when using the services they provide.
We've changed! We are giving you an opportunity to find out what we will be doing differently over the next 5 years.
For groups working on projects working to protect wildlife and the environment, support vulnerable groups and renewable energy projects.
The search for the next winners of the annual Powys Business Awards (now celebrating its tenth year) has been launched!
Last years' winners pictured just below: East Radnorshire Day Centre, with award sponsor Mid Wales Housing and Awards host...
A new state of the art health and social care facility for north Powys could soon be a reality thanks to funding from Welsh Government.
The Trusted Charity Mark is the externally assessed award for Trusted Charity users which demonstrates achievement of the Trusted Charity standards. This nationally recognised award offers both users and funders/commissioners external verification of...
The Active Offer is providing a service in Welsh without someone having to ask for it.
Service users don’t usually realise that they can ask to recieve their services in Welsh, so the active offer gives reassurance and enables any service users that...
The ninth annual Powys Volunteer of the Year Awards took place on the 6th June 2019, at the Pavilion, Llandrindod Wells. The celebration of volunteering was attended by volunteers and guests from around the county and was organised by Powys...
The changes are designed to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third-party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising. The new code is also easier for the public to navigate, so that they know what to...
Intimidated by the internet?
Worried by the world wide web?
Grab a cuppa and get comfy online.
Free training in Crickhowell, Knighton and Welshpool
A chance for us to thank and celebrate volunteers in Powys!
These bulletins aim to inform and engage local stakeholders in the development of 111 and GP Out of Hours Services in Powys.
A consultation was launched in May regarding changes to the Smoke Free premises and Vehicles Regulations that will affect Mental Health wards, including the Felindre Ward in Bronllys. Rhydian and John from the Patients’ Council attended a meeting on...
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) have now come into effect.