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Monday, 11 June 2018

Level 2 Award in Playwork Practice (L2APP)

An opportunity to undertake a new and exciting three day playwork qualification FREE of charge

Tuesday 3 July 2018
Thursday 5 July 2018
Tuesday 10 July 2018

Each session will take place from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Register your place by 26 June 2018 (15 places available)

Venue:  The Play Hub, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 5HW

The Level 2 Award in Playwork Practice (L2APP) has been developed to respond to the needs of the play and playwork workforce as defined in Welsh Government’s statutory guidance, Wales – a Play Friendly Country.

The qualification includes two units:

• Understanding a playwork approach – knowledge and understanding
• Application of a playwork approach – including assessment of competence in practice

L2APP is intended to provide a good foundation of knowledge of children’s play and a playwork approach for practitioners working face to face with children. They include: youth workers, school staff including lunchtime supervisors, hospital play, community development staff and family support.

The online application form is available at:

For more information  contact: Jane Hawkshaw: 07932 575430

Friday, 1 June 2018

SAVE THE DATE! 19th September 2018

‘Making the best use of the space that we’ve got’
– A conference to explore what’s possible

 (Organised by PCC Leisure & Recreation Service and PAVO on behalf of Powys County Council)

During times of continual challenge to maximise resources for our residents, communities and visitors –collaborative work between services, organisations and partners to achieve outcomes for mutual and universal benefit is key. We have an incredible amount of ‘space to play’ in Powys – but how do we make best use of it?

Everyone needs to play - it’s not just for children………We need you!
…planning….highways….education / schools service….regeneration….leisure…youth services…libraries….countryside….children & adults services…housing…outdoor recreation…policy makers…directors….members…partners……arts….museum …town & community councils….commercial services…property services…health services…regulatory services...3rd Sector Organisations

Play is an essential element of life – making it a fundamental component from birth right through to older age and is a cross-cutting theme for all services, is integral to health and well-being and many other organisations and partners. You may not consider ‘play’ to be within your remit or concern, however it is surprising how it links to nearly every other agenda e.g. planning a new housing development or designing a new road or school, dealing with behaviour, mental health or work-related stress. The requirements and benefits of play should not be underestimated or dismissed.

Supporting the national theme of ‘Play in Public Space’, this conference is designed to provide the arena to explore, discuss and raise important issues relating to existing and potential spaces ‘to play’ throughout the County, whether in parks, streets, schools, the countryside or future developments. We recognise and appreciate that creating ‘new’ or agreeing to big ideas is not possible, so we need to consider the existing space that we have - and make the best use of it.

Keynote speakers will provide insight into industry specific research and evidence. Workshops will enable the necessary discussions to review and shape the Sufficiency Assessment process and development and agreement of the Action Plan. Case Studies and examples of where funding has already benefited services, communities, children, young people and their families will be shared.

Powys as a local authority has a Statutory Duty to undertake regular Play Sufficiency Assessments and produce an annual action plan to demonstrate the opportunities and facilities available. The Welsh Government’s bold step in legislating for play is embedded in its rights-based approach to policy making for children and is included in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) General Comment No.17 on Article 31.

We value your input and contribution and hope that you will join us on Wednesday 19th September 2018 (central Powys location). Please confirm your attendance by return email to   Please advise of any access, communication or dietary requirements.

We look forward to seeing you on the 19th September!

(Organised by PCC Leisure & Recreation Service and PAVO on behalf of Powys County Council)

Local CEOP Training

Child Exploitation Online Protection Training

To give participants an awareness of internet safety for children and enable them to use CEOP training material to share this information with children.
Friday 13th July 2018                                9.30am – 4.30pm              Newtown Integrated Family Centre
Wednesday 10th October 2018            9.30am – 4.30pm              Media resource Centre Llandrindod Wells
Thursday 14th February 2019                9.30am – 4.30pm              The Castle Hotel Brecon

To book your place use Trent self-service if you are a Powys Council employee, or contact the Training Department:
01597 827330

Thursday, 31 May 2018

WCVA Newsletter

Volunteers week kicks off this Friday 1 June - it's a great time for you to recognise, reward (and recruit!) your hardworking volunteers. Across the country there will be celebrations, award events, recruitment fayres and exhibitions taking place to promote all the amazing benefits of volunteering. We've got logos, certificates, posters and more available over at our website - remember to share your festivities with us on Facebook and Twitter!
WCVA has updated its privacy notice in line with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You can view the new privacy notice on our website to find out how your information will be used, who can access it, the legal bases on which your information is held and your rights in relation to this information. You'll be getting an email from WCVA over the next few weeks as we move your data onto our new robust database - and you may be asked to confirm your subscription preferences, so please keep an eye out!
Thanks for reading, we'll see you again next week.


Volunteers’ Week - 1-7 June 2018

Volunteers’ Week is upon us and what a great way to celebrate the fantastic contribution volunteers make across the UK.

The new Volunteering Wales Platform - Help! Where do I start?

Fiona Liddell, Volunteering Development Manager at WCVA, offers some tips on using the new Volunteering Wales website, which will be launched early in June.

WCVA general

Top tips for nonprofits building digital services

On the WCVA blog: Ellie Halle, Digital Fellowship and Communities Lead at CAST, outlines some tips for charities that are looking to develop their digital services.

Third sector general

Creating new local Energy Community Cooperatives

Learn how European funding is empowering communities in Wales through locally owned energy…


Funding to support the development of small charities and social enterprises

The Fore Trust has announced that the next funding round to support the development of small charities, social enterprises and community interest companies will open for registrations on the 23 July 2018 at 10 am.

Grants to support children’s health and education

The next deadline to apply to the DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme is 24 July 2018.

Training and events

Helping Nature Work For Your Community Events

Could your community benefit more from the natural environment? Or do you have an environmental project that needs more funds and support? Then this event is for you! 19, 21, 22 June 2018

Webinar: National Development Framework Consultation

Do you want to shape the National Development Framework in Wales? Find out about responding to the public consultation from our webinar 02.07.18

Webinar: A Clean Air Zone Framework for Wales

Do you want to shape the Clean Air Zone Framework in Wales? Find out about responding to the public consultation from our webinar 08.06.18

Policy and politics

Help shape the work of the Auditor General

The Wales Audit Office has launched a survey, asking the public and public sector workers to have their say on the themes that the Auditor General should look at.

Building a Co-operative Country Conference - June 26th.

What are some of the main issues
posing challenges to young people today?

Would you count housing, education, wellbeing, employment and the environment among them? If you do, and want to find out how co-operatives and mutuals can help address these issues, come to the Building A Co-operative Country conference.

The event is being held at Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Cardiff Bay, on Tuesday 26th June. A number of inspirational young people will be joining us as keynote speakers on the day including Huw Richards and Polly Robbins, while others will feature in our interactive workshops.

The event is for:

  • Young people who are already involved in the co-ops and mutuals sector in some way, or benefiting from such a business or organisation.
  • Young people that have a wider interest in this area of work, possibly because they are studying relevant issues or want to work for a co-op or mutual in the future.
  • Co-op, mutual and other organisations that support young people.
  • People and organisations that could potentially join the membership of the Mutuals Alliance as a result of the event.
Details of the conference programme will be published at as they become available. We’ll also be tweeting about the event from @WalesCoopCentre, using the hashtag #BACC18.

The conference is being organised on behalf of the Mutuals Alliance and is sponsored by Arup Group, Cartrefi Cymru, Merthyr Valleys Homes, the Co-operative Group, Wales Co-operative Centre, Co-op Party and ProMo Cymru.

The Mutuals Alliance brings together leading co-operative and mutual organisations across Wales. It works towards growing the sector in Wales and creating a greater level of awareness about mutuals and the benefits they bring.

You can choose to attend up to two out of five workshop options at the conference. The sessions will be run twice, either side of lunch, and will be an hour long in duration. Please make us aware of your workshop choices when booking.

Workshop 1 – Housing – Find out how housing co-ops are helping young people through significant challenges, while equipping them with essential life skills
Workshop 2 – Education – Explore the ways in which the Welsh Bacc, and other educational opportunities, can help schoolchildren gain a better understanding of co-operatives
Workshop 3 – Environment – Renewable energy and recycling projects are getting more and more young people involved, to help them learn how green issues can be addressed through co-ops
Workshop 4 – Employment and Skills – In times of zero hours contracts and students graduating with high levels of debt, find out how co-ops can provide the solution to youth unemployment and skills
Workshop 5 – Wellbeing – Find out more about the links between the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and co-ops, and the subsequent link between co-ops and young people

Make sure you attend the biggest co-operative conference in Wales and lend your voice to the debate.

Beth yw rhai o’r prif faterion sy’n achosi
heriau i bobl ifanc heddiw?

A fyddech chi’n cyfrif tai, addysg, lles, cyflogaeth a’r amgylchedd yn eu plith? Os byddech ac yr hoffech wybod sut gall cydweithrediadau a chwmnïau cydfuddiannol helpu i fynd i’r afael â’r materion hyn, dewch i’r gynhadledd, Adeiladu Gwlad Gydweithredol.

Cynhelir y digwyddiad yn Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Bae Caerdydd, ddydd Mawrth, 26 Mehefin. Bydd nifer o bobl ifanc ysbrydoledig yn ymuno â ni fel prif siaradwyr (Huw Richards a Polly Robbins), a bydd rhai eraill yn cymryd rhan yn rhai o’r gweithdai a gynhelir yn ystod y dydd.

Mae’r digwyddiad ar gyfer:
  • Pobl ifanc sydd eisoes yn ymglymedig â’r sector cydweithrediadau a chwmnïau cydfuddiannol mewn rhyw ffordd, neu sy’n elwa ar fusnes neu sefydliad felly.
  • Pobl ifanc sydd â diddordeb ehangach yn y maes gwaith hwn, oherwydd eu bod nhw efallai’n astudio materion perthnasol, neu eisiau gweithio i gydweithrediad neu gwmni cydfuddiannol yn y dyfodol.
  • Cydweithrediadau, cwmnïau cydfuddiannol a sefydliadau eraill sy’n cefnogi pobl ifanc.
  • Pobl a sefydliadau a allai ymuno ag aelodaeth o Gynghrair y Cwmnïau Cydfuddiannol, o ganlyniad i’r digwyddiad.
Cyhoeddir manylion am raglen y gynhadledd ar, wrth iddynt ddod ar gael. Byddwn ni’n trydaru ynghylch y digwyddiad hefyd o @WalesCoopCentre, gan ddefnyddio’r hashnod #BACC18.

Trefnir y gynhadledd ar ran Cynghrair y Cwmnïau Cydfuddiannol a chaiff ei noddi gan Grŵp Arup, Cartrefi Cymru, Cartrefi Cymoedd Merthyr, Co-operative Group, Canolfan Cydweithredol Cymru a’r Co-op Party.

Mae Cynghrair y Cwmnïau Cydfuddiannol yn dod â sefydliadau cydweithredol a chydfuddiannol at ei gilydd o bob cwr o Gymru. Mae’n gweithio tuag at dyfu’r sector yng Nghymru a chreu lefel uwch o ymwybyddiaeth am gwmnïau cydfuddiannol a’u buddion.

Gallwch ddewis mynychu hyd at ddau allan o bump gweithdy yn y gynhadledd. Cynhelir y sesiynau ddwywaith, naill ochr i amser cinio, a byddant yn para awr yr un.

Gweithdy 1 – Tai – Darganfyddwch sut mae cydweithrediadau tai yn helpu pobl ifanc trwy heriau arwyddocaol, wrth roi iddyn nhw sgiliau bywyd hanfodol.
Gweithdy 2 – Addysg – Archwiliwch y ffyrdd y gall Bagloriaeth Cymru a chyfleoedd addysgol eraill helpu plant ysgol ennill gwell dealltwriaeth o gydweithrediadau.
Gweithdy 3 – Yr Amgylchedd – Mae prosiectau ynni adnewyddadwy ac ailgylchu yn cael mwy a mwy o bobl ifanc yn gysylltiedig, i’w helpu nhw ddysgu sut gellir mynd i’r afael â materion gwyrdd trwy gydweithrediadau.
Gweithdy 4 – Cyflogaeth a Sgiliau – Mewn cyfnod o gontractau dim oriau a myfyrwyr yn graddio â lefelau uchel o ddyled, darganfyddwch sut gall cydweithrediadau ddarparu ateb i ddiweithdra a sgiliau ieuenctid.
Gweithdy 5 – Lles – Darganfyddwch fwy am y cysylltiadau rhwng Deddf Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol a chydweithrediadau, a’r cyswllt dilynol rhwng cydweithrediadau a phobl ifanc.

Gwnewch yn siŵr eich bod yn rhan o'r gynhadledd gydweithredol fwyaf yng Nghymru er mwyn cyfrannu at y ddadl.


Consultation on Blue Badge Scheme - Disabled Parking

Do the families you work with use the Blue Badge Scheme disabled parking? Powys County Council are running a consultation on the proposal to reduce the scheme.

To have your say :

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Your views are wanted about Hospital services for the north of Powys


NHS Future Fit is about improving the hospital services provided at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in Shrewsbury and the Princess Royal Hospital Telford to meet the needs of our communities across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales.
After listening to the views of thousands of local people over the last four years, our doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff have developed a proposed new model of hospital care – for one hospital to become an Emergency Care site and the other hospital to become a Planned Care site, with a 24-hour Urgent Care Centre at both hospitals.

Encourage the children, young people and families you work with to make their voice heard and have their views included. There is a website dedicated to this consultation:

Two Funding Opportunities

The DM Thomas Foundation

Offers grants to support Children's Health adn Education. Deadline 24th July.

For more information:

The Fore Trust

Offers funding for the development of small charities, social enterprises, and community interest companies.
The next round opens 23 July.

For more information:

Signs of Safety Child Protection Fora - a few places are left!

The following Signs of Safety CP Fora event is now available to book with further events planned.

Date: Monday 4th June 2018   
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Venue: The Media Resource Centre, Oxford Rd, Llandrindod Wells LD1 6AH

We are running a special CP fora event which will be focusing on the Signs of Safety model. The Signs of Safety is an innovative strengths-based, model of care, which Powys County Council’s Childrens Services will  be applying to their child protection casework in the first instance. The approach focuses on the question “How can the worker build partnerships with parents and children in situations of suspected or substantiated child abuse and still deal rigorously with the maltreatment issues?”

This strengths-based and safety-focused approach to child protection work is grounded in partnership and collaboration. It expands the investigation of risk to encompass strengths and Signs of Safety that can be built upon to stabilise and strengthen a child’s and family’s situation. A format for undertaking comprehensive risk assessment — assessing both danger and strengths/safety — is incorporated within the one-page Signs of Safety assessment protocol.

Please book places via Trent Self-Service or email or telephone 01597 827330

Summer Network dates for those working with Children, Young People and Families

Come and join us at one of the Summer Networks, meet colleagues from all sectors and catch up with the latest news.

The Summer topic is Children's Rights and Participation. Find out about the renewed Participation Standards and the New Children's Charter for Powys.