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We’re All Ears

Public Bodies


Spring 2017

Conference for Third Sector Organisations wanting to ensure Public Sector Bodies are listening

Is there effective engagement now? Can your organisation make a difference by shaping engagement in the future? Monday 27th March 2017 9:30am Registration - 3.30pm

Catrin Finch Centre - Glyndwr University, Wrexham Limited spaces book your place today: www.avowengagementconf.eventbrite.co.uk For more information Find us on Facebook & Twitter




Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. Helen Keller

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Engagement Conference

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dementia friendly Wrexham

in memory of Marjorie dykins obe

in memory of Marjorie dykins obe

AVOW AGM/ vacancies

avow christmas reception

Holocaust Memorial day

Holocaust Memorial day

local hero

Grants programme/ pensions regulator

funding success stories


funding success stories


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Dementia Friendly Wrexham

Calling All Voluntary Groups. Did you know that there are at least 2,000 people living with dementia in Wrexham? However, the message from the Alzheimer’s Society is that people can still live well with dementia, provided they have the right support and understanding from their community.

This is where you and your voluntary group come in. You will almost certainly be coming across people living with dementia already, or in the very near future. The newly-formed Dementia Friendly Wrexham Association is working with Alzheimer’s Society to put on free Dementia Friends awareness-raising sessions which are aimed at voluntary organisations.


The training takes just 45 minutes and will give you a full picture of the difficulties faced by people living with dementia, as well as what can be done to make life easier for everyone - often quite small changes. You can also sign up to be a trainer yourself and train other people in your organisation, with free materials and support from the Alzheimer’s Society.

Register by Emailing Ian Lucas mp LUCASI@PARLIAMENT.UK Please get involved, train up as a Dementia Friend and help us to make Wrexham a Dementia Friendly town. Our Association has now held 3 events in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, to raise public awareness about the problems faced by people living with dementia. Wrexham FC hosted a well attended community event, which attracted new members for our Wrexham Steering Group and brought interested organisations together to discuss next steps towards making Wrexham a Dementia Friendly Town. Since then the group has planned a series of Dementia Friends awareness raising events for 2017, the first of which was held at the Lemon Tree Restaurant, courtesy of manager Sam Regan. We were also hugely grateful to Wrexham’s Eagles Meadow shopping centre for hosting the inspirational Christmas “Singing for the Brain” session. Wrexham MP. Ian Lucas, a keen supporter of the group, who is helping co-ordinate its work said: The more people we speak to, the more we find that Wrexham is really supporting this. We are focussing on 3 areas to start with: voluntary and faith organisations, town centre shops and businesses and children and young people. Already the interest has been huge. 90% of people living with dementia are not in care homes but are living independently in our community. Everyone who deals with the public needs an understanding of this condition, as well as some ideas of simple things that can be done to help and support so please get involved” For further information on a special training session for your organisation, please contact Ian Lucas M.P. on lucasi@parliament.uk


in memory of marjorie dykins obe

The Mayor of Wrexham (Councillor John Pritchard), Mrs. Jane Dodds and John Leece Jones (Chair of AVOW)

In memory of Marjorie Dykins OBE, a founder member of AVOW and esteemed member of the voluntary community in Wrexham, AVOW erected a plaque within the main reception area of Ty Avow. In the presence of Marjorie’s family and friends, AVOW trustees and staff, on Friday 16th December 2016 the Mayor of Wrexham (Councillor John Pritchard) and Jane Dodds, Marjorie’s daughter, unveiled the Memorial Plaque. Her legacy also lives on through the Marjorie Dykins OBE Volunteer Memorial Awards. The awards, sponsored by Marjorie’s family, are designed to recognize the valuable contribution volunteers make, individually and collectively, to their communities in Wrexham County Borough. The first of these awards were presented at AVOW’s Christmas Reception in December 2016. The Award for Individual Volunteer went to Mrs Val Shields of Gresford Group of Volunteers Award went to the Board of Trustees of Dynamic Val has been involved in community and volunteering activities for over 40 years in the Gresford area. Among the activities Val has been involved with are All Saints Church, Playgroups, PTA group at Darland School, Gresford Community Library and Gresford Trust. Val was also a JP. Val has made a huge difference to the community with many organisations benefiting from her hard work, hands on experience and local knowledge which has been vital in fund raising. Many of the Trustees of Dynamic have served on the board for 20 years and have made a huge difference to the disabled children and their families who access the services at Dynamic. Their advice, guidance and support have been invaluable and often do things above and beyond such as conducting research to support bids.


Each winner received ÂŁ500 to be donated by the winners to a local voluntary/community organisation(s) of their choice. In addition to the winners the following received Highly Commended Certificates: Individual Volunteers Jill Morris of Home Start

Philip Jones of Advance Brighter Futures

Group of Volunteers Rhosddu United Youth Football Club

Vision Support Wrexham Resource Centre

The Mayor of Wrexham with AVOW Chair, staff and guests at the unveiling ceremony.

The Mayor of Wrexham (Councillor John Pritchard), Mrs. Jane Dodds, Val Shields (Winner of the Marjorie Dykins OBE Individual Volunteer Memorial Award) and John Leece Jones (Chair of AVOW).

The Mayor of Wrexham, Mrs. Jane Dodds and John Leece Jones with winners of the Marjorie Dykins OBE Volunteer Memorial Awards.

John Leece Jones, The Mayor of Wrexham and Mrs. Jane Dodds with representatives of Dynamic, winners of the Group of Volunteers Marjorie Dykins OBE Memorial Award.


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Dairy Marker AVOW Annual General Meeting Friday 21st July 2017 at The Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham Glyndwr University

Guest Speaker - Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Government - Cabinet Secretary for Education

Kirsty grew up in the village of Bynea, Carmarthenshire. Graduating from the University of Manchester with an Honours Degree in American studies, Kirsty worked for the learning resources department of Carmarthenshire College in Llanelli before taking up a post as a marketing and public relations executive for a small business in Cardiff.

Did you know we can advertise your jobs/voluntary positions? Our jobs page is one of the most visited on our website so make sure you let us advertise for you. Current vacancies include;

North East Wales Wildlife Board Trustee NEW Wildlife is seeking to recruit a trustee to join its Board of Trustees. The charity is keen to encourage applications from people with a wide range of skills, but particularly with any of the following expertise or keen interest: • • • • • •

Working in a conservation context in a professional environment. Great Crested Newt experience. Organisational management in a professional environment. Fundraising. Working with volunteers. Legal background.

The role would require at least 4 hours support for the charity every month and would be a voluntary appointment for an initial commitment of three to five years. Closing Date: 5pm, 31st March 2017


AVOW christmas reception As usual, the Christmas Reception was a lively affair with over 100 guests. Held at the Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham Glyndwr University on Friday 16th December 2016. AVOW welcomed representatives from the community and voluntary sector across Wrexham County Borough. The Mayor of Wrexham (Councillor John Pritchard) and the Mayoress, along with Jane Dodd (daughter of Marjorie Dykins), presented a number of awards in recognition of volunteering; • The Marjorie Dykins OBE Volunteer Memorial Awards 2016 both for individuals and groups of volunteers. • AVOW Volunteer Star and Long Service Awards in recognition of sustained commitment to volunteering. Perhaps the highlight of the event was the soft launch of AVOW’s new project which was demonstrated by the staff in the form of a short play. DragonTale Productions, a Big Lottery funded project in conjunction with Glyndwr University and Cais, aims to help people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, through the gathering and presenting of short stories via the radio.

John Leece Jones, Chair of AVOW said:

It was good to meet friends and colleagues from the Third Sector in an informal way and to talk with them about issues regarding the voluntary and community sector in Wrexham.

The Mayor and Chairman of AVOW with Karyn Theis of DragonTale Productions.


Holocaust memorial day

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27th January each year. It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. On HMD we can honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. The 27th January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

For the last three years AVOW have held a memorial event to which anyone is invited. This year it was held in the Memorial Hall, Bodhyfryd in Wrexham and over 100 people attended including school children from Rhosnesni High School and Ysgol Clywedog. Lesley Griffiths AM and Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs also attended and the Mayor of Wrexham, Councillor John Pritchard read an extract from the book “A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World’s Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor” by Caroline Stoessinger. Tim Feak, Coleg Cambria Chaplin and Under 25’s officer at St.Asaph Youth, recalled terrifying tales of Nazi persecution told to him by his Jewish relatives. From early segregation and discrimination, being forced to wear the Star of David, to later forced labour and death in the concentration camps. Tim is determined the lessons of the Holocaust are learnt so that people today stand up to persecution and discrimination. Wanjiku Mbugua, Director of BAWSO and Trustee of AVOW, talked of worrying times in the world today and indeed in Wrexham where Syrian asylum seekers are targeted because they are different. Wanjiku talked of the path to genocide and how it doesn’t just happen but starts with propaganda spread by hate groups.

Tim Feak

The Mayor of Wrexham, Cllr John Pritchard


In the words of the Jewish people...

They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat

In their wishes for the future, visitors wrote

The Bishop of Wrexham, the Reverend Peter Brignall also gave a very moving speech about love and how genocide happens when ordinary folk fail to stand up and be counted. “The increase in hate crime is the thin end of the wedge” he said. Within the service Charlie Jones, of AVOW, gave a presentation on Sir Nicholas Winton who saved hundreds of children via Kinder Transport.

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Guests sampling the food


As the theme this year was “How can life go on?” guests were invited to sample food from countries and cultures of those affected by genocide. There was even some Concentration Camp soup which just consisted of peelings, however there were other more appetising dishes on offer.

Local Hero

local hero 2017 will celebrate superstar fundraisers Throughout april

Localgiving will be awarding £5,000 in prizes to the causes supported by the top 20 fundraisers in April 2017. Participants will be ranked according to the number of unique online donors from whom they secured sponsorship throughout the month (NOT the amount of money they raised). The top fundraiser will secure a prize of £1,000 for their chosen cause!

The top fundraiser will win £1,000 for their cause, with the next 19 best fundraisers awarded between £500 and £100!

Start date & time: Saturday 1st April 2017 at Midnight End date & time: Sunday 30th April 2017 at Midnight Conditions of entry: Each active fundraising page on Localgiving will be eligible to take part. Process: Fundraisers will be ranked according to the number of unique donors who sponsor their page within the campaign start and end dates. Donations made outside of the campaign dates will not be counted towards a fundraiser’s ranking. Prizes: The top 20 fundraisers at 23:59:59 on Sunday the 30th of April 2017 will be declared the winners. Prizes will not be given to the fundraiser, but awarded directly to the charities for whom they are fundraising. Prizes will be awarded as follows

1st Place: £1000 2nd - 5th Places: £500 6th - 10th Places: £200 11th - 20th Places: £100 More details: www.localgiving.org/what-we-do/campaigns/localhero


austin and hope pilkington trust 2017 grants programme The remaining rounds for 2017 are as follows: • April Round: Music and the Arts. The application period is 1 - 31 April 2017. Grants of £5,000 will be available for charities with operational income of minimum £1 million. • July Round: Music and the Arts. The application period is 1 - 31 July 2017. Grants of £1,000 will be available to charities with an operational income of minimum £50,000 and maximum £1 million. • September/October Round: The Elderly. The application period is 1 September to 31 October 2017. Grants of £5,000 will be available to charities with operational income of minimum £1 million. Charities can only apply for one round per calendar year. The Trust requests that applications are submitted as early as possible before the deadline so that the Trust has plenty of time to request any additional information if required.

In response to a significantly increased number of applications, the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust has restructured its funding programme for 2017 and now offers four rounds per year. Charitable organisations can apply for funding which directly supports the theme selected by the Trustees for that year. The funding is intended to support organisations undertaking projects in a variety of fields and works on a threeyear rotation system, with different fields of interests being funded each year.

Further details are available from: www.austin-hope-pilkington. org.uk/ or email: admin@austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk

first playgroup in wrexham receives £400 penalty notice for not having pensions The first childcare setting in Wrexham to have a £400 penalty has occurred recently for not signing up for pensions through auto enrolment. All organisations that employ staff should by now have received details about auto enrolment and when their staging date is –which is the legal date when a scheme needs to be in place if the setting qualifies. If you don’t comply and receive a penalty notice for £400 you need to immediately deal with the matter. Failing to respond within the statutory period will result in a penalty at the rate of £50 PER DAY being added to the original. www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/employers/ what-happens-if-i-dont-comply This is not a scare tactic but a reality and in December a Third Sector organisation with 25 employees in Anglesey was fined £13,000. If you are not signed up or unsure of the situation contact Katherine Jones in AVOW who can provide you with necessary information on auto enrolment and payroll. katherine.prince@avow.org tel 01978 312556 Please remember that if you are not a Community Interest Organisation (CIO) or company limited by guarantee then your committee members can be personally at risk for any of the Penalty Notices if there are no funds.



RHOSTYLLEN MEMORIAL GARDEN Esclusham Community Council were successful with a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for Memorial Gardens Project, commemorating the First World War. Two memorial sculptures were commissioned, featuring a military helmet, propeller and anchor, representing the Army, Navy, and Royal Air Force. The unveiling ceremony was presided over by Major General Cordingley, veteran of the 1991 Gulf War. Also present were Welsh Guards in ceremonial dress, Regiment Mascot, plus a fly-past by two helicopters from RAF Shawbury in Shropshire. About £20,000 was raised for the project, including a £10,000 grant from the WW1 Then & Now programme, and fundraising donations. The project includes several other elements, such as a permanent exhibition of research and stories at the parish hall, Rhostyllen and online.


Parciau Bowling Club have successfully obtained two grants totalling £5,750 for equipment to help maintain their bowling greens. Grant applications to the Wrexham Community Endowment Fund and the Big Lottery Fund’s Award for All programme were successful, enabling them to obtain a mower and a scarifier, to keep their greens in tip-top condition.


The New Glyn Valley Tramway & Industrial Heritage Trust formally opened their new Tramway Heritage Centre after a major transformation. A ÂŁ75,000 grant was received from WREN, which enabled them over a two year period, to fully renovate the old Glyn Valley Tramway Engine Shed, and turn it into a fully functioning Heritage Centre.




Emergency First Aid at Work Wednesday 15th March 2017, 9.45am – 4pm, 3-4 Plas Power, Tanyfron, Wrexham, LL11 5SZ,

Syllabus topics: • Responsibilities of a First Aider • Legalities and reporting • Assessment of the situation • Dealing with an unresponsive casualty • Resuscitation • Control of bleeding • Treatment of Shock • Choking • Burns and scalds • Epilepsy and seizures

£55pp + VAT.

For more information contact Louise Stokes on 01978 757524 or email training@groundworknorthwales.org.uk

Maternal Infant Mental Health Training (Level 2)

9.30am – 4.30pm, Wrexham (venue to be confirmed)

The level 2 course is a 1 day course (which is accredited at 1 credit) and is aimed at anyone 16+ and anyone working with families or who may be studying family welfare, it is about raising awareness and providing information. The course content for this includes; the social and emotional development of the infant, knowing normal maternal thoughts and behaviors, factors that impact on the mother and infant relationship, toxic stress and safeguarding implications, non judgmental approaches.

£25 for training (Extra £10 for accreditation)

For further information and to request booking forms please contact: Tel : 07464827161 or e-mail: Samantha.hughes@family-action.org.uk

Wednesday 29th March 2017,

Grants fit for Funding Thursday 18th May 2017, 9.30am – 1pm @ Ty AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, £10pp

The training aims to provide an understanding of funder’s expectations, and tips to improve the quality of applications. You will also learn how to write concise and compelling funding applications.

To book on visit www.avow.org/training-courses call 01978 312556 or email communitycourses@avow.org


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