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COME TO THE AVOW AUTUMN CONFERENCE - MAKE YOUR FUTURE CLEARER November 2016. Watch the website for details. For more information Find us on Facebook & Twitter



03 SHOPMOBILITY/ACTONCHILDREN’SCENTRE/StaffNEWSTARTERS 04 AVOWFUNDINGPORTAL/VOLUNTEERS/PLASMADOCFUNFAIR 05 VOLUNTEERMANAGERSNETWORK/HSEVisit 06 Gresfordtrust 07 GresfordTrust 08 avowannualgeneralmeeting 09 volunteerawards/grantsforyoungvolunteers 10 youthvolunteering/thirdsectordoctor 11 wrexhamcommunitychest 12 scottishpowerfoundation 13 outlookmeadowandwoodlandvisit 14 TRAINING AVOW | Tŷ Avow 21 Egerton Street | 21 Stryd Egerton | Wrexham | Wrecsam | LL11 1ND Tel/Ffôn: 01978 312556 | Fax/Ffacs: 01978 352046 | Charity Number/Elusen Rhif: 1043989 Company Limited by Guarantee Number/Cwmni Cyfyngedig gan Warant rhif: 2993429


AVOW are starting to upgrade their fleet of 31 Mobility Scooters and have just acquired two new scooters thanks a donation from the Williams Family Foundation. Shopmobility operates out of the bus

station, King Street, Wrexham, and is open from 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am – 12.30pm on Saturday. In addition to scooters there are powered and manual wheelchairs available for hire. For people who are going out for the day we have ‘booty scooters’ – these are lightweight and can fit in the boot of a car.

£2.50 per day

The Mobility Scooters are only £2.50 a day and enable people with mobility issues to access the town easily. Last year Shopmobility users spent over £450,000 in the town.

If you want further information please ring 01978 312390 or pop in to have a chat with Kath or Steph.

Acton Children’s and Families Centre AVOW Little Sunflowers (LSCC) have taken over the management of the Acton Children’s and Family Centre from 1st August 2016. We are pleased that all of the staff have transferred to AVOW and Catrin Evans will continue to manage the setting on a day to day basis. Sharon Evans who has been with AVOW for a number of years, will remain as overall Childcare Manager encompassing LSCC in Plas Madoc and the Acton Centre. The merger will ensure the childcare is safeguarded and we are looking forward to working with the families and community of Acton and surrounding area to extend on the quality childcare provision provided through Little Sunflowers. If you require more information on either Little Sunflowers at Acton or Plas Madoc tel: Sharon Evans on 01978 813914 or email

NEW STARTERS AVOW welcomes new starters

The centre is able to offer childcare provision from 8.00am –5.30pm, Monday – Friday.


Welcome to Catrin, Lana, Dani, Sian & Ffion

AVOW would like to thank the outgoing Trustees of the Acton Centre for their assistance in making the transition as smooth as possible.

Sophie Boyce (Carers & Information Support Worker / Hospital & GP Facilitator) Kati Williams (Young Carers Support Worker) With their skills and knowledge the new members of staff will bring, Wrexham Carers Service believes it is in good shape for the future, helping the many non-paid carers in Wrexham County Borough with their daily lives and bringing support to the Third Sector in general. AVOW also extends its Business Support department with the addition of Tom Blackwell who is employed through the Jobs Growth Wales Scheme.


Are you making the most of your AVOW membership?

The portal gives you:

Did you know that there is a database of funding opportunities on the AVOW website?

AVOW members have free and unlimited access to the Funding Portal.

Have you used it yet?

Details of 1000+ funds A library of easy guides to help you apply for funding Tailored funding searches, or browse funders by theme Create, download and save Funding reports Up to date knowledge. Sign up to email alerts to be the first to know when relevant funds open for applications, or are updated The Funding Portal is in the Membership area of the AVOW website – If you would like further information on the Funding Portal and/or how to use it, please contact Heather Hicks, 01978 312556 or

Can you use a team of volunteers for a day? Scottish Power employees want to offer a helping hand to charities for a day. They are willing to send in a team of volunteers to help spruce up a community garden or building, plant trees, paint fencing etc. They have regular volunteering days throughout the year, and the next will be on 1st October 2016 for Iberdrola International Volunteering Day.

Rhostyllen based Scottish Power employees cleared and tidied the garden at disability charity, Dynamic, ready for their annual BBQ.

If you have a project they can help you with, contact Roy Jones, Community Liaison Manager. Email:; Tel. 0141 614 2038, or mobile: 07753622272

PLAS MADOC COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENT The AVOW Play Team held a Community Engagement Event on Wednesday 20th July 2016.

The event was an ideal opportunity to consult with locals and was supported by the Invest local Plas Madoc group. Tenants and residents from the area were asked about what is important to them in their community, and if they'd like to be more involved in the programme. The event was a great success and over 800 people provided feedback. Invest Local is a new programme, offering the opportunity to local people to come together and decide what they would like to see, change or develop in their community. There is a £1 million budget (Big Lottery money) for each community involved over 10 years. Plas Madoc is one of the communities to be offered this opportunity. See for more info.

05 VOLUNTEER MANAGERS NETWORK Quarterly sessions are arranged to allow members of staff from voluntary organisations working in Wrexham County Borough to meet, share experiences and develop models of good practice in volunteer management. A member of the group will speak informally about any new initiatives or projects they have recently undertaken. It’s a great way to network with others working in the sector.

Next meeting will take place at Tŷ AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham on Wednesday 21st September 2016 from 10am – 12pm. All Welcome

FUTURE DATES 07/12/2016




For more information please contact the Volunteer Centre on


Advertising your volunteering opportunities on our website will enable you to achieve a wide distribution across the voluntary/community sector in Wrexham County Borough. Another great way to advertise your volunteering vacancies is through the Volunteering in Wales Website The website offers your organisation the opportunity to detail your volunteer vacancies and hopefully recruit new volunteers.

HSE visit

The Health and Safety Executive have a statutory right of entry when visiting premises. Whilst they generally don’t

make a habit of visiting charities and community buildings, they certainly can and we have heard recently how they have done exactly that. If they come calling on you please make sure you check their Identification and they should leave a business card with you so you can call them if you are unsure about anything.

On a normal inspection visit an inspector looks at the workplace, the work activities, the management of health and safety, and to check that you are complying with health and safety law. The inspector may offer guidance or advice to help you and they may also talk to employees or volunteers, take photographs and samples, serve improvement notices and take action if there is a risk to health and safety which needs to be dealt with immediately.

They would usually only be interested in unsafe conditions and not the Fire Risk Assessments - as this falls under the authority of the Fire and Rescue Service - nor Food Hygiene, as this is down to the Local Authority.

Make sure you are comfortable with who you let into your building – if they are genuine they won’t mind you calling the number on their ID to double check.

06 gresford trust receives esteemed award from the queen Gresford Trust, a voluntary group in Gresford which works to manage extensive social and recreational facilities for the benefit of the local community, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognize outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Gresford Trust provides a centre for social activities in Gresford. Committed volunteer Trustees successfully manage four community buildings, 18 acres of recreation land including tennis courts, bowling greens, cricket and football pitches, independent of Local Authority funding.

the trust’s mission statement is

Run by the village for the village The Memorial Hall is used by local groups for a variety of activities including the village playgroup, local craft, art and chess groups, W.I., indoor bowls, the retirement club and for Gresford Community Council Meetings. A second building houses the snooker club. A new bowling pavilion is home to Gresford village bowling club who play on two adjacent crown greens. The Memorial hall is also hired out for private functions, and by a number of small local enterprises including pilates, yoga, baby massage, martial arts and modern dance. The Trust’s land is open for use by the local community and is home to the village cricket, soccer and tennis clubs, run by volunteers, catering for a wide range of age groups. Janet Holmes and Richard Williams represented Gresford Trust at a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 24th May 2016, where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award. Gresford Trust will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd later in the year. Gresford Trust is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

Email: Website: Telephone: 01978 856650

07 The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:

I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.

I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a more compassionate society.

Lord Thomas of Gresford made the following statement about the Trust as part of the Active Citizenship debate in the House of Lords in 2010: The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016 has been awarded in recognition of the excellence in voluntary activities carried out by Gresford Trust, which represents a tremendous achievement for our organization. Everyone involved in the smooth running of the Trust, both past and present, which includes Trustees who represent the villages and those representing our affiliated organizations and groups, our facilities’ supervisor, cleaners and groundsmen, have reason to feel immensely proud of the recognition that this prestigious award represents. Gresford Trust is delighted that the work done by its volunteers is acknowledged in such a public and positive manner as to be awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; the MBE for volunteer groups. We will always welcome new people, who feel they have the drive and energy to be a part of our wonderful organization. Please come and be part of this success story.

For further information please visit:

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said: The message from Gresford is that it can be done. There is an abundance of talent and drive in our communities which, if it comes together, will achieve great things.

The Secretary for the Trust, Janet Holmes said:

08 avow annual general meeting

AVOW held its Annual General Meeting on Friday 15th July, 2016, at the Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham attended by approximately 100 guests and representatives from voluntary and community organisations across Wrexham County Borough. Also present was the Deputy Mayor of Wrexham (Councillor Bernie McCann) and Lesley Griffiths AM, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs and Ian Lucas (MP)

Reports were given by the Chair, John Leece Jones, and the Chief Officer, John Gallanders regarding AVOW’s activities during 2015/16 and future proposals. Further information on this can be found in the Annual Review – The Guest Speaker was Mr. Nick Dann of the National Offender Management Service and Deputy Project Director of HMP Berwyn. Mr. Dann explained that the new prison would be a category C prison and would be the largest prison in the UK. The project had a £30m local spend with a local labour force of 50% and the scheme would provide 100 apprenticeships. Mr. Dann outlined the vision, culture and values of the new prison which were of a rehabilitative nature with the aim of turning lives around and changing lives for the better. In this connection he stressed the importance of Third Sector involvement with the new prison. The prison was scheduled to open in February, 2017, with a capacity of 2,106 housed in three units. In addition to reception, healthcare and recreational facilities the prison would include industrial and training workshops, together with 24 education classrooms. Mr. Dann facilitated his address with a slide presentation showing the current development of the site and facilities, after which he answered questions from the audience.

Following Mr. Dann’s address Moira Jones, Trustee of AVOW formally thanked him for attending and for his interesting and informative address. Marjorie Dykins Memorial Volunteer Award Scheme: It was reported that a commemorative plaque in memory of Marjorie Dykins (Founder Member and Secretary of Avow) was to be placed in Tŷ Avow and that a Marjorie Dykins Memorial Volunteer Awards Scheme was to be launched in September 2016 following discussions with Marjorie’s family who had generously donated £5,000 towards the project. Individuals or a group of volunteers can be nominated to the award and if successful will receive £500 for a voluntary organisation of their choosing to use to enhance volunteering within their organisation. Details on website – contact:

Volunteer Presentations During the meeting the Deputy Mayor of Wrexham (Councillor Bernie McCann), presented the following awards:-

Volunteer Star Awards:Adam Flavell Tegan Sollis Jessica Rogers

Long Service Awards:Pamela & Neville Sharpe Girl Guiding Uk

WCVA Wales Volunteer of the Year Highly Commended Award Gresford/Marford Lunch Club

09 volunteer awards

Millennium Volunteers is a UK Government-funded initiative for young people between the ages of 14 and 25. As a Millennium Volunteer you give your time to help others, doing something you enjoy. At the same time you gain experience, confidence and skills. Through volunteering you can make a positive difference to your own life and your community.

In Wales, those completing 200 hours voluntary activity in a year receive an Award of Excellence, signed by the First Minister of the Welsh Government. Achievements of 50, 100 & 200 hours are marked by a Certificate of Recognition. Anyone interested in signing up to the Millennium Volunteers scheme can get in touch with the Youth Volunteering Development Officer Tegan Sollis at AVOW for further information or visit the AVOW website –

500 200 100 50

The Volunteer Star Awards are a local initiative designed to recognise and reward volunteers in the Wrexham area for the time and the commitment they have given freely to their community. Volunteers can gain recognition in the form of certificates for 10 hours, 50 hours, 100 hours, 200 hours and 500 hours and are presented to the volunteer at a variety of events throughout the year. Hours can be backdated for a maximum period of 6 months and there is the Long Service Award for volunteers who have volunteered for a minimum period of 5 years, which is nominated by the organisation. Anyone interested in signing up to the Volunteer Star Awards can get in touch with AVOW for further information or see the AVOW website.

GRANTS for young volunteers


Gwirvol Are you a young person aged 14-25? Do you have an idea or project that would benefit your local community? The GwirVol Youth Led Grants Scheme can help you bring your project to life. This could be a one-off project such as a group of young people organising a Christmas “knees-up” for local elderly people to an individual organising a clean-up day in their local community.

AVOW have previously funded: A group of young people who applied for funding to take local Care Group Members with disabilities canoeing on Bala Lake.

A group to produce a DVD to help children who are going into care.

A group of young volunteers to regenerate an area of a local park and install a new bench and footpath suitable for wheelchair users.

These are just a few of the projects that have been funded. Why not come up with your own idea and apply for some money? Grants of £500 are available for individuals or groups to fund their projects. YSSRG ‘What if we could have £200?’ grant scheme Does your organisation For more information, please contact the Youth Volunteering need funding for a youth project that will make a difference to the community Development Officer, and support young people? Organisations working with young people aged Tegan Sollis on: 11-25 can now apply for £200 from the Youth Service Strategy Revenue 01978 312556 Grant 2016/2017. In welcoming the availability of this Welsh Government supported Grant Scheme, Tegan Sollis, Youth Volunteering Development Officer of AVOW said, “The scheme will provide financial assistance for eligible youth projects which will increase youth participation within organisations or the wider community”. This is your organisation’s opportunity to give young people the chance to experience something new and support their project ideas.

10 celebrating youth volunteering

For more information, please contact the Youth Volunteering Development Officer, Tegan Sollis on:

01978 312556


Following the success of last year’s Red Carpet Volunteers Night, AVOW is holding a further celebration event this year called #GrowUpToInspire. It will be slightly different to last year’s event as it will focus on those volunteers aged 25 and under. There will be presentations from organisations who have received either the Gwirvol Youth Led Grant or the YSSRG 15/16 grant and an opportunity to apply for both grant schemes this year. It will be a fun night of entertainment whilst recognising various achievements of young people.

#GrowUpToInspire Friday 14th October 2016, 6pm @ Brymbo Sports & Social Complex

NEWT’S NETWORKING The second NEWT’s (North East Wales Trustees) event took place on 21st June 2016 in the beautiful setting of Erddig Hall, Wrexham. Over 40 people attended and saw the Third Sector Doctor (TSD) project launch their new toolbox which comprises several tool kits to help organisations in matters such as Finance, HR, Marketing, Funding, Administration and IT. Jane Tweedie, of Whittingham Riddell (Accountants) gave a presentation on legal governance of a charitable organisation and Bob Hughes, a mentor for the TSD Project, presented on Social Enterprise Development in the Third Sector. Both presentations were well received by the audience of local charity trustees. The event was facilitated by the TSD Project – a joint project across Wrexham & Flintshire that promotes intensive support to the Third Sector. The Project, funded by the Big Lottery, provides advice and training to the sector and has a number of mentors, specialised in areas such as Finance, HR & Marketing, who will assist organisations in facing certain issues that many third sector organisations experience. The project also offers third sector organisations a free health check which is an in depth look at an organisations operations with recommendations for continuous improvement. The TSD Project holds a NEWTs event for local charity trustees every six months. The next event will be in October/November. These events are free for third sector charity trustees and senior managers to attend, with venues alternating between Wrexham and Flintshire. The TSD Project also hold training events on subjects which are relevant to the third sector, and is free for all charitable organisations operating in the Wrexham and Flintshire areas. To register your interest please contact Sharon Stocker on 01978 312556 or For further information on our services please contact the Third Sector Doctor Project on 01978 312556 or email

11 Wrexham Community Chest Cist Gymunedol


Community chest is a Sports Wales initiative for community sport and physical activity to increase participation and improve standards Mae’r cist gymunedol yn rhaglen gan chwaraeon Cymru sy’n darpau arian ar gyfer chwaraeon a gweithgareddau corfforol yn y gymuned Grants of up to


available, to get:

Grant I fyny at

£1500 Defnyddio am:

Additional funding is available for clubs who want to promote equality by developing women & girls, disability and social inclusion sessions Cyllid ychwanegol ar gael I glybiau sydd am hyrwyddo cydraddoldeb drwyddatblyg marched a genthod, anabledd a sesiynau cynhwysiant cymdeithasol This is an opportunity for 1-2-1 free help and advice with making an application Mae hwn yn gyfle I gael 1-2-1 cymorth a chyngor am ddim I wneud cais

To apply for an appointment please contact Louise Brady I wneud cais, cyswllt Louise Brady


ScottishPower Foundation and Trinity Mirror need your help to seek out...

your champions The search is on for those extra special members of your community worthy of the annual ScottishPower Foundation/Trinity Mirror Cheshire and North Wales, Your Champions Award 2016. We are looking for those local heroes, sporting heroes and teams who through their outstanding efforts such as volunteering, fundraising, or sporting success are working to improve our communities. Our hunt for these outstanding individuals and teams will run through until late September when we will be honouring the worthy recipients at a glittering awards event in Llandudno in October and Chester in November.

Champion team Champion volunteer Champion young person Sporting champion Community champion Nomination forms can be downloaded from Closing date for nominations Llandudno event: 9th September 2016 Chester event: 7th October 2016

Trinity Mirror North Wales

Trinity Mirror Cheshire

13 Field day for wrexham young carers

A group of children who care for someone in their family visited Outlook Meadow and Woodland on the 2nd of June. The day was sponsored by Starbucks and after a cloudy start the day brightened to be warm and sunny. The children enjoyed a variety of activities including pond dipping, potting seeds to take home, making dream-catchers and craft activities. They toasted marshmallows around the campďŹ re, put on a show in the amphitheatre and explored the woodland. The afternoon was topped with a scavenger hunt and a walk through the stream, exploring hidden places, conquering fallen trees across the stream and trying not to get in the deeper places and waterfalls

I liked all of it. It was super-duper brilliant Megan

I loved everything. I want to come back. Lili

The campďŹ re and marshmallows was great. I want to do more walking in the stream Liry

I really had fun today Eleanor

WCD Young Carers Service operates through Wrexham, Conwy and Denbighshire. For more information contact 01597 823800 Outlook Meadow and Woodland, Tel: 01948 830198, Mobile: 07919 416767, Email:


14 training training courses from Course: Food Safety Level 2 Date: Wednesday 14th September 2016 Location: Tŷ AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham LL11 1ND Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm Price: £45pp (other rates apply for corporate bodies/AVOW members receive a 10% discount)

Course: Emergency First Aid at Work Level 2 Date: Wednesday 19th October 2016 Location: Tŷ AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham LL11 1ND Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm Price: £45pp (other rates apply for corporate bodies/AVOW members receive a 10% discount)

Aims & Objectives: The training aims to provide participants with a grasp of the importance of food safety and an understanding of how to control food safety risks.

Aims & Objectives: The training aims to provide techniques in emergency first aid including resuscitation, treating the unconscious person and treating serious medical conditions.

Course: Health & Safety Level 2 Date: Wednesday 16th November 2016 Location: Tŷ AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham LL11 1ND Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm Price: £45pp (other rates apply for corporate bodies/AVOW members receive a 10% discount)

Aims & Objectives: The training aims to provide participants with an understanding of the principles of health and safety and accident prevention

Booking is essential: To book onto any of these courses visit our website –, email or alternatively call us on 01978 312556. Bespoke training can be arranged for your organisation contact: with your needs Course: Child Exploitation Awareness Training Date: Wednesday 14th September 2016 Location: Greenfield Business Centre, Greenfield Road, Greenfield, Flintshire, CH8 7GR Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm Trainer: Flintshire Victim Contact Team Contact for Booking: Phone 01352 702 676 for more information. Course Aim: A workshop for practitioners from all agencies who work with children, young people and their families which will: Identify when Child Sexual Exploitation is happening and that a young person is at risk. Explain your role and responsibility in line with the All Wales Guidance on Safeguarding Children & Young People at risk of abuse through Sexual Exploitation. Recognise the link between Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking. Demonstrate the assessment of a child or young person at risk using the Seraf Risk Assessment Framework tool. The Sexual Exploitation Risk Assessment tool (SERAF) was developed in response to difficulties in identification and intervention for children and young people at risk of or abused through sexual exploitation.

AVOW Newsletter Autumn 2016 English