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ISSUE NO. 71

SUMMER 2016

Charity Number 1043989 | Company Limited by Guarantee Number 2993429

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PICNIC IN THE PARK

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AVOW RECEIVES AWARD

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HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT A BOUT VOLUNTEERING?

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ARMED FORCES DAY

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SCHOOL OF HEALTHCARE SCIENCES

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HUMAN RIGHTS - GOT SOMETHI NG TO SAY?

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HUMAN RIGHTS - GOT SOMETHI NG TO SAY?

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WREXHAM BIG HEALTH DAY/ CARERS WEEK

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CHARITY COMMISSION/NAT MIN WAGE INCREASE

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FREE GREEN DOCTOR SERVICE

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THE NOTICEBOARD/ AVOW AGM DIARY MAKER

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TRAINING IN THE THIRD SECTOR

AVOW | Tŷ Avow 21 Egerton Street | 21 Stryd Egerton | Wrexham | Wrecsam | LL11 1ND Tel/Ffôn: 01978 312556 | Fax/Ffacs: 01978 352046 info@avow.org | www.avow.org Charity Number/Elusen Rhif: 1043989 Company Limited by Guarantee Number/Cwmni Cyfyngedig gan Warant rhif: 2993429


P I C N I C I N T H E PA R K VolunteER’s Celebration II

P I C N I C Y N Y PA RC Digwyddiad dathlu i wirfoddolwyr

11:00AM - 4:00PM

11:00YB - 4:00YP

AT L LW Y N I S A F G R E E N W R E X H A M A R G A E L LW Y N I S A F W R E C S A M 11TH JUNE 2016 | 11EG MEHEFIN 2016

NUMEROUS STALLS NIFER O STONDINAU Find us on Facebook & Twitter

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ENTERTAINMENT & MUSIC ADLONIANT A CHERDDORIAETH @AVOWWrexham

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AVOW RECEIVES AWARD A MARK OF RECOGNITION FOR VOLUNTEERS

AVOW has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, in recognition for their excellent practice in working with volunteers. The Investing in Volunteers Award is the UK wide quality standard for organisations involving volunteers. The Award aims to improve the quality of volunteering experience for volunteers and to encourage organisations to recognise the enormous contribution made by volunteers. Investing in Volunteers is managed in Wales by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA). Michael Davies - Volunteer (Gwirfoddolwr) At AVOW there are 54 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who volunteer on a regular basis in a wide variety of roles. AVOW was assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved its competence in all aspects of working with its volunteers.

John Gallanders AVOW Chief Officer said: “We are delighted to receive this Award. It demonstrates our commitment to all the volunteers at AVOW and enables us to promote a model of good practice in the voluntary and community sector in Wrexham County Borough”. Natalie Griffiths, Business Support Volunteer said: “I really enjoy volunteering at AVOW and look forward to coming in each Wednesday afternoon. I always feel supported, it’s a great place to be”.

Natalie Griffiths - Volunteer (Gwirfoddolwr)

For further information about investing in volunteers visit: www.investinginvolunteers.org.uk

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HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? HOW CAN VOLUNTEERING HELP ME? • Volunteering can be incredibly helpful to boost your CV, learn new skills, or just give something back to your community. • Volunteering can improve your confidence and help you meet people. THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE WITH VACANCIES IN: • Administration • Befriending • First Aid • Substance Misuse

• • • •

Homelessness Sports Families and Young People Outdoors

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT SESSIONS A bit like a careers fair, these sessions are a great way to meet voluntary organisations who are looking to recruit volunteers. You can chat to them about the opportunities that they have, what their organisation is about and the skills you have to offer. Different organisations attend each month to give you a wide range of opportunities available, however AVOW Volunteer Centre staff are also on hand to chat to about other opportunities that might be available to you. Wrexham Volunteer Centre currently have over 400 registered volunteering opportunities in Wrexham, with more coming in every day so there is always plenty to choose from and something for everyone. Next session is on Tuesday 7th June between 10am - 11:30am. The sessions are open to everyone – no need to book, just turn up. LOOK ON THE WEB If you are unavailable to attend a session, don’t worry. You can make an appointment to see one of our knowledgeable advisors who can discuss all volunteering opportunities with you. Alternatively, you can visit www.volunteering-wales.net where all opportunities are listed. If you are a voluntary organisation how can AVOW help? LOOKING TO RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS? • Call us to book space at future Volunteer Recruitment Sessions. Booking is essential as space is very limited so get in touch now to ensure your place. • Visit www.volunteering-wales.net to add your organisation to the website and upload your volunteering opportunities, or you can get in touch with us and we can send you a registration form to complete. We can also assist with recruitment and retention of volunteers. For more information please contact Wrexham Volunteer Centre on 01978 312556, email vb@avow.org or pop in to AVOW, at 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND.

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� Gorymdaith gyda band Y Cymry Brenhinol am 12.00 yn dilyn gyda gwasanaeth filwrol � Pentref milwrol gyda cherbydau ac arddangosfeydd � Tîm Arddangos Parasiwtiau yr RAF Falcons � Awyrennau milwrol Dakota a Griffin yn hedfan heibio � Tîm Beiciau FMX Arfordir y Dwyrain � Tîm arddangos cŵn Rockwood � Hwsariaid Môn � Seremonïau Baner i Gloi � Gweithgareddau amrywiol sy'n addas i deuluoedd, gan gynnwys gweithdy sgiliau syrcas a reidiau � Arddangosfa Llyfr Coffa yn y castell Ni chaniateir alcohol ar y safle. Mae arlwyo a lluniaeth ar gael ^ ^ Ni chaniateir cw n ar y safle ac eithrio cw n cymorth

Parcio AM DDIM

� Parade with Royal Welsh Band at 12.00 followed by Drumhead Service � Military village with vehicles and displays � RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team � Flypasts by Dakota and Griffin military aircraft � East Coast FMX Bike Team � Rockwood dog display team � Anglesey Hussars � Closing Flag ceremonies � Various family friendly activities including circus skills workshop and rides � Book of Remembrance Exhibition in the castle No alcohol to be brought on site, catering and refreshments available No dogs allowed on site except assistance dogs

FREE parking

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#SaluteOurForces NW

DIWRNOD Y LLUOEDD ARFOG Digwyddiad â thema filwrol AM DDIM ar gyfer y teulu cyfan

ARMED FORCES DAY

A military themed FREE event for the whole family am

pm

18 Mehefin / June 2016 - 11 - 4

Castell a Pharc Bodelwyddan, Bodelwyddan, Sir Ddinbych. LL18 5YA Bodelwyddan Castle and Park, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire LL18 5YA www.armedforcesday.org.uk

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SCHOOL OF HEALTHCARE SCIENCES PRIFYSGOL BANGOR UNIVERSITY

Public Engagement in Education and Research Collaboration, Co-Production and Co-Design ARE YOU A SERVICE USER OR CARER WHO WOULD LIKE TO GET MORE INVOLVED IN EDUCATION AND RESEARCH? Would you like to become part of our group who advise and take part in the following activities? • • • •

Student Interviews Student Assessments Student Presentations Curriculum Design

• Research Design • Research Analysis • Research Development

We are an active group and we enjoy lively discussion and collaboration with staff and students. We are a friendly group who gain support from each other and from the University staff.

TO FIND OUT MORE OR TO BE ADDED TO THE GROUP EMAILS PLEASE CONTACT: Dr Marjorie Ghisoni, Public Engagement Lead, School of Healthcare Sciences, Fron Heulog, Ffriddoedd Rd, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2EF m.ghisoni@bangor.ac.uk 01248 383139 www.bangor.ac.uk/healthcaresciences Tweet: @SHSBangor 07


Human rights - got Every four and a half years, all 193 countries in the UN have their Human Rights record reviewed with the UN Human Rights Council. Next year (2017) it’s the UK’s turn under the Universal Periodic Review Process (UPR) and the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) are consulting with Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) for evidence about the situation on the ground. This is the third time under the UPR that the UK has been examined. They will look at the previous recommendations to establish progress and view three reports: • State report – prepared by the Government about the Human Rights situation in the U.K • UN Summary report – prepared by the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights • Stakeholder summary report – this report contains a summary of the reports submitted from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and CSO’s. It’s for this report that the BIHR are looking for evidence, and you can help. Human Rights have a long history in the UK, but it was only really after WWII that they became legally set down, with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. From this came the European Convention on Human Rights which the UK government agreed to in 1951 but in 1998 the UK passed its own legislation. The Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) creates a legal duty on all public authorities and officials to respect the rights in the HRA in all that they do. This covers every day interactions with public services like the NHS, state schools, social services, the police, and central and local government. The rights contained in the HRA are: ARTICLE ARTICLE

RIGHT

RIGHT

POTENTIAL ISSUES POTENTIAL ISSUES

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Right to life

Death in custody or state care

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Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment

Serious harm or neglect in public services. Inappropriate

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Freedom from slavery and forced labour

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Right to liberty

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Right to a fair trial

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No punishment without law

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Right to respect for private and family life, etc.

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Freedom of thought, religion and conscience

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Freedom of expression

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protest.

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1, protocol 1

in some sectors, including migrant workers.

to make such decisions. human rights Peaceful enjoyment of posessions tax”.

2, protocol 1

Ensuring exclusion policies are clear, certain and

3, protocol 1

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t something to say? In addition to these fundamental rights, the UK has also signed the following International Treaties: • • • • • • • •

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) International Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) Convention relating to the status of Refugees (Refuge Convention) Convention against Torture (CAT)

CSO’s can submit their own report as part of the UPR. To do this go to the website of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights – http://www.ohchr.org – for guidance. Reports should contain credible and reliable evidence on the Human Rights situation in the UK including developments since 2012. Alternatively you can let BIHR know of your concerns. Go to www.bihr.org.uk/hrcheck for more information. You can submit evidence online, by email or by post but it must be based around the following four questions; 1 2 3 4

What HR issues are of concern to you and your organisation? What steps have been taken since to improve the situation? What do you think the Government should be doing on this issue? If you could tell the Government one thing about human rights, what would it be?

All evidence must be submitted by Thursday 30th June 2016. For more information please contact Victoria Milner on victoria.milner@avow.org 01978 312556

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WREXHAM BIG HEALTH DAY & Carers week PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE The Big Health Day always attracts a large crowd and this year was no exception. The event held at The Memorial Hall, Bodhyfryd, Wrexham on 23rd March, 2016, saw over 300 individuals visiting 53 stalls promoting all aspects of health and wellbeing in relation to this year’s theme “Prevention Is Better than Cure”. The Mayor of Wrexham, Councillor Mrs Barbara Roxborough met and chatted to representatives of the many local organisations that provide services to ensure that we can all enjoy better health and wellbeing. Vice Chair of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Mrs Margaret Hanson, used the opportunity to present AVOW with the recently achieved Investors in Volunteers quality award (see page 4 for more information). Big thanks to: • Groundwork North Wales, demonstrating healthy cooking and feeding many of those who attended • Age Connects North East Wales who showed a group how to relax and exercise with TaiChi • British Red Cross therapies • Macmillan No7 makeups • An outstanding performance delivered by the Tenovus Choir who entertained us all with their amazing singing WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU NEXT YEAR WITH A NEW THEME!

CARERS WEEK 6TH - 10TH JUNE 2016 On the afternoon of Wednesday 8th June, Wrexham Carers Service will be holding a display of ‘Carers Talent’ at the Maesgwyn Hall, Mold Road, Wrexham, opposite Glyndwr University, together with an afternoon tea for the Carers. They are looking for Carers to come forward who are willing to share their hobbies and skills and would they would like you to contact them as soon as possible on 01978 318812. Other events and displays will be held throughout the week in various venues including GP surgeries and the Maelor Hospital.

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NEW ONLINE CHARITY REGISTRATION SERVICE & national minimum wage increase NEW PROTOTYPE LAUNCHED! The Charity Commission has launched a new prototype online charity registration service. The Commission said the new “beta” registration service offered a number of improvements to its previous online service, including clearer application forms, a charity name-check facility, auto-prompting and completion, hard-copy printing and quicker turnaround times. The service will also use questions tailored to different types of charities. The new service will run alongside its predecessor for a short period until it has passed tests. Once this has been completed, the old service will be removed from use. More information along with forms and a video guide are available here www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-register-your-charity-cc21b

INCREASE IN NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE FROM 1ST OCTOBER 2016 The Low Pay Commission’s (LPC) recommendations for the rates of the minimum wage for employees under 25 and apprentices has been accepted by the Government and this take effects from 1st October 2016. These include:

£6.95

21-24

3.7% INCREASE

18-20

4.7% INCREASE

PER HOUR

APPRENTICE RATE

3.0% INCREASE

£3.40

YEAR OLD RATE

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT RATE

PER HOUR

£5.55

PER HOUR

The Government has introduced the National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour for employees over 25 which took effect from 1st April 2016. 11


FREE GREEN DOCTOR SERVICE FOR WREXHAM HOUSEHOLDS Groundwork North Wales is running a Green Doctor scheme offering a free service for qualifying households in the Wrexham area. Please apply soon as the scheme will come to an end on 30th June 2016. Groundwork’s Green Doctors are experts who give homes a ‘check-up’. They offer energy saving advice, install draught proofing and give other things to keep people warm. They also help households to get the lowest price for their electricity and gas, and if a household is in debt with an Energy Company they may be able to help you pay this off. This visit is completely free, the following groups of people are eligible • Over 65’s • People with respiratory illnesses, particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and childhood asthma • People with cardiovascular disease, particularly ischaemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease • People with mental illness, (such as schizophrenia, bipolar, moderate to severe depression) • People with dementia • Families containing children under the age of five or expectant mothers For further information contact: Jane Williams at Groundwork North Wales on 01978 757524 or email green.doctor@groundworknorthwales.org.uk

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THE NOTICEBOARD WREXHAM FRIENDS OF TENOVUS CANCER CARE LADIES FASHION SHOW & POP UP SHOP

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE 2016 @ WREXHAM MEMORIAL HALL BODYFRYD, WREXHAM, LL12 7AG

7.00PM DOORS OPEN

7.30PM SHOW STARTS

CHARITY RAFFLE: PRIZES TO BE WON, BAR AVAILABLE! CLOTHING AVAILABLE TO TRY ON AND BUY

£6

TICKETS

FOR TICKETS OR FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT BARBARA GEORGE ON 07714 757270

AVOW AGM 2016

AVOW’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 15th July 2016 at 10.00am (Registration from 9.30am) @ The Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham. THE GUEST SPEAKER WILL BE: NICK DANN - DEPUTY PROJECT DIRECTOR - HMP BERWYN

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TRAINING upcoming courses in the third sector TRAINING COURSES FROM AVOW A full description of each course can be found on our website. To book onto any of these courses, visit www.avow.org/training-courses/ call us on 01978 312556 or email communitycourses@avow.org All courses are held at Ty AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND (Unless otherwise stated) GRANTS FIT FOR FUNDING (16.06.16) 9.30AM - 1.00PM This 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.

£10.00

PER PERSON

TIME MANAGEMENT & PRIORITISING (23.06.16) 9.30AM - 12.30PM Learn how to eliminate time-wasting habits and behaviours, overcome procrastination, minimise time-wasting interruptions and learn the art of effective delegation. NO STRESS IN MY LIFE (30.06.16) 9.30AM - 4.30PM The participants of the workshop will benefit from understanding the mechanism of stress and improving personal capacities to manage stress in different life situations.

£36.00

PER PERSON

£51.00

PER PERSON

TRAINING COURSES FROM WCVA For more information and courses please visit www.wcva.org.uk/training-and-events/training

FULL COST RECOVERY (12.07.16) @ WREXHAM MUSEUM This training will equip participants with an understanding of full cost recovery as well as the tools and techniques to identify and analyse their organisations’ full costs. STRATEGIC CAMPAIGN COMMUNICATIONS (22.06.16) @ PLAS PENTWYN ENTERPRISE CENTRE LL11 3NA Strategic communications are central to the success of modern charities, voluntary groups and campaigns. Delivering integrated and effective campaigns using social media, websites, email and print publications is now as essential as gaining traditional media coverage.

£65.00 FOR MEMBERS £125.00 FOR MEMBERS

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AVOW Newsletter Summer 2016 English