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Reception Christmas Carol Service 4. Dates for your Diary: Events 5. Marjorie Dykins Memorial Awards Little Sunflowers Wrexham Childcare Awards 6. Parliament Week Co-op donations for Wrexham Homeless 7. Holocaust Memorial Day 8. Renew Wales – Green Transport Event 9. Wrexham Volunteer Centre: Volunteer Success: Sharon’s Story Senedd yr Ifanc Management Group What’s on Shopmobility 10. Wrexham Carers Service: Carers Outreach Worker What’s on 11. Dates for your Diary: Meet the Funders 12. BME Skills Project 13. Human Rights and Equality Adviser Support 14. Office Accommodation AVOW Front Cover Competition AVOW | Tŷ Avow 21 Egerton Street | 21 Stryd Egerton | LL11 1ND Wrexham | Wrecsam 01978 312556 /AVOWWrexham @AVOWWrexham 01978 352046

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AVOW Christmas Reception AVOW held a Christmas Reception on Friday 15th December 2017 at Catrin Finch Centre, GlyndĹľr University, Wrexham. To get us in the festive spirit Chris Harris, of Dragontale Productions, hosted a pop culture Quiz-mas, Natasha Borton led the carol singing and over 100 people, representing various third sector organisations from across Wrexham County Borough, enjoyed networking over mince pies. The Mayor and Mayoress of Wrexham (Councillor John and Mrs. Anne Pritchard), Ian Lucas MP and Lesley Griffiths AM, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary were also in attendance. Stephen Perkins, Trustee and Vice-Chairman of AVOW presided over the event. Lesley Griffiths AM, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary presented the Volunteer Star Awards which is an AVOW and Wrexham Volunteer Centre recognition scheme for volunteers of all ages and open for all organisations in Wrexham County Borough. The Mayor presented the winners and highly commended Awards for the Marjorie Dykins OBE Volunteer Memorial Awards for 2017. The Awards are in memory of former secretary and founder of AVOW Marjorie Dykins OBE. Find out more about the award on page 5.

Stephen Perkins, Trustee and Vice-Chairman of AVOW presided over the AVOW Christmas Reception

AVOW Christmas Carol Service AVOW’s Christmas Carol Service was held on Thursday 21st December 2017 at St. Giles Parish Church, Wrexham. The service was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Jason Bray with soloist Natasha Borton, accompaniment by Mary Freeman and a Christmas poem from Kate Davies. The Mayor and Mayoress of Wrexham (Councillor John and Mrs. Anne Pritchard) presented St. Giles with a Millennium Star Award for their continued voluntary services to Wrexham County Borough. After the ceremony AVOW members, trustees, staff and volunteers, together with members of the public came together for soup, mince pies and mulled wine provided by the volunteers and stewards of St. Giles Parish Church. 3.

Rev. Dr. Jason Bray with the Mayor of Wrexham (Councillor John Pritchard) and St. Giles Parish Church Volunteers.


Dates for your diary

March 2018 That’s What She Said International Women’s Day Event

23rd March 2018 Renew Wales Green Transport Event

1st - 7th June 2018 Volunteer’s Week 2nd June 2018 Volunteer’s Day 11th - 17th June 2018 Carers Week

20th July 2018 AVOW Annual General Meeting /AVOWWrexham @AVOWWrexham

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For further information on these events, please visit our Website, Facebook and Twitter or sign-up to weekly e-bulletins from AVOW and local Third Sector organisations.

Marjorie Dykins OBE Volunteer Memorial Awards 2017 The Mayor (Councillor John Pritchard) presented certificates to the winners and those highly commended at the Marjorie Dykins OBE Volunteer Memorial Awards 2017, held at the AVOW Christmas Reception on Friday 15th December 2017 in the Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham. The awards are in memory of former secretary and founder of AVOW Marjorie Dykins OBE. The awards have two categories, the winner of each receiving a cheque for £500 and a certificate. The ‘Group of Volunteers’ award was presented to Friends of Wrexham Carers Service, with highly commended certificates presented to; Friends of Bellevue Park; Marchwiel District N.S.P.C.C.; Bitesize Youth Theatre Volunteers, and; S.A.N.D.S. (Stillborn and Neo-natal Death Society) The ‘Individual’ award was presented to Hayley Williams for her work supporting families and establishing a local Nappy Library at Gwersyllt Community Resource Centre. Highly commended certificates were also presented to; Jessica Rogers; Carlton Blythen and Alison Williams. Winners and those Highly Commended for the Awards. Including the ‘Individual’ Award Hayley Williams and the Group of Volunteers Awarded to Wrexham Carers Service.

Little Sunflowers Wrexham Childcare Awards 2017 AVOW’s Little Sunflowers Childcare Service in Plas Madoc were delighted to be Runners Up for the Parent’s Choice Award at the Annual Wrexham Childcare Awards. The Parent’s Choice Award is presented to those who have made a big difference to families and their community. Nominations are judged on the impact that the setting or individual who has been nominated has had on the family or children that they look after. Wrexham Family Information Service held their annual Wrexham Childcare Awards on Friday 2nd February 2018 at Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham. The awards recognise the achievements of volunteers and childcare staff in a range of categories from across Wrexham County Borough. 5.

John Gallanders (Chief Officer for AVOW) with Little Sunflowers Plas Madoc at Wrexham Childcare Awards 2017.

Wrexham Speaks-up for Parliament Week AVOW, TCC (Together Creating Communities) and Wrexham Senedd yr Ifanc hosted Wrexham Speaks-up during UK Parliament Week on Thursday 16th November 2017 at Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham. The event was informative and encouraging, motivating individuals to become more engaged and active citizens. It is often said that politicians in Westminster don’t care about Wales or have a clue about what’s important here, and how can we make sure the people who are making decisions about our lives know, and act on, what’s important to us in Wales. Discussions revolved around how community issues make their way to Parliament. Participants looked at issues concerning Wales, the representation of Wrexham in Westminster and if politicians understand and appreciate what is important to people in Wales. Participants were able to submit their own questions for ‘WXM QT’ - a Question Time type session. Chaired by Aled Roberts, former Assembly Member for North Wales and former leader of Wrexham Council, the panel consisted of Ian Lucas MP, Susan Elan Jones MP, Janet Jones, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media Communications at Glyndŵr University and Tom Blackwell, member of Wrexham Senedd yr Ifanc. Brexit and what Brexit means for democracy in Wales led the questions. UK Parliament Week is an annual, national festival that aims to engage people in Parliament and empower them to get involved.

Co-op Donations for Wrexham Homeless Throughout the Christmas period Co-op stores across Wrexham County Borough collected donations of clothes, toiletries, packaged food and money in aid of Wrexham Homeless, a group of people assisting those experiencing homelessness in Wrexham and surrounding areas. On Monday 18th December 2017 Vaughan Rigby and Ged Rigby filled Room 1 of Tŷ Avow, with donations. Clothes donated were distributed to those experiencing homelessness, together with sleeping bags. Gift sets donated will be distributed throughout the year on birthdays and special occasions. Donated food will be distributed at the breakfasts that Wrexham Homeless run in Tŷ Nos, Holt Road, Wrexham. The Co-op stores across Wrexham also applied for £500 from the Co-op Community Fund which will be presented to Wrexham Homeless later this year. Co-op stores will continue to collect donations, including packaged food, toiletries and clothes throughout 2018. 6.

Mike McKenna, Vaughan Rigby, Dee Davies, Peter Jones, and Ged Rigby, Room 1 at Tŷ Avow


RTCEO L R APTAETRTCEO NO R P A T T E R N L A T E R C OMemorial L OW R APTAET R NO W AVOW commemoratedWHolocaust Day 2018 on Friday R26th January 2018 at The Memorial Hall, Bodhyfryd, Wrexham. Speakers and guests included the Mayor and Mayoress of Wrexham (Councillor John Pritchard and Mrs. Anne Pritchard) and the Bishop of Wrexham, Peter Brignall. They were joined by Eric Ngalle Charles, a Cameroonian poet, dramatist and novelist from South Wales who recited some of his performance poetry alongside snippets of Cameroonian songs and anecdotes about his journey from Cameroon, through Russia, to South Wales. Diversity Role Models representative and LGBT activist Kate Hutchinson spoke about the power of words,rumour, anti-bullying and inclusivity in our society and schools. The two main talks were summarized in verse by Natasha Borton and Pete Rogers, part of the local and international spoken-word collective ‘Voicebox Spoken Word’. During the morning there was an opportunity to view an exhibition, containing information about the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and participants were encouraged to light a candle in remembrance which burned throughout the morning. The ceremony concluded with a 2 minute silence. After the ceremony attendees; AVOW members and trustees, local secondary school pupils and members of the public were brought together for light refreshments inspired by the countries and cultures persecuted during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.








John Leece Jones, AVOW Chairman with speakers, Eric Ngalle Charles, Wrexham Mayor (Councillor John Pritchard, Bishop Peter Brignall, Kate Hutchinson and Peter Rogers. Pictured below, Bishop Peter Brignal and Eric Ngalle Charles.


Renew Wales – Green Transport Event 10am until 4pm, Friday 23rd March Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham

Find out about the future of environmentally-friendly transport. Talks and workshops from experts on the the future of electric vehicles and the latest environmentally-friendly transport options in Wales. This free event will:-

• Be an opportunity to hear from people who are knowledgeable and experienced in operating green transport • Showcase examples of green transport solutions and models which already operate successfully in Wales • Provide information on the latest electric cars and other vehicles • Give you an opportunity to meet other people from North Wales who are interested in developing green transport solutions Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn more. Visit We want everyone who wants to attend and participate to be able to – if you face barriers to attending and need support with translation; transport; cover for caring responsibilities; childcare; disability or any other access issues please telephone Jayne on 07771390889

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Wrexham Volunteer Centre Volunteer Success - Sharon’s Story ‘My journey started twelve months ago when I had visited Clatterbridge Hospital with my mum who has since then recovered from Breast Cancer. There was a lady doing voluntary hand and arm massage – ‘What a great idea’ I thought, as I sat with my mum in such a stressful environment, but for ten minutes, someone’s generosity and time – my troubles of mum’s health were put aside for that moment of being pampered. Since I have enrolled on a Nail Technician course, I wanted to help those people that need pampering and to gain confidence in myself in the skills I had learnt, so what better way than to volunteer at Highfield Pendine Residential Home and Nightingale House Hospice. I’ve been at Pendine Home for twelve months and have just gained employment parttime. It’s a dream come true doing manicures, pedicures and hand and arm massage or just simply having a good old chat about everything and anything. I enjoy volunteering as it gives you a real importance in life – it’s great to be part of AVOW.’ Sharon Williams is also part of the Millenium Star Awards with Wrexham Volunteer Centre, which recognises the hours and achievements of volunteering in Wrexham County Borough.

Senedd yr Ifanc Management Group On Monday 18th December 2017 a small celebration ceremony was held to recognise the volunteering efforts of the Senedd Yr Ifanc Management Group. All of the young people invited received their Millennium Volunteer Certificates and their hard work was commended by AVOW Trustee and Vice-Chair Stephen Perkins.

Senedd yr Ifanc Managament Group with AVOW Trustee and Vice Chairman Stephen Perkins

Monthly Volunteer Drop-in

Find out about volunteering. Support local organisations. For more information, please contact Wrexham Volunteer Centre by phone at 01978 312556 or email

Knit and Natter - Volunteer Taster Session Wrexham Volunteer Centre are holding a knitting/crocheting Volunteer Taster Session on Thursday 29th March 2018 in AVOW Room 1 from 11am – 2pm. Lunch will be provided and travel expenses will be reimbursed.


Shopmobility offer some great opportunities to volunteer including research, fundraising or loaning out the equipment. Visit or e-mail to find out more. 9.

Wrexham Carers Service We started the new year of 2018 by welcoming Kim Sheridan to the Service. Kim is our new Carers Outreach Worker and will be travelling the rural parts of Wrexgan County Borough to meet Carers at home and setting up meetings out of the town centre, for easier access to our support and service. Our latest newsletter has proved very popular, with courses, information sessions and outings available to all unpaid Carers. We continue to encourage unpaid Carers to tell us what they want from our service, and do our best to provide what we have been asked for. Do not hesitate to let us know if there is something that we could help with. You will notice that alongside regular courses such as First Aid and Dementia Awareness we also have new courses such as Living Life to the Full and Come and Cook. The Alzheimers Society will be presenting the Carers course soon in response to requests for more information after diagnosis of dementia. We are lucky to have three volunteer Counsellors that Carers can access for free. In addition to Louise and Sandra, we now have Mandy on board. Our Telephone Befrienders phone every week, to have a friendly chat with Carers who are more isolated and who appreciate somebody ringing them, they are Gill, Jayne, Marion, and Louise. Wrexham Carers Service are incredibly grateful for all our volunteers and the time they commit to helping others. Our Carers Forum meets every two months to discuss issues that are important to Carers, and speakers are invited. Next meeting will be on Wednesday 28th March from 10:30am until 12:30pm with Karen Owen, Engagement Officer from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, who will talk about the new Health Strategy. Contact Wrexham Carers Service by phone 01978 318812 or email It is important that Carers have a voice to shape the services that should be available to them under the recent legislation, and are given the encouragement to speak up. Consultation and Co-production of services in Wrexham relies on people being given the opportunity to say what they want from local government. If you care about this then come to our next Forum meeting, and fill in questionnaires about services. In March 2018 we will be going to Shrewsbury for a trip on the Sabrina boat on the River Severn, a look around this historic town followed by a cream tea at Battlefield 1403 café – let’s hope the weather is better than we have seen recently! If you are looking after a relative or a friend because of a disability, health problem, sensory impairment and/or the effects of age and who could not manage without your help – you are a Carer! We are here to help you with information, advice and support, and more, just pop in to Tŷ AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND or phone 01978 318812 or email 10.

BBC Children in Need Funding Surgery Monday 16th April 2018 1:15pm - 4pm at Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham

Hanfod Cymru Funding Surgery Thursday 19th April 2018 1pm - 3pm at Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham

Richard Carr Bid & Tender Consultant Tuesday 17th April 2018 1pm - 3pm at Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham

For more information and to book your appointment, please contact: Heather Hicks at AVOW by email at or by phone on 01978 312556 Charity Number: 1043989 Company Limited by Guarantee Number: 2993429

BME Skills Project Harnessing the skills of BME professionals to benefit BME Communities An exciting new programme has come to Wrexham which has been funded by the Big Lottery. The programme consists of a Project Co-ordinator employed by EYST (Ethnic Youth Support Team) in Cardiff and three Project Officers employed by the County Voluntary Councils of Swansea, Cardiff and Wrexham. The partnership projects provide a range of support to the third sector and the BME communities throughout Wales. EYST provides services across North Wales helping BME people achieve their full potential. These are delivered through a wide spectrum of projects including Youth Work; Family Work; Refugee & Asylum-Seeker Work; & Wider Community Awareness-Raising. Swansea Council for Voluntary Service is the umbrella organisation for voluntary activity throughout the City & County of Swansea, supporting, developing and representing voluntary organisations, volunteers and communities in the County. Cardiff Third Sector Councils (C3SC) key role is to provide specialist advice, support, and information to local third sector organisations on issues that affect them, including funding and governance. The BME project has been funded to work with smaller BME community groups and organisations to identify where they need help and support. The project will also recruit and support local BME professionals, graduates and students to become community mentors and trustees with the aim of matching potential volunteers to groups. Sandra Anderson, BME Skills Project Officer for Wrexham is employed by AVOW and will be contacting groups to arrange meetings to discuss the potential of working together. Alongside this process the project officer will be recruiting volunteers with various skills to match the needs of the groups. This symbiotic relationship of volunteer and group will hopefully result in the groups prospering which also benefits the County Borough of Wrexham and its residents. If you want more information please contact Sandra Anderson BME Skills Project Officer, by email or by telephone on 01978 312556. Call to Action: • Are you a graduate or current student at university? • Are you working? • Do you want to help local groups? • Do you identify as BME? Contact Sandra, BME Skills Project Officer. 12.

Vacant Office Accommodation at Tŷ Avow in Wrexham Town Centre

Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham LL11 1ND

Facilities: • Central location – Adjoining bus station and civic centre • Furnished or unfurnished • Passenger lift to the first floor available • Reception, internet and telephone facilities • Central heating • Disabled facilities • Photocopying services on-site • Meeting, interview and conference rooms • Sole, shared or partnership use • Hot desking considered

For more information please contact Ken Rowlands, Liaison Officer by phone 01978 312556 or email

AVOW Spring Newsletter Front Cover Competition About Geraint Roberts ‘I am a keen amateur and love to get out around the area with my camera whenever I can and I am always looking for new locations to explore. I do not exhibit my work apart from a few images on my Facebook page and in Photocrowd under the name of ‘Gej’.’ Thank you to Geraint for his lovely photograph of Erddig Hall in the Spring and thank you to everyone who entered the competition. We will be running our Summer Newsletter Front Cover Competition in May on our Facebook Page at:


Avow Spring Newsletter 2018  
Avow Spring Newsletter 2018