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Issue No. 57

Charity Number 1043989

Winter 2012

Company Limited by Guarantee Number 2993429

NEWS

It is that time of year when AVOW are looking at WHERE? collecting food and clothing for the homeless The Christmas Homeless Collection Points for and vulnerable people of the County Borough of donations will be based in: Wrexham. • Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham; For the last three years the response has got bigger and better and last year the donations were • Plas Madoc Opportunities Centre and treble those in previous years. The SURF (Service • Ysgol Rhiwabon, Ruabon. User Reaching Forward) Project co-ordinates WHEN? and distributes the donations and has previously provided over 100 parcels of food and clothing for The collection will take place from 12th November homeless people at a time when other services in until 17th December 2012. the County were closed for the festive period. AVOW is also planning a “sleep out” on 7th December 2012. People from differing backgrounds are taking part and are looking for sponsors to support this worthy cause by giving whatever they can no matter how small. Sponsor forms will be displayed at Ty Avow and the Opportunities Centre or you can e-mail your pledge to peter.jones@avow.org

This year, the SURF project has partnered with Ysgol Rhiwabon as the students have hours dedicated to ‘Community Participation’ as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. They have decided to organise a food bank within the school and Sixth form students will be sorting the donated items and distributing them to the homeless and vulnerable within their locality.

Thank you in anticipation of your support. Should you need further information please contact peter. jones@avow.org or call 01978 312556.

WHAT? Ideal donations are food that can be easily heated such as ring pull cans, pot noodles, cup a soups and other ambient food such as crisps, biscuits, and chocolate bars. Warm clothing, hats, scarfs and fleeces etc are also gratefully received.

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In this issue AVOW’s Silver Jubilee 2013, ‘MAD’ Grant

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Christmas with AVOW

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AVOW Christmas Reception

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Volunteer Christmas Carol Service

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Personal internet shopping donations

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Hire Father Christmas & a snow machine this winter

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Trick or treat? Halloween at Plas Madoc Opportunities Centre

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Happy Birthday!

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Broughton Play

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Big Lottery Fund Surgery

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Environment Wales Surgery

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Menter Iaith Maelor – Bilingual in Business Grant Scheme

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Adult Learning Space

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Volunteer Taster Day

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Working in partnership with Glyndwr University

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Promote your organisation on Calon FM

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Business Supporting Communities (B2C) Project Update

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Does your Organisation want to save money?

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Community Directory is online

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Third Sector Liaison Group (TSLG)

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RBA Explained

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Recruiting Trustees – What you need to know

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Advertise jobs & events on AVOW’s website

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Rural Environmental Project

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Sarah Rochira, the Older People’s Commissioner, needs your help 13 Exciting New Youth Choir for Wrexham

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Training Courses

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AVOW Trustees & Staff To find out more about AVOW Trustees and Staff please visit our website www.avow.org/ourtrustees/ and www.avow.org/about-us/ our-staff/

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News AVOW’s Silver Jubilee 2013 ‘MAD’ Grant For 25 years AVOW has been serving the voluntary and community organisation of Wrexham by providing advice, support and resources to make for a more robust and influential third sector. To say Thank You for all the support from the Third Sector in Wrexham, AVOW has created the Silver Jubilee Make a Difference Grant Fund. We aim to raise £10,000 which will be distributed to worthy causes throughout Wrexham County Borough that submit a successful application outlining a project that will “make a difference” . Our own fundraising efforts as well as contributions from some prominent businesses in Wrexham will make up the fund pot and organisations and community groups will be able to apply from April next year. More details will be on the website in due course. If you would like to make any contributions to the fund pot please contact victoria.milner@avow.org

Pick up a special edition of the AVOW 2013 Silver Jubilee Calendar from Tŷ Avow or Plas Madoc Opportunities Centre! The AVOW Calendar 2013 has been produced to thank everybody in the community for their support throughout the last 25 years The Calendar can be placed on a desk or hung on the wall.

Celebrate AVOW’s Silver Jubilee with us! Check out AVOW’s website, Facebook and Twitter for more information about upcoming events, which will celebrate the organisation’s 25th Anniversary! Get involved with your organisation and your community. 3

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Christmas

As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and would like to thank those who have helped AVOW make a difference for the community of Wrexham County Borough. We value our relationship with you and look forward to seeing you in 2013 throughout various events, meetings and other opportunities. We wish you a Merry Christmas, a very happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with peace and good will. Trustees, Staff and Volunteers of AVOW

AVOW Christmas Reception 14 December 2012 12pm - 2pm Catrin Finch Centre, GlyndĹľr University, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AW An ideal opportunity for members to network. Refreshments provided.

The AVOW Christmas Reception is an ideal opportunity to network with the wider voluntary and community sector of Wrexham County Borough. This year we will also be collecting items for homeless people in Wrexham. Please let us know if you can come! The Mayor of Wrexham County Borough (Councillor Ian Roberts), AVOW trustees, staff and other colleagues from the voluntary/community sector will be present. To assist with the arrangements, please let us know whether you are coming by telephone 01978 312556 or e-mail kate.davies@avow.org 4

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with AVOW Personal internet shopping donations Wednesday 19th December 2012 10.15am Trinity Church, King Street, Wrexham Come and join in the singing and celebration with other volunteers, AVOW Staff & Trustees Mince Pies & Refreshments will be served after the service in the Church Hall

If you are going to order personal items from the internet for Christmas can you try going through the EasySearch www.avow.easysearch.org.uk/ or the separate fundraising site www.easyfundraising. org.uk/panel/ and select AVOW, or your preferred charity, for your donations. You will find many High Street shops and internet sites listed which will give a donation to your preferred charity based on purchases you make. Those who have used this service have identified that the normal internet prices apply and that there are no price hikes to cover the donation. If you pick AVOW as your preferred charity all donations through this service will go towards the AVOW Silver Jubilee ‘MAD’ Fund that is being launched at our Christmas Reception.

a & ! s r a e m int t s ri is w h r C e th e h t in a h F re Mac i H w o Sn Father Christmas complete with Snow Machine available for up to 2 hours for £100 for office parties, hotels and events etc. For more information/to hire please contact AVOW on 01978 312556; email: reception@avow.org 5

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Children and Young People Update Trick or treat? Halloween at Plas Madoc Opportunities Centre In a bid to let young people enjoy Halloween in a safe environment and detract from the usual trick or treating that makes older residents feel vulnerable the Venue youth club held two activity sessions. With help from some donations from TESCO young people were able to take part in apple bobbing, chocolate apple making and various quizzes and competitions. Jess Clixby aged 11 is shown with Fran Bunning showing off her chocolate apple.

The Venue goes Wild

Happy Birthday!

The young people at the Venue at Plas Madoc have been working on new projects with the North East Wales Wildlife project. There is increasing concern by many about hedgehogs becoming an endangered species. 10 young people took part in making the willow boxes which are now going to be donated to Ysgol Rhos-y-medre to help educate the children about hedgehogs and the need to help them hibernate during the winter months. Not only did the young people learn how to make the boxes but were able to learn the traditional craft of willow weaving which they are also using to make dream catchers, baskets and Christmas wreaths.

On the 10th October Little Sunflowers celebrated their 6th Birthday. It was celebrated with a small party for Rising 4’s, Afterschool Club and Flying Start. For an extra special treat a magic show and puppet show from Mr Bimbamboozle was organised to which the whole school was invited. It was lovely to see the children laughing and smiling throughout and to know that most of the children present had accessed Little Sunflowers at some time over the last 6 years. AVOW looks forward to the future and that we can still provide the service to make your children smile.

Broughton Play Broughton Play is the year round, open access play project is facilitated within the communities surrounding Broughton and include playscheme and street play. The service is available for all children and young people aged 8+, younger children are welcome to attend with a parent / carer. Broughton Play is open Monday – Friday between 4.30 – 7.30pm and encourages children to play in the outdoors, recognising the importance of access to the natural environment. The service is shaped by the children and young people that attend; a child

led provision that encourages the concept of freely chosen play. All play projects are run by qualified staff who have experience working with children and young people in a variety of settings. The projects are made possible through funding from the Welsh Government; WCBC and Broughton Community Council. For more information please contact 01978 813912. We also have a Facebook page, feel free to add us as a friend ‘Play on Plas Madoc; and please ‘like’ our facebook page Broughton Play Project. 6

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Grants & Funding Big Lottery Fund Surgery

Thursday 17th January 2013

Are you seeking funds for a community activity? Are you thinking about applying for a Lottery Grant? Their grant programmes include: • Awards for All Wales - A simple small grants programme making awards of between £500 and £5,000 • Heroes Return - Allowing WW2 veterans from the UK to visit sites where they served • People & Places - Bringing people together to make communities stronger and improve rural or urban environments • International Communities - Lottery grants making a difference around the world Would you like the opportunity to talk through your ideas with a Lottery Officer before you apply? If so, now is your chance. AVOW is hosting a Surgery with a Lottery Officer on 17th January 2013. A limited number of appointments are available to discuss potential grant applications. Booking is essential. Contact Heather Hicks for more information on 01978 312556 / heather.hicks@avow.org

ENVIRONMENT WALES SURGERY

Wednesday 6th February 2013

Environment Wales offer advice, support and grants for a wide variety of environmental projects run by volunteers and community groups across Wales. Groups registered with them can access grants, free training and support from a very experienced team. They provide four types of grants: • Start-up grants – to help cover the costs of establishing new groups or projects, • Pre-project grants to cover the costs of feasibility studies or surveys that might need to be undertaken before a project can begin • Project grants – for materials, such as tools, equipment hire and volunteer expenses • Management grants – to support the costs of project staff If you have an idea for any environment project, and would like the opportunity to explore possible grants and/or other support with an Environment Wales Development Officer, please contact Heather Hicks on 01978 312556 or email heather.hicks@avow.org for an appointment “Just to let you know that we did get the grant under the environmental grant for new heating system for the hall, from Northern Marches and I have just been told that I have got the grant for the bi-lingual grant to have new posters etc. so many thanks for sending me the details.” Gary Sage, Marchwiel Village Hall

Menter Iaith Maelor-Bilingual in Business Grant Scheme

Are you a business located in the rural area of county of Wrexham? Are you interested in receiving a grant increasing your marketing activities? Have you thought about the advantages bilingual marketing would give to your business? Menter Iaith Maelor are running a grant scheme to encourage micro enterprises and social enterprises (those businesses who employ up to 9 members of staff ) to operate bilingually, and to use the Welsh as well as English. The grant could be used towards any of the following; • Booklets & pamphlets

• Leaflets • Packaging • Signs • Posters • Web sites • Office stationery-business cards, letterheads The maximum grant is £1600 (minimum grant is £100), and applicants can receive 80% of the cost of any materials/products. If you’re interested in learning more about this grant, please contact Lois Jones at Menter a Busnes on 01248 672608 or lois.jones@menterabusnes. co.uk 7

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AVOW AVOW will be working in partnership with Job Centre Plus, Careers Wales, Key Connections and the Open University to deliver an Adult Learning Space in Plas Madoc two days a week. The Tuesday session (9am-12noon) will run a ‘Job Club’ offering support with CV building, job hunting and employability skills. The session will also be open to participants who wish to come and use the space to study. The Friday session (1-4pm) will offer a safe and quiet space in which individuals can come and use the facilities to learn, study, and accesses free courses such as the OU Open Learn. This session will have a tutor qualified to assist with the development of basic skills to enable more tailored support to participants. Participants will receive a free ‘learning pack’ upon their second visit. For further information contact Victoria Westaway on 01978 813918 / victoria.westaway@avow.org. Did you know that you can access a lot of information on AVOW’s website? There are plenty of Information Sheets, up-to-date Current Consultations or Members E-briefing, visit: www.avow.org/media-and-publications/

Volunteer Taster Day Staff and Volunteers who are part of The BIG Volunteering Project took part in a ‘Volunteer Taster Day’ at a community garden in Garden City on 5th September 2012. The idea of the taster days are to try out volunteering opportunities as a group, with the hope that a few people may be interested in taking up the opportunity independently on a regular basis… at the very least the days are a way of bring people together and having a really enjoyable day! The Community Garden Network team from Groundwork were on hand to supply advice as well as the tools and the garden itself belongs to Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, so their staff and some of the local residents also took part in the day. It was a great day which saw staff and volunteers from three organisations working well together and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and can’t wait until the next one. If you would like more information on the BIG Volunteering project or on the next Volunteering Taster Day then please contact Lisa on 01978 312556 or email lisa.jones@avow.org

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Projects Working in partnership with Glŷndwr University We are working closely with the Media Department at Glŷndwr University with our Marketing and Communications Officer conducting a few lectures and setting projects for the students in relation to the Silver Jubilee celebrations, AVOW and third sector. The aim of this partnership is to work closely with the University and its community and to make the students aware of the importance of the third sector and involve them in real life projects which will benefit AVOW and the wider third sector. Second and third year students have come up with some really good innovative projects such as a book with inspirational volunteering stories (which will tie in with the History of Volunteering project); short films about AVOW (about volunteering; Peer Mentoring project; AVOW and Silver Jubilee), radio advertisement (about AVOW Making a Difference Fundraising Grant); various promotional campaigns for the events coming up in 2013 as well as promotional campaigns of upcoming celebratory events in 2013.

Films and radio pieces will be ready for either January or the end of April and will be incorporated on our website and Social Media. The promotional campaigns will be used by AVOW staff to plan the upcoming events better and promote them more successfully. Angela Ferguson, lecturer in Media Communications at Glŷndwr University, said: “Working with the enthusiastic and dedicated team at AVOW has been incredibly useful for our students. It has given them the opportunity to put the knowledge and skills they have learnt into practice on a real life project and for such a good cause. It was a great privilege to be asked to put forward ideas in the run up to AVOW’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 2013. I have to say that I am very impressed with the levels of creativity shown by our students. We’d like to thank all the team at AVOW for working with us to implement this successful partnership and a special thank you goes to AVOW’s Marketing and Communications Officer Aleksandra Zembrzuska for inspiring our students with her infectious enthusiasm.” Making a difference together, so true!

Promote your organisation on Calon FM! Thanks to the partnership with the Media Department and the liaison with two lecturers Angela Ferguson and Janet Jones, AVOW has managed to establish close links with its community radio station Calon FM for the benefit of the whole third sector in Wrexham County Borough. Eluned Wyn Jones (known as Charlie) who is a third-year student suggested that she could give updates from AVOW and third sector organisations in her weekly program, every Thursday between 2-3pm. AVOW and its staff has already been on air a few times promoting our projects and services such as the Homeless Collection or Young Adult Carers. AVOW is here to help you and your organisation, so we offer this promotion opportunity also for you! Would you like to promote your organisation, project or service on Calon FM? Please let us know which Thursday you would like to be interviewed by Charlie and we will arrange everything. First come first served. Please email Aleksandra on aleksandra.zembrzuska@avow. org Calon FM is a community radio station in Wrexham (105FM). You can listen to it online: www. calonfm.com/105fm/calonwebstream.htm 9 www.avow.org


AVOW Projects

Business Supporting Communities (B2C) Project Update Is your community/voluntary group a member of AVOW? If so watch out for your Wrexham Community Card through the post very soon! Wrexham Community Card is a brand new initiative designed to meet the needs of local community groups and businesses. All organisation members of AVOW will be eligible for one of the cards where you will have the opportunity to take advantage of discounts offered by local businesses for your community/ voluntary group. Nearly 20 businesses have already signed up to the Community Card© in Wrexham including Printers, a Web Designer, Accountants, a Caterer, Health & Safety & Training Consultants, and an IT company. Once you receive your card all you need to do is to go on-line and have a look at our business directory or alternatively contact us and we can provide you with a paper copy of the list of businesses. On Thursday, 25th October 2012 the B2C launch captivated an audience of over 90 people from both business and the voluntary sector at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, there was a real buzz and atmosphere with people exchanging ideas how we can work together to achieve sustained development in our local communities across North Wales. Very shortly Allison Jelley will start in post as the new Project Officer for Wrexham. We look as Project Officer for Business Supporting Communities (B2C). We look forward to welcoming her to the team! The Business Supporting Communities project is about creating relationships and opportunities of mutual benefit to enhance local communitities across North Wales. For further information about any of the B2C initiatives please contact: Ffion Whitham, Admin Assistant (Flintshire & Wrexham) ffion@b2cwales.co.uk Tel. 01978 312556

The North Wales B2C Team – 3rd & 4th from left; Wrexham’s new Project Officer Alison Jelley and Ffion Whitham, Admin Assistant. You can read AVOW’s Newsletters online, visit www.avow.org/publications You will find there AVOW quarterly Newsletter; Health, Social Care and Wellbeing and Wrexham Carers Service Newsletters as well as Funding Bulletin. 10

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Info for your organisation Does Your Organisation want to save money?

We are offering to look at 10 invoices from any of your suppliers to identify potential cost savings! In the past we have saved one organisation in excess of £3,000 by identifying errors in VAT and discounts for the same type of products. If you bring your utility bills for gas, electric, phone and rates plus a selection of others and let us see how much we can try and save for you. If we can’t save you any money we will give you a year’s free membership plus a voucher for any course being run by AVOW in 2013. Contact kate.davies@avow.org or tel. 01978 312556 to make an appointment.

1 Single Place for ALL Information! Community Directory is online check it out today visit www.avow.org

• FREE to use and FREE to join! • An online database full of up to date information • You can find Voluntary and community groups all over the Wrexham County Borough • You can search for groups in a specific area or a specific type of group e.g. all organisations that can help with disabilities

Third Sector Liaison Group (TSLG) The last TSLG was held in September with the following key items being discussed: Third Sector Liaison - to help further understand the issues affecting the Third Sector in particular the strengths and challenges a survey will be carried out over the next few months to help with future commisioning planning. Welfare Rights - There is a recognition that there are going to be a significant number of issues that third sector organisations may become involved with as a result of the changes in Welfare Reform. The changes are very significant and will affect those organisations who provide support and signposting. A Workshop will be held in November supported by the DWP, Welfare Rights and other agencies to assist organisations through the changes. A summary of the day will be in the next newsletter. Capacity Building - It is recognised that the Third Sector has a wide range of capacity support requirements including tendering, governance, Equality awareness and Welsh Language. The group is supporting a range of events to develop the capacity of the sector to deal with these issues. WCBC Budget - An assurance has been given that there is no intention to levy any fixed percentage reduction across the various funding streams /contracts with WCBC. There will however be various service reviews that take place that may have an impact on individual contracts. Organisations are asked to inform AVOW of any concerns you may have as soon as possible to enable a full picture of any changes to be gathered. There is also an expectation that organisations will look internally at all of their running costs to identify if there are any efficiency savings that can be found. - See article on p. 11 for help in this Welsh Language Commissioner – On going work is planned to support organisations over the coming months to comply with the legislative changes that will be coming into force next year from the Welsh Language Commissioners Office. There will be an impact on any organisation in receipt of £400k (or more) Public Sector Funding (across all funding sources Welsh Government, Local Authority and Health)- other organisations below the limit may find thy are affected by needing to comply with their respective funders Welsh Language Schemes. If you require any further information on the TSLG or any of the issues currently being dealt with please contact John Gallanders – john.gallanders@avow.org or Janet Radford – janet.radford@avow.org 11

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Info for your organisation RBA Explained Results Based Accountability or RBA as it is better known was developed in the states by Mark Friedman. He was taken by how public and voluntary sector organisations worked very hard to change things for the better but didn’t always get the results they wanted or expected; so he developed a way to get people working together differently and to measure success by improvements rather than by meeting rigid targets. His methodology gained popularity across the UK and has been adopted by the Welsh Government. RBA is used for a variety of Welsh Government strategies and consequently is now becoming embedded into local contracting and commissioning practices. In particular Family First (funding for children’s services) have adopted this approach. RBA takes the approach of developing aspirational outcomes at population level and ensuring that all projects, services and interventions align to these overarching outcomes. For example a partnership of organisations wishing to improve educational attainment might select “All children in Wrexham learn and achieve their potential” as the population outcome. They would then work together to consider why local young people were not achieving their potential and what would work to do better. They would collectively agree a vision of what the locality would be like if they were successful, and would select some indicators to show if they were really making a difference. For the example a suitable indicator might be the number of young people

achieving 5 GCSE’s each year, the results could be plotted on a graph to see if things were changing over time – in other words that the curve created by the data was moving in the right direction. All services commissioned by the partnership would be expected to demonstrate they were contributing to achieving the outcome, with all organisations having collective responsibility for the population outcome even though they might only work with a small group of young people. For example a homework club in a local village would only work with young people living in that area, but the positive results achieved would contribute to the overall improvements expected across the county. The use of RBA methodology ensures that performance monitoring data from each service specification can be efficiently utilised to contribute to data collection across the population. For this to be effective, all organisations must gather and present their monitoring information in a uniform manner. Wrexham County Borough Council will be running facilitated training sessions for all third sector organisations that hold contracts with them to explain why they require monitoring to be submitted in a different format. Notices of the sessions will be sent to organisations direct. AVOW has some copies of resources and information on RBA – if you want to know more please contact Janet Radford janet.radford@avow.org / 01978 312556.

Recruiting Trustees What you need to Know Organisations’ trustees can gain tips on the recruitment of trustees from newly revised guidance produced by the Charity Commission. It is hoped the guidance will help in the recruitment, vetting and appointing of trustees. The guidance can be located on the Charity Commission website www.charitycommission.gov.uk/ or by using the link Finding new trustees: what you need to know (CC30) You can find out more about Trustees from useful documents which can be found on AVOW’s website www.avow.org/trusteesdo/ and Information sheets about Trustees and Governance www. avow.org/media-and-publications/information-sheets/ 12

Advertise jobs & events on AVOW’s website

AVOW is here to help you! Did you know that you can advertise your jobs vacancies as well as events on our website for FREE? The only requirement we ask you to comply with is bilingualism, as we operate in Wales. Please email us with information in English and Welsh on info@avow.org www.avow.org


Info for you Rural Environmental Project Here is news of a great opportunity to improve the insulation in your home, and best of all its free! Insulation Installer APS has approached The Rural Environmental Project with an offer to provide home owners in Wrexham with Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation free of charge. The Energy Saving Trust said in 2009 "The most effective way of improving a home’s energy efficiency is to install insulation. Insulating a home is also a very cost effective energy saving measure – insulating the loft alone could save the typical home £150 per year on energy bills." Beat the price increases from energy suppliers by lowering the amount of energy you need to heat your home and keep the warmth in! Once you have booked an appointment, an assessor will come round to your home to check if you need either insulation measure. If you do, they will arrange a time to install the insulation that suits you. The insulation will be fitted free of charge at no cost to the home owner - Government subsidy pays for both the labour and materials. Also if you are in receipt of government benefits such as: Child Tax Credit under £16,190 income or Pension Tax Credit you could be eligible for £100 cash back. For more information and to take advantage of this great offer, call Anita Jones at Aldridge Property Services on 01352 732881 to arrange for your free, no obligation assessment to see if your home needs cavity wall or loft insulation. All you need to do is quote Northern Marches Cymru when calling to be eligible to this incredible offer! This offer is time limited and will only be available until 10th December 2012!

Sarah Rochira, the Older People’s Commissioner, needs your help! Sarah has been touring the country speaking to older people about their lives and what barriers they face. It appears that it’s the ‘little things’ that get in the way. Sarah wants to hear from you about what gets in your way - it may appear small but have a big impact if it can be changed. You may also have an example of someone ‘going the extra mile’ to solve the problem you had and Sarah wants to hear about that too. Some of the ideas and comments will be published in a report and may be exlored further to help more people. Further information and a copy of the Commissioner’s letter outlining the project and the feedback questionnaire can be found here www.olderpeoplewales.com/ en/Home/1000-barriers.aspx . Submit your thoughts to ask@ olderpeoplewales.com

Exciting New Youth Choir for Wrexham A new Glee-style youth choir is being launched in Wrexham. DRAGONSONG – the Wrexham Youth Choir is an inclusive community choir for young people from across the County of Wrexham aged between 13 and 18. There are no auditions, so the choir is open to anyone who wants to sing and be part of something new The choir’s repertoire will focus on new arrangements of modern music and rehearsals will take place at North Wales’ premier music venue, Central Station on Hill Street, Wrexham. Anyone aged 13 to 18 is welcome. Dragonsong will be led by the very talented Charlotte Jones. Charlotte has a depth of experience as a Musical Director, a musical performer and working with young people. A former secondary school teacher, she is now a full time music professional and part of the successful vocal trio, The Harmonettes who performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012. Charlotte also leads the Resonate Singers and the Rare Choir in Liverpool. For further information, visit: www.dragonsong.org.uk www.facebook.com/DragonsongWYC www.twitter. com/Dragonsong_WYC or contact: Andrew Fergus Chair, Wrexham Youth Choir chair@dragonsong.org.uk 0777 333 5365 13

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TRAINING COURSES AVOW provides a range of training opportunities for individuals, voluntary and community groups with the aim of encouraging the improvement of skills and sustainability of local services. AVOW is committed to supporting individuals and groups with achieving their goals and as a local charity, AVOW is well placed and experienced in providing community training.

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2013 Level 2 Food safety 27th Feb 2013 9.30am-4.30pm Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham £35 per person (£38.50 to non members) Booking is essential! 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.

Time Management Course 4th December 2012 9:30am to 2:30pm Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham £10 per person – FREE for those on Benefits Booking is essential! Members receive a 10% discount The participants of the course will learn: • Reflection on the use of time • Constraining and limiting factors in the use of time • Time Logs • Urgent v Important when prioritising time • Setting priorities to achieve objectives To book your place visit: www.surveymonkey. com/s/TimeMgmt20121204

Level 2 Health and Safety 20th March 2013 9.30am-4.30pm Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham £35 per person (£38.50 to non members) Booking is essential! The training aims to provide participants with an understanding of the principles of health and safety and accident prevention.

The RTI / Auto enrolment workshops taking place on Friday 7th December 2012 10am -11.30am Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham The participants of the workshops will learn more about: • Forthcoming legal requirements to report PAYE to HM Revenue & Customs in Real Time rather than at the end of the year, and • Auto enrolment for pensions which is currently being phased in for all organisations. Bookings MUST be received by Wednesday 5th December 2012. To book call 01978 312556 or email reception@avow.org

Emergency First Aid at Work (HSE) 24th April 2013 9.30am-4.30pm Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham £35 per person (£38.50 to non members) Booking is essential! The training aims to provide participants with techniques in resuscitation, managing breathing problems and treating other serious conditions.

AVOW members will benefit from 10% discount off each training course.

To become a member please contact AVOW on 01978 312556. To book your place on any course or for more information email: communitycourses@avow.org or call: 01978 312556 AVOW provides a range of courses and services for the voluntary and community sector. For further details please view the AVOW website www.avow.org/training/

For details about training courses available • in Flintshire CVC visit www.flvc.org.uk, email: info@flvc.org.uk or tel. 01352 744000 • in Denbigshire CVC visit www.dvsc.co.uk, email: office@dvsc.co.uk or tel. 01824 702441 14

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