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Winter 2017

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~ In this issue ~ 3. AVOW Annual Sponsored Walk

Marjorie Dykins OBE Volunteer Memorial Awards

4. Dates for your Diary 5. Little Sunflowers Coffee Morning

AVOW Window Display

6. Measure and Manage your Social Value 7. News from Plas Madoc:

Plastonbury Undercover and Bonfire Night

8. News from Wrexham Volunteers Centre:

Volunteer Recruitment Drop-in at Glyndŵr University 9. International Overdose Awareness Day 2017 10. Kai’s Sponsored Walk for Wrexham Homeless Dragontale at Wepre Park 11. News from Wrexham Carers Service: New Carers Outreach Worker and the Jolly Boys 12. Social Prescribing Project 13. Training and Meeting Rooms at Tŷ Avow 14.Training with AVOW

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AVOW Annual Sponsored Walk In late September AVOW organised a Sponsored Walk, along the canal between Trevor Basin and Llangollen. Individuals took part in the walk to help raise funds for Voluntary Organisations or a Community Group of their choice. Chosen groups included Home-Start, BAWSO and St. Christopher’s School.





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Alternatively, they could raise funds for the AVOW Making A Difference (M.A.D) Grant fund. All money raised is distributed to successful applicants for projects that Make A Difference in the community. John Gallanders, Chief Officer of AVOW, said “We know that funding is getting more scarce and groups are relying on the goodwill of their supporters. This is a marvellous opportunity for people representing different voluntary organisations to come together to raise funds. The annual event provides the third sector in Wrexham County Borough with a platform for raising funds without the hassle of arranging such an event themselves”.

Marjorie Dykins OBE Volunteer Memorial Awards 2017 The closing date for the submission of nominations for the Marjorie Dykins OBE Volunteer Memorial Awards 2017 has passed and a number of nominations have been received for both the individual and group awards. The nominations will shortly be considered by the Awards Panel, comprising representatives from AVOW, Marjorie’s family, and an independent member. The results will be announced at AVOW’s Christmas Reception at the Catrin Finch centre, Glyndŵr University on Friday 15th December 2017, when the winners will be presented with their awards. The awards were created in 2016 by AVOW, in consultation with Marjorie’s family who generously donated £5000 towards the scheme. All nominations have been put forward by members of the public who believe the nominees have made contributions to their respective communities in Wrexham County Borough, either individually or collectively, and there is a £500 award for each category.

Dates for your Diary AVOW Christmas Reception with light refreshments

Friday 15th December 2017 from 12,noon - 2pm at Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham

AVOW Christmas Carol Service with Soup, Mulled Wine, and Mince Pies Thursday 21st December from 1pm at St. Giles Parish Church, Wrexham

Friday 26th January From 10am until 12, noon at The Memorial Hall, Bodhyfryd, Wrexham, LL12 7AG Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 ‘The Power of Words’ with AVOW

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Little Sunflowers Macmillan Coffee Morning

AVOW’s Little Sunflowers took part in the national Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 29th September 2017 at Acton Community Resource Centre, Wrexham. Cakes were donated by parents of the children who attend Little Sunflowers. Paint a cake for the children was followed by a Music and Movement session, where the children played together with musical instruments. Macmillan Coffee Morning was supported by Splat Messy Play, Little Sunflowers Child Care Acton, volunteers and staff from Housing and Economy Wrexham County Borough Council.

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In September 2017 Rhi Moxon, a local artist from Wrexham, facilitated a volunteer taster session to re-design the front window in room 1 at Tŷ Avow, Wrexham. She asked, ‘what makes you feel heroic and strong?’. The group decorated the stars on the window with a bundle of buzz words such as; ‘Helping’ ‘Support’ ‘Working with Others’ and ‘family and friends’. Many thanks to Rhi Moxon for her time and creativity.

What makes you feel heroic and strong? Let us know using the Wrexham Volunteer Centre hashtags

#findthevolunteerinyou and #growuptoinspire


The AVOW Play Team provide support to the children, families and wider community of Plas Madoc. To celebrate the end of a successful Summer the community hosted an indoor Community Celebration - ‘Plastonbury Undercover’. The event was well attended by residents and also neighbouring communities who all came together to enjoy an evening of entertainment with a children’s disco and live music from cover band Fourphit to finish the night.

The Community of Plas Madoc celebrated the Bonfire season with lots of activities including toffee apple making and fair rides which welcomed hundreds of visitors to the event. Working with Festival Fireworks the community ended the night with a bang, a 20 minute display which wowed the crowd.

Both events were part of the Invest Local programme, which gives the area £1 million of funding over 10 years – and the community decides exactly how it will be spent. Over the past 12 months the Steering Group have consulted with the community over what’s important to them and how life on Plas Madoc estate could be improved. One of the outcomes from the consultation is that community events and activities are important and make life better on the estate. As a result of this feedback, part of the community’s plan for using the £1million includes running a series of regular events and activities. Other priorities include sustaining and developing current Playwork provision, as well as keeping the local Leisure Centre open.


Wrexham Volunteer Centre Recruitment Sessions

Student Volunteering at Glyndŵr University

Wrexham Volunteers Centre continue to Every Tuesday from 12:30pm – run their monthly volunteer recruitment 2:30pm, starting from 7th November sessions on the first Tuesday of the month 2017, Tegan Brierley-Sollis from between 10am and 11:30am at Tŷ Avow, 21 Wrexham Volunteers Centre is based Egerton Street,Wrexham, LL11 1ND. at Glyndŵr University either at the Careers Centre in the Edward The informal drop-in is a great environment Llwyd Building or in the main for organisations and volunteers to meet reception with a stall. and discuss potential volunteering opportunities. This outreach work is key to engaging students in volunteer work alongside As an organisation: their studies and promoting the The monthly recruitment session is a services which AVOW offers. Students chance to meet potential volunteers will be able to sign up to volunteer or face-to-face, discuss their skills and be referred for an appointment on the how they may benefit your organisation. day and complete all paperwork directly at the University. As a potential volunteer: Volunteering is an opportunity to meet new people, try new things and it can be an asset on your CV or for future employers.

What’s your volunteering story? How does volunteering impact your life?

Every Tuesday 12.30pm – 2.30pm at Edward Llwyd Building (Careers Centre) or Main Reception.

Do you feel supported and valued? Are you learning new skills and making new friends? Alongside your studies!

Tell us YOUR volunteering journey today!

In your spare time!

Wrexham Volunteer Centre by email to vb@avow.org; or phone 01978 312556

Abroad! In Partnership with Careers and Employability at Glyndŵr University.

Contact us:

International Overdose Awareness Day


Shoes Could you walk in our shoes? Live the lives we have? No longer here to tell you, the things we have not had. Everybody judged us ‘ave us all a name. When we were just out walking, we’d hang our heads in shame. So now we’re just a memory, one some choose to forget, one thing to remember, there will be some more yet. No one of us is perfect, may not choose what we do, so please, please remember one day it could be you. So would you like to take a step? Walk just like we do? If you think it’s easy... Please come and take my shoe. By Peter Jones, AVOW Substance Misuse Volunteer Coordinator

‘Every year 31st August is International Overdose Awareness Day. A few years ago we held an event to celebrate the lives of those we have lost and erected a Memory Tree at Tŷ Croeso. Sadly, The names on the tree have now reached 80+. The clients wanted to express their feelings and what it means to them. This poem was a way to express the feelings and memories we all still cherish.’ By Peter Jones


Kai’s Sponsored Walk




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A big thank you to our fundraiser: 7 year old Kai! Alongside his supportive family, Kai walked 5 miles for Wrexham Homeless. Kai wanted to raise money for people experiencing homelessness in Wrexham and decided to set-up a MyDonate page and organise his own sponsored walk to raise money for the work that AVOW does with homeless people in conjunction with the ‘Wrexham Homeless’ group. Thank you to Kai, his family and all of his supporters!

Contributions to Wrexham Homeless Contributions of dry food can be donated to Peter Jones at Tŷ Croeso for distribution to people experiencing homelessness in Wrexham County Borough. Donations of clothes can be dropped off at The Salvation Army Garden Road, Rhosddu Wrexham. Keep an eye out for Sponsored Day on the Streets in 2018.

Dragontale Productions at Wepre Park September was National Recovery Month, to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance misuse disorders and celebrate the people who recover. To commemorate this month DragonTale Productions were invited to Wepre Park for their Health and Wellbeing Event and were invited to produce a live broadcast with music and interviews from organisations invested in recovery. The session was broadcast live from Radio Deeside and is available online at: mixlr.com/dragontaleproductions. Organizations such as: Arch, Cais, Cyfle Cymru, & Intuitive Recovery, to name a few, all gathered to celebrate everything that is exceptional about recovery.


Wrexham Carers Service appoint new Carers Outreach Worker The Wrexham Carers Service are excited to be having a new member of staff. Funded by “The Waterloo Foundation” the new Carers Outreach Worker will provide an outreach service for all unpaid Carers in the rural areas of Wrexham County Borough, primarily to identify and support individual unpaid Carers in their respective localities. The service is funded until November, 2018 and will provide: 1:1 and group support to carers as well as: arrange social groups, refer/signpost carers appropriately to services and support through the process for Carers Assessment.

Wrexham Carers Christmas Meal Venue: Ramada Hotel, Ellice Way, Wrexham, LL13 7YH Date: Tuesday 12th December 2017 Time: 12,noon - 2.30pm Cost: £6 - This is a ticket only event The Carers Christmas Meal has only been made possible thanks to the generosity of a number of local businesses. We have limited spaces for this event. This is a Carer only event.

Jolly Boys at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct The last Jolly Boys outing was a trip to the local World Heritage site, Pontysllte Aqueduct, where we walked across this fantastic structure built by Thomas Telford. It was a lovely day considering it was so late in the year, all the guys appreciated the views, weather and the company. After a good hour’s walk we had a spot of lunch in one of the local pubs.

Coming up: Christmas Crafts Festive Boxed Plants Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017 Time: 10am – 12pm Festive Basket Date: Monday 11th December 2017 Time: 10am – 12pm All craft materials and refreshments provided £5 per person. To book a place or for more information contact: Wrexham Carers Service on 01978 318812 Stress Management and Chill Time with the Caia Park Health Team Date: Tuesday 5th December 2017 Time: 10:30am – 12pm

Foodwise for Life with Caia Park Health Team Jolly Boys events are aimed at our male carers, it gives them a Date: Starting Monday 8th January chance to meet new friends, visit places they may not normally 2018 for 8 consecutive weeks get to go to and have a short time away from their caring Time: 10am – 11:30am Location: Tesco Community Room, responsibilities. Wrexham To book a place or for more information contact: Sophie & Robin at the Caia Park Health Team 01978 318362 Next meeting is Thursday 7th December Wrexham Christmas Market, St. Giles Parish Church, Wrexham

Unless otherwise stated, above events and training will take place at Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND


Social Prescribing Project

A pilot project commissioned by Betsi Cadwallader University Health Board (BCUHB) around Social Prescribing has been of huge benefit to a number of patients in Wrexham County Borough.

Experiences (ACE’s). Our Social Prescriber Kim Sheridan has had many years’ experience in the voluntary sector and undertook the role for the duration of the pilot project from April – September 2017.

During that time she saw a total of 34 new clients, had 3 telephone clients and 1 walk in client seen at AVOW. Most clients had multiple, complex, complicated issues, and in many cases needed a second or third appointment to complete follow up actions. All but one client engaged in the many services, organisations and referrals made on Social Prescribing means looking at people’s their behalf, such as Stepping Stones, Parabl, needs and/or problems holistically and what CAB, The Princes Trust, ARCH and even contacting Bridge Clubs for a client who was matters to them as well as recognising their health may be determined by environmental, lonely after the death of her partner. economic, social or Adverse Childhood The project helped patients known as ‘frequent fliers’ who access A&E on a regular basis for non-medical, non-clinical treatment and AVOW joined forces with Flintshire Local Voluntary Council to deliver the project throughout Wrexham County Borough and Flintshire.

worker negotiated release and return of Case Study: Trauma, Abuse, Mental Health, Panic Attacks, Employment, car as Client appointment book for her business was in the vehicle. Debts. Client female 28 yrs old, self-employed, has · Referral for assessment of ADHD and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). medication, as this was stopped age 20 One child-8 year old daughter. Client had been years. involved in the Manchester bombing and was · Information given about CTB & Rent close to the location of detonation. She was rebates from LA and Benefits Agency injured and knocked to the ground and to make a claim for ESA client not able to separated from her daughter. The client work, as she was self-employed, no work, described the horrors she and her daughter had no pay. seen. Client had gone to the concert in her car · Referral to CAB re: debts Client said: straight from work and car was still at the venue. Further, the client had been involved in violent “I am so grateful for your services and I feel relationships in the past. Client was in shock at her that I was being listened to”. appointment as it was only 2 days after the 21hrs to date plus multi-agency time. The bombing. client came to GP surgery with flowers to · Immediate medical intervention was required. say thank you a few weeks later and said: · Multi-agency specialist referrals FIS, Woman’s Aid, Parabl, CPN. “I will never forget what you did for me · No trauma specialists available for client to see. and my daughter, you will never know how much it meant to me”. · No therapists available for daughter. · Police were notified about the car and Case

Training and Meeting Rooms at Tŷ Avow


Tŷ Avow has developed as a Major Resource Community Centre for use by the Volunteer and Community Sector in Wrexham County Borough since acquiring the building in 1996. Its central location has made it a popular venue for groups and meetings and currently it houses six departments under AVOW and comprises office accommodation and rooms for hire, including; Room 1, Ground Floor. Which features: • Dry Erase White Board • Flipchart • Tables and Chairs Capacity approx. 20 people Room 13, Ground Floor. Which features: • Table and Chairs • Sofa Capacity approx. 6 people Room 25, First Floor. Which features: • An Interactive White Board; • Powerpoint Projector • Laptop • Dry Erase White Board • Flipchart • Tables and Chairs Capacity approx. 25/30 people And two smaller rooms: Room 4, Ground Floor. Which features: • Chairs Capacity for 3 people Room 4A, Ground Floor. Which features: • Chairs and a Desk Capacity for 3 people AVOW members recieve a 10% discount!

There are hot water and kitchen facilities, including Tea, Coffee and WIFI throughout the building. The building has disabled access, including the front and back entrance, a lift for first floor rooms and a disabled toilets on the ground floor and first floor.


Training with AVOW Food Hygiene Thursday 7th December 2017 9:30am – 4pm Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND £55 per person This training aims to provide participants with a grasp of the importance of food safety and an understanding of how to control food safety risks.

Gift Aid Thursday 18th January 2018 9am – 1pm Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND £12.50 per person Learn how to set-up a Gift Aid account, how to manage Gift Aid donations and how to submit a Gift Aid claim with this one day course. Making your Website work for You Thursday 25th January 2018 9:30am – 4:30pm Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND £50 per person An effective website is a critical part of any business’ armoury in this increasingly connected online world.

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To book onto a course: visit our website: http//avow.org/en/training-courses/, email communitycourses@avow.org or alternatively call us on 01978 312556

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