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Charity Number 1043989 | Company Limited by Guarantee Number 2993429

2016 homeless

ISSUE NO. 73

WINTER 2016

Collection 1st november - 16th december 2016

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DRY INSTAnt food such as cup-a-soup, pot noodles, tins, tea etc sleeping bags & fleeces, financial contribution although we do not need clothes for this collection any donated will be redistributed

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equality & human rights commission

Wrexham Carers Service Parkinson’s uk

Wrexham Social Enterprise Conference

Local Giving - #giveme5

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National living wage wren’s community action fund

volunteer centre news AVOW big lottery success

in kind direct - why join?

sponsored walk plas madoc news bonfire night E-bulletin

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holocaust memorial day

training

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Preventing deaths in detention of adults with mental health conditions: progress review

Can you help us to help others…? We want to hear about the issues that come up time and again for your clients or service users As the regulatory body responsible for eliminating unlawful discrimination and protecting and promoting human rights, we have a range of legal powers that we use to tackle systemic barriers to equality and fairness. We’re also looking to take on more legal cases of strategic importance to secure binding judgments that clarify or reinforce people’s rights. We’ve outlined 10 key areas where we can use our regulatory or litigation powers to bring about real change. It is cases or issues that fall within the areas of interest outlined overleaf that we are particularly looking for.

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Accessibility issues for disabled people, including transport, housing, independent living, pubs and restaurants, sports grounds, and communications.

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Employment – discrimination in recruitment and career progression with a focus on age and inter-generational fairness, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, and the use of positive action. Identity-based abuse and hate crime, including violence against women and girls. Access to health and social care services, in particular for those with or at risk of having a mental health condition. Access to services generally in relation to age, gender reassignment, religion or belief, and sexual orientation. Access to benefits with a focus on disproportionate use of sanctions, failures to make reasonable adjustments in eligibility assessments, and the impact of benefit changes on refugees and asylum seekers, and on children. Immigration detention, in particular cases concerning mental capacity or vulnerable detainees (such as victims of trafficking), and duration and conditions of detention. Unlawful use of restraint in all detention settings. • Education – bullying, exclusions, access and attainment with a focus on disability, Gypsies and Travellers, and gender reassignment issues relating to schools. Access to civil justice with a focus on the impact of legal aid changes, barriers to bringing discrimination and judicial review cases, and particular problems experienced by disabled people. Criminal justice system – treatment of children, young people and transgender people, including protection from slavery/labour exploitation.

If you’re a legal representative or adviser, why not get in touch if you come across a case we might be able to get involved in, or an issue we might be able to help resolve with our unique powers? All we need are basic details and one of our legal team will gladly give you an indication of whether it’s something that might further the Commission’s aims:

By email: legalrequest@equalityhumanrights.com By phone: 0161 829 8407 (Tues to Thurs, 10am to 1pm) for England and Wales. We can’t promise to get involved every time, but even where we can’t, we’ll use the information you give us to inform our future priorities. Further information about our legal work, including our compliance and enforcement policy and our strategic litigation policy, can be found at www.equalityhumanrights.com


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Wrexham Carers Service hosted their annual ‘Britain’s Best Breakfast’ event in association with Arthritis Care at the Wrexham Memorial Hall on Wednesday 12th October. The ‘Best Breakfast’ event was run alongside Arthritis Care’s ‘Get active for Arthritis’ event. Food was very kindly donated by Marks and Spencer Eagles Meadow, Sainsbury’s Plas Coch, Pete Jones, and First Class Meats. A variety of breakfast baps, cereals, and hot drinks were served throughout the event. In total, £147 was raised for unpaid Carers in Wrexham, this money will go towards providing services to help Carers continue in their role. Peter Higson and Margaret Hanson, Chair and Vice-Chair of BCUHB attended the event, along with a range of other health professionals, and a number of our Carers and AVOW staff. Thank you to everyone who attended the event and a special thanks to Ron, our chef for the day, and Marion who helped the event run smoothly.

R PEOPLE O F S IT U C IR C A U Q A WITH PARKINSON’S

An invitation to people living with Parkinson’s, their family, carers and friends to join us for Aqua Circuits. You can join us afterwards for a cuppa or treat yourself to lunch.

Waterworld Wrexham, Bodhyfryd, Wrexham, LL13 8DH Every Tuesday 12 to 12.45pm £5 For more Information email: lmorgan@parkinsons.org.uk


WREXHAM SOCIAL ENTERPRISE NETWORK CONFERENCE 2016 On Friday the 30th of September 2016 the Third Sector Doctor Project which works across Wrexham and Flintshire through AVOW and FLVC were present at the inaugural Wrexham Social Enterprise Network Conference at the Catrin Finch Centre in Wrexham Glyndwr University. The TSD Project is proud to be a member of the Wrexham Social Enterprise Network and to have been a part of this event. David Foulds the project manager and Nigel Davies the project officer presented workshops on ‘The Social Services and Well-being Act opportunities’ and ‘Small Steps to Enterprise’. Nigel’s workshop was about the educational courses which are available to people who wish to gain more knowledge about developing and running social enterprises. David’s workshop dealt with the contracting opportunities which will be available to Third Sector organisations under the new Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act which came into being in April this year. Both workshops were well attended and well received. The TSD Project also provided the lunch and refreshments for the event. Over 70 people attended this successful event which included guest speaks Derek Walker the CEO of the Wales Co-operative, Professor Maria Hinseller the Vice Chancellor of Wrexham Glyndwr University, Alison Hill CEO of the Caia Park Partnership and Chair of the Wrexham Social Enterprise Network and Professor Chris Fortune of Wrexham Glyndwr University who is pioneering a degree course in Social Enterprise at the university. Also in attendance were local MP’s Ian Lucas and Susan Elan Jones and Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths. Awards were also presented by the Wrexham SEN to many local aspiring Social Enterprises.

The Third Sector Doctor Project operates across Wrexham and Flintshire. The project provides advice and training on governance matters, organisation structure, project management and social enterprise development. The project has mentors from the business sector who are specialists in Finance, HR, Marketing, IT systems, Business Planning, Administration and Governance. These mentors are available to assist in the solving of problems and/or issues that many Third Sector organisations face in today’s environment of business and local authorities. The project also offers training opportunities and will conduct a Health Check on your organisation which is an in depth look at your operation. These services are free to the Third Sector as the project is funded by the Big Lottery. For further information on TSD services please contact the Third Sector Doctor Project on 01978 312556 or email tsd@avow.org

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LocalGiving’s next #GiveMe5 campaign will take place on Friday 16th December 2016 To celebrate the newly announced Local Charities Day on the 16th of December, Local giving will be running this festive #GiveMe5 campaign to encourage everyone to support a local charity and give something back to their communities.

The Office for Civil Society is contributing £5,000 in match funding for the #GiveMe5 campaign. The campaign will match 1,000 x £5 donations made during a 24hr period. As with all #GiveMe5 campaigns, successful donations will be chosen at random the following day and charities and donors will be informed if their donation has been matched.

localgiving’s june 2016 #giveme5 campaign raised over £27,500!

key facts for the next #giveme5 friday 16th december

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Conditions of entry: Each £5 donation made to a participating charity through Localgiving between the promotion start and end times will be placed into a draw to be doubled by an extra £5 of match funding. Donations of other amounts will not be included in the draw. The promotion only applies to one-time donations Number of donations matched: 1,000 x £5 donations will be matched as part of this promotion. Charity & supporter limits: Donors may make as many £5 donations during the promotion as they wish and there is no limit to the amount of match funding any single group may receive.

Full details and Frequently Asked Questions - www.localgiving.org/what-we-do/campaigns/giveme5

Welsh charities & community groups can claim £200 match funding to run their own campaign Charities and community groups in Wales can take advantage of free Localgiving membership for 12 months (usually £72) and £200 of match funding, reserved especially for them. The match fund is there to help groups design and run their own online fundraising campaign. That could be doubling all £5 donations until the pot is empty, or challenging fundraisers to a “fifty quid challenge”, with the first 4 to raise £50 winning an extra £50 - whatever suits your organisation. The money’s there for you to gain confidence when running online campaigns and inspire you to try out new online fundraising ideas! For more information, visit www.localgiving.org/rdp/wales or to claim your free membership sign up today at join.localgiving.org/wales using the promotional code WALES250.

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national livinsge wage incre01a6 1st october 2

The Government's National Living Wage was introduced on 1 April 2016 for all working people aged 25 and over, and is set at £7.20 per hour. The current National Minimum Wage for those under the age of 25 still applies.

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From October 2016, the national minimum wage will rise by 3.7% to £6.95 for 21 to 24 year olds, and by 4.7% to £5.55 an hour for those aged 18 to 20. The minimum wage for 16 to 17 year-olds will rise to £4.00 and apprentices will see their wages go up to £3.40. Almost half a million young people will benefit from the increases introduced.

good news! wren’s community action fund - extended in wrexham! WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK. Projects must be within a 10 mile radius of a landfill site to qualify. The Wrexham site was expected to close in September 2017, however, AVOW have just had confirmation that there has been an extension, and the fund will remain open for another round. This is good news as it gives Wrexham organisations another opportunity to apply for grant to upgrade their facilities. Grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 are available for the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or another public amenity. WREN's definition of an amenity is something that a community will have access to and be able to use for leisure or recreation purposes. Typical projects that WREN fund include: Community building upgrades, inc. refurbished kitchen, toilets, windows, roof repairs etc Public parks, inc. construction of footpaths and cycleways Community sports facilities, eg for MUGA multi use games areas Children’s Play areas and skate parks Nature reserves, and community woodlands Please note, there have been several funding policy changes recently and applications can now only be accepted from the following types of organisations: Registered charities which operate a community facility Churches or Parochial Church Councils Parish or Town Councils or management committees or user associations acting on behalf of Parish or Town Council Local authorities CASC registered sports clubs Other organisations may still be able to apply for funding if they apply as a secondary applicant with a Parish Council, local authority or charity which has an involvement in their project site. The deadline for applications is 22 February 2017 (5pm). Fund details are available from: www.wren.org.uk/apply/wren-grant-scheme or tel: 01953 717 165, email: info@wren.org.uk For further information and support regarding WREN grants, please contact Heather Hicks, AVOW Funding Advice Development Officer, on Tel: 01978 312556 or heather.hicks@avow.org


VOLUNTEER CENTRE NEWS Volunteering in Wales Website. Advertise your organisation and volunteering opportunities on the Volunteering in Wales Website www.volunteering-wales.net It’s a great way to promote your organisation to prospective volunteers. The latest organisation to advertise on website is TWIG (The Wrexham Independent Gallery) The Gallery operates in the Peoples Market in Wrexham. The organsation will provide exhibition space for local artists/crafters. Volunteer vacancies include a Gallery Assistant Role and Workshop Supervisor.

avow bIG LOTTERY SUCCESS! At AVOW, we love to hear your stories and all about the great things going on in your community, and through some of the work we’ve been doing, we realise that everyone has a great story to tell. One of our projects has been busy shining the light on helping those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, through the medium of community based radio and the telling of personal stories. Over the last two years we have worked closely through Champions House in Wrexham who have helped us pilot our project and measure its success. The project proved that everyone needs to have their voice heard, that we can all contribute and give something back, and that community radio is a great way of sharing your story, your voice with others. With the success of such a great pilot, we were able to partner with Glyndwr University and CAIS in securing a BIG Lottery Grant to help us grow your stories across the whole of North Wales. We plan to spend the next three years capturing your stories, direct from the community you live in and then broadcast through your nearest Community Radio station. We will be turning your stories into podcasts that will, as the project gains momentum help to make you part of the biggest ever story in North Wales. By harnessing the passion and energy of people in recovery, we will produce, edit and broadcast your stories right across North Wales.

If you want to become part of the biggest conversation North Wales has ever had, watch out for DragonTale Productions, empowering community through stories.

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sponsored walk On 1st October 17 brave souls faced very wet weather to take part in the Annual AVOW Sponsored Walk. With two walks available (to ensure it’s suitable for everyone), some walked from the canal basin at Trevor to Llangollen and some went on to walk back to Trevor Basin over the Panorama. This year we welcomed anyone wishing to complete the distance on a scooter and were thrilled Jean McCubbin joined in using a scooter from AVOW’s Shopmobility service. Despite the weather, everyone remained in high spirits and completed the walk raising nearly £500 for charitable causes in Wrexham.

plas madoc news AVOW’s Little Sunflowers, based at the Opportunities Centre in Plas Madoc, recently celebrated their 10th Birthday.

10th BIRTHDAY BONFIRE NIGHT! A stunning display of fireworks and community spirit at The Land Bonfire on Wednesday 2nd November 2016.

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avow E-BULLETIN: Did you know every Friday AVOW sends out a weekly e-bulletin informing you of various things happening within Wrexham County Borough and potential funding sources. If you would like to contribute to this e-bulletin please e-mail: daniel.jones@avow.org a week before or to subscribe to it please go to our website: www.avow.org/en/e-bulletin-subscription/

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FRIDAY 27TH JANUARY 2017 10AM - 12NOON MEMORIAL HALL BODHYFRYD WREXHAM To book on visit - www.avowhmd2017.eventbrite.co.uk

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dEVELOPING AN ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN - tHURSDay 1st december 2016 Venue: AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND Time: 1pm to 4.30pm The workshop will explain how to plan online fundraising appeals. You will create a digital fundraising strategy and learn how to effectively communicate your cause. The workshop is free to groups who are members of AVOW and for those interested in, or already signed up to, Localgiving. Light refreshments available! Please book a place by contacting Emma: emma@localgiving.org / 07808 889671

community fundraising - tuesday 14th february 2017 @ avow, 21 egerton street, wrexham price: £10pp Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm The training aims to inform people how to plan for fundraising within a community, including how to support volunteers, identify potential fundraising activities and ensure compliance with legislative requirements.

Book online: www.avow.org/training-courses BILINGUALISM AT WORK - WEDNESDAY 1ST FEBRUARY 2017 This FREE training session, run by the Welsh Language Commissioner, will enable attendees to develop their organisation's use of the Welsh language. It will provide information, research and practical advice to aid in planning for increasing the organisation's Welsh language provision. Book online - http://www.wcva.org.uk/training-and-events/ Venue: CAIS, LL29 8BP.

WORKING WITH PARTNERS FOR BETTER OUTCOMES - WEDNESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY 2017 To enable participants to gain a greater understanding of what partnership working is and what makes it effective. Funded places are available for those working for Health Boards and Trusts, Local Authorities (any department) and Third Sector Health and Social Care organisations. The places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Venue: AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND Book online: www.wcva.org.uk/training-and-events


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