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Y Gaeaf 2019

Winter 2019


Jude Enticott, Recovery Cymru, gratefully receiving 13 workstations from Cardiff Metropolitan University’s donation scheme


 Funding - Capital Investment Fund  IT equipment donation scheme  GVS Christmas Fayre & Big

Volunteering Fayre 2020

Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) is a Company Limited by Guarantee (No. 9517850) Registered in England and Wales, and Registered Charity No. 1163193

Empowering people. Inspiring excellence. Strengthening communities. GVS is funded by:

Office Closures:

The Welsh Government; The Vale of Glamorgan Council; Cardiff & Vale University Health Board; National Lottery Community Fund; Track 2000 Legacy Fund.

21 November 2019 - Staff meeting 9.30am - 12.30pm 13 December 2019 - CF61 & Staff meeting 9.00am - 4.00pm 24 December from 12 noon - 1 January 2020 (Christmas office closure)

If you would like to circulate news in our e-Vista magazine, appropriate to the Third Sector, please send your articles, letters or information to Mark Stillman (Editor). GVS produces three publications a year and the deadlines are:   

1 March distributing on or around 15 March 1 July distributing on or around 15 July 1 November distributing on or around 15 November

The opinions expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of GVS. We reserve the right to edit for publication. © All rights reserved GVS contact details and hours of opening: GVS, Barry Community Enterprise Centre, Skomer Road, Barry CF62 9DA open Monday - Friday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm Tel: 01446 741706 E-mail: Anyone wishing to arrive outside of these times should contact GVS to arrange an appointment. GVS is committed to delivering a high quality service. If you feel that we have not met this standard a copy of our complaints procedure can be obtained by contacting our office, or visiting our website and clicking on the ‘Contact’ tab on the top navigation bar.


We look forward to receiving your news for future editions of our e-Vista magazine. This is also an opportunity for you to share information about your services, the local community, volunteers and community groups. Contributions in Welsh or bi-lingual articles are welcome.



Would you like a stall in Llantwit Major? Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) is hosting a wonderful Christmas Fayre on Saturday 7th December from 12 noon – 4pm which promises to be a festive extravaganza at the CF61, Station Road, Llantwit Major CF61 1ST. We would welcome local people, businesses and charitable groups to have a stall to sell your wares at the Fayre. The cost of a stall is just £10. Places are filling up fast so if you would like a stall please contact GVS for a booking form. Telephone: 01446 741706, e-mail:


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The Mini Volunteering Events will be a chance for up to 10 local groups to promote their volunteering opportunities and will be open to the public. There will also be a chance to get some funding advice from one of GVS’ Development Officers. There will be a small charge of £5 per organisation stall. For more information or to register your interest, please contact GVS, tel: 01446 741706 or e-mail


The Big Volunteering Fayre 2020

The place to be if you are looking for volunteers On Thursday 23rd January 2020 Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) will be hosting the Big Volunteering Fayre for charities and community groups to showcase their activities and recruit volunteers. The Fayre is from 10am – 2pm at Memo Arts Centre, Barry CF62 8NA. This is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to talk face-to-face to members of the public of all ages who express an interest in volunteering. You will also be able to provide further information about the work of your organisation. Bookings will be on a first come first serve basis and places are now filling up. If you would like to book a place please complete a booking form at: or contact Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS), tel: 01446 741706, e-mail: website:

We've been struggling to engage new volunteers recently and thought we'd try the GVS Volunteer Fayre. It exceeded our expectations! We had a lot of interest in our volunteer roles and we didn't stop talking to people. It was great too because it was an opportunity to highlight what we do as an organisation and raise our profile. Well done to the GVS team for doing such a great job in pulling the whole thing together.

Gareth Kiddie, Chair of the Vale for Africa charity (feedback from the Big Volunteering Fayre 2019)


CF61 is already a valued resource in Llantwit Major

GVS’ CF61 has already become a valued resource in the community. Not only does the CF61 centre serve the local community with weekly events but is also a useful facility where organisations can meet. Pictured above are members of the Vale of Glamorgan’s Rural Development Programme’s Local Action Group (LAG). The meeting was hosted by Creative Rural Communities and held at the new CF61 building in September 2019. The meeting was well attended and received presentations from Mike Powell, Vale of Usk’s LAG on Rural Uber Cooperation; Gareth Jones on the Co-working Pilot Project; and from Catherine Williams and Paul Donovan, Snowdonia Active and Wales Adventure Tourism Organisation (WATO) on the Coastal Activities feasibility study. Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) has refurbished Llantwit Major Youth Centre,


Station Road, CF61 1ST as a community resource and the venue, now called “CF61”, aims to serve the local community. CF61 is a community space that is available to rent for a multitude of activities at an affordable rate. The building is fully accessible, warm, clean and welcoming and as a venue it is ideal for children’s parties and activities; meetings and conferences; fitness and wellbeing classes as well as many other community activities and functions. All proceeds are re-invested into the Centre to continually improve the facility for the local community. If you would like to find out more please visit the CF61 website – or contact GVS. Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS), tel: 01446 741706, e-mail: website:

CF61 in Llantwit Major hosts GVS’ AGM and Conference The newly refurbished CF61 was the venue for GVS’ AGM and Conference on Thursday 24 October. It was well received by the delegates with excellent, insightful speakers including Cllr. Christine Cave (Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan), Michelle Alexis (Alexis Consulting & Cardiff University) and Clive Curtis (GVS Governance Lead & Operational Manager).

Fiona Kinghorn, Executive Director Public Health, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board said, ‘I was delighted to be part of this well managed and informative event to explore not only some of the challenges, but the opportunities to strengthen the role of the third sector for the benefit of local people and communities in an ever changing world.’

GVS prides itself on supporting voluntary action in the Vale of Glamorgan so if your voluntary group needs support or you would like to volunteer but don’t know where to start please contact us. Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS), tel: 01446 741706, e-mail:, website:

Pictured above from left to right: Cllr. Christine Cave, Rachel Connor, Michelle Alexis, Jane Hutt AM and Graham Benfield OBE


The ReBUILD project hosts mental wellbeing event in Llantwit Major The ReBUILD Project held its first Mental Wellbeing Event at CF61 in September, offering wellbeing workshops in Sleep and Mindfulness. One attendee said, “I learnt a few useful tips and will definitely sleep well tonight.”

The ReBUILD team opened a trial Wellbeing Café, offering a selection of delicious cakes and drinks, as well as tasters of some herbal teas. It was the perfect place for people to sit and relax as well as talk to others. The soft play area gave the opportunity for some fun playtime, so parents really relaxed. Cwtch Cymru peer support group promoted their mental wellbeing group that takes place every Wednesday at CF61, and also volunteered to help the ReBUILD team in the Wellbeing Café. ReBUILD is helping people across the community feel connected and helping improve mental wellbeing through volunteering. If that interests you, please get in touch with Clare and the team. Our thanks to everyone who came and made it such a friendly, relaxed event. Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS), tel: 01446 741706, e-mail: website:


The ReBUILD Project Garden Wow wee…. We have been having so much fun at CF61. The ReBUILD volunteers got outdoors in October, got muddy and enjoyed a beautiful, sunny, autumn day together. Being outdoors is so good for our mental health and wellbeing and we were so fortunate the sun was out to make it feel a bit warmer. The volunteers were planting our new raised beds at CF61in Llantwit Major. It was great to see people making new friendships and having meaningful conversations about their personal journeys to wellbeing. One of the volunteers said, “It’s been great meeting new people and being able to help.”

We were really pleased to get some help from the Natural Resources Wales team who turned up to give a hand. We were also able to make plans with them about more volunteer led projects in 2020. So watch this space! If you or any one you know is struggling with low confidence and self-esteem and / or feeling lonely and isolated, ReBUILD would love to welcome them to our new Wellbeing Café to chat more about volunteering opportunities they could get involved in.

The ReBUILD Project Wellbeing Café The Wellbeing Café officially opens its doors on Tuesday 12th November 1pm til 3 pm. We had such great feedback from local people from the wellbeing event in September that we decided to launch a weekly café. We will be making a place for people to connect and feel good about themselves. A place with things to do and the warmest of welcomes. A place to be yourself. A place to feel part of our community. Enjoy a warm cuppa and a slice of yummy toast; take part in the wellbeing workshops; take part or just sit and watch the art and craft; get advice and guidance to improve your life and wellbeing; take part in our mindfulness and meditation taster sessions PLUS - We are linking up with local shop Filco to help reduce food waste by offering FREE end of day food for people to take and use at home. The café will be run by volunteers who we are so thankful for. We are always looking for more volunteers to help get this café going and become a part of the local community. If you’re interested please get in touch. If you’re an organisation or group with something to bring to the café you’d be welcome to come along and be part of our café. We’ll give you some space for a stand or to do an activity or talk. Let’s chat if you fancy coming along. We’d love to see you there. For more information, get in touch with the ReBUILD team on 01446 741706 or e-mail


GVS Workshop - How Parliament Works Thursday 5 December 2019, 10am – 1pm Llantwit Major Cost £20

Have you wondered how Parliament works? Have you ever wondered how laws are made? Then this workshop is for you. By the end of the session you will know:  What the UK Parliament is  What the UK Parliament does  The difference between the UK Parliament and UK Government To book your place, please visit Eventbrite or see Bookings below

Recruiting, Selecting and Managing Volunteers Wednesday 15 January 2020, 10am – 1pm Llantwit Major Cost £20

An ideal training course if you are new to managing volunteers or would like a refresher. At the end of the session you will be able to:    

Identify existing and new volunteering roles for volunteers Identify where to recruit volunteers Establish an effective selection procedure Establish a simple guide for managing volunteers

To book your place, please visit Eventbrite or see Bookings on page 13.


Get Ready to Tender

Tuesday 28 January 2020, 10am - 1pm Llantwit Major Cost £20 This session will be valuable to Trustees, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of organisations who may be considering tendering for the first time and want to get themselves "up to speed." At the end of the session, you will be able to:  Improve understanding of the differences between grants and contracts  Increase knowledge in the area of tendering  Provide guidance about the tendering process  Explore the potential of joint working when considering public service delivery To book your place, please visit Eventbrite or see Bookings below


If you would like to book on any of the sessions, please contact: Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) Barry Community Enterprise Centre, Skomer Road, Barry CF62 9DA tel: 01446 741706 e-mail: website: or complete the booking form at the bottom of our training page on our website

Free equipment loan to GVS member organisations Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS), supports community groups serving the Vale with a variety of free and low cost services. One free service is for equipment loan. Items include: sound system; digital projector; digital camera; display boards; flipchart easel; tablet devices*; Laptops*; overhead projector; overhead screens. *Terms and conditions apply, short loan period only. If you would like to borrow any of the above equipment or find out more about GVS and its services please contact: Glamorgan Voluntary Services, Barry Community Enterprise Centre, Skomer Road, Barry, CF62 9DA tel: 01446 741706 e-mail: website:



Gill Munro, Gibbonsdown Children’s Centre and Kate Long, Memo Arts Centre gratefully receiving the IT equipment from Cardiff Metropolitan University’s donation scheme. Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) has been working in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University to recycle surplus equipment to local community groups. The equipment includes PCs, monitors, keyboards and mice, which are anything between 3-5 years old. The PCs have Windows 10 installed but organisations will need to add their own Windows license. To date, GVS has helped distribute, through the Cardiff Met Donation Scheme, 37 PCs to nine organisations. GVS submits requests on behalf of local voluntary and community organisations in the hope that we can secure IT equipment. There are no guarantees but the partnership is working extremely well. The donations are every six months or so. (Continued on page 15)


If you would like to register your interest for any of these items on a first come first served basis please contact Mark Stillman, e-mail tel: 01446 741706 with the item(s) you would like to be considered for.

Scott Tandy, Newydd Housing Association gratefully receiving 8 workstations and accessories for use in their Independent Living Schemes which is sure to make a difference.

“I just wanted to send my thanks over to you and Cardiff Metropolitan University for donating the computers to Newydd. Over the coming weeks we will be looking to place them throughout our Independent Living Schemes and Community Hubs where we hope our tenants will use them to create new hobbies, keep in contact with friends and family and have direct access to government services. Thanks once again for your kindness, generosity and time to help us make this happen.� Scott Tandy, Newydd Housing Association


Food For Life Get Togethers Funding available for local partners in Wales With the support of the National Lottery Community Fund, Food for Life Get Togethers bring people of all ages together through growing, cooking and eating good food. A key feature of our programme will be local partners that can demonstrate genuine understanding of what is needed in communities and have the skills and energy to use food as a tool to bring people together across different generations. We have 2 types of funding available:  Innovative local partners - We are looking for organisations to test out innovative approaches or develop existing initiatives which bring generations and people from different backgrounds together through food. You can apply for up to £10,000 with delivery commencing in January 2020 until May 2021  Large local partners - We are looking for one partner in each of the Health Board areas we are working in to promote and deliver Get Togethers activity. The funding available per partner is £30,000 over 3 years. We expect this work to start in January 2020 and run until December 2023 Not for profit organisations can apply for either opportunity from 22nd October to 29th November. We can only accept applications from organisations based in our Test and Learn regions, which are Health Board areas. These are: Cardiff and Vale, Aneurin Bevan and Betsi Cadwaladr. Organisations can be any size but can only apply to deliver the programme in one area of the Test and Learn regions. We will also have small grants available early next year of up to £150 to help groups run a Get Together. For more information and to receive an application pack, e-mail


Cardiff and Vale Third Sector ICF Capital Investment Fund 2019 The Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Integrated Health and Social Care Partnership has allocated £100,000 funding from the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund (ICF), to support new and innovative Third Sector community activities and services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. The Third Sector Capital Investment Fund is managed and administered by Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS).

The Capital Investment Fund is open for applications and the deadline for submissions is 12pm on Friday 15th November 2019. Aim of the Capital Investment Fund This Fund aims to support proposals which improve the quality of life for people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan by ensuring that opportunities are put in place locally to promote health and wellbeing and support engagement and participation in the communities in which they live. The funding is focussed on the following priority service areas:     

Older people with complex needs and long term conditions, including dementia People with learning disabilities Children at risk Children with complex needs due to disability or illness Carers, including young carers

Organisations can apply for a maximum of £20,000. There is no minimum. Examples of how the Capital Investment Fund could be used The funding COULD be used for the following (this list is not exhaustive and is intended as a guide only):  Start-up costs for new groups, activities or services  Materials to support the provision of, or piloting of new or additional services  Social inclusion services, such as capital items to support the setting up of a new lunch club, sport club, exercise class, carer support, neighbour care, or a small scale community befriending service in response to a need  Re-ablement and rapid response services to better meet demand Examples of capital expenditure include the following: improving access to services; housing adaptation equipment such as ramps and rails; IT equipment; refurbishment of Third Sector service provision; kitchen equipment for lunch clubs etc. Application forms are available from Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) Barry Community Enterprise Centre, Skomer Road, Barry, CF62 9DA Tel: 01446 741706 e-mail: website:


Training and Development for Unpaid Carers Cardiff and Vale Regional Workforce Partnership Website The Social Services training departments for the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff work together to provide training and development opportunities to both internal staff and external providers of social care across the whole region. Our Regional Workforce Partnership (RWP) website can be viewed at: A sub-group of the RWP has been looking at the training available to unpaid carers, including young carers, and how this can be made more available to a wider range of people in the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff. We are working together to identify, communicate, deliver services and support unpaid carers. We will also promote and share good practice, and find innovative and sustainable ways of supporting carers more effectively. This is a good time to look at distance learning and the e-modules that are available on various portals. It is clear that unpaid carers place a high importance of having the necessary skills to undertake their caring role and would like appropriate training courses to do so.

Carers Wales' State of Caring Report 2018 notes that, "Giving carers the right information, training and equipment at the right time to be able to care well and safely" was a key priority for carers. One of the difficulties is that the information about the training taking place for carers is scattered across the region, making it hard for carers to find out what is taking place and where it is. It has been the intention to have a central location on the internet which brings all the training information together. We are very pleased that a refreshed RWP webpage specifically for carers, including young carers, has been launched. The webpage, which will expand and develop over time, and will link to Dewis Cymru, is as follows: We would be very grateful if you tell us what other training information you would like to see on this regional webpage and if there is anything that needs to be added. Please e-mail this information to or If you are an unpaid carer and would like to get involved in having a say about carer's services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan there is a Carers Expert Panel, facilitated by Carers Trust South East Wales, which you can join. For more information, please e-mail If you work in a role which supports unpaid carers and would like to be involved in any of the work outlined above, please e-mail or


What is happening in your area - are you aware of any Western Vale groups? Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) has received funding from the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board for a one-year project to map the community groups, organisations and activities/services taking place in the Western Vale of Glamorgan. We’d like you to tell us about local activities and community groups in the Western Vale to help us map what is available. If you represent or are a part of a community group or organisation in the Western Vale, please complete the questionnaire at or contact us for a copy. The project aims to support any emerging Health and Wellbeing networks and organise an event where local groups and services, identified in the mapping exercise, can come together to meet and discuss future options. If you would like more information please contact Lani Tucker at GVS or e-mail Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS), tel: 01446 741706, e-mail:

Are you looking to promote your group, services or organisation? Then Dewis Cymru may be for you! Dewis Cymru is an online website that contains useful information on various health and wellbeing services in your local area. Wellbeing can include happiness, socialising, feeling safe and much more. It is free and easy to register. All information on the website is up to date and checked every 6 months. The website attracts over 50,000 page views per month! To sign up today visit the website, and ‘sign up’. If you require any support signing up to the website please contact Lani Tucker at Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS), tel: 01446 741706, e-mail:, website:


Community Health Council’s new appointment and its Key Functions South Glamorgan Community Health Council are pleased to welcome John Hawkins, who joins Moawia Bin-Sufyan, as a Third Sector representative. The CHC can appoint 3 representatives and currently have a vacancy open. John joined the CHC as a co-opted member and soon became very proactive in all aspects of CHC activity including attending events in the local community, representing and highlighting the work of the CHC. The Key Function of Community Health Councils (CHCs) is to represent the interests of the public in the health service in their district i.e. to give people an independent voice in their local NHS and the service it provides. The five Key Functions of Community Health Councils are to: 

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scrutinise the operation of health services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, to make recommendations for the improvement of that service, and to advise the University Health Board upon such matters relating to the operation of the health service as the Council thinks fit In carrying out its functions, the CHC must have regard to the need for systematic, continuous engagement with the local population and community groups within Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, in order to appropriately represent the public's view on the operation of health services in their area be consulted by the relevant Health Board and NHS Trust in respect of health services for which it is responsible enter NHS premises, to view and listen to the patients experience as they receive care provide an independent complaints advocacy service on behalf of the Welsh Ministers for those aged 18 and over

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Register for extra electronic copies of e-Vista and our weekly e-bulletins for colleagues. GVS sends its information to the designated contact member but can also send information on funding, training, sector news and governance updates to as many colleagues / volunteers as you like by e-mail. This service has many benefits to your organisation and will keep people informed of local voluntary news and updates in legislation, health and the local authority. Please contact Mark Stillman at GVS to be added to this service, e-mail: or tel: 01446 741706.



Barry Beavers Party in August Barry Beavers Disabled Swimming Club enjoyed their 4th annual ‘Party in the Park’ on Sunday 4th August at Porthkerry Park.

The Club also went to Longleat Safari Park on Saturday 17th August for the Club’s annual summer trip for members, volunteers, families and friends and members of the public. Two full coaches were full of happy and excited day trippers. Another great event organised by the Club’s volunteers.

Members, families, friends, guests, general public and two coach loads of fellow Disabled Swimming Clubs travelled from Blaenau Gwent to join in all the fun and activities.

Barry Beavers would like to thank all their volunteers, and members of the community who support the club.

Music, dancing, entertainment, games, competitions and a great BBQ, all provided by club volunteers and members, ensured everyone had a fantastic day. Barry Town Council Mayor, Margaret Wilkinson, was a guest on the day, presenting prizes as well as judging competitions.

The club swimming sessions started again on Saturday 14th September at 3.30pm at Barry Leisure Centre. New members are always welcome of all ages.

Please contact Patricia Finch Club Secretary for more details on 07517 121729.


Barry Beavers Disabled Swimming Club urgently needs volunteers The volunteering roles we need to fill urgently are: DBS Administrator This role is to process new and renewable DBS checks for the Club’s volunteers as required. Mostly home based, online process, about one hour per week. Fundraising Administrator This role is home-based and involves completing online grant applications for the Club. This would be about three to four applications per year. Trustees We require new Trustees to join the governing board. Previous experience preferred, IT skills needed, skills in governance, finance, funding, desirable.

Please contact Patricia Finch Club Secretary for more details on 07517 121729.


Heroes Rights going from strength to strength but needs your help Heroes Rights is proud to announce that they’ve been working over the last two years with the local community to set up the Barry Community Support Centre. Tammi Owen has spoken to 700 residents, 30 service providers, three radio programmes and at 10 events. To listen to Henry (our mascot and Community Support Dog) & Tammi on Bro Radio, we are 10 minutes from the end videos/365054581071604/ We now have 18 Barry residents who are being mentored and trained by Social Business Wales to form a new co-operative board to support not only the community but families and individuals who are affected by isolation, mental health and domestic abuse and substance issues. We will be offering activities, support, a drop-in cafÊ and will be open two evenings a week. This Centre is a not-for-profit membership for the community, by the community. Every person who accesses the Centre will have the right to become a member - as a community member, a service provider or stakeholder. You will be able to vote, to become part of a local community, to drive what we do but most importantly help us to help Barry Town.

To achieve our aims We need the Barry community to help secure much needed funding. Our gofund us page is sharetype=teams&member=2231608&rcid=r01-1568700187728bb2e9850de64237&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_m We are looking to raise funds, spread awareness of the Centre and ask you, how would you like to become involved? To get involved or to find out more about the centre please contact Tammi Owen at Or on Facebook - Barry Community Support Centre Twitter @heroes_wales


Free first aid sessions for specific community groups

British Red Cross are currently running fully-funded first aid sessions for different community groups. The Adult Education team work with organisations and community groups (volunteers and service users) who support people that are facing higher risks of needing first aid in particular crises. The three risk groups we currently work with are as follows: The

 People living with issues around drug and alcohol usage  People who are homeless or rough sleepers and at risk of injury or sudden illness  Adults over 65 who are at more risk of slips, trips and falls Our sessions have had all of the technical / clinical language removed to ensure that it is easy to learn and therefore easy to remember in an emergency situation. Each session is designed to meet learners' needs and is tailored to the environment the learner will be in. What can you expect from our first aid session?         

Effective, easy to learn first aid education in a relaxed and informal style Provide relevant first aid skills tailored to the needs of the group Break down the barriers to helping others Build the confidence and willingness to help in a first aid emergency Typically last two hours, but flexible depending on number of skills taught Suitable for groups of up to 15 people Delivered by experienced Red Cross trained educators Delivered at your venue Fully funded – there is no cost to you

To book a session for your group please contact Annie on 07710732841 or by e-mail


Celebrating International Friendship Clive Curtis from GVS helps to support the work of The AngloOmani Society (AOS). The Society is a charitable organisation working with the objective of preserving the longstanding friendship between Britain and Oman. The Society was formed in January 1976 with HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said as the Society’s Patron and His Excellency The Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman in London as its President. In order to celebrate the continuing and strong friendship between the Pictured right Clive Curtis with representatives from two countries, the Anglo-Omani the Omani Embassy Society hosted a lunch at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly, London in October. Invited guests included UK and Middle Eastern Diplomats and Society Members (including our own Clive Curtis).

So, in the grand setting of the Royal Air Force Club, as well as having an excellent lunch it was good to hear guest speakers from both countries including His Excellency Abdulaziz Al-Hinai (Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the UK), His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Al-Harrasi (Chair of the Public Authority for Radio and TV in the Sultanate of Oman) and former UK Foreign Office Minister, the Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Duncan, KCMG MP.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Harrasi (Chair of the Public Authority for Radio and TV in the Sultanate of Oman)

All speakers outlined the value of the charitable work undertaken by the Anglo-Omani Society and the value it brings by giving opportunities for young people from both countries to visit and study in each other’s countries, strengthening friendships and raising awareness of the different cultures and customs of both countries. Clive said, “Occasions such as these are wonderful ways to celebrate international friendship. Oman is a beautiful country with the most hospitable people – it’s a hidden gem in the Middle East”. He added, “Omani people have a great sense of pride in their history, culture, and their country. It has a thriving Third Sector and I’ve had the privilege of visiting many projects there which are a testament to the passion of Omani Third Sector organisations and the people of Oman”.


Would you like a youth club in your Vale community? The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wales (BGCWales) is looking for members of communities in the rural Vale who think their community would benefit from a youth club or group for young people aged 1118. We are also looking for dedicated volunteers who would like to gain new skills and have access to accredited youth work training by supporting the development of a club. The project is open to communities in rural areas of the Vale of Glamorgan, which is any Vale area except for Barry, Penarth or Llandough. If you are interested and would like any further information please contact Josie on or on 029 2057 5705. This project has received funding through the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

New Youth Club in St Athan The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wales (BGCWales) is running a new youth club in St Athan at Glyndwr Avenue Community Centre for young people in school years 6 - 9 (ages 10 - 14) every Tuesday from 4pm - 6pm. The club is a safe place for young people to take part in activities such as sport and arts & crafts, relax and have fun. BGC Wales are looking for volunteers to support the running of the club. For more information or if you would like to volunteer please contact Josie on 029 2057 5705 or This project has received funding through the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.


Victoria Square bathed in late summer sun After a busy spring and early summer compiling a detailed application to The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Friends of Victoria Square (FoVS) are very pleased to announce that they have secured a £9,000 award. The money is principally being used to undertake Tree and Biodiversity Surveys of the Square. Our Grants Officer, Judith Marquand, who took the lead on drafting the application, was delighted with the outcome and said: “Our considerable efforts have been rewarded. An essential element was our status as a sub-group of Penarth

Civic Society which is a registered CIO Charitable Incorporated Organisation. We have worked closely with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to ensure that our application met all their requirements.”

In order to complete the financial aspects of the application preliminary work included identifying and interviewing suitable contractors. Secretary of FoVS, Peter Blackburn, took the lead on contractor appointment with both surveys getting underway in (Continued on page 29)


late August. The Biodiversity Survey will be conducted by David Clements, Ecology of Penarth and the Tree Survey will be conducted by Steve Ambler & Sons, Tree Specialists of Brynmawr. Peter stated, “We expect to receive both survey reports during September. Our small Grants Sub Group will then review the reports and their recommendations, in advance of a general meeting in early October.”

Peter added: “It is very important that we are able to listen to all of those people who have shown an interest in how we develop Victoria Square. We will also be using

David Clements Ecology biodiversity survey team in action in Victoria Square

some of the funding for two Friends of Victoria Square notice boards.” Further details of the general meeting, to discuss the detail of the surveys and to develop the action plan, will be shared via e-mail and Facebook in the next few weeks. If you would like further direct contact from Friends of Victoria Square please e-mail Peter Blackburn at Following on from the great success of the “Big Lunch” in June, Friends of Victoria Square are keen to hold further events for local residents and users of the Square. With the autumn and winter months approaching look out for more details of a “Leaf Sweep” in November and “Outdoor Carols” in December.

Vaughan Lewis of Steve Ambler & Sons undertaking the tree survey


Celebrating Trustees in the Vale of Glamorgan As we approach the end of Trustees Week, now is the perfect time to reflect on the important role played by those people who provide the foundation for voluntary groups and charities throughout the country. It’s easy to forget that the people at the top of every charity and voluntary group are volunteers who give up their time for an important cause. They provide leadership, continuity and direction, while striving for ongoing improvement so their organisation can continue to play a part in promoting the cause for which it was originally founded. The point we want to make is there is an awful lot that gets done behind the scenes of every third sector organisation, and we want to take this moment to raise awareness of this. From identifying and writing exhaustive funding applications, to extensively minuting every aspect of decision-making, to producing detailed reports to stakeholders, to organising and attending countless meetings, and much, much more – these individuals do an amazing job. Residents of the Vale of Glamorgan are blessed to have access to some fantastic services that simply wouldn’t exist without the trustees who volunteer their time to keep them running. GVS would like to say a huge collective thank you to all of the trustees - including our own - in the Vale of Glamorgan for all their hard work and dedication. If you are reading this and feeling inspired, trustees are always in great demand. Volunteering in this way is a great way to make a positive contribution, meet new people and gain new skills. Please contact GVS to find out about any opportunities that are currently being advertised in your area.

If you are already a trustee and would like support with any aspect of the governance of your organisation, GVS is here to help so please get in touch. Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS), Tel: 01446 741706, E-mail:, Website: Registered Charity No. 1163193

GVS e-Vista magazine and e-Bulletins GVS has realised that although we pride ourselves on distributing news to the local Voluntary Sector and partners, we also realise the information we send can be overwhelming for some members and we are looking to achieve the best balance possible. With that in mind, we are trialling different distribution timescales for both the e-Vista magazine and general ebulletins.

e-Vista magazine

Rather than distributing every quarter, we are trialling distribution in March, July and November with the deadline being the 1st of these months and distribution around the 15th.

e-Bulletin (General)

The general e-Bulletin is distributed on a weekly basis and we are trialling a fortnightly distribution unless circumstances arise where it would be beneficial that the e-Bulletin went out sooner.


Free publicity for groups in GVS e-Vista magazine We would like to offer member groups the opportunity to publicise their organisations through our Vista magazine (next edition due out mid March with the deadline being 1st March). If you are interested, please send us your news and any relevant photographs to Mark Stillman at GVS by e-mail or post: GVS, Barry Community Enterprise Centre, Skomer Road, Barry CF62 9DA


Profile for Mark Stillman

GVS e-Vista magazine Winter 2019  

GVS e-Vista magazine Winter 2019