Intermediate Care Funding for the Third Sector – Latest Update


It’s been a busy few weeks for DVSC’s Sector Support team hosting a range of funding surgeries across North Wales in collaboration with neighbouring County Voluntary Councils and giving practical advice and support to third sector orgamoneynisations and community groups on how to access funding which will enhance existing services or develop new ones for citizens with learning disabilities (all ages) or children with complex needs, their families and carers in North Wales. The first round of applications will soon be sent to our North Wales Third Sector Panel for review before the Panel’s recommendations are sent to the North Wales Social Care and Well-Being Services Improvement Collaborative for final approval.  There will be a rolling decision making process until all funds are spent, and there is still lots of time to put in a proposal.

So if you have an idea for how to add value to existing services or to run a one off activity or event and need some advice and support then please contact our Sector Support team after reading the detailed information, criteria ad guidance here.  This is a great opportunity to access funds and we are here to support you from start to finish. 

Voluntary groups and organisations can apply directly to DVSC for two tiers of funding.  Small sums of money can make a big difference to people’s quality of life and wellbeing so the first tier is set at £5,000. The second tier is for applications upwards of £5,000, and capped at £25,000.  Proposals and applications for smaller grants are positively encouraged, as are projects looking to work in partnership with other organisations and across the six counties.The process is designed to be flexible, speedy and user friendly.


The Diana Award is presented in Diana, Princess of Wales’ name to young people who are selflessly transforming the lives of others.


The Diana Award is presented in Diana, Princess of Wales’ name to young people who are selflessly transforming the lives of others. We are looking to recognise young people in your school who are going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change.

These could be young people who are passionate about volunteering or fundraising for your organisation or who support your organisation despite having to overcome considerable adversity in their life. Nominees should be 9 to 18 years old and should have been carrying out at least 12 months of activities that have benefitted the lives of others.

Successful Diana Award recipients from Wales will receive their award at INSPIRE Cardiff at Cardiff City Hall on 8th December 2016! The day will see young heroes receive their Diana Award in an official ceremony as well as introduce Award Holders, teachers and other young people to specialised training in campaigning and community action through our Network Programme. If your nominee is successful then they will be invited to this exclusive event so make sure to get your nomination in by 31st October 2016 to be considered!

Nominate today by clicking Nominate Here Today! or please do get in touch with Daniel Gothard, Awards Coordinator at or 020 7628 7499 x 208 if you have any queries.


The Children’s Commissioner for Wales – Tackling Bullying Together


Dear Practitioners | Ymarferwyr

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales is undertaking a piece of work on Tackling Bullying Together, building on our existing evidence base collated through our ‘Beth Nesa’ consultation.
In ‘Beth Nesa’, children aged 7-18 years of age identified bullying as their top priority and the Commissioner has committed to working with children and others to identify and promote effective ways of tackling bullying in Wales.

In addition to listening to children and young people’s lived experiences of bullying, the work will liaise with key professionals working with children and young people to exchange evidence on:

  • approaches and provisions related to tackling bullying;
  • early intervention and support around anti-bullying, healthy relationships and emotional resilience;
  • models of good practice and provision which could form part of the solution to tackling bullying across Wales.

We would like to invite you, or a nominated representative from your organisation or service, to attend our Practice Exchanges on 1st December 2016 (North Wales).

Places will be limited and will be allocated in order to achieve representation across Wales.

For further information about the project, please see the attached overview. To request a place at the Practice Exchange, please click the following link:

North Wales – 1st December – Reichel Building, Bangor University

Building Resilient Communities – beyond Communities First


The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children has made an oral statement on Resilient Communities.  We want to ensure you are made aware of this at the earliest opportunity and attach a copy of the statement.

The Cabinet Secretary is minded to phase out the Communities First Programme while establishing a new approach to meet the challenges of the future including how we best support effective delivery of Communities for Work and Lift.  However he will not make a decision on this until he has engaged.

Please click here  = The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children’s oral statement

Getting in on the Act: How to Set Up and Run Co-operative Care and Support Services


Getting in on the Act: How to Set Up and Run Co-operative Care and Support Services

This free practical workshop is designed for people planning to set-up co-operative care and well-being support services.

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act creates exciting opportunities for how care and well-being support services are delivered in Wales. It calls for more co-operatives, social enterprises, and user-led groups to be involved in providing personal care and well-being support services. This is because these organisations seek to place people at the heart of decisions about the type of support they access.

This innovative workshop is designed for people who are planning to set-up new care and well-being support services encouraged by the Act. It provides a comprehensive overview of how to develop a new service from an initial idea.

Through a combination of presentations, films and group activities, the workshop will guide you through the steps involved in finalising your business strategy, choosing your legal model and governance, and taking advantage of new opportunities to grow.

You will have the chance to apply your learning through an interactive case-study, where the decisions you make will determine the strategy and legal structure, of a potential service.

The aims of the workshop are:


  1. To show how the principles of co-operation link to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act.
  2. To provide a practical step-by-step guide to forming a business strategy.
  3. To introduce a range of legal models and show the differences between them.
  4. To provide an overview of governance responsibilities and shared decision-making.
  5. To give participants the chance to test and apply their learning.
  6. To provide practical examples of opportunities to grow and develop services.


When, where and how to book:


Tuesday 1st November

Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham

10am – 4pm

Lunch will be provided

To book a place please click here