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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Young People's Question Time

Young People's Question Time - Do you know young people in Powys who would like to attend?
Young Wales is running a Young People’s Question Time event on Tuesday 24th October 2017.  This event, which will take place in Cardiff Bay, will be an opportunity for young people to put questions to a panel on the issues that matter to them.  This will be an early evening event 5.30pm – 8pm.
Confirmed panellists are:
·        Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education
·        Professor Dame Sue Bailey OBE DBE, Expert Advisor to Together 4 Children & Young People (T4CYP) – a programme set up to improve mental health services for children and young people in Wales.
·        Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales
A tour of the Senedd will be arranged during the after-noon, prior to the event, for those able to come earlier, followed by refreshments, before moving over to Question Time (venue to be confirmed). The questions must be submitted in advance.  Young Wales anticipate a high demand for this event and places will be limited.
If you have any queries about this event please contact: Andrea on 029 2034 2434 or

Monday, 18 September 2017

Services Fit for the Future>

There are two opportunities for you to have your say around the laws shaping the health and social care services in Wales:

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Youth Led Grants are open

This years Gwirvol Youth Led Grant is open for applications, 

Funding is now available for youth led grants projects running up to end of March 2018. Grants of up to £600 are available for projects that provide volunteering opportunities for young people aged 14-25 to help their communities in Powys. 
The applications have to be written by young people.
A panel of young people from Powys will assess the applications. 
Closing date: 31st October 2017.

Please follow the link below for more information and the application pack.

Does your organisation need Trustees, would your Trustees like training to help in their role?

We have received funding from the Big Lottery to help recruit, place and train new Trustees and/or mentors with organisations in Powys.  (Third Sector Skills Project)

We initially gathered some information last year and received a phenomenal response.
The first part of the project is research to find out what is missing/needed to then give a more targeted response to organisations that need new trustees or mentors to help with specific tasks.

In order to help find new trustees we need to see what gaps there are in the sector already and if there are particular vacancies on your Board which aren’t filled. With this in mind please could you all take a few minutes to complete the survey below.

The Welsh Audit Office is currently doing a public survey about which local authority services that  are most important to residents and which they think will be most important to them in the future.

Called 'My Rural Wales' you can complete the survey (takes 5-10 minutes) at: 

Children in Wales offer a course - Adverse Childhood Experiences ACEs.
10th October - Cardiff

A one-day course
The 2015 report by Public Health Wales, the Welsh Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study states that "There is a growing body of evidence that our experiences during childhood can affect health throughout the life course. Children who experience stressful and poor quality childhoods are more likely to adopt health-harming behaviours during adolescence which can themselves lead to mental health illnesses and diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes later in life.

Adverse Childhood Experiences are not just a concern for health. Experiencing ACEs means individuals are more likely to perform poorly in school, more likely to be involved in crime and ultimately less likely to be a productive member of society".

Cwrs undydd
Mae'r adroddiad yn 2015 gan Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru, Astudiaeth Cymru ar Brofiadau Niweidiol yn ystod Plentyndod (ACE) yn datgan bod "Corff cynyddol o dystiolaeth bod ein profiadau yn ystod plentyndod yn gallu effeithio ar iechyd ar hyd cwrs bywyd. Mae plant sy'n profi plentyndod ansawdd isel, sy'n llawn straen yn fwy tebygol o fabwysiadu ymddygiad sy'n niweidio iechyd yn ystod y glasoed, a gall hynny yn ei dro arwain at salwch meddwl ac afiechydon fel canser, clefyd y galon a diabetes yn ddiweddarach mewn bywyd.

Nid dim ond yng nghyswllt iechyd mae Profiadau Niweidiol yn ystod Plentyndod yn destun pryder. Mae profi ACEs yn golygu bod unigolion yn fwy tebygol o gyflawni'n wael yn yr ysgol, yn fwy tebygol o ymwneud รข throseddu, ac yn y pen draw yn llai tebygol o fod yn aelod cynhyrchiol o'r gymdeithas".

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Help Knighton Community Centre 'Keep the Lights On'

There is still time to vote for Knighton Community Centre's 'Keeping the lights on ' project in the M&S Energy Grants competition. If successful the funding will be used by the Centre to install photo voltaic panels on the Centre's roof to reduce it's carbon footprint and make savings with the centre's running costs. The Community Centre is the only Powys based project in the competition.

Health and Wellbeing Afternoon in Machynlleth

Dear PAVO Member

As a valued PAVO member we are keen to hear if you have accessed the funding services we provide.
We would be most grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill in the the survey which can be found by clicking on this link: before the 18th September 2017.
Thank you in advance of your co-operation.

Kind regards

Friday, 1 September 2017

Consultation on proposed Autism (Wales) Bill

Proposed Autism (Wales) Bill.

Paul Davies AM has proposed The Autism (Wales) Bill . The intention is to make provision for meeting the needs of children and adults with autism spectrum conditions in Wales with the aim of protecting and promoting the rights of autistic adults in Wales. The Bill would also give the condition its own statutory identity, recognising that autism is a condition in its own right.
Specifically, the Autism (Wales) Bill would seek to:
*Introduce a strategy for meeting the needs of children and adults in Wales with autistic spectrum disorder conditions;
*Ensure a clear pathway to diagnosis of autism in local areas;
*Ensure that local authorities and health boards understand and take necessary action so that children and adults with autism get the timely support they need.
*Establish a register of autistic children and adults so that local areas can plan accordingly;
*Regularly review the strategy and guidance to ensure progress

The current  consultation is open until  20th November. The information given is split into topics and  then asks questions on:
*The Need for an ongoing Autism Strategy.
*Clarity on pathways to diagnosis
*Delivery of Services
*Training of key staff working with people with Autism Spectrum Conditions.
*Employment opportunities for those with Autism Spectrum Conditions.
*A Definition of Autism and it’s inclusion in the strategy.
* Possible unintended consequences
*Costs and Savings as a result of the Bill.

This is the start of the consultation process, it is an opportunity for individuals and organisations and their workers to influence the contents of the Bill. Paul Davies has until 13 July 2018 to introduce a Bill that meets the policy objectives set out in the “Explanatory Memorandum” he tabled on 4th May 2017.
If you would like to comment on all or any part of the Bill you can find information and how to feed your comments in here:
Write: Consultation – Autism (Wales) Bill, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA
Telephone: 0300 200 6565
Deadline: 20th November 2017.