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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Coming to a town near you!

PAVO would like to thank all the amazing volunteers who provide so much time and energy to our communities.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Play Training

Play Radnor is offering Free Play Training.
This will include:
Outdoor Play, Introduction to Play, Risk and Play, Elemental Play and using Tools.

You can book by calling  Play Radnor 01597 829 40 or
Email  or

The dates and venues will be decided at a later date by demand.

Mental Health Awareness training

There are places available on the Mental Health Awareness half day training session as follows;
Please book your place via Trent self service or or telephone 01597 827507

22nd June 2017
NPTC Campus, Coleg Powys, Llanidloes Road, Newtown SY16 4HU
9.30am - 12.30pm
17th October 2017
Committee Room 2, Neuadd Brycheiniog, Cambrian Way, Brecon LD3 7HR
9.30am - 12.30pm

This is an awareness raising programme for staff that may come in contact with people who have mental health problems.
Understand  the main models of mental health

Key Learning Outcomes
A n understanding of key issues connected to race, culture and mental health
Knowledge of the causes and symptoms of a range of mental health problems; and treatment and support options that relate to these
Awareness of common prejudices and assumptions associated with mental health

Training Unit: Powys County Council : 01597 827507

Bright Green Future

 Bright Green Future is a lottery funded project offering young people interested in the environment the opportunity to gain skills and help their community.
Call 0117 934 1400 or email

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Training on offer for the sector.

Children in Wales offer a range of training to third sector organisations working with children. It is important that to be able to offer the best services to children and families in Powys and to be able to attract funding organisations need to keep staff up to date with current practice and policy. Acredited and non accredited Safeguarding practice, working with new legislation, children’s rights and demonstrating best practice in participation are some of the topics that repeat through the year.

This year two FREE events will be taking place in Llandrindod and therefore be of easier access to Powys organisations.
The Bigger Picture – Working with Children and Families in Wales . 22nd June
Putting Participation into Practice, with Children in the morning and with Young People in the afternoon. 20 July.

For more information on these and other courses and events offered go to the Children in Wales website:

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Free workshop coming to Powys

Children in Wales are offering a free workshop to those who work with children and families

For more information see the website or contact

This three hour workshop is aimed at supporting a better informed and engaged multi agency cross sector workforce to deliver Welsh Government Policy

The session will support people from a wide range of organisations to understand the distinctive Welsh legislative and policy framework for children and families that has developed as a result of increasing devolution from Westminster.  The session will consider current Welsh legislation around children and families, Welsh Government policy and strategies on issues including how Children's Rights are being addressed through initiatives on child poverty, health, social care and education.  The course will explore Welsh Government programmes including Families First, Flying Start, Communities First and Integrated Family Support considering the roles and priorities of different sectors involved in delivering these and the challenges faced by everyone.

Nod y gweithdy tair awr yma yw cefnogi gweithlu aml-asiantaeth a thraws-sectorol sy'n fwy gwybodus ac ymgysylltiedig i gyflwyno Polisi Llywodraeth Cymru

Bydd y sesiwn hyfforddiant yn cefnogi pobl o amrediad eang o sefydliadau i ddeall fframwaith deddfwriaeth a pholisi penodol Cymru i blant a theuluoedd sydd wedi datblygu o ganlyniad i ddatganoli cynyddol rhag San Steffan.  Bydd y sesiwn yn ystyried deddfwriaeth bresennol Cymru mewn perthynas â phlant a theuluoedd, polisi a strategaethau Llywodraeth Cymru ar faterion sy'n cynnwys sut mae Hawliau Plant yn cael eu sicrhau drwy fentrau ar dlodi, iechyd, gofal cymdeithasol ac addysg plant.  Bydd y cwrs yn edrych ar raglenni Llywodraeth Cymru gan gynnwys Teuluoedd yn Gyntaf, Dechrau'n Deg, Cymunedau'n Gyntaf a Chymorth Integredig i Deuluoedd gan ystyried rolau a blaenoriaethau sectorau gwahanol sy'n ymwneud â darparu'r rhaglenni hyn a'r heriau mae pawb yn eu hwynebu.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Review of of Youth Work Provision in Wales - Have your say

Cyfle i fod yn rhan o astudiaeth yn edrych ar ddarpariaeth gwaith ieuenctid yng Nghymru.

Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi comisiynu adolygiad o Strategaeth Gwaith Ieuenctid Cenedlaethol Cymru 2014-2018 er mwyn gwerthuso effaith y strategaeth ar ddarpariaeth gwaith ieuenctid.

Bydd yr adolygiad yn dynodi cryfderau, gwendidau, bygythiadau a chyfleoedd, ac ystyried bylchau yn y strategaeth bresennol. Bydd canfyddiadau’r ymchwil yn cael eu cyflwyno i Lywodraeth Cymru gyda’r gobaith o hysbysu strategaeth Gwaith Ieuenctid yn y dyfodol.

Mae’r ymchwil yn cael ei chynnal gan staff ym Mhrifysgol Glyndŵr Wrecsam (Jess Achilleos, Hayley Douglas, Mandy Robbins), Prifysgol Fetropolitan Caerdydd (Steve Drowley a Cez James), ac ymgynghorydd annibynnol (Susanne Rauprich).

Gwahoddir pobl sy’n darparu gwasanaethau gwaith ieuenctid i gymryd rhan yn yr astudiaeth hon. Gall cyfranogwyr fod yn gweithio ar lefel ymarferol neu lefel strategol, ac anogir y rhai sy’n gweithio yn y sector gwaith ieuenctid statudol a gwirfoddol i gymryd rhan.

Bydd cymryd rhan yn golygu llenwi 
holiadur ar-lein, sy’n cau ar 22 Mai, a fydd yn cymryd oddeutu 15 munud i’w gwblhau. Ar ddiwedd yr holiadur, gofynnir i chi a hoffech gymryd rhan mewn grŵp ffocws. Bydd y grŵp ffocws yn cynnwys cyfweliad lled-strwythuredig a thrafodaeth ryngwladol a fydd yn rhoi cyfle i chi roi barn a safbwyntiau mwy manwl.

Cynhelir y grwpiau ffocws ar y dyddiadau canlynol:
·    18 Mai, 1pm i 3.30pm yn Neuadd Tref Dinbych, Lôn Crown, Dinbych LL16 3TB
·    24 Mai, 12pm i 2.30pm yn Nhŷ Baltig, Sgwâr Mount Stuart, Caerdydd CF10 5FH


A chance to get involved in a study looking at youth work provision in Wales.

The Welsh Government has commissioned a review of the National Youth Work Strategy for Wales 2014-2018, to evaluate the strategy’s impact on youth work provision.

The review will identify strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities, and consider gaps in the current strategy. Findings from this research will be presented to the Welsh Government with the hope of informing future Youth Work strategy.

The research is being conducted by staff from Wrexham Glyndwr University (Jess Achilleos, Hayley Douglas, Mandy Robbins), Cardiff Metropolitan University (Steve Drowley and Cez James), and an independent consultant (Susanne Rauprich).

People who deliver youth work services in Wales are invited to take part in this study.  Participants can be at a practice level or strategic level, and those who work in the statutory and voluntary youth work sector are also encouraged to get involved.

Taking part involves the completion of an 
online questionnaire, with a deadline of 22 May, which will take about 15 minutes to complete. At the end of the questionnaire you will be asked if you would like to participate in a focus group. The focus group will involve a semi-structured interview and interactive discussion that will give you the opportunity to provide more in-depth views and opinions.

The focus groups will take place on the following dates:
·         18 May, 1pm to 3.30pm at Denbigh Town Hall, Crown Lane, Denbigh LL16 3TB
·         24 May, 12pm to 2.30pm at Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff CF10 5FH 

Both will begin with light lunch and then two hour session.

For more information contact: 

Tracey Lewis 
Cynorthwyydd Personol y Prif Weithredwr ac Ysgrifennydd y Cwmni / CEO's PA & Company Secretary
Cyngor Gweithredu Gwirfoddol Cymru / Wales Council for Voluntary Action
Ffôn / Tel 029 2043 1734     Lein Gymorth / Helpdesk 0800 2888 329

Thursday, 11 May 2017


Your Voice, Your Health, a better healthier Wales?

This event is specifically tailored for members of the public and community groups to attend. Employed workers are welcome in a support role to enable members of the public and community groups to attend on the day, but other arrangements have been made to capture the opinions of professionals from the public and voluntary sectors.
The informal and relaxed 2 hour session will consist of interactive activities to find out what the public thinks about the health services in Wales; what’s working, what needs to be improved and ideas on how we can achieve a healthier Wales?
The event will take place 10am-1pm with coffee and tea on arrival and a Buffet Lunch at 12noon.

Event Background
There is an Independent Parliamentary Review (set up by Welsh Government) going on into the future of health and social care in Wales. There is an event on 31st May in Cardiff contributing to this review. However, this will not just be for doctors, academics and civil servants; The Review has the full ambition to include the voice of the general public in this review; to hear YOUR views and YOUR solutions to creating a better and healthier Wales.
There will be a limited number of tickets available to members of the public for this event in Cardiff on 31st May but prior to this meeting, the Review have organised a strictly “public only” informal workshop to be held at Merthyr Redhouse on May 18th. These tickets will be first made available at this workshop and will be on a first come, first served basis to those that attend.

For more information and to book see:

Monday, 8 May 2017