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Friday, 2 September 2016

Direct Payment Support Specification Design Workshop

This workshop is for service users, carers and family members only. The workshop is an opportunity for all stakeholders to review and shape the future service specification for direct payment support.

This forms part of a wider recommissioning project which is looking to recommission the service with a service live date of 1st April 2017. All stakeholders are welcome to attend the workshop to feed into and help develop the specification. 

Places are available by booking only by emailing or calling 01597826061. If anyone would like further information about the project or who is unable to attend and would like to feed in their views in an alternative way then contact the above.

 2pm – 5pm, 15th September 2016
Smithfield Meeting Room, Antur Gwy, Builth Wells 

Spirit 2016 - Playful Communities/ Ysbryd 2016 - Cymunedau Chwareus

Spirit 2016

Playful Communities 

20 October 2016
Holiday Inn, Cardiff

Why come to Spirit?

We have put together a programme of inspirational outstanding speakers interspersed with a range of creative, challenging and motivating workshops to refresh your practice.

There is the opportunity to debate, discuss create, network and increase your professional development so you will feel inspired to facilitate the best play for the children you work with.

This year we will be exploring play in the public realm, and the challenges/barriers to providing for playful communities.  We will also be sharing examples of good practice for all those who want to improve children's mental and physical health and well-being and help make Wales a play-friendly country.

Who should attend?

Playworkers and play professionals, people working in communities, youth and community workers, town and community councils, housing associations, community regeneration officers, and anyone with an interest in or responsibility for children's play.

Keynote speakers include: Workshops confirmed so far:
  • Street Play: Myth Busting, challenges and possibilities, Alice Ferguson, Playing Out
  • Play sufficiency through the voices of children, Mike Barclay and Jonny Neen, Wrexham CBC
More workshops to be announced soon!

*Special rate for students in full-time education or P3/MAHPS learners

Book now

Ysbryd 2016

Cymunedau Chwareus

20 Hydref 2016
Holiday Inn, Caerdydd

Pam dod i Ysbryd?

Rydyn ni wedi llunio rhaglen o siaradwyr neilltuol a fydd yn eich ysbrydoli, ynghyd ag ystod o weithdai creadigol, heriol ac ysgogol i loywi eich ymarfer.

Bydd cyfle i ddadlau, trafod, creu, rhwydweithio a chynyddu eich datblygiad proffesiynol er mwyn eich ysbrydoli i hwyluso’r cyfleoedd chwarae gorau i’r plant rydych chi’n gweithio gyda nhw.

Eleni byddwn yn archwilio chwarae yn y fro gyhoeddus, a’r heriau / rhwystrau i ddarparu ar gyfer cymunedau chwareus. Byddwn hefyd yn rhannu esiamplau o arfer da ar gyfer pawb sydd am wella iechyd meddyliol a chorfforol plant a helpu i wneud Cymru’n wlad chwarae-gyfeillgar.

Pwy ddylai ddod?

Gweithwyr chwarae a gweithwyr proffesiynol ym maes chwarae, pobl sy’n gweithio yn y gymuned, gweithwyr cymunedol a ieuenctid, cynghorau cymunedol a threfol, mudiadau tai, swyddogion adfywio cymunedau, ac unrhyw un sydd â diddordeb mewn, neu â chyfrifoldeb am chwarae plant.

Siaradwyr gwadd:
Gweithdai wedi ei gardarnhau:
  • Chwarae ar y stryd: Chwalu celwyddau, heriau a phosibiliadau Alice Ferguson, Playing Out
  • Digonolrwydd chwarae – trwy leisiau’r plant Mike Barclay a Jonny Neen, Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Wrecsam
Cynhoeddir rhagor o weithdai yn fuan!
*Pris arbennig ar gyfer myfyrwyr mewn addysg llawn amser neu ddysgwyr P3/MAHPS
Archebwch le nawr

GP Services

Action on Hearing Loss Cymru and RNIB Cymru  Focus Group For Powys

Do you have an experience of accessing your local GP surgery that you would like to share?

 Action on Hearing Loss Cymru and RNIB Cymru are looking for people with sensory loss to tell us about their experiences when using their local GP surgery.

They are forming local focus groups where you will have an opportunity to share your experiences with local heath board professionals. This is a chance to highlight the great service you have experienced or to help to address problems you have faced in accessing GP services. This is a unique opportunity to make positive change for people with sensory loss living in Wales.

Focus groups will meet a minimum of three times in their local area. Reasonable travel costs and refreshments will be provided for focus group members.

To become a member of a focus group in Cardiff, Powys or Bangor* or to find out more information, contact:
Ruth Nortey, Sensory Engagement Officer
Telephone 02920 33 30 34  
Fax: 02920 33 30 35
Textphone 02920 33 30 36 

TRAINING | HYFFORDDIANT : Understanding How to Safeguard the Welfare of Children and Young People - Accredited training level 2 through Agored Cymru | Deall Sut i Ddiogelu Lles Plant a Phobl Ifanc - Cwrs achrededig lefel 2 trwy Agored Cymru

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Understanding How to Safeguard the Welfare of Children and Young People - Accredited training level 2 through Agored Cymru 

Powys Substance Misuse Bursary Scheme 2016-17

Substance Misuse Training Bursary Scheme which  makes available funds for the workforce of Powys who currently work within the field of substance misuse. The bursary supports both training courses and higher and further education opportunities associated within the direct and immediate area of substance misuse services.

Funding is available for up to £1,134Applicants do not have to apply for the full amount but the difference for any training courses applied for which exceeds this amount will have to be covered by the applicant. Any successful training/course application will need to ensure it fits in line with the intentions and priorities of the Powys APB as laid out in the Powys APB Substance Misuse Commissioning Strategy, 2015-20.

Please note that repayment of the bursary will be required on a pro rata basis should beneficiaries of funding leave the substance misuse field in Wales within 2 years of completing the training course. In addition, we may from time to time request information about the training or course that the bursary has funded but will give you prior notification before doing so.

To receive an application form for Powys’s Substance Misuse Bursary Scheme, and the Commissioning Strategy please email:

There will be two opportunities for funding, one in October, and one in January - applications will be considered by the APB’s Performance & Finance Subgroup at the October 2016 and January 2017 meetings. Completed application forms should be returned to by Tuesday 12th Oct 2016 for the October meeting and Friday 6th Jan 2017 for the January meeting.

Please note that the funding available is set and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis for successful applications so could potentially all be allocated by October depending on number of successful applications received.

Chair of Trustee Board Opportunity at Children in Wales | Cyfle Cadeirydd Bwrdd yr Ymddiriedolwyr, Plant yng Nghymru

Job Vacancies / Swyddi Gwag
Chair of Trustee Board / Cadeirydd Bwrdd yr Ymddiriedolwyr
Y mae'r E-gyfarwyddiad hwn yn ddwyieithog. 
Cliciwch yma am y fersiwn Gymraeg, os gwelwch yn dda. 
Chair of Trustee Board
Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for those working with children, young people and families in Wales and its work is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Following the retirement of John Williams OBE, Children in Wales is seeking to recruit a new Chair for the Trustee Board.
The Chair is responsible to the Trustee Board and to the membership of the organisation for its governance and strategic direction.  Applicants should have experience of strategic leadership at a senior level within a large organisation, in the academic, statutory or not-for-profit sector.  Experience in public office and of a Trustee Board or Management Committee of a similar organisation is highly desirable.  Applicants must have a demonstrable commitment and interest in children's rights.  The Chair should be in a position to be able to speak independently on behalf of Children in Wales.

The position of Chair requires a moderate time commitment and is unsalaried, although travelling expenses can be claimed.  Formal meetings of the Board currently take place on a quarterly basis, however, the Chair should expect to make a commitment to at least 12 meetings per year.

An application pack can be downloaded by clicking 

Or contact 
Children in Wales 
25 Windsor Place Cardiff CF10 3BZ                                                                   
Tel: (029) 2034 2434  E-mail:
Website:                                                                                            Completed applications should be returned no later than midnightWednesday, 14 September 2016.

Cadeirydd Bwrdd yr Ymddiriedolwyr
Plant yng Nghymru yw'r sefydliad trosfwaol cenedlaethol ar gyfer y rhai sy'n gweithio gyda phlant, pobl ifanc a theuluoedd yng Nghymru, a seilir ei waith ar Gonfensiwn y Cenhedloedd Unedig ar Hawliau'r Plentyn. Nawr bod John Williams OBE wedi ymddeol, mae Plant yng Nghymru yn awyddus i recriwtio Cadeirydd newydd ar gyfer Bwrdd yr Ymddiriedolwyr.
Mae'r Cadeirydd yn atebol i Fwrdd yr Ymddiriedolwyr ac i aelodau'r sefydliad am ei lywodraethiant a'i gyfeiriad strategol. Dylai fod gan ymgeiswyr brofiad o arweinyddiaeth strategol ar lefel uwch mewn sefydliad mawr, boed hynny yn y sector academaidd, statudol neu nid-er-elw. Mae profiad mewn swydd gyhoeddus ac ar Fwrdd Ymddiriedolwyr neu Bwyllgor Rheoli sefydliad tebyg i'w ddymuno'n fawr. Rhaid bod gan ymgeiswyr ymrwymiad gweladwy a diddordeb mewn hawliau plant. Dylai'r Cadeirydd fod mewn sefyllfa i fedru siarad yn annibynnol ar ran Plant yng Nghymru.

Mae angen ymrwymiad amser cymedrol i gyflawni swydd y Cadeirydd, ac nid oes cyflog am y gwaith, er bod modd hawlio costau teithio. Ar hyn o bryd mae cyfarfodydd ffurfiol y Bwrdd yn cael eu cynnal bob chwarter, ond dylai'r Cadeirydd ddisgwyl ymrwymo i o leiaf 12 cyfarfod y flwyddyn.

Gall pecyn cais gael ei lawrlwytho os cliciwch yma.

neu gallwch gysylltu â 
Plant yng Nghymru
25 Plas Windsor, Caerdydd CF10 3BZ
Ffôn: (029) 2034 2434  E-bost: 


Dylid ddychwelyd ceisiadau gorffenedig erbyn hanner nos, Dydd Mercher, 14 Medi 2016.

PAVO Job Vacancies

Sefydliad newydd yw Dementia Matters Powys (DMP) sydd wedi datblygu o fenter ar lawr gwlad, sef Cymuned Gyfeillgar i Ddementia Aberhonddu a’r Ardal.  Ar y cyd gyda PAVO, fydd yn gweithredu fel cyflogwr, mae DMP am recriwtio’r swyddogion canlynol:-
Swyddog Cymorth Dementia DMP yn y Gymuned - i ddarparu cyfleoedd ymyrraeth gynnar i gefnogi pobl sydd â dementia ysgafn i gymedrol (a chyflyrau cysylltiedig) a’u prif ofalwyr a theuluoedd i leihau unigedd, unigrwydd a gwella ansawdd eu bywydau.

Swydd am dymor penodol yw hon, 28 awr yr wythnos, a gyllidir yn y lle cyntaf hyd at 31ain Mawrth 2017.
Cyflog:-                £1,647.80 y mis
Lleoliad:- Aberhonddu neu Landrindod
Swyddog Cymorth Gweinyddol DMP – i ddarparu cymorth gweinyddol ar gyfer gweithgareddau Dementia Matters Powys.

Swydd am dymor penodol yw hon, am 21 awr yr wythnos, a gyllidir yn y lle cyntaf hyd at 31ain Mawrth 2017.
Cyflog:-                £775.35 y mis
Lleoliad:- Aberhonddu
Bydd cyfweliadau ar gyfer y ddwy swydd yn cael ei gynnal yr wythnos yn dechrau 26 Medi, 2016
Dyddiad cau: 14eg Medi am 9 am
Mae pecynnau cais ar gael o wefan PAVO:
neu drwy e-bostio:  ffôn: 01597 822191

Am fwy o wybodaeth ar gynllun DMP gweler
I ddysgu mwy am PAVO, gweler:

Dementia Matters in Powys (DMP) is a newly established organisation that has grown out of a grass roots initiative, the Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community.  In conjunction with PAVO, who will host the posts, DMP is seeking to recruit the following:-
DMP Dementia Community Support Officer - to provide early intervention opportunities to support people with mild to moderate dementia (and associated conditions) and their primary caregivers and families to reduce isolation, loneliness and improve quality of life

This 28 hours per week fixed term appointment is initially funded until 31st March 2017.
Salary:- £1,647.80 per month
Base:- Brecon or Llandrindod Wells
DMP Administrative Support Officer – to provide administrative support to the activities of Dementia Matters in Powys.

This 21 hours per week fixed term appointment is initially funded until 31st March 2017.
Salary:- £775.35 per month
Base:- Brecon
Interviews for both posts will be held w/c 26th September 2016
Closing date for applications 14th September at 9 am
Application packs are available from the PAVO website:
or     tel:01597 822191

For more information about DMP see
For PAVO see:

Mae Cymdeithas Mudiadau Gwirfoddol Powys yn chwilio am unigolyn bywiog, ymroddedig llawn brwdfrydedd, egni gydag agwedd gadarnhaol ar gyfer swydd:
Swyddog Gofal Canolraddol/Gwirfoddolwyr - i recriwtio gwirfoddolwyr ar gyfer sefydliadau gofal iechyd a chymdeithasol yn y trydydd sector, ac i recriwtio gwirfoddolwyr ar gyfer lleoliadau amrywiol yn Llanandras a’r Gelli Gandryll.
Swydd llawn amser yw hon (35 awr - 5 diwrnod yr wythnos) a gyllidir am dymor penodol hyd at 31ain Mawrth 2017.
Cyflog:-                £2,059.75 y mis
Lleoliad: Llandrindod neu’r Drenewydd
Cynhelir cyfweliadau yn Llandrindod ar 16eg Medi 2016
Dyddiad cau: 9fed Medi am 9 am
Mae pecynnau cais ar gael o wefan PAVO:
neu drwy e-bostio:               ffôn: 01597 822191

I ddysgu mwy am PAVO gweler:

Powys Association Voluntary Organisations needs a vibrant, committed person with passion, energy and positivity as
Intermediate Care/Volunteer Officer - to recruit volunteers for health and social care organisations in the third sector and to recruit volunteers for all sorts of placements in Presteigne and Hay
This full time (35 hrs - 5 days a week) fixed term appointment is funded until 31st March 2017.
Salary:- £2,059.75 per month
Base Llandrindod Wells or Newtown
Interviews will be held in Llandrindod Wells on 16th September 2016
Closing date for applications 9th September at 9 am
Application packs are available from the PAVO website:
or              tel:01597 822191

For more information about PAVO see:

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Powys Dance: Last Chance to Book

Two amazing dance programmes left

before the end of the summer - SUPER HOOPER at the Dance Centre, Llandrindod this Sunday and DAHL DANCES family summer school in Newtown from Monday next week.  Book now at:

Job Opportunities at Children in Wales / Cyfleoedd am Swyddi ym mudiad Plant yng Nghymru

Job Vacancies / Swyddi Gwag
Chair of Trustee Board / Cadeirydd Bwrdd yr Ymddiriedolwyr