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Tuesday, 18 July 2017


An important date for your diary.

Meet the Commissioner Event

Friday 11 August 2017

10.00am – 12.30pm

PAVO Offices, Unit 30 Ddole Road Enterprise Park, Llandrindod  Wells, LD1 6DF.

You are invited to attend an event to meet prevention and early intervention commissioners from the Children & Young People’s Partnership to learn about and discuss the potential future commissioning opportunities available during the 2017/18 financial year and beyond.

We will be discussing the strategic direction of prevention and early intervention services for children, young people and their families in Powys and will be focussing on the recommissioning of the Families First programme which will take place during 2017/18. You will have the opportunity to meet the team, hear more about these developments and ask any questions you may have. Welsh Government has slightly changed the focus of the Families First programme in order to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and you can find out more about these here: http://www.aces.me.uk/in-wales/

We do hope that you are able to attend – To book please contact

Darren.smith@pavo.org.uk  or call  01597 822 191 to reserve your place. Please inform us of any access or communications requirements.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Families First event postponed

The ACEs, Families First event advertised for 26th July at the New Life Church , Llandrindod has been postponed. It is hoped  to set another date in September.

Youth Services - Have your Say - ends 13 August

Young people and youth organisations are being asked for their views on possible changes to the way youth services in the county are delivered.

Powys County Council wants to find out what young people think about possible changes to the way services are delivered in the county as part of plans to save £220,000.
Cabinet Member for Youth Services, Councillor Rachel Powell said: “As the new Portfolio Holder for Youth in Powys, I am very keen to meet frontline staff and public users to ascertain what is working well and what, if any, changes can be implemented to enhance the current service provision for Young People.
“Whilst financial considerations have to be taken into account, this service should not be solely budget driven, it has to reflect the needs of Young People.
“Being imaginative and responsive to community provision, the service has been remodelled in view to the sharing of premises with community partnerships. Reducing costs associated with buildings and maintenance, assists in keeping the budget within control but ensuring that a service remains for young people, although this service may be presented as a different format.”
To take part in the consultation go to:
http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/communications/view-council-news/news-article/article/4765-youth-service-consultation/


UNCRC Rights of the Child


A new written statement - marking the first anniversary of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child's Concluding Observation report has been released by Carl Sargeant, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children.

It says:
A year ago today, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child published its 2016 report on the United Kingdom’s progress in implementing children’s rights since it last reported in 2008.

The report was informed by evidence from all parts of the UK.  At the time, the Committee took note of Wales’ progress in relation to children’s rights, for example, our Together for Children and Young People programme to support improved mental health for children and young people, and efforts on coordinating a better response to child sexual exploitation.  The Committee also praised how the right to play is promoted in Wales.

Our work on children’s rights continues.
To read the full report : http://gov.wales/about/cabinet/cabinetstatements/2017/anniversaryuncrcobservationreport/?lang=e
To join Children in Wales FREE training:
Half Day Course

The workshop will explore participation and its relation to the UNCRC and Welsh legislation such as the Child Rights Measure, Children and Families Measure, Social Services and Wellbeing Act and Future Generations Act. The session will explore practical ways of introducing participation and the skills needed to meaningfully engage young people.

For more information go to: http://www.childreninwales.org.uk/items/category/open-training/


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Review of CAMHS - Together for Children and Young People Programme

The Children, Young People and Education Committee of Welsh Government would welcome your views on the terms of reference for the inquiry. It is considering whether the review of Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services - the 'Together for Children and Young People Programme' - is on track to deliver the 'step-change' in CAMHS services that is needed. The Committee's Inquiry will consider:
  • Specialist CAMHS.
  • Funding.
  • Transition to Adult Services.
  • Links with Education (emotional intelligence and healthy coping mechanisms).
Closing date for responses: 29 September 2017. More here.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

An important date for your diary- 26th July

Unfortunately this event has been postponed.

This is a diary marker for the Families First Learning & Recommissioning Event. 

Wednesday 26th July, New Life Church, Llandrindod. 10.30am - 3pm

The event will focus on the learning from the current programme and the requirements of the new Families First programme, with a specific focus on tackling Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). You can find out more about ACEs and how they’re being tackled in Wales at http://www.aces.me.uk/in-wales/
Over the summer and early autumn, Powys County Council  will be holding a series of workstreams to design the new programme. Anyone who wants to be involved in this critical process to shape prevention and early intervention for children, young people and their families should be invited to this event which will set the scope of the future programme. This event will specifically look at the recommissioning of Families First services in Powys, the Children’s First approach developing in Newtown and the potential to develop an ACE-focussed secondary school in the county. We really hope you can make it and please share this event with your colleagues who may be able to attend and input.
We appreciate that this date is during Royal Welsh Show week . To account for the Royal Welsh Show traffic, the session will run from 10.30am until 3pm at the latest. Please indicate whether you are able to attend as this will let us know if the event is viable by contactingchildren.youngpeople@powys.gov.uk

Is your voice missing?

The Electoral Reform Society Cymru has launched Missing Voices, a project to learn why people don’t vote.

Missing Voices will find out how people feel about politics in Wales and why so many people still don't vote. ERS Cymru have partnered with the Open Government Network Wales, the Electoral Commission, Cymorth Cymru, the National Assembly and others to look into the issue.
The project will use methods such as online surveys, group chats, focus groups and vox pops.
Jess Blair, Director of ERS Cymru, said: 'The project will engage directly with people who sporadically vote or maybe have never voted before in their lives so that we can understand what needs to be done to make politics more relevant and more engaging. The information we collect will enable us to find a way to break down barriers that stop people voting and get thousands of missing voices in Wales heard.'
The first online survey is available here.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Free training on Engagement


Children in Wales are offering: 

Young People's Participation in practice, engaging 11-15 year olds
Cyfranogiad Pobl Ifanc Mewn Ymarfer, ymgysylltu 11-15 oed

20th July 1 - 4pm

Half Day Course

The workshop will explore participation and its relation to the UNCRC and Welsh legislation such as the Child Rights Measure, Children and Families Measure, Social Services and Wellbeing Act and Future Generations Act. The session will explore practical ways of introducing participation and the skills needed to meaningfully engage young people.

Cwrs Hanner Dydd

Bydd y gweithdy'n edrych ar gyfranogiad a'r berthynas rhyngddo a CCUHP a deddfwriaeth Cymru megis y Mesur Hawliau Plant, y Mesur Plant a Theuluoedd, Deddf Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol a Llesiant a Deddf Cenedlaethau'r Dyfodol. Bydd y sesiwn yn archwilio ffyrdd ymarferol o gyflwyno cyfranogiad a'r sgiliau sy'n angenrheidiol i ymgysylltu รข phobl ifanc mewn modd ystyrlon.

Go to:
http://www.childreninwales.org.uk/



Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Free - Third Sector Support session on Fundraising


3rd Sector Support Wales partners are to hold a regular series of free information events looking at topical issues.
Monday 10th July at PAVO, Llandrindod Wells
The first round events will focus specifically on fundraising, with the chance to hear from the Fundraising Regulator's team on a number of topics, including the Fundraising Preference Service and its implications for your organisation. You'll also learn about the Institute of Fundraising's new project which aims to use experienced mentors to work with your organisation to study and strengthen your fundraising practices.
For more information visit www.wcva.org.uk