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Thursday, 23 February 2017

ALN Bill - an easy read version

Here are links to easy read version of the bill.
Mae esboniad hawdd ai ddeall o’r Bil Anghenion Dysgu Ychwanegol a'r Tribiwnlys Addysg (Cymru) ar gael o’r linc isod

An easy read explanation of the Additional Learning Needs & Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill is now available at the link below

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Youth Work Awards 2017

The Youth Work Excellence Awards  2017 are open for nominations.

The Youth Work Excellence Awards will take place in Cardiff on 23 June 2017. The evening is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate outstanding youth work projects and youth workers from across Wales.

Please note: additional category for volunteer youth workers has been developed. This award is for a volunteer youth worker who is not paid to deliver youth work at any time.

For more information:

Cymraeg for Kids

Cymraeg for Kids’ rolled out across Wales

A scheme to encourage parents to use Welsh with their babies and young children will be available in all 22 local authority areas after it received a £225,000 funding boost from the Welsh Government, Minister for the Welsh Language Alun Davies has announced .

'Cymraeg for Kids' is a unique project set up by the Welsh Government in partnership with Mudiad Meithrin to support and encourage parents and prospective parents to transfer the Welsh language to children and promote the benefits of bilingualism.
For more information:

New service for Brecon

A new childcare service in Brecon has been officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant.

The new pre-school at Priory Church in Wales Primary School is one of five new Flying Start childcare settings across Powys.

Flying Start is the Welsh Government’s targeted early years programme for families with children under four years of age living in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Wales.
It provides free part time childcare for 2-3 year olds; and enhanced health visiting service; access to parenting support, and support for speech language and communication.

For more information :

Friday, 17 February 2017

Children, Young People and Families Network Event 16th March 2017

The event previously billed as a pre commissioning discussion for Families First has unfortunately had to be postponed and will be set for later in the year. 

To prepare ourselves for those conversations with commissioners it would be useful to consider how we can best work together as partnership and co-operation in service delivery, including different forms of delivery, are a principle of the Social Services and Wellbeing Act so join us for -

Together we are stronger!

Thursday 16th March.  1.30 - 4.30pm
PAVO offices, Llandrindod Wells.

How organisations can work together to enable:
*Joint working for stronger bids
*Sharing work to enhance sustainability.

With re commissioning on the horizon how can third sector organisations work together to enhance each other’s scope and performance. The friendly and the formal.

To book:
call 01597 822 191
email:  or

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Job opportunities with PAVO

Mae PAVO yn awyddus i recriwtio ar gyfer y swyddi isod:-

Dau Gydlynydd Iechyd a Llesiant Cymunedol

I’w lleoli yn y Trallwng a Llanfyllin, i weithio 35 awr yr wythnos.
Mae Cymraeg rhugl (llafar ac ysgrifenedig) yn ddymunol iawn ar gyfer swyddi yma.

Bydd deiliaid y swyddi yn cydlynu Meddygfa Trydydd Sector o wasanaethau a fydd wedi’u lleoli ger y feddygfa yn ogystal รข rheoli prosiect " prescripsiwn cymdeithasol" gyda'r ddwy feddygfa. Byddant yn cefnogi oedolion, fel rhan o wasanaethau cymorth iechyd a llesiant integredig a leolir yn y gymuned, i gael mynediad at wasanaethau a gweithgareddau yn y gymuned, a gwasanaethau a ddarperir gan y sectorau cyhoeddus, preifat a’r trydydd sector, trwy “frocera” mynediad at y gwasanaethau hyn a gweithio gydag unigolion i ddod o hyd i atebion pwrpasol sy’n diwallu anghenion personol.  Bydd y cydlynwyr yn cefnogi pobl i gael mynediad at y cymorth cywir, y tro cyntaf, yn y ffordd gywir, a cheisio grymuso unigolion i feithrin eu rhwydweithiau cymorth eu hunain yn eu cymunedau.

Cyflog:-                £24,717 y flwyddyn - cyllidir y swyddi hyd at 31ain Mawrth 2018

Dyddiad cau ar gyfer y ddwy swydd: 1 af Mawrth 2017 [9 o’r gloch]
Cynhelir cyfweliadau ar 8fed Mawrth 2017 yn y Drenewydd
Mae pecynnau cais ar gael trwy wefan PAVO:
neu drwy e-bostio:            neu drwy ffonio: 01597 822191
Am fwy o wybodaeth am PAVO ewch at:

PAVO is seeking to recruit to the following posts:-

Two Community Health and Wellbeing Coordinators

Located in Welshpool and Llanfyllin, working 35 hours per week.
Fluent oral and written Welsh is highly desirable for these posts.

The post holders will coordinate a Third Sector Surgery of services that will be based near the surgery location in addition project managing “social prescribing” with both GP surgeries.  They will support adults, as part of integrated community based health and well-being support services, to access local community services and activities provided by the public, private and third sectors.  Additionally, they will broker their access to these services and work directly with the individual to find bespoke solutions to meet their personal needs.  They will support people to access the right support, first time, in the right way and seek to empower them to build their own networks of support within their community.

Salary:- £24,717 per annum  funded until 31st March 2018

Closing date for applications for both posts: 1st March 2017 at 9 am
Interviews will be held on 8th March 2017 in Newtown
Application packs are available from the PAVO website:
or              tel:01597 822191

For more information about PAVO see:

Could your group do with some help from Tesco?

Bags of Help – The community grant scheme from Tesco
Groundwork is working with Tesco to encourage voluntary or community organisations, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers across Powys to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to improve green spaces and increase community participation.
More information is attached. Please call Geraint Hughes at Groundwork North Wales on 01978 757524 for more information and to discuss if your project will be eligible.

Have you heard of Muddy Faces?

Our 10 year anniversary  •  Competition - 10 amazing prizes  •  What's on?  •  Check out our new products
How Time Flies
"10 yrs ago February 2007, Muddy Faces outdoor resources website was launched. I took orders and packed boxes all from my attic room in a terrace house in Sheffield and a few weeks after the launch I discovered I was pregnant with my first son. Well, we have come a long way since then, not in distance, but in achievement. Below are a few of my personal highlights and challenges over the last 10 years. Many thanks indeed for all the support and encouragement over the years and I'm looking forward to the developments we have planned for the next couple of years."  Liz Edwards
The Muddy Faces Journey

2007: Launch of Muddy Faces outdoor resources website and the start of our continuing dedication to producing kits, guides and literature to help practitioners outdoors with a particular focus on Forest Schools, How to cards for using tools and lighting fires and Forest School Leader's guide for using knives with groups.
2008: Where possible we begin to source products produced in the UK.
2009: We produced our very popular den building leaflet. We also moved out of the attic room into a small warehouse.
2010: Son number two arrives and we start our Mud Campaign in collaboration with Jan White to encourage outdoor play and interaction with natural materials as a part of every child’s continuous provision in early years settings

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Health and Care Strategy for Powys.

Powys Health Board are inviting you to take part in forming the Health and Care Strategy

We all know that these are challenging times, particularly with the prolonged period of austerity and the changing needs of the people of Powys. We also know that Powys is a place where we aspire to help improve the wellbeing of all people. This is why this draft strategy seeks to enable children and young people to ‘Start Well’, for people to ‘Live Well’ and older people to ‘Age Well’. Over 1000 people have contributed in some way to the development of this strategy so far and your views are needed on what has been produced.
More information is also available at
You can get involved in the debate on Twitter via @PTHBHealth #PowysHCS
You can complete the online survey at
You can follow on Facebook at
You can email at
You can write to the health board at Planning Team, Powys Teaching Health Board, Bronllys Hospital, Bronllys, Brecon, Powys LD3 0LU
You can invite a representative from the Health and Care Strategy Programme to your group or meeting to update you on progress and listen to your views.
Comments received by 21 February 2017 will help them to shape the next draft of this strategy which Powys Health Board will publish in March 2017.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Do you know about these services?

News from Contact A Family  - 

Contact a Family Cymru - Funding News
We are delighted to announce we have been granted funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation: a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 50 years.

As from April 2017 we will deliver a programme of workshops across Wales. The workshops are for families caring for children with disabilities or additional needs. By families we mean parents, foster carers, grandparents, family friends, adult siblings etc. – all welcome. The workshops run for around three hours and are available to groups of families. This could be:
  • Local or national parent support groups.
  • Groups of families brought together by health, social care, school or community workers.
  • Or, simply, a handful of families that happen to know each other.
If you would like to learn more about our free workshops please contact Kate on telephone: 07904 672614 or email:
Money Matters
We know times are tough, especially this time of year. As a parent of a child who has additional needs, you are often entitled to a number of benefits and other financial help. You may also need help with free debt advice.

Our freephone helpline 0808 808 3555 can provide details of both national and local debt advice services, benefits and other financial help.
Money Matters is a checklist of benefits and financial help for families
Help with fuel bills and keeping warm. Advice and information to help your family stay warm this winter and find out about any help that may be available.

For more information get in touch with Contact a Family in Powys - Kate 07904 672 614.