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Monday, 19 March 2018

Children in Wales - Training offered

Children in Wales offer a variety of training, here is a list of some of the forthcoming dates:

21st March - Sex, Lies and the Internet. Trying to understand the difference between online sexual abuse and sexual exploration. Cardiff.

22nd March - Introduction to soft outcomes and distance travelled. Cardiff.

27th March - What matters to young people conversations. Cardiff.

29th March - Building resilience in young people. Cardiff.

18th April - Keeping our children safe - training for the designated person for child protection. Cardiff.

20th April: Introduction to self harm and suicide. Cardiff

24th April: Harmful traditional practices. Carmarthen.

24th April: Poverty Awareness. Carmarthen.

To book and to see more training on offer go to: :

The Prince's Trust and Brecon Beacons National Park - Get into Rural Skills

Last year The Prince’s Trust ran an exciting programme with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority ( BBNPA); Get Into Rural Skills, FREE opportunity for young people in Powys providing them with an opportunity to work with BBNPA and gain accredited skills and knowledge linked to land and access management. We are currently seeking young people from Powys to take part in the next Get Into Rural Skills programme which starts shortly.

To this end we are holding a  Get Into Rural Skills Taster/Selection Day on Wednesday 4th April 2018 at Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Headquarters, Plas y Ffynnon, Cambrian Way, Brecon, LD3 7HP. A number of young people will be selected at the Taster Day to participate in a 2 week programme with BBNPA and Prince’s Trust. The actual programme runs from 9th April – 20th April inclusive at Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre, Libanus, LD3 8ER although transport is provided by BBNPA from Brecon town centre to get the young people there (or wherever else they need to be). Travelling costs are paid (not taxi), lunch provide and participation in the 2 week programme does not affect benefits.

After the 2 week programme a handful of the young people will be selected to work with BBNPA for a further few months. The focus is very much on this being a training/ skills development opportunity. To this end, a 15 hours a week apprentice salaried element, will be complemented by a volunteering element for the other 3 days thereby allowing BBNPA to offer the participants a much greater number of fantastic, accredited training courses an opportunity to gain some excellent rural skills. These could include:  chainsaw, driving lessons,  ride on mower, tractor driving with flail,  Level 2 dry stone walling,  hedge laying skills, All Terrain Vehicle, CSCS construction industry card, vermin control, control  invasive species, a tree identification course and many more.  Benefits can still be claimed during this time.

I am working in the Powys area over the next couple of weeks I order to recruit young people onto the programme and very I’m happy to meet up with potential young people you identify to chat about the programme and hopefully book their place on the Taster Day.  

Who can apply? Young people, not in employment (or less than 16 hours a week), not in education or training ( or less than 14 hours a week), aged 18 -30yrs who live in Powys and who want to develop such practical skills and knowledge. Any previous convictions and relevant medical history will be considered on a case by case basis.

I am also holding  a Get Into Rural Skills Information Session  at Brecon Job Centre Plus, Canal Road, Brecon LD3 7HL on  Monday 26th March 2pm – 4pm. This informal session  is open to young people who are signed up to the Taster Day and young people who are thinking about signing up. Park Wardens will be in attendance sharing about the National Park and showing some of the equipment they use. Prince’s Trust will share a little about how we can help young people too. The young man who was referred in to the last Get Into Rural Skills programme by Gwalia and still working with BBNPA will be sharing a little of his story so this should be of interest to your young people. If anyone wants to come along to that, just let me know so I can plan an appropriate level of refreshments.

For more information and to refer a young person contact 

Francis Richley
Outreach Executive South Wales
The Prince's Trust Cymru, Galdames Place, Ocean Way, Cardiff, CF24 5PE
Tel: 02920 437021
Mb:07483 991410

Refer a young person by calling 0800 842 842
Refer a young person by texting ‘Call me’ to 07983 385418

Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust- Youth Grant

The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust offers a Youth Grant for those working with disadvantaged young people age up to 19.

This closes 1st May 2018.

For more information:

Friday, 16 March 2018

A reminder to book your place at this important meeting:

Invitation to all those working with children, young people and families to join us.

Meeting to discuss the Powys Children's Services Improvement Plan

Monday 26 March 1.30 – 4.30pm

Bring your views and ideas about-

* Any new opportunities in the Plan for voluntary organisations and community groups to work with Powys County Council to improve the services for Children, Young People and families

*  Are there from your experience any gaps and risks not identified in the Plan.

To book email: or call 01597 822 191

Wallace and Fromit Children's Charity is open for grant applications

Wallace & Gromit Children's Charity Open for Annual Applications

The Wallace & Gromit Children's Charity aims to fund projects which are not funded directly by the National Health Service. In the last 15 years, the charity has given more than £2 million in grants to 291 projects in 93 different hospitals and hospices across the UK.
Registered charities with charitable projects which enrich and improve the quality of life of sick children in hospitals or hospices in any area in the UK can apply. Preference is given to projects conceived by and in children’s hospitals and hospices.
Any project which seeks to improve the quality of life of sick children will be considered, for example:
  • Arts, music, play and leisure programmes.
  • Facilities to support families of children treated in hospitals or hospices.
  • Welcoming and accessible environments.
  • Care and facilities in hospices.
  • Promoting education and information programmes.
  • Supporting children with physical and emotional difficulties.
  • Medical equipment (when it can be shown that funding is not available from statutory sources).
Preference will be given to children’s hospitals and hospices in regional centres around the UK which:
  • Provide a regional geographic healthcare service to a wide range of children in a hospital/hospice.
  • Will not discriminate on the grounds of wealth, race, sexuality, religion or disability.
  • Agree to promote the work of the Foundation in their area.
Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees.
Please note that the Charity has a long-standing relationship with a number of organisations to whom they are sympathetic and to whom priority consideration may be given.

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

ALN and Educational Tribunal (Wales) Act

Cyhoeddiad newydd: Deddf Anghenion Dysgu Ychwanegol a’r Tribiwnlys Addysg (Cymru) 2018 – Crynodeb o Ddeddf

 New Publication: Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018 – Act Summary

Yn y papur hwn ceir crynodeb o ddarpariaethau’r Ddeddf a’i hynt drwy Gynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru:

This paper summarises the provisions of the Act and its passage through the National Assembly for Wales:

WCVA Newsletter

FREE multi-agency APSO events

A learning event provided by Social Care Wales, to be held at Futures Inn, Cardiff on 21 March 2018 and Liberty Stadium, Swansea on 22nd March 2018.

This multi-agency event is to be held for all partner organisations working with adults at risk, to inform them about APSOs and how they might be supportive of the enactment of these orders.

Book by emailing your details to:

Care & Support At Home In Wales Strategic Plan 2017-22

Shelter Cymru Upcoming Training