Day: February 7, 2019

Living Wage Universities in Wales

[:en]Wales is home to ten universities who are producing ground-breaking research and driving innovation on a global scale. They are also a huge national asset in the economic and social impact they have locally and across Wales. Universities also have an important role to play in supporting their communities.

Currently, there are 33 universities UK-wide that are accredited Living Wage Employers and together they have given over £15 million back to low paid workers. These anchor institutions are making a long lasting, positive impact on their communities by paying their staff enough to live on and fully participate in society. But around 80% of universities are yet to sign up to pay a Living Wage and 5.5 million people across the UK still aren’t earning enough for decent standard of living.

Wales is home to three of these accredited universities – namely CardiffAberystwyth, and The Open University in Wales setting Wales’ numbers at around 30% committed to paying their staff a wage they can live a decent standard of life on.

There are many reasons why higher education institutions may not think that they can afford to commit to paying a Living Wage but Living Wage universities such as the Queen Mary University of LondonMiddlesex University and Cardiff University, disprove the assumption that increases in staff wages inevitably lead to a trade off in employment, job security or success within higher education. In fact, 93% of Living Wage employers have seen a benefit as a result of becoming accredited with the Living Wage Foundation and more than half report improvements in recruitment into entry level roles (53%), staff retention (52%) and workplace relations between staff and managers (59%).

We want to call on Welsh Universities to get in touch with Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales as the accrediting body for the Living Wage in Wales, we can help you through the process and answer any queries that you have. We can also put you in touch with the people and teams that have previously taken their Universities through the process.

We urge you to get in touch with Bethan – The Accreditation Officer in Wales on 02920 431746.

Students Unions 

On a celebratory note, following the University’s accreditation during Living Wage Week 2018, we are delighted to announce that Aberystwyth Students Union has become an accredited Living Wage Employer!

Students Unions are separate entities to Universities but are often situated on campus with a strong presence and pull. It is important that they are being seen to share the same visions and ideals regarding fair pay.

This has made them the first Students Union in Wales to accredit and put their workers first with a promise to pay enough for a decent standard of living.[:]

21 March gofod3 2019 – Must Attend Workshops for Businesses


gofod3 is an event organised by WCVA, in collaboration with the third sector in Wales. Unlike any other event in Wales, this is a space for organisations to learn from each other, to motivate and inspire one another. A rare opportunity for the third sector to come together and effect change in Wales. gofod3 has an exciting and busy schedule of speakers, masterclasses, panel debates and workshops, as well as an interactive exhibition space comprising the public, private and third sectors.

Cynnal Cymru will be at gofod3 for the volunteering and Friendly Funder sessions. Both of these sessions are taking place at 12:30 – 1:30pm.

To find out more or to book onto any of the sessions visit the gofod3 website.




How supporting social action like volunteering can boost your business

Cynnal Cymru and WCVA (#iwill campaign)

Join WCVA and Cynnal Cymru for an informative workshop and discussion that will help your organisation to:

– Understand what is social action and volunteering
– Hear about the real business benefits – from a volunteer and employer perspective
– Identify opportunities on how to embed social action like volunteering into your business
– Identify next steps for your business in creating an action plan

As part of the workshop you will also receive information and resources to help you in developing an action plan for your business.

The workshop is suitable for HR managers, Sustainable Development leads/ managers or anyone responsible for developing a CSR policy within their organisation.


How can funders and their grantees work together to tackle low pay in the charity sector

Cynnal Cymru/ The Living Wage Foundation

Many charities delivering vital services to the most vulnerable people in our society, have experienced a tough environment. In the charity sector, for example, more than a quarter of workers earn less than a real Living Wage. This event with the Living Wage Foundation, Cynnal Cymru and WCVA will be asking how funders and their grantees can work together to tackle low pay in the charity sector and ensure they operate in line with their values and objectives.

All welcome: to share experience, or simply find out more.



Here are out top picks for businesses attending gofod3:



Digital Trends, ProMo Cymru 

Join ProMo-Cymru’s lively session as they discuss trends in current and future digital engagement, helping the third sector stay relevant.

Most of us have some idea about engaging on Facebook and Twitter but what about Alexa and Google Home? Discord? Instagram Stories? Logic surveys? What about people who are deleting all social media? Not sure what we just said? Then you definitely need to come along!

ProMo will lead you through the minefield of emerging trends and give you an idea where you can best invest your time to create social impact.


People, Power, Parliament, UK Parliament 

Come along to a brief introduction to the UK Parliament. At an interactive workshop led by our participation team, find out more about the different ways that people and organisations in Wales can engage with the UK Parliament.


National Milestones for Wales – measuring a nation’s progress, Welsh Government

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on proposals to set National Milestones for Wales which will set out the expectation of progress, including the scale and pace of change required to achieve the Well-being Goals.  This session is an opportunity to share your views on the proposed criteria for selecting milestones, the subset of National Indicators against which milestones will be developed and whether any amendments are needed to the National Indicators.


Digital support for your organisation, Microsoft, Class Networks and Wales Cooperative Centre

Digital technology has the power to tackle social and economic challenges and can dramatically improve the impact, effectiveness and efficiency of organisations. But evidence shows that its potential is not being realised, particularly in the charity and social business sectors.

Facilitated by the Wales Co-operative Centre, which is itself on a journey of digital transformation, this session will highlight the ways in which Microsoft and Class Networks can help Third Sector organisations improve efficiency, work collaboratively, manage supporters, increase security, comply with legislation and save costs.


Inclusion and Diversity in the workplace, Leonard Cheshire

This session offers an introduction on how to make your organisation a more inclusive and diverse work place. It will break down the barriers associated with employing disabled people and how as an organisation you can be a pioneer in supporting disabled people to live, learn and work as independently as they choose.


Using Welsh on social media, Welsh Language Commissioner

Do you use social media in your organisation and want to know more about using the Welsh language? This session by the Welsh Language Commissioner’s ‘Hybu’ team will look at case studies and good practice, as well as practical advice on using Welsh on social media.


Successful Premises Management – What you need to know, Ethical Property Foundation

UK’s leading property advice charity the Ethical Property Foundation is delighted to offer a property workshop for non-profit organisations. You will work with real life case studies from community organisations and learn how to understand your asset, how to apply the principles of effective property maintenance, manage all risks involved in managing property and how to identify opportunities to save money and generate income.

Get a slot at the confidential 1:1 advice clinic following the workshop. First come, first served!



Know Your Cyber Fraud and Risks and Citizenship at Barclays, Barclays PLC

Fraud Awareness for you, your clients and service users. With the ever increasing number of fraudulent attempts this presentation will look to raise awareness and give advice and best methods of protection. Barclays citizenship agenda is committed to providing 10 million people with the skills they need to move forward and create a thriving economy, by 2022. This session will explain the programmes and initiatives that Barclays has to offer individuals to develop their employability, financial, enterprise and digital skills.[:]

New Members New Upcycling Initiative

[:en]Introducing our New Members

We would like to welcome new members Plasdŵr to our network of organisations.

2019 is set to be another exciting year for Plasdŵr as it continues to grow. At Parc Plymouth and Cae St Fagans, some of Plasdŵr’s founding residents began the new year in their new homes for the first time.

This year will see them move even closer to realising their vision for Plasdŵr. Planning permission has been granted for the fourth Plasdŵr development, Cwrt Sant Ioan, and they are looking forward to announcing their third developer in the coming months.

Community will continue to be a key focus for them in 2019. Community Liaison Manager, Katie Powis, is continuing to meet with local residents, community councils and schools to build positive relationships and consider how they can best work together throughout the year.

Upcycling Initiative 

Now that construction is well underway at four Plasdŵr developments, they’ve been thinking about ways in which they can re-purpose leftover materials, like piping and pieces of wood, to minimise waste and do something positive to help our neighbours and the environment.

With that in mind, and with the help of contractor Alun Griffiths, Plasdŵr have launched an upcycling initiative. Instead of being thrown away, any waste left over from construction at Alun Griffiths sites will be put to one side for local community projects in need of construction materials.

Welsh language nursery, Cylch Meithrin Pentrebaen, near their Cae St. Fagans development, is the first project to benefit from the initiative. The nursery is planning to use the materials provided to make some improvements to the outdoor playground.

Katie Powis, Community Liaison Manager for Plasdŵr, said:

We’re always looking for ways we can support our neighbours, so this initiative was the perfect way to combine community outreach with our commitment to sustainability. As Plasdŵr continues to grow, and the number of developments underway increases, we hope to expand on this and help as many community projects as we can.

We look forward to working closely with Plasdŵr on their sustainability agenda as new members.[:]

Job Opportunity with BIPVco: Business Development Manager (Newport)

[:en]Cynnal Cymru member BIPVco are looking for a Business Development Manager (Newport):

Applications are invited from those who have previous experience of roofing sales.

You will need to be willing to spend time on the road as this is a national role.

You will be able to demonstrate a strong sales background, be motivated, focused, results oriented and capable of extracting the best from team.

You will have knowledge of solar PV and or BIPV, its applications, its market place, technical understanding and the business acumen and global contacts to exploit it commercially. The expectation of this role is to develop both national & international markets and business.  It would be beneficial for applicants to have knowledge of roof design and construction.

BIPVco is a Newport based manufacturer of innovative and leading edge building integrated photovoltaic systems. BIPVco can offer sympathetically integrated solar powered roof and wall solutions for residential, institutional and industrial buildings. The products are ideally suited for the UK climate with excellent low light performance. The adopted thin film technology also has the advantage of being lightweight, flexible and able to take the building form. It also has inbuilt design features to avoid disproportionate loss of power under partial shading. Turning buildings into power stations without making them look like one!

If this role is of interest to you and you fit the criteria send your CV and cover letter together with your salary expectation to (no agencies at this time, thank you).[:]

Networking Lunch and Learn with BIPVco

In January 2019 we held our monthly networking lunch in partnership with Cynnal Cymru member BIPVco. Guests enjoyed a short presentation before being given an exclusive tour of the factory in Newport, where they got to see first hand the different manufacturing stages of their innovative thin film technology.

The visit provided a great opportunity to see the different range of innovative products designed and produced in-house by BIPVco and MIPV, with the opportunity to ask questions about the technical capabilities and potential applications from buildings to mobile applications.

About BIPVco and MIPV

BIPVco is a Newport based manufacturer of innovative and leading edge building integrated photovoltaic systems.  BIPVco is committed to factory incorporation of PV functionality to the building fabric to drive quality, value, holistic / aesthetic  integration and superior performance. Collaborating with major building envelope substrate and component manufacturers, BIPVco is able to offer sympathetically integrated solar powered roof and wall solutions for residential, institutional and industrial buildings. The products are ideally suited for the UK climate with excellent low light performance. The adopted thin film technology also has the advantage of being light weight, flexible and able to take the building form. It also has inbuilt design features to avoid disproportionate loss of power under partial shading. Turning buildings into power stations without making them look like one.

MIPV is a Newport based manufacturer of thin film flexible solar panels specifically sized to suit a range of mobile applications ranging from leisure vehicles such caravans, motorhomes and boats, service vehicles such as ambulances, police cars and vans to transport fleets including trucks, vans and refrigerated containers. The light weight flexible modules can be easily integrated onto the body of the vehicle without spoiling the aerodynamic characteristics of the vehicle nor adding significant weight. The highly efficient modules can provide trickle charge, eliminate idling times (and associated pollution), provide cooling function to refrigerated vehicles and enhance mpg by reducing alternator load or extend battery range of EV vehicles. The uniqueness of the MIPV technology is that unlike conventional crystalline cells, the flexible thin film solar cells do not crack and fail prematurely in dynamic mobile applications.

Find out more about BIPVco on their website.

 About our Networking Lunches

Cynnal Cymru works in partnership with our members to provide a range of networking lunch experiences throughout the year. Each lunch is unique and takes place in a different venue, to give our members the chance to showcase their work to a new audience. Last year we were delighted to partner up with Ballet Cymru, WWF Cymru, WCVA, The Art of Sustainability and Constructing Excellence in Wales.

Our lunches are free to attend for Cynnal Cymru members and £9.99 for non members. This includes a delicious vegan/ vegetarian lunch. All our upcoming events are listed on our website.

If you would like to find out more about our membership or would like to co-host one of our future events, please get in touch.

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