Volunteering

Keep Wales Tidy Call for Applications for New Places for Nature on Everyone’s Doorstep

[:en]Hundreds of new nature garden projects are in the pipeline across Wales with applications for many more invited

Keep Wales Tidy is delighted to be reopening applications for its Local Places for Nature initiative. With many of us limited to our immediate locality during lockdown, there has never been a better time to consider how our community areas can be improved for nature.

A choice of pre-paid garden packages are being offered to local community groups and town and community councils to transform a space in their local area. Groups and potential applicants are being asked to make best use of their time at home, by submitting an application. Keep Wales Tidy staff are on hand to help.

The first assessment panel was impressed with the quality and variety of applications from across Wales and were happy to award:

  • 101 Butterfly gardens
  • 44 Fruit gardens
  • 71 Wildlife gardens

Check out the map to see where all the gardens will be across Wales www.keepwalestidy.cymru/lpfn-map

  • Tredegar Town Council in Blaenau Gwent will be developing a butterfly garden to enhance the Sirhowy Community Garden and provide a tranquil space for the whole community.
  • Conwy Arts Trust will be creating a fruit garden at Venue Cymru in Llandudno as a pilot project to develop magical areas that can be used to inspire creativity.
  • Riverside in Cardiff has very little accessible green space and Keep Riverside Tidy will be creating a butterfly garden which will enhance nature for the local community.
  • A wildlife garden in Dinas Mawddwy will be used by Plannwch y Plas to engage and involve the local community with nature and growing.
  • Mumbles Community Council will be sprucing up Jubilee Gardens with their wildlife garden package and making it into a pleasant place to sit and enjoy nature.

 

The safety of staff and volunteers is of the utmost importance, so no practical work has started to date. However, Keep Wales Tidy are making plans as to how they might deliver some activities safely when government guidelines allow.

 

Deputy Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy, Louise Tambini said:

Through these difficult times the value of nature and accessible green space has never been more recognisable and important to our communities. It has been heartening to see so many people volunteering to help others through the COVID-19 pandemic and we would encourage you to continue volunteering and join the Local Places for Nature initiative to create new, accessible spaces for wildlife in your local community. It is easy to apply, and applicants will be supported to install their new gardens safely within social distancing and government guidelines, only when it is safe to do so. We look forward to starting practical work when regulations are eased “.

 

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths MS said:

‘’We have all seen how important nature is for our mental well-being. Our £5m Local Places for Nature programme encourages communities to get involved with creating nature ‘on their doorsteps’. We are delighted that Keep Wales Tidy are accepting applications again, in readiness for when projects can begin. Currently we are all staying at home, to protect the NHS and save lives. But as conditions allow and when safety can be assured, I hope volunteers across Wales will be involved in these local projects to restore and enhance nature.

 

The initiative is part of a wider £5m Welsh Government ‘Local Places for Nature’ fund committed to acquiring, restoring and enhancing nature ‘on your doorstep’.

Visit the Keep Wales Tidy website for further information about the Local Places for Nature initiative https://www.keepwalestidy.cymru/nature[:]

Thousands of volunteers across Wales help restore hedgerows

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Over the past 3 years, the Long Forest project aimed at making ‘hedgerows important again’ has worked with over 3,000 volunteers to plant over 119,000 trees within hedgerows across Wales. The army of volunteers have physically improved 34,628 metres of hedgerow with a further 113, 063 metres now under a regime of progressive improvement despite working through drought, flooding, ‘The Beast from the East’ and Storms Ciara and Dennis!

The Long Forest project has also established 8 community tree nurseries which are raising young tree stock from locally collected native seed, a sustainable method of helping future tree-planting schemes and protection against tree disease being introduced via imported stock.  As a project there has been an emphasis on education, delivering formal training for over 100 landowners across Wales and over 1000 volunteers received training on hedgerow management. There are also free online resources on hedgerow management available on the Long Forest website www.longforest.cymru.

The Long Forest app was created, which was designed to engage members of the general public with hedgerows and learn about tree identification. The easy to use surveying app has generated over 48,000 metres of hedgerow data which will allow an understanding of how our landscape is changing in Wales.

The Long Forest Project has been developed by Keep Wales Tidy in partnership with the Woodland Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Hannah Wilcox Brooke, Long Forest Project Co-ordinator, Keep Wales Tidy said;

“We are delighted to have delivered such fantastic results across Wales that are sustainable and continue to improve our Welsh landscape. Thank you to all the thousands of volunteers who were involved across Wales’

If you would like to learn more about the Long Forest Project or access the free resources, visit www.longforest.cymru for more information.[:]

Join Cynnal Cymru as we support the #lovevolunteering campaign

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Valentine’s Day is approaching and what better way is there to share the love than to tell us what you love about volunteering!

In celebration of #lovevolunteering campaign, the Cynnal Cymru team are reflecting on their own volunteering experiences, sharing the positive benefits gained from an individual, business and community perspective.

If you volunteer or work with any volunteering related projects, please get involved on the 14th of February 2018 and tweet and post about why you #lovevolunteering #carugwirfoddoli tagging in @VolWales and @cynnalcymru

 


For businesses, supporting volunteering days for your employees, providing volunteering opportunities and positively recognising volunteering as a core skill in your recruitment process can have multiple benefits for your staff, business and wider community. For volunteers, the list of benefits is almost endless, as individuals that volunteer build personal and professional skills, improve their wellbeing and increase their understanding of others. Here at Cynnal Cymru we wanted to share just a few of the reason we love volunteering:

Rhodri Thomas, Principal Sustainability Consultant

Rhodri set up his own voluntary organisation when he was living in the Vale of Glamorgan for which he was the Chair. The organisation undertook litter picks, held guided nature walks and created a community orchard. More recently, Rhodri helped “friends of Radyr Woods” take up old rotten boardwalks to be replaced by new materials. His other voluntary experiences include support for the charity Sustainable Wales, being a volunteer mentor for the Prince of Wales charity Prime Cymru, being a board member and trustee for Volcano Theatre and helping the Uprising initiative which aims to help young people develop entrepreneurial skills in relation to the environment.

Volunteering sometimes feels like an effort and a chore but afterwards, when you look back, it makes you feel very satisfied knowing that you have helped people or your community. You know that you have enriched the society in which you live and also, you have enriched your own life, broadening your perspective and developing patience and empathy.”

 

Lynsey Jackson, Marketing Manager

Lynsey has been involved with a number of voluntary initiatives over the last 10 years, where she combines her creative skills with knowledge-sharing. She was co-founder of thinkARK a voluntary group using creative and collaborative approaches to develop small scale community projects. She was co-organiser and volunteer at Trade School Cardiff – an alternative learning and sharing skills space where people exchange skills through a non monetary barter system. She was also co-founder of Geek Speak Cardiff, a sociable social media group that supported people working in the third sector to learn and share knowledge with new digital tools. More recently Lynsey has joined her local litter picking group Keep Riverside Tidy and last year launched a new podcast (Seismic Wales) with three friends to share sustainability stories featuring good people doing great things across Wales.

“I haven’t opted for a traditional volunteering path but for me, volunteering my time through a variety of different projects has been a fun and creative process that has allowed me to test and develop new skills in a safe and friendly space, as well as helping to provide opportunities for others to get involved. I’ve made so many good friends and contacts along the way and each experience has informed the next from ARK to Trade School to Seismic Wales. It has been a steady progression of learning and sharing skills.”

 

Clare Sain-ley-Berry, Invest In Nature (Working in partnership with Cynnal Cymru)

Clare currently volunteers as a parent governor at Moorland Primary School to support the teaching staff to give pupils the best experience possible. It helps to share perspectives from other organisations that she has worked for in terms of processes and policies and also to bring fresh eyes to any long-standing problems that the school might be facing.

For me, I have gained so many insights into the challenges that schools face and find it really rewarding to support such a dedicated team.”

 

Bethan Harvey, Projects and Events Administrator 

I did a lot of volunteering whilst at University to add to my C.V before moving into the working world. This included serving drinks and speaking Welsh at coffee mornings for Welsh learners at Ty Tawe in Swansea. I still chose to volunteer after getting a job and chose to offer emotional and practical support to victim’s of hate crime with Victim Support. This was a rewarding experience which provided me with full training and allowed me to give back to those in need.

I would definitely recommend volunteering for those who feel that their CV’s need padding out. It also helps to improve self-esteem and well-being as you are often doing something good and worthwhile whilst helping others.”

 


The #iwill Campaign

Cynnal Cymru is proud to be working with the Wales Council for Voluntary Action WCVA and Volunteering Wales to raise awareness of the #iwill campaign and to provide practical support to businesses wanting to embed youth social action (like volunteering, fundraising or campaigning) as part of their corporate social responsibility strategy. We are keen to hear from businesses in Wales that are interested in supporting the #iwill campaign.

The #iwill campaign is a collective effort involving over 900 organisations from the public, voluntary, education and business sectors with a vision to make meaningful social action part of life for all 10- to 20-year olds by the year 2020. In addition to Defra and the ZSL, organisations pledging to support #iwill4nature include Action for Conservation, Canal & River Trust, Global Action Plan, Groundwork, The Wildlife Trust, WWF, Royal Botanical Gardens and more.

The #iwill campaign was launched in 2013 with cross-party and multi-sector support after research into how the business, education, public and voluntary sectors could support young
people to engage in social action.

The #iwill campaign is coordinated by Step Up To Serve, a charity registered in England & Wales (no. 1154588). For more information, visit www.iwill.org.uk and follow @iwill_campaign[:]

Launch of #iwill4nature Campaign Putting Young People at the Centre of the Year of Green Action

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2019 is the Year of Green Action, which is an opportunity to encourage connection to the natural environment and collective action to improve it.

One year ago the UK Government published “A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment”, setting out its approach to protect and improve the environment and demonstrate leadership on conservation, climate change, land use, sustainable global food supplies and marine health.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has pledged to the #iwill campaign, which aims to make social action a part of life for 10 to 20 year olds across the UK. The national campaign, launched by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2013 with cross-party support, will focus on growing environmental youth social action – or green action – with the launch of #iwill4nature.

Examples of green action include taking part in environmental volunteering such as litter picking or planting pollinator-friendly flowers, fundraising for to maintain or enhance green spaces or campaigning for the zero plastic waste agenda.

The 2017 National Youth Social Action Survey, commissioned to run alongside the #iwill campaign, found that 44% of young people who had not been involved in social action in the past year were interested in addressing environmental issues (including animal protection).

24-year-old Step Up To Serve Trustee Pauline Meyer, and chair of the launch event, said:

“#iwill4nature recognises the impact young people already have on improving the environment and challenges them and others around them to make an even bigger difference. Whether it is looking after and appreciating their local green spaces, encouraging friends and family to make different shopping choices or choosing a commute that pollutes less. In the process you also get to develop skills, experience and boosting their mental health and wellbeing. I hope young people all over the UK can be inspired and supported to connect with the natural environment.”

Throughout the year, activity around #iwill4nature will draw together local and national initiatives in order to inspire green action. Hosting the launch event, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has also pledged to inspire future young people through experiences with wild animals, inform them of future career opportunities through conservation, science and animal welfare programmes, and actively engage young people in campaigns to protect natural habitats such as the world’s oceans.

ZSL Director General Dominic Jermey, and host of the launch, said:

“ZSL is committed to our vision of a world where wildlife thrives, and we believe that creating positive relationships between wildlife and people is key to achieving that. We want people to build lifelong connections to wildlife and we know that we have a vital role to play here at ZSL London Zoo. “By pledging to support #iwill4nature, we commit to further inspiring, informing and empowering young people as we continue to provide a shared space where learning, supported by our scientific research and conservation expertise, will help people to feel closer and more connected to wildlife.”


How You Can Support #iwill4nature

Cynnal Cymru is proud to be working with the Wales Council for Voluntary Action WCVA and Invest in Nature to raise awareness of the #iwill campaign and to provide practical support to businesses wanting to embed social action as part of their corporate social responsibility strategy. We are keen to hear from businesses in Wales that are interested in supporting the #iwill campaign and #iwillfornature.

Below is a list of resources to get you started:

WCVA’s guide on how to get started in developing an employee volunteering programme

The WCVA’s Youth Volunteering and Social Action Charter sets out a number of commitments encouraging organisations to provide the best possible social action and volunteering experiences for young people. The charter also outlines expectations for young people that take part in these experiences.

The #iwill guide for inspiring and enabling youth social action draws together advice and best practice examples from leading businesses including EDF Energy, British Gas and PwC.

Invest in Nature’s new Environmental Volunteering Toolkit is packed full of ideas for getting involved in environmental volunteering and celebrates fantastic projects making a difference in Wales through people like you!

 


The #iwill Campaign

The #iwill campaign is a collective effort involving over 900 organisations from the public, voluntary, education and business sectors with a vision to make meaningful social action part of life for all 10- to 20-year olds by the year 2020. In addition to Defra and the ZSL, organisations pledging to support #iwill4nature include Action for Conservation, Canal & River Trust, Global Action Plan, Groundwork, The Wildlife Trust, WWF, Royal Botanical Gardens and more.

The #iwill campaign was launched in 2013 with cross-party and multi-sector support after research into how the business, education, public and voluntary sectors could support young
people to engage in social action.

The #iwill campaign is coordinated by Step Up To Serve, a charity registered in England & Wales (no. 1154588). For more information, visit www.iwill.org.uk and follow @iwill_campaign[:]

Top Tips to a Sustainable Business in 2019

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January is often a time of resolutions and lifestyle changes, we often make commitments to ourselves on a personal level. It is also possible to apply the same level of reflection and ambition within the organisation you work for.

Making these changes can improve your business’ corporate social responsibility CSR, all the while enriching the lives of colleagues, employees, clients and perhaps in turn, doing your bit for the environment and local economies and communities.

Here are just a few steps you can  take to make a real difference your organisation this year:

 

Develop a Low-impact Catering Policy

Reducing your meat and animal product consumption can be a great way to undo some of the health damages of the excess of Christmas. It also, considerably reduces your carbon footprint and can lead to more permanent life-style changes for a healthier and more considerate future.

Choosing to go vegetarian or vegan is a big change even when considering the health and environmental benefits, so if you don’t get buy-in for a fully vegan work place you can choose instead to eat at establishments with Vegan options or specialist Vegan restaurants for work-related social events.

Buying in catering to your work-place or for work events can also be carbon-intensive, whether that is with heavy use of animal products, or plastics in the packaging and transportation.  A simple way to reduce this impact is to specify a vegetarian/vegan food options when planning events and to be mindful about any waste that occurs.

Here at Cynnal Cymru we have a vegetarian food policy for all of our events, choosing to source locally and working with local suppliers where possible. We also opt for jugs of water over plastic bottles and single-use plastic cups.

At our recent Sustainable Academy Awards; Cardiff Metropolitan University won the Sustainable Procurement Award for their collaborative approach with their ‘Plastic free pledge‘. Working with your own customers, staff and suppliers is a key part of this process and encouraging them to make small changes in line with your own policies means together you can find better solutions to doing things differently.

 

 Join a Growing Movement for Real Living Wage

The Real Living Wage, not to be confused with the Government Living Wage, is a rate of pay, independently calculated according to the cost of living. The Government’s Minimum and Living Wages do not consider the cost of living and have instead been agreed by trade unions (minimum) or a percentage of median earnings (Government Living).

By reading more about the Living Wage Foundation (Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales are the official partner in Wales) and promoting the accreditation scheme within your organisation and networks, you will be working toward ending low and unfair pay and fighting to ensure that work is a sure way out of poverty.

There is already a great network of employers in Wales who fully support the scheme and its work but we need more organisations, across all sectors to get involved to improve pay conditions for as many as possible.

If you would like your organisation to become accredited or would like to help @LivingWageWales promote the scheme and its message please get in touch with bethan@cynnalcymru.com

 

Champion Volunteering!

Cynnal Cymru is working with the Wales Council for Voluntary Action WCVA to provide practical information and support to businesses on how they can embed activities such as volunteering into their sustainability strategy. A key part of this work is supporting young people through the #iwill campaign – At the core of the #iwill campaign is the belief that young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow – they have the ideas, energy and ability to change the world today.

#iwill campaign promotion

For businesses, supporting volunteering days for your employees, providing volunteering opportunities and positively recognising volunteering as a core skill in your recruitment process can have multiple benefits for your staff, business and wider community.

For volunteers, the list of benefits is almost endless, as individuals that volunteer build personal and professional skills, improve their wellbeing and increase their understanding of others.

As a business this can increase your brand and reputation as part of your wider CSR, in turn attracting better new recruits and contributes to a healthy and happy workforce.

Visit our volunteering resources web page to find a list of tool kits and guides on to get you started as well as links to volunteering opportunities and funding.

Find out how you can support young people through volunteering – support the #iwill campaign

Share your volunteering story – we are looking for good practice stories to share on our website, so please get in contact.

 

Becoming Carbon Literate

The Welsh Government’s Economic Action Plan, the Well-being of Future Generations and the Environment Acts are giving a clear signal: Wales is committed to meeting the challenge of a low carbon future. Your organisation could establish its leadership credentials in their field by becoming “Carbon Literate.”

The Carbon Literacy Project aims to ensure that everyone who works, lives, or studies in Wales has the opportunity to learn about the causes and consequences of global warming and the ways that individuals, organisations and communities can take action in response.

This peer to peer, shared learning method enables people to explore what the reality of climate change means for them at home and in work.  Equipped with the facts on how human activity, weather and climate are inter-related, individuals, communities and organisations are helped to take action to reduce emissions, devise positive responses, and influence others.

The “Carbon Literacy Project” has achieved international recognition and is now an established movement for change in greater Manchester, the BBC, BAFTA and Scotland, Canada, Holland and France. Cynnal Cymru is the official partner of the Carbon Literacy project in Wales. We are offer certified Carbon Literacy training through a certified trainer. Public Health Wales, The National Museum of Wales, and Community Housing Cymru are some of the organisations who have joined the project through our training.

Individuals can do one of our ‘Open’ training days, or whole teams can learn together to change their organisation’s culture. Giving colleagues this opportunity to learn together and develop a set of practical responses will ultimately save the organisation money, make it more resilient, improve the its reputation and enthuse and motivate staff.

The next Open Courses are being held on January 31st and February 14th.

To find out more about Carbon Literacy Training please contact rhodri@cynnalcymru.com

 

Greening your Organisation

A key driver in investing time, energy, and sometimes money, in making your organisation more energy efficient, waste-conscious, and resource-light is that it delivers bottom-line cost savings that can be used to fund your key services or mission.

However, these actions will also play a part in helping tackle some of our most pressing global challenges, safeguarding access to resources and quality of life for future generations.

Invest in Nature have a wealth of online resources available to all that include how to reduce overheads by responsible resource use and how to encourage a healthy work environment whilst indoors. This can also boost staff well-being, creativity and productivity as this short animation demonstrates.

To find out more about how you can Green your organisation please see  www.wcva.org/invest-in-nature-cymru[:]

#iwill week – Call for Businesses to Support Young People into Social Action

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#iwill week runs between 12-16 November and is a fantastic opportunity for businesses in Wales to show their support for youth social action among 10-20 year-olds. This includes activities such as volunteering, campaigning and fundraising, all of which create benefits to businesses, to communities and young people themselves.

At the core of the #iwill campaign is the belief that young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow – they have the ideas, energy and ability to change the world today.

Cynnal Cymru is proud to be working with the Wales Council for Voluntary Action WCVA to raise awareness of the #iwill campaign and to provide practical support to businesses wanting to make a difference.

 

What are the business benefits?

So far 900 business, education and voluntary sector partners have committed to taking action that will embed social action into the lives of young people. Here are just some of the benefits:

Better new recruits: Young people who have taken part in social action have already developed many of the skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Asking about social action experience during recruitment enables employers to uncover these skills.

Attracting the best talent: for many young people it is important that their employer has values with which they can identify. Supporting youth social action allows businesses to show their commitment to young people and to supporting and serving communities. It can help businesses to differentiate themselves as an employer that young people aspire to work for.

Cost-effective (‘off the job’) learning and development: building social action into training and development is a cost-effective way to provide younger employees with opportunities to develop the skills that will enable them to progress within the business and contribute more fully to business growth.

Reputation & CSR: supporting youth social action can give businesses an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), connect them more closely to local communities, and enhance their brand and reputation.

For more information you can download, a practical guide by employers for employers featuring advice and best practice examples from businesses across the UK.

 

How you can get involved

To support the campaign, we want to hear how businesses across Wales are embedding youth social action into their day-to-day ways of working as well as supporting businesses to make a pledge during #iwill week.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Support volunteering days taken by your employees, and encourage them to give their time, and their skills, to help support young people and social action initiatives.
  2. Develop your recruitment practice to positively recognise the skills that young people gain through social action.
  3. Support young people into leadership and governance roles within your organisation to help create a more vibrant and diverse place of work.
  4. Provide voluntary internships within your organisation to help shape and nurture future leaders that have the skills and confidence to make a real difference.
  5. Champion youth social action throughout your communications to help attract the best talent and to demonstrate your commitment to corporate social responsibility.

We are also keen to hear from businesses looking to develop new initiatives that support the campaign.

Throughout the campaign we will be promoting examples of good practice, so please let us know if you have any case studies you would like us to showcase on our website.

 

Ready to make a pledge?

We’re calling for businesses to pledge their support. Here are a few examples to get you started:

We will support volunteering days taken by our employees, and encourage them to give their time, and their skills, to help support young people and social action initiatives.

We will provide volunteering opportunities within our organisation that support youth action.

We will recognise the skills that young people gain through social action (volunteering, campaigning & fundraising) as part of our recruitment process.

We will raise awareness of social action within our own organisation by highlighting stories through our communications.

Find out more

For more information please contact Lynsey Jackson, Cynnal Cymru lynsey@cynnalcymru.com

For more news about the campaign visit, iwill.org.uk and follow @iwill_campaign on twitter.[:]

Announcing….a new round of Volunteering Wales Grants!

[:en]A new round of Volunteering Wales Grants is launching on 12 September, with opportunities for project funding of up to £20,000 for activity from 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020.

Volunteering Wales Grants is a scheme funded by the Welsh Government to promote and improve volunteering in Wales. The scheme is administered by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and is designed to deliver the government’s commitment to identifying opportunities for more people to volunteer.

 

Prosperity for All

Grants will be allocated to projects that can demonstrate that they are able to make a contribution to delivering the Welsh Government’s strategy, Prosperity for All, which describes a long-term aim to build a Wales that is prosperous and secure, healthy and active, ambitious and learning, and united and connected.

The strategy identifies five priority areas which have the potential to make the greatest contribution to long-term prosperity and well-being. These are early years, better mental health, housing, skills and employability and social care. They are areas where it has been shown that earlier intervention and more seamless services can make a real difference to people’s lives.

The Volunteering Wales Grants for 2019/20 will support volunteering projects that contribute towards achieving outcomes in one or more of the priority areas.

Volunteering by young people is encouraged and supported through this grant scheme and a percentage of the funding available has been ring fenced to support projects that exclusively recruit young volunteers aged 14 – 25.

 

How can I find out more information?

Information sessions will be taking place around Wales during October and November 2018 to promote the Volunteering Wales Grants.  Book your place here shortly.

Local County Voluntary Councils can also help you with general advice and support in developing your volunteering project.

The deadline for applications is 5 December 2018.

Please contact WCVA’s Volunteering Team for further guidance: volwalesgrants@wcva.org.uk or call the team on 0300 111 0124.[:cy]Bydd cylch newydd o Grantiau Gwirfoddoli Cymru’n cael ei lansio ar 12 Medi, yn cynnig cyfleoedd i brosiectau gael cyllid o hyd at £20,000 ar gyfer gweithgareddau rhwng 1 Ebrill 2019 a 31 Mawrth 2020.

Cynllun sy’n cael ei ariannu gan Lywodraeth Cymru yw Grantiau Gwirfoddoli Cymru, i hybu a gwella gwirfoddoli yng Nghymru. Mae’r cynllun yn cael ei weinyddu gan Gyngor Gweithredu Gwirfoddol Cymru (WCVA) a’r bwriad yw cyflawni ymrwymiad y llywodraeth i ddod o hyd i gyfleoedd i fwy o bobl i wirfoddoli.

 

Ffyniant i Bawb

Rhoddir grantiau i brosiectau a all ddangos eu bod yn gallu cyfrannu at gyflawni strategaeth Llywodraeth Cymru, Ffyniant i Bawb, sy’n disgrifio nod hirdymor o greu Cymru sy’n ffynnu ac yn ddiogel, yn iach ac yn weithgar, yn uchelgeisiol ac yn dysgu, yn unedig ac yn gysylltiedig.

Mae’r strategaeth yn nodi pum maes blaenoriaeth sydd â’r potensial i wneud y cyfraniad mwyaf i ffyniant a llesiant hirdymor, sef y blynyddoedd cynnar, iechyd meddwl gwell, tai, sgiliau a chyflogadwyedd a gofal cymdeithasol. Mae’r rhain yn feysydd lle y gwelwyd bod ymyrryd yn gynt a chynnig gwasanaethau mwy di-dor yn gallu gwneud gwahaniaeth gwirioneddol i fywydau pobl.

Bydd Grantiau Gwirfoddoli Cymru 2019/20 yn cefnogi prosiectau gwirfoddoli sy’n cyfrannu at gyflawni amcanion mewn un neu fwy o’r meysydd blaenoriaeth.

Mae’r cynllun grant hwn yn annog ac yn cefnogi gwirfoddoli ymhlith pobl ifanc ac mae canran o’r cyllid sydd ar gael wedi’i neilltuo i gefnogi prosiectau sy’n recriwtio gwirfoddolwyr ifanc 14–25 oed yn unig.

 

Sut mae cael gwybod mwy?

Bydd sesiynau gwybodaeth yn cael eu cynnal ledled Cymru yn ystod mis Hydref a mis Tachwedd 2018 i hybu Grantiau Gwirfoddoli Cymru.  Archebwch eich lle.

Gall Cynghorau Gwirfoddol Sirol lleol hefyd roi cyngor a chymorth cyffredinol i chi i ddatblygu eich prosiect gwirfoddoli.

Y dyddiad cau ar gyfer ceisiadau yw 5 Rhagfyr 2018.

Mae croeso i chi gysylltu â Thîm Gwirfoddoli WCVA i gael rhagor o arweiniad: volwalesgrants@wcva.org.uk neu ffoniwch y tîm ar 0300 111 0124.[:]

Principality helps to build hospital orchard

[:en]More than 100 Principality colleagues will overhaul acres of overgrown land to help the health and wellbeing of patients, visitors and the local community in Llandough.

The ‘Ein Berllan – Our Orchard’ will be created on seven acres of semi-rural pasture and woodland which makes up part of the Llandough Hospital estate. With Llandough Hospital fast becoming a long- term recovery and rehabilitation hospital, the orchard will help patients enjoy fresh air, natural light, wildflower meadows and lots of wildlife.

Volunteering will include a range of gardening, including clearing, planting, weeding, and path building.

James Harper, corporate social responsibility manager, said:

“We are delighted to announce this exciting volunteering partnership with the University Hospital Llandough that will provide colleagues with our biggest outdoor make-over challenge to date. The entire project is all about boosting the health and wellbeing of patients and visitors at the hospital and the orchard will become a wonderful resource for the entire community.”

Simone Joslyn, Head of Arts and Health Charity said:

“Ein Berllan Our Orchard is an exciting project that will provide a unique outdoor space to our patients who attend University Hospital Llandough, some of which spend a lot of time recovering in a hospital environment. The outdoors provides a healing environment which can aid recovery and rehabilitation and improve health and wellbeing and Our Orchard will be the perfect place to assist this.

“We look forward to Principality joining us in helping to realise this vision and create an enjoyable space to benefit patients, staff, visitors and the local community in the future.

“We are grateful to all of our volunteers who are giving up their time to help out and also raising funds to enable us develop this space as no NHS funds will be spent on Our Orchard.”[:]

WCVA | Nominations are now open for the Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards 2018

[:en]Do you know of an inspirational individual or group that has made a real difference to their area or to the lives of others?

Recent data from the Third Sector Data Hub shows that 28% of people in Wales volunteer. If you know someone who goes above and beyond to donate their time to a good cause, why not nominate them for a Wales Volunteer of the Year Award? It’s your chance to get these remarkable people the recognition they deserve.

There are six categories for nominations:

– Adult  (25 years and over)
– Young volunteer (under 25 years)
– ‘Green’ volunteer (individual of any age who volunteers with an environmental organisation or project)
– Trustee
– Groups (two or more individuals, whether as an informal group or a formally constituted organisation)
– ‘Digital’ volunteer  (an individual who has helped tackle digital exclusion and helped others to experience the benefits of using ICT) supported by Digital Communities Wales

To nominate an inspirational individual or to find out more, visit the WCVA Wales Volunteer of the Year web page.

The closing date for nominations is 20 April 2018.

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The Journey of Volunteering – a Volunteers Perspective

[:en]As part of #iwill week, Georgina from Melin Homes shares her story of how volunteering helped her to develop her skills confidence and experience to land her first job with Melin Home.

Cynnal Cymru member Melin Homes is a leading Housing Association in south east Wales providing affordable homes for tenants in South East Wales. As a registered social landlord they work closely with local authorities and other partners to build thriving communities. Their mission is to make a positive impact on neighbourhoods by providing high-quality social housing to those who need it.

Paula Kennedy, CEO of Melin Homes says:

“We are passionate about developing our relationship with local schools in every borough we work. We recognize the importance of developing, encouraging and embracing the young people of today.  We want to create opportunities for as many 10 – 20 year olds as possible, this will enhance their skills and strengthen communities. We will continue to develop our schools programme, apprenticeship opportunities and our youth group The Volume.”


Georgina, Melin Homes:

I see every person that volunteers on a journey, a journey of self-discovery and one of the realisation that if you do good things, good things come to you. My journey of volunteering started off at age 13, with my mum pushing (ok forcing) me to go to Melin Homes’ youth forum meeting. My assumptions? Boring, I’m not going to enjoy it and I wouldn’t know anyone there.

After that meeting, I was so excited about future opportunities, I’d made a start on making new friends, and it was definitely not boring – there was free food!

I’m now age 22, and when I reflect back and look on my journey I’m very grateful of every opportunity that has come my way, it’s definitely shaped the person I am today.

I volunteered from the age of 13-18 years old and I had an amazing 5 years growing up with Melin, covering festivals, community events, and helping around the offices but it soon came time to leave school and go in to the next stage of my life – work. I knew I didn’t want to go to university, and didn’t know what career I wanted. I hadn’t passed my driving test, never had a job before, and quite frankly didn’t think things were looking that good for me! But then, a maternity cover post came up at Melin, and I thought, why not George. Give it a go! The only trouble was… you needed to be able to drive, and I was still doing my lessons. Melin then offered to pay for six lessons and my driving test. I passed, just two days before my interview. I thought I did my best, and that’s all I could do, but had convinced myself there was bound to be more experienced people applying too. To my surprise, as soon as I walked through my front door, I had a phone call saying I had got the job. Shocked as I was, I was elated! I had just gone in to an officer’s role, without having any job experience. But, it soon came to fruition that it was my years of volunteering that had got me the job, they knew I got what Melin stood for, the way they interact with their residents, how I worked, and that I was capable of managing a workload in a busy environment. My volunteering journey, led me to my work journey. And I’m not just a one off, around nine members of staff at Melin, have also started off as volunteers!

I’ve now been at Melin for four years, and during that time have had various roles and opportunities. Just because I work though, I still haven’t stopped volunteering! A year ago, I won a competition in work to go to Cambodia to build a less fortunate family a home. This is hands down, a stand out moment and the most amazing 10 days of my life thus far. It was an eye opener to realise that there is nothing more rewarding than helping other people, and being part of a community.

My most favourite and my current role is being a Schools Co-Ordinator, facilitating the delivery of Melin’s school offer over the five local authorities we work in. I now also help to run the youth group of Melin – ‘The Volume’, giving something back to the support they gave me! I get the opportunity, to enrol other young people, and give them the opportunities that I had growing up.

My volunteering journey won’t ever stop, and who knows what I’ll be up to in years to come.

So my message to you all, start your volunteer journey today – you just never know what opportunities it will open up for you. The possibilities are endless!

 


 

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to make participation in meaningful social action, like volunteering, campaigning or fundraising, a normal part of life for young people aged between 10-20. WCVA are managing the #iwill campaign in Wales on behalf of Step up to Serve.

Working in partnership with the Wales Council for Voluntary Action WCVA, Cynnal Cymru will be encouraging our members and supporters to pledge to the #iwill campaign to help enable youth social action within their organisation.

If you would like to find out how your businesses can get involved please get in contact with lynsey @cynnalcymru.com

Thousands of volunteering opportunities across Wales can be found at www.volunteering-wales.net[:]

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