Wales Council for Voluntary Action

Aug 29 '14

Heritage on the road: Inspiring Cardigan

Catalyst Cymru-Heritage Fundraising is our project to help heritage organisations develop their fundraising skills and success. To help communicate what the project is all about, we took the project around Wales in a series of roadshows. In our second blog, Richard Roberts, Catalyst Cymru-Heritage Fundraising Project Officer, looks back at the roadshow that took place at Cardigan’s Welsh Wildlife Centre

Here the Catalyst Cymru-Heritage Fundraising team take a quick look back at the highlights from our second roadshow, where a small but very select group of people from Wales’s heritage organisations ventured out to beautiful surroundings of the Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cardigan to find out more about the Catalyst Cymru-heritage fundraising project.

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Aug 29 '14

Treftadaeth ar daith: Ysbrydoli Aberteifi

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Catalydd Cymru-Codi Arian ar gyfer Treftadaeth yw ein prosiect i helpu mudiadau treftadaeth i ddatblygu eu sgiliau a’u llwyddiant wrth godi arian. I helpu i egluro’r prosiect, aethom â’r prosiect ar daith o amgylch Cymru mewn cyfres o sioeau teithiol. Yn ein hail flog, mae Richard Roberts, Swyddog Prosiect Catalydd Cymru-Codi Arian ar gyfer Treftadaeth, yn edrych yn ôl ar y sioe deithiol a gynhaliwyd yng Nghanolfan Natur Cymru, Aberteifi.

Yma mae criw Catalydd Cymru-Codi Arian ar gyfer Treftadaeth yn cymryd golwg sydyn yn ôl ar yr uchafbwyntiau o’n hail sioe deithiol, lle daeth grŵp bach ond dethol iawn o bobl o fudiadau treftadaeth Cymru i gyffiniau bendigedig Canolfan Natur Cymru, Aberteifi i gael gwybod mwy am brosiect Catalydd Cymru-Codi Arian ar gyfer Treftadaeth.

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Aug 21 '14

Asperger’s: being ‘different’ in a ‘normal’ world – part 2

Here’s the second part of the blog from young volunteer Amy Price, who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Today she talks about the difficulties – and pleasures – of socialising when you have Asperger’s.

There are quite a few people that will remember what I was like before college. I didn’t really understand the social rules, I just knew I was different and because I was different I didn’t have many friends and, to be honest, I thought I would never really fit in with society.

Although at the end of college I was still quite different to the ‘normal’ people I was slowly understanding things and I did have a few friends - maintaining them was the problem now.

If you saw me back then you would probably think I wouldn’t be able to manage to live independently, I wouldn’t be the one going out to social events. I wasn’t outgoing.

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Aug 21 '14

Asperger: bod yn ‘wahanol’ mewn byd ‘normal’ – rhan 2

Dyma ail ran y blog gan Amy Price, sydd â syndrom Asperger. Heddiw mae hi’n siarad am yr anawsterau – a’r mwynhad – a geir wrth gymdeithasu pan fo gennych syndrom Asperger.

Bydd nifer da o bobl yn cofio sut yr oeddwn i cyn mynd i’r coleg. Doeddwn i ddim yn deall y rheolau cymdeithasol yn iawn. Y cwbl yr oeddwn yn ei wybod oedd fy mod yn wahanol ac, am fy mod yn wahanol, nad oedd gen i lawer o ffrindiau ac, mewn gwirionedd, nid oeddwn yn credu y byddwn i byth yn dod yn rhan o gymdeithas.

Ar ddiwedd fy nyddiau coleg, er fy mod yn dal yn eithaf gwahanol i’r bobl ‘normal’, roeddwn yn dod i ddeall pethau’n araf ac roedd gen i nifer o ffrindiau – eu cadw oedd y broblem nawr.

Pe byddech wedi fy ngweld bryd hynny, yna mae’n debyg na fyddech yn credu y byddwn yn gallu byw’n annibynnol, ni fyddwn i’n cymryd rhan mewn digwyddiadau cymdeithasol nac yn mynd allan ryw lawer.

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Aug 20 '14

Asperger’s: being ‘different’ in a ‘normal’ world – part 1

Today we feature the first part of a two-part blog from Amy Price. She volunteers with Dynamix, is Chair of GwirForce, and has Asperger’s. She talks candidly about the Syndrome, ‘fitting in’ and her experiences with prejudice.

Last weekend I spoke to a few people about Asperger’s, Autism and the Spectrum in general; which has been really good as I’ve been able to help people understand it better.

However, I have also met some judgemental people, who think they know better. I’ve also been told that I ‘Don’t look like the type to have a disability or social issues’, which normally doesn’t bother me but now that I think about it I want to know - what am I supposed to look like?

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Aug 20 '14

Asperger: bod yn ‘wahanol’ mewn byd ‘normal’ – rhan 1

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Heddiw mae gennym ran gyntaf blog dwy-ran gan Amy Price. Mae hi’n gwirfoddoli gyda Dynamix, yn Cadeirio GwirForce, ac mae ganddi syndrom Asperger.

 Mae hi’n siarad yn onest am y syndrom, ‘ffitio mewn’ a’i phrofiadau gyda rhagfarn.

Y penwythnos diwethaf siaradais ag ychydig o bobl am syndrom Asperger, Awtistiaeth a’r Sbectrwm yn gyffredinol. Roedd hyn yn beth da gan fy mod wedi gallu helpu pobl i’w ddeall yn well.

Er hynny, rwyf hefyd wedi cwrdd â rhai pobl sy’n hoff o feirniadu, sy’n meddwl eu bod yn gwybod yn well. Mae rhywun wedi dweud wrthyf hefyd nad wyf ‘yn debyg o ran golwg i rywun sydd ag anabledd neu broblemau cymdeithasol’. Dyw pethau o’r fath ddim yn fy mhoeni fel arfer ond, erbyn meddwl, rwyf am wybod hyn – sut fath o olwg sydd i fod arna i?

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Aug 18 '14

Heritage on the road: Inspiring Wrexham

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Catalyst Cymru-Heritage Fundraising is our project to help heritage organisations develop their fundraising skills and success. To help communicate what the project is all about, we took the project around Wales in a series of roadshows. In the first of a series of blogs, Richard Roberts, Catalyst Cymru-Heritage Fundraising Project Officer, takes a look at what happened when the roadshow hit Wrexham.

Now that the roadshows are over and we’ve had the chance to catch our breath the Catalyst Cymru-heritage fundraising team take a quick look back at the highlights from each roadshow.  

What better place to hold our first roadshow than Wrexham, burial place of Elihu Yale, Welsh merchant and philanthropist, after whom in 1718 the world renowned “Yale College”  was named, following his donation of the proceeds from the sale of nine bales of goods together with 417 books and a portrait of King George I.

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Aug 18 '14

Treftadaeth ar daith: Ysbrydoli Wrecsam

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Catalydd Cymru-Codi Arian ar gyfer Treftadaeth yw ein prosiect i helpu mudiadau treftadaeth i ddatblygu eu sgiliau a’u llwyddiant wrth godi arian. I helpu i egluro’r prosiect, aethom â’r prosiect ar daith o amgylch Cymru mewn cyfres o sioeau teithiol. Yn y cyntaf mewn cyfres o flogiau, mae Richard Roberts, Swyddog Prosiect Catalydd Cymru-Codi Arian ar gyfer Treftadaeth, yn cymryd golwg ar beth ddigwyddodd pan aeth y sioe deithiol i Wrecsam.

Nawr bod sioeau teithiol Catalydd Cymru-Codi Arian ar gyfer Treftadaeth drosodd ac rydym wedi cael cyfle i gael ein gwynt atom, mae criw Catalydd Cymru-Codi Arian ar gyfer Treftadaeth yn cymryd golwg sydyn yn ôl ar yr uchafbwyntiau o bob sioe.

Pa le gwell i gynnal ein sioe deithiol gyntaf na Wrecsam, man claddu Elihu Yale, masnachwr a dyngarwr o Gymro, yr enwyd Coleg byd-enwog Yale ar ei ôl yn 1718, ar ôl iddo roi i’r coleg yr elw o werthu naw swp o nwyddau ynghyd â 417 o lyfrau a darlun o’r Brenin Siôr I.

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Aug 12 '14

'We welcome bids from consortia…'

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This is a phrase increasingly seen in contract notices. Tendering alone is hard enough, but tendering with partners brings added complexity, and there are a number of barriers preventing third sector organisations from collaborating effectively to tender for public contracts. Gareth Coles, WCVA Public Services Delivery Officer,  takes a look at some of them.

Working with partners for the purposes of submitting a tender – as opposed to working alone – requires organisations to undertake at least three additional things:

1.    Developing a robust and coherent service delivery model

Partners working on a joint bid need to be able to deliver a credible – and competitive – written submission, which works across organisational boundaries.

2.    Building effective, trusted working relationships

Working with other organisations when tendering means establishing a different kind of relationship, one where trust is balanced with the need to make decisions on a commercial basis. 

3.    Engaging in a process that inherently disadvantages joint bids

The tendering process, particularly the selection stage, is largely predicated on a purchasing authority establishing a contract with an existing single legal entity, not a number of partners. And the paperwork often doesn’t allow for organisations working together to express the form of their collaboration and their governance and delivery structures.

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Aug 6 '14

Driving down overhead costs in charity management – is the VAT Cost Sharing Group Exemption a further option?

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Liz Maher of Centurion VAT Specialists asks why the sector isn’t exploring the benefits of the VAT Cost Sharing Group Exemption 2012.

With the announcement of a jobs review at the Royal Voluntary Service, following on from recent similar news from The Prince’s Trust and the merger of back office functions between the RNIB and Action for Blind People, clearly the third sector is looking at how to manage its overhead costs. So what role could VAT play in cost reduction?

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