Voluntary Action in Pembrokeshire'
A very successful and
well attended event celebrating the range of Voluntary Action in
the county was held at Letterston Memorial Hall on November 30th.
The event, introduced
by local businessman and radio personality, Brian Harris, began
with an opportunity for interesting and informative conversation
over a traditional lunch of cawl served with bread and cheese.
AGM was conducted after lunch, with the Director presenting
an overview of the year, along with information about the year
ahead. The annual accounts were adopted and new Trustees
to the board were elected.
Click the image to see
the PAVS 2005 AGM Video (3.0mb Windows Media)
looking at funding questions in the sector and a quiz, challenging
participants to look at thier understanding of the sector proved
to be extremely informative and a full report will follow.
signed by Rhodri Morgan, were presented to two young volunteers
for their achievments. Both have completed over 200 hours
of voluntery work and recieved a rapturous applause from the event
Work has been ongoing over the last year researching the pportunity
and availability for e-learning in the voluntary sector. The
final report and e-learning brochure were launched at the event
and are available to view here
Learning for Living
Project - In partnership with PAVS and Pembrokeshire College,
a pilot project, enabling carers in Pembrokeshire to do an online
learning course accredited by City and Guilds was delivered.
The course has not only provided a learning opportunity to carers
who are often limited by time and responsibilities, but has also
enabled carers wanting to take the course to learn some basic IT
skills in order to participate in the learning.
A video of the carers,
talking about what the course and the opportunity meant to them,
and how it has given them new confidence and skills is available.
To view you will need to have Windows Media Player installed on
the image to view the video
Carers win Social Care
Accolades Special Award
The Learning for Living
Online Course was developed in partnership between PAVS and Pembrokeshire
College with help from Age Concern. The course designed by City
and Guilds to meet the personal development needs of unpaid carers,
and leads to a nationally recognised certificate. For more information
about the course click
At a ceremony in Cardiff
on the 25th of July the carers were awarded for all their hard work
with a "Special Award". For more information visit Care
Council for Wales
the Carers with Roy Noble, Sue Leonard and the Award
If you would like to take
part in the next course, starting in September contact Sally Davies
or Sue Leonard on 01437 769422
1st April 2005
PAVS Information Sheet
PAVS have now launched
a catalogue of frequently requested information sheets. It
is possible to access this information in two ways:
Access to this information
is free, and we welcome your feedback on using this service.
April 2005 - Rural
Community Action consultation event
Held on April 16th more
The National Offender
Management Services for Wales (NOMS) /Voluntary Sector Conference
was held on 23rd March 2005 in Llandrindod Wells.
The conference is in response to ongoing work by NOMS.
In December 2003 in 'Managing
Offenders, Reducing Crime - A New Approach', a report by Patrick
Carter, a rationale was provided for the more effective use of prison
and probation resources in the context of an unsustainable rise
in the prison population. The report recommended an alignment of
the functions of both HM Prison Service and the National Probation
Service within a regional framework, to provide an integrated approach
to the management of offenders throughout the criminal justice system.
Key to the recommendations is the concept of 'contestability' as
the driver to the joint commissioning and delivery of services...
To read the full report,
Crime - Voluntary Sector Strategy
The final version of the
Pembrokeshire Carers' Strategy 2005 and the accompanying
Action Plan are now available for download - click here
Also the latest Carers
Newsletter is now available - click here
Young People Forum Event
To be held on March 9th
in the Picton Centre, Haverfordwest. The programme for the
day can be found here.
If you would like to book a place please e-mail Lee
Hind or telephone 01437 769422
There will be Domestic
Abuse Awareness Training Event on March 16th in the Picton
Centre, Haverfordwest. Details of the event can be accessed
To book a place on the event click here
December 1st 2004
- PAVS AGM
The theme for the AGM
this year was 'Working Together' and gave voluntary organisations
an opportunity to reflect on the many partnerships and support mechanisms
available throughout the county. Speakers included members
from the Voluntary Sector who had benefited from, and contributed
to, the array of networks not only within the sector but also between
the sector, Local Authority, Local Health Board and other statutory
Nov 11th - Another
Voluntary Group Website launched
The new Pembrokeshire
Mind website was launched last night at a very relaxed and happy
Pembrokeshire Mind AGM. The website was worked on by volunteers
and clients to create a source of information about their activities
and help available, and was supported by the 123
communicate programme at PAVS.
2004 - E-learning research project - PAVS have recently
been successful in obtaining funding to run an e-learning research
project. This project will look at the benefits and barriers to
e-learning along with availability of resources within the community.
ALERT - Bogus
Domain registration invoices
PAVS have been made aware
of a bogus scheme from a company called Domain Registry Services.
The company sends invoices to registered domain name owners claiming
that as the domain name is due to expire they require £60-00
to ensure continuation of service. The company are based at
Church End, Cambridge and are NOT the authorised domain registration
company for PAVS or any of our hosted sites. If anyone receives
invoices from this company please let us know so that we can forward
the information to the appropriate authority.
October 6th 2004
Learning for the Future
...preparing the voluntary sector for the day after tomorrow. The
Training Project gets its official launch at this free one-day event
at the Stackpole Centre.
No-one knows exactly what
the future holds, but one thing is clear. Changes are coming. The
voluntary sector is facing a big shake-up with changes to traditional
patterns of funding and service delivery. Doing nothing is not an
option, so take positive action now and make this event your first
step towards planning a successful future
There will be presentations
throughout the day, case studies and a chance to take part in a
workshop. For more information please have a look at the brochure
or email us email@example.com
June 2nd 2004
Centre for Voluntary Action received many positive comments
today when it was officially opened by Lord Gordon Parry. Visit
the ground floor of 36-38 High Street, Haverfordwest to find meeting
rooms, fully equipped training rooms as well as library and office
services. These are available to anyone involved in voluntary action
at affordable rates – some services are free to PAVS members.
Please contact PAVS for more details of how the Centre can help
your group or organisation.
Carers Day -June 17th 2004
This year Carers Week
will be held in the week June 14th – 20th. Carers Week is
a national event which is celebrating its tenth anniversary.
Health is the theme in 2004 and the main aims of the week are to:-
raise awareness of the extra role that carers take on, and the resultant
health issues they face
encourage practices which improve carers’ health and well-being
support carers to take action which positively enhances their own
In Pembrokeshire a Carers Day is being held on Thursday June 17th
at the Plas Hyfred Hotel in Narberth. In the morning there will
be a Carers Forum, an opportunity for carers to have some input
into the planning process, and in the afternoon there will be a
range of therapy taster sessions for carers to enjoy.
If you would like to come along, please contact Sally Davies, Carers
Development Worker at PAVS on 01437 771196.
Cars for Carers
RSVP - Cars for Carers is a community transport programme providing
funded transport for unpaid carers of family members and friends.
We can help with any essential journey around Pembrokeshire, be
it shopping, an appointment or that vital contact with friends or
Our friendly volunteer drivers are here to help you and with a small
contribution from you towards the cost of the journey, you can get
moving! So give Rachel Evans a call on 01437 768195.
(RSVP) Cars for Carers is based at:
PAVS, 36 – 38 High
Street, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA61 2DA
tel: 01437 768195
We have just received
confirmation that funding for a further three years has been granted
to continue and expand on the IT
for Groups project. Details of the new programme will be announced
in the new year.
The new PAVS website and the first edition of the Voluntary
Sector Almanac have been launched at the PAVS AGM held on 12th November
2003. The new look website is the first stage in the development
of a more interactive and informative web presence for the Association.
The ICT project, which
worked with voluntary and community groups to create their own websites,
is coming to an end in November. PAVS will continue to provide web
hosting for existing websites, while we await news of our next ERDF