VAMT had a very busy Volunteers' Week, from our Volunteer Recognition Awards event to a Volunteering Fair in Merthyr Town Centre.  Here are a few photos from a fantastic awards evening. 

Last call for free coaching to help heritage organisations deal with change

The deadline to apply is 26 June 2023

 To be better prepared to deal with change and uncertainty heritage organisations or organisations running a heritage project can benefit from free coaching from Catalyst Cymru: Broadening Horizons.

 Catalyst Cymru: Broadening Horizons provides support to micro, small and medium sized heritage organisations and organisations running a heritage project to broaden their income streams and reach new audiences and people.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, WCVA is running Catalyst Cymru: Broadening Horizons in partnership with Cwmpas, formerly known as Wales Cooperative Centre.  The project is also supported by Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team Wales, Disability Wales and Pride Cymru.

What is on offer?

Four days of in-depth coaching support is available for organisations on topics such as governance, business planning and income generation to help improve organisations’ resilience and the ability to deal with changes to the environment they work in (for example, the current cost of living crisis).

Please note: 


  1. Heritage organisations/organisations running a heritage project with unrestricted income up to £1million are eligible to apply for coaching.
  2. The timing of the coaching is flexible and can take place over six months.

Find out more and apply

For further details about the project please visit the Catalyst Cymru: Broadening Horizons page.


To register your interest in participating and to be sent an application pack, please email Siobhan Hayward, Catalyst Cymru Officer shayward@wcva.cymru


The Welsh Charity Awards 2023 are currently open and there are two categories for volunteers – Young volunteer of the year (aged 25 or under) and Volunteer of the year (26 or over). Please can you help us encourage nominations by sharing with your networks and contacts?

It’s free to take part and this is a chance to celebrate the life changing impact of the diverse range of volunteers from across Wales.

For more information please click HERE





Learn more about equal opportunities in policing with our online awareness event 

Legacy in the Community are working with Gwent Police to promote diversity and inclusivity within the police service and would like to invite you to on online awareness event to discuss the many different roles available within policing that are accessible, flexible, and diverse. 

 The event will take place on Weds 22 June 23 at 10am and is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about careers in policing, and to learn about support that is available and the eligibility criteria for different roles.  

 Having a diverse workforce helps to improve public trust and brings different perspectives and experiences that can help with decision-making and problem-solving within the police service. 

 As a public facing organisation, Gwent Police understands that representation matters, and they are committed to ensuring that their workforce is reflective and inclusive of the communities that they protect and reassure.  

To register for the online event, and to find out more, follow the link to our Eventbrite page:  https://WTARWF.eventbrite.co.uk

MVH’s Grants and Sponsorship Fund is now open for applications!

To request an application pack, email Grants@mvhomes.org.uk or call the Tenant Engagement Team on 07718248645

The deadline for this round of funding is Wednesday 21st June.

The amount available are:

  • Up to £3000 for constituted groups
  • Up to £500 for un-constituted groups (MVH will manage the funding on your behalf)
  • Up to £500 sponsorship.  Please note you can apply for either a grant or sponsorship - not both).

If you were awarded funding last year, you can re-apply but the project/items you apply for must be different.  If you have not returned your end of project form from last year, you cannot apply until we receive this.

The eligibility criteria for the funding is included in the pack.

Please note that all applications need to demonstrate how the outcome of the project/initiative meets one of the 7 goals set out in the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.  Please tick which goal your project primarily meets (even it it meets more than one).   Should you require information about the 7 goals of the Act we can arrange a short Teams meeting to run you through them and answer questions around how you might demonstrate this in your application, or you can find information about the Act by searching the Welsh Governments website.

Before you submit the application please ensure you have included all relevant supporting documentation listed on the last page of the pack - applications without supporting documentation cannot be passed to the panel for consideration.

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