Please find below Cardiff Partnership information, which may be of interest to those in Cardiff North. All contacts and programme details are included within the attachments.

Cardiff North Weekly Update – Week Ending 17th February

Council News

1. ANPR – Automated Number Plate Recognition – The Council’s in house Enforcement Agents who are responsible for enforcing the payment for parking fines, bus lane infringements and moving traffic contraventions will start using Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) on the 10th February. Read More Here.

2. Inspiring line-up and stirring stories for little literature lovers at Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival 2018 – Celebrated authors and illustrators will once again bring a cast of colourful characters and amazing tales to inspire and entertain little literature lovers this spring, as the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival returns to the Welsh capital in April. Read More Here.

3. The Big Gig returns to Cardiff; the Music City This year, music has been placed at the heart of the City’s Development with the announcement of the Cardiff music strategy and the Council’s commitment to help secure the future of live music in Womanby Street. Read More Here.

4. Wedal Road Household Waste Recycling Centre will close on March 2ndWedal Road HWRC will close at 6pm on Friday March 2nd but residents in the city will still be able to use the Council’s two supersites at Lamby Way and Bessemer Close. Read More Here.

5. Understanding the need for Household Waste Recycling Centres in the future – The need for a new household waste recycling centre (HWRC) in the city will be discussed by Cardiff Council’s Cabinet at its next meeting on Thursday, February 15th. Read More Here.

6. Cardiff’s Indoor Arena preferred site revealed – Atlantic Wharf looks set to be named the preferred location for Cardiff’s planned 15,000-seat indoor arena. Read More Here.

7. Cardiff reveals ‘Capital Ambition’ despite budget pressures – New schools, better roads, a new re-use/recycling centre and a multi-million pound investment in cycling infrastructure are just some of the proposals put forward in Cardiff Council’s budget for 2018/19. Read More Here.

8. Phase Two of Cathays Regeneration Project due to commence – Improvement works to Llanbleddian Gardens are due to start this week as part of the Cathays Regeneration Project. Read More Here.

9. Cardiff special school taken out of special measures – Woodlands High School in Cardiff has been removed from special measures by Estyn, the education inspectorate for Wales. Read More Here.

10. Enforcing banned turns in Cardiff – Motorists are being warned that two new banned turns are now being enforced in the city bringing the total of banned turns monitored by number-plate recognition cameras to 14. Read More Here.

11. Boost for Burnham Avenue – A busy shopping parade in the east of the city has been given a new lease of life thanks to Cardiff Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Scheme. Read More Here.

12. Gabalfa Primary School pupil a cut above – A young girl from Gabalfa Primary School in Cardiff is showing her support for The Little Princess Trust by donating 12 inches of her own hair. Read More Here.

13. Understanding the need for Household Waste Recycling Centres in the future – The need for a new household waste recycling centre (HWRC) in the city has been discussed by Cardiff Council’s Cabinet. Read More Here.

14. Cabinet agrees budget proposals – New schools, better roads, a new re-use/recycling centre and a multi-million pound investment in cycling infrastructure are just some of the proposals put forward in Cardiff Council’s budget for 2018/19. Read More Here.

15. 100 Days to go for Cardiff, before the arrival of the Volvo Ocean Race – Friday, February 16 marks 100 days to go before the Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s toughest and most prestigious sailing event, arrives in Cardiff on Sunday May 27 for a 14 day stopover. Read More Here.

16. Cardiff’s Indoor Arena preferred site approved – Cardiff Council’s Cabinet has endorsed the proposed preferred location of Atlantic Wharf for a new 15,000-seat indoor arena. Read More Here.


17. Cardiff Foodbank Newsletter: Winter 2018 Please click here to read more.

18. Bogus Calls from HMRC – The South Wales Police would like to inform as many people as possible of the latest scam that is being perpetuated by fraudsters which relates to telephone calls from someone purporting to be from HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) and informing the person called that they owe an unpaid debt and that this debt if this debt is not paid, that person will go to prison. They are then informed that to avoid going to prison, they must buy iTunes vouchers to the value they are told by the caller and then ring the telephone number the caller has given them and tell them what the voucher serial numbers are.

What this means is that once the fraudster caller has the serial numbers they can then cash these vouchers and pocket the money, they do not physically have to have possession of the vouchers. Unfortunately, one man from Whitchurch handed over nearly £5,000 and a lady from Tongwynlais handed over £700 and was then duped into handing over a further £950, so please don’t let this happen to you. If you do receive a call of this nature, do not fall for it and report it to either Action Fraud on 03001232040 or call the police on 101.

19. Phantom Debt Fraud – Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a ‘phantom’ debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.

The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order to recover the supposed debt that it owed. In some cases, the victim is also threatened with arrest. From the reports, Action Fraud has received, this type of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK.

It is important to recognise that there are key differences between the various entities who seek to settle debts or outstanding fees in England and Wales. These differences range from the type of debt they will enforce to the legal powers they possess. To learn more, please take a look at some of the helpful information and links on the Step change Debt Charity website here.

20. CAER Heritage ‘Hidden Hillfort’ February Newsletter – Please click here to read more.

21. Regional Safeguarding Boards Newsletter – The first edition of the Safeguarding Boards newsletter has now been published. Future newsletters will be produced by the Business Unit on a quarterly basis in order to update agencies, professionals and the public about the work of the Board. The newsletter has also been uploaded onto the Children and Adults Safeguarding Boards’ website. The links to the website are provided below:




22. Welsh Government Invites Applications to Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme – Grants of between £500 and £20,000 are available to third sector organisations, community organisations and community groups for projects and/or events which are aligned with at least one of the centenary’s key themes:

· Celebrate

· Educate

· Participate

The funding is for activities taking place in Wales with the following outcomes:

· To celebrate and increase people’s awareness of the women’s suffrage movement

· To improve people’s understanding of democracy in the UK, particularly young people

· To encourage and inspire participation in civic life, especially women

· To involve women from under-represented groups such as BAME, LGBT+ and disabled women.

The activity should be either one-off or for a time limited period only, and must take place between May and December 2018. Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is 16 March 2018.

23. The Seed Fund Opens for 2018 Showcasing UK Food Start-ups – The Seed Fund was established by food brand experts, The Collaborators, in 2013 and is supported by a range of PR, social marketing and private equity firms.

Now in its fifth year, the Seed Fund supports new food brands in the UK to become successful and inspiring businesses. The key aim of the Fund is to help start-ups and small producers in UK grow and flourish within the food and beverage sector.

The Fund is looking for applications from small producers in the UK who have been awarded a great taste award in the previous year as well as start-ups that have been trading for less than four years. The overall winner will receive a year’s worth of support from an expert team of Seed Fund mentors as well as £100,000 worth of branding and marketing development from The Collaborators.

A total of 12 companies will be selected for The Seed Fund Academy. This is a series of workshops, mentoring sessions and talks that will take place throughout the country over the course of the summer season. A variety of industry experts will host the academy, which will cover a wide spectrum of disciplines such as social media, marketing, raising finance and food photography. Click here for more information. The next deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.

24. Nesta Launch Awards for ‘Good Help’ – Nesta are seeking applications from organisations that demonstrate they are helping people transform their lives through ‘good help’ activities. The Good Help Award will reward an organisation or team that demonstrates they are helping people to find their sense of purpose and develop their confidence to take action to transform their lives, rather than focusing on fixing a problem for them.

Nesta will use the award process to identify and celebrate all of the most promising ‘good help’ projects – not just the winners – and will be looking for opportunities to share best practice and learning in ways that can help them all increase their impact.

There are three awards available – one £15,000winner, and two £5,000 runners up.

Any organisation or team from within the public, voluntary, community or social enterprise sectors in the UK are eligible to apply.

All applicants must be offering ‘good help’ through an established (i.e. operational for at least 12 months or more) project, programme or service in the UK. Click here for more information.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 30 April 2018.

Shortlisted applicants will be announced in June and invited to an exploration workshop in July. Winners will be announced at a celebration event on 13 September.

25. Building a Stronger Britain Together – Funding and support for groups involved in counter-extremism projects in their communities. The call for grant funding is open from Monday 15 January 2018 at 3pm until Friday 16 February 2018 at 5pm. Click here for full details.

26. Postcode Local Trust Launches First Round of 2018 – Established in 2015, the Postcode Local Trust provides grants to projects that are beneficial to local areas. It offers funding for outdoor projects related to play areas, green spaces, sustainable energy and conservation. Postcode Local Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

This year the Postcode Local Trust is offering grants for local projects which support improving biodiversity and outdoor spaces such as:

· Community gardens and play areas using sustainable materials

· Outdoor education and heritage

· Green energy projects and flood prevention

Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000.

There is a two-step application process. Click here for more information. The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 February 2018.

27. Launch of the 2018 British Small Business Awards – The British Small Business Awards aim to celebrate and bring attention to the UK’s small business sector. The purpose of this awards scheme is to give recognition to outstanding sole traders, micro businesses and small companies in the United Kingdom.

Successful businesses will receive an award that will commemorate their talents and hard work. Nominations are welcome from sole traders, micro businesses and small businesses in the United Kingdom. Nominations must be submitted by 26 May 2018. Click here for more information.

What’s on?

28. Co-production Network for Wales: Let’s work together to bring about change– The Cardiff get-together, hosted by ACE will take place on: Wednesday 28th February 2018, 10am to 4pm at Our Place Dusty Forge, 460 Cowbridge Road West, Ely, Cardiff, CF5 5BZ. To book a place please click HERE. And for more information, please click HERE.

29. Girls Together Event - International Women’s Day – Girls Together are busy planning for International Women’s Day which takes place on 8th March. However they will not just be celebrating one day! On March 8th the team will be up-skilling girls within their own secondary schools through the delivery of a Sports Leaders Playmaker award.

Then on 20th March, Girls Together will be operating a secondary school mass participation event for girls in year 7 and 8. It is expected to attract 300 girls taking part in an afternoon of Sport and Physical activity at Cardiff University in Talybont. Confirmed activities include BeatBall, Cricket, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Netball, Rugby, Squash, Table Tennis, Trampoline and Weightlifting. Each school in Cardiff will initially be offered 20 spaces at the event. For more details on this event please email

Finally on 26th March, Girls Together will be supporting its new partner Full Circle Education/Girls Circle at their ‘Keeping it Equal’ event. This is an annual event just for girls and young women aged 11-25, which aims to build girls’ aspirations for the future, promote gender equality and inspire young women to consider a wider range of jobs and careers, particularly in non-traditional roles.

30. Go Girl Academy – Already planning your Easter holiday childcare? Why not give the Go Girl Academy a try? Go Girl Academy runs workshops and camps to promote confidence, self-esteem and well-being for girls 9-16 years. Youngsters can join them at their Easter camps on 5th and 6th April at Roath Church House.

Camp activities include fresh air activities, music, dance, Easter egg hunt, mindfulness, role model Inspiration visits, girly pamper stations, skincare and lots more.

Girls Together are pleased to be offering some physical activity to support the camp which is open to girls aged 9 and upwards and places are just £40 for the 2 days. Participants will just need a packed lunch with lots of water and comfortable clothing with sport shoes. Checkout the facebook page here:

31. Get Online @ Home – Get Online @ Home is an initiative providing low cost refurbished desktop, netbook and laptop computers throughout the UK plus broadband comparison service since 2011, helping thousands of individuals, numerous housing associations, charities, community learning groups & local authorities achieve digital inclusion. Whether its communicating our offer to your learners/residents/clients, directly supplying your project with equipment to deliver digital inclusion, or recycling and re-using your redundant I.T equipment, we want to support your projects. Please call 01443 434675 or email here.

32. Crime Prevention Roadshow Please see attached flyer for full details.

33. Mini Circus Event @ Cathays Community Centre – You think you got what it takes to run away with the circus? Or just fancy having a go at something new? But, do you like to have fun? Come on down to Cathays Community Centre on Friday 23rd February! Please see attached flyer for full details.

34. Quiz for a Cause: Fundraising for Cardiff Foodbank– Join in for a great night out and support the ‘quiz for a cause’ to raise much needed funds for Cardiff Foodbank.

Cardiff Foodbank is seeking to raise funds to help towards warehouse costs, so that food donated by the general public can be sorted and stored safely and securely. Last year over 132 tonnes of food was donated and warehouse costs amounted to over £25000.

Cardiff Foodbank provides short-term help to people in food crisis across the city, by providing emergency food parcels, a safe place to chat and access to information for further support.

They provided food for over 14500 individuals in Cardiff last year who found themselves in crisis due to benefit delays, low income, relationship breakdown, redundancy, sickness, bereavement, mental health issues, debt and for many other reasons.

Click here to book tickets or if you are unable to attend but would still like to give financially, please click HERE to donate. Alternatively you can also book by calling 02920 483344. Tickets are £4 per person.

Job Vacancies

35. Employment Opportunities with the National Training Federation for Wales – The National Training Federation for Wales are expanding the team. Please see attached for more information.

Volunteering Opportunities

36. Student Volunteering Week 2018 – Please see attached information regarding Cardiff Volunteering’s Student Volunteering Week events (19th to 25th February).

37. The Volvo Ocean Race: Volunteers Needed – Ever thought about volunteering at a major event in the City? This is your opportunity to be part of an iconic sporting event taking place in Cardiff from 27th May – 10th June. The search is on for hundreds of volunteers who are willing to give their time, skills and energy to support this prestigious event. Most roles do not need any sailing expertise so as long as you have some enthusiasm and a willing attitude, we would love to hear from you! For more information and to sign up please visit:

38. Pave the Way open to new volunteers from Tuesday 27th February – Pave the Way Cardiff is open again to new volunteers later this month. If you or someone you know would like to join the project, you can come along to one of the meet ups to find out more. If you like the sound of the project and the support that can be provided into independent volunteering, you can register and the team will take it from there.

The meet ups, which will run every Tuesday from Feb 27th between 11.30am and 1pm are quiet informal drop-ins. If you would like directions or want to find out more click on the link here or contact Jo Harry on 02921322627

Training and Workshop Opportunities

39. Girls Together Role Model Programme Date Extended– Girls Together is expanding the current role model programme. They are identifying inspiring females across a variety of sports to join the programme. To read more and submit an application to become a role model visit: If you are already a Girls Together role model – don’t worry you can apply again for another chance to represent the campaign!

40. Get Into Retail Course – The next Get into Retail programme with New Look will be taking place in March. This course is open to 16-30 years olds (NEET). Key details are below and in the posters attached. (w)

Get Into Retail with New Look
Taster Day: Tuesday 13th March
Programme: 19th March to 13th April 2018

· Gain in-depth training and work experience in the retail industry
· Learn about merchandising, production, marketing and selling products
· Improve your teamwork, communication skills and boost your confidence
· Interview skills and CV work
· Possibility of employment with New Look on successful completion of the programme
· Receive 6 months support after the programme to help you find a job

No restrictions on where young people come from but will need to be able to attend the 4 weeks.


Work placements will be at the following stores:

· Cardiff Queen Street
· Cardiff St David’s
· Llantrisant
· Newport Friars Walk
· Newport Retail Park
· Cwmbran
· Barry

You can refer young people through the Princes Trust website here at or through their customer service line on 0800 842842.

41. IPAD training for parents of children with additional needs – Please view the following link HERE for information on iPad training for parents in their learning, play and life. They must book with family fund and own an iPad and not register with ADHD Cardiff.

42. Your Wellbeing, Your Government – Diverse Cymru and C3SC are running a new project aimed at improving understanding amongst diverse communities of how Government works and how you can get involved. The project is aimed at all diverse individuals and community organisations representing diverse individuals or communities. This includes Black and Minority Ethnic, disabled, trans*, older, lesbian, gay and bisexual people, people of different faiths and carers. Please pass the information on to anyone who you think would be interested in the project. More information about the events and a registration form are attached. Details of upcoming dates and venues are below:

Co-producing engagement that works for diverse individuals and community groups


· Monday 12 March 2018

Registration from 9:45am. Start: 10:00am. End: 1:00pm
St Philip Evans Hall, Cardiff

· Thursday 19 April 2018

Registration from 4.00pm. Start 4.15pm. End 7.00pm.

Taff Housing Conference Centre.

Travel, access, childcare, replacement care and respite costs related to attending will be reimbursed. All events include light refreshments.

To register for any of the events please complete the attached registration form and return it to Shelagh Maher on or phone 029 2036 8888 (ext 255). Please also include your dietary, communication, language and access requirements when you book your place.

43. Financial wellbeing at work – With mental health high in public consciousness, more and more employers are realising the importance of their role in safeguarding employees’ wellbeing at work. An important – but sometimes overlooked – aspect is employee financial wellbeing. It’s well documented that underlying symptoms of financial stress among your workforce can lead to sickness absence or reduced staff productivity. For many reasons, it makes sense for responsible employers to pay attention to improving employee financial resilience. Click here for more information and booking details.

44. Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) Training Courses March 2018 – Please click here to see the latest training courses on offer this month by the C3SC.

Have Your Say

45. Welsh Government Consultation: Creating a Parliament for Wales – The Assembly Commission would like to hear your views on how the electoral, operational and internal arrangements of the National Assembly for Wales could be changed.

The Wales Act 2017 marks the start of a new phase of devolution in Wales. It gives the National Assembly for Wales powers over new policy areas, including the Assembly’s own size, electoral system and internal arrangements.

The independent Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform published its report last year: A Parliament that Works for Wales. The Panel considered the Assembly’s capacity to deliver for the people of Wales, and concluded that with only 60 Members the Assembly is too small to carry out its functions effectively. The Panel also considered how Members should be elected, and what the minimum voting age should be for Assembly elections.

The Assembly Commission is seeking views on the Expert Panel’s recommendations, and on other reforms to the Assembly’s electoral and operational arrangements that could make the institution a more accessible and effective legislature. Click here for more information.

46. Older People’s Housing Focus Group (Owner Occupiers/Private Rented): 1st March 2018, Cardiff Central – The Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan Integrated Health & Social Care Partnership are looking to ‘recruit’ a mix of 12 older people (aged 50+) who would be willing to take part in a focus group at 2.00pm to 3.30pm on Thursday 1st March 2018 in Cardiff Central Library (details attached).  (W) For this session we are looking for people (including carers) who are either owner occupiers or live in a private rented accommodation across Cardiff.

There are also opportunities for up to 5 people to participate in a 1:2:1 interview either face to face or via the telephone – details attached. (W)

For more information and to book a place please email

47. Have your say on equality resources for the third sector – Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) and Diverse Cymru have been commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Wales to develop a series of resources on equality duties in Wales for third sector organisations. These resources are about helping Welsh third sector organisations understand and use equality laws in Wales. Please click here for more information on how to get involved.

Cardiff North Weekly Update – Week Ending 11th February

Council News

1. 2018 School Categories – Figures and reaction for Cardiff Primary and Secondary schools performance over the past year. Read More Here.

2. LGBT History Month – Cardiff Council will mark this year’s LGBT History Month by lighting up City Hall in pink. City Hall will be illuminated in pink on Wednesday, February 14 while LGBT pride rainbow flags will fly at County Hall and City Hall this week and again later in the month. Read More Here.

3. Windsor Clive Primary School celebrates what makes children who they are – Windsor Clive Primary School in Cardiff is supporting the national campaign to encourage children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness. Read More Here.


4. The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme Newsletter – Since the last update, there have been some exciting developments within the Enterprise Programme. The team have now started delivering the course in prisons including HMP Cardiff and Swansea, to in-mates who are due to be released, which has proved to be incredibly successful. A) B) C) D)

The Enterprise Course will be promoted over the next few weeks starting with Coleg Gwent’s Find Your Future event, on the 6th February, in Ebbw Vale. Click here to find out the upcoming dates for future events in South East Wales between February and May. Please see attached for more information.

5. Fly-tipping Action Wales launches anti fly-tipping campaign with ‘Campaign Toolkit’ for partners - Fly-tipping Action Wales are launching a campaign called #NoMoreRubbishExcuses, the campaign aims to raise awareness around duty of care for householders and businesses and also highlights the financial penalties available for fly-tipping and the damage it can cause to the environment. A toolkit has been produced for partners that contains suggested social media posts, images, editable posters and an animation. Please help them spread the message by utilising the suggested social media posts and using elements of the toolkit such as the posters locally. You can access the Toolkit using these links – English Toolkit | Welsh Toolkit.

6. eNewyddion Mynegai/Index eNews – Click here to view the newsletter.

7. Flight Ticket Fraud Alert – Fraudsters are attempting to entice victims who are looking for cheap flights abroad. Victims have reported booking tickets via websites or a ‘popular’ ticket broker, only to discover that after payment via bank transfer or electronic wire transfer, the tickets/booking references received are counterfeit. In some cases, all communications between the company or broker and the victim have been severed.

Fraudsters are targeting individuals who are seeking to travel to African nations and the Middle East, particularly those wishing to travel in time for popular public and religious holidays.

Prevention Advice:

· Pay safe: Be cautious if you’re asked to pay directly into a private individual’s bank account. Paying by direct bank transfer is like paying by cash – the money is very difficult to trace and is not refundable. Wherever possible, pay by credit card or a debit card.

· Conduct research on any company you’re considering purchasing tickets from; for example, are there any negative reviews or forum posts by previous customers online? Don’t just rely on one review - do a thorough online search to check the company’s credentials.

· Check any company website thoroughly; does it look professional? Are there any spelling mistakes or irregularities? There should be a valid landline phone number and a full postal address so that the company can be contacted. Avoid using the site if there is only a PO Box address and mobile phone number, as it could be difficult to get in touch after you buy tickets. PO Box addresses and mobile phone numbers are easy to change and difficult to trace.

· Be aware that purchasing tickets from a third party, particularly when initial contact has been made via a social media platform can be incredibly risky.

· If tickets to your intended destination appear cheaper than any other vendor, always consider this; if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

· Look for the logo: Check whether the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA or ATOL. You can verify membership of ABTA online, at

· If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting


8. Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Opens for First Round of 2018 – The Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity designed to try and break the cycle of debt. It aims to fight financial and consumer illiteracy and is dedicated to educating and informing adults and children about consumer and debt issues.

The Charity holds two funding rounds each year with a different theme for each round. The theme for the current round (1 February to 2 March 2018) is:

· Living with Long Term Challenges projects should focus on building financial capability skills assisting people who support dementia, autism, learning difficulties, caring responsibilities, mental illness, brain injury and stroke.

All applications must demonstrate how the project they are seeking funding for has a lasting impact on people who have or care for those living with long-term challenges as listed above by supporting them to become more financially capable. Projects must commence from June 2018 onwards.

This year, MSE has raised the maximum grant level from £5,000 to £7,500. Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply. This includes UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions. To be eligible, applicants should have an annual income of less than £500,000 and have unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.

Applicants are advised to apply early in the month as the round will be limited to the first 40 applications that are accepted or the deadline, whichever is soonest.

Click here for more information. The applications deadline for the Living with Long Term Challenges round is 2 March 2018 (5pm).

9. Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Announces Changes for 2018 – The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is a medium-sized grant making foundation that gives grants to small, well-established charitable organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities.

Groups that are intending to apply for funding from the Foundation should be aware of the following important changes:

· All new applications for Small, Standard, Large and Village Hall/Community Centre grants are now to be made through the Foundation’s on-line application forms.

· The Foundation will stop accepting unsolicited applications for hospices with effect from 31 March 2018. Until then, hospice grant applications remain paper-based and can be found on the Grants page, under the Hospices heading, on the Foundation’s website.

· The Foundation is planning to launch a new grants policy and criteria from 1 July 2018. It says that most of the current applicants will still be eligible under the new criteria.

· The Grants Committee meeting in May will be the final meeting for applications under the current criteria and applications will need to be made by late March/early April 2018.

Click here for more information. Full details of the new grants policy and criteria will be provided when they are published in July 2018.

10. LIFE Information Day 2018 – An Information and Networking Day on the 2018 LIFE Call for project proposals will take place in Brussels on 4 May 2018. The event will be open to potential applicants presenting project proposals on green technology, nature protection and climate action. There will be an information session on the 2018 LIFE call in the morning, covering significant changes to the programme compared to previous years. The afternoon will be dedicated to networking to share experience, match with potential new partners and meet representatives of the LIFE programme from the European Commission. Compulsory registration for the event will open in spring 2018.

The Information Day will take place at the European Commission’s Charlemagne Building on rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Brussels

11. Deadline Extended for Creative Europe Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities Call – The Cross Sector Creative Europe Call – Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities – is offering funding for activities relating to creative hubs, which have recently and rapidly developed in numerous cities throughout the EU. The Call specifically aims at strengthening existing networks and individual cultural and creative stakeholders and facilitating interaction among them.

Funding is available to provide support to cultural and creative spaces as well as other stakeholders, in particular at the local level, including local, municipal and regional authorities. Proposals should explain how they intend to build on the existing website and mapping of creative hubs in the EU and Creative Europe countries – carried out in the context of the European Network of Creative Hubs – also taking into account the experiences made with the peer-to-peer exchanges as shared on the network’s website and making use of the available tools, networks and cross-sectorial policy learnings for further action. Click here for more information. To be eligible, applicants must:

· Be a public or private organisation with legal personality (natural persons are not eligible to apply for a grant under this call).

· Be a single entity active in the cultural and creative sectors or a consortium of which most of its members should be active in the cultural and creative sectors.

· Have their registered legal office in one of the beneficiary European countries under the Creative Europe programme.

The total budget available is €1.5 million. The financial contribution from the Commission cannot exceed 80% of the total eligible costs. This will fund a single project. The project will commence no later than 31 October 2018, lasting for a total of 28 months. The extended deadline for applications is 19 February 2018.

12. JPI a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life Launches Nutrition & the Epigenome Call – The aim of this Call, launched by the Joint Programming Initiative ‘A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ under ERA-HDHL, is to support transnational, collaborative research projects that will gain a better understanding of the diet-epigenome relationships and their effect on human health. Click here for more information. The Call is now open with a deadline for proposals of 12 April 2018. The final funding decision will be made in September 2018 with projects expected to start between October 2018 and March 2019.

13. 2018 Baldwins Kick Start Award Offers £20,000 to Young Entrepreneurs in the UK – Baldwins Kick Start is an annual award programme for young entrepreneurs who have a good idea and would like to start their own business. The programme was established by Baldwins Accountants to find and develop the ‘Youth Entrepreneurs’ of the future.

Baldwins hopes to reach those young people who have talent, drive, ambition and ideas but who lack access to the necessary funding and business support needed to start up in enterprise.

The programme has a total budget of £300,000, running over ten years.

The winner of the award will be given a grant of £10,000 coupled with £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice. Two runners-up will be presented with £5,000 worth of accountancy advice and mentoring.

The scheme is open to UK-based young people aged between 18 and 25 who either have an idea and a business plan but are yet to start trading, or a newly founded start-up business where trading commenced on or after 31 August 2017. Click here for more information. Applications for the current round close on 31 August 2018.

14. Action Grants Open under 2018 Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Work Programme – The EU’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme aims to ensure people’s rights and freedoms are effective in practice, by making them better known and more consistently applied across the EU. It also promotes the rights of children, and the principles of non-discrimination and gender equality, including projects to combat violence against women and children.

Two Action Grant Calls are currently open to applications under the 2018 REC Work Programme:

· Call for Proposals to Improve the Inclusion of Mobile EU Citizens and Their Political and Societal Participation and to Support and Enhance the Democratic Participation of Mobile EU Citizens, Particularly in Underrepresented Groups.

Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is 26 April 2018.

· Call for Proposals for Capacity-building in the Area of Rights of the Child – Putting in Place Robust National or Regional Integrated Mechanisms to Support Children Ageing out of/ Leaving Alternative Care.

Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2018.

15. Entries Open for National Lottery Awards 2018 – The Awards are open to authorised representatives of projects that have received Lottery funding at any time since the National Lottery began in 1994. The main beneficiaries of the project must be based in the UK. Entries can be made in the following Award categories:

· Best Arts Project

· Best Education Project

· Best Environment Project

· Best Health Project

· Best Heritage Project

· Best Sport Project

· Best Voluntary/Charity Project

The winner in each category will receive a cash prize of £5,000 (an increase from £3,000 offered in previous years), which can be put towards their project.

Winners will be determined by a public vote and will appear at a BBC One Awards Ceremony. Click here for more information. Entry is free and the deadline is 6 April 2018 (11:59pm).

16. Welsh Government Announces £3 Million for Food Skills Cymru Training Programme – The Welsh Government has announced details of a new £3 million funding package for ‘Food Skills Cymru’ – designed to increase the number of skilled workers in the food and drink industry after Brexit. Operated by Lantra, the initiative will provide technical and staff development training for food and drink companies based and operating in Wales. It will include accredited and non-accredited training, coupled with in-house company bespoke support. Over the first three years, the programme is expected to support 650 businesses.

Click here for more information. The programme is expected to launch on 1 April 2018 and run until 2023.

What’s on?

17. Keep Wales Tidy - Community Litterpicks: Everybody Welcome – There is plenty going on at the moment which is absolutely fantastic! If you are interested in any of these local events please come along as all support is very welcome.

· Saturday, February 10th – 10:00am to 12:00 – Grangemoor Park Litterpick, Grangetown – In partnership with Cardiff Rangers. The meeting point will be at the McDonalds entrance at the retail park, there is a picnic area. See map here.

· Tuesday, Wednesday 13th – 10:00am to 12:00 – Llanedeyrn. A litter pick will be conducted in the woodlands behind the Powerhouse, Llanedeyrn next week and everybody is welcome. Apologies for the short notice.

· Wednesday, February 14th – 10:00am to 12:00 – Llanishen & Thornhill Litterpicks will be meeting outside Sainsbury Local off Thornhill Road/Heol Llanishen Fach. See map here. The team will be tackling the surrounding streets and green spaces.

· Friday, February 16th – 10:00am to 12:00 – Pentwyn Pickers will be meeting to tackle phase 2 of Wern Goch (East). Building on the success of last month’s event, the meeting point will be at Glenwood Church, Circle Way West, CF23 6UW. The church have kindly offered parking and a tea and coffee afterwards. The team will be tackling the woodland area, pathway and surrounding streets.

· Saturday, February 24th – 10:00am to 12:00 – St Mellons. Meeting at Kwik Save car park off Willowbrook Drive see poster attached.

Please see attached flyers for respective areas including a Love Where You Live event for Caerau & Ely. All equipment and H&S will be provided. Please make sure you wear suitable clothing and footwear. Please share this information with anyone interested. For any queries please contact Gareth Davies on 02920 726967 or email:

18. Meals on Wheels Promotion – Please see attached the latest promotion for Meals on Wheels. This is exclusive to the month of February ONLY.

19. Women of the World Festival Cardiff – Plans are underway to replicate a similar event to the WOW Festival that took place at the South Bank Centre in London last November. A series of ‘talk-ins’ will be held across Cardiff at the start of May and one of these will be in the STAR area. They are hoping to work with motivated and inspirational women to get this off the ground, so if you are interested in being part of it, drop them a line or

20. Give DIFFerently – Do you want to help the homeless in Cardiff, but not sure how to give? Text DIFF20 and your donation to 70070 and we’ll make sure it gives someone the chance to move away from homelessness. Click here for more information.

21. Free legal help for Trustees, Board and Committee Members: the Cardiff Volunteer Centre– The Cardiff Trustee’ Network will be holding their quarterly network meeting on Tuesday 13th February (5pm to 7pm) in partnership with GVS (Glamorgan Voluntary Services) with support from WCVA. This special event is an opportunity for trustees to ask advice on any legal matters that may be occurring within their organisation. The session will be bringing together some of the best charity law solicitors from across Cardiff and the Vale to triage your questions. You can submit up to 3 questions by following the link here. The event itself will consist of a short presentation from each solicitor based on the questions submitted. There will then be a chance afterwards for networking and speaking with the solicitors. You can submit based on 4 areas:

1. Charity Law

2. Property


4. Employment

There are limited spaces and booking is essential. The deadline for questions is Thursday 8th February. Please share this with your trustees and any interested parties.

22. Visit My Mosque Open Day – The Muslim Council of Wales will be hosting a Visit My Mosque National Mosque Open Day on Sunday 18th February. The public is invited to take part by visiting one of the 11 participating Welsh mosques this year. You can find out where your local mosque is on the Muslim Council Wales website: The mosques will be welcoming everyone including children so please pop it into your diary and drop in to say hello. No booking or advance notice needed.

You can help to promote the event by sharing it on facebook using this FB events page

23. Red Hand Day 12th February – Red Hand Day, also known as the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers, is an annual commemoration day for child soldiers. It falls on the 12th of February each year, when pleas are made to world leaders to better protect children from being recruited by fighting forces. Child Soldiers International is running an initiative, designed to help school children learn the importance of speaking out against the injustices they see in the world. Click here for more information.

24. Chest Freezer: FREE TO A GOOD HOME – Looking for a new home for the attached freezer, in full working order and PAT tested. Please email if you are interested, collection from Wyndham Street Diner ASAP, first come, first served.

25. Fuel Poverty Awareness Day – Fuel Poverty Awareness Day falls on 23rd February and we would like to bring more attention and support by promoting projects that assist people struggling to afford heating essentials during the winter period. One way you can help is by signing up to the Warm Homes Campaign by clicking on this Thunderclap link here.

26. Masaf-Lin Conference, Early Bird Tickets only a short time remaining! – With only 6 weeks to go to this exciting event which promotes sustainable wellbeing through strength based practice and commissioning. Click here for full details and booking information.


27. Children’s Mental Health Week – This Children’s Mental Health Week, children, young people and adults are being encouraged to celebrate their uniqueness. It’s all about #BeingOurselves! Click here for more information.

Job Vacancies

28. Care Home Project Advocacy – Age Connects Cardiff & Vale has two maternity cover posts that have just been advertised. Please see attached job advert and please feel free to share to anyone interested.

Volunteering Opportunities

29. Go Green Week and National Student Volunteering Week: Upcoming Events – Go Green Week (12th – 16th February) and National Student Volunteering Week (19th – 23rd February) are coming up and there are lots of volunteering events taking place in recognition of both these weeks – so get involved!

Just a reminder for CORE VOLUNTEERS: This is the last term where you are required to volunteer for a minimum of 15 hours. If you would need to ‘top up’ on some of the hours, why not sign up to the ‘Love Where You Live Campaign’ at Cathays library? You will be able to access litter picking equipment to help improve the environment of your community, at a time which suits you! (Library opening times only). For more information, please see the attached poster.

A NEW energy efficiency campaign will also be launched very soon, which outlines the myths and tips about how students can save money and electricity in the home. Help promote the campaign by attending the outreach events in the attachment provided.

30. Volunteer Cardiff Website – Would you like to volunteer but don’t know where to find opportunities? Visit the new Volunteer Cardiff website here, to find out more about what’s on offer.

Training and Workshop Opportunities

31. Equality and Human Rights Commission: ‘Discrimination Issues in Education and Making a Difference’– 1:30pm to 4:30 pm, 2nd March 2018, Cardiff. The Equality and Human Rights Commission are pleased to invite you to a free training event titled ‘Discrimination issues in education and making a difference’. The event will be hosted at the offices of Sinclairs Law, Charles House, Churchill Way, Cardiff CF10 2HE

Speakers will include:

Michael Clarke – Equality and Human Rights Commission

Mike Charles – Senior Director & Chief Executive, Sinclairs Law

David Lawson – Public Law Barrister, Sergeants Inn Chambers

Caroline Rawson – Assistant Director, SNAP Cymru

The event, which is aimed at Local Authorities, Universities and FE colleges, will provide a valuable insight into the work of the Commission as well as to provide an opportunity to understand the provisions and implications of the Equalities Act 2010 in Education. Anyone advising the public on the law of Equality in Education, including student union and third sector advisors, will find this event extremely valuable. Click here to book a place on the training event.

32. Free Online Alzheimer’s Awareness Course – Please click here for more information.

33. Wake up to Apprenticeships INVITE – Please see attached for more information. A breakfast event, specifically for Head of Year Teachers, School Career Advisors and Partners will be held on Wednesday 14th February from 8:30am to 10:30am at the ACT Head Office, East Tyndall Street, Cardiff. Find out about the exciting opportunities on offer to your students and view fantastic facilities available.

34. Building a Stronger Britain: Funding and support for groups involved in counter-extremism projects in their communities. Click on the following link for more information:

Cardiff North Weekly Update – Week Ending 4th February

Council News 

1. Wales vs Scotland travel advice for February 3rdWales will be taking on Scotland in the Natwest 6 Nations at Principality Stadium on Saturday February 3rd. Read More Here.

2. Work begins on cycling infrastructure pilot schemes – Work has begun on two cycling infrastructure pilot schemes as part of Cardiff Council’s plans to put active travel at the heart of the city’s transport policy. Read More Here.

3. Smart working at Smart House keeps people independent for longer A successful partnership service between Cardiff Council, the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is supporting people to maintain their independence and continue living in their own homes. Read More Here.

4. New chapter for Roath Library building – A local organisation with plans to expand its work in the community is set to take over the former Roath Library building. Read More Here.


 5. Request from Cardiff Rivers Group – If you read the South Wales Echo, can you please save the Community Group tokens as they have been shortlisted, you can pass these on to Gareth Davies, Project Officer for Cardiff Keep Wales Tidy (Contact: 02920 726967).

6. Food Power News – Click here for the latest news and updates from Food Power.

7. Cardiff Children, Young People & Families Network Click here for the latest news from the CCYPFN.

8. Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) Click here for the latest news from C3SC.

9. Word on the Street – Click here for the latest Word on the Street news bulletin.


10. RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund Opens for Applications on 5 February – The Skills and Opportunities Fund was set up in 2015 by the Royal Bank of Scotland in support of organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves, skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future. This is the fourth year in a row that the RBS Group has committed £2.5 million which will be split between the two funding rounds, with £2 million going to England and Wales.

Projects must be able to meet the priorities set for their region and focus:

·         On a disadvantaged community within the UK or Republic of Ireland

·         On one or more of the following themes:

-          Enterprise and entrepreneurship

-          Financial capability

The maximum grant is £35,000 or 20% of the applicant’s previous year’s turnover. The upper limit of turnover is £10 million. There is no turnover restriction for schools or colleges. No more than 25% can be spent on capital costs, which are a fixed one-time expense incurred on the purchase of land, building, construction and equipment.

Applications will be considered from not-for-profit organisations, such as a charity, social enterprise, or community group as well as from state-funded schools and colleges.

To be eligible, applicants must:

·         Be based in either the UK or Republic of Ireland

·         Be able to demonstrate experience of working in and or with disadvantaged communities

·         Be able to demonstrate experience in measuring impact of the projects

·         Have a turnover of less than £10 million or be a state funded school or college, and have been trading for at least two years

·         Be able to complete the project within 18 months of the award

Applications for the first round of 2018 will be accepted from 5 February until 23 February 2018. Click here for more information.

11. Welsh Government Opens Third Round of £40 Million Farm Business Grant – The Welsh Government has opened the third round of its £40 million Farm Business Grant. The programme is available to farmers in Wales to help them reduce their carbon emissions and to improve their resilience and competitiveness, including through diversification.

The scheme will enable farmers to operate in a more efficient and environmentally-friendly way and make their businesses more successful. 

Financial support will be distributed at a 40% grant rate over a four-year period. The minimum grant available is £3,000 and the maximum is £12,000.

Farmers across Wales will be able to invest in items linked to:

·         Animal health, genetics and performance

·         Crop management

·         Energy efficiency

·         Resource efficiency

·         ICT

The scheme is open to applications from a wide range of businesses involved in the primary production of agricultural products. Businesses are now able to submit Expression of Interests in Multiple windows with a minimum £3,000 threshold per application. The maximum overall threshold is £12,000. The deadline for receipt of applications is 16 March 2018.

12. 2018 Print Futures Awards Open to Young Prospective Publishers – Launched in 2003, the Print Future Awards help people to fund costs associated with a relevant training course in printing, publishing or the graphic arts. The scheme is supported through funding from the Printing Charity, Unite the Union, BPiF, Saxoprint, St Bride Foundation and the Book Trade Charity.

The programme is aimed at young people in the UK between the ages of 16 and 30. They may be wishing to train for a job in printing, publishing or the graphic arts, or they could be currently working in these industries and would like the opportunity to develop their skills. They may also be apprentices or otherwise studying for NVQs in print related organisations and require financial assistance whilst studying.

Grants worth up to £1,500 are available. If an applicant’s employer is already sponsoring the training, then a grant of £750 will be awarded on the understanding that the employer will match this. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in London in early June. Click here to read more. The next deadline for this scheme is 29 April 2018.

What’s on?

13. Community Litter picks: Everyone Welcome – Please see open community litter picks below:

·         Friday, February 2nd – 10:00am – 11:30am: Riverside Litterpick. Meeting point Clare gardens, will be tackling the two local parks Clare & Dispenser Gardens and the surrounding area.

·         Sunday, February 4th – 10:00am – 12:00: Atlantic Wharf Litterpick. Meeting point Holiday Inn, Atlantic Wharf (Longueil Close Schooner Way). The team will be tackling the local area as has been done in the past. The event will be supporting Atlantic Wharf Residents & Atlantic Wharf Fishing Club.

·         Friday, February 9th – 10:00am – 13:00: The Big Diana Gardens Clear Up, Hiles Road Ely. Meeting point will be at Diana Gardens which is at the end of Hiles Road tucked away in the corner.

·         Saturday, February 10th – 10:00am – 12:00: Grangemoor Park Litterpick, Grangetown, CF11 0SR. In partnership with Cardiff Rangers will be litter picking Grangemoor Park.

All equipment and H&S will be provided. Please make sure that you wear suitable clothing and footwear.

14. FREE February Half Term Programme for 16-18 years: Find Your Voice – UpRising are running a new program called ‘Find Your Voice’ in February half term for 16-18 year olds who live, work or study in Cardiff. Please see attached FAQs and leaflets for more information. It is a skills empowerment development program helping young people gain confidence and key leadership skills. They also get to work with a professional film maker and create their own short film on a social issue in Cardiff. It is totally free and lunch will be provided and the young people will get a certificate on completion. 

Expressions of interest can be made on the following link HERE, choosing ‘Find Your Voice’ and ‘Cardiff’.

15. Get Online @ Home – The best way to get an affordable, internet ready computer at home. 

*Enter JAN18 to receive your 5% Discount* (5% discount ends February 28th).

Tel: 03719 100 100, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm. Click Here to Shop Online.

16. Haya Fitness Ladies Only Gym Collaboration – Haya Fitness Ladies Only Gym in Canton was established a year ago as a place for women to exercise in a less intimidating environment. The gym has been a huge success and has had women from all sectors of society especially mums, over 50s and women from the BME community who are put off by mainstream gyms. The gym was also shortlisted and came runner up in the Welsh Business Awards 2017. It has had a huge impact on women’s health, fitness and wellbeing. As a promotional gift, the gym is giving the voucher code FB2018 which will allow potential members to have a free day pass or trial a class. If any sign up and quote your organisation they will also receive 10% off. For more information log on to the gyms website on

17. The Attic Project – The Attic Project provides support to older people in Cardiff, The Vale of Glamorgan and Newport who need to make space in their homes by de-cluttering and clearing possessions, enabling them to:

·         Make their home safer

·         Have repairs or adaptations carried out

·         Move into a more suitable home

·         Assist with hospital discharge

Please see attached flyer for more information.

18. New Diverse Cymru events : Your Wellbeing, Your Government ProjectPlease see attached information about new Diverse Cymru events that are being held as part of the #Your Wellbeing, Your Government Project’. The project is aimed at all diverse individuals and community organisations representing diverse individuals or communities. This includes Black and Minority Ethnic, disabled, trans*, older, lesbian, gay and bisexual people, people of different faiths and carers.

19. Supporting Older Citizens at Sherman Theatre this Spring – Sherman 5 is keen to support older citizens who may face barriers or disadvantages to access Sherman Theatre.

For Sherman 5 performances, one of the Sherman 5 staff members will meet you at the door and support your visit. There are often free exclusive offers for Sherman 5 members for these performances. If you are bringing new attenders to Sherman Theatre, it is recommended that you use a Sherman 5 performance to do this.

Please be aware that Sherman 5 members can choose to attend ANY performance at Sherman Theatre but Sherman 5 staff will not usually be in attendance for these performances.

Sherman 5 members can access their first performance for free, second visits cost £5.00 for adults, £2.50 for under 25 years or 2 Spice Time Credits per person, per performance. To book, just ring the box office on 02920 646 900, or book online

Please note that the foyer, including the Box Office is being redeveloped in January and won’t open again till early February.

Sherman 5 can also support transport if required.

20. Coffee Morning Sessions: Launch on 5th Feb, 10:30 to 11:30 at Butetown Community –Parents Federation and TMR are launching ‘Coffee Morning’ sessions to be run at Butetown Community Centre for carers who look after individuals with life-long or life-limiting conditions. Please see attached for more information.

21. Meals on Wheels PROMO- Please see attached latest promotion for Meals on Wheels. This is exclusive of February ONLY.

22. Sponsor Premier League Kicks site at Grange Gardens – Cardiff City FC Foundation are seeking local businesses to sponsor our Premier League Kicks site at Grange Gardens by supporting with £300 that will go towards playing kit for our young people to wear when they compete in fixtures and tournaments. Whether the £300 is met by one party or a couple or parties coming together to share the gift, our PL Kicks young people, volunteers and staff will be more than grateful for your contribution.

As a thank you for gifting us, we can:

·         Have your business logo printed onto the sponsored kit

·         Our football tournaments are filmed and highlights of the fixtures are shown in the Cardiff City FC ‘Round Up’ programme.

·         Your business will be mentioned on our Cardiff City FC Foundation social media platforms.

‘Premier League Kicks’ is a charity-led initiative started in October 2013 by the Cardiff City FC Foundation following kind support from the Premier League Charitable Fund.

The vision for Premier League Kicks is ‘To use the inspiration of the Premier League and Cardiff City FC to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve positive participant pathways in areas of social deprivation across South Wales.’

The mission is: ‘To offer a world class bespoke programme that uses the appeal of the Premier League and Cardiff City FC to improve and enhance participant pathways in areas of social deprivation across South Wales.’

The ‘Kicks’ project offers FREE sport sessions to young people of ages 14-19, allowing the opportunity to build safer communities, positive pathways and more interaction amongst different communities. During the lifespan of the project, over 2,400 young people have engaged with the project and a reduction of ASB figures has been seen in numerous communities across South Wales. Please see attached flyer for more information.

23. Table Tennis Leaders Award: Friday 23rd February 2018 Please find attached the application form for the Table Tennis Leaders Award which will be held at Llanrumney Hub.

24. Cardiff People First – What’s On for February 2018 Please find attached Cardiff People First’s ‘What’s On’ for February 2018. If you know someone who has a learning disability, please let them know about Cardiff People First. There are lots of different groups for people to get involved with. Have a look to find out! For more information please email: 

25. Careers Workshop aimed at women with crèche facilities – Please see attached information (2) about an upcoming careers workshop at Taff Housing in Canton aimed at women, in conjunction with Oxfam. Free employability training with crèche! Still spaces left but be quick! Please contact Julie from Oxfam, details on attached flyers.

26. Cardiff Rivers Group: Name the new CRG boat! – Thanks to generous grants from Viridor and Welsh Water, Cardiff Rivers Group have bought a boat! It’s a practical and stable flat-bottomed ‘work punt’, made from durable marine-grade aluminium. Having a boat will enable the group to remove rubbish from places that can’t currently be accessed and to make even more of a difference. 

So, a new name is need for the new boat! Please send your suggestion(s) to date Friday 16 February!

The CRG committee will then choose what it thinks is the best name.

What’s the prize? The person who suggests the winning name will have the honour of christening the new boat at the official launching ceremony, which will hopefully be at the Hamadryad Park event on Saturday 24th February.

Volunteering Opportunities

27. Volunteer in Belarus – The Chernobyl Cancer Care Cardiff (The 5Cs) is a small charity based in Cardiff which takes young people to volunteer at a summer camp for disabled children under the care of The Belarusan Children’s Hospice each year.

There are 5 groups over a 10 week period (about 30 volunteers in total) and The 5C team coordinates the project which has been running for 12 years now. 

The recruitment process has now begun and the team are looking for interested volunteers. Please see attached documents for more information.

Training and Workshop Opportunities

28. Prince’s Trust-Fairbridge Programme – The next Prince’s Trust-Faribridge Programme, will commence in Cardiff, on 5th March 2018. The Programme works with 16 to 25 year olds to help them develop the motivation, self-confidence and employability skills that they need to change their lives.

A ‘Taster Day’ for this programme, will be held on Tuesday 20th February 2018, (at 11am), when young people and referrers are invited to come along to find out more about the programme. (A pick-up service outside Cardiff Central rail station is also available).

Referrals may be can be made by filling out the following form: Prince’s Trust Referral Form. You can also find more information at

29. Internet Safety Awareness Training for Parents– The Lucy Faithfull Foundation will be running a free awareness session for parents on internet and personal safety for children and young people (to prevent the grooming and abuse of children and young people). Please see attached flyer for more information.

30. Level 3 Higher Sports Leadership Course – The Level 3 Qualification in Higher Sports Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to independently lead.

If you know of any people who would be interested in doing this course and to fund themselves, please complete the booking form available on the following link here


Course Dates: 3rd March, 4th March, 10th March & 24th March 2018

Times: 9:30am to 4:30pm

Venue: The John Reynolds Centre, ShawClose, Llanrumney, Cardiff, CF3 5NX

Cost: £125.00pp 


31. Invitation to display health and wellbeing projects on GP Practice TV screens – Partners are invited to send PowerPoint slides for display on GP practice TV screens to raise awareness of  public health messages and/or signpost patients to local relevant community activities in order to help improve health and wellbeing. This is an ongoing initiative and the screens are updated monthly. Please see attached document for more information.

Have Your Say

32. Consultation on the Legislative Proposal to Remove the Defence of Reasonable Punishment – The Welsh Government is rightly proud of its record of working to ensure all children in Wales have the best start in life and of promoting children’s rights. This is why as a Government, it intends to bring forward legislation to remove the defence of reasonable punishment. The Welsh Government wants to make it clear that physically punishing a child is no longer acceptable in Wales.

The First Minister confirmed in his legislative statement in July 2017 that the Welsh Government remained fully committed to removing the defence of reasonable punishment and would consult on proposals in the next 12 months, with a view to introducing legislation in Year 3 of the legislative programme.

The consultation is being launched on 9 January 2018 and aims to seek views to inform the further development of the legislative proposal, as well as the wider package of measures to support the legislation. The consultation can be accessed via the following link here.

33. Food Cardiff Survey Link– Please see the following link to the Food Cardiff Survey. The survey will help Food Cardiff understand the role of Third Sector Organisations in delivering food related initiatives in Cardiff and inform future Sustainable Food Cities strategies. Complete the survey HERE.

Cardiff North Weekly Update – Week Ending 28th January

 Council News

1. Council consults on options to change school admissions arrangements– Cardiff Council is asking people to put forward their views on options to change how the school applications process works in the city, including one option to create feeder primary schools. Read More Here.

2. Full travel guide for Joshua vs Parker at Principality Stadium on March 31st – A full city centre road closure will be in place for Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight unification clash against Joseph Parker at Principality Stadium on March 31st. Read More Here.

3. Cardiff Social Services continues improvement programme for ‘Care at Home’ A recommendation to continue the way Cardiff Council purchases domiciliary care has been approved by Cabinet. Read More Here.

4. Landlords reminded to get licensed or face fines– Landlords in Wales who manage their own properties are being reminded that they must submit their licence application to Rent Smart Wales to avoid prosecution. Read More Here.


5. Barnados Service Ending Announcement – As you may be aware, Phase 1 of the Welsh Government’s Families First Programme, which has been funded services throughout Wales for the past 5 years, will end on 31st March 2018. Recommissioning plans are in progress in Cardiff, with a new structure ‘Support4Families’ to be in place by April 2018. It is not known yet which services will be in place at that point, but it is known that come locality services will end.

Bereavement, Bounceback and Transition’s Services in their current form will end on 31st March 2018.

Closing point for Referrals:

Bereavement: Referrals will not be taken after December 19th (however the Telephone Advice Line (TAL) will still operate until end of service to provide service self-care advice and signposting to both families and professionals). Tuesday mornings from 9.15am.

Bounceback: Referrals will not be taken after January 12th (This is to ensure there is opportunity for pupils starting the new term after the holidays to access the service).

Transitions: Referrals will not be taken after December 15th

It may be helpful to know, that Barnados are aware, as part of new arrangements, there will be a new Bereavement, Loss and Trauma service commissioned, Cardiff ‘Support4Families’ (which includes Families First, TAF/Freephone service) will be able to help advise and hold families during the transition to the new arrangements.

Families First is a central element in the provision of early help services for families – call the Cardiff Families First free phone helpline (0808 800 0038). You can text 80800 starting your message with FamiliesFF. Click here for more information.

6. #VegPower launched! – The #VegPower campaign was recently launched with a competition winning ad unveiled in over 5000 locations nationwide, from the tills at Co-op stores to graffiti on the streets of Cardiff, and in thousands of school canteens across the UK. This collaborative campaign shines a spotlight on the lack of advertising spend for veg and calls for a different approach: A Veg Ad Fund to harness the joint power of all those that benefit from veg consumption – farmers, retailers, restaurants and government. To support the campaign, please share the story and your veg hero picture on social media using #VegPower and #PeasPlease and link to the landing page Find out more here.

7. Bullies Out Newsletter – Start the New Year Right with BulliesOut! Click here to view their latest newsletter.


8. Launch of the 2018 Moth International Short Story Prize – The Moth International Short Story Prize supports the work of short story writers through monetary awards and writing retreat opportunities. The competition also includes the publication of award winning work, giving the writers in question a creative platform for their work.

2018 prizes:

· The first prize for this competition will be a monetary award worth €3,000

· The second prize will be a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France. This prize includes a sum of €250 for the purposes of covering travel costs.

· The third prize is a monetary sum of €1,000.

The prize winning stories will also be published in The Moth.

This competition is open to anybody aged 18 and over who wishes to submit an original, previously unpublished short story. Applicants may submit as many stories as they wish. Entrants may be based anywhere in the world. Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2018.

9. Ideas from Europe – Development and Scaling Call for Entrepreneurs– The European Commission has launched a Call for Proposals concerning the further development and scaling of Ideas from Europe (IfE), an initiative developed by the European Commission in close cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Economy and the SME Envoys. IfE is part of the European Commission’s efforts to make sure Europe’s entrepreneurs can scale their business ideas and do so in Europe. This Call is part of how the European Commission is looking into ways to scale the IfE initiative.

The Call aims to support the scaling of businesses by identifying and removing roadblocks so that existing and future entrepreneurs in the same or closely relating sectors or lines of business can scale more easily. It thereby fosters the transfer of knowledge and experience, entrepreneurial culture and entrepreneurship.

The overall objective of the Call is to support new or aspiring European entrepreneurs in the crucial phase of growing their business.

Applications from legal entities established in one of the following countries are eligible:

· EU countries

· COSME participating countries

Applications must be submitted by a legal person. Corporate bodies must be properly constituted and registered under the law. If a body or organisation is not constituted under the law, a physical person must be designated to provide the legal responsibility. The maximum EU financing amount per project is €250,000 to cover up to 90% of eligible costs. Click here for more information. The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2018.

10. 2018 Welsh Enterprise Zone Business Rates Scheme (EZBRS) Open – The Enterprise Zone Business Rates Scheme (EZBRS) provides financial assistance for business rates liabilities incurred by small and medium-sized firms located in a Welsh Enterprise Zone. The latest round is targeted at businesses that have located into one of the eight Welsh Enterprise Zones during the current financial year; demonstrating that they are actively operating from the premises for which EZBRS support is being sought.

To be eligible a company must be able to satisfy the following criteria:

· Located within the boundary of a Welsh Enterprise Zone

· Registered to pay Business Rates

· Located into one of the eight Welsh Enterprise Zones on or after 1 April 2017

· Within the parameters of the EU definition of an SME

· Not a business that serves only the local market as this could distort competition and merely displace or reduce existing jobs/sales of other businesses

· Not a business that is in a sector of the UK market which is already fully served.

· Demonstrate that it is actively operating its business from the premises for which they are seeking EZBRS support.

Additionally, a business must be:

· A new start; or

· Increasing its permanent full-time workforce; or

· Able to demonstrate growth characteristics e.g. increased productivity; ongoing engagement in commercialisation/innovation/or R&D activity

Eligible companies can apply up to a maximum of £55,000 to offset the cost of their business rates incurred during 2017/18 financial year or their rates bill paid, whichever is the lower. Click here for more information. Click here for more information. Applications are being accepted until 30 March 2018.

11. Welsh Government Announces £6 Million Scheme for New Agricultural Businesses – The Welsh Government has announced two new initiatives to help young people develop their ambitions of becoming active leaders in setting the future direction of Welsh agriculture.

The Young People into Agriculture Scheme will offer financial support to high achieving individuals looking to establish a new business or develop an existing business. Successful applicants will need to demonstrate they have the attributes to lead dynamic businesses and drive change in the wider industry.

The £6 million scheme will develop participants’ leadership skills. They will be encouraged to deploy these skills and impart their experience and knowledge within the industry. To complement this scheme, a Young People in Agriculture Forum is being proposed. Forum members will work with Welsh Government to develop policies that benefit agricultural families, businesses and rural Wales. These new initiatives will sit alongside the existing wider offer the Welsh Government has to support the industry with programmes such as Farming Connect and the Farm Business Grant. Read More Here.

12. Innovate UK & Prince’s Trust Launch Young Innovators’ Programme – A new nationwide initiative has been announced to find the next generation of young UK innovators and provide them with support, advice and funding to explore new ideas for Enterprise.

Open to 18-30 year olds who are looking to take their ideas to the next level, the Ideas Mean Business – Young Innovators’ Programme will enable applicants to quickly receive advice, guidance and the chance to access transformative backing; helping to turn their ideas into reality.

The ‘Young Innovators’ programme of support includes regional ‘Innovation Live’ events across the UK and an award competition, with the following support package:

· An allowance to cover living costs (similar to an apprenticeship).

· 1:1 coaching and mentoring from an Innovation Champion

· A pot of funding to support specific requirements, e.g. travel to meet customers/partners, attending relevant training courses, equipment, hiring office space and IT support

Those who do not win an award package will still have access to the Innovation Module and support offered by Enterprise Online.

Applicants need to register with The Prince’s Trust, where they will then be able to sign up to attend one of a series of regional events. These events will help young people to develop their ideas and give more information about the application process. Applicants must attend an event in order to apply. The Cardiff event will be held on 5 February.

The best ideas will be announced in March 2018 and these future innovators will go on to receive funding and ongoing business mentorship. Click here for more information.

13. EaSI Progress Programme Call for Proposals on Innovative Work-Life Balance Strategies – A new Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (EaSI) Progress Programme Call for Proposals aims to support governmental and non-governmental actors, and social partners in delivering on the rights and principles set out in the European Pillar of Social Rights through social innovation and national policy reforms as regards reconciling work and private life.

The Call aims at funding projects to develop, test and implement innovative work-life balance strategies in the workplace. The purpose of these strategies is to facilitate the reconciliation of work and private life through supporting a more equal share of care responsibilities between working women and men, thereby encouraging a higher participation of women in the labour market. Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is 18 April 2018.

14. European Prize for Urban Public Space – The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial competition which aims to recognise and encourage the creation, recovery and improvement of public space. The Prize views public space as a clear indicator of the civic and collective health of European cities.

Works that have created, recovered or improved public space within the geographic limits of the Council of Europe in the years 2016 and 2017 may present for the 2018 Prize. Given that some urban public space interventions are of very long duration, projects that have not been completely finalised in the time period may still enter the Prize if enough phases of the envisages end result have been completed to enable evaluation of the eventual repercussions of the intervention as a whole within its urban setting.

Prize winners receive a Diploma and a commemorative plaque to be installed in the prize-winning public space.

The participant must register online by filling in the online form regarding the submitted work and contact person and, then, providing all the other necessary information. Entry forms must be submitted via the website and then sent, together with the relevant documentation, to the CCCB general registry. Click here for more information. The deadline for entries to the 2018 Prize is 21 February 2018.

15. UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund Taking Applications for 2018 – The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is part of UK Aid Direct, the Department for International Development’s (DFID) main fund for small and medium sized civil society organisations. The Fund is managed by Mannion Daniels on behalf of DFID. The funding will support Britain’s small not-for-profit groups to scale-up and increase the reach and efficiency of their interventions in:

· Any of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI)

· The countries that DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility

There is no limit on the number of applications one organisation can make. The funding is available to small-sized, not-for-profit UK registered organisation with an income of £250,000 or less that are working to support the goals of UK Aid Direct, and aim to reach the most vulnerable or marginalised in society.

Although applications can be made at any time, they are reviewed on a six-monthly basis.

Click here for more information. The closing date for the second review of proposals is 29 March 2018 (5pm).

16. Rent Recognition Challenge: £2 Million Fund Launched to Help Renters onto the Housing Ladder– Currently, a history of meeting rent payments is not routinely recognised in people’s credit scores, and is not commonly taken into account when banks conduct mortgage affordability assessments. This increases the cost of borrowing for rental tenants, and creates a barrier to getting onto the housing ladder.

Rent payments are usually an individual’s largest monthly outgoings, and are therefore a significant indicator of one’s creditworthiness as a borrower. For this reason, the government believes it is right that a history of successfully paying rent should be recorded and recognised.

As part of the Autumn Budget 2017, the government announced the Rent Recognition Challenge – a £2 million Prize Fund, challenging firms to develop new applications, or build on existing ones, to enable rental tenants to record and share their rental payment data with lenders and credit reference agencies.

The competition will provide an initial round of grant funding to six promising proposals, each receiving £100,000 to support the development of a prototype product. Following this, expert judges will select three to four teams, who will receive additional funding to bring their ideas to market.

The funding will be provided to budding entrepreneurs in order for them to develop an application that will help to enable Britain’s 11 million renter to improve their credit scores and their chances of getting a mortgage.

Click here for more information. The Challenge is now open to applications, and will close to applications on 9 March 2018.

17. UK Games Fund – Fourth Round Open to Applications – The UK Games Fund is intended to support UK video games development. Aimed at helping smaller companies get concepts off the drawing board and into production, the Fund will provide additional support to the video games sector, helping to maximise the contribution to economic growth this sector is already delivering. The Fund will offer grants to support video games projects, as well as creating jobs, nurturing talent and furthering the growth of games clusters all around the UK. The programme has an overall budget of £4 million. Under the current round, grants of up to £25,000 are available. The money can be used to help games development businesses create working prototype games and raise the private investment necessary to see a concept turned into a finished product. For the current round of funding the provider will normally only accept applications from UK registered, active games development companies.

Click here for more information. The fourth call for applications is now open. The deadline for receipt of applications is noon on Monday 12 February 2018.

18. Armed Forces Day Grant Scheme Opens for Applications – Since 2009, Armed Forces Day has been marked annually with events large and small throughout the UK. In support of this event, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is providing funding to help organisations and individuals in the UK host an Armed Forces Day event this summer.

Local councils, organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK are eligible to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 (providing the MoD accounts for no more than 50% of the project costs).

The events should be held on or in the weeks around National Armed Forces Day which will be celebrated on Saturday 30 June 2018 with a major national event to be held in the historic North Wales seaside town of Llandudno, and local events will be held across the UK. Groups need to register their event before they can access the funding criteria. Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.

19. Warm Homes Fund – Round Two Timetable – The deadline for bids in round two of the Warm Homes Fund is midday on 9th February. Click here for full details.

What’s on?

20. Sanctuary Award – For Asylum Seekers – The Cardiff Met Sanctuary Award Application is now live! This award is for Asylum Seekers to study at Post Graduate level. Click here for full details. Please feel free to share details with your networks and other interested groups.

21. New Men’s group starts next Tuesday!– If you know of any men that might like to meet their neighbours, make new friends or practice their English skills, please let them know that the FAN (Friends and Neighbours) group would love them to visit the new Men Only FAN group where any man can be sure of a warm welcome!

When: Every Tuesday at 12:30 to 1:30, starting on 30th January

Tea and coffee provided and you are welcome to bring a packed lunch!

Where: The Mentor Ring, Butetown Community Centre, Unit 4, Second Floor, Butetown CF10 5JA

· FAN meetings last an hour,

· They are free

· They are not affiliated to any particular religion and

· You do not need to book or make any commitments to the group

Please see the attached for more information.

22. Are you a Private Landlord in Cardiff? Do you know someone who is? – A FREE event for Private Landlords will be held on Tuesday 30th January 2018. The event will provide information about Universal Credit and the support and advice available for Private Sector Landlords and their tenants. Light refreshments will be provided.

This is a ticket only event and numbers are limited. For more information or to book your FREE ticket, please see the following Event Brite page here.

23. Free Creative School Holiday Club – Free Creative School Holiday Club this February Half Term 19th – 23rd February for young people with additional learning needs 14-18 yrs. Click here for more information.

24. Cardiff Rivers Group – Next Saturday, 27th January, Cardiff Rivers Group will be holding their second event of 2018 by cleaning up Hailey Park as the area has not been tackled since 26 April 2015. Click here for full details.

25. Children’s Mental Health Week: 5-11 February 2018 - The theme this year is 'Being Ourselves' and the dedicated website offers a wide range of entirely free resources-including tip sheets and assembly guides -for schools and professionals working with children and young people. We are encouraging schools to cascade this link to their networks so that as many people as possible are given the opportunity to think about why the emotional wellbeing of children and young people is so important. Click here for more information.

26. Vision 21 Awards– Join us for our Annual Awards Day! A special event for all the trainees to celebrate their achievements.

When: Thursday 22nd Feb from 9am to 3pm

Where: Ysgol Plasmawr, Pentrebane Road, Fairwater, Cardiff, CF5 3PZ

For more information or if you would like to attend, please inform Rachael Bond on Tel: 02920 20621 194 by 9th February.

27. SPICE Time Credits Network Morning – Wednesday February 7th 2018 from 9:30 to 12:30 @ The Lido, Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd, CF37 4PE. Click here for more information and to book a ticket.

28. Coffee Morning for Parents of Children with Disabilities Please see attached list of upcoming coffee morning sessions.

29. Love Where You Live: Next Week’s Blitz and Community Litter Pick - Next week our Neighbourhood Deep Cleans restart and we will be focusing on Fairwater.

See below for where we will be each day:

We are also holding a community litter pick to tie in with our Deep Clean, starting from Waun-Gron Park (Davies Place entrance) on Wednesday 31st Jan at 10am. For more information see links below or bilingual poster attached.

Training and Workshop Opportunities

30. Upcoming Marks & Spencer Retail Programme: Culverhouse Cross 6th February – There are still places available on the Prince’s Trust next exciting retail programme with Marks and Spencer starting on the 6th February at the Culverhouse Cross store. Please find attached a revised poster including the bus timetable, bus number and a picture of the store on the reverse so any young people have everything they need to get there on the day!

Taster Day – Tuesday 6th February at 9:15am @ Culverhouse Cross Store

Programme Dates – Monday 12th March to 7th April

16 PLACES AVAILABLE with possible job outcomes in store.

Lunches will be provided by M&S and all travel expenses will be reimbursed. Please share attached poster with your networks and get in touch if you have any interested young people.

31. Prince’s Trust Get Into Security – Please find attached a poster for the next Get Into Security programme in partnership with Rubicon Security. The Prince’s Trust will be running a 2 week programme covering the many aspects of the security world. The course is open to 18-25 year olds (NEET) who LIVE IN CARDIFF. Key details on the attached posters.

32. Prince’s Trust Get Into Rail: An Opportunity for Young People 18-30– Please find attached a poster giving information about a forthcoming Get Into Rail programme being run in conjunction with Absolute Training. There is no restriction on where the young people need to come from.

33. Free Safeguarding Training – Youth Cymru are offering free Safeguarding training next week. Click here for more information. For further details on other courses click here.

34. REACH: A hub for ESOL in Cardiff – The new REACH hub will open on the 7th February 2018. REACH is a cross provider facility (CAVC, Adult Learning Wales, Vale of Glamorgan Adult Learning) funded by Welsh Government. It is an assessment hub for all individuals requiring ESOL provision. Individuals will register their details on the REACH website, they will then receive a text message with the date and time of an assessment. Following on from assessment, individuals will be signposted to appropriate provision which includes CAVC, ALW, plus some flexible provision run by ALW of 8 weeks duration. REACH will also signpost individuals to FAN and community groups.

Please note that the REACH website is not yet up and running and until it goes live, application for assessment can be made via the CAVC website as detailed on the attached poster.

Please encourage all individuals enquiring about ESOL to register their details on the website in preference calling or visiting the REACH hub. This will ensure that their request for assessment is recorded and can be tracked.

35. Find Your Voice – UpRising are running a new program called ‘Find Your Voice’ in February half term for 16-18 year olds who live, work or study in Cardiff. Please find attached flyers for more information. It is a skills empowerment development program helping young people gain confidence and key leadership skills. They also get to work with a professional film maker and create their own short film on a social issue in Cardiff. It is totally free and lunch will be provided, young people will also get a certificate on completion.

To express an interest log on to Choosing ‘Find Your Voice’ and ‘Cardiff’ or you can contact Thomas Jaynes on 07581744834

Have Your Say

36. CAER Heritage Survey– Help plan an exciting heritage regeneration projects for Caerau & Ely! Please take 5 minutes to complete the CAER Hidden Hillfort Survey. Action in Caerau & Ely (ACE) and Cardiff University have been running the CAER Heritage Project together for six years, working with local people and schools to better understand Caerau and Ely’s incredible history. With help from the Heritage Lottery Fund we are now developing proposals to improve visitor access, facilities and information at Caerau Hillfort. It is hoped that this will encourage people from the local community and further afield to visit the site. Answers to the survey will help to plan the project successfully to achieve these aims. Thank you for your time! Click here to complete survey.

37. Consultations on options to change school admissions arrangements – People are being asked to put forward their views on options to change how the school applications process works in the city, including one option to create feeder primary schools. The public consultation follows an independent report by Cardiff University, commissioned by the council to research how school applications are managed in other local authority areas. In November, the council’s Cabinet approved a recommendations to seek public opinion on options for school application arrangements. The options included in the consultation focus on how council allocates places at schools which are oversubscribed.

Members of the public have until January 30, 2018 to submit their comments. The results of the consultation will be presented to Cabinet in the spring, when a final decisions is expected to be made on whether to make changes, which would come into effect from September 2019 if given the go ahead. The consultation can be accessed online via

 Cardiff North Weekly Update – Week Ending 21st January

Council News

1. Supporting people, supporting independence– Cardiff’s priorities for preventing homelessness and supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the city to live independently have been unveiled. Read More Here.

2. Council Tax exemption for care leavers – Young people leaving care in Cardiff could soon be exempt from paying Council Tax in the city. Read More Here. 

3. Scrutiny of Digitalisation Projects How a range of services delivered by the Council’s City Operations Directorate are being improved through the use of modern technologies is under review by the Environmental Scrutiny Committee. Read More Here.

4. Funding for the development of Community Projects– How Cardiff Council manages Section 106 funding for the development of community projects has gone before the Environmental Scrutiny Committee. Read More Here.

5. Cardiff announces plans for £180m investment project – Cardiff Council has secured support from its City Deal partners to help deliver a £180m investment project which could create more than 30,000 jobs in the city centre over the next 10 to 15 years. Read More Here.

6. Cardiff Flying Start Parent Celebration Event – An event has been held at St David’s Hall, recognising the achievements of parents that have used Cardiff Flying Start. Read More Here.

7. Proposals to improve provision for learners with additional needs revealed – Eight key proposals to improve educational provision for learners with additional needs have been revealed in a report to be discussed at a meeting of Cardiff Council’s Cabinet. Read More Here.

8. Sixth Form College looking to come back under Cardiff Council control – St David’s Catholic Sixth Form College is considering changing status to become a Voluntary Aided School, dissolving the College as a ‘designated Further Education Institution’. Read More Here.


9. South Wales Fire & Rescue Service Easy Read Home Safety Sign– For your information, please find attached South Wales Fire and Rescue Service easy read home safety sign which will be installed at every initial accommodation property at the Lynx House site (in a tamper proof case screwed to the back of the door/s). This will be added to the initial induction pack/tenants agreement.


10. Wren’s Community Action Fund Opens for 2018 Applications – Grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 are available for projects that can demonstrate how they fall into Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund. Object D shows commitment to the protection of the environment, and the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or another public amenity. WREN’s definition of an amenity is something that a community will have access to and be able to use for leisure or recreation purposes.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

·         Replacement doors and windows for village halls and community centres

·         Provision of children’s play equipment in open public spaces

·         Construction of footpaths and cycle ways in public parks

·         The provision of all-weather play surfaces for MUGA multi use game areas.

·         The provision of skate parks

·         Dipping platform and all weather paths at local nature reserves

Applications will be accepted from the following types of organisations:

·         Registered charities which operate a community facility

·         Churches or Parochial Church Councils

·         Parish or Town Councils or Management Committees or User Associations acting on behalf of Parish or Town Councils

·         Local Authorities

·         CASC Registered Sports Clubs

Click here for more information. The first deadline for applications is 14 March 2018 (5pm). The fund will continue quarterly after this.


11. Energy People Trust Grants Change Provider– From January 2018, applications to the Energy People Trust will no longer be accepted. The Trust comes to an end of the programme after 12 years of support for people and projects in England, Scotland and Wales. The Trust offers its grateful thanks to Scottish Power for the £15 million pounds plus which were placed at the Trust’s disposal to fund these important projects.

Funding will be consolidated through the Scottish Power Foundation, which is due to open for its next round in the summer of 2018.

The Foundation provides funding to registered charities and non-profit organisations for the following purposes:

·         The advancement of education.

·         The advancement of environmental protection.

·         The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science.

·         The prevention of relief of poverty and the relief of those in need by reason of disability or other disadvantage.

·         The advancement of citizenship and community development.

Current Energy People Trust grant-holders will be able to complete their projects until completion.

12. Garfield Weston Foundation Celebrates 60th Anniversary with One-Off Charitable Fund – The Garfield Weston Foundation has reached its sixtieth year of grant giving in the UK and has chosen to celebrate with a new one-off fund that offers grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 to registered charities, CIOs, places of worship and state schools. The Fund is exclusively aimed at supporting capital costs. Groups in need of revenue funding should apply to the Foundation’s main grants programme. Funding is available for:

·         New community facilities

·         Improvement of community facilities

·         Items that require a sizeable investment eg purchase of minibus

·         Improvements to outdoor spaces and facilities for sport and exercise or community use

·         New buildings or extensions to an existing building for community use e.g. new kitchen, meeting room or storage facility

·         Improvements to, or renovation or refurbishment of, an existing building such as installing a toilet and servery in a rural church for community use

·         New fixed playground equipment, climbing walls or multiuse games area in a public playing field

·         Purchase of large or expensive items if it is crucial to supporting local people e.g. minibus for elderly day care, equipment for a training room, community café fit out

·         Purchase of land or property with a minimum of a 25 year lease with a clear community benefit.

Click here for more information. Total project costs must be above £30,000. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2018.

13. European Youth initiative Fund Open to Applications – The European Youth Forum is a platform of youth organisations in Europe, representing 104 members – national youth councils and international nongovernmental youth organisations. The Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives and to be powerful catalysts for positive change and contributors of innovative solutions to Europe’s problems.

The European Youth Forum has launched the European Youth Initiative Fund (EYIF) with the financial support of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The aim of the EYIF is to mobilise young people, promote integration and build positive relationships between displaced youth and host communities in Europe. To do so, the European Youth Forum will provide grants of up to €10,000 to youth organisations so that they implement projects run with the meaningful involvement of young refugees and asylum-seekers and in cooperation with host communities.

Projects should be:

·         Implemented in a maximum of six months between 1 April and 30 September 2018.

·         Implemented within one of the Council of Europe member states or Belarus or Kosovo.

Project proposals should be submitted on behalf of a youth organisation legally registered in Europe. The grant is not limited to the membership of the European Youth Forum and an organisation can submit more than one project proposal.

Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is 4 March 2018.

14. British Ecological Society Outreach Grants 2018 – Grants of up to £2,000 are available and organisations to organise public engagement events in ecology. Ecology is defined by the British Ecological Society (BES) as the scientific study of the distribution, abundance and dynamics of organisms, their interactions with other organisms and their physical environment.

Eligible projects must be consistent with at least two of the following objectives:

·         Increase public understanding of, and engagement with, ecology.

·         Stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society

·         Inspire and enthuse people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interested.

·         Develop skills in communicating the science of ecology.

  • All individuals and organisations are eligible to apply. This include, but is not limited to:

·         Members of the BES

·         Researchers

·         Schools

·         Museums

·         Libraries

·         Community groups

It is essential that applications promote and engage the public with the science of ecology. Applications from museums and schools must involve significant outreach beyond schools- projects aimed solely at delivering curriculum to school children will not be considered.

Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is 21 March 2018.

15. Launch of 2018 Sustainable Energy Awards – The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards were launched by the European Commission in 2006. The aim of the awards is to promote sustainable energy by highlighting outstanding and innovative projects which have the potential to be replicated. Anyone in the EU can submit a recent project – from a local initiative to an industry-wide programme – that could help citizens, industry and the public sector work towards the Energy Union.

Awards are available in the following categories:

·         Consumers: Consumers at the centre of the energy system – Rewarding actions leading to the behavioural change of individual energy users.

·         Public Sector: Leading by example – Rewarding public and non-profit organisations taking exemplary initiatives in energy efficiency or use of renewables.

·         Businesses: Greening businesses – Recognising private organisations that have taken significant actions to reduce their own energy use and/or increase the share of renewable energy in their own operations.

·         Young Energy Leaders: Youth for climate action – Recognising extraordinary young individuals, or group of individuals (below 30), within any type of organisation, who represent the powerful role of today’s youth in the sustainable energy field.

Applications can be submitted in the first four categories. The Citizen’s Award will be granted via an online vote allowing the general public to reward their favourite project among the finalists of the four other categories.

Initiatives will be judged for their:

·         Excellence in their area and innovation

·         Measurable impact and contribution to the EU’s sustainable energy  objectives

·         Replication potential and social acceptance

Winners are announced as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week which attracts media interest from across Europe. After the ceremony, a networking cocktail will be held, where Conference participants can meet the winners and runners to discuss their ideas.

A wide range of organisations are eligible to apply including private companies, public authorities, energy agencies, NGOs, cooperatives, chambers of commerce, industry and consumers associations, media, academic institutions and research and technological centres.

Nominated activities, projects and actions must be ongoing, or not concluded before 30 June 2018, and carried out within the EU28. Applications are made online. Applicants may either nominate an energy champion, or apply themselves. Applications for the 2018 awards must have been submitted by the 23 February 2018 deadline.

16. Student Start-Up of the Year Competition: 2018 Round Open to UK Entrepreneurs – The Student Start-up of the Year Competition has been established to provide funding for entrepreneurial students or recent graduates who have an idea for a business. The winner will receive support to help them and their business ideas flourish and grow. The following prizes will be awarded in 2018:

·         £2,500 cash investment

·         Free office space for 12 months with The Office Group

·         One year free Enterprise Nation membership and business support

·         A month’s free supply of Propercorn popcorn

·         Profile on the Enterprise Nation blog and social media

The competition is open to students and recent graduates who have an idea for a new business start-up or those who have been running a business that has been trading for under one year. To take part, applicants must be a resident in the United Kingdom and either be enrolled in some form of or at least part-time education in the previous 24 months as of 25 February 2018.

Shortlisted entrants will travel to London in March to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, following which they will be filmed conducting a one minute elevator pitch about their business idea. The film can then be used for the purposes of self-promotion of the idea to gain public votes. The winner will be announced on 26 March 2018. The deadline for applications to be received is 25 February 2018.

17. Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Offers Funding for Craftmanship – The objective of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) is to support excellence in British crafts. The programme offers both scholarships and apprenticeships. Scholarships are worth between £5,000 and £18,000 (£6,000 a year for three years) depending on how much funding is required for a project. Scholarships winners also receive an emblazoned certificate.

Apprenticeship funding of up to £6,000 per year (up to three years) can be applied for. The amount allocated depends on how much funding is needed for the Apprenticeship.

Eligible applicants are craftsmen and women of all ages who live and work permanently in the UK. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they already have a high level of skill and are firmly committed to their craft or trade.

QEST helps to fund salaries, training costs and/or materials. A connection with firms or individuals holding Royal Warrants is not required.

Click here for more information. For those wishing to apply for QEST Apprenticeship or Scholarship funding, the first 2018 application deadline is 12 February 2018.

18. Scott Bader Trust Inviting Applications for UK and International Charitable Projects– Scott Bader, the global chemical company, provides funds for charitable projects in the UK and internationally through three different programmes.

The charity awards funds in the following:

·         Large Project Funding – grants of up to £25,000. Between two and four large community based environmental or education projects that benefit young or disadvantaged people, anywhere in the world, will be funded.

·         Small International Fund – grants of between £500 and £2,000 for international projects located in the world. Applicants must be UK registered charities.

·         Local Funds – small grants available only to companies within the Scott Bader Group. Each grant supports the work of associated charities, or those situated nearby.

Overseas projects will only be considered from charities that are registered in the UK, or are already known to the Trust.

Click here for more information. There are no deadlines for the Small and Local Funds. The deadline for Large Projects is 9 February 2018.

19. Home Office Relaunches Building a Stronger Britain Together Fund – The Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme was set up in September 2016 to help deliver a key strand of the Government’s Counter-Extremism Strategy. The programme aims to promote and strengthen positive mainstream voices across Britain.

The Building a Stronger Britain Together Programme, available in England and Wales only, offers both grant funding and in-kind support to civil society and community organisations that are working to create more resilient communities, to stand up to extremism in all its forms and to offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender.

Applications can be made for both:

·         In-kind support up to a value of £75,000. This could be for things such as social media training, technical assistance to help a group improve their website, or capacity building work to help a group protect more vulnerable individuals.

·         Grants of between either £1,000 and £14,999 or £15,000 and £50,000

  • Any registered UK charity, charitable incorporated organisation, company limited by guarantee, not for profit registered community interest company, or constituted community and voluntary sector organisation that has been established for at least 12 months can apply.

Proposals must be aligned with one or more of the BSBT programme outcomes which are:

·         Fewer people holding attitudes, beliefs and feelings that oppose shared values.

·         An increased sense of belonging and civic participating at the local level.

·         More resilient communities.

Groups that applied for funding in the first two rounds may apply for funding in round 3. The call for in-kind communication support is expected to open by the end of January 2018. Click here for more information. The deadline for applications for grant funding is 16 February 2018 (5pm).

 What’s on?

 20. Cathay’s Love Where You Live Champion Launch Litter Pick – The Love Where You Live Champion scheme is now live in Cathays Library. This scheme allows you to register as a champion and then book litter picking equipment out from the library whenever you want! It will be formally launched on Wednesday 24th January with a celebratory litter pick. It would be great if you could join! All equipment will be provided on the day, with cakes afterwards! The launch invite is attached if you would like to share it with friends, neighbours or colleagues. To find out how to register as a champion please call 029 2071 7717 or email Please see attached flyers for more information.

21. Gentle/Radical Imagination Forum – You are invited to the launch of Gentle/Radical’s IMAGINATION FORUM on Saturday 27th January @ 3pm. Gentle/Radical is a Cardiff-based company formed by Rabab Ghazoul in 2016, dedicated to culture, the arts, community and grassroots social change. It’s the home of several projects, including the Women’s Film Club founded in 2004.

The Gentle/Radical Imagination Forum is a new platform and networking space for BAME artists, practitioners and allies to come together, and envisage new images of the future. What would a future free of racism and discrimination look like in Wales? What would a culture that truly reflected the diversity of its citizenry look like? The Forum carried the belief that artists and cultural practitioners have a huge role to play in shaping the answers to these questions.

The Imagination Forum is about building a network of creative and cultural professionals, who can discuss issues that impact on them. The Forum is looking to host spaces for dialogue, exchange, invited speakers, presentations, new ideas and potential collaborations. Ultimately the goal is to work towards a more equitable cultural landscape in Wales.

Where & When: The first Imagination Forum gathering takes place on: Saturday 27th January, 3pm to 7pm, Riverside Warehouse, 56 Machen Place, Riverside, Cardiff CF11 6EQ

The event is FREE and will be followed by food. Booking is essential. To register your interest please email:

22. Get Online @ Home– Digital Inclusion: Get Online @ Home in an initiative providing low cost refurbished desktop and laptop computers throughout the UK plus broadband comparison service since 2011, helping thousands of individuals, numerous housing associations, charities, community learning groups & local authorities achieve digital inclusion.

Please call 01443 434675 or email for more information.

23. Updated list of Cardiff FAN groups Please find attached an updated list of dates, times and meeting venues for Cardiff FAN groups.

24. Half Term Fun at Llandover Hall – Please see attached flyers for more information.

25. Careers workshop aimed at women with crèche facilities – Please see attached information about an upcoming careers workshop at Taff Housing in Canton aimed at women, in conjunction with Oxfam. There will be a crèche and a free lunch.

Job Vacancies

26. St Peter’s Fairwater Community Hall & Garden: Administrative Assistant for St Peter’s Community Hall & Gardens – St Peter’s are currently looking for an experienced Office Assistant who will assist the Chairman of Management with the daily operational activities and management of the St Peter’s Community Hall and Gardens. The role includes the oversight of the Hall and Garden Website, taking bookings, being proactive with publicity

27. Apprenticeship Vacancies – Looking to invest in your future? Click here to see the latest apprenticeship roles & start your new career path today.

28. Age Connect Vacancy: Advocate/Volunteer Coordinator – 35 hours per week covering Cardiff and the Vale – Salary £20,061 per annum (maternity cover until end September). Part time hours maybe considered. Age Connect wishes to recruit a self-motivated staff member committed to the rights of vulnerable older people and the principles of advocacy.  Please view attached job description for more information.

Volunteering Opportunities

29. GoodGym– Do you know any older people in Cardiff and the Vale (60 or older) who need help with their gardening, painting or some simple DIY tasks? It’s another way runners get involved with GoodGym. Goodgym are currently struggling to find older people in the community who need help from their runners. You can make a request for our friendly DBS checked running volunteers to help out an older person by visiting the link here. All you need to do is sign up and provide the older person’s details. You can email: or call, Mon to Fri 9-5 on: 0203 432 3920

Training and Workshop Opportunities

30. Get Into Security: Cardiff February 8th 2018 – Please find attached a poster for the next Get Into Security programme in partnership with Rubicon Security. A 2 week programme will be run covering the many aspects of the security world. The course is open to 18-25 year olds (NEET) who LIVE IN CARDIFF, key details on the attached poster.

Have Your Say 

31. FLU Survey – Are you a parent of a child who was aged 2 between Sept 1, 2016 & August 31, 2017? Do you live in Wales? If you can answer ‘yes’ to both these questions, take a short survey about flu to be entered into a FREE PRIZE draw for a £50 One 4 All voucher here.

Cardiff North Weekly Update – Week Ending 14th January

Council News

1. New home for Eastern High school and Cardiff and Vale College now open– Eastern Community Campus, a new home for Eastern High school and Cardiff and Vale College opened today. Read More Here.


2. Government Urges Councils to take Up Electric Car Charge-Point Funding– Government ministers Jesse Norman and Claire Perry have written to local authorities to urge them to do more to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle air quality after it emerged only five councils in the whole of the UK have taken advantage of an electric car scheme.

In 2016, the Department for Transport launched the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, offering grants to local authorities in the UK to help with the costs of procurement and installation of on-street charging points for residential use. It has emerged that a year after the Fund’s launch the take-up has been disappointing, with only five councils taking advantage of the scheme. Read More Here.

What’s On

3. Oxfam Cymru: Free Careers Workshop for Women Oxfam Cymru is running a free careers workshop open to any women, aged 18 or over, not in education or employment. All interested people are encouraged to come along.

Lunch will be provided and there is an on-site free crèche, and for those without access to funds, a reimbursement is available for bus/training tickets on the day.

It will be a fun and informal day which is aimed to be accessible and useful. Please do forward on to anyone who may be interested. Details below:

Careers Workshop: Building Brighter Futures

Where: Conference Suite, Taff Housing, Alexandra House, 3017-315 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF5 1JD

When: Wednesday 31st January from 10am to 2pm

See attached documents for more information. Also available in Welsh.

4. Community Litter Picks – Open Events See below details:

January Friday 12th 10am to 12pm – The Pentwyn Pickers are holding an ‘Open’ pick to tackle fly tipping in Wern Goch woods. (This is the first phase of two, second in February). The meeting point will be in the right hand carpark of Pentwyn Leisure Centre towards the rear and walking up to the wooded area. Please be aware that the group will be working in a wooded area with uneven ground therefore please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

January, Saturday 13th 10am to 12pm – Alongside residents of St Mellon’s, litter picking will be around Hendre Lake. The meeting point will be at the main car park, off Cypress Drive.

Both areas are in need of a good litter pick therefore if you can spare some time to help out that would be absolutely amazing! Please see attached flyer for more information.

5. Taster Sessions & FAN at Cathays Branch During the week of 15th January, a variety of taster sessions will be held at Cathays Branch and Heritage Library to get people involved in local and family history.

On Thursday 18th January at 2pm, the monthly FAN session will be hosted and will focus on Cardiff History and City Life in Cardiff over the generations.

On Saturday 20th January, drop in sessions will be held at 10am, 12pm and 2pm and you are welcome to pop by ad have a little induction into the variety of resources held at the Cathays local history department.

Alternatively, you are welcome to pop along to one or more specialised sessions on Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th or Thursday 18th January exploring maps, photographs or newspapers where you can hone more specific skills.

Please see the attached flyers for more detailed information. 2  3

6. NPC Regional Meeting Please see the attached invitation to the National Pensioners Convention Wales, meeting taking place on February 15th. If you would like to attend please contact Shirley Whitman on 02920 491063.

7. Free Trips to Cultural venues for families in Community First Areas through Fusion Fusion is a Welsh Government initiative helping people from Communities First areas to get involved with culture and the arts. Between January and March, free transport will be offered for families to attend activities such as:

· Toddler Saturday at the Wales Millennium Centre

· Storytime at Cathays Library

· Toddler Time at the Sherman

· Family events at the National Museum

Please see the attached for more information.

8. New Diverse Cymru events: Your Wellbeing, Your Government Project Please find attached information about new Diverse Cymru events that are being held as part of the ‘Your Wellbeing, Your Government Project’. The project is aimed at all diverse individuals and community organisations representing diverse individuals or communities. This includes Black and Minority Ethnic, Disabled, Trans*, Older, Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people, people of different faiths and carers.

9. Beat the Blue Monday blues Beat the Blue Monday blues by trying something new in the New Year! Cardiff Libraries are hosting a day of activities on Monday, January 15 to encourage customers to sample new things and meet new people. Please their facebook page here for more information or email:


10. Give DIFFerently Fund – The Give DIFFerently Fund is a campaign to encourage people visiting and living in Cardiff to think differently about how they give to those who are begging and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Providing an alternative method of giving by donating to a fund managed by the Community Foundation in Wales, where individuals can access funds to bring about positive change in a timely way, at a crucial moment in people’s lives. All money raised will go directly to individuals. Click here for more information.

11. Welsh Government Announces £50 Million Fund to Prepare Businesses for Brexit – The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has announced a financial boost designed to help Welsh businesses and public services plan and prepare for Brexit. Supported by an initial allocation of £50 million, the EU Transition Fund is to be developed in partnership with the private and public sector with the aim of providing tailored support as the UK prepares to leave the EU. The fund will offer a combination of financial assistance and loan funding, and will support the provision of technical, commercial, export-related and sectoral-specific advice for businesses. In addition, it will be designed to help employers retain and continue to attract EU nationals to Wales.

As part of the package, dedicated development support will be offered to Wales’ agricultural industry as it prepares for transition and the future once the UK has left the bloc.

The programme is supported by an initial £10 million down payment in the 2018-19 final budget. It builds on £5 million allocated for Brexit preparedness over 2018-19 and 2019-20 as part of the two-year budget agreement with Plaid Cymru. Click here for more information.

12. 2018 Arts & Business Cymru Awards Celebrate Partnerships between Private Sector and Arts – The Arts & Business Cymru Awards are intended to recognise and reward constructive and exemplary activity undertaken by partnerships of businesses and arts organisations in Wales. There is a range of award categories open for application, including the Hodge Arts Award of £2,500 for the arts organisation or artist which has worked most creatively in partnership with business to maintain and develop activities.

The full list of 2018 categories is as follows:

· Arts, Business & Brand Identity

· Arts, Business & the Community

· Arts, Business & Young People

· Arts & Small Business

· Arts, Business & Health

· Arts, Business & the Environment

· Arts, Business & Employees

· Grant Stephens Family Law Adviser Award

· Admiral Business of the Year

· Hodge Arts Award

The successful individuals and companies will receive trophies specially commissioned for the ceremony, which will take place at Wales Millennium Centre on Friday 25 May 2018. Click here for more information. The nomination deadline for the 2018 awards is Monday 22 January 2018.

13. Hospital Saturday Fund Accepting Applications for Medical Projects – The Hospital Saturday Fund provides grants for medical capital projects, medical care or research, medical training and running costs, for registered health charities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

The Fund is divided into Small and Large Grants, with different deadlines for each programme. The values of the programme are as follows:

· Standard Grants of £2,000

· Larger Grants of up to a maximum of £10,000

Applicants should note that the Large Grants are awarded for specific projects, research or equipment rather than running costs.

Click here for more information. The deadlines for applications are:

Standard Grants – 23 April 2018, 16 July 2018, 8 October 2018 and 4 January 2019

Large Grants – 18 June 2018, 26 March 2018, 10 September 2018, 1 December 2018

14. Coastal Communities Fund: Round 5 Opens with £3.4 Million to Regenerate Wales’ Coasts – The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) supports the development of coastal locations by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs, enabling local people to respond to the changing needs and opportunities in their area. The CCF supports a wide range of projects, including those that benefit charities, the environment, education and health.

CCF round 5 is currently open in Wales only, with around £3.4 million available to fund proposals that address the unique economic challenges of Wales’ coastal areas. Funding awards between £50,000 and £300,000 are available for a range of organisations and businesses which benefit coastal communities.

All projects funded through CCF are expected to deliver the following outcome: coastal communities will experience regeneration and economic growth through projects that directly or indirectly create sustainable jobs and safeguard existing jobs.

For the current round in Wales, only applications that address one or more of the three themes below will be considered:

· TEST – For applicants wishing to begin, or move into, a new area of activity or business, which will create new jobs.

· GROW – For applicants with ambitions to expand the delivery of existing activities or business, which will sustain or create jobs. This could be achieved by either:

- Delivering more;

- Moving into a new or wider geographical area;

- Undertaking activity to become better, more efficient, and delivering tangible benefits to other businesses, the wider economy, or community.

· CHANGE – For applicants wanting to innovate or improve their business model or organisational structure, to generate more activity and sustain or create jobs.

For the current round, the following types of organisation in Wales can apply:

· Private sector companies

· Local authorities

· Other public sector bodies

· Charities

· Voluntary and community sector organisations

· Social enterprises, including co-operatives and community ownership initiatives

· Development agencies

Click here for more details. The closing date for stage one applications is noon on 12 March 2018.

15. Applications Invited for World Habitat Awards – Established in 1985, each year the annual World Habitat Awards issue a prize of £10,000 and an award to two projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems. The awards are presented at an annual UN-Habitat global event.

Projects should focus on affordable and adequate housing, be in progress or have been completed in the last ten years, and have been designed and/or delivered in close collaboration with the residents/local community. Additionally, housing projects and approaches are sought that:

· Demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing issues faced by countries all around the world.

· Can be transferred or adapted for use as appropriate.

· Are already being implemented or are completed, i.e. not at design stage or very early stages of development.

· View the term habitat from a broad perspective and bring other benefits as well, such as energy or water saving, income generation, social inclusion, community and individual empowerment, health benefits, capacity building or education.

Any individual, organisation or government who has an innovative and practical solution to housing need and problems from any country of the world can apply. More than one entry can be made by the same individual or organisation. Previous entrants can re-submit providing that the project has been further developed in the intervening time period.

All entries are assessed and up to 12 projects are shortlisted by an assessment committee. Shortlisted projects are then evaluated by an independent advisory group.

Click here for more details. The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2018.

16. Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize – 2018 Round Open – Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize aims to encourage the writing, publishing and reading of good and accessible popular science books for adults and young people. Prizes are awarded to the authors of popular non-fiction science and technology books that are judged to contribute most towards making science more