WCVA are pleased to announce that the Third Sector Awards Cymru 2017, supported by Class Networks, are now open.

The Awards promote, recognise and celebrate the hard work and great achievements of third sector groups from around the country.

There are seven categories which honour the very best of Wales’ third sector organisations:

  • The award for best communications- supported by Creative Loop
  • The environmental award
  • The health, social care and wellbeing award
  • The award for good governance
  • The award for innovative fundraising
  • The award for digital inclusion - supported by Digital Communities Wales
  • The Class award for the most admired organisation

Don't miss this opportunity to give your inspirational organisation the recognition they deserve!

To make your nomination visit www.wcva.org.uk. The closing date for nominations is 10 November 2017.


The Fundraising Regulator https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk established in 2016 with the aim to rebuild public confidence in the fundraising that is undertaken by charities based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  As a regulatory body it holds the Code of Fundraising Practice and ensuring that fundraising is respectful, open, honest and accountable to the public. It has published important changes to 6 key areas of the Code of Fundraising Practice; please follow this link for more information on these changes:


The Code covers areas such as trustee responsibilities, nature of fundraising asks and fundraising from people in vulnerable circumstances. C3SC encourage its member’s charities and community groups undertaking fundraising to be familiar with The Code, please follow this link for more information: https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/code-of-fundraising-practice/code-of-fundraising-practice-v1-4-310717-docx/   

Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) is a website-based service that can help members of the public control the communications they receive from charities was launched in July 2017. It gives members of the public the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ of direct marketing contact from any registered charitable organisation of their choosing; https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/the-fundraising-preference-service/    

Charities, by making a public commitment to the Code, will be allowed to use the ‘Registered with the Fundraising Regulator’ badge on communications - reassuring donors of their commitment to best practice and responsible fundraising. This is easily done through registering your commitment to the Code with the Fundraising Regulator and payment of an annual £50 administration charge.


The events section of www.volunteering-wales.net has been enhanced, providing the opportunity for organisations to upload event activities directly onto the website and link to volunteer opportunities currently advertised on the website.

The Volunteering Wales website has in the past had the facility to advertise events but now there are some additional functions that will help you to promote your events and to recruit volunteers to help at these - and at other one off opportunities.

Up to five volunteer roles can be posted on the website in the usual way and linked to your event information.

You can also upload files such as Word documents, PDF's and images.

You will need to be a registered organisation, so if you're not registered please visit https://www.volunteering-wales.net/organisations/. There are just a few easy steps to follow, then you can start promoting your events!
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The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens are holding an open gardens day for community growing groups across Cardiff on Saturday 21st October. The idea is to get a group of community gardens across Cardiff to all open next Saturday and encourage people to visit to learn more about community growing and the opportunities to volunteer there. 

The gardens taking part are:

Pentrebane Zone – OPEN FROM 10 – 3 Beechley Drive, Car Park Via Lavender Grove, Cardiff CF5 3SG

Riverside Community Garden – Pontcanna Permanent Allotments, Western Avene

Whitchurch Community Garden – Corner of Erw Las and Tynewydd Road opposite Whitchurch Primary School

Mackintosh Community Garden – OPEN FROM 12 – 4. Arran Street, to the rear of the Mackintosh Sports Club & Community Centre (itself located at 38 Keppoch Street).

Global Gardens -OPEN FROM 2.30 – 6. Flaxland Allotments, located just off Whitchurch Road on Sachville Avenue, CF14 3NY.

Maes y Coed Community Garden – OPEN FROM 10 – 1. 1 Jubilee Gardens, Cardiff CF14 4PP

For more infromation about the Open Gardens Day, please contact Lisa Williams on 02920 225942 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018.

GDPR aims to provide more protection for individuals, meaning more privacy obligations for organisations. The UK's decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR.  It is time to start planning to ensure your organisation is compliant.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has produced a useful 12 steps to take now guide to help prepare you.

In conjunction with the ICO, WCVA are holding free Webinars and dates of future sessions are listed below:

23 October 2017 Subject Access
20 November 2017 Data Protection for Trustees
11 December 2017 Privacy by Design
23 January 2018 Data Sharing
6 February 2018 CCTV


Visit #DesktopData – preparing you for GDPR on WCVA’s website to find out more about the up and coming Webinars including recordings of previous sessions.