The Charity Commission has used the outcomes of a new initiative to outline how it and other key players can improve charities' access to support that can help them manage financial risk, including fraud.

Today the Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published its response to a report from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), which identified key areas where more work needs to be done to help the sector manage financial risk. 


Read the rest of this article on the Charity Commission website.

In 2013, Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has £20m to give to charities that help disadvantaged people to play a fuller role in the community.

In Wales, the Foundation funds a wide range of charitable causes, including debt advice services, support for disability groups, carers support, and advocacy services. In 2012, they awarded £1,250,000 to 80 charities in Wales. Unlike many other grant makers, 70% of the funding goes towards core costs such as salaries, overheads, rent and project costs.

If your charity is registered with the Charity Commission, is helping disadvantaged people and you have 12 months of reserves or less, then the Foundation wants to hear from you. Visit, have a look at the funding guidelines and complete the eligibility questionnaire. It only takes ten minutes and it will tell you instantly if your charity would be eligible for funding.

“We were recently awarded a grant for the salary of an Employment Officer to help our beneficiaries find job opportunities, write CVs and hone their interview skills. This position is key to the future of the charity’s employment programme and would not be possible without the willingness of Lloyds TSB Foundation to fund this core cost. Their understanding of our needs and flexibility towards our grant has been so refreshing.” Mike Spence, the Fundraising Officer at the North Wales Deaf Association

The Welsh Refugee Council's new Service Directory is now online. You can download it at

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In these days of economic difficulty, one of the most prominent questions on the minds of third sector organisations and groups is undoubtedly “Where can we get funding from to help us survive?”

If you’ve asked yourself this question, please take a close look at our ‘Current Funding Opportunities’ web page, which we update regularly - and if you would like some advice on funding from a Third Sector Officer, please phone us on (029) 2048 5722.

Here’s a link to the funding opportunities web page.

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Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) is glad to announce that its joint Big Lottery Fund application with Vale Centre for Voluntary Services (VCVS) has been successful. The umbrella organisations that support community groups and voluntary organisations in Cardiff and the Vale respectively have been awarded funding for four years.


Thanks to the Big Lottery for their support, and to all partners and contributors who were involved in achieving this successful outcome, the funding will enable Cardiff Third Sector Council to deliver the Community Voice programme entitled ‘Co-creating Healthy Change’. The programme involves developing a portfolio of projects to ensure people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan have a stronger voice in shaping the health and well-being services in their communities.


Sheila Hendrickson-Brown, Chief Officer of Cardiff Third Sector Council, said: “‘Community Voice’ is the ideal name for the programme as it gives communities the opportunity to voice their needs. But it is also a great opportunity for the third sector – and will demonstrate the skills and abilities of third sector organisations. I’m looking forward to working closely with our partners as we deliver this programme in Cardiff and the Vale to help shape health services to be as accessible and relevant as possible for everyone, particularly for people with disabilities, who may face discrimination and often have more difficulty in getting the support that best meets their needs.”


Sharon Hopkins, Director of Public Health, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board (UHB), commented: “The awarding of this funding is excellent news. The UHB very much wants to improve the way we engage and involve communities in helping to shape health and well-being services and promote healthy living. This collection of projects will provide exciting opportunities to enable us to do that.”


The Community Voice programme will consist of ten projects, each being run by different voluntary organisations (see below).


Gingerbread will be delivering the project for lone parent families. Rachel Schmidt, Wales Programmes Manager at the charity, said: “Gingerbread is delighted to be involved and will be working with single parents to build their confidence and skills to have their voices heard. We hope that this leads to positive change for local single parent families.”


Diverse Cymru will be running the ‘Seldom heard communities’ project and is also excited to be involved. Michael Flynn, Director of Development at Diverse Cymru, said: “At last we will have the capacity to truly support and engage in conversation on the service users’ terms, within their chosen environment and by providing them with the financial support to make it happen. This is another positive step towards allowing people to take control of their own lives and empowering them to feel able to advocate for their own needs, concerns and wishes.”


Dawn John, of Alzheimer’s Society, the organisation which will be responsible for the ‘Dementia and carers’ project, said: “This grant will help us to enable people with dementia and their carers to reach their full potential by living well in the community.”

The Big Lottery funding is very timely as it is a huge investment for the third sector in Cardiff and the Vale, and – more importantly – has the potential to make a positive difference to the health and well-being of vulnerable people at a very difficult time.”


  1. Here is the current list of project themes and third sector organisations delivering the projects:
  2. ·Refugee and asylum seekers – Displaced People in Action
  3. ·Geographic community of Ely and Caerau – Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE)
  4. ·Mental health service users – Cardiff and Vale Mental Health Development Project
  5. ·Mental health carers – Hafal
  6. ·Dementia and carers – Alzheimer's Society
  7. ·Lone parent families – Gingerbread
  8. ·NEET young people – Media Academy Cardiff (MAC)
  9. ·Long-term conditions – Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC)
  10. ·Seldom heard communities – Diverse Cymru
  11. ·Learning disabilities – Cardiff and Vale People First