DWP has produced a toolkit of communications materials to help staff and stakeholders tell the DWP Reform Story. The toolkit explains the context behind the reforms and provides an overview of all the changes that DWP will be delivering over the next few years. The DWP Reform Communications Toolkit is live and available on the DWP Website. 


The toolkit is in four parts. The amount and type of detail presented can be selected as appropriate:

1.   A reform narrative setting out DWP’s vision;

2.   A brief overview of the joined up reform story, listing the changes the reforms will bring, and intended for use at conferences and events;

3.   A presentation version of the above overview, with less text and detailed speaker’s notes, for use when the information is being delivered face to face;

4.   A more detailed reform breakdown going through the DWP reforms in greater depth. It has been designed to be delivered in sections which can be removed or combined in different ways depending on the target audience.


The toolkit will be continuously updated to ensure it is always accurate. A new version will be uploaded on the DWP website every month.

To support this top line information DWP has produced more detailed packs. A Personal Independence Payment toolkit is available now. A Universal Credit toolkit is due to be published on the DWP website shortly.

For more information, or to submit comments and feedback on the toolkit, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WCVA in a joint partnership arrangement with Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Cardiff and Vale Credit Union (representing ABCUL Credit Unions) has been awarded a contract by Finance Wales, with funding provided by the Welsh Government, to provide micro loan investment into enterprising third sector organisations across Wales.
The size of the loans to be offered are between £1,000 and £20,000 with a maximum repayment term of 5 years, interest rates will be 10% with a £150 setup fee. The £1 million fund is now taking applications and will be open until 2017.
The fund is aimed at providing micro loan finance to third sector organisations that want to expand or start enterprising activity that will generate income and create jobs in communities across Wales. The available finance can be used to fund revenue or capital investments.
Organisations can be start up in nature but they must be an incorporated organisation with an appropriate level of governance in place.
If you are interested in applying for the available finance you will need to work with your appointed loan officer to complete an application form. This application form with accompanying financial projections forms the basis of the information provided to the project’s credit panel for assessment and investment decision.
Interested organisations will in the first instance need to speak to a loan officer to confirm eligibility and suitability for the available finance before an application form is issued.


To discuss further loan officers can be contacted on:
WCVA – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0800 2888 329
Coalfields Regeneration Trust – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01443 404455
Cardiff and Vale Credit Union - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 029 2087 2379

Turn2us has launched its third annual Benefits Awareness Month campaign.

The national campaign encourages everyone in financial need to check their entitlement to welfare benefits and tax credits, and ensure they are claiming the support available to them.

With some of the biggest ever changes to the welfare benefits system taking place from April onwards, this year’s campaign is focused around helping all those who could be affected to get prepared for the changes.

As with last year’s Benefits Awareness Month, Turn2us is hosting a dedicated campaign website at www.benefitsawareness.org.uk This year it will feature full information on these changes as well as tips for anyone who may be affected so please circulate the web site address to your colleagues and service users who may find it useful.

The campaign launched on 3 April with new research findings on benefits in Wales and media activity, and is once again being supported by a number of organisations in Wales.

Visit the website above to find out more.


There was a fantastic response to the Netmums Red Nose Day grant. Red Nose Day gave £200,000 £80,000 for Cardiff Foodbankto Netmums to share among five charities. The charities selected by Netmums were Cardiff Food Bank (Wales); Home-Start Lake Land & Irvinestown (N.Ireland); Motherwell Football Club Community Trust (Scotland); Bluebell Nurses and WILD Young Parents Project (both England).

Congratulations to our member organsation Cardiff Foodbank for receiving the most votes and will be receiving £80,000.

Cardiff Foodbank said: “Cardiff Foodbank is absolutely delighted to receive £80,000 from Comic Relief! At a time when Cardiff Foodbank has experienced a 40% increase in demand since Christmas, this award will be a terrific help in our expansion of service provision, and help provide for our need of more warehousing and office space.

"This exciting social networking campaign would not have been possible without the generosity of Comic Relief and NetMums and the support of so many of Cardiff Foodbank's Trustees, friends, partners and volunteers - it’s been a fabulous team effort all round. Thank you everyone!

All five charities are winners as they will all receive a share of the money. This will make a real difference to the charities and help support children and families across the UK.

Visit the Netmums website to find out more.


Tori James at the summit of Mount Everest

Tori James, the first Welsh woman to climb Mount Everest (pictured here at the summit of Mount Everest), is working with ACE Cardiff to deliver their I CAn project, which will inspire children people, build their confidence and give them positive aspirations for the future.

Role models will talk to the children attending ACE’s homework clubs and inspirational visits will be arranged for them.

Gerry Puttock, Director of ACE Cardiff, said: “We are excited that Tori is going to work with us to turn this concept into reality. If anyone can inspire the children, she can, having achieved something so exceptional.”