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Cynrychiolwyr y Trydydd Sector yn cyfarfod y Gweinidog

Bydd Cyngor Partneriaeth y Trydydd Sector yn cwrdd ar 24 Tachwedd pan fydd Lesley Griffiths AC, y Gweinidog Cymunedau a Threchu Tlodi, yn y gadair am y tro cyntaf.
Mae yna eitemau pwysig iawn ar yr agenda, gan gynnwys:
polisi newydd Llywodraeth Cymru ar wirfoddoli sut y gall y Cyngor Partneriaeth weithio’n well yn y dyfodol i helpu […]

TSPC representatives to meet Minister

The Third Sector Partnership Council (TSPC) will meet on 24 November 2014 with Lesley Griffiths AM Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty in the chair for the first time.
There are some very important items on the agenda, including:
 the Welsh Government’s new policy on volunteering how the TSPC can work better in future to help people and […]

Culture Group discusses impact of funding cuts on local cultural activity

The first Welsh Government Culture Group to be Chaired by the new Deputy Minister responsible for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Ken Skates took place in Cardiff on 16 October 2014.
Voluntary Arts Wales has a seat at the table and this allows for the interests of the sector to be represented at Government level. The group brings […]

Amateo creates European memorandum

Amateo creates European memorandum Voluntary Arts is a founding member of Amateo, the European network for active participation in cultural activities. In the light of the European elections 2014, the Board of Amateo has recently created a European memorandum addressed to European policy makers.
This memorandum draws attention to the field of amateur arts as a core part of culture, […]

Culture Guides – increasing access to creative cultural activities

Culture Guides – increasing access to creative cultural activities
A major goal of cultural policy is to ensure free and equal access to art and culture experiences for all citizens – experiences that can enliven and enlighten people, changing their lives for the better, with positive implications for both the individual and society.
These experiences can be particularly valuable for people from parts of society […]

Criminal records portability comes into effect

From 17 June 2013, for an annual subscription of £13, individuals that apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check can keep their DBS certificate up to date and take it with them from role to role within the same ‘workforce’ – where the same type and level of check is required.
With the […]

Deregulation of the Licensing Act

Deregulation of the Licensing Act A draft order that will remove the need for entertainment licences for most plays, dance and indoor sport, has been laid before Parliament by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The order is the first part of the implementation of the Licensing Act deregulation package announced earlier in the year. 
Provided that Parliament gives consent, […]

Petition to remove leafleting restrictions for small-scale local events

Petition to remove leafleting restrictions for small-scale local events Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, councils can designate areas within which people must buy a licence to hand out leaflets. Nearly a third of councils now restrict leafleting, and licences are prohibitively expensive.
These rules have been catastrophic for theatres, village halls, comedy clubs and small nightclubs, which rely on leafleting, but cannot […]

Why cutting red tape is good news for amateur arts

Why cutting red tape is good news for amateur arts In a recent article for the DCMS blog, Robin Simpson, Chief Executive of Voluntary Arts explained why he thinks removing licensing red tape will encourage more amateur performances while easing the burden on organisers.
“Performances by amateur groups form a significant proportion of the cultural life of the country. In some communities amateur shows are the […]

Online Gift Aid claims from April

Online Gift Aid claims from April More than a year and a half after the announcement of online submission for Gift Aid repayment claims, HM Revenue and Customs has said the service will start in April 2013. While the move has been welcomed, the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) says the implementation timescale might be tough for some charities and may put […]
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