Jobs, Funding,Consultations and Competitions

Funding & Grants

Big Lottery Community fund

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary or community organisation

  • registered charity

  • constituted group or club

  • not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company

  • social enterprise

  • school

  • statutory body (including town, parish and community council).


National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities and you must be able to explain in your application how your project or

activity will:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities

  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities

  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

  • You can find out more from the Community Fund website here.

Prince's Trust Cymru Development Awards

Aged 16-30? You could be eligible for a payment, of up to £250 to help you into work, education or volunteering.

Development Awards can help fund:


  • Tools or equipment for your job or qualification e.g. hairdressing kit, carpentry tools, chef's whites, personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • Course and training fees

  • Clothing for interviews or work experience

  • License fees e.g. CSCS card (construction) or SIA license (security)

  • Childcare costs to help single parents access  short term education

  • Transport costs e.g. bus/rail travel to a new job until your first salary payment


For more information: Freephone 0800 842 842 Text 'Call me' to 07983 385 418


Talk with me: Speech, Language and Communication Delivery plan 2020-21

Consultation ends: 23 April 2020

Welsh Government are seeking your views on:

  • raising parental awareness of engaging with young children through SLC

  • identifying any SLC issues early and providing appropriate support

  • providing further SLC training within the childcare workforce

  • reviewing our policies and strategies

Local authority education databases

Consultation ends: 22 April 2020

Welsh Government are seeking your views on draft regulations that will require each local authority (LA) to set up a database of all compulsory school age children in their area.


Some dates still available:

A series of ‘Table Talk’ workshops are being delivered across Wales to gather feedback as part of the consultation.

The discussions will focus predominantly on the technical aspects of the draft regulations. Register Now.

13 March 2020: Mid and West Wales - Stakeholders and Young People (11+) 

26 March 2020: South Wales – Stakeholders only 

Monmouthshire education services survey

We want your views on how well Monmouthshire education services supports schools and youth services. Your opinions will help us judge how effective the education services are at ensuring young people receive the education to which they are entitled.

If you’re a parent, carer, learner or work/are involved in education in Monmouthshire we’d like to hear your views.

Staff Training Needs Questionnaire

WJEC is working as part of a consortium, led by AlphaPlus Consultancy Ltd, commissioned by Welsh Government to develop the personalised assessments. As part of this work, WJEC is providing training to schools on administering and using the personalised assessments.

In order to tailor training provision to your staff needs, we encourage all schools to complete the short online questionnaire.

Changes to disabled students’ allowances

Welsh Government want to improve the quality of support available to eligible students. We are consulting on the following changes:

  • amalgamation of allowances

  • availability of a pre-arranged package of support

  • responsibilities for arranging support

  • improving DSA awareness


Structure for Welsh apprenticeship frameworks

Welsh Government are are seeking your views on the structure of apprenticeship frameworks. 

Qualifications Wales’ consultation on the nature of qualifications to be taken at 16 is live!

Education in Wales is embarking on a significant period of change, and at the centre of these changes is an innovative curriculum for 3 to 16-year olds.

To complement the new curriculum, they want the next generation of 16-year olds to take globally respected qualifications that inspire and prepare them for life, learning and work. We want to be sure that any changes we make lead to long-lasting improvements and stability for the qualifications system.

Written Statement: Consultation – Summary of response: Draft Welsh in Education Strategic Plans Regulations (Wales) 2019 and Guidance

        The Welsh Government undertook a consultation on the draft Welsh in Education Strategic Plans Regulations (Wales)                    2019 and Guidance between 30 May and 13 September 2019.  The document summarising the key themes from the                        responses received to that consultation and the Welsh Government responses has been published today on the Welsh                    Government website.


Draft keeping learners safe guidance

       Welsh Government wants your views on the revision of the 2015 guidance for local authorities and governing         bodies on arrangements for safeguarding children

Ensuring access to the full curriculum

       Welsh Government are seeking your views on the impact of the proposal to change parents’ ability to                   withdraw their children from Religious Education (RE) and Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in             the new curriculum.

Professionals and Practitioners CHILD & FAMILY POVERTY SURVEY 2019

        Children in Wales have been carrying out an Annual Child & Family Poverty Survey for the last 4 years, which helps us to              understand levels and trends of child poverty in Wales. Find the survey here.

Beaufort Research

Draft Keeping Learners Safe Guidance want your views on the revision of the 2015 guidance for local authorities and governing bodies on arrangements for safeguarding children. Consultation ends 7 November 2019.

Regulations for licensing Animal Exhibits proposed

Regulations to introduce a licensing scheme for Animal Exhibits such as mobile zoos and petting farms have been introduced for consultation today by the minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs. Consultation ends 21 November 2019.

Education (Amendments relating to the intervals for Inspection of Education and Training) (Wales) Regulations 2020 want your views on proposals to amend the regulations. Consultation ends 25 November 2019.

Ensuring access to the full curriculum are seeking your views on the impact of the proposal to change parents’ ability to withdraw their children from Religious Education (RE) and Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in the new curriculum. Consultation ends 28 November 2019.

Social Media in Social Work: A Research Survey

Social media is surrounded by ethical dilemmas and ongoing questions in Social Work practice. As part of my Masters dissertation in Social Work at Cardiff University, I am conducting a short, 5-minute survey. It is an online questionnaire looking at social media use in Social Work and asks questions in relation to how professionals are using social media, examining some of the ethical dilemmas which social media creates.The questionnaire offers the opportunity for participants to highlight how they feel social media helps or hinders their everyday practice. The survey is anonymous and can be completed by anyone working in or training in Social Work or anyone who has worked in Social Work previously. If you are a Social Worker past or present, or currently training to be a Social Worker, I would appreciate your input. Thank you for your support with this research.


Access the survey

Sofia Grammenos – Social Work Student – Cardiff University

Purpose and Agency in Teaching Survey

        The research is funded by Cardiff University and is led by Dr Kevin Smith. The study is not sponsored by or affiliated with Welsh       
        Government. Find out more and take part.

The WRISK Survey

Women who are planning a pregnancy, or who are pregnant, get advice and information from many different sources. This can be helpful; but may also cause anxiety - and evidence may not always be well explained. The WRISK project wants to hear about your experiences.

The WRISK survey aims to learn more about women’s experiences of advice and information they received both before and during pregnancy. The survey is open to all women who have been pregnant in the last 5 years, regardless of how their pregnancy/ies may have ended. There is particular interest in hearing from women whose voices are not often heard – such as BAME women, women in receipt of welfare benefits, and younger and older women.

Complete the survey to have your say.

Adverse Childhood Experiences awareness survey

Public Health Wales wish to gain insight into the views and understanding of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) amongst staff in public sector roles within Wales.

To do this, they have commissioned Strategic Research and Insight (SRI), an independent research company based in Cardiff, to carry out an online survey. This will gather the views of public sector workers across Wales.

The survey is important because it will help understand, for the first time, the levels of relevant expertise, knowledge and skills available in public service to tackle the outcomes of ACEs in the adult and child population in Wales.

The survey can be completed in English or Welsh by clicking here:

Public Health Wales would like to hear from as many Wales-based public sector workers as possible, irrespective of their role. This could include, for example, people delivering front line services or people who work in operational, management or leadership roles. It may also include people who work in organisations which deliver services funded by the public sector e.g. Third Sector.

If you have any queries, or would like any information to help promote the survey, please contact Angus Campbell of SRI at

Kinship Carers: State of the Nation Survey

The State of the Nation survey is an opportunity for all kinship carers to help develop services and fight for improvements in support for kinship families. This year the focus is on the time when you first became a kinship carer, because this is such a critical stage and often shapes the support that you and your family receive. We want to hear directly from you about your experiences and the improvements you would like to see. Complete the survey here.

Job Vacancies

Children in Wales - Chief Executive

We seek a dynamic, passionate and experienced leader who will develop the organisation's already established position. Our new Chief Executive will increase our impact and influencing ability for the benefit of all children and young people in Wales. 


Children in Wales is the national third sector organisation that works closely with others to improve the lives of all children, young people and families in Wales. Our aims are to decrease inequality, increase opportunities and develop a society fit for children.


Children in Wales: 

  • Creates a united voice for the sector, by way of campaigns, developing capacity and encouraging collaboration

  • Gives a voice to all children and young people, so they are at the centre of policies, services and delivery. We are the leading organisation that enables communication between Welsh Government policy makers and the organisations responsible for implementing policy

  • Promotes the rights and needs of children and young people

  • Shapes policy and shares best practice to develop the workforce, by way of meetings, events and training


Please click on the link below to read more about this exciting role 


Youth Board – Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing – Whole School Approach

• Do you want to help Welsh Government to design a whole school approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health?

• Do you want to have a say in what the best approach should be to make sure support provided in schools actually works for children and young people? 


If the answer is yes, please apply to be a part of our Youth Board and download the application form here.

What it involves:

• The Welsh Government is delivering a programme of work looking at a whole school approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health and we want young people to help us design an approach that works for you.

• The role involves advising both the Welsh Government whole school approach team and the Together for Children and Young People Programme team on a variety of projects.

• Youth Board meetings will be every 3 months. We will arrange and pay for your travel, food and accommodation (if you need to stay overnight). The first meeting will be held in Cardiff, but after that it will depend on what works for the group’s members.

Why join:

• A chance to attend group meetings every 3 months. We will arrange and pay for your travel, food and accommodation (if you need to stay overnight). The first meeting will be held in Cardiff, but after that it will depend on what works for the group’s members.

• As well as helping to shape mental health and wellbeing services in schools, being a member of the Youth Board will give you an opportunity to develop new skills and to meet and get to know young people from across Wales.

• As a Board member you will be expected to work hard but we will aim to make sure that meetings are as interactive and that we also have fun along the way! 

Chief Executive National Academy for Educational Leadership (NAEL) Wales

The Board is seeking a dynamic Chief Executive to build on and take forward the NAEL (Leadership Academy). The closing date for applications is 17 January 2020. Visit the site to apply.


Children and young people are at the heart of our work - they even helped us decide on our name and logo back when we first became Into Film.

To ensure young people's opinions and voices are heard we established the Into Film Youth Advisory Council (YAC), a panel of passionate young people aged between 10 and 18 years-old. The YAC acts as a way to bring together our members from across the UK, to give them an insight into new developments for the organisation, and for us to hear and act on their feedback on everything from our film catalogue, to teaching resources and competitions, through to the Into Film Festival.

The council is also hugely beneficial for young people's personal, social and academic development and confidence working in groups. YAC member Sophie describes it as "a great way to meet new people and learn new skills such as leadership and responsibility".

Young people taking part experience positive benefits such as greater confidence with public speaking and information sharing skills, teamwork and independence.


Career Choices Dewis Gyrfa Ltd, a subsidiary of the Welsh Government, is seeking five new board members (Welsh desirable) with a range of expertise, across a broad range of economic sectors, professions and social groups. Apply here.

Development Officers - Voices From Care Cymru

Do you want young people to be heard?

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of care experienced young people?

Do you want to be part of a rapidly expanding charity?

We are looking to recruit for full and part time  Development Officers to join our team.

Job Role:

We are looking to recruit for the following:

Development Officer (Local Groups) Salary £19,285 – 35 hours a week

Fixed Term until March 2021 (Subject to funding)

Full time or job share

This post will develop VFCC’s three regional participation groups by delivering a series of engaging workshops, which aim to provide care experienced young people with the opportunity to influence policy and practice in Wales.  The Post will develop and facilitate VFCC’s local participation groups in RCT, Merthyr Tydfil and Carmarthenshire. This post will also support care experienced young people participate in VFCC’s wider work, including conferences and events.

Job Description available for download here

Development Officer (Outreach) Salary £11,571 per annum – 21 hours a week

Secondment Cover until 31st October 2020

The Post will develop and facilitate projects using Comic Relief funding to aid participation of care experienced young people who currently have no relationship with VFCC. More specifically, the post will support young people to plan and deliver a series of young person-organised events across Wales. Once engaged, you will support these young people to deliver working groups, join social action campaigns and participation groups to improve services for care leavers, reducing the inequalities they face.


The Young Money Challenge 2020 is here!

The first ever Young Money Challenge has now launched. Download your Challenge Packs - they include everything you and your students need to enter the Young Money Challenge! @youngmoneyedu #YMChallenge2020

Closing date: 27 March 2020

Win a visit to Glan-Llyn for your School or College

Be the first group ever to stay at the new Glan-IIyn Isa' centre, a prize worth more than £8,000! Open to secondary schools, college and university groups.

Closing date: 3 April 2020

Nominations for German Teacher Award 2020

If you know a truly outstanding German language teacher at your primary or secondary school – make sure that their dedication and excellence get the recognition they deserve!

Closing date: 10 April 2020

Product development competition to win an iPad

Food Innovation Wales are inviting pupils aged 11-16 to create a new Welsh food and drink product to have the chance to win an iPad.

Closing date: 19 June 2020

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