Rhodri Morgan, a reflection

Our founder, Robert Davies has taken some time to reflect on the news of Rhodri Morgan’s passing.

Rhodri Morgan who was Vice-President of Voluntary Community Service from 1997 has died.

At a local, national and international level he was known and admired by many. Great people are praised by the great for their great work But many ordinary folk will also be aware of his closeness to their everyday concerns. Typical of this was his involvement with VCS and many similar organisations.

His first contact with our work was in 1966 shortly after VCS was founded. It was to plan the construction (by a UNA International workcamp) of an adventure playground at the former Ely Hospital School for Handicapped. Together we discussed the proposal with the Headteacher, Grace Edwards and her daughter Julie ( who he was to marry soon after). This happened to be the year when George Thomas, MP, became Pesident of VCS Cymru. Rhodri became Honorary Vice-President in 1997 at the death of George Thomas (with Robert Davies as Hon. President).

VCS Cymru now runs Radio Cardiff, which Rhodri officially opened in 2007. Subsequently he was a frequent guest for broadcast interviews until his retirement.

He attended the VCS Cymru 50th Anniversary although not “officially” and his wife Julie Morgan, AM, gave an address at the main celebration meeting.

Over the years of our organisation’s long history we are grateful for the significant and continuous support and influence of such a person.

Our thoughts are with those closest to him at this time.

Media Release – MMG Awards

Media Release
10.Apr.17

THE SOUND OF THE CAPITAL, OFFICIALLY THE BEST IN WALES AND THE SOUTH WEST

LAST weekend, the city’s community radio station, Radio Cardiff, won the prestigious MMG regional award for Best Radio Station – Wales and the South West.  

Radio Cardiff, the city’s only community radio station marks ten years of broadcasting later this year, and following a shake-up of the schedule in January the station has gone on to win the ultimate accolade, being named Best Station in Wales and the South West.

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Co-op Community Fund

Today’s been a busy day in the office. Not only have we been celebrating Radio Cardiff being named the Best Radio Station in Wales and the South West, but we’ve also began our six month stint as one of the Co-op’s chosen community charities.

Our work means collaborating with some of the most disatvantaged people in our communities. This is sometimes a hard-sell to funders as we’re often working with the people on the fringes of society. But we belive in giving everybody a chance, so it’s worth it.

In 2017 we went it alone, going back to our roots as a social action charity with a greater focus on people. We handed over the Volunteer Centre to C3SC and refocused our efforts on three core strands of work; heritage, media and supported volunteering. This transition has meant us needing to find new ways of raising funds. We no longer recieve funding directly from government and now wholly rely on grants and donations. Asking for money is never easy, harder still in today’s tough times, but we belive in what we’re doing, and see the effects of our work on a daily basis.

In our 50 year history we’ve been through quite a bit. We’ve gained and lost staff and faced closure sevral times, yet we are still here, and today are stronger than ever.

The Co-op Local Community Fund is one way we are raising funds for the work that we do. Members who’ve signed up can donate 1% of their shop to us without it costing them a shiny new £1! Even a propotion of the 5p spent on carrier bags goes into the pot. It’s really easy to sign up to the scheme, it will cost you a £1 but for that you get 5% back on all co-op branded products (including funerals)!

To become a meber click here.

You’ll need to choose us as your charity, but you can do that later. There are some great charities on there already, so if you wanted to you could spread your generosity acorss them all!

I’m going to be addicted to the website over the next six months, hopefully seeing our total rising, thinking about all the ways we can use that money to help people locally.

If you’d like to get involved in fundraising for VCS Cymru, or have any new ideas for us then get in touch. We’re always looking for new ways of raising funds for our work!

Thanks for reading.

Mike – Development Manager

 

Media Release – Stories/Straeon

Media Release
14.Feb.17

YOUNG VOLUNTEERS FROM ACROSS CARDIFF TEAM UP TO UNEARTH STORIES OF VOLUNTEERING DURING WWI

Voluntary Community Service Cymru (VCS) joins forces with local young people thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund Wales.

Straeon o’r Ffrynt Cartref/Stories from the Home Front will highlight and share the work done by charities from across Cardiff between 1914 and the end of the Great War.
Continuing the community heritage work of VCS, Stories//Straeon will see young people from across Cardiff working with some of the city’s leading organisations to share the story of volunteering through community journalism, filmmaking, and interactive media; uncovering the hidden stories that helped keep Cardiffians in high spirits during some of its darkest hours.

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Media Release – Radio Cardiff

Media Release
13.Feb.17

THE FUTURE SOUNDS BRIGHT FOR RADIO CARDIFF

Radio Cardiff, the city’s only community radio station marks ten years of broadcasting later this year, and today announces a new phase in its development as it becomes part of Voluntary Community Service (Cymru) with enhanced community engagement and training capacity, along with a refreshed schedule.

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Dipping into 2017

At midday on New Year’s Day 2017 our Volunteering Officer, Jo Harry and her colleague in the Vale of Glamorgan, Clare Humphreys went for an unseasonal dip at Barry Island Beach.  Jo and Clare joined hundreds of others to run into the sea, braving the wind, rain and cold temperatures. The weather did not dampen the amazing spirit of the event with dippers joined by hundreds more spectators.  Clare, dressed as Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, and Jo in her VCS t-shirt (and cheating wetsuit) joined daleks, superheroes and butlers amongst others. Volunteers from the local RNLI station manned the sea as people ran in three times and dipped underwater. There were smiles and laughs everywhere.

Jo said:
Having so much fun in the rain was an invigorating way to welcome in 2017 and paves the way for a positive year ahead.

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