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AVOW: Supporting Sports and Culture During Covid-19

by Love Wrexham Magazine
AVOW: Friend-In-Need Scheme

AVOW (The Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham) has been incredibly busy over the last few months. In addition to the article recently published on our website about the Land Adventure playworkers on the Plas Madoc Estate, they are also working on the following two initiatives.

AVOW and HAD Partnership Announcement

A new partnership between AVOW and Hydro Aluminium Deeside will see the introduction of some £500 grants to support sports and cultural organisations during Covid-19.

The organisations chosen across Wrexham County Borough area are as follows:

  • Bellevue FC: the first award- winning, league-registered, multi- ethnic and inclusion-specific football team in Wales based at Bellevue Park
  • The Bitesize Theatre Company. This company has been producing high quality, accessible theatre since 1992 for young people across England and Wales.
  • Advance Brighter Futures. An organisation working in partnership with people experiencing mental distress and promoting health, well-being and recovery in Wrexham and its local communities.

Managing director, Wayne Clifton said: “We believe it is important to support our local community, sport and cultural organisations, who need to adapt to the new situations we face as a result of the pandemic.”

The Marjorie Dykins OBE Volunteer Memorial Awards 2020

AVOW is inviting nominations for the Marjorie Dykins OBE Volunteer Memorial Awards 2020. The closing date for receipt of nominations will be noon on the 20th November 2020. AVOW will subsequently announce the winners and present them with their awards at a virtual event in early December 2020.

The awards recognise the valuable work that volunteers undertake in their service to the local communities. Additionally, they encourage the voluntary organisations based in the Wrexham County Borough which make a positive and significant difference to their local communities.

Two awards are available: one for an individual volunteer and the other for a group of volunteers. The winners of each category will receive a cheque for £500.

AVOW created the awards in memory of Marjorie Dykins OBE, who founded the first playgroup in Wrexham in 1950. She was a founder trustee of AVOW, Home-Start, Family Friends and a wide range of other organisations and groups.

Marjorie died in October 2015 and previously lived in Garden Village, Wrexham where she founded the playgroup.

The Value of Volunteers

John Gallanders (Chief Officer of AVOW) comments that “the past six months has shown more than ever the value volunteers bring to the lives of individuals and our communities. The way that people have stepped forward to volunteer during the Covid-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. Without the support that has been given by volunteers, many people’s lives would have been intolerable over that period.”

For further information, please contact the Liaison Officer, Ken Rowlands, by e-mail at ken.rowlands@avow.org or by telephone on 01978 312 556.

AVOW connects voluntary and community organisations and activities in Wrexham. Furthermore, it coordinates advice, information, financial and community development support services for charities and community groups. AVOW is well placed to signpost individuals to appropriate sources of support and to deliver high-quality services to carers, citizens with particular needs and those seeking employment.

For more details, visit www.avow.org

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