Bowled over by dinosaurs in Dolgellau!

(Immediate Release - 16th March 2010)





Representatives from Welsh-speaking County Voluntary Councils (CVCs) came face to face with dinosaurs at the cricket pavilion in Dolgellau yesterday. The event, organised by the Charity Commission, provoked lively discussions as the CVC training development officers were challenged to think through some common problems facing the imaginary charity ‘Dino Rescue’.

Whilst the charity is fictional, the problems it faces illustrate real situations that trustees deal with every day when running charities. This interactive approach has already proved a hit with over 38 charities and sector umbrella groups across Wales, who have been especially appreciative that the Commission had designed and delivered the workshop in Welsh.

Harry Iles, Head of the Charity Commission’s Wales Office, said:

"It may sound strange to have arranged a meeting to discuss a dinosaur welfare charity, but the Dino Rescue workshop has proved a highly effective way to help Welsh charities train their trustees on all aspects of charity management, from submitting accounts to the Commission to dealing with a complaint from a member of the public. After yesterday’s event the CVC teaching development officers will be able to train local charities using the Dino Rescue package. By holding this event in Welsh, we wanted to highlight that we have a number of Welsh speakers in the Commission and are happy for people to phone or write to us in English or in Welsh."

Meinir Jones, Senior Support Services Officer at Mantell Gwynedd, said:

"Yesterday’s Dino Rescue session was a great way of bringing to life many of the situations trustees can face when running their charity. This will allow us to use the package to provide training locally. Such Welsh language training materials are rare and we are very glad of these developments within the Wales Office of the Charity Commission."

Meri Huws, Chair of the Welsh Language Board, said:

"Dino Rescue is an innovative and engaging initiative, allowing trustees to access information and training in Welsh. I’m confident that the initiative will give charity employees and volunteers the confidence to undertake more of their day to day work through the medium of Welsh. It is very important that the Commission continues to expand and promote its Welsh language service and Dino Rescue is a great way of doing this."


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Notes to Editors

1. The Charity Commission is the independent regulator for charitable activity in England and Wales. See for further information or call our contact centre on 0845 300 0218.

2. The Charity Commission’s Wales office is on the 8th Floor, Clarence House, Clarence Place, Newport, South Wales, NP19 7AA.

3. In January 2009, the Charity Commission published a report on the Welsh charitable sector, A snapshot of charities in Wales. The report includes a range of previously unpublished information on the activity of Welsh charities registered with the Commission, including the following key findings:

  • There are just over 9,000 registered charities in Wales;
  • They have a combined income of just under £1bn;
  • 90% of them carry out their work solely in Wales.

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