Leighton Andrews said: “Children in Need Day represents an ideal opportunity to talk to fundraisers across Wales about their role, their sector and how our plans will help them to get the most for the third sector in Wales.
“Fundraisers are essential to the ongoing success and sustainability of charities across Wales and require commitment, imagination and determination. We acknowledge the important work of the Institute. For example, it has been instrumental in helping fundraisers across Wales understand the implications of the new Charities Act and how it can be used to enhance fundraising.
“The Institute has also taken a central role in ensuring that the needs of Wales are reflected in the new Fundraising Standards Board.”
The Deputy Minister also took the opportunity to outline future plans for how the Welsh Assembly Government will work with the Third Sector through the Voluntary Sector Scheme Strategic Action Plan to be launched later this month.
The plan will provide a clear picture of what the Welsh Assembly Government intends to achieve through its support for the third sector including continued financial support for the sector, encouraging greater volunteering and a sector led media campaign to do this.
“We recognise that third sector organisations must be properly valued and supported. Later this month I will announce details of the new action plan which will re-affirm our commitment to the Sector and to the principles and values of our Voluntary Sector Scheme. The action plan will be formally launched in February next year.”
16 November 2007