For a PDF of the “We can” initiative, click here.

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‘We can…’  at DVSC

As the membership body for volunteers, voluntary and community groups, third sector organisations and social enterprises in Denbighshire, DVSC is taking part in UK wide celebrations for Volunteers Week culminating in The Big Celebration on the 12th June with a host of events and activities. (For more details of the full range of events see below)


‘We can ..’ is a photographic exhibition by Ceridwen Hughes of Same but Different exploring the dreams and hopes of young adults with learning disabilities. The images are perceptive, powerful, and positive. The online exhibition has attracted worldwide interest particularly in the USA and Australia.


Throughout the day, freelance artist, project manager, consultant and collaborator Ticky Lowe, will be showing and discussing a short film ‘Immersive Spaces’. This encapsulates the responses of profoundly disabled young people to a stimulating temporary environment. Intrigued? Come along and speak to Ticky to learn more.


The Exhibition will be available to view from 11am to 3:30 pm at the Naylor Leyland Centre, Well St, Ruthin LL15 1AF


Both projects were funded through the 2016/17 Welsh Government Intermediate Care Fund which DVSC administered on behalf of BCUHB and the North Wales Social Care and Well Being Services Improvement Collaborative.

DVSC Chief Executive, Helen Wilkinson commented “I’m very proud of DVSC’s role  in supporting innovation and creativity in projects and activities delivered by organisations that support individuals with a learning disability and we are delighted to be showcasing this exhibition with two artists who have kindly volunteered their time for this event during Volunteers Week.”

Notes to Editors

About DVSC

Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council, DVSC, the County Voluntary Council operating in Denbighshire. Our mission is to promote, support, and develop volunteers, voluntary organisations and the third sector in Denbighshire and North Wales.


DVSC works closely with North Wales CVCs, and is a member of the Wales Association of County Voluntary Councils (WACVC) which in partnership with the Wales Council of Voluntary Associations (WCVA) forms the partnership that makes up Third Sector Support Wales.


For further information contact Helen Wilkinson, DVSC’s Chief Executive,  01824 702 441 or 07957 684 079


Follow us on twitter @DVSC_Wales and like our #DenbighshireVolunteers Facebook page


‘We can …’ Case study




Having a disability makes you unique, it makes you different from other people. In a way, it can help you as well as hinder you at times.

My disability makes me think somewhat differently from others. I think at a different pace. Project like ‘We can…’ help us to explain about who we are and you want to take part just to prove you can. The reason I am doing this is to help people understand more.


Having a disability sets you apart. It gives you a hidden edge that you don’t know you have until you discover it.

Being disabled is an amazing world to be in and I am glad to be part of it.”

Paige is on the autistic spectrum, ADHD and also has vasovagal syncope which causes fainting.


DVSC Events & Activities Volunteers Week –

The Big Celebration (1st – 12th June 2017)


Thursday 1st June


Ruthin School ‘Celebration of Youth Volunteering’ 6pm
Friday 2nd June #Friday Feeling – ‘Open Doors’ – Develop Skills & Meet New People – Come along and join in the #Friday Feeling at DVSC Volunteer Centre Offices, Naylor Leyland Centre, Ruthin LL15 1AF  1 – 3pm Ysgol Clawdd Offa, Prestatyn ‘Celebration of Youth Volunteering’ 6pm
Monday 5th June


Celebration of the creative work being done in Learning Disability in North Wales: ’We Can’ Exhibition – Come and view the powerful photographic images of the ability and potential within everyone. Touching video of the ‘Immersive Spaces’ project, working creatively with young people with profound disabilities.  DVSC Volunteer Centre Offices, Naylor Leyland Centre, Ruthin LL15 1AF. Drop in! 11am – 3.30pm. (refreshments provided)


Tuesday 6th June


Rhyl Talking Point Volunteer Event, Rhyl Library – Enjoy supporting people? Want to gain some new skills? Want to make a contribution in your community? Come and meet staff from DVSC, North Wales Women’s Centre, Age Connects, TAPE, British Red Cross, Action on Hearing Loss, NEWCIS, and many more! – 10am – 12pm (drop in)


Wednesday 7th June


DWP Volunteer Event, Rhyl Job Centre – Find out how you can volunteer in your local area and sign up!  10am – 2pm (drop in)


Thursday 8th June


Sunny Rhyl Litter Pick’ #DenbighshireVolunteers – Come and join DVSC, Denbighshire Learning Partnership & Keep Wales Tidy for a fun filled few hours sprucing up the local area – Meet at Rhyl Pavilion Car Park at 11am (event runs till 1pm).


Friday 9th June


#Friday Feeling – ‘Open Doors’ – Develop Skills & Meet New People – Come along and join in the #Friday Feeling at DVSC Volunteer Centre Offices, Naylor Leyland Centre, Ruthin LL15 1AF 1 – 3pm


Monday 12th June


#DenbighshireVolunteers Big Celebration Event, DVSC Volunteer Centre Offices, Naylor Leyland Centre, Ruthin LL15 1AF – 1.30 – 3.30pm



For more information on any of the above events, please contact:

01824 702 441 or email:

Get involved through our social media Shout Out! See overleaf……….

Get involved through our social media Shout Out!

If you are not able to attend one of our events, you can still be involved. We will be running a social media campaign through Facebook and twitter, @DVSC_Wales to promote Volunteers Week and to do a Social media Shout out for all those #DenbighshireVolunteers who have made a difference in the last 12 months.  So please take part in this campaign.


There are a number of ways in which you can contribute directly to this social media campaign.


  • You can share information about our events and activities as widely as possible through social media, your contacts and your website


  • You can send us information about your events and activities and we will share your information through our networks, social media and websites.




  • And finally, if there are volunteers who have made a real difference to your voluntary and community group or organisation over the last year you can nominate them for a Celebratory Shout out by emailing – providing name, contact details, and why (in no more than 250 words) their voluntary efforts deserve to be celebrated.  If you have a photograph of them to share all the better or you can fill in the form on our website here –


So please do join us in celebrating #DenbighshireVolunteers in whichever way you can and if you have an idea or a suggestion for how we can raise the profile of volunteers, and volunteering in Denbighshire during this period (and beyond) do let us know.


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