Nominate NOW for BAVO’s Volunteer Achievement Awards 2018
Every year thousands of individuals and groups volunteer across Bridgend County Borough give their time, energy, skills and commitment to help others in their community.
We want to recognise and honour outstanding people and organisations that have made a significant contribution to our community during the past year…and we want to hear from you!
Our awards ceremony will be held on Friday 9 November 2018 at the Heronston Hotel in Bridgend.
- Befriending/Mentoring Volunteer Award (sponsored by Valleys to Coast);
- Volunteer of the Year Award under 25 (sponsored by Graham Paul Accountants);
- Volunteer of the Year Award 25 and over;
- Trustee of the Year Award;
- Volunteer Project of the Year Award (sponsored by United Graphic Design);
- Charity Shop Volunteer of the Year Award;
- Sports Volunteer of the Year Award;
- Outstanding Volunteer contribution Award (sponsored by Handelsbanken).
Read our guidance notes here >>>
Download BAVO’s Volunteer Achievements Awards 2017 nomination form here >>>
Nominations must be received by 12 noon on Tuesday 4 September 2018.
For further details call Sharon or Geraint at Bridgend Volunteer Centre, T: 01656 660372.
Do you enjoy meeting people?
Are you looking for a change of direction?
Have you thought about volunteering?
Volunteering is rewarding and can make a big difference to you and your community.
By volunteering you will gain new skills, meet new people and enjoy new challenges. It will also make you think about what you have
to offer – enthusiasm, work and life skills.
Visit our Volunteer Centre in Queen Street, Bridgend town centre!
The Volunteer Centre is open 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday.
We have lots of vacancies on our books such as retail, youth work, peer support, health groups through to Board Directors. Pop in and have a chat, tell us what you are interested in and we will find a match!
Whatever your motivation, whatever your interests, you can pop in and have a coffee and chat with us. There is no obligation to sign up to anything, just lots of information on options for people to take away and think about.
The Volunteer Centre is situated at 2 Queen Street, Bridgend, CF31 1HX.
You can gain so much by volunteering:
- Meet new people and make new friends;
- Gain useful work experience;
- Learn new skills and use the ones you have already;
- Build confidence;
- Provide a real service to your community;
- Add to your CV;
- Do something you enjoy.
People volunteer for many different reasons: to help other people in the community, gain work experience, learn new skills, meet new people, gain access to training or to "just get out of the house." Whatever the reasons, people get a lot out of volunteering.
BAVO provides a county wide Volunteer Centre which offers up-to-date information, advice and guidance to people who are looking for volunteering opportunities. Whether you are an organisation looking for volunteers, or an individual looking for a suitable volunteering opportunity, registering with BAVO is free.
With over 300 registered voluntary organisations offering a range of volunteering opportunities, BAVO’s Volunteer Centre can match your skills and interests with a vacancy that suits you best.
We provide one to one confidential interviews which are designed to provide volunteers with the information they require to make informed choices in volunteering.
There are many opportunities, from administrative work to driving, conservation to education. You can work with many different organisations and people in your area and most organisations offer training and pay out-of-pocket expenses. You could make a real difference.
BAVO has details of lots of local volunteering opportunities, and there is bound to be one that suits your interests.
For further details contact Sharon or Geraint at BAVO's Bridgend Volunteer Centre, T: 01656 660372 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the latest volunteering opportunities please click here or visit the Wales Volunteer website: www.volunteering-wales.net
New digital volunteering platform now live!
Third Sector Support Wales partners have launched an exciting new digital volunteering platform to replace the current system.
The new platform is free for volunteers and for organisations looking to recruit.
As before you can find opportunities by searching for keywords or according to distance from your location.
However, volunteers can now also log the hours and skills they gain through volunteering and will receive digital badges for volunteering 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 hours.
Registration is straightforward and the website will remind volunteers of forthcoming commitments as well as being a record of what they have achieved, particularly useful for updating the CV!
For organisations working with volunteers the new system will help you to recruit and manage volunteers, log volunteer hours, plan rotas and events, record training and experience and produce reports.
To register on BAVO's section of the website, visit Bridgend.volunteering-wales.net
You will need to click the need volunteers - add your opportunity box, register and then add volunteer opportunities.
BAVO's June volunteering e-bulletin packed with good news stories and opportunities for you or your organisation!
Do you know any individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to their community? We want to recognise and honour outstanding people and organisations that have made a significant contribution to our community during the past year and we want to hear from you!
The Third Sector Support Wales partners have launched an exciting new digital volunteering platform to replace the current system. Registration is straightforward and the website will remind volunteers of forthcoming commitments as well as being a record of what they have achieved, particularly useful for updating your CV! For organisations working with volunteers, the new system will help you to recruit and manage volunteers, log volunteer hours, plan rotas and events, record training and experience and produce reports.
Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers! Throughout our Volunteers’ Week celebrations, local organisations joined us at various venues throughout the area to give out information explaining how volunteering can benefit individuals’ lives.
Do you have an hour to spare? We desperately need more volunteer befrienders.
Link Up Project: 'Strengthening 3rd sector skills' - BAVO is working in partnership with Swansea CVS and Neath/Port Talbot CVS to strengthen third sector governance and skills development through a range of interventions, such as recruiting and matching skilled mentors from public, private and independent sectors with third sector organisations. Volunteering is integral to achieving our Big Lottery funded project.
Two groups and nine individuals who devote themselves to projects in their local communities received national recognition during the presentation of the Wales Volunteer Awards 2018 run by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) at The Cornerstone in Cardiff, hosted by WCVA Vice President Tom Jones Chief Executive Ruth Marks.
Congratulations to local winner Alex Williams from Maesteg who was the winner of Young Volunteer (under 25 years) and Y Bont Crafters' Club and Ryan Jones who achieved 'Highly Commended' certificates for their volunteering achievements!
Find out more by downloading BAVO's June 2018 volunteering e-bulletin here >>>
BAVO celebrates volunteers’ achievements at awards ceremony 2017
BAVO recently held our fifth annual Bridgend County Borough Volunteer Achievement Awards 2017 at the Heronston Hotel in Bridgend.
Volunteers take on a wide range of tasks, giving up their time to make their community a better place, yet often receiving little, if any recognition for their commitment and energy. The awards were organised to recognise and celebrate the commitment and great volunteering that is happening all across the local area, from people who give their time freely to provide a wide range of services to many communities in Bridgend County Borough.
Read more here >>>