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Volunteering

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!banner

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.

logoBAVO 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: bavo@bavo.org.uk

For the latest volunteering opportunities please visit Bridgend.volunteering-wales.net 


Focus Forward in Bridgend County Borough...
Community support to improve your wellbeing and discover volunteering opportunities to suit YOU

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  • Support and guidance on all aspects of volunteering;
  • Make positive changes;
  • Develop personal skills and experience;
  • Improve your quality of life;
  • Achieve your goals...

Within relaxed, friendly and understanding surroundings, participants from eligible Bridgend County Borough postcode areas will receive one-to-one support to help improve their confidence and skills through finding volunteering opportunities for all ages and abilities.

We can help you put in place the things YOU feel you need to improve your wellbeing and confidence and gain a better understanding of support groups in your area.

Volunteering can be exciting, challenging and rewarding. It benefits you and the individuals or the group you are helping. Groups rely on volunteers, so you can make a BIG difference to your community! Volunteering opportunities include:

  • Befriending/mentoring;
  • Supporting young or older people;
  • Retail in a charity shop;
  • Supporting people with special needs;
  • Driving;
  • Drug and alcohol support projects;
  • Environment and conservation;
  • Trustee roles and much more!

Project participants living in eligible postcode areas will be able to receive FREE training to help fulfil their volunteer role, including:

  • Volunteering awareness sessions;
  • Basic First Aid;
  • Safeguarding children and adults;
  • Dementia Friends

For further details, download our English language Focus Forward leaflet here >>>
For further details, download our Welsh language Focus Forward leaflet here >>>

Our project is coordinated by BAVO in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council.

For further details, contact our Bridgend Volunteer Centre, T: 01656 660372 or E: bavo@bavo.org.uk


New digital volunteering platform now live!

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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.