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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!

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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 click here or visit the Wales Volunteer website: www.volunteering-wales.net

 

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.

 

New round of Volunteering Wales Grants offers opportunities for project funding up to £20,000

A new round of Volunteering Wales Grants was launched 12 September, with opportunities for project funding of logoup to £20,000 for activity from 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020.

Volunteering Wales Grants is a scheme funded by Welsh Government to promote and improve volunteering in Wales. The scheme is administered by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and is designed to deliver the government’s commitment to identifying opportunities for more people to volunteer.

Prosperity for All
Grants will be allocated to projects that can demonstrate that they are able to make a contribution to delivering the Welsh Government’s strategy, Prosperity for All, which describes a long-term aim to build a Wales that is prosperous and secure, healthy and active, ambitious and learning, and united and connected. 

The strategy identifies five priority areas which have the potential to make the greatest contribution to long-term prosperity and well-being. These are early years, better mental health, housing, skills and employability and social care. They are areas where it has been shown that earlier intervention and more seamless services can make a real difference to people’s lives.

The Volunteering Wales Grants for 2019/20 will support volunteering projects that contribute towards achieving outcomes in one or more of the priority areas.

Volunteering by young people is encouraged and supported through this grant scheme and a percentage of the funding available has been ring fenced to support projects that exclusively recruit young volunteers aged 14 – 25.

How can I find out more information?
Information sessions will be taking place around Wales during October and November 2018 to promote the Volunteering Wales Grants.  Book your place here shortly.

BAVO can also help you with general advice and support in developing your volunteering project.

The deadline for applications is 5 December 2018.

Contact WCVA’s Volunteering Team for further guidance by E: volwalesgrants@wcva.org.uk or call the team, T: 0300 111 0124.

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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.

Award winners

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. 

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