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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 

 

Don't miss BAVO's Volunteering Wales Grants roadshow 16 October

Are you looking for funding to support your volunteering project? poster

Will you need to recruit and train new volunteers? If so you may be eligible to apply for a maximum of £20,000.

Find out more by coming along to BAVO's Volunteering Wales Grants roadshow at Carnegie House - 14 Wyndham Street, Bridgend, CF31 1EF on Tuesday 16 October 2018 at 10am.

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.

Read more here >>>

To book your place, contact Geraint at BAVO's Bridgend Volunteer Centre, T: 01656 660372 or E: gerainthannaford@bavo.org.uk 

If you cannot make the roadshow, further information can be found at www.wcva.org.uk 

 

Youth Led Grants now open to encourage your young volunteers to look at ideas and projects they would like to develop in your organisations

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The maximum amount you can apply for is £1,000 and would advise you put as much information as possible and a breakdown of costings to clearly show the panel what the money would be used for.

The deadline to submit your applications is Wednesday 14 November 2018.

The Youth Led Grants is a pot of funding to encourage your young volunteers to look at ideas and projects they would like to develop in your organisations, to give them the opportunity to research costings etc and to complete the application forms for our youth funding panel to go through.

The idea of the funding is to further develop youth volunteering and to further encourage young people to volunteer with your project. It is completely youth led and a great way for young people to learn about applying for grants, help your organisations develop and to encourage more young people to get involved.

Take a look at the grant's guidelines here >>>

Download application form here >>>

We are always looking for more young people to also get involved with the youth funding panel to go through applications and to be part of that decision making process. This is a great opportunity for your young people to learn about various organisations throughout the borough and to learn about the grant application process and to see what happens from there.

If you did have any young volunteers who potentially would be interested in this, contact 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.

 

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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