Welsh Blood Service sessions at Maesteg Sports Centre …Blood donors urgently needed so please help!

If giving is in your blood, please help as every drop counts!

If you are fit and well please click on the link below to book a convenient day and time. Blood Donation is classed as essential travel.

Please support your local session in these unprecedented times to continue vital supply of platelets and blood products.

The Welsh Blood Service will be at:

Maesteg Sports Centre – Old Forge Site, Nant Y Crynwyd, Maesteg, CF34 9EB.

Friday 29 January 2021 from 10am – 12.30pm and 2 – 5pm

Click here to make an appointment

APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please note that there will be NO walk-in slots available.

For further details visit www.welsh-blood.org.uk or T: 0800 25 2266.

Alzheimer’s Society Bridgend ‘Music with Ric’

Alzheimer’s Society Bridgend have turned their ‘Music with Ric’ activity group into a virtual group using Zoom!

These sessions are held fortnightly (every other Thursday from 1.30 – 2.30pm). The next few dates are:
Thursday 28 January 2021

Find out more information here.

Whilst home visits are currently not possible, their local Dementia Advisers are making Welfare Calls and providing individualised, specialist information and support over the phone.

They have a new Companion Call service where Companion Call volunteers make calls to people who would like to chat. This is an opportunity for people to have an informal chat with a volunteer about whatever they like.

If you are worried about your memory, have a diagnosis of dementia or care for someone with a diagnosis of dementia and are interested in any of our services please just call: 0333 150 3456 or OR
03300 947 400 (Welsh speaking line).

Building Communities Trust webinar: ‘A Community Response to Covid’

Friday, 22 January 2021 from 10.30 -11.30am
Via Zoom

Join Building Communities Trust as they launch a brand-new report – A Community Response to Covid. Produced by People & Work and in collaboration with Llechi Glo A Chefn Gwlad, the report looks at how community organisations across Wales responded to the first lockdown, as well the support from local authorities and County Violuntary Councils.

You’ll hear about the findings of the research, and there’ll also be speakers from community organisations reflecting on the local and county-wide response to the crisis.

Register here.

FREE virtual roadshows to improve knowledge and responses to Honour Based Abuse

Would you know how to recognise and respond to signs of Honour Based Abuse?

Since the first National lockdown, the National Honour Based Abuse helpline ran by Karma Nirvana has seen an increase in contacts by 87%. As part of our commitment to ‘Shine the Spotlight’ on Honour Based Abuse, Karma Nirvana are delivering a series of FREE Roadshows across Wales to improve knowledge and responses to Honour Based Abuse.

The Roadshows will enable learners to:

  • understand and identify Honour Based Abuse;
  • manage and safely respond to disclosures of HBA;
  • identify potential risk indicators in cases of HBA;
  • Provide ‘safer multi-agency spaces’ for victims and survivors to speak;
  • broadened ‘safe spaces’ for victims and survivors to make disclosures.

The Roadshows will cover:

  • Defining Honour Based Abuse;
  • Prevalence, data and statistics;
  • Key drivers and motives;
  • Barriers and impact on victims and survivors;
  • Best practice guidance;
  • Relevant law and policy relating to Honour Based Abuse;
  • Safety planning, considering practical and legislative measures.

The Roadshows kick-start in the new year from 10am – 4pm on:
21, 27, 29 January 2021
3, 4, 8, 10, 17, 24, 26 February 2021
3, 4, 8, 10, 17, 19, 22, 24 March 2021

You can find out further information and select a date book your place here.


Deadline extended for Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund deadline has been extended to 31 March 2021.

This is a £25m emergency fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK. The fund is for those experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It was established to make an existing government scheme, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises.

The Fund is being run by Social Investment Business (SIB) with an initial £25m investment and support from Big Society Capital. £4m in grants from Access – The Foundation for Social Investment – are also available alongside loans for organisations in England.

You can find out more and how to apply here.

Looking for funding for your project or organisation?…. click on our funding search platform for the third sector in Wales!

Our funding website Funding Wales launched by Third Sector Support Wales, helps third sector organisations find funding.

To start searching for funding opportunities, visit funding.cymru 

Become a volunteer Community Companion telephone befriender….it’s good to talk!

Has lockdown left you bored and lonely? How about lifting your spirits by volunteering? Befriending by phone helps you and the person you call as weekly chat can help you both reconnect with the world!

The Covid-19 pandemic has definitely increased isolation and loneliness for so many people in our community, especially the most vulnerable. We have been overwhelmed and incredibly grateful by the number of volunteers that came forward to join our telephone befriending service.

For further details contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400, E: bavo@bavo.org.uk or visit our Community Companions page here.

TIC-TOC Community Champions needed to promote better health

Cardiff University is looking to recruit a team of five community champions living in Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board area to help with a new study called TIC-TOC, which is funded by Cancer Research Wales.

The six month public campaign aims to raise awareness of vague cancer symptoms and support people to seek advice from their GP with these symptoms, ultimately with the aim to improve cancer outcomes.

They are looking for people who are:

  • based in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board area (Rhondda, Taff Ely, Merthyr, Cynon and Bridgend);
  • connected with or are willing to connect with a range of social groups, organisations and clubs in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg area;
  • enthusiastic, friendly and approachable and who like meeting new people;
  • feel able to approach people to talk about cancer (we will provide training to help you with this);
  • have access to a computer and are computer literate (some events may need to be held online due to COVID-19 restrictions);
  • self-motivated.

You can find out further information here.

Gallwch ddarganfod mwy o wybodaeth yma. 

If you would like to apply, send a half-page summary to Gwenllian Moody (moodyg@cardiff.ac.uk) of why you are interested and what qualities you think you can bring to the community role.

Theo’s charity shop will need volunteers when allowed to re-open

Covid-19 has given many challenges to charity shops. When non-essential shops were allowed to re-open following the first national lockdown, Theo’s charity shop in Kenfig Hill experienced a shortage of volunteers as some decided to leave them because of age, health conditions or because they were shielding.

Margaret from Theo’s charity shop says: “Thanks to support from BAVO and the Volunteering Wales website, we were able to successfully recruit sufficient volunteers to re-opens. Volunteering is proving a lifeline for many reasons at this time and has become a more valued part of community life. We are grateful to all our Theo’s volunteers for their hard work and commitment.”

If you are interested in volunteering for Theo’s, contact Sharon at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: volunteering@bavo.org.uk or visit the Wales Volunteer Website at Bridgend.volunteering-wales.net

Leonard Cheshire Cymru have a range of volunteering opportunities near you (currently online)

Volunteers are needed to share their skills, offer training, mentoring or support the teams with: marketing, fundraising, promotion or events.

Leonard Cheshire Cymru support disabled people by working with partners to open doors to opportunity. They also work hard to break down barriers that deny disabled people their basic rights.

Volunteers are also need to run a session: on mindfulness, complementary therapies, chitchat and connect groups.

Volunteers are offered training, skills development and enhancing employability. To find out more about their volunteering opportunities or dates in the diary, email: VolunteeringCymru@leonardcheshire.org

RNID looking for volunteers for their Live Well with Hearing Loss Befriender role

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) is looking for volunteers to provide support and friendship to deaf people and those with hearing loss or tinnitus for their befriending service.

During the Covid-19 pandemic they are looking for volunteers to do this by telephone or letter. As a Live Well with Hearing Loss Befriender, you will phone people at a regular time each week, or write letters on a regular basis, and provide essential companionship for those who are lonely, socially isolated or unable to leave their home.”

For further information, contact Sharon at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: volunteering@bavo.org.uk

STEER need volunteers to look after animals and woodlands

STEER is currently looking for volunteers who have the free time and experience in beekeeping, ponies, gardening, dry stone walls and woodlands.

Set in 37-acres, STEER is based at the edge of the Llynfi Valley. They have a resource and wellbeing centre at Tondu House Farm which provides an engaging, but tranquil setting, for all ages and abilities to use.

Wrapped in history and unique to the borough of Bridgend the centre provides a multigenerational approach, for a range of interventions and preventions that has real impact. You can find out further information here.

If you have the skills and time to volunteer with STEER, contact Sharon at BAVO, T: 01645 810400 or E: volunteering@bavo.org.uk



Funding opportunities with the Waterloo Foundation

The Waterloo Foundation is an independent grant-making Foundation created in 2007 and based in Cardiff, Wales.  They  are a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales and give grants to organisations in both the UK and world-wide.

They also have a dedicated Wales Fund where they award grants to organisations that:

  • support unpaid carers, especially young carers;
  • help people into permanent paid employment or self-employment;
  • offer educational support by trying to close the attainment gap or by providing STEM based opportunities.

We are also fortunate to have a little flexibility to consider smaller amounts of funding to charities and community groups that are working hard to support their communities, particularly through these difficult times, even if perhaps their work doesn’t strongly align to our main funding priorities.

You can find further details here.

You can also contact Anna Rees – Wales Fund Manager, T: 02920 838980, E: anna.rees@waterloofoundation.org.uk or visit www.waterloofoundation.org.uk

Looking for funding for your project or organisation?…. click on our funding search platform for the third sector in Wales!

Our funding website Funding Wales launched by Third Sector Support Wales, helps third sector organisations find funding.

To start searching for funding opportunities, visit funding.cymru 

  • Third Sector Support Wales
  • Welsh Government
  • Investing in Volunteers
  • Trusted Charity Mark
  • Quality in Befriending
  • Healthy Working Wales Gold
  • Cyber essentials