Monthly cuppa and chat online session for trustees and committee members via Zoom

First Thursday of each month from 2 – 3pm

Every month we host an informal get together for trustees to share their thoughts and concerns with each other and to discuss possible ways forward. Mentors from the Link Up Project who have a range of different business skills will also be present.

Trustees find our sessions really helpful and supportive to share their concerns about emerging from lockdown into “new normal” and to learn from each others’ experiences and knowledge.

We know trustees are continuing to wonder about questions such as:

  • How can we provide our services to the community in a safe way in future?
  • How can we risk assess our premises?
  • How will we be able to operate and maintain social distancing in the premises we use?
  • What about cleaning?
  • Do we have enough staff / volunteers to operate the services we need to provide?
  • Will our existing business plan take us through the next year ok or will we need to adapt it?
  • What impact has lockdown had on our financial plan and do we need to adapt it?
  • How can we use technology to help us move forward during the next few months?
  • Do we have the equipment and /or the skills?

Our sessions are hosted using Zoom. It’s very simple to use; all you need to join in is a smartphone, tablet, laptop or pc with camera. You need to provide your own tea or coffee!!

Please let Suzanne at BAVO know if would like to attend by emailing:

If you can’t manage the date, but share these concerns, Link Up may still be able to offer you some support; just let Suzanne know.

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Learning Disability Wales online Annual Conference 2020

This year’s annual conference will be on the theme of loneliness and isolation which will form part of their  national conversation for the year 2020/21.

They will host a series of mini events online using Zoom, Facebook Live and live streaming on Twitter to bring you short films, presentations, online workshops, quizzes and more!

Date: 9 – 20 November 2020
Location: Online

Their event will:

  • explore what loneliness and isolation are;
  • highlight the problems and effects of loneliness and isolation;
  • showcase what is being done to reduce loneliness and isolation in Wales.

They want to celebrate good work as well raising awareness of the problems many people face.

Find out more

Welsh Blood Service sessions at Bridgend …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:

Ibis Court (Downstairs Room), Best Western Heronston Hotel – Ewenny Road, Bridgend, CF35 5AW

Wednesday 28 October 2020 from 10am – 12.30pm and 2 – 5.30pm
Thursday 29 October 2020 from 9.30am – 12pm and 2 – 5.30pm
Friday 30 October 2020 from 9.30am – 12.30pm and 2 – 5pm
Click here to make an appointment

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

For further details visit or T: 0800 25 2266.

‘Charities in a post Covid world’ – All Wales Charity Conference 2020 by Geldards LLP

This year, the annual All-Wales Charity Governance, Law and Finance Conference will be held ‘virtually’ on Thursday 15 October 2020 from 9.30 – 11.30am.

Join Geldards, Baldwins and Brewin Dolphin along with guest speaker Helen Stephenson CBE, CEO of the Charity Commission who will provide you with vital up to date, practical advice and guidance within the charity sector post Covid 19.

Further details will be available throughout the coming months, but in the mean time, please save the date and register your place here

Volunteer opportunities available with Trinity Care and Support

Trinity Care and Support in Porthcawl is looking to recruit two new volunteers (18+), one to help within their Tondu Activity Club on Fridays and another to help within their allotment project.

While their main client group is people with learning disabilities, they are also registered to provide care and support to older people, people with dementia or other mental health support needs, adults with a range of disabilities and also to support children and their families. They are one of the very few services in the area that can support children with care needs.

Currently due to Covid-19 their projects have been very quiet although their allotment has been ongoing throughout and a successful applicant could start immediately.

For further details, E:

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New fund to protect and prepare grassroots sport

A new fund of up to £4million has been launched by Sport Wales to help grassroots sports clubs and organisations that are currently facing an uncertain future.

With so much community sport on pause due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the new Be Active Fund is a lifeline to help them not only weather the Covid 19 storm but to also rebuild and restart.

Thanks to the Welsh Government and repurposed money from the National Lottery, clubs and organisations will be able to make sure they can continue to keep their communities active by applying for a grant of between £300 and £50,000.

Applications can be made online at where you’ll also find a comprehensive guide on how to apply.

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

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