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.

Link Up partners

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 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.


Take part in environmental volunteering at Parc Slip

Mondays from 10am – 2pm
Parc Slip – Tondu, Bridgend, CF32 0EH
Meet outside Visitor Centre

Do you want to take ownership of your local green space, make a difference within your comunity and gain qualifications?

Join Parc Slip’s friendly team and help carry out practical environmental work including:

  • Construction;
  • Woodland management;
  • Growing projects;
  • Gardening.

All tools and training will be provide as part of the project. Social distancing and Covid-19 safety measures will be in place.

For further details and to register your place, contact Millie, T: 07552 936592 or E:


The BIG SURE for Mental Health event November 2020

The BIG SURE for Mental Health Event is happening again! 

Four virtual rooms, each focused on an area related to mental health and wellbeing….

Wednesday 18 November 2020

The Green Room:
10am Introduction to PTSD
1:30pm Women and Problem Gambling
5pm Autism Awareness

The Purple Room:
10am Sensory Grounding Techniques Taster
10:15am Yoga
11am Origami: The Art of Paper Folding
12pm Introduction to Mindfulness
4pm Mindfulness Mediation
4pm Creative Writing Taster

The Yellow Room:
8:30am Bring Your Own Mug (Breakfast Edition)
4:30pm Bring Your Own Mug

The Blue Room:
3pm Adrian Garcia’s Personal Story

Thursday 19 November 2020

The Green Room
10am Suicide Awareness
4:30pm Eating Disorders Information

The Purple Room:
10am Sensory Grounding Techniques Taster
10am Music Therapy
12pm Yoga
2pm Men’s Sheds
2:30pm Hedgehog Care
3pm Growing Spaces

The Yellow Room:
7pm Quiz!

The Blue Room:
11am The Challenges of Living with OCD
11am Dave Chawner: Eating Disorders

You can find all of the Event workshops, plus more, on their  Eventbrite page here.

PAVS virtual funding fair 2020

Monday 16 – Friday 20 November 2020

Organised by Pembrokeshire Association of Volubtary Services register your place for local and national funders’ information sessions, questions and networking with community groups.

Their session programme is as follows:

Monday 16 November 2020
10am: South Hook LNG, SDF & Port of Milford
1.30pm: PCC: Enhancing Pembrokeshire & Sport

Tuesday 17 November 2020
10am: WCVA administered funds

Wednesday 18 November 2020
10am: National Lottery Community Fund

Thursday 19 November 2020
10am: Localgiving Wales: Digital Fundraising
1.30pm: Welsh Govt Community Facilities Programme

Friday 20 November 2020
10am: Wales Co-op: Help for Social Enterprise
1.30pm: Community Foundation in Wales

You can find further details and book onto any of the sessions above here.

For more details about this week of virtual sessions via Zoom, E:

Meet the Funder: Garfield Weston Foundation

Thursday 12 November 2020 from 11am – 12pm

WCVA are pleased to host Flora (Head of Grants) and Harriet (Grants Manager) from the Garfield Weston Foundation Team who will present their top tips for making an application and afterwards take part in a Q&A session with attendees. Attendance is free.

This event is a space for people from across the voluntary sector and beyond to share their experiences and ideas. It will be a facilitated conversation. This session will be delivered in English.

A joining link will be sent to you the morning of the event. Please use this to join on Thursday 12 November at 11am.

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK, donating over £88 million annually. It was established in 1958 by the Weston family and is one of the largest charitable institutions in the UK which has donated over £1 billion in total.

Garfield Weston Foundation remains fully open and active in making grants at this time, both for its Major Grants and Regular Grants Programmes. If you are a UK charity you can apply for funding at any time and will receive a decision in four months. They make unrestricted grants for core and project costs.

They support projects across: Arts, Education, Youth, Health, Museums & Heritage, Community, Environment, Faith and Welfare, particularly to those in need, in regions of economic disadvantage.

Register your place here.

Listen Together: A virtual consultation event

Wednesday 11 November 2020 from 10am – 11.30am or 1.30pm – 3pm

Have you been diagnosed with bowel cancer and are living in Wales?

In this virtual consultation workshop, Bowl Cancer UK would like to hear from you about:
• your experience of treatment and the support you received, or would like to have received;
• your input on how we shape future services for patients in Wales.

This is a virtual event, to be hosted on Microsoft Teams.

For more information and to register, visit by Friday 6 November 2020 or contact


Free activities and events to being older people together

Volunteering Matters has an exciting new project, Getting Together Matters offering a great calendar of free activities and events that will bring older people together across our communities. Activities include online gentle exercise singing and quizzes. You can see their calendar of activities here.

Not all activities are delivered online, they  have a varied and growing list of postal and telephone activities including pen pals, creative writing and telephone pals.

Activities for older people across the UK – Getting Together Matters key facts:
• Running remotely across the UK in response to social distancing measures during COVID-19 – by zoom/ telephone and post;
• Involving people over 50 and aimed at older age groups in interactive sessions, helping combat loneliness and isolation at this time;
• Supported by volunteers, delivered by Volunteering Matters UK charity;
• Part of Volunteering Matters’ wider COVID-19 Response Programme to support local communities throughout and after the pandemic.

For further details call 080 8196 6831, E: or visit their website page here

Coffee and chat with Ben from Men’s Sheds Cymru

Weekly Zoom session
Every Wednesday from 3 – 4pm (starting 11 November 2020)

Every week, Ben will be hosting an informal chat session on Zoom.  These will be informal and Ben hopes to build on some of the existing regional connections to make for an interesting and engaging session!


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