Iceland supports Healthy Start and Best Start Foods

Iceland is a member of Marcus Rashford’s Child Food Poverty Taskforce, and is workingwith the Food Foundation with the support of the Welsh Government’s Public Health team to further support families by promoting the Healthy Start Voucher scheme in its stores.  

Healthy Start provides low-income families with free vouchers every week to spend on milk, fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables, fresh, dried, and tinned pulses, and infant formula milk. They can also get free vitamins.

The scheme is available to pregnant women, or those with children under four, who may qualify if they are on benefits – and is provided to anyone who is pregnant and under 18.  Details on the scheme and how to apply are here Healthy Start.

Iceland is offering a free £1 pack of frozen vegetables to all families using Healthy Start Vouchers in stores, boosting the value of the vouchers and providing access to nutritious food. Customers can choose from 25 varieties of frozen veg and can redeem the offer every time they use a Healthy Start Voucher (current value £3.10) as long as they are used in separate transactions.

The offer will be available until 31 March 2021 in all Iceland and The Food Warehouse stores in the UK.


Urgent message: Safety and compliance for volunteering

As we are all aware, volunteers around the country have helped serve their local communities through the recent lockdowns and this has provided a crucial part of the national response to the pandemic.

Are you aware of your liability as a committee member/trustee of a Covid-19 Response Group to protect your volunteers, staff and beneficiaries?

Are you complying with the law regarding protecting data and contact details of beneficiaries (especially those who may be vulnerable) and volunteers?

Are you protecting your volunteers, beneficiaries and staff from catching or spreading Covid-19?

Does your current insurance cover your current work?

Should your volunteers have DBS checks?

As we all continue to work to meet the needs of the community in these challenging times, it is vitally important that we ensure we are all working within the current guidance and legislation.

Concerns are being raised around transmission rates and obviously we want to keep volunteers as safe as possible, as well as make sure community responses are not contributing to the spread of the virus.  We have also had reports of groups who may not be taking into account some of the key areas of compliance outlined below.

We therefore want to remind groups, whether undertaking formal or informal volunteering that there are responsibilities that you have to remain mindful of, these include:

  1. Data protection and limiting the sharing of data to volunteers about vulnerable people you serve.
  2. Safeguarding, including screening and DBS checks of volunteers where relevant.
  3. Insurance: e.g. employer insurance covers volunteers (not just employees) and where appropriate and necessary, checking MOT, tax and insurances of any personal vehicles being used on volunteer transport.
  4. PPE ensuring those that require it are using masks and PPE in their activity and following proper processes.
  5. Risk assessments and protocols and safeguards are in place if handling money or medication/ delivering prescriptions.
  6. Abiding by Alert Level 4 rules.

If you need any further guidance, please contact our Development Officer team, or refer to the following links:

WCVA all Covid-19 guidance

Changes to rules for DBS checks

Disclosure application process for volunteers

Data Protection and GDPR


Risk assessments


Wales Safeguarding Procedures

Safeguarding Social Media

Community response to Covid-19

Applications for the 2021 Ashden Awards now open

Entries close 3 March 2021

The Ashden Awards boost outstanding climate solutions. For more than 20 years their awards have backed radical ideas delivering lower emissions and a fairer world, with grants and development support on offer to winners and finalists.

Now, in a pivotal year for the future of our planet, they want to hear about your bold and brilliant work. Entry to the awards is free, and applications close on Wednesday 3 March. Winners receive a prize of up to £20,000 and a package of support.

This year’s award categories include greener communities, energy access, green skills, natural climate solutions, sustainable cooling and more. Some categories focus on the UK, and others cover work in low- and middle-income countries. Businesses, public bodies and charities can all apply.

Find out 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 

Volunteering Wales grants scheme reopens

The 2021/22 Volunteering Wales Grants scheme is now open to applications, with an emphasis on projects supporting the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

The scheme is administered by WCVA and is designed to deliver the Welsh Government’s commitment to identifying opportunities for more people to volunteer, through grants up to £20,000.

This year’s Volunteer Wales grant scheme will focus on 10-month interventions, that tackle barriers to volunteering, giving a positive experience for the volunteer and a long-lasting impact on the community. WCVA hope to do this by aligning the aims of the funding with the goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act (2015).

The Well-being of Future Generations Act (2015) aims to improve the way that Wales achieves economic, social, environmental and cultural Well-being. Through funding organisations to support and train individuals in quality volunteering opportunities, volunteering has an immediate and long-term positive impact on the individual and community.  Nationally, volunteers are vital for the delivery of voluntary/third sector organisations’ missions and values.

Volunteering by young people is encouraged and supported through this grant scheme and 30% of the funding available has been ring fenced to support projects that exclusively recruit young volunteers aged 11 – 25.

Find more information on the Volunteering Wales grant scheme funding pages.

Applications must be received by 12 April 2021.

The application process will be through MAP.  To register and see the open funding opportunities administered by WCVA go to

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 

Never let a funding opportunity slip by again because you are not confident in your skills!

Need help to write funding or grant applications?

Unsure about how to answer those tricky application form questions?

Struggle to complete online applications?

We realise that third sector organisations are having a challenging time in facing the future and continuing to be there for our communities.

As part of a new project running from January to March 2021, we are looking for 10 BAVO members who are constituted groups that have little experience in writing grant applications. You will need to have a bank account in the name of the group and a signed constitution in order to receive this support.

We will provide one to one funding advice through an online platform such as Zoom/ Teams or the telephone and will guide you through any funding applications you wish to consider.

Don’t miss out on funding again!

For further details contact Claire at BAVO, T: 07590 361676 or email:

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: or visit our Community Companions page here.

Don’t miss BAVO’s online Funding Fayre 2021 throughout February!

In these challenging times there is a great need for organisations to get together and share knowledge and experience, particularly regarding fundraising to maintain the valuable services third sector provides to our communities. BAVO is keen to bring our member organisations together to network regularly through funding events and other virtual meetings.

Many local third sector organisations are responding to the current Covid-19 outbreak which is constantly changing. We want to offer support by bringing people (virtually) together through networking events, discussing funding and other relevant issues as well as providing opportunities to hear from funders.

We want our members to come to FREE OF CHARGE events to share experiences and connect with other fundraisers in Bridgend County Borough Third Sector – unfortunately, you will have to provide your own tea and cake!

You will have the opportunity to take part in discussions about how the funding world is changing in response to the current Covid-19 crisis and what opportunities and challenges this presents to you as funding applicants. There will also be a chance to tell us what you need and how we can continue to support you.

Don’t miss …

(Please note: Funding Fayre will be updated with more events, so keep a look out for more details!)

Thursday 4 February from 10am – 12pm
Case study workshop with Angela Davies, Third sector Development Officer (BAVO)
Demonstrating project value through case studies.

Tuesday 9 February from 10.30 – 11am
Moondance Foundation Covid-19 relief fund briefing and Q & A session with Rebecca Watkins, Director of Moondance Foundation
The Foundation has earmarked an additional £10 million in 2021 to distribute to Welsh charities and organisations who are supporting those struggling as a direct result of Covid. Charities or organisations that are making a genuine and valuable contribution to those most affected by the pandemic should contact them. You find out more about this fund here.

Wednesday 10 February from 2 – 3pm
National Lottery Community Fund briefing session
Update on funding priorities with Inge Deane, Funding Officer from National Lottery.
Find out about National Lottery Community Fund grants here.

Monday 15 February from 2 – 2.30pm
Local Giving briefing session
Support and resources to raise online funding with Amy Kordiak, Wales Development Manager.
Find out more about Local Giving here.

Thursday 18 February 2021 from 11 – 11.30am
Waterloo Foundation Q & A session with Anna Rees, Wales Fund Manager and Catherine Brannigan, Trustee Fund Manager
Find out about this dedicated Wales fund offering grants to organisations supporting unpaid carers (especially young carers); helps people into permanent paid employment and offers educational support by trying to close the attainment gap or by providing STEM based opportunities. They also 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 their main funding priorities.

Wednesday 24 February 2021 from 9.30am -3pm
BBC Children in Need Funding Surgery with James Bird, Impact Manager – Wales
Grants fund projects that make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. 20 minute appointments available to book to discuss the funding eligibility of your proposed project. Find out more about funding here.

Friday 26 February from 10am – 12pm
Funding workshop – Top Tips for successful funding applications
With Third Sector Development Officers Deb Evans and Claire Emanuel from BAVO.

Our BAVO Funding Fayre aims to give you the opportunity to…

  • connect with like-minded people who face similar challenges to you;
  • share fundraising frustrations and successes;
  • gain new fundraising ideas and inspiration;
  • speak directly to Funders about their current priorities;
  • gain opinions and advice from the BAVO Development Officers.

Book now!…

To reserve your place, please complete our BAVO booking form which can be downloaded here.

For further details, call Angela Davies at BAVO, T: 07710 067718 or E:

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 

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 ( 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: or visit the Wales Volunteer Website at

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:

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:

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