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Catch up with latest third sector news by reading BAVO's autumn INVOLVE newsletter

Date published: 08/10/2018


BAVO’s newsletter for the third sector throughout Bridgend County Borough.Front page of newsletter

INVOLVE is produced by BAVO throughout the year, giving us the opportunity to inform voluntary groups and organisations on important events, changes or consultations that may affect them.

Download our BAVO autumn INVOLVE autumn newsletter here >>>

"Yet another year coming to a close, it’s been tough as we have had to work through a lot of changes at BAVO as we bring our systems in line and move to a more streamlined digital offer in an aim to make things more accessible to those members who want to do more things online.

"We have strengthened our partnership working with other CVCs across Wales and WCVA, under the relatively new ‘Third Sector Support Wales’ (TSSW) banner. We have also updated the Volunteering in Wales platform which should make it easier for members to upload their own volunteer vacancies directly (see page 17).

"We have also got www.infoengine.cymru so you can find out what organisations are operating in your area. Don’t forget you can promote your group and work by signing yourself up to infoengine – see page 5 for more details. We are also updating our website which will launch in the next couple of months.

"We have also come through the General Data Protection regulation (GDPR) requirements. As a result, we realise that lots of our members had not updated their contact details and so information may not be reaching the right people. If you have any concerns that information may be going to old contacts, secretary’s or Chairs for example, please give us a ring and we can make sure that your membership hasn’t lapsed.

"We are also looking at the potential of a new category of ‘supporters’ to include individuals and town and community councils, so please check our website in the New Year if you want to pledge your support and receive up to date local and regional information from us.

"We launched our ‘Link Up’ project which is seeking mentors to support local Boards and to also recruit more young and diverse trustees. We are looking for organisations that are interested in developing their board and being trail blazers when it comes to good governance! See page 6 for our Link up conference.

"Other diary markers: Our Volunteer Awards event is coming up, and yet again, we have had a great response in terms of nominations. We are always looking for sponsorship to support the awards but only a handful of local businesses have come forward this year. If you know of any businesses who may be interested in recognising individuals in the community, please give us a call on 01656 810400!

"We also have an event planned for our members to come together and look at the Bridgend County Borough Council budget consultation ‘Shaping Bridgend’s Future’. We are looking for expert panel members from the third sector to help lead on this so that we can have a really good discussion on all the themes put forward, and perhaps come up with some innovative ideas to counterbalance the cuts.

"Then we move onto our AGM on 30 November where Huw Irranca-Davies AM will be our guest speaker for afternoon tea. Invites will be sent to members in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for your invitation!

"Also, since the last newsletter, there was news that Bridgend County Borough will be joining the Cwm Taf region* as a new geographical area for health services (*Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Bridgend
County Borough). We will be working with health and local authority partners to hold an information event this autumn, as we are aware some member providers will have concerns about services they are delivering and what the changes mean to them. Transition arrangements are still being discussed.

"Finally, we would like to say thank you and goodbye to Norma, our very popular Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator from the Alzheimer’s Society. We wish Norma all the best in her retirement and we warmly welcome Marcia Vale who takes over the reins! That’s all for this time and we look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.
Heidi Bennett MBA, Chartered MCIPD
Chief Executive Officer / Prif Weithredwraig

If you would like to include an article in any of our future editions, T: 01656 810400 or E: bavo@bavo.org.uk


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