Link Up online workshop: Strategic and business planning

Wednesday 28 October 2020 from 2.30 – 4pm
Online workshop via Zoom.
Free of charge

This workshop focuses on strategic and operational planning and will help you to have a better understanding of both subjects in so far as they relate to your role as a trustee.  

Trustees and committee members:

  • Does your organisation have a strategic plan?
  • Do you have an annual operational plan?
  • Why do you need these plans?
  • Are your plans fit for purpose or could they be improved?
  • What is your responsibility as a trustee regarding strategic and operational planning?

These are the sort of questions all trustees need to be able to answer with confidence.

The workshop is led by Paul Scolari, a Link Up Project volunteer mentor and senior academic who has extensive knowledge and experience in strategic planning and related subjects.

The Link Up Project is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund to strengthen voluntary and community organisations in the Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea areas.


Book now

If you’d like to attend the workshop, please contact: suzannechisholm@bavo.org.uk as soon as possible.

Places are limited, and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Autism awareness training

10 December 2020 from 10am – 12pm
Free of charge online course via Zoom

People First Bridgend have been supporting people with learning disabilities and autism for over 25 years. They offer training that has been written with their members to give a unique insight into what living with different conditions might be like.

The trainer has experience in a variety of settings and is able to give a theoretical understanding in addition to many practical ideas to help the trainees leave with a better knowledge.

What will you learn over the session :

  • Help you understand what autism is;
  • Learn how autism can affect a persons day to day life;
  • Give you ideas of how to communicate more effectively with autistic people;
  • Help you understand the importance of planning and routine;
  • Give a better understanding how to support autistic people in a variety of settings.

After this workshop you will have more understanding of autism and the effects this can have on a person, you will be better equipped to support customers, workmates, people you care for or family members in daily task.


Booking form

To book your place and receive an invitation to join this free online briefing, please complete and return the attached booking form below by email to bavo@bavo.org.uk

Download booking form here

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Contact us

For further details, contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: bavo@bavo.org.uk

Supporting carers to create carer friendly communities

Thursday 26 November 2020 from 10.30am – 12 noon via Zoom
Free of charge

Now more than ever, unpaid carers face additional barriers to getting help and support. During this interactive workshop we’ll explore:

  • Who unpaid carers are;
  • How to recognise unpaid carers;
  • The challenges and barriers carers may face;
  • How professionals can support unpaid carers.

By the end of the training, you will be ready to recognise and support carers within the community. Carers will also know they can turn to us for the support they need, when they need it.


Booking form

To book your place and receive an invitation to join this free online briefing, please complete and return the attached booking form below by email to bavo@bavo.org.uk

Download booking form here

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Contact us

These workshops are delivered by Carer Friendly in collaboration with BAVO. For further details about the provider contact Sian Salkeld, Carer Friendly manager, E: sian.salkeld@ctsew.org.uk or T: 07719528783

For further details, contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: bavo@bavo.org.uk

Know your Governing document

90 minute workshop – FREE to all BAVO members

Thursday 12 November 2020 from 10am-11.30am on  ‘Zoom’

(We can help you to use ‘Zoom’ – just let us know if you need any help).

This interactive and enjoyable workshop is for committee members/trustees/directors of voluntary, community and charity organisations.

Whether you’re an aspiring trustee, a  new trustee or an experienced, long-standing committee member/trustee of a voluntary, community group or charity, this workshop will be of interest to you.

All  Trustees need to update, develop and refresh their knowledge and awareness from time to time and there are lots of new developments in the world of charity governance right now. Trustees who keep themselves informed tend to excel in the role, following through on their duty and leading by example!

When did you last read your organisation’s governing document*? (*sometimes called a Constitution, Memorandum and articles of association, Rules or Trust deed). Some governing documents can be long, and difficult to understand, but essentially it sets out a group’s purpose and how it has to be run.  Charities are legally required to comply with their governing document.

This session will help you to understand what a governing document is all about, and confidently and effectively make the best use of it. Knowledge is power!  For example, do you know what your governing document says about how to run an AGM online if you can’t meet together? Do you even have the powers to do that or will your meeting be null and void?

If you’re an aspiring or new trustee, you need to be clear about the aims and objectives of the charity you’re joining. For existing trustees,  understanding your governing document fully will ensure you are running your organisation properly and in doing so, this helps to protect you as a  committee member (legally known as a Trustee) from liability.  Fear not, this session answer your questions and  demystify it for you!


Booking form

To book your place and receive an invitation to join this free online briefing, please complete and return the attached booking form below by email to bavo@bavo.org.uk

Download booking form here

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Contact us

For further details, contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: bavo@bavo.org.uk

How to write a case study and tell your story to funders

How to do it, what to look for, what to do

Thursday 17 September 2020 from 10am – 12 noon (online via Zoom)
Cost: free of charge

A case study should demonstrate to your funder the value of a project or intervention by  capturing how it made a positive difference to the beneficiaries and add colour to your evaluation report.

This course is for trustees or third sector project workers who want to gain the skills and knowledge to develop meaningful and effective case studies as part of project evaluations for funders and organisation reports.

At the end of this course participants will understand:

  • case study development;
  • the value of a  case study;
  • the benefits and  limitations of a case study;
  • how to develop a basic case study template.

This is an ONLINE session via Zoom (we can help you to access and install Zoom IN ADVANCE of the event if you need support to do that).


Booking form

To book your place and receive an invitation to join this free online briefing, please complete and return the attached booking form below by email to bavo@bavo.org.uk

Download booking form here

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Contact us

For further details, contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: bavo@bavo.org.uk

Link Up Mentor-led workshop: Mental wellbeing for trustees (via Zoom)

Date to be confirmed

Being a volunteer can be a very rewarding but demanding role and it is vital that you look after your mental health.  For Trustees in Bridgend County Borough only, our workshop will help you to understand the importance of mental health, identify when you are experiencing a high level of stress and anxiety and to develop practical strategies to support you.

This session will be delivered by Marianne Jervis, a Link Up mentor and experienced mental health practitioner and will cover:

  • the importance of maintaining our mental well-being;
  • the signs and symptoms of stress;
  • positive strategies to reduce stress
  • anxiety based conditions;
  • the five steps to mental well-being;
  • signposting and support.

Link Up partners


Contact us

For further details, contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: bavo@bavo.org.uk

Safeguarding children, young people and adults

How to do it, what to look for, what to do

Friday 16 October 10am – 12 noon (online via Zoom)

This course is for volunteers and staff in the voluntary (third) sector. It aims to raise awareness of safeguarding generally and develop participants understanding of and confidence about:

  • their own role in relation to safeguarding children, young people and adults from harm abuse and neglect;
  • how to recognise different types of harm, abuse and neglect;
  • how individuals are protected from harm abuse and neglect.

Booking form

To book your place and receive an invitation to join this free online briefing, please complete and return the attached booking form below by email to bavo@bavo.org.uk

Download booking form here

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Contact us

For further details, contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: bavo@bavo.org.uk

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  • Welsh Government
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  • Trusted Charity Mark
  • Quality in Befriending
  • Healthy Working Wales Gold
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