We recently celebrated our past year’s achievements at our 21st Annual General Meeting at the Heronston Hotel, Bridgend. As the umbrella organisation set up to develop and promote voluntary and community groups throughout Bridgend County Borough, we have  delivered a wide range of high quality support services to local voluntary and community groups and organisations.

Chief Executive of BAVO, Heidi Bennett said: “As we celebrate 21 years of making a difference in Bridgend County Borough, we are justly proud of our achievements and that of our voluntary and community sector. We have all had to flex, change and be responsive with the moving times and despite the economic climate, we are we are delivering key services which make a difference to our communities.”

2018 – 19 was another successful and busy year for BAVO, supporting a growing, robust, influential and sustainable Third Sector in Bridgend County Borough. We responded to 2,435 enquiries, enabled 291 people to gain new skills through their training programmes, placed 204 volunteers with local organisations and helped groups get £1.2M worth of funding for local causes.

   

Guest speaker, Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones said: “It was a great pleasure to attend BAVO’s AGM and to have the opportunity to say thank you to BAVO and the team for all that they do to help so many individuals and community groups. For many local voluntary organisations, BAVO is the first port of call, signposting organisations in the right direction in order for them to develop their own skills, services and activities. So much of the work that the Third Sector organisations do cannot be replicated by government as they are rooted in their communities.

“We want to see a confident and strong Third Sector, BAVO, through its work ensures that Third Sector voices are heard by me, by Welsh Government and partners to ensure we have vibrant and better communities.”

    

Everything that BAVO does comes under the four pillars of Governance, Volunteering, Influencing and Engagement and Sustainability. Heidi Bennett added: “We are proud to have contributed to a diverse voluntary sector that improves health and wellbeing, reduces inequality and inspires others. There is no doubt that the Third Sector makes a real difference to the quality of life for many thousands of residents and benefits the whole population.”

| Full details of our latest Annual Impact Report 2018-19 can be found here |

If you are a voluntary or community group in Bridgend County Borough, membership to BAVO is free of charge. BAVO can provide support, guidance, practical assistance and information to develop skills, services and activities, ensuring groups are represented across a wide range of issues locally, regionally and nationally. | Read more here |