BAVO's current training programme

We can tailor our training to meet your organisation’s needs, offering advice and support to your staff and volunteers including trustee away days. Remember, BAVO members get concessionary prices! Read more

Our Community Development Team

Managing community and voluntary groups isn’t always easy. You’re creative, enthusiastic and have a great vision. We provide expert advice for community and voluntary groups and projects in Bridgend County Borough. Read more

Local and regional training

Whether you are a third sector employee or volunteer, there are a wide range of courses and online learning available to help you run your organisation more effectively and also develop your confidence, knowledge and skills. Read more


The voluntary sector employs over 46,000 people in Wales and offers competitive salaries, flexible hours and the chance to make a real difference to people's lives. Read more

Suicide prevention courses

We have been helping communities across Wales become suicide-safer since 2008. Our suicide prevention courses are part of a suicide prevention strategy across the Globe. Read more

Find funding

At BAVO, our funding services helps groups to wade through the complexities of fundraising as easily and efficiently as possible by sharing our funding knowledge, experience and expertise. Read more


Catch up with BAVO's latest e-bulletins to read about the latest funding, training and volunteering opportunities and lots more! Read more

Become a volunteer

Have you thought about volunteering on a local project? We provide a one-stop resource of information, advice and guidance on a range of volunteering to suit all ages and abilities. Pop in and have a chat, tell us what you are interested in and we will find a match! Read more

BAVO membership

Are you a community group or charity, or do you want to start one? Are you looking for funding? Do you need more volunteers? Do you want to meet like minded groups? Do you need help sorting a problem? BAVO provides FREE membership for local community, voluntary and not-for-profit groups! Read more

Benefits of membership

Find out what other benefits you can access by becoming a member - and it’s free to join! Read more

What we do

BAVO is the County Voluntary Council for Bridgend County Borough. We provide FREE support and assistance to all member community and voluntary groups, not- for-profits and social enterprises in our area. Read more


Don't miss the opportunity to have your say on third sector and public sector services in Wales that affect you and your organisation. Read more


Safeguarding should be a priority for all third sector organisations, especially those that work with children, young people and adults at risk. Read more

Youth Support Network

The Youth Support Network is open to any voluntary or community group who works with young people aged 11-25. It enables members to discuss the issues of young people, share good practice and work together to develop opportunities for young people. Read more

Trustee recruitment guidance

Getting on Board, a charity dedicated to creating community leaders through board level Volunteering, has published new practical guidance on trustee recruitment. Read more


Governance is about taking responsibility for the running of an organisation and doing everything within the law to ensure its success. Read more

Dementia friendly activities

A diagnosis of dementia doesn't mean you have to stop doing the activities that you enjoy or stop you trying new things. Are you caring for someone who is forgetful or has been diagnosed with dementia? Are you feeling lonely and need some company? There are a variety of dementia friendly activities that you can take part in throughout Bridgend County Borough .... Read more

Dementia Friends awareness sessions

Sessions are free of charge and are designed to change people's perceptions of dementia and transform the way people think, act and talk about the condition. Read more

Volunteers' Week

Volunteers' Week is an annual celebration of volunteers that takes place every year from 1 – 7 June giving organisations the opportunity to recruit and recognise the commitment, talent and positive impact of volunteers. Read more

Finding volunteers

Our Volunteer Team helps local organisations be the best they can be through giving best practice guidance on volunteer recruitment and management, supervision, training, engagement and retention. Read more

Finding volunteers

Our Volunteer Team helps local organisations be the best they can be through giving best practice guidance on volunteer recruitment and management, supervision, training, engagement and retention. Read more

Tending to your roots: Top tips to help charitable groups succeed at online fundraising

Does your organisation want to become more sustainable and open up new income streams? Do you want to develop an engaged, larger supporter base? Do you need to raise unrestricted funding to help cover core running costs? Lauren Swain, Localgiving's Wales Development Manager, will speak about how small charities and community groups achieve these goals. Read more

Volunteer Awards

BAVO annually recognises and honours outstanding people and organisations that have made a significant contribution to our community during the past year at our Bridgend County Borough Volunteer Achievement Awards. Read more