Become a Dementia Friend!

Dementia Friends sessions last about 45 minutes and give an understanding of dementia and the small things you can do to make a difference. 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

Mental Health First Aid (Wales) Training

Our two day training course is for anyone (including the public, employers, managers, frontline staff and volunteers, prison and custody staff, police, NHS staff, Jobcentre Plus staff) and improves your understanding of mental health. Read more

ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Most people considering suicide share their distress and their intent, sometimes very discreetly. Training will help you see and respond to these invitations for help, give you the confidence to ask about suicide if you are concerned about someone's safety and provide you with the tools to help prevent the immediate risk. 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

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

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

Mental health and wellbeing networks

Mental health and wellbeing networks and forums offer local groups an opportunity to meet with other organisations, share ideas and concerns, develop interagency partnerships and to agree voluntary sector standpoints to take forward into consultation with statutory bodies. 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

Measuring and evaluating the work of your organisation

This half day course will help you to gain a greater understanding of measuring the difference your work makes and to help you better evaluate your groups’ work. 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

Meet the team

Meet our BAVO team and board of Trustees. 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

Advice and guidance fact sheets

Our fact sheets provide a whole host of information to help you set up and manage a third sector organisation. The resources cover a wide range of topics on setting up and managing third sector groups of all kinds including managing people, volunteering, finding and getting money, marketing and much more! Read more

INVOLVE newsletters

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. 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

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

Presentation skills training

This one day course is for anyone who would like to feel more confident about giving a presentation. It will look at planning and structuring a presentation, knowing your audience, top tips, how to deliver your message effectively and how to deal with nerves. Read more

Taking minutes at meetings training

This half day course will help you to feel more confident about taking minutes at meetings by looking at essential preparation, practical tips and tools, how to use agendas, deciding what to write down, and the stages of taking minutes. 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

All Wales Basic Safeguarding Awareness Training

This course is for volunteers and staff in the third and statutory sectors which aims to raise awareness of safeguarding generally. Read more