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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Working together to support people

You can refer people to our befriending project if you are supporting a person you think need that little extra support or companionship. You could be a be a health professional such as an occupational therapist, GP, social worker or district nurse. Housing associations can also refer, as well as voluntary organisations, family members or friends. We also have people who self-refer. 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

Annual impact reports

As we celebrated 21 years of making a difference in Bridgend County Borough, we are justly proud of the organisation’s achievements – we have had to flex, change and be responsive with the moving times and we have come a long way since those early days! Read more

Third Sector Support Wales

Third Sector Support Wales is a network of support organisations for the whole of the third sector in Wales. It consists of the 19 local and regional support bodies across Wales, County Voluntary Councils (including BAVO) and the national support body, Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA). Read more

Community Companions befriending project

We are a free of charge, confidential and non-judgemental befriending project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, giving high quality support to people living in 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

Community Navigators

BAVO’s Community Navigators are now taking referrals. Read more

An hour of your day goes a long way!

Imagine going days or weeks without seeing somebody or not being able to get out of  the house? An hour of your time to visit someone or to help them participate in community activities can make a huge difference to their day. Read more

Friendship and support for you

We support many people just like you through our volunteer befrienders. They will give some of their own time to offer you companionship if you are feeling lonely or need that little extra help to get out and about and back into community life. 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 and getting money

Find information to help your group or organisation get a head start with all aspects of funding and getting money, including fundraising techniques, trading opportunities and contracting and public service delivery. 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