Covid 19 - Bridgend County Borough volunteer response 'Call to Action'

Thank you!

This year feels more important than ever as the voluntary response to coronavirus has been vital in providing services such as shopping, prescription collection or welfare calls to people that are feeling isolated and anxious. 

In Bridgend County Borough we have had over 1,000 people register as volunteers in April and May! We have truly been overwhelmed and humbled by the generosity and kindness of our local residents.

Thank you to all our volunteers for helping vulnerable people living in our communities in these most challenging of times.

We are encouraging people to register on to our Volunteering Wales website here so we can match your skills, interests and experience to the most relevant need. Anyone who registers with us will be able to access free on-line training (such as infection control, safeguarding, health and safety, manual handling, caring values, and food hygiene).

We can also undertake DBS checks for people who may be interested in supporting front line services such as hospitals or children and adults services.

Alternatively as we ask for your postcode in registration, we can connect you to local groups to provide support as and when required, and link you to others in your community.

If you are considering connecting to other new schemes, please bear in mind the safeguarding, insurance and safety of yourself and of others who may be vulnerable.


Have you thought about volunteering on a local project?

Things to think about before you volunteer...

  • How many hours do you want to volunteer each week or month?
  • What day would you like to volunteer?
  • Would you like to access training and develop new or existing skills?
  • Have you the skills and life experiences that would benefit a voluntary organisation?

PLEASE NOTE: OUR VOLUNTEER CENTRE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

Visit our Volunteer Centre in Queen Street, Bridgend town centre

Open 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday
Location: 2 Queen Street, Bridgend, CF31 1HX

We provide a one-stop resource of information, advice and guidance on a range of volunteering to suit all ages and abilities. We have over 300 voluntary organisations registered with us, offering a variety of volunteering opportunities. Pop in and have a chat, tell us what you are interested in and we will find a match!

We have lots of vacancies on our books such as retail, youth work,  peer support, health groups through to  Board Directors.  We provide one-to-one confidential interviews which are designed to provide volunteers with the information they require to make informed choices in volunteering. 

There are many opportunities, from administrative work to driving, conservation to education. You can work with many different organisations and people in your area and most organisations offer training and pay out-of-pocket expenses. 

| Catch up with our latest volunteering news by visiting our news page here |


BAVO looking for new youth funding panel members

We are offering the opportunity for young people aged under 25 to be part of the Youth Led Funding Panel in Bridgend, which helps to go through the funding applications that we receive from organisations that are looking to develop volunteering opportunities for more young people.

Sheldon volunteers for Bridgend's Youth Led Panel. He says: "I am a part of a youth panel which allocates funding to different charities and organisations in order to help them achieve their plans to help and involve young people.

"I would encourage young people 100% to join, they are a lovely group of young people, we are laid back, it is really chilled and it’s not a big commitment – I would definitely encourage young people to take part."

Last year the Panel gave out £12,960 to organisations that supported young people to volunteer. The funding helped them to improve their well-being, built up their confidence, improved their employability, helped raise awareness of climate change and sustainability, increased sport participation and helped to develop new skills.

For further details, E: [email protected]


For the latest volunteering opportunities click on our digital platform

Third Sector Support Wales partners (including BAVO) have an exciting digital volunteering platform which is FREE for volunteers to use. You can find opportunities by searching for keywords or according to distance from your location. Volunteers can log the hours and skills you gain through volunteering and you will receive digital badges for volunteering 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 hours. 

Registration is straightforward and the website will remind volunteers of forthcoming commitments as well as being a record of what you have achieved, particularly useful for updating your CV! 

To register on to BAVO's section of the website, visit 
Bridgend.volunteering-wales.net


Take a look at our useful resource if thinking about volunteering 

Volunteering involves a degree of personal commitment and responsibility but it also brings with it a sense of achievement and fulfillment. Whatever your reasons for volunteering, the most important advice you can be given is to enjoy what you are doing.

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Imagine going days or weeks without seeing somebody or not being able to get out of the house

Do you have an hour to spare? We desperately need more volunteer befrienders!

Imagine going days or weeks without seeing somebody or not being able to get out of the house. Sadly our waiting list has over 100 older people just looking for a bit of support and company now and again. An hour of your time can make all the difference to someone who just needs a visit, a chat or a little bit of help to get out and about once in a while. Out of pocket travel expenses are covered and full training given. | Read more  |


Be a star… ...help your local organisation! Could you be a volunteer mentor?

Would you like to engage in a voluntary opportunity valued by employers which will enhance your career and promotion prospects? Are you retired and would like to use your skills to make a difference to local voluntary organisations? We are also recruiting young members to voluntary sector management committees (legally a Trustee).

 By getting involved with our Link Up project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and you can..

  • Get to know new people;
  • Make a difference to your community;
  • Develop your business management skills;
  • Gain experience for future jobs.

| Read more here |


Latest volunteering news

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Contact us

For further details contact Sharon at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]