Volunteering and easing out of lockdown

This guide aims to help organisations to think ahead as lockdown restrictions are gradually eased, to consider how volunteering might resume and what would be needed for this to happen.

| Volunteering and easing out of lockdown |

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WCVA have been working with Volunteer Centre and Welsh Government to develop guidance entitled ‘Volunteering and easing out of lockdown’ and in a recent article, Fiona Liddell highlights this together with several resources that the sector will find useful during and after lockdown, here is a link to the article.

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.

Visit our Volunteer Centre - 2 Queen Street, Bridgend town centre and have a chat with our Volunteer Team.

Open 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday, we provide one to one confidential interviews which are designed to provide volunteers with the information they require to make informed choices in volunteering. Registration for organisations is free of charge.

We also run a Volunteer Management Forum which brings organisations together and provides peer support, legal updates, information on safe volunteering and working practices and to learn and share ways to continuously improve the quality and diversity of opportunities to local volunteers.

Register your organisation on to our digital platform

Third Sector Support Wales partners (including BAVO) have launched an exciting digital volunteering platform which is FREE  for volunteers to look for opportunities and for organisations looking to recruit.

For organisations working with volunteers the new system will help you to recruit and manage volunteers, log volunteer hours, plan rotas and events, record training and experience and produce reports.

Register at Bridgend.volunteering-wales.net

You will need to click the need volunteers - add your opportunity box, register and then add volunteer opportunities.

If you are are looking for volunteers for your organisation...take a look at our volunteer information sheets 

Here you can find all the information you'll need to get started in volunteering. We cover a wide variety of topics relevant to working with volunteers, from developing your volunteer strategy, writing a volunteer policy, to information on recruitment, expenses, safety, legal matters and how to attract and involve different target groups effectively.

| Our volunteering information sheets can be here |

Latest news..

Volunteering Youth Led Grants offering up to £1,500

Deadline: Wednesday 12 August 2020.

The aim of the funding is to help young people to volunteer aged 14 - 25 to be more involved in community and voluntary organisations in their local community. The maximum grant you can apply for is up to £1,500.

The Youth Bridgend Funding Group is made up of a group of young people aged 14 - 25 living in Bridgend County Borough and is funded by Welsh Government and Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA). The panel members are supported by BAVO.

The funding was established to achieve a step change in youth volunteering for young people aged 14 - 25 in a variety of voluntary and community organisations throughout the UK. The funding’s purpose is to identify ways to engage more young people from disadvantaged and under-represented communities.

Who is eligible for the grant?
Projects must have a community benefit to the communities of Bridgend County Borough. The funding is to support young people aged 14 - 25 to volunteer in a variety of community organisations within Bridgend.

Funding priorities are as follows:

  • Funding is available to voluntary and community organisations that are legally constituted and want to empower young people to volunteer;
  • Organisations that are committed to listening to and working in partnership with young people;
  • Organisations will need to be constituted and have a bank account in the name of the organisation, which requires at least two signatures;
  • There is no minimum amount that can be applied for;
  • If groups want to apply for the maximum of £1,500 they may be asked to present their ideas to panel members;
  • Projects or groups that have applied before can reapply (whether or not they were successful) but their ideas must involve young volunteers.

| Read 'Guidelines for Applicants' here |       | Download application form here |

Please return completed application by emailing: [email protected] BY NO LATER THAN Wednesday 12 August 2020.

Funding needs to accounted for by 30 October 2020 and all receipts need to be submitted by that date.

For further details call BAVO, T: 01656 810400.

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Contact us

For further details contact Sharon at BAVO's Bridgend Volunteer Centre, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]