Link Up Project

Link Up Project: Prosiect Lincio Lan
‘Strengthening 3rd sector skills’

Link Up partners

BAVO is working in partnership with Swansea CVS and Neath Port Talbot CVS to strengthen third sector governance and skills development, by helping trustees /board members/committee members to become more confident in their roles.

As well as providing trustee workshops and informal opportunities to get together and share concerns and ideas, we recruit skilled mentors from public, private and independent sectors and match them with third sector organisations.

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, our project operates across the local authority areas of Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot, and Swansea. It aims to strengthen governance and develop skills across the voluntary sector and community organisations (the ‘third sector’) through the recruitment of skilled volunteer mentors and trustees (the people who oversee the running of a voluntary organisation).


What are the benefits of getting involved?

As a volunteer with our project, you can:

  • help build your CV;
  • gain experience for future jobs;
  • help your community become a better place to live;
  • develop or expand your business management skills;
    develop your strategic, operational and financial planning knowledge and expertise;
  • build your network;
  • make new friends;
  • receive free induction training on being a trustee, safeguarding and the voluntary sector (for young people, this training is accredited and contributes to Welsh Bac, university entrance etc).

There are various ways that you can get involved in the project:

As a VOLUNTEER MENTOR…
The project needs volunteers with skills and experience in running effective organisations and who are interested in working with individuals or a voluntary or community group in the Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot, or Swansea areas to mentor and support them.

This could be with a specific issue or to help them further develop the skills and confidence needed to lead, manage and govern all aspects of their organisation effectively.  We provide training for volunteer mentors and an informal support network.

As a VOLUNTEER TRUSTEE…
Trustees are sometimes known as Board members or Committee members.  Their role is to make sure  their voluntary organisation or community group has a clear strategy, and that its work and goals are in line with its vision. Being a trustee can be very rewarding.

As a trustee you have the chance to support and shape the work and strategic direction of an organisation and you can make a significant difference to a cause that matters to you. You are part of a team and will have the opportunity to apply your unique skills and experience while learning from others.

Working closely with a passionate team of people who have different perspectives is often one of the most enjoyable aspects of the role. Link Up is supporting more young people aged 15-25 and women to get involved as trustees.

We are looking for voluntary and community organisations in the area who would like some help from Link Up…

We can :

  • help your existing management board  or committee to gain better understanding of their roles and responsibilities;
  • support you with the development and resources to help with induction of new board members and development of your board members more generally and help you to find new people to add extra skills and new perspectives to your board to make it stronger;
  • assist your board to plan for the future, to write the plans you need to move forward and support you to put them into practice;
  • put your organisation in touch with others in the area who are facing similar challenges so that you can help each other to work out solutions.

By telling other people about the project….
You probably know someone who would be a great volunteer; either as a mentor or trustee. You may also know someone who is already involved with a community group.

Please tell them about the Link Up Project. This could be a great opportunity for them!


Every month…

Online Bridgend County Third Sector Trustee Network meeting for trustees and committee members via Zoom

First Thursday of each month from 5 – 6pm

Every month BAVO hosts a network meeting for trustees to share effective practise and ideas with each other and to discuss possible ways of lobbying and influencing policy. Mentors from the Link Up Project who have a range of different business skills are also present.

Trustees find the meetings to be really useful and supportive. Meetings are hosted using Zoom. It’s very simple to use; all you need to join in is a smartphone, tablet, laptop or pc with camera.

To find out more or if you would like to attend, contact Suzanne at BAVO by emailing: SuzanneChisholm@bavo.org.uk or call BAVO, T: 1656 810400.


We are recruiting young members to voluntary sector management committees (legally a Trustee)

Be a star…

…help your local organisation! 

By getting involved with the Link Up project you can..

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

Latest news …

BAVO’s Link Up project extended to October!

The Link Up project at BAVO has been extended until the end of October, so extra volunteering opportunities are now available.

If you would like to be involved in helping to run one of the 340+ charities and not-for-profit organisations across Bridgend county, why not volunteer as a trustee (committee member)? Find out more here…


Latest training opportunities….

Link Up online workshop: strengthening your board
Tuesday 25 May 2021 from 10am – 12 noon

For further training opportunies at BAVO, visit our training page here


Want to find out more?

For further information contact Suzanne, Link Up Project Development Officer at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: suzannechisholm@bavo.org.uk

 
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