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:

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.

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: or call BAVO, T: 1656 810400.

BAVO’s Link Up project extended to October!

Extra volunteering opportunities are now available if you’re:

  • over 15 and interested in volunteering as a trustee;
  • an experienced manager, professional or academic with skills and expertise in governance, finance, IT, media, communications, HR, project management or social networking and interested in volunteering as a Link Up mentor;
  • a trustee, committee member or director of a third sector organisation operating in Bridgend County and you think the project may be able to help your organisation.

One of the essential requirements for good governance in any organisation is for its trustee board or committee to have a good mixture of skills and experience across the team as a whole…

A good way of checking out what your Board or Committee currently has (and hasn’t /needs) is to undertake a skills audit.

Download our template here which you can adapt to suit your needs

And remember…if it will be helpful, a BAVO staff member can help your Board or Committee work through this exercise; simply contact our Development Team to make arrangements by calling 01656 810400 or E:

Latest training opportunities….

Link Up online six week workshop programme for young people

Are you aged 15-25?  Do you live in Bridgend County Borough or Neath Port Talbot? Would you like to help your local community, meet new people , do something different and learn new skills?

Link Up project at BAVO can help you get the skills and knowledge you need to help run a charity. There are over 360 charities in Bridgend County and a similar number in Neath Port Talbot. They are all run by volunteers. Many of them would like to get young people involved in their work. Being a member of the team that runs a charity can help you get new skills meet new people and make a real difference to your community.

During September/October we are running an online workshop programme (six sessions, total eight hours in all). The programme will be available in the medium  of English or Welsh.  There is no charge for the programme, however participants will be asked to commit to attending all six sessions.

Young people who undertake the programme will learn about what’s involved in running an effective organisation, and will learn the skills needed to become a trustee/director. They will have opportunities to practise their learning safely, find  roles they can apply for  and hopefully enjoy the workshop sessions as well !

All sessions start at 5 pm

2021 English Language programme dates :

Mon 27 September
Weds 29 September
Mon 4 October
Weds 6 October
Mon 11 October
Weds 13 October

Welsh Language programme dates:

Tues 21 September
Thurs 23 September
Tues  28 September
Thurs 30 September
Mon  4 October
Thurs 7 October

All sessions start at 5pm

Places are limited –  if you would like to attend, please contact Suzanne at BAVO :


Want to find out more?

For further information contact Suzanne, Link Up Project Development Officer at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E:

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