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!


Don’t miss our 90 minute workshops – FREE to all BAVO members!….

Know your Governing document
12 November 2020

Advanced trusteeship workshop
19 November 2020


Every month…

Monthly cuppa and chat online session for trustees and committee members via Zoom
First Thursday of each month from 2 – 3pm

Every month we host an informal get together for trustees to share their thoughts and concerns with each other and to discuss possible ways forward. Mentors from the Link Up Project who have a range of different business skills will also be present.

Trustees find our sessions really helpful and supportive to share their concerns about emerging from lockdown into “new normal” and to learn from each others’ experiences and knowledge.

Our sessions 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. You need to provide your own tea or coffee!!

Please let Suzanne at BAVO know if would like to attend by emailing: SuzanneChisholm@bavo.org.uk

If you can’t manage the date, but share these concerns, Link Up may still be able to offer you some support; just let Suzanne know.


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…

Join WCVA during Trustees Week in November

Trustees’ Week from 2 – 6 November 2020 is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees achieve and highlights opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. With their theme for Trusttes Week: ‘Breaking down barriers to trusteeship’, join WCVA who have lots going on, including:

  • a webinar on delivering your AGM digitally;
  • online events on diversifying your board (exclusive to WCVA members) and why young trustees are so important, and
  • they’ll be sharing trustee experiences and useful information all week on social media via #TrusteesWeek.

You can find out more details 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

 
  • Third Sector Support Wales
  • PQASSO Quality Mark
  • Welsh Government
  • Investing in Volunteers
  • Lottery Community Fund
  • Disability Confident
  • Bridgend County Borough Council