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

BAVO is working in partnership with  Swansea CVS and Neath Port Talbot CVS to strengthen third sector governance and skills development, such as recruiting and matching skilled peer mentors from public, private and independent sectors with third sector organisations.

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, Link Up aims to bring new skills and expertise to organisations in the third sector through mentoring and trustee recruitment to empower the sector to plan for the future and overcome a difficult economic environment.

We are looking for Mentors recruited from private, public and educational sectors to be matched with third sector trustees who are seeking support with governance aspects for the benefit of their organisation.

Mentors will have the opportunity to learn about the third sector and share their skills for the benefit of local communities.


Volunteering is integral to achieving the project outcomes

Our Link Up Project aims to:

  • Enhance existing skills of trustees and committee members;
  • Assist  trustee boards/committees to identify areas of development;
  • Recruit experienced mentors from public, private and academia sectors with experience and knowledge to support trustee skill development;
  • Increase diversity on trustee boards by recruiting more female and young trustees (under 25 years).

Skilled volunteer trustees play a vital role in enabling local voluntary sector organisations to function successfully and achieve the desired outcome for their local community and beneficiaries. 


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?

As a Link Up Mentor you could develop your...

  • communication and personal skills;
  • leadership and management qualities;
  • knowledge of the voluntary sector;
  • confidence and motivation.

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 ...

South Wales Third Sector Law and Governance Conference

Bookings close Monday 4 November 2019.

Are you a Trustee, Chief Officer or paid or unpaid worker in #voluntary sector? BOOK NOW for our South Wales Conference at the Heronston Hotel, Bridgend on Wednesday 6 November 2019 from 10am - 3.30pm to build your knowledge, be more resilient and be able to cope in this changing landscape.

Regional County Voluntary Councils with the Link Up Project are delighted to work with Bevan Buckland LLP and JCP Solicitors to bring this FREE fourth annual conference to be held during Trustees Week.

Andrew Owen, Head of Funding of National Lottery Community Fund Wales will be speaking about what funders look for in relation to good governance in charities and Leanne Meredith, Lead Policy Officer from the Information Commissioners Office will discuss GDPR - 12 months on.

| Read more and register your FREE place here |


Don't miss....

Link Up Project Trustee/Committee member FREE workshop:
Your roles and responsibilities as a Committee Member (legally a Trustee!)
Wednesday 23 October 2019 from 5 - 8pm
Bryncethin Community Centre, Bryncethin Rugby Ground, Bridgend, CF32 9YF
FREE to all BAVO members and Link Up Project partners.

This course is for committee members/ trustees of voluntary, community and charity groups and organisations.  No matter how long you may have been in the role everyone should refresh their knowledge and awareness.
| Read more and book here |


Want to find out more?

For further information contact our Link Up Project Development Officer at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 / 07710067718 or E: [email protected]