Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations

Help for Organisations

The CAVO Support and Skills Team assist community voluntary groups throughout Ceredigion by empowering, developing the capacity and the delivery of a range of support services including information, advice and training.

The CAVO Support and Skills team are able to provide:
– Development support to enable groups to undertake and manage projects,
– Information and support in developing governing documents and policies,
– Support in setting up and choosing an appropriate governing structure.
– Funding information,
– Information on legislation and other current issues affecting the sector.
– Create and facilitate networking opportunities
– Offer a range of training opportunities for the sector, from our own training programme, bespoke training, or support to identify appropriate training provided by other support agencies in our region.

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Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers in Wales – please stay safe in Alert level 4

The Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt, today gave thanks to the brilliant, kind people from all backgrounds throughout Wales who are volunteering to help communities face lockdown together.

“Wales has a strong tradition of people helping one another out, and we’ve really seen this in action over the last year. From picking up the phone, to delivering supplies to people who are self-isolating, to helping our public services, volunteers and community groups have found lots of creative ways to help. By volunteering safety, this helps local communities, and takes pressure off the NHS.

I want to say thank you – you are fantastic.

If you’d like to volunteer or offer support, it’s important that you keep yourself and others safe. In particular, Welsh Government guidance is that you should avoid sharing a car with another person outside your household, even if you’re trying to help someone get to a vaccination appointment.

hat’s because it would be difficult to keep to the rules and maintain physical distancing. If you come within 2 metres of others, you should avoid physical contact, try to face away from other and keep the time you spend within 2 metres of others as short as possible.

Please follow the advice below, and stay safe.”

Ruth Marks, Chief Executive Officer of Wales Council for Voluntary Action, said:

“Volunteering efforts both formally and informally have made a huge difference to individuals and communities in Wales since the beginning of the pandemic. This type of support enables people to self-isolate where needed, and to stay connected. Now, with the infection rate at its highest, it has never been more important to ensure that support is carried out safely.

If you are able to support others, it is important to check guidance on how to do this safely. It is also worth considering the many ways to volunteer from your own home, for example by checking in on others by phone or video call to reduce isolation and loneliness.

To find out more on how to help others safely, and to register for volunteering opportunities, visit”

Ann Woods, Chief Officer of Flintshire Local Voluntary Council, said:

“The County Voluntary Council Network, working with WCVA, plays a massive role in linking support offered by volunteers to those who are in need of a helping hand. We are here to advise voluntary and community groups regarding their governance, their fundraising and their volunteer management practice.

In Flintshire we have provided training and support for many newly formed community groups who have helped with the Covid-19 response.

Our message is that all volunteers should follow the current Welsh government guidelines. Community groups/volunteers who have any questions about how to volunteer safely within their local community can contact their local Voluntary Council via Home – Third Sector Support Wales.”

View the press release on the Welsh Government Website.


The Role of Community Groups in the Census 2021 \\ Rôl Grwpiau Cymunedol yn y Cyfrifiad 2021

Join us at an online session about the role of community groups in the Census 2021. The session will take place on Friday 22nd January at 10.30-11.30am over Zoom.

Hear from Huw Davies, Census Engagement Manager, about how the Census benefits the third sector, volunteer groups and the wider community. Find out about the role that community leaders will play in the Census 2021 and how communities can get involved. Afterwards there will be a Q&A session with Huw. This event is for both organisations and individuals.

If you are interested in attending, join the event on Eventbrite:

If you have any questions please email

Ymunwch a ni yn sesiwn ar-lein am rôl grwpiau cymunedol yn y Cyfrifiad 2021. Bydd y sesiwn ar ddydd Gwener 22ain Ionawr am 10.30-11.30yb ar Zoom.

Cewch glywed o Huw Davies, Rheolwr Ymgysylltu’r Cyfrifiad, am sut mae’r Cyfrifiad o fudd i’r trydydd sector, grwpiau gwirfoddol a’r gymuned ehangach. Darganfyddwch y rôl fydd arweinwyr cymunedol yn chwarae yn y Cyfrifiad 2021 a sut gall cymunedau gymryd rhan. I’w ddilyn gan sesiwn holi ac ateb gyda Huw. Mae’r digwyddiad hwn ar gyfer sefydliadau ac unigolion

Os oes gennych ddiddordeb, ymunwch â’r digwyddiad ar Eventbrite:

Os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau gallwch gysylltu â


Ceredigion Volunteer Organisers Network

Do you manage volunteers? Join the Ceredigion Volunteer Organisers Network via Zoom on 12th January, 10am – 12pm. Find out about employee volunteering and Time Credits!

For more information or to join the network contact Trish Lewis on


A ydych yn rheoli gwirfoddolwyr? Ymunwch â Rhwydwaith Trefnwyr Gwirfoddolwyr Ceredigion trwy Zoom ar 12fed Ionawr, 10yb – 12yp. Darganfyddwch fwy am wirfoddoli gweithwyr a Credydau Amser.

Am fwy o wybodaeth neu i ymuno â’r rhwydwaith cysylltwch â Trish Lewis ar



Cambrian Railway Partnership Community Resilience Fund

The Cambrian Railway Partnership is delighted to announce a one-off grant fund in order to support communities along the line.  The scheme is being administered by Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO), and is being delivered in partnership with Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations (CAVO), Mantell Gwynedd, Shropshire RCC and PAVO.

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Regulator’s new “5-minute guides” will support charity trustees to meet duties

The Charity Commission has launched a new set of simple, easy to understand guides to help trustees

The Charity Commission, the charity regulator for England and Wales, has launched a new set of simple, easy to understand guides, designed to help trustees run their charities in line with the law.

The new guides cover five key aspects of charity management – a ‘core syllabus’ covering the basics that the regulator expects all trustees to be aware of.

They explain the basics of:

This ‘gateway’ level guidance will make it easier and quicker for all trustees to check what is expected and to find more detailed information if needed, which is all the more important as charities respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Commission’s research and testing with trustees have helped shape their design and content.

The publications come as part of the Commission’s programme, outlined in its 2020/21 Business Plan, to deliver updated core guidance and an improved website, so that it is easier for trustees, who are overwhelmingly unpaid volunteers, to access the information they need. This is in line with the Commission’s strategic priority of ensuring trustees have the tools and understanding they need to succeed, and helping them maximise the difference they make.

The new tools have been launched to coincide with Trustees’ Week, the annual celebration of charity trustees and the contribution they make to society.


Caring for someone with dementia – A guide for family and friends

Carers Trust Wales have published Caring for someone with dementia: A guide for family and friends. The new guide will help carers know where they can access practical help and give them the reassurance to look after their own health and well-being.

The guide contains access to information about issues including:
• Getting a diagnosis
• Carers rights and needs assessments
• Looking after your own emotional well-being
• Grants, finances, legal considerations
• Medicine management
• Hospital admissions
• Planning for the future

English version:

Welsh version:

For further information about how to support Carers or to access support as an employee Carer click here.

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Strategic Partnerships, Diversity and Inclusion Team Block 6, PPH



New voluntary sector Knowledge Hub launched

Knowledge Hub gives voluntary organisations in Wales easy access to a range of online information, networking and learning.

Third Sector Support Wales partners have launched a new bank of online information and learning resources for the voluntary sector in Wales. Continue reading

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