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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Community Enterprise Masterclass support for Social Enterprises

We will be holding an Enterprising Solutions information session for groups in the Carmarthenshire area in partnership with Brechfa Forest Wind Farm Community Fund.

You will have the opportunity to meet some of our co-ordinators and mentors and learn more about the support we offer social enterprises.

Lunch will be provided during the visit.

2nd July 2019 10.30 – 2.00 at Calon Tysul

For further information or to book a place please click here


Fundraising Regulator reveals brand new Code of Fundraising Practice

The Fundraising Regulator has launched a new and improved Code of Fundraising Practice which will come into effect in October 2019.

The changes are designed to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third-party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising. The new code is also easier for the public to navigate, so that they know what to expect from ethical fundraising.

You can find the Code of Fundraising Practice here.



Nationwide Building Society – Community Grants

Deadline for submitting an application is the 5th of July.

Nationwide Building Society – Community Grants

This programme awards grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to local housing projects that will strengthen local communities by supporting the most vulnerable by:

–          Preventing people from losing their home

–          Helping people in to a home

–          Supporting people to thrive within the home environment


Examples of previously funded projects can be found on the Nationwide website –


To read the full criteria and to apply please click here –


Groups should get in touch to get more information about the fund or to discuss a project idea by calling the office on 02920 379580 or by e-mailing


Level 3 First Aid Training

Date(s) – 17/07/2019
9:15 am – 4:30 pm

Level 3 First Aid Training

QNUK Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF)

Please ring us to book a place: 01267 245 555 or email

at CAVS, The Mount, 18 Queen Street, CARMARTHEN SA31 1JT,


Arts Council Night Out Scheme Partnership with Ceredigion County Council

Great news for Community groups in Ceredigion who would like to bring some arts and entertainment to their local halls. 


From June 2019, Night Out from the Arts Council of Wales will be partnering with Ceredigion County Council to remove the financial risk of staging professional shows in the community.  Night Out can help to book a plethora of fantastic shows of all varieties from drama to jazz; circus to classical – small-scale performances to fit all types of venues.


Ceredigion County Council is proud of its investment in cultural and artistic activities within the county” says Elen James, Chief Lead Officer for Lifelong Learning and Culture, “It’s a pleasure to work alongside the Arts Council of Wales in launching the Night Out Scheme, that will benefit organisations and communities throughout the county”


An integral part of rural and community arts over the last thirty-nine years, Night Out supports around 500 shows throughout Wales each year, working with more than 300 local promoter groups.   Performing companies such as Theatr Bara Caws and Sherman Cymru have toured extensively with help from the scheme as have musicians like Jamie Smith’s Mabon, Siân James, Bryn Fôn and Candelas. 


“The Night Out scheme in Ceredigion will give groups and organisations in the county the potential to increase the already vibrant cultural and creative offer within the county, it will enable communities to draw in different performances and artists and take creative risks with programming.“ says Dwynwen Lloyd Llywelyn, Head of Theatr Felinfach.


Not-for profit groups and organisations, including village hall committees; Merched y Wawr; Young Farmers; Community Councils and schools have all taken the plunge and successfully organised professional performances for their communities, bringing high-quality shows to their audiences and providing access to the performing arts to those unable to travel very far.


One rural promoter from mid Wales puts it very simply when she says: “without Night Out there would be a hole in the cultural life of our village”, while a community promoter from South Wales states: “we couldn’t afford to host these events without Night Out and our audiences appreciate them greatly”.


Night Out Manager Peter Gregory is thrilled to welcome Ceredigion County Council to the scheme:

“In a time of austerity, it is fantastic that Ceredigion realises the importance of arts and culture to the wellbeing of their communities.  A great Night Out with music and theatre, storytelling or puppetry is good for the soul and helps give everyone a chance to get together and enjoy themselves. We look forward to a long and productive partnership”.


For more information about Night Out and performers available to book visit or phone the Night out team on 02920 441340



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