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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COVID-19 emergency funding is changing

WCVA’s Voluntary Services Emergency Fund, which has awarded almost £7.5million to voluntary organisations in Wales, will be changing in August to reflect the changing needs of the sector.

In the 15 weeks of operation the Voluntary Services Emergency Fund (VSEF) has awarded almost £7.5million in response to emergency grant requests from voluntary organisations on the front line in Wales. VSEF was funded by Welsh Government to support the voluntary sector to expand and adapt services, meeting new challenges caused by the pandemic.

The activity funded by VSEF has helped the sector support the most vulnerable across Wales in response to COVID-19, projecting engagement with almost 6,000 volunteers and supporting over 700,000 beneficiaries over the coming months. The work of voluntary organisations over the last four months has been incredible and invaluable, providing communities with essential lifelines, tackling isolation, and improving community cohesion.

BMMR Parish Trust, for example, used VSEF grant funding to expand their food hub and food distribution services, responding to an increase in requests for support with essentials in their community.

You’ll find more examples of the activity funded via VSEF here.

Entering the recovery phase

As lockdown measures are eased and voluntary services resume some face to face activity, Welsh Government and WCVA will open a new phase of the emergency grant scheme to enable the sector to address different challenges in the coming stages of the pandemic.

VSEF in its current form will be closing to applications on 7 August 2020 at 5pm. From 17 August 2020, the new phase of grant funding will become available to help the sector address the challenges now arising as we move into the recovery phase of the pandemic.

The Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt, said: ‘Charitable organisations, voluntary sector organisations and volunteers have played a vital role in the response to Covid-19, and the Welsh Government’s support for the third sector won’t end here.

‘As life begins to return to a new normal, and shielding for our most vulnerable citizens ends in August, we will be opening a new funding scheme to enable organisations to meet new needs and respond to new challenges.

‘I want to acknowledge and celebrate the invaluable contribution made already by the third sector in Wales, which has provided much-needed help and support during a particularly challenging time. Thank you for continuing to work tirelessly to support communities throughout Wales. Your dedication has been an inspiration.’

The aim of this funding will be to contribute towards a fair and just recovery in Wales. Guidelines on what will be funded in the next phase of the grant scheme are currently being developed, and further details will be announced as soon as possible.

If you are planning on applying to VSEF ahead of 7 August, please contact Sian Baker Maurice on 02920 431778, before you submit, to discuss your proposed request.

The Third Sector Resilience Fund remains open for applications at this time. If you would like to discuss which grant is best for you, please get in touch with us.

For updates on the new funding phase please keep an eye on the VSEF webpage, our news page and social media, or sign up for our daily COVID-19 newsletter.



People’s Postcode Trust

Applications for funding will open on the 4th August 2020 for community groups and good causes across Great Britain. Applications will remain open until the 19th August 2020, with groups being able to apply for awards from £500 up to £20,000 to support a whole host of activities that benefit their communities.

Further information on applying will be available here 


Blended Learning Courses AUGUST 2020

Blended Learning Courses
South West & Mid Region
 Referrals can be made to either course per day and to as many courses needed or preferred by the learners/support workers/Job Coaches.
 In order to contact the learners we will need their full names and a tele-phone number to call them.
 Learners’ contact details to be emailed to:

 The tutor will sort out the support and the enrolment onto the course.
 We will provide a confirmation of attendance per learner to share with you.

The courses proposed in this Prospectus are tutor led. Tutors are able to run the sessions through different online platforms including Microsoft Teams, Skype and Vscene. Phone calls will be available (if necessary) during each scheduled session to make sure that the learners are supported at all times as well as to help them to log onto the online platforms.


Blended Learning Courses
Tutor: Tracey Hickman
Morning Sessions 10:30 – 13:00
Afternoon Sessions 14:00 – 16:30


These courses are FREE and provided by Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales. For information about further courses please contact : Cecilia Forsythe Mobile: 07931 204 617

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