Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations


Good governance is good management. in order to manage an organisation well you need to follow good governance, this does not need to be daunting. CAVO Development Team can offer support to new or established organizations in Ceredigion to make sure that your initiative is a success by:
– Conducting a governance health check
– Provide model policies
– Make the connections with other people or organisations and learn from their experiences
– Put you in touch with other support agencies who may be able to provide additional support.

An introduction to GDPR for the third sector

GDPR for the third sector – an introduction

4 April 2019 (0.5 days), Carmarthen


This half day course will provide you with key information about the new General Data Protection Regulation, ensuring your organisation can comply with this important new set of laws.


On the 25 May 2018 we experienced the biggest change in data protection laws in twenty years with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Given the substantial impact and the role that data has in both our personal and professional lives, GDPR provides a new set of laws designed to ensure that the highest standards of data protection are at the heart of your operations. This course will cover the key areas of the new regulation and will give you a complete GDPR overview. It will help those involved with the handling of people’s information to be able to adopt these practises within their organisation.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Use key Data Protection terminology with confidence
  • Identify the main changes introduced by GDPR
  • Use the information to perform your role in a way that is compliant with GDPR
  • Explain how to draft a privacy notice
  • Describe the main reasons why charities have been fined by the ICO

Who this course is for

This course is intended for all staff who handle personal data as part of their day to day role, for data protection leads, and for anyone with a general interest in the changes introduced by the new data protection regime. To book a place please click here


Charity Commission Updates Safeguarding Guidance

The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on safeguarding and protecting people.

The Commission has stated that safeguarding should be a governance priority for all charities, not just those that work with groups traditionally considered at risk. Charity trustees must take reasonable steps to protect people who come into contact with their charity from harm.

The updated guidance aims to bring clarity in a number of areas:

  • Managing risks
  • Policies and procedures you need to have
  • Getting checks on trustees, staff and volunteers
  • Protecting volunteers and staff
  • Safeguarding children or adults at risk
  • Working overseas
  • Handling and reporting incidents and allegations
  • Working with or making grants to other organisations
  • Terrorism and the Prevent duty

The guidance includes a new infographic: 10 actions trustee boards need to take to ensure good safeguarding governance

We would recommend that trustees ensure that safeguarding leads within their organisations familiarise themselves with the guidance.

If you have any questions or concerns about safeguarding in your organisation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our free Safeguarding service by email  or telephone 0300 111 0124 (option 6) 


Changing your charity’s details – Updated Guidance

New guidance on how to change your charity details

The Charity Commission has recently updated its guidance on how to make a number of different kinds of changes to your charity

Remember, registered charities have a responsibility to ensure that the Charity Commission has accurate and up-to-date information about your charity. 


Budget 2018 Effects on the Third Sector

Gift Aid

The limit for small donations that do not require a gift aid declaration has been increased from £20 to £30 from 6 April 2019.

Gift Aid – Donor benefits

The rules regarding benefits provided to individual or corporate donors as a part of their charity membership are to be simplified from 6 April 2019.
•    For donations up to £100, the value of the benefit can equate to a total of 25% of the donation.
•    For donations over £100, the value of the benefit can equate to a total of 5% of the donation that exceeds £100 plus £25.  This is up to a maximum benefit value of £2,500 per tax year.

Gift Aid – Donated goods

Charities using the Retail Gift Aid Scheme where the goods raise less than £20 a year will only need to send letters to the donor every three years. This change should apply from April 2019