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CAVO VOLUNTEER CENTRE – What we do

Supporting volunteering in Ceredigion

CAVO Volunteer Centre supports voluntary work in Ceredigion. Through working closely with organisations throughout the county we are able to provide a service to individuals, who are interested in volunteering, and to organisations, who involve volunteers in their work.

The Centre’s aim is to encourage the use of volunteers and to raise standards for volunteers, service providers and service users. The service is available to all voluntary organisations in Ceredigion that register with the Centre and work towards best practice. We help organisations to develop policies, and provide information about all issues relating to the management of volunteers.

Help for voluntary and community organisations

Voluntary and community organisations register with the Centre and inform us of their current volunteering opportunities. These are then matched to potential volunteers, who are also taken through a registration process to find out what their interests and skills are.

Help for volunteers

We have over 200 organisation registered that are looking for volunteers. The opportunities cover a whole range of activities. So whatever you’re interested in, wherever you live, whatever your skills, please contact us and let us help you. We hold regular outreach and volunteering events around Ceredigion to enable volunteers to discuss their interest and see the variety of opportunities available.

We also display details of all our current volunteering opportunities on the Volunteering Wales website www.volunteering-wales.net.

Please contact us – infovb@cavo.org.uk

To complete a volunteer registration form please click here.
To complete a volunteer registration form in Welsh please click here.

Facebook link – CAVO Volunteer Centre

Twitter link – @CAVOCeredigion

Alert for Charities – Cyber crime

The Charity Commission has issued an alert for charities about cyber crime and how to report it

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The government  Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019 revealed that over two thirds of high income charities had recorded a cyber breach or attack in 2018. Of those charities affected, the vast majority (over 80%) had experienced a phishing attack, which are fraudulent emails.

With the cost of a breach ranging from £300 to £100,000, charity managers cannot afford to ignore the growing threat posed by cyber crime, in all its forms.

 

The good news is that advice and guidance is widely available to help you take the right steps to protect your charity.

Please see the Charity Commission alert for more information and advice on protecting your charity from cyber crime.

 

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Updated DBS Guidance Leaflets

New DBS guidance leaflets, including regulated activity in Wales

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The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has updated its guidance leaflets.

There are a range of other leaflets covering specific roles.

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  safeguarding@wcva.org.uk  or telephone 0300 111 0124 (option 6) 

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Youth Led Grants Now Open

Are you part of a youth group?

Are you looking to start up a new project or have a new idea?

If you have a project led by young people aged 14-25, or if you would like to start a new youth led project, then apply today!

Each group can apply for a maximum of £1000, and the funding will be allocated by Ceredigion’s Youth Led Panel. The panel will be looking for ideas that benefit young people and the community.

For more information check our website, call CAVO on 01570 423 232 or send us an email gen@cavo.org.uk

 

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Borth Family Centre – looking for garden volunteers

We are looking for a group of volunteers who would like to help out and give our garden some TLC! It is a great space and we use it across the year to run outdoor activities. However it does get rather neglected in terms of keeping it in shape. As Borth Family Centre we love to continue to make links with the local community so we thought someone or a group might be interested to help us. What you get in return is some lovely outdoor space that benefits physical, mental and social well being, helping the community, being part of a wider social network whilst having a friendly cuppa with us when our kitchen is open.

If you are interested or would like to know more please contact :

rachel@borthfamilycentre.co.uk

07483 356503

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‘A national milestone about volunteering must be developed’

Our response to Welsh Government’s consultation, Measuring a Nation’s Progress.

Welsh Government recently consulted on which of the 42 national indicators should have milestones developed against them to assist Ministers in assessing Wales’ progress against the seven wellbeing goals.

The indicator ‘percentage of people who volunteer’ is not currently set to have a milestone developed. In our response, we have said that it should. It fits Welsh Government’s criteria around milestone development, which are:

  • Achieving this milestone will have a generational effect by preventing poor outcomes that would have a knock-on effect for future generations
  • Capable of being influenced significantly by our devolved government
  • Achieving this milestone will unlock progress in a range of areas
  • Will require action by a number of partners

We have also expressed concern that not developing a milestone around volunteering may, consciously or unconsciously, lead Welsh Government and other decision-makers to deprioritise the third sector when it comes to investment.

We have also suggested that the indicator around percentage of people in employment should be tweaked to ‘percentage of people in employment and paid at the Real Living Wage’.

Read the full response for more detail.

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Turning experience into employment

One of the many benefits of volunteering is that it is great activity through which to learn and develop personal and professional skills, such as confidence, the ability to work as a team, or how to deal with challenging situations. Such skills, and the valuable experience that volunteering brings, can be helpful in gaining employment, for the first time, or in changing careers or in preparing for college or university.

We know that many people choose volunteering to purposefully assist them on their path to employment or education, particularly young people, who may get involved in volunteering to help them learn about the world of work or find out more about a career path.

However, the act of volunteering is one thing, turning this into employment related experience or a personal statement for a UCAS form is another.

To help volunteers of all ages to do this, we worked with WCIA to develop a simple presentation and infographic that could be used to help volunteers understand what they have gained from volunteering and turn it into language that could be used on a CV, in a personal statement or in an interview.

This resource is now available here as an infographic and presentation.

The resource can be used by volunteers themselves or used as a tool by someone that supports volunteers in most settings.

WCVA welcomes feedback on their tools and resources, so please get in touch to let us know if this works for you or your volunteers or if you think improvements could be made.

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Supporting Volunteers who have Additional Learning Needs

A new information sheet has been produced to provide guidance on how to support volunteers with additional learning needs.

Volunteering can be rewarding and valuable experience for individuals with Additional Learning Needs (ALN), it can be beneficial to the health and wellbeing of an individual, can provide structure and a feeling of ‘worth’ for those who have not had many positive experiences in their lives.

Supporting Volunteers who have Additional Learning Needs explains ‘Additional Learning Needs’ and the issues people with ALN may experience.

The information sheet has been designed to give advice on good practice with top tips for supporting people with ALN together with a list of organisations who provide further information and support.

The complete list of information sheets can been seen here.

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Mental Health at Work

If you’re in the voluntary sector are concerned about the mental health of staff, volunteers or their line managers, we’ve collected together some key resources that should get you started. For more information please click here

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Celebrating St David’s Day: Menter a Busnes gives a helping hand in the community

In order to celebrate St David’s Day on March 1st, Menter a Busnes staff volunteered their time in their local communities and for local charities. The aim of the volunteering day was to give something back to our communities across Wales, and to celebrate the ‘little things’ that are done each day by communities and charities across the country.

Speaking of the decision to hold a volunteering day to celebrate St David’s Day, Alun Jones, Menter a Busnes’ Chief Executive said: “This is the first time we have done this and the idea gained a lot of support amongst our staff. The volunteering hours given by the staff equated to 35 working days, and over £740.00 was raised in aid of Marie Curie.”

Here is a taste of some of the day’s activities:

  • A visit to social enterprise, Antur Waunfawr, Gwynedd, to learn more about the work they do in the community and in providing training and employment opportunities for people with learning difficulties in their area. Staff visited 4 Antur sites including Beics Antur, the main site ‘Bryn Pistyll’ in Waunfawr where there is a cafe, shop and footpaths open to the public, Warws Werdd and the Caergylchu recycling facility at the Cibyn Industrial Estate to learn more about recycling items, clothes and household furniture.
  • Beach clean at Rhosneigr, Anglesey, and Borth, Ceredigion, and litter picking around Llyn Tegid, Llangernyw and Llanfair TH communities in Conwy, and Cardiff Bay
  • Giving blood
  • Helping carers at Canolfan Steffan, Lampeter
  • Painting at Peniel Community Primary School, Carmarthenshire
  • A visit to a care home in Tregaron, Ceredigion
  • Clearing public footpaths outside Machynlleth Rugby Club, Powys
  • A few staff members collected money in aid of ‘Marie Curie’ at Morrisons supermarket in Aberystwyth, raising an amazing £741.84

Alun Jones added: “The activities completed were very varied. I would definitely encourage businesses to offer volunteering opportunities to their staff where practical, as all the staff at Menter a Busnes who took part have felt great satisfaction in being able to make a small contribution to their communities.”

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