Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations



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

Please contact us –

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

Developing more Resilient Communities in Wales

As part of the ongoing conversation on how Wales can develop more Resilient Communities, all this week we’ve been sharing a series of blogs offering different perspectives on the issues.

Here’s a look back at the week’s posts. Read all our blogs on Resilient Communities at WCVA’s blog site:

How Community Anchors can be key for local action

Cardiff Uni Resilience

Dr Eva Elliott from Cardiff University takes an historical look at the role of community anchor organisations in Communities First and in the context of Welsh Government’s desire to build a new approach to building resilient communities.

‘I have always been skeptical about the term resilience. In the context of steep inequalities it has seemed to me that the capacity to ‘withstand and respond positively to stress or change’ or to ‘bounce back’ from the assaults of economic downturns is not enough…’

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DOVE Workshop – Community Education Centre to Community Anchor Organisation

DOVE Workshop Resilience

Lesley Smith of Dulais Valley’s DOVE Workshop outlines how they have become an anchor organisation in their community.

‘DOVE Workshop is located in the Dulais Valley, an area that once provided opportunities for employment predominantly in the coal industry. The organisation was established in 1984 as a direct response to the threat to the industry and what that would mean to families…’

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Caia Park Partnership: Core Costs Covered

Caia Park Resilience

Alison Hill of Caia Park Partnership discusses their work as an anchor organisation, and how grant funding for core costs allowed them to become the community anchor they are today.

Generations of support

‘For over 20 years Caia Park Partnership (CPP) has been at the heart of the community of Caia Park, Wrexham. We are part of people’s lives and our activities have grown over the years in response to needs…’

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Cletwr – Community Shop to Community Anchor

Cletwr Resilience

We head to rural Wales where Nigel Callaghan explains how Cwmni Cletwr has evolved beyond its initial purpose of reviving the local shop to something much bigger and more diverse.

‘When we opened Siop Cynfelyn in the old Clettwr Services in Tre’r Ddôl, north Ceredigion,  in 2013 the intention was to run a small village shop and cafe, run by the community, for the benefit of the community. It didn’t quite work out that way! Run by and for the community, yes, but now it’s rather more than a small village shop and cafe. With hindsight, it should have been expected. I wonder how similar we are to others, who start off focused on a specific service, amenity or issue but soon evolve beyond that…’

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Reflections on the role of Community Anchors

Resilient Communities panel

Russell Todd, manger of WCVA’s Communities First Support Service, looks back at our week of themed blogs about community anchors and sees a prominent role for them if Welsh communities are to be empowered.

‘It has been a fascinating week reading about the different ways in which independent, community-owned organisations are supporting their communities: by helping develop social cohesion; providing crucial services and employment; advocating on behalf of communities; and combating negative stereotypes. It is clear how useful anchors can be complementing and enhancing public service delivery…’

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Resilient Communities: a third sector perspective

WCVA has been working with members and a range of partners to develop proposals on developing more resilient communities. Within this, we’re particularly interested in what needs to happen to achieve more empowered communities. We will share these proposals with our members and Welsh Government in the autumn.

You’ll find more information on this and how to get involved, plus podcasts, vlogs and other views from around the sector on our Resilient Communities Hub.