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Covid-19, Coronavirus – Can You Help?

If you would like to support others within your community during this time, you can get involved in the following ways in Ceredigion:

  • If you are already part of a community group/ organisation, please contact them to see if you can help.
  • Can you help your friends and neighbours?
  • Communities have established local teams across Ceredigion.  Please search social media for your nearest network to undertake roles to do with transport, shopping and befriending.
  • CAVO will be promoting any specific opportunities in due course.  If you are interested in volunteering we’d like to hear from you, please click on the following link to view the Volunteering Wales post to express your interest in volunteering  Covid-1o Call to Action, Ceredigion or contact us and we’ll take your details –CAVO – 01570 423 232 – gen@cavo.org.uk

We understand and appreciate your offer of help at this time.  Volunteers are much needed throughout the year to support communities and if you would like to consider other opportunities please see www.volunteering-wales.net

 

 

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 – gen@cavo.org.uk

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

New report: building on the community response to COVID-19

In response to the current Coronavirus crisis, WCVA ran a series of events entitled ‘Preparing for Different Futures’, which explored how the voluntary sector has been affected by and continues to respond to the pandemic. 

The second of these events looked at building on the community response and big influx of volunteers bought about by the crisis, with over 100 people and organisations represented.

The session was supported by three speakers: Councillor Mike Theodoulou, Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council and Vice Chair for One Voice Wales, Sue Leonard, Chief Officer, Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services, and Owen Wilce, Community and Partnership Development Lead, Monmouthshire County Council.

Discussion began by addressing informal volunteering and its quick development, especially at local levels. Many organisations that would typically rely on volunteers, many of which may now be shielding, have needed to pause activity as the need to protect volunteers was paramount. The role of technology, training and collaboration were emphasised as ways to adapt to immediate and long-term change.

There is uncertainty about the future and how to harness and maintain this evident community response through these unprecedented times.

A report detailing this session is now available, with a blog post from the event also accessible here.

A recording of the session is also free to view on our YouTube channel.

Blogs that summarise the discussion

Jess Blair sums up discussions with the voluntary sector from the events in our Preparing for Different Futures series.

Preparing for different futures series – the follow up

COVID-19 has impacted on everybody’s lives. The lockdown has forced us all to do things differently, and to do different things. It has opened new possibilities – good and bad.

As policy-makers start to look ahead, these events provide a space to share learning, consider implications for the future and discuss what this means for decision-making today.

Although the series of six events concluded on Thursday 18 June, the conversations around these topics and others, continues. We want to continue to learn from the sector and use these discussions in our wider work.

This series will conclude with a report that covers four key questions we tackled throughout each session.

You can sign up to our COVID-19 daily updates (Mon – Fri) for the latest COVID-19 news for the voluntary sector in Wales, and get the booking link straight into your inbox as well as other useful information on COVID-19. You can also email policyteam@wcva.cymru to feed into any of these topics and more

 

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Neighbourly Community Fund

With the support of our partner businesses, Neighbourly are launching a series of micro-grants of up to £400, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak.

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