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 – email@example.com
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Anyone between 11 and 25 can take part by investigating a local litter issue and propose solutions through published reporting, photographic and video journalism.
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The proof reading service provides practical support for developing your use of the Welsh language.
If you have leaflets, posters, web pages, policies or even Facebook or Twitter posts, this is a great way to have a go at preparing bilingual material.
How does it work?
1. Have a go at drafting the text bilingually. Give it your best shot, the purpose of the service is to build confidence.
2. Send the text (in Welsh and English) to the Commissioner via email on firstname.lastname@example.org – there’s up to 1000 words per year available for each organisation which can be used in one go or in small chunks over the year.
3. We’ll send the work to a professional translator to be checked and then it will be returned to you (within 3-4 days) with any comments or suggestions.
4. You can then publish or print the work bilingually.
What are the benefits?
• Develop the bilingual skills of your workforce
• Develop confidence in using Welsh
• Ensure the work is correct before printing or publishing
• A chance to have a go at using Welsh to benefit your business or charity
• Free of charge
“Over 90% of our staff members are Welsh speaking and we saw the need to increase our visual use of the language. We’ve been delighted to be able to take advantage of the free proof reading service offered by the Commissioner. It’s allowed us to be certain that the materials we’re producing in Welsh are correct, and means that we’re able to increase our use of the language which can only enhance the experience of our visitors from Wales and further beyond.”
“The Welsh Language Commissioner’s free proof reading service is very useful for checking short pieces of text such as document headings and job titles. The turnaround is generally very quick and it has definitely improved our ability to provide a bilingual service.”
Wales Co-operative Centre
As a social enterprise, the fact that the proof reading serviced was free was very helpful. Also we were looking for a reliable way of having our documents proof read and ensuring that their translation was correct. The Commissioner’s service was recommended to us and we have been very happy with everything you have done for us. The provision of the proof reading service has improved the confidence of the individual who originally translated the text. We would most certainly recommend the Commissioner’s Proof Reading Service to any company”
“The service was a great support for us. There are often regional differences for Welsh terms. Using the service installed confidence that the Welsh used was the most suitable within National promotion. I would definitely recommend the service to others in the future.”
“I have been really pleased to have had the support of the Proof Reading Service as I am a very novice Welsh learner and am generally reliant on volunteers translating text for community event promotions. The service has really improved the confidence of the people offering to translate.
I have already recommended this service to a number of colleagues in similar positions and would not hesitate to recommend to more!”
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