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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

Using the volunteering digital platform webinar – 15 May 2019

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Learn how to use the Volunteering Wales website, this webinar will enable you to get the most from the new Volunteering Wales website


The new Volunteering Wales Platform will support the recruitment and management of volunteers. This webinar will showcase the features of the new platform as well as show you how to use them.

You will be invited to watch an introductory video beforehand, explaining some of the features of the new Volunteering Wales website and how to get the best out of this. The webinar will take the form of a live question and answer session.

It’s free to join, so please book your place using this link














The new Volunteering Wales Platform will support the recruitment and management of volunteers. This webinar will showcase the features of the new platform as well as show you how to use them.

You will be invited to watch an introductory video beforehand, explaining some of the features of the new Volunteering Wales website and how to get the best out of this. The webinar will take the form of a live question and answer session.

It’s free to join, so please book your place using this link

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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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Employers Encouraging Volunteering

Just because you have a full time job it doesn’t mean that you don’t have time to volunteer. You can volunteer in the evenings, on weekends or even give a week during your annual leave. But there are some companies that are encouraged to give their staff extra time off specifically to volunteer. Network Rail is one of the biggest companies that do this, and we wanted to know why.



Network Rail owns, operates and develops Britain’s railway infrastructure. Wales and Borders is one of eight areas of the rail network in Britain, with nearly 1,700 staff based in the area, and a headquarters in Cardiff.

They actively encourage their staff to volunteer, facilitated by BITC (Business in the Community Cymru). BITC works with businesses of all sizes and wants every business in Wales to behave responsibly and make a real difference to the people, economy and environment of Wales. We talked to Tracy Dickinson, head of human resources for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, to find out more.

Why encourage your staff to volunteer?
Volunteering is a powerful way to invest in local communities while supporting our employees’ personal development. It’s also a great way for people to acquire new skills and experience, and develop invaluable life skills.

We provide every employee with five days volunteer leave per year.

Are you keen that younger members of the staff get the chance to volunteer?
Yes we are. It’s an opportunity to get to know their local community and learn some new skills.

Olivia and Steffan
Network Rail staff Olivia Jones and Steffan Jones recently volunteered on a decorating project at the SHARE centre in Newport, which helps vulnerable and disadvantaged local communities.

‘We redecorated 3 rooms in the centre which really helped to freshen up the space that is used on a daily basis, and gave the community a nice environment to learn and also work in,’ explains Olivia.

‘The centre explained that they don’t receive a lot of funding for redecorating the rooms, and therefore really appreciated our input and hard work. We also raised enough money to buy stationary supplies for the centre, and had 2 large whiteboards donated from one of the Network Rail depots, which will help with the educational classes that take place.’

Steffan helped with planning the decorating project, going on scoping visits, completing risk assessments and calculating the materials needed. He is keen to volunteer again and will soon be taking part in a beach clean day.

Does volunteering make someone more employable?
We wanted to know if Olivia and Steffan thought that volunteering was something that would make an impression on future employers.

Olivia believes that it’s a big advantage.
‘I think volunteering definitely helps make you more employable as you learn valuable team building skills. We only had one day to complete the decorating so it was important to work together and communicate in order to get it completed in time,’ she says.

‘I also think that volunteering gives you an appreciation for the different types of work environments that exist, and allows you to see the variety of different workplaces that are available to you,’ adds Olivia.

And Steffan agrees.
‘It shows a drive to do something worthwhile, develop skills like teamwork, planning, communication, leadership etc. and shows that you are a rounded individual.

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Are you committed to Youth Volunteering and Social Action?

We’ve just launched a brand-new charter to champion good practice in youth volunteering and social action in Wales!

The Youth Volunteering and Social Action Charter sets out a number of commitments encouraging organisations to provide the best possible social action and volunteering experiences for young people. The charter also outlines expectations for young people that take part in these experiences.

How the charter was created
The charter was developed by The Welsh Centre for International Affairs on behalf of WCVA for the third sector in Wales. It has been developed based on insight gathered from young people and youth volunteering stakeholders in Wales.

The charter builds on the nine key principles of the former Millennium Volunteer initiative, which recognised and rewarded youth volunteering, and the six principles of the UK wide #iwill campaign for youth social action.

What is the charter for?
This set of principles is intended to help improve the practice of organisations that already involve young people in social action or volunteering, and those that are working towards improving the diversity of their organisation by involving younger people.

The Charter also provides a helpful guide to what organisations can reasonably expect from the young people that get involved.

It is anticipated that organisations that agree to embed the charter’s commitments will use the charter to demonstrate to current and prospective young people that they are champions of positive practice in their approach to youth social action and volunteering.

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WCVA Chief Executive, Ruth Marks:
‘Energy, enthusiasm and commitment are always present when young people volunteer – this Charter makes some great commitments and I hope it will encourage more social action.’

Gillian Smith, Deputy Chief Executive of Step Up To Serve:
‘This Youth Volunteering and Social Action Charter will help young people to identify the organisations across Wales that offer great opportunities and place young people at the heart of their decision making.

‘The #iwill campaign is proud to see so many high-quality opportunities for young people in Wales and a steady growth year on year.  We are delighted during #iwill Week, to be able to celebrate the work done with young people, by WCVA and their partners, to develop this charter.’

To download your copy of the Charter please click here 

To receive a hard copy of the Charter to display please contact volunteering@wcva.org.uk

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How WCVA can support you with Safeguarding

WCVA Safeguarding Service for Third Sector organisations in Wales

WCVA’s safeguarding service provides free advice, information, training and resources for third sector organisations in Wales.

Do you have questions about …   

  • Writing policies
  • Recruiting safely
  • Accessing DBS checks
  • Reporting concerns 
  • Trustee responsibilities

Our Safeguarding Officer, Suzanne Mollison, is available to respond to enquiries and we would like to encourage you to access the service.

We can also support your organisation with safeguarding activities in the following ways:

  • Information sessions and presentations

We can deliver information sessions for your members, staff or volunteers, and give presentations at events.  

  • Learning and Development

We can provide a range of learning opportunities, including free online courses, training on our open programme and bespoke options.

  • Resources

Our Safeguarding webpages provide information and resources on many aspects of safeguarding

  • Safeguarding Ambassadors Network

The Safeguarding Ambassadors’ Network for third sector safeguarding practitioners aims to create a community of practice. The network provides regular opportunities for members to meet up, share information and hear presentations on relevant topics.

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If you would like to discuss any of the above, please get in touch by emailing safeguarding@wcva.org.uk or phone 01745 357574 / 0300 111 0124, option 6

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