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Mission Statement

Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO) is an interdependent intermediary body whose purpose is to empower and equip the third sector in Powys, enabling it to deliver its aims and objectives effectively, and to represent and facilitate the engagement of the third sector at all levels of the strategic planning process.

Aims and Objectives

  1. To support voluntary organisations and encourage good practice.
  2. To support and promote volunteering,
  3. To encourage co-operation and collaboration between voluntary organisations.
  4. To encourage partnership between the voluntary sector and statutory agencies.
  5. To develop and support new initiatives to meet unmet needs.
  6. To empower local communities by encouraging participation in development.
  7. To identify and articulate the concerns of the voluntary sector.
  8. To enhance intermediary services

Values Statement

PAVO works with communities in all their diversity and in respect of the full range of their social, cultural and economic needs.

It has particular expertise in relation to the voluntary sector and serves the needs of this sector. It believes that this work takes its value and importance as a part of helping to build civil society -a vital component of any healthy society.

In its work for this larger aim, PAVO seeks to encourage participation in community affairs of all members of that community whether defined by geography or interest. It recognises that people often need support, advice, training and strengthened organisational structures in order to play a full role in the communities in which they live or have an interest.

PAVO sees the building and strengthening of civil society as work to enfranchise those often excluded or marginalised for whatever reason and therefore as work for social justice.

In recognising the full range of the needs of communities, PAVO has an inherent interest in partnership working. It believes that good partnership working can lead to community based, genuinely participative and sustainable ways of meeting community needs. PAVO seeks to break down artificially maintained barriers between sectors which militate against the best outcomes for communities. PAVO seeks the supporting and strengthening of civil society as a key aim and it is this which will focus its work with individuals, groups, organisations and communities.

Guiding Principles


PAVO is committed to promoting respect, honesty and integrity in dealings with its members, staff, trustees and volunteers as well as its partner organisations and members of the public.


PAVO is committed to treating people equally and opposes discrimination in all circumstances.


PAVO is committed to the participation, involvement and development of all members, staff, trustees and volunteers.


PAVO respects the principle of confidentiality and the Board has adopted a policy governing confidentiality issues.  Information is not made available to any external source without prior consent, unless the law requires or a resolution of the Board requires disclosure.


PAVO is committed to the provision of high quality services and to embracing change through continuous improvement and development.

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Powys Voluntary Sector

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PAVO provides training courses on all aspects of running community groups and voluntary organisations ... find out more

Powys Transport Training Agency provides transport related training courses and information ... find out more

Powys Mental Health Team

The Powys Mental Health Team provides information, support, representation networks, advice and training to the Third Sector on any aspect of mental health services in Powys ... find out more

Children and Young People

A network for organisations and groups who support, help, play and work with children, young people and their families, helping them to share good practice, work together and link to the CYP Partnership ... find out more

Health, Social Care & Wellbeing

Have your say and keep informed about how the Third Sector contributes to Health and Social Care services in Powys ... find out more

Community Transport

Community Transport meets the transport needs of communities where these needs are not or cannot be adequately met by public and/or commercial transport ... find out more

Community Development

PAVO's team of Development Officers can provide you with practical support to help develop your community group or voluntary group and its activities ... find out more

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Third Sector Support Wales
PAVO is a member of Third Sector Support Wales