Find out what exciting event's or outstanding achievements have happened in Powys. If you have an article or item about volunteering that you would like to submit then please contact the Powys Volunteer Centre by e-mail or via the PAVO helpdesk on 0845 0093288
As well as the new 'Volunteering Wales' website, we have seen the launch of the new 'Gwirvol' website. This is a great new website for 14-25 year old to register with; they can create their own profile which will enable them to log all their volunteering hours on for their Millennium Volunteer ...
The new Volunteering Wales website has recently been launched and it already has over 5000 Volunteering opportunities advertised. If you are looking for Volunteering opportunities yourself or are an Organisation with Volunteering opportunities you would like to advertise and promote, then visit ...
Andrew Davies, PAVO Youth Development Officer & Hannah Lake, PAVO Volunteering Officer attended two successful Duke of Edinburgh Volunteering Events this week, 1 held in Newtown & 1 held in Brecon.
This was a great opportunity to make links with Duke of Edinburgh, Ysgol Penames, Welsh Rugby Union and Youth Services to promote volunteer placements for those starting their Bronze Award which requires 6 months of Volunteering.
For more information on volunteering opportunities contact 0845 0093288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
PAVO held a successful Launch and Celebration Event on Friday 28th September at the Willow Globe Theatre at Penlanole near Rhayader.
The event was to launch the Powys Befrienders project funded by AdvantAGE and the Big Lottery Programme which aims to improve the independence of people over 50, to maintain their social networks and remain in their own homes for as long as they are able. The Launch promoted the benefits of befriending, how to recognise when someone needs support and the impact it has on people’s lives.
The Event also promoted the Can Do Communities Scheme which aims to support communities and voluntary organisations to undertake small scale capital projects that have a massive impact in the community. A number of Organisations were invited upon the stage to be presented with a plaque from PAVO Chief Executive Carl Cooper in recognition of their successful completition of their Can Do funded projects.
The event celebrated the success and end of the Engagement Gateway Project by showing off the wonderful work that has been done which aimed to improve the employability of individuals who face barriers to employment, by giving them the confidence, skills and experience to move a step closer to becoming employable. There were Engagement Gateway Projects at the event to promote and proudly show off their work, including Tir Coed Woodland Project and Ashfield Cultivating Change. In particular a participant who had engaged on the Tir Coed project whose life had been turned around since joining the project came to the event. Ben Morgan had improved confidence, learnt many skills and was proud to talk to and show the guests what he had achieved, he was awarded with his 200 hours Millennium Volunteers Certificate and surprised when he was also presented with a copy of 'Mike Abbot's book Living Wood - From buying a woodland to making a chair', awarded to celebrate his tremendous achievements.
PAVO were also lucky enough to receive an email from Sarah Rochira, Welsh Government, who, even though unable to attend, sent her best wishes and congratulated all of the projects. Mike Marshall, Older People's Strategy Project Manager from Powys County Council presented an enjoyable speech on the importance of all three projects in Powys and Mike Theodoulou a Big Lottery Fund Committee member kindly attended the event.
PAVO chief executive Carl Cooper quotes “It is delight to be able to launch 'Powys Befrienders', a project that will support older people in Powys to pursue active lifestyles, maintain a stimulating social life and remain independent. In addition to new beginnings, it is equally rewarding to celebrate the achievements of PAVO's Engagement Gateway support service and our 'Can Do Communities' grant scheme. These initiatives have helped to transform the lives of individuals and communities. We rejoice in the many, innovative ways in which people have been helped towards paid employment and in which small scale capital projects have made a relatively enormous social, economic and emotional difference.
The event finished off in style with ‘Cream Teas’ as the guests then had the opportunity to network with others and look at all the display stands and discuss the projects, while Robin and Lou, two local carers, sang in the background .The guests at the event included those from many organisations who were and are involved in all the projects, as well as trustees and members of the community. It was a fantastic day to bring together an audience from across Powys to promote the successes of the projects and its legacies.
The annual awards and event acknowledges and celebrates those individuals and groups who have made a major contribution to their communities by giving their time freely.
To find out more about the awards and who has won in previous years click on the link here.
GwirVol is a uniquely Welsh, diverse partnership promoting, supporting and driving forward youth volunteering. Gwirforce is a group which has a vital part to play in this partnership.
So what is Gwirforce?
Gwirforce is a diverse panel of young, spontaneous and fun volunteers aged 16 to 25 committed to promoting and driving forward youth volunteering in Wales.
Joining Gwirforce is an excellent way to further your skills, meet lots of new people, change opinions about young people and give something back to your community, not forgetting have lots of fun! Gwirforce is made up of three sub-groups: Ambassadors, Engineers and Marketeers, although all important decisions are made and voted on by the whole panel.
Interested in becoming a member of Gwirforce?
Please contact, for further details: Laura Davies of Rathbone Cymru
Telephone: 01544 756 558
Mobile: 07827 851 667
PAVO has a set of information sheets, covering volunteering that you can choose to download. Click on the link above.