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In 1974 Powys Rural Council was created from the three independent Rural Community Councils of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Brecknockshire. Powys Rural Council changed its name to Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations in 1994.

PAVO became a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Registered Charity on 1st April 1996 Registered Charity Number: 1069557, Company Limited by Guarantee Number: 3522144. Registered Office: Unit 30, Ddole Road Industrial Estate, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 6DF.

PAVO is one of 19 County Voluntary Councils (CVCs) in Wales. Membership is open to all voluntary organisations, community groups and Town and Community Councils in Powys. The organisation employs full time and part time staff, mainly divided between the two main offices situated in Newtown and Llandrindod Wells.

PAVO is accountable to a trustee board elected by an open substantial membership of third sector organisations who, in turn, seek to meet the needs of individuals and communities through their broad membership and contacts. PAVO's reach in the third sector is unparalleled, with a membership in excess of 730 organisations and regular contact with over 1500 organisations across the county. The membership and reach underpins the critical role of PAVO in providing a legitimate, strategic and accountable voice that reflects the diverse interests of the diverse sector.

The Voluntary Sector in Powys

The Third (or Voluntary) Sector in Powys actively contributes to a wide range of community activities in Powys. It is a diverse, vibrant presence in the county and involves a wide range of people, organisations and communities. It is independent of the state and exists for the public benefit, not for private financial gain. Included in the sector are voluntary organisations, community groups, volunteers, self-help groups, co-operatives, social enterprises and religious organisations.

These third sector organisations provide services to people in the county that contribute to the social, environmental, economic and cultural health and well-being of their communities. These services complement those provided by public bodies and contribute to the improvement of public services such as health and social care, children's services, youth services, housing, education and training by addressing a broad range of issues including economic inactivity, food poverty, waste recycling, community regeneration, community transport, asset transfer and substance misuse.

In Powys the third sector involves over 2,100 groups, large and small, based in the county, together with over 1,600 organisations that are based outside the county but have some activity in Powys. There are almost 65,000 volunteers active in the county, not only acting as trustees or management committee members but also delivering a multitude of voluntary services within their communities, complementing those delivered by the statutory agencies. These volunteers contribute at least £141.4 million per year to the economy of Powys through their service.

The third sector is also responsible for employing paid staff. The last available data indicates that the sector employs over 3,300 staff, of whom over 900 are in full time employment, contributing £43.5 million to the economy of the county.

Third Sector Support Wales

PAVO is committed to coordinating its work at local, regional and national level to achieve value for money, added value, agreed service levels across Wales and best practice through effective monitoring of outcomes and impact. In particular, as part of a national network of infrastructure bodies, Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW), PAVO commits itself to implementing increased collaboration and efficiency in relation to:

• Training and learning services

• Information services

• Membership

• Websites


• Internal and externally offered back-office services

In furtherance of this collaborative delivery, TSSW has developed core service standards for:-

o Thriving, Sustainable Third Sector,

o Good Governance,

o Volunteering

o Influencing and Strategic Engagement

The core service standards identify the anticipated outcomes or impact for each theme, many of which are based on or draw heavily on the objectives identified in PAVO's business plan and therefore closely align to PAVO's current strategic and business planning. They also detail the activities that will be undertaken nationally by WCVA and locally by the 19 Welsh CVCs to ensure joint delivery of each of these outcomes or impacts. The activities will form the basis of the PAVO annual Infrastructure Delivery Plan

There are very many organisations outside TSSW with whom PAVO works. PAVO fully recognises that there is a range of other organisations that bring valuable expertise to the sector, largely in the third sector, but also in the public and private sectors. Creating and enabling links with other organisations is fundamental to the way in which PAVO works, in order to maximise their expertise and to improve services and support available to the sector.

Mission, Purpose and Values

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PAVO Service Provision Protocol

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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