Link Up Project: Prosiect Lincio Lan
'Strengthening 3rd sector skills'

BAVO is working in partnership with  Swansea CVS and Neath Port Talbot CVS to strengthen third sector governance and skills development, such as recruiting and matching skilled peer mentors from public, private and independent sectors with third sector organisations.

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, Link Up aims to bring new skills and expertise to organisations in the third sector through mentoring and trustee recruitment to empower the sector to plan for the future and overcome a difficult economic environment.

We are looking for Mentors recruited from private, public and educational sectors to be matched with third sector trustees who are seeking support with governance aspects for the benefit of their organisation.

Mentors will have the opportunity to learn about the third sector and share their skills for the benefit of local communities.


Volunteering is integral to achieving the project outcomes

Our Link Up Project aims to:

  • Enhance existing skills of trustees and committee members;
  • Assist  trustee boards/committees to identify areas of development;
  • Recruit experienced mentors from public, private and academia sectors with experience and knowledge to support trustee skill development;
  • Increase diversity on trustee boards by recruiting more female and young trustees (under 25 years).

Skilled volunteer trustees play a vital role in enabling local voluntary sector organisations to function successfully and achieve the desired outcome for their local community and beneficiaries. 


Could you be a volunteer mentor?

Would you like to engage in a voluntary opportunity valued by employers which will enhance your career and promotion prospects?

Are you retired and would like to use your skills to make a difference to local voluntary organisations?

As a Link Up Mentor you could develop your...

  • communication and personal skills;
  • leadership and management qualities;
  • knowledge of the voluntary sector;
  • confidence and motivation.

We are recruiting young members to voluntary sector management committees (legally a Trustee)

Be a star…

...help your local organisation! 

By getting involved with the Link Up project you can..

  • Get to know new people;
  • Make a difference to your community;
  • Develop your business management skills;
  • Gain experience for future jobs.

Latest news...

Link Up Project: ‘Get on Board’ training
Saturday 4 April 2020 from 9.30am – 5pm
Neath Port Talbot CVS - Tŷ Margaret Thorne, 17-19 Alfred Street, Neath, SA11 1EF
COST: free of charge

Free accredited level one training from the Children’s Rights Unit about what it means to be a young committee member. If you are aged 15 – 25, have an interest in getting young people’s voices heard, want to enhance your CV, learn new skills and gain a qualification, then this is the right training for you! Travel expenses and lunch provided. Limited spaces, book your place by contacting Kate Miles, T: 01639 631 246 or E: [email protected]

Know your own governing document training
Wednesday 22 April 2020 from 5.30 - 7.30pm
St Johns Ambulance Centre, Minerva Street, Bridgend, CF31 1TD
COST: Free of charge to all BAVO members and Link Up Project partners

This interactive and enjoyable workshop is for committee members/ trustees of voluntary, community and charity groups and organisations. It will help you to confidently and effectively make the best use of your governing document (constitution, memorandum and articles of association, trust deed) in running your organisation.
| Read more and book here |

Advanced trusteeship BAVO three hour workshop (for more experienced trustees)
Wednesday 24 June 2020 from 5 - 8pm
St Johns Ambulance Centre, Minerva Street, Bridgend, CF31 1TD
COST: Free of charge to all BAVO members and Link Up Project partners

This course is for experienced committee members / trustees of voluntary, community and charity groups and organisations. No matter how experienced you are as a trustee, or how long you’ve been a member of your Committee, there are lots of new developments in the world of charity governance in Wales that you need to keep abreast of. We all need to update, develop and refresh our knowledge and awareness over time. | Read more and book here |


Want to find out more?

For further information contact our Link Up Project Development Officer at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]