Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service Celebrates their 21st Birthday
Neath Port Talbot CVS has been supporting the voluntary sector in Neath Port Talbot for twenty-one years and on Thursday night, they held their AGM and a birthday celebration. During the evening, the contribution made by volunteers to everyday life was highlighted by all the speakers. Kev Johns highlighted that the value of volunteering to the country is £50 billion and is the equivalent of every person over 16 giving an hour of their time each week. He highlighted that without volunteers, the country would be in crisis and paid tribute to the armies of volunteers and carers “if you are a volunteer, you are the best”.The AGM meeting was held at Neath Port Talbot College and the keynote speaker was local radio personality and panto star Kevin Johns MBE.
In the past 12 months, CVS responded to 2,000 enquiries and held events, training, workshops and conferences with 1,100 participants and supported almost 250 people into volunteering. A key message from the evening was that volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
Funding support for voluntary and community groups remains one of Neath Port Talbot CVS’s priorities. In the last 12 months they received over 1,200 funding advice enquiries, held 12 funding events with 260 participants attending & they secured almost £2.5 million.
Another key area of work has been supporting voluntary groups to make their voices heard. Neath Port Talbot CVS helped individuals and groups to shape the agendas around Health, Social Care and Wellbeing, Children and Young People, Mental Health and the BME Community. They have also been key in supporting local residents to develop a shared vision for their community and take action on issues that matter to them.
Gaynor Richards MBE, Director of Neath Port Talbot CVS highlighted the key role of the voluntary sector in shaping our society “we can choose to be affected by the world or we can choose to affect the world by our individual and collective actions”.