Neath Port Talbot CVS has over 17 years of experience in delivering a wide range of volunteering projects and schemes.
All our current volunteering projects have the Investing in Volunteers quality standard.
At Neath Port Talbot CVS, we have a number of new and on-going volunteering projects and schemes.
If you are interested in finding out more information about any of the below projects please complete this form or contact the relevant Development Officer named in each project tab.
Link Up Project
Neath Port Talbot CVS Launch the Regional Big Lottery LINK Up Project 26th – 30th March 2018
Neath Port Talbot CVS, working in Partnership with Swansea CVS and BAVO as part of a Regional Big Lottery Project.
The Project aims to strengthen the Third Sector by improving the governance and supporting Trustees through the recruitment of Volunteer Mentors and specialists. To maximise the sustainability and diversity of Trustees & Boards by recruiting additional Women recruiting Young Trustees.
Volunteer Befriending Projects & Schemes
All our current volunteering projects have the Investing in Volunteers quality standard.
What is a volunteer befriender?
Although they are unpaid, volunteer befrienders play a very important role in our communities. They are carefully selected volunteers, who are trained to provide one-to-one, non-judgemental support and companionship to someone. Many people benefit from the support of a volunteer befriender during a period of change in their life, or when they are socially isolated due to vulnerability, illness or old age. Volunteers are usually expected to dedicate 2-3 hours per week.
We currently run three befriending projects:
Social Services Volunteering Scheme – Befriending service for adults.
For more information, contact Gemma Richards on 01639 631246 or email GemmaR@nptcvs.org.uk
Family Support Volunteering Project – Befriending service for families.
For more information, contact Gaynor Rosier on 01639 631246 or RosierG@nptcvs.org.uk
Community Companions Project – Befriending service for anyone who is experiencing loneliness or isolation.
For more information, contact Liz Randall on 01639 631246 or email LizR@nptcvs.org.uk
- complete induction training
- complete a satisfactory DBS check
- provide two character references
What is induction training?
Induction training is part of our selection process. It’s an opportunity for us to get to know one another better and to decide whether or not this volunteering role is right for you.
The course will cover a range of topics:
- volunteer hopes and concerns
- stereotyping and anti-discriminatory practice
- qualities required to be a volunteer befriender
- your role and your boundaries
- lone working and personal safety
- policies and procedures
We also look at various case studies and scenarios which aims to increase your confidence when it comes to managing difficult situations.
What if I have a criminal record?
Whilst the focus of DBS is to help us make safer volunteer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children, Neath Port Talbot CVS believes that anyone who has a criminal record is treated fairly and is not discriminated against because of a conviction or other information revealed.
What support will I receive?
Volunteers will receive support regularly through a combination of one-to-one, group support, development evenings, telephone and email contact.
Informal supervision sessions also takes place regularly, while all befriending agreements reviewed with all parties on a frequent basis.
Out of pocket expenses are generally reimbursed on a monthly basis, including travel and lunch expenses. However expenses can be reimbursed more frequently if required.
Volunteer Recruitment Process
- Initial Interview – An appointment will be given within 2 weeks of your initial enquiry.
- Induction Training – You will be invited to attend two full days of training.
- Post Training Interview – An appointment will be arranged to discuss whether or not you are happy to proceed.
- Vetting Checks – You will need to complete an online DBS application and provide relevant documentation to prove your identity. You will also need to provide details of two referees.
- Discussion of Possible Matches – Matched may take into account factors such as experience, availability, gender, age, locality, skills, hobbies and interests.
- Match Meeting – A match meeting will be arranged and volunteering befriending agreement signed.
- Ongoing Volunteer Support and Training – Volunteers receive regular supervsion and opportunities for further training.
Employee Volunteering Days…
Is your business, company or organisation looking for an innovative team building experience? Employee Volunteering Days are an opportunity to build a strong team, build confidence, experience a real sense of achievement and make a difference in the community.
An Employee Volunteering Day will:
- Help employees develop professional and personal skills
- Increase motivation by providing positive experiences
- raise the profile of your business or organisation in the wider community
- Demonstrate your commitment to corporate social responsibility
Offering Friendship and Support in the Community
Community Companions are volunteers provided by CVS and are here to offer friendship to anyone feeling lonely or isolated. The help they can provide is flexible and will depend on what the person being supported would like. The possibilities are endless but could include –
- Someone popping over for a cup of tea and a chat
- Accompanying and transporting someone to a local group or activity
- Helping someone with their weekly shopping
- Enjoying a walk with someone
- Having a chat over a game of Scrabble
Our service is free of charge, and all of our Community Companions receive full training and a police check prior to visiting. We take time to match people with a volunteer that will be right for them.
If you, or someone you know could benefit from this service, please contact us so we can arrange for a friendly member of staff to visit and talk about the support a Community Companion could offer. Please note, Community Companions are unable to provide personal or domestic care.
Also, if you are interested in becoming a Community Companion please get in touch with
Liz Randall – Development Officer on 01639 631246 or email LizR@nptcvs.org.uk
Next Steps (25+) Phase Two
Are you aged 25+ and live in Neath Port Talbot?
Do you have a work limiting health condition, but would like to increase your confidence or gain new skills through volunteering, participating in group or community activities and training?
If so ….. we can help by:
- Assisting you to access local services specific to your needs
- Working with you to draw up a personal Wellbeing Plan
- Encouraging you to be part of group activities
- Improving your confidence and self esteem
- Increasing your employability and helping you to step closer to the labour market
- Providing volunteering and supported volunteering opportunities
- Offering training opportunities tailored to your needs
- Assisting you with Employability Skills training
For further information please contact Nia Dix-Williams on 01639 631246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Family Support Project…
In partnership with Neath Port Talbot Children’s Social Services we are running a volunteering project which aims to provide time limited practical support to families who are currently involved with Children’s Services. The project aims to empower families to engage in actions that improve the family’s wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem, increase social inclusion, and assist them to better manage difficult situations within the agreed timeframe. Volunteers will dedicate 2 – 3 hours to a family, over 1 or 2 sessions per week, in order to meet the agreed aims. Appropriate training and support will be provided.
For further information about this project please contact:
Gaynor Rosier via telephone on 01639 631246 or email: RosierG@nptcvs.org.uk
Social Services Volunteering Scheme
In partnership with Neath Port Talbot Social Services Department, this scheme supports individual adults or groups of people to access local services and/or provides companionship to individuals who live alone.
Volunteers can be linked with either individuals or groups of people who have been referred by Adult Social Services. These could be older people, those with physical or learning disabilities, or those with mental health problems.
For more information please contact Gemma Richards on 01639 631246 or GemmaR@nptcvs.org.uk
Quotes from beneficiaries:
“ She is a lovely lady – she’s wonderful – she takes such a lot of my worries from my mind.”
NPT Youth Fund…
The Panel is run by young people, for young people, and has the power to award £50 -£750 per project! Young people who volunteer with the panel have the chance to get involved in all sorts of different activities, from training days and designing a logo for the project! If you would like to volunteer with NPT Youth Fund, please contact Carys Richards at Neath Port Talbot CVS on 01639 631246 or CarysR@nptcvs.org.uk
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Millennium Volunteers (MV) is a programme designed to recognise and celebrate the volunteering contribution of 14-25 year olds across Wales. The aim of the programme is to encourage young people to take part in one or more volunteering opportunities that can offer them the chance to gain certificates for 50, 100 and 200 hours of volunteering.
Interested in volunteering in a sporting environment? MV50 Sport is part of the MV Award and offers recognition to young people who volunteer for at least 50 hours in a sport based setting.
For more information on the MV programme contact CarysR@nptcvs.org.uk
Workways Plus Volunteering Project…
Workways Plus offers volunteering, training and paid work opportunities to long term unemployed them get their lives back on track. Support target participants residing outside of Communities First areas who are economically inactive, long term unemployed or have complex barriers. Workways Plus helps participants take their first steps to engage or enter into the labour market. Workways Plus offers 1-1 mentoring support with job seeking, interview skill, the chance to gain new qualification and gain experience through volunteering. Support work target individuals with work limiting health conditions and disabilities as well as those with care responsibilities and low or no skills.
For more information on the Workways Plus Volunteering Project contact CarolH@nptcvs.org.uk