Volunteering Projects…

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Neath Port Talbot CVS has over 17 years of experience in delivering 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 ProjectVolunteer TrainingNext Steps (25+) Phase TwoCommunity CompanionsFamily Support Volunteering ProjectSocial Services Volunteering SchemeNPT Youth Fund

Link Up Project

Regional Big Lottery Link Up Project 

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 governance and supporting Trustees through the recruitment of Volunteer Mentors and specialists in areas ranging from Employment Law and HR to Planning, Finance and Marketing.  The project also aims to maximise the sustainability and diversity of Trustees & Boards by recruiting under-represented groups, in particular women and young trustees.

 

The Link Up project offers a bespoke service – Mentors and Trustees are carefully matched to fulfil the specific needs of the group, aligned with the Mentor or Trustee’s area of interest and skills – you’ll be involved at every step of the process.

Mentors 

About the Link Up Project

Link Up Project FAQs

Link Up Project information stages

Link Up Project specialist mentors one-off sessions

Link Up Project mentors

Link Up Project Trustees

 

Trustee Recruitment – Roles

Young Trustees

Women

If you would like an informal discussion or to register an interest then please contact Kate Miles, Neath Port Talbot’s ‘Link Up’ Project Development Officer on 01639 631246 / katem@nptcvs.org.uk

Training…

 

To volunteer with Neath Port Talbot CVS’s volunteer befriending projects or schemes, you will need to:

  • Complete a full day induction training course
  • 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
  • Confidentiality
  • Your role and your boundaries
  • Lone working and personal safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Policies and procedures

We also look at various case studies and scenarios.

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.

Expenses

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

  1. Initial Interview – An appointment will be given within 2 weeks of your initial enquiry.
  2. Induction Training – You will be invited to attend the volunteer induction training course.
  3. Post Training Interview – An appointment will be arranged to discuss whether or not you are happy to proceed.
  4. 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.
  5. Discussion of Possible Matches – Matched may take into account factors such as experience, availability, gender, age, locality, skills, hobbies and interests.
  6. Match Meeting – A match meeting will be arranged and volunteering befriending agreement signed.
  7. Ongoing Volunteer Support and Training – Volunteers receive regular supervsion and opportunities for further training.

Next Steps (25+) Phase Two…

 

Do you have a work limited 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
  • Encourage 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
  • Providing you with Employability Skills training
For more information contact Nia Dix-Williams at NiaDW@nptcvs.org.uk on 01639 631246.

Community Companions

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

Family Support Volunteering Project…

 

This project provides short-term support to families who are currently involved with Neath Port Talbot Children’s Social Services and need a little extra practical help and encouragement. The project aims to empower families to engage in actions that improve confidence and self-esteem, increase social inclusion and better manage challenging situations. Volunteers usually commit to 2 – 3 hours per week.

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…

 

This scheme supports and trains volunteer befrienders on behalf of Neath Port Talbot Social Services Department.  Volunteers can be linked with either individuals or groups of people who have been referred by Social Services.  These could be older people, those with physical or learning disabilities and those with mental health issues.

For more information please contact Gemma Richards at GemmaR@nptcvs.org.uk or call  01639 631246.

 

NPT Youth Fund…

 

Neath Port Talbot Youth Fund is a group of young people who volunteer for a very important role, awarding grants of money to young people’s projects in Neath Port Talbot.

The Panel is run by young people, for young people, and has the power to award £50 -£1000 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 Gemma Richards, at Neath Port Talbot CVS on 01639 631246 or GemmaR@nptcvs.org.uk

Also, if you are a young person who is interested in applying to NPT Youth Fund please contact Katie Padfield on 01639 631246 GemmaR@nptcvs.org.uk or check out our Grant Schemes Page

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