The Vale Volunteer Bureau (VVB) was opened in 1996 and operates out of an accessible, shop-fronted premises on Holton Road. The premises are situated in Barry town centre. The team consists of both volunteers and paid staff. Volunteers compliment the work of the organisation, which in return provides them with the skills, knowledge and confidence that is needed to achieve their personal goals.
The Vale of Clwyd Mind Association involves around 30 volunteers in running a number of projects to support users of mental health services, their families and carers. The Sparks project, for example, encourages access to employment and training through its café, IT and administration, gardening and other services. It also provides supported housing, and social opportunities for clients.
The Neath Port Talbot Youth Offending Team is a multi-disciplinary team, made up of social workers, probation officers, the police, health, education and substances misuse workers. The team works with young people who are involved in or at risk of offending.
The organisation initially decided to apply for the Investors in Volunteers Award in 2007. The charity had recently turned 40 years old and it was felt that the award represented a real acknowledgement of the work the charity had been doing with its volunteers for the previous four decades and continues to do in the present day.
Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. They campaign vigorously to create a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all - a society where people with experience of mental distress are treated fairly, positively and with respect.
Now its 10th year, Flintshire Community Parents provide support to parents throughout Flintshire, with offices in Buckley, Greenfield, Flint and Shotton. Volunteers support parents through a series of semi-structured home visits based on the sound principles of empowerment, in its simplest form it’s about sharing ideas as one parent to another in a friendly and informal way but with focus, purpose and direction.
DIAL Doncaster has recently achieved the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, recognising the excellent work they do with volunteers.
The Strategy based in Mountain Ash, previously Bryncynon Commercial Revival Strategy, is a community regeneration organisation operating out of the South Wales Valleys.