Following the phenomenal Covid-19 volunteer response, The Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW) is establishing Wrexham’s very own community response team.
A Close Partnership
AVOW has received funding from Welsh Government as part of the work carried out during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The team will accordingly work in close partnership with regional emergency response services and local community contacts. The brief will be to respond to local emergencies such as missing persons or floods and other extreme weather situations. They can also offer volunteers to the Public and Emergency Services.
The Wrexham Volunteer Centre is now looking for a bank of volunteers from across Wrexham County Borough. These volunteers will have a brief to develop a “volunteering passport” for the area. This passport will include a current DBS certificate and access to a range of training and courses. All free of charge. Moreover, there will be an opportunity to carry out further training for more specific qualifications.
Community Event Participation
The team will participate in community occasions such as fundraisers or sporting events. They will ongoing training and volunteering experiences in preparation for emergency circumstances. Members will also be able to support voluntary organisations and community groups within the area.
Wrexham’s Member of the Senedd, Lesley Griffiths, said: “Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, AVOW and its team of volunteers have stepped up and done an incredible job. They have also offered invaluable support to our local communities in these challenging circumstances.
“It is indeed fantastic to see Welsh Government funding making a positive difference in Wrexham. I hope this grant allows our volunteers to gain even greater insight and teach them new skills, subsequently enabling them to provide even better services for people in and around Wrexham.”
How to Participate
AVOW is developing the Wrexham Community Response Team to collaborate with Wrexham County Borough Council. It will also work with local community councils, community agents and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
To apply for the opportunity, please follow this link to register as a volunteer at the volunteering-wales website. Additionally, you may sign up for the chance to become part of the Wrexham Community Response Team.
Moreover, voluntary organisations and community groups can benefit from this funding from Welsh Government. Any current volunteers can access the “volunteering passport”. They can also receive an up-to-date DBS (dependant on the role) and access these training opportunities.
Additional training is available for organisations such as Good Governance, How to Find a Trustee and Looking After Your Assets. Further information and booking for this training is at wrexham-volorgs-training.eventbrite.co.uk.
For further information about the initiative, please contact Wrexham Volunteer Centre by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AVOW is the county voluntary council for Wrexham County Borough. It is presently part of a network of 19 similar organisations covering the whole of Wales. They and their national body, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, provide overall support and advice to voluntary and community groups.
AVOW consists of Community Development Department, NE Wales Wellbeing Team and The Volunteer Centre. Its constituents also include Business Support, The Play Team, Shopmobility and Little Sunflowers Childcare.
AVOW looks to take the lead in promoting promote citizenship, volunteering and social enterprise. They also bring together advice, information, financial and community development support services for charities and community groups.
AVOW connects voluntary and community organisations and activities in Wrexham. Furthermore, it coordinates advice, information, financial and community development support services for charities and community groups. To that end, AVOW can easily signpost individuals to appropriate sources of support. Lastly, they also deliver high-quality services to carers, citizens with particular needs and those seeking employment.
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