Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO)

Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO)

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  • Voluntary sector support

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Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO) provides essential services to support third sector organisations and to improve people's lives.

To be a CATALYST for voluntary action by enabling innovation, supporting volunteers and helping third sector organisations to operate effectively, deliver quality services and become sustainable, so that:-

  • Third sector groups and services are developed, delivered and sustained to safely meet the identified needs and wishes of individuals and communities.
  • Individuals are encouraged and enabled to participate in voluntary action in a safe and nurturing environment, achieving personal goals whilst contributing to wider social, economic or environmental wellbeing.

To provide a VOICE for voluntary organisations and community groups so that their views are heard and influence policy development and service planning and delivery and so that the views and experiences of individuals and communities are heard and understood by decision makers, so that:-

  • The views of individuals and communities are heard and understood by decision makers, so that they have the opportunity to inform and influence policy development and service planning and delivery.

To be a HUB of essential information and resources for third sector organisations, so that:-

  • Third sector organisations are able to effectively access and share essential information, thus ensuring that their governance and practice meet the necessary standards.

To ensure that it is an ORGANISATION that is fit for purpose, so that it best placed to:-

  • Deliver its strategic plan, support trustees in their stewardship and support staff to work efficiently and effectively


PAVO is a membership organisation and is free to join

Membership is open to all third sector organisations and groups and Town and Community Councils in Powys, all working to meet the needs of people and communities across Powys.  We have over 730-member organisations and regular contact with over 1500 organisations.is part of the Third Sector Support Wales, a network of support organisations for the whole of the third sector in Wales. It consists of the 19 local and regional County Voluntary Councils (PAVO is a County Voluntary Council) and the national support body, Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).

We work with people, volunteers and third sector groups to identify and address what matters to them.  To achieve our shared goals, we collaborate with other key partners across the third sector, the public sector, business, research and funders.

4 areas of activity are:

  • volunteering
  • good governance
  • sustainable funding
  • engagement and influencing.

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