Big Lottery logo - Sept 2017Big Lottery Fund’s Third Sector Skills programme aims to pilot innovative approaches to bringing new skills and expertise to organisations in the third sector through mentoring and trustee recruitment, and to empower them to become better equipped to plan for the future and overcome a difficult economic environment.

Following a successful application earlier this year, SCVS will receive £315,382 over three years to fund salaries, project delivery costs and overheads for a new team based at SCVS, NPTCVS and BAVO; to develop skills and strengthen governance within the third sector in Swansea, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot.

The ‘Link Up’ Project will strengthen governance and skills development across third sector organisations through the recruitment of skilled volunteer mentors and trustees; and support corporate social responsibility actions across the region by linking the third sector with public, private and education sector partners and integrating the approach into local and regional strategy and policy aims.

Effective governance, provided by skilled and confident trustees is critical to the long term viability of organisations in the sector...

Over the three years of the Project, 150 mentors and new trustees will be identified and recruited and 120 third sector organisations will benefit from engagement in the project’s activities.

Highlighting the importance of the Third Sector Skills programme, Andrew Owen, Head of Funding for the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Programmes like Third Sector Skills are making a difference to the lives of so many people in communities across Wales.

“It means that new skills can be brought to organisations that will help them flourish and take advantage of opportunities that are available to them.”

Amanda Carr, SCVS Director said – “We are delighted to have secured funding for this new project, which, in partnership with our sister organisations NPTCVS and BAVO, will deliver real benefits to third sector organisations across the three counties. Effective governance, provided by skilled and confident trustees is critical to the long term viability of organisations in the sector, and we look forward to offering even more support to Trustees through the project over the next 3 years.”

Recruitment for ‘Link Up’ will begin shortly, and it’s hoped the Project will launch in November, during National Trustees Week - UPDATE: Recruitment is now live - click here for more information on the posts

More information will be available from SCVS, NPTCVS and BAVO soon.