About the Projects

The Community Voice: Needs Must/Pan Fo Angen portfolio project is funded by the Big Lottery Community Voice grant scheme, which commenced on 1 April 2013. The aim of the project is to increase the voice of citizens and especially those who are most marginalised in local policy and planning processes. Consisting of seven Bridgend County Borough third sector projects, Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations (BAVO) is the lead organisation.
An estimated 2,040 beneficiaries will benefit including disabled people, young adult carers, people who self-harm, older people (particularly those aged 50-60), people from the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community, people with learning disabilities and residents from the Ogmore Valley.
Community Voice was developed after the Big Lottery Fund commissioned a study from a Citizen Voice Policy and Practice across Wales and the UK. It found that over the last 10 to 15 years, Government policy has increasingly recognised the benefits and importance of community engagement and there was a considerable value in citizens being able to influence the design and delivery of public services. Findings also revealed that it could equally be valuable to focus on ways communities could be encouraged to develop their own approaches and solutions to community needs. 10 Voluntary Councils across Wales have been awarded over £11m from the Big Lottery Fund’s Community Voice programme, including BAVO’s individual award of £1m, to help people speak out to influence the decisions that affect their own community and their lives.


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