Welcome to AVOW!
Taking the lead in promoting citizenship, volunteering and social enterprise, AVOW brings together advice, information, financial and community development support services for voluntary and community groups and individuals.AVOW is one of 19 CVCs (county voluntary council) across Wales.What is a CVC?
The AVOW Vision is that the voluntary and community sectors achieve their missions for the benefit of the community within the County Borough of Wrexham.
To enable the voluntary and community sectors to achieve their missions for the benefit of the community within the County Borough of Wrexham, AVOW will:
- Support the development of individuals and organisations within the voluntary and community sectors
- Establish and sustain good practice
- Undertake the provision of services appropriate to the voluntary and community sectors
- Consult, represent and champion the voluntary and community sectors locally and nationally.
WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action), county voluntary councils (CVCs) and volunteer centres (VCs) form a network of support organisations across Wales that help people who are inspired to make a positive difference to their communities and their own lives.WCVA works at a national level, while CVCs and VCs work at a local level.AVOW work with charities, voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, trustees, individual volunteers, carers and service users.
AVOW was established in 1988 and on the 1st of April 1997 was appointed, by the then Welsh Office, as the County Voluntary Council for Wrexham County Borough.AVOW is therefore the “umbrella” body for the voluntary/community sector in the County Borough of Wrexham and is a registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee.
Plas Madoc Communities First was born out of the Communities First Initiative from the Welsh Assembly Government in 2004.In July 2011, all services were transferred to AVOW in order to continue the programme.
Tŷ AVOW was built in the 19th century for use as offices by the Wrexham and East Denbighshire Water Company.The building therefore has a history of serving the general public of Wrexham for over 100 years.AVOW acquired the building in 1996 and has subsequently developed it as a major resource centre for use by the Volunteer/Community Sector in general.The building, which is centrally located in Wrexham, continues to serve the public, alongside our other venue in Plas Madoc.Tŷ AVOW accommodates the staff from five of the six departments AVOW has, as well as two large and two smaller meeting rooms and office accommodation for Community/Volunteer groups. The meeting rooms, office accommodation and associated facilities are in great demand from local/community groups and are used for:
- Committee meetings,
- arts and crafts sessions
- drop-in centres
- Workshops / seminars / conferences etc.
The Plas Madoc Department of AVOW operate out of the Opportunities Centre, on Hampden Way in Plas Madoc which was previously a community centre serving the residents of Plas Madoc.
Where else do we work from?
- Rhosymedre School – Flying Start
- Adventure Playground – Play Team
- Ollies Café – run by AVOW Volunteers