old library (about us)

WCVA has been supporting people and organisations for over 80 years since the organisation was set up in 1934 as the South Wales and Monmouthshire Council of Social Services to help people during the Depression of the 1930s.

During that time we organised activities at more than 200 clubs and centres for unemployed people, funded district nurses, supported libraries in the valleys and helped create co-operative schemes to dig mountain coal.

Today, we work with thousands of organisations in communities across the whole of Wales and employ over 100 people at our offices in Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Rhyl.

The scope of our work grew significantly in the 1970s when we were invested in to support and train unemployed young people.

Our work in this area continues today through a range of projects that involve training and supported employment opportunities for people that are disadvantaged within the labour market.

In the 1980s we adopted the name Wales Council for Voluntary Action, which has been popularly abbreviated to WCVA. We also launched our flagship magazine, Network Wales, began administering the Volunteering in Wales Fund and launched training and funding advice services for the sector - all of which are still at the heart of what we do today.

innovate trust (about us)Since 2000, we have developed and managed projects   with a range of funders including the EU, Welsh Government and Big Lottery Fund which has seen over a quarter of a billion pounds - £250 million - reach third sector organisations the length and breadth of Wales.

We are also leading the way in the field of social investment through a portfolio of loan finance that is creating a stronger entrepreneurial culture in Wales' third sector.

In 2004 we launched the Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards to promote and recognise Welsh volunteers and since then over 2,000 of Wales' most inspiring people have been nominated.

Over the years, we have also helped establish a network of Citizens Advice Bureaux in Wales, and have supported the creation of organisations such as Age Concern Cymru (now Age Cymru), Disability Wales and the Council for Wales of Youth Voluntary Services (CWVYS).

Today, together with Wales' network of County Voluntary Councils and Volunteer Centres, we provide a support infrastructure for the whole of the third sector in Wales.