Summer 2017 Newsletter
'Supporting volunteering and the voluntary and community sector in the Forest of Dean'

FVAF Volunteering Awards 2017

After over 50 nominations, some very touching tributes and 1,905 votes, FVAF are proud to announce the winners of our Forest of Dean Volunteering Awards 2017!

Volunteer of the Year -

1st - Yvonne Wood (Forest of Dean Foodbanks) 
2nd - Jacky Smith and Judith Williams (Dean Forest Food Hub)
3rd - Alan Grist (Dean Trail Volunteers)

Voluntary Group of the Year -

1st - Forest of Dean Baby Bank
2nd - Berry Hill Community Orchard
3rd - Dean Trail Volunteers

Business in the Community of the Year -

1st - Sixteen Community Cafe
2nd - Pedalabikeaway
3rd - Taurus Crafts, Lydney Forest Of Dean

We would like to thank everyone that voted and our amazing nominees who also deserve recognition for the fantastic work they do.

What the winners said...

Yvonne Wood, Volunteer Manager for the Forest Foodbanks in Cinderford, Lydney and Coleford won the Volunteer of the Year Award. Upon receiving it she said, “our 60 volunteers are absolutely ace, they give me support whenever I need it and without them the Forest Foodbanks simply wouldn’t run, so this award is not just for me, it is for all of them across the board, they’re a great bunch of people”.

Sixteen Community Café in Coleford collected the Business in the Community Award and Yvette Farrell who has been an integral part of this stated “we’re very very pleased to have won this award from the Forest Voluntary Action Forum because we are all about providing a safe haven for people from all walks of life to come and we are very proud of the team for being able to achieve that”.

Despite being a relatively new charity, Forest of Dean Baby Bank have quickly gained local recognition for their great work helping disadvantaged families get the supplies that they desperately need. This recognition is echoed by their award for Voluntary Group of the Year and upon receiving it Nikki Neale, founder of the charity, told us “this award is gratefully received by myself, volunteers and every person who has ever donated. Without them we would not be able to reach families and ensure "No Child Goes Hungry".

To view the story in full from the Forest Review please click here


FVAF Training Programme

FVAF would like to thank everyone who completed our recent 'training need survey'. 

In response to these findings we have worked extremely hard to create an extensive training programme to meet as many of these needs as possible. 

Thanks to the Forest of Dean District Council for subsidising certain courses and the fact that we are a not-for-profit organisation we are able to offer our courses at unbeatable prices. All of our trainers are fully trained and experienced in their fields and all our courses have a 100% satisfaction rate. 

Whilst the finished programme will contain in excess of 30 courses over the next 9 months you can download the current version below. 
Download Training Programme
Group Membership Joining Instructions

Members of FVAF get to enjoy a number of benefits as well as being able to vote in our Annual General meeting (AGM).

Benefits include reduced printing and copying rates as well as free rental of our wide array of office equipment.

This includes:

- Display Boards
- Hearing Loops
- Hearing Enhancers
- Digital Projector
- PA System
- Flip Charts
- Laptops

If you would like to support a good cause and enjoy the many benefits of being a FVAF member for just £10 a calendar year, please e-mail, call 01594 822073 or download a form from our website.
Have a Volunteering Opportunity or Want to Volunteer? 


Contact us at or call 01594 822073

Cancer Research UK- Secretary

The West Dean Local committee for Cancer Research UK is seeking someone to take on the important role of Secretary for their group. By taking on this role in a Cancer Research UK Group you will help to increase cancer awareness within your community and raise significant funds for Cancer Research UK's world class research to save lives by preventing, controlling and curing cancer.

Taurus Crafts 
Shop Volunteer

Taurus Crafts run a restaurant, pottery, gift shop, organic garden and a shop selling organic produce. They are looking for volunteers to assist in the running of these services.

The Forest Bee
Social Media Person

We are looking for someone to run our Facebook and Twitter accounts to put out weekly or bi-weekly news about what is up and coming in the way of courses,groups,workshops. This will involve searching our website by date and getting a list of courses out.
Here are just some of the many volunteering opportunities available through FVAF and 

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Forest Voluntary Action Forum proudly receives financial support from the Forest of Dean District Council
Forest Voluntary Action Forum is a company limited by guarantee (company no. 07557852) registered in England and Wales. The registered address is The Belle Vue Centre, Cinderford, Glos, GL14 2AB.

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