January 2017 Newsletter
'Supporting volunteering and the voluntary and community sector in the Forest of Dean'
Happy New Year from FVAF!

What to expect from FVAF in 2017...

You may have noticed there have been a lot of changes at FVAF over the past few months and we're hoping to continue this in 2017. 
Representing the Voluntary Sector
We are running and attending lots of events as well as working with colleges, universities, health professionals and businesses to showcase the importance of volunteering both personally and to the community as a whole. 

FVAF will continue to sit on a number of boards and remain stakeholders in various projects to ensure the sector is represented appropriately throughout the community

We are in the process of creating a business directory to enable the voluntary sector to work more closely with the private sector. We are also hoping to re-publish our 'Where can I go today?' booklet so people are aware of what's on offer in their communities. If this is something you are interested in or think you could help us, please feel free to get in touch. 

Volunteer Recruitment

We will continue to advertise volunteer vacancies for anyone needing volunteers. We now send out information regarding vacancies on Facebook and through our 'volunteer opportunities' mailing list. We also continue to see an increase in people visiting FVAF for one-to-one advice regarding volunteering.


At FVAF we strongly believe that everyone benefits from a skilled voluntary sector. As a result our training porgramme continues to grow rapidly and over the past 4 months we have trained over 150 people with a 100% satisfaction rate. As well as safeguarding, first aid and food safety, we are also running marketing, basic computer skills, volunteer management and trustee workshops. 

We are also hoping to run manual handling courses in the near future so if this is of interest to you please let us know.

Providing Advice and Guidance

We help a number of groups every week to become more sustainable through assisting with development, legal advice and financial and volunteer management. We continue to expand and diversify the way in which we disseminate useful information and guidance including on our website, Facebook and through Mailchimp. 

Thanks for all your ongoing support in 2017 and beyond!
Upcoming Training
 Safeguarding Children and Young People Level 2
£5 per person
- 7/1/17 Childrens Opportunity Centre (FULL)
- 16/1/17 Sheppard House (FULL)
- 28/1/17 Heart of the Forest School (FULL)
- 11/2/17 Children’s Opportunity Centre
- 1/4/17  Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre

Food Safety 
Level 2

£40pp or £5pp from youth sector
- 4/2/17 Main Place, Coleford
- 22/3/17 Venue TBC

Emergency First Aid at Work
£50pp or £5pp from youth sector
- 15/3/17 Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre

Tackling Present Day Challenges in the Voluntary Sector

- 23/2/16 Lydney Community Centre
- 7/3/16  Newent Memorial Hall

Manual Handling
£35pp or £5pp from youth sector

- Dates TBC

Booking is on a first come first serve basis.
If you would like more information about a course or have a specific training need that is not currently on offer, please e-mail as we may be able to help
Charity Commission registration (part 1 of 16)
If you're thinking about setting up a charity or registering with the charity commission then you may find this video useful. Alternatively pop over to FVAF and get some one-to-one guidance. 
Group Membership Renewal Reminder

Now 2017 is up and running it is time to renew your membership with FVAF or if you aren't already a member perhaps consider becoming one.

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.

The Pride of the Forest Awards have been designed to acknowledge the achievements of the unsung heroes in our community who give their own time to help others. It enables us to say ’thank you’ to those who rarely get the recognition they deserve.  

Please use the below nomination form to tell us about your community heroes, the nomination period is now open and will close on Wednesday 5th April at 5pm.
Office Services

FVAF offer a wide range of office services at excellent rates to those in or involved with the voluntary and community sector. 

Whilst our great quality printing and photocopying is available to everyone, members of FVAF enjoy reduced costs 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
- Laptop

If you would like to enjoy the many benefits of being a FVAF member for just £10 a year, please e-mail or visit

Have a Volunteering Opportunity or Want to Volunteer? 


Contact us at or call 01594 822073

CLIC Sargent - Community Campaign Volunteer

Throughout the year CLIC Sargent has lots of exciting campaigns to raise awareness and funds to support our work. We are looking to gear up our people power across Gloucestershire to make sure even more people know about CLIC Sargent and what we do. We need feet on the ground and eyes on the street...we need you!

Can you give a couple of hours here and there at various points throughout the year to go into your local area and spread the word about CLIC Sargent? You’ll be talking to local businesses, giving them flyers and putting up posters, you’ll be getting our name out there in the best possible way.

Friends of the Dean Heritage Centre

- We would like some young people interested in the heritage of the FOD to join our committee- we are a supporters group dedicated to the Collection held at Camp Mill, Soudley  at the Dean Heritage Centre, and to assisting those who run it.  We feel that we need to engage younger people and families in becoming the next generation of custodians of our wonderful Forest heritage. Our committee meet 3 or 4 times per year plus our AGM, and communicate by email in between.  

- An Editor for our quarterly Newsletter ( with or without the possibility of articles also being written by the person concerned). We feel this would be best filled by a person who has an interest in the Forest of Dean and if possible, lives here.

- A secretary who would be able to take the Minutes at our meetings.

- A new Subscription secretary.
Yorkley Community Centre - Numerous
We are in desperate in need of help in a number of areas to continue the smooth running of the Community Centre. 

Can you help us with any of the following;

·  Baking cakes for the cafe
·  Assisting with the running of the cafe, (this just involves taking for and making teas and coffees, serving cake, - a couple of hours, once per month or less)
·  Assisting with general maintenance
·  Assisting with events, setting up tables, bunting, helping with the bar etc.

Any offer is greatly appreciated, your help could be for a couple of hours a month, or once or twice a year helping with an event.

We already have teams working in these areas so we are not asking anyone to do it by themselves, we just need more help.
Here are just some of the many volunteering opportunities available through FVAF and 
New Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Events

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If you would like us to advertise your event in our newsletter for FREE please e-mail Chris Brown at

FVAF really appreciates feedback in order to better understand and cater for people within the Forest of Dean. Whether you've had a good or a bad experience we would love to hear from you and use this valuable insight to help develop into the best possible service we can be.
If you would like more updates on what is happening at FVAF and the various projects we are taking part in then please 'like' our page on facebook or visit our website.
Forest Voluntary Action Forum proudly receives financial support from the Forest of Dean District Council
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