October 2016 Newsletter
'Supporting volunteering and the voluntary and community sector in the Forest of Dean'
Out and About with FVAF

Forest Voluntary Action Forum have been especially busy this month out and about in the community talking to and helping a number of different groups and volunteers. 
Our Marketing Workshop in partnership with Forest Traders and Business in the Community was a great success and helped to address a common need identified across the Voluntary and Community Sector. 
We also had a great time at the Health and Well-being event in Coleford and of course the Forest Showcase where we met lots of lovely current and potential volunteers as well as many of the groups that we already work with. 

Upcoming Training
-Safeguarding Children (Coleford) 15/10/16 £5 (FULL)
- Food Safety Training (Coleford) 26/10/16 £40 or £5 for youth sector (FULL)
- Food Safety Training (Coleford) 12/11/16 £40 or £5 for youth sector
- First Aid (TBA) November £50 or £5 for youth sector
- Safeguarding Children (TBA) December £5

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

Advanced Notice of AGM

Our AGM is planned for Friday 11th November 2016, more details to follow...
Inclusive Cycling in the Forest of Dean

Please see below an online survey concerning inclusive cycling within the Forest of Dean. Please could you complete the survey and distribute it to anyone who may be interested in this exciting opportunity.
The Survey will help the partners involved to gather further evidence to support the development of inclusive cycling opportunities.
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 


You're Welcome Workshops are back!

Barnwood Trust, alongside partners, is launching its latest phase of free, fun and inspiring workshops for people living and working across Gloucestershire. They will run September 2016 - January 2017. 

Workshops Include:
  • Working with people and groups
  • Understanding how people are excluded
  • Conversations that include everyone
  • Asset-Based Community Development and community building practice
  • Growing a strengths based culture
  • Discovering each other's strengths
  • Working with people and groups: deepening your skills
  • Inspiring community spaces

Guest Speaker

If you would be interested in a talk for your group from Roger Phelps, the manager at Dean Forest Railway please contact him on 01594 845840 or email
He would also be happy to discuss all the facilities and opportunities on offer for groups to visit and individuals to get involved;

Driving experience
Cream teas
Restoration projects
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Have a Volunteering Opportunity or Want to Volunteer? 


Contact us at or call 01594 822073

Hilltop Children's Centre

Hilltop Childrens Centre in Cinderford has a pre-school garden which is currently extremely bare and does not offer the play opportunities that the children strive for and may not have access to at home. Therefore Hilltop are looking for a group of volunteer gardeners to help rejuvenate their garden into a fantastic play area for the children. 
Forest Dialect Project: University of Gloucestershire

Do you live in the Forest of Dean and have a good knowledge of local areas, including one of the following: Coleford, Cinderford, Ruardean and surrounding areas. As a consultant, you will use your local knowledge to find relevant information in archives, local libraries or online about people, places and events. You will catalogue the background and experiences of people from the past using oral histories.
Forest of Dean Children's Opportunity Centre
Trustee needed to help steer, promote and develop the Centre's aims of supporting children from birth to 7 years with a special need/disability and their families.


Here are just some of the many volunteering opportunities available through FVAF and 
Upcoming Events
If you would like us to advertise your event in our newsletter 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
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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