August 2016 Newsletter
Forest Voluntary Action Forum
'Supporting volunteering and the voluntary and community sector in the Forest of Dean'
The Best Butties Project is now ready to go!
Kate O’Keefe has been appointed to run this new project, which wants to stamp out loneliness and help friendships to blossom in the Forest of Dean. Kate’s last job was at Gloucestershire County Council working with families in difficulty, and before that she worked in a role supporting young people with disabilities.
Kate says: "Many people in the Forest of Dean feel lonely and isolated and say that the TV is their main companion. We know that having - and being - a friend improves people’s health and happiness."

If you  would like to find out more, please get in touch with Kate on 01594 822073 or email her at
*Best Butties’ has been funded by The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund and the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group to address loneliness and isolation in the Forest of Dean.

Upcoming Training
- Volunteer Management Training (Cinderford) 25/8/16 FREE
- Volunteer Management Training (Newent) 8/9/16 FREE
- Food Hygeine Training (September TBA)
- Marketing Training (September TBA)
- Safeguarding Children (date TBA)
- First Aid (date TBA)
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

Facebook Page

FVAF are delighted to announce that we now have a new Facebook page that you can find by clicking the icon beneath this post. We would very much appreciate it if you could like and share our page to enable us to better engage with the local community and raise awareness about what we offer.
We are also in the process of building a new website and hope to announce its launch within the coming weeks.
Advanced Notice of AGM

Our AGM is planned for Friday 11th November 2016, more details to follow...
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.

If you know of any group that you feel is worthy of this accolade then click below to nominate.
Click to Nominate
Are you concerned about bus services in Newent and surrounding areas?
Will you find it difficult to:

- Get to work
- Go to college or school
- Do your shopping

Newent Community Transport can offer some solutions
An open meeting is being held at Sheppard House on Wednesday 17th August at 6.30pm to discuss what additional services can be offered to meet people’s needs.
Please confirm your attendance by email or telephoning 01531 821227 and asking for Pam
Have a Volunteering Opportunity or Want to Volunteer? 


Contact us at or call 01594 822073

Orchard Trust
Have many fantastic volunteering opportunities available, including:
- Activity Support
- Admin Support
- Classroom Assistant
- Driver
- Forest Management and Environmental Support
- Fundraising
- Gardener
- Pool Spotters
- Rebound Assistant
- Smallholding Support - Animal Care
- Smallholding Support - General
- Swim Aid
Rooftop Housing

Rooftop Housing are seeking volunteers to help with a wide range of activities to enrich the lives of the mostly elderly residents at Dora Matthews House in Coleford.

From Bingo to Bowling and Music to Mending if you have an interest and would like to share it with others then here is an opportunity to help in the community.

Forest Fitness Centre

Forest Fitness Centre in Cinderford are looking for volunteers to coach people in exercise and fitness programmes, assist people with disabilities and visual impairment to exercise safely, help with the general running of the centre and take training fees at cash desk when needed.

Volunteers will receive a very high level of support at all times and work with highly qualified coaches. Training is provided.
Forest Routes has funding to train 5 new volunteers, in the Forest of Dean, to gain a D1 entitlement, to drive a minibus.

Forest Routes recognises that there are people who want to volunteer to transport groups in a minibus and transport organisations that need volunteer minibus drivers.
A D1 licence entitlement is necessary to be able to do this.
The D1 remains on your licence until you are 70 years old, as long as you are still medically and legally entitled to drive.
This funding is available for:
- A medical check
- D1 theory test
- D1 training
- D1 practical test

Volunteers will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.
Organisations or volunteers will have the option to pay an additional fee in order to gain their PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) licence.
As part of the application process, you will need to sign a volunteer agreement stating that you will volunteer at least 70 hours over two years (average of about 4-5 hours a month). These 70 hours may involve hours during evenings and weekends.
Upcoming Events
If you would like us to advertise your event in our newsletter please e-mail Chris Brown at
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.
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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