November 2016 Newsletter
'Supporting volunteering and the voluntary and community sector in the Forest of Dean'
Trustee Week!
The week commencing 7th November 2016 is national trustee week where we showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

So what are trustees?

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work. They are responsible for setting out the strategic direction of the charity and must be confident that it is well managed and meeting its objectives. It is the trustees’ responsibility to ensure the organisation is financially secure and complies to all relevant legislation.

Trustee facts
  • There are approximately 194,000 charities in the UK, each with a share of over 1 million trustees!
  • 86,000 trustee positions are held by 16-34 year olds.
  • There is countless information, guidance and training on being a Trustee, including at your local Volunteer Centre (that's us!).
  • Trustee boards should be diverse, ranging in people of different ages, skills and backgrounds.
  • Trustees may be known by different titles such as directors, board members, governors or committee members
  • Most Trustees volunteer on average less than 1 hour a week to their organisation.
Forest Voluntary Action Forum are aware that many organisations are desperately looking to recruit trustees in order to govern effectively. As a result we are looking to run a trustee showcase event in January aimed at offering organisations the chance to pitch to people who are thinking about becoming a trustee.

We will then offer FREE Trustee Training to anyone that wishes to take on a position.

If you are interested in attending such an event, thinking about becoming a trustee or simply after some additional guidance, please e-mail FVAF at

Upcoming Training
- Food Safety Level 2 12/11/16 £40 or £5 for youth sector (FULL)
- Emergency First Aid at Work  19/11/16 November £50 or £5 for youth sector (FULL)
- Safeguarding Children and Young People Level 2 Coleford (TBA) December £5
- Trustee Training February (TBA) FREE
- Emergency First Aid at Work Feb/March (TBA) £50 or £5 for youth sector
- Food Safety Level 2 Feb/March (TBA) £40 or £5 for youth sector

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

Nick Mott Head of Policy Development and Review at the Charity
Commission highlights the key points of the Essential Trustee guidance.
FREE Basic Computer Skills Workshops

FVAF are teaming up with Creative Educational Projects to offer some FREE basic computer skills workshops to anyone that might need them. These generally last around 3 hours and include things such as setting up an e-mail address, using basic office applications or using the internet.

In order to gain the required funding for these workshops we are trying to collect as much evidence as possible to justify the need for this within the Forest of Dean. Therefore we would be extremely grateful if you could complete the following survey on behalf of your service users and share it with anyone else you think that may be interested.

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


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
Healthwatch Gloucestershire Find a Service

Gloucestershire organisations offering health and social care, or wellbeing services, are welcome to submit their details to the Healthwatch Gloucestershire Find a Service online directory.

To add your organisation, club, or service, please visit Healthwatch Gloucestershire ( and click on the Find a Service tab, or go direct to the site at - click the button at the top of the page to “Add your service” ( this takes you to a form for completion. If you need any assistance, please contact Healthwatch Gloucestershire on 0800 652 5193 or email
Have a Volunteering Opportunity or Want to Volunteer? 


Contact us at or call 01594 822073

Lydcare - Trustee
Lydcare works to develop and use all available resources to enable older people and those with disabilities and carers to remain full, active members of their communities. Lydcare need a trustee to help steer, promote and develop the organisation's aims of improving the lives of the elderly, disabled and their carers.
Forest of Dean Sea Cadets - Trustee

Forest of Dean Sea Cadets are looking for Trustees to help them fulfill their aim of helping young people towards responsible adulthood by encouraging valuable personal attributes and high standards of conduct, using a nautical theme based on the customs of the Royal Navy.
Bream Voluntary Car Services - Trustee
Trustees needed to help steer, promote and develop the organisation's aims of improving the lives of the elderly and disabled. The scheme provides volunteer car transport for elderly and housebound people, enabling them to travel to hospital/surgery appointments.

Here are just some of the many volunteering opportunities available through FVAF and 
Upcoming Events

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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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