July 2016 Newsletter
Forest Voluntary Action Forum
We at FVAF are delighted to present the first of our monthly newsletters which will aim to keep our stakeholders both informed and involved with the service we deliver throughout the Forest of Dean.

As the Volunteer Centre for the Forest of Dean we support volunteering that involves individuals, voluntary and community groups and organisations, public sector bodies and private companies.

The services we provide include:
  • Advertising voluntary opportunities 
  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Development advice
  • Providing training 
  • Equipment hire
  • Office services such as printing and photocopying
  • Promoting groups and events within the VCS

Upcoming Training
- Volunteer Management Training (August TBA)
- Marketing Training (September TBA)
- Safeguarding Children (date TBA)
- First Aid (date TBA)
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

We would like to announce the appointment of our new Manager Designate and Development Officer Chris Brown. Chris has an extensive knowledge of the Forest of Dean and has worked within many organisations in the voluntary and community sector. Whilst Chris has already started at FVAF, he will be taking over the reins permanently from Tim Fretter who is sadly leaving us at the end of September. We all wish Chris the best of luck in his new role and look forward to seeing what he will bring to the organisation.
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
Have a Volunteering Opportunity or Want to Volunteer? 


Contact us at or call 01594 822073

Volunteers needed for:
  • CANDI ‘Drop In’ Market St. Cinderford.  Monday 6pm–8pm  and/or Wednesday 7pm-9pm
  • Drybrook ‘Drop In’ Tuesday evenings 6pm-8pm
  • CANDI Dance Drybrook Memorial Hall Wednesday evening 6.15 – 7.30pm  and/or Cinderford Artspace 7.30pm-9pm
Forest Talk
Forest Talk, the talking newspaper service for the Forest of Dean, are looking for a volunteer to back up our sound engineers by looking after equipment maintenance and sorting out the occasional technical issue.
The volunteer would also be responsible for keeping our web site up to date.
Our recording studio is in Coleford.
International Centre for Birds of Prey

We are looking to fill the following voluntary positions:

Administration Volunteer
Shop Volunteer
Café Volunteer
Nest box Volunteer
Hospital Volunteer
General Centre Volunteer
Gardening Volunteer
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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