Community Local Social Volunteering

Gavo Awards – Monmouthshire 2022

We recently had our first Volunteer Awards ceremony in Monmouthshire since before the Pandemic began. We couldn’t be more proud of our wonderful volunteers and were so very happy organise an event to thank those who do not ask for thanks.

Featured categories: Trustee & Director, Sport, International, Environmental, Welsh Heritage & Culture, Health and Wellbeing, Parent and Child, Food Sustainability, Youth/High Sheriff Award, Lifetime Achievement and Inspirational.

For more information click on the link below

Community gardening Horticulture Local Mental Wellbeing Social Volunteering

Growing Space

Growing Space is a registered mental health charity that specialises in supporting individuals with mental ill health, autism or a learning disability. Our aim is to build confidence, develop social skills and improve their quality of life through the provision of therapeutic training, vocational skills, creativity and work experience.  

With sites across south Wales, Growing Space provides a network of support projects, developing skills and knowledge for our participants.

Our accredited and non-accredited opportunities include experiencing and interacting with nature, horticulture, woodwork, creative arts, social enterprise, development of life-skills and wellbeing.

For many of our participants, engagement is one of the many steps towards voluntary work, job opportunities or further education. 

For more information visit the website using the link below

Community Food Local Volunteering

Newport FoodCycle

FoodCycle Newport has been operating in the Community House on Eton Road for just over a year now. We aim to prepare, cook, and serve 3-course meals every Tuesday from 6.30pm, using surplus food from local businesses. At FoodCycle we aim to support those struggling with food poverty aswell as poor wellbeing and loneliness, all while doing our bit for the environment and saving food that would otherwise go to waste.

We offer 0-hour commitment volunteer opportunities including, cooking, hosting, and surplus food collection. Food collection is done throughout the afternoon, usually between 2-4pm on the Tuesday. Cooks are asked to arrive at 4.30pm, where we look at the surplus food donations and come up with a 2-3 course menu and work as a team to create an enjoyable vegetarian meal for our guests. Hosts arrive at 5.30pm to set up the dining area and make sure everything is ready for our guests, welcoming them with a smile and a hot or cold drink when they arrive. Food service starts at around 6.30pm and we’re usually finished up for the night at around 8pm.

The aim is for all FoodCycle projects to be volunteer led, so for those volunteers who are looking to get more involved and take lead of their local FoodCycle project, we offer Project Leader roles. As project leader you will receive extra training and shadowing to be able to lead a FoodCycle session without FoodCycle staff.

All guests from all walks of life are welcome at a FoodCycle meal, we operate a fully inclusive guest policy where anyone can join us. Especially now in the cost of living crisis, we offer a warm place and a hot meal to anyone who wants it. Feel free to pop down to a FoodCycle meal to meet our team and enjoy some tasty food and conversation with us!

Volunteer Grahame’s quote – “There are few better feelings of emotional satisfaction than the feeling of helping people in the community that need and deserve help and the feeling of working with likeminded volunteers achieving the same goal.”

For more information visit FoodCycle’s website below