Village Agents' May Newsletter


Micro-volunteering means getting involved in bite-sized tasks, activities or projects such as calling on an elderly person for a chat, making an extra portion of food for someone local who is unable to cook, being an Oxfam steward at a music festival etc. Some websites which might help you find opportunities:,, and

Healthwatch Gloucestershire

Healthwatch gives citizens and communities a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care services are commissioned and provided which will help them to be more responsive to what matters to service users and enable the design of services around needs. Healthwatch will provide or signpost people to information, advice and Independent Health Complaints Advocacy, to help them make informed choices about health and care services or raise concerns/complain about their experiences. Healthwatch will provide a one stop shop for information and advice. Contact Healthwatch by phone, email or via website: Freephone number: 0800 652 5193 Local landline number: 01452 504989 Email

Gloucestershire Talking Newspapers

The GTN team would like your help to tell blind or partially sighted people about their service and invite them to register. They will receive a cassette tape, CD or memory stick of news either weekly or fortnightly and, in some areas, a magazine programme as well. If the listener doesn't own a cassette, CD or memory stick player, GTN can provide one on a free loan. Listeners are asked to post the recording back when they have finished with it. Postage is free and there is no charge for any part of the service. To receive Forest Talk, telephone Jo Smith on 01594 542062 or email

Forest Foodbank Needs Voucher-Holder Volunteers

Visit to see if you belong to one of the organisations which can sign and distribute Foodbank vouchers to those in need. If not, you can tell as many people as possible about the work of the Foodbank and direct the those in need to it. Tel: 0777 526 5263 Email:

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