Easter gifts for local community groups
Published by Liz Reeson for Two Rivers Housing in Housing and also in Communities
Jamie Coull (centre) of Two Rivers delivers furniture to Forest Voluntary Action Forum
Easter gifts of a non-chocolate kind will make a big difference to a number of Forest groups, thanks to a donation of furniture and office equipment from a local housing charity.
Two Rivers Housing relocated offices in February and the spring clean ahead of moving day revealed a number of items that were no longer needed.
Recognising that one person’s rubbish is another’s treasure, the Newent not-for-profit housing association decided to see if they could be put to good use in the hands of new owners.
And Forest Voluntary Action Forum (FVAF) was only too delighted to help out. A couple of chairs, a coffee table and an information stand have found new homes in charity’s office in Cinderford while a DVD player is now available for loan to local groups.
It also advertised other items through its network of local charities, and a number of other deserving community groups came forward to offer new homes.
Pat Nixon, Voluntary Sector Development Officer, at FVAF said: “The DVD player will support village halls that want to organise film nights as social events and fundraisers. This will make a huge difference in the villages as it will vastly extend the range of events they can hold.
“Thanks to Two Rivers, school holiday film shows, for example, can be put on at a price more parents can afford, and kids can have a collective event in their own area.
Jamie Coull, from Two Rivers Housing, said: “Two Rivers is a very environmentally-aware organisation that believes in recycling where it can. And, as a charity itself, it is very committed to helping others who have limited access to funds and need support.
“We collected a number of things over the years that we really didn’t need any more, but we were keen not to just throw them away. We wanted to see if they could be used by anyone else and we are pleased to have found good homes for the remaining items among other local community groups.”
Other local groups to benefit were:
- Forest Pulse, a charity which supports disabled children and young people and their families.
- The Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre, based in Coleford, which provides services and support to children with a disability and/or special needs, and their families.
- Cinderford Methodist Church