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Hello everyone,

The sun is still shining and we are enjoying the last bit of warmth before the leaves start to go brown and the temperature drops. Goats enjoy the cold weather too as we have a nice fur coat to protect us, so we are also looking forward to the autumn.

This last month has been very busy; we had our summer shutdown where staff worked very hard to clean and tidy the whole site. I went for a little walk around and it is looking beautiful! The inside too, they have a big new fish tank that I could spend hours just watching it. We also had a film crew making a film about the Trust. My whole family starred in it and we are looking forward to seeing the finished film.

This week we had a special tea in the afternoon, where we had 10 Vintage Cars in our car park. I saw many people taking photos and sitting inside the cars, then enjoying their tea and cakes. We want to thank the Forest of Dean Historic Vehicle Club for bringing their vintage cars to us and those people who volunteered to help on the day.

Our regular volunteers are also really valued here. They enrich the lives of the people we support in so many ways; assisting with activities, helping with access to the community and giving time on our smallholding and gardens.

At the moment we are looking for a volunteer driver to drive our minibus; volunteers to join our Day Services sessions supporting individual service users to engage in activities during sessions (i.e. cooking, art, craft, IT, gardening etc.); and volunteers to work on the smallholding. That’s where my family and I live, its great fun! You would be taking care of us and all the other animals here. We are all very tame and love a cuddle (even Millie the pig!) The grounds also need care and it looks so nice when it’s all trimmed back and tidy.

Why not get in touch if you would like to join our team.