Stroud Valleys Project - one of the leading environment and community groups, which urgently appealed for £25,000 following an annual financial support shortfall, has already received £13,500 in just a few weeks.
Now, Chief Executive Clare Mahdiyone has urged groups, families, businesses to help their "crisis fund" by completing the appeal by the end of March.
"It has been fantastic so far and it has shown us how much our charity means to the people of Stroud and the surrounding area.
"If we can complete this appeal fund, it will give us a breathing space to improve our operating funds so that we do not have to consider making cuts, which could affect all the good work that is carried out by the Stroud Valleys Project team," she said.
Glendower cottage, the former home of Nailsworth poet WH Davies, is being restored and Stroud Valleys Project’s volunteers are helping to turn its neglected garden into an orchard.
The Friends of Glendower’s co-ordinator Anthony R Burton, MBE, who recently celebrated his 75th birthday, said: "As a retired person of some twenty years and involved in work-parties for Stroud Valleys Project, I can vouch for the immeasurable benefits that volunteering brought to me personally - physically, mentally and socially. I can see how unemployed, disabled and disadvantaged people’s self-esteem improves through volunteering, and how SVP’s community work is appreciated by local residents.”
Five local companies signed up to support the Stroud Valleys Project appeal last week and the charity hopes that more will follow suit. The companies are Stroud Auctions from Bath Road Trading Estate, Stroud Brewery, Brockworth based Days Cottage who are regulars at the Farmers’ Market, Stroud Nature, who organise the Festival of Nature and Red Kite Environment, a specialist consultancy.
Rachel More, a Stroud Valleys Project volunteer, is the first person to sign up to Ecotricity and help out the charity at the same time. Ecotricity will donate £60 to SVP for each person who switches their energy supplier to them. (Click here for more information about this scheme.)
Rachel volunteers with the weekly Women Outside Working group. She is attending this SVP practical conservation course to learn how to plant, maintain and lay hedges. Rachel is very pleased to be able to help the charity and she said, "I believe that Stroud Valleys Project’s work is invaluable to the local community by providing support to get people actively involved in conservation as well as maintaining and enriching Stroud’s green spaces. I am really pleased to be able to support Stroud Valleys Project with their appeal."
Stroud Valleys Project’s volunteers are involved in a new community initiative at Delmont’s Lot behind Boots in Stroud, which will see a community café opening where people can get together, cook and socialise.
People from Independence Trust and OPENhouse residents put a lot of work into clearing the overgrown site in the summer and SVP’s Green Team volunteers are giving them a hand with further clearance and digging, as well as planting a native hedge to improve the site for wildlife. Sheltered seating area will be made, and there are plans for raised beds to grow vegetables, wild flowers and herbs.
Environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project is urgently appealing for donations to help survive through to the next financial year.
"Like many charities we are finding it hard to raise the money to keep going and are appealing to people to sign up as our Friends and give us a regular amount every year. If we could get 1,000 families to pledge just £25 a year that would help us to plan for the future," said SVP chief executive Clare Mahdiyone. "If we don't reach our target then we will have radically rethink our future in the town."
Stuck for Christmas present ideas? Why not give (or ask Santa for!) a gift that helps local wildlife? Stroud Valleys Project is launching a new wildlife adoption scheme.
Stroud Valleys Project’s CEO Clare Mahdiyone explained: ‘Wildlife adoption is a perfect present for people who don’t want to acquire more ‘stuff’ but would rather get satisfaction from helping a good local cause. Money raised through the wildlife adoption scheme will be spent on creating habitats on local green spaces and working towards the conservation of their chosen species.
‘Adoption certificates are available for little dragons (or great crested newts), grass snakes, bats, water voles, kingfishers and dippers – all species living at green spaces managed by SVP’s volunteers. Adoptions cost £20 and you will receive an adoption certificate, a factsheet about the animal’s ecology and you will be invited to a special wildlife event.’
TUESDAY, 6 th NOVEMBER– 11 th DECEMBER
(weekly sessions,10am – 1pm)
Do you want to grow your own food but are not quite sure where to start? Stroud Valleys Project is running a six-week autumn allotment course where you can learn the basics before the spring growing season kicks in.
Ivi Szaboova, who runs the allotment course, said: “Zero food miles, exercise, putting down roots in our communities, and lovely home-grown fruit and veg – these are just some of the reasons why people love allotments. The course will teach autumn allotment essentials like soil improvement, tool maintenance, looking after soft fruit, how to make the finest compost and grow winter veg.”
The course will take place at Bisley Old Road allotments and will cost £45 (£31.50p for people in receipt of benefits). SVP can help with fees for people on low incomes.
Apple Day in Stroud went ahead despite a catastrophic harvest in our orchards as Stroud Apple Town organised a weekend of apple-y festivities.
Stroud Valleys Project Green Team volunteers helped with endless apple chopping and crushing to give locals a chance to taste freshly-pressed apple juice, as well as providing 10 heritage varieties for tasting, a ‘mystery apple’ game and ‘guess the apple weight’ competition, while the Dead Dog Cider duo entertained the crowds. More juicing happened at the Farmers’ Market and the Museum in the Park, and over 50 heritage Gloucestershire apple varieties were on display at Day’s Cottage market stall.
Friday 5th October 2012
10:30am - 3:00pm
SUBSCRIPTION ROOMS George St. Stroud GL5 1AE
Stroud Jobs Fair is a free entry event offering a wide range of local employer vacancies, training opportunities and job seeking advice.
Stroud Valleys Project will also be there so you can talk to us about what opportunities are available for you in your spare time.
Refreshments will be available from the café on the ground floor throughout the day.
For further infomation about the Jobs Fair please contact:
TABS Training, Clarendon Court, 54-56 London Rd, Stroud, GL5 2AB. Tel. 01453 751555