The charity was launched in March 2020 when two residents of Risca, Dawn Derraven and Tara Holloway joined forces to help those most vulnerable during the Covid 19 pandemic crisis. Many residents who were willing to volunteer their services to assist the group offered to help and currently there are over 200 volunteers registered.
RCV UK - Risca CV19 Volunteers continue to support the most vulnerable people in our community, we are running lots of community projects and now we are working from the Channel View Community Centre as our new hub.
We work to ensure that no-one in our community is lonely, hungry or frightened.
Whilst we started as a reaction to Covid, the pandemic has highlighted a need for the services we provide to continue long in to the future. From shopping to prescription collection to kindness calls to check in and lift spirits; we will do whatever we can to help.
We support over 300 families and individuals every week, from Rogerstone to Wattsville and beyond. We have over 200 registered volunteers and make over 170 kindness telephone calls and texts every week in Risca and surrounding areas alone.
We have helped to set up and establish Tin On A Wall groups across South Wales and England in order to help foodbanks and charities become sustainable in the fight against food poverty. We now have a new and fast growing Tin On A Wall group in Hengoed with 70 newly registered volunteers.
Additionally, we run projects such as our School Uniform Recycle Shop, community bike hub, emergency food parcels, digitally inclusive workshops and training, wellbeing and mobility sessions, accredited training, work placements for young people, baby and toddler groups as well as seasonal projects both online and in person; the list is endless.
For Christmas 2020 we launched our Children's Toy appeal for our local hospitals and Noah's Ark, we had a gift tree full of gift tags which people chose, they bought a small gift and returned to us, these gifts were for our vulnerable people and homeless youngsters who we support. We also ran a Cwtch in a Box which was packs of hats, socks, blankets, scarves, hot chocolate, mince pies, for our elderly and vulnerable people.
Some of these organisations help us to ensure that we are Covid safe and legally compliant at all times.
In order to continue doing what we do, we need our own premises; and have just moved into the Channel View Community Centre thanks to their committee. We plan to work with the committee there to make improvements to the facilities and welcome more and more community activities.
So we need help please.If you are able to offer financial assistance to our charity, or physical assistance (building, plumbing, electrics etc) please contact us at through this page or call 01633 848899.
Thank you so, so much.