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16/12/2022

Join us or the final Friendly Friday of 2022 tonight at We Connect Coffee Shop & Pantry!

A welcoming, warm space for anyone who needs it, come along for:

  • Games

  • Socialising

  • Work space

  • Food - pay what you can!

  • Cost of living advice and support

This is our new initiative, in collaboration with Caerphilly County Borough Council and St Vincent de Paul Church. We look forward to seeing you there!

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19/12/2022

Important Announcement

Changes to food parcel requests

We can only accept food parcel requests made by phone on 01633 848899.

We can no longer accept requests by email, message, text, or via social media.

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20/12/2022

Opening times for We Connect Coffee Shop & Pantry over the Christmas period

  • 24th - CLOSED

  • 25th - Pre-booked Christmas dinner only

  • 26th - CLOSED

  • 27th - CLOSED

  • 28th - 9am to 2pm

  • 29th - 9am to 2pm

  • 30th - 9am to 2pm

  • 31st - CLOSED

  • 1st - CLOSED

  • 2nd - CLOSED

  • 3rd - Usual opening times resume

Pantry is on this evening, 4pm - 6pm

There’s no breakfast club or coffee morning this week. Both will resume in the new year - breakfast club on Wednesday the 4th Jan and coffee morning on Friday 6th Jan.

 

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22/12/2022

We've just wrapped up our Christmas Wish Appeal for 2022!

We wanted to share where all your donated gifts have gone and how we've spent some of the generous funding we've received from the National Grid UK Community Matters Fund. Take a look at our blog covering it here: http://ow.ly/KbVi50M8eSg

Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered and helped out with our Christmas Wish Appeal this year; it's been overwhelming to see the love and support in our community once again

Bonus thank you to Risca Tesco Extra for hosting our toy trolley donation point and our wonderful partners at Hasbro.

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25/12/2022

Merry Christmas from everyone here at RCV UK

Thank you for all the support this year; it's been overwhelming to be surrounded by so much kindness in the community

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15/12/2022

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who donated to Tin on a Wall this month

This was our last collection for 2022, and boy, was it a big one! Everything donated will be filling shelves and hearts over this festive period.

Big shout out to Helen and Steve from Tots play for their massive donation

Keep an eye out for details of the next collection in the new year. If you want to get involved in becoming a street champion, get in touch

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22/11/2022

We Connect Coffee Shop & Pantry.

Come on out of the cold and join us for our delicious winter-warming menu!

As well as our usual paninis, jacket potatoes and breakfasts, we have a stunning, varied range of winter warmers available. From our traditional corned beef pie, festive favourite turkey and stuffing baguette, and some yummy vegan options, everyone can find their favourite this winter.

Open till 2pm today - come on out of the cold and treat yourself.

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22/11/2022

Need an activity to entertain your little ones this Wednesday?

Why not come along to our toddler time sessions at St Davids Methodist Church? For just £1.50 per child.

Come and enjoy half conversations with other toddler parents!

Book your place here.

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25/11/2022

It's exactly one month till Christmas!

You might be dreading that little elf emerging from the depths of the cupboard to torture parents for the next month. We've got you! Read our latest blog filled with fun low-cost ideas for your elf, complete with a free printable PDF here.

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28/11/2022

Will you be joining Santa for Breakfast this Saturday at We Connect?

Santa will be joining us for breakfast and lunch this Saturday. With prices from just £7 you can start your festivities with some delicious North Pole Pancakes.

Book here.

29/11/2022

Tin on a Wall is back Saturday, 10th December, and we need your help!

Please help us make this our most generous collection yet and become a street champion! Food banks and local charities are experiencing unprecedented demand during this cost of living crisis.

Comment on Facebook or message us if you are interested in collecting in your street this December.

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29/11/2022

We Connect Coffee Shop

Our brand new Winter Warmer Menu is now available. Full of homecooked warming classics guaranteed to hit the spot during these cold winter days, we have options from just £6.95!

What's your favourite?

  • Beef Stew

  • Corned Beef Pie

  • BBQ Chicken Wraps

  • Fish Finger Sandwiches

  • Turkey, Stuffing and Cranberry Baguette

  • Lasagne & Garlic Bread

  • Cheese Burger

  • Cheese and Onion Potato Pie

  • Leek & Potato Soup

  • Jackfruit Boubons

  • Carrot & Lentil Burger

Open Mon to Sat 9am till 2pm.

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4/12/2022

Launching tomorrow night at We Connect - our first Death Cafe!

If you have opinions or thoughts about death, but are worried about bringing up this potentially emotional topic, this one is for you. Come along tomorrow night at We Connect from 6:30pm.

Want to learn more read our blog here http://ow.ly/ksjb50LUmpA

5/12/2022

We are proudly offering a blue light discount at We Connect

Available all day on our freshly brewed barista hot drinks, scrummy cakes, and our winter warming menu options.

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8/12/2022

It's back! Christmas TIN ON A WALL is here. Our amazing street champions will be out in this glorious weather doing their bit for those who need it most. They're a chatty bunch so if you see someone in their high vis, give them a wave and say hi

Participating streets this month are - Risca:

  • Sycamore Crescent

  • Malvern Terrace

  • Station Road

  • Park Place

  • Elm Drive

  • Ty-Isaf Park Road

  • Ty-Isaf Park Avenue

Crosskeys, Bryanawel, Watts ville & Cwmfelin - please keep an eye out for a leaflet through your door.

If your street isn't listed or you don't get a leaflet but would like to donate, please contact us to arrange collection, or drop to We Connect Coffee Shop, Risca.

Thank you all

8/12/2022

Join us this Friday at We Connect for our Friendly Friday. Our new initiative, in collaboration with Caerphilly County Borough Council and St Vincent de Paul Church, offers a welcoming, warm space for anyone who needs it.

Come along from 5 pm tomorrow for a delicious home-cooked meal, advice and support and a chance to socialise with others.

Read more about it here http://ow.ly/Mvvl50LWMch

8/12/2022

Our last Sunday Sellers Market is taking place this Sunday.

Join us from 11am and your chance to get some beautiful, locally made gifts from:

  • Fox and Cub

  • Alice in Welshcake Land

  • Buttonmoon

  • Krazi Kakes

  • Michelle Conway

  • The Yarn Squirrel

  • Cozy Cuddles

  • Risca Yarn Bombers

We Connect will also be open serving delicious breakfast rolls and freshly brewed barista coffees.

9/12/2022

We're launching our Christmas Wish Appeal! We have worked with local charities to identify our community's children who need extra help this Christmas.

To help ensure no child in our community goes without a visit from Santa this Christmas, comment on our Facebook page the child you would like to buy for and bring your unwrapped gift to We Connect 3, Park Chambers, 60 Tredegar St, Risca, Newport NP11 6BW by Friday 16th December. Families remaining:

  • Family 9, Child 1, male, age 14

  • Family 10, Child 1, male, age 15

  • Family 13, Child 1, male, age 16

  • Family 13, Child 2, male, age 18

  • Family 18, Child 1, female, age 8

  • Family 18 - Child 2 wish granted

  • Family 20, Child 1, female, age 7

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11/12/2022

Here's our amazing Christmas raffle at We Connect Coffee Shop & Pantry £1.50 per strip, simply comment on our Facebook Page and pay via PayPal using info@rcvuk.org

All proceeds go to RCV UK fundraising for community projects.

Expect more than one prize per winner!

Prizes include

  • £15 Boobaloo Boutique voucher

  • Two House breakfasts and hot drinks from The Coffee Mill

  • Chiropractic consultation with collette

  • A 30 min reflexology voucher from Risca Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic

  • Two mighty breakfasts and drinks from We Connect Coffee Shop

  • Pamper hamper includes brand names such as clinique, bobbi brown, Alien.. RRP £100+

  • Men's pamper hamper worth £50

  • Baileys, wine, mulled wine

  • Gift hamper from Morrisons Rogerstone Community

  • Yankee candles

  • Toys

  • Books

  • Cuddly toys and much much more!!

A huge thank you to everyone who has gifted us the prizes, we're incredibly grateful

Please note many of these prizes are only suitable for 18+ so can only be claimed by an adult. Raffle drawn 7pm December 18th.

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11/12/2022

Have you voted for RCV UK yet? This December, Benefact Group is drawing 10 charities per working day to receive £1,000 and with your vote it could be us!

Cast your vote here: http://ow.ly/JqlG50LYRs9

Thanks to everyone for your support, as always!

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13/12/2022

We’re hosting a free Christmas Day Dinner at the We Connect Coffee Shop & Pantry from 1-3 pm for anyone who doesn’t want to spend the day alone.

Contact our Facebook page or Tara for availability and to book your place.

Thank you to Tiny Rebel Brewing Co. for helping make this happen again this year!

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7/11/2022

Spend Christmas with us at RCV UK!

A bit later than planned - we had a few rogue gremlins in the system this Monday morning! Here are our Christmas activities this year:

  • Friday November 19th - Wreath Making Workshop

  • Saturday December 3rd - Santa Breakfast

  • Saturday December 3rd - Santa Lunch

  • Wednesday December 14th - Cookie and Cake Decorating

  • Sunday December 18th - Christmas Disco

You can book here.

What event are you most looking forward to?

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8/11/2022

We are enormously grateful to have received laptops from Willmott Dixon Construction to help with our digital programmes. Thank you so so much Ian Jones.

Construction expert Willmott Dixon has donated 10 laptops to support community groups in the Caerphilly county borough.

The contractor is currently working with Caerphilly County Borough Council to help deliver its ambitious house building programme.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3UtpoO8

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12/11/2022

Our streeet champions will be out today from 12pm collecting in Risca, Crosskeys and Rogerstone.

Your generous donations help stock foodbanks, pantries and charities when they are experiencing unprecedented demand.

To read more about the increase in demand and what you can do to support check out our latest blog here.

Good luck to our champions!

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14/11/2022

Thank You, you lovely fantastic community!!!

Tin on a Wall took place this Saturday. The collection has been shared with Pantside Foodbank and will really help cope with the unprecedented demand for emergency food parcels.

Our next collection will be on Saturday 10th December. If you're interested in being a street champion to make the festive collection one that will make Santa proud, message us today!

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13/11/2022

Today is World Kindness Day!

Kindness is at the core of everything we do at RCV UK. We were founded on a random act of kindness.

Read our latest blog to learn five ways you can support us and make kindness in our community a priority http://ow.ly/CJvs50LBHwP

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15/11/2022

We Connect Coffee Shop

In need of some winter comfort - allow us to offer some temptation.

Check out our new roasted vegetable pasta bake, garnished with goat's cheese and served with deliciously crunchy garlic bread! Yours for lunch this week for just £6.95!

If you don't have lunch plans today, why not come to We Connect and enjoy this scrumptious winter warmer?

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15/11/2022

Are you a South Wales Argus reader? Then we need your help!

Vote for us for their biggest-ever charity giveaway! We will be rewarded a percentage of £16,000 depending on our share of the total votes. Votes close this Friday. Please bring your nomination forms to We Connect!

As always, thank you so much for your support

Read more about this initiative here.

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16/11/2022

This Sunday at We Connect, we have just a few tickets left for our chocolate bingo.

Join the bingo fun and win enough chocolate to make you incredibly popular as we move towards the festive season.

Book your tickets here.

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19/11/2022

Today we want to take a moment to celebrate International Men's Day!

We are here to listen and make positive differences in the lives and well-being of men and boys in our community.

The main aim of today is to raise awareness of the high rates of male suicide worldwide. Share these numbers today and remind anyone who needs them that they are not alone: -

  • Samaritans – for everyone: Call 116 123

  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day

  • Papyrus – for people under 35: Call 0800 068 41 41 – 9am to midnight every day; ttext 07860 039967

  • Childline – for children and young people under 19: Call 0800 1111

  • SOS Silence of Suicide – for everyone: Call 0300 1020 505 – 4pm to midnight every day

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20/11/22

Last night we held our first ever wreath making workshop thanks to the Risca Horticultural Society! Thanks to everyone who came along and to Catherine for running a fantastic workshop!

It was a fab and festive evening - what do you think of our wreaths?

You can join the Risca Horticultural Society here Keep up to date with gardening tips, and get exclusive invites and discounts to RCV events!

If you’re interested in holding an event at We Connect - message us about our venue hire packages!

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21/11/2022

Need Christmas inspiration?

We've got a collection of local crafters, artists and small businesses selling wonderfully handmade gifts perfect for that thoughtful gift this Christmas.

Open this Sunday from 11am till 2pm at We Connect Coffee Shop and Pantry - see you there!

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21/11/2022

Our Meditation Mondays are launching tonight at We Connect Coffee Shop and Pantry at 6:30 pm.

Every Monday, except the first Monday of the month, you can find Risca Meditation Society offering a welcoming space for you to start or continue your journey of mindfulness.

You can read more about our new club and the benefits of meditation here.

30/10/2022

Need to lower your food bills We're here to help!

Offering you the biggest hand up this half term is our Pantry. Open at We Connect, 60 Tredegar Street every Monday and Tuesday between 4pm - 6pm; we've partnered with fareshare to allow you to purchase a basket of food for just £4.

We also have our community fridge at We Connect, with options available for free Wednesday - Saturday.

Finally, we offer free emergency food parcels. Message us today to find out more, get food bank referrals or just to talk about what support you can get.

Want to learn more? Read our blog here.

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30/10/2022

The Variety Gala is at Risca Top Club on 11th November.

That's just 2 weeks away, with performances from:

  • Robb Dee as Sir Tom Jones

  • Nigel Clarke - Singer

  • Wayne The Weird - Comedy Magician

  • Vergara VanRaay - Drag Queen

  • & DJ Lewis Clarke

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

£10 from

We Connect Coffee Shop & Pantry

Risca Top Club

or online here.

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31/10/2022

We're looking for volunteers to help in our coffee shop.

We need help and are looking for people who would like to become trained baristas to help in our coffee shop. No experience necessary full training will be provided.

If you would like to help - message us on Facebook

 

 

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1/11/2022

We have a brand new children's menu available now at We Connect.

With options from £2 for breakfast and £4 lunches, we have affordable half-term treats for the whole family.

Now available on our activity sheet to keep them entertained while you wait for your meal.

Submit your colouring sheets at the end of your meal, and we will draw one at random each week to win a free kids meal on their next visit.

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1/11/2022

Tin on a Wall is back! And we need Street Champions!

We are looking for volunteers to help collect in Crosskeys, Risca and Rogerstone on Saturday 12th, November.

Want more inspiration on why you should help this fantastic cause that has collected over 70 tonnes for local charities, foodbanks and pantries? Read our latest blog here http://ow.ly/AXUH50LoOFn

Sign up to be a champion by  messaging us here or on Facebook.

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4/11/2022

Our events calendar for November is looking pretty full!

We're running lots of fundraisers this month and would really appreciate your support.

Prices of our fundraisers range from £1 - £25 and our Sunday Sellers market is free to attend.

Get your tickets here.

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5/11/2022

Did you know that you can support RCV UK every time you shop on Amazon?

Best still - it doesn't cost you a penny! Help ease the guilt of yet another Amazon delivery arriving by knowing you've supported us.

Read about it here.

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24/19/2022