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New Year - a New You at RCV!

Updated: Jan 8

Happy New Year!!!! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Whether you waved goodbye to your best year yet or were glad to see the back of a difficult 2022 we hope you are looking forward to new opportunities in 2023!

New Opportunities with RCV


January is always paved with good intentions - new year, new me, Veganuary (we have more to come on this later in the month), dry January and just generally giving up bad habits and creating new ones. Maybe you're doing amazing with your new years' resolutions, maybe you've sacked them off or maybe you haven't made them? No pressure from us, you do what's best for you. However, we have a number of wonderful volunteer opportunities at RCV this year that could really be the start of the new year you've been looking for.


We have a whole new set of projects as well as our older ones that you can get involved with. So make 2023 the year you volunteer in your local community with RCV.


Volunteering Matters says that volunteering enables people to play an active role in their community and contribute to positive social change. It also gives you the opportunity to socialise with people from different social and cultural backgrounds. Studies have shown that it can improve your mental well-being.

Volunteer with Us


We have over 200 registered volunteers all working in various roles at RCV. From a street champion to a kindness caller to our marketing team and management team - we are a majority volunteer-run organisation. Even our coffee shop and pantry are majority volunteer-led.


A lot of our volunteers have been with us since the very beginning and are always keen to support our new ventures and projects. Need more reasons to volunteer with us? Why not hear directly from our volunteers?


So why do our volunteers do what they do?


Jenna is our Marketing Manager and began volunteering with RCV in June 2020. Emotionally drained from being on furlough and struggling with the sense of failure she felt, she turned to volunteering at RCV just to have something to take her mind off being out of work.


"I moved here in 2012 and always found it difficult to make friends locally. Through volunteering with RCV I've found a fantastic network of people that I'm so proud to call friends."


Rhianwen is passionate about combating food poverty in her community. She coordinates the Tin on a Wall collections in Hengoed, since launching them 20 months ago. Rhianwen works alongside a team of volunteers who collect hundres of tins of food every month across Hengoed.


"The volunteers who I work alongside are incredible and hardworking and I am so lucky to know them and be a part of something so special with them."


A Note from our Directors


We believe in a family ethos at RCV UK. We really value our volunteers as they are intregal to the success of RCV UK. Although we're a relatively small community charity our impact is growing and we are truly creating robust, self-sufficient and sustainable communities - all thanks to our volunteers!

We are always looking for friendly community-driven people to join our team of volunteers. At the moment we have fundraising committee, pantry coordinators, baristas, and allotment maintenance workers amongst our vacancies. To learn more about our current volunteer vacancies or to sign up to be a RCV volunteer click here.

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