Forest Trees

"Building Stronger Communities in
the Forest of Dean"



What is FVAF?

FVAF stands for Forest Voluntary Action Forum. We offer support to local citizens, community groups and activities to do the things that matter most to them. This includes the following:

  • support and development advice

  • training

  • information

  • networking meetings

  • facilitating representation

  • volunteer recruitment

  • volunteer placement and support

We also run many projects with and for the local community, such as the Forest of Dean Youth Association, Holiday Activity Campaigns, The Forest Youth Music Network, The GEM Project, The Forest Compass Directory, Walking with Wheels and many more. Check out our Projects page for full details.

Community Building Drop -in Hubs


Pop in and chat face to face with a community builder. Each drop-in hub offers a variety of support, advice and guidance for local residents. For example; support and signposting to local services, linking and setting up new community groups, supporting people to get closer to employment or further education, help to access the digital world and support to bring your ideas for the community to life.

Forest of Dean Youth Association


Forest of Dean Youth Association supports young people under the age of 25 to become pro-active citizens and leaders of their own lives. We also support community groups and organisations across the Forest of Dean to enhance the great work they’re already doing through unlocking local skills and assets, be they people, places or funding. The team have a wide variety of skills and experience of working with young people and our Forest communities, so we can adapt and react to most youth related projects or enquiries. As a result, the Youth Association gets involved in a wide variety of projects as well as offering signposting to support and services.

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Volunteer Support


If you'd like to Volunteer within the Forest of Dean we have a selection of current opportunities for you.

If you are a community group who'd like some volunteer support we can promote your volunteering vacancy for you.


If you need help and advice on working with Volunteers please get in touch

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Forest Compass Directory

What shall I do today?


At FVAF we produce a yearly booklet called Forest Compass. This is a free directory of clubs and support groups in the Forest of Dean, grouped by location. Find somewhere to go today by searching the booklet online using the button below.

Holiday Activities

Supporting Healthy Kids


At FVAF we support Gloucestershire County Councils school holidays activities and food program. This Easter we distributed over 400 healthy eating cookery packs at five locations in the Forest of Dean. This summer we provided a full program of activities for school age children as well as delivering over 600 healthy eating packs.


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Our Partners

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