Volunteers Week 2019 – Dan Cooke

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution our volunteers make across the UK.

Here at Caldicot Town Team we simply wouldn’t be able to carry out any projects, markets, events or function without our volunteers. We are immensely proud to work with likeminded members of the community who want to help make Caldicot a better place to work, live and play.

Today we asked Dan Cooke about his experiences with Caldicot Town Team

Why did you decide to join Caldicot Town Team?

I decided to join Caldicot Town Team after helping with their events while I was apart of the police cadets have a few pitches. Fast forward 3 years and now I’m fully involved in Town Team helping at various events markets.

What is the best thing about being a volunteer with Caldicot Town Team.

Working as a team!! Well, I say team, its more like one big dysfunctional, functional family! Helping out at the events is by far the best bit! My favourite event of the year is Hogging The Bridge, We have monthly meetings all year round. We also have numerous site visits and the amount of organisation and planning behind the scenes means there is always something to do. However, seeing thousands of bikers take part and the event run smoothly gives me so much satisfaction, knowing that I am part of the team that runs it.

Also the training you can receive from Caldicot Town Team, such as Chapter 8 Training, First aid, Food Hygiene and loads more means I am always growing and learning in my role.

What activities do you get involved with?

I’m considered by most of the team as the labourer, if something needs doing, I am willing to help, from watering the hanging baskets every few days, going up in the cherry picker to hang bunting and festoon lighting, Litter picking, popping gazebos up, closing roads, moving crowd barriers and even sorting electric hook-ups for traders, the role is so diverse and something new and exciting is never far away.

Would you recommend volunteering with town team to others!

Absolutely!! It’s more than just a team it’s a family!! A very strange one at least!!!

National Fiver Fest Week

Caldicot Town Team are proud to be taking part in this national event, taking place across the UK between 8th & 15th June 2019.

We are always trying to make Caldicot a better place for independent businesses and what better way than the promote just how little we need to spend to make a huge difference to the local economy.

We will be showcasing offers, discounts and items you can purchase locally for £5 in the run up to the event.

At the end of the week, we will be hosting a community coffee and cake event, which aims to bring everyone from the local community into the town centre to meet your independent business owners, meet up with friends and celebrate what we have to offer. We may be a small town centre, however it doesn’t make it any less important that we support those who run an independent business in Caldicot.

We may be a small town centre, however it doesn’t make it any less important that we support those who run an independent business.

We may be a small town centre, however it doesn’t make it any less important that we support those who run an independent business.

Keep any eye our for more information and details of just how much of a difference YOU can make to our economy.

Reuse, Reduce and Recycle

We are always keen to help reduce and reuse wherever possible, to make our environment a better place for our and future generations.

Over the last 5 years we have implemented new schemes to reduce our footprint in Caldicot and your support is a big part of its success.

We have installed 5 Gumdrop bins – which reduces the amount of chewing gum waste being thrown on the floor. These are recycled into products and resold to avoid them going into landfill or into our ecosystem.

We have also installed 3 Cigarette bins in the town centre to date, these are collected by us and then sent to Terracycle UK where the butts are stripped and recycled into products, avoiding landfill and damage to our environment.

We are currently looking at a way to collect and then recycle coffee machine pods to avoid these foil and plastic items going into landfill.

We also purchased a number of cotton bags for life which you still have the opportunity to purchase, these are available from Country Flowers at just £2, which we will gladly replace for free when they need to be. This not only supports us with promotion, but also helps to reduce the amount of carrier bags used on a daily basis.

We are always keen to hear your thoughts on ways we can all do more to recycle our everyday products and will hopefully be working in conjunction with other community groups on projects later on in the year, so please keep an eye out on the website and social media pages.

Small acts help to make a big difference in the world we live in, be part of the movement and together we can all do a little bit to help reduce the amount of products that end up in landfill or at sea.