At the annual Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern (DPVC) garden lunch today. A very British garden lunch (with some Welsh touches) of fruit punch; crustless sandwiches of smoked salmon, ham, egg, and even marmite (I accidently took a bite of one); sausage rolls; little tomatoes; prawn vol-au-vents; quiche; bara brith; strawberries and scones. Food you can mingle with.
DPVC is a charity founded in the village in 1971. The aim is to coordinate the activities of volunteers, in particular, to help the elderly and disabled in the community. DPVC operate a minibus/ambulance to enable people with mobility problems get to the shop, hospital etc. A new minibus has recently been acquired. There have been a few teething problems, so the Annual Award for Best Volunteer went to all the minibus drivers and their assistants.
The DPVC are based at the Resources Centre at the back of Murchfield Community Hall (where I work part-time as coordinator). From there, they publish a Community Directory and the community newsletter DEPEND, which is delivered to every household in Dinas Powys. A Good Neighbours scheme is organized from the office, involving volunteers and home visits. A range of fundraising events are also held and community events organized.
For more information on Murchfield Hall and a contact number for DPVC: