Welcome to Fair Shares

Fair Shares is a community based project that uses two-way volunteering, to reward people for the time and effort they put into their neighbourhood.

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Fair Shares projects

Fair Shares is involved with many different projects, ranging from working with young people, to work in prisons, fundraising events and dementia work.

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Creative Carving & Sparklers @ the Allotment

October has rolled around once again and Halloween is just around the corner. Rachel and two adroit helpers were at hand to help our young guests carve the perfect pumpkin to decorate their doorstep on Halloween. Our allotment had lots…read more

Watching the Autumn Colours

Or at least that was the plan. After being cooped up in the house for so long we thought the best way to celebrate our return to normal would be a trip to Batsford Arboretum to see the autumn colours.…read more

Bulb Planting Workshop

We had the first of our two mini-sessions on planting bulbs, down at our allotment. Gardening is a fun activity that anyone can get involved with but it can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know where to start.…read more

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Different ways you can get involved

As an individual

There are many ways you can get involved; from sharing time and skills with others in the community, taking part in our social activities, to joining our charity shop team. The options are endless.

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Through GEM

Meet with our Navigator Developer, Farhanah, and start your GEM journey towards employment.

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Make a donation

If you don't feel you can share your time, then you can also give a donation to the Fair Shares community.

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How Fair Shares has helped…

I struggle sitting in a classroom but a little bit of maths [mentoring] in a different environment, is encouraging.

J. - Maths Learner in HMP Erlestoke

It’s just the natural way of living – everyone helping each other out.

Rob from Gloucester

I feel part of their community and know that my time and skills are valued

Vivienne from Newent

It’s been amazing because we can actually have a conversation with older people and learn things from them and at the same time learn something new about cooking, nutrition and how to budget.

John, a young participant from Stroud

When I walk around town, I see so many people I know. It’s embedded me into the community

Jane from North Cotswolds

Times2 Maths is good because helping people in prison  also means helping the less fortunate outside

Michael - Maths mentor HMP Erlestoke

It’s a great way of getting unemployed people back into things, instead of them being made to feel redundant and losing confidence.

Bill Wragge, Cotswold District Council

My illness no longer defines or limits my life. Fair Shares has changed my life. I can’t talk highly enough about it.

Fred in Gloucester

Times2 Maths mentoring has “brought me out of my shell, it’s helped my confidence”

John - Maths Mentor Leyhill

I’ve really enjoyed being with younger people and been impressed with their commitment. Without this we would never have met and had the time to speak and listen to each other. This could help change people’s attitudes.

Pammy from Stroud

Coming here has helped me become more confident; I am more comfortable with people and I can make and do useful things to help other people, and make friends who don’t judge you. It’s made me think about becoming a social worker, or a teacher.

Courntey, a young participant in Gloucester

I’ve been involved in Fair Shares for three years, after volunteering at a woodland project, Gymnation, the Furniture Recycling Project and the City Farm. I don’t like office work, I prefer doing practical things that help people – Fair Shares is all about people helping each other. I’ve learned all sorts of skills – carpentry, gardening, lambing and repairing things. I feel safe, welcome and useful here

Luke from Gloucester

When I first came into prison 3 years ago, I had very little confidence regarding maths but I have improved to the point I’m now a mentor

S. a Maths mentor in HMP Leyhill

Fair Shares members have been so supportive. They have moved an ottoman for me and provided lifts and in return I have undertaken extensive sewing repairs. It’s a very effective method.

Gee from Newent