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We have been awarded the Investing In Volunteers Award

Without the support of the volunteers who give up many hours to sort donations, help clients when they come in, and also get involved in other PATCH activities such as the Christmas Toy Appeal, PATCH would not be able to help the hundreds of people that it does.

When we were informed we had been successful, Chairman, Dennis O’Connor said “I am delighted at today’s announcement that PATCH Charity has been awarded the Investors in Volunteers standard”.

“The recognition that we have received is testimony to the dedication of our Coordinator, Trustees and Senior Volunteers to provide our volunteers with essential skills in order to support their commitment to relieving effects of poverty across our county and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making this achievement possible”

Tracy Olin is extremely grateful for the great work of the volunteers, “PATCHites” are amazing, we couldn’t do this project without them” The awarding of the Investors in Volunteers standard recognizes the hard work that goes on behind the scenes in supporting and developing the people who are giving time to PATCH, many of whom have gone on to secure employment as a result of overcoming personal challenges through their time with PATCH.

Furthermore the award highlights the work that has been put in to ensure that PATCH is run to the highest standard possible, and is able to continue delivering help and support, to those most in need in Pembrokeshire.

We would like to thank South Hook LNG for funding the cost of the application of the award. We would have struggled without their support


“Fill You Boots”

Pembrokeshire is a beautiful place, full of wonderful sights, places to visit, things to do, food to eat. Many of us living here take it for granted, and of course many more come here to visit throughout the year.

For some however the story is quite different. There are people in the county without a roof over their heads, sleeping wherever they can find some shelter or ‘sofa-surfing’ as they bounce from one friend to another. There are others who may have a roof, but precious little else –  they may not have a cooker, or if they do , it’s hard to use a cooker when you can’t afford the power or gas to make it work.

PATCH, the Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship charity, has a scheme that offers help to these people, and perhaps peace of mind to those who want to help. The “Fill Your Boots” project is a simple and straightforward way to help provide a hot meal and drink for someone in need.

It works like this:

  •  Vouchers are available to purchase from PATCH (details below). Each voucher is valued at £1, and it is recommended that £5 worth will provide a sensible meal.
  • The person who has purchased the vouchers can give them to whoever they believe needs them, or request PATCH pass them on via their network
  • The recipient of the vouchers can exchange them in a participating café or restaurant for a hot meal and hot drink
  • The participating outlet sends the vouchers back to PATCH who then reimburse the food outlet for the value of the vouchers.

Simple really isn’t it?

To make the scheme a success, PATCH are looking to increase the number of participating outlets throughout the county where vouchers can be exchanged. They are also looking to increase awareness of the scheme locally, so if you are able to help, either by purchasing vouchers to give to someone who really needs them, or by accepting them in exchange for a hot meal, please get in touch with PATCH at the following address:

Fill Your Boots


Haven’s Head Business Park,
Milford Haven,
SA73 3LD or

call 01646 699275/07775571431 or

Our Christmas Toy Appeal

Toy poster

Last years Toy Appeal was launched in  October. The toy sorting  happened in December . Yet again The Port of Milford haven  kindly donated premises. Pembrokeshire Frame  delivered most of the parcels I really dont think we would cope without them now!. Last year we gave to over 500 Children. A huge thank you to the many individuals and groups of people who volunteered again for this event.

We y need donations of new toys/gifts for 0-17, Art material, new books, sweets/chocolates family games and large cardboard boxes and large bags. We can take these donations all year round.