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A semi serious look at a week as a volunteer at Artisans Collective

It is a busy but enjoyable life for a volunteer with over 60 years under their belt 


As a volunteer our week usually starts at The North Wales Indoor Bowling Centre with a couple of coffee’s and a chat with staff there and sometimes with friends who are bowling. (The idea is time for us to plan the week ahead)

Usually at Lunchtime we would go our separate ways with Steve usually heading into town and lunch at Kim’s Kitchen and me jumping the bus to Rhyl to meet up with a couple of mates at the Cob and Pen for an hour or so. (This is as part of our volunteering in the community honestly).

Then meeting up with Jayne my wife at about 2-30 pm on her weekly half day off, shopping normally then takes place with a vast choice of shops to go at in Prestatyn.

This week will be different as it is flu jab season, so we will be at The Old Library  hosting the sessions from 1.30pm until 4.30pm on behalf on our neighbours Healthy Prestatyn Iach.  (Please note I say “hosting” not carrying out! )

Not before another meeting to organise the location for our Big Breakfast to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cymru. (Guess what in a pub, as it is the only place in town big enough to host the event).

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So about a 5pm finish on Monday’s then time to go shopping.


Our usual Prestatyn Mens Shed social meeting will be accompanied by more Flu jab sessions from 9am until 12.30pm. That leaves Steve and myself a couple of hours to catch up with admin and reconfigure the building for Wednesday’s events. (As if we will have lots of visitors to engage with which is a great part of our role).


We facilitate the coffee pod bereavement support group which is hosted by another volunteer Mary. We tend to keep the building quiet during this time. The afternoon is usually spent preparing for tomorrow. (does it ever come?).


Well this week is going to be a bit different, in the morning we are attending and speaking at the North Wales Social Prescribing ‘Communities of Practice’ Gathering by 2025 Movement at  The Optic Centre – Wrexham Glywdr University, on St. Asaph Business Park.

In the afternoon we will be returning to Prestatyn to volunteer as we do each week at The Morfa Gateway Project (I must remember a change of attire).


Steve will be looking after Aimee’s art group and the final flu jab sessions from 9am until 12.30pm. With the Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community Drop in session from 2pm until 4pm.

Meanwhile I will be over at Denbigh Town Hall attending and speaking at a Community Workshop for the Chairs and Clerks of City, Town and Community Council’s exploring DCC’s approach to community planning and supporting community resilience.

The aim of the session will be to introduce the support offered by Denbighshire County Council and partner agencies when community planning in your area (I guess we must be doing something right in Prestatyn).

The session will feature live case studies from communities who are developing their own plans, with tips and ideas about how to make them a success. There will also be time for networking and for asking questions.

As well as officers from Denbighshire County Council they hope to have representatives from Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council, Cadwyn Clwyd, and appropriate grant funders present.


Jayne hosts the junior artisans sessions every week for junior citizens aged 4 to 11, from 10am until midday. This might seem like a simple task but a lot of planning and forethought is put into this each week.

We have been holding the sessions for the best part of Four years and pride ourselves on how many unique things we have done with the group.


Spent trying to recover, but usually catching up with messages and tasks that have built up during the week, we work with so many other people and demands on our time are large.

So Please do not shout at me.

I am a unpaid volunteer !

By Pete

Currently I am a director/volunteer of Artisans Collective in Prestatyn North Wales, and also involved with Men’s Shed Prestatyn and Morfa Gateway Projects.

Chair of Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community, Also hold a number of posts on various steering and implementation wellbeing groups in North Wales.

All views on this site are my own and not linked to any organisation.

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