Vale of Glamorgan Council staff spread Christmas cheer to people in need with ‘reverse calendar’ initiative 

Boxes full of goods have been donated to service users across the Vale, thanks to a reverse advent calendar idea. 


  • Wednesday, 20 December 2017

    Vale of Glamorgan

A reverse advent calendar involves filling an empty box with one item for a foodbank or a service in need, for 25 days in December.


The Vale’s Assets and Development Manager, Helen Galsworthy and Accommodation Options Assistant Denise Baker, spent an afternoon delivering seven boxes full of tinned and cupboard food, as well as toiletries to services across the Vale.


The Vale staff at Gwalia



One box was donated to Ty Iolo, a 21-room hostel, two boxes were taken to Llamau, a charity in Barry, two others were given to Gwalia, a sheltered housing option and two were donated to Atal Y Fro, an organisation dedicated to ending domestic abuse and sexual violence across the county.


Assets and Development Manager, Helen Galsworthy said: “I saw the Reverse Calendar idea on social media, and thought it would be a great initiative to do in the office.


“I shared the idea with Denise, and we decided to start one of our own in late November, to gather good over four weeks in time for Christmas. We reached out to everyone across the Vale and thought we would have maybe two boxes full, but someone put something in every day and we filled seven boxes full. It was far more than what we expected and we hope to continue doing this every Christmas.”

 Take a look at the website, for information on housing related support across the Vale. 


Gwalia worker Phil Morgan said: “This is amazing; we are really touched by this. We really appreciate being chosen to receive donations this Christmas and I’m sure the clients will be so happy with this.”


staff and service users at Ty Iolo