Forest Voluntary Action Forum training survey

Forest Voluntary Action Forum (FVAF) is looking to identify and meet your training needs as part of its support for the local Voluntary and Community Sector.  To do that and to apply for funding to offer reduced rates for training courses, they need to know your training needs.

Please complete this short survey to help them put together their training plan, which includes writing bespoke courses as well as sourcing relevant training from other providers. You can find the survey here

Gloucester City Council Tax Support Consultation 2020

Gloucester City Council are considering making changes to the council tax support scheme for 2020/21 and would welcome the views of city residents and council taxpayers. Read more here. Complete their online survey here. The consultation is open until 20 September.

Fit for the Future – developing urgent and hospital care in Gloucestershire

One Gloucestershire and the CCG want to involve local people in developing potential solutions to meet future health care needs on community urgent care and specialist hospital services. This engagement will provide feedback to inform future planning.

Under the title, Fit for the Future, the NHS is continuing a conversation with staff and the public on:

  • Ideas to support easier, faster and more convenient ways to get urgent same day advice and care wherever people live in Gloucestershire
  • What’s important to local people in getting urgent (not life threatening) same day advice and care across our communities in Gloucestershire, including illness and injury services
  • Ideas for a Centres of Excellence vision for providing specialist services at the two large hospital sites in the county
  • A range of ideas for the next few years, including A&E services and general surgery.

To take part you can:

  • Read the booklet and complete the Fit for the Future survey at The booklet is available below and at pharmacies, GP surgeries, hospitals and libraries. The survey is open until 14 October.
  • Attend a workshop. These will be mixed group (clinicians, community partners, members of the public) workshops, independently facilitated focussing on urgent advice, assessment and treatment services in the local area. The dates are below, venues are being finalised.
  • Gloucester 8 October (9.00-12.00)
  • Cheltenham 8 October (14.00-17.00)
  • North Cotswolds 15 October (9.00–12.00)
  • South Cotswolds 15 October (14.00–17.00)
  • Forest of Dean 16 October (9.00-12.00)
  • Tewkesbury 16 October (14.00–17.00)
  • Stroud and Berkeley Vale 17 October (9.00 12.00)

If you would like to attend a workshop please contact to ask for an expression of interest form to attend. Travelling expenses will be available for VCS colleagues who attend. The deadline for expressions of interest is 20 September.

Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services

Healthwatch Gloucestershire is asking people about their experiences of using both mental health and drug and alcohol services. They want to find out what works well when accessing services and what difficulties are faced, and experiences of how the services work together.

They want to hear from Gloucestershire residents who have used both mental health and drug and alcohol services in the last two years.  Share your experiences by completing the online survey at The survey closes on 23 September.

Special Care Dental Services in the South West

The NHSE and NHS Improvement want to hear the views of patients, potential patients, parents, carers and advocates about special care dental services in the South West. 

NHSE and NHSI are working in partnership with Healthwatch Gloucestershire to collate the views of patients, potential patients, parents, carers and advocates to help shape future developments of special care dental services in the region.

Special care dental services focus on improving the oral health of people who have a health condition or have circumstances which prevents them from using a high street dentist.  It is these people that the NHS would like feedback from about their awareness and experience of using these services.

There is an online survey for people who use special care dental services to complete.  You can find it at The consultation closes on 4 October.

Draft Gloucestershire Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The new draft Gloucestershire Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy has now been launched. The strategy sets out how we can achieve the vision that the county is a place where everyone can live well, be healthy and thrive. This has been developed through extensive engagement with communities and wider stakeholders. To give your views on the strategy, please see complete the online survey: Feedback on the draft strategy will close on 15 October and will help to inform the final version.

Rough Sleeping Briefing & Action Plan Consultation

Gloucester City Council is asking all partners for their feedback and suggestions concerning their Rough Sleeping action plan.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government published the Rough Sleeping Strategy in August 2018. It sets out the Government’s strategy for halving rough sleeping by 2022 and ending it by 2027.

Gloucester’s proposed vision is to mirror that of central government, seeking to minimise rough sleeping with immediate effect and fulfil the ambition that nobody will need to sleep rough by 2027.  By winter 2019 all local authorities need to update their strategies and rebadge them as homelessness and rough sleeping strategies.

Gloucester City Council currently has a Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2015-20 and is in the process of reviewing and updating it.  As an interim measure they have produced a Rough Sleeping Action Plan stating actions, targets, who is leading on the actions and the partner agencies supporting in delivery.

Please email feedback on the action plan to by 20 October 2019.

VCS Alliance State of the Sector survey

Our mission is to be the independent voice that informs, strengthens and develops the voluntary and community sector in Gloucestershire. To do this effectively we need to talk to you and understand what matters most to you. 

In early 2020 we will produce a State of the Sector report. It is vitally important that we gather your views and opinions so that these can be reflected in this report. The report will be shared with all key stakeholders and provide a snapshot of the sector, its capacity and resilience.

Find out more and how you can get involved here. The survey closes on 15 December 2019.

Arts Council England: The Next Ten Years

The Arts Council England has published its draft strategy for the next decade. The proposed vision and outcomes for the next ten years looks to “shape a country that encourages every one of us to express our creativity: for the joy, satisfaction and wellbeing that living a creative life brings”. The final strategy will be published in December; a consultation phase is running until 23 September. Read the draft strategy and find out how to contribute to the consultation at

Acevo and V4CE launch survey on BAME charity workers’ experiences of racism

ACEVO and Voice4Change England are running a survey to record Black, Asian and minority ethnic workers’ experiences in the charity sector. The partnership will explore recruitment, personal development opportunities and incidents of racism.

It is open to Black, Asian and minoritised ethnics who have worked in the sector in the last five years as volunteers, interns, employees, associates, freelancers or trustees.

A report will be published in spring 2020 and “will help to generate an honest and ‘unveneered’ conversation about ‘race’, racism and race equality in the charity sector”.

The survey can be found here and is open until 30 September.

Help the Charity Commission improve safeguarding guidance

In October 2018 the Charity Commission published refreshed guidance on Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees. The guidance is intended to be clear, concise, and a gateway to more detailed guidance where it is needed.

The Charity Commission wants to make sure that this guidance is useful for all charities, irrespective of size or purpose. They have published a short survey about how the guidance is being used and would appreciate your feedback. The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. 

The future definition of public service mutual

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched a consultation on the future definition of public service mutuals. The government believes that the contribution that public service mutuals can make to public services can be strengthened by creating a more robust definition and brand identity. The benefits of a clear definition will be:

  • To strengthen the integrity of the concept of ‘public service mutuals’. This will give public service commissioners and broader stakeholders increased confidence that mutuals represent the values government wants to see in public service delivery.
  • Provide greater clarity for social sector organisations on what the organisational requirements are to be considered a public service mutual.
  • Raise awareness and understanding of the benefits of the mutuals model, informing decisions about who delivers public services.

The consultation is open until 30 September, and the Department welcomes contributions from all who have an interest in shaping the future of how public services are delivered. 

Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s

The Department of Health and Social Care are calling for your views on proposals to tackle the causes of preventable poor health in England. Their consultation refers to the 2020s as the decade of proactive, predictive, and personalised prevention. It highlights future challenges like the smoke-free 2030 ambition and the mental health prevention package. It sets out a vision for a focus on prevention across all areas of government policy. Read more at The consultation is open until 14 October 2019.