Your views on self harm services in the county

MHELO is working with Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group on a review of services and pathways for people who self harm, with a view to improve support and help people to find less harmful ways of managing emotional distress. This will include:

  • Prevention – building emotional resilience, early intervention
  • Access to support – how easily can people get support when they self harm?
  • Quality of care – when people do seek help for self harm, are they treated with good care and respect?
  • Staying well – what helps people to recover from a period of emotional distress, and/or avoid self harming when they feel distressed?

You are invited to complete a short survey to contribute your own view of what support there is currently in Gloucestershire and how you think things should improve. The survey is open until 23 November. Take part at

Stroud District Local Plan Review: Issues and Options Public Consultation

The Stroud District Local Plan sets out a planning strategy for distributing development within the District and policies for protecting and conserving the natural and built environment. The District Council is now starting the process of reviewing the current Local Plan to cover the period to 2036.

The consultation involves asking communities and stakeholders to identify the key issues relating to the places where they live, work or visit and how planning policies in the Local Plan can help to deliver local needs. We are seeking views on options for distributing future development and on potential locations for development at our towns and larger villages.

Further information on the Local Plan review and the consultation is available at Closing date 5 December 2017.

Community Hospitals in the Forest of Dean

The Clinical Commissioning Group and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust are asking for views on the options for the future of community hospital facilities in the Forest of Dean.  The preferred option is to replace the two existing community hospitals, Dilke Memorial Hospital and Lydney and District Hospital with a newly built hospital in the Forest of Dean. For more information and to complete the survey, visit Closing date 10 December 2017.

Volunteering and Community Contributions in Later Life: A call for evidence and insight

The Centre for Ageing Better has launched a call for evidence and experience as part of a review of volunteering and community activity in later life, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and supported by the Big Lottery Fund. They are looking for views from charities and other organisations on how to increase voluntary and community activity among people aged 50 and over. The review will produce practical recommendations for public, private and voluntary sectors.

The call for evidence is open until the end of 2017.  To submit evidence, click here.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service seeks your views on its next three year plan

The plan, called the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP), sets out how the service will help keep the people of Gloucestershire safe and provide value for money.

Although Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is already one of the highest performing and lowest cost services in the country, it needs to make sure that it remains fit for purpose against a backdrop of a continually evolving risk picture, new legislation and national drivers, including Government calls to ‘reform’.  The IRMP highlights past performance and sets out the service’s vision to make sure the right resources are in place to best protect Gloucestershire’s communities.

We would like to hear your views about the draft IRMP and the objectives proposed to guide future service delivery.  To get involved and be part of the future of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, please view the draft IRMP and complete the online survey which can be found, at

The consultation runs until 8 January 2018. For more information please contact: Dave Benson:

Voluntary Arts Big Conversation 2017

Voluntary Arts, a national organisation that champions creative cultural activity, is holding a Big Conversation.  This is the first in an annual series of consultations to gauge the scale, mood, ambitions and needs of the voluntary arts sector. They want to hear from those who organise, or regularly participate in creative activities – and those who would like to. You can take part at