South West of England BAME-led Social Enterprise Survey

The Black South West Network (BSWN) is currently undertaking a survey to map the Black/Asian and Minority ethnic-led social enterprise sector in the South West. The findings will be used to coordinate support for BAME-led social enterprises across the South West both in terms of access to investment, sustainability, growth and social impact and inform Barrow Cadbury Trust funding and social investment priority areas.

You are invited to respond to the survey here. BSWN would like to hear from all BAME-led social enterprises that serve the local community, no matter how small or large they are, and in doing so aim to build a directory of all BAME-led social enterprises in the South West.

NCVO draft code of ethics for charities

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has published a draft code of ethics for the sector, which recommends that charities operate with the “presumption of openness”.

The code is a set of overarching principles that NCVO thinks should apply to all types of charities. The aim of the code is to help charities to create the right framework and do more to prevent people from being exploited.  The code is divided into four sections:

  1. Putting beneficiaries first
  2. Acting with integrity
  3. Being open
  4. Ensuring the right to be safe

The consultation closes on 26 September.  If you wish to comment, please email

Housing with Care

Gloucestershire County Council wants to hear from people who live in Gloucestershire to help develop a strategy for the future development of purpose-built housing with care. The strategy will provide guidance to planning authorities and developers on the need for this type of housing in Gloucestershire and signal the joint commissioning intentions of GCC and the CCG with regard to care to this kind of provision.

They want to gather opinions from different groups of people about what sort of housing provision they would like to see being built now and in the future – specifically for people living with extra needs.  It’s not just about moving or downsizing – it’s also about what would enable people to stay living at home into older age, safely and independently.

Find the survey at Closing date: 30 September

Share your views to help improve public information about NHS Continuing Healthcare

Evolving Communities CIC in collaboration with Beacon are asking individuals to improve the quality and accessibility of NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) information.

We want to hear from you if you are an individual or their representative and have gone through the CHC assessment process (Checklist and/or full assessment).

This work is being commissioned by NHS England and will help them develop a national CHC information resource.

We invite anyone who has experience of being assessed for CHC, or representing another person who was being assessed, to complete a 10-minute online survey.  It aims to gather insights into the quantity, quality and accessibility of CHC information. It will collect some details about you/the person you represent and ask for your views on the information, or lack of it, that you received throughout the CHC process You can take part in the survey until 30 September by clicking this link:

End of Life Care Survey

As part of the Clinical Commissioning Group’s End of Life Care Strategy, Healthwatch Gloucestershire is looking at what end of life support is available for individuals over 18 years old both locally and nationally. This support is non-clinical support; not information about illnesses or conditions, but other types of information that would support patients or families through the end of life. We want to hear from Gloucestershire residents, who have accessed support around end of life care or who would be looking at accessing this information. End of life patients are individuals ‘approaching the end of life’ when they are likely to die within the next 12 months.

The information gathered during the evaluation will help to understand what is available to support people locally and nationally, identify gaps and raise awareness of this support to those that need it as part of the End of Life Care Strategy and improve end of life care.

Find the survey at The consultation ends on 5 October.

Your Voice Matters

The County Council and NHS in Gloucestershire are listening to the experiences of people with learning disabilities and autism. What they learn from the survey will show them what’s working well and what needs to change in future in health and social care.

Inclusion Gloucestershire is organising workshops between now and 10 October to make sure individual, carer and family voices are heard.

You can say what you think by completing a survey online, open until 2 November 2018.  Find the survey and event details at

Share your experiences and shape our future

You may be aware that 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, who provide local community physical and mental health services, are moving towards becoming a single organisation, to offer more joined up services for local people.  We believe it is vital that we create a strong, shared culture and set of behaviours that patients and colleagues agree on.

As part of this work, we are running events to hear from local people who have used our services, their carers and family members to find out what great care means for them, and listen to their experiences of our services.  These sessions are a chance for staff to hear your experiences, and understand what really matters to you.  The sessions are running:

  • Monday 15 October, 6.00pm- 8.00pm, Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
  • Tuesday 16 October, 12.30pm – 2.30pm, Bowden Hall Hotel, Upton St Leonards
  • Wednesday 17 October, 9.30am -11.30am, George Watson Memorial Hall, Tewkesbury

More information can be found on our website

If you would like to get involved and share your experiences, we would love to hear from you. You can contact us by email at, or call 0300 421 8599.