Developing Trust priorities

The Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is currently trying to develop its new strategy and what its priorities should be over the coming years.

The VCS is invited to take part in a short survey to help influence this work, you can find it at

Cinderford Community Survey

Forest Voluntary Action Forum (FVAF) is carrying out a study into whether local people would use a Community Centre in Cinderford. FVAF is interested in hearing from anyone who may have an interest in a community centre there, you don’t have to live in Cinderford to complete this survey. This survey is for people aged 16+ and should take approximately 10-15 minutes. Closing date 16 March. And you could win £50 in their prize draw.

Mental Health and A&E Gloucestershire Healthwatch User Experience Survey

Following their survey of mental health service user experience last year Healthwatch Gloucestershire, along with their parent organisation Evolving Communities, now wish to build a picture of mental health provision in the Accident and Emergency departments at Cheltenham General and Gloucester Royal Hospitals from the point of view of those who have used the service and their families and carers.

The aim is to collect as much feedback over the next couple of months. Who do we want to speak to?

  • People with a mental health condition/issue, who have used A&E in the past year at either Gloucestershire Royal or Cheltenham General Hospitals.
  • Those who care for someone who has a mental health issue, and family members of people with a mental health condition, who have used A&E at these hospitals.
  • Staff and volunteers from voluntary and community organisations in Gloucestershire who work with people who have mental health issues.

Simon Cormack, Engagement Officer at Evolving Communities, is leading on this work and he is happy to hear from – and meet – individuals, groups and services. More information can be found on the Healthwatch website, or email

Refreshing the Charity Governance Code

The steering group behind the Charity Governance Code is seeking views from the sector on whether the code should be more explicit about expectations around diversity and inclusion.

The group has begun a consultation about plans to refresh the code, how the code is being used, any topics that should be included or updated such as around safeguarding, and suggestions for how to improve awareness of the code.

You can take part by completing an online survey available at The consultation is open until 28 February 2020.

Government begins consultation on unlocking millions of pounds for charity

The government has launched a consultation to gather views on its proposals to expand the dormant assets scheme.

The public consultation seeks views on broadening the current scheme beyond bank and building society accounts to include assets from the insurance and pensions, investment and wealth management, and securities sectors.

The consultation is open until 23:59 on 16 April. The consultation document and details of how to respond are available on the government’s website.