Glos 2050 – A VCS perspective

The Gloucestershire Alliance is collecting a VCS response to the Gloucestershire 2050 vision. Gloucestershire 2050 sets out six ‘big ideas’ that the county is looking to take forward. We would encourage everyone to fill out the main survey as an individual, find it at Our survey looks to identify the potential impact on the Voluntary and Community Sector as a whole and on your own organisation. We will collate the survey findings and create a VCS response to this consultation. Please only complete the Alliance survey once on behalf of your organisation. You can find our survey at, it is open until 23 May.

Bringing together Health Visiting and School Nursing services

The report and decision document for the recent Public Health Nursing ‘Bringing together Health Visiting and School Nursing services’ consultation have now been published and can be found at

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Craig,, T-01452 328619.

Charity Commission publishes draft guidance on connections to non-charities

The Charity Commission has published draft guidance setting out how charities should handle relationships with connected entities such as funders, public bodies and trading subsidiaries.

The draft guidance will apply to many charities, including those with trading subsidiaries, those connected to a single company which provides much of their income, and those connected to public bodies such as schools or hospitals.

The Commission said it had seen a number of cases where connected organisations had caused problems for charities, including those where a connected company received substantial financial benefit, where a charity had funded party political activity, and where the charity’s reputation suffered because of the actions of the connected company.

You can find more here. The consultation closes on 15 May.

Civil Society Strategy: Engagement Exercise

The government has launched a consultation to inform a new civil society strategy.  You can have your say on how government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future.

The consultation has been split into four areas: our civil society, people, partnerships and places. Not everyone has to respond to all sections.

  • Our civil society: is about the big questions of what civil society is, how it is working well and what needs to change to strengthen it further
  • People: explores how more people could take action on issues that matter to them
  • Partnership: explores the best ways to work across different sectors to make a better society
  • Places: explores how we empower local people to improve the places they live and work

Find out more by reading the news story and watching a video. Take part online here. The consultation closes at 9am on 22 May. If you have any questions please contact the Strategy Team

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 GCCG with regard to care in 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 around 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: 4 June.

Gloucestershire 2050

Gloucestershire 2050 is a county-wide conversation to explore ideas and shape our long-term future together.

Gloucestershire is facing big challenges over the next 30 years. Big ideas are needed to make the most of our county’s assets whilst retaining young talent and attracting new jobs and investment.

The Gloucestershire 2050 vision has six big ideas suggested to improve life in the county. You can comment on these and share your own ideas.  Read more at The consultation is open until the end of July.