Help set Healthwatch Gloucestershire’s priorities for the year ahead

Healthwatch Gloucestershire is asking local people to help shape its future work by taking part in a short survey.  What should it be focusing its work on in the next year? It could be mental health, children, older people or primary care issues.  Answer the two-question survey here.

Heritage Lottery Fund is consulting on its role, vision and funding priorities

An opportunity for everyone who cares about the UK’s heritage to give their views on plans for the future.  Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) support projects ranging from restoring natural landscapes to rescuing neglected buildings, from recording diverse community histories to providing life-changing training.

HLF wants to know what people think their role, vision and priorities should be for the next strategic funding framework, from 2019 to 2024. Comments are being invited on a proposed new approach including targeted funding campaigns, repayable loans and public involvement in decision-making, all of which could have a role in ensuring the most effective use of National Lottery money to support the UK’s heritage.

For more information please click here.  The consultation runs until 22 March, you can find it here.

The Missing Link

Highways England is consulting on proposals to improve the A417 between Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout. The consultation is open until 29 March 2018. This is your opportunity to express your views on their proposals. There are several consultation events taking place and public information points in the county.  Find further details at Have your say at

Gloucester City Centre Public Space Protection Order

Gloucester City Council is seeking the views of local residents, business and agencies in relation a proposed Public Space Protection Order for Gloucester City centre and surrounding areas.

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) were introduced to improve public safety and wellbeing in a defined area. You can find further details at

The consultation is open until 2 April. Have your say at

The Council plans to visit key groups and partner agencies as part of the public consultation. If you are part of a group or organisation who will be affected by the potential implementation of this PSPO, please contact to request a visit to your group.

Community Transport in the Forest of Dean – share your views

Forest Routes is a Big Lottery funded community transport partnership in the Forest of Dean. The Partnership is made up of four organisations: Bream Voluntary Car Service, Lydcare, Lydney Dial a Ride and Newent Dial a Ride. The Partnership has commissioned Resources for Change to carry out the final evaluation for the five-year lottery-funded project 2013 – 2018. There are several reasons: to find out what impact the project has had; to capture the lessons learned, and to inform planning for after the end of the Lottery funding.

The survey is open until 3 April and is in three parts: one for key informants, one for volunteers and one for customers.

Gloucestershire Carers Engagement 

Gloucestershire County Council and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) would like to hear from both carers and those they care for, about the support that carers need to help them continue in their caring role.

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

An online survey is open to carers of any age, you can find it at It will close on 22 April.

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

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.