Loneliness call for evidence

The cross-government loneliness team, hosted by the Office of Civil Society in the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has issued an online call for evidence to inform the loneliness strategy, which will be published later in 2018. Please provide your views. The survey will be open until 10am on 20 July.

Meeting the High Needs challenge in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire County Council is running a consultation around meeting the High Needs challenge in Gloucestershire.  The education system is not working well for some children with ‘high needs’ – those children who need extra help because they have some learning difficulties or struggle to cope with life at school.

The current system is not sustainable and in common with other local authorities our High Needs Budget is overspending. The Council wants to make changes that will improve the lives of children with additional needs and use the funding more effectively. This is not about spending less, but spending it in a better way for children.  You can find the consultation at It is open until 31 July.

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.

Cultural Strategy for Stroud Town 2018-2028

The draft Cultural Strategy for Stroud town has now been published.  You can read a summary at  A full version and supporting evidence is available at

The research raised key questions about the cultural sector and other issues such as public transport and hospitality/tourism.  A public consultation is now underway to seek feedback about how the Council should address the challenges and react to opportunities. You can take part at

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: 8 August.

Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Board Draft Strategic Plan Consultation

Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (GSAB) have a new three year draft Strategic Plan and want to consult widely on it. The Strategic Plan is intended to help focus the work of the GSAB during the next three years, it is not set in stone but will be shaped by issues and themes which emerge during the period of the plan.

You can find the draft Strategic Plan at along with three different types of feedback form, one is an Easier Read version and the other is Easy Read, please complete whichever version you would like. Please email your completed form to or post it to GSAB, Safeguarding Adults, 2nd Floor, Block 1, Shire Hall, Gloucester, GL1 2TG. The consultation is open until the end of August.

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