We are currently publishing more regular newsletters than usual, packed full of advice and support for the VCS. You can see our newsletters at http://www.glosvcsalliance.org.uk/newsletter-archive/. If you would like to receive our newsletter, please complete the form on the contact us page or email info@glosvcsalliance.org.uk.

Safe working practices and PPE

28 May at 11am. Join Zoom meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5789625721

The VCS Alliance has arranged this meeting to discuss some of the equipment VCS organisations might need to prepare premises for the safe management of staff and clients. There may be an opportunity for organisations to share their planning and approach and identify common needs (eg PPE, self distancing and foot traffic stickers, Perspex screening, hygiene stations) for the purpose of bulk ordering to reduce costs.

Please email info@glosvcsalliance.org.uk if you plan to join the call.

Zoom meeting on Young People 

4 June at 2pm. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5789625721

The VSC Alliance is working with colleagues at Gloucestershire County Council to arrange a call for VCS organisations that work with children and young people, with the emphasis on young people. The purpose of the call is to set out the commissioning landscape, to deliver workshops that may be useful to providers, and to provide a space for peer to peer support.

We intend the meeting to be informal and flexible but to give you an understanding of what will be covered we have put together an agenda.

  • Introductions
  • Francis Gobey, Senior Commissioning Manager for Children’s Services at Gloucestershire County Council, – Overview of the Commissioning landscape from a County Council position
  • Q&A

Workshops: 15 mins each

  • Identify learning and insight on how organisations have adapted so quickly
  • Think ahead to new models of working – during and after recovery
  • Explore new ideas on LA-VCS partnerships and self-support for the sector.

Please email info@glosvcsalliance.org.uk to tell us you will be on the call.

NCVO offers free webinars

  • 5 June: Board leadership: Supporting your charity though the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic
  • 11 June: Making decisions in tough times
  • 17 June: Building organisational resilience: things for small charities to consider

Book your place at https://booking.ncvo.org.uk/training/categories/webinar

Protecting businesses from COVID-19 scams

Malicious email attachments or false government grant phone calls are among a raft of scams undermining businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response National Trading Standards has launched Businesses Against Scams, a free online training tool to protect businesses, employees and customers from costly scams.

Scams include criminals impersonating government officials or a senior member of the business to put pressure on employees to give out sensitive information or make payments.

The increased risk for businesses has led National Trading Standards to encourage more organisations to join Businesses Against Scams. The initiative provides free tools to help upskill and train employees, through free online training modules that will help staff identify and prevent potential scams. Find out more at https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/BAS.

New Mental Health & Covid-19 resources for professionals and volunteers

Gloucestershire County Council has published a suite of resources to support you/ your teams when working with an individual who may be experiencing emotional distress, linked to or heightened by the coronavirus outbreak.

All resources are available at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/resources-for-professionals-and-volunteers. This includes:

  • A 30 minute training video with an overview of what mental wellbeing is and how it may be affected during the coronavirus pandemic. This is aimed at anyone, but especially those with no previous experience of working with mental health.
  • A 45 minute training video about Psychological First Aid, developed by the World Health Organisation, to identify and support people in distress following a crisis or traumatic event. This video is particularly relevant to NHS and social care staff, first responders and coordinators of community led initiatives.
  • A conversational guide to support people through emotional distress. This is for professionals and volunteers who may be contacting vulnerable people or those in emotional distress. It includes advice about wording, appropriate questions to ask, things to be aware of when speaking with someone and additional support.
  • An overview of the mental health services that are available in Gloucestershire for both adults and young people.

Information for Carers

Gloucestershire County Council has produced COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for Carers. These include questions highlighted by carers to the Gloucestershire Carers Hub and answered in partnership with Kay Haughton – Clinical Director COVID-19. 


Tewkesbury Borough Council seeks Community Funding Officer

£24,313 – £26,317. 37 hours. Fixed Term – 12 months

Do you want to make a real difference? We are recruiting a new Community Funding Officer to support our communities to access funding. Working predominantly with the Voluntary and Community Sector, you will help groups navigate through the funding process. This role will be increasingly important as our communities recover from the impact of Coronavirus.

The role is greatly rewarding, seeing the impact the role can have on communities and the lives of residents. The role will be within the Community and Economic development team, with supportive and enthusiastic staff. There are also opportunities for training and development.

For an informal discussion please contact Andy Sanders, Community and Economic Development Manager, on 01684 272094. Closing date: Sunday, 7 June. Find out more at https://www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/job-vacancies/community-funding-officer

Domestic Abuse Behavioural Change Advisor & Group Facilitator

Splitz Support Service is looking for a female Domestic Abuse Behavioural Change Advisor & Group Facilitator for 18 hours a week preferably over 2 days. This rewarding role involves delivering an accredited programme of group work twice a week on two evenings in Gloucestershire, and providing 1-2-1 support for people not suitable or not yet suitable for the accredited programme. This 1-2-1 support will be culturally flexible, appropriate, accessible and equitable to people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, abilities and sexual orientations. There may be additional opportunities for sessional programme delivery.

Applicants must have a sound knowledge of domestic abuse and its impact and significant experience of delivering cognitive behaviour group programmes. Team work and writing accurate records and reports are essential to the role.

Closing date 9am on 1 June. To apply, please complete an application form demonstrating how your skills, knowledge and experience make you suitable for the role. Application packs are available at https://www.splitz.org/about-us/join-us/vacancies

Inclusion Gloucestershire is seeking a Training and Development Manager

18 hours per week. Permanent contract, subject to ongoing funding. Salary: £26,822 pro rata

To lead and develop the Dramatic Change project, Training offer and Easy Read Service, ensuring that staff are well supported, participants have a fully inclusive and positive experience of drama and training, and the project delivers against deadlines and targets to the highest possible standards.

This role will lead the Training and Development team in an exciting new 3-year project, funded by the National Lottery. Dramatic Change is Inclusion Gloucestershire’s drama team, who take an issues-based approach to developing information, advice, awareness-raising and training through drama and film productions that are co-produced by people with lived experience of disability, autism or mental ill health.

Find out more at https://www.inclusiongloucestershire.co.uk/training-and-development-manager/. If you would like to request a Job Pack, please email info@inclusion-glos.org. Closing date: Midnight 16 June.