Aphasia Conversation Group

There’s an Open Day for a new Aphasia Conversation Group on 27 February from 1pm-2.30pm at St Andrews Church Hall, Station Road, Churchdown.

The aim of the Open Day is to attract people who have had a Stroke and have Aphasia or other communication issues, who may like to attend a group, to have conversations and work on their speech and communication with trained volunteers.

Creative Sustainability will be working alongside the Speech Language Therapy team at Gloucester Royal who will be training volunteers in how to use speech and language techniques and tools to help converse with Group Members. If you would be interested in becoming a Conversation Partner volunteer, come and find out more.

Please spread the news of this free event to colleagues, friends and family and contact Helen@cscic.org 07742 653819 with any questions or for more information.

National Voices South West Social Prescribing VCSE workshop

National Voices are holding a regional South West workshop to capture the views of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector on social prescribing. Social prescribing, as described by the NHS and others, links people with health and care problems into practical and emotional support in communities and the voluntary sector. The workshop will take place on 5 March 2020, between 10am and 1pm at the South West Academic Health Science Network offices.

We are interested to hear about the experiences and perspectives of VCSE organisations on how social prescribing can fulfil its potential and improve the lives of people with health problems by better meeting their practical, social and emotional needs alongside their medical ones. This includes charities, social enterprises or other community-based organisations involved or looking to be involved in social prescribing in the South West. This could be in a role that links people with health problems into support and activities to improve wellbeing, a provider of such activities or as a community builder. If you would like to attend, please register through eventbrite and we will confirm your place as soon as possible: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-voices-south-west-social-prescribing-vcse-workshop-registration-89738976695

Public event: #SpeakUpGlos

Healthwatch Gloucestershire is holding a public event on 25 March, at University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus.

We will be raising awareness of the work we do and how it makes a difference to local people, and we will announce our priorities and work programme for the year ahead.  We will be encouraging people to speak up about their experiences of health and social care services in Gloucestershire and highlighting ways they can share their views and get involved with our work. Full details to follow.

Active Ageing Forum

This forum run by Active Gloucestershire will be a morning session followed by a networking lunch. The agenda will consist of a key note address, local updates, sharing sessions, networking time and a themed workshop.

On 31 March from 09.30am-1.00pm at the Hallmark Hotel Gloucester, Merlot Suite, Gloucester, GL4 6EA. Book your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/active-ageing-forum-march-2020-tickets-92686085577

Lunch is provided between 12-1, please include any dietary requirement on the booking. Please email Sarah Haden-Godwin at sarahhaden@activegloucestershire.org if you are unable to stay for lunch to help with numbers for catering.

Gloucester Know Your Patch Network

The next meeting is on the theme of Loneliness. It’s being held at the Walls Club in Barnwood on 22 April from 10am-12pm. Kingfisher Treasure Seekers (KFT) want to have lots of local clubs and groups represented to promote all that’s going on around Gloucester that might help to combat loneliness and isolation.

KFT are looking to promote local grassroots groups and regular activities that may not be well advertised outside their community. To book your place please visit https://www.kftseekers.org.uk/Event/findingcommunity?mc_cid=bc392b90ad&mc_eid=9573ca28ba


Vacancy for Chief Executive at The Churn Project, Cirencester

£38,480 FTE Permanent, Part Time (30 hours per week, with scope for flexible working)

The Trustees of the Churn Project, a well-established and highly regarded community charity, are looking for a new Chief Executive who is as motivated as we are by our purpose of supporting the most vulnerable and marginalised people in the Cirencester area. 

We need someone who will relish the opportunity to build on and develop The Churn’s success and strong reputation so that it continues to thrive in a period of change in the voluntary sector.

The person we’re looking for will be committed to our aim to help change lives and keen to lead a talented team to deliver our strategy and shape our plans in our next stage of development. You will be imaginative and forward thinking, able to work with and inspire a wide range of people and partners. Our ideal candidate will have senior level management experience, excellent communication and influencing skills and the proven ability to raise the profile of the organisation and build strong, productive partnerships.

Please contact Linda Davis, Office Manager, on 01285 380032 or email hr@thechurn.org.uk for an application pack and details of how to apply. For an informal chat about the role, contact Rosemary Lynn, Chair of Trustees, via The Churn Project office on 01285 380038. Closing date: 28 February.

Sedbury Space in partnership with Forest Voluntary Action Forum is looking to recruit a Community Centre Manager

Initially 12 hours a week (worked flexibly). Salary £21,508 – £25,809 pro rata, depending on experience and qualifications

Sedbury Space aims to enhance community cohesion and well-being through participation, volunteering and support. The Trustees seek to fulfil these aims with a variety of activities, catering for a wide range of ages, needs and interests.

The appointed post holder will be responsible for the day to day management of Sedbury Space and facilitating activities. The role includes volunteer management, communication and publicity, and assisting the Trustees in other administrative and financial tasks.

Visit https://www.sedburyspace.org.uk/ for more information about Sedbury Space. Find the job specification here and the application form here. Call 01594 822073 or e-mail contact@fvaf.org.uk for further details. Closing date is 5pm, 28 February.

Healthwatch Gloucestershire seeks Youth Engagement Officer

Full time (37.5 hours per week). Salary £21,119. 12 month fixed term contract or secondment opportunity

We are looking for a dynamic, experienced Youth Engagement Officer to lead an exciting new Young Listeners project.

At Healthwatch Gloucestershire we want to ensure that children and young people from across the county are listened to and heard by the people who buy, plan and run health and social care services in Gloucestershire.

You will lead the project and recruit, train and support a team of 10 young listeners who will in turn engage with other children and young people from across Gloucestershire offering a peer to peer engagement approach. 

Get in touch to find out more, call 01452 504989 or visit https://www.healthwatchgloucestershire.co.uk/about/vacancies/. Closing date: midnight on 8 March (revised date).

Gloucestershire Counselling Service seeks Head of Training

Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS) is a well-established, not-for-profit organisation providing a range of Counselling and Training services to secure the delivery and development of high-quality professional counselling in Gloucestershire.

We are seeking an innovative and skilled Head of Training to lead and develop our Training Services. We are looking for an experienced, credible and confident leader to ensure the ongoing delivery and development of our established and highly respected training services. With strategic and creative leadership, you will develop and implement our learning vision in line with the organisations charitable and strategic aims.

Hours: Part Time from 21 hours to 28 hours and has the potential to grow. Stroud based. Salary: £27,300 pro rata.

Find out more at https://gloscounselling.org.uk/vacancies/. Closing date: 12 March.

Social Prescriber (South Cotswolds) Part of the Community Wellbeing Service

GRCC is recruiting for the post of Social Prescriber for the South Cotswolds area. This area is within the Cotswold District Council boundary, south of Northleach.

You will work closely with individuals referred into the service, enabling them to improve their health and wellbeing through techniques such as motivational interviewing, health coaching and enabling them to form stronger connections with their local community.  The role also provides excellent opportunities for you to work with a variety of partners across the locality.

This Social Prescriber role will provide an ideal career starter or progression opportunity for people from a variety of backgrounds. It will be of particular interest to those from health and social care, sociology, psychology, community development and learning disciplines.

The role will be varied and allow you to develop and demonstrate skills in engagement, person centred, holistic approaches and forging effective links with partners. We want someone who has excellent interpersonal skills, can support people in a non-judgemental way, is a quick learner, adaptable and proactive.

This is a part-time post (14.4 hours per week).  You can find the application form, job description and person specification at https://www.grcc.org.uk/work-for-us/social-prescriber-south-cotswolds. Closing date: 10am on 20 March. 

GLOMAS (Gloucestershire Money Advice Service) Training Programme Spring 2020

This programme offers courses in Benefits and Money Advice designed for colleagues working as advisors or carers. Future courses include:

  • Introduction to Benefits for European Nationals 27 February
  • Benefits Overview 20 April
  • ‘Sickness benefit’ under ESA and Universal Credit 7 May
  • Personal Independence Payment 8 June
  • Universal Credit 6 July

All courses cost per day (inc VAT) Voluntary £108, Statutory £144, Commercial £198

You can find full details at http://glomas.org.uk/training/, or email margaret.hayes@gloscab.org.uk or call 01452 527202 x 236.