Gloucestershire Mental Health, Sport and Physical Activity Forum

This forum meets for the third time on 21 November from 2-4.30pm and is open to all. Bring your ideas about what could happen in Gloucestershire to improve and enhance physical activity opportunities and to promote good mental health. For further details and to book a place go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gloucestershire-mental-health-and-physical-activity-group-tickets-39292653384

Gloucester City Council Winter Get Together

The City Council would like to invite all Gloucester VCS Organisations to a Winter Get Together on 29 November from 2-5pm at North Warehouse, The Docks.  This is to meet the new Community Wellbeing team, design our future working relationship and register for the Gloucester Lottery (for those that would like to and haven’t done it yet).  Drinks and festive snacks will be provided and there will be plenty of time to network.  Please let us know you are coming by emailing Isobel.edwards@gloucester.gov.uk  We look forward to seeing you all at the end of the month!

Age UK Gloucestershire AGM

We’re delighted to invite you to our AGM on 8 December from 10am-12pm when we will reflect on our progress in the last year and welcome some guest speakers exploring different aspects of how we can make Gloucestershire the best county (or Earth the best planet…) in which to grow older.

The event is at the SkillZONE, Tuffley Lane, Gloucester GL4 0AS. Attendees will be able to have a short tour of the village after the AGM concludes.

Please let Bridget Kemp (BKemp@ageukgloucestershire.org.uk) know if you intend to come. There is limited space so we need to keep track of numbers.  You are also welcome to join us for our carol concert at the Cathedral, starting at 2pm that afternoon.

Healthy Homes Project

The Clinical Commissioning Group has commissioned this service from Citizens Advice Gloucester. It will provide advice and support from people in, or at risk of, fuel poverty. They service is available county-wide. The Healthy Homes Project gives advice and assistance on welfare benefits, debt and energy issues to keep clients warm and healthy in their own home.  Find out more here. Contact the Healthy Homes Team, call 01452 527202 option 2 or email healthyhomes@gloscab.org.uk

Vacancy at Emmaus Gloucestershire for Operations Manager

This is a key full-time role reporting to the Chief Executive.  The Operations Manager will work with the Business Manager and Community Manager to oversee the delivery of day to day operations and to support new projects and developments. This means managing the internal and outsourced Finance, IT, Property and HR functions, and line managing the in-house finance team, administrator and property maintenance coordinator. Closing date: 27 November. Details at https://www.emmaus.org.uk/gloucestershire/get_involved/opportunities_at_emmaus_gloucestershire/3710_operations_manager

Vacancy at Gloucestershire Counselling Services for Head of Finance

We are seeking an innovative and skilled Head of Finance to lead and develop our Finance operations. We are looking for an experienced, credible and confident accounting professional to ensure the ongoing delivery of an established and highly respected counselling service and training organisation. This is an ideal opportunity for an ambitious person with energy and intellect to develop and continually improve our accounting systems and financial reporting. This is a part-time role in the region of 20 hours per week and is supported by finance administration. Offering a salary of £25-£28,000 pro rata (full time hours 35 hrs/week), plus a annual leave entitlement of 25 day plus bank holidays. Please contact info@gloscounselling.org.uk for an application pack, of further information. Closing Date: midday on 27 November.

Vacancy at Gloucestershire Young Carers for Young Carer and Family Locality Worker

Forest of Dean/Gloucester Locality – 22 hours based in Forest and Gloucester
Salary: Scale H, Pt 26 – 28 (£23,398 – £25,951) pro rata
Permanent contract subject to funding

The successful candidate will be responsible for undertaking assessment visits with young carers and their families to identify their needs and develop a support plan.  We are looking for an experienced professional with proven ability in communicating sensitively with children, young people and their families.  You will hold a relevant qualification at a minimum NVQ 3 or equivalent. You will work primarily in The Forest of Dean and Gloucester, based at our offices in those localities, but will be comfortable travelling throughout the county as required. Availability out of school hours is essential.

For further information please call Karen James or Mandy Bell on 01452 733060.  For an application pack please visit: www.glosyoungcarers.org.uk. Closing Date: 10 am on 8 December 2017.

Gloucester Young Person’s Award

Councillor Dawn Melvin is looking for nominations to put to the Mayor of Gloucester for the Gloucester Young Person’s Award. Nominations are open for any young person (under 17 years of age) living in Gloucester who has shown exceptional effort and perseverance in any aspect of their lives.

Please send your nominations to Dawn.Melvin@gloucester.gov.uk or civics@gloucester.gov.uk by the end of November.

Forest Voluntary Action Forum Training Schedule

FVAF are delighted to offer an extensive training programme available throughout the Forest of Dean.  The training is open to anyone and youth sector courses are heavily subsidised by the Forest of Dean District Council.  Training includes safeguarding – for children and adults, food safety, first aid at work, volunteer management, how to measure success and much more.  Further details here: Forest Voluntary Action Forum Training FINAL.

Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.  These free courses are for everyone aged 16 upwards.  Find more about the courses here and dates and booking here.
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a free two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training, anyone 16 or older can learn to use the ASIST model.  Find dates and how to book at ASIST courses 2017 – 2018.

For further information on either course, please contact Isabel Romero at Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire on 0800 122 3788 or Isabel.romero@hlsglos.org.

GLOMAS training

Forthcoming courses from Gloucestershire Money Advisory Service (GLOMAS) include Welfare Benefits – an Overview, Benefits Updater, Personal Independence Payments – the Basics, Welfare Benefits for Clients with Disabilities, Universal Credit and Welfare Benefits for Older People. Find out more at http://glomas.org.uk/training or call 01452 527202 x 202.

Gloucestershire Counselling Service

Introduction to Listening & Counselling Skills Training.  Boost your listening skills at work or at home. A great course too if you are thinking of training to be a counsellor. Courses running in Stroud & Cheltenham. Visit: www.gloscounselling.org.uk/training

CPD & Specialist Training Events led by top trainers in their field, including: Quiet Psychosis by Elizabeth O’Loughlin on 25 November, Certificate in Supervision by Robin Shohet (part-time year-long course 1 December) Couples, Affairs, Internet & Porn by Suzanna McKenzie & Madeleine Woof on 20 January visit: www.gloscounselling.org.uk/events-and-workshops. Contact: training@gloscounselling.org.uk Tel: 01453 766 310.

Training event from GRCC

Good Governance and Organisational Management – Strategy for Change on 6 December at GRCC offices. £50 per attendee.Find out more at http://www.grcc.org.uk/news-events/events. All places must be booked in advance at bookings@grcc.org.uk or 01452 528491.

Training available from Young Gloucestershire

Young Gloucestershire has published its training calendar for 2018.  Sessions include What is Good Youth Work, Managing Challenging Behaviour, Substance Misuse Screening Tool, and Body Image.  All sessions will be at Greyfriars House, Greyfriars, Gloucester, GL1 1TS. To download the training calendar, go to YG’s website and to book, please email hello@youngglos.org.uk.

Stroud District Council Housing Advice Training

Stroud District Council is offering free training for professionals who operate in the district and want to learn more about housing options available. The aim is to raise awareness of the work of the Housing Advice Team at Stroud District Council and enable participants to offer better support to their clients with any housing related issues. All sessions will be held from 10am-12pm at the Council Offices, Ebley Mill. Spaces are limited to 14 per session.  The sessions are:

  • Homeseeker Plus the new choice-based letting scheme, on 5 December
  • Preventing Homelessness on 6 December
  • Homelessness on 14 December

To book please contact the Housing Advice Team on Homelessness.prevention@stroud.gov.uk or 01453 754078