Cyber Security for the voluntary and community sector

The Alliance is working with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to bring you a free event to discuss cyber security for charities and voluntary organisations. This will take place on Tuesday 2 April from 6-8pm at the Gloucestershire Deaf Association, Colin Road, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3JL.

The keynote speaker is John Noble CBE. He is a non-executive director on the NHS Digital Board leading for information and cyber security.

The meeting will cover:

  • Why organisations are compromised
  • High profile case studies
  • What does it mean for an organisation to be compromised
  • Charity guides for organisations / Where to go for help
  • Q&A

Book your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyber-security-for-the-voluntary-and-community-sector-tickets-57693213956

Mental health Crisis Care half day awareness course

These free training sessions are for members of staff who work in any health or care setting within Gloucestershire. This half-day course is designed to support mental health awareness for people from a range of services who provide front line support and build on their experience and knowledge of working with those presenting with mental health problems in crisis.

This training is funded and supported by the Gloucestershire Mental Health Crisis Concordat and by One Gloucestershire.

The training sessions are being run across the county until 22 March. To see dates, venues and to book, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–gloucester/mental-healh-crisis-care-awareness/. For queries please contact: Bronwen Williams at bronwen.williams5@nhs.net

An Introduction to Listening Skills

This course from Listening Post, is for those who wish to learn listening skills in order to help other people, whether in a voluntary, church or employed setting. No previous training or experience is required.

The 10 week course will run on Tuesdays from 19 March – 21 May, 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Alternatively from 28 May – 30 July, 6.30pm-9.00pm. Plus one Saturday Workshop, 10:00am – 4:00pm, held in Churchdown.

Cost: £165. Contact Listening Post for a booking form. 01452 383820, lpostcounselling@listeningpost.org.uk, www.listeningpost.org.uk

Live Better to Feel Better

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust is offering this self-management programme to anyone with a long-term health condition (for example: diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, anxiety, low mood, COPD, heart conditions, asthma, epilepsy, mental health conditions, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME, and arthritis).

‘Live Better to Feel Better’ is about finding ways and learning techniques, which enable you to control your long-term health condition, rather than having it control you.

Course dates and venues:

20 Mar, 27 Mar, 03 Apr, 10 Apr & 17 Apr at Cirencester Hospital, ARU Room

23 Apr, 30 Apr, 07 May, 14 May & 21 May at The Main Place, Coleford

Courses are free, run for five weeks and each session lasts three hours. To reserve a place, and to find out course times, please contact the “Live Better to Feel Better Team” on 0300 421 1623.

How to Coach Disabled People in Sport

On Saturday 23 March, 11.15am – 1.15pm at Gambier Parry Hall, Highnam, GL2 8DG. Cost: £20 (plus booking fee). Organised by Active Gloucestershire and delivered by UK Coaching. Book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-coach-disabled-people-in-sport-tickets-55630765116

Know Your Patch Workshop, Forest of Dean

On 26 March, 10am-1pm, Westbury Parish Hall, Westbury on Severn

The theme is loneliness and social isolation. Marketplace available for local organisations to promote their work.  To reserve your place, email contact@fvaf.org.ukor call 01594 822073.

Active Ageing Forum

On 27 March, 9.30am-12.30pm at Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road, Churchdown, GL3 2HJ

Run by Active Gloucestershire this county-wide network is designed for organisations, groups and individuals working with those aged with those aged over 60, but also will be of interest to those working with people approaching older age and in particular aged over 50.

This is an opportunity to come together to celebrate, promote, develop and enhance opportunities for older people across the county to be active every day and active for life!

Please book your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/active-ageing-forum-march-2019-tickets-53909187832.

Sow the Seeds for Mindful Gardening

A beginners’ class to dig in to the art of gardening at a local allotment. Runs from 27 March-8 May, 2-4pm at Croft Allotment, Moreton in Marsh. To book please contact Adult Education on 0800 542 1655 or email learn@gloucestershire.gov.uk.



Free Six-Week Photography for Wellbeing Courses:

Look Again at Nailsworth, Brimscombe, and Stroud

The Nelson Trust, Brimscombe. Starts 27 Mar 2pm to 4pm

Make It Studios, Stroud. Starts 8 May 10am to 12pm

Explore your local area and community and learn to take better photos. Exhibit your photos at Stroud Festival of Nature in July

The photography side of things is kept low tech. You can use any device you choose (mobile phone, tablet, camera). The course is for people aged 18+ and is suitable for all abilities. Only 10 places per course. For more information, to make a referral or to book contact Ruth Davey on ruth@look-again.org.

Home-Start: expanding support across Gloucestershire

Launching a new Home-Start scheme covering Tewkesbury, Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean. On 1 April, 10am-12.30pm, Highnam Community Centre, Newent Road, Highnam GL2 8DG. Please email enquirieshomestartnwglos@gmail.com if you wish to attend.


Breaking down barriers to music in Gloucestershire

A one-day inclusion conference curated by The Music Works. On 2 April 9.30am-4.30pm at The Pavilion, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham. Free of charge.

For anyone working with young people in music and beyond, or commissioning services with them: music tutors/leaders, teachers, SENCos, pastoral and inclusion staff, other professionals working with young people. Book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/music-inclusion-conference-2019-tickets-55211139003

Mental Health and Wellbeing Provider Stakeholder Event

On 3 April, 9.30am-1.30pm (timings to be confirmed) at Dowty’s Sports & Social Club

The next Mental Health & Wellbeing Partnership Stakeholder Event will focus on services and support for people with co-existing substance misuse and mental health conditions (sometimes referred to as ‘Dual Diagnosis’). Providers and commissioners will be sharing information about what is currently on offer for people with co-existing conditions; how 2gether and CGL (Change, Grow, Live) work together; and how support can be accessed. The event will also be an opportunity for attendees and partners to highlight and explore gaps and challenges and to identify opportunities for improvement. Further information, booking arrangements and a full agenda will be available in due course. Contact karen.taylor29@nhs.net if you need to know more at this stage.

Safeguarding Adults in Sport and Physical Activity

On 3 April, 6-9pm at the Pavilion in Cheltenham. Cost: £40 (plus a booking fee). Arranged by Active Gloucestershire.

This three-hour training course covers the essentials for safeguarding adults at risk in sport and physical activity for anyone working with and having direct responsibility for a participants welfare. It is aimed at Club Welfare Offices, Coaches and Volunteers. This course is being delivered by the Ann Craft Trust and attendees will receive certification.

Book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/safeguarding-adults-in-sport-and-physical-activity-training-tickets-57381894792

Healthwatch Gloucestershire seeks a Volunteer Officer

30 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Full time will be considered. £20,500 pro rata

We are looking for a Volunteer Officer to help support the volunteer team – someone who shares our passion and commitment to help make care better for our local communities in Gloucestershire.  You will oversee, co-ordinate and manage all elements of our volunteering programme. The role includes recruiting new volunteers, plus supporting and supervising volunteers in their roles and general administration.

For more information, please visit https://www.healthwatchgloucestershire.co.uk/about/vacancies/ or call 01452 504989. Closing date: midnight on 31 March.

GRCC Community Wellbeing Service team: Social Prescriber (North Cotswolds)

Permanent, full-time position; c. £20,000 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) dependent on experience

Social prescribing is a growing movement in England which can lead to a range of positive health and wellbeing outcomes for people, so this is an exciting time to join the GRCC Community Wellbeing Service team.

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 vacancy is for the role in the North Cotswolds.  It will provide an ideal career starter or progression opportunity for people from a variety of backgrounds and will be of particular interest to those from health and social care, sociology, psychology, community development and learning disciplines.

Full details including job description, person specification and application form can be found on the vacancies page of the GRCC website.  All applications must be submitted on the GRCC application form. Deadline: 11am on 2 April ; interviews: 8 April

Good Help seeks Administrator and Digital Support

Location: Stroud or home based. 12 month contract from April 2019 with aim to make permanent. 35 hours a week. Salary: £18,000-£24,000 depending on experience.

The purpose of the role is to provide administrative, research and digital support to the start-up Good Help social venture and Osca, one of the founding partners. This will be a key role in our small and growing team. You will have a real enthusiasm for administration, management and digital communications. You will be a self-starter who is able to work alone and in teams as necessary. You will need to have a passion for the Good Help project’s mission as well as great interpersonal skills and a refined intellect. Although this is a junior role, getting in at the start means the scope for growth is significant.

More information and how to apply available at https://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/good-help/administrator-and-digital-support/627484. Closing date: 4 April.

Volunteer with Sailability @ Whitefriars

In the Cotswold Water Park, Wednesdays, March to November 9am-4pm

Join our fun team of volunteers who make sailing possible for people with disabilities. We’re looking for more helpers both on and off the water, from administrative roles to on water safety cover, or even as a sailing instructor.  We are grateful for any time you can give and training will be provided.  For more information visit https://www.whitefriarssc.org/sailability/sailability-volunteer.php or email sailability@whitefriarssc.org.

Prince of Wales Award

The Prince of Wales Award is for organisations and initiatives run by the community for the community, and is supported by The Duchy of Cornwall with the Royal Bath and West of England Society. The competition offers projects the chance to win £1,000 along with the prestige that the endorsement brings.

Eligibility criteria for you to nominate your organisation:

  • Located in Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire or Gloucestershire
  • A community run organisation
  • Improving the lives of the whole or specific part of the local community
  • Sustainable

The award is open for nominations until 5 April. For more information or to apply, visit http://www.bathandwestsociety.com/grants-scholarships-conferences-awards/the-prince-of-wales-award

Nominations open for 2019 Local Business Charity Awards (Gloucestershire)

The Local Business Charity Awards (Gloucestershire) are open for nominations for the sixth year, sponsored by Jelf & Ageas.

  • The Jelf Award is open to any local Gloucestershire charity with an annual turnover of more than £200,000. Nominate your best corporate supporter to win £1,000.
  • The Ageas Award is open to any local Gloucestershire charity with an annual turnover of less than £200,000 a year. Nominate your best corporate supporter to win £1,000
  • The Individual Award. One entry will be accepted from any local Gloucestershire charity, regardless of income bracket. Nominate that one super special person, from a local Gloucestershire business, who always goes over and above to support your charity.

Find out how to make a nomination at https://www.localbusinesscharityawards.co.uk/gloucestershire.html. Entries are open until 12 July.

Support A Local Charity

‘Support A Local Charity’ aims to introduce small businesses to small charities who may be able to work together, offering not necessarily financial support but also skills share and mentoring. For instance sharing social media skills, offering meeting space, updating a website. For more information please visit https://www.localbusinesscharityawards.co.uk/support-a-local-charity-in-gloucestershire.html

Better Care Together

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and 2gether NHS Trust are planning a programme of events as they come together in one new organisation. These events are for colleagues, services users, partners and stakeholders. Better Care Together describes what the merger of the two organisations expects to achieve. The approach to developing the events will be co-production with colleagues, service users, carers, stakeholders and partners.  The first two events and key speakers are:

  • 8 May ‘Place and Partnerships’ – Rob Webster, Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2 July ‘Focus on Mental Health’ – Claire Murdoch, National Director for Mental Health and Chief Executive of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

Bookings to take part in these events will be available on Eventbrite in due course. If you are interested in being involved in the development and delivery of an event, please email hazel.braund@glos-care.nhs.uk

Gloucestershire Leaders Group

Gloucestershire Leaders Group is a peer to peer group, open to all leaders of independent Gloucestershire charities. This is a facilitated group, drawing from a range of tried and tested coaching techniques and business / organisational development principles. Each 2 hour session will focus on a specific topic such as Resilience, Organisational Structure, the Relationship between Leader and Trustees, Managing Change, Communication, Strategy and Vision, Sustainability, Financial Strategy. Find out more here.

Young Gloucestershire Training Calendar

Young Gloucestershire training sessions up until the end of March include Safeguarding, Managing Challenging Behaviour, Substance Misuse Screening Tool and Body Image. All sessions are at Greyfriars House, Greyfriars, Gloucester, GL1 1TS. To download the training calendar, please visit YG’s website and to book, please email hello@youngglos.org.uk.

GLOMAS Training Courses

Courses in our programme include:
Employment Support Allowance & Personal Independent Payments – 25 March
Welfare Benefits – an overview – 7 May
Helping Clients with Debt Problems – 17 June
Find out more about course content, cost and how to book at http://glomas.org.uk/training/

Gloucestershire Counselling Service – Open Day and Training

Open Day at GCS on 30 March 10 am – 1 pm at The Old Town Hall, Stroud.

A free event for anyone wanting to find out more about training with Gloucestershire Counselling Service. To find out more & reserve your place: email Training.Bookings@gloscounselling.org.uk or call 01453 766 310.

CPD & Specialist Training Events:
Working Therapeutically with Disordered Eating & Eating Disorders, 9 March, Understanding & Working with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Counselling, 27 April, Reflective Supervision Practice Group, 5 meetings starting on 3 May

To find out more and to book: email: Training.Bookings@gloscounselling.org.uk, visit: www.gloscounselling.org.uk or call 01453 766 310