Make a difference with Victim Support

Victim Support volunteers give their time to help people move beyond crime. They are currently recruiting new volunteers and holding information sessions at:

Stroud, 10am-12pm on 18 January in the Kendrick Room, Stroud Subscription Rooms

Gloucester, 10am-12pm on 20 January at The Friendship Café

If you would like to find out more, go to one of the sessions or contact the office on 01452 317450 or email adminglos@victimsupport.org.uk.

Lived experience of mental health difficulties?

MHELO and Kingfisher Treasure Seekers are co-hosting an event on 17 January from 3.30pm to 5.30pm at Chuckaboos, The Cavern, 52 Westgate Street, Gloucester for anyone with lived experience of mental health difficulties to discuss experiences of local community and voluntary services.  Please contact info@mhelo.co.uk for more details.


‘Know Your Patch’ Workshops – Growing Thriving Communities

The purpose of these networking and information sessions is to improve the County Council, District Council and Health Service’s awareness and understanding of your work; to connect you with other individuals and organisations who may have similar aims or experience; and come up with some practical actions to support you and our communities more effectively.

We will also be sharing the findings from the Community Wellbeing Survey carried out by the County Council in July 2017.  We are keen to understand if these findings resonate with you and to get your thoughts on how we might contribute to addressing them.

Forest of Dean on 18 January from 9.30am – 12.30pm in Coleford. Please email naomi.stanley@gloucestershire.gov.uk if you wish to attend.

Cheltenham on 31 January from 9.30am – 12.30pm at Cheltenham Race Course, Sovereign Suite, Evesham Road, Cheltenham GL50 4SH. If you’d like to attend please email Jilly Beale, jilly.beale@gloucestershire.gov.uk with your name, role and organisation by 19 January.

If you have any questions please contact: Diana Billingham, Lead Commissioner (Prevention) Public Health, Diana.billingham@gloucestershire.gov.uk, Gloucestershire County Council. Or for the Forest of Dean: Tess Tremlett, Community Engagement Manager, Tess.Tremlett@fdean.gov.uk, Forest of Dean District Council and Community Wellbeing Service. Or for Cheltenham: Steve Long, Service Manager, Community Wellbeing Service Cheltenham & Tewkesbury , steve.long@ccp.org.uk.

Cotswolds Youth Networking Event

For people, projects and organisations who care about children and young people on 22 January at the George Moore Community Centre in Bourton on the Water between 4:30 -6:30pm.

The event is organised by World Jungle and supported by Cotswold District Council. Speakers include Young Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire Mentoring & Support Service, Prospects Services, Cotswold District Council and others talking about how they help young people and what support they can provide. It will include issues looking at funding, how to engage young people in decision making and also good tips on how to design youth & play spaces.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, click here or email jane@worldjungle.org.uk or phone 07889512644.

Credit Unions in and around Tewkesbury

Al Jack from Gloucestershire Credit Union is keen to raise awareness of credit unions in and around Tewkesbury.  He will be talking about what credit unions do and what they can offer on 24 January from 12-1pm at Priors Park Neighbourhood Project, York Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5HU (next to Queen Margaret Primary School). To find out more contact priorsparknp@gmail.com.

Tewkesbury VCS Forum on 30 January

This forum is designed for VCS organisations that operate in Tewkesbury Borough. It is an opportunity to share knowledge, experience and opportunities.

The next meeting is on 30 January from 10am to 12pm in Tewkesbury Public Service Centre (Tewkesbury Council Offices). The theme will be community funding opportunities and Tony Solomon, Gem Project Opportunity Hunter, will give an update on the GEM Project.  Please contact Martha.Mundy@tewkesbury.gov.uk if you wish to attend.

Gloucestershire 2050: The Big Launch

Ambitious plans for the future of Gloucestershire will be unveiled at the launch of the Big Conversation on 1 February, 3pm to 6pm at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The Big Launch event is for residents and organisations from across the county. It has been organised by the University of Gloucestershire on behalf of Leadership Gloucestershire, a partnership of the county’s leading public sector organisations.

The event will include the announcement of eight potential ambitions for the future of the county and six major projects that could radically transform the county’s reputation on the national and international stage as well as delivering significant improvements in the quality of life for local people.

The Big Launch marks the opening of a six-month programme of public engagement activity to develop the vision and collect alternative ideas from residents and organisations.  To find out more and book your place, visit https://glos2050.com/.

VCS Event – Facing the Future

A GRCC event for small / medium sized voluntary and community organisations in Gloucestershire to consider new trends and opportunities to aid sustainability and make those vital links.

1 February at the Pavilion, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham from 1pm – 3.30pm. The programme will involve presentations and workshops. To find out more visit http://www.grcc.org.uk/news-events/events/profile/facing-the-future.

Active Ageing Local District Meetings

Active Gloucestershire has arranged Active Ageing local district meetings during February. The meetings will be most useful for those working to increase opportunities for older people in Gloucestershire to become physically active. There are four meetings covering the six areas of the county, each meeting has a separate booking page. The next countywide Active Ageing Forum will be in May. For more information, please contact Sarah Haden-Godwin on sarahhaden@activegloucestershire.org. 

Vacancy for a Community Builder in Kingsholm

Roots CIC are looking to recruit a community builder to work in and around the area of Kingsholm. An initial 2-year contract. 17,600pa for 4 days per week

The role’s initial remit is to research and establish a deep understanding of the area, working with local residents and existing organisations to identify the key community assets and strengths. To then assess with partners the best means of building more cohesive community that will ultimately lead to a less isolated, healthier, connected community.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/RootsCoffeeCommunity/ or http://www.rootscoffee.org.uk/people. Closing date: 26 January.

Administrative support vacancy at Ronan’s Trust

Ronan’s Trust provides opportunities for bereaved individuals and families to meet in small groups and work together in gardens and on land based projects, as well as offering natural craft activities.

The Trust is looking for an individual with administrative experience, a good knowledge of technology, great communication skills and a positive ‘can-do’ attitude to provide support to our CEO. This self-employed position would initially be for four hours per week, at a rate of £10 per hour, but this may flex. The role offers plenty of variety, from identifying potential funding streams and preparing bid submissions, producing leaflets and marketing materials, event mailouts and data collation in line with the new data protection laws.

To find out more click Ronan’s Trust Admin Assistant Jan 2018 or contact Emma Tyer at ronanstrust.org@gmail.com. Closing date: 1 February.

National Citizen Service Summer Programme Opportunities

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a youth programme for 16 and 17 year olds that aims to create a more cohesive, engaged and responsible society. Participants experience residential activities and team-based skill building sessions before developing their own Social Action Project.

Young Gloucestershire is delivering NCS to over 1000 young people from across Gloucestershire from 16 July-31 August.  We are looking for organisations in the local community that could ‘host’ a team of 15 young people – find out more on the flyer (left).

As well as space to deliver the programme, we are also looking for over 150 staff to work for a 4 week period over the summer. Do you have volunteers or staff who are looking to gain different experiences working with young people? If you can help with either space or people, please contact Niki Clarke at Niki.Clarke@youngglos.org.uk.

Face to Face Energy Efficiency Advice for Vulnerable Consumers

Until March 2018, Warm and Well are delivering an outreach programme as part of the Big Energy Saving Network. We are offering face to face energy advice and assistance to vulnerable consumers on tariff switching and accessing funding and support.

We are interested in attending events you may have planned, where we could engage with vulnerable people, including people over 60, people on low incomes and/or on benefits, people with disabilities or long term health conditions, and those without internet access.  We can offer 1-1 advice as well as short interactive presentations, ideally you will have 20 or more participants. To book a session, please email Warm and Well on warmandwell@severnwye.org.uk, including a few dates and times to suit you. We will then contact you to make a firm booking.

We also offer free energy advice and home visits, and grants for insulation, heating and boiler replacements (subject to funding and eligibility criteria).  The Warm and Well advice line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm – 0800 500 3076

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.

Forest Voluntary Action Forum Training Schedule

FVAF is offering 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.

Gloucestershire Counselling Service training & CPD

The GCS Open Day on 3 February is a free event for anyone interested in counselling skills training  – from introductory level through to highly acclaimed courses in specialised areas of therapeutic work (Child & Family, Couples, Supervision & CPD). Expect a lively, enjoyable event where you can get free training & counselling career advice, course information, a reduced-price book stall as well as tea & biscuits!  10 am – 1 pm at The Old Town Hall, Stroud. The event is free but you need to book a place: training@gloscounselling.org.uk  tel: 01453 766 310 www.gloscounselling.org.uk/training

CPD & Specialist Training Events at GCS : led by top trainers in their field, including: Couples, Affairs, Internet & Porn on 20 January, Traumatic Grief on 27 January, Endings on 17 February and Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy also on 17 February. Visit: www.gloscounselling.org.uk/events-and-workshops

Courses from Gloucestershire Money Advisory Service (GLOMAS)

Universal Credit on 29 January. This course examines the structure of universal credit, how it will be calculated and administered, and explores which groups will gain, compared to the present system, and which will be relatively worse off. It is aimed at advice worker level.

Benefits Updater on 5 February. This course will bring you up to date with recent and imminent changes in regulations, case law and policy and practice.

Welfare Benefits for Older People on 13 February. An introductory course aimed at those working with older people who would like a clear overview of the benefits system for this client group.

Find out more at http://glomas.org.uk/training or call 01452 527202 x 202.

Training available from Young Gloucestershire

Training from Young Gloucestershire in 2018 includes What is Good Youth Work, Managing Challenging Behaviour, Safeguarding, Substance Misuse and Body Image.  All sessions will be at Greyfriars House, Gloucester, GL1 1TS. To download the training calendar, go to YG’s website and to book, please email hello@youngglos.org.uk.