Gloucestershire Carers Engagement Workshops

Gloucestershire County Council and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) would like to hear from both carers and those they care for, about the support that carers need to help them continue in their caring role.

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

All adult carers are invited to attend a workshop so that the County Council and CCG can find out what support is currently like for carers and how to improve this in the future.  There will be separate events for young carers and young adult carers.

To apply for a place at one of the remaining workshops, please contact commissioningadmin@gloucestershire.gov.uk or phone 01452 328598.

  • 19 March, 2-4pm, for Cotswold District, at The George Moore Community Centre, Moore Road, Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 2AZ
  • 19 March, 2-4pm for Tewkesbury District at Tewkesbury Day Centre, Station Road, Tewkesbury GL20 5DR
  • 20 March, 10am-12pm for Black and Asian and other Minority Ethnic groups at The Friendship Café, Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester GL4 6PR
  • 21 March, 10am-12pm for Parent Carers at Carers Gloucestershire, Messenger House 35 St Michael’s Square, Gloucester, GL1 1HX
  • 28 March, 10.00-12.00 for Stroud District at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Stratford Road, Stroud, GL5 4AH
  • 29 March, 10.00-12.00 for Cheltenham District at The Pavilion, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham GL51 6PN

Developing a Housing with Care Strategy for Gloucestershire

Housing with Care is housing where there are people on site or nearby who can meet care needs of people living there. The housing with care strategy will give guidance to planning authorities and developers on the need for this type of housing in Gloucestershire.

There will be a Carers Engagement Session at Carers Gloucestershire, St Michaels Square, Gloucester on 20 March from 11am-1pm.  You will meet County Council staff, hear about improving housing with care, see examples of different options and discuss what is important to you when planning this type of housing. Contact housingwithcare@gloucestershire.gov.uk or phone 01452 328669/328597 for more information.

Priors Park Neighbourhood Project Community Open Day

This will take place on 20 March from 12pm – 3.30pm. The event is to showcase training courses/projects/other opportunities being delivered locally and at Priors Park Neighbourhood Project.  It is a great chance for local residents to let us know the sort of activities they would like to see here at the Jubilee II Centre.


GEM Project and Sustainability

GEM has now been delivering outcomes for vulnerable people across Gloucestershire for over a year with what we feel is great success. However we are now at a critical point where we need to evaluate the difference the project has made to people and organisations across the county and to look at how we can build upon our learning from the project.

Gloucestershire County Council and the VCS Alliance would like to invite you to a workshop on 22 March at National Star College, Ullenwood, 10am to 12pm to look at what difference GEM has made and how we can sustain this beyond the programme funding. This will be the first of at least two workshops and your input is really essential to help us to shape our plans.

If you would like to take part, please email either vikki.walters@gloucestershire.gov.uk or info@glosvcsalliance.org.uk so that we can arrange catering.

Resilience and Strategy for Sustainability – Change Skills for People and Organisations

On 22 March from 1-4.30pm at The Growth Hub, Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester

RCE Severn invites you to a free, fun and interactive workshop, delivered with RCE partners Caplor Horizons, a Hereford-based international development charity focused on sustainability.  The workshop will use practical tools and creative ideas to help people and organisations rethink their resilience and strategies for sustainability.

The session is open to all, with an emphasis on the role and challenges of the third sector, plus discussion about how the RCE Severn network can support and connect local action towards the UN global sustainability goals. Find out more at RCE CH Seminar March2018. To book please contact Barbara Rainbow Sustainability Coordinator, brainbow@glos.ac.uk, tel 01242 715395.

Gloucestershire Active Inclusion Network 

On 23 March 10am-1pm in Cirencester.  Run by a partnership between Active Gloucestershire and Active Impact, GAIN brings together people who want to create more choice for disabled people in Gloucestershire to access a range of physical activity, sports, creative and recreational activities. It’s free to attend but you must book at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aiming-high-and-gain-forum-tickets-43404097825.

GDPR Workshop – Practical Help to Become Compliant

On 26 March in Stroud

If implementing the new General Data Protection Regulation before the 25 May deadline feels a bit overwhelming, the ‘Get ready for GDPR’ one-day workshop offers the guidance and help you need. It’ll also explain how to turn this necessity into a marketing advantage. This one-day workshop will walk you through the legislation’s new requirements and provide step-by-step processes and templates for use on the day plus back in your office. Practical sessions are included during the day when Tony Betts from ICT Futures and Caroline Aistrop of Green Spark Marketing will help you begin planning and preparing its introduction into your organisation. Cost: £99 per person for Third Sector organisations. For more details, visit http://www.greensparkmarketing.co.uk/training.html.

Gloucestershire Mental Health and Physical Activity Forum

On 27 March from 2.00pm-4.30pm at Manor House, 162 Barnwood Road, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3JX.

Run jointly by Active Gloucestershire and the VCS Alliance, this forum so will be of interest to people and organisations that wish to help develop more choices and opportunities that can positively affect people’s mental health.  The meeting aims to help people understand existing opportunities, and also to identify how we could improve access to physical activity opportunities. This forum will also explore opportunities for women at risk of mental ill health and the challenges they face, and explore the best way to map existing provision.

More details and book your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gloucestershire-mental-health-and-physical-activity-forum-tickets-43401942378.

Youth and Community Work in Transition seminar

The Universities of Gloucestershire and Worcester are working together to host a youth work practice event. It is being held at the University of Worcester on 20 April between 10am-3.00pm.

Significant changes in the economic and social environment have resulted in the re-evaluation of roles and relationships within the profession, with young people and across communities. Within this context, state funded youth work is having to redefine its place alongside an expanded role for voluntary and community sector agencies. This places new demands on practitioners, organisations, local authorities, and training agencies.  This seminar will initiate a conversation using the three horizons framework to explore and profile how practitioners and agencies are managing the transition. Our intention is the conversation will result in innovative policies and practices for the region and provide the basis for future collaboration.

Full seminar details and booking available at: www.policyandpracticeseminar-worcester.eventbrite.co.uk.


Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership Manager

The Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership (GLNP) is seeking a dynamic individual. The ideal candidate must be a highly effective partnership manager and able to facilitate and deliver collaborative cross-sectorial initiatives to benefit nature, people and the economy. Details here. Closing date: 5pm on 19 March.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust – Head of Community Programmes

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is seeking a highly motivated and innovative individual to lead the Trust’s community programmes. The aim is to provide opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to experience, connect with and take action for nature. Details here. Closing date: 30 March

Hope Support Services Job Vacancy: Clinical Supervisor

Job Type – self-employed. Location – flexible. Hourly rate to be negotiated.

Hope is a charity based in Ross on Wye which works across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire to support young people when a close family member is diagnosed with a life threatening illness.

We require a Supervisor to provide supervision for frontline staff.  You will need to have: a recognised supervisory qualification; experience of supervision and of working with young people; knowledge of a range of statutory and independent sector services; and current knowledge of child and vulnerable adult protection/safeguarding issues. The position is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

For more information please contact 01989 566317 and ask to speak to Clare Thomas or email: clare.thomas@hopesupport.org.uk. Closing date: 6 April.

National Lottery Awards

The National Lottery Awards are the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. There are seven categories that you can enter, reflecting the different types of projects that benefit from National Lottery funding: Art, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sport and Charity/Voluntary.

You can nominate your favourite project or put your own forward.  All entries must have received National Lottery funding, at any time since the Lottery started in 1994.

Winners receive a £5,000 prize for their project and star in a television show on BBC One. The deadline for entries is midnight on 6 April. Nominate your project here.

Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire

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, please contact Isabel Romero at Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire on 0800 122 3788 or Isabel.romero@hlsglos.org.

Developing a Pressure Ulcer: Are you or someone you care for at risk? If it’s red, react!

A pressure ulcer (sometimes called a bedsore or pressure sore) is when your skin and underlying tissue gets damaged. You may see changes in skin colour or feel soreness. Pressure ulcers are caused by poor circulation to tissues due to a combination of the following factors:

  • Pressure – constant pressure between a surface and part of the body, usually over bony areas – heels, hips, bottom
  • Shear – when layers of skin are forced to slide over one another, for example when you slide down or are pulled up a bed or chair
  • Friction – rubbing of the skin

Anyone can get a pressure ulcer, of any age young or old, but the people who are most at risk are the elderly and those in ill health.

There are leaflets and posters available for display in your venues, sharing with your groups, partners or members.  Support Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust in educating our whole community to identify and react to pressure ulcers.

If you would like printed copies of the leaflets for distributing, please email Katie.parker@glos-care.nhs.uk.

Training from Gloucestershire Counselling Service

Families & Beyond: An Introduction to Systemic Thinking 20 April, 11 & 25 May & 8 June. For anyone working with children and/or families and keen to learn new ways of thinking about families and other close relationships. Relevant for therapists, teachers, youth workers, carers, counsellors, health workers, for those in a team leader role or for professionals working with children and families within the voluntary or statutory sectors.

The GCS – Tavistock & Portman Open Day, 28 April, 10 am – 2 pm at Stroud Subscription Rooms. A free event for anyone wanting to find out more about The Postgraduate Certificate in Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Wellbeing: Multidisciplinary Practice.

For all events, please book at training.bookings@gloscounselling.org.uk or tel: 01453 766 310. For the Full CPD Programme visit: www.gloscounselling.org.uk/events-and-workshops

Training available from Young Gloucestershire

Training from Young Gloucestershire  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.