Winchcombe Voluntary and Community Forum

On Friday 28 July at Encounter Church from 10:15am – 12noon.  The Forum aims to provide a structure for voluntary sector, local authority and public sector organisations providing services in the Winchcombe area to meet to improve and develop service provision to the community.

The Forum is intended to complement the quarterly meetings organised by Tewkesbury Borough Council. It also aims to provide an opportunity for county-wide organisations to meet with local bodies (voluntary and statutory) that may not regularly attend the borough forum meetings to discuss local issues.

Please email Ron Wienand at manager@encounterchurch.org.uk if you plan to attend

Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity

This course will give participants a broad understanding of mental health issues and their impact on participation in sport and physical activity. Taking place on 3 August from 5.30pm-8.30pm at Longfield, Education and Training, Burleigh Lane, Minchinhampton, GL5 2PQ signposted off the A419 into Burleigh lane. The course is free of charge, and is delivered by Trust in You. To book please visit http://www.activegloucestershire.org/training-and-courses/.

Volunteer Fundraiser needed for Ronan’s Trust

The role will be an average of half a day a week with the possibility of it becoming a paid position as and when funding can be found.

Ronan’s Trust is a registered charity based in Gloucestershire. It provides nurture and support to those who have suffered a close family bereavement through gardening together, and having the opportunity to join our craft workshops. It offers a nurturing environment in which families can “be busy together” with others in a similar position. Working together on the land and through crafts offers the opportunity for people to create friendships and reduce stress.

For further details contact Emma Tyer ronanstrust.org@gmail.com. www.ronanstrust.org.

Volunteering opportunities available at Emmaus Gloucestershire

For shop assistants, furniture upcyclers, drivers, drivers’ mates, jewellery and bric a brac sorters. All relevant training will be provided. Opportunities for as many hours or days as you can spare. Job role descriptions and a volunteer application form are available at https://www.emmaus.org.uk/gloucestershire/get_involved/opportunities_at_emmaus_gloucestershire.

The Fruit Exchange seeks volunteer fruit wardens

The Fruit Exchange is back for the third year looking to save more fruit (and veg and nuts) than ever and hope you can help to spread the word. They are looking to recruit volunteer ‘fruit wardens’ to help do this. A huge amount of fruit goes to waste every year in people’s gardens, allotments and in the countryside. The Fruit Exchange connects people who have surplus fruit and other fresh produce with businesses which are willing to use it. For more information visit: http://www.downtoearthstroud.co.uk/growing-together/the-fruit-exchange1/fruit-wardens/

Mental Health & Wellbeing Stakeholder Event

The event will focus on Personality Disorders with two keynote speakers: Rex Haigh FRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist in Medical Psychotherapy, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Paul Jennings, Mental Health Team and Project Lead – High Intensity Network Hampshire Police.

It will take place on 4 September at the Kingfisher Church, Moor Street, Tredworth, Gloucester, GL1 5QQ, starting at 10 am until around 3.30 pm. Coffee/tea and a light lunch will be provided.  There will be more networking and a BBQ from 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm.

Please contact Karen Taylor at the Clinical Commissioning Group by Friday 18 August to book your place for the event or event and BBQ. Please advise any dietary or special requirements. Email Karen.taylor29@nhs.net or call 0300 421 1503.

“Keeping Us Safe” Suicide Crisis Conference

A conference about the work of the services outside the NHS who help to prevent suicides, and how members of the public can also help. Featuring “Mental Health Cop” Inspector Michael Brown, Mark Smith, National Lead on Suicide Prevention at the British Transport Police and representatives from Network Rail’s suicide prevention programme.

On Thursday 7 September 10.00am – 4.00pm at Gloucester Guildhall. For further details or to reserve a place email: contact@suicidecrisis.co.uk.

Inclusive Sports Activities

  • Athletics Club starting 28 July for 8 consecutive weeks. Open to anyone under 25 with a learning disability. At Prince of Wales Stadium, Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham. Free of charge. Beginners and siblings welcome.
  • 3 for all Multi-Sports Day on 22 August from 10am-4pm at Dene Magna School, Forest of Dean. Activities for those with physical and learning disabilities. Visit http://www.3forall.eventbrite.co.uk to find out more and book a place.
  • Football Festival on 1 October from 10am-3pm at Dean Close School, Cheltenham.
  • Special Olympics Sports Day on 24 October at Leisure @ Cheltenham, Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham from 9.30am-3.30pm. Try over 10 different sports including adapted cycling, boccia, football and tennis. Half-term activity for all the family for all ages.

For more information, please contact Jenny at jennyrutter@activegloucestershire.org or call 0754 035 396.

New Sport for Development degree

Active Communities Network with the University of Gloucestershire have developed a new degree to reflect the growing needs within the sport for development / youth work sectors. The BSc (Hons) Professional Practice: Sport for Development is open for learners to apply into for the academic year 2017/18. Recruitment is being managed by Active Communities Network and the course will be delivered as a closed professional development course. Find more details on the course, fees, and how to register here. Applications open until 4 August 2017.

Gloucestershire Wheels For All Inclusive Cycling sessions for Fun and Fitness

Regular sessions at the Blackbridge Athletics track, Podsmead, Gloucester GL2 5AB on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday afternoons. Extra sessions in July and August at the Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham and Cannop Cycle Centre in the Forest of Dean. Ending at the Cheltenham Festival of Cycling on 9 September in Pittville Park. For more information, visit Gloucestershire Wheels For All Facebook page, call 07393 867572 or email maryclare@inclusivecyclingglos.co.uk.

Inclusive Community Training

Active Gloucestershire is offering Inclusive Community Training Workshops across Gloucestershire.  Training is available to improve skills, know-how and confidence in delivering sports-based and physical activity to disabled people.

The course is aimed at non-traditional or less experienced sporting groups for example youth workers, volunteers, carers, healthcare professionals and community groups. Those who attend must be actively working with disabled people, older adults or long term health conditions.

Workshops available until the end of September 2017.  For further details click here. To attend a workshop or for other information contact Sarah Haden at Active Gloucestershire on sarahhaden@activegloucestershire.org or 01452 393605

GLOMAS training

Gloucestershire Money Advisory Service (GLOMAS) runs courses on Benefits updates, Supporting Clients with Financial Capability Skills, Welfare Benefits for Clients with Disabilities, and Introduction to Benefits for European Nationals. Find out more at http://glomas.org.uk/training or call 01452 527202 x 236.

Training from Young Gloucestershire

Find out more at https://www.youngglos.org.uk/community-involvement/training. To book email hello@youngglos.org.uk.

Gloucestershire Counselling Service

GCS is running an Introduction to Counselling & Listening Skills course on 12-13 August in Gloucester.  Find out more about all their training on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GCSSTROUD or visit www.gloscounselling.org.uk/training. To book please contact Training@gloscounselling.org.uk, 01453 766310.

Training courses from Listening Post

What is Counselling? Introduction to Listening Skills and Theory. CPCAB Foundation Course in Counselling Skills (Level 2) and Studies (Level 3). CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 4). Further details on the Listening Post Website, http://www.listeningpost.org.uk/en-gb/counsellingtraining.aspx