The power of young people’s voices – International Day of Young People

On 12 August, 12-1.30pm

This session will explore how civil society and local authorities can harness the power of young people’s voices and use their unique insights and experiences to inform how we work

Featuring members of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Young People in the Lead team, the session will be chaired by the Fund’s Head of Youth Voice, Joe Rich, and will explore some of the issues most important to young people.

We will be discussing how we can meet the needs and aspirations of young people as we rebuild after COVID-19, how the sector can ensure young people’s voices are heard, and the difference it can make when we harness the power of these voices.

Sign up here: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/insights/covid-19-resources/responding-to-covid-19/covid-19-events

Resilience – The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Film screening on 25 August at 7pm followed by discussion at 8.15pm.  

This film looks at the use of the ACE questionnaire (Adverse Childhood Experiences) to inform regional Mental Health policy in the U.S. Where it was introduced there is evidence that it led to significant decreases in harmful behaviours in young people.

The aim of this free public screening is to create awareness of a recently-formed ‘Think Tank’ as a national resource to the children and young people, schools and families sectors.  

The Think Tank was instigated by The Mulberry Bush Charity and brings together leaders from all these sectors to inform the need for ‘radical system change’ in the light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  It is exploring new opportunities for partnership working in order to better meet the increasing needs of highly vulnerable children, to ease system bottlenecks and to encourage innovation and collaboration.

This is likely to be a popular event with some fruitful discussion after the screening. Early booking will secure your place. Register your interest by emailing jdiamond@mulberrybush.org.uk. You will receive one link to watch the film and one to join the Zoom discussion.

How to Grow your Social Enterprise

On 14 September 10am-12pm. Free workshop on Zoom.

Tewkesbury Growth Hub has brought together a range of experts with a wide knowledge of the community.  In this two hour workshop, they will be discussing how to set up or grow your social enterprise and overcoming the common barriers.

Find out more at https://www.thegrowthhub.biz/events/search/1785. If you would like to book a place, please contact tewkesbury@thegrowthhub.biz or call 01684 272073

Reflecting on Stage 2 of Covid

Tracy Clark, CEO of Young Gloucestershire and InfoBuzz and a Trustee of the Alliance, has written a second blog on her experiences of leading charities during Covid. With the pandemic likely to be around for some time she reflects on the daily challenges to think outside the box and identify new ways of working. She discusses some of the current challenges and successes in meeting the needs of young people through the last few months.

You can read it at https://www.youngglos.org.uk/reflecting-on-stage-two-of-covid.

Ourboretum: Community call to help grow 2,202 trees from seed

An initiative called Ourboretumhas been launched by BBC Radio Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds Conservation board. It is designed to connect communities and the environment with the primary aim of growing 2,020 trees from seed.

This seed will be collected by individuals, families, schools, workplaces and so on, this Autumn, before being potted and left to grow over the winter. The motivation is the incurable ash dieback disease which is expected to wipe-out up to 90% of the ash trees in Gloucestershire. Ash is the third most common tree species in the county, so the disease is expected to have a major impact on the county’s landscape and wildlife. In response the scheme will create a virtual arboretum of micro-nurseries across the county, with saplings one day being planted out to help fill the gaps left by our dying ash.

More information about the campaign is available at: www.bbc.co.uk/ourboretum. Might your team, your office, your group, or you personally, like to grow a few trees for 2020? Please visit the webpage for more information, or email trees@bbc.co.uk if you have any questions.


tic+chat is an anonymous, safe, confidential, 1-2-1support service for young people aged 9-21 living in Gloucestershire.  Young people can speak to the friendly team about anything that’s troubling them. No problem is too big or too small.

No appointment is needed. There are two ways to get in touch:

  1. Call 0300 3030 8080 and chat with team members over the phone
  2. Chat online via ticplus.org.uk.

Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 5pm-9pm. Find out more at https://ticplus.org.uk/ticpluschat/.

Mental Health & Covid-19 resources for professionals and volunteers

Gloucestershire County Council has published resources to support you/ your teams when working with an individual who may be experiencing emotional distress, linked to or heightened by the coronavirus outbreak. All available at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/resources-for-professionals-and-volunteers.

Mental Health Support for Children and Young People

Gloucestershire County Council is working in partnership with Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group to introduce a range of new mental health services in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Details of the new/extended services for children and young people have now been published. They will work alongside existing mental health services to help ensure a joined up pathway for patients, whilst enabling universal access to some form of support.  Most services will initially run for nine months. You can find full details of the service below.


Forum Administrator for Gloucestershire Parent Carer Forum

We are seeking to appoint a Forum Administrator to ensure the efficient administration of all elements of Gloucestershire Parent Carer Forum’s business. The Forum supports parent carers to participate in the development of services for disabled children and their families and to be the voice of parent carers in Gloucestershire.

In addition to administration tasks you will attend social meets to welcome Parent Carers and take feedback so some travel in the county is expected. (At present all meetings take place online and all office based tasks are completed through home working).  This role has been planned to allow for some flexibility in working patterns to ensure it is accessible to Parent Carers and we welcome applications from those with lived experience of parenting a disabled child.  Candidates should note an early September start date is required but hours can be phased in over 4-6 weeks if necessary.

Salary: £10.20 per hour (£19,890 Pro Rata). Hours: 12 hours per week (with potential flexibility around school hours and school holidays if preferred)

The post holder will be an employee of our host Active Impact.  The initial contract is from 1st September 2020 – 31st August 2021 (extension may be possible subject funding).

Job Advert: https://glosparentcarerforum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/GPCF-Admin-Job-Advert-August-2020.pdf

Job Description and Person Spec: https://glosparentcarerforum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/GPCF-Administrator-JD-and-Person-Spec-July-2020.pdf

Application form: https://glosparentcarerforum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/GPCF-Forum-Administrator-Application-Form-August-2020.docx 

To apply, please complete the application from and return to info@glosparentcarerforum.org.uk. Application deadline is 12pm on 19 August.

Forest Voluntary Action Forum recruiting Volunteering and Projects Manager

Full time, 37½ hours a week. Salary £23,466-£28,156. Fixed term until 31 September 2022 (extension possible, dependent on funding)

The postholder will work closely with the CEO and the rest of the FVAF team to deliver our volunteering function and oversee the management of a number of community projects. This will include, but is not limited to, Walking with Wheels mobility project and the Forest of Dean Know Your Patch Network. They will also be responsible for the management of our new ‘Digital Hub’ and the administration for Foresters’ Forest volunteering activities.

To receive an application pack or find out more, please contact Chris Brown on ceo@fvaf.org.uk. Closing date 5pm on 24 August.

Active Gloucestershire looking for young Trustees

Active Gloucestershire is looking for two new young trustees to join our friendly Board. You must be 18 to 25 and living in Gloucestershire.

If you’re looking to make real change while supercharging your CV, we’d love to hear from you. 

Learn more about the role or becoming a young trustee. To apply email Liz Gaffer at Active Gloucestershire. Applications close on 4 September.