Inspiring Volunteering – Be Better, Be Different

1.30 – 4.30pm, 21 January 2019 at Springbank Community Centre, Cheltenham

The volunteering landscape is changing.  The Gloucestershire VCS Alliance and GRCC invite you to a conversation about what this means in the county.

Whether you are involved in volunteering, community action, helping out, time-banking, reward-based volunteering – come and discuss the potential for new approaches and delivery models in Gloucestershire.

Inspiring Volunteering will include a look at the current picture of volunteering in Gloucestershire, presentations on current trends and delivery models. Shaun Delaney from NCVO will give the national perspective on trends and models; a local example of using technology to attract volunteers; and workshops to discuss opportunities for Gloucestershire.

Places are limited, please book as soon as possible on Eventbrite.

Health and Wellbeing Priorities for Gloucestershire

The VCS Alliance is linking up with the Health and Wellbeing Provider Forum to give you an opportunity to have a real say in the county’s Health and Wellbeing strategy. This event is a follow up to the 17 December workshop, where many VCS organisations discussed the county’s health and wellbeing priorities.

Following a brief introduction, there will be an overall update on the progress of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy development. Then there will be workshops for you to discuss what you have heard.  It is not essential that you attended the December workshop, this event is open to all voluntary and community sector organisations in Gloucestershire who are interested in health and wellbeing in the county.

This event will be held on 29 January at the Gloucester Guildhall, Eastgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1NS from 2.00pm to 4.30 pm.

Please book your place through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/health-and-wellbeing-event-tickets-54692968140.  Space is limited and we ask that only one person from each organisation books at this stage.

Roads to Recovery

‘Roads to Recovery’ on Saturday 19 January, hosted by Encounter Church in Winchcombe, will bring together expert speakers from the 2gether Trust, Christians Against Poverty, Foodbank and mental health charity the Independence Trust. It is supported by Encounter Church, The Independence Trust, Mental Health Experience Led Opportunities (MHELO) and the 2gether Trust.

This event is open to anyone who has been affected by anxiety or depression – whether you feel like need help yourself or you have a friend of family member who needs support.

The event, from 10am until 1.45pm is free to attend and includes a light lunch. Reserve tickets online at https://encounter.churchsuite.co.uk/events/jt8lxfll.

No Child Left Behind

Cheltenham partners across all sectors are coming together to address issues affecting children in the town, particularly those affected by poverty. A recent report showed that poverty is having enormous lasting effects on our young people, on their educational attainment, their health, their family life and their confidence in their futures.

Over 2019 the project will focus on some of the key issues, with events aimed at children, families, and professionals.

The first event of the year is #OurTown – A Poverty Summit on 28 January from 1700-1900 in the Municipal Offices. The event will have experts, both national and local, speaking about child poverty and its effects and is an opportunity to meet other partners and see how working together can make a difference. Please click here for tickets.

Alliance Engagement Sessions are back!

These 1:1 meetings are an opportunity for you to meet a member of the Alliance to talk about how we can help you and listen to your views, concerns and suggestions.  The next dates are:

  • Monday 4 February Cinderford Community Café 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday 5 February GL11, Cam 10am-12pm

If you would like to make an appointment, please email info@glosvcsalliance.org.uk with your preferred date and time. We are arranging further dates in February across the county. These will be advertised here on our website  – but please get in touch if you would like to arrange to meet us.

Neurological Group

On 5 February, 1.30pm-3pm at 2 St Michaels Court, St Michaels Square, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1JB.

Inclusion Gloucestershire is working with Carers Gloucestershire to facilitate a lived experienced group for those affected by neurological conditions. At this meeting representatives from a range of groups and services will talk about the work they do offering support and opportunities for individuals with neurological conditions.  Please contact Vicci Livingstone-Thompson at viccil@inclusion-glos.org or call 01452 234003 if you wish to attend.

Know Your Patch network in Stroud

On 14 February, 2.00 – 4.00pm at Forest Green Rovers, The New Lawn Stadium, Another Way, Nailsworth GL6 0FG

The first part of the meeting will focus on networking where local practitioners from each area can connect with adult social care, integrated care teams, councillors, voluntary organisations, police and other services. This will give us the practical introductions that we need to work more effectively together. The second part will look at how we and our participants experience and work with changing our lives

Please reply to annalisasolla@gl11.org.uk if you are able to attend.

Focus Group for Gloucestershire Hospitals

Gloucestershire Hospitals are holding a focus group on 26 February from 2pm – 4pm to know if they meet the local needs for our communities. It will be at Cheltenham General Hospital, Sandford Education Centre, 38 Keynsham Road, Cheltenham GL53 7PX.  Please email jane.benfield@nhs.net if you wish to attend.

Free Six-Week Photography for Wellbeing Courses:

Look Again at Nailsworth, Brimscombe, and Stroud

Forest Green Rovers, Nailsworth. Starts 6 Feb 1pm to 3pm

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.

Finding Focus Mindful Photography Exhibition

Museum in the Park, Stroud
Friday 1 March to Sunday 3 March
Friday 2pm to 4pm + meet the artists. Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4.30pm
FREE workshop taster: Saturday 2 to 3pm (to book call museum 01453 763394) 

An exhibition showing work of participants from four 6-week courses held at the museum, run by Artlift, in collaboration with Stroud-based photographer Ruth Davey from Look Again. These ‘arts on prescription’ courses bring together people with mental health challenges. The work shows how a blend of photography, mindfulness and nature can help to improve self-esteem, confidence, and wellbeing.

For more information please contact Ruth Davey at ruth@look-again.org or 07789 958895.

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.

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

Vacancy for Diabetes Prevention Programme Service Co-ordinator

Our National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) provider is advertising for a Diabetes Prevention Programme Service Co-ordinator. The job is based in Gloucestershire. The closing date is 9am on 22 January. Read more at https://www.westbank.org.uk/diabetes-prevention-programme-support-co-ordinator.

Gloucester City Council seeks Community Wellbeing Manager (£38,052- £46,472)

The City Council is looking for a passionate individual who can inspire and manage our Community Wellbeing Team. As a Service Manager, you will contribute to shaping our on-going transformation to become a modern and commercially aware council where most customers will engage with us online, so we can better support those who need face to face contact.

For an informal discussion please contact Ruth Saunders, Head of Communities, on 01452 396789. Closing date: noon on 1 February. Further details at https://www.gloucester.gov.uk/jobs-careers/council-vacancies/current-vacancies/

Safer Gloucestershire vacancies with Gloucestershire County Council

Violence Prevention Outcome Manager

The role will be to provide guidance and support to the Safer Gloucestershire partnership and specifically develop the violence prevention agenda. The role will involve taking a public health approach by addressing underlying risk factors that increase the likelihood that an individual will become a victim or perpetrator of violence. This will include supporting strategy development, developing a media and communications plan, evaluating initiatives and co-ordinating training. The role will include opportunities to develop a strengths based approach to supporting individual and community resilience. We are looking for an individual with excellent communication skills to work strategically through multiagency partnerships.

https://myjobs.gloucestershire.gov.uk/pages/job_search_view.aspx?jobId=3309&JobIndex=2&categoryList=&minsal=0&maxsal=150000&workingPatternList=&services=&keywords=&PageIndex=1&Number=36. Closing date: 4 February 2019

Safer Gloucestershire Policy Officer (Commissioning Officer)

The part-time role of the Safer Gloucestershire Policy Officer will support the work of the Safer Gloucestershire partnership and sub groups. The role will involve supporting the development of the Safer Gloucestershire strategy and implementation plan. We are looking for an individual with strong communication, policy and research skills.

https://myjobs.gloucestershire.gov.uk/pages/job_search_view.aspx?jobId=3310&JobIndex=3&categoryList=&minsal=0&maxsal=150000&workingPatternList=&services=&keywords=&PageIndex=1&Number=36. Closing date: 4 February 2019

For further information on either role please contact Bilkis Bhula on 01452 328513 or email: bilkis.bhula@gloucestershire.gov.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.

Barnwood Trust free open workshop programme until February 2019

These sessions are an opportunity for you to connect with people where you live and work, and to reflect and learn about how to build more inclusion and a greater sense belonging in Gloucestershire. Our aspiration is that these learning experiences feel safe, fun and inspirational – we invite you to come along.  Topics include Conversations That Include Everyone, Building Welcoming Communities, Working with People and Groups, Crowdfunding 101 and Communication for Community Groups.  More information at https://www.barnwoodtrust.org/learning/workshops/.

Young Gloucestershire Training Calendar

Young Gloucestershire training sessions up until March 2019 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:
Benefits for Older People – 28 January 2019
Benefits for Younger people – 15 February 2019
How to fill in a PIP form (short course) – 4 March 2019
Helping clients with debt problems – 6 March 2019

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