Apply for inclusion on Gloucestershire’s new Health & Social Care Framework for Community Based Opportunities 2020-2024

Community Based Opportunities help people with care and support needs to socialise, stay well and engage with their local community through a variety of buildings-based or community-based activities such as: leisure, learning, employability, running and maintaining a household, socialising and maintaining relationships, volunteering, personal development and special interests.

We are looking for organisations to provide opportunities that are inclusive and accessible, available during the daytime, evenings and weekends and focused on person-centred outcomes, on a group or individual basis.

The Community Based Opportunities framework will be re-opened on a quarterly basis, so you can apply in November 2019 or in 2020. If you are unsuccessful on your initial application, you will get feedback to help you to re-apply when the framework re-opens.

All of our tenders are advertised on this portal: www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk

Please consider registering on Supplying The Southwest, making sure you state your interest in categories: CPV 850 00000 (Health and Social Work Services) CPV 75200000-8 (Services in the Community). You will then get automatic notification of this and other relevant tenders.

For more details or an informal chat about this opportunity, please contact: Brenda Yearwood Brenda.yearwood@gloucestershire.gov.uk or Halaina Gillam Halaina.gillam@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Forest Voluntary Action Forum 25th anniversary celebration and 2019 Annual General Meeting

On 15 November 1.30pm-4.30pm at Cinderford Methodist Church, Belle Vue Road, Cinderford GL14 2AA. Hear about the origins of FVAF and have your say on what we should be looking to achieve over the next 25 years. Please call 01594 822073 or email contact@fvaf.org.uk if you plan to attend.

Better Care Together – Our Joint Intent

In September 2017 it was announced that the 2gether Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust were planning to join together.

As a result Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust was formed in October 2019 to provide integrated community mental health, physical health and learning disabilities services.

The Trust believes the benefits we really want for our communities can best be achieved through a single trust, delivering outstanding integrated physical and mental health care.

The VCS Alliance has been working with the Trust to put on an event which explains the purpose of the merger and the impact on our sector.

This event is a great opportunity to hear first-hand about the merger and our shared vision.

The event will take place on 18 November from 9.30am-1pm at Dowty Sports and Social Club, Down Hatherley Lane, Gloucester GL2 9QH. Registration will open at 9am.

Book your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/better-care-together-our-joint-intent-tickets-71341138265.

Celebrating our Community Assets – people, places and partnerships

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is holding its next Better Care Together event on 27 November at the Walls Club in Barnwood, Gloucester. Its focus is the care and support that people can access in their local communities. This conference has been developed in partnership with the University of Birmingham and the Community Hospitals Association and we will hear a presentation of the research they have recently carried out on the community value of Community Hospitals. We will then go on to think about the wider assets in our communities, hear from people who have had support both from NHS and voluntary sector organisations, and from people who have built “community assets”, virtual and actual, in their local communities. Book your ticket at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrating-our-community-assets-people-places-and-partnerships-tickets-77077658351.

VCS organisations are welcome to attend and can also apply to have a stall at the event to share information about their services. The event is free and refreshments will be provided including a buffet lunch. If you would like to find out more or would like to have a stall at the event please contact Hazel Braund on: hazel.braund@ghc.nhs.uk.

Mental Health and Physical Activity Group

The Mental Health and Physical Activity Group is jointly run by Nicky Harverson from Active Gloucestershire and Jem Sweet from the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance.

The purpose of the Group is to facilitate a regular forum for those who provide sport and physical activity opportunities in the county. It is a sub-committee of the Gloucestershire Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board.

You are invited to the next meeting of this group which will take place on 11 December from 10am-12pm at Highnam Community Centre. Jem Sweet and Nicky Harverson are developing the agenda which will be available nearer the time.

If you would like to attend, please book on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-and-physical-activity-group-tickets-77986121589.

If you have any questions please contact jem.sweet@glosvcsalliance.org.uk

Carols in the Cathedral with Age UK Gloucestershire

Join us at 2pm on 20 December in Gloucester Cathedral for festive carols, seasonal readings and musical performance, celebrating Christmas and friendship across the generations.  This free event is always popular, please call us on 01452 422660 to let us know you are coming so that we can keep track of numbers.




SPTM Big Local Community Link Worker

Part time position 21.6 hours a week, initial fixed term for 12 months. Based at St Peters and The Moors (SPTM) Big Local Community Office, Cheltenham

GRCC is recruiting a SPTM Big Local Community Link Worker on behalf of SPTM Big Local, Cheltenham. SPTM Big Local is a community led project making a positive impact in the area of St Peters & The Moors.

Are you an enthusiastic, community minded person?  Do you enjoy identifying and linking with individuals, groups and communities to encourage and support activities and positive action?  Then you could be the person we are looking for.

If you have any queries about this role, please contact jobs@grcc.org.uk or call to 01452 528491 and speak to a member of the GRCC Admin Team.

Full details on the GRCC website, https://www.grcc.org.uk/work-for-us/sptm-big-local-community-link-worker. Deadline for applications: 11am on 27 November 2019.

‘You’re Welcome’ Inclusive Online Community Website Development Officers

Active Impact has two part-time roles. £22,000 pro rata (0.4 – 0.6 FTE)

Would you like to make it easier for disabled children, young people and adults to find out about Gloucestershire events and activities that are truly welcoming? Are you a good networker, enthusiastic communicator and social media savvy?

We’re looking for two part time Development Officers (each 0.4 to 0.6 full time equivalent) to network extensively and develop the recently relaunched ‘You’re Welcome’ website and an associated on-line community. We’re particularly interested in applications from disabled people / those who have lived experience of disability.

You’ll seek out information from event and activity organisers; alert disabled people to this new source of information; and source guidance on how to be inclusive and where additional funding can be found to support disabled people to be included.

This post is subject to enhanced DBS disclosure and you will be asked to apply for a Disclosure certificate if you are offered the position due to the frequency of visits to settings who work with disabled children and adults.

Full job description, person specification and application information at: https://www.activeimpact.org.uk/jobs/. Closing date: 1 December 2019 by 10pm

Training Newsletter

For details of training available for VCS organisations that we are aware of, take a look at our training newsletter at http://www.glosvcsalliance.org.uk/training-newsletter/.