Open Day at Red Horse Foundation

On 24 May from 10am-4pm. Red Horse Foundation offers Equine Assisted Therapy and Equine Guided Learning using horses for individuals and groups of all ages. The open day is for anyone who is a potential client, health care professional or curious about what they do. Find Red Horse Foundation at Thrupp Lane, Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2EF and online at http://www.redhorsefoundation.org/.


hosted at National Star College, Ullenwood, Cheltenham on Saturday 2 June.

Award-winning writer and actor Sally Phillips will speak at the UK’s first national festival dedicated to specialist learning.  She has starred in Smack the Pony, Miranda and the Bridget Jones movies. Her son Olly has Down’s Syndrome and she fronted the BBC documentary A World Without Down’s Syndrome? exploring the ethics of pregnancy screening.

FestABLE is a one-day event bringing professionals, parents and young people together to tackle the big issues facing young people with disabilities and learning difficulties.  For further information on the full programme and to book tickets please click here: www.FestABLE.org.

Forest Routes Celebration Event

10am-12pm on 7 June at Forest Hills Golf Club, Coleford GL16 7QD. Drop in to find out about the project’s achievements, and talk to providers. Refreshments available. Please call 01594 812613 or email anna-marie.daniels@fdean.gov.uk if you plan to attend.

Breaking down mental health barriers

A free community event part of FestivALL with speakers, workshops, craft, family activities. On 9 June from 10am-4pm at Encounter Church, Gretton Road, Winchcombe.  For more information and to reserve a ticket (to help with catering) visit www.encounterchurch.org.uk or call 01242 604552.

Beat the Street comes to Gloucester

Beat the Street is turning Gloucester into a giant game. Earn points, win prizes and discover your town by walking, running and cycling. Beat the Street is designed to inspire people to make small changes to improve their health.

From 7 June to 19 July hundreds of sensors called Beat Boxes can be found across Gloucester – tap them with your Beat the Street card or fob to earn points.  Make sure to tap at least two Beat Boxes within an hour. Challenge yourself to see how many you can tap.

Play with friends, family and colleagues and see if your group can climb to the top of the leaderboard and win prizes.  Join online at https://beatthestreet.me/gloucester or email team.gloucester@beatthestreet.me to set up your own team.

The scheme is open to everyone from all ages and backgrounds.  Taking part is completely free. It is being delivered by Intelligent Health with support from Active Gloucestershire and is funded by partners of Gloucestershire Moves.

Suicide Awareness Training 

Gloucestershire County Council Public Health organises suicide awareness “first aid” courses to those who may come into contact with members of the public in distress and at risk of suicide.  The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) equips participants with the skills to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and help keep them safe until they can be passed to emergency services. You can find out more about the course at https://www.livingworks.net/programs/asist/.

To help combat the numbers of suicides in Gloucestershire and raise awareness of available support a special ASIST course will focus on those who work with young people.

The course will take place on 11 & 12 June at Civic Suite, North Warehouse, Gloucester Docks, Gloucester between 9am – 5pm. You will need to attend both days to complete the course.

Places are limited, and only 1 person from each organisation can attend.  Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to attend, please email either nicky.maunder@gloucestershire.gov.uk or commissioningadmin@gloucestershire.gov.uk by 18 May.

Lunch and Learn in the Forest of Dean

Macmillan is running a free Lunch and Learn event in the Forest of Dean on 21 June from 10am until 2pm at Great Oaks Hospice.

Have you supported someone affected by cancer, either as a carer or a volunteer? Or have you experienced cancer yourself? Then we’d love you to come. You’ll take part in workshops about supporting someone affected by cancer, signposting, having difficult conversations and looking after yourself.  You’ll also have the chance to tell us your views on the help needed for people affected by cancer in the Forest of Dean. And of course, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch!

To find out more or to book your place, email pcardiff@macmillan.org.uk or call 07866 202537.

Home-Start Stroud AGM Infant Mental Health – A Community Issue?

You are invited to join Home-Start on 5 July for their AGM and a series of presentations to consider the issue of infant mental health and how we can work together to respond to this growing need across Gloucestershire. The event runs from 10am to 1pm at Whitminster Village Hall. To book your place, please email enquirieshomestartsd@gmail.com. Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive a full itinerary of the day (refreshments and a light lunch are included).  For details of speakers visit https://homestartsd.org/home-start-stroud-district-agm-2018/.

National Osteoporosis Society Information Event

Are you affected by Osteoporosis? Would you like to find out more about bone health and osteoporosis?

Join us for a free information event on 9 July from 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Cheltenham Regency Hotel, Gloucester Road, Cheltenham GL51 0ST. Doors open for tea/coffee at 6pm.

Key speaker: Dr Andrew Munro, Consultant Rheumatologist, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. To book your place please contact: Linda Toulson tel/tex 07710 743613, email l.toulson@nos.org.uk.

Active Ageing Local Meetings

Organised by Active Gloucestershire, there will be four meetings in the week beginning July. If you work across a range of localities please select the meeting for the area where you currently do the most work.  Bookings are now open and will close on 5 July.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Haden-Godwin at Active Gloucestershire, sarahhaden@activegloucestershire.org.

Vacancies at Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

Female applicants only: Schedule 9 Part 1 Equalities Act 2010

Gloucestershire Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre supports women and girls who have experienced or are experiencing sexual abuse.  We provide a helpline and other services including counselling and support groups.

Vacancy for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA)

22.5 hours per week. 12 month fixed term contract.

The ISVA will provide practical and emotional support to victims and survivors of sexual violence through the criminal justice process and beyond.

Closing date: 5pm on 21 May.  More information at http://www.glosrasac.org/we-are-recruiting-for-an-isva/

Vacancy for Trustees (Voluntary)

We are currently recruiting trustees to help deliver our strategy and support the staff and volunteers who provide the GRASAC service.

We are looking for women who have an interest in issues around violence against women and girls and who can work as a member of a team. At the moment we are particularly looking for trustees with knowledge and experience in two areas: finance/budgets and fundraising.  We welcome applications from women of all ages, especially black and minority ethnic women who are currently under-represented on our board. This position is unpaid, but reasonable travel expenses will be covered.

For an informal discussion or an information pack please contact laura@glosrasac.org.uk. The closing date for applications is 31 July.

Citizens Advice Stroud & Cotswold Districts – vacancy for CEO

Citizens Advice Stroud & Cotswold Districts are recruiting for a new CEO as the current CEO, Sally Pickering, will be leaving in the summer to move into a Freelance career.  Sally said “Taking the charity forward over the past four years has been an enjoyable challenge but, now that there is a stable and excellent team of staff, volunteers and trustees in place, secure funding for the immediate future and an exciting Business Plan agreed , it feels like the right time to move on to seek new challenges”.

Details of the job and how to apply are at www.citizensadvice-stroudandcotswold.org.uk and the closing date is 9am on 23 May. Sally will have a phased departure, reducing her hours from mid-June but continuing part-time over the summer to ensure a smooth and seamless transition until the new CEO is in post.

Big Lottery Fund – Funding Officer for Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

£21,000 to £24,000 per annum + generous benefits. Permanent Full Time.

This new Funding Officer role will cover Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and you will be the main point of contact for communities. You will take responsibility for working effectively alongside people and organisations in these areas to develop their ideas. This will be from the initial proposal and application stage, overseeing Grant management, and through to project completion. You will be part of a dynamic team and supported and encouraged by Big Lottery Fund colleagues locally and nationally. Closing date: 28 May. More information here.

Active for Life Equipment Loan Scheme

Sign up your organisation to our free equipment loan programme.

Active Gloucestershire’s equipment loan scheme has become a part of daily life for more than 500 older adults across Gloucestershire. It has been seen to have a positive impact on the mental wellbeing of both older adults and staff. We can give organisations working with older adults’ a free loan of equipment for six weeks. This can include boccia, new age bowls and kurling. Active Gloucestershire will train staff, residents and volunteers on how to use the equipment, and provide advice on funding to purchase your own equipment once the loan period has ended. During the year, there will be an opportunity to enter a fun activity day where you can demonstrate your new skills and meet new people with similar interests. We are also launching a new online competition programme, where your scores will be recorded and you can compete with other groups in the comfort of your own venue.

Please visit: http://www.activegloucestershire.org/making-activity-happen/for-youth-and-community-organisations/older-adults.php to see our most recent older adults’ activity day.  For more details, please email: liamnicholls@activegloucestershire.org

GRCC’s Training and Learning Programme

The GRCC Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Training and Learning Programme for Summer 2018 is now available at http://www.grcc.org.uk/voluntary-and-community-sector/training-and-learning-programme.

Between April and July there are eight workshops to provide the VCSE in Gloucestershire with the tools needed to help develop their organisations, staff, volunteers and trustees.  All workshops will take place at GRCC’s offices in Gloucester.

Bursaries are available for VCSE organisations based and working in Gloucestershire with an annual turnover of under £350,000.  Organisations are limited to two bursaries per course (subject to availability; priority will be given to organisations making their first application for a bursary place).  These bursaries are funded through the GAVCA Legacy Fund.

Positive Caring courses from Carers Gloucestershire

Carers Gloucestershire is running a series of free courses for carers.  For more information visit https:/carersgloucestershire.org.uk/help-for-carers/positive-caring-programme/. To book, please call 01452 500885 or email positivecaring@carersgloucestershire.org.uk.

  • Tuesdays in June and July, at Carers Gloucestershire offices in Gloucester
  • Wednesdays in June and July at Cheltenham East Fire Station
  • Mondays in July and 2 August at Belle Vue Centre, Coleford
  • For parent carers on Fridays in June and July at Carers Gloucestershire offices in Gloucester
  • Information evenings from 6.30pm-8.30pm on 6 June, 4 July and 8 August at Carers Gloucestershire offices in Gloucester