Gloucestershire VCS Alliance News


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 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

Future Focus – the best way forward
Free Cranfield Trust Future Focus Live Panel Event for non-profit leaders
Thursday 30 July 11am – 12.30pm

This panel discussion and live Q & A will cover the following topics:

  • Mergers
  • Insolvency
  • Collaboration
  • Restructuring
  • Charity CEO perspective

The panel discussion is a fantastic opportunity for charity leaders to think about scenario planning, horizon scanning and planning for the immediate future – and get their questions answered in the live Q & A.

If you’re a senior leader trying to navigate your organisation through major potential changes post Covid, this powerful live panel event is essential viewing. For more detail and to register, please click here

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:

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

An initiative called Ourboretum has 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: Might your team, your office, your group, or you personally, like to grow a few trees for 2020? Email if you have any questions.

Proud to Learn Multi-Agency Training Opportunities
Here are some details of multi-agency training available from Gloucestershire County Council.

Mental Health Crisis Care Awareness online live training

Tutor led Online training session, the course runs over two consecutive half days and will be delivered via Zoom. More details at Mental Health Crisis Care Awareness pdf. There are a few spaces available on:
10 & 11 August – 4 hours 9am – 1pm
24 & 25 August – 4 hours 9am – pm
7 & 8 September – 4 hours 9am – 1pm
21 & 22 September – 4 hours 9am – 1pm

To book please contact

E- Learning

Mental Health Crisis Care Planning e-learning – NEW
The course asks you to think about not only what others might need to plan for in a crisis but also how you manage difficult days and times in your own lives.

Please login at LearnPro Community. You will be advised to complete the Mental Health Crisis Care Awareness e-learning before starting this one.

Safeguarding Adults Level 2 Online E-learning Course
The Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Board Level 2 Safeguarding Adults has been converted to an online e-Learning module and is available on LearnPro Community.

This course is suitable for all front line care workers and volunteers who are supporting adults with care and support needs.

Current LearnPro Community users: Please contact the team if you require a password or username reset.

New users: Please email to request registration to access E-learning Modules hosted on LearnPro Community

Lloyds Bank Foundation

The Lloyds Bank Foundation is launching a Covid Recovery Fund on 3 August. to help small and local charities recover from the coronavirus crisis. It is open to charities with an annual income between £25,000 and £1m that are engaged in tackling complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse. 140 charities will receive awards. At least a quarter of the funding will go to charities that are led by and for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. Find out more at

The Foundation has also published a report on how charities are responding to Covid, that identifies themes and trends based on conversations with over 300 charities and as well as feedback from its development and grant making team. You can read the report here.

Emergency Funding Bulletin

The Alliance is continuing to regularly update the emergency funding bulletin on our website at


Raise Your Voice Survey
Age UK Gloucestershire want older people across the county to have a stronger voice.  To that end, we are inviting you to share how you are getting on, tell us how you feel about things at the moment and let us know the issues we should work to do something about.

Please help us by filling in our quick survey with your own experiences. Click here to complete the survey.

As a way of saying “thank you”, all surveys completed by midday on 21 August will be entered into a free draw* to win a delicious afternoon tea, delivered safely to your door. * Terms and conditions apply, see Age UK Gloucestershire website for details.

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 Closing date 5pm on 24 August.

Redundancy Support Pack

GFirst LEP has put together a Redundancy Support Pack covering some of the future career alternatives and available resources for staff being made redundant during this COVID-19 period. This might be in your organisation or people that you know.

From redundancy support schemes to job search sites or self-employment alternatives, this guide presents useful links to visit for help. It also contains links to training providers in case a change of career is being considered, information about benefits and workplace pensions, and local organisations that can help with financial issues.

Please click here for more information.


Report: The Campaign to End Loneliness – The Psychology of Loneliness

The Campaign to End Loneliness has published a report, ‘The Psychology of Loneliness’. It is the first of its kind to look at how we can use approaches from psychology to address loneliness.

The report brings together research with views and experiences of older people, policy makers, and organisations who work with older people, to look at how loneliness affects individuals, how people think and feel, and how to provide better support for people who feel lonely or are at risk of feeling lonely.
Information from the Office of the Civil Society

2019-20 Community Life Survey Results published

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published the results of the 2019-20 Community Life Survey, held annually to track trends and developments in areas that encourage social action and empower communities. The survey ran from April 2019 to March 2020.

The report found that for adults (16+) in England during 2019/20:

  • 23% took part in formal volunteering at least once a month.
  • 37% took part in formal volunteering at least once in the last year.
  • 75% gave to charitable causes in the last 4 weeks, £24 was the average donation given.
  • 27% felt able to influence decisions affecting their local area.
  • 53% wanted to be more involved in local decision making.

You can read more here.
Information from the Office of the Civil Society

Nominations open for the 2020 National Lottery Awards

Nominations for the 2020 National Lottery Awards are now open to honour individuals who have made an extraordinary impact in their community, especially those who have adapted during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

This year the annual search for the UK’s most popular National Lottery funded projects will, for the first time, honour individuals who will receive £3,000 for their organisation as well as a National Lottery Awards trophy for outstanding contributions in any of the following categories:

  • arts;
  • charity/voluntary;
  • education;
  • environment;
  • health;
  • heritage;
  • sport;
  • young hero (under 18s).

The deadline for nominations is midnight on 19 August 2020. Find out more including how to nominate at

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