Gloucestershire VCS Alliance Newsletter


Training news

The VCS Alliance has published the latest issue of our occasional training newsletter on our website at In it you can find training available for VCS organisations that we are aware of, either free or for a charge, face-to-face or online.

If you run courses or have recommendations that you wish to share with other Alliance members, please contact us at so we can include it in the next edition.

VCSE representation on MSK Group

Sarah Haden-Godwin from Active Gloucestershire, is the VCSE representative on the CCG’s Musculoskeletal (MSK) group.  The group is attended by people with an interest in MSK self-management and prevention. Sarah’s role is to challenge the concept that all self-management support needs to come from the NHS and to suggest alternatives. Please contact Sarah at if you have any comments or views you wish to feed into the group. If anyone else wishes to come forward, please contact Matt Lennard at for a conversation.


Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner – Commissioner’s Fund

The Commissioner’s Fund offers grants in support of new and innovative projects, providing they address at least one of the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan. This year, the emphasis will be on Covid related projects supporting new initiatives focused on regeneration.

These include:

  • Schemes involving work with young people
  • Initiatives in support of the elderly including care home residents
  • Groups that encourage community cohesion and safety
  • Projects that align with any of the Police and Crime Plan priorities

The Fund is open to voluntary and community sector organisations and community groups with a constitution operating in Gloucestershire.

You can apply for up to £1000. Projects will receive funding for one year only because of deferred PCC elections. Finance will become available from Easter Monday, April 2021.

The fund is open from 5 October until 16 November. See more at

Gloucester Neighbourhood Fund

Gloucester Community Building Collective is working with We Can Move to launch a new fund for Gloucester city. The Neighbourhood Fund is designed to help people in Gloucester support their communities to stay connected and active, and support the community recovery from Covid19. The Fund provides small pots of funding, up to £250, to help neighbours and community groups get something up and running or give a little boost to an existing club or group in your local area.

Groups of residents or friends; community or voluntary groups; small charities or community interest companies across Gloucester can all apply. Applications are now open until 24 December 2020.

If you have an idea for your neighbourhood, speak to one of the local Community Builders, email, visit or contact Gloucester Community Building Collective on social media.


Feel Good Farming – Growing Well Together at Scrubditch Care Farm

Growing Well Together sessions provide the opportunity for people struggling with mental health issues or feeling socially isolated, perhaps due to the impact of Covid-19, to experience the benefits of green therapy in a calm and friendly environment.

Spending time outdoors, working in the garden, growing and harvesting fruit and vegetables as part of a team can help to boost physical and mental wellbeing.

Taking place on Tuesdays in October at Scrubditch Care Farm, North Cerney, Cirencester GL7 7FE. For more information contact Gerry on 07775 806995 or email


Young Gloucestershire is launching a new partnership programme targeting 10-17 year olds who are at risk of, or on the edge of unlawful behaviour.

ExChange will provide these young people with regular mentoring on a 1-2-1 basis. They will identify areas of development and aim to reduce the potential of offending by providing holistic support for the young people to achieve their goals. A support plan will be created by their mentor; this will be reviewed each time they meet to track their progression through the programme.

If you would like to make a referral to the ExChange programme, you can find a referral form here.

Wellbeing support for children, young people and their parents

This time of year can be difficult for children and young people, especially with all the added worries created by coronavirus. At Gloucestershire County Council, we’ve updated our website with a list of support available for children and young people in Gloucestershire and nationally.

We are also regularly adding articles with information and advice on particular topics, to help children and young people cope with the current situation. The most recent articles include:

The articles cover topics including bullying, peer pressure, friendship troubles, planning for the future and what to do if you are worried about a friend.

There is also lots of information and advice on our website for adults, including links to available support.

Please take a look and share these resources with anyone who might find them useful.


Barometer – Covid-19 & VCSE organisation responses

The first round of the Barometer survey, which examines the impact of Covid-19 on voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations, is open. The research is led by Nottingham Trent University. The project aims to:

  • Provide real-time data and learning on how Covid-19 is impacting the whole sector and how this varies across different organisations by size, structure and services offered.
  • Present lessons-learned reports on the impacts and responses to Covid-19 from organisations.
  • Put forward insights to assist the long-term resilience of the VCSE sector.

Expected outputs from this project include a VCSE vulnerability barometer, providing real-time data of the impact of Covid-19 on the sector, lessons-learned reports, enabling innovations to be scaled, a final project report and toolkit for resilience.

For more information and to take part in the survey click here. The survey will run until 5 October 2020. Future rounds of the survey are expected to open and close around the same time each month until November 2021.

Designated safeguarding leads in youth organisations

Amplify Consultancy is conducting a research project with The National Youth Safeguarding Forum about Designated Safeguarding Leads in youth organisations, including a 30-minute survey. The survey is open to staff and volunteers over the age of 18 working in England (or UK-wide) who are Designated Safeguarding Leads.

The research is being conducted with support from the National Youth Agency and working with NSPCC, Centre for Youth Impact, UK Youth, London Youth and the Centre of Youth Impact.

Click here to take part in this research. The survey will close at midday on Sunday 18 October 2020.

Information provided by The Office for Civil Society


Family & Child Support Worker at The Churn Project, Cirencester

Working within the Family Services Team, the Family and Child Support Worker will support children and families in small groups and on 1:1 basis, to understand appropriate levels of child development and the role of positive play experiences. The post holder will organise, plan, and supervise safe play activities for children and young babies with their parents and work as part of the team to bring about positive parenting and developmental outcomes for children through working with them alongside their parents.

15 hours per week (65 hours per month). Salary: £23,088 pro rata (£12 per hour)
Fixed term: 2 years (will be extended if funding secured)

To apply: email: for a job description and application form
Application deadline: 23 October. Interviews: 3 November

Forest Foodbank seeks Logistics Manager

This is a voluntary role to contribute to the smooth running of the Foodbank’s warehouse operation.

Since the outbreak of Covid the Forest Foodbank has provided a delivery only service enabling people in need to continue to receive food during the crisis. Donations to the Foodbank and demand have risen sharply and we are looking for someone to share the load in the management of the operation.  This is a new role which will involve interaction with local shops, churches, schools and businesses, and be part of the Foodbank’s Management Team.

The role is responsible for working with a team to bring stock into the warehouse and the distribution of donations from the warehouse to clients or other organisations. It will probably take an hour a week with more commitment required at key periods, eg Christmas.

You should have good organisation and numeracy skills, be physically fit, a team player and committed to helping those going through a financial crisis by providing practical assistance.

If you would like to join our team of committed and friendly volunteers, please contact Yvonne Wood, Volunteer Manager:


Create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue

Following the launch of the NHS Covid-19 app, venues in England and Wales now need to display a QR code so that visitors can scan the code when they arrive, using their phones. This is to help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You should create and display a QR code if you are:

  • a business, place of worship or community organisation with a physical location that is open to the public
  • an event which is taking place in a physical location

If you have more than one venue, you need to create a separate QR code for each location. Create your QR code here.

Government launches new social value model

Organisations seeking to win government work must set out how they will also deliver social value priorities.

Government departments will use the social value model to assess and score suppliers on the wider positive benefits they bring by delivering the contract. This will mean that value for money for the taxpayer can be maximised while also building a more resilient and diverse supplier base.

The social value model which departments will assess contracts on includes:

  • Supporting COVID-19 recovery, including helping local communities manage and recover from the impact of COVID
  • Tackling economic inequality, including creating new businesses, jobs and skills, as well as increasing supply chain resilience
  • Fighting climate change and reducing waste
  • Driving equal opportunity, including reducing the disability employment gap and tackling workforce inequality Improving health and wellbeing and community integration

The new approach will apply tests to all bidders, irrespective of their size and type. It aims to level the playing field for small businesses, start-ups and voluntary and community sector organisations and social enterprises.  The new measures will come into effect on 1 January 2021.

Read the full announcement here. The Procurement Policy Note, which sets out information for public bodies on how to take account of social value in award of central government contracts is available here.

Levelling Up Our Communities report

In June, the Prime Minister asked Danny Kruger, MP for Devizes, to consult widely across Civil Society organisations and develop proposals to sustain the huge community response to Covid-19 and set out how Civil Society can contribute to the Government’s levelling up agenda.

This was an independent piece of work led by Mr Kruger. The report is available at

Information provided by The Office for Civil Society

30 September 2020