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Welcome to the latest Gloucestershire VCS Alliance Newsletter.
Here you can find out about news, events, changes to guidance and vacancies in the Voluntary and Community sector.
 
HAPPENING TOMORROW!!
Let's come together as a sector and co-design an engagement model for how we work with the ICS.
 

The VCS Alliance is working with colleagues at NAVCA and NHS England to create a workshop looking at why and how the VCSE wants to work with newly formed Integrated Care System (ICS).

The ICS will be a fully formed structure in April 2022 and the local VCSE is a key part of its development, strategic ambitions and delivery of care services. Integrated care systems are geographically based partnerships that bring together providers and commissioners of NHS services with local authorities and other local partners to plan, co-ordinate and commission health and care services. They are part of a fundamental shift in the way the health and care system is organised – away from competition and organisational autonomy and towards collaboration, with health and care organisations working together to integrate services and improve population health.

Therefore, we want to bring the sector together to have the conversation about coproducing an engagement strategic and to think about why and how the sector is represented at a systems level.

It is essential that the VCSE decides why and how it wants to engage with the ICS and that we set up the right structures and governance to do this effectively. The ICS will be taking strategic decisions that directly impact on health and care delivery and the VCSE having an input into its priorities and planning is integral to improving health inequalities of our communities. Getting this right from the start will set the tone for the future working relationship and providing the ICS with a coproduced, readymade model of the VCSE offer and engagement will send a message of unity and strength.
 

The initial workshop will take place on the 16th DEC from 13:00-15:00 with a follow up workshop taking place early in the New Year. 
To book your slot, please click on the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gloucestershire-vcse-engagement-with-the-ics-tickets-201499178467?ref=estw
Have your say and WIN a Waitrose & Partners Gourmet Christmas Gift Box WORTH £100

Christmas Hamper Competition

The chosen winner will receive a Waitrose & Partners Gourmet Christmas Gift Box WORTH £100.
As a thank you for taking the time to complete our State of Sector Survey, you will automatically be entered into our Christmas Hamper Competition.

#BetterTogether #StrongerTogether #HaveYourSay #GloucestershireVCS
 
Our mission is to be the independent voice that informs, strengthens and develops the voluntary and community sector in Gloucestershire.

To do this effectively we need to talk to you and understand what matters most to you.
 
 
We are currently in the process of creating a new report. To maximise the impact and accuracy of the report, we need input from as many organisations as possible from right across the county. This is your opportunity to tell us about your successes and your challenges during 2021, and how you feel about the future of your organisation.

Click below to have your say and to be entered into our Christmas Hamper Competition. 
       
Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector Social Prescribing Survey
 
Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Gloucestershire County Council are seeking views from the local VCSE sector about Social Prescribing and the Community Wellbeing Service in Gloucestershire. A survey has been developed to gather views to inform future developments of the social prescribing offer in Gloucestershire. We are keen to hear the views of the VCSE sector, who play a crucial role in social prescribing. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete - thank you for your time completing this survey. A short overview of social prescribing and the Community Wellbeing Service is provided below.
 
Social Prescribing supports people to develop relationships to connect people to relevant activities for their health and wellbeing. It is a way for local agencies to refer people to a link worker. Link workers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. They connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.
Link workers also support existing community groups to be accessible and sustainable, and help people to start new groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.

Social prescribing works for a wide range of people, including people:
  • with one or more long-term conditions
  • who need support with their mental health and wellbeing
  • who are lonely or isolated
  • who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.
In Gloucestershire the Clinical Commissioning Group and Gloucestershire County Council have co-commissioned a service called the Community Wellbeing Service (CWS), which offers social prescribing. There are 5 providers covering the county and these are:
  • Gloucester = Home Group
  • Cheltenham and Tewkesbury = Caring for Communities and People (CCP)
  • Stroud = Independence Trust
  • Forest of Dean = Forest of Dean District Council
  • Cotswolds = Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC)
The CWS takes referrals from health and social care staff, voluntary and community groups, as well as self-referrals and citizen referrals (i.e. someone’s friend or neighbour). It is open to anyone over the age of 16 who either has a Gloucestershire GP or a Gloucestershire postcode.
 
In 2019 NHS England offered all GP Practices in England funding for Additional Roles. This included social prescribers, amongst 16 other roles (such as pharmacists). At the time of writing, all but 2 Primary Care Networks have their own Social Prescribing Link Workers. In some parts of the county they are hosted by, and therefore sit with, the CWS, but not all of them do. Most of the Social Prescribing Link Workers paid for through this scheme currently only take referrals from Practice staff. Some are Children and Young People’s Social Prescribing Link Workers who take referrals from wider sources, such as schools.
 
The link to the survey is here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/VCSESocialPrescribingCWS/  and the closing date for completion is 17th January.
 

 
Can you help Close the Digital Divide in Gloucestershire?
 
Gloucestershire Digital Divides programme is a collaborative venture and is VCS led.  The aim of the programme is to understand the impact of digital exclusion (whether that be due to a lack of equipment, skills or confidence in using technology) faced by Gloucestershire citizens on all aspects of life and most importantly determine a collective way forward to ensure everyone in the county is digitally connected and able to participate more fully in the online world.
 
They are interested in hearing from anyone who is working in the County supporting people to be more digitally included (whether that be providing equipment, accessing wifi, teaching skills or building confidence on how to do things online).
 
If you are, or interested in, providing support to address digital exclusion, please complete this survey
 
https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/DigitalDivides2021/
 
By completing the survey you will be helping to identify individuals and organisations (large and small) who are supporting digital inclusion and how they are doing so. Digital Divides also want to hear from those who would like to provide support in the future and have a great idea on how to do so! 
 
The survey findings will be shared and included in a report to support setting the Strategic Aims on how Digital Divides can help to improve digital access and opportunity in our County.
 
If you want to learn more, please visit their website at
 
https://www.digitaldivides.co.uk
 
Here you will find the link to the survey as well as a dedicated email box to share your stories of what is happening in the area of digital inclusion.  As it develops, further resources will be added.
 
You can also follow the movement on Twitter @GlosConnected
Is YOUR website accessible to all? 

The Gloucestershire VCS Alliance have secured an EXCLUSIVE discount with RECITEme. 

VCS organisations can NOW INSTALL a new accessibility toolbar on their website. 

WATCH the video below to find out more.  
Click here to watch the Recite me demo video 
Severn Trent Community Fund

Severn Trent are really proud to have partnered with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as its Official Nature & Carbon Neutral Supporter. Together they pledge to leave a carbon-neutral legacy.

To help maximise the legacy of the partnership, Severn Trent are temporarily refocusing the Community Fund in spring 2022 to specifically support projects that help communities all across the Severn Trent region reduce carbon and care for nature.  

Non-profit organisations and local community groups with an income of less than £500,000 (averaged over the last 3 years) will be able to apply for a grant of £5,000, £10,000 or £20,000 to support their new community project linking to one or more of the following themes - green spaces, recycling and making the most of resources, and water saving heroes. Organisations from across the Severn Trent region will be eligible to apply for support for their new project idea. 

Applications will open in January 2022 and in March their Customer Panel will review and shortlist the projects. The finalists will then go to a public vote in April with successful projects being awarded in May. 

Organisations can find out more and register their interest on the Severn Trent website at www.stwater.co.uk/community-fund-care-for-nature.  

Severn Trent will also be holding funding workshops to share more details on eligibility from late December and throughout January and February - interested groups can sign up for these through Eventbrite here!  

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with them at communityfund@severntrent.co.uk 

MEN'S SHED
 
Dementia Carers Online Monthly Support Group
 
 
 
Gloucestershire Carers Hub and Managing Memory Together are offering an online support group for carers of people with dementia. 
The aim is to provide a space for carers to meet one another, share experiences and to get information and support
 
Please join them for any of the following dates or all of them if you can on Tuesdays 7pm-8.30pm
25th January 2022
22nd February 2022
22nd March 2022
26th April 2022
24th May 2022
28th June 2022
26th July 2022
23rd August 2022
27th September 2022
25th October 2022
29th November 2022
27th December 2022
 
The sessions will take place on ZOOM
(please note you will be unable to join the group after 7.20pm)
The groups are jointly hosted by Gloucestershire Carers Hub and Managing Memory Together Information and Education Service
 
For more details and joining instructions please contact Managing Memory Together managingmemory@ghc.nhs.uk 0800 694 8800 or Gloucestershire Carers Hub 0300 111 9000 carers@peopleplus.co.uk

Cheltenham Open Door

About this year’s shelter

The Cheltenham Open Door 2021 shelter will be held at new premises on Alstone Lane. They will be open to Guests between 9am and 6pm on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

They offer three meals a day plus treats, snacks and drinks in between.

Providing chiropody and hairdressing sessions, showers (with toiletries and towels) as well as television, board games and entertainment. A range of clothing will be available from their clothes store.

A delicious Christmas dinner and gift bag will be waiting for all the guests.

Anyone who would like to join them is welcome. No booking, referral or ID is needed. Everything they offer to Guests is free.

How to support the Open Door Guests by volunteering

There has been an amazing response to the request for volunteers this Christmas – thank you! Shifts have now been allocated to those that applied.  Applications are now closed but you can still volunteer year round.

Visit their website HERE

STREET

Safe Teenage Relationship Education & Empowerment Team


 

STREET is a county-wide service for young people aged 13-19 who:

  • Have experienced or are experiencing teenage relationship abuse
  • Are adversely affected by domestic abuse in the home either current or historic
  • Are displaying harmful behaviour in their relationships

STREET offers 1:1 support and evidence-based group programmes CRUSH & The Recovery Toolkit.

To refer a young person, please complete the online referral form.

Referrals to STREET Gloucestershire will be assessed by the team and allocated to the most appropriate type of support.

Referrals through this route will guarantee contact is made with the parent/carer or young person within 10 working days.

For questions about the service or to discuss a referral in detail, you can also call their information and message line on 01452 726 584.


If you have symptoms of Covid, you should take a PCR test as soon as possible – you can order a PCR test kit to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site.
You can book / order a PCR here 👉 https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
Trustee vacancy at
Gloucestershire Disability Fund 
The Gloucestershire Disability Fund provides grants to people with disabilities of all ages as well as financial support to not-for-profit organisations/groups and community groups working to enhance the lives of people living with a physical, sensory or learning disability in Gloucestershire.

They are currently looking for a Trustee with a financial background to join the Board. 
For further information, please email info@glosdisabilityfund.org.uk

www.glosdisabilityfund.org.uk

The Big Give is the UK's #1 match funding platform. They specialise in bringing charities, philanthropists and the public together to multiply their impact. The Big Give has raised over £160m for thousands of great causes through the power of match funding.

​​​​​They are now sharing the exciting news that the Big Give will be launching a new match funding campaign for 2022 - The Women and Girl’s Match Fund! Applications open from 13th December - 11th January

The Women & Girls Match Fund is a match funding campaign for charities that are working to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented women and girls in England and Scotland (The match funding is being provided by DCMS’ Tampon Tax Fund and has been restricted to projects in England and Scotland only).

All public donations made to participating charities via theBigGive.org.uk during the week of the campaign (8 - 15 March 2022) will be matched up to a specific amount. 

Charities will be awarded a ring-fenced amount of match funding which will be used to match public donations - either £2,500, £10,000 or £25,000. 

All match funding is being provided by DCMS’ Tampon Tax Fund.

Further details including eligibility, key dates and how to apply can be found here:

https://go.thebiggive.org.uk/e/739753/s-women-and-girls-match-fund/31n5dd/857333397?h=5CzRbsWsNlNo4RQz5PMA9UymJ1OmQ6hspXVyOZupZwk

Feel free to contact them with any questions.
 
QUIZ NIGHT 
It's the last Gloucestershire VCS Alliance County Quiz of 2021.
Grab the team (virtually!) and head over to our Facebook page HERE at 7.30pm

Answers 12pm Thursday. Let us know how you get on. 

#GameFaceOn
Vacancies
Chief Executive Officer

Salary: £34K—£38K (pro rata) Plus 3% pension contribution
Hours:32—35 hours per week (includes some evening and weekend work)
Contract: Permanent
Location: Gloucester
Annual Leave: 25 days per year plus bank holidays
Closing Date: 14th January 2022
Interview Date: Tuesday 25th January 2022
Starting Date: 1st March 2022
Website: www.grcltd.org

About the Job Role
This is a rare opportunity to contribute to the continued success of this thriving social enterprise. The GRC is an established charity underpinning Gloucestershire’s arts, play, education and cultural communities through its core services and community hub.
This role will contribute to the development and sustainability of the core services and City Works, and provide leadership and motivation for the staff team. It is a wide ranging role leading a small team so it will always be hands on alongside a high level of administrative and organisational tasks. Key components of the job include governance, compliance, operations, financial controls, and fundraising. The successful candidate will embrace the environmental challenges of the coming decade by championing the re-use scheme widely.

Social Prescriber (North Cotswolds) for the Community Wellbeing Service

Salary £19,000 - £20,500 per annum FTE (after completion of successful probationary period)

Closing date for applications: 10am, Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Interviews: Monday, 10 January 2022 for shortlisted candidates

Are you passionate about helping people, especially those most vulnerable members of our communities?  Would you like to have the opportunity to make a positive difference to people's lives?

GRCC is inviting applications from passionate individuals who would relish the opportunity to play a significant part in supporting individuals on a one-to-one basis as a Social Prescriber working in the North Cotswolds.

They are looking for an energetic 'people person', someone who can support clients in a non-judgemental way, who will also help to build community capacity, creating activities and opportunities for the individuals they are supporting to be engaged in community life, reducing their sense of social isolation and loneliness, and helping them to gain other health benefits.  If you have had experience either through a professional role or as a volunteer supporting people on a one-to-one basis this will give you the foundation to build on in this role.

Click HERE for more information 

Swindon and Gloucestershire Mind are seeking management and leadership positions to join their Alexandra Wellbeing House service run in partnership with Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Positions available include:

  • Service Manager

  • Deputy Service Manager

  • Wellbeing Leads (x4)

     

    Job Title:          Wellbeing Lead (click here for the job description) 
    Hours:             28.5 hours per week.              
    Salary:            £29,000 (FTE) per annum (pro rata)  
    Location:         
    Alexandra Wellbeing House, Gloucestershire (GL1) 
    Reports to:      Deputy Service Manager

    Job Purpose – As a Wellbeing Lead you will be leading a small staff team ensuring that the needs of the people accessing the service are met during their stay. With guidance from the management team, you will be a key collaborator ensuring that people accessing the service are supported efficiently and effectively in line with the service operational policy and specification. You will line manage the Wellbeing Advisors to ensure that people accessing the service receive high standards of support.

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    Job Title:          Service Manager  (click here for the job description) 
    Hours:             32 hours per week.             
    Salary:            £32,500 – £36,500 (FTE) per annum (pro rata)  
    Location:         
    Alexandra Wellbeing House, Gloucestershire (GL1) 
    Reports to:       Director, Quality & Policy or Service Manager

    Background – Alexandra Wellbeing House offers a short-term retreat for up to six people per stay. People accessing the service are aged 18+ and are at risk of or are experiencing acute emotional distress associated with a mental health problem (whether formally diagnosed or not). 

    Job Purpose – As Service Manager you will lead and manage the management and leadership team at Alexandra Wellbeing House. With guidance from the Senior Leadership Team, you will ensure that the service is providing earlier intervention to those at risk of crisis and prevent the need for admission to an inpatient setting. You will collaborate closely with their partner, Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust, alongside other statutory and third sector providers to strengthen effective referral pathways and partnerships to best support those who require access to their services.

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    Job Title:         Deputy Service Manager (click here for the job description) 
    Hours:             32 hours per week.             
    Salary:            £32,500 – £36,500 (FTE) per annum (pro rata)  
    Location:         
    Alexandra Wellbeing House, Gloucestershire (GL1) 
    Reports to:       Director, Quality & Policy or Service Manager

     

    As Deputy Manager, you will work closely with the Service Manager and Wellbeing Leads at Alexandra Wellbeing House. As Deputy Manager, you will be expected to deputise for the Service Manager as and when required by ensuring that the service is running efficiently and in line with the service specification. You will line manage the Wellbeing Leads to ensure that the service provides a nurturing and supportive environment whilst also providing personal and professional development.

 

For further information, please check our out link below:

https://www.sgmind.org.uk/vacancies/

For more Gloucestershire VCS vacancies in the county please click HERE
Volunteering Vacancies

Volunteer Guides - Part Time

                                

Gloucester

SkillZONE is a fun and unique interactive life skills centre in Tuffley, with an indoor village and activities to educate people how to stay safe at home, online and out in their community.

SKILLZONE have opportunities for volunteer guides at the Centre.

Volunteers must be 18+.

As a guide you will support and educate people of all ages around the indoor village – enabling them to think about how they can stay safe.

The Village creates a realistic environment to make learning about safety an engaging experience. Volunteers should give a minimum of 5 hours per month.

Most tours take place during weekday working hours, but there may be opportunity for evenings and weekend.

Find out more HERE
 

Family Support Volunteer

Cirencester

Do you:

• Have parenting experience?
• Enjoy spending time with children?
• Have good communication skills and a non-judgmental attitude?
• Have a few hours to spare each week?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all the above, why not train to become a Home-start volunteer and make a real difference to a local family’s life?

A child’s earliest years have the most impact, but parenting has never been easy. Our volunteers provide non-judgemental and confidential support to families with young children who are going through a difficult time.

Volunteers are matched with a family who they visit in their home once a week for 2-3 hours. This could involve any help that the family needs, such as providing a listening ear to a mum who is struggling with post-natal depression, helping an isolated family access services, or offering an extra pair of hands to a family that has twins.

Volunteers receive

• Free training
• Regular supervision and support
• Paid out of pocket expenses

A full DBS clearance is required for this role. The preparation course starts on Thur 20th January 2022 and runs everyThursday morning during term time until Thur 17th March 2022.

If you’re interested in finding out more, please visit their website HERE

Closing date for applications: 18th January 2022

Gloucestershire Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre are looking for a Deputy Treasurer and Trustees. In these roles, you will contribute to the effective governance of GRASAC and support the objectives, work and feminist ethos of the organisation.

For more information click the link below.
https://buff.ly/3qW9EaX
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