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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.
 


Volunteering Gloucestershire Manager
Closing date Friday 3rd December @ 5pm


 

We are hiring a Volunteering Gloucestershire Manager

About the Role

Gloucestershire is creating a county-wide online, volunteering platform.

Hosted and managed by the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance the platform will organise and coordinate offers of help from individuals in the community. Ultimately, we want Gloucestershire to be the best county in which to volunteer and for organisations to provide high quality experiences to volunteers; the online platform will be one of the key foundation stones of this ambition and act as a central point for volunteer brokerage across the county.

Any organisation – be they public, private or VCSE sector – seeking volunteers will be able to use the platform.

To do this effectively we require someone to promote, coordinate, and manage the on-going development of the online platform for maximum impact.

This is a key role in the county and will support the implementation and continuation of this project to harness the amazing skill of volunteers in our county to best effect.
 

LOCATION

Home-based, with some in-person team meetings.  There will be a need to travel across the county as part of the promotional and training elements of this role: therefore, access to own transport would be ideal

CONTRACT TYPE

Initially 3-year contract

WORKING HOURS

30 hours per week (across 4 or 5 days – negotiable).

Occasionally, evening and/or weekend meeting attendance may be required

APPLY NOW https://www.glosjobs.co.uk/charity-jobs-in-gloucestershire/volunteering-gloucestershire-manager-33000-per-annum-pro-rata-524151/

A discussion into how drugs and alcohol are impacting the people you support and the services you provide.

Public Health at Gloucestershire County Council is undertaking a strategic review of adult drug and alcohol services in Gloucestershire.  This review will look into how drugs and alcohol impact the county and try to identify good practice and what’s working well, plus any concerns or issues.

Come and join in the discussion via zoom on
Wednesday 1st December 2-4pm

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vcs-consultation-understanding-the-impact-of-drugs-and-alcohol-tickets-214266104687?ref=estw

 

With International Leadership Week leading the way this week, we are asking the question why fewer than 1 in 10 employees in the voluntary sector are from a BAME background



From a report published by Gloucestershire County Council in September stated that... 
 

'A third of the largest charities have all-white senior leadership teams and boards. In order to promote better outcomes for communities this level of underrepresentation will need to shift.

The #charitysowhite movement, has given a voice to BAME people working in the charity sector and empowered them to highlight their experiences of discrimination.

Partnership projects between ACEVO and Voice4Change England have developed greater communication on inclusivity, with greater training provisions and workshops created to remove  unconscious bias from the sector and some charitable funders are now asking charities to include details of diversity on their boards as part of funding applications which is encouraging but needs to occur more consistently.

In its recent report 'Home Truths: undoing racism and delivering diversity in the charity sector' by ACEVO the online survey of BAME people showed that racism was a significant feature of their charity life:

  • 68% of respondents (335 out of 489 people) said that they had experienced, witnessed or heard stories about racism in their time in the charity sector.
  • 50% of respondents (246 people out of 490) felt that they needed to ‘tone down’ behaviour or to be on their ‘best behaviour’ in order to fit in in the charity sector

In terms of direct experiences of racism:

  • 222 people had been subject to ignorant or insensitive questioning about their culture or religion.
  • 147 people had been treated as an intellectual inferior.
  • 114 respondents had been subject to excessive surveillance and scrutiny by colleagues, managers or supervisors.

These experiences cause harm.

  • 116 people stated that direct experiences of racism had had a negative or very negative impact on their health and emotional wellbeing.
  • A further 94 respondents who had experienced racism said that it had had a negative or very negative impact on their ‘desired career path’.
Watch the video below to find out more

https://youtu.be/x8K6_78nuqE 

Gloucestershire VCSE Engagement with the ICS

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
 
Peer Networks

Last chance to join for 2021/22.

The Growth Hub in partnership with gfirst LEP and the Department for Business, Energy and & Industrial Strategy are building their final three cohorts for Peer Networks. 

Over 16 weeks, you will work with fellow local leaders to solve your challenges together. Plus you'll get three hours of individual support too.

Grow as a leader, overcome your business challenges, and build a support network for your future. All for free. What's not to like? Join one of their remaining cohorts today:

Professional Services
Manufacturing
Female Leadership

 
Join Peer Networks free today
 

Emmaus Gloucestershire


Emmaus Gloucestershire provides a home for as long as it's needed and meaningful work for people who have experienced homelessness.
It is one of 29 communities across the UK supporting more than 800 people, known within Emmaus as companions. 

'For many people who have experienced homelessness, losing their self-esteem can be the most damaging part of their experience. Being on your own, with no support around you can be soul destroying, leaving you feeling worthless.

Finding your way out of that situation isn’t easy, particularly when the only options available are temporary fixes, offering a bed for the night but little to occupy your days.

Emmaus is different because it provides a home for as long as someone needs it, in an Emmaus community. This gives people the opportunity to take stock of their lives, deal with any issues they might have, and often re-establish relationships with loved ones.' - Emmaus Gloucestershire.

To find out more about what they do and the support they can offer click HERE

We know your time is precious and we also know that participating in surveys is not always THE most exciting activity, BUT having your views is REALLY important to us. 
Your opinions WILL make a difference to local VCSE organisations. 
Can you spare some time to improve provisions for the voluntary and community sector? 

 
#BetterTogether #StrongerTogether
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.

We would be grateful if you could click on the link below to complete the survey. 

                                 
Have you heard about The Rock? 

The Rock provides support for young people aged 9-18 to engage with education, offering early intervention and re-engagement activities.

► Is The Rock for me?

The Rock is for all young people of any faith or none. Regardless of race or background, their doors are open.

If you work with young people in schools, churches or youth groups, then The Rock is also for you.  They are a place, a venue, a centre, but also a resource for teaching and leadership. 
 

► Where is The Rock?

The Rock is at St Peter’s Church, Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham. Some of the most disadvantaged young people in Gloucestershire living in one of the most deprived communities in England are on their doorstep. 

But The Rock is so much more than a building. Their work reaches into the local community, into families, schools and churches. All of their equipment (and team) are mobile, so groups can use the facilities at St Peter’s or in their own setting. Can’t come to The Rock? Then The Rock shall come to you!


► What’s the point of The Rock?

'Right outside our doors, there are young people facing challenging social circumstances. They can easily become disengaged from education and their community. When they do, we believe there is a need for relevant alternative educational provision. This is where The Rock comes in.

Church structures and communities often struggle to engage with the incredible diversity of youth culture. We need a bridge that enables young people to engage with faith on their own terms. This is where The Rock comes in.

Young people in Cheltenham tell us that they have little or no relevant space to call their own. Even when facilities exist, youth tribalism often breeds exclusion. They need more than just a place. Young people need a community where they can grow and feel that they belong. This is where The Rock comes in.

The Rock offers a model of credible, innovative youth work. None of the needs it meets are unique to Gloucestershire. We might be starting local, but we’re thinking big.' -The Rock

 

Who runs The Rock?

A dedicated team of staff and a wonderful group of volunteers run The Rock.

To find out more about this wonderful charity click HERE

QUIZ NIGHT 
It's Wednesday so that can only mean one thing... yes, it's QUIZ NIGHT here at the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance.

Do we need another quiz?...no, but can you spare 5 minutes to answers 5 questions about our beautiful county?..... YES!!! 

Go on, test your knowledge and head over to our Facebook page HERE at 7.30pmAnswers 12pm Thursday. Let us know how you get on. 

#GameFaceOn
Vacancies
Volunteering Gloucestershire Manager

We are hiring a Volunteering Gloucestershire Manager

About the Role

Gloucestershire is creating a county-wide online, volunteering platform.

Hosted and managed by the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance the platform will organise and coordinate offers of help from individuals in the community. Ultimately, we want Gloucestershire to be the best county in which to volunteer and for organisations to provide high quality experiences to volunteers; the online platform will be one of the key foundation stones of this ambition and act as a central point for volunteer brokerage across the county.

Any organisation – be they public, private or VCSE sector – seeking volunteers will be able to use the platform.

To do this effectively we require someone to promote, coordinate, and manage the on-going development of the online platform for maximum impact.

This is a key role in the county and will support the implementation and continuation of this project to harness the amazing skill of volunteers in our county to best effect.
 

LOCATION

Home-based, with some in-person team meetings.  There will be a need to travel across the county as part of the promotional and training elements of this role: therefore, access to own transport would be ideal

CONTRACT TYPE

Initially 3-year contract

WORKING HOURS

30 hours per week (across 4 or 5 days – negotiable).

Occasionally, evening and/or weekend meeting attendance may be required

APPLY NOW https://www.glosjobs.co.uk/charity-jobs-in-gloucestershire/volunteering-gloucestershire-manager-33000-per-annum-pro-rata-524151/

Check out the latest vacancies from Gloucestershire Young Carers below.

Retail Assistant for LINC Charity Shop

Cheltenham

Hours:  11am – 4.30pm every Sunday and 4hours alternate Saturdays.
(flexibility to cover holidays etc)

Linc Charity Shop are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated person to join their team. In the absence of the shop manager you will ensure the smooth running of the shop.

These duties will include:

  • Strong communication with the management team.
  • Ensuring we are delivering great standards of customer service and ensuring the shop is kept clean and tidy at all times.
  • The accurate processing of any financial transactions
  • Merchandising items effectively and adherence of policies and procedures.
  • Monitoring all donations and actioning them promptly. Delivery of shop floor and stock room management.
  • Basic IT skills - Inputting data onto the computer ie gift-aid and daily sales figures.
  • Ideally you will have had experience of working within a shop environment

Remuneration: £8.91 per hour 

Part Time: 7.5 hours per week equivalent.

Apply HERE

Advice and Support Worker - ASW

Gloucester

Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers is seeking applications for the post of Advice and Support Worker.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 29th November 2021

Interview date: Week commencing Monday 6th December 2021

This initial one year post aims to offer independent, impartial and non-directive advice and information on immigration and welfare matters for refugees, Asylum Seekers and other migrants. The advice offered will include general advice at OISC level 1, such as housing, Asylum Support, benefits and health. The post holder will be working within a team.

For more information and to apply please click HERE

Helping Hands Programme Manager

Closing today!

Cheltenham

Reporting To:   Director of Programmes
Direct Reports:   Three
Location:    Head Office, Cheltenham
Hours:    Full time/35 hours per week

WellChild, based in the centre of Cheltenham, is the national charity for sick children. They fund a wide variety of programmes and services to care for and support children and young people who are living with serious illness or have exceptional care needs.

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an innovative, creative and resourceful individual to lead and manage their Helping Hands Project Team.   This unique programme undertakes one-off home improvement projects such as accessible/sensory garden and bedroom makeovers at families' homes which have a positive, practical, and long-lasting impact on the lives of the children and young people that they work with and their families.  This is a challenging but hugely rewarding role that works with an experienced and highly committed team of staff to deliver these projects.  A key focus on this role going forward will be leading on the programme’s recovery from the effects of the pandemic and planning an exciting phase of sustainable future growth across the UK.

For more information click HERE

For more Gloucestershire VCS vacancies in the county please click HERE
Volunteering Vacancies
The Door
Youth & Families Project based in Stroud 

Join The Door and become a mentor to support a vulnerable young person or parent. As a mentor you will create a safe space, become a positive role model and offer a listening ear to support your mentee. They provide full training and no experience is necessary. The Door believes everyone has something to offer as a mentor. 
Whilst their main building is in Stroud, they also work in Stonehouse, Cam & Dursley, Wotton under Edge and Cirencester. Where possible, they try to match you up with a mentee in your local area but driving is beneficial not essential. They ask mentors to give 1-2 hours a week to provide the mentoring session and send over the diary after each session. The Door also run monthly training sessions and offer time for support and catch ups with the mentors. 
If you are interested in becoming a mentor and supporting a young persons or parents journey, please contact info@thedoor.org.uk or call 01453 756745 for more information and an application form. 
Are you passionate about arts, play and education? 
Are you keen to ensure that we resource local activities in a sustainable way?
The Gloucestershire Resource Centre is seeking people to join their Trustee Board to support the development of this important charity.

They particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, young people, LGBT people and people from a black, Asian or minority ethnic community. They are keen to ensure greater diversity on the Board to provide a broader perspective, with different networks, skills, and experiences into the organisation.  Trustees work in a voluntary capacity but travel expenses can be met.
 
The GRC provides support for arts, play and education throughout Gloucestershire through a range of practical services including the Scrapstore, facilitating the re-use of surplus materials generated by businesses.  The GRC also runs the City Works Community Hub, a successful model of
community engagement for the county. 
 
They are at an exciting time in the GRC’s journey and you would be joining a well-run,
financially stable and unique charity within the county.
 
For full information about the organisation, what is involved in becoming a Trustee
and how to apply please visit:
www.grcltd.org
 
GRC - City Works - Alfred Street - Gloucester GL1 4DF
 T: 01452 504442 E: manager@grcltd.org
Charity Registration: 1047985
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

Voluntary Resource Director (Trust Council position)


Stroud

About the Cotswold Canals Trust

The Cotswold Canals Trust is a charity run by volunteers from the local community, giving time and energy to save our heritage and improve our local environment for the benefit of everyone.

This is a Trustee position meaning you will be legally responsible for a charity’s management and administration.  Trustees meet once a month (excluding August and January) to take collective decisions on policy and strategy and identify opportunities for progressing the charity’s objectives.

Click HERE 
 

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