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.

Dementia Action Week 

Click HERE to get involved in Dementia Action Week 2022
Launching on 1st June 2022 during national Volunteers’ Week, Go Volunteer Glos, the digital home of volunteering in Gloucestershire, is a BRAND-NEW website for local people aged 16 plus who are looking to offer their time as a volunteer. 

Using (live from 1st June) will be the simplest way to find the widest range of local volunteering opportunities in the county all in one place, no matter what your interest is – anything from fundraising, to dog walking for an elderly person, to becoming a special constable.  

Look out for more news in our newsletter on 1st June!  

If you would like to find out more about the service, please email Emma Snell on 

The WEA are organising information sessions online for Ukrainian Refugees. The sessions which are free of charge, will focus on English courses, plus other qualifications refugees gain with the WEA in the South West.
All Ukrainian adults and their family members who are supported through the Ukraine Family Scheme or Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme, are immediately eligible to join the courses.

The sessions will be delivered in both English and Russian.
 CLICK HERE for more information.
The sessions are free.
For many of us, home is widely considered the safest place to be. This is sadly far from reality for victims of #domesticabuse. ⁣ Having #HollieGuard on your device helps you feel safe & allows you to reach out to your contacts in an emergency. 
Click HERE to find out more information
Join the ThirdSector Fundraising Conference 2022. Find out useful and practical advice to help your organisation access funding and become more strategic when fundraising. 

Panel discussions include: 

Navigating our new reality – reflections on the past few years and equipping your charity for an uncertain future

  • Understanding the landscape: with increased competition for funding opportunities, find out what you can do to stand out
  • Accepting the difficulty in making long-term fundraising plans, and find power in focusing on what you can achieve short-term

Utilising the digital space to grow your fundraising portfolio

  • Where to start when you’re new to digital fundraising 
  • What are the best platforms to fundraise on, and how can you decide which method best suits your organisation?

Passes for @ThirdSector's virtual two-day fundraising conference start at just £15 per person for small charities. Sign up to join us on 26 & 27 May, with all content available on-demand for 90 days:

The link to register can be found below.

Take a look at the exciting new vision for Wallbridge


A bold vision to improve a key gateway area to Stroud town centre is planned – and the public can take a look later this week.

Stroud District Council will hold drop-in sessions at Wallbridge on Friday 20 May from 3pm -7pm and on Saturday 21 May from 9am - 1pm for people to come and see the exciting landscape designs for the area, talk to landscape architects about their proposals and give their thoughts to help develop the designs further.

Wallbridge is an important gateway into the town centre from the southern side by road, the various walking and cycle routes that cross the space and where the Thames and Severn Canal and Stroudwater Navigation join.

While the area is currently used for events and gatherings, its potential to provide a strong sense of arrival to the town, to welcome people, to be a space for picnics, festivals and events and an attractive place for people to walk, cycle and travel by boat needs to be maximised.

The District Council’s bid to the Levelling Up Fund in July this year is an opportunity to change that and transform this canal side location into a welcoming green space where people will want to spend more time.

A bold landscape concept design has been prepared in conjunction with key stakeholders to transform this public realm and to also create improved routes through the space from the south and west of the town through the provision of new, signalised, pedestrian crossings that will provide access to the town centre via the newly designed green space.

As well as the drop-in session, people will be able to leave their feedback on a dedicated website from now until Monday 30 May, Please visit to give your thoughts.

The Local Answer
Charity £5,000 Giveaway

Lots of people are feeling the pinch at the moment, including local charities and not-for-profit organisations. With costs rising and donations from the public understandably slowing down, The Local Answer have decided to support the local community with a giveaway.

They will be donating a grand total of £5,000 to be split between five Gloucestershire-based charities or not-for-profit organisations – and the lucky winners of the draw will get to choose which ones!

So, whether you have a personal involvement or just like to support a specific local charity, club, society, group, trust or association – provided it is, essentially, a non-profit making enterprise – you could help boost their funds by £1,000!

The more times your charity or club’s name is submitted, the higher their chance of being drawn. So make sure you share this giveaway with friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to give your organisation the best chance of becoming a winner!

Read more HERE

Gloucestershire CCG is leading a programme of work to support individuals living with frailty and/or dementia, and/or their families and carers.  The definition of frailty we are using is “a person’s mental and physical resilience, or their ability to bounce back and recover from events like illness and injury”. 

There is currently a lack of understanding of the services provided specifically for people who are frail and/or have dementia and how they connect to each other.  This survey has been designed to capture the detailed current picture and is being sent to colleagues from statutory and VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) service providers, including GHFT (the local main hospitals Trust), GHC (the local community and mental health Trust), primary care, and Adult Social Care.  

Following your help completing this survey, The Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group will produce a map of the services across the county, including highlighting any gaps.  The information gathered will also inform their strategies and plans, ensuring future resources are used to best effect, which in turn will benefit both service users and those providing services.  The outputs of this survey will be made widely available. 

It is expected to take between approx. 5 – 15 minutes to complete this survey depending on the type and the size of your service (the smaller your service, the fewer questions you will be asked).

Please respond by 9am on 27 May 2022.  If you have any questions, please contact and 07919 112936.  Please only complete one survey per service (noting there maybe more than one service in any one organisation).  If you know of another service(s) that should be sent this survey, please let Sian know.

The Gloucestershire VCS Alliance MEMBER OF THE WEEK is....


Created over 30 years ago, the charity has its roots firmly based in supporting families and children with additional needs.  The centre is for all children, giving those without additional needs empathy and appreciation for others, regardless of differences.
The centre provides care, support and facilities which enable all children to grow and learn together. From 3 months to preschool, there is a place for everyone.  👏

Visit their website here 👉
The Gloucestershire VCS Alliance Weekly Quiz is happening at 7.30pm this evening over on our Facebook page.
  A link to our Facebook page can be found HERE

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

Senior Music Leader
(disability support) Full-time role (@ 37.5 hours a week)
Job share/flexible working considered
£25,000 (plus pension)
Gloucester based
About The Music Works and why we need this role
The Music Works (TMW) is a Gloucestershire charity that transforms young lives through music. We’re specialists in working with young people in challenging circumstances to help them reach their full potential in music, in learning and in life. We work with over 3,000 young people a year in schools and our community rehearsal spaces in Gloucester, Stroud, and the Forest of Dean. Our approach is youth-led, with young people involved at every stage of planning and delivery.
Here is an introduction to our work:
In September 2021 we opened a new inclusive music hub for young people in Gloucester. . The Hub is becoming known as a national beacon for inclusive best practise in music. It has resulted in a huge increase in demand for our work and has led to a doubling of our staff team with new opportunities arising all of the time.  The main purpose of this role will be to positively engage with young people (especially those with disabilities) and deliver high quality music activities to youth groups and individuals alongside senior music leaders and our disability lead, helping and supporting young people to develop musical, social and personal skills.
Key responsibilities
  • Work alongside the disability lead to plan and deliver music programmes, workshops and activities to engage disabled young people
  • Facilitate music sessions and signpost young people onto other activities where necessary
  • Support the disability lead with administrative tasks including data input and registers
  • Support staff in one-off events, such as the special schools festival and longer-term projects
  • Offer advice and support for young people seeking music opportunities
  • Liaise with a variety of people and organisations including schools, community groups, freelance professionals and specialist workers
  • Promote the studio Hub and music activities (with our marketing team) to local groups and individuals
  • Undertake training when needed to further develop skills and knowledge for the role
  • Help maintain music equipment and our sensory room
  • Support young volunteers
Details of the role:
This is a full-time role (37.5 hours per week), subject to normal probation period of 6 months. It is a permanent role but we will consider job shares, reduced hours and flexible working with the right candidate. Evening and weekend work will be expected on a regular basis.
The salary is £25K per annum.
The role will be based at our Gloucester studio but some travel to other venues across the county will also be expected. We’re flexible about some homeworking where it doesn’t affect the job.

How to apply:
Please send a CV, along with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role and how you are suitable and meet the person specification. We also ask that you complete an equality form (this is anonymous and is only to help us make sure we are reaching a broad range of people). Please send to
If you would like to discuss the role beforehand then please email to arrange a time to talk.
The closing date is 1st June 2022.
Vacancy – Chief Executive Officer

Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS) is a major provider of counselling and counselling training within the county. It is a highly valued and reputable charity serving the communities of Gloucestershire. These are exciting times for the organisation, and we are looking to recruit an outstanding leader, a strategic thinker and motivational, collaborative worker. 

We are seeking an individual with experience of leadership, organisation development and someone who is interested in the Counselling landscape both locally and nationally to support and develop our Counselling and Training Services. The role requires an individual who enjoys working both at a strategic level while maintaining a focus on the day-to-day operations of the organisation, working with our excellent Senior Leadership Team to make things happen and reporting back to the Board of Trustees. 

We envisage this post being between 28 – 35 hours per week.  We are open to conversations surrounding working hours and flexible/hybrid working. Salary is £55,000 p.a. FTE pro rata.
GCS offers a friendly and supportive work environment based in the centre of Stroud, 25 days annual leave (pro rata), a contributory pension and a chance to lead a worthwhile organisation making a real difference to people’s lives.

Further details about the role and an application form can be found on our website

To be considered for the role please complete the application form and submit to  

Please contact  if you would like to book in an informal conversation about the role with our current Chief Executive.

Deadline: Wednesday 1st June 12.00 noon. 1st round interviews: 13th June. 2nd round presentation: 15th June 2022. Applications will only be considered on completed GCS applications forms available via our website

GCS aims to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Unfortunately, our office premises in Stroud have restricted access
Job Purpose:
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Administrator Team Lead to join our Women’s Community Services in the South West that supports women who have drug and alcohol problems, those with complex social needs and those are risk of offending.  The Team Lead will be working with administrative staff based in Gloucester, Bridgewater, Swindon and Bristol. 

About you:
Do you enjoy working with people?  Do you want to make a difference to women’s lives in your local area?  Do you have a good eye for detail?  Could you lead and motivate a team of dedicated staff?  If your answer is yet, then this role is for you. 
You will be leading a team that will help you to develop working practices and process that are safe and efficient; monitor data quality of our case management system, train staff on processes and data requirements.  Your role will contribute to the long term sustainability of our services.
Please the Job Description & Person Specification & Application Form.
Closing date: Thursday 25th May 2022
Interview date: Wednesday 1st June 2022
The Churn Project have a new and exciting role available. They are looking to employ a Fundraising and Communications Officer.

The successful candidate with have direct responsibility for planning and implementing fundraising activities focused on individual giving, corporate support, major donors, and legacies.  At present most of The Churn Project's income is from grants, and there is considerable scope to increase income in all these other areas.

You will work with the existing fundraising team which includes the Fundraising Manager, who leads the fundraising strategy with a focus on grants and trusts and the Community Fundraiser, whose focus is on events and community fundraising activities.
You will create and deliver the charity’s Communications Strategy, to raise their profile in the community and generate support of all kinds (including donations, volunteering, client referrals)

HOURS: 21 hours per week
SALARY: £27,340-£32,222 pro rata
ANNUAL LEAVE: 139 hours per annum
PENSION: Auto enrolment pension in place.
LOCATION: The Churn Project, 14-16 The Waterloo, Cirencester
Subject to clear enhanced DBS check

To Apply:
Email: for a job description and application form
Application Deadline: 20th May 2022
Interviews: 7th June 2022

More information about the post can be found HERE

The Listening Post are currently looking for part-time tutors to join our growing training team to deliver our Foundation Course in Counselling Skills (Level 2 & 3) and/or our Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 4).

Please click here for details.

For an application pack please contact Alice Wheeler,  If you feel an informal chat would be helpful before applying please do not hesitate to contact us.

Job Title: Behavioural Change Practitioner (Assessment & Support)
Location: Gloucester
Responsible to: Gloucestershire Positive Relationships Co-ordinator
Responsible for: No staff
Hours: 25-30 per week
Holiday Entitlement: 5 weeks plus bank holidays pro rata
Salary: £23,023 to 25,280 pro rata (per annum)
Pension: Group personal pension plan, with employer contribution of up to 4%.

This role is part of the commissioned Gloucestershire Positive Relationships Service. This role will ensure that clients referred to the service receive appropriate support in a timely manner and will involve provision of programme suitability assessments with clients, occasional brief 1-2-1 support
and additional administrative duties as required.

This role will also include responsibilities of service promotion, awareness raising, assessments and 1-2-1 support across the county and at locality bases in the Forest of Dean and Cotswolds at regular intervals.

There may be additional opportunities for sessional programme delivery of the Accredited DVPP and other programmes.

This is an office and community based role with limited opportunities for home working.

Please see a full job description HERE
Apply HERE

Job Title: Domestic Abuse Behavioural Change Advisor and Group Facilitator
Location: Gloucester Office and travel across Gloucestershire
Responsible to: Gloucestershire Positive Relationships Co-ordinator
Responsible for: No staff
Hours: 28- 32 hours including 2 evenings a week
Holiday Entitlement: 5 weeks plus bank holidays
Salary: £23,023 to 25,280 pro rata (per annum)
Pension: Group personal pension plan, with employer contribution of up to 4%.

This role is part of the commissioned Gloucestershire Positive Relationships Service. The role involves the delivery of evening group work twice a week in Gloucestershire (9 hours per week) and the provision of 1-2-1 support for
people not suitable or not yet suitable for the accredited programme. 1-2-1 support will be culturally flexible, appropriate, accessible and equitable to
people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, abilities and sexual orientations. This role will also include responsibilities of service promotion, awareness raising, assessments and 1-2-1 support across the county and at locality bases in the Forest of Dean and Cotswolds at regular intervals.

The post holder will play a key part in developing and delivering an effective model of 1-2-1 interventions to assist people to change their behaviour, in addition to the delivery of a Respect accredited, structured abuse prevention
programme delivered with a co-worker.

There may be additional opportunities for sessional programme delivery of other programmes.

This is an office and community based role with limited opportunities for home working.

Please see a full job description HERE and person specification HERE
Apply HERE

AGE UK have a vacancy for a Hospital to Home Support Coordinator. It’s an exciting opportunity for somebody to join their newly established System Flow Support Team working to improve the patient experience across Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals.

Hospital to Home Support Coordinator

Salary - £22,501 per annum FTE

Location – Based within Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and/or Cheltenham General Hospital but may involve some travel within Gloucestershire

Hours – Up to full time (37 hpw) available but flexibility offered. Working pattern between 9am and 5pm Monday to Fridays, with flexibility.

It’s a big aim - do you have the skills, experience and passion to join them?

Their Out of Hospital team is commissioned to provide help and support to older people returning home after a hospital stay and its ultimate aim is to build independence and reduce readmissions. They are now expanding this service to help those who can be safely discharged home and get there as quickly and simply as possible. Taking the time to listen to their needs and make things happen both within the hospital and when they return home.

If you wish to apply, please complete the application form and upload here or contact Duncan Thomas / Jo Murray for an informal chat about the role on 01452 420937 or 420938. For any technical queries about the application process, please contact Angela Jellyman on or call 01452 420903.

Young People’s Domestic Abuse Practitioners

Do you want to make a difference for young people across Gloucestershire? Do you want to contribute to change & improvement for those who need it?
Do you have resilience & adaptability? Can you work effectively with a focus on safety, support and care?
If yes, then Victim Support would love to hear from you…

Case Worker 
Office location Eastgate House, Eastgate Street
Full time/Part time
Part time - Hours per week 30 - 37.5 - Work schedule
Monday - Friday to cover shifts 9am-5pm, 10am-6pm & 12noon-8pm
Basic Salary - FTE £25,268. 41 per annum 30 hours-  £20,214.73 per annum
Allowances Travel expenses
Contract type Permanent

Closing Date  - 21/05/2022

How to apply:

To apply for this role please click HERE, and complete the application form demonstrating how you meet the essential shortlisting criteria.

Caseworker- Children & Young People


Office location - Eastgate House, Eastgate Street
Part time
Hours per week -  22.5
Monday to Friday, shift times 9am-5pm, 10am-6pm & 12noon to 8pm
Basic Salary - £25,268.41 per annum
Allowances - Travel expenses, Car
Contract type - Permanent

Closing Date  - 21/05/2022

To apply for this role please click HERE, and complete the application form demonstrating how you meet the essential shortlisting criteria.
Volunteer Vacancies
Stroud Valley Scout Group, Stroud
Would you like the chance to go camping, climbing, potholing, lead community projects while helping prepare young people with skills for life? As a cub section leader you will do all of
this and more, using your skills and learning new ones.
As part of Stroud Valley Scout Group, you will plan and deliver a safe and exciting programme for young people, making sure every young person gets the chance to spend at
least one night away each year.
You’ll use your energy and creativity to help young people have fun, develop their potential and earn a wide range of badges and awards, including the prestigious Chief Scout Awards.
Of course you won’t have to do this alone – a team of supporters, parents and the young people themselves will help you plan and deliver the programme. But it’s your enthusiasm
and sense of fun and adventure that will inspire them.
Stroud Valley Scouts is part of the Scouts, offering fun, friendship and skills for life to over 460,000 young people across the UK.
Interested? Contact John Jones on 07580703508
or email
We are looking for two new Trustees
Would you be interested in becoming a Trustee of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust?  We are currently looking to recruit two new Trustees: 
Vacancy 1: We are seeking someone with significant experience working in senior leadership roles within a Local Authority, with knowledge of policy development and political advocacy, especially in relation to development planning.
Vacancy 2: We are looking for someone aged 30 or under to help us to increase our engagement with young people across the organisation and to help us achieve the commitment in our new Strategy of young people shaping our work.
The Trustee role (which is a voluntary role) involves:
  • Ensuring that Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focussed on achieving these
  • Being responsible for the performance of GWT and for its culture
  • Ensuring that GWT complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Acting as guardian of GWT’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application
  • Ensuring that GWT’s governance is of the highest possible standard
If you are interested in becoming a GWT Trustee or would like to find out more, please contact Liz Parker in the first instance on 01452 383333 or email her -
Closing date for applications: 31st May 2022
Footsteps Counselling & Care is a charitable organisation offering compassionate counselling and care for anyone in the Gloucestershire area affected by pregnancy-related issues, the loss of a baby for any reason, traumatic birth, fertility problems and pregnancy-related mental health issues.

They have a mixed of paid and volunteer vacancies, please click the link below to see more.
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