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Independent advocacy in Gloucestershire

Independent advocacy in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire County Council would like to know what you think about the independent advocacy services it buys. Independent advocacy is help for people so they can tell others what they think or feel. It helps protect the rights of people who find it harder to say what they want. The helper is called an advocate. The advocacy charter says advocacy is: “taking action to help people say what they ... »

Former Carer and Dementia Campaigner June Hennell Awarded MBE

Former Carer and Dementia Campaigner June Hennell Awarded MBE

A DEMENTIA campaigner has been recognised for her tireless efforts in helping people affected by the condition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. June Hennell, of Boakes Drive, Stonehouse, has been awarded the MBE for services to dementia care and awareness. June, 71, has campaigned tirelessly since her late husband, Brian, was diagnosed with the condition in 2009. “I am very humble... »

Carers Week walks in Gloucestershire

Carers Week walks in Gloucestershire

Carers Week is a national campaign to celebrate and raise awareness of the estimated 7 million unpaid carers in this Country. Each year Carers Gloucestershire, a local charity which currently supports over 11,000 unpaid carers living in Gloucestershire marks Carers Week with our ‘Walk a Mile in my Shoes’ fundraising walk and family fun day, taking place this year on 5th June in Pittville Park, Che... »

Carers Week 2016

Carers Week 2016

The theme for Carers Week (6th -12th June) is ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities’. The aim being to encourage Community Groups, businesses, services and individuals to adopt a ‘Carer Friendly’ attitude which recognises the contribution Carers make to their families and communities, removing the barriers that leave Carers feeling excluded. The Carers Week campaign group are encouraging people to ... »

We are recruiting for an External Relations Manager

Are you values-driven and looking to work in an environment that is challenging, professional and supportive?  Are you a marketing and communications expert looking for a new challenge and motivated by helping others? If so, you may be just the person we’re looking for. At Carers Gloucestershire we are striving for a better life for carers, one where no one has to face the challenges of caring alo... »

Golden Ticket competition for carers holiday

Golden Ticket competition for carers holiday

To celebrate Carers Gloucestershire’s annual fundraising event and free family fun day ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’  held at Pittville Pump Room and Park on Sunday 5th June 2016, the Disabled Afloat Riverboat Trust is offering a great prize draw for all carers registered with Carers Gloucestershire attending the event. For many of Gloucestershire’s unpaid carers, the chance to... »

Local knitters show their support for ‘Cast on for Carers’ appeal

Local knitters show their support for ‘Cast on for Carers’ appeal

To mark Dementia Awareness Week (15th-21st May 2016), we at Carers Gloucestershire would like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers, carers, individuals and knitting groups who have been supporting our Cast on for Carers campaign and created and donated some fantastic twiddlemuffs . Hundreds of twiddlemuffs, wool and twiddles have been donated to the Carers Gloucestershire office and our do... »

Commitment to Carers Recognised with Gold Star Award

Commitment to Carers Recognised with Gold Star Award

The commitment shown by 2gether NHS Foundation Trust towards working in partnership with carers has been recognised with the award of a gold star under the national Triangle of Care scheme. The Triangle of Care, which is run by the Carers Trust, brings carers, service users and professionals closer together to jointly promote the recovery of people with mental health conditions. The Trust was acce... »

British Red Cross: Gloucester Assisted Discharge Service

The service commenced in February 2015 and provides short- term practical and emotional support to people who have attended the A&E departments and wards at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals and, for non- medical reasons, may be deemed to be at risk if discharged unsupported. We can help by providing transport and a period of resettlement for service users who are medicall... »

Junction Young Adult CArers

National funding to transform lives of young adult carers in Gloucestershire

Children and young adults across Gloucestershire who are providing unpaid care for their family and loved ones will be among 20,000 young adult carers to have their lives transformed by a funding boost from Carers Trust. Carers Gloucestershire has today been awarded more than £40,000 from Carers Trust, the UK’s largest charity for unpaid carers, to help young adult carers make life-changing decisi... »

Win Nicholas McCarthy Concert Tickets

On the 29th May our Patron and one-handed pianist, Nicholas McCarthy is playing a concert in Cheltenham at the Parabola Arts Centre. To encourage to people register for ‘Walk a mile in my shoes’ this year, he’s offering the fabulous prizes of two free sets of tickets to his concert, with a signed CD and an opportunity to meet him. To be in with a chance to win this all you have to do is register t... »

Recruiting for Volunteer Co-ordinator

At Carers Gloucestershire, we are working to ensure that no one has to face the challenges of caring alone. We do this by providing a range of services and support to those caring for someone who couldn’t manage without their help. We are currently recruiting to fill the following vacancy:  Volunteer Co-ordinator (ref: VC) Part Time, 30 hours per week Salary £16,551 p.a. (£20,413 p.a. FTE)  Manage... »

Seeking Celebrity Shoes

Seeking Celebrity Shoes

Carers Gloucestershire is calling on celebrities who live in Gloucestershire and further afield to support our forthcoming annual flagship fund raising event ‘Walk a Mile in my Shoes‘ by donating a pair of shoes. To celebrate national ‘Carers Week 2016’ we are inviting people to do something different and join us in Pittville Park, on Sunday 5th June wearing someone else’s shoes.  Part... »

Domiciliary Care (home care) Listening Event

Domiciliary Care (home care) Listening Event

The Care Quality Commission has asked Healthwatch Gloucestershire to hold a listening event in order to find out people’s experiences of domiciliary care in Gloucestershire. This event will be held on Monday 14th March 2016 at St Mary’s Congregational Church, St Marys Street, Gloucester, GL1 2QS. We are inviting users, their carers and families to drop in any time between 10am to 12 noon to give u... »

Victory for carers and carers’ rights

Victory for carers and carers’ rights

The Government has announced it will change the law to exempt all carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance from the benefit cap.   The announcement came in response to an amendment tabled by Carers UK Vice President Baroness Pitkeathley, following a landmark ruling from the High Court on carers affected by the benefit cap.   Since the benefit cap was first announced in 2010 Carers UK has campaigned ... »

Care Act for Carers: One Year On

Care Act for Carers: One Year On

Carers Trust is conducting a piece of work to find out how the new provisions in the Care Act are working for carers, one year on. On 1st February, a call for evidence was launched which will close on 18 March. We would welcome your support, please: • Submit evidence about how the Care Act is working for carers and examples of what is working well, and what is not; • Encourage carers, organisation... »

Tewkesbury Hospital launches Carers Cafe

Tewkesbury Hospital launches Carers Cafe

Today saw the launch of the new Carers Cafe at Tewkesbury Hospital. The cafe  is for carers whether for patients on the ward or carers of patients attending ARU downstairs, but also open to carers from anywhere, with the concept of a social peer support opportunity. The cafe is open between 10am-12noon every Tuesday and the purpose of the cafe is to respond to carers needs and wishes considering e... »

Have your say…

Have your say…

Gloucestershire County Council wants to know your views on proposed changes to services for families with young children. Find out more and have your say Please visit: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/familyservices for dates and times of drop in sessions across the county, and to complete an online survey. You can share your views from 18th January to 11th April 2016. Listen to this Post »

Al’s Yellow Slipper

Al’s Yellow Slipper

Performed by Tewkesbury School and the Tewkesbury Dementia Community Groups, this play gently uses warmth and humour balanced against darker moments to explore and share how Al’s normal world is challenged by a new and uninvited slipper invading spaces in his memory. The emotional turmoil that Al, his family and friends feel following Al’s diagnosis with dementia is deeply explored through denying... »

Job Opportunity with Carers Gloucestershire

Job Opportunity with Carers Gloucestershire

At Carers Gloucestershire we are working to ensure that no one has to face the challenges of caring alone. We do this by providing a range of services and support to those caring for someone who couldn’t manage without their help. Learning & Development Co-ordinator (Ref: LDC) 30 hours per week Salary: £16,551, (£20,413 FTE) Key responsibilities will include: • Co-ordination and administration... »

Adult Carers United AGM

Adult Carers United AGM

Do you give regular unpaid help to a person who has a disability or additional needs who is over 18 years old? If so we want to hear your views: we need you! At present Parent Carers have a strong voice in Gloucestershire and help shape current and future services; we believe all carers should have this opportunity! Would you like: • the opportunity to meet likeminded people in similar situations.... »

Family & Carers Market Place Event

Do you know someone who drinks too much? Do you know someone who uses drugs? Are you worried about them ? Do you need support, help and advice about how to help them and how to help yourself? Listen to this Post »

Dementia loved ones ‘benefit from visits’

Spending time with loved ones with dementia is important even after they fail to recognise the faces of friends and family, a dementia charity says. A survey found that 42% of the public think there is no point in keeping up contact at this stage. But the Alzheimer’s Society said family visits stimulated feelings of happiness, comfort and security. Even as the condition progresses, it said p... »

Job Opportunity at Carers Gloucestershire

Job Opportunity at Carers Gloucestershire

At Carers Gloucestershire we are striving for a better life for carers, one where no one has to face the challenges of caring alone. We do this by providing a range of services and support to those caring for someone who couldn’t manage without their help. We are currently looking to fill the following vacancies: Carersline Supervisor (ref: CLS) 1 x FT, 37 hours per week £ 25,800  Supervising the ... »

Applications For GP Branch Surgery Closures

Applications For GP Branch Surgery Closures

NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group has received applications from The Chipping surgery and Culverhay surgery to close their branch surgeries at the following addresses: Bethesda Chapel, Park Street, Hawkesbury Upton, Badminton Avon Crescent Community Centre, Avon Crescent, Wickwar Crescent Bakery Surgery will also be submitting an application to close their branch surgery at Hesters ... »

Can you ‘Cast on for Carers’ this Winter?

Can you ‘Cast on for Carers’ this Winter?

Twiddlemuffs are knitted, woollen muffs with twiddles safely attached such as buttons, beads, ribbons and zips.  Research has shown that Twiddlemuffs can help to calm restless hands and assist with general agitation which can often be suffered by those with dementia. Carers Gloucestershire Volunteer, Linda Bright has been knitting Twiddlemuffs for over 2 months “I’ve really enjoyed the... »

Information and guidance for people affected by dementia

Information and guidance for people affected by dementia

Meet with an Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Adviser for advice and practical guidance. There will be a Carer Adviser from Carers Gloucestershire at every session to help with any caring situation. Find us at: Tewkesbury Library, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX, between 10.30 and 11.30. Next meeting 17th December (Christmas meeting date) then 28th January, 25th February, 31st March, 28th April 2016.... »

Illness or injury? Not sure where to turn?

Illness or injury? Not sure where to turn?

The NHS in Gloucestershire is launching its Winter ASAP (Choose Well) public information campaign. The campaign targets adults and parents of young children with advice on what to do if they are ill or injured and are unsure where to turn. The promotional material encourages them to check out the App, Search the website, Ask NHS 111 or pop in to their local Pharmacy. Pharmacists can also offer adv... »

Christmas Coffee Morning for carers

Christmas Coffee Morning for carers

All carers are welcome to join us for this Festive Coffee morning. Come for a short drop-in or stay for the whole two hours. The coffee morning will take place at Carers Gloucestershire’s Gloucester office: Floor 2, Messenger House, 35 St Michaels Square, Gloucester, GL1 1HX Do come and join us, we’d love to see you! Listen to this Post »

Positive Caring in Cheltenham, Stroud & Moreton

Positive Caring in Cheltenham, Stroud & Moreton

The Positive Caring Programme enables carers to meet others in similar situations and gain and share information. It provides an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required by a carer and to find solutions to problems. Details of the sessions: Cheltenham:  Springbank Resource Centre, Springbank Way, Cheltenham, GL51 0LG, 10.30am —1.00pm Monday 18th January 2016 –  Being a Carer ... »

AGM a big success

AGM a big success

The Carers Gloucestershire Annual General Meeting on November 17th was a huge success, with well over 150 carers, staff, Trustees and partner organisations represented at the Pump Rooms, Pittville, Cheltenham. The meeting featured presentations from Chair Simon Probert and Chief Executive Tim Poole and the ‘official’ business of re-electing Trustees and presenting the financial reports... »

Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

The CQC – the independent regulator of health, mental health and adult social care are inspecting the Mental Health services at the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust on the 26th October.  We are still hoping to hear the views from patients and the public. You can feed in your views by calling 03000 616161,  e-mail at enquiries@cqc.org.uk or visit the website and complete the form at http://www.cqc.org.... »

‘Art for Your Sake’

‘Art for Your Sake’

  Starting this week – a regular creative drop-in for carers every Thursday. It’s at ‘deepspaceworks’ Art Centre, 11 Hamilton St, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. Pop in for as long as you like between 10 & 3 to try things like; Simple bookbinding Printing Collage Drawing Painting – watercolours or oils Pastels Converting slides   ………….or bring a project of your ow... »

World Mental Health Day event

World Mental Health Day event

Please join us for World Mental Health Day at Cirencester Market Place, on Friday 9 October. Listen to this Post »

Snowdrop Teas

Snowdrop Teas

Building Circles are to hold a charity weekend at Colesbourne Park near Cirencester where we will be serving tea/coffee & cake to the visitors who come to see the snowdrops on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th February 2016. On average (weather depending) between 650 and 1400 visitors arrive each weekend.  This means we need lots of volunteers (12-14 per day) and a lot of home made cakes. If you c... »

Tips for the winter months

Tips for the winter months

  Well it’s that time of the year again. We’ve kissed goodbye to the summer that never was and are now digging out our scarves and gloves. Winter not only brings cold weather – colds, flu and low mood are its unwelcome companions. The ‘winter blues’* are normal as our body adjusts to shorter days and increasingly cold weather. There isn’t anything we can do about winter, but we can prepare fo... »

Give us your views

Give us your views

After a recent event organised by GlosNA (Gloucestershire Neurological Alliance) we would like to hear from any Carers who have experience positive respite. This could be in care or residential homes, care agencies coming into the home or any other initiative you have come up with. Respite can be used to take a holiday or rest completely away from the cared for or for just a few hours. We would li... »

Carers Gloucestershire AGM

Carers Gloucestershire AGM

‘Carer Community – Making Connections’ November 17th, from 10.30am, Pittville Pump Rooms, Cheltenham. As a Carer Led organisation, Carers Gloucestershire would really value your attendance at our AGM. We believe in listening to Carers and shaping what we do to meet their needs. This year we want to place a much greater emphasis on this part of the AGM, make it more interactive and more reliant on ... »

Carers Gloucestershire patron lands record deal

Carers Gloucestershire patron lands record deal

Nicholas McCarthy, who at one point was told he would never have a career, is not your average artist.  Born in 1989 without his right hand he only began to play the piano at the late age of 14 after seeing a friend play Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata but was determined to fulfil his dream of becoming a concert pianist. He has now signed a record deal with Warner Classics and will release his debut ... »

Forest of Dean Carers’ Forum

Forest of Dean Carers’ Forum

Local Carers’ Forums consider local issues as well feeding into a regular county-wide gathering to bring together carer issues from across the county.  The aim is to create a strong carer-led ‘voice’ to influence policy and services to improve outcomes for all carers. Forums also enable you to meet other carers, as well as those decision makers in statutory agencies who set policy for the se... »

Current Vacancies

Please find below the appropriate job description, person specification and application form for our current vacancies. Click on the relevant file to download.   Carer Adviser (ref: CA) 1 x Part Time, 22.5 hours per week £14,240 p.a. (£23,417pa fte) based in our Tewkesbury Office covering Tewkesbury and Cheltenham 1 x Part Time, 25 hours per week £15,822 p.a. (£23,417pa fte) based in our Cind... »

Patient Participation Groups

Patient Participation Groups

All GP Practices now required to provide a representative Patient Participation Group Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) are groups of patients registered with a GP Surgery or Medical Centre. They have no medical training, but have an interest in the services provided. They work in partnership with the Surgery or Medical Centre to ensure that there is a good relationship between patients, GPs and... »

Job Opportunities with Carers Gloucestershire

Job Opportunities with Carers Gloucestershire

At Carers Gloucestershire we are striving for a better life for carers, one where no one has to face the challenges of caring alone. We do this by providing a range of services and support to those caring for someone who couldn’t manage without their help. We are currently looking to fill the following vacancies: Carer Adviser (ref: CA) 1 x Part Time, 22.5 hours per week £14,240 p.a. (£23,417pa ft... »

Latest Positive Caring Opportunities

Latest Positive Caring Opportunities

The Positive Caring Programme is pleased to announce new courses coming soon in Gloucester and Cheltenham. Positive Caring Programme is a series of group sessions which enable carers to meet others in similar situations and gain and share information. It provides an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required by a carer and to find solutions to problems. Gloucester: The sessions will ... »

Full of Life

Full of Life

Free ‘drop-in’ group at Dryleaze Court. Enjoy drawing, painting, poetry, singing, and more – starts Tuesday 4th August and run for 6 weeks. Please see notice below for details. For more information, please contact Lisa Barnfield at World Jungle on 01453 548 880, email info@worldjungle.org.uk or visit www.worldjungle.org.uk Listen to this Post »

Positive Caring in Stroud and Coleford

Positive Caring in Stroud and Coleford

The Positive Caring Programme is pleased to announce new courses coming soon in Stroud and Coleford. Positive Caring Programme is a series of group sessions which enable carers to meet others in similar situations and gain and share information. It provides an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required by a carer and to find solutions to problems. Stroud: The sessions will take place... »

Time Out for Carers

Time Out for Carers

There are limited places left for our Time Out for Carers day trip to Cotswold Farm Park, next Wednesday July 29th 2015. Cotswold Farm Park was awarded Farm Attraction of the Year by the National Farm Attractions Network last year.  As the home of Rare Breeds Conservation, visitors can meet over 50 flocks and herds of farm animals, including Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs and Highland Cattle. The T... »

Open afternoon and tea invitation

Open afternoon and tea invitation

Sheppard House, Newent, provides a range of quality services , a purpose built Day Centre and  highly trained drivers and escorts for the Dial a Ride service. Sheppard House provides Community Transport to link local villages with mainstream transport and is the main centre for the North Forest Area, providing connections to other services, as well as supporting both carers and family members and ... »

Supporting the Over 50’s  in Cam & Dursley

Supporting the Over 50’s in Cam & Dursley

NEW DIRECTORY A list of local groups and support organisations available to the over-50s in Cam, Dursley and surrounding villages.   The directory can be viewed online at www.worldjungle.org.uk/community_Over50sServicesDirectory.html Copies can also be printed off from the website and are being made available for reference at local venues.     www.worldjungle.org.uk Listen to this P... »

Carer Forums coming to you

Carer Forums coming to you

Carers Gloucestershire has been helping carers and relevant organisations to set up a local forums around the county. These consider local issues as well feeding into a regular county-wide gathering to bring together carer issues from across the county.  The aim is to create a strong carer-led ‘voice’ to influence policy and services to improve outcomes for all carers. Forums also enable you to me... »

Great Oaks Open Morning

Great Oaks Open Morning

Great Oaks Dean Forest Hospice, Coleford, would like to invite existing carers as well as any who are not seeking support, but may like to, to our open morning on June 27th. Please see more information below – and the cakes are always delicious!!!   Listen to this Post »

Tim Poole For All I Care

For All I Care: Tim Poole, Chief Executive

What do you know about The Victor Talking Machine Company? Not much? Less than that? Well, VTMC had a number of firsts; it was a leading proponent of phonographs (records) rather than cylinders; it was the first to use the image of Nipper the terrier listening to a gramophone amplifying horn; more importantly – if only because it helps this introduction – it was the first company to use (and copyr... »

Healthwatch Gloucestershire AGM

Healthwatch Gloucestershire AGM

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Job Opportunities with Carers Gloucestershire

Job Opportunities with Carers Gloucestershire

At Carers Gloucestershire we are working to ensure that no one has to face the challenges of caring alone. We do this by providing a range of services and support to those caring for someone who couldn’t manage without their help. We are currently looking to recruit to the following vacancies: Special Educational Needs and Disability Service Manager (Ref: SENDM) Part Time 18.5 hours per week £27,0... »

Neuro15

Neuro15

On behalf of the Gloucestershire Neurological Alliance, we would like to invite you to join us at Neuro15  on Tuesday 16th June, 2015, 12 noon to 3pm. Come and find out more about the Gloucestershire Neurological Alliance and how we can work together to improve the quality and availability of services. For all the details, please click here.     Listen to this Post »

Job Opportunity with Gloucestershire Young Carers

Job Opportunity with Gloucestershire Young Carers

Charity No 1090289 Supporting the ‘young’ in young carer Two exciting opportunities exist to join a vibrant organisation at the forefront of developing support services with and for young carers. Young Carers Project Worker x 2 Each post 21 hours per week. £20,198 pro rata. (Some flexibility exists in the allocation of hours between the two posts). Permanent contract subject to continued funding. ... »

Walk a Mile 2015

Walk a Mile 2015

This weekend, Dame Janet Trotter, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire and Honorary President of Carers Gloucestershire, will lead out ‘Walk a mile in my shoes’, the flagship fundraising event of Carers Gloucestershire. Last year at the event, some 200 people from across Gloucestershire stepped out in Pittville Park, Cheltenham wearing someone else’s shoes, to show their support for local unpaid... »

New training dates to become a mentor

New training dates to become a mentor

There are four morning sessions: Tuesday 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th June 2015, all at Messenger House, our Gloucester office. Sessions run from 10:00 – 1:30, including lunch. Are you a carer or former carer? Can you spare an hour a week to offer help and support to another carer through an understanding of your own caring experience? Our mentors are currently supporting other carers throughout... »

Tim Poole For All I Care

For All I Care: Tim Poole, Chief Executive

Right, first off, a quick quiz question for you: Who’s catchphrase, which was included in The 100 Greatest TV Quotes and Catch Phrases, was, “I love it when a plan comes together”? Of course, it’s Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith, played by George Peppard in 1980s action-adventure television series The A-Team. By the by, apparently the producers originally had James Coburn in mind t... »

Carers over 85 more than double in a decade

Carers over 85 more than double in a decade

The number of people who are aged over eighty-five and care for a loved one has more than DOUBLED in the past decade. New research from Carers UK and AGE UK shows the figure has risen by 128 percent to over eighty-seven thousand – and over half (55%) of these over 85s are caring for fifty or more hours each week. The two charities say older carers are making an immense contribution to the st... »

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