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Become one of our valued volunteers in 2018

Become one of our valued volunteers in 2018

Could you spare an hour or two a month to volunteer with us? Volunteering with Carers Gloucestershire offers the opportunity to use your skills and time to help the county’s unpaid carers. Our roles are as diverse as our volunteers – you could train as a carer to carer mentor, staff stands at hospitals, help at events, become a community ambassador or support our administration team. I... »

Meet Kirsty, our London Marathon runner

Meet Kirsty, our London Marathon runner

For the first time, we have secured a place in the Virgin Money London Marathon and undertook a search via social media to find our first runner. We had a great response and are delighted to share the news that Kirsty Reid, from Gloucester has been offered our coveted place! Kirsty will be running the world-famous marathon on Sunday 22 April to raise funds for Carers Gloucestershire. Kirsty, who i... »

Current Vacancies

Current Vacancies

Would you like to join our friendly team in central Gloucester, supporting Gloucestershire’s unpaid carers? We are currently recruiting to fill the following vacancies: Learning, and Development Service Manager Learning, Development & Breaks Co-ordinator Carer Adviser – maternity cover For more information, please visit our Work for Us page. Carers Gloucestershire is an equal oppor... »

Carers Gloucestershire President honoured by The Queen

Carers Gloucestershire President honoured by The Queen

We are delighted that our President, Dame Janet Trotter has been appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2018 New Years Honours List. Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet says she is “absolutely thrilled” after receiving the honour from The Queen. She has been The Queen’s official representative in the county since 2010 and has been associated with Carer... »

Gloucestershire’s Carers Rights Day

Gloucestershire’s Carers Rights Day

Last Friday, 24 November,  saw Gloucestershire’s Carers Rights Day Event – a chance for Carers to get information about their rights and have a say on issues that are affecting them currently. Over 40 carers came to tell the new local authority and NHS commissioner for Carer services, Holly Beaman, what would make the biggest difference to their lives and also share issues with finding good ... »

Thank you for taking the time to attend our AGM

Thank you for taking the time to attend our AGM

Thank you to everyone who gave their time to attend our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, 14 November. We heard from the Chair of the board, Simon Probert and Chief Executive, Tim Poole, on the challenges facing Carers Gloucestershire as we look forward to our future. As we gear for the what the future might bring, we were keen to recognise the contribution of carers using our services, vol... »

Daphne Poole

A tribute to Daphne Poole, founding chair of Carers Gloucestershire

In August 2017, Daphne Poole sadly passed away and Carers Gloucestershire lost a very good friend. Daphne was the inaugural chair of Carers Gloucestershire having worked with the first manager, Viv Aird. Daphne was born on the Wirral and had very happy memories of her childhood by the sea in West Kirby and Hoylake. She went on to study drama after leaving school and did some repertory theatre at S... »

Challenging Behaviour Foundation Workshops

Challenging Behaviour Foundation Workshops

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation are running a series of free workshops for carers in Gloucestershire focussing on positive behaviour. The workshops will give you basic skills in functional assessment, reactive/proactive strategies and behaviour support plans. The style is interactive and informal – participation is encouraged through discussions and activities in small/whole groups. You... »

Turn your unloved jewellery into cash for carers

Turn your unloved jewellery into cash for carers

Do you have jewellery hidden in the back of a drawer that you no longer wear or want? Maybe you are hoarding a necklace with a broken clasp, an odd cufflink, a single earring, battered bangle or a ring that’s lost its stone. We would love to recycle your unwanted gold and silver jewellery to raise money to support our work championing and supporting Gloucestershire’s unpaid carers. Just 5g of 9 ca... »

Are you a carer? We need you!

Are you a carer? We need you!

Carers Gloucestershire is a charity and as such relies on the support and direction of a committed group of trustees who make up our board. As a charity that supports unpaid carers, we are committed to being carer-led. This means that we wish carers to be an integral part of our staff team, management and board. We are currently looking for more carers who would like to be trustees. In an increasi... »

Could you be a Carers Gloucestershire ambassador?

Could you be a Carers Gloucestershire ambassador?

Would you like to help more people to understand the challenges faced by carers? We are seeking volunteers from across the county to join our newly-launched Community Ambassadors programme. As one of our valued ambassadors, you could help us to spread the word about Carers Gloucestershire within your community and among colleagues, networks and friends. You will play an exciting role in helping us... »

Time out for you – trips for carers during Autumn 2017

Time out for you – trips for carers during Autumn 2017

As part of our Time Out for Carers programme, we have some wonderful trips and treats in store this autumn. We organise everything so you can sit back and relax. Why not join us? With all our trips, we are taking expressions of interest in the first instance.  In the event of over-subscription, places will be selected at random. Please note priority will be given to carers who are new to trips or ... »

GP and GP Surgery Awards 2017

GP and GP Surgery Awards 2017

Last year we celebrated the positive impact GP surgeries can make for carers by asking carers to nominate their GP and/or GP surgery. Carers were keen to respond. They told us the positives, and in some cases the negatives, from their GP Surgeries. We want to raise the profile of carers in GP surgeries and share the good practice already happening to inspire, encourage and inform those who are abl... »

Fearless fundraisers take on 100mph zip wire challenge to support Gloucestershire’s carers

Fearless fundraisers take on 100mph zip wire challenge to support Gloucestershire’s carers

Fearless fundraisers take on 100mph zip wire challenge to support Gloucestershire’s carers. The team are raising money for Carers Gloucestershire by looking for sponsorship as they take on the world’s fastest zip wire, travelling at speeds of up to 100mph at 500 foot across the mountains of Snowdonia. Taking place at Zip World at Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda, the team of 16 will be able to build the... »

Carers invited to share their views during Mental Health Awareness Week

Carers invited to share their views during Mental Health Awareness Week

What: Carers Forum – Working in Partnership with Mental Health Services – how do we make it happen? When: Friday 12 May 10am – 1pm Where: Wheatstone Hall at Gloucester City Museum, Brunswick Road, Gloucester. GL1 1HG Why: Chance to have a say with Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Gloucestershire County Council and the 2Together NHS Trust Who: Contact Mairi Mills on 01452 872240 or ema... »

Changing Places Survey

Changing Places Survey

Changing Places toilets provide for those with complex needs by ensuring that there is enough space for a wheelchair user and their carer(s) as well as suitable equipment for those that need assistance with personal hygiene . As you may be aware, there are currently only three Changing Places toilets within Gloucestershire. Cheltenham Borough Council would like to redress this balance with a propo... »

We need you, yes you, you right there reading this, yes you. You are just who we need.

We need you, yes you, you right there reading this, yes you. You are just who we need.

We are currently looking for Hospital Ambassadors. These are the volunteers who go into either Gloucester Royal Hospital or Cheltenham General Hospital for a couple of hours a month. Why? To chat to people, to make sure they know about Carers Gloucestershire. Sometimes you’d be a listening ear at a difficult time for people and other times you’ll be passing on information about Carers Gloucestersh... »

Carers Rights Day Report 2016

Carers Rights Day Report 2016

Championed by the national organisation Carers UK, Carers Rights Day gives carers a chance to discuss matters affecting their health and well-being. This year, carers were joined by local Councillors and representatives of health and social care services to explore what helps people when they are in a caring role. It was really good to hear peoples feedback and you can read a full write up of the ... »

Volunteering for Carers Gloucestershire

Volunteering for Carers Gloucestershire

I have been volunteering with Carers Gloucestershire for approximately 2 years now, having moved to this area in 2013 from Kent to be with a new partner who is now my husband. I wanted to put down my own roots in my new home town by doing some voluntary work and was immediately attracted to the very valuable services provided by the charity to support carers across the County, having had many year... »

Current vacancies

Current vacancies

Would you like to join our friendly team in central Gloucester, supporting Gloucestershire’s unpaid carers? We are currently recruiting to fill the following vacancies: Learning, and Development Service Manager Learning, Development & Breaks Co-ordinator Carer Adviser – maternity cover For more information, please visit our Work for Us page. Carers Gloucestershire is an equal oppor... »

Twocan Youth Theatre

Twocan Youth Theatre

Monday Evenings 6pm-7.30pm Garden Studio, Oxstalls Campus, University of Gloucestershire, Oxtsalls Lane, Gloucester Do you enjoy performing? Do you want to meet other young people who enjoy performing too? Are you aged between 11 -19 years old? Are you free on a Monday evening from 6pm – 7.30pm? If so, come and join Twocan Youth Theatre? The company has been funded by Children in Need and is suppo... »

Carer Support Group Update

Carer Support Group Update

As well as providing much needed support the groups also help to give carers a louder voice by bringing together the experiences and opinions of carers that can then be linked into the work around Carer Representation and consultation. You can find details here of all the supports groups in your area, or download here the latest directory of groups for specific conditions around the county. If you... »

Carers GP and GP Surgery Awards

Carers GP and GP Surgery Awards

When we decided to run the awards in 2016, after consulting with carers, other organisations and professionals in healthcare, one of our aims was to raise the profile of carers in GP surgeries. We wanted to remind them how key carers are and that the support, or lack of, from GPs and GP surgeries can have a massive impact on their lives. We also wanted to share some of the great things happening i... »

Win This Fabulous Hamper From John Lewis

Win This Fabulous Hamper From John Lewis

This fabulous  ’Seasonal Sophistication’ hamper from John Lewis worth £250  is up for grabs in our Christmas Raffle, presented in a lidded grey willow basket it contains everything you need to get Christmas off to a great start. Every ticket you buy will help Carers Gloucestershire provide free support and advice to unpaid family carers in Gloucestershire. Tickets are just £1.00 and can be purchas... »

Free tickets to Carols For Carers 2016

Free tickets to Carols For Carers 2016

Exciting news! Thanks to our sponsors the Rotary Club of Tewkesbury, we are now able to offer 100 free tickets for registered carers and the person they care for, to our ‘Carols for Carers’ concert on the 10th December in the wonderful surroundings of Tewkesbury Abbey. Directly after the concert, there will be a free reception with mince pies and hot drinks.  This is on a strictly firs... »

Carers Week Community Walks

Carers Week Community Walks

As well as our highly successful ‘Walk a Mile’ event, this year Carers Gloucestershire worked collaboratively with Walking for Health Schemes around the County to encourage them to also walk a mile for unpaid carers during Carers Week. The aim of this was 2 fold; to encourage carers to join a walk happening near them and to raise awareness of carers with the wider community And what a fantastic re... »

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 ... »

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