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Abbey Business Group supports Gloucestershire carers

Abbey Business Group supports Gloucestershire carers

Carers Gloucestershire are delighted to announce a fundraising partnership with Abbey Business Group over the next 12 months. The Cheltenham-based company has selected to support Carers Gloucestershire as its annual charity and over the coming year, the team will embark on a number of different events from cake sales to quiz nights to one big event, to raise as much money as they can. Dave Giles, ... »

Willans LLP announces year of fundraising for Carers Gloucestershire

Willans LLP announces year of fundraising for Carers Gloucestershire

Carers Gloucestershire is delighted to announce at the start of Carers Week that Cheltenham-based law firm, Willans LLP has chosen Carers Gloucestershire as a charity partner and will spend a year fundraising for Carers Gloucestershire. “We’re absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the charity of the year by the staff at Willans and are really excited about the opportunities this partnership ... »

Carers Gloucestershire chief calls for more caring communities

Carers Gloucestershire chief calls for more caring communities

Carers Gloucestershire, the local charity that has been supporting unpaid carers for more than 25 years, is asking for individuals and organisations to help carers to feel more connected to their local communities during this year’s Carers Week. The annual campaign, which takes place from June 11 – 18, raises the awareness of and celebrates the UK’s seven million unpaid carers, this year with a fo... »

Carers Week

Carers Week

Did you know, there are more than 63,000 unpaid carers in Gloucestershire? Carers Gloucestershire Chief Executive, Tim Poole shares some thoughts ahead of a week of events across the county to support carers and highlight the role that carers play in our society. “Every day, ordinary people do extraordinary things, taking on the huge responsibility of looking after someone who couldn’t manag... »

The Peoples Projects Winner!

The Peoples Projects Winner!

We are very happy to share the news with you that Time Out for Carers was one of three winning three projects in the West Country region, revealed on ITV West Country news on Thursday 3 May, securing our bid of £48,516! Thank you for your support in helping us spreading the word about our People’s Project National Lottery bid. The funding will enable us to support more of the county’s 63,000 unpai... »

Join us at the first Gloucestershire Volunteering Festival

Join us at the first Gloucestershire Volunteering Festival

FREE ENTRY  – Friday 8 June 2018, 11am – 3.30pm at The Pavillion, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6PN. We are excited to be hosting Gloucestershire’s very first volunteering festival in partnership with our friends at Age UK Gloucestershire and BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s 30,000 Hours of Volunteering campaign. Come along and help us celebrate the vital contribution made to... »

Gloucestershire carers share stress-busting tips

Gloucestershire carers share stress-busting tips

Do you know its Stress Awareness Month? We know how stressful it can be looking after someone you care for, so we asked followers of our Facebook page if they had any advice they’d like to share about managing stress as a carer. Here’s some of their top tips: Having ‘Me’ time, keeping a focus on the care-givers individual identity, healthy living and daily ‘rewards’. As a care-giver yo... »

UPDATE: Kirsty finishes the London Marathon

UPDATE: Kirsty finishes the London Marathon

Kirsty finished the London Marathon with a time of 4:37. We will catch up with her later this week to hear more from her on what her experience was. Well done to Kirsty in her efforts in training and in fundraising for Carers Gloucestershire. You can still donate to Kirsty through her Virgin Money giving page. Gloucester student nurse ready for her first London Marathon A student nurse from Glouce... »

The People’s Project

The People’s Project

Please help us secure £50,000 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s The People’s Projects. Now in its 13th year, the Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery are teaming up to give the public a chance to decide how National Lottery funding should be put to good use in their local area. The public gets to decide which community projects get National Lottery funding support. Carer... »

Positive Caring Programme sessions in May

Positive Caring Programme sessions in May

Our FREE Positive Caring sessions start in Gloucester on 2 May 2018. This programme of sessions is over a 6 week period with a course every week. They are for anyone who finds themselves in a caring role. The sessions are supportive and informal and are delivered by trained facilitators who have in-depth knowledge of carer’s issues. You also get the opportunity to meet with other unpaid care... »

Support for Carers – Have your say.

Support for Carers – Have your say.

Gloucestershire County Council and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group would like to hear from both carers and those they care for. They would like to hear about the support that carers need to help them continue in their caring role.  The feedback that you give  will help to shape future services for carers in Gloucestershire. The feedback that you give is anonymous and will be treat... »

Invitation to Gloucestershire Carers Engagement Workshops – March 2018

Invitation to Gloucestershire Carers Engagement Workshops – March 2018

An invitation from Gloucestershire County Council and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group Gloucestershire County Council and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group would like to hear from both carers and those they care for, about the support that carers need to help them continue in their caring role. A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who du... »

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... »

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... »

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