Active Gloucestershire is a charity whose vision is that “everyone in Gloucestershire is active every day”. We unite organisations and people around this vision and enable them to make it a reality. We are part of a national network of county sport and physical activity partnerships (CSPs) operating across England. At their essence they are about driving positive change.
Artshape is a Brockworth based charity that provides art courses and projects across the county tailored specifically for adults and children facing disabling barriers. Our programme, in association with Adult Education, provides a variety of arts, dance, drama and music classes in which everyone can get involved and produce something inspirational.
Brandon Trust is a charity supporting adults and children with learning disabilities. We believe that all people with learning disabilities should be able to live a life of freedom with fewer limitations. We support people to live the lives they choose.
Carers Gloucestershire is an independent charity helping unpaid carers in Gloucestershire. Being a carer can be isolating and exhausting; Carers Gloucestershire offer support to help not only their physical and emotional well-being, but to help them to make informed decisions that have a positive, lasting influence on their lives.
CCP exists to transform lives by preventing homelessness, strengthening families and promoting independence. GEM aims to give additional support to vulnerable young people aged 16-25 years old, who currently reside in supported housing units across Gloucestershire.
Citizens Advice help people to manage their money, maximizing income and reducing debts. Advice is available via a Freephone helpline, face to face across the Stroud and Cotswold Districts and online.
Community Family Care provides early intervention family support service to vulnerable children and families across Gloucestershire. It provides bespoke family support packages to empower parents to make positive changes for themselves and enable them to move towards their goals. They can support families where parenting or family life may be a barrier to working towards training or employment.
Co-operative Futures are experts in helping to start and grow social enterprises, community businesses and co-operatives. They can help with business planning, legal establishment and fund raising.
Create Gloucestershire connects people with a personal or professional interest in arts, culture and creativity. By working collaboratively we make things happen that individual artists, organisations or businesses would find hard to do on their own. Create Gloucestershire is a not-for-profit organisation.
Creative Sustainability CIC provide a range of outdoor and nature based opportunities for disadvantaged people of all ages. GEM participants are working with peer mentors and community volunteers to raise expectations, gain confidence and skills, doing real stuff in a safe, supportive environment. They also have a community led cycle workshop in Stroud and we're working with individuals on focused personal targets and skills development.
Fair Shares is a local Gloucestershire charity that runs community time banks. Time banks are a way for people to get involved with others in the community by sharing their time and helping each other out. It’s a form of two way volunteering; give some time to help someone with something and in return someone can help you with something. They also arrange various group activities, including community lunches, coffee mornings, art groups, walking groups, allotment projects and regular trips and outings.
Forest Upcycling Project is a small charity working in the Forest of Dean working with vulnerable adults to sell donated furniture and complete gardening projects. Since 2014, we have worked with all sorts of people, including those with learning disabilities, autism, depression, anxiety, addictions, victims of abuse and long term unemployed.
The Forestry Commision's social forestry and woodland craft projects, are designed to engage with the hardest to reach members of the community; motivating and building confidence, through experiential learning and self-development programmes, progressing to training, in woodland management and traditional crafts skills.
Forwards provides 1:1 support for those with a learning disability who are known to Adult Social Care or Health to gain work experience and paid employment. We work with a broad range of partners to provide holistic support to raise the aspirations of disabled people, their families, carers and other providers.
Fredericks is a Responsible Finance Provider that provides loans to people who want to set up a new business or expand an existing business. Fredericks is open to anyone who has a viable business proposition, but cannot obtain mainstream finance. The support continues even after the applicant has been successful in the form of mentoring, practical business advice and networking.
FRP is ‘creating a better community’ through the relief of hardship by the re-use of furniture, electrical appliances and other household items, which can be accessed via our three shops in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury. A wide range of volunteering and learning opportunities are also on offer.
GL Communities works in Gloucestershire’s urban areas, to build futures with local people, by recognising people’s skills and talents and supporting them to grow. It works across four key themes: Advice and Advocacy; Employability and Education; Community and Economic Development; Social Inclusion and Wellbeing
GL11 Community Hub is based in Cam and Dursley. GL11 offers a broad range of universal and targeted services that aim to; improve health and well-being, increase trust and community belonging, help people feel safe and supported. These include a range of connected courses to extend and enhance client opportunities and a peer led approach to social prescribing where participants are supported to lead and develop new programmes.
Gloucester City Homes (GCH) is an independent registered housing association which owns and manages rented homes, leasehold properties, shared ownership properties, commercial units and homeless units. Highly valued and trusted by our tenants, we are recognised as one of the best housing providers in the country.
Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, (GARAS) is committed to supporting, promoting and empowering those seeking asylum in Gloucestershire. We offer: a safe-space; information, advocacy and advice on health, benefits, immigration, education, job searches, volunteer placements; food, bedding, household items for urgent needs and trauma counselling.
GDA is an award-winning local charity which supports more than 2,000 deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people in Gloucestershire. It does this through the provision of practical, social and advisory assistance, helping clients to manage their lives more confidently and independently within the wider community. Services include communications support, deaf employment and training, advocacy and information, listening aid and visual alert equipment, hearing aid maintenance, understanding deafness training, lip reading classes, hard of hearing clubs, deaf youth and children’s clubs and a range of social events for deaf adults.
Gloucestershire Young Carers supports children/young people (aged 5 – 24) who provide regular or ongoing care and emotional support for a family member with a disability, long term illness, mental ill health or substance misuse issue. Taking a whole family approach our service offer includes assessment and support planning; group and one to one support; training and advice for professionals.
Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) is part of a network of 38 Rural Community Councils across England and is a member of ACRE (the national umbrella for RCCs). GRCC supports people within their local communities across the county and projects include: the ‘in touch’ project for older people; Village Agents which supports older people within their own communities/homes; Neighbourhood planning; Parent Champions; Parish Plans database and Community Buildings.
At National Star, we’re driven by our vision for a world in which people with disabilities are able to realise their potential as equal and active citizens in control of their lives. This sits at the heart of everything we do, from the personalised and world-class learning we provide via National Star College to training, specialist services and our work in the wider community. All of this is underpinned by both our passion to enrich people’s lives and by our moral and statutory responsibilities.
OPENhouse enables young and vulnerable people in the Stroud district and across Gloucestershire to discover their potential through building a community where they can live, relate, learn, work, get support and find their next step in life. This is achieved by providing housing, training and education, information, support, advice, and links to employment experiences. OPENhouse provides each individual with a tailor made, flexible programme to meet their specific needs.
PATA supports and develops high quality childcare in Gloucestershire. They have courses to take you on your learning journey - from the first step of learning through play, to becoming fully qualified to work in childcare.
Playwork Partnerships, part of the University of Gloucestershire is a small, creative team of people dedicated to enriching children and young people's lives, by supporting their wellbeing through play. Our primary focus is around creating learning communities that inspire.
As a professional and caring training and education company operating across Gloucestershire, our learners are at the heart of all we do. Whether they are looking for training, mentoring, advice and guidance or help with getting into work - we provide individualised and tailored support to meet their needs, having serviced and delivered to over 50,000 learners since our inception.
Stroud Valleys Project work with people, for the environment, changing lives and transforming places. They help and support people in the Stroud District to make the places in which they live healthier, more attractive to wildlife, more productive and more beautiful. Stroud Valleys Project work with people from all walks of life.
The Cheltenham Trust is an independent charitable trust, that seeks to enrich lives of Cheltenham’s residents and visitors, through the development of sport, leisure, art and cultural activity. We operate 5 key cultural venues within the town, namely The Wilson art gallery and museum, Cheltenham Town Hall, Pittville Pump Room, Leisure at Cheltenham and the Prince of Wales Stadium, and deliver community based engagement programmes that promote health, wellbeing, learning and skills.
The Churn Project supports the most vulnerable and marginalised people of the Cirencester area. Their aims are to reduce isolation and improve well-being for local people, particularly for those who are lonely, at a point of transition in their lives or experiencing mental health issues. They focus on people who are unemployed, vulnerable families and older people, running more than 20 different activities each week ranging from antenatal classes, to work clubs, to memory clubs.
The Grace Network is a hub of social enterprises that uses employment as a way of improving lives. We specialise in business start-ups and social businesses.
The Music Works is a charity which transforms lives through music. They work with young people and adults who are facing challenging circumstances, to build confidence, self-belief and motivation, and so empower them to improve their life chances. The Music Works mainly work in rock and pop, electronic and urban music.
The Nelson Trust works to support women in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset. The charity offers support to; reduce offending behaviour, reduce addictions, escape domestic abuse, find accommodation, improve physical or mental health issues, help with finance issues, sex workers and increase employment and opportunities.
The Roses offers a range of volunteering opportunities, including box-office, cafe, and ushering. It also hosts several resident-led community groups, which welcome new members. In addition to this, the Take-Part team offers unique drama-based ‘Lived Experience’ learning, providing interactive group training opportunities that can be tailored to meet specific needs.
Creating opportunities through practical experiences and challenges in the world of food. Our training programmes increase practical skills, confidence, knowledge, motivation, communication, and team working skills to progress in catering. From general cooking courses to personalised programmes, we develop individuals.
The University of Gloucestershire (UOG) is a diverse, vibrant community of 9,000 undergraduate students, 1,000 postgraduate students, 40,000 alumni and 1,000 staff. With campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester, the University offers its students a specialised and dynamic place to learn, grow and make lasting connections. UOG prides itself on building close relationships between students and staff, and on serving the wider community through promoting its economic, cultural and social well-being.
Vision 21’s aim is to make Gloucestershire more sustainable in terms of economic, social and environmental qualities. We do this this by delivering a variety of local environmental and educational projects for volunteers, which includes furniture re-use, energy conservation, Regeneration & Repair Café, gardening and metal recycling.
World Jungle offer a flexible 1:2:1 support service for people. They specialise in supporting those from rural areas and have an excellent knowledge of local training, volunteering and extra-curricular activities to encourage people to be work ready. World Jungle also offers NOCN qualifications in a range of subjects including Personal Skills, Getting into work, Numeracy, Volunteer Support, Understanding Business and IT skills.
YG’s vision is for young people to have the confidence motivation and skills to improve their lives. They work to achieve this vision by creating opportunities that educate, inform and inspire young people.