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Active Gloucestershire

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.

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Art Shape

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.

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Brandon Trust

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.

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CCP Caring for Communities and People

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.

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Co-operative Futures

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. 

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Cotswold Communities First CIC (CCF)

Create Gloucestershire

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.

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Creative Sustainability CIC

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.

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Fair Shares Gloucestershire

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.

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Forest of Dean Citizens Advice Bureau

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Forest Upcycling Project

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.

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Gloucestershire County Council’s Forwards team provide support to people of all ages who have barriers to employment.  Through their initiatives they provide help a range of people including those with disabilities/health conditions, mental health issues, young people who are NEET and those who are care experienced to find and sustain paid employment.  Forwards also provides support to those with a disability or health condition who are in work and who’s employment may be at risk.

GL Communities

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

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GL11 Community Hub

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.

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Gloucester City Homes

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.

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Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, (GARAS)

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.


Gloucestershire Deaf Association

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.

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Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd

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Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) wants more wildlife, more wild places and more people connected to the natural world. We create bigger, better and more connected places wild places, champion the value of what nature does for us and help more people to appreciate, enjoy and get involved with wildlife.

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GRCC enable people in Gloucestershire to develop and enhance their communities in ways that work best for them. They bring together groups, individuals and organisations together to tackle the issues that affect their future and support them to run successful initiatives to build their community.

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Inclusion Gloucestershire believes everyone has gifts, ambitions, aspirations and strengths. But sometimes they experience barriers, setbacks and challenges which make it harder for them to reach their potential. We want to change that, through working with disabled people and building on their strengths. Our focus is championing people of all ages, whatever their disability, including people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory impairment and mental ill health. We are a registered charity and user-led organisation, run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities.

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National Star College

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.

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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.

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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.

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Prospect Training Services

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.

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Prospects Services - Gloucestershire Youth Support Team

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Stroud Valleys Project

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.

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The Cheltenham Trust

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.

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The Churn Project

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.

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The Music Works

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.

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The Nelson Trust

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.

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The Roses Theatre

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.

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The Wiggly Worm

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.

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University of Gloucestershire

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.

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Vision 21

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.

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Young Gloucestershire

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.

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