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GRCC Enewsletter May 2017

GRCC's latest enewsletter is out now.  You can read it online here: 

This month includes:

  • details of our forthcoming free events:
    • Broadband in Gloucestershire - the journey so far and what's next?  22 May
    • Cheltenham Celebration of Volunteers 1 June
    • The ABC of Celebrating and Supporting Volunteer Trustees 5 June
  • information about an affordable housing project in North Cerney and Bagendon 
  • the Cheltenham Youth Work Network
  • how your community can download the updated CARS toolkit 
  • GRCC's invitation to address a national conference on tackling loneliness

If you would like to be added to our enewsletter mailing list, click here and fill in the form.

Work for us

GRCC is recruiting for the post of Community-led Housing Enabler, working with communities in the Stroud District to secure opportunities to develop community-led affordable housing schemes for local people.

For full details, including the Job Description, Person Specification and Application form, go to our vacancies page.

Closing date for applications is 12pm on Monday 5 June 2017.

Save the Date! - Free event to help support Volunteer Trustees

As part of Volunteers Week, GRCC is hosting a free event to help support Volunteer Trustees in Gloucestershire.

Monday 5 June, 2pm - 4.30pm at the Guildhall in Gloucester

This event is for any Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations and will include advice and support for trustees.  There will be free workshops on roles and responsibilities as well as presentations on how to recruit trustees and what support is available locally.

We would also like to hear your case studies of best practice in relation to your trustees - there will be £300 presented at the event for the best examples.

More information on this event to follow.

Around Gloucestershire enewsletter

Alongside the monthly GRCC enewsletter, we are also introducing 'Around Gloucestershire'.  Once a month this enewsletter is intended to keep you informed of what is going on in Gloucestershire and further afield.

Our first 'Around Gloucestershire' enewsletter contains information on:

  • free online taster sessions from Adult Education in Gloucestershire 
  • Channel 4's new 'Village of the Year' competition, with a £10,000 prize
  • information on changes to the Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme
  • taster sessions from the Severn & Wye Recovery College
  • festival season in Gloucestershire, including Walking Festivals

You can read the enewsletter online here.  

If you would like to be added to our enewsletter mailing list please click here and fill in the form.  Please note, we will also occasionally send out additional ealerts in between these two newsletters depending on the subject matter and deadlines.

Wotton Walking Festival

Since issuing 'Around Gloucestershire' last week, with details of the upcoming Walking Festivals in Coleford, Winchcombe and Dursley, we have heard that there is another Walking Festival which will be running from 5 to 7th May in Wotton Under Edge. To find out about what is planned visit the Wotton Walking Festival page on Facebook or on Twitter.

Comic Relief Community Cash grants - closing date 17 May

Comic Relief Community Cash grants of £500 - £1,000 are available to small organisations in Gloucestershire that are doing great work to help people living through tough lives.

To be considered for funding an organisation needs to:

  • be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area;
  • be a small local group with an income of less than £100,000 run by local people;
  • have limited access to other sources of income;
  • clearly define the need they are addressing
  • clearly demonstrate the benefit of their activities to disadvantaged people;
  • illustrate how they aim to deliver social outcomes;
  • provide clear evidence that the services provided are inclusive to all;
  • provide clear evidence that the activities provided will target people who would ordinarily struggle to access those opportunities.

More information can be found on the Gloucestershire Community Foundation website.

The deadline for applications is 17 May.