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A message about Healthwatch Gloucestershire

You may have heard the news that following a recent tender process, Gloucestershire County Council has appointed Evolving Communities CIC to provide the Healthwatch Gloucestershire service from 1 April 2017.  

Healthwatch Wiltshire CIC changed its name to Evolving Communities CIC on 7 March 2017 to act as an umbrella community interest company running two public-facing services: Healthwatch Wiltshire and Healthwatch Gloucestershire.

The well-known brand of Healthwatch Gloucestershire will remain, enabling Evolving Communities CIC to work with volunteers and members to raise awareness of Healthwatch Gloucestershire and the important work it does.  A new office will be opening in Quedgeley to ensure that there is a local presence in the county.

Evolving Communities CIC looks forward to involving current Healthwatch Gloucestershire volunteers, Board members, and members in their work.  During the first 6-8 months of the service there will be opportunities to meet Evolving Communities CIC and find out more about their plans.  

For more information, contact Evolving Communities CIC on 01225 434218 or by email to

South Cotswold Local Council Cluster group meeting

Date: 25th April 2017

Time: 18.30-20.30

Location: Southrop Village Hall, Lechlade Road, Southrop GL7 3PB

The 'South Cotswold Local Council Cluster group meeting' is open for any parish council in the South Cotswold area to attend.

Working in close co-operation enables parish councils to identify and share solutions to common issues e.g. clustering service delivery for youth services, or local transport; also councils can look at ways to work smarter (shared community spaces, shared events, shared training).

Following requests from attendees at the last meeting Chris Brierley, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, will be attending and giving a presentation on the Police and Crime Plan, etc.

If a parish or town council has any specific queries regarding crime in their area please send them to Barbara Pond in advance of the meeting.

Both GRCC and GAPTC will be in attendance.


  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. PCC Office - Chris Brierley
  3. Parish Priority Toolkit - GRCC
  4. AONB
  5. Agenda and date for next meeting

GRCC invites VCSE sector to give views on training needs

GRCC is planning its events, workshops and training programme for 2017-18.  As part of this process, Gloucestershire's voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations are invited to take part in a survey to identify which topics would be most of interest. 

To take part, click here to be taken to the online survey.  

The survey will be open until Friday, 7 April 2017.

Big Lottery Fund People's Projects - time to vote

The People’s Projects is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, ITV, STV and The National Lottery that gives the public a say in awarding National Lottery funding to local projects across the UK.

Since 2005, around £36 million has been awarded through this partnership to 770 Good Causes across the UK.

The five competitors for the West Country East region of the latest round of voting have been announced:

The three projects that receive the most votes in each region will win up to £50,000.  Voting opens at 9am on Monday 20 March and closes at 12 noon on Monday 3 April.

You can vote online at The People's Project website, providing your name, email address and postcode, or by post.  Send a postcard to Freepost THE PEOPLE'S PROJECTS including your name, address, phone number, and project name on the left hand side and the Freepost address on the right.  Votes must be received by 12 noon on 3 April so make sure you send your postcard by the last post on Wednesday 29 March to help ensure it gets there in time.

Akita Age Lab and ACRE visit to GRCC

Village Agent Manager Kate Darch, In Touch Co-ordinator Kevin Dower, and Village Agent Jim O'Sullivan met with academics from the Akita Age Lab in Japan on 6th March 2017 to share ideas and best practice on supporting the independent living of older people in rural areas.  The visit was organised by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).  Click here to read more about it on the ACRE blog.