Cheltenham VCS Forum Review

GRCC hosted a successful Cheltenham VCS Forum on Tuesday 21st August with thirty people in attendance and a whole host of speakers.

The event took place in the Grove Street Community Resource Centre in Cheltenham between 10 and 12 with refreshments readily available for members as they arrived.

The agenda was packed with speakers and it was kicked off by Richard Gibson from Cheltenham Borough Council speaking about the Cheltenham Lottery for Good Causes which is set to launch in October. He outlined what the lottery is for and promoted the launch event which will be hosted on September 11th. This event is free to attend and tickets are available by clicking here.

Richard and his colleague Louise Forey then went on to tell the forum about a review of the public toilets in Cheltenham, where the council is keen to hear from community groups about various options for the future.

Next up was Peter Cottingham who was sharing some exciting plans for re-development of the St Philip and St James Church in Leckhampton. The re-development should enable the church to offer a more accessible and flexible community venue, alongside its role as a place of worship. With work set to begin in early 2020, they hope that the church will be back up and running in early 2021.

The next section of the forum focussed on Climate Change and a discussion following Cheltenham Borough Council’s recent Climate Change Emergency Declaration. Dave Entwistle (Vision 21) and Andy Hayes (Hester’s Way Partnership) lead the discussion and asked for ideas that the Forum felt CBC should consider taking on. Attendees were given 15 minutes to break for refreshments and to discuss ideas, but this also gave valuable time to network with others.

And finally, to wrap up the event, Ciaran Murphy came along from the National Lottery Community Fund to provide an update and to tell the forum how they could apply to the fund.

Overall, the event was a success and despite it being August and the middle of the summer holidays, the attendance was excellent, so thank you to everyone that came along.

If you’re a voluntary or community group working in Cheltenham, then you can join the Cheltenham VCS Forum. Just sign up on our website.