We work with a range of partners to deliver numerous services and involvement opportunities across Gloucester. There is something for everyone, here is a list of some of the organisations you can get involved with whether you are looking for activities to get involved in, training or volunteering opportunities or support;
If you have any questions about our partners or would like to register an interest, get in touch with us or complete the short form below. Our Shine Academy can help you to gain training, experience and confidence as well as helping with grants to help you follow your career dreams.
‘Emerging Futures’ support those who are coming towards the end of treatment for substance or alcohol misuse in Gloucesershire and are starting to reconnect with their families and communities. The aim is to inspire individuals who have experienced substance or alcohol misuse, mental ill health or offending, with the hope and ambition to change and improve their lives and make a positive contribution. This is done in part through Recovery Coaches, volunteers who have been through the same experience themselves and who provide empathic and motivational support that helps people rebuild their lives.
FairShares and the Friendship Café
The Friendship Café, Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR
Fair Shares is a local charity that runs community timebanks. Timebanks 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 you are good at. In return someone can help you with something you may need. People in the time bank help out in all sorts of different ways eg. gardening, giving someone a lift, shopping, visiting an elderly person, decorating, dog walking… It’s just about being a good neighbour and helping out where you can.
The Friendship Café is a community hub which provides youth & community based activities every week.
How can I get involved? GCH Tenants can get involved in timebanking and/or can get involved in some community activities like trips, art groups, lunches, woodworking and the allotment project.
Gloucester City Mission
The George Whitfield Centre, 107 Great Western Road, Gloucester, GL1 3NF
Gloucester City Mission (GCM) is a Christian charity that works with the homeless and vulnerable in Gloucester and at times further afield. The main purpose includes feeding programmes, sleeping bag exchange, shower facilities and washing machines. GCM also run various training courses including cooking and first aid for the homeless and vulnerable and provide housing advice sessions and access to substance misuse workers.
How can I get involved? Tenants are welcome to attend GCM if they are in need of the services provided and are welcome to pop into the George Whitfield Centre for a hot drink and a chat.
GCM is run by volunteers and is always looking for people to help out and volunteer where they can, even if it is just occasionally.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Robinswood Hill Country Park, Reservoir Rd, Gloucester GL4 6SX
Gloucestershire Wildlife works across the county to improve spaces for people and wildlife. There are lots of opportunities to get involved at Robinswood Hill Country Park, which is accessible due to its City location.
How can I get involved? You can help by volunteering in practical habitat management, running events and education activities or helping run our café and office admin. There is a whole variety of opportunities and you can learn new skills, make friends and have fun in a great location.
We are also currently funding courses in wildlife and habitat management at Robinswood Hill where over 7 sessions you will gain experience and a qualification. Get in touch to have a chat about what might suit you.
Selwyn Pond, Matson Lane, Matson, Gloucester GL4 6DZ
Matson Anglers is a new fishing club based at Selwyn Pond, Matson Lane. The purpose of the club is to invest in the local community whilst enjoying being outdoors, being with family and of course, catching some fish.
How can I get involved? For anyone with an interest in fishing or taking it up as a hobby, the Matson Anglers would be happy to welcome you (free coaching can be arranged). As well as fishing they are looking for volunteers to run and maintain the lake.
Roots Community Café
69 Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3EH
Roots is a coffee shop and community space in Kingsholm. Although it seems like a normal coffee shop any profits are reinvested into the community and aims to bring together people from all over the City.
How can I get involved? There is lots going on at Roots, including events for all including children’s events, games nights, knitting club, English practice, community meals and much more. Roots have a number of volunteer positions available – you could work in the coffee shop or help out with events, support a regular club such as the Toddler Group. Training will be provided and we can also help you to gain qualifications such as food safety to improve your chances of achieving your goals.
Together in Matson
The Redwell Centre, Redwell Road, Matson, Gloucester GL4 6JG
Together in Matson, based at The Redwell Centre, caters for everyone in and around Matson. Offering support and activities and support for those of any age and ability.
How can I get involved?
The Redwell Centre are currently looking for volunteers to help with a variety of different groups from young people’s activity groups, friendship groups to the lunch club for older people. If you would like to spend your day meeting new people in a busy and active environment this is the place for you.
They also run a course called ‘Engage to Change’ – This is an eight-week personal development programme. The focus is on learning new skills, and improving health and wellbeing. It is a positive practical programme, designed to empower participants who want to make productive changes to their lives.
Participants are supported by a mentor and have the chance to work with a personal health and fitness trainer. They will set goals, and work towards achieving them, addressing barriers and increasing in confidence and resilience.
In addition to this Engage 2 Change can offer weekly sessions that will be chosen by participants:
- Financial inclusion- maximising income and managing money
- Digital proficiency – I.T. /using Home seeker/ social media
- Health and wellbeing
- Parenting Skills
52 Westgate St, Gloucester GL1 2NF
Kingfisher Treasure Seekers aims to help people become ‘the best version of themselves’. This is done through social events, soft skill development, specialist support and training courses and helping people contribute to their local community. There are around 30 different activities and services which cater for most needs, whether its young people at youth nights in The Cavern, older people at the Seniors coffee morning, or people wanting work experience.
How can I get involved? You can get involved in a number of ways. You could attend one of the various training courses, such as parenting courses. You could pop along to one of the regular events, such as community coffee morning in Tredworth. Or you could volunteer and join over 200 other volunteers using their unique skills in a variety of roles. There are a number of roles that are suitable for all abilities working in the Treasure Seekers Shop or in the Cavern Coffee Shop with hours to suit you. Training and support is part of the package to ensure that you build on your skills and achieve your goals.
Speak to us today
If you would like to discuss any of the above opportunities or would like more information please contact the Shine Academy at GCH. We can also help you to improve your chances of getting the right job for you, with CV support, training and bursaries available.
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