Listening Month

Have your say!  November is Listening Month at GL11 and we want to hear your views.  Have you ever contacted us for help, been involved in any of our activities,  or have you volunteered for GL11?  We would like to know about your experience  – compliments and criticism are equally welcomed.     All you need to do is click on this link  https://forms.gle/j6zXceqHaQjK4SBH9  and complete a short questionnaire.

What’s On at GL11

 

Things have changed a lot since our last What’s On Guide! Many of the activities that used to run here are now returning, some online and others in small, carefully managed groups. We are constantly assessing and updating our safety measures and risk assessments, so if you visit you will be asked to:

• Use our hand sanitiser before entering and leaving

• Complete our track and trace forms

• Have your temperature taken on arrival

• Wear a mask inside our building

• Follow one way systems and stay to designated areas

• Follow social distancing requirements

• Not visit GL11 if you are feeling unwell

We are still here for you with practical and emotional support, information, friendship and kindness, both inside our building, at other venues, online and across our community. Our support network is in place for any further lockdown restrictions and we are getting our sessions up and running again. Take a look at our latest activities here: What’s On Guide – Autumn 2020

 

 

Fridays at GL11

Kath shows us around GL11 during a typical Friday morning – our fantastic volunteers pack and deliver food items to those in need across Cam & Dursley.

BBC to turn spotlight on incredible work of Gloucestershire charity

Residents who use a much-loved community centre in Gloucestershire could be about to become the stars of BBC Radio.

A producer from the county wing of the national broadcaster is due to set up a temporary studio at the GL11 Community Hub, hoping to tell some of the amazing stories from centre users.

Chris Sandys (correct), a community producer at BBC radio Gloucestershire, is the man behind the near two-week stint at the charity, beginning on January 27.

“We plan to be there for two weeks. It is a really good place. It has a unique community offering and spirit. It is all part of our plan to get out and support and get involved in what is happening in Gloucestershire,” said Mr Sandys.

A note from a departing community police officer to the GL11 Community Hub points at just part of the reason the work of the charity is so vital and the wider impact it has on the quality of life of scores of residents.

From groups supporting those affected by bereavement or cancer to teaching English, maths, skills to help people find work and IT literacy or Family Friday, yoga classes, special needs and music groups – GL11 is thriving.

Its impact has not just been on people’s life chances, sense of belonging, mental health and wellbeing, but on creating genuine opportunities and communities, giving direction and hope.

“It has been a pure pleasure to meet you and your team and see the amazing support you offer. I dread to think where the community and our own service would be if you did not exist,” said the note from the aforementioned departing police officer.

What the outgoing police officer alluded to is the positive impact of the work done on all ages and how that has made the lives of everyone in the community, including those like the police who might otherwise be even busier, all the better.

“There is a lot of cross fertilisation. If he (the officer) has people he is concerned about, he will ask us to explore support for them, and check to make sure they are okay and what we can do to help,” said Indigo Redfern, chief executive at the community centre.

Which is all a long way from its creation in 2001 after transitioning from a children’s home to family centre before facing closure – only to be rescued by a group of local mums – and shows just how in-demand and sophisticated the service now is.

At its centre, the place to which everyone gravitates, is the GL11 café.

“A grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s fund makes the café possible. Total running cost is about £25,000 a year. The police commissioner gives us about £10,000 and we make about £15,000 to keep everything going,” said Ms Redfern.

“It is a really important centre. It is the heart of the hub. People can pop in and use it and just hang out, they might go there after they have done a course and it is where the important social bit that brings people together happens.”

To find out more about the GL11 Community Hub visit gl11.org.uk. The BBC would also like to hear from other groups for possible future broadcasts (chris.sandys@bbc.co.uk).

GL11 Community Hub bags a share of Tesco’s bag fund!

Local people are benefiting from a warmer, more inviting work space thanks to funding from Tesco Bags of Help.

GL11 was one of three groups shortlisted to receive the cash award from Tesco’s Bags of Help fund where shoppers were invited to head along to Tesco stores in Cam and Wotton to vote for who they thought should take away the top grant. Voting took place at Tesco stores in Cam and Wotton over the two months of January and February with GL11 receiving considerable support for it’s project.

“We would like to say a big thank you to everyone that voted for GL11 Community Hub with their blue tokens in Tesco stores Bags of Help scheme” comments Indigo Redfern, CEO at GL11, “We are thrilled to be receiving the money we were hoping for. It was wonderful to have Antony Giuliano, Community Champion for Tesco, Cam, visit GL11 this week to present us with a cheque for £3,000. The money will make such a difference to the Men’s Shed project that runs here at the Hub every Monday 1-3pm. The session is free of charge and we welcome anyone who would might like to drop in and join us”.

Antony Giuliano, Community Champion at Tesco presenting the cheque to Colin Wright, Men’s Shed Volunteer.

The funds from Tesco will be used to make improvements to the shed, providing a place for a variety of members of the community to get together to make and mend, invent and create, meet, talk and share with each other. Due to significant demand, the shed needed to be upgraded so that projects and courses could continue to be offered and the space utilised more effectively. By improving the shed, GL11 will be able to offer more activities, especially in the colder months of the year.