Help us to ‘bag’ some funds!

GL11 Community Hub calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund!

Voting will take place in Cam and Wotton Tesco stores in January and February 2019.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

The project GL11 would like support with is The GL11 Shed. The aim is to create a better space for vulnerable and disadvantaged people using the GL11 shed, to help improve their mental health through practical and emotional projects and support.

The GL11 Shed provides a place for a variety of vulnerable members of our community to get together to make and mend, invent and create, meet, talk and share with each other.  The Shed hosts our ‘Men’s Shed’ group for local and unemployed men, and ‘She Shed’ projects which are targeted at getting women involved in practical hands on projects.  Young people and adults with learning disabilities also use the space for creative and making activities.

Due to this significant demand, The Shed needs to be improved so we can continue to offer projects and courses in this space and also utilise it more effectively.  By improving The Shed, we will be able to offer more activities, especially in the colder months of the year.

These activities will help our beneficiaries to increase confidence through making new friends and building networks.  The practical projects will help them to feel useful and purposeful whilst developing or maybe even sharing their practical skills.  By getting out and getting involved in the community it will help to reduce stress, anxiety and isolation for these beneficiaries, and may also be a stepping stone to further activities and within the wider community.

‘I felt hopeful for the first time in a long time. I love everything about GL11 – the diversity of the people, how the staff make you feel welcome, happy and safe! I would recommend it to anyone. There’s so much positivity at GL11 that you would be almost guaranteed to gain something from it.’ (Rose)

‘GL11 made a big difference to my wellbeing, I felt I can come here and not be judged, it has helped with my mental health, it makes me feel worth something.’ (James)

‘GL11 has opened me up, I felt so excited when I first came, it is wonderful! I was closing up on my own, I have learnt how to talk again, learning to do things for myself, feel part of the community for the first time in 30 years.’ (Dorothy)

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in January and February 2019 and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. Supporters can vote for GL11 at the Cam superstore and at the Wotton Under Edge Express store.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £63 million to more than 20,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Indigo Redfern GL11’s Manager says

“We have our roots very much in the community, responding to what the community wanted. We’re trying to empower people to enable them to find out what they want to be doing in their lives, and then support them to make those changes – people coming into their own confidence and their own ability on how they want to move forward in their lives.”

Did you hear about our Big Lottery news?!

News story taken from the local Gazette 05/12/2018 –

THE team at the GL11 community hub in Cam is celebrating after being awarded £275,000 by the Lottery.

The three year grant will be used to deliver Your Way to Wellness – a health and wellbeing programme, in partnership with GP surgeries, that also includes support for volunteers and improvements to GL11’s building.

GL11’s chair Annika Howard was delighted by the news.

“The team has worked so hard to secure this funding,” she said.

“GL11 has been a thriving part of the Cam and Dursley community since 2001.

“We have our roots very much in the community, responding to what the community want.

“Funding for three years from the Big Lottery will really help with an increase in people coming to GL11 who feel isolated, are experiencing life difficulties or want to give something back to their community.

“We work with people of all ages at GL11 including children, young people, adults and older people.

“There is always such a warm and friendly environment.”

The busy community hub offers a broad range of services that aim to improve health and well-being, particularly of vulnerable or disadvantaged people; increase trust and community belonging; help people feel safe and supported; target those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable with complex needs.

GL11’s CEO Indigo Redfern added: “We are delighted to receive this grant from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities programme.

“It is a real vote of confidence in what we are doing at GL11.

“GL11 helps people identify the changes they want to make in their lives. A positive step may be a change in lifestyle, relationships with family and friends, managing health, finding employment or simply feeling more positive.”

 

Or listen to our radio interview on BBC Radio Gloucestershire here!

Listening Fortnight was great, thank you!

Listening Fortnight at GL11 started on Monday 19th November and ran for two weeks. We managed to speak to 107 of you, so thank you to those who contributed!

Of course, our ears are always open here at GL11 and any feedback is always welcome. If you missed Listening Fortnight, but have something to tell us, please do get in contact!

What do the cuts to 62 bus mean to you?

GL11 are extremely concerned to hear about the latest cuts to vital bus services within Cam and Dursley. We took it upon ourselves to create a short video to highlight the views of local people.

 

A recent article taken from Dursley Gazette explains more –

A VITAL bus service which provides a lifeline to hundreds of people in Dursley is set to be cut in less than three weeks.

Councillors and passengers alike have aired their disappointment at bus provider Stagecoach’s plans to reduce the service from Dursley to Gloucester from hourly to two hourly from September 2.

“This is going to have a profoundly negative impact on people who commute for work, students, hospital patients and those who use this service to get to and from Cam station,” said Cllr Wendy Thomas, who is chairwoman of the Cam and Dursley Transportation Group (CDTG).

At the moment, the 60 and 62 both run from Dursley to Gloucester. But from the start of next month, the 62 will stop doing so, and will run between Bristol, Berkeley and Dursley only.

“I’m livid over the changes,” said one passenger, who has asked not to be named.

“We will have to lose working hours, and therefore wages.

“And we will have a long wait after work for the next bus.”

Although the cuts have been confirmed, precise information currently available about the changes is sketchy.

At the time of going to press yesterday, the new timetable was yet to be released.

This has been causing anxiety for passengers, who are as yet unsure whether or not they will be able to reach their destinations on time.

James O’Neill, commercial manager at Stagecoach West, said: “Our bus services between Gloucester and Dursley run on a commercial basis, with the revenue collected in fares needing as a minimum to cover our cost of operation.

“Sadly, patronage has continued to decline on this service, despite efforts to encourage new custom through improved links to Cam & Dursley station, a faster route into Gloucester and newer, Wi-Fi fitted buses.

“This level of loss is unsustainable and so we have taken the difficult decision to change our timetable to better match actual customer demand.

“We appreciate that some customers may be frustrated by this decision, but we have ensured that all existing bus stops will continue to receive a service going forward.”

MP David Drew said: “We are working on this with Dursley Town Council to keep the service in a slightly modified form.

“I’m hopeful a compromise might be reached.”

As the Gazette went to press, CDTG was hosting a meeting with councillors and Stagecoach officials.

Teenagers raise £800 for GL11!

 

As part of the National Citizens Service programme, 13 teenagers spent the last two weeks of the summer holidays raising money in a variety of ways for their chosen charity, GL11 Community Hub.

The group of 16 and 17 year olds, from across Dursley, Stroud and the surrounding areas, organised jumble sales, cake stalls, street collections, a pub quiz, a 10 mile sponsored walk and went busking in Dursley.

The project concluded with a big music event at Rednock School, with lots of talented musicians from the area drafted in for support.

Nicky Whittaker, one of the young volunteers, said: “It was so much fun.

“The best part of it all was the people that we met through this work.

“We will be strong friends for life.”

Nicky, a pupil at Rednock, decided to take part in the scheme after the organisers came into her school and pitched NCS to them.

Taking part in the scheme leads to a National Citizens Service Award, which is looked on favourably by universities and employers.

“It’s been one of the best experiences I can remember,” said Nicky.

“We’ve grown as people, and taking part has made us all much more confident.

“Together with Dursley mayor Neil Grecian, I introduced the concert at Rednock, and read out the questions at our quiz night.

“I’d never have dreamed of speaking in front of a group of people like that before.”

Marion Lloyd, GL11 volunteer coordinator, said: “This group has worked incredibly hard, and it was all organized by themselves, from start to finish.

“Their effort, motivation and enthusiasm was inspiring.

“We were astounded when they brought us £800 in raised money.”

GL11 runs a variety of courses, from toddler groups, yoga, book club, choir, to knit and natter, plus training courses to improve English, computer skills and courses for adults with learning difficulties. The centre’s café cooks a hot meal every day and morning bacon butties