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

Lunch and play!

We know we are a little quiet at the moment but our Cafe is still open every Thursday for our scrummy home cooked hot meals.

2 courses for just £5 per adult, £2.50 per child, with drinks included.

Thursday 23rd August we will have Roast Chicken followed by Rice Pudding and Thursday 30th August we will be serving Cottage Pie followed by Strawberry Crumble and Ice Cream. Always served at 12 noon.

Why not bring the kids for a run around in our garden and a home cooked meal?

£56 raised for Alzheimer’s Society

GL11 Cafe held a Cupcake Day in aid of Alzheimer’s Society and raised a fantastic £56 for the charity! Flavours included Rose and sherbet, Cherry Bakewell, Carrot Cake, Zuccini and Lime and Toffee!

We had one VERY satisfied customer!

Mexican Day goes down a storm!

Our Mexican themed day in the Cafe on Wednesday proved a real hit, meaning that we saw lots of new faces. Our chef, Di, created lots of unusual dishes which most of us could not pronounce, but all agreed tasted delicious.

Stroud Community Award Winners 2018!

We are the proud owners of a Stroud Community TV Award 2018 for ‘Best Community Project Film’! We are so proud that our ‘Help through crisis’ – Voices from our project has won such a fantastic local certificate. Everyone here believes the film goes a LONG way in explaining GL11 and what we do here.

Please do take a look and share.