Gloucester Community Networking (GCN) aims to network the ‘Needs’ and Resources’ within our community
GCN was asked By Rachel HODGES-COX (Social Prescribing Link Worker at the Churchdown GP Surgery) to promote the ‘need’ for ‘Voluntary Marshalls’ for the ‘Churchdown COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic’ via our Resources with the GCN Social Media Networks.
Our promotion of this need saw over 7,000 views on our GCN Facebook page and GCN supported the Churchdown Surgery in gaining approx. 300 Volunteers.
Through GCN’s project, ‘First Aid 4 Mental Health’, we are supporting the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic with Promotion of the ‘need’ for First Aid 4 Mental Health in our community and with the impact that Covid-19 lockdowns can have on all of our mental health. Via our Resources from our ‘First Aid 4 Mental Health Project’ we have supplied and set up:
Posters and Notice Boards around the Clinic
A ‘Rotating Slide Show’ in the Post Injection Waiting Area covering ‘First Aid For Mental Health’ and information on Wellbeing with details of useful Organisations
Below are the presentation slides (in video format) created by GCN that is showing at the Churchdown Community Centre during the Covid-19 Vaccincation Programme. The aim of this presentation is to provide people with useful information regarding Mental Health and details of Organisations that can be of help.
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The GCN First Aid 4 Mental Health project will also be:
Condensing information into a Leaflet, which can be found in the Carers waiting area. These leaflets aim to meet the ‘needs’ of carers, their families and those having the vacination to provide useful information about organisations that might be able to empower them to seek self help, as well as NHS resources.
Networking and Producing a ‘Get to Know your Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic’ Video. This Video will meet the ‘need’ to reduce stress and anxiety of those people coming for their vaccination, especially those people in our community who have not been outside much due to shielding, lockdowns and/or their own mental health needs.
This Video will also be shot with help of Rachel from the Churchdown Surgery and Chris Evans from the Butterfly Garden Project, Dundry Nursery with an addtionaly aim to help reduce stress and anxiety for people with learning and physical disabilities.
In addition, our trainer will also be offering Tailor made ‘Mental Health Awareness’ sessions via Pod Casts, Zoom and face to face where possible.
Mental Health First Aid Qulified Courses and Awaremess Sessions:
If you would like to know more information about receiving Mental Health Qualifications for adults or young people in schools and Youth Groups, or for adults with or without physical or learning disabilities and for Continuous Professional / Personal Development (CPD) for your organisation, please contact Chris Auker-Howlett
Glos 100 Website
A separate GCN project close to our hearts is called GLOS100, which was originally set up in 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. This project ran throughout 2018 and GCN were able to take our 25ft WW1 Battle Trench to various events such as our Taste the Trench event during the Gloucester Retro Weekend. We were also able to hire out part of the Trench for a Military themed Christmast Party!
We are thrilled to announce that we have helped raise over £5,000 in 2018 for various charities, such as:
We have unfortunately had to cancel further WW1 and other public events for the foreseeable future due to the Covid-19 restrictions. However, GCN was able to commemorate Victory over Japan » day that halted the ongoing and bloody battles but at the same time heralded in the age of the Atomic Bomb, which indiscriminately killed millions of Japanese civilians in Hiroshima » and Nagasaki » See our related News » page for more information.
We held a number of fundraising events in 2018 and 2019, including: