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Gloucester Community Networking

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Christopher Auker-Howlett, Founder

Gloucester Community Networking (GCN), is a small ‘Not for Profit Organisation’, that facilitates the networking between individuals and organisations for the betterment of all!


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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:

Location for the Churchdown Covid 19 Vaccination Clinic

Clinic Entrance: Wheelchair Access Door to the rear of the building

Registration Room - Janet Murden (GCN) putting up Information about Mental Health Wellbeing

Rolling Slide Show, showing useful information re First Aid 4 Mental Health

Main Hall: Injections and 15min Post Injection waiting area.

Information posters of First Aid 4 Mental Health, Wellbeing and useful Organisations

Information posters of First Aid 4 Mental Health, Wellbeing and useful Organisations

Information posters of First Aid 4 Mental Health, Wellbeing and useful Organisations

GCN's First Aid for Mental Health video projection station

GCN's First Aid for Mental Health video projection station

Display showing information for First Aid 4 Mental Health, Wellbeing and contact information for useful Organisations

Display showing information for First Aid 4 Mental Health, Wellbeing and contact information for useful Organisations

Mental Health Awareness PowerPoint Presentation

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.

Feel free to download or share.

The GCN First Aid 4 Mental Health project will also be:

Gloucester Community Networking would like to thank Tewkesbury Borough Council for awarding a Grant from their COVID-19 Emergency Fund . This Grant has enabled our First Aid Mental Health trainer, Christopher Auker-Howlett to become qualified to Teach ‘Mental First Aid’, with Qualifications for Learners and CPD.


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:

Visit the GLOS100 website »

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:

You can find a complete list of WW1 related events that have taken place by visting our Glos 100 Press Release page »