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Christopher Auker-Howlett - CertHE, DipHE BA (Hons)

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Bio Information about Chris


I am a British Army Veteran, who is a wheelchair user due to being injured during a Military Jungle Warfare Training accident in 1998.

My career in the Military took me to many parts of the world, attached to various units of which I am very proud.

As well as being an Army Chef (RLC), I completed both P-Company and Military Parachute Courses and I served with the UN in Rwanda in 1994.

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Qualifications, Paid Work Experiences and CPD with:

Youth Offending - Reparation (Restorative Justice, Case Worker & Developing Group Programs such as First Aid with Anger management, Alcohol and Drug misuse)

Social Work - previously worked as a Children and Families Worker

Volunteering, Unpaid Work Experience and CPD with:

Army Cadet Force - Detachment Commander - Bedfordshire & Hereford & Worcester ACF - Website »

Child Bereavement Services - Facilitator - Noah's Ark Trust (Worcester), CHUMS (Bedfordshire) and Watford Peace Hospice (Hertfordshire) - Website »

National Star College - Volunteer Personalised Learning Co-ordinator - one to one work with Students with Complex Disabilities - Website » and;
Facilitating Group First Aid Awareness & Networking with British Heart Foundation CPR Kits - Website »

Alabare ex homeless Veterans - Volunteer - focusing on teaching them how to cook & budgeting skills and helping to raise funds and awareness through charity events and networking with local businesses to help find them both volunteering roles as well as paid employment - Website »

Churchdown Academy School - First Aid Trainer - Website » - Providing First Aid & Networking to students aged between 14-16 with the British Heart Foundation - CPR Kits and South West Ambulance Service - Defibrillation experience ».

GL3 Community Hub - Trustee - Website - In addition to the Trustee's duties, I am networking with the British Heart Foundation - CPR Kits.

Why I created GCN

Over the past few years I have been unable to carry out regular paid work due to the worsening of pain and medication for the nerve damage in both knees, resulting in a chronic illness called Complex Regional Pain Syndrom (CPRS) ». Nonetheless, ‘as and when my nerve condition allows me to do so’, and with the continued support of our amazing volunteers, these experiences have enabled me to help identify the needs of individuals and organisations with the resources that are already being provided by other individuals and organsiations. There is a whole range of existing help and resources being provided by our local communities, but it is often the case that many people and organisations are unaware of what resources they have to offer.

As such I have set up this ‘Not for Profit’ networking organisation - Gloucester Community Networking (GCN).

Our initial project that we started with back in 2018 was the 'GLOS100' - WW1 Centenary Commemoration Project ». The GLOS100 will remain online as an archive of information.

Following on from the GLOS100 project, I have now set up more projects related to 'bringing WW1 to life' to help secondary school History students (WORS), First Aid courses and Mental Health Awareness sessions and Veteratans' and Wellbeing drop-in sessions, all of which run at various points throughout the year:

For any more information regarding any of the above, please contact me »