Gloucester Community Networking
As an organisation, GCN is looking to assist in raising awareness and funding wherever possible. Below is a list of websites for organisations that GCN has been involved with and/or have asked to be added to this page.
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ABC (affected by cancer) is a community self-help support group for patients, carers, relatives and friends of anyone that is affected by cancer.
Based on a group started in Swindon, the Churchdown Affected By Cancer group sets out to provide opportunities for people affected by cancer to meet socially in friendly, relaxed surroundings. Read more...
As a Testicular Cancer survivor (2010 -2015), I can testify that those with a diognosis, those going through treatment, as well as their carers and family, need support when coping with this disease.
ABC Charity has a proven track record of supporting all those touched by cancer in this local area.
Gloucester Community Networking is proud to promote 'The ABC Charity', as it meets GCN's 'Aims'- To Network those in Need with those who can support those needs.
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Alabare is a Homeless Charity with several houses in Gloucestershire who support homeless and vulnerable people.
GCN's project is focused on the ex-Homeless Veterans at Imjin House, Gloucester. We have networked to bring together Alabare » and Janette Vizard, Grants Officer, from Severnvale Housing, which raised awareness of ex-Homeless Veterans in order to seek grants for ICT courses from the Barnwood Trust and apply for Computers for the Veterans from the Computers for Africa Charity
GCN suggests that a good way to help would be to Sponsor a Veteran's Bedroom. You can print off the Sponsorship Form » directly from the Alabare Website.
You can also contact GCN if you have any clothes or shoes that you would like to donate to the Veterans. Any unwanted suits that are in good condition would really aid them when going for job interviews or attending military funerals. You can use our Contacts » page to get in touch with us and, depending on distance and availability, one of our Volunteers would be happy to come and collect.
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Barnwood Trust is an organisation that seeks to bring the county of Gloucestershire together, exploding myths about disability and mental health they help to enable people to shape where they live by sharing ideas and providing grants.
GCN has networked to bring together Alabare » and Janette Vizard, Grants Officer from Severnvale Housing, to raise awareness of ex-Homeless Veterans in Gloucestershire in order to seek grants for ICT courses
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BigDug are UK Shelving & Racking Specialists who have so generously donated a number of quality items to GCN, such as Storage Shelving kits, Storage Boxes and Stacking Pick Bins, as well as providing GCN with a work bench! This has enabled GCN to professitionally kit out their Storage Garages to allow them to store their (amongst other things) WW1 Trench and First Aid Equipment!
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Whether you want to rent a self storage room because you’re moving home, going travelling, starting a business or heading to university, Big Yellow Storage have an amazing range of storage units to suit your needs.
The Big Yellow Storage Company, on Eastern Avenue Gloucester, has very generously provided GCN with two storage rooms (1 x 15foot sq & 1 x 25foot sq) for 24 months for FREE in which to safely store our WW1 Uniforms and library of books.
The friendly staff at the Gloucester branch have been extremely generous and have been very helpful in ensuring we can access these storage containers whenever we need to, using their Security Codes and Padlocks.
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Blind Veterans UK » aims to provide high quality national support to blind veterans as and where they need it, such as Rehabilitation & Training » and Nursing & Social Care services » at their centres in Brighton and Llandudno and a whole range of clubs, societies and activities, in order to help them achieve independence and fulfillment, transforming their lives.
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For the past seven decades, this charity has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.
GCN has assisted in Teaching CPR and Lifesaver First Aid skills to the young people training for bronze Duke Of Edinburgh Expedition Award at Churchdown Academy School ».
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The Fairview Gardener opened its doors in 2009 as a centre for gardeners, for inspiration, education and of course to buy excellent quality plants and garden equipment.
GCN has networked with the owners of this fantastic 'Centre for Gardeners' Glenn Satterthwaite & Paul Turner (with an amazing Tea Rooms run by Luke Newson!), who very generously donated a number of potted plants for the Alabare Charity Home for ex-homeless Veterans. The home in Longlevens has a couple of very keen resident gardeners and planting and tending the gardens is a very important way to help them express their creativity and help them to relax.
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The Armed Forces Covenant exists between the people of the UK and the Armed Forces and their families. It lays out the principles that should exist in the relationship between the Armed Forces and the rest of the Nation, including respect, support and fair treatment. It makes clear that no-one who has served should face disadvantage from their service and that, in some cases, special consideration is appropriate.
GCN has been networking and facilitating "Fact Finding" for homes for Veterans in Gloucestershire with the ultimate aim to facilitate a Gloucestershire-wide Veterans Strategy.
GLOS100 is one of the founding projects of the Gloucester Community Networking Team and was created to both commemorate and educate younger generations about the end of WW1 and in particular, the six impacts of WW1: Women at War, British Empire Soldiers, Veterans' Disabilities, Underage Soldiers, LGBTQ History & Shellshock (with links to PTSD for our present veterans, civilian emergency services, adults & teenagers in Schools)
As one of GCN's major long-term projects, the website will be used as a repository for educational resources. All fundraising events that take place under the GLOS100 banner aim to raise as much money for military charities whilst simultaneously engaging with the public to raise awareness of Wars and their impacts.
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Plantamamita has a truly unique and inspiring way of presenting plants and mosses that is befitting for any occasion, which will have everyone talking! GCN met the founder, Liuva, and her daughter when we visited the Farmer's Market down in the Gloucester Quays. Their story of how Plantamamita came to be is so inspiring and GCN wanted to share their love of plants and different ways they can be presented with our readers!
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Ken Hames supports charities and projects throughout the world, all of them close to his heart, including military veterans support and organisations that work with those who are less able bodied.
We have been networking and facilitating "Fact Finding" for homes for Veterans in Gloucestershire. Contact: Ken Hames.
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Severn Signs Ltd are high quality Signmakers & Digital Print Specialists, who are based in the Innsworth Technology Centre, Gloucester.
GCN was determined to hold the Poppy Collection for 2020 at the Churchdown Tesco Superstore, despite Covid-19!
Covid-19 has meant that many of our usual volunteers are unable to attend due to being vulnerable and having to self isolate. Severn Signs Ltd generously donated 2 x clear 7 foot pull-up display sails, complete with our GCN Logo, that we were able to use as Covid-19 shields to place between the volunteers and the general public. We will also be using Severn Signs Ltd to produce other GCN items such as GCN Business Cards and T-Shirts with our GCN Logo