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Keeping Strong

In response to COVID-19, we are changing the way we do things. We want to be able to support people and their families, community spaces and voluntary organisations across Gloucestershire to feel connected and to keep strong during this difficult time. That’s why we are launching ‘Keeping Strong’ – four ways that we can help during this time.

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Our vision

Barnwood Trust’s vision is to create the best possible environment in Gloucestershire for disabled people and people with mental health challenges to make the most of their lives.

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Stories

To celebrate the positive experiences of people from across the county

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A community member standing at Cotswold Community Men's Shed
“We like woodwork because we believe that wood continues to live“

We’re just blokes who’ve not known each other before and just come together…

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Dj playing music in a music event for the community
“We’re very open access, so really anybody who comes can have a go at DJing...“

I just saw a poster and I just thought let’s give it a go!

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A group of people having a nice time together one the opening day of the cycling project.
“The project and aim was to provide an opportunity for disabled people to engage with and take part in a sporting a...“
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Attendees listening a community workshop
“The Gloucestershire DPAC 'Know Your Rights Day' was a huge success. It was fantastic to see nearly 90 people come ...“
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Barry giving sharing his lived experience with Barnwood Trust members
“You know, I like to be active, doing things!“

It makes a massive difference to my life. It makes me feel I’m involved, much happier.

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Football players in a field.
“It's not just a piece of clothing - it actually unites people as a team...“

As long as everyone enjoys it, we keep going.

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Police monitor a crowd at a festival in the UK
“I am proud of my community & proud of the people in it...“

I am proud of my community proud of the people in it…

Read PCSO Chris Jenkinson's story
Aaron taking another snooker shot
“Just be positive, because if you’re positive everything seems to go right.“

Just be positive, because if you’re positive everything seems to go right.

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Eric holding his coffee mug in a garden.
“What started as a conversation about a washing machine...“

Eric is a single parent and full-time carer to his teenage son who has autism.

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Charles sitting and smiling at the camera.
“ Together, the resident and Charles decided to hold a party in the church for congregation and residents alike.“

For the residents of Melbourne Roads East and West in Tredworth, Gloucester, the two streets could be miles apart.

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Adam in his gelato store
“Find something you enjoy and make the most of it!“
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George next to a forklift in the Waste Management Centre
“I’ve gone back to college – I should have done it years ago!“

George from Gloucester received an Opportunities Award grant from Barnwood Trust to pursue business qualifications for his own Waste Management Center. He was kind enough to me take a few photos and ask him some questions about how it all started.

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