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View the Autumn 2019 free open workshop programme

Welcome to our free open workshop programme

These sessions are an opportunity for you to connect with people where you live and work, and to reflect and learn about how to build more inclusion and a greater sense belonging in Gloucestershire. Our aspiration is that these learning experiences feel safe, fun and inspirational – we invite you to come along.

Help with travel: If you have a disability or mental health problem and are living in Gloucestershire on a low income, you may be able to apply for help with your travel costs to attend our Open Workshops. There is an application form to complete, which should also be signed by an appropriate professional who is able to confirm your disability. Please note that we need to receive the completed application form at least 2 weeks before the date of the workshop. You will also need to work out your travel costs. Click here to download the form as a PDF or a Word Document, and please contact our grants team by emailing or calling 01452 611292 with any questions.

Storytelling & discussion: ‘Orienteering’ – A personal tale of dementia

Date: Tuesday 24th September 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Venue: The Subscription Rooms, George Street, Stroud, GL5 1AE

Note: Parking is available in nearby town centre car parks. Please arrive 15 Minutes before for refreshments.

Join local storyteller and poet Charlie Marwick for his one man show ‘Orienteering’ followed by a post-performance discussion. Join Charlie for his heartfelt and candid piece – listen as he navigates the challenges of caring for his wife who had dementia and relives his journey of the last 2 years of their life together. Share in his experiences, as Charlie takes his first hesitant steps into a new world of grief and loss. You can expect to find sadness as you accompany him, but you may well find joy too.

Read more and register your interest here

Workshop: New ways of working in complexity

Date: Friday 27th September 10.00am – 4.00pm

Venue: The Edge Community Centre, Coopers Edge, Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4BQ

Note: Parking is available on-site. Please arrive 15 Minutes before for refreshments. Lunch will be provided.

Join Dawn Plimmer from Collaborate CIC for a deep dive into new approaches to funding, commissioning and delivering in complex environments, and explore the implications of this for your own work.

Drawing on new research from Collaborate and Newcastle Business School, Dawn will be sharing practical examples of how organisations, funders and commissioners are fundamentally rethinking their design and delivery of support to those who most need it. She will share her discoveries into a ‘new world’ of approaches to social change that genuinely put people in the lead, providing practical insights for people eager to develop new ways of working.

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Speaker & discussion: Do passions and barriers shape us?

Date: Friday 4th October 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Venue: Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Rd, Churchdown, Gloucester GL3 2JH

Note: Free on-site parking is available. Please arrive 15 minutes before for refreshments.

Join TEDx speaker and international Para Dressage champion Emma Sheardown for a presentation about her experiences of identity and purpose. Emma’s childhood ambition was always to ride at competition level despite the barriers she faced as a disabled child. She surpassed expectations and despite a bleak diagnosis, today she has so much to say about her passion for horses and riding and, through that partnership, all she has achieved.

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Drop-in: Communication for community groups

Date: Thursday 17th October

Venue AM: 10am – 12pm Stonehouse Community Centre
Venue PM: 2pm – 4pm The Roses Theatre

Come and join members of the Barnwood Trust team for a cup of tea and a chat! This drop-in session is open to people involved in community groups who are looking for practical tools and ideas that will enable them to communicate the great activities they are involved with, and the impact these activities are having in their community.

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Workshop: Building welcoming communities

Date: Tuesday 22nd October 9.30am – 1.30pm

Venue: Overton House, Overton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 3BN

This workshop offers a deeper understanding of community building practice, which lies at the heart of Asset-Based Community Development.

You will discover tools and techniques that people can use together to ensure communities can use what they have already to secure what they need to build safer, healthier and more inclusive communities.

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Workshop: Conversations that include everyone

Date: Friday 8th November 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Overton House, Overton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 3BN

This workshop aims to support you to have more conversations, more involvement and more fun with people who have some difficulty with talking. You will gain practical ideas and techniques that will help you to communicate effectively and more confidently with people with a range of communication impairments.

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Workshop: Understanding your crowd for crowdfunding

Date: Thursday 14th November 9.00am – 3.00pm

Venue: The Raikes Room, The Pavilion, Hatherley Ln, Cheltenham GL51 6PN

This workshop offers an introduction to crowdfunding for projects in your community context. Come and find out everything you want to know about crowdfunding but were too afraid to ask.

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Experience: Connect with the camphill community

Date: Wednesday 20th November 10.00am – 4.00pm

Venue: The Grange, Littledean, Newnham, GL14 1HJ

You are warmly invited to spend a day with residents of the Camphill Community. Located in the rolling hills in the Forest of Dean lies The Grange, an intentional community that seeks to ensure people living with complex disabilities can create a way of living that is meaningful, co-produced and offers a sense of belonging.

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We will be adding more workshops to the 2019 workshop programme soon, so stay in touch and sign up to our mailing list to stay up-to-date