Advocacy and Mentoring Support
- Do you want support to Speak Up and be heard?
- Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to turn?
- Want to make your life better?
We can give advocacy and mentoring support, where a worker will listen to what you want and make a ‘Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope’ person-centred plan to achieve it.
We also have Speak Up advocacy groups where you can talk to people with similar experiences and empower each other. Sometimes we also invite guest speakers to talk about things like human rights, hate crime and other things people want to discuss.
Do you want to volunteer your time as a mentor, to help someone achieve a goal? People may want a bit of guidance from you to start attending something new, build their confidence or to find out information perhaps.
Do you want to help Inclusion Gloucestershire do their other work – we are usually looking for people with skills who can support us. We pride ourselves in supporting volunteers well and will help you to achieve your goals or signpost you elsewhere if we can’t.
Careers that Care
Careers that Care is an NHS-backed project aimed at encouraging people to consider a career in health or social care, especially working with autistic people or people with learning disabilities.
We ask both professionals and people who receive care services to share their stories about how giving or receiving care services has impacted their life for the better. These stories can be in the form of a short video, an interview, or by answering a survey.
For more information about Careers that Care, visit: www.careersthatcare.co.uk
Your Health, Your Voice, Your Life
We have been working with the NHS. They asked us to talk to autistic people, people with learning disabilities and people who support them across the South West to find out how they would like to have their voices heard on health and other important issues.
We have created a report and a short video about what we did and what we found out. We spoke to many people, networks and organisations – thank you for your time! We found out a lot about user-led organisations and self-advocacy groups, including some of the difficulties they might face. We are hoping to do some more work very soon to act on what we have found and strengthen self-advocacy in the South West. (Self-advocacy means speaking up for yourself about issues that are important to you).
You can read our reports or watch our video here:
Let’s try to make the NHS better for everyone!
GEM (Going the Extra Mile)
The GEM Project is an employability and social inclusion programme, helping people in Gloucestershire to overcome challenges to employment and move them closer towards or into work.
It is a unique partnership of nearly 50 community-based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of the lead organisation Gloucestershire County Council and is jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund.
Individuals signed up to the GEM Project receive personalised one to one support from a Navigator Developer to help them achieve their career based goal, developing life skills, building confidence and self-esteem, whilst overcoming any barriers which prevented them from finding work previously.
The GEM Project has been operating since September 2016 and was initially due to end in December 2019. However, over the last three years, the project has continued to go from strength to strength, being recognised as an exemplar programme and has been awarded additional funding to run until the end of 2021.
For more information about the GEM Project visit www.glosgem.org
They are safe and welcoming places with different opportunities every week. At the Inclusion Hubs, you can make new friends, try out new activities and access information.
The Friendship Hub
We have recently launched a new Inclusion Hub in partnership with the Friendship Café, with the aim of reaching people from the BAME community.
The sessions run from 10-12:30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Friendship Café, with the option for attendees to move into their new café space or the peace room at the end of the session.
The sessions will be user-led, changing to meet the needs of the group and covering a variety of activities such as crafting, walking football, gardening, guest speakers, and trips out of the café.
The hub, like all of our hubs, is a safe space for people of any age with any experience of disability – physical, learning, mental ill health, autistic spectrum conditions, or a combination thereof; and their carers. This hub is also run by and for people from BAME communities, with the aim of supporting the unique challenges people from diverse ethnic groups face in addition to the challenges associated with disabilities.
Our project coordinators also offer the option of a segregated session each day, so on Wednesdays we host a mixed group and a female group, whilst on Thursdays there is a mixed group and a male group. We hope that this will make the group accessible to a variety of different people with different cultural needs whilst still encouraging inclusion and making it possible for the BME group to work in collaboration with the other hubs.
Learning Disability Partnership Board
This makes sure the voices of people with learning disabilities in Gloucestershire are heard loud and clear. Get in touch if you would like to come to the partnership board to share you views.
MHELO (Mental Health Expert Led Opportunities)
MHELO is an independent support network running across Gloucestershire for people who have (or have had) mental health difficulties of any kind or duration. MHELO (Mental Health Experience Led Opportunities) welcomes people from all backgrounds and all walks of life, providing a safe, supportive and user-led space. Anyone can join MHELO and benefit from our friendly group, guest speakers, activities and information.
MHELO is proudly part of Inclusion Gloucestershire, and has network groups in Gloucester and Cheltenham. Please check out the MHELO Facebook page or website for more information! We look forward to hearing from you.
GlosAssistants is a website that enables PAs (personal assistants) to match with people looking for an assistant.
The Peer Mentoring project supported young people transitioning to adulthood.