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.

Please contact for more information or click here to download our referral form. If you would perfer to complete an Easy Read version of our referral form, click here to download it. 

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Careers that Care logo
Volunteering Opportunities

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.

Please contact for more information or click here to download our application form.


LeDeR is short for an NHS programme called ‘Learning from lives and deaths – People with a learning disability and autistic people’.

The LeDeR programme looks to learn from the lives and deaths of people with a Learning Disability or Autism, using this knowledge to improve services and reduce health inequalities.

Inclusion Gloucestershire are pleased to be involved with the LeDeR programme in the county.

Two members of staff, who are Experts by Experience, sit on the LeDeR Quality Assurance (QA) panel to ensure that the voices of those with lived experiences are heard.

As well as being involved in the QA panel, Inclusion Gloucestershire are also creating an accessible LeDeR monthly bulletin.

To read our monthly bulletins or to find out more, please visit our dedicated LeDeR page. 

Careers that Care logo
Careers that Care logo
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:

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:

FINAL Easy Read Report

Your Health Your Voice Your Life Final Report

Let’s try to make the NHS better for everyone!

GEM Project publicity flyer
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


There are Inclusion Hubs across Gloucestershire, led by disabled people for disabled people.

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.

All of our hubs are a safe space for people with any experience of disability – physical, learning, mental ill health, autistic spectrum conditions, or a combination and their carers.

We have 3 Inclusions hubs based within Gloucestershire in Gloucester, Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean. Our leaflet gives more details about when they run and what you can get involved with.

Click here for the Hub Leaflet.

The Friendship Hub – Women’s only group.

The Friendship hub is our women’s only group and is 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.

We currently run one session on a Thursday from 10-12.30 at the Friendship Café. The sessions will be user-led, changing to meet the needs of the group and covering a variety of activities such as crafting, gardening, guest speakers, and trips out of the café.

Click here for the Friendship Hub Leaflet

Learning Disability Partnership Board
We co-chair the multi-disciplinary 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.


LDPB, Building Better Lives | Our partnership with Gloucester City Council

MHELO (Mental Health Expert Led Opportunities)

MHELO (Mental Health Experience Led Opportunities)  is an independent network for people in Gloucestershire to have a collective voice. We exist to ensure that the voice of our experts by experience is heard and we welcome people from all backgrounds and all walks of life, providing a safe, supportive and user-led space. We know that however good health services, social care services and doctors are, they generally haven’t experienced living with mental health difficulties.

Your experience and views are what empowers the VOICE of the present, and the future, of Mental Health in Gloucestershire. We are a user-led network of individuals who want to speak about their experiences of mental ill health, and services, within Gloucestershire to bring about change. MHELO is proudly part of Inclusion Gloucestershire, please check out the MHELO Facebook page for more information! We look forward to hearing from you.


To join MHELO, please complete this form and we will be in touch.

Near You
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Past Projects
Here is some information about some of the projects we have delivered in the past.

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.