FREE horse riding sessions for those with disabilities

August 19th, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah

Free horse-riding sessions for those with disabilities at Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre, Dursley, Gloucestershire. Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre is offering groups of  disabled people up to 8 free horse riding sessions.

For more information contact Jenny Rutter Mobile: 07880743453 Office: 01242 243362


Glo- active Social Groups for Adults with Disabilities 16 +

August 19th, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah


Are you bored? Want to meet new People? To take part and have fun come to Glo-active Social Groups.


The Redwell Centre Matson on

Friday Evenings from 7pm –9pm


Stonham Palmers Promise

Unit 1 and 2 St Georges Business Park,

Alstone Lane Cheltenham on

Wednesday Evenings from 7pm –9pm

 Forest of Dean

Cinderford Community Hub on

Tuesday Evenings from 7pm –9pm


Stroud Youth Centre on

Thursday Evenings from 7pm –9pm


Contact Hayley on 07403 988859 /

Layla on 07780 604326/

Free Healthy Weight Consultation Workshops for adults with learning disabilities

August 12th, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah


Get involved in  our workshop

Topics covered:

Balanced diet, being active, weight services and support.

Thursday 21st August 2014 10am – 1pm at The Mainplace, Old Station Way, Coleford, GL16 8RH.

Tuesday 26th August 2014 10am – 1pm at 30A Lansdown, Stroud, GL51 1BG.

Lunch Provided.

To book a place contact Grace Purnell, telephone 07531002489 or email

FREE 1 week training programme for young people wanting to gain experiene in Games Design

August 6th, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah

The Princes Trust and Gloucester College are running a new week long programme for young people who are interested in seeing what the Games Design industry is all about. The course is available for anyone between the ages of 16-25 and not in education, employment or training.

 Get Started in Games Design-  August, Gloucester

Taster Day: 14th August.

Programme Dates: 18th to the 22nd of August

The programme offers the opportunities to:

  • Find out how computer games are designed and built
  • Work with others to build a game including artwork, characters and sounds
  • Present your game to a wider audience
  • Test out games designed by others in the group
  • Work with experts in the Games Design industry
  • Meet new people and improve your communication and teamwork skills
  • Receive up to three months’ support with the Prince’s Trust to help you find further work or training


If you know anyone who is interested please do not hesitate to call or email myself for more information. To refer a young person, you can fill in the referral form attached and send this back to myself, email myself on with the contact details of the young person, or get them to give me a call on 07436 582 327.


Accessible Cycle Taster Day – 14th August 2014

August 4th, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah

Accessible Cycle Taster day at Pedal a Bike Away, Forest of Dean, 14th August 2014

The Mobiloo is here!

August 4th, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah

The Mobiloo has arrived in Gloucestershire

The Mobiloo is the first of its kind in the country, offering a safe and clean changing and toilet facility to meet the needs of all disabled people in Gloucestershire and beyond (and their Carers or Personal Assistants), within a mobile van.  It has been 18 months in production and will be making its first outing in Gloucestershire at the free family event ‘Paws in the Park’, this Sunday, the 3rd of August from 11 am.

Janice Peacey, of Cheltenham Borough Council commented  “We always try hard to ensure our events are accessible to everyone. Having the Mobiloo at Paws in the Park this year will be a big step towards being completely accessible”.

Philip Douch, of Active Impact commented  ‘It’s great to see the Mobiloo out and about in Gloucestershire for the first time. I hope that it will soon become a must-have at public events across the county’.

Most disabled people want to live life no differently from anyone else. They want to be able to go shopping, enjoy the countryside, go out to eat, work, and enjoy life, but they live in a world designed primarily for people without physical impairments.

For many disabled people adequate toilet facilities are an important factor when planning a day out. If they cannot walk or stand, they may still be unable to use even the standard specialist accessible toilets that are sometimes provided. They may need support from one or two carers or personal assistants to use the toilet or to have their incontinence pad changed. Standard specialist accessible toilets rarely provide changing tables or hoists.

The absence of appropriate facilities can impact on whole families. Social activities and days out have to be planned down to the smallest detail to fit around a stop at suitable changing facilities or to get back home after only a few hours. The most intrepid may have ventured out to festivals or camping trips – but then often have to find a discreet area in a field or a dirty toilet floor instead of the dignified facilities we should all be entitled to. The Mobiloo recognises this gap in facilities for disabled people. Its unique, mobile facility offers the right of access to the more rural locations, festivals, activities and events in Gloucestershire.
Over the next few months the Mobiloo will be making appearances at events and venues across Gloucestershire as part of its marketing launch. From the autumn it can be hired by families, charities, organisations and events on either a self drive basis or driven by volunteer driver attendants.

If you want to come along and see the Mobiloo in action or are a dog lover who has never been able to make it to events like ‘Paws in the Park’ due to your disability or caring responsibility, then come along this Sunday from 11am. You can find more information on the Cheltenham Borough Council website, or on the Paws in the Park Cheltenham Facebook page.

Eve Qureshi
Marketing and Development Manager
Tel: 07860 645865

You’re Welcome Grants from Barnwood Trust

July 22nd, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah

Help us to help more people across Gloucestershire

Barnwood Trust gives four different types of grants. Read on to find out more about each of them and help us to give more grants to people across Gloucestershire by sharing this email far and wide!

Grants for individuals

We provide grants to people with disabilities and mental health challenges living in Gloucestershire. 
The Wellbeing Fund enables people to live more independently, by helping with the purchase of domestic appliances, holidays, personal items, adaptions, disability-related equipment or things that might otherwise be beyond someones reach. The Opportunities Award opens the way for people to try something new which may lead to employment, volunteering or give someone the ability to help others. It can also be used to fund training or equipment that will enhance the ability to pursue a hobby or interest. For more information and application forms for both grants click here


Small Sparks grants

Small Sparks grants are for people across the county who want to get together with friends and neighbours to do things that they enjoy, benefiting the community where they live. It could be for gardening equipment to grow vegetables together, books to get a club going or maybe some wool and knitting needles for a group you are already part of.
Grants of up to £250 are available and there are no formal application forms to complete. You just need to make sure that at least one of you wanting to enjoy the activity has a disability or mental health challenge or is an older person who would like to make more friends. Click here to join our group on the You’re Welcome which has lots of handy information and stories of what people have already done with a Small Sparks grant.

Grants for organisations
Small grants of up to £750 are available to organisations in Gloucestershire who work directly to benefit the quality of life of people with disabilities and mental health challenges. Grants could be for new projects, pilot schemes or specific equipment. Grants for holidays and play schemes are also available to organisations with a proven track record of providing either for people in Gloucestershire with a disability or mental health challenge. For more information and application forms click here.

Our Annual Review

Our latest Annual Review ‘What we’ve been up to 2013 – 2014′ is now available. Have a read to find out more about the impact of our grants over the last year as well as all of the other things we have been up to at Barnwood. Click here to download a copy.

Gloucestershire SEND Local Offer

July 14th, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah

Gloucestershire SEND Local Offer can be found at .  This Local Offer is in it’s infancy as information is still being added to the directory, and will continue to be added for some time.   Have a look and if you have any comments, please send them through to

EPIC Recruitment 2014

July 8th, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah

EPIC is the national group of disabled young people, coordinated by the Council for Disabled Children, that acts as a consultative body for national government and other orgs.   They are recruiting new members aged 14-18.  Application deadline is 1pm on 11th July

More details can be found at

Make a Music Video in a Week with The Roses Theatre

July 8th, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah

Work with fantastic professionals and make your very own music video and then see it with friends and family on our big screen at The Roses Theatre. You will  write your own music tracks, make up funky dances, record the music track, film it and make new friends. This is a week where your feet won’t touch the ground and we guarantee that you will LOVE IT!


Where?              Alderman Knight School and The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

When ?              Monday August  25 – Friday August 29 2014

What time?       10am – 3pm


What will it cost and who can take part?

This activity will cost £60 in total for the 5 days and is open to disabled and non-disabled young people aged 11 – 17. We particularly welcome children and young people on the autistic spectrum.


How do I find out more and book a place?

Contact Christine Henderson on 01684 853069

or email: