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:

Carnival Countdown with Art Shape & GDance

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

Team up with dance and arts professionals to make magnificent costumes and puppets and become a polished carnival troupe. Dance – choreography – puppet making – costume design – arts and craft. Fun activities for all abilities .

Then take part in the Gloucester Carnival procession during Gloucester’s summer festivities.


When and what time?

Saturday 19th July  from 12pm – 4:30pm

Weds 23rd July – Fri 25th July  from 10am – 3pm


plus Carnival Day Saturday 26th July



at City Works, Alfred Street, Gloucester, GL1 4DF


What will it cost and who can take part?

This activity will cost £42 for the 4 days (a sibling will be half price) and is open to disabled and non-disabled children aged 8 – 17 of all abilities and mobilities.


How do I find out more and book a place?

Contact Harriet West on 01452 863855

or email:

Playbarn Session For Children With Additional Needs

July 7th, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah

Darcy Bear’s Playbarn, Carterton


North Cotswold Support Group – Fun For All

proudly present

Playbarn session for children with additional needs

26th July 2014

8.30 am – 9.30am

Please come and join us at Darcy Bear’s Playbarn,Carterton South Industrial Estate, Black Bourton Road, Carterton, OXON OX18 3EZ for an early morning play session just for children with additional needs and their siblings.

Darcy Bear’s has a toddler section, a main play section and a lazer quest area which we are able to use as a calming area with dimmed lights and a deep ball pond.

Directions and information on prices and what facilities are available are on Darcy Bear’s website or contact for more information

Look forward to seeing you there.

A Vision for Rio Campaign

June 30th, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah

British Para-swimming have teamed up with UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport to launch ‘A Vision for Rio’ campaign to try and find the next generation of visual impaired Paralympic Athletes. 

The campaign is looking for young swimmers between the ages of 12-25 years old, both male and female, who are currently competing at county or regional level.  To be eligible for ‘A Vision for Rio’ swimmers must have limited vision, loosely defined as being unable to see past the top line of an eye chart with their most effective eye, whilst wearing glasses.

Further information can be found at the British Swimming website

Swimmers can apply via the EIS Paralympic Talent Portal

Sports Opportunities in Gloucestershire

June 30th, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah

  • Aspire Springers Trampoline Club – are opening up some special needs sessions on a Thursday 1.00-2.00, 2.00-3.00 and 3.00-4.00 starting on Thursday 5th June.  There is a hoist available for access to the trampoline for less ambient performers and access steps for all others. Contact Dawn Lawson on for more information.
  • Gloucestershire Football Association will be delivering Football coaching at Leisure @Cheltenham on Saturdays 11.30-12.30 for 10 weeks, from Saturday 21st June.  At the end of the 10 weeks, if anyone did want to paly football further, the GFA could offer opportunities to join local clubs in the area.  For further information please contact

Building Better Lives Consultation

June 24th, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah

As you may know, in April Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet agreed to run a consultation on a proposed policy called Building Better Lives.  The policy outlines changes they would like to make to the way they support people of all ages who have a disability.  The council is gathering views of people with disabilities, their carers and families and a wide range of professionals from a variety of sectors.  In addition, an online public consultation will run until Monday 2nd July.

The policy puts forward a number of important principles (such as amongst others, inclusion, contribution, and early help) and seeks people’s views about whether these are the right values to form the basis of the way in which they work to support people with a disability in the future.  Getting an agreed set of shared values and priniciples in place is key to creating a future system which is ambitious and effective. 

The policy also looks at how to improve the transition from childhood to adulthood in social care, education health.  It explores issues such as how we can progress the personalisation agenda (giving people choice and control), how we can use the talents of people with a disability so that they play a key role in delivering services, how aspirations can be raised around what children and young people with a disability will be able to do in the future, and how we can create more employment opportunities for people with a disability.

We would like to ask that you share this with any other interested parties and tell us what you think visiting to access the policy document and online survey.  Hard copies and accessible copies are also available on request.

Alternatively, you can invite the consultation to lead a workshop, or attend an exisitng forum, with your team, service users, parents/carers, tenants, or any other interested stakeholders by contacting Samantha Crocker at 01452 328596 or

Learning Disability Week 2014

June 11th, 2014 / No Comments » / by adminsarah

Take part in Learning Disability Week 2014

Next week is Learning Disability Week (16 – 22 June 2014) and this year’s theme is ‘your first…’. Anyone can get involved: you can tweet about your first time experiences by using the twitter hashtag #LDWeek14; you can share your stories on our Facebook page ; or you can find out what’s going on by visiting our website


There are going to be Learning Disability Week events taking place all over the country. Here are some that are happening in our area:

  • Gloucestershire County Council have put together a programme of events with partner organisations across the county. There will be drop-in events, opportunities to meet health professionals and opportunities to try different leisure and social activities. For more information, please see the attached programme or visit their website
  • Coventry Mencap & Wayfarers Club are holding a tea dance on Saturday 21 June. There will be tea, cake, music and dancing. Please see the attached flyer for more details or visit their website
  • Heart of England Mencap are planning activities across their services throughout the week and will be sharing stories of people’s first time experiences. They will have a market stall at Stratford-upon-Avon market on Friday 20 June (9.00am – 3.00pm) where they will be talking to people about Learning Disability Week – please feel free to stop by for a chat if you’re in the area! 

Are you doing anything to celebrate Learning Disability Week? If yes, I would love to hear from you! You can contact me on or 07950 964999. Or, if you’re a fan of twitter, you could send me a tweet @H_P_Stokes