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Newsbites brings you news and updates from GRCC and other relevant organisations. This edition includes:

- GRCC's Access to Services Survey

- News on updates to GRCC toolkits for communities

- Digital co-production in Gloucestershire through GRCC's DAISI project

- Free webinars by Cirican and Open University

- The return of the Thriving Communities grant

GRCC would like to find out more about the experiences people have of accessing services in Gloucestershire, whether that's transport, food shopping, bank services (including accessing cash and banking for community and voluntary groups), or Post Office services.

We have created a brief survey, which should only take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. If you live or work in Gloucestershire please take part – and do feel free to share it with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbours. We would like to hear from as many people as possible.

Click the link below to take part. The survey will close on 31 July 2022.

Thank you!

Community Emergency Planning Toolkit update

GRCC has recently updated the Community Emergency Planning Toolkit, a suite of resources based on our extensive experience working to support communities to be more resilient.

If you would like to find out more about the toolkit and how GRCC can support you to make your community more resilient contact Helen Richards For an overview of Community Emergency Planning, click here to visit our website.

CARS (Community Approaches To Road Safety) Toolkit update

GRCC is updating the CARS Toolkit which will be available this autumn. We will be presenting the new toolkit at four district launches planned in Forest, Stroud, Cotswolds and Tewkesbury, in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Watch this space for more news!

Digital Co-production in Gloucestershire

GRCC through the DAISI project has been working with people with physical disabilities, mental health issues, and other barriers to help shape current and future digital projects. Using a combination of in person and online group and facilitated one-to-one sessions we have collected data and information to put individuals at the centre of their online journey.

DAISI - Making Gloucestershire digitally ready, one click at a time.

We have been using different methods, media and approaches to make sure all districts and demographics are involved. One of the key messages received through multiple sessions was the lack of end user focused design in digital services as well as the lack of awareness of accessibility techniques and support among those who provide digital inclusion. Both of these omissions create unnecessary barriers for some of the most vulnerable in the county.

Click below to find out more about how we can support your digital service delivery through the DAISI project.

Want to find out how different rural communities have developed approaches around land management, coastal issues and food and farming?

Cirican in partnership with the Open University are pleased to announce the 2022 Rural Natters series. Come and join one of our informal and free to attend #ruralnatters on:

Coastal Communities – July 13th

Land and Environment – July 14th

Food and Farming – July 15th

Starting at 12noon and lasting just over an hour hear from speakers including Rob Poole from Cornwall Rural Community Charity, Dr Vicky Johnson from Open University, and Laura Dixon from Devon Communities Together, and reflections from our chairs Ivan Annibal, Dr Patrick Candler and Nigel Curry on how rural places can shape their futures.

We will have a natter about

* Levelling Up and how UKSPF investment plans need to consider how they support rural places

* The infrastructure needed to think about how we improve our management of land, manage the #staycation phenomenon and the role of #farming and food in contribution to reducing carbon footprint.

Places are limited so book now! Click the links above to book via Eventbrite.

Thriving Communities Funding is back!

Grants of up to £7,500 available

As we move out of pandemic towards a post-pandemic world, Gloucestershire County Council is keen to support the reintroduction of in-person activities that help improve mental wellbeing and create opportunities to connect with others.

The funding can be used for organisations or groups to develop new or existing projects which strengthen community-based activity in supporting people, inclulding collaborative and partnership bids; staffing costs and overheads; volunteer expenses; and continued delivery of projects or increased activity to meet demand.

The deadline for applications is 29 July 2022. Click below for more information and how to apply.

Notice Date: 07/07/2022