New weekly free Money Clinic now open
CCP's Advice and Inclusion Service are proud to announce the opening of a new weekly free Money Clinic in Cheltenham.
The much needed Clinic, which is held from 9.30am to 11am every Friday at Cheltenham 1st Stop, 301 High Street, aims to help the people of Cheltenham improve their financial situation. 
Free and confidential expert advice and support is available on budgeting, managing debt, using cost comparison sites, tips and tools for spending and saving, and so on.
We will also be running a monthly workshop starting on Friday 10th March.  The focus of the first workshop will be financial planning.  Places are limited, so to book a place on what we expect to be a popular workshop ring our Advice and Inclusion Service on 01242 228999 or email Claire at
Win a day recording music at Studio340!
Win a day of music recording and expert advice at Studio340, CCP's state of the art recording studio in Cheltenham! 
Any young talented musicians are invited to take part in an Open Mic Music Competition from 7pm to 9.30pm on Tuesday 18th April 2017 at The Pillar Room, Cheltenham Town Hall.  Singers, singer-songwriters, rappers, groups, and solo instrumentalists are invited to take part live at the mic.  Age group categories are: under 16 years; 16 to 20 years; 20 to 30 years.  The entry fee for each act, whether solo or group, is £4.
The main prize everyone will be competing for is a free day of recording at CCP's Studio340 in Cheltenham.  
To register for the Christian Arts Festival Open Mic event, email by Thursday 13th April 2017. 
CCP are looking for volunteers in Wiltshire
Every child and vulnerable adult in England and Wales, detained or interviewed by the police, should have their rights and welfare safeguarded effectively by an Appropriate Adult (AA).
If you are interested in the criminal justice system or want to help children or vulnerable adults with mental health issues and learning difficulties then this is for you.
Attending the Melksham and/or Swindon Custody you will sit in on police interviews alongside the vulnerable person, ensuring they are conducted in a proper and fair manner and the detainees welfare is safeguarded and they fully understand their legal rights and entitlements.
All Appropriate Adults receive training accredited through the National Appropriate Adult Network.  This will enable you to work safely in the role with confidence.  We also offer shadowing for the first time out.
To apply to be a fully trained volunteer Appropriate Adult, you must: 
  • be aged 18 or over
  • be able to commit to an on-call rota to suit your availability
  • have good verbal and communication skills
  • be able to establish and maintain good working relationships with a range of different individuals including the detained person, police officers, social workers, solicitors, and other representatives from statutory and voluntary agencies.
If you're interested in this valuable and rewarding role, please email CCP's Senior AA Co-ordinator, or call 01242 228999 for an informal chat.
Do something amazing ...
Do something amazing this summer, do the Cheltenham Challenge.
What is your motivation to get to the start line?  Do you want to get fit?  Do you run for fun anyway?  Do you love raising money for charity?  Whatever your motivation, bravery is not crossing the finish line ... but getting to the start line.
Register now for the Cheltenham Challenge, taking place this year on Sunday 18th June 2017.
More Advice Quality Standard (AQS) success for CCP
Following a rigorous inspection in January, CCP is pleased to report that we have been awarded the Advice Quality Standard (AQS) for a further two years for our Cheltenham Advice and Inclusion Service.  The AQS is the quality mark for organisations that provide advice to the public on social welfare issues.  Organisations that hold the standard have demonstrated that they are easily accessible, effectively managed, and employ staff with the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of their clients.
The Cheltenham Advice and Inclsuion Service provides assistance to the citizens of Cheltenham requiring help with debt problems, financial inclusion, housing rights and homelessness, benefit appeals and representation and financial capability assessments.  The Advice and Inclusion Service provided at CCP's Cheltenham First Stop at 301-305 High Street is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority.  CCP was the first organisation and currently is only one of five organisations to hold the Advice Quality Standard (AQS) Kite Mark for best practice. 
Cordell Ray, CEO of CCP, commented: 'I am delighted that CCP have been chosen to continue providing the Advice and Inclusion Service in Cheltenham.  The decision enables the continuation of the developments already underway to ensure we meet the changing nature of customers’ needs, together with cementing existing partnership working, which is particularly strong and centered around the customer journey.'
During the past five years, the Advice and Inclusion Service has assisted numerous people to help transform their lives in some way.  The charity has further plans to enhance the service they provide which will be put into place now the new five year contract has been confirmed.
Ramona Ray, who heads up the Cheltenham Advice and Inclusion Service, is looking forward to putting the developments in place. 'This enables CCP to continue to provide an innovative response to the ever changing landscape of the benefits and welfare system.  We have a specialist advice team in place to advise, support and up-skill people surrounding money and housing matters.'
People needing to use the service can drop-in to Cheltenham 1st Stop between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or call 01242 228999 to make an appointment. 
An out of hours service is provided up to 6pm on Wednesdays.  
A telephone service is available on 01242 578578  each day between 9am and 10am, Monday to Thursday. 
Social Prescribing visit The Butterfly Garden 
Steve Long and Elaine Meyer from the Social Prescribing team recently had the pleasure of visiting The Butterfly Garden to support their coffee morning fundraiser. 
The event was extremely well supported and Steve and Elaine enjoyed their time at the event talking to a number of wonderful people.  Elaine very kindly brought a selection of cakes back for the Advice and Inclusion and Social Prescribing teams to enjoy!
The Butterfly Garden, in Bamfurlong Lane, Cheltenham, is an educational, therapeutic and recreational scheme, based initially on gardening, but now offering so much more. 
It is a project for people of all ages dealing with disablement of any kind.  It caters for those looking to escape the world, those looking to re-enter it, and some who are still just looking.  Its doors are open to anyone without obligation.
I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike
Officeworx Ltd Directors, Paul Berry and Rob Adkins, are planning to cycle from Gottingen to Cheltenham in the summer to raise funds for CCP.  This isn't the first time the Officeworx Directors will be taking on a bike challenge for CCP.  In August 2014, the duo took on the challenge to cycle from London to Paris, raising an astonishing £1,525 for CCP. 
This year they plan to push themselves to the limit and cycle over 600 miles, the distance between Cheltenham and our twin town in Germany – Göttingen.  The duo will fly to Germany on the 19th June 2017 and start the long cycle ride back to Cheltenham's Montpellier Gardens on the 20th June 2017, arriving 7 days later.
Please support CCP by visiting Paul and Rob's JustGiving Fundraising PageAll monies donated will go directly to CCP.   
Violence is a public health issue
'Violence is a public health issue. Living without the fear of violence is a fundamental requirement for health and wellbeing’
Public Health England (PHE) have published their first PHE South West Violence Prevention e-bulletin, 'Violence Prevention'.  The bulletin takes a public health approach to violence prevention.  It contains local news and information, and national and international policy publications, covers issues including domestic violence and abuse, sexual violence and abuse, drugs and alcohol, criminal justice health, mental health, and suicide and self-harm, and provides opportunities to take part in violence prevention webinars and events.
To subscribe to the e-bulletin, email Lara Snowdon (Public Health England) at    
Want to play a gig at the Midsummer Fiesta? 
The Midsummer Fiesta returns in 2017 for another day showcasing the fantastic talents of the diverse communities of Cheltenham.  With a multitude of activities from charity stalls to music and dance this is a day for everyone in Cheltenham to enjoy.
If you want to perform at this ever popular event at Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, on Saturday 1st July 2017, then head to the Studio340 website to register now.
As always, the event will be very popular, so register your band / act now to avoid being disappointed!  
February 2017
New weekly free Money Clinic now open
Win a day recording music at Studio340!
CCP are looking for volunteers in Wiltshire
Do something amazing ...
More Advice Quality Standard (AQS) success for CCP
Social Prescribing visit The Butterfly Garden
I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike
Violence is a public health issue
Want to play a gig at the Midsummer Fiesta?
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Homeless young people
£5 = feed 20 young people in supported accommodation with a basic beakfast
Support for young people
£20 = 1hr drop in session offering information, advice and guidance
Family support
£25 = feed a family of 4 with a basic breakfast and evening meal for 7 days
Moving in boxes
£30 = 1 moving in box for a homeless young person
Family support
£50 = 2hr family mediation session
£100 = Advocab ready to roll in any emergency
Moving on boxes
£500 = 10 young people provided with a moving on box
Fairshare food
£1,000 = 20 young people fed for 1 year
Outward Bound
£2,000 = 8 young people, 2 leaders x 1 trip
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£3,000 = 3hr session every week for 12 months for unemployed vulnerable young people
Work readiness
£4,000 = 8 young people to attend an 8 week programme
Youth workers
£5,000 = 1 nights' youth work over a year
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our fantastic supporters for their tremendous support.
Without this support many of our added value projects wouldn't exist so thanks for making these projects possible.
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