Sun shines on Tadstock 2017 festival 
CCP's annual festival Tadstock, in collaboration with Studio 340 and Tadstock CIC, rocked its way through the August Bank Holiday in glorious sunshine.  And what a show it was.  With temperatures rising and the Brand New Heavies headlining, Tadstock 2017 at Kencot Hill Farm in the Oxfordshire countryside was bound to succeed. 
Young bands, including John Gore, The Verge, Genevieve, Hollow Dreams, Jack Chapman, Prime Position & Blatant Sly, Solid Gone, You'll Never Find the Bodies, Jade Henderson, Freddie Pearce, The Pink House, The Rumble, Selin & the Band, Forever Greens, Mad Isaac, 5 Mics, and Beaver & the Foghorns, rubbed shoulders with the talents of King Solomon Band featuring Troy Ellis, Other Animals, Subduction and a simply stunning performance by BAAST.  It was all topped off by a polished performance by established acid jazz and funk group the Brand New Heavies.
As part of their performances, the Brand New Heavies and Other Animals provided workshops with up and coming youth talent giving invaluable insights into their world of rock and roll.  Some of the young people supported by CCP also had the opportunity to showcase their musical talent alongside the professionals, expanding their knowledge and experience in a safe and friendly environment.
Cheyenne, a former CCP Foyer resident at The Arkells, started using Studio 340 a couple of years ago.  His confidence grew as his knowledge and musical skills improved.  With space and encouragement to rehearse with his newly formed band, 'You'll Never Find The Bodies', they were good enough to open the stage on Sunday at Tadstock with covers of their favourite Pop-Punk songs. 
Other young people worked behind the scenes, gaining new experiences and learning new skills about lighting, sound, programming, security, and so on. 
Great festival food and drink to suit all tastes was on offer, ranging from cream teas to a wood-fired pizza parlour and a lot more in between. The sun shone on lots of fun entertainment for children too with activities in the Kids Zone Marquee, a Treasure Hunt and even a Bear Hunt!
Reviews include: ‘A weekend for any ages.  Our first family festival and we loved it.  Thank you for such a well organised event and we'll be back next year for sure’ (Kerry Naylor).  And: ‘A perfect festival with lots of lovely people and beautiful scenery … and don't forget the music!’ (Debbie Bishop)
Check out Tadstock 17 on Facebook for the latest images and more reviews, or visit Tadstock.  For more info on CCP’s music and recording studio, check out Studio 340If you want to be involved in Tadstock 2018, have musical links, especially to young people, or believe you have something to offer, please contact Cordell Ray, CCP’s CEO, at
Finally, a huge thank you to all the artists, entertainers, volunteers, caterers, friends, families and music lovers who came along to support the festival and CCP.  See you all again next year for Tadstock 2018!  
Investors in Volunteering
Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the much sought after UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work.
Pictured, CCP's Volunteering Department proudly displaying the Investors in Volunteering certificate received after our recent successful audit.
Well done to everyone involved!
Team HULK cleaning up for CCP  
Thank you to Team HULK (Helping the Unhoused with Love and Kindness) for collecting toiletries for the young people living in CCP's Foyer Supported Accommodation.
Team HULK are a group of young people representing the National Citizens Service (NCS).  As well as collecting toiletries, the team also did a sponsored walk of over ten miles between Gloucester and Cheltenham in aid of CCP.  And if that that wasn't enough, the team recently spent the afternoon at 340 High Street, serving coffee, tea and homemade cakes to the public, with all the proceeds, totalling more than £1,100, going towards buying toiletries for CCP's young Foyer residents.
Like the recent donation of an enormous box of toiletries donated by FirstchoiceCE, there is still time for you to get involved!  To donate toiletries to young homeless people living in CCP's Foyer Supported Accommodation, please contact
Autumn quiz for Hamper Scamper Appeal 
Colour Connection and Officeworx have joined forces to raise money for CCP's Hamper Scamper Appeal by holding a Charity Quiz in the autumn. 
The venue is Brickhampton Court Golf Complex on Thursday 19th October, arrive 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Enter a team of 4 for just £60 (including hot food).  It's a chance to network, have fun, win some amazing prizes and raise money for CCP.  
Join Colour Connection and Officeworx for a fun filled evening with other businesses who want to show their support for CCP.  Book your team now
To donate a raffle prize, please contact Colour Connection.
CCP has a new minibus!
CCP has a new minibus!  We are grateful to The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, The Rowlands Trust, Awards For All, The Charles Irving Charitable Trust and Laslett's Charities for their generous donations that enabled us to make the minibus a reality.
Our thanks also go to Colour Connection for designing and producing the amazing wrap. 
The minibus will enable us to transport disadvantaged children, young people and families to and from different CCP and non-CCP venues for educational and social purposes for many years to come!
Great day out thanks to the Zurich Community Trust 
CCP's Social Prescribing team recently enjoyed a great day out at Slimbridge Wetland Centre.  The day was enjoyed by 11 CCP clients, Zurich staff and CCP Social Prescribing staff. 
Our thanks and appreciation goes to the Zurich Community Trust and Zurich staff who organised and funded the trip. 
CCP Charity Shield
It was another great day at the annual CCP Charity Shield, a community based 6-a-side football tournament organised by CCP for local providers, service users and  staff.  The tournament was held again at Quedgeley Wanderers FC, Gloucester. 
The day finished with a barbecue and refreshments and the presentation of the Charity Shield.  
Congratulations to the winners, P3, who beat The Nelson Trust in the final.
AdvoCab continues its outreach 
CCP's new look AdvoCab has recently been out and about in Worcestershire.  Thanks to Brendan the designer at Colour Connection who worked on the new wraps for AdvoCab and our new minibus.  
AdvoCab provides services in locations used by vulnerable people but where there often isn’t a room or private space available to deliver confidential outreach services, including GP surgeries, schools, hospitals, rural village halls, parks, public events, shopping centre car parks, and so on.  
AdvoCab is equipped with mobile internet and remote working facilities, and is able to attend any location and provide services, just like an office base or drop in facility.  In essence, the AdvoCab acts as a roving office and confidential consultation space rolled into one that reaches those who are homeless, sleeping rough, socially isolated, affected by rurality or facing other disadvantages. 
Keep Safe in Gloucestershire Tea Dance   
Keep Safe in Gloucestershire are organising a fundraising dementia friendly Tea Dance on Sunday 17th September, from 2.30pm to 5pm, at Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham.
Tickets cost £10 and include Afternoon Tea.
For more information and to purchase tickets please contact Kelly on 07707 787580 or email
The Keep Safe Scheme in Gloucestershire was set up in July 2010 to support people with learning disabilities in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud and the Forest of Dean.
In September 2013, The Police and Crime Commissioner in Gloucestershire commissioned Keep Safe Keep Active to develop and expand the Keep Safe Scheme to offer support for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism and dementia, county wide across Gloucestershire.
If you're thinking about volunteering but are unsure about what you might experience ...
Jo Bennett has written about her experience as a volunteer with CCP's Social Prescribing team:-
'Back in December 2016 I tentatively stepped inside the CCP offices in Royal Crescent with the intention of applying to be a volunteer.  Having had recent experience of anxiety I was feeling incredibly nervous about making this first step.  I felt relieved and reassured to be greeted with a smile and introduced to the Volunteer Co-ordinator.  She offered me time to consider my background and experience and how these could be utilised within the organisation.  CCP offers a range of project areas and a variety of roles for volunteers including administration, reception roles, client advice, fundraising, housing support, financial support and advocacy.
I was keen to follow my passion of working in a one-to-one person centred support role and being from a nursing background I chose Social Prescribing as an area that seemed most relevant to me.
From this initial stage I was then introduced to Steve Long, Social Prescribing Team Manager and the rest (as they say) is history!!  Needless to say the warmth and friendliness continued and I was introduced to the rest of the team and the environment in which I would be based.  I received a really genuine welcome from everyone and grateful that Steve went to great efforts to ensure I was introduced to everyone without exception!
Following this I met with Steve on a few more occasions to complete necessary paperwork for induction but also to begin to formulate potential ideas for upcoming projects that I could be involved in.  This enabled a real sense of a collaborative approach and rather than feeling I was being ‘fitted’ somewhere, I sensed real flexibility and openness to my ideas and input.  At the end of the induction, the arrival of an ID badge and DBS clearance signalled I had ‘arrived’ as a fully-fledged volunteer and that I belonged within the team and the organisation.  Now you might think that this was the point where I was ‘dropped’ in to my role and left to it, but you would be wrong!!
My role doing ‘safe and well’ checks with older clients was introduced gradually after I had gained lots of opportunity to shadow the Hub Co-ordinators on home visits. I was included in these visits and made to feel a valued member of the team.  I was encouraged to join in with suggestions and thoughts both with clients on the visit and also afterwards during times of reflection and forward-planning.  I also had the opportunity to accompany members of the team into the community to visit local facilities and services and to build relationships and contacts.  Without exception these all offered warm welcomes and a genuine desire to provide excellent service to potential Social Prescribing clients.
This inclusive way of working also extended to team meetings where ideas were shared and discussed openly, enabling everyone to feel that they had a valuable part to play.  It was also a real chance for me to learn from others in the team about subject areas such as housing, benefits, social services provision and community services – none of which I knew anything about! 
As I progressed to going out on my own to do ‘safe & well’ checks, I felt enabled and safe to do so through the support of the rest of the team.  Although understandably apprehensive to start with due to going out on my own and the uncertainty involved, I was encouraged to discuss any areas of concern and gradually grow in confidence.  My visits were always done as second visits where appropriate checks for lone working had already been completed and verified for safety by the Hub Co-ordinators.  This alleviated my anxieties and enabled me to focus on ‘lesser’ concerns such as would I be able to find the right address and would I be able to park!!
Within a few weeks of starting I was able to complete the mandatory training offered by CCP.  I must admit that this kind of training from past experience was not something that I was particularly looking forward to, but I was pleasantly surprised!  The training team were obviously very passionate on their subject and engaged everyone with their real-life stories – many of which I can still remember to this day!!  I also felt there had been real care and attention to detail with the general comfort and wellbeing of attendees in mind.  It was the small details such as the temperature of the training room, the timings of breaks. etc., all probably seemingly insignificant but all contributing to deliver a message of care.
Regular monthly appraisals have been hugely valuable to me.  It really is a chance for a two-way discussion on the role and its progression.  It presents a clear message of feeling valued as a person and also valued for the role within the organisation.  For someone lacking in confidence like me, this kind of opportunity is hugely beneficial and really allows for an open expression of views.
Having now completed six months as a volunteer with CCP I can honestly say that not once have I been referred to as ‘just a volunteer’.  It goes to show that the rhetoric of volunteers being valued members of the team does actually match the reality with CCP!!
After meaningful discussion with Steve about how I could utilise my skills more effectively in order to meet the needs of clients; befriending was identified as a possible area.  I am looking forward to using my qualifications in communication and counselling in a more focussed way, prioritising them as the actual care and support being offered.  From doing the ‘safe & well’ checks I have recognised a real need for some clients to have time to talk with someone who is able to spend the time to listen.  I hope that through emotional support and befriending, older people experiencing social isolation or loneliness will feel able to explore their own needs and be supported to find a way forward to help improve their health and wellbeing.
To summarise, I am very grateful to CCP and the Social Prescribing team for the opportunity to both use and enhance my skills which has enabled me to make a contribution to ‘Caring for Communities and People’.
For more information on volunteering or to request an information pack, please contact CCP on 0300 365 8999 or call into 15 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham. 
August 2017
Sun shines on Tadstock 2017 festival
Investors in Volunteering
Team HULK cleaning up for CCP
Autumn quiz for Hamper Scamper Appeal
CCP has a new minibus!
Great day out thanks to the Zurich Community Trust
CCP Charity Shield
AdvoCab continues its outreach
Keep Safe in Gloucestershire Tea Dance
If you're thinking about volunteering but are unsure about what you might experience ... 
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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
Studio 340
£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.
Caring for Communities and People
15 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, GL50 3DA
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