Taynton Village

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Village Agent – March Newsletter

Village Agent News March 2016

Change of Village Agent

After 9 years as your Village and Community Agent, I have decided that the time is right to hand over to someone else. I will continue to work for the Charity, Gloucestershire Rural Community Council, but as from the 31st of March I will no longer be your Village Agent. However, I am pleased to be able to tell you that your new Village Agent is Sarah Davies. Sarah is contactable on 07810 630254 (which is the same number as currently used). I would like to say how much I have enjoyed helping the over 50’s in my parishes and I have found the work very rewarding. I’ve made some very good friends and have lots of fond memories. Kind regards Hilary

Riser Recliner Loan Service

The Gloucester Furniture Recycling Project (FRP) work with your occupational therapist to offer a personal service to find the right chair for you from our range of styles and sizes. Before being delivered to you, all chairs are electrically safety tested and professionally cleaned. FRP’s riser recliner loan service is a convenient cost effective solution for people who are: • Recovering from medical treatment • Individuals receiving palliative care • Those with disabilities and mobility problems If you are interested in hiring a riser recliner, call or email FRP for further information Tel: 01452 524333 www.frpglos.org.uk risers@frpglos.org.uk

Blue Badge Application Scam

BLUE BADGE APPLICATION SCAM Gloucestershire County Council is warning of scam websites that are charging people to apply for a Blue Badge. A blue badge is available to disabled people to allow them free parking and access to services and facilities. It can be applied for free of charge through the Gloucestershire County Council website. There is a charge of £10 if a badge is issued. Some Gloucestershire residents have reported being caught out by unscrupulous websites that are charging fees of around £50 for processing people’s applications. These sites carry out the same simple application process that applicants can do themselves via the local authority or GOV.UK and are in no way affiliated to the blue badge scheme. Eddie Coventry, head of Gloucestershire trading standards service, said: “Please ensure that you use the official website.” You can find out if you’re eligible, and apply for a blue badge, by visiting gloucestershire.gov.uk/bluebadge, or gov.uk/apply-blue- badge or by calling the Adult Social Care Helpdesk for information on 01452 426868. FFI concerning consumer rights, http://glos.tradingstandards.uk/consumer.htm & http://glos.tradingstandards.uk/scams.htm


Picture Scam

Conmen operating in the Forest visit houses claiming to be deaf. They try to persuade householders to buy a picture claiming to have painted it themselves and charging £15 or so. The ‘paintings’ are, in fact, cheap prints costing about £1, thereby making a nice profit. The police recently released a picture in the “Forester” of one of them caught on CCTV. The message is do not to buy at the door from cold callers.

If you don’t have central heating……

grant funding of up to £4,000 per property is available to eligible clients. The scheme helps those who do not currently have a central heating system and those who have storage heaters which heat less than 50% of the rooms. (Only certain rooms are counted.) The scheme is open to those who own or privately rent their homes and will need to meet certain criteria. Eligibility will be based on your income, savings, housing costs and fuel bills, or the benefits you receive. Please have these details available when you call or, if you are unsure, Warm & Well advisors will be happy to send out further information. Free home energy advice visits and grants for cavity wall and loft insulation are also available. Insulation grants are subject to a survey. For more information or to find out if you’re eligible or for general energy efficiency advice, Tel: 0800 500 3076, Email: warmandwell@severnwye.org.uk The Warm & Well advice line is managed by Severn Wye Energy Agency, a charity (no.1083812) and not-for- profit company. Ref: CHF1


Help carers to increase their State Pension

National Insurance credits are available to help people fill gaps in their record in order to increase their State Pension. Carer’s Credit is for people of working age who deliver 20 – 35 hours of care per week and don’t get either Carer’s Allowance or child benefit for a child under 12. For further information and an application form visit www.gov.uk/carers-credit

Gardening Tip

If you are a gardener whose fingers are not as nimble as they used to be, rather than buying packets of vegetable seeds, buy seed tapes. Seed tapes enable you to lay the tape along the seed bed and the vegetable plants require no thinning at a later date.


Remembering Sport at Kingsholm 14th April 2016 12.15 – 1.45 pm The Lion’s Den, near the Shed, Kingsholm Stadium

Come along to the men’s 50+ group in Kingsholm. Talk about watching/playing/supporting sport with other men from around the country.

Refreshments available
Parking available in the main car park.

To register your interest and for more information, please contact Julie Pritchard at GRCC on 01452 528491 email: juliep@grcc.org.uk

Volunteers needed for “Connecting Carers”

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Carers over the age of 50 living in Gloucestershire can now benefit from 8 hours of free one to one computer tuition in their own home or in a group setting, as part of a scheme set up by Gloucestershire Rural Community Council [GRCC]. The ‘Connecting Carers’ scheme which operates countywide, is also looking for people with computer experience who have a few hours to spare and would like to help with this one to one or group support.

There are an estimated 63,000 carers in Gloucestershire and many have little time for themselves. In some cases, they can feel isolated and socially excluded also. With the help of schemes like ‘Connecting Carers’, they will be able to access support, information and services from the comfort of their own homes, which may help to make them feel more connected, supported and in control.

Tim Poole, Chief Executive of Carers Gloucestershire, says “Anything that helps address the isolation many carers experience is very welcome. Not only does ‘Connecting Carers’ achieve this but it also helps provide carers with skills and experience that the rest of us sometimes take for granted. I’m delighted to see non carer-specific organisations recognising the needs the carers and coming together to increase the support available to carers within their own communities”.

Gloucestershire Rural Community Council is very keen to recruit volunteers. If you have a few spare hours and would like to help improve the lives of carers call Matthew Keighley on 01452 528491

Village Agent – October News Letter

On the second Monday of every month starting at 10.30 the North Forest Parkinson’s UK Group meet at Sheppard House, Newent. On 12th October they are holding a Chat session with coffee and cakes. Rekha and Sarah, Local Information Support Workers, will be on hand to offer Parkinson information and support aids and dance.

I have taken an extract from the latest Parkinson’s UK newsletter which explains the role of the Support Worker Rekha:-.

“It is my job to provide confidential one to one support to people with Parkinson’s, their carers and families. It could be that you need help linking to your local support group, advice on benefits, referrals to other agencies, emotional support regarding an issue affecting your situation as well as information and advice around general issues with Parkinson’s. I work closely with the local Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist and the Parkinson’s UK branch. Together we provide a holistic and consistent support so that you are not coping alone. The Branch and its volunteers work very hard and are very successful organising various activities for members and fund raising locally. This helps to fund the work I do and why my services are free to all. Please don’t hesitate to call me if you would like any information or advice. I look forward to speaking with you”

Rekha Tanna Hirani ( 0844 225 981 email rtannahirani@parkinsons.org.uk

Other Parkinson’s UK dates for your diary at Sheppard House:-

9th November – Singing Vicars (God’s Grampies)

14th December – Lunch (venue TBC)

For further information about the North Forest Group contact Jane Henderson on 0344 225 3694 or email jhenderson@parkinsons.org.uk

Hilary Lyon, Village Agent for Tibberton, Taynton, Churcham, Huntley, Rudford and Highleadon and Newent   ( 07810 630254   Email Hilary@villageagent.grcc.org.uk

Village Agent – August News

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Gloucestershire Village & Community Agents Providing older people in Gloucestershire with easier access to information and services – for more information, click here


Gloucester Deaf Association will be holding a Hearing Aid Clinic at Ross Willis Court, Newent. Hearing aid cleaning, re-tubing and new batteries will be available on Monday 3rd August 10.30 -12 noon £2.50 per person for one or two hearing aids.

Free in Touch Personal Safety Eventin partnership with the Gloucestershire Village and Community Agents, Gloucestershire Police, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue, Victim Support and Trading Standards Sign up for a free home safety checkSpeak to your local Village and Community AgentGet your valuables security marked by the PoliceFind out how to block cold callers and scammersFind local activities to meet new people in your area

These events are completely free and your event is at Newent Memorial Hall on Tuesday 4th August 10am – 1.30 pm.   Come and have tea and cake whilst finding out tips and advice on how to stay safe in your own homes and in your community. Short talks will provide updates and information stands will be there for you to browse. For more information or to book a place and transport, contact either myself or Katie Lake at GRCC on 01452 528491 or email katiel@grcc.org.uk


Men’s 50+ Social Group in Kingsholm. The next session will be 10.30-12noon on Thursday 10th September. During the summer, this group will meet at the Roots Café due to Kingsholm Stadium being used for World Cup events. There’s two-hour parking on Alvin Street. Roots Cafe is at 69 Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3EH.


Come along and talk about watching/playing/supporting sport with other men from around the county over a cup of tea.  To register your interest and for more information, please contact Katie Lake at GRCC: katiel@grcc.org.uk 01452 528491.

Hilary Lyon, Village Agent for Tibberton, Taynton, Churcham, Huntley, Rudford and Highleadon and Newent   ( 07810 630254   Email Hilary@villageagent.grcc.org.uk

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