Village Agents' August Newsletter

Free Conference - Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support is holding a FREE conference about Health and Wellbeing on 9th. October 2013, 9:30am - 3:30pm at the beautiful Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham, GL51 6PN. The day will offer attendees the opportunity to listen to leading clinicians on current issues and initiatives in health and wellbeing for people affected by cancer and their carers. There will be a number of keynote speakers covering topics such as Eating Well, Survivorship and Physical Activity. The afternoon sessions will allow you to attend workshops which include the choice of Walking for Health, Art Therapy, Mindfulness or a session led by Shoosmith's Solicitors about carers' rights, benefits and employment. To book your space, please call 01904 651700 or email

Age UK Magic Mouse Computer Sessions

Have you thought about using the internet to do your supermarket shopping, book a holiday, pay bills, order your favourite book or CD? Do you want to keep in touch with friends & family by email or Skype? Are you aware that you can research your family tree, find out about local events or even check bus timetables online? Are you interested in learning to use a computer?

Magic Mouse computer sessions offer friendly tuition to the over 50s by volunteers. The sessions are tailored to your needs. The aim is to build your confidence, increase your skills and make sure you have fun. Sessions are held either at Age UK in Gloucester or in your own home using your computer. There is a small charge for the sessions. To find out more or to book a free taster session, phone 01452 422660 or email

Big Knit for Age UK

Once again we are calling on loyal supporters and keen knitters to produce lots of little hats for Innocent Smoothie bottles. The hats can be plain, striped, spotted, themed etc and finished with bobbles, tassels, pony tails, or whatever takes your fancy. You can use a pattern from past Big Knits if you have one or look at the patterns on the Age UK website. Age UK Gloucestershire will receive 25p for every bottle with a little hat sold. Last year we were able to raise over £700 from the campaign. The cut off date for hats to reach us at Station Road, Gloucester is Monday, 24th. September.

Thank-you from the Forest Sensory Services

Jenny and Jackie would like to thank everyone who has sent them good quality items or unwanted gifts which they then sell on eBay to raise funds to help keep the services running at the Forge Centre in Cinderford. If you have anything to donate, you can drop it off at the Sensory Services in Foxes Bridge Road Monday –Thursday or give it to your Village Agent who will ensure that it gets there.

Electric Blanket Testing

Summer is a good time to get your electric blanket tested in readiness for the colder months. The Home Safety Team at City Works, Alfred Street, Gloucester, GL1 4DF will do safety checks on electric blankets. Tel: 01452 550575 The contact is Tim Martin and it’s best to give them a ring first to make sure someone is there. Blankets should be identified with the name, address and contact number of the owner, and the team will deliver the electric blanket back to the owner once it has passed their test.

Walks with Wheelchairs

Sunny Days "Walks with Wheelchairs" is a website which contains useful links and contact details of selected companies that will be able to provide you with all the equipment you need to have an enjoyable and safe walking break. Regions, distances, gradients, terrain can all be specified and the appropriate information given. For further details visit

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