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Gloucestershire has a wealth of charities and voluntary groups providing a helping hand, a listening ear and practical support to those in need.

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BBC Gloucestershire's CSV Action Desk has answered thousands of requests for help and assisted many charitable and community organisations since the radio station was launched in 1988.

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Now it offers an online service - round-the-clock contact details and internet links for local charities and voluntary groups so the people of Gloucestershire can find information whenever they need it.

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Age Concern Gloucestershire
Bleak House
26 Station Road
Gloucester GL1 1EW
Tel: 01452 422660

Alcoholics Anonymous
Support for people with alcohol problems. Holds support meetings across the county.
Tel: 01452 418515 (24-hour helpline)

Alzheimer's Society, Gloucester and District branch
North Wing
Agriculture House
Greville Close
Tel: 01452 525222

Alzheimer's Society, Cheltenham and District Branch
1st Floor
Badham Chemists
256 London Road
Charlton Kings
Cheltenham GL52 6HS
Tel: 01242 511111
Email: Provides information, advice and support to people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, their families and other carers in Cheltenham and throughout east Gloucestershire.

Barn Owl Centre
Brockworth Court
Gloucester GL3 4QU
Tel: 01452 865999
Dedicated to the advancement of conservation of the barn owl and other owl species through environmental projects, research studies and public education.

British Red Cross - Gloucestershire
8 Westward Road
Stroud GL5 4JQ
Tel: 01453 762288
National website:

CLIC - Challenging Childhood Cancer and Leukaemia
Abbey Wood
Bristol BS34 7JU
Tel: 0117 311 2600
West-based charity providing help and support to children with cancer and leukaemia and their families.

Cheltenham and District Volunteer Bureau
Sandford Park Offices
College Road
GL53 7HX
Tel: 01242 257727
Fax: 01242 700076

Cheltenham Animal Welfare Association and Animals Shelter
Gardener's Lane
Swindon Road
Cheltenham GL51 9JW
Tel: 01242 523521
Fax: 01242 523676
The shelter cares for and provides homes dogs, cats and another small domestic animals. Open Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri noon-4pm, Sat and Sun 11am-2pm.

Cheltenham Community Projects
66 St Paul's Road
Cheltenham GL50 4EX
Tel: 01242 228999
Fax: 01242 690166
Provides accommodation, practical and emotional support for young people at times of crisis.

Cheltenham Council For Voluntary Service
College Road
Cheltenham GL53 7HX
Tel: 01242 227737
Fax: 01242 704432
Support and information for all local voluntary organisations including advice to access to training, networking and funding.

Cheltenham Housing Aid Centre
31 Prestbury Road
Cheltenham GL52 2PP
Tel: 01242 226672
Fax: 01242 252119
Cheltenham Housing Aid Centre offers free and independent advice and information to the homeless and those in housing need. Services include access to a deposit bond scheme, court representation, debt counselling and specialist workers for young people, the elderly and those with mental health problems.

Christian Aid Gloucestershire
3 College Green
Gloucester GL1 2LR
Tel: 01452 309115
Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 9am-3pm.

Cirencester Stroke Club
Organiser Mrs R M Wright
29 The Green
Cirencester GL7 1AU
Tel: 01285 652167
Support and activities for people who have suffered a stroke. Meets every Monday, 9-30am-noon.

Computer Recycling Project
c/o GCVS
75-81 Eastgate Street
Gloucester GL1 1PN
Tel: 07932 845722
Provides low cost IT equipment to local community groups and those on low incomes. A project runs on a not-for-profit basis and offers a free collection and delivery service.

Cotswold Canals Trust
The Old Chapel
Sandfield Road
Gloucester GL3 2HD
Tel 01452 857017 or 854057
The Cotswold Canals Trust is restoring the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal for the benefit of the public.

Cruse Bereavement Care
Lower Ground Floor
31 St Georges Road
Cheltenham GL50 3DU
Tel: 01242 252518
Fax: 01242 252518
Grief counselling and support for bereaved people.

Cystic Fibrosis Trust - Gloucestershire
Tel: 01242 518508
Offers advice, help and hope to families of cystic fibrosis sufferers.

Dementia Care Trust
City Works
Alfred Street
Gloucester GL1 4DF
Tel: 01452 550066/550067
Fax: 01452 550068

Disability Action Cheltenham
287 High Street
Cheltenham GL50 3HL
Tel: 01242 237292
Independent organisation run by and for disabled people in Cheltenham.

Dyslexia Association - Gloucestershire South
Tel: 07711 865752 (24-hour helpline)
Call for an information pack with helpful material and detailed contacts.
National website:

Furniture Recycling Project
Warehouse No. 5
West Quay
The Docks
Gloucester GL1 2EH
Tel: 01452 331333
Fax: 01452 311173
Provides safe, clean, affordable furniture and household items to disadvantaged groups.

GDAS - Gloucestershire Drugs and Alcohol Advisory Service
Gloucester: Tel: 01452 381166 (drugs) 01452 385757 (alcohol)
Cheltenham: Tel: 01242 570003 (drugs) 01242 584881 (alcohol)
Cotswolds: Tel: 01453 755711
Information, advice and support for people who are concerned about their own or someone else's substance use. This includes alcohol and illegal or prescribed drugs.

GEAR - Gloucester Emergency Accommodation Resource
Hepworth House
115 Southgate Street
Gloucester GL1 1UT
Tel: 01452 523655
Gear is a small local charity working with helpless people in Gloucester - it provides a night shelter, a day centre and a health clinic and welcomes donations and volunteer help.

Gloucester Racist Incidents Support
15 Brunswick Road
Tel: 01452 525425

Gloucester Women's Refuge
Tel: 01452 301326

Gloucester Vale Conservation Volunteers
Tel: 01242 581842/709579 or 01452 540612
Carries out conservation tasks in Gloucester and Cheltenham area. Volunteers always welcome.

Gloucestershire Association for Mental Health
Belsize House
1 Brunswick Square
Tel: 01452 416575

Gloucestershire Carers Project
15 College Green
Gloucester GL1 2LZ
Tel: 01452 386283
Fax: 01452 506061
Information and support network for anyone caring for someone yuong or old who is disabled, ill or frail.

Gloucestershire Domestic Violence Support
Tel: 01452 312427

Gloucestershire Neighbourhood Projects Network
Mark Gale, Network Co-ordinator
City Works
Alfred Street
Gloucester GL1 4DF
Tel: 01452 541295
Fax: 01452 541352

James Hopkins Trust
Kite's Corner
North Upton Lane
Tel: 01452 612216
Fax: 01452 613688
The aim of the trust, founded as a memorial to a Gloucestershire boy who died before his second birthday, is to help severely disabled young children and those with life-threatening illnesses up to the age of six.

The Kambia Appeal
26 Moorend Road
Cheltenham GL53 0HD
Set up by a Cheltenham doctor in 1992 to improve healthcare in Sierra Leone, the Appeal's current aims are to support the newly rebuilt Kambia District Hospital and to reduce the number of pregnant women in Kambia dying during childbirth.

The Meningitis Trust
Fern House
Bath Road
Stroud GL5 3TJ
Tel: 01453 768000
Fax: 01453 768001
24-hour helpline: 0845 600 0800
Founded in 1986 by people who had a direct experience of meningitis the trust raises awareness of the disease, funds research and offers support and counselling.

National Osteoporosis Society - Cheltenham
Tel: 01242 515891 or 01242 244867.
National website:
Meets to share information, help raise funds for osteoporosis research and offer support for local people.

National Star College
Ullenwood Manor
GL53 9QU t:
Tel: 01242 524478

Provides education and training for young people with physical disabilities or brain injuries. As an independent charity it relies on donations to fund all development and purchase of equipment.

25 Cambray Place
Cheltenham GL50 1 JN
Tel: 01242 523215
And at:
27 Park Road
Gloucester GL1 1LH
Tel: 01452 522071
National website:
Counselling for relationships, sexual difficulties, separation and divorce.

The Spring Centre Trust Fund
Gardner House
Olympus Park
Gloucester GL2 4NF
Tel: 01452 725941
Fax: 01452 725935
The trust supports children with disabilities and specials needs from birth to 16. They also support the whole family. The services range from daily sessions for pre-school children, holiday activities for older children and coffee mornings for the parents.

South Cotswold Voluntary Service
23 Sheep Street
Cirencester Glos.
Tel: 01285 658802

Supports and helps to manage and find volunteers for dial-a-ride schemes, social car transport, day-centres, luncheon clubs and other local groups.

Vale Wildlife Rescue
Station Road
Tewkesbury GL20 7AN
Tel: 01386 882288
Fax: 01386 882288
A treatment and rehabilitation centre for injured wild animals.

Winston's Wish
The Clara Burgess Centre
Bayshill Road
GL50 3AW
Tel: 01242 515157
Fax: 01242 546187
Family helpline: 0845 203 0405
Counselling and support for bereaved children and their families.
Find out more about the work of Winston's Wish



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