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County Councillor News

Monthly newsletter from your Gloucestershire County Councillor, Sue Williams

Published: 6 July 2024

June Report 2024

Holiday Activities Programme 

Once again, families who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals still have time to register for the summer HAF (Holidays Activities and Food) programme. This summer, using grant funding, the council is able to extend fun, enriching holiday activities to all children and young people through its Holiday Activities Programme (HAP).
Both the HAF and HAP summer programmes are running across four weeks during the school holidays and families are encouraged to check their local district HAF webpage to see what’s happening near them.

Activity booking will open at midday on Monday 1st July.
There are lots of options to choose from including drama and science workshops, sports and games, art and crafts, music and dance, indoor and outdoor activities, as well as the ever-popular ticketed attractions. More information about the programme is available at: Gloucestershire County Council web page to view the activities which will be available in their district and select their choices when booking opens on Monday 1 July.
Families who require additional support to choose, book or attend HAF activities, can receive support from six HAF Community Connectors, one for each district of Gloucestershire. Families eligible for pupil premium (income-related) free school meals can also apply for Holiday Free School Meal vouchers, which the council is providing for two weeks during the school holidays. Parents will receive £15 per week, for each eligible child from reception to year 11.
Applications opened 25th June and will close at midday on 9th July.
Vouchers will be distributed from 15th July.
NOTE: Parents /guardians who have registered previously are automatically included and do not need to reapply.
Families whose circumstances may have changed, can find out about eligibility for free school meals on our website, and should contact to inform the team of any changes by midday on 10th July.

Connect and Offload Helpline Launched in the County

The new helpline, ‘Connect and Offload’, or CandO (pronounced ‘can do’ for short) is designed to provide support when someone first notices signs and symptoms of their mental health worsening.  It is open to any adult who is experiencing issues with their emotional wellbeing, such as low mood, anxiety, stress and loneliness.
It also includes support and advice for individuals seeking help with self-harm allowing them to receive the support they need, alongside wider support for their overall emotional wellbeing, offer support to adults (aged 18 plus) without the need for a referral, or an appointment. The service will enable people to access help anonymously, between the hours of 2pm-9pm, seven days a week, 365 days per year, via
The new helpline is delivered and managed by Rethink Mental Illness, a leading mental health charity that offers a range of services across England and Gloucestershire, including award winning helpline services.

Recent Domestic Abuse Consultation

Gloucestershire County Council in partnership with The Police and Crimes Commissioner wanted insight to help improve our county’s response to domestic abuse.
The partnership with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) held a consultation period, to get a better understanding of domestic abuse within Gloucestershire.
GCC wanted to be better informed about people’s experience and understanding of domestic abuse and the impact that it has; whether that is accessing and receiving support, both for victims/survivors and perpetrators, professionals’ responses to domestic abuse. The results will inform the new domestic abuse strategy and services for the county. It will also inform of the level of need in Gloucestershire, the impact on communities, good practice, and where there are areas for development.

Local Issues

In my division, I have been working with parish councillors and GCC Highways to seek feasible options to reduce the speed of vehicles through many of the villages I represent– chasing up the reports of many potholes which are from work completed by utility companies and requesting strimming of overgrown junctions, foot paths and signage.
The Highways department have been resurfacing a number of roads which appeared to be in reasonable condition but do need resurfacing.
There are also the many surface defects /potholes  which require maintenance from the highways team. Along with the case work, I have been assisting individuals with problems.
As always, please contact me if you wish to discuss any problems in the area.
Cllr Sue Williams


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Cllr Sue Williams, Gloucestershire County Council

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