Below are some organisations, either local in Cirencester, or nationally, who may be able to help you:
FAMILIES & CHILDREN
Need support? If you need a hand, Home-Start Cotswolds is a local organisation dedicated to helping families in this area with a child under the age of 5. They will match you with a volunteer to suit your circumstances, who will visit and be a friend, giving support and help in your home or out at the park. (This service also operates in the North Cotswolds, which can be reached by the same link) Contact Janice, Katharine or Kate via the link below:
CARE FOR THE FAMILY
A national charity, Care for The Family offer lots of support for families, single and bereaved parents, families with debt problems, and those parenting teenagers! They offer courses, books, holidays and a help-line. You can find them via the link below:
(or the Children & Young People’s Directorate, as its now officially known)
Tel 01285 881000
Offers support to families and the elderly. You can drop in to the Old School building on Lewis Lane, but they are now only open mornings so get there before 12pm if you can. (The Youth Service is also in this building)
The Churn Project
A local neighbourhood charity serving the Beeches, Watermoor and Chesterton area. Will help you with courses and skills for getting back to work; watercolour painting, family tree and crafts; training at Cirencester College or the Royal Agricultural College courses; Thursday Club for older people; Families Matter support group for families and children; The Good Neighbour Scheme if you need a visitor for an elderly or house-bound person.
Drop into their new office on the Waterloo, to the left of the Argos car park, has large conservatory.
Tel: 01285 644779
Cirencester Foodbank – operates out of Ashcroft Church each Monday afternoon 1-3:30pm and Thursday mornings 9:30am-12pm. You will need a voucher to get food which you can get from your GP, child’s primary school, social services, The Upper Room, Cirencester Signpost group.
Cirencester Signpost – a group which meets for a meal and support on Monday evenings 6-8:15pm at Ashcroft Church and a Saturday morning cooked breakfast. You’d be most welcome.