Conversation Partner Scheme- Volunteers needed!

The Conversation Partner Scheme has been set up by the Adult Speech and Language Therapy Department in Gloucestershire to assist in reducing the isolation of people in the community who have a communication problem following a stroke (called Aphasia). Volunteers undertake a short training course and are then paired up with a person with aphasia. The volunteer visits their partner in their home for an hour a week for six months and receives full support throughout this time. Volunteers will lear...
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Community transport services

Forest Routes have updated their information about community transport services in the Forest of Dean: Forest Routes is a Lottery funded community transport partnership in the Forest of Dean forestroutes.org They are working to raise awareness of the four community transport providers, to promote their services and to recruit new volunteers to work with them. Contact 01594 812613 If you are interested in volunteering there are many roles available: volunteer car drivers with Lydney Dial A Rid...
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Proposal to ban sheep from Bream

Residents and local businesses are invited to give their views on a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in the village of Bream. The PSPO would make it an offence for anyone to allow sheep to enter and remain within a designated area.  However, it will not bar sheep from passing through the area while moving from one area of grazing land to another.  Under the terms of the order, anyone found to be committing an offence would be fined up to £1,000. However, it is proposed to issue a ...
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About Fracking

Forget Texas! There's oil in the plains of Lincolnshire. But not many people seem to notice. In a recent BBC Open Country programme Helen Mark travelled to the market town of Gainsborough to discover more about the nodding donkeys that pepper its landscape. Oil wells sit comfortably fringed by a housing estate, the leisure centre and the golf course. It turns out that the East Midlands is the UK's second largest inshore oil producing area, courtesy of the Gainsborough Trough, once a deep and d...
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Health services

There are three GP practices in Coleford:Coleford Health Centre in Railway Drive, adjacent to the main car parkBrunston and Lydrook Practice in CinderhillFor information about and contact details of local hospitals and other services provided by the NHS go to the Gloucester Care Services NHS Trust web siteThere is a dental practice in Pyart Court:  Willow Tree Dental Practice and there are other dentists in nearby towns.In an emergency phone 999 or 112. (112 is the emergency number in all EU cou...
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Find out more

There are two tourist information sites which visitors will find useful:Visit Forest of Dean and the Wye ValleyWye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyYou can download a copy of the 2016 Forest of Dean Visitor Guide and other leaflets The Forest Web site is a virtual guide and listing site for the Forest of Dean.The Forestry Commission web site is the best starting place is you want to plan a visit to the varied woodland that makes up today's Forest of Dean.Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tou...
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Accommodation

  Woodlands View Lodge is a brand new well equipped 2 bedroom self-catering lodge and is available for weekly or short break rentals.Web site:  www.woodlandsviewlodge.co.uk      The Orepool Inn and Motel, Sling, has nine en-suite chalet-style rooms, one with facilities for disabled guests.Facebook page: Orepool Inn  Phone 01594 833277     Miners Country Inn & Restaurant, Chepstow Road, Sling, has ensuite double, twin and family rooms.Web site: Miners Country Inn  Phone 01594 836632.  ...
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