Drop in centre
What is a Drop In Centre?
The Drop In Centre is for people with disabilities who are over the age of 18. It is a place where you can get advice and support to live independently. They provide a safe informal environment where you can simply pop in and find out about other services that are available in your area.
Drop Ins provide advice and support on a wide range of issues and can offer access to independent advice and advocates, who can work with individuals to talk about and resolve concerns and problems independently.
The Drop In also organises community activities (football, swimming, healthy walks etc.) and a variety of educational talks and groups. You can also just pop in for a coffee and a chat. They are a great place to meet friends.
The Drop In staff can provide support in the following ways:
- Provide advice and guidance on how to be safe within your home and community
- Provide a variety of activities accessible within the community
- Support people to manage their finances, tenancies and correspondence
- Support people with housing problems
- Support on how to develop a healthy lifestyle, including advice on menu planning
- Provide opportunities to take part in activities and help to build your social network
- Provide help to join the countywide Keep Safe scheme
- Help towards employment through Pre forward and Forwards work clubs
- Pointing people towards other appropriate sources of support
- Offering education and topical weekly talks
Find your local centre
We have 6 Drop In Centres across the county,based in Cheltenham, Cirencester, Forest of Dean (Coleford), Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury. They are open at the times shown below:
- Cheltenham: Monday to Friday, 9:30am - 4:00pm
- Cirencester: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9:30am - 4:00pm
- Forest: Monday to Friday, 9:30am - 4:00pm
- Gloucester: Monday to Friday, 9:30am - 4:00pm
- Stroud: Monday to Friday, 9:30am - 4:00pm - Thursday closes at 2
- Tewkesbury: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30am - 4:00pm
For more information on our Drop in Centres please visit www.gdropin.com.
Keep Safe Gloucestershire
Together with Gloucestershire Constabulary we provide a support scheme called 'Keep Safe' This scheme helps people with learning disabilities feel safe when they are out and about in their community. The Keep Safe scheme also aims to stop bullying and abuse of people with learning disabilities in Gloucestershire.
The scheme works by giving people with learning disabilities a small card to carry with them, with information about themselves and people who can be contacted if they need help. We have asked the following organisations/people to put 'Keep Safe' stickers in their windows so people know it's a safe place to go and ask for help and support if, for example, they lost their purse or bus ticket:
- Shop keepers
- the Police
- Gloucestershire County Council
- Community organisations
These groups have worked together and received training on what to do if someone asks for help.
If you are a person with a learning disability and would like to join the 'Keep Safe' scheme, or if you are a member of an organisation who would like to become involved in the Keep Safe scheme please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.