Just over a decade ago local families were facing the closure of their Family Centre – a county council run facility in Fairmead, Cam. The potential loss of this much-needed centre motivated families who, with the support of several local councillors, fought for some form of service to be retained here in the community. GL11 Community Project came into being in late 2001.
Registration with the Charity Commission formalised the volunteer committee with Trustees and in the 10 years since GL11 has grown steadily into a thriving charity with its roots still firmly embedded in the Cam, Dursley and surrounding areas.
The organisation changed its structure in 2009 – becoming a limited company as well as a charity, and the Trustees now oversee the employment of several part-time or sessional staff and a dedicated team of volunteers.
Over the last decade, GL11 has developed three main strands to its work which provides something for all ages through: 1. A training & education programme, 2. A range of drop-in social groups, 3. Volunteering opportunities.
In 2014 GL11 has undergone some further changes; it has a new website and, to reflect its place in the local community is now called the GL11 Community Hub.
We are always looking at the future of GL11 and this now includes the exciting development of new social groups and activities for adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities, as well as support for people with early memory loss.
For more information about the work of GL11, how to get involved, become a member, or offer support, contact us or visit. You'll be sure of a warm welcome.