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Supporting older people

Cotswold district is home to a high number of older people because of the good standard of living and attractive environment. However, this attractive rural environment also means that many older residents live a long way from mainstream services and support. We have commissioned research into loneliness and the need for community transport which you can download and read below.   

There are also numerous voluntary and charitable bodies which can help – the information below introduces some of them plus details of the paid-for Cotswold Careline service.

Cotswold Careline

Cotswold Careline is a 24 hour monitored community alarm service which supports and helps people to live independently in their own home.

Fair Shares

Fair Shares is the name used in Gloucestershire for banking time. It is built on the principle of being a good neighbour, of someone getting a helping hand and then returning the favour. Everyone has some skills to offer, no money is exchanged, just everyone's time is valued equally. For further information please:

Cotswold Friends

Cotswold Friends offers various services to residents of the North Cotswold area. These include

  • community transport
  • befriending
  • carer respite
  • three monthly lunch clubs in Moreton in Marsh, Northleach and Wyck Rissington. 

They are based at the Library, Stow Road, Moreton in Marsh and deliver services as far south as Southrop, west to Dowdeswell, north to Mickleton and east to Adlestrop. For more information please:

Community Connexions

Community Connexions operates a community transport service in Cotswold District, running community bus services and door-to-door transport. For more information please:

Churn Good Neighbours

Churn Good Neighbours is a befriending scheme for older people in Cirencester. It brings together older people who live on their own with a reliable, local volunteer. For more information please:

Thursday Club, Cirencester

The Thursday Club is for local people aged 50+ to get together for activities or just to have a chat and a cuppa.  Speakers come in regularly and provide a huge variety of talks.  Activities range from willow workshops, to beauty treatments, to town walks, wildlife talks, local history talks and reminiscence sessions. For more information please:

Cotswold District Citizen's Advice Bureau

The CAB service provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone about their rights and responsibilities.  It values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination.  Areas they cover include:  debt, consumer issues, benefits, housing, employment, legal etc. For more information please:

People for You - Tetbury, Fairford and Lechlade

People for You is a befriending and signposting scheme covering Tetbury, Fairford and Lechlade. For more information please:

Carers Gloucestershire

Carers Gloucestershire is an independent, carer-led charitable organisation that seeks to empower carers across the county to promote their rights and enable them to make positive choices to improve the quality of their lives. For more information please:

Cotswold Counselling

Cotswold Counselling is a registered charity dedicated to the relief of emotional distress caused by mental or physical ill health or by social or economic circumstances, affecting people in the Cotswolds and the surrounding area. For more information please:

  • Visit the Cotswold Counselling website
  • Ring: 01285 885830 for further information or to make an appointment
  • The telephone is answered Monday to Friday 10 am - 12 noon.


Research into loneliness and community transport

We commissioned research, with financial assistance from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, to look at the incidence and impact of loneliness on older people in Cotswold District. To read the report please select it from the drop down list below.

Cotswold community transport study

Following this, we worked with community transport providers Cotswold Volunteers and Cotswold Friends (with funding from Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner) to research current and potential community transport provision in the district.  

The study found that to meet transport needs, especially in the current financial climate and with an ageing population, there will have to be greater partnership working between all agencies involved. It makes specific recommendations for Gloucestershire County Council, Cotswold District Council and community transport providers. To read the report, please select Cotswold Community Transport Study from the drop down list below.