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CONNECT at St Peters

Guideposts CONNECT

Guideposts CONNECT

Guideposts CONNECT are friendship and support groups in Gloucestershire for people living with long term health conditions, carers of family members or friends, and those looking to make new local friendships.

Current Status: We have re-started our CONNECT groups in Whitminster and Gloucester, and have started new groups in Stroud and Tewkesbury. We look forward to extending our warm, friendly welcome.

How Guideposts CONNECT groups work

Our Guideposts CONNECT groups meet fortnightly in Tewkesbury, Stroud, Whitminster and Gloucester for a conversation over a cuppa, building local friendships. We arrange activities so that you might discover new hobbies or learn something new, together with our main focus of sharing conversation with friends and having fun!  

For carers, you can take part either with the person you care for or independently. Join the carers support group to share hints and tips from other carers with similar experiences, or just enjoy a respite break.

There is a small fee of around £5 – £10 to attend.

CONNECT at Charfield

Address: The Sportsman’s Lounge, Charfield Memorial Hall, Wotton Road, GL12 8TG

Day & Time: Every other Tuesday, 10.30am – 12.30pm

CONNECT at Gloucester Farmers’ Club (formerly St Peters)

Address: Gloucester Farmers Club, Agriculture House, Greville Close, Sandhurst Road, Gloucester GL2 9RG

Day & Time: Every other Thursday, 11am – 1pm

CONNECT at Stroud

Address: Stroud Community Hub, 6 London Road, GL5 2AG (on the 230 bus route)

Day & Time: Every other Wednesday, 10.30am – 12.30pm

CONNECT at Tewkesbury

Address: Wheatpieces Community Centre, Columbine Road, Walton Cardiff, Tewkesbury, GL20 7SP

Day & Time: Every other Wednesday, 10.30am – 12.30pm

CONNECT at Whitminster

Address: Whitminster Village Hall, School Lane, Whitminster GL2 7NT

Day & Time: Every other Thursday, 10.30am – 12.30pm

CONNECT at Wotton-Under-Edge

Address: The Chipping Club Room, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7AA

Day & Time: Every other Tuesday, 10.30am – 12.30pm

What activities are on offer?

Activities that take place are flexible, guided by discussion with the group, and can include:

  • Cooking
  • Genealogy
  • Electronics
  • Gardening
  • Creative writing
  • Chess & other games
  • Internet & email
  • Learning a new language
  • Topical discussion & debate

Who can we support?

Guideposts CONNECT is for anyone who would like to make new local friendships or connections in Gloucestershire, including those living with long term health conditions and unpaid carers. 

Why should I join? 

Our members attend for different reasons. For some, it’s just a good chance to get out of the house and socialise. For others, it’s a way to try new things, be more active, or get vital support from others.  Coming to a supportive place like CONNECT can help strengthen your wellbeing and have some fun.

Key Info

Coordinator: Liz Pollock

Contact number: 01452 529697 / 07850 204910


“Here everybody’s motivated, and smiles and laughs. It’s wonderful.”

“It’s fun.  I just enjoy coming here.”

How to join?

Please get in touch if you’re interested in coming to Guideposts CONNECT. We’ll arrange a time to meet or talk on the phone and you can ask any questions you have, before attending the group.

Can you Help?

Would you like to volunteer with this group? If you enjoy talking to people, have a hobby or skill to share, or want to develop your skills, please get in touch.

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