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Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
CIRENCESTER ASHCROFT WORK CLUB

WEEKLY UPDATE - UPDATED AT 19TH OCTOBER 2021 (with updated next 5 weeks’ sessions)

(Written as usual from home in Stratton, Cirencester)

The work club will continue to operate on most

Mondays and Tuesdays – 12.00 to 2.00

(but not on Bank Holidays).

We are now usually open for one-to-one face-to-face support at these times. We also provide one-to-one phone and online support at these times too.

We can also offer some group support sessions by Zoom for jobseekers, in partnership with Cirencester Jobcentre. Ask your Jobcentre Work Coach for an invitation to these sessions, and you can contact me for further information about what the sessions cover. The dates of future sessions can only be obtained on request as the sessions are by Zoom invitation only.

You can contact me at the usual work club times by :-

- Face-to-face (Covid rules will apply, including face masks) : come to the front door of the Cirencester Ashcroft Centre and wait, but only if the work club pavement sign is out showing that we are open for face-to-face meeting (and not temporarily closed because of Covid rules);

- Email : workclub@ashcroftchurch.org.uk;

- Phone or text : 07951439302;

- Sending a message through the Cirencester Ashcroft Work Club Facebook page.

We can then have a chat face-to-face, by phone, by message, or by video link if we can set one up, and I will do my best to help you.

You can also contact me at other times and we will then agree an appointment time to have a proper conversation.

Specific opening times over the next few weeks (later opening times for the period up to the middle of MARCH 2022 are in the Events section/page of the Cirencester Ashcroft Work Club and Cirencester Ashcroft Church and Centre Facebook pages (Facebook only lets us select a maximum of 52 future dates for an event at the time it is first published)):-

Monday 25th October 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)
Tuesday 26th October 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)

Monday 1st November 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)
Tuesday 2nd November 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)

Monday 8th November 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)
Tuesday 9th November 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)

Monday 15th November 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)
Tuesday 16th November 12.00 - 2.00 (CLOSED - VOLUNTEER ON LEAVE)

Monday 22nd November 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)
Tuesday 23rd November 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)

(For those who are interested, I normally highlight the opening times for the next 4 weeks. However sometimes I increase this when they include a break, in part to make sure that the last week I show is one when we are open. This is to emphasise that any closure is only temporary. The work club is a key part of Ashcroft’s mission and outreach project until May 2024. After that date I intend to continue to run the work club indefinitely, whether or not part of a larger project.)

Andy Rickell, Cirencester Ashcroft Work Club Manager
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
TUESDAY PRAYERS FOR GLOUCESTERSHIRE

This article talks about a recent survey suggesting up to a third of farmers may be depressed. Obviously, Gloucestershire farmers face some of the same stresses as elsewhere, so we pray for our county’s farmers, for the stresses they face and the toll this must take on their mental well-being, including those who become ill as a result. We pray that they will receive the support they need to deal with the difficulties they face, including the type of practical help that reduces them. We similarly pray for all those workers, managers and business owners across the county whose work situation currently imposes a level of stress and anxiety that threatens their mental well-being. And we pray for all those people working to help maintain mental health in our area. Every blessing, Andy Rickell

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58911758?fbclid=IwAR2PoYowdWaYvSEUxcdJM6BlGlA4NLxogwkKk3kwnoya9bkAGE_N4-IxEY4
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Every blessing, Andy Rickell
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
The chronic shortage of lorry drivers has led haulage firms to try to attract more women to the role.
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
On 28th January 2000, I was sat in my office at Disability Action Cheltenham’s Equals Internet Cafe in the Lower High Street in Cheltenham, as the man who attacked and seriously injured Nigel Jones MP and killed his assistant, Cllr Andy Pennington, walked past on the street outside immediately after the attack (though I was unaware that this had just happened). Not only was it an attack on our democracy, but it was also an attack on two friends of mine, and Andy was a great politician who was Leader of Gloucestershire County Council at the time and was working with me to campaign for and improve support for the inclusion of disabled children in mainstream schools. We should not only pray the prayer below for the latest attack, but pray for courage and support for all those who put their head above the parapet to honestly represent their neighbours as elected politicians at all levels, and even though they are thankfully not the subject of murder, open themselves to the vitriol and violence of a minority of people because of their public role. Every blessing, Andy Rickell
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Sunday service from Ashcroft Church in Cirencester. (A good recording of a very good harvest festival service. There is no sound on the first two hymns unfortunately, but well done to all those involved. Every blessing, Andy Rickell, Chair of Trustees.)
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre

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