The Gloucestershire Prepared website https://www.glosprepared.co.uk provides information for communities on preparing for various emergencies.
They have developed a Are you Ready booklet for households - with advice & guidance on how to prepare for emergencies.
If you would like to know more about Rapid Response Catchments, please do not hesitate to contact your local Environment Agency Flood Resilience Team at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling floodline on 0345 988 11 88.
Other useful information is below:
Local Government Contacts
There are three tiers of local government, each with different responsibilities. The table below explains some of the responsibilities and who to contact.
Gloucestershire County Council
Tel: 01452 425000
Tel: 08000 514514
Education and Schools
Libraries & Museums
Public Rights of Way
Social and Youth Services
Lead Local Flood Authority
Waste Recycling Centres
On Street Parking
Ringway is contracted to deal with all Highway matters on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council
Forest of Dean District Council
Tel: 01594 810000
Car Parks owned by the District Council
Council Tax and Benefits
Planning and Building Control
Refuse, Recycling and Garden Waste Collections
Environmental Services – Noise, Pest Control
Street Cleansing – Fly Tipping
Newent Town Council
Tel: 01531 820 638
Holts Road Allotments
Library car park
Grants to local organisations
Reviewing and responding to planning application consultations
Gloucestershire County Councillor representing Newent
Cllr Gill Moseley
6 Peacock Gardens
Tel: 01531 820 826
Forest of Dean Distric Councillors representing Newent
Cllr Gill Moseley
6 Peacock Gardens
Tel: 01531 820 826
Cllr Julie Hudson
Cllr Julia Gooch
Tel: 01531 821 084
Member of Parliament
Mark Harper, MP
House of Commons
Constituency Office Tel: 01594 823 482
Westminster Office Tel: 020 7219 5056
Community Transport Services
Forest Routes is a Lottery funded community transport partnership in the Forest of Dean. http://forestroutes.org/
We are working together to raise awareness of the four community transport providers, to promote their services and to recruit new volunteers to work with them. Contact 01594 812613
Newent Association for the Disabled is the umbrella organisation for Sheppard House, Community Transport Services and the charity shop. It was founded in 1981 by Trudie Sheppard MBE. http://www.sheppardhouse.co.uk/
Newent Community Transport provides door-to-door transport for members of the community needing assistance with transport. There are vehicles with a lift for wheelchair access or if you are able to travel by car, voluntary car drivers are available. To book a journey please contact the office on 01531 821227 or email NADservices@newentbb.co.uk
The Newent Community Link Service (run by Newent Community Transport) operates like an ordinary bus service. Just turn up at your bus stop at the scheduled time and you can use your concessionary bus pass. Timetables and routes are available on; http://www.sheppardhouse.co.uk/ Services includes routes 643, 678, 679, 691, 692,693, 695
If you are interested in volunteering there are many roles available to suit your interest providing an opportunity to contribute your skills as well as having fun and meeting new people. You will receive training and complete a DBS disclosure with the organisation. Please ring and speak to Vanessa on 01531 821227
Based at Sheppard House; Opportunities include helping with gardening, assisting in the kitchen, helping with craft activities, going on trips and outings to provide an extra pair of hands, playing the organ.
Volunteer Mini bus drivers are needed to be part of the team that drive the fleet of transport
Volunteer Attendants assist the passengers on the mini-buses that take local people to shopping, appointments, activities, school and bring them home again.
Volunteer car drivers are needed across the area, willing to transport local people from their home to their appointments and bring them home again. Mileage is paid from the point of the driver’s home. You will need a driving licence, your own car or access to a car. If you are in the parishes of Kempley, Dymock, Bromsberrow, Red Marley, Pauntley, Corse, Staunton, Oxenhall, Upleadon, Gorsley & Kilcot, Newent, Hartpury, Rudford, Taynton, Tibberton, Longhope, Huntley, Churcham or Mitcheldean please get in touch.
Volunteer Charity shop assistants are part of a team that give local people somewhere to buy good quality items whilst raising funds for the organisation.
Car Parking in Newent
Public car parks can be found in the following locations in Newent:
1. Lewall Street Car Park
2. To the rear of Newent Library – access from Watery Lane
There is also 2 hours free on-street parking in the town centre.
Play Areas and Outdoor Gym and Fishing at Newent Lake
When using these facilities, please adhere to the safety signage there.
Authorised fishing only at Newent Lake; fishing at the Lake is strictly for valid Newent Town Council Fishing Permit holders, who must adhere to the Permit rules.
Hand Sanitiser Units
Please click HERE to see the location of free foot pedal hand sanitisers in the town.
For information on testing, please go to the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ or call 119.
Useful Links for information on Coronavirus
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UK government response
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – guidance (Public Health England)
Advice on COVID-19 – Gloucestershire County Council
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Forest of Dean District Council
Includes information about bins & recycling, housing, Council Tax & benefits, community support, council facilities & meetings, planning & building and business & licencing.
Gloucestershire Community Help Hub
People can also register on the county’s community help hub by calling 01452 583519 Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm.
The Lords Larder
The Lords Larder Food Bank is operating a self-certification voucher system so clients in need are not burdened with obtaining vouchers. Emergency needs will be responded to as quickly as we can.
Normal opening is weekly on a Thursday between 10.30am-12.30pm.
Please see the attached document which gives information on a new initiative we have put in place covering Newent and of course the surrounding area. It is an extension to our lord’s larder food bank service. Newent Doordrop Flyer
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North and West Gloucestershire Citizens Advice
Help with welfare benefits and support for the employed and self-employed
North and West Gloucestershire Citizens Advice is a local charity which provides advice to residents.
For telephone advice people should contact 01452 527202. For email advice visit our website www.gloscab.org.uk and complete the email enquiry form.
Guideposts Information Service
The Guideposts Information Service (GIS) is a free emotional support, information and signposting service, for people struggling with mental health issues, who need support in a crisis or are experiencing social isolation.
GIS provides a confidential helpline service for people struggling with stress, uncertainty and practical difficulties. The 'Stay Connected' web pages provide 100s of ideas to stay socially connected and active from home.
The service is ideal for people who need support during a crisis; are experiencing stress, anxiety and low mood; are vulnerable and socially isolated; or carers who are experiencing more pressure at the moment and lacking their usual sources of support.
The service can be accessed by:
Calling freephone 0800 048 7035
Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
Webchat on www.guideposts.org.uk/information-service
Self-referring online via form https://guideposts.org.uk/information-service/make-a-referral/
There are currently many people applying for Universal Credit. If people need help to claim they can contact our Help to Claim service on 0800 1448 444.
Age UK Gloucestershire
Supporting Older People to resolve specific issues:
Help Team are available Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm to help older people resolve specific problems. We have up to date information about local resources and support. Call us on 01452 422660 to access the Help Team, or email email@example.com to let us know about essential services you are offering locally.
Our Out of Hospital Team continues to support older people recently discharged from hospital who need guidance to stay well at home through in depth welfare calls.
Supporting Older People to stay connected
We recognise that social isolation and the associated wellbeing issues are a real and serious issue for older people. We have set up a new Freephone telephone number for people who are alone and who want to have a friendly conversation with a staff member or volunteer. Call us on 0800 2980579, Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm
We are compiling tips from our Older People’s Springboard Groups about how to stay connected, including virtual ‘Get Connected’ workshops and one-to-one telephone support to help older people make the most of the resources and social opportunities access to technology can offer. Call 07511 223995 to find out more.
There is also a lot of advice and information on the local Age UK website: www.ageukgloucestershire.org.uk.
Forest of Dean Distict Council is continuing to offer grants to eligible businesess. For details, visit:
Licensing Act consultation work
The District Council is responsible for the licensing of all district premises that sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or serve late night refreshment to the public, as well as individuals responsible for the sale of alcohol and running events. FODDC is reviewing its licensing policy. Find out more by visiting: https://www.fdean.gov.uk/consultations
Contact Information for Newent Groups, Organisations and Services
This page is a directory of local community groups and services in Newent. If you run a community organisation (operating locally) and your details are not shown below and you would like them displayed, please contact us.
Buses 4 U
Chill Out Zone
Citizens Advice Bureau
Federation of Newent Schools Glebe and Picklenash
Forest of Dean Health Forum
Gloucestershire Constabulary – Newent
Highways Contact Information
Newent Catholic Church
Newent Community School
Newent Leisure Centre
Newent Dial-A-Ride (NAD)
Newent Doctors Practice
Newent Initiative Trust
Newent Memorial Hall
Newent Neighbourhood Development Plan
Newent Parish Church
The Lord’s Larder Food Bank
The Recycling Shop
Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association
Newent Town Council is not responsible for any omissions on this list or for the content of any external website.