Village Agent
Photo: taken by Mick Fairless

Who is the Village Agent?

Richard Skinner

My name’s Richard Skinner, and I’m the Village Agent for Woolaston, as well as for St Briavels, Hewelsfield, Brockweir and Tidenham parishes

I am employed by Gloucestershire Rural Community Council to work within the community with anyone aged over 50, and the disabled, and their carers. We are in Gloucestershire villages to help promote independent living, and make access to a range of information and services easier. This includes things such as security, social care, benefits and learning, but we are willing to try and help with any sort of query. We do not ourselves do benefit advice, that needs to be picked up by a specialist agency, but we can refer to the appropriate ones.

My help is free to whoever needs it, and my aim is to help whoever wants it. If I can help you or somebody that you know you can telephone me on 07810 630190 or email me at: RichardS@grcc.org.uk

If you would like to find out more telephone the GRC office on 01452 528491 or check out the village agent website at https://www.villageagents.org.uk

Richard Skinner, Village Agent

VILLAGE AGENTS & MACMILLAN 3 COUNTIES CANCER NETWORK

Over the past 2 years Gloucestershire’s village agents have been working with Macmillan Cancer Support and the 3 Counties Cancer Network to support adults recovering from cancer and their relatives and carers. This project has just been extended for another 18 months.

All village agents connect with the project, and a number are now specialising in the work, in addition to their general village agent role. Any enquirer can be put in touch with an appropriate specialising village agent.

Help can be provided re:

  • EMPLOYMENT,
  • FINANCE (pensions/benefits/grants),
  • SOCIAL CARE,
  • HEALTH & WELLBEING,
  • COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES,
  • TRANSPORT,
  • CHILDCARE,
  • DAILY LIVING SUPPORT,
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE and OVERALL INFORMATION & SUPPORT.

Already village agents have helped with an extremely varied range of problems.

Anyone wanting to know more about the project can contact:

KATE DARCH,

Village & Community Agent Manager

Tel: 01452 528491

mail: kated@grcc.org.uk

Or contact your local village agent:

RICHARD SKINNER

07810 630190

richards@grcc.org.uk