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Gem vs Glen!

We’re happy to report that Gemma completed her walk this evening. 71 miles solo hiking and camping in 4 days from Fort William to Inverness. An amazing achievement. Many, many thanks to those who have sponsored her so far. There’s still time to sponsor her if you’d like to. Donations will help us to increase our capacity to support local young people through our mentoring project.

Support WAM for the cost of a cup of coffee…..

If 1000 people gave a weekly donation to WAM of £2.50 that would consistenly cover all our general running costs…..meaning that we could focus our fundraising efforts on things like minibuses, upgrading equipment, trips and special events and more importantly focus our time on what we’re really here to do….support local young people regardless of whether their school has budget for it or whether we can find a grant to run a group for them.

Too many decisions around care and support are based on budgets rather than need.

1000 people is 16% of the Winchcombe population (1.1/% of Tewkesbury Borough) & £2.50 is one takeout coffee….

Please think about whether you can help us with a donation of just £2.50 (or more!) per week. Email if you are able to support us.

Vacancy for One-to-One Support Worker

Job Vacancy for a  One-to-One Support Worker 

Hours: 10 hours per week (includes 3 x 2 hour sessions plus travel time)
Salary: Between £10.00-£11.50 per hour depending on experience

WAM is looking for a Support Worker to work one-to-one with a young adult to:
– Promote independence, life skills and informed choices
– Support them in accessing services appropriate to their needs 

Are you able to build a trusted, safe and sustained professional relationship with a young person in need? Do you have experience of supporting young people through trauma or challenging life circumstances? Are you able to work consistently and patiently and to commit to a minimum of 12 months of support? Do you have a high level of personal resilience? If so we would like to hear from you as we have a young adult who needs you! 

Full Job Description and Application Forms are available from Gemma Madle, Director of WAM at

Closing date Friday 20th October

October Half Term Holiday Club Bookings Open!

We’re now taking bookings for our October Half Term Holiday Clubs. You can book via the links below. Book early as places are limited.

Wed 25th Oct – Roald Dahl Day
9am-3pm for ages 5-11 (School Years 1-6)
£15 per child
Click here to book

Thurs 26th Oct – A Pirate Adventure!
9am – 3pm for School Years 1-2 only
£15 per child
Click here to book

Fri 27th Oct – Clue-doh! Murderous Misdaventure
9am – 3pm for School Years 3-6 only
£15 per child
Click here to book

We are recruiting for a Mentoring Project Manager

Following a successful grant application to Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Community Safety Partnership Fund and receipt of other community funding, WAM is looking for a part-time (18 hours pw)  Mentoring Project Manager to develop and extend our successful community mentoring project.  The post holder will co-ordinate and manage the day to day aspects of the project, including managing a volunteer team of mentors, as well as develop links with other organisations to extend the project to jointly match mentors and mentees with the elderly and housebound in our community to provide companionship and practical support.

Our mentoring project is based on the XLM ( model of community youth mentoring and we maintain strong links with XLM for continuing training and support.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is keen to help build relationships between people within our local community not only to support young people in need but also to encourage them to support others around them.

The role is based in WAM’s office in Winchcombe and the post holder will work as part of a team delivering a range of youth and community projects including youth groups, outdoor education and the Simple Things community café. The role is initially for 12 months, however it is expected that this will be an ongoing role subject to securing additional funding after the 12 months.

Applications must be on WAM’s application form available from the contact details below.

Closing Date for Applications: 5pm Friday 29th April 2016
Interview Date: Monday 9th May 2016

For more details, an application form or an informal chat please contact Gemma Madle, Director of WAM on or 07977 151046.

Auction of Promises – Sat 5th March Book Tickets Now!!

If you’re local (or not but fancy a fun night in Winchcombe!) please come along to our Auction of Promises.We run WAM largely on the goodwill of local volunteers supported by small grants & donations. We really need some money and we’ll give you a good night out in return!!….Reserve your tickets now for the WAM Auction of Promises on Sat 5th March. A meal prepared by a professional chef, entertainment from some of our young people and a auction with the famous Nick Grainger from British Bespoke Auctions. Book now for your chance to win some great lots including donations from 5 North street, Hayles Fruit Farm, many other local businesses, including a Tandem Paraglide Flight. Tickets £20 to include 2 course meal and drink on arrival. Contact me or email us at to reserve your ticket by Friday 26th March. We need bookings and food choices in advance!

Coming Soon – Our New Kids Cafe – Volunteer Help Needed

We will soon be launching our new Kids Cafe Session at Simple Things Cafe on Thursdays after school.  This will provide a safe, supervised space for children in School Years 4-6 to hang out with their friends and our volunteer Kids/Youth Workers.

What will there be?

  • A Reading Room & opportunity to join a Book Club
  • A craft/art area
  • Space to play card and board games
  • A Lego Table

All children will receive a healthy snack and drink.

We need volunteers to help with:

  • Serving snacks and drinks
  • Supervising play areas/reading spaces
  • Facilitating a Book Club
  • Supervising the entrance/exit of children

We can’t run the cafe until we have enough volunteers to keep it safe and fun for all children, please do get in touch if you can help either weekly or on a rota basis. We welcome young volunteers (this is good experience for DofE Awards).

All volunteers will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.