Farewell and Good Luck – Bernie

Sadly, we will be saying a fond farewell to a valued member of staff.

Bernie Murray is moving on to new adventures, she will be leaving us in March 2023.

The Trustees and I would like to thank Bernie for the great support and contribution she has made since 2018 developing the services within our charity.

We wish her every success with her new adventures. She will be greatly missed, and we hope she will stay in contact with us all.   

Best wishes,

April Taylor (CEO)

Aim Up – Christmas Card 2022

Dear Supporters, 

We have had a really busy year, from welcoming a new chair of Trustees (Cee Kay), and changing our name, to making the incredibly difficult decision to close Phoenix and begin our interim Out Reach service. 

Whilst that all went on in the background, the people we support have been busy engaging in their community, learning and developing their independent living skills. 

Instead of a traditional Christmas card, we’ve put together a short video to share with you all, some of our favourite photos from 2022. From discos and karaoke’s, to holidays and day trips – 2022 really has been a year of fun! 

We hope you enjoy our video, and would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. 


A message from Phoenix

Dear Supporters,

As most of you will know, today was our last day at Phoenix. We’ve put together a short video to share with you some of our favourite photos from the last few years.

In true Phoenix style, we went out with a bang. Thank you to Matt who DJ’d at our Christmas / closing party yesterday.

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has joined us for activities, worked or volunteered with us and supported us whilst we have been based at Winchcombe Street.

Here’s to Phoenix!

October Newsletter

Since our last Newsletter in July, all arms of the charity have been very busy. We have officially changed our name from St Vincent’s and St George’s Association, to Aim Up, we have moved offices and announced what comes next for Phoenix. 

Catch up on our latest news, by reading our newsletter below…

We’re changing our name…

As part of our future plans to develop our charity, St Vincent’s and St George’s Association are thrilled to announce our new name. After lots of discussions, meetings and ideas, our new name will be Aim Up. Aim Up is a tribute to our core mission and values, what we work towards each and every day and what we plan to be able to provide in the future: opportunities which allow those we support to go above and beyond achieving their personal goals.

Aim Up will be slowly phased in over the next year, and adopted fully for the start of 2023. Although it will take some time to adjust and rebrand, we will be the same charity, run by the same dedicated board and senior team, on the same mission – with a new name for our new chapter.

Over the next few months our Senior Team will be working behind the scenes to update all of our documents, uniforms etc. The charity’s online presence will change, with our website and social media channels being rebranded to Aim Up. Contact details for our staff team will also change, but you will be notified when these changes are taking place.

To keep up to date with our rebrand, please ensure you’re following our social media channels, you’ve subscribed to our newsletter (sent out every quarter) and regularly visit this website.

Update 3rd August 2022
We’ve spent time updating our Social Media, and our new links can now be found below. If you prefer to search us using our handle, please look for @AimUpGlos 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AimUpGlos/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aimupglos/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AimUpGlos

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/aimupglos

A message from our Chairman

After twenty two short years I have decided that it’s time to step down as chair of this great charity. I shall (if spared!) be 85 this year and I reckon younger blood will benefit St V’s &St G’s as it deals with the challenges and opportunities of the future.

It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the development and success of the charity. We have achieved great things in our mission to support and enable vulnerable people to have richer lives, thanks to a superb group of trustees and two outstanding Chief Executives with their staff teams.

I look forward to being a simple, and active, volunteer.

I look forward also to an opportunity later this year where I can say farewell in person to many of the friends and supporters who I have known over these past years.

Our new Chair will be Cee Kay who I have known since the early 2000s and who brings a wide range of skills and experience from both within and without the charity sector. With the trustees and senior management teams I am happily confident that our charity will thrive.

Best wishes to all.

A message from St V's and St G's

This year St Vincent’s and St George’s Association embark on a year of change. It is a poignant time for the charity as we announce our wonderful Chairman; Les Bonney has retired. Les started his time with St Vincent’s in 2000, and quickly became their Chair, leading the merger with St Georges in 2010 and continuing as chairman of St Vincent’s and St George’s Association until now.

Les was a fantastic chair, dedicated to supporting the charity through both the highs and the lows, working with the senior team and pushing for the charity’s future. He was a hands-on chair, who will continue to support the charity. Les is well known in the business community and often used his networking connections to benefit the charity. He took on fundraising challenges including abseiling off Cheltenham’s tallest building, Eagle Star Tower and worked tirelessly to promote St Vincent’s and St George’s Association.

Over the last decade Les has worked to ensure the charity grows and develops. Since merging in 2013, Les has supported the charity to create and manage our Activities Hub, Phoenix, our Supported Living property Vincent Court and most recently, our Social Enterprise the Portland Guest House. Les guided us through the challenges COVID19 threw our way, and has left the charity in good hands with our new chair.

Whilst he will be missed, we look forward to seeing Les and his family at our events through out the year.

On behalf of our board, senior team and service users – past, present and future, we thank Les for his hard work, dedication and support.

Dates for your diary – 2022

2022 is set to be a busy year for St Vs and St Gs, we have lots of exciting plans in the works and would like to see as many of our supporters at various events through out the year. 

We haven’t released our full event list just yet as we have a few more irons in the fire, so keep checking back for more dates for your dairy! 

Saturday 29th January – Living Your Best Life, with Emerge Events

The wonderful Julie from Emerge Events has organised the Living your best life event, which is a Unique lifestyle event showcasing the best of local businesses from artisan bakers to jewellery, from henna tattoos to magic. 
If you’d like to join us at Cheltenham Ladies College between 12.30pm & 4.30pm please pre register for this FREE event by clicking here. 

Saturday 26th February – Jumble Sale

To help us on our mission to reduce, reuse and recycle, in early 2022, we’re organising an old school, retro Jumble Sale. We’re hoping our local community will support our small charity, and the environment by donating items we can sell at our Jumble sale, to raise funds for our small charity.

We’re still searching for clothes you no longer wear, or your children have out grown, toys they no longer play with and general bric a brac! If you’re clearing out for Christmas – please donate the things you no longer need to our Jumble Sale! Donations can be dropped off at Phoenix, GL52 2NW Monday – Friday between 9am and 3pm.

Saturday 25th June – Cheltenham’s Three Peaks Challenge

Our annual event Cheltenham’s Three Peak Challenge, is back for 2022!

The 22 mile walk which starts at our activities hub, Phoenix , provides you with the opportunity to take part in an exhausting but exhilarating adventure through Gloucestershire’s most picturesque landscapes whilst tackling the three tallest peaks in the county; Crickley, Leckhampton and Cleeve hill!

To sign up, click here.

Our Christmas Card

Each year, we sit down as a team to design a Christmas Card to send to our supporters listed on our database. But this year, we felt lots of our supporters are now spread far and wide across our social media channels. So instead of a traditional Christmas Card sent to a select few, we’ve created a short video sharing some of our favourite photos from 2021 to share with everyone who supports St Vs and St Gs.

As always living skills such as cooking, cleaning and shopping have been at the forefront of our year – increasing our independence and confidence. But for all of us, day tips, holidays and trying new activities have been a highlight – helping us make special memories after the strange year we faced in 2020.