Charities & Third Sector

Cirencester has a large number of  local charities which are listed below. If you would like to have a free entry on our website, please contact us.


Bingham Library Trust

Daniel George Bingham (pictured), a former townsman, built and endowed the former Bingham Library and the Bingham Hall in King Street for the benefit of residents of the town and the surrounding district. They were opened in 1905 and 1908 respectively and both are overseen by Trusts.  Read more...

Free, confidential and impartial advice for residents of Cotswold District, helping with benefits, debt, employment, family, housing, consumer, and other problems.  Read more...

What is counselling?  Counselling provides adults and children with the opportunity to talk in confidence to someone who is trained to listen, to help make sense of difficult feelings, and to enable the client to find the strength to help themselves. With a counsellor, the client will work in a private and confidential setting where they will be able to talk freely and openly about feelings that Read more...

Community Connexions

Do you need help with transport?   We are a charity with almost 40 years’ experience in the field, operating accessible door-to-door community transport to all destination for groups and individuals using a combination of minibuses and volunteer cars across the county.  We also operate community bus routes, home to school transport, patient transport, transport for day centres, libraries, excursions, care homes, youth groups, vehicle loan and more!  Our vehicles are maintained to the highest of standards and our experienced, professional, highly trained drivers deliver exemplary customer service – therefore delivering the ‘added value’ which community transport is known for.

0345 680 5029, email or visit our website 

Amnesty International is a worldwide voluntary movement of people who campaign for human rights. We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. Our vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. Read more...

Cirencester Community Development Trust

The Trust are working towards delivering our key vision: By 2017, Cirencester will be one of the best market towns in the UK. In order to achieve this, our strategic aim is:“To facilitate the economic and community life of the people of Cirencester and the surrounding area, particularly those at a disadvantage.” Read more...

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

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The hospice is the only palliative care inpatient unit in Gloucestershire and provides expert palliative care and support for people who are living with a life-limiting condition, as well as supporting their families. The 16-bed hospice is surrounded by beautiful, tranquil countryside which complements the specialist care and support given to patients and their loved ones. In addition to the inpatient unit, the Day Hospice service helps people living with long term conditions to avoid unnecessary trips to hospital, as well as offering social opportunities alongside others experiencing similar circumstances. As well as this there is an expanding Hospice at Home service for people in the local community, throughout Gloucestershire, who prefer to receive palliative care at home.

The hospice's expert team includes doctors, nurses, care assistants, physiotherapists, occupational and complementary therapists, social workers and family support workers. They all work seamlessly together, supporting people through the most difficult times of their lives. Whether somebody is dealing with a terminal illness or the loss of a loved one, they are there when it matters. Sue Ryder staff and volunteers provide people with the compassionate and expert care they need, to help them live the fullest life they can.

To find out more:

Scope - Cirencester


At Scope, volunteers are helping to drive change across society so that disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Without their time, effort and unfaltering commitment to our cause we simply could not deliver our vision of a fairer society.

Scope Cirencester is looking for volunteers to join its friendly team. By volunteering with us, you will be making a difference to the lives of the UK's 11 million disabled people. You can also develop your skills, learn new ones, gain valuable experience for your CV and meet new people.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please do get in touch, either by calling, emailing or visiting our shop. We would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank-you to all our current volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you.

T: 01285 885 291
Scope Cirencester, 24A Dyer St, Cirencester GL7 2PP

Abbeyfield Gloucestershire

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We are a charity that provides high quality independent living for older people in Gloucestershire. It’s important to know that here at Abbeyfield Gloucestershire we offer you a unique retirement. A wonderful alternative when you’ve just struggling to live on your own but don’t need a `care home’ or `residential care’. We have a house in 45 Chesterton Lane, Cirencester, GL7 1XJ and 2 other properties in Cheltenham.

Abbeyfield House is situated in a peaceful, residential area of Chesterton, just a mile from Cirencester town centre. Our welcoming home provides accommodation for up to 7 residents, each has their own en suite room, which they can decorate and furnish as they wish, to ensure it feels like home. The house has a spacious, light and airy dining room, lounge and conservatory, which is shared by all residents. Our monthly rental charges are in the region of £1400 per calendar month and this includes all accommodation, food and services.

Whether you’re considering Abbeyfield for yourself or a family member, whether they’ve started to exploring options or are ready to take the next step, we are here to talk.

Nikki Browning on T: 07710 818721



We believe life is better when everyone can read well and express themselves with confidence.

Beanstalk recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide consistent, one-to-one literacy support to primary school children who need our help. Our trained reading helpers transform the lives of the children they support, turning them into confident, passionate and able readers.

We are currently looking for reading helpers in the Cirencester area. To find out more and apply, please visit

Home-Start Cotswolds


Home-Start Cotswolds helps families with young children, who are facing challenging times. A child’s earliest years make the biggest impact on their development, so we are there for parents when they need us the most – because childhood can’t wait. We train volunteers with parenting experience and carefully match them with a family who they visit once a week for 2-3 hours, providing non-judgmental, compassionate and confidential support.

Across the Cotswolds, families are facing a diverse range of issues, such as isolation, post-natal illness, disability, or being unable to access local services. If you are interested in training to be a volunteer – or in being a voluntary trustee – please call us on 01285 885391 or email