Exciting Job Opportunity with GDA

Project Officer (Children and Families)

Office location: Barnwood, Gloucester

Salary: £19,000 to £21,000 per annum (FTE) G

DA is an award winning, user-led, local charity looking to recruit an experienced and charismatic part time Project Officer. GDA is a vibrant organisation leading the way on innovative services for deaf and hard of hearing people. We have a friendly and supportive team working together to reach the highest standards.

The Project Officer postholder will be under the line management of the Project Development Manager and responsible for leading activities and working with deaf children, young deaf adults and CODAs up to the age of 25 and their families. The aim is to provide support with communication, improve access to information and also social opportunities to better their wellbeing. The role will require delivery of Understanding Deafness (deaf awareness) training. The flexibility to work with young people during school holiday periods and some evenings and weekends is also required. The role of the Project Officer is target driven and led by funding criteria. There will be regular monitoring and evaluation of achievement against agreed goals. There may also be a need to get involved in other GDA projects as required. The postholder will be able to act as a positive role model to deaf and hard of hearing children and young people and use sign language fluently.

The successful candidate will provide 1:2:1 support to young D/deaf or hard of hearing people, including CODAs, and their families to build their stability, confidence and wellbeing, and ultimately engage in the wider society with or without support from peers.

Key Personal Attributes

Good communication skills; Ability to think strategically; Strong relationship management skills; Empathy with young deaf people. Relevant Experience and Qualifications Lived experience as, or having worked with, vulnerable or disengaged children or young people; BSL user or have at least level 3 in BSL; Basic literacy and numeracy skills; Basic IT skills.

This role is for a Fixed Term Contract period

To apply, please email reg.cobb@gda.org.uk or text 07875 610 860/call 01452 372 999 for an application form and job description and return to the same email address. CV’s will not be accepted unless accompanied by a fully completed application form. Anyone wanting an informal discussion about the role or wishing to submit a job application in an alternative format should in the first instance contact reg.cobb@gda.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 25th June 2019 at 12pm

Interview date: Thursday 4th July 2019

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Exciting Job Opportunity with The Gloucestershire GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Project

Navigator Developer (part-time)

Office location: Barnwood, Gloucester

Salary: £19,000 to £21,000 per annum (FTE) dependent upon experience, pro-rata

The successful candidate will provide intensive day to day 1:2:1 support to GEM Project participants who are D/deaf or hard of hearing people to build their stability, confidence, motivation and readiness to learn, and ultimately move them closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.

Key Personal Attributes Good communication skills; Ability to think strategically; Strong relationship management skills; Empathy with GEM participants. Relevant Experience and Qualifications Lived experience as, or having worked with, vulnerable or disengaged people; BSL user or have at least level 3 in BSL; Basic literacy and numeracy skills; Basic IT skills.

This role is for a Fixed Term Contract period until the end of the GEM project (extension duration to be confirmed but will be approximately December 2021) and may provide secondment opportunities for individuals. To apply, please email reg.cobb@gda.org.uk or text 07875 610 860/call 01452 372 999 for an application form and job description and return to the same email address. CV’s will not be accepted unless accompanied by a fully completed application form. Anyone wanting an informal discussion about the role or wishing to submit a job application in an alternative format should in the first instance contact reg.cobb@gda.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 25th June 2019 at 12pm Interview date: Thursday 4th July 2019

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Farewell to Daphne Branchflower

Daphne Branchflower

It is with great sadness, but an honour, that I write this tribute to Daphne Branchflower. My first memory of meeting Daphne was at the first open meeting of the Avon Coalition of Disabled People 30 years ago, in which she was instrumental in setting it up (later to become the West of England Coalition of Disabled People). She was also involved in numerous other committees, including becoming an early Trustee of WECIL and being an Advisor of Bristol Disability Equality Forum (BDEF) for many years. Daphne served alongside me as a member of the Executive when BDEF transitioned from being a part of Bristol City Council to being fully independent.

Daphne was never one to blow her own trumpet, but was inspirational, courageous, motivated and forceful in all her campaigning work, including working tirelessly in trying to save the Independent Living Fund. Only recently, Daphne became a member of Social Work Action Network South West, including meeting up with Managers of Social Services in Bristol to remind them of their duties regarding Direct Payments and Prepayment cards. Daphne constantly reminded us all about how Disabled people’s rights are moving backwards, and I know she would want us all to remember her as a passionate campaigner and advocate for Disabled people who may not have felt as empowered as herself.

It was a pleasure to have known Daphne as a fellow campaigner, but also as a long-time friend.

Mark Williams

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Multiple Job Opportunities with Bristol Women’s Voice


Bristol Women’s Voice is looking for exceptional individuals to fill several positions for a project they’ve created to work with women face multiple barriers to reach their full potential:

Project Manager (freelance)  https://www.voscur.org/jobs/95325

Research Analyst (freelance)  https://www.voscur.org/jobs/95324

Steering Group Members (voluntary)
 https://www.voscur.org/jobs/95320

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Bristol SEND Crisis march

On Thursday 30th May 2019, people will protest across the UK to raise awareness of failings to those with SEND, their families and education providers who are expected to provide an appropriate education on continuous budget cuts.

The march will bring people together to fight with and for:

  • Parents and carers who are struggling and are frustrated with the SEND system currently in place.
  • Parents who do not believe that this current system is providing fair and equal accessibility for their children, as was promised.
  • Parents from across the country who feel that the current legislative framework surrounding SEND, is not fit for purpose and appears to be designed in such a way to avoid putting in place the required provisions to support their children receive an education to meet their needs.
  • Children and young people who are being denied their basic right to education.

If you believe in fair and equal access to education for all children and young people, join the Bristol SEND crisis march on Thursday 30th May, 1-3pm, outside City Hall, Bristol

 

 

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019. The theme this year is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

The aim is to reduce mental health stigma, encourage conversations around body image and mental health, and raise funds for mental health charities. Here are a few of the events happening in Bristol for Mental Health Awareness this week:

Free Drama Workshop: Mon 13 May, 12:30 – 1:15pm

Many Minds Bristol will be offering a lunchtime wellbeing drama games energiser session on Monday 13th May at 12:30pm at the Arnolfini in Bristol. It’s free and open to all.

To find out more contact Olivia on Olivia@many-minds.org or call 07843 210 272

Let’s Talk About Body Image: 15 May, 3.45 – 5.15pm


Off the Record, supported by Community Access Support Service, invite community members and Bristol residents to join them to discuss body image and how we think and feel about our bodies. In this discussion they will be looking at how body ideals have changed and why, social media, and body positivity. Body image issues can affect all of us regardless of age, ability, race or gender and our mental health can be worsened by media images and unattainable standards.

Share your views, perspectives and solutions, and find local services that can support a positive body image and emotional wellbeing.

You can book your (free) place here

Address – Off the Record, 8-10 West Street, Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0BH

Illustrate: 15 May, 6pm

Illustrate, Park Street’s shop-come-cafe, is hosting two events in aid of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Focusing on this years Mental Health Awareness theme: Body Image, Illustrate are hosting an exclusive exhibition, We are One of A Kind. Additionally, there will be a panel discussion, talks and a Q&A on “finding peace around food, weight and body image”, and afterwards guests will be invited to mingle and experience free massages, drinks and cakes.

More information here: www.illustrate.co.uk/collections/illustrate-presents/products/mentalhealthmattersbodypositivityevent

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Disabled Women’s Access to Healthcare survey

Access to healthcare is for everyone, but disabled women are being excluded from important health screenings because their local surgery doesn’t have a hoist.

Muscular Dystrophy UK are trying to identify the existing barriers wheelchair users face when trying to access health services such as these. They are particularly interested in gathering evidence from anyone who cannot transfer out of their wheelchair without a hoist. 

You can find out more and take part in the survey here:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/N3B9FHF

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Volunteer to help improve goods and services aimed at Disabled and older people

The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) would like to recruit new volunteers to join their Consumer Research Forum.

The Consumer Research Forum is a group of ‘older people, people with long term health conditions and Disabled people of all ages’ who help out with RiDC’s consumer research. They help assess the accessibility, quality and value of goods and services aimed at Disabled and older people by taking part in surveys and interviews or trying out products and services.

The hope is that the research will lead to improvements in the design of products and services so that they are accessible and meet peoples needs of Disabled and older people.

Watch the video below to hear Forum members share their experiences:

You can find out more about the RiDC, the products they have reviewed, and register as a volunteer on their website: https://www.ridc.org.uk/

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Disability News Service news 11 April 2019

Airline forced to apologise after charging woman for carer’s seat reservation

An airline has been forced to apologise to a disabled woman after it charged her extra to reserve a seat next to her for her carer, and then refused to refund the charge.

Helen Jenkins had informed Flybe when she was booking her return flights from Birmingham to the Isle of Man online last week that she would require assistance.

She and her husband are planning to celebrate her birthday in September with a four-day visit to the island – which they have been told has an excellent, accessible public transport system – before she has a major operation that is likely to rule out flying for another six months.

Read the full article here.

Autistic authors’ guide maps out route to quality care

A new guide – written solely by autistic people – aims to show care providers, commissioners and inspectors how to provide “quality care” for other autistic people.

An Independent Guide to Quality Care for Autistic People has been written by members of the National Autistic Taskforce (NAT) and has a “heavy emphasis” on developing choice and control for service-users.

The guide says: “The more autonomy a person has, the less support services need to rely on external authorities such as good practice guides, instead looking to the person themselves as the primary source of information, instruction and guidance.”

Read the full article here.

Disabled activists’ bid to find northern DPOs could ‘combat London bias’

A new disabled people’s organisation (DPO) is hoping to bring together DPOs from across the north of England to provide a strong, collective, regional voice on issues affecting disabled people.

Leeds Disabled People’s Organisation (LDPO) was formed in January last year and has no funding, but it wants to hear from other DPOs across the region*.

It is hoping to map the location of all the DPOs across the north of England so they can work together and provide a powerful new voice, potentially setting up a new regional coalition.

Read the full article here.

DWP ‘victimised’ disabled staff member who claimed discrimination, tribunal finds

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) managers “victimised” a disabled member of staff after she claimed that she had faced workplace discrimination, an employment tribunal has ruled.

It is just the latest case to raise concerns that DWP is institutionally disablist, both in its treatment of disabled benefit claimants and of its own staff.

Last November, DWP admitted failing to keep track of how many complaints of disability discrimination were made by its own staff, while in February Civil Service figures revealed that the proportion of DWP staff who said they had been victims of disability discrimination at work in the previous 12 months had risen by about 50 per cent in just four years.

Read the full article here.

Tomlinson becomes latest ‘shoddy, shameless’ disability minister

Disabled activists have responded with resignation after the government appointed another “shoddy, shameless” minister for disabled people.

The new minister, Justin Tomlinson, previously held the post between May 2015 and July 2016, before he was sacked in a government reshuffle.

Now he has been appointed again, this time to replace Brexit casualty Sarah Newton, and becomes the eighth minister for disabled people – or the seventh if you only count him once – since 2010.

Read the full article here.

Justice for Jodey Whiting: Mum brands DWP’s petition response ‘a joke’

The furious mother of a disabled woman who took her own life after repeated safeguarding failings by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has branded DWP’s response to a parliamentary petition set up in her daughter’s name “a joke”.

Joy Dove said this week that DWP’s safeguarding failures had killed her daughter.

She spoke out after DWP responded to the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, which was set up in her daughter’s name.

Read the full article here.

Council accused of ‘settling scores’ after cutting funding from DPO that criticised it

A council has been accused of being “vindictive” and trying to “silence” a disabled people’s organisation (DPO) by withdrawing funding for its advice service, just months after the DPO published a critical report about social care provision in the borough.

Labour-run Merton council, in south-west London, has been accused of discriminating against disabled people by withdrawing funding from the only advice service in the borough that provides welfare rights experts who will visit disabled people in their own homes.

The council’s equality impact assessment of the decision to withdraw funding from Merton Centre for Independent Living (MCIL)* concluded that it provided “high quality casework support” and was “serving a small number of vulnerable disabled people very well”.

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DWP ‘hypocrite’ ministers refuse to be held to same safety standards as social media

Ministers have been branded “hypocrites” for rejecting the idea that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should be held responsible for benefit-related deaths, despite their government calling for social media managers to be held criminally responsible for safeguarding failures.

Home secretary Sajid Javid (pictured) said this week that the government was acting to hold the social media industry accountable for its failures because “we know, in our hearts, we know that protecting the vulnerable is our shared responsibility”.

But evidence has also mounted over recent years of links between the failings of DWP ministers and senior civil servants and the deaths of disabled people, particularly in relation to the flawed work capability assessment (WCA) process.

Read the full article here.

Whistle-blower withdraws offer to help police reopen probe into autistic abuse scandal

A whistle-blower who has vital evidence of serious abuse at a care home for autistic adults has retracted her offer to talk to police about what she witnessed, which could have led to them reopening their failed investigation.

Disability News Service (DNS) found out this week that Avon and Somerset police had failed to interview her, even though her whistleblowing played a key part in helping to expose the abuse scandal at Mendip House, which was run by the National Autistic Society (NAS).

The whistle-blower, Hannah*, had talked in depth to DNS this week about what she witnessed at Mendip House in Brent Knoll, Somerset, and revealed that she had never been interviewed by Avon and Somerset police.

Read the full article here.

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