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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Disabled and older people Making Change Happen…drop-in dates May 2019

Making Change Happen our peer support project run by and for Disabled and older residents in Bristol. We meet monthly in four different areas of Bristol so that, in one area or another, there is a meet up almost every week.

The groups are open to Disabled people, older people and people living with mental distress or physical health difficulties. People who are isolated or feel left out are especially welcome .  

People who have attended our drop-ins have said how important it is for Disabled and older people to get together to share knowledge, support each other, and talk about the barriers they face in their communities. We have talked about all sorts of issues including access to local transport and services, ageing and disability, direct payments and benefits.

Please join us at one of our drop-ins this May to meet new people, have a say on the issues that matter to you, and talk about how to make change happen in your area of Bristol.

East Bristol

Thursday 9th May

11.30 am till 1.30 pm

The Beehive Centre, Stretford Road, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 7AW

North Bristol

Friday 17th May

11.00 am till 1.00 pm

The Hub, Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze, Bristol BS7 9FB

South Bristol

Friday 24th May

10.30 am till 12. 30pmThe Café, Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road, Bristol BS13 9JN 

Central and West Bristol

Wednesday 29th May

10.30 am till 12. 30pm

The Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the project, contact mike.bristoldef@gmail.com

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