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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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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The Forum at Bristol Walk Fest

Bristol’s annual walking festival, Bristol Walk Fest, kicked off this month and to celebrate Bristol Walking Alliance will be running several guided walks around the city to explore the ‘walkability’ of Bristol.

Walkability is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking and the extent to which the built environment is friendly to the presence of people living, shopping, visiting, enjoying or spending time in an area. 

One of these ‘walkability’ events will be led by the Forum’s Co-chair, Gordon Richardson. You can join him for a short walk around Westbury-on-Trym on Tues 7 May to explore good and bad walking environments in the area. It will cover what it feels like to walk around the village and how it could be made better, including for Disabled people and people with visual impairments.

You can find out more about the event and book your place here: http://bit.ly/2LkQUyL

To find out more about Bristol Walk Fest and for a list of events happening in May, visit the Bristol Walk Fest website:
https://www.bristolwalkfest.com/

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We are hiring!

The Forum are looking for a new Administration and Communication Worker. This is a permanent (subject to funding) part time role.

We are looking for a motivated self-starter with excellent administration skills and experience, to undertake all of the Forum’s necessary day-to-day administration and communications work.  As we are a very small charity, you will be the Forum’s only Admin and Comms worker.

The ideal candidate will be a hard-working, organised professional with good time management, lots of initiative, the ability to recognise when to use this initiative and when to check before acting, the ability to regularly work alone as well as part of a team, and the ability to work well under pressure.  They will also have excellent written communication and public-facing communication skills, in English.

An understanding of equalities issues and a commitment to inclusive ways of working are also essential. 

Occasional evening/weekend working is required.

13.5 hours per week over 3 days (some flexibility as to which hours/ days)

Bristol Disability Equality Forum welcomes applications from all equalities communities but, given the nature of the organisation, especially Disabled people.  We also encourage applications from BAME Disabled people, who are under-represented within the Forum.

We only accept applications made using the application form provided.  CVs alone will not be accepted. We encourage people to apply even if they feel they don’t meet all of the desirable criteria as the essential criteria is what is most important.

If you need any of the application pack documents in a different format, please contact bristoldef@gmail.com and let us know what format you require.

Closing date: to arrive before 10am on 8th May 2019

Interviews: Monday 13th or Tuesday 14th May 2019 (between 11am and 4pm).  Please indicate your availability in the covering email when returning your application form.

All applications to be submitted via email to: bristoldef@gmail.com. You can find the necessary paperwork at the end of this advert.

NB Due to its part-time nature, this post is not open to job-share.

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Do you want to have more say in health research?

Involvement opportunity – CAPC Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPI&E) members needed in Bristol

Primary Care is healthcare in the community – everything from GPs to Pharmacists, Optometrists to Dentists. The Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) aim to gather evidence to help decide what will make primary care better for everyone.

Since their goal is improving care for everyone, it’s best that everyone is involved.


How to get involved

You can get involved in the research in a number of ways:

  • help select research that is important and relevant
  • help researchers design their projects
  • help develop understandable information sheets for people taking part in research
  • join a research management or advisory group
  • help interpret the results of the research
  • help make sure the research is reported in understandable ways
  • help make sure good research is heard about.

Who: 

People with an interest in healthcare research, public involvement in research. CAPC are looking for people who are passionate about involving patients, carers and the public in primary care research (the first port of call in the healthcare system – for most people a GP).

Experience of a similar role is not needed and any necessary training will be given.

Where: 

Meetings are held either at CAPC (local travel is reimbursed) or somewhere which is convenient for you.

Payment:

CAPC PPI&E contributors are paid £15-20 per hour depending on the tasks required, plus £15 for pre-meeting preparation or paperwork between meetings.

More info: 

Please contact the CAPC PPI&E coordinators, Victoria Wilson and Julie Clayton capc-ppi@bristol.ac.uk 0117 331 4555 University of Bristol, Centre for Academic Primary Care, Canynge Hall, Whatley Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2PS

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Next Stage disabled musicians survey

Picture of band 'Holy Moly and the crackers'

Are you a musician, artist or DJ producing original music, with the ambition to focus on your creativity and take your project forward?

Do you personally identify as a Deaf or disabled person, or don’t identify, but have a health condition or impairment that impacts your daily life?

If the answer to these two questions is “yes”, then this is your opportunity to share your experiences andchange the music industry.

The survey gives you the chance to share your music with Attitude is Everything, join a new artist network, and share your experiences of:


 Rehearsing
 Recording
 Playing live
 Seeking support and funding
 Networking and engaging with the music industry
 Talking about your lived experience as a musician or artist

It should take around 5-10 minutes to complete this survey, if you want to take a break you can save your answers and come back to it later.

The findings of this survey will be shared at The Great Escape in May 2019.

Complete the Next Stage Artist Survey here

If you require this survey in an alternative format, or need guidance on how to complete it, please contact rich@attitudeiseverything.org.uk.

**Survey closes March 10**

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Check out these books by or about Deaf and Disabled people on World Book Day!

Deaf and Disabled people are often not well represented in literature. Earlier this year, the Merton Centre for Independent Living made an effort ahead of World Book Day to crowd-source a list of books by or about Deaf and Disabled people.

Check out the list their members and supporters came up with here.

Are there any books you think should be added to the list? You can send your suggestions to info@mertoncil.org.uk or tweet them @MertonCIL

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Disability News Service News Feb 28 2019

Government announces plans for extension of personal health budgets

The government wants to increase the number of people who use personal health budgets (PHBs) to choose their own health and social care support from 40,000 to as many as 200,000 over the next five years.

It has approved extending legal rights to PHBs to disabled people eligible for funding from NHS wheelchair services, and those eligible for aftercare services under section 117 of the Mental Health Act.

But it also signalled that these rights would eventually be extended to other groups, including people with ongoing social care needs who also make regular and continuing use of particular NHS services; people leaving the armed services who are eligible for ongoing NHS services; and autistic people and those with learning difficulties who are eligible for ongoing NHS care.

Read the full article here.

Katherine Araniello: Tributes to ‘force of nature’ and ‘creative genius’

Disabled artists and activists are mourning the death of Katherine Araniello, a “force of nature” who leaves behind a “hugely significant” disability arts legacy.

Araniello was a performance and video artist who used satire and subversive humour at the expense of “dehumanising and patronising” targets such as disability charities, the Paralympics and media representation of disabled people.

Tony Heaton, chair and former chief executive of Shape Arts, said Araniello was “an original and independent thinker” with a “wicked sense of humour and irony”, and her death was a “huge and devastating loss”. 

Read the full article here.

Concerns over growing number of ‘dangerous and discriminatory’ road layouts

Increasing numbers of local authorities are breaching the Equality Act by designing “dangerous and discriminatory” road layouts that put blind and partially-sighted people at risk of serious harm, say disabled campaigners.

The concerns have been raised by the user-led campaign group National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFB UK), which has grown increasingly concerned by schemes being introduced across the country.

Among those councils it has highlighted are Manchester City Council, Leicester City Council, and Enfield council in north London.

Read the full article here.

Government is failing on disabled women’s rights, UN is told

Activists have told a UN committee how the UK government is failing to address the significant barriers and human rights violations faced by disabled women in accessing social security, justice, jobs and health services.

Eleanor Lisney and Rachel O’Brien, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, were among UK women’s rights campaigners in Geneva this week to brief a UN committee of women’s rights experts.

The committee was examining the UK on its progress in implementing the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Read the full article here.

DWP failed for years to meet legal duties on accessible information, says judge

he Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) failed for years to comply with its legal duties under the Equality Act by refusing to provide an accessible way for many disabled people to communicate with its staff about their benefits, a judge has ruled.

Judge Jeremy Johnson said in a high court ruling that DWP’s “systemic” failings pre-dated the Equality Act, which became law in 2010, and meant that some disabled people had been deprived of “essential” benefits.

His written judgment also revealed that DWP admitted that its creaking IT systems that deal with employment and support allowance (ESA) claims were not fit for purpose but that it was not worth spending £750,000 updating them because of the continuing roll out of universal credit, which has a new IT system.

Read the full article here.

Discrimination faced by disabled DWP staff leaps by half in four years

The proportion of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff who say they have been victims of disability discrimination at work in the previous 12 months has risen by about 50 per cent in just four years, Civil Service figures have revealed.

The annual Civil Service People Survey shows the number of DWP staff saying they had personally experienced disability discrimination at work in the past 12 months rose by 150 (more than 10 per cent), from 1,462 in 2017 to 1,612 in 2018.

And the proportion of all DWP staff reporting disability discrimination rose by about 12 per cent, from about 2.55 per cent of all employees in 2017 to about 2.85 per cent in the 2018 survey.

Read the full article here.

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Make the Bristol and Bath Railway Path Accessible for All

Cyclist riding through Bristol and Bath Railway Path Tunnel

As part of their ‘One Path Initiative‘, Sustrans are working local communities and the Councils of Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bristol City Council to explore ways in which behaviour on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path (BBRP) could be improved.  

The One Path initiative engages with path users, listen to their concerns, analyse the issues and then work with them to find a solution. Please follow the link below to take part in an online survey to have your say on how you feel the path could be made accessible for all.

Bristol and Bath Railway Path Questionnaire: https://bit.ly/2HPWI1n

For any extra information:

Link to the ‘One Path’ Facebook page

Information on the project: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/onepath

Sign up to the mailing list: http://eepurl.com/gfAoHP

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