We have just read that Bristol City Councilb has responded to our calls for more support to those on Direct Payments. In particular they have set up a dedicated response for Direct Payment users, to ensure they have enough support and can access Protective Personal Equipment (packs are being made available).
Bristol City Council tells us they have also raised this nationally for advice – something else we asked them to do.
It is good to know that the Council is responding positively when we lay out what our coronavirus-related needs are.
Let us hope they continue to do so after the government suspends the Care Act!
The Southmead Development Trust is hiring for three roles in their Social Prescribing Team. The roles are about helping to improving health and wellbeing for the North Bristol community and supporting people to find community groups and services. All of the jobs have a closing date of the 5th of February 2021. 1. Social Prescribing Link Worker, click HERE. 2. Children and Young People’s Social Prescribing Manager, click HERE. 3. Social Prescribing Link Worker Manager, click HERE.
CheckUp Health is offering BAME people who have High Blood Pressure(HBP) and/or Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) free devices and support to monitor their blood pressure and blood sugar levels from the comfort of their own home. For more information and click HERE
Following on from last year’s surveys, Bristol City Council are again asking children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers to share their views about the services in Bristol.
Each survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and all those taking part will have the opportunity to be entered into a draw to win one of two £10 ‘Love to Shop’ vouchers that can be spent on-line or in store at more than 20,000 shops, restaurants and attractions.
The survey will be live for 7 weeks (18January – 5 March) and links to the surveys are on every page of Bristol’s SEND Local Offer website.
Deadline for completing this survey is 29 February 2021
Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF) is carrying out a survey to identify the needs of people who are looking after someone else. This can mean many things from making a regular phone call, helping with housework, shopping or personal care, to full-time round-the-clock care. If you regularly help someone else, whether you live with them or not, we would like to hear your views.
The survey has been commissioned by Bristol City Council (BCC) with a view to reshaping their services and support for people who are looking after others. The data and findings from the survey will be shared with BCC and the survey results will be published in the Bristol Older People’s Forum newsletter, website (https://bopf.org.uk) and Facebook page (https://facebook.com/Bristololderpeoplesforum). The questionnaire is anonymous – you do not need to enter any personal data.
A recent judgement from the High Court is that Norfolk County Council’s decision to increase care charges for a severely disabled woman was declared discriminatory (Severely disabled woman wins her claim that council care charges are discriminatory – Being The Boss). Under the Care Act 2014, Councils can decide whether they charge for social care and what charge they make, provided that they leave people with the minimum amount that they are allowed to keep under the government’s Minimum Income Guarantee. What Norfolk County Council had done was to take the claimant’s enhanced benefits into account in deciding what to charge her and fail to allow for the fact that she was unable to undertake paid work. The judge ruled that this was discriminatory under the ECHR:
Because the Council was excluding people’s earnings from its assessments for care charges, disabled people unable to work were being treated as if they had earnings as well as benefits.
The Council’s decision also meant that people with the highest support needs were being charged more than those with lower needs.
The court action resulted from tremendous campaigning by a local disability network in Norfolk, supported by Inclusion London and the legal firm Leigh Day.
A reminder about our short survey concerning involvement. This survey aims to tell us what would help you to take part and influence services to work better for you and other people in similar situations. Some examples of involvement activities are completing a survey about a local health service, taking part in a focus group with your local authority or providing lived experiences to students on a social work degree course.
2. Send an email to: email@example.com and we can send a Word version of the survey for you to complete or arrange to do a telephone survey. Please make it clear which you would like when you send the email.
3. If you or someone you know is digitally excluded or would need assistance then please call: 07956 424511
The survey is very short and should take no longer than 10 minutes.
Contract Details: Permanent contract, subject to funding. It is an ‘occupational requirement’, as defined and exempted under the Equality Act 2010, that the successful post-holder must identify as a Disabled person.Details of Role:
Do you have lived experience as a Disabled person and an understanding of the needs of other Disabled people?
Are you passionate about the importance of co-production and community-led working to improve diversity and inclusion across all aspects of life?
Are you interested in climate action, environmental issues and creative problem-solving?
Then you may be just who we are looking for!
We are looking for a Disabled person who is passionate about disability equality and diversity, to be a Projects’ Co-ordinator working 22hrs pw. The successful candidate will deliver an exciting new project funded through the National Lottery Climate Action Fund, and support our other dvevelopment work-based projects. This will include:
recruiting, supporting and facilitating Disabled people to co-design a Climate Action Plan for the city;
recruiting, supporting and managing project volunteers;
supporting other Forum projects using volunteers;
a commitment to the Social Model of Disability;
working closely with, and support, our existing Development Worker;
working closely with the Forum Manager; and
undertaking any other tasks commensurate with the role, as may be required from time to time.
Closing Date: Monday, 11 January, 2021 – 10:00am
How to Apply:
Please apply using the Application Form included in the recruitment pack provided. All relevant paperwork should be returned by email, using the emails provided in the recruitment pack. CVs will not be accepted.
Contact Person: Laura J Welti
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: Please do not contact us by phone as the office is only staffed part time and will be closed from 18th Dec. Furthermore, the contact person for this role is unable to take or make voice calls.
Postal Address: St. Paul’s Learning Centre Grosvenor Rd Bristol BS2 8XJ