Job Vacancy: Admin and Comms Worker

Admin and Comms Worker

Bristol Disability Equality Forum

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Salary: £18,000 (pro rata)

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Part Time Hours: 14

Location: Bristol

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: 

Are you passionate about disability equality and diversity?  Do you want to work for a 100% Disabled people’s organisation?  Do you live in, or very near, Bristol?  Then you may be the person we are looking for!

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Disabled person to undertake the Administration and [basic] Communication needs of the Forum. 

The successful applicant with be an organised and self-motivated individual with good face-to-face, written and digital communications skills who will undertake general office duties to include:

  1. opening and sorting post;
  2. filing andphotocopying;
  3. undertaking communication activites to promote the Forum and its work;
  4. being the first point of contact for people making enquires or otherwise seeking information from the Forum;
  5. maintaining an office diary and ensuring mailouts and notices are processed in a timely manner;
  6. administering Forum events;
  7. cash handling (primarily petty cash), collection and record-keeping;
  8. monitoring/ ordering stationery, as required;
  9. creating invoices for the Forum’s charged for services;
  10. recording, collating, processing and forwarding all invoices received, along with the relevant paperwork, to our volunteer book-keeper;
  11. undertaking other tasks commensurate with the post, as required.

Please note that this is the only Admin worker role within the Forum so you will be comfortable with, and confident about, working alone, as well as part of a team.

Closing Date: Monday, 11 January, 2021 – 10:00am

How to Apply: 

Applications must be submitted using the application form included in the job application information for this post.  CVs will not be accepted.

Contact Person: Laura J Welti

Contact Email:

Postal Address: St Paul’s Learning Centre Grosvenor Rd Bristol BS2 8XJ

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Coronavirus over Christmas and New Year

We are asking communities across Bristol to make sure they have a safe and careful festive period over Christmas and the New Year.

Last weekend the Government announced changes to the rules over the festive period.

This means: 
⦁ A maximum of three households can create a Christmas bubble for one day only on 25 December.

⦁ Households should not stay over on Christmas Day and you should try to keep visits short.

⦁ You may only form one Christmas bubble, and once it has been formed, you cannot change it.

⦁ Keep your bubbles as small as possible, three households (including your own) should be the maximum, but you should avoid creating a Christmas bubble if at all possible.

⦁ Try to only form bubbles within your local area – you may not form a bubble with anyone in a tier 4 area. It is also safest to avoid forming a bubble with anyone living in a tier 3 area.

⦁ Limit social contact with anyone outside of your household for at least five days before and after forming a bubble.

From 26 December, we will have to go back to Bristol’s local restrictions. On 30 December the government will decide whether Bristol stays in tier 2 or moves to tier 3 or 4. This will depend on how many people catch Coronavirus over the two weeks leading up to 30 December.

Bristol is in tier 2 at the moment, which means that for New Year’s Eve, people must not mix socially indoors with people not in their household and hospitality venues will close at 11pm.

However, we would strongly recommend that Disabled people do not go to hospitality venues for Christmas or New Year celebrations. The
re-opening of these venues was a big factor in the big rise in people catching Coronavirus over late summer and early autumn.
Please do the most you can over the festive period to protect our city and keep infection rates down and ensure that 2021 is as coronavirus-safe as it can be.

Are you heading out to celebrate this Christmas?

If you are planning to go out one evening this week to celebrate Christmas please remember that Bristol is still in tier 2 and there is guidance you must follow if you’re visiting any hospitality venue.

⦁ Wear a face covering at all times, unless exempt, apart from when seated at a table.

⦁ Scan the QR code to use the COVID-19 app.

⦁ You can only sit inside a venue with those from your own household or support bubble. 

⦁ The rule of six must be followed outside a venue and social distancing should be followed.

⦁ You can only order alcohol with a substantial meal.

⦁ You must leave the venue by 11pm.
When you have left the venue it is important that you go straight home and do not stand around in groups outside.

This guidance is in place to protect you and your loved ones and to make sure we all have a safe Christmas.

We know this is the time of year you want to celebrate, but would ask you to keep in mind that hospitality venues e.g. pubs, restaurants, bars etc. are places where there is a high risk of catching coronavirus.

Hospitality venues are places like pubs, bars, restaurants, or almost anywhere you might usually go to when you want drink or eat (or both) with friends or family.
Household. A household is a home where one or more people live. It can be a flat, a house, a group home or shared student accommodation.

Bristol’s COVID-19 testing sites will be open through Christmas

Coronavirus testing sites will be open over the Christmas and New Year period, including on Christmas Day, but will be operating at slightly reduced hours.

Visit the Gov.UK website to find out more.
If you develop symptoms of coronavirus over the holiday period, including a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, it is essential that you get tested.
We have four testing sites in Bristol. They are:
• Brislington Park and Ride (note a 2.1m height restriction)
• Hengrove Leisure Park
• Netham Park
• Rear of Victoria Rooms, Clifton
If you do have symptoms or you test positive you must
self-isolate in order to protect your loved ones and keep the city safe. 

Do you care for, or have contact with an older person, or employ a PA from a non-UK EU country?

Due to Brexit, EU citizens must apply for the EU Settlement Scheme if they want to continue living in the UK after June 2021. Even if they have lived in the UK most of their lives.

EU nationals who have lived continuously in the UK for five years or more should be entitled to settled status, meaning they are free to go on living in the UK indefinitely.

There have been over 36,000 applications from Bristol to the scheme so far, but only 520 of these – just 1% – have been from citizens aged 65 or over.
The Council is concerned that this group are not aware of the scheme or do not know that they need to apply.  We want and need to make sure their rights continue to be protected after Brexit.

The deadline to apply to the scheme is 30 June 2021.

Employers can continue to confirm an EEA national’s right to work using only their passport or national ID card until 30 June 2021.  From 1 July 2021, employers will no longer be able to accept an EEA or Swiss passport alone as evidence of a permanent right to work in the UK for new employees.  Employers will need to see proof of immigration status which will be either under the EU Settlement Scheme or the new immigration system.  Providers will also need to update recruitment policies.

Read more about the scheme and how to apply, including instructions in other languages, on the Council’s dedicated website:

People can get help from:
 St Pauls Advice Centre, 146 Grosvenor Road, BS2 8YA – 01179 9552981
 North Bristol Advice Centre, 2 Gainsborough Square, BS7 9XA  – 01179 851122
 South Bristol Advice Services, Withywood Centre, Queens Road, BS13 8QA – 01179 851122

An invitation from Zero West and Transport for Greater Bristol Alliance to join their stakeholder reference group.

Please join our stakeholder reference group to shape Bristol’s future transport
We see a possibility for a city with good air quality, safe cycling and walking, accessible public transport for all, and where everyone can get to where they need to affordably and quickly, whether they live in the centre or the outskirts. A city where all transport is zero carbon.  

We invite you to join us in shaping this vision and bringing it about by joining our stakeholder reference group.  If you choose to participate, we will ask you to reply to a quick (5-minute) online survey each week for four weeks in November/December. Drawing on the views you and others give us we will provide you with immediate feedback on how your responses relate to others who have responded so far.  You will have a chance to ask your own questions as part of this, which will be sent to others to answer. 

To sign up to the group, just follow this link to a short google form and provide a few details so we can contact you. 

This invitation is from Zero West and Transport for Greater Bristol Alliance.  

Attention all rail passengers to/from Parkway

Great Western Railway services between South Wales and London, and South Wales and Bristol will continue to be affected due to a Network Rail bridge replacement project at Gipsy Patch Lane, near Bristol Parkway station, until at least Monday 23rd November.

  1. London – South Wales services will continue to operate by train, but going via Gloucester and not calling at Bristol Parkway. Journeys will therefore be longer and you should check timings before travel.
  2. Local services will end at Bristol Parkway or Bristol Temple Meads; and buses will replace trains between Bristol and Newport. These buses are fully accessible and Great Western Railway will also have accessible taxis on standby.

Please support Bristol Disability Equality Forum by voting for us in the 12 days of Christmas draw

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Please support Bristol Disability Equality Forum by voting for us in the 12 days of Christmas draw – simply take 2 minutes and click on the nomination link below,

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Disability Rights and Robotics; Co-producing futures – Tours of the Assisted Living Studio, Bristol Robotics Lab, Thursday 10th December 2.00-8.00

Disability Rights and Robotics; Co-producing futures – Tours of the Assisted Living Studio, Bristol Robotics Lab

This is a UWE Bristol Social Science in the City event celebrating Disability History Month

In this time of rapid social change to our social and work lives, relationships and leisure, there are new technologies that might support disability rights like ‘driverless cars’, smart phones, social media and new robotic technologies. Members of the team of 25 co-researchers from the University of the West of England, Fairfield Farm College and Wiltshire Centre of Independent Living used a knowledge café methodology to ask

How can robotic technologies support disability rights?

Sign up for an online 15 minute tour of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory Assisted Living Studio with Professor Praminda Caleb-Solly running between 2-4pm email here for your place on the tour (limited numbers) –

The robotic tour will take place on Microsoft teams which includes the option of live captioning, and your tour guide will be using limited BSL. The tour will be scripted and this script will be available to those registered. A recording of the robotic tour is also available for those who wish to engage in their own time.

To join the mini knowledge café 6pm -8pm please sign up for a ticket and we will email you the link closer to the date. Any problems please –

Café Programme:

Experience – From your experience, how do you think robotic technology might enable your rights in everyday life?

Deepening the Inquiry – Sharing our project and its key messages– ‘Disability Rights and Robotics: co-producing futures’

Knowledge for Action – Generating your priority questions for further co-production research

See our report and cartoon for more details on our project (these links will only work for those internal to UWE).

Disability Rights and Robotics cartoon copyright Sam Church and Tillie Curran

Register your ticket:

Ignite Bristol has a vision to make Bristol the best city for disability inclusive sport and physical activity, Please help by completing the survey, and ensure the voices and opinions of disabled people are heard and listened to.

Ignite Bristol Survey

It’s time to have your say!

Ignite Bristol has a vision to make Bristol the best city for disability inclusive sport and physical activity, and aims to do this by bringing together people from the disability, sport, health and education sectors to better support more disabled people to be active.

One objective of Ignite Bristol is to ensure the voices and opinions of disabled people are heard and listened to. Please take this opportunity to fill in the below survey to have your say!

Disabled people survey.

Once you’ve completed the survey, please also share with anyone else you know so we can get as many voices heard as possible.

The deadline for completion is  November 29th

If you need any assistance filling in the survey, have any questions, or further feedback please email or call 0117 941 5829. If you would prefer a postal copy then these can be provided.

Many Thanks