FREE English Language Courses at St Paul’s Learning Centre

Bath College are providing FREE courses at St Paul’s Learning Centre in the coming months.

English Language Classes at  Assessment dates are 28th August or 5th September 9:30am – 10:30am. Please note, You must be assessed to be able to enrol on the courses.
For more information email info@bathcollege.ac.uk

English Language Classes at  Assessment dates are 28th August or 5th September 9:30am – 10:30am. Please note, You must be assessed to be able to enrol on the courses.

For more information email info@bathcollege.ac.uk

An Accessible Curious City – A family friendly event for all!

WECIL (West of England Centre for Inclusive Living) and we the curious are pleased to launch our ongoing partnership at this year’s Access All Areas event which we are hosting at We the Curious. The event is jam packed with interactive and fun activities suitable for all the family, with lots of entertainment and opportunities to meet with some influential people within the city to hear about our current campaigning work. Come along and celebrate the best of what Bristol has to offer.

When? August 28th, 2019 13:00 – 17:00

Where? The event will be held on the top floor of We the Curious and the entrance can be found at the left hand side of the building next to the planetarium and the fountains. Please note that this event is not hosted in the museum.

Book your FREE space here .

Bristol – AccessAble need your help!

AccessAble produce online Access Guides by going in person to a venue and collecting factual information, measurements and photographs. The idea is so that people can view avenue before going there to know about various pieces of information such as lighting levels, hearing loops, door widths, accessible toilets and much more!

AccessAble will be surveying 25 new venues in Bristol over the summer and would like to invite you to an event in which you would be able to make suggestions for new venues to be surveyed.

For those of you who have or have not had a chance to nominate venues to be surveyed, an event will take place on Monday 19th August between 1-3pm at City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR.

You will need to secure yourselves a place – email hello@AccessAble.co.uk

TWO Job Opportunities with Open Up Music in Bristol

TWO Job Opportunities with Open Up Music in Bristol!

Fundraising Assistant –  https://sites.google.com/openupm…/fundraising-assistant/home (The closing date for applications is the 26th August 2019, with interviews scheduled to be held on the 3rd September 2019)

Administration Assistant – https://sites.google.com/openupmusic.org/adm-assistant/home (The closing date for applications is the 26th August 2019. Interviews are scheduled to be held on the 6th September 2019).

Calling all Disabled Young People – ITV Open Newsroom Day 2019

Calling all Disabled Young People!

ITV News West Country is taking part in the Open Newsroom Day again this year on the 15 October. The day is open to students from 14 to pre GSE students and will run from 10.45 am to 14.45 here at the ITV Studios, Bath Road, Bristol. Students will get a chance to read the news, present the weather, self-shoot, and be operational in the gallery. We will be offering this opportunity to 18 students. Refreshments during the day will be provided including lunch before they leave to go home.

Interested?

Contact us with your information and dietary and accessibility requirements to bristoldef@gmail.com and we will help you book a space.

More than a third of the PIP Disability Assessment Reports written by Capita are “Significantly Flawed” according to Freedom of Information Act Response.

More than a third of the PIP disability assessment reports that Capita has written have been found to be significantly flawed, according to Freedom of Information (FoI) Act response.

The percentage of poor quality Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reports completed by Capita has risen to 37% in the two years since 2016, when nearly 33% of reports were found to be poor or unacceptable.

This information was secured from the DWP under the FoI Act by campaigner John Slater.  They show the results of government checks on nearly 6,000 assessment reports carried out by Capita during 2018.

In all, nearly 37% of assessment reports checked during 2018 were found to be:

– of an unacceptable standard, 

– to need changes, or 

– showed that the assessor had failed to carry out their role properly.

The information shows that the many reports of dishonest and distressing assessment experiences by individual Disabled people are not rare events.

The figures for 2018 show that, although the number of Atos assessors who each faced four or more complaints fell from 161 to 129, the number of Capita assessors who each faced at least four complaints in just three months leapt from 19 to 84 between 2016 and 2018.

Capita carried out about 220,000 face-to-face assessments in 2018, compared with more than 730,000 by Atos.  This means it is likely that over 351,000 Disabled people got a poor quality assessment. 

When asked why the quality of their assessments were so poor, both Capita and Atos refused to comment, saying only that they were doing well.