DoDo you or someone you know employ a European PA – or are you one of those PAs? If so this is for you!

Bristol Law Centre can support applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) for complex cases. We can also help professionals if they have an individual case they need advice on, please email eussadvice@bristollawcentre.org.uk. More information can be found on our website, please click here.

Bristol Law Centre also hosts a Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC), and will be working with others in the city to ensure accurate information about the scheme and where to get help. 

Job Opportunity with Barton Hill Settlement

Community Navigator

Part time -28 hours per week. £23,398 per annum, pro rata

To provide information and support to older people over 50 years to help combat social isolation.

This post is advertised as part of a cross-organisational partnership with Bristol Community Health, the Care Forum and the BS3 Community.

job pack including full details, a job description and application form, is available to download from the Barton Hill Settlement website, and search jobs.

(www.bartonhillsettlement.org.uk)

Please contact SALLY JOBLING with any enquiries

0117 955 6971

sallyj@bartonhillsettlement.org.uk

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE

Monday 8th July 2019 at 9am.

DIARY DATE FOR INTERVIEW

Tuesday 16th July 2019

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

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

Quantum Lock Stystem

Worried about your wheelchair ‘sliding’ when you’re on a bus?

One Disabled person, who has no links to the manufacturer, is excited about a new piece of kit that effectively ‘locks’ your wheelchair in place.  Read on to find out more.

Having been a wheelchair user for 20 years hands I’m always very interested to see new developments in technology which aim to make life easier for Disabled people.  Recently on a trip to Edinburgh I was thrilled to find a new piece of technology called “Quantum” on the tour buses which ensured my wheelchair was held securely in place.

Picture of Helen a wheelchair user trying out the Quantum Lock system for her wheelchair on public transport

To activate Quantum all I had to do was position myself in the wheelchair bay so I was centred against the backrest and press a button.  By pressing the button, I set off the automatic locking sequence.  Two side arms descended, gripping my chair’s wheels and locking me into position.  The process took less than 25 seconds and other passengers were able to board whilst the locking process was taking place.  Whilst the vehicle is in transit, the Quantum arms constantly adjust to gain the best grip so you are held steady for the entire journey.  When you arrive at your stop you simply press the button again to release the arms and off you go.  There is absolutely no need for the driver to do anything.  However, if the wheelchair user cannot press the button themselves the driver can activate it from his driving seat.  It is such a simple system to use and makes for a much safer, comfortable journey.

Quantum is designed by the company Q’Straint and is described as the world’s first fully automatic rear facing wheelchair securement station.  As well as wheelchairs Quantum also secures most mobility scooters and it quick and easy to use.  To find out more visit www.qstraint.com/en-gb/quantum/ or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RSvCu6D6e8&t=101s .

I’m telling everyone about it because I think it’s great and wish it were on all busses and coaches.  Despite how it might come across, I have no links to the company and get not ‘perks’ or payment for promoting it.

Helen

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

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

 

 

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