The Southmead Development Trust is hiring for three roles in their Social Prescribing Team.

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.

Bristol City Council SEND Survey

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.

Click here to take part in the parent carer survey

Click here to take part in the children and young people’s survey

Easy Read versions of both surveys are attached also available to download from the survey home page.

The survey results will be published on Bristol’s SEND Local Offer website in the summer term.

Due to the drop in travellers, due to the lockdown, GWR are changing their timetables from Monday, 25 January.

The key changes locally are:

–  the Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington services will be hourly on Saturdays, and

–  weekday and Saturday local services between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol Parkway will be cancelled.

However, station stops in these areas will be added to their Cardiff to Taunton local services instead.

There will also be some later start up and early finish times across the network. 

The changes are temporary, and can be quickly reversed.

GWR will also be making sure the key school and college services will all be in operation before pupils and students return.

GWR advice to customers is to check timetables before travel, using their online journey checker on

or by calling train enquiries.

Are You Looking After Someone Else? Research Survey

Please complete our online Questionnaire: 

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 ( and Facebook page ( The questionnaire is anonymous – you do not need to enter any personal data.

A heartening legal victory about council charges for social care.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Shaping Our Lives: Inclusive Involvement Movement – A quick survey

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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.
1. Use this link to complete your answers online.

2. Send an email to: 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.
Many thanks

The Shaping Our Lives Team