Invitation to Bladder and Bowel CONfidence (BABCON) Virtual Coffee Mornings

Bladder and Bowel CONfidence (BABCON) is a local network working to improve the experience for people who are living with bladder and bowel leakage.   They would be delighted to welcome you to an online coffee morning to talk, listen or share about anything related to this.  This informal, safe space will allow for sharing of helpful information, opportunities to get involved or simply to hear and connect with other people in a similar situation.

There are no expectations to have to talk or tell your story, and you do not have to experience these symptoms to join them. If you have any views, questions or thoughts regarding bladder and bowel symptoms, living with them, accessing care, supporting people, then please join us so that we can shape the future of continence support and make sure we focus on the things that are really important.

Join us at 11:00-12:00 on 30th March 2021 using this Zoom link:

https://bristol-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/93368806440?pwd=WGY2SjBkV3FRT001akhkN3NxN24yUT09

Meeting ID: 933 6880 6440

Passcode: 660381

If you would like to have joined the coffee morning but are unable to and would like to provide some comments, please complete a very short online survey so that we can still hear your views and can plan further coffee events at times that might suit you: https://bit.ly/3t50tCQ 

Please drop us an email if you have any questions: Carla.southworth@bristol.ac.uk

Don’t Lose Your Right to Vote!

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After government delayed all local elections for 12 months (due to COVID-19) this year we will be electing our local councillors, as well as Bristol’s Mayor, its Police and Crime Commissioner and the Mayor for the regional West of England Combined Authority (WECA), on 6May 2021.

If you want the right to have your say about who gets elected you must make sure you have completed your electoral registration form and sent it back.  If you haven’t you will need to register now. 

You can do this at: gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Postal Vote

In these uncertain times you may want to consider registering for a postal vote.  It has some advantages, especially during a pandemic.  Three of them are: it won’t matter what the lockdown restrictions are on 6 May, you won’t need to worry about any risk of catching COVID-19 and it saves waiting in line outside the polling station!   

You can register for a postal vote at bristol.gov.uk/voting-elections/postal-voting.
 
The deadline to register your right to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April.  The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.

If you decide you want to go to vote in person, after you’ve registered for a postal vote, you can – as long as you’ve not already returned your postal ballot.  All you need to do it to ‘post’ it at your local polling station, by giving it to one of the officials in the polling station.

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Help Abbie with her University Research Survey on Attitudes and Approaches Toward Disabled & Impaired Communities In Bristol’s Live Music Sector!

We’ve been asked by Abbie, a second year student from BIMM, to promote her survey on  ‘Attitudes and Approaches Toward Disabled & Impaired Communities In Bristol’s Live Music Sector’.

You can fill out the short questionnaire here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3dW1XFuh_I6jwWb3gYeNQ7IDb0kInSLdKJbZC6nXrzvpE3g/viewform 

Link to Article on ‘Re-thinking climate change communications for charities’ Webinar from Media Trust

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Last month, Jeremy Mathieu, the BBC’s Sustainability Advisor, delivered a Climate Storytelling Masterclass entitled ‘Re-thinking climate change communications for charities’ to Media Trust as part of their Weston Communicating Climate programme, in partnership with Garfield Weston Foundation.

This blog post includes the key takeaways – https://mediatrust.org/resource-hub/re-thinking-climate-change-communications-for-charities/ 

Give Your Opinions on a Housing Regeneration Project in BS3 (Bedminster)!

The Council are asking Disabled People who live / work in BS3 to give their opinions on what they would like to be in that space as previous projects haven’t taken Disabled People’s opinions into account.

It would be great if you could give them your views so they can make sure that Disabled People’s voices are heard as much as possible in this project.

The link to the website is here: https://whitehousestreet.com/

There is a survey which can be completed and an interactive map where you can make suggestions on what you would like to see in this area.

Issues have already been raised about the accessibility of this feedback project as it is not very accessible to navigate but due to the reduced time scale allowed, you can get in touch with Lynn Parfitt, who is more than happy for you to contact her so she can support you in providing your feedback. Her email address is Lynn.Parfitt@bristol.gov.uk.

The leaders of this feedback project are also organising a number of online events to help create the Community Manifesto around the Whitehouse Street Development. The Community Manifesto is a document created by you, the community, that will help guide the development and regeneration of the area.

The next meeting for this project is on 18th March at 7.30pm where you can hear more about the project, ask questions and share your views and ideas. The details for the meeting are below.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84848708237?pwd=NkJyNEZocGFvOHhCa1JZSlpKQm4wQT09

Meeting ID: 848 4870 8237

Passcode: 242567

Workshops and Online Survey from the Diocese of Bristol’s “Transforming Church. Together.” Project

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Share your views now. Tranforming Church. Together. Image taken from the Diocese of Bristol website.

The Diocese of Bristol, the Church of England in the region incorporating Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Wiltshire and Swindon, has recently launched an open conversation about their future vision and priorities, called “Transforming Church. Together.” 
 
They are running a series of workshops to help them speak to as many people as they can, particularly people that they don’t often hear from, including those who identify as disabled.  The full list of workshops can be found here.
 
They also have a short online questionnaire to gather views.

Apply for the 2021 European Disability Forum and Oracle e-Accessibility Scholarship!

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Last year’s winner of this scholarship, Renata Dezso, has asked us to share the details for how you can apply to this year’s scholarship for 2021 in cooperation with the European Disability Forum (EDF) and Oracle.

This scholarship is for students with disabilities studying in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, User Experience, or related fields enrolled at an EU university for the academic year 2020-2021.

An award of €6,500 will be given for a project in which the needs of persons with disabilities in terms of accessibility to information and communication technologies (e-Accessibility) are considered and/or an innovative solution to enhance their access is proposed. 

The deadline for applications is 31 March.

You can find more details about the conditions of the scholarship and how to apply on the EDF website.

Bristol Remembers – Video Launch from Bristol City Council

23 March 2021 marks one year since England went into a national lockdown.

The last twelve months have been so very difficult for all of us. We have faced challenges, and sadly, many of us have lost loved ones, opportunities, jobs, and many other things that are important to us.

Bristol City Council are launching a film called ‘Bristol Remembers‘ on Thursday, 18 March at 6pm.

The video is part of a a multi-agency project aimed at giving people a space to collectively reflect and remember those people and things we have lost throughout the pandemic. 

The video will feature contributions from across the city, including frontline workers, faith leaders, city leaders, Bristol’s City Poet, and musicians. A minute’s silence will also be observed.

Join Bristol City Council online and watch along virtually with your family and friends.

Watch it on the We Are Bristol website or on the Bristol City Council YouTube channel.

EU Settlement Scheme from Bristol@Night through the Council

Please see below a flyer and text information from Bristol@Night through Bristol City Council about their EU Settlement Scheme. Any Disabled people who are on Direct Payments, or employ their own PAs and Support Workers using their own money, should check that their PAs and Support Workers are aware of this issue.

EU Settlement Scheme

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.

The Council are concerned people are not aware of the scheme or do not know that they need to apply. They want and need to make sure that the rights of EU citizens continue to be protected now Brexit has happened.

Please help us to get the message out. Talk about settled status to any person you know who is from a non-UK EU country, and please share this letter with your networks.

Are you an EU citizen?

Have you applied for the EUSS so you can remain legally in the UK past the 30th June?

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.

Resources

Read more about the scheme and how to apply, including instructions in other languages, on our dedicated website: bristol.gov.uk/EUsettlement

EU Settlement Scheme flyer

FREE Workshop ‘Train Your Brain to Combat Stress’ from Discover Your Bounce

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15th April 2021 
1pm to 1:45pm 

Learn how to harness your brain power!

In this workshop, Discover Your Bounce (DYB) will be discussing how the brain handles stress and how to use this understanding to be more positive, productive and creative!

They will cover:

The structure of the brain and how it reacts to stress

Introducing Mindfulness – are you Mindful or Mind Full?

How to find calm in the workplace

Introducing Meditation – the easy way!

Join DYB for one of their most popular workshops and learn techniques you can implement straight away and share with your teams and family.

Here’s the link to book: https://www.discoveryourbounce.com/events/?mc_cid=ef952a6e13&mc_eid=584e5a0b08