Attitude is Everything at Exchange

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Attitude is Everything are pleased to be launching a new project in Bristol as part of their new Music Cities project. This project, which is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, seeks to support local Deaf and Disabled people in building accessible music communities.

The Launchpad Initiative aims to support Deaf and Disabled people to develop themselves as events promoters, with Attitude is Everything supplying training and mentoring as participants put on their first events.

They are delighted to be collaborating with the Exchange , a Silver Grassroots Venue on our Live Events Access Charter, on the pilot event.

Ooberfuse

This event will take place on Monday 29 November and feature live performances from Ooberfuse, cLuMsY and Cariss AuburnTickets available now! 

Complimentary tickets are available on request; please email iwan@exchangebristol.com

Attitude is Everything/Go Gentle/Exchange Online

Thursday 2nd December at 4pm, on Zoom

Meet Iwan and Em from the Exchange and talk about the venue, different projects and next years relaxed performances.  The event will be hosted by Attitude is Everything. 

Email iwan@exchangebristol.com for the link.

Nine in ten councillors back call for social care priority in government

(Article taken from Adult social care 24 Jun 2021 ]

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Councillors from across the country and all political parties have called on the Government to give greater priority to social care and start providing more resources for it now, according to a new poll for the Local Government Association (LGA).

The survey of more than 600 councillors showed that 91 per cent agreed with the statement, coming after the devastating coronavirus pandemic which has made pre-existing pressures on the system and their consequences for people who draw on care and support much worse.  

Although the survey was done in June, it is still very relevant given the recent proposals for social care provision.

The LGA supported the survey, which was run by Survation for Social Care Future (SCF) – a movement campaigning to bring about major, positive change in what social care does, how it works and how it is understood by the public.  

The LGA, which represents councils, said the results are another stark reminder of the urgent need for long-awaited proposals on the future of social care and how we fund it.

Ninety-four per cent of councillors agreed with SCF’s vision that the purpose of social care is to ensure that we can all ‘live in the place we call home, be with the people and things that we love, in communities where we care about and support each other, doing the things that matter to us.’  These findings build on SCF’s earlier survey which showed strong public support for this vision of social care. 

Any long-term solution must therefore secure greater preventive investment in social care, allowing people to live their own lives independently in their own homes and communities, alongside long-term funding to tackle key issues facing social care – beyond just protecting people from selling their homes to pay for care.  This should include action on unmet need, support for social care providers and new models of care, and greater support for unpaid carers.

Doing so also requires urgent action to begin building a workforce fit for the future, including action on pay, training and development, career progression, and professional recognition.  This will help develop the skills and future workforce needs of those who need social care and support.

Other results from the survey showed councillors almost all (95 per cent) recognised the important role of councils in supporting and working alongside local communities to ensure people have the support they need to live good lives.

Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: 

“Social care has been on the frontline throughout the pandemic and there has never been a more crucial time to find a long-term solution to how we support all those who draw upon and work in these vital services.

“As this survey proves, local councillors across the country and of all political parties are overwhelmingly in favour of social care being a major priority for the Government along with the funding needed to not just get through the pandemic, but to build back better from it.

“Millions of people who draw upon or work in social care deserve to know that their and their families’ future is secure, after all they have experienced over the past 15 months. …………..

“The work of Social Care Future (SCF) over the last two years has been an important contribution to the debate about the kind of social care system we want and need, focusing on what people who themselves draw on social care need for them to live their best lives, which should be at the heart of any future reforms.”

Notes

Social Care Future’s vision is that we should draw together the support we, or those close to us, need if we have a health condition or disability during our lives, that we can draw upon to live our lives the way we want to, with meaning, purpose and a sense of belonging, no matter our age or stage of life.  It was developed with the involvement of people that draw on and work in the field of social care and thorough extensive public audience research: How to build public support to transform social care – summary of public audience research 

The survey comes as Social Care Future also published the results of its own inquiry setting out five key changes which are needed to bring about a more positive future of care and support:

 Communities where everyone belongs;
 Living in the place we call home;
 Leading the lives we want to live;
 More resources, better used;
 Sharing power as equals.

Has your energy provider gone bust?

Don’t worry, your gas and electricity supply will continue regardless of what happens to your supplier because the Ofice of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) will arrange for a new supplier to take over your account.

The new supplier will contact you to tell you they’ve taken over your energy supply.  This may take a few weeks.

It’s worth keeping and or downloading copies of your latest energy bills and take photos of your latest meter readings for reference. 

If you were in debt with a supplier who has gone bust you will still have to repay this debt.  If you were in credit with this supplier you should get a refund. 

You can find out more on Ofgem’s website: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/

Energy charges to soar

The End Fuel Poverty Coalition is asking people to sign their petition protesting at this week’s huge rise in energy prices.

The petition is in response to the organisation that decides the maximum amount we can be charged for energy (called Ofgem) having agreed to our being charged a lot more from 1 October.

Fazilet Hadi, the Head of Policy at Disability Rights UK, said: “Many Disabled people live with money worries day after day, year after year, and this has worsened during the pandemic.”  

The removal of the Universal Credit weekly uplift (the £20 increase in UC during the pandemic) plus increasing food and petrol prices, and the high rise in energy costs will force many more Disabled people and their families into even greater levels of poverty.

Fazilet’s advice is: “Please sign the petition and increase the pressure on Ministers to act.”

Doctors bring legal action against Government over their handling of the Coronavirus crisis in care homes

A doctor of virology is taking the government, Public Health England and NHS England to court about the way they handled Covid in care homes.

Virology = study of viruses.

Dr Cathy Gardner and Fay Harris both lost their fathers (who lived in a residential home) to the virus during the pandemic.

Their lawyers will argue that the government failed to protect care home residents from the three main ways people catch Covid: infection from other residents, visitors from outside the home, and care home staff.

Dr Gardner said: “It is very clear, whatever Matt Hancock may have said, the ……….[residents of care homes weren’t properly protected from catching Covid].  He knew they were the most at risk and yet he issued a policy that exposed them to the risk of losing their lives.  Many did.  My father did.”

Matt Hancock = The Health Minister in 2020.

Over 20,000 care home residents, including Disabled people, died from Covid between March and June 2020.

The doctors’ lawyer (Barrister Coppel QC) told the High Court: “This claim is a legal challenge to the government’s failure to protect care home residents and to the key policies and decisions which led to the shocking death toll.  The most notorious of these policies is that of mass discharge of around 25,000 elderly and/or disabled patients from NHS hospitals into care homes…  That policy has been described by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee as “reckless and negligent” and “appalling”.”

Bristol Disability Equality Commission – Commissioner Voluntary Post

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The new Bristol Disability Equality Commission, launched in September 2020 by Deputy Mayor Asher Craig, is looking for Commissioners.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Disabled person, with a strong personal interest in Disability as an equality and human rights issue.

The Commission was set up to identify the barriers faced by Disabled people in the city, and on the back of the negative impact COVID is having on Disabled people.  It was recently announced that Alun Davies will be its Chair.

The Commission will lead the work of including Disability Equality in every part of Bristol to improve the lives and opportunities of all Disabled people. 

Membership will include individual Disabled people, Disabled people-led organisations and groups working with Disabled people, as long as their representative is a Disabled person.

The role involves you knowing the city’s diverse community, being aware of at least one area or issue impacting Disabled people, being able to work as part of a team, being a voice for the group and making sure that the work of the team reflects all Disabled people in Bristol.  This includes all impairments and backgrounds.

Applications from Disabled people from all backgrounds are welcome, but the Council encourages Disabled people who are currently under-represented in this type of work to apply. 

The role is voluntary and you will be able to claim expenses.  The amount of time needed for the job is expected to be 2-3 days per month.  Support will be given to those in the role through training and mentoring.

Application Process:

Please submit a personal statement of no more than 1,500 words setting out what you could bring to the role and how you meet all the essential criteria to General.BDEC@gmail.com by midnight on Tuesday 23rd November 2021.

The personal statement can be submitted in any accessible format – for example, by email, letter, or video.  Please include your address, a telephone number and email address.

The application documents, including Role Description and Person Specification, Equalities Monitoring Form and Sensitive Interests Form, can be downloaded here: https://bit.ly/3FiqBBq  

If you’d like further information, would like the forms posted to you or need the paperwork in a different format contact: General.BDEC@gmail.com or call 0117 922 3114. Formats include Easy Read, audio CD, braille, British Sign Language or large print or accessible PDF.

Those who need the documents in a different format will get a deadline extension.

NEW EXTENDED Closing date: Midnight on Tuesday 30th November.

Shortlisting: Week commencing 6th December 2021

Interview date: Weeks commencing 13th and 20th December 2021