Monkeypox is a rare infection that’s mainly found in parts of west or central Africa. There have been some recent cases in the UK, but the risk of catching it is low.

It is usually caught rom infected rodents (such as rats, mice and squirrels). But, it can spread from person to person through:

a) touching clothing, bedding or towels used by someone with the monkeypox rash,

b) touching monkeypox skin blisters or scabs (including during sex), or

c) the coughs or sneezes of a person with the monkeypox rash.

Monkeypox usually takes between 5 and 21 days for the first symptoms to appear. The main symptom is a rash but there are others. But, it is usually mild and most people recover within a few weeks without treatment.

Though anyone can get monkeypox, you’re unlikely to have it if:

1) you have not been in close contact (such as touching their skin or sharing bedding) with someone who has monkeypox or has monkeypox symptoms, or

2) you have not recently travelled to west or central Africa.

For more information about monkeypox, visit the NHS website:

Coronavirus News 30th May 2022

Current Data

The latest available data from Bristol City Council is that 1 in 47 Bristol residents are estimated to have had COVID-19 in the last week, this is 2.1% of people in the city.  26 patients are in hospital with COVID-19 and 9 people have died from it.

In terms of getting vaccinated, 80% of people aged sixteen and over in Bristol have had their first dose, 76% have had a second dose and 61% have had a booster or third dose.

Vaccines still available for 5-11 year old’s

The COVID-19 vaccine is still available for 5–11-year-old’s in Bristol.

Parents of all children aged 5 to 11 years can have their child vaccinated, and it is particularly important for children who have health conditions that put them at high risk from COVID-19.  This includes children who are clinically extremely vulnerable, severely immunosuppressed or a household contact of someone who is severely immunosuppressed.

[Note: immunosuppressed = can’t fight off infections and illnesses as well as other people.  This is usually either because of a health condition, or because of the medicines they are taking]

Children are given the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for both doses and children aged 5 to 11 will be given smaller doses than older children and adults (a third of the normal dose).

The vaccine should give your child long lasting protection against serious complications of infection, including any future waves of COVID-19, due to new variants.

If your child has not yet received their vaccine, please book an appointment at a local clinic, or find your nearest walk-in clinic.

Further information about vaccinations and all local walk-in clinics are available on

Long Covid

For some people, COVID-19 can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain or dizziness, after having COVID-19, you may be suffering from “Long COVID”.

If you are worried about symptoms four or more weeks after having COVID-19, contact your GP for advice.

More information about Long COVID can be found at

Paid Opportunity: Become an Independent Living Payments Advisor at The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL)

The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL) are seeking a new Independent Living Payments Advisor on a full time (37.5 hours a week) permanent contract.

Everyone wants to make a difference, right?  But how many of us can actually say that our work has a positive impact on the lives of other people, day in, day out?   This is an exciting opportunity to work with WECIL’s biggest team and to work with local authorities to change the way they do Direct Payments and to be involved with the piloting of the Individual Service Fund project. 

WECIL are looking for a self-motivated and passionate individual, someone with strong personal values and a desire to make a difference to people’s lives for the better.  Experience working in Social Care is an advantage, but not essential.   The role offers incredible job satisfaction, flexible working, excellent holiday entitlement and opportunities to develop as part of a systems thinking team.  

This role is open to all however, WECIL is taking positive action to recruit someone from the Black and Asian community. If you have a lived experience of disability and receive, or has received a Direct Payment or has a family member who receives a Direct Payment we are particularly interested in hearing from you.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter (which should include reasons why you are interested in this role) to:

Please contact our Admin Supervisor to discuss any access needs by emailing: or Telephone 0117 9479911 and choose option 2.

New Extended Closing date for applications: Sunday 19th June 2022

Expected interview: Week commencing 20th June 2022

For more information, the job description, application form and WECIL’s charter, visit:

Community Health clinics in Inner City Bristol and East Bristol from Caffi Health

Caffi Health are running Community Health Clinics at St Paul’s Learning Centre, St Nicholas of Tolentino Church and The Wellspring Settlement.

At the clinics, you can talk to health experts about your mental wellbeing, diet or heart health, and drop into the clinics for blood pressure, BMI and CO2 checks or to get support and referrals. You can also get vaccine advice and get your vaccinations at the clinics. There is no appointment needed to attend.

Dates and times for each clinic can be found on the second poster graphic above or in text form below.

St Paul’s Learning Centre

17th June 11am to 4.30pm

8th July 11am to 4.30pm

25th July 11am to 4.30pm

19th August 11am to 4.30pm

9th September 11am to 4.30pm

26th September 11am to 4.30pm

St Nicholas of Tolentino Church

15th July 11am to 4.30pm

5th August 11am to 4.30pm

26th August 11am to 4.30pm

16th September 11am to 4.30pm

7th October 11am to 4.30pm

The Wellspring Settlement

29th June 11am to 4.30pm

20th July 11am to 4.30pm

10th August 11am to 4.30pm

31st August 11am to 4.30pm

22nd September 11am to 4.30pm

12th October 11am to 4.30pm

New Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic from NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestshire CCG Starting Next Week

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NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestshire CCG have a new Covid-19 vaccination walk-in clinic location starting next week.

The Coniston Community Centre is hosting Covid-19 vaccination clinics for everyone aged 5 and over.

People can come along to have any of the Covid-19 vaccinations they are entitled to, or even to speak with someone if they have questions about being vaccinated. They’ll be using the Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine.

Monday 30 May: 12pm – 6pm

Monday 13 June: 12pm – 6pm

Monday 27 June: 12pm – 6pm

For more information about what vaccinations people are entitled to and all the vaccination options in our area, visit

Upcoming rail improvement works from Great Western Railway (GWR)

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Great Western Railway (GWR) have informed us of upcoming rail improvement works to Bristol Parkway and the Severn Tunnel which will affect train travel.

On Sundays 12th, 19th and 26th June no trains can call at Bristol Parkway. Services between London and South Wales will run on a diverted route and journey times will be extended. Trains will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway. Buses will also replace trains between Gloucester and Bristol Temple Meads

Between Friday 1st July and Saturday 10th July, and also on Sunday 17th July and until midday on Sunday 14th August, no trains can run through the Severn Tunnel. Trains between London and South Wales will run on a diversion and journey times will be longer, and they won’t be stopping at Bristol Parkway.

On the weekdays affected, some services will run between London and Bristol Parkway at peak hours. Services between Cardiff and Taunton/Portsmouth Harbour will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway respectively. Buses will replace trains between Bristol Parkway and Newport, and on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July also between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads.

More information on the above can be found at    

Journey planners are being updated and GWR will make customers aware through traditional and social media, as well as announcements both on board trains and at stations, and station posters too. 

Paid Opportunity: Become the new Engagement and Volunteer Manager at The Pituitary Foundation!

Logo for the Pituitary Foundation. Blue and orange text on a white background with the dot of the letter i having a swirl coming out of it. The text reads "The Pituitary Foundation".

The Pituitary Foundation is the leading charity in the UK dedicated to supporting pituitary patients. They provide support to people affected by conditions of the pituitary gland.
We run Local Support Groups, have two helplines, online and print resources and a growing programme of events. 

They are seeking an Engagement and Volunteer Manager. This is a newly created and hugely rewarding role which will sit at the heart of their work.  You will support volunteers, patients and healthcare professionals to engage with our work bringing about meaningful change for pituitary patients in the UK.

You will support existing, and recruit a diverse cohort of volunteers to lead local support groups and fundraising initiatives across the UK.  Alongside this you will develop a programme of events and campaigns (digital / physical) to engage patients and healthcare professionals ensuring the Foundation’s resource and support reaches as many people as possible. 

It is an exciting time to join the Foundation with a new strategy and ambitious plans to change the lives of pituitary patients nationwide.  They are in a confident financial position and have a supportive, friendly staff team in their Bristol office.  This is a role that you can put your own mark on.

The Foundation welcomes applicants with a range of background experience. They especially welcome applicants who are under-represented within the charity sector and want to build a team with a diverse range of perspectives, backgrounds and skills. They know that in diversity is strength and we look forward to hearing from all interested applicants.

For more information and how to apply visit:

Deadline for applications Sunday 26 June 2022

Disability employment gap persists despite new statistics

(News first reported by Disability News Service on 19th May and Disability Rights UK‘s E-Newsletter 19th May.)

The government has announced that over one million more Disabled people are in employment compared to five years ago.

The minister for Disabled people, Chloe Smith, had described the figure as an “important milestone” which showed the government’s “commitment to supporting Disabled people to lead independent lives and reach their full potential”.

She said this delivered on a Conservative manifesto commitment to see one million more disabled people in work between 2017 and 2027.

The Office for National Statistics figures, released on Tuesday 17 May, do show there were about 4.8 million Disabled people in employment in the UK in the first quarter of 2022, compared with about 3.5 million in the first quarter of 2017.

But analysis of the new figures by Professor Vicki Wass, from Cardiff Business School, a member of the Disability@Work group of researchers, has shown that the disadvantage faced by Disabled people in the jobs market has not reduced since 2017.

Kim Hoque from Disability@Work said: “While Ministers may consider reaching their goal of getting an additional one million Disabled people into work as worthy of celebration, this needs to be kept in perspective, given the DWP’s own analysis shows that while the number of Disabled people in work has increased, so has the number of non-disabled people. As such, Disabled people’s employment prospects, in relative terms, have not improved. Reflecting this, the disability employment gap, which indicates the difference in the percentage of Disabled and non-disabled working of age people who are in work, is no smaller now than it was in mid-2019.”

Paid Opportunity: Become a Support Worker with the People’s Voice Team from Bristol City Council

It is important for all Disabled people to have a voice.  But sometimes people get left out because they cannot understand what is going on.

Bristol City Council wants everyone to have a voice.  But there is no ‘People First’ group in Bristol right now.

The People’s Voice Team will find out what kind of group people want.  They will help to make it happen.

The People’s Voice Team are recruiting project workers who will be people with a learning difficulty.

The job is at least till 31 December 2022.

You will be paid £15 per hour. That is £180 each week.

You will work 12 hours each week.

Three hours of that will be on one day each week, with the rest of the team.  Then you will have time to work with one or more of the team at separate times, and time to do your own preparation.

The job is based in Bristol. You will be working at St Paul’s Learning Centre.

Your job is to support the people with learning difficulties in the team.

To find out more about the job of research support worker in the People’s Voice Team and to apply, you can read more in the Easy Read PDF below. Please fill in the form and return it to – either in the PDF or Microsoft Word version which is attached below the PDF.

Paid Opportunity: Become Project Manager at Community Access Support Service (CASS)!

Logo for CASS. 5 Purple arrows forming a letter C shape next to purple text with purple dots inbetween the two lines of text. The text reads "community access support service".

Community Access Support Service (CASS) have an exciting opportunity to drive change in Bristol by joining the CASS team as a Project Manager.

CASS is a unique service that works with community, equality and faith groups to improve knowledge, confidence and awareness of mental health and emotional wellbeing, and improve links to services in Bristol. Find out more about what they do and their recent work here.

The work CASS does links community resilience and development, equalities, and access to mental health services – all of which are more critical than ever as we recover from the pandemic and consider ways to build a more equal world. CASS is commissioned by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, and is managed by Wellspring Settlement on behalf of the Healthy Living Consortium, a partnership of three organisations across Bristol; Wellspring Settlement in Inner and East Bristol, Knowle West Health Park in South Bristol, and Southmead Development Trust in North Bristol.

You can find out more about CASS on their website:

The CASS Project Manager will manage a team of Community Engagement Workers based at the three Healthy Living Consortium organisations, lead on the development and delivery of the project, and directly line manages the CASS Inner City and East Networker. Your responsibilities will include developing and maintaining strategic relationships with other mental health providers, partners in the statutory and VCSE sector, Public Health, Bristol City Council, and the Clinical Commissioning Group, as well as facilitating the Bristol Mental Health Equalities Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, and other strategic networks.

The deadline for applications is June 7th at midday, and interviews will be held on June 15th.

How to apply

Please contact to request a job pack, or click visit the CASS website to download the forms.