Coronavirus Testing and Vaccinations Update

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Rapid Testing Van Schedule for Week of 9th August

Bristol City Council’s Public Health Department are running mobile testing vans that are in various locations. See below for information on where and when.

Morning slots (9am to 12 midday):

Tuesday 10 August Tesco, Brislington, BS4 5AY
Tuesday 10 August Wellspring Shops, Beam Street, BS5 9QY
Wednesday 11 August Withywood Centre, BS13 8AQ
Wednesday 11 August Easton Leisure Centre, BS5 0SW
Thursday 12 August Morrisons Harcliffe, BS13 0BE
Thursday 12 August Lockleaze Hub, BS7 9FB
Friday 13 August Tesco Eastville, BS5 6XU
Friday 13 August Greenway Centre, BS10 5PY
Saturday 14 August Broadwalk Shops, BS4 2QU
Saturday 14 August St Weburghs Community Centre, BS2 9TJ

Afternoon slots (2pm to 5pm):

Tuesday 10 August Stockwood Shops, BS14 8PL
Tuesday 10 August St Pauls Learning Centre, BS2 8XJ
Wednesday 11 August Filwood Broadway shops, BS4 1JN
Wednesday 11 August Easttrees Medical Practice, BS5 6SA
Thursday 12 August Asda Whitchurch, BS14 0ST
Thursday 12 August St Peter’s Church, Lawrence Weston, BS11 0QE
Friday 13 August St George Park, Chalk Road Car Park, BS5 9AA
Friday 13 August Southmead Library, BS10 6AS
Saturday 14 August Tesco, Brislington, BS4 5AY
Saturday 14 August Horfield Leisure Centre, BS7 0XW

Sunday slots:

Sunday 15 August, 10am to 4pm at

Imperial Retail Park, BS13 7TJ
Morrisons Fishponds, BS16 3US

New Vaccination Centre

A new vaccination walk-in centre has opened in Cabot Circus today (12 August). It’ll be running every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am – 7pm from now until Saturday 2 October.

The Pfizer vaccine will be available for people who are 17 3/4 and over for their first vaccination or their second dose if their first dose was 8 weeks ago.

Designing COVID-19 community solutions with CHAS Bristol

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CHAS Housing Advice Service, a community-led charity that provides free legal advice to those facing housing or homelessness issues in Bristol, want to hear from Bristol’s Disabled community about working together and the impacts on local communities from Covid-19.

“We know that this year has been a difficult year for everyone. A lot of us have felt less safe in our homes. Money, jobs and food have at times been limited, debts may have risen, increased isolation may have left us feeling lonely and some of us may have experienced abuse or discrimination in or around our homes.

That’s why we’re keen to reach out to Bristol’s Disabled community to understand the issues COVID-19 has presented, to understand what the emerging community needs are and explore how CHAS Bristol could work closer with Disabled groups to create a stronger future through working together.” (Pieter Roden – Project Coordinator and Administrator)

They have sent us a brief 5-minute survey where you can tell them about your experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the issues that have been faced.

You can find the online survey here: https://forms.gle/9hMazcaHmZyFHv6h8

An Easy-Read version can also be downloaded at the link below. If you need any assistance with either survey or want it in any other format, you can find contact details here.

Help CoProduce Care and Manor Community to get the voices of people with Learning Disabilities, Autism and Mental Health be more represented in Social Care

CoProduce Care CIC and Manor Community are looking for the views of anyone in the West of England accessing care due to Learning Disabilities, Autism, Mental Health and any other complex need affecting capacity.

By answering some short, anonymous and completely sensitive questions you can help them tell councils what you want to see change in care services. If you would like someone to help you fill out the survey, this is absolutely fine and they have hard copies and easy-read versions ready too. There are no wrong answers and they are more than happy to chat about anything to do with our research!

All the information can be found here: https://www.coproducecare.com/the-health-foundation-data-project

The online survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KL6SL9F

If you would rather complete the survey on paper CoProduce Care have Easy Read and translated versions available, or you can tell them your answers over the phone, just get in touch at: hi@coproducecare.com

Coronavirus Testing Sites and Mobile Vans

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Up to one in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Lateral flow (rapid) tests help us identify people who do not have symptoms and are highly infectious.

Rapid tests are available to everyone in Bristol through:

Bristol Rapid Testing Centre, Wellington Road just off the M32 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm with last entry to the site at 6.20pm. Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 1pm with last entry to the site at 12.20pm

Local pharmacies

Your school or college

Order online at GOV.UK

Some local sports venues and leisure centres

The new mobile testing unit at St Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Bishopsworth. This testing site is operating on an appointment-only basis and is open Monday to Saturday, from 9am until 3pm.

Bristol City Council’s Public Health Department are running mobile testing vans that are in various locations. See below for information on where and when.

Morning slots (9am to 12 midday):

Tuesday 10 August Tesco, Brislington, BS4 5AY
Tuesday 10 August Wellspring Shops, Beam Street, BS5 9QY
Wednesday 11 August Withywood Centre, BS13 8AQ
Wednesday 11 August Easton Leisure Centre, BS5 0SW
Thursday 12 August Morrisons Harcliffe, BS13 0BE
Thursday 12 August Lockleaze Hub, BS7 9FB
Friday 13 August Tesco Eastville, BS5 6XU
Friday 13 August Greenway Centre, BS10 5PY
Saturday 14 August Broadwalk Shops, BS4 2QU
Saturday 14 August St Weburghs Community Centre, BS2 9TJ

Afternoon slots (2pm to 5pm):

Tuesday 10 August Stockwood Shops, BS14 8PL
Tuesday 10 August St Pauls Learning Centre, BS2 8XJ
Wednesday 11 August Filwood Broadway shops, BS4 1JN
Wednesday 11 August Easttrees Medical Practice, BS5 6SA
Thursday 12 August Asda Whitchurch, BS14 0ST
Thursday 12 August St Peter’s Church, Lawrence Weston, BS11 0QE
Friday 13 August St George Park, Chalk Road Car Park, BS5 9AA
Friday 13 August Southmead Library, BS10 6AS
Saturday 14 August Tesco, Brislington, BS4 5AY
Saturday 14 August Horfield Leisure Centre, BS7 0XW

Sunday slots:

Sunday 15 August, 10am to 4pm at

Imperial Retail Park, BS13 7TJ
Morrisons Fishponds, BS16 3US

For more information, go to: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/coronavirus/guide-to-rapid-testing

Public Consultation on Improving stroke care in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

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Stroke services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire could be set to change as part of a consultation on proposed improvements.

Strokes can affect anyone at any age at any time.  It is a life threatening condition and the fourth biggest killer in the UK. 1 in 8 people who have a stroke die within a month. 1 in 4 die within a year.

The Proposals – put together by senior medical experts, staff and stroke survivors – include the creation of a Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit at Southmead Hospital providing specialist emergency stroke treatment for everyone in the area.

Changes to ongoing hospital care are included, with the preferred option for a single specialist stroke unit at Southmead Hospital, although the option of an additional smaller unit at the Bristol Royal Infirmary has also been put forward.

Two inpatient stroke rehab units are also being put forward – one on the Weston General Hospital site, and a second in either Bristol or South Gloucestershire.

A public consultation on the proposals will be running until 3 September.

To find out more about the proposals and have your say, visit bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/stroke-services/

Information on Hospital Care for Young People with a Learning Disability from Mencap

Mencap have begun a new campaign, called ‘Treat Me Well’, into hospital care for young people with a Learning Disability and the move from children’s services to adult services.

Moving from children’s services to adult services is called transition. Adult services are different from children’s services and you may have more choices on the care you receive and the decisions that you are able to make.

Mencap have produced a short film with Bradford People First that shows the differences you can expect in hospital as a young adult. It is aimed at young people with a learning disability and can be shared with family, friends, carers and hospital staff.

For more information on Mencap’s Treat Me Well campaign, go to: https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-mencap/treat-me-well/hospital-care-young-people-learning-disability?utm_campaign=1851046_Campaigners%20Transitions%20140721&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dotmailer&dm_i=4P14,13O9Y,2XI977,50REF,1

You can also access an Easy Read PDF document below.

Research into social workers’ communication with D/deaf or Disabled service users from Shaping Our Lives

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Are you D/deaf or Disabled with an impairment or long-term health condition?

Have you been given any support by a social worker in the last 2 years (for yourself, not as a carer)?

Are you 18 or over?

If you can answer ‘Yes’ to all these questions then you fit the bill for a study being led by Shaping Our Lives, King’s College London and the British Association of Social Workers.

The study will explore how adult social workers use (or do not use) digital technologies when communicating with and supporting Disabled people. By digital technologies we mean things like emails, phone calls, texts, WhatsApp or Zoom calls. They want to understand the pros and cons in the use of digital technologies for different people and for different tasks and we would like to hear your experiences.

You will be given a choice about how you want to take part. It could be an interview by phone or via Zoom, or face-to-face (Covid allowing). Or you could opt to engage in an email conversation with a researcher. The researchers on this study are Disabled lay researchers. The researcher team will use the findings from this study to provide information and guidance for social workers and D/deaf and Disabled people, which they hope will improve people’s experience.

In recognition of your time, they will give a £25 voucher to people who take part.

If you might be interested or would like to ask any questions please contact the researcher, Sophie on 0207 848 3033 or Sophie.Sarre@kcl.ac.uk

Bristol Disability Equality Forum’s Outreach Project Coordinator Dan featured in the Global Goals #Bristol17 Campaign!

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Our Outreach Project Coordinator Dan was nominated by the Forum as a Herowho has been and still is doing great work in Health and Wellbeing.

This is one of the seventeen Global Goals, created by world leaders and the United Nations (UN) back in 2015 to work together to build a better future for everyone.  The campaign Is being done in the run up to the UN’s Climate Change Conference in November.

We nominated Dan because as soon as the first lockdown started he began running the peer support sessions online every day of the week.  He was even running them on weekends and when on holiday!  In addition, he also goes ‘above and beyond’ is supporting peer support group members outside of peer support meetings – even going round to someone’s house to check they are OK.

To watch the video where Dan is interviewed and read about how we as the Forum are involved, go to: https://globalgoalscentre.org/project/ensuring-the-wellbeing-and-rights-of-disabled-people-across-bristol/

You can find out more about the Global Goals Centre at: https://globalgoalscentre.org/tag/bristol-17/

Survey on Setting up a Domestic Abuse Survivor Forum

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We’ve been asked by Sophie Pritchard from Next Link, a Bristol based support service organisation for domestic absue and mental health, to get input from Disabled people to help with the development of their new forum.

The new forum will help shape domestic abuse services in Bristol and it’s really important that they hear from Disabled people about their needs and experiences.

Next Link have an initial survey to get input on how they can set up the forum in a way that is as accessible as possible and an Expression of Interest Form.  Both can be found at the links below or you can contact Sophie if you need the survey and form in another format.  

Sophie’s email is sophie.pritchard@nextlinkhousing.co.uk and her office number is 0117 925 0680.  The deadline for both is 13 August.

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LKLS7MY

Expression of Interest form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RJtBvCrVe0V8Xr-R6tvWJBOkbZ_IGDecOF6RdxuLhd4/edit

Inquiry into Challenging Decisions about Adult Social Care from the Equality and Human Rights Commission

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In a new inquiry, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) are studying how older and Disabled adults and unpaid carers can challenge local council decisions about their social care or support in England and Wales.

Decisions about people’s access to social care or support – such as someone’s right to it and what kind of care or support they can access – can really affect the self-respect and inclusion of many Disabled and older adults, as well as unpaid carers. It is vital that someone can easily challenge a decision if they feel it leaves them without the right support.

Looking at England and Wales, EHRC will examine people’s experiences of challenging decisions made by their local councils about social care for older and Disabled people or support for unpaid carers. They will consider if these decisions can be meaningfully challenged if they fall short, and if the current ways to do so are accessible and effective, including whether high quality support is available.

To find out more information about the inquiry, go to: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/inquiries-and-investigations/inquiry-challenging-decisions-about-adult-social-care?utm_source=e-shot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Socialcareinquirylaunchemail

Survey for those Accessing Social Care

EHRC have launched a survey to kick-start the inquiry’s evidence collection. They want to hear from adults in England and Wales who are accessing or have tried to access social care or support, including unpaid carers accessing support for their caring role. The survey asks some questions about the impact of decisions made by local councils about people’s access to social care or support, and experiences of challenging decisions. It will be open until 15 September.

To fill out the survey, go to: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/C5MBWX/?utm_source=e-shot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Socialcareinquirylaunchemail

You can find the British Sign Language (BSL) version of the survey at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMifx8Guw18

You can find the Easy Read Version by clicking the download button below.