The Forum’s first coronavirus success!


We have just read that Bristol City Councilb has responded to our calls for more support to those on Direct Payments.  In particular they have set up a dedicated response for Direct Payment users, to ensure they have enough support and can access Protective Personal Equipment (packs are being made available).

Bristol City Council tells us they have also raised this nationally for advice – something else we asked them to do.


It is good to know that the Council is responding positively when we lay out what our coronavirus-related needs are. 


Let us hope they continue to do so after the government suspends the Care Act!

COVID-19 Caronavirus – Prevent it from spreading!

Corona virus – Let’s stop it taking hold here!
The World Health Organisation is asking that everyone who possibly can does the following:
👏 Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
👥 Keep a safe distance from anybody coughing or sneezing (at least 1 metre / 3 feet).
🤦‍♀️ Minimise touching your face.
🗣 Sneeze and cough into your elbow or tissue.
🏠📞 If you have symptoms, stay at home and call for medical care early.

The World Health Organisation is asking that everyone who possibly can does the following:

👏 Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.

👥 Keep a safe distance from anybody coughing or sneezing (at least 1 metre / 3 feet).

🤦‍♀️ Minimise touching your face.

🗣 Sneeze and cough into your elbow or tissue.

🏠📞 If you have symptoms, stay at home and call for medical care early.

Next steps in the COVID-19 vaccination programme

Vaccinations are now available for:

People aged 65–69

People aged 16–64 who are vulnerable because they have a range of conditions that increase their risk from COVID-19,

People recently added to the updated Shielded Patient List.

If you are aged 65–69. you can book an appointment at Ashton Gate Vaccination Centre or at one of seven local community pharmacies by visiting the national booking service or calling 119 – or you can wait to be contacted.

If you have underlying health conditions or have recently been added to the Shielding list, you will be contacted to book your vaccination appointment. Please do not contact the NHS.

For more information visit the Healthier Together website, the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Integrated Care System.

Upcoming Workshop from Self-Injury Support

Self-Injury Support are putting on a workshop.  Our understanding is that you don’t have to be self-injuring to take part.

Thursday 11th March

Time: TBC.

Focus on Black women’s wellbeing

DIY! Improve your mind, improve your health! 

15 places for black women of any age

Facilitated by: Akulah Agbami, Workshop Facilitator

http://akulahagbami.com/index.html

To book and for more information, including updates on the time slot, contact: blackartistsonthemove@gmail.com

Call for 5 individuals with visual impairments to be part of university research project – Voluntary


We are a group of 3 Masters students at the University of Bristol. We are looking to speak to individuals with visual impairments who would like to get involved in our inclusive research and design project.  

Our project aims to improve wayfinding within Bristol for individuals with visual impairments. To ensure our outcome meets the needs of our intended user, we want to gain insights into your experience of navigating and wayfinding.  

What we need from you? 

We are looking for both carers and people with visual impairments who would be willing to get involved in online interviews, sharing experiences and potentially mentally mapping out their journey. For those who enjoy their experience, further involvement in the design of the product/service is possible.  

 
What participants can gain from the experience? 

Participants will benefit from the end results of this project, which aims to improve accessibility within Bristol for the visually impaired. You will be able to offer the expertise of your experience, positively influencing the community around you.  

 
If you would like to get involved in a short interview in the coming week(s), or know anyone with an interest in this project, please contact us at:  

jh17836@bristol.ac.uk

Many thanks, 

Josh, Dylan and Tadeas 

Call for artist-activists to contribute articles and/or artwork from SHELBYxStudios

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Shelby x Studios is launching their Open Call programme! They aim to provide creatives like you with paid opportunities to create content for their monthly art and activism e-magazine. They want to make applications as easy as possible, so they just ask for a quick first proposal. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

They are committed to making the application process as accessible as possible. If you would prefer to apply in another way that is more accessible to you, please contact Grace at hello@shelbyxstudios.com

Sustrans South Network Development Team – Paid Posts

We have been working with Sustrans and they have asked if we would let Disabled people know about these roles because they are keen to have a more diverse workforce and are aware that there is nothing to beat employing people with ‘lived experience’ if they are to create inclusive design solutions. 

The team is growing and recruiting to quite a few new roles at the moment. Specifically:

·         Network Development Manager

·         Senior Technical Officer

·         Senior Network Development Manager

Network Development Manager, England South

Two year fixed term contract

London, Reading or Bristol (negotiable)

37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working

£27,528 per annum

Closing date: 9am on Monday 1 March 2021

Reference: SUS3119

About the role

Your role as Network development manager puts you at the centre of delivering our “Paths for Everyone” and “Liveable Towns and Cities” visions – helping us to create healthier places and happier people across the UK.

Using both skills you have and skills you’ll develop in the role, you will plan, develop and construct walking and cycling routes, working closely with project partners, key stakeholder and members of the public.

A truly varied role: one day you could be out on-site exploring options for a new route; the next you could be working collaboratively with team colleagues across the region to meaningfully engage with local communities; another day, writing compelling reports and feasibility studies for clients.

There will be regular travel for site visits and meeting colleagues, partners and clients across the South of England to places such as Bristol, Plymouth, Southampton, Guildford and Reading.

About you

We are looking for someone with direct or transferable experience of transport planning or design and of managing projects.

If you are passionate about health, sustainability or the environment and want to work somewhere you can make a big impact, then please apply today!

Interviews

Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 9am on Monday 1 March 2021.  Interviews will take place via MS Teams on Monday 8 March 2021.

Senior Technical Officer, South England

Two year fixed term contract

London, Reading or Bristol (negotiable)

37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working

£27,528 per annum

Closing date: 9am on Tuesday 2 March 2021

Reference: SUS3120

About the role

Our Senior Technical Officers plan, design and deliver accessible walking and cycling routes for everyone.

This role is at the centre of delivering our Paths for Everyone and Liveable Towns and Cities visions for healthier places and happier people across the UK.

Using both skills you have and the skills you’ll develop in the role, you will be supporting a small team to develop creative and innovative design solutions for walking and cycling infrastructure.

A truly varied role: one day you could be using GIS to develop engaging and insightful maps and analysis, the next you could be working collaboratively with team colleagues across the region to meaningfully engage with local communities; another day getting out on-site to explore options for a new route; the next writing compelling reports and feasibility studies for clients.

There will be regular travel for site visits and meeting colleagues, partners and clients across the South of England to places such as Southampton, Reading, Brighton and Kent.

About you

We are looking for someone with direct or transferable experience of GIS mapping, CAD or graphics software and designing for active travel in areas such as transport or spatial planning, design or engineering.

If you are passionate about health, sustainability or the environment and want to work somewhere you can make a big impact, then please get in touch.

Interviews

Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 9am on Tuesday 2 March 2021.  Interviews will take place via MS Teams during the week commencing Tuesday 9 March 2021.

Senior Network Development Manager, England South

Two year fixed term contract

London, Reading or Bristol (negotiable)

37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working

£31, 369 per annum

Closing date: 9am on Wednesday 3 March 2021

Reference: SUS3118

About the role

We now have an exciting opportunity to join our network development team.

Your role will put you at the centre of our “Paths for Everyone” and “Liveable Towns and Cities” programmes, with projects, focused on getting more people walking and cycling by improving the National Cycle Network and working with local communities, reshaping their streets and encouraging greater active travel.

Using both skills you have and skills you’ll develop in the role, you will manage a small team to plan, develop and construct walking and cycling routes; as well as leading on the delivery of walking and cycling routes yourself.

A truly varied role: one day you could be out on-site exploring options for a new route; another you could be working collaboratively with team colleagues across the region to meaningfully engage with local communities; the next you could be leading a team meeting; another day, putting the finishing touches to compelling reports and feasibility studies for clients.

There will be regular travel for site visits and meeting colleagues, partners and clients across the South of England to places such as Bristol, Plymouth, Southampton and Reading.

About you

We are looking for someone with direct or transferable experience of transport planning or design, and of managing people and projects.

If you are passionate about health, sustainability or the environment and want to work somewhere you can make a big impact, then please get in touch!

Interviews

Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 9am on Wednesday 3 March 2021.  Interviews will take place via MS Teams on Wednesday 10 March 2021.

Please go to https://www.sustrans.org.uk/job-vacancies/?location=null&jobvacancyrole=null to apply.

Last chance to take part in Bristol’s postcode Covid testing research

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Want to help ensure the new version of the Covid-19 virus found in Bristol doesn’t cause the problems we saw when the Kent version emerged? Then get down to one of the’Mobile Testing Units’ (in other words, temporary testing sites) tbefore 4pm this weekend, or pick up a home testing kit from a library and return it by 4pm this Weds, to take part.

Also, if you have picked up a home testing kit already, please do return it before 4pm on Weds.

You can drop in for a test until 4pm this Sunday, at:


a. Bristol and Bath Science Park, Dirac Crescent, Emersons Green, BS16 7FR.

b. Bristol City Council Testing Centre, 17-18 Wellington Road, BS2 9DA.

c. Imperial Retail Park, Hartcliffe Way, BS13 7TJ.

d. Shaftsbury Park, Frenchay Park Road, BS16 1LG.

e. The Imperial Sports Ground, West Town Lane, BS14 9EA.

f. Yate Common, Westerleigh Road, BS37 8RZ.


You can pick up a home testing kit from these Collect and Drop sites in Bristol, where you will be able to drop-off your completed tests until 4pm on Wednesday 24 February:
1. Fishponds Library, Robinson House, Hockey’s Lane, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 3HL.

2. Henleaze Library, 30 Northumbria Drive, Henleaze, Bristol, BS9 4HP.

3. Junction 3 Library, 138b Lower Ashley Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0FJ.

4. Whitchurch Library, 7 Oatlands Ave, Bristol, BS14 0SX.

5. Wick Road Library, Wick Road, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 4HE.

6. Marksbury Road Library, Marksbury Road, BS3 5LG.


Frequently Asked Questions –Community Surge Testing 12/02/2021

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FAQs: Additional Community ‘Surge’ Testing

ELIGIBLE POSTCODES
Which postcode sectors are being offered the extra community
testing?

BS1 3
BS2 0
BS2 8
BS2 9
BS3 5
BS4 4
BS5 0
BS5 6
BS5 7
BS6 5
BS6 6
BS8 2
BS8 3 (only within Bristol City Council boundary – check at Find your local council – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) )
BS9 4
BS14 0 (only within Bristol City Council boundary – check at Find your local council – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) )
BS14 9
BS16 1
BS16 2
BS16 3
BS16 5
BS16 6
BS16 7
BS16 9
BS37 8

I live in one of these postcode areas. Where can I get a test?


There are two options available currently. We have community surge Mobile Testing
Units and various Collect and Drop points across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
You should use them if you are aged over 16 and do not have any symptoms of
COVID-19.


Further information on the testing options and locations available is below.

We are in a nearby postcode, can we get tested?


No. Testing for people without symptoms through this route is only available to those
living or working in the specified postcode sectors. If you have symptoms, you can
book a normal test in the usual way. This can be done online at The NHS website – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or by calling 119.

Are the postcode sectors where you’ve found cases of the changed virus?


Postcode sectors announced are the areas eligible for additional testing of people
without symptoms, but this does not mean that the variant is necessarily present in
that postcode sector.

Where are the cases of the changed virus?
We will not be revealing the location of the cases of the changed virus, as it could
lead to the identification of individuals. We must all follow the national lockdown
guidance set out by Government, regardless of what type of coronavirus might be
more prevalent in the area.
By following the guidance and remembering: Hands, Face, Space we can protect
ourselves, our loved ones, and our city.

I went for a walk with a friend who lives in this postcode. Do I need to get a test as
well?
No. Only people living or working within the selected postcode areas are being
encouraged to get a test.

COLLECT AND DROP SERVICES

What is a Collect and Drop site?


We have introduced Collect and Drop sites across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
These sites are set up for people who live, or work in, the specified postcode areas,
are aged over 16 and do not have symptoms of coronavirus, to collect tests for
themselves, their family or for someone who is not able to leave the home.

Where are the sites located?


The sites for collection and drop-off in Bristol are:

Fishponds Library, Robinson House, Hockey’s Ln, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 3HL
• Henleaze Library, 30 Northumbria Dr, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4HP
• Junction 3 Library, 138b Lower Ashley Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5 0FJ
• Whitchurch Library, 7 Oatlands Ave, Bristol BS14 0SX • Wick Road Library, Wick Rd, Brislington, Bristol BS4 4HE

The sites for collection and drop-off in South Gloucestershire are:

• Emersons Green Library, Emersons Way, Emersons Green BS16 7AP
• Downend Library, Buckingham Gardens, Downend, BS16 5TW
• Staple Hill Library, Broad St, Staple Hill, BS16 5LS
• Shireway Community Centre, Shire Way, Yate BS37 8YS
• Westerleigh Village Hall, BS37 8QL
• Hambrook Cricket Club, Moorend Road, Hambrook, Winterbourne, BS16 1SJ
• Pucklechurch Community Centre, Abson Rd, Pucklechurch, BS16 9RH
(opening Sat 13 February, Sun 14 February, Mon 15 February, Tue 16
February, Sat 20 February and Sun 21 February)

What time are the Collect and Drop sites open?


The Bristol sites are open Monday to Saturday, between 10am and 4pm.
The South Gloucestershire sites are open Monday to Sunday, between 9am and
5pm. Note Pucklechurch Community Centre is not open Wednesday 17, Thursday
18 or Friday 19 February. Bristol City Council is working to establish and confirm a
Sunday service.

Do I need to book?
You do not need to book an appointment and can simply turn up. We advise that people try to
collect their kits at least half an hour before the site closes and drop them back off before the sites
close where possible. Otherwise, they can be returned within a few days.

Do I need to bring any identification with me?
No, you do not need to bring any identification. These new sites are only for people
without COVID-19 symptoms and who live or work in the designated postcode
sectors.
If you are booking a normal test because you have symptoms of COVID-19, you
should do so through the national booking system by visiting The NHS website – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or calling 119. These test sites do require identification.

Can I post the completed test in a Royal Mail postbox or through a letterbox?
No, completed test kits should be put into the sealed box provided and returned to
the location it was collected from.

Can I collect a test on behalf of someone else?
Yes. We recognise that not everyone is able to leave their home to collect a test.
The Collect and Drop sites are for people to collect tests for themselves, their family
or for someone who is not able to leave the home.

Can I collect some tests for my employees?
Yes. If your business is located within one of the postcode sectors, you can collect
tests for your employees. This will be limited to a maximum of 20 test kits per business.
For large businesses, we would encourage employees to take a test at one of the
city’s additional mobile testing units (MTUs).

Where do I take my test?
Once you collect your test, please take it home with you to complete. It’s much
safer to do this at home rather than out and about or in your car.

How do I do a self-swab?
For guidance on how to do a self-swab, watch this instructional video from the
Department of Health and Social Care: https://youtu.be/8lo6g-TYZ-c

I missed the cut off for dropping my completed test back to the site. What do I do?
We’re asking people to return their completed tests on the same day if they can. If
you are unable to return your test on the same day, we urge you to do so at the next
available time within a few days.

I can’t access a testing site or Collect and Drop site and do not have anyone who
can access it for me. What do I do?
While the majority of people who are eligible will be able to take a test through the
new community surge Mobile Testing Units or our Collect and Drop sites, other ways
for anyone not able to do this are being carefully considered by both local
authorities. Please regularly check our testing pages at Bristol City Council home page – bristol.gov.uk , South Gloucestershire Council (southglos.gov.uk) or local news outlets for new information about this.

Can I use the library services while I’m there?
Generally, the libraries will be set up specifically for this Collect and Drop surge
testing service. In Bristol, you will not be able to drop off or collect library books or
use any other library services. However, in South Gloucestershire, you can pick up
Click and Collect library items – please speak to a marshal and they will arrange for
the collection of your items.
You will not be charged for overdue items while the libraries are closed.

Do I have to register my test?

Yes. Once you’ve collected your test and taken it back to your home to complete,
please ensure you go to Register a test kit – GOV.UK (test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk) and complete the form online within 24 hours. You can scan or manually enter your
barcode when instructed. You can also ring 119 and do this over the phone.

I have lost or spoiled my testing kit. Can I have another?
Yes. Please feel free to collect another kit when you can.

COMMUNITY SURGE MOBILE TESTING UNITS (MTUs)
Where are the community surge MTUs and what are the opening times?
The Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) are at the following locations:

• Science Park, Dirac Crescent, Emersons Green, BS16 7FR
• Bristol City Council Testing Centre, 17-18 Wellington Road, BS2 9DA
• Imperial Retail Park, Hartcliffe Way, BS13 7TJ
• The Imperial Sports Ground, West Town Lane, BS14 9EA
• Yate Common, Westerleigh Road, BS37 8RZ
• Shaftsbury Park, Frenchay Park Road, BS16 1LG

All community surge MTU sites across both areas will be open from 9am to 6pm,
seven days-a-week. Please be aware that opening times may be subject to
change at short notice.

Do I need to book a slot to visit the site?
No, booking is not mandatory at this time. We’re keeping our joint surge testing
programme under constant review to ensure it is as effective, accessible, and
convenient as possible. With two additional new Mobile Testing Units (MTUS) now
set-up and several Collect and Drop services in operation within communities, we’ve
decided not to introduce the extra step of needing to book in advance for tests at
MTUs at this time. As with all elements of the programme, we will keep this under
daily review and introduce our booking system if it becomes necessary.

Do I need to wear a mask at the site?
At the test site you should wear a face covering and follow social distancing at all
times. COVID marshals will be on the site to help you and answer any questions you
may have.

Do I need to take ID/proof of address to the testing site?
Identification and proof of address is not currently required at the new testing sites.
These sites are only for people without COVID-19 symptoms and who live or work in
the listed postcode areas.
If you need to book a standard PCR test because you have symptoms of COVID-19,
you should do so through the national booking system by visiting The NHS website – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or calling 119. These test sites require identification.

Are these sites walk-in or drive-through?
All MTU sites accommodate either walk-in or drive-through testing services.

I don’t have the means to access one of these sites. What do I do?
We have now introduced Collect and Drop services in a range of locations and are
working on other local solutions. We will share more information about this as soon
as we can.

Why aren’t there more Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) closer to me?

MTUs require particular site arrangements and there are a limited number of these
available. We now have a Collect and Drop service available and are working with
our partner agencies to see if there is capacity to set up other more local
arrangements in the coming days.

GENERAL TESTING ENQUIRIES

Why weren’t full programme details available from the start of the surge testing
programme?
The Department of Health and Social Care gave councils very short notice that a
testing scheme was required, so something that would normally be planned weeks
in advanced was launched in a little over 24 hours at a weekend. Therefore
elements of the programme are being designed ‘live’, and in many cases rely on
national decisions or resources, such as the supply of Mobile Testing Units and staff,
to operate.

Because of this, details may change rapidly throughout the programme, and we
encourage everyone to keep up to date by checking our website and social media
channels.

What test will I have if I visit the site?
Standard PCR tests will be used at these testing sites. These types of tests involve a
swab of the nose and throat and are sent off to laboratories to be analysed.

Do the sites offer assisted testing?
No. You will have to take the test yourself. The test kit will contain instructions on
how to do this. You can also watch this instructional video from the Department of
Health and Social Care:
https://youtu.be/8lo6g-TYZ-c

Why aren’t you using lateral flow (rapid) tests?
PCR testing allows public health agencies to carry out an important process called
genomic sequencing. Genomic sequencing is the process of testing a sample of
the virus to map its
genetic sequence. This helps public health agencies to monitor and understand the
evolution of new COVID-19 variants and respond accordingly.

How do I register the test?
Please ensure you go to Register a test kit – GOV.UK (test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk) andcomplete the form online within 24 hours. You can scan or manually enter your
barcode when instructed. You can also ring 119 and do this over the phone.

You will need to input your test centre code which is either: ZVY (for Science Park),
ZWR (for Yate Common), ZVZ (for Wellington Road), ZWA (for Imperial Park) or ZWQ
(for Imperial Sports Ground), ZXA (for Shaftsbury Park).

How and when will people be informed of the results?
People will be informed whether they have a positive test result by text or email via
NHS Test and Trace. Most people get their result the next day, but it may take up to
three days.

How often do we have to get a test?
We are asking people aged 16 and over who live in the specific postcode areas to
take one test in this two-week period of additional testing.

Does my whole family need to get tested?
If you live in one of these postcode areas, are aged 16 and over and have no
symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage everyone to visit one of our new community
surge Mobile testing Units or Collect and Drop services.

What if I am self-isolating?
If you are self-isolating because you’ve received a positive coronavirus test result,
you must continue to follow the isolation guidance and not leave your home for any
reason.

Do you have to isolate after having one of these tests?
No. You should follow standard guidance and only self-isolate if you test positive,
have any symptoms, or are contact traced following contact with someone who
tests positive.

An existing test site for people with symptoms is closer to me. Can I go there?
No. If you do not have symptoms and live in an area which is eligible, you must use
the new sites which have been set up for this purpose. This is to help keep you safe.

I am in a support bubble with a household in the postcode area. Do I need to get a
test as well?
Those who are in a support bubble and therefore travel into these areas are eligible
for a test.

I work in one of the postcode sectors but live outside of them. Do I need to get a
test?
Essential workers travelling into these areas are also eligible for a test.

What accessibility to testing is available for disabled people?
Our Collect and Drop sites will be points where people can collect tests for those
unable to leave their homes. Collect and Drop instructions will be issued with the
testing kits, and tests must be carried out safely in the home.

For those who receive care at home through the Department of Health and Social
Care, tests will be given to care staff to administer to those they care for at home.
Care staff and support bubble members can support the completion of the test, if
appropriate hygiene measures are taken such as use of gloves and washing hands
thoroughly before and after administration.
Our community development team are also working with several disability groups in
the area to finalise how best we can make surge testing accessible to disabled
people, including the implementation of more accessible Collect and Drop sites.
Please regularly check our additional community testing pages at
Bristol City Council home page – bristol.gov.uk or South Gloucestershire Council (southglos.gov.uk) , or local news outlets for new
information about this.

Why isn’t there fast tracking for those with autism or other mental health issues that
require reduced waiting time?
The best option for those with mental health issues is to utilise the Collect and Drop
service. This way the test can be completed in the comfort of your own home, and
if you prefer not to leave the house, a household or support bubble member can
collect and drop the test on your behalf.

How can deaf users access the service?
You do not need to call on the telephone to access the tests. For information on
how to receive a test and to find out if you are eligible, please visit Community surge testing: additional COVID-19 testing for specific postcodes – bristol.gov.uk

A video in British Sign Language about the community surge testing programme will
also be available shortly. Please keep an eye on our websites for updates.

If you are already having regular lateral flow (rapid) tests for work, do you still have
to go for a PCR test?
Yes. If you do not have symptoms and live or work in one of the eligible postcode
sectors, you are strongly advised to get a PCR test as part of this community surge
testing offer. PCR testing allows public health agencies to carry out an important
process called genomic sequencing. This helps public health agencies to monitor
and understand the evolution of new COVID-19 variants and respond accordingly.

I’ve had the vaccine. Do I still need a test?
We are offering testing to everyone aged 16 or over – even if you have been
vaccinated.

Should I get a test if I tested positive for COVID-19 recently?
As the standard COVID-19 PCR test is a very sensitive test which can pick up an old
infection beyond the infectious period, please do not seek a test if you have tested
positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

I’m shielding. Do I have to visit a site to get a test?
Arrangements are currently being made for more outreach services in certain
circumstances or locations. We will share more information about this as soon as
we can.

Can the homeless access the community surge tests?
Yes. Anybody who is homeless or sleeping rough can access the community surge
tests regardless of postcode.

a. GUIDANCE
Has the stay at home guidance changed in Bristol or South Gloucestershire?
No. The guidance remains the same. Please follow the national lockdown
guidance, stay at home except for essential journeys, for example, to buy
necessities or go to work if you cannot reasonably do so from home. Remember:
Hands, Face, Space.

If you have symptoms, including a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a
loss of taste or smell, please book a test through Get a free NHS test to check if you
have coronavirus – Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by calling 119.
For testing to detect the new variant, community surge Mobile Testing Units have
been deployed in the below three areas for people without symptoms who have to
leave their house for work or essential reasons.

Should I continue to send my children to nursery (or, where eligible, school) in these
areas?
Yes, you should continue to follow the national lockdown guidance. At the
moment, schools and colleges remain open to vulnerable children and children of
key workers. Nurseries also remain open. There are no instructions for education
settings to close in areas where new variants have been identified.

Can I still go out to shop for necessities in the supermarket?
You should continue to follow the national lockdown guidance, which includes
guidance around leaving the home to shop for necessities. When you are out and
about for essential reasons, please remember: Hands, Face, Space.

Can I still access lateral flow (rapid) testing?
Yes, if you are an essential worker and you are well you can continue to access
rapid testing.

Can I access lateral flow (rapid) testing and also take a test through the community
surge testing?
Yes.



Petition Against the Survey on a National Disability Strategy

We have come together with the National Federation of the Blind UK (NFBUK) to launch a petition calling on the government to halt the Survey on a National Disability Strategy.

The survey was uploaded with only 4wks to respond, is inaccessibly long, provides inadequate space to express views, is only aimed at individuals, was released just as we entered a third lockdown, and was not properly advertised to Disabled people.

If you represent a Disabled people’s organisation (of and for) please sign the letter today (12/02/21) or the 17th at the latest, by emailing the name of the signatory, and the organisation they represent, to laura.bristoldef@gmail.com .

Read the petition.

Bristol Disability Equality Commission Chair – Voluntary Post

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Bristol Disability Equality Commission Chair – Voluntary Post

This is an exciting opportunity for a Disabled person, with a strong personal commitment to disability as an equality and human rights issue, who wants to make a real difference to the lives of other Disabled people in Bristol and can lead and build a team.

If you fit this description, then you could be the person the city is looking for to chair Bristol’s new Disability Equality Commission.

The Commission will lead the work of embedding Disability Equality in every part of the city to improve the lives and opportunities of all Disabled people. The Commissioners will include individual Disabled people, Disabled people-led organisations and groups working with Disabled people.

As Chair, you will be the leader and spokesperson for the Commission. You will have considerable experience of working at a senior level, being able to build partnerships with individuals and organisations. You will be a strategic thinker and an excellent communicator.  You will have a thorough understanding of the community of Disabled people in the city and the private, public, voluntary and community sector.

Applications from Disabled people from all backgrounds are welcome, but we particularly encourage Disabled people who also have other protected characteristics to apply who are currently under-represented in this type of role and work.  The appointment to this role will be made on merit.

Application Process:

Please submit a covering letter (1500 word limit), CV and two referees to Mayor@bristol.gov.uk by Wednesday 3rd March 2021.

In order to be shortlisted for interview you must demonstrate by practical example how you meet all of the criteria detailed in the Person Specification.

If you would like to apply for this position on a role share basis as a Co-Chair, please indicate this in your covering letter.

Please note that this role is subject to an enhanced DBS check, following safer recruitment practice we will request references if invited to interview.

Please download the application pack documents, including Role Description and Person Specification, Equalities Monitoring Form and Sensitive Interests Form on the website: https://bit.ly/3peGuj6

If you would like further information or need the application pack in a different format please contact: Mayor@bristol.gov.uk or 01179223114 specifying your contact details and the format you need, for example, audio CD, braille, British Sign Language or large print, accessible PDF.

Closing Date: Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Shortlisting: Friday 12th March 2021
Interview Date: Week commencing 15th March 2021

Best wishes

Councillor Asher Craig signature

Councillor Asher Craig

Deputy Mayor (Communities, Equalities & Public Health)

Bristol Testing for the new variant of Coronavirus – does it affect you?

Bristol Testing for the new variant of Coronavirus – does it affect you?

From today (Sunday 7 February) Bristol introduced extra community testing, also known as ‘surge’ testing, to help us learn more about the Kent COVID-19 variant that has mutated in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. 

This extra community testing will act to help reduce the spread of infection by finding asymptomatic cases and prompting people to self-isolate. The
one-off testing will use PCR tests, which are analysed in laboratories, rather than lateral flow tests (also known as rapid tests).  

This testing is available to people living in specific postcodes and is running for two weeks from today (Sunday 7 February). It is open to those aged 16 and over, who do not have any symptoms of
COVID-19.  

The testing programme includes new mobile testing units (also known as MTUs), which are sites where you can drive-through or walk-up to take a test. There will soon also be locations where people can collect and return testing kits and the delivery of testing kits to homes in certain areas. 

Freephone 0800 694 0184.
Mon – Fri, 8.30am to 5pm.
Sat – Sun, 10am to 2pm.

Email your questions to coronavirus@bristol.gov.uk

Visit the Council website for the latest information. 

Jargon-buster

Mutated = changed into something different.

Asymptomatic = infected but has no symptoms.

Together with South Gloucestershire Council – and only since Friday night when the Government confirmed it wanted Bristol City Council to launch this extra testing – its staff teams in the community and partner agencies in public health have been working really hard to get these systems set up quickly and effectively for residents.

The Mayor Rees said,
“I understand that some of you may be feeling concerned or anxious about this new testing, and I want to reassure all of you that the actions we’re taking are to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
“Today, just 36 hours after we first found out that testing was needed, over 2,000 tests were carried out across all three sites. To those who attended, I would like to thank you for responding so positively and in some cases being prepared to wait whilst we worked to meet demand.
“We are extremely grateful to everyone for playing their part in helping to prevent the spread of the virus and protect our city. The sites will be back open at 9am tomorrow morning.”
There is nothing to be worried about if you live in one of the areas were testing is happening, we should just keep on doing what we are already doing – keeping to all the national lockdown rules:
⦁ Washing our hands thoroughly and often,
⦁ Keeping at least 2 metres space between ourselves and anyone else, and
⦁ covering our face – especially our nose and mouth. 

Postcode sectors
You can get tested at the new asymptomatic testing sites if your postcode starts with: 

BS1 3

BS2 0, BS2 8, or BS2 9  

BS3 5

BS4 4
BS5 0, BS5 6, or BS5 7
 
BS6 5, or BS6 6

BS8 2, or BS8 3 (only within Bristol City Council boundary – check yours at www.gov.uk/find-local-council)  

BS9 4

BS14 9, or BS14 0 (only within Bristol City Council boundary – check yours at www.gov.uk/find-local-council)   

BS16 1, BS16 2, BS16 3, BS16 5, BS16 6, BS16 7, or BS16 9

BS37 8. 

New mobile testing units 

Who are they for? 
If you are over-16, live in one of the postcodes above, and do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, you can get a COVID-19 test at one of the new mobile test sites.

Where and when? 
Extra community testing is running from Sunday 7 February, for two weeks.

There are three new test sites: 

  1. Bristol and Bath Science Park, Dirac Crescent, Emersons Green, BS16 7FR, 9am – 4pm.
  2. Bristol City Council Testing Centre, 17-18 Wellington Road, BS2 9DA,
    9am – 3pm.
  3. Imperial Retail Park, Hartcliffe Way, BS13 7TJ – 9am – 3pm.

How? 
At the test site you should wear a face covering and follow social distancing. For now, you do not need to book or to bring ID or proof of address. 

Frequently Asked Questions 
Q. Do I need to book a slot? 
You do not need to book an appointment, although the Council may introduce a booking system soon. They will provide more details in the coming days. 

Q. Are the sites walk-in or drive-through? 
You can walk-in or drive-through at all three testing sites. 

Q. I can’t access these sites for medical reasons/because I’m shielding. What do I do? 
As not everyone can get to a test site there will be other ways for people who live in one of the areas above to get a test arranged soon.  

Q. What test will I have if I visit the site? 
Standard PCR tests will be used at these testing sites. These types of tests involve a swab of the nose and throat and are sent off to laboratories to be analysed. 
 
Q. An existing test site for people with symptoms is closer to me. Can I go there? 
No. If you do not have symptoms and live in one of the areas above, you must use the new sites which have been set up for this purpose. This is to help keep you safe.  

Q. How and when will people be informed of the results? 
NHS Test and Trace will tell people whether or not they have a positive test result by text or email. Most people get their result the next day, but it may take up to 3 days. 

Q. Do you have to isolate after having on one of these tests?  
No. You should only need to self-isolate if you test positive, have any symptoms, or are contact traced following contact with someone who tests positive.