Paid Opportunity: Become a Healthier Together Programmes Support Officer at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestshire CCG

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Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestshire CCG are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to become their new Healthier Together Programmes Support Officer.

The Programmes Support Officer will provide and coordinate administrative and secretarial services; including for example, the preparation and circulation of meeting documentation, taking appropriate follow-up action as required.  They will support the team with the management of projects, planning and reporting; gathering information and undertaking enquires as and when is necessary for the head of department, teams and the department.

To find out more information, read the job description and appl for the role, please visit: https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/917174159

Coronavirus News 27th April 2022 and World Immunisation Week

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Only 76% people in Bristol over 16 years of age have had two doses of the vaccine and just 60 per cent have had three doses.  This is very worrying for three reasons:

  1.  This has led to 180 people being in hospital because of COVID.  The more people are in hospital with COVID, the longer everyone else has to wait for treatment of other conditions that they need.
  2. The high rate of COVID in Bristol is causing a lot of operations to be postponed –operations people need – because hospital staff are catching COVID from their patients, the other customers in the shops and cafes they visit, their neighbours and family friends.
  3. Everyone who passes on their COVID infection is not only putting others at risk of needing hospital treatment, they are putting others at risk of long COVID.  Long COVID affects people of all ages, regardless of whether they are a Disabled person or a healthy, fit person.

So, help celebrate World Immunisation Week this week, by getting  yourself vaccinated, or your booster shot.  Then, remember social distancing and wear a mask in public indoor places e.g. shops, so that people you love, people you don’t know and hospital staff, don’t catch COVID from you.

Local vaccination teams run a regular vaccination clinic in the heart of Bristol, at Bristol Rapid Testing Centre, 17-18 Wellington Road, Bristol BS2 9DA.

When? – Tuesdays and Saturdays,

What time? – between 10:30am and 5:30pm,

Who can get vaccinated there? – Anyone 12-15 year olds who is getting their first and second doses, and anyone aged 16 and over for first, second and third doses, boosters and spring boosters.  If you are due to have your spring booster your doctor or the NHS will have told you that you should.

Just walk-in or book an appointment online on the National Booking System. 

For more information, visit www.grabajab.net.

If you would get vaccinated but are afraid of needles or anxious about injections, there are clinics especially for people with injection concerns or needle fear.

The clinics are at the Vaccination Centre @UWE Bristol, Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay, Bristol BS16 1QY. 

All vaccination staff are highly trained and will provide a safe space for you to talk about your fears and to have your COVID-19 vaccine.  These specialist clinics are by appointment only.

Email bnssg.massvaccination@nhs.net to book your appointment. 

You will be then contacted by a member of the vaccination team to make sure that your needs are met when you arrive.

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 

Although the laws about testing and self-isolation have gone, this does not mean that COVID-19 has gone away. 

We need to continue to do the simple things to protect our communities and the people around us.

If you feel unwell, have a temperature, or have symptoms of COVID-19 or flu, you should:


a) try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people,
b) try to arrange to work from home if you can.  If you are can’t work from home, talk to your employer about the options available to you,
c) wear a face covering if you leave the house, avoid crowded or enclosed spaces and avoid visiting people who are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

If your child is feeling unwell, has a high temperature or has symptoms of COVID-19 or flu, they should try to avoid going to school, college or childcare until they no longer have a high temperature and are well enough to return.
 
These small actions will help to protect the people around you, our communities and our city.

Further guidance about what to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 is available on the government website for people with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19.

Paid Opportunity: Become a Telephone Interviewer at Acuity!

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Acuity Research & Practice Ltd is a market research company specialising social housing research. We currently have an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic telephone interviewers to work from home.

The role will suit someone looking for flexible work that can fit around family or other commitments.

Acuity is commissioned by organisations to contact their residents and carry out customer satisfaction surveys, we do NOT carry out ‘cold’ or sales calls. For more information about Acuity please visit www.arap.co.uk. APPLY TODAY! Send your CV to: acuity@arap.co.uk

Acuity is advertising for a paid opportunity as a Telephone Interviewer. The role is full or part time, at a mininmum of sixteen hours per week. It is a fully working from home (WFH) job and pay starts at £9.50 per hour.

Acuity is a market research company. They work with organisations to contact their residents and carry out customer satisfaction surveys.  They do NOT carry out ‘cold’ or sales calls. For more information about Acuity please visit www.arap.co.uk.

Job Description

You’ll be joining a group of fantastic telephone interviewers, delivering first-class service to organisations who wish to understand their resident’s opinions and needs.

Using your own computer and internet connection you will be making Voiceover Internet Provider (VOIP) calls through your computer and conducting surveys through our online system. Full training is provided on the use of these systems as well as interviewer training.

Working on a variety of different survey topics, you will receive a full briefing on every survey you will be working on.

You will be connected (though Microsoft Teams) to the CATI manager and to the wider interviewing team for support, help and guidance; you’re never alone!

During your probation period you will be given additional support and performance reviews, with regular reviews thereafter.

Interviewers are employed on a self-employed basis, invoicing on a monthly basis. A self-employment contract will be provided for signing at the start of the work, and you will have to provide ID to prove eligibility for work in the UK.

Who are they looking for?

Experience is not essential; Acuity will provide full training and support. In order to apply for the role, you must have a computer, a good broadband connection and a headset.

Acuity are looking for applicants with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Your background is far less important than your willingness to learn a system and work well as part of their ever-expanding team. The main skills are focusing on the needs of the customer, remaining impartial yet supportive, listening to resident’s issues, capturing information succinctly and accurately and the strength of character not to take offence when residents are impolite.

Knowledge and Experience

Experience in inbound/outbound calls.

Experience using computers and Microsoft systems.

GCSE English and Maths.

Other languages (desirable).

Previous experience in market research, the social housing sector, home working and customer service roles are desirable.

Skills and Abilities

Good communication & people skills, confident telephone manner.

Fluent in written and oral English is essential.

Attention to detail.

Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.

Good typing skills.

Self-motivated, with ability to organise and plan own work.

Ability to work within deadlines.

Ability to input data accurately and maintain office data systems.

Ability to use own initiative when appropriate and refer to manager when in doubt.

Personal Behaviours and Style

An enthusiastic ‘can do’ approach.

Prepared to work flexibly – including Saturdays.

Commitment to producing high quality work.

Commitment to Acuity’s policies and procedures.

Keen to learn and be part of an expanding team.

What’s in it for you?

There are many benefits to working with Acuity, not only are we a company who has been in operation for over 20 years (previously Feedback Services) but we are a really friendly bunch. We have a wide range of interviewers from all walks of life and different backgrounds and our head office team have all been telephone interviewers at some point in our research careers. We are always on hand to help.

Apply by sending your CV by email: acuity@arap.co.uk

People’s Voice Open Day from Community Development Bristol

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Text: Are you a Disabled Person with Learning Difficulties?
Do you want to speak up and be heard?
Would you like to help get a group started in Bristol?
Then come along to the 
People’s Voice Open Day
Monday 9th May at 1.00 - 3.00
At The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG
You can find out more about the project, and you may want to apply for one of the part-time paid jobs.
There will be another open day organised so if you cannot make this date but are interested then please get in touch.

Are you a Disabled Person with Learning Difficulties? 

Do you want to speak up and be heard?

Would you like to help get a group started in Bristol?

Then come along to the People’s Voice Open Day on Monday 9th May from 1.00pm – 3.00pm at The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG.

You can find out more about the project, and you may want to apply for one of the part-time paid jobs. 

There will be another open day organised so if you cannot make this date but are interested then please get in touch.

Getting to the Station

The Station is right in the centre of Bristol, opposite the Bus Station, and on the edge of Broadmead. It is down the road from Primark.

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You can come by bus to Broadmead, and then walk across to the Station.  Or you can come by taxi. There is an NCP car park at Rupert Street just opposite.

When you arrive

This open day will be in The Classroom. When you go into reception, you can ask the receptionists how to get to The Classroom. They will either take you up or give you directions. The Classroom is on the first floor, there is a lift available, the room is fully accessible and there are accessible toilets on the same floor.

Food and Drinks

There will be light refreshments available, then we will talk more about the People’s Voice Project. 

You can find out more, or just say you’ll be coming, by contacting Megan Belcher by email: Megan.Belcher@bristol.gov.uk or phone: 07500 792628.

ARE YOU HAVING A LAUGH? Accessible Live Comedy at North St Standard, Bedminster

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ARE YOU HAVING A LAUGH?” is a fully wheelchair accessible comedy gig taking place Sunday 8th May from 7.30pm at North St Standard, Bedminster,  The gig will feature comedy from Dani JohnsEva BindemanRiki Msindo, Tom Bowell and Raul Kohli

Here is some information on each of the acts:

Dani Johns

The show’s resident MC is born and bred Bristolian Dani Johns.  Described as a “smart, clever pocket rocket of a comedian” whose “sassy delivery captivates every audience member”. Dani is an instantly likeable act with an impressive and increasing list of accolades (BBC New Comedy Award, Funny Women Stage Award, Bath Comedy Festival New Act Competition, Komedia Bath New Act of the Year Award).

Eva Bindeman

Eva Bindeman is a Bristol based, North East Comic bringing a warm, conversational sense of humour with a twist of the unexpected. She’s a regular on the pro circuit and has been described as “a strong act with a suitcase full of stories, hilarious punchlines and playful observations.” Recently seen on BBC 1 and Iplayer for the BBC New Comedy Awards 2021, Eva is a performer to look out for this year and beyond.

Riki Msindo

Riki Msindo is a comedian and podcast host from Zimbabwe now based in Bristol. He’s performed all over the Southwest and London, which means he’s got a cocktail of an accent. His chubby cheeked smile contrasts with his sharp-tongued observations, allowing Riki to be unapologetically confident. His popular comedy podcast “Oh Captain My Captain” has had incredible guests including Jimmy Carr, Joe Lycett and Russell Howard.

Tom Bowell

Introducing Tom Bowell, a fresh face on the comedy circuit who delights audiences with his
anecdotes of life as a proud Brummie living in Bristol.

Raul Kohli

Raul Kohli is an award-winning comedian and regularly performs at some of the biggest comedy clubs around the World (including The Stand Edinburgh, Laugh Canvas India, Comedyhuis Netherlands). As one of the few Asians to have grown up in the far north of England, he’s been blessed with a world view that upends ethnicity, culture and class. Combining “superb political comedy” with surreal storytelling, Raul Kohli is a recognized and sought-after name in comedy.

Tickets are £7 and doors open at 6pm on the night.  You can book your ticket from the Headfirst website here: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/#date=2022-05-08&event_id=73770.

North St Standard is an inclusive venue and have excellent wheelchair access.  The main entrance, bar area, performance area (for both acts and audience) and toilets are all wheelchair accessible.

If you have any specific accessibility requirements or questions, please feel free to contact them by telephone: 01179 639223 or email: info@northststandard.co.uk.

‘Bring back facemasks and social distancing’, says NHS leader Chris Hopson

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(Text taken from articles in national newspapers The Times April 17th and The Independent April 17th – links to both at bottom of this blog).

“How can “living with Covid” mean ignoring all precautions, at a time when the number of people in hospital with the virus has doubled in recent weeks to nearly 16,000.

One of the problems is the very high levels of staff sickness in the NHS.  Between this and the number of Covid patients, waiting lists are getting longer – even for operations that could reduce the social care costs of supporting people while they’re not being treated – and leaving others unable to leave hospital, even though they are medically fit, because they can’t get the social care and other services they need to return home. “

Living with an illness is about managing it, not ignoring it.

Link to the Telegraph article (pauwall): thetimes.co.uk/article/bring-back-facemasks-and-social-distancing-says-nhs-leader-chris-hopson-z0pkp07vd

link to the Independent article: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/chris-hopson-nhs-covid-government-nhs-providers-b2059686.html

Disability Activism in Bristol – Forging Our Futures Display Launch Event and Display

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A brand new museum display created by Bristol Disability Equality Forum and in collaboration with the MShed is to open this month.

It will showcase Disabled Bristol activists from the 1980s and 1990s through interviews and research done by Disabled young people from the city.  Photography included in the display was taken by Bristol-based photographer David Constantine.

The display, which can be viewed on the first floor of the MShed, will be available for you to look at from April 28th 2022 until October 1st 2023.

There will also be a launch event for the display April 27th from 6pm to 7.30pm at the MShed.  Numbers are limited, but tickets to attend are still available.  To book your ticket to the launch event, go to: https://pretix.eu/bristolmuseums/yyte7/

For more information about the display itself, visit MShed’s website: https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/disability-activism-in-bristol-pioneers-protests-and-progress-from-the-1980s-to-now/

Congratulations to Gordon Richardson on receiving a Honorary Degree from the University of Bristol!

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We’re delighted to share that our Co-Chair of Trustees, Gordon Richardson, has been awarded an Honorary Degree for his many decades of working to improve the lives of Disabled people by the University of Bristol.

Honorary degrees are given to very few people (one to two a year).  Gordon did his undergraduate degree in Economics and Accounting.

As well as being Co-Chair at the Forum, he is a founder of the Vassall Centre, the city’s first fully accessible workplace, Chair of Designability, Treasurer of the Bristol Walking Alliance, Bristol West Diabetes Support Network and the regional arm of the British Polio Fellowship.  He has also recently become one of the new Disability Equality Commissioners.

Gordon has worked tirelessly for the Forum since joining the Board of Trustees and we hope to work with him for many years to come – in a range of ways.