Posts by Lucy Perrott

Ways2Work Website Maintenance

We’re spending a couple of weeks performing website maintenance on the Ways2Work website. This means that our news and calendar will not be updated while the work is ongoing. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but we will be improving the speed and features of the website in the coming weeks. Thanks for your patience and we’ll be back with you soon. Lucy – Ways2Work 18/11/2020
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COURSE: English My Way – Free Pre-ESOL Course

ACH has their new English My Way class starting this Thursday, open to all women who are pre-entry (Very beginner). Free for everyone! It will be every Thursday and Friday 10-12am at Unit 1, Ashley Court, Ashley Road, Bristol, BS6 5NW. If interested, learners can just drop in, register and start the classes. 😊 Please spread the word far and wide!
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SUPPORT: Step Together Youth Project Volunteering

Step Together is a national charity that aims to transform lives through community volunteering and their young people’s project in Bristol specifically supports 16-25 year olds with complex needs. They offer flexible 1:1 support to help the young person to identify suitable voluntary roles by taking them on visits to different organisations, negotiate the right opportunity and to complete applications. They can also help the young person to prepare for interviews and attend with them, go with them to their initial volunteering sessions or induction days, and also provide ongoing emotional support throughout the volunteering placement for as long as they need. Furthermore, Step Together work directly with organisations to create bespoke volunteering roles for the young people they support to fit their interests and goals. They also have a small bursary which can cover any specific equipment they might
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VOLUN: Volunteering at University Hospitals Bristol Trust

Did you know you can volunteer at the UHB NHS Foundation Trust? You can volunteer at: Bristol Eye Hospital, South Bristol Community Hospital, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Royal Infirmary, St Michael’s Hospital, University of Bristol Dental Hospital, Central Health Clinic, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. The 30 hours+ self-development programme supports and challenges new volunteers aged 16+ and rewards them with the chance to request a reference from the team and an invitation to celebrate your success! Read all about it here or apply at the website here: http://www.uhbristol.nhs.uk/work-for-us/volunteering/
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Ways2Work Links to Attachments

The eagle-eyed of you may have noticed that here on our website all items that have been attached to emails for the mailing list are now living on our Google Drive. This is to help our website run more smoothly and also means that you can find flyers and job descriptions from past Ways2Work emails in one handy store. You can find them all (and our sign up form and privacy policy) here: Ways2Work website links. All files are being added to the May folder at the moment – We’ll add them to the monthly folder related to when the email was sent out (not necessarily when the event/course is). We like to organise the files by ‘last modified’, it makes more sense for us to do it that way than by name. I’ll try and make sure the file
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New Healthy Workplace Toolkits

Here are two new toolkits containing useful information, suggestions for things to do and where to get help plus a reminder about Thriving at Work. 1.Physical Activity, Healthy Eating and Healthier Weight: a toolkit for employers This is the latest toolkit from Business in the Community and Public Health England. It looks at the impact of physical activity, diet and weight on employee health and what employers can do to help. It includes case studies of what different businesses in different sectors have done to help improve the health of their workforces. Around a third of adults in England are damaging their health through a lack of physical activity. One in four women and one in five men in England are defined as inactive, doing less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. The cost of an unhealthy
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Free Sustainable Travel Support

Are you interested in reducing the cost of your business travel? Or would you like your organisation to travel more sustainably? The Business Engagement team at Travelwest at Bristol City Council have a number of sustainable travel opportunities for businesses based in Bristol with the aim of We have the following key offers: Grants to fund activities and infrastructure improvements that promote sustainable travel A free 6 month loan of an electric bike for your organisation to trial Opportunity to join our network of Active Travel Champions and receive a number of benefits including an Emergency Cycle Repair Kit, seasonal promotional materials to distribute to your colleagues, and bicycle maintenance sessions for your business Opportunity to host a free travel roadshow, where our knowledgeable team of Travel Assistants can talk to your staff about different modes of transport and route
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Free Thermal Surveys of Homes – The CHEESE Project

The C.H.E.E.S.E Project  (Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts) can offer a free service to low income householders in Bristol this winter. As a not-for-profit local community NGO we have funding to carry out thermal surveys, using our unique low-cost system, for free, for low income homes. This will be of particular interest to the fuel-poor. By showing precisely where energy is escaping (and a third of it goes in draughts) we allow low-cost and cost-effective remedial action to be taken. These surveys are likely to be of interest to any organisation that is working with those in bad housing, because we provide visual evidence of the problems – that can be shown to landlords. For more information please see our website www.cheeseproject.co.uk or our flyer: CHEESE-flyer-phase3-v4  
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Mental Health at Work Resources

As you know, in 2018 we are prioritising mental health as the key issue for businesses and organisations to address. Time to Talk is an annual event organised by Time to Change which takes place on 1 February. This is an ideal opportunity to start conversations in your workplace about mental health issues. Here’s a link to the Time to Change website where you can find more information and free resources: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day-2018. Some of you will already be planning events which encourage staff and managers to discuss their experiences of how mental health affects the workplace. I am sending links which relate to that in case any of you missed the information due to the holidays. It includes the offer of workshops from our colleagues at the Mental Health and Employment Service, Wesport and alcohol awareness sessions. There are excellent free
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Employment Advice Line for Disabled People

If you or anyone you know is disabled and would like employment-related advice, WECIL’s phone line is up and running! WECIL’s specialist advisors provide employment related advice across the following areas:   Handling the ‘disclosure’ of an impairment with an existing or potential employers Signposting to useful services and opportunities Information on Access to Work and how the fund can support you in your employment and your employer to make the correct adjustments Advice about any potential issues that are arising in the work place and where to go for help Advice on ‘in work’ benefits We are the central referral point on the WoEW project, if you would like help getting into work please contact us in the first instance and we will refer you to the relevant organisation The advice line is open from Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm. To get in touch, call us on
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