Archives for Coronavirus

Covid-19: national restrictions from 5 November

Over the weekend the Prime Minister announced tougher national restrictions in England.From Thursday 5 November, everyone must stay at home, and may leave only for a limited set of reasons. These include: For education; For work, if you cannot work from home; For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household; For all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm; To shop for food and essentials; And to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer. Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will be closed. Click and collect services can continue and essential shops, including supermarkets, will remain open. Pubs, bars, restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery services. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, known as the furlough scheme, will remain open until December, with
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October Sessions Now Available for Enrolment

Bristol Wellbeing College – October wellbeing sessions are now available on the Live Sessions page of the Second Step website for service users to sign up for. A couple of new series that we would like to highlight for October: Anxiety Series has been created to explore different aspect of anxiety, identifying levels of anxiety, our response to it, the tools we use and how we gain a sense of empowerment and calm. The sessions below will help develop our internal resources to better manage our anxiety:      Calming the Mind & Emotions       Calming the Body      The Body’s Response Depression Series Motivation, Creativity and Hope are often difficult to find when we are feeling depressed. The below sessions explore strategies, tools and techniques to help move us to a better feeling place and unlock our potential.      Finding Hope      Finding Motivation      Finding Creativity
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New payment for people self-isolating in highest risk areas

    Self-isolation payments to come into effect from 1 September 2020 for those in receipt of universal credit or working tax credit. People with coronavirus and their contacts are to be paid to self-isolate, the government has announced. With the Royal Society having warned that the current rate of statutory sick pay creates a financial disincentive for workers to self-isolate, and the TUC having called for the government to do more to protect the incomes of workers who are subject to local coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns, the Department of Health has announced today that: People on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 will benefit from a new payment scheme starting on Tuesday 1 September . Starting with a trial in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham to
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Support session for young digital creatives

Are you an emerging filmmaker or self-employed professional working in the film and television sector in the South West? Have you been affected by the current Covid-19 situation? It might be useful for some of your digital creatives in terms of support? Please look at the link and then contact Kate directly for the details.https://www.somersetfilm.com/calendar/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=456
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Summer at Ways2Work – Our August Update

Here at Ways2Work we’ve had a busy few months and we’re going to make up for that by having a less busy couple of months. Everyone is going to have some well-earned R&R. Most things should carry on as normal, if they don’t, please enjoy the respite you get from that and we’ll get back on track as soon as we can. You can catch up with what’s going on in a few places: ·   Ways2Work website news ·    Ways2Work website calendar ·     Ways2Work Twitter ·    Ways2Work Facebook ·   Ways2Work Google File storage (for course flyers and the like) If you’d like your information to be in any of these places, please email it to ways2work@bristol.gov.uk so we can email it to the network and then add details to any or all of the above. Recap of network meeting We had our
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Items of Interest

1. The closing date for round two of the Small Business Discretionary Grant in Bristol has been extended to midnight Sunday 19 July. Businesses in the city with 49 or fewer employees including bed and breakfasts, charities and nurseries can check if they are eligible here.  2. Restaurants and other appropriate establishments can now register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme announced by the Chancellor last week; find out how here. 3. And read more about other elements of the Chancellor’s summer statement intended to spur economic recovery from the coronavirus outbreak here, and some reactions to the statement from local business leaders here. 4. The UK Government has recently updated (9 July) its list of organisations from outside government that are offering coronavirus-related help to businesses, including free support from Enterprise Nation; more here and here. 5.Read the latest official guidance on
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Caseworker vacancy in South Bristol

Karin Smyth, MP in Bristol South, is looking for a caseworker to join her constituency team to help respond to higher levels of casework due the coronavirus pandemic. This new position is a part time, fixed term post. The successful candidate will work closely with the Senior Caseworker. The role is interesting and covers a broad range of casework. Training will be provided as needed. Hours: Part-time, 30 hours per week (days/hours negotiable) Fixed term contract:  To 31 March 2021 Salary: £20,800 for 30 hours, (£26,000 FT equivalent) per annum Deadline for applications:  5pm on Friday 24 July 2020 Application Details: please see full details at http://karinsmyth.com/news/
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Items of Interest

1. Applications for the second round of the Small Business Discretionary Grant for local businesses with 49 or fewer employees close at midnight on Sunday 12 July. Businesses are strongly encouraged to review the application form as soon as possible to ensure they can submit evidence of how a grant would support them within the deadline. 2. As we move towards recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, local authorities are required to have a COVID-19 management plan for controlling and preventing the spread of the virus. Our Outbreak Management Plan outlines measures to identify and contain local outbreaks, and protect the public’s health; read more here. 3.Bristol Food Network are inviting people to take a few minutes to complete this survey, looking at how lockdown has drawn some people towards local shops and suppliers, and what the future holds for these businesses
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Ways2Work Update

On Wednesday 24 June, Ways2Work, DWP and National Careers Service held our first virtual jobs fair. Between 2 and 3 pm over 50 employers and training organisations had contributed and shared vacancies and training opportunities. You can see the vacancies that were shared by searching on Twitter or Facebook for #WestOfEnglandJobsFair. *Did you know if you capitalise the first letter of each word in a hashtag it makes it possible for screen readers to accurately read it? (Ref: RNIB) Recap of network meeting We had our second online network meeting on Wednesday 3 June. We were lucky to have Kim from Ocado speaking about their forthcoming job opportunities in Avonmouth in a new Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) to join their existing delivery ‘spoke’. We also heard from providers speaking about their support and courses that are now available online including
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