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Learning Disability Work Week 9th – 15th November

LOCAL BRISTOL MAN SUPPORTS HIS COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC Mencap celebrates helping Richard Yendle achieve his dreams this Learning Disability Work Week (9th – 15th November 2020) With people with a learning disability and/or autism facing significant barriers to job entry, Mencap is celebrating helping local Bristol man Richard Yendle, who has a learning disability, into employment. As a keyworker working at Sainsbury’s through the COVID crisis, Richard is one of the people society has relied on to keep the country moving through the most difficult of times. Like many people with a learning disability Richard, from Bristol, tried hard to find work but faced many barriers: “I just wanted a company that would take me on and give me a paid job, so I can show what I can do.” After receiving support from Mencap, he started working at
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Ways2Work tech updates (and disruption)

Just a quick note to say that in November we’ll be changing servers for the Ways2Work website. It may cause some disruption to access and we will also be unable to update the website for a few days. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope this work will be completed in a couple of weeks’ time. This update should make the website faster for you. After this work is complete, we’ll be updating the look and content of the website to include features for new projects.
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Labour Market Statistics, IES Analysis – November 2020

IES Briefing Note Tuesday 10 November 2020 Labour Market Statistics, November 2020 Today’s figures show that the labour market continued to weaken through July to September, weighed down by the ongoing fallout from the first lockdown.  Employment fell and unemployment rose, with the latter reaching its highest since late 2016.  Lower employment has been driven both by more people leaving work, and fewer people moving (back) into it – with job separations dominating during lockdown itself, but weak hiring playing more of a role in the recovery. Redundancies reached a new peak in the three months to September, and we forecast that these will continue to rise in the next two months before falling back in the new year.  While the growth in redundancies is alarming, today’s figures have not been anywhere near as bad as they could have been. 
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Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – Get ready to claim

COVID-19 Support New Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance is now available on GOV‌.UK. To check if you’re eligible and to get ready to claim from this week, go to GOV‌.UK and search ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’. You’ll be able to apply for CJRS online from Wednesday‌‌‌ ‌11‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ ‌November – for periods from 1 ‌November. You will need to submit any claims for November by 14‌‌ ‌December. What’s new in the support available CJRS has been extended to 31 ‌March 2021 for all parts of the UK. From 1 November, the UK Government will pay 80% of employees’ usual wages for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. This will be reviewed in January. You and your employees do not need to have benefited from the scheme before to claim for periods from 1 November. Go to GOV‌‌‌‌.UK
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Business info: lockdown rules, financial support, and more

Government announces additional support for businesses As a result of the 5 November lockdown, the government has increased the economic support available to businesses. This includes the following: Furlough: Furlough has been extended until end the of March. It was initially due to be replaced by the Job Support Scheme at the start of November, but due to national lockdown, furlough will stay in place. The government will pay 80% of employees wages until the end of March, with a review in January. Mortgage holidays: Mortgage payment holidays have been extended. Borrowers who have been impacted by coronavirus and have not yet had a mortgage payment holiday will be entitled to a six month holiday, and those that have already started a mortgage payment holiday will be able to top up to six months without this being recorded in their credit
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Careers Hub Update: Still available for Face to Face appointments

The Careers Hub in The Galleries is closed until the end of lockdown, however, The Galleries shopping centre is committed to remaining open for essential services so it can reopen for one to one appointments. National Careers Service is currently compiling a list of customers who need face to face appointments. Please refer customers who: Need face-to-face, career advice appointments for clear reasons e.g. language barriers, technology issues etc. Are not in a high-risk/vulnerable category Are not in a support bubble with anyone of a high-risk/vulnerable category Who’re able to access the BS1 area of Bristol The team is open to any creative ideas to support customers that require face-to-face appointments e.g. involving training providers or delivering National Careers Service workshops to small groups. Full details of premises risk assessments can be provided, if helpful. If you have any questions
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Keeping busy over lockdown – Code Nation

Message from Dan at Code Nation: My name is Dan, I am the engagement director at Code Nation. Our courses are fully fundable with potential for full government funding for your participants. The course makeup looks like this: Develop: Coding (an intro to Software Development, building websites, blogs and games using Code) 3 Week Course, Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm Awarded a Level 2 Qualification Privately at £899, but if your customer is in receipt of benefits or earning £16k or less a year, they are likely to get the course for FREE Upon completion of the course, some of our students go on to get an Adult Apprenticeship with one of our 200+ affiliate companies. See more information on the course flyer. If you need to refer anyone over, please feel free to give me a call on 07772 568324
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Voscur Update – 6 November 2020

The Office for Civil Society has issued new guidelines on volunteering during lockdown. Bristol City Council has a range of public consultations open, including the Traffic Clean Air Zone options, the future of Jubilee Pool, and a survey to inform the Bristol Belonging Strategy for children and young people.  St Monica Trust’s Winter Support Fund is open for applications. The fund will be running for the rest of this year, with bids reviewed on a fortnightly basis.  Wessex Water has recently opened the new Wessex Water Recovery Fund to support local projects strengthening our communities during the coronavirus pandemic. The Fund is open until 4 December 2020, and applications are managed by Quartet Community Foundation. Our list of funding opportunities and emergency grants is changing all the time, with grant deadlines varying. Don’t miss out. For help and advice with your applications, please email
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Bristol Accessing Experience Behind the Scenes Course

Despite the lockdown BITC is still trying to continue to work and are supported by some great organisations with a view to helping people, who are over 50, onto the employment ladder. They have some great activities for your diaries over the coming month. Please see the Accessing Experience flyer regarding some virtual ‘behind the scenes’ for clients over 50. If you would like to refer a client onto this, please either ask them to call Claire on 07803 032167 or please send (with their permission) contact details and email address to bristolreferrals@bitc.org.uk for a call back to arrange an appointment. Feel free to give Claire a ring if you would like to discuss (available Tuesday – Friday 10:00- 14:30).
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Wheels to Work update Nov 2020

An update on a couple of things Wheels to Work related: Travelwest website and Wheels to Work referral form – The new Travelwest website is being launched today (05/11/2020). So that does mean that it could be down for parts of the day. If you are unable to make a Wheels to Work referral using the online form, please get in touch with Louise over email. Note that the URL to the online form and Wheels to Work pages shouldn’t be any different following the new website launch: https://travelwest.info/wheels-to-work-west/bristol/wheels-to-work-referral Lockdown and Wheels to Work – With the nation going in to another lockdown starting from today, here is how W2W will be affected: We will still be running our Wheels to Work offers for anyone that will be attending work opportunities, training or interviews in person, for those industries with
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