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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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Items of Interest

1. Last month’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme proved so popular that some Bristol businesses have decided to extend the initiative themselves. If your establishment has decided to do this, you can be added to the list on Visit Bristol’s website here. 2. Online ordering app Ritual and PayPal have partnered up to launch an initiative in Bristol that provides local businesses commission-free digital ordering tools to increase sales and give their customers safe ways to transact. Local businesses can get set-up at no cost and keep 100% of the profits using this first party product. Dine-in, delivery, and contactless collection are all available. Please click here to learn more. 3. Businesses/organisations which have been advised to collect customer, staff and visitor details for coronavirus test and trace purposes can access a customer logging toolkit here. 4. This year’s Bristol Coffee Festival will
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Items of Interest

This week’s Items of Interest: 1. Read a statement from Bristol’s Director of Public Health and Deputy Mayor on a small but noticeable increase in Covid-19 cases locally here. 2. Do you want to play a critical role in furthering race equality in Bristol? Become a Commissioner on Race Equality, working on a community-orientated agenda that will be a vital thread for many still experiencing the combined impact of discrimination based on race, austerity and a hostile environment. Find out more about the role here. In order to apply, please send your CV and a Cover letter to bristolcore@gmail.com; deadline for application is Thursday 27 August. 3. Bristol City Council has commissioned Nexus Planning and Aspinall Verdi to carry out a Bristol City Centre Retail & Leisure Study. They are just beginning the stakeholder engagement stage; further details and a stakeholder survey are available here
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Exciting new roles to support community-led climate action

This is an exciting opportunity to work with communities across the city and support Bristol on the journey to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The Community Coordinator will oversee and manage the day-to-day running of a multi-stakeholder project supported by the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund, working with and supporting a project group made up of representatives from 6 local communities, the local council and the Centre for Sustainable Energy. Find further details on the role and how to apply here.
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Items of Interest

This week’s Items of Interest: The Eat Out to Help Out scheme, by which you get a 50% discount when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the scheme, is open for the rest of August. This article lists a number of local independent businesses that have signed up (as at 31 July), and you can find up-to-date information on participating establishments here. As the effects of the pandemic became apparent, we launched the OutSet Micro-Business COVID-19 Support programme, designed to respond to the needs of Bristol’s small business community. Businesses with less than 10 employees are able to benefit from immediate help and support from expert advisors. The programme runs until Wednesday 19 August, so to ensure you don’t miss out, email bristolcovidresponse@outset.org or call: 0800 917 9324. As Bristol begins to re-open and accommodation, attractions, shops,
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WECIL’s support for employers and businesses

WECIL are offer a number of different services that can support you, your business and your staff: workASSURED – a service to provide advice and support to both employees who identify as disabled or who have a long term health condition, their manager(s) and HR to remove in-work barriers that are disabling the staff member. Disability Equality Training – we have been running training remotely whilst group sessions have been postponed. Access Audits – We can use our experience to help you improve the accessibility of your business. Access Audits are carried out by trained auditors with lived experience as a disabled person. A full audit will be carried out on your organisation to assess the accessibility of your premises, including outside spaces and your digital profile. This means that all aspects of your organisation can become more accessible. Consultancy
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Items of Interest

1. The Council’s business and VCSE webinar is returning on Thursday 23 July (4pm- 5pm). Register your free place here. 2. The UK Government has announced that from Friday 24 July it will be mandatory to wear face coverings in shops and supermarkets; read more here.  3.The UK Government has developed an online tool to help businesses determine what they need to do to reopen safely during coronavirus; click here for more. 4.And Attached is guidance we have produced on reopening Bristol’s bars, pubs and restaurants. The guidance, together with other information can also be found here. 5. Businesses can source social distancing advice posters for their premises here and here. 6.Creative Scale Up is a two-year pilot programme funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) aiming to help creative businesses in the West of England access finance
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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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N-Gaged Training – Skills Support For the Workforce

N-gaged training are able to offer another programme of support for businesses & their employees in conjunction with Serco. Skills support for the workforce is all about progress. Who is it for? SSW focuses on small and medium sized businesses (less than 250 employees) based within the west of England LEP area. Individuals taking up funded training through ssw must be: • legally resident in the UK • Able to take paid employment in the UK • Employed or self-employed • Aged 16 or above other eligibility criteria may apply. SSW also offers training for individuals at risk of redundancy or recently made redundant.SSW is co-financed by the education and skills funding agency and the European social fund. This means you can access a wide range of training at no cost to your business. Subject to eligibility Please contact us
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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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