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Disabled and Proud Festival – 30th November 2019

Culture Access invite you to their Disabled and Proud Festival in Woolwich, partly to celebrate Disability History Month ( Disability History Month runs from 22 November to 22 December every year ) and also the UN International Day of Disabled People (3rd December).

There will be workshops from 3 – 5pm and Performances from 6- 8pm.

Further information and to book for the Disabled and Proud Festival

An insider’s guide to working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities Training day – 17th December 2019

This training day is organised by the Romani Cultural & Arts Company.

Please note: Early bird booking if you book before the 3rd December 2019.

Date: Tuesday 17th December 2019 (9.30 AM – 5:00 PM)

Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Admission: The cost for the day (including light refreshments and lunch) is £162.29 per delegate, if you book before the Tuesday 3rd December 2019 and £183.85 per delegate if you book between Wednesday 4th December 2019 and Monday 16th December 2019. Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

Who should attend this training?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, in meeting the needs of ‘hard-to-reach’ communities, and in addressing the intersection of ethnicity, race, class, gender and inequalities.

It would be particularly useful for those who work in:

  • Academia and Research
  • Accommodation and Housing
  • Early Years
  • Education
  • Environmental Services
  • Equalities
  • Fire, Police and Justice Services
  • Government: local, regional and national
  • Planning
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Transport
  • Voluntary and Third Sector organisations

For further information and to book, visit Eventbrite:

FREE Event: Improving Access to NHS 111 for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, 5th December 2019

NHS England will be holding an engagement event in central London aimed at patients and patient representatives of the deaf or hard of hearing community and commissioners and providers of NHS 111 services to improve the patient experience. There will also be deaf and hard of hearing organisations in attendance, and colleagues from NHS England.

The purpose of this event is to explain how the current NHS 111 service operates and to explore where potential improvements can be made. Information heard on the day will be used to inform developments in the NHS 111 service as we continue to make improvements to the patient experience.

They would like, patients, patient representatives and organisations to bring their ideas and experience of the current service and/or their suggestions for service improvement, and in turn they will answer any questions you may have about what the NHS 111 service can offer.

Date: Thursday 5th December 2019
Venue: Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse West India Quay, Hertsmere Rd, London, E14 4AL
Time: 09:30 – 15:00

Registration for this event can be made from the following link:

Please note that this event is free but is by ticket only, and you must register in order to confirm a place. There are a limited number of spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment. When all places are full, registration will automatically close. Please ensure you bring your ticket with you on the day. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

British Sign Language interpreters, lip-speakers and speech-to-text type interpreters will be present at this event. There will also be a hearing loop throughout as well as disabled access as standard. There will be an opportunity to talk about any other accessibility requirements you may have and dietary requirements during registration.

Travel to this event and other reasonable expenses that have been agreed in advance will be covered/reimbursed. Please email with full details. Rail/underground tickets will be booked by the team for you prior to the event.

If you have any questions or queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact the team at

Helplines Advisor, Respect, Men’s Advice Line – deadline 25th November 2019

Respect is looking for an experienced, part-time Helpline Advisor to join our highly-skilled, friendly team.

The Advisor will support male victims of domestic abuse on the Men’s Advice Line by phone, email and webchat.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience of supporting service users in a helpline environment
  • An understanding of the nature of domestic abuse and its effects on victims
  • An understanding of the help-seeking barriers of male victims of domestic abuse
  • Experience of domestic abuse related client work
  • The ability to cover two evening shifts per week (Monday and Wednesday 17:00-20:00) on a rota system.

SALARY: £30,995, pro-rata inc. ILW (point 30 on the Respect scale related to NJC)

HOURS: 28 hours pw: Monday-Thursday with two evening shifts (17:00-20:00) on a rotational basis

CONTRACT: Fixed-term, 6-9 months to cover maternity leave

LOCATION: London E2 (homeworking available on successful completion of probationary period)

CLOSING DATE: 25 November 2019

INTERVIEW DATE: 29 November 2019

For more information visit:


Reserach Assistant – RiDC – the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers, deadline 4th November 2019

RiDC – the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers are looking for a research assistant to join them. As one of their team of researchers you will contribute to all aspects of their research to evaluate products and services for disabled and older people. You will join a staff team of eight based in North London. Fully wheelchair accessible office and a parking space is available.

The closing date is Monday 4 November 2019 at 5pm.

Further information –


York Disability Pride Cabaret Night 2 – 7th December 2019

A FREE cabaret showcase of ‘Disability Art’ through comedy, music, poetry and protest.

Includes performances from the abnormally funny Don Biswas, musical disability rights activist Dennis Queen, and many fabulous others.  The full line up will be announced shortly.

The event will launch York’s 2020 Disabled Peoples Human Rights Forum in memory of the late and great disability rights advocate Chris Edmondson.

The event will BSL interpreted.  Please contact direct if you would like anything to facilitate access to the event for you.

Saturday 7th December, 7pm to 9pm.


Temple Hall, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York  YO31 7EX


Book via EventBrite – 


For more details contact Stephen Lee Hodgkins 07951050153.

Benefits and Entitlements Advocate, Stay Safe East – closing date 11th November 2019

The Benefits and Entitlements Advocate will support Deaf and disabled victims of domestic abuse and hate crime.

Stay Safe East is a leading user-run agency working with Deaf and disabled survivors of domestic violence, hate crime and other abuse.

The advocate will provide long-term Benefits Advocacy to clients, some at a critical point in their lives, and support them to obtain a living income and any additional resources they need to enjoy a quality of life. The role includes:

  • Assisting clients to apply for welfare benefits, support them with assessments, appeals and challenging sanctions;
  • assisting with budgeting, refering clients for Debt Advice and helping them to obtain small grants and entitlements such as a Freedom Pass.
  • Co-producing guidance on the income needs of Deaf and disabled survivors.
  • In Year 2, running monthly benefits advice sessions for disabled people at a local community centre.

Find out more about this job role at

Social Enterprise Development Manager, Association of Mental Health Providers – Closing date 20th November 2019

The Association of Mental Health Providers are looking for an entrepreneurial individual capable of growing and developing a high impact programme for social enterprises in the voluntary mental health sector to realise and increase their potential.

They are working with Access on an Enterprise Development Programme to provide a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises in England, helping them make a transition to new enterprise models, or grow existing ones.

The Association of Mental Health Providers is the leading representative body for voluntary and community sector mental health organisations in England and Wales, representing the full spectrum and diversity of third sector service providers, with a significant reach of over 5 million people affected by a mental health condition.

More information is available at:

NHS ‘Check before you tick’ campaign

This campaign, organised by NHS England and NHS Improvement, aims to help people understand their eligibility to receive free prescriptions and how to claim correctly.

This follows research from people making benefit-related claims who felt they needed more support to understand they are not automatically exempt.

The campaign encourages people to use an online eligibility checker tool from the NHS, which takes less than five minutes to complete. Visit

There is also a briefing document providing advice for those in a position to help people understand and manage their prescription costs.

Helping patients understand and manage their prescription costs