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Clinks vacancy – Heath and Justice Development Officer

Clinks is recruiting for a Health and Justice Development Officer to join our policy team.  The role co-ordinates Clinks’ work on health and manages Clinks’ involvement in the Health and Wellbeing Alliance. The role also leads on Clinks’ work on service user involvement.

Please do circulate widely.

Money for training for individual employers and PAs available from Skills for Care

Individuals who employ their own care and support through a personal budget from health or social care, or their own money, can apply for money from Skills for Care to pay for training.

The training can be to develop their skills as an ‘employer’ and to develop the skills of their personal assistants (PAs).

It can be used to pay for lots of courses including:

  • being a good boss
  • moving and assisting
  • first aid
  • health and safety
  • communication skills
  • health and social care diplomas.

It can also cover the cost of travel and hiring a replacement PA.

Last year, Perveen Ahmad applied for funding to pay for a package of training for her PAs, that was tailored to her individual needs.

The package included nine training courses over three weeks. They worked with JD Training Solutions, a Skills for Care endorsed provider, to design tailored training around nutrition and hydration, level 2 food safety and infection control, first aid, safeguarding, health and safety and fire safety.

The training helped the team to develop their skills and knowledge, which has improved the quality of care they provide. It’s also motivated them in their role.

Perveen said: “The training has helped my PAs to reach their potential. This is just the start of their individual learning journey – they’ve already asked to do further training in the future. None of this would have been achievable without Skills for Care funding.”

How to apply

It’s easy to apply and each application is reviewed on a case by case basis.

Find out more and download the application form on the Skills for Care website.

Applications for 2019/20 funding closes at 17.00 on 28 February 2020.

F.E.E.L. July Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We wish to thank all that contributed to the warm June meeting (NOT due to heatwave/weather conditions), with special appreciation to Chris Hansen’s presentation.
Chris very kindly joined us during her UK training tour and we are very grateful for her sharing time and knowledge with us. We also took epic souvenir photos before saying goodbyes; Myra, David, Kieran and others had already gone home by then, unfortunately.

Chris has courteously shared the link of the ‘Peer Respite Manual’ document
Alternatively a Kindle or paperback edition of it can be found on Amazon
Check the Intentional Peer Support site for more info

And staying on the topic of peer work from the global platform perspective, MInd Freedom has just released the Voices for Choices video series
Last April Mind Freedom launched the Organizing Guide for Psychiatric Survivors, free to download here

We will be back to LARC as usual for our monthly meeting on Monday the 15th July 6:30-8:30pm.
Please join us and check out the other forthcoming events and updates below.

Giving People a Voice in Research – Project ASSENT

Project ASSENT, at the University of East Anglia, aims to make it easier for people with communication and/or understanding difficulties to be included safely in research. This will improve healthcare and treatment for these individuals.

The project is now conducting their interviews (conversations) and are very keen to give people with mental health conditions a voice.

Project Assent – further information about getting involved

Ambassador Network Coordinator Post – Leicester Safeguarding Adults Board

Leicester Safeguarding Adults Board is looking for an individual to join them in a paid service user role, to take a place on the Board and act as lead representative for people with lived experience of adult safeguarding. This role is being recruited to on a similar basis to the role of their Independent Chair, with the time commitment required being up to 40 hours per year.

The job advert can be found here:

Two consultants – Association for Young People’s Health

The Association for Young People’s Health is recruiting two young people to become consultants on a new three year project. The focus is on developing a rights-based approach to sexual violence work with young people. This is an exciting opportunity for young people who are experts by experience to support the development and evaluation of a participation project with a particularly marginalised group. It will be a flexible role with a set number of days per year that can easily fit around other work, education or caring commitments.

The two Youth Advisers will have prior experience of using a sexual violence service or peer support group and have taken part in group work with other young people with a focus on sexual violence.  All applicants must fill out an application form – CVs will not be accepted. The application process has been designed to be as accessible as possible and have given space for anonymous feedback from young people about the process on the separate equal opportunities form.

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th June 2019.  Full details about the role and a link to the application form can be found on the Young people’s Health website:

Unsightly Drag – workshop

This workshop will explore how drag and visual impairment interact. The purpose is to look at how putting access for blind and VI people in to drag performance (for both performers and audience members) will inform and evolve the artform. We will bring queer visually impaired people, audio description experts and established drag artists together to share skills and create new work.

The workshop will focus on teaching blind people to do drag. It will help blind performers find their drag characters and give them skills to develop and perform. It will also focus on how to integrate audio description and access in to their practice from the beginning. The access then becomes a creative tool that is as important as the makeup and costuming.

How to apply

We are looking for four blind and visually impaired people who are anywhere on the LGBTQQIA spectrum, ages 18+.

This will be an exploration of drag, movement, audio description and the queer world.

Previous performance experience (outside of drag) desired but not required.

To apply or for questions, contact  or apply through the DIY16 call out page.

via London Visual Impairment Forum

Patient and Public Voice Opportunities

The Improving Access to General Practice team at NHS England is looking for a Patient and Public Voice Adviser to join their national advisory group – deadline to apply – 17th June
And the Maternity Voice Partnerships are also looking for PPV partners.
Information is available on the Involvement Hub – deadline to apply 28th June

Further info –

Stay Safe East – Policy Officer vacancy – Closing Date 2nd July 2019

Stay Safe East is recruiting a Policy Officer
(Domestic and other violence against disabled women)

21 hours per week
Salary: £26,390 to £28,000 pro rata, depending on experience.

Closing date is July 2nd

Stay Safe East is a leading user-led Disabled People’s Organisation which supports disabled victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime and other forms of abuse.

To apply: please go to Charity jobs

If you need another format, contact Ruth Bashall, CEO, Stay Safe East,
90 Crownfield Road London E15 2BG T: 0208 519 7241 SMS: 0758 7134 122 e-mail:

Stay Safe East job advertisement POlicy Officer June 2019 (1) .

Poetry/experimental Art Group

Poetry/experimental art Group every Monday in June, July and August 11am till 12.45pm and performances in August

At level 5 at Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST

Dates Mondays June 10, 17, 24;  July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29;  August 1, 8, 22,

This workshop is open to all, run by @DyslxicRant… there is disabled access & parking and a lift that is very big , car park and disabled access have different entrances.

Email for further details