South Gloucestershire Health, Wellbeing and Social Care e-bulletin – November

South Gloucestershire Health, Wellbeing and Social Care e-bulletin – November 2017 Welcome to this month’s health, wellbeing and social care e-bulletin, brought to you by The Care Forum’s Voluntary Sector Service. This is the place to be for all local, regional and national updates in health and social care of interest to the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, including updates on the activities and findings of Healthwatch South Gloucestershire.


Ageing Better Plan – have your say

South Gloucestershire Council are proposing an Ageing Better Plan. The aim of this plan is to set out the guiding principles for all organisations working with older people in South Gloucestershire for the next five years and your contribution matters. To have your say please come to a community event on Wednesday 29 November, 10 – 12, The Batch, Warmley. To register and for more info W:  The consultation documents are available here W:, from your local South Gloucestershire library or One Stop Shop.


Delivering Service Proposal South Gloucestershire Mental Health Partnership are inviting providers to bid for the 2018/19 contract to run the South Gloucestershire Wellbeing College. The contract is for one year and has a total value of £80,000. To view the full tender document and submit an expression of interest please go to the e-tendering system at and expressing an interest. If you have not used it before you may have to register. Please note the closing date for applications is the 5pm on Friday 1 December 2017 with a view to the service starting April 2018.


Raising the Issue of Weight Training Course: Overweight children are more likely to have poorer mental and emotional health and often carry this into adulthood. This new course aims to build confidence in raising the issue of weight with families and is suitable for practitioners working with children, young people and families. For more information on this course please visit:


Positive Activities for Young People: Positive leisure-time activities provide young people with things to do, places to go and people to talk to in their own time. South Gloucestershire Council is looking for new ways to deliver these activities and want to get a better picture of what youth activities are needed and where they should be, as well as how they should be provided within our available resources. To share your views please visit:


Please note the Sustainable Transformation Partnership (STP) Musculoskeletal Pathway Redesign has changed date. It is now taking place on Thursday 16 November 09:00 – 13:00 at the Vassall Centre, Bristol. If you are interested in attending please contact Samantha Benney at or phone 0117 9474441.


South Gloucestershire Food Plan: You are invited to an exciting food event that will help shape the future of food in South Gloucestershire. A Food Plan in South Gloucestershire will create a vision for improving the food system and culture in South Gloucestershire. Monday 20 November 13:30 – 16:30, Coniston Community Centre. For more information contact E: There is also an online consultation open until 5 January 2018 W:


South Gloucestershire Disability Equality Network are holding their AGM on Tuesday 14 November at the Armadillo Centre in Yate, 13:30 – 15:30. More information: has now launched to help guide the first steps to finding care and support for older people. Please visit the website for more information and resources.


Gender Hate Crime now recognised in Avon and Somerset W:


Making Every Contact Count (MECC) training available to community organisations. More information here W:


Transport Accessibility The Department of Transport (DfT) is consulting on an Accessibility Action Plan intended to make it easier for disabled people with all impairments to use transport services. They are holding a consultation meeting which is particularly aimed at disabled people and their organisations on Monday 13 November, 11:00 – 15:00, The Novotel Hotel, Victoria Street, Bristol. This is a good opportunity to talk to DfT staff about the practical problems of using transport services. For more information and to register W:


ADHD Parent Focus Groups: The health services supporting children with ADHD are currently being reviewed. Barnardo’s, Community Children’s Health Partnership and North Bristol NHS Trust would like to hear your views so they know what is working well and what could be improved. Two focus groups are available: Wednesday 8 November, 12:00 – 14:00, Kingswood Hub BS15 4DA. Tuesday 21 November, 4:30 – 6:30pm, Junction 3 Library, BS5 0YL. For more information and to confirm your attendance please get in touch with Charmaine on 07867907498.


Battle Against Tranquilisers (BAT) are holding a number of events to find out what support you, or someone you know, need to help reduce taking tranquilisers or sleeping pills. Come along to share ideas, find out what BAT do and help to improve services. Sunday 12 November, 10 – 12, Ridgeway Centre, Yate. Monday 20 November 14:00 – 16:00, Coniston Community Centre, Patchway. Wednesday 22 November 14:00 – 16:00, DHI tower road, Warmley.


Improving Care for Older People I’d like to introduce you to Adi. He’s looking for forward-thinking home care agencies to work with that share his passion for improving care for older people. Previously, he has improved access to care for isolated older people through and is looking for how to help further. If you are, or know of, an agency that wants to improve their service, email him on He would love to speak to you.



National Self Care Week 2017 is 13 – 19 November. For more information W: or E:


Training Courses:  Southern Brooks Community Partnerships offer a number of community learning courses that could be of interest to you and those you work with. For more info W: If you have any questions then please contact Philip or Ternaya on 01454 868570 or email


Achieving Racial Equality in South Gloucestershire. South Gloucestershire Racial Equality Network (SGREN) are hosting an event on Monday 6 November, 18:00 – 21:00 at Park Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BS15 4AR. If you are interested in race equality come and find out what they are doing and how you can get involved. For tickets and more information W:


NHS Counter Fraud Agency formed. Recent analysis estimates that £1.25bn of fraud is being committed each year by patients, staff and contractors which makes up about 1% of the NHS budget. More information here W:


Accessible Information Standard Over the next few months, Healthwatch South Gloucestershire will be working to raise awareness of NHS England’s Accessible Information Standard, and explore how this legislation has helped to improve people’s access to local NHS and social care services.   The Accessible Information Standard (AIS), which came into being on 1 August 2016, says that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss (and their carers) should get information in a way that they can access and understand. It also says that they should get support with communication if they need it. The AIS applies to all NHS and publicly-funded adult social care services.   Healthwatch South Gloucestershire is keen to talk to people with communication needs and their carers to find out if they are aware of the AIS, and to hear their experiences of:

  • using local services
  • getting the information they need in an accessible and easy to understand way
  • getting support in order to be able to communicate with the services that they use

Through this work we hope to find out how much people know about the AIS, including their rights to access support, and the impact that the legislation has had during the last 12 months, both in relation to what is working well and what could be improved.   We would be grateful if you could complete this short survey that will take no longer than 5 minutes of your time to complete. W:


The Care Forum have been awarded the National Council for Voluntary Organisations ‘Investing in Volunteers’ Award. Thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their time to meet with the assessor and helped us to reach this standard.





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