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New volunteer service for London launching soon
Recently, our National Executive Director Daniel Singleton met with John Coleby, Director of Caritas Westminster, and amongst the topics discussed was this exciting new volunteer initiative. In the Autumn, Caritas Westminster, the social action agency of the Diocese of Westminster, will be launching a new service to help supporting volunteering in the Catholic community in London and Hertfordshire. The Caritas Volunteer Service is free and open to all, and will enable organisations to post details of volunteering opportunities. Volunteers will then be able to search through these opportunities to find ones suitable for them. The Service will also be holding volunteer training events in association with the Jewish Volunteer Network to help encourage more people to volunteer. To support the launch, Caritas Westminster are holding an event for interested organisation to explain more about the service and show them how to use the website to register volunteering opportunities. The event will be held on Wednesday 14th September from 2pm to 3:30pm, at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN. If you would like to attend, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9th September.
Blog: Equal Access to Healthcare
By Sarah White, Sense (Guest Author)
We are two weeks into August but already a lot has happened in terms of rights to accessible healthcare. For the past three years, I have been working closely with NHS England on the development of the Accessible Information Standard – a Standard which became fully mandatory on the 31st July. The Standard sets out what providers of Health and Social Care must do to meet the information and communication needs of those who access their services who have sensory impairments and/or a learning disability. This could involve a whole range of things; from emailing appointment letters instead of sending them in print to providing a sign language interpreter for an appointment or texting someone instead of phoning them. Sense recently released a new report – Equal Access to Healthcare – in which we outlined the experiences that many people who are deafblind have when accessing healthcare. What really struck me was that many of the barriers that people were facing had straightforward, low cost solutions that would make a significant difference. For example, 85% of those people we asked said that they didn’t get information about their appointments in a format they could access meaning that they had to rely…
We're recruiting - Project Officer for Creative English!
Salary: £25,000 - £30,000 per annum Hours: 35 hours - some evening and weekend work may be necessary Contract End Date: 31st March 2017 We are currently looking to recruit a Project Officer working on the Creative English contract and assisting the wider FaithAction team on various programmes and contracts. The Project Officer will work closely with the team to ensure adequate monitoring and reporting of the Creative English programme is completed, while supporting and deputising for colleagues where necessary. Other duties will include: reading, researching and routing correspondence; drafting letters and comments; collecting and analysing information and initiating telephone calls to stakeholders; arranging events, taking them from concept to delivery. The successful applicant will be required to have: previous experience in both contract management and administration; the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing to people of all backgrounds and ages; good working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Outlook; previous experience of working within the third sector, particularly faith based organisations. Please note: we will not accept CVs for this position. Completed application forms should be returned to Felicity Smith, email@example.com, by 5pm on Wednesday 24th August 2016. Interviews will take place 30th-31st August 2016. Documents Job Description…
Blog: Can refugees ever belong?
By Anne Smith
As I walked into the community café, I saw Rima huddled awkwardly in a corner. I’d met her before. She was living with a friend from my church who had welcomed her into her home and was supporting her in settling in the UK. Today this friend had brought her to the community café. I looked to catch her eye. In my mind, I imagined myself flinging my arms around her, warmly welcoming her to my group of friends, where we would all have a great time. I imagined her feeling loved and valued and welcomed in a completely different way to anything she’s experienced before, obliterating all those painful memories of all that had brought her to this area in the first place. I hurried over. “Rima! How lovely to see you!” I chirped. “How are you doing?” I put my hand on her shoulder. She stiffened. Her face was blank. “It’s nice to see you,” I reiterated. An awkward pause. What do I say now? Relieved by the obvious attempt to build a connection, my friend said, “Rima, why don’t you stay and talk to Anne?” “No,” Rima said, abruptly. “I’m following you.” “But it would be nice…,”…
Blog: Reacting with Hope
By Daniel Singleton
Never before can I remember a time when the question ‘What is the world coming to?’ seemed more appropriate than the last couple of weeks. Yesterday came the news of the killing of a Catholic priest in Normandy, the latest in a string of attacks. Some of these had been attributed to extremists, but yet others seemingly had no connection to organised terror; rather they were acts of individuals with an extreme agenda of their own. Japan. Germany. Nice. Normandy. Dallas. I often hear people say that religion is the cause of most wars. I don’t agree. There is a lengthy explanation needed of what we mean by ‘religion’ anyway; like most language, it means different things to different people. Some see ‘religion’ as a set of rituals that we employ to win the favour of a deity, while others say that ‘religion’ is synonymous with ‘faith’, a belief that leads us to live life in a particular way, often denying our own selfish desires. But this was not my point. Religion or faith is not the problem. It is not the answer either. It is people who are both the problem and the solution. It is far too convenient…