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Blog: The Power of Testimonials
By Anthony McKernan
I’ve just spent a happy hour reading the testimonials from the last cohort of Creative English participants. What an uplifting experience. To give you a flavour… Creative English is very good, because I can talk more confidently to others. And I’m confident to going shopping and to talk to my doctor. In Creative English we having some fun, games, and with story we get more conversation practice This programme goes far beyond learning English—it’s about the benefits of being able to participate in community life, to be able to speak to your child's teacher, to make an appointment with the doctor or go to the shops alone. These are big moments requiring a lot of courage. What also struck me was the immediate nature of the benefits. In one class that was practising calling the doctor, a learner communicated that she needed an emergency appointment with her GP who was going to call her back that day. The class rehearsed the scenario and she was able to take the call from the doctor shortly afterwards, stepping out of the class for a moment. The tutor reported: When she came back in, she was so happy—she had been able to explain…
Blog: NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo
By Felicity Smith
Last week, the FaithAction team led the charge of the voluntary sector descending on the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo, a yearly event taking place in Manchester which brings together different parts of the health and care sector to talk about innovation. This year’s Health and Care Innovation Expo once again focused on the biggest health and care issues and developments as the NHS continues to implement its vision for the future, the Five Year Forward View. FaithAction had a key role this year: not only were we attending, but I was on the steering group that came together to plan and develop the Expo agenda. I also acted as the co-ordinating point for the voluntary sector, particularly working with the Health and Social Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership to have a stand representing the partnership, and to run a number of sessions across the programme, highlighting the role of the voluntary sector in health and care. The thing that hits me all the time at events like this, and even more so this year, is how desperate people are to hear about what the voluntary sector is doing locally – especially faith groups. There is a general recognition that faith-based…
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…