Friday, 30 November 2012
"The Committee notes with concern that at least six provinces in Canada (including Quebec and Ontario) have adopted “workfare” programmes that either tie the right to social assistance to compulsory employment schemes or reduce the level of benefits when recipients, who are usually young, assert their right to choose freely what type of work they wish to do. In many cases, these programmes constitute work without the protection of fundamental labour rights and labour standards legislation. The Committee further notes that in the case of the province of Quebec, those workfare schemes are implemented despite the opinion of the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the decisions of the Human Rights Tribunal that those programmes constitute discrimination based on social status or age."
- 1998 UN report by the COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
Now lets see if these arguements can be used in UK for stopping the Mandatory Work Schemes eh?
We really need a legal type person on this dont we? Or do we all take these arguments forward to our MPs?
Thursday, 29 November 2012
Theres a few personal "Getting Personal " entries.
Maybe this one should be called
"Sometimes Illness is Invisible"
Heres one I wrote today :
Dont know if everyone knows what my illness involves so here goes...
Was just thinking of last two Transient Elastography tests (Fibroscans) .
First of those two fibroscan had a number of average 14 which indicated
cirrhosis.my last one showed 10.2 which is no way normal but is better,
this almost certainly due to the two tablets I take beating shit out of my
blood borne chronic virus which, btw will never leave, it'll be squashed as
long as the tablets carry on working and I can stand to take them.
Untraceable is the term they use when present, not gone, but
suppressed.The pure presence of any of it is a threat to me, and is a
contributor by its presence to fatigue, as is the damage its caused.
Aparrently 4.9 on the fibroscan is normal. So Treated as cirrhotic is what
they do now. FIBROSCAN measures disease damage by fibrosity (stiffness) check BTW.
I have a
cross check Ultrasound thing next friday is why I was thinking these
The bad boy tablets dual treatment for that bit is backed by several
supplements too. The bad boys as I call them cause fatigue too and
Yet, and this might be illogical, the main worry in my head is the bowel
disease I have, as its super disruptive at the worst of times, and
inconvienient at best. Plus theres resultant body stuff, and head issues.
Often caused by
One of those, Depression is as its diagnosed, i'm sure its
a bit more
complex. There. I Hope that lets you know a bit. The gruesome details
omitted for sanity and clarity. The Bowel/digestive thing, the blood
virus, the damage inside, the head
issues - all very serious illness. AND OFTEN *YOU* WONT SEE ANY OF
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
4 Housing Support Workers
Post 1 (ref HSS 1) & post 2 (ref HSS 2) delivering floating support city wide to young people in their own tenancies as part of our Housing Support Service (35 hours per week paid at Scale 5/6: £19,621 to £23,708 per annum, pay award pending).
Post 3 (ref HTS 1) delivering housing related independent living coursescity wide to young people as part of our Housing Training (35 hours per week paid at Scale 5/6: £19,621 to £23,708 per annum, pay award pending).
Post 4 (ref RUR 1) delivering housing related independent living courses to young people in Wythenshawe as part of our Housing Training Service (35 hours per week paid at Scale 5: £19,621 per annum, pay award pending).
All posts are initially funded until 31 March 2013 and are subject to an enhanced CRB disclosure check. YPSF offers matched pension contribution (max 5%). Annual leave entitlement is 30 days plus statutory days. You will contribute to the delivery of housing support programmes aiming to developyoung people's aspirations and independent living skills. You will be able to demonstrate experience of providing housing-related support to young people, an understanding of the issues facing homeless young people and an ability to deliver group work programmes.
The deadline for completed applications is 09:30 Mon 3rd Dec 2012.
Interviews for post 1 (ref HSS 1) & post 2 (ref HSS 2) will be held on Tue 4th Dec 2012.
Interviews for post 3 (ref HTS 1) & post 4 (ref RUR 1) will be held on Thurs 6th Dec 2012.
If you need any further information let me know.
Cameron Pritchard, Number One Apprentice
Young People's Support Foundation
St. Andrews Hall
Manchester M22 0DW
Fax: 0161- 4371055
Donate: Text: YPSF37 £amount To: 70070 or go to http://www.justgiving.com/ypsf/Donate
Charity Commission number: 1112504 Companies House number: 05546361
MANCHESTER Young People 16-18 interested in a sports career? Please promote locally...
TRAINING - New sports course for 16-18 year olds at Sportscity, Manchester
Sportcity 16-18 Sports Course
Friday, November 30, 2012 10:00 AM
This course is free to any 16-18 year olds that have an interest in Sport and Leisure as a career.
ATTENDANCE 2 days per week
PAY You will be paid £30 PER WEEK. PLUS £100 on completion of the course.
KIT After 4 weeks on the course you will received branded sports kit.
QUALIFICATION You will achieve a Level 2 Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure to provide you with all the essential skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in Sport and Leisure. Dependant on your interests you will get practical experience coaching children sport or working in a gym.
PLACES We only have 15 places available so please register early to avoid disappointment.
ENROLMENT To enrol you must register and then attend on:
FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER AT 10:00AM. Please meet at the National Athletics and Squash Centre at Sportscity.
FOR MORE INFO Contact the course tutor, Phil Williams on 07925 937 105 or email email@example.com
TRAINING - UPS Road Code
GMYN is working in partnership with UPS and UK Youth to deliver a new FREE exciting road safety training course for young people across Manchester.
*****We have added a new date – Saturday 8th December 10-3pm*****
UPS Road Code is a new training programme designed to teach young people who are pre-driving age about the hazards of driving and raise awareness of road safety.
The training makes use of useful practical content and workshops that have been designed by UPS to make young people aged 14-17 see the dangers they will face in the future as drivers and also as pedestrians.
As well as this, the training will include the use of two fantastic driving simulators that the young participants will use and gain the experience of what it is like to drive a car!
This is a great opportunity for your group to offer this free training to your young people and help raise the awareness and importance of road safety. As the training is free the slots will be a first come first served allocation. All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and a UPS goody bag. Bus fare can be reimbursed and lunch will be provided.
If you wish to find out more and book spaces for your group then please get in touch asap so that we can confirm details with you.
Contact Kate on 0161 274 3377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE RAMBLERS SUNDAY WALKS
Walks are moderate up to 10 miles distance and led by volunteer walk leaders. For more details about a walk please contact the Walk Leader
Always check transport times near the date of the walk by contacting the Walk Leader or by calling: Trains 08457 484950 Please use public transport if possible
Walks will NOT take place if for any reason the intended transport is cancelled
Sunday Walks Autumn/Winter Programme 2012/2013
|Date||Destination||Train Time||Meeting Place||Walk Leader|
|4 November||Knutsford to Alderley Edge||9.22am||Piccadilly Station |
|John Nicholson – Tel No 0161 705 1325|
|18 November||Marple Circular||9.22am||Piccadilly Station |
|Steve Slater – Tel No 0161 766 4683 (for enquiries)|
|2 December||Middlewood to Disley||9.51am||Piccadilly Station |
|Jeff Lewis – Tel No 0161 766 4683|
|16 December||Glossop Circular||9.18am||Piccadilly Station |
|Steve Slater – Tel No 0161 766 4683 (for enquiries|
|30 December||Cheadle Hulme to Disley||10.03am||Piccadilly Station |
|Jeff Lewis – Tel No 0161 766 4683|
|13 January||Disley Circular||9.51am||Piccadilly Station |
|Martin Heys – Tel No 0161 969 6526|
|27 January||Disley Circular||9.51am||Piccadilly Station |
|Jane Conlong – Tel No 0161 743 9578|
|10 February||Bakewell Circular||9.15am bus TP||Chorlton Street Coach Station||Steve Slater – Tel No 0161 766 4683 (for enquiries)|
|24 February||Parbold Circular||9.35am||Piccadilly Station |
|Martin Heys – Tel No 0161 969 6526|
|10 March||Hathersage Circular||9.22am||Piccadilly Station |
|Martin Heys – Tel No 0161 969 6526|
|24 March||Hadfield to Stalybridge||9.18am||Piccadilly Station |
|Nigel Parfitt – Tel No 0161 766 4683|
|7 April||Hedben Bridge Circular||10.14||Victoria Station |
|Frank Heywood – Tel No 0161 766 4683 (for enquiries)|
|21 April||Edale to Hayfield||9.22||Piccadilly Station |
|Martin Heys – Tel No 0161 969 6526|
Non members are welcome to join the walks on up to 3 occasions, then they are expected to join The Ramblers. To join over the phone, call 0207 7339 8595. To join online, visit www.ramblers.org.uk/join
For information on walks in Greater Manchester , visit http://www.manchester-ramblers.org.uk
Monday, 26 November 2012
From: Arthur Breens <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 2:39 PM
Subject: Karen's story
Thursday, 22 November 2012
Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die. E M Forster.
….(seeing people as) a hero or villain, probably comes from your early experience. If an experience was too painful you may have blocked it out of your mind or memory so you can still feel good. Then when you feel hurt all the painful feelings flood back and it feels all bad.
We may notice patterns of feeling excited and carried away by meeting exciting others and having exciting experiences of which we have high hopes and often getting lost in the excitement. We project our ideal into the other person and become enthralled, secretly hoping they will offer all the comfort, love nurture and satisfaction we have never had. In doing so we become passive, vulnerable to being victim. Sooner or later the rosy spectacles come off and the person, ideology or group become just ordinary or worse, and we feel terribly let down, even abused by the loss of the projection of all our hopes. We end up feeling angry, humiliated, beaten, frustrated and let down. We can get cynical and bitter, fearing that all experiences are the same.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
He was walking home from a WRAG meeting holding his back, in pain.
He said "we must keep moving if we're talking , else i'll seize up, had to walk to jobcentre and back as couldnt afford bus or taxi"
He was in obvious pain.
This folks is the UK in 2012 under the Tories
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Atos management recently sent its staff a DVD for disability awareness and
a leaflet praising its corporate partnership with the Paralympic games.
This propaganda operation should not obscure the reality.
Starting with the scandal of Atos Healthcare in the UK. This Atos division
has signed a lucrative contract with the Ministry for Work and Pensions to
assess benefit claimants, with the stated aim of getting rid of
« scroungers »
The assessments are based on a questionnaire containing very subjective
criteria, often in locations difficult for disabled people to access.
Following their assessments, many people suffering from severe chronic
illnesses or mental problems are found fit to work.
*Result: Over a hundred people have committed suicide (source Daily Mail).*
In France the situation is not quite so grim but is not rosy either.
French law requires companies to recruit 6 % disabled people, but this has
been circumvented by Atos through an agreement signed with other unions,
bringing the quota down to 2 %; Nice savings for the management!
The Atos headquarters in Bezons is far from being readily accessible: The
main entrance has a revolving door and a person in a wheelchair has to wait
for a guard to open the door. To get into the corridor is not much better:
It is impossible to open the heavy wooden door and to swipe a card at the
same time without assistance. These problems have been repeatedly brought
to the attention of Atos management.
Monday, 19 November 2012
Volunteering In the Arts Toolkit Training - Some Places Left
Date: 11th December 2012
Time: 10am - 1pm
Venue: Board Room, Macc, 3rd Floor, Swan Buildings, 20 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JW
To Book: http://bit.ly/TGm12j
(please pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested)
WHAT IS IT?
• The training session will give voluntary arts groups the necessary skills/experience to recruit, retain and support volunteers.
• Toolkit is a 'how to guide' to improve groups volunteer management skill base and current levels of support.
Small to medium voluntary arts and craft groups.
THE AIMS OF WORKSHOP
The training workshop aims to provide small to medium voluntary arts groups with specialist advice/guidance support in improving and strengthening their current volunteer management support systems.
It is an informal session to discuss volunteering in the round and what processes need to be in place to recruit/retain volunteers. Groups will have a chance to talk about their volunteer programmes and current skill gaps or worries/concerns.
Arts groups in general don't see themselves as third sector organisations so don't always link into localised support. Workshop aims to hook groups into local networks of support including the volunteer centre.
Groups will also work through a self assessment review - so they can identify current strengths/weaknesses with their current volunteer programme. You will have an opportunity to learn more about the work of Voluntary Arts: Running Your Group – e learning materials, Epic Awards, Voluntary Arts Week, Up for Arts.
Voluntary Arts England, Laraine Winning
Volunteer Centre Manchester
Local Authority Arts Officer
Volunteer Centre Manchester will attend session to talk through their role and how they can support arts groups – promoting what they do but also helping with volunteer recruitment/brokerage. Local network of local authority arts officers will also offer support.
TRAINING - Manchester Social Media Surgeries
What do you want to achieve by using social media in your workplace?
• Are you 'Facebooked out?!' Need help with your account?
• Do you want to know what everyone is twittering on about?
• Have you already got a wordpress account and have specific questions for us?
• Do you want to use video or pictures on the web to raise the awareness of your group or cause?
Your place is free! To book visit: http://socialmediasurgery.com/surgeries/manchester
Come and bring any social media questions and our volunteers and social media experts will help you out!
My Generation Christmas Twister ....
A night out in town, great company, live band and dancing .... all for £4.00!!!!
You've got to be joking!!! No we're not!!!
A real Christmas treat to get you in the festive mood. My Generation returns with it's Christmas Twister for clubbers of yesteryear. Come along and relive that buzz and excitement of your Generation with people who share a love of music from across the decades. Sunday 9th December 2012
DJ Dave Hulston will get the party mood off to a flying start playing a host of 60's and 70's funk, soul and club classics before introducing our fantastic live band who are sure to keep the dance floor packed all night long.
Back by popular demand and fresh from an extremely busy summer schedule, The Cavernites return to Band on the Wall to bring the 60's back to life, performing the hits we all remember and still love. With tributes to The Beatles, Searchers, Hollies, Kinks and The Who - there's sure to be something for everyone.
The Picture House Bar will be open from 6.00pm - the ideal venue to meet up with friends old and new. You'll be sure of a friendly welcome. Go on, dig out your dancing shoes and get your festive season off to a really great start. As always, it's going to be a fantastic fun and friendly night. The perfect way to celebrate the beginning of the festive season.
6.00-7.00pm Picturehouse bar open for food and drinks
7.00pm Doors open to the Main Venue and DJ Set
8.00-8.45pm The Cavernites
8.45-9.45pm DJ Set
9.45-10.30pm The Cavernites
10.30-11.30 DJ Set
TICKETS - Band on the Wall Box Office, open Monday to Saturday 5.00-9.00pm
25 Swan Street, The Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 5JZ
Ticketline: 0845 2 500 500
Valuing Older People: call Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299
Following the link below or find us on Facebook:
Postal address: Manchester City Council, PO Box 532, Manchester M60 2LA
Location address: Number One First Street, Manchester M15 4FN
Map and directions for One First Street: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/firststreet
Via VOP (Via MCC)
Date: 6th December 2012
Time: 10:00 to 16:00
Venue: Macc, 3rd Floor Swan Buildings, 20 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JW
Online booking is essential - please click here to complete the online registration section
Introduction to CRB Checking:-
- Overview of why we CRB check
- Which roles should we be CRB checking
- How to complete an application form
- How to conduct an identity check
- Overview of a CRB disclosure
1. To access any of these courses you must work or volunteer in the city of Manchester (not one of the other 9 boroughs).
2. Follow the links below to book online
3. All courses can hold a maximum of 15 people so please book early to avoid disappointment
4. If the courses are full and you cannot book on, please call Mark Pritchard on 830 4770 who can place you on a reserve list.
5. For each course you will only need to attend on one of the days stated.
6. A requirement of attending the training will be to sign up to a pledge, stating that you will train at least 2 individuals / external organisations in what you have learned at the session.
Free CRB checks for Manchester Volunteers
For more information on the FREE CRB checking service provided by Volunteer Centre Manchester please visit http://www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/volcentresroleandservices
You can also e-mail us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send you the documents. Please mark the subject line as "CRB CHECK".
Via Macc (Via MCC)