Thinking of returning to your country?
We can help you Call Choices free on 0808 800 0007 for free, confidential advice Or visit www.choices-avr.org.uk Refugee Action’s Choices service – Assisted Voluntary Return Deciding whether to return to your country is not easy.We’ve helped thousands of people like you to make that decision. We’re a charity and separate from the government. We will keep your information confidential and you can change your mind about returning at any time before you travel. If you choose not to return, where possible, we’ll refer you to other organisations.If you choose to return, we offer:• Money to help you when you return - £1,500 each for asylum seekers, £2,000 each person for families• Free flight and transport all the way home• Help with travel documents and support at the airport• Help to plan your return and your future• Support from non-governmental organisations for up to one year in many countries, including meeting you at the airport, help with training and business start-up.Who can use the Choices service? You can apply for Assisted Voluntary Return if you:
• have claimed asylum or been refused asylum,
• have Discretionary Leave to Remain,
• are in the UK with no legal status – an irregular migrant or over-stayer
We welcome single people, families, unaccompanied children, and couples.
We help people return to most non-EU countries. Unfortunately, we cannot offer our service to people in immigration detention.
We have offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leicester, Bristol, Cardiff and Glasgow, and partners in Yorkshire & Humberside, the Northeast and Northern Ireland
Call us free on 0808 800 0007
Refugee Action is a registered charity. Charity number in England and Wales: 283660. Company registration number: 1593454
Thinking of returning to your country?
Free Community Mediation Training – March 2014
Do you want to learn mediation skills and become a volunteer for Bristol Mediation?
Would you like to be able to help settle disputes and arguments within your community and other communities within Bristol?
Would you like to become a ‘champion’ of mediation within your community to help promote mediation?
Are you from a BAME community including Eastern European and those of Persian or Middle Eastern origin and/or living in Filwood, Easton, Lawrence Hill/Barton Hill, Dundry View, Ashley, Kingsweston, Avonmouth, Shirehampton or Southmead
If you can answer Yes to all of these questions, Bristol Mediation is offering free accredited mediation training. This is an exciting opportunity to benefit from this highly valued accredited 6 day training course.
The training will run in March 2014 at St Werburghs Community Centre on the following dates. (You will need to be available attend all of these dates):
Dates: 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th March 2014
All days from 9.30am until 5.30pm*
We are holding an Introductory and Selection Session on Thursday 27th February from 10 – 4pm* at St Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Road, St Werburghs.
If you are interested and would like to receive further info, please contact Julie Cox, Service Manager on 0117 9415379 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(* Lunches/Refreshments will be provided at all of the above sessions).
Trek Nepal with Sue Ryder
We are looking for amazing individuals willing to take on the challenge of trekking the Himalayas to raise vital funds for Sue Ryder to provide incredible care for incurable illness.
We are challenging you to join us on our third International trek, taking place in the Himalayan Annapurnas, home to some of the highest peaks in the world.
Bristol City Council
Corporate Parenting Commissioned Services
Bristol City Council invites providers to submit an Expression of Interest to provide one or more of the following services to Bristol’s Children In Care:
Lot 1 Independent Visitors Service
Lot 2 Advocacy Service (includes children subject to Children Protection conference)
Lot 3 Participation Service
There are 3 separate lots (1 per each service) and these 3 year contracts on offer and services must commence on 1st April 2014. These services may be provided together or separately, with each application requiring a separate tender submission. Funding for these services will be provided from the Corporate Parenting budget.
Expressions of interest are welcomed from all sectors – Voluntary and Community Sector, private / independent and statutory service providers.
All subsequent bids will need to clearly outline how they propose to improve outcomes for this vulnerable group, consider issues of future sustainability and how they propose to facilitate joint working with the other services and agencies that are responsible for delivering services to Bristol’s children subject to Child Protection conference, Children In Care, including those children who are currently placed outside of Bristol.
Contracts will be awarded to those Providers passing the selection criteria based on the best quality and economically advantageous submissions. First stage for approval to Tender is the completion of a Pre-Qualification questionnaire, which is accessible through registration on Bristol’s e-procurement system – the Proactis Supplier Portal: https://www.proactisplaza.com/SupplierPortal
Organisations expressing an interest must complete and submit the questionnaire, together with any other supporting documentation, via the Proactis Supplier Portal by 29th November 2013. Successfully qualifying expressions of interest will then be invited to tender.
This service is subject to Council approval. While it is anticipated that Council approval will be gained, the Council reserves the right to cancel this tender process at any time at its absolute discretion. Applicants’ effort and cost associated with submitting a PQQ/tender is at their own risk.
Bristol City Council is a public authority within the meaning of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and all correspondence, documentation received will be dealt with in accordance with the Act.
Courses at Wellspring Healthy Living Centre in Barton Hill this summer include sewing, cooking, complementary therapies, Courses starting soon include Cretaive cooking, Herbal Frist Aid, Screen Printing and Meditation. There are also a range of sewing course for children, beginners and improvers. New this term and starting in June is Hatha Yoga on Thursday evenings and Friday mornings. For more information visit:
Funding for solar - use it or lose it!
Ashley Vale Action Group (AVAG) has been awarded approx £80k in vouchers, worth £1280 per homeowner, to support getting solar-powered hot water heating systems installed in homes across Bristol. That's saving of around 50% on the total cost. The funding is particularly (but not exclusively) aimed at those living in areas with high levels of deprivation. With a deadline of the end of February for allocating the funding, interested homeowners are encouraged to get in touch asap - vouchers not used will be subsidies lost.
A six-day CPD course in two three-day blocks, Dec 2012 & Feb 2013, Bristol
Tues-Thurs December 4th-6th 2012 & February 5th-7th 2013
*participants must be able to attend all six days of the cours*
Course venue: UWE Frenchay Campus, Bristol
CPD course fees: £500
Interested in -
understanding the ‘beneath the surface’ roots of urban tensions?
harnessing the creative potential of community clashes and conflicts?
the impact of complexity on designing interventions?
This highly interactive CPD course - run by Community Resolve in conjunction with the University of West of England (UWE) - considers emerging theory and practice around the creative management of community tensions and conflicts that inevitably arise in our crowded, diverse and rapidly changing cities. The course is suitable for anyone, from residents and community practitioners to policy makers and academics. It provides a space to reflect, listen and learn from each other as well as from lecturer input, and covers:
- Related theory and practice, and its relevance to current policy shifts
- Engaging with complexity—innovation at the edge
- ‘Hidden’ conflict - identifying the out-of-sight issues that underpin tensions
- Conflict analysis and longterm intervention design
- The bigger picture: the role of the media, systemic impacts, voice and agency
Given the rapid social change and ethnic diversity of many UK cities, maintaining positive community dynamics requires a raft of creative, realistic approaches that sit happily with the complex and chaotic nature of people.
This course explores that emerging area of need, focussing on the points where relationships break down, and presenting a range of new ideas, theories and approaches to use as we move into the coming years of austerity and intensifying struggle for scarce resources.
Conflict workers take the position that in this complex world, a clash of worldviews is inevitable – and conflict is therefore integral to human existence and can in no way be avoided. The important part is not the conflict but the impact of that conflict – how it is experienced and dealt with, whether it is addressed as a positive opportunity and a catalyst for change and growth, or seen as a threat. This course looks at the reality of identifying and working with community conflicts in the UK, and in particular how to engage with the creative potential of conflict in any given situation. It will introduce you to relevant theory and practice from a range of perspectives, including learning from international peacebuilding, ideas embedded in ‘peace journalism’, the impact of social media and its potential for mobilisation, the relevance of systems and complexity theory, current social constructionist thinking, and insights from psycho-social studies.
The course is highly interactive, using participants’ own experiences and those of others to make these ideas come to life through ‘real world’ examples, and looks at how we can build these ideas into actual interventions on the ground. It is led by Hen Wilkinson, CEO of Community Resolve and Visiting Fellow at CUSP (the Centre for Understanding Social Practice) at the University of West of England, with additional theoretical input and academic support from guest lecturers and other UWE staff.
For more information on course content, please contact course leader Hen Wilkinson: email@example.com
To register interest in attending, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course can be taken either as a stand-alone CPD option, or as a 30-credit Masters module transferable to a variety of Masters courses - additional fees & study apply.
For more information on Community Resolve, please visit our website: www.communityresolve.org.uk
Previous participant comments...
"Wonderful course – best I have ever done. A must for any community worker. Relevant, honest & thought provoking" (NHS Health Improvement manager)
"A fantastic and hugely engaging course. Very thought provoking" (Facilitator)
"Extremely valuable and enjoyable course - unique mix of new ideas and practical applications" (Consultant)
"The course has given me a better structure for working to build and support communities — a lot of the personal mist about what I am doing is clearing ..." (Community development manager)