February Half Term

Spaces are available for our February activities.

Tuesday 19th February, Animal Encounters in the York Room of Ilford Central Library in Clements Road, 11.30am – 1pm. A variety of animals and birds for you to stroke or hold. Lots of information and advice if you are thinking of getting a pet.

Wednesday 20th February, Pony Riding Special! A three part activity including pony riding, grooming and a talk on care of the ponies. Lunch will be provided and there is a small charge of £3 per rider. (riders must weigh less than 12 stone and be over 5 years of age.

Thursday 21st February, Honey Bee session, 12.30-1.30pm at the Redbridge Forum Office. We will be looking into a simulated hive (no live bees) and learning all about how the bees make their honey and wax. There are lots of activities including making your own mini hive and making candles. There will be lots for you to take home and as always with our Busy Bees session prizes to win!

Book early to avoid disappointment! If you have not received the full advertising give us a call at the office or email and we will give you any further information you need.
Redbridgeforum@hotmail.co.uk or 020 8478 7571

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AGM reminder

We invite you to our 2017/18 Annual General Meeting.

When; Tuesday 19th February 2019
Time; 10.30am
Where; Gloucester Room, Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road.

We hope you will join us. There will be 20 minutes of AGM business.

Followed by the launch of our new Heritage Lottery Project ‘Our Story’, animal therapies and light refreshments.

We hope you will be able to join us on 19th February. Perhaps you would send us an email Chris@redbridgeforum.co.uk or phone 020 8478 7571 to let us know if you are able to attend.

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Calling all Disabled London Transport users: We need Access Guides!

Calling all Disabled London Transport users: We need Access Guides!!

Transport for All have linked up with Inclusion London to deliver Disability Equality Training to Transport for London (TfL) staff. A key part of this training is an Access Trip: staff go with a Disabled passenger as they travel route on the London bus and tube network. It’s an amazing way to show LU staff the issues and barriers we face every day on the transport system.

We call these Access Trips, and the people who run them are Access Guides. TfL love the Access Trips so much, they want more staff to do them! Sharing your journeys really makes a big difference. So we are looking for more Access Guides from across different impairment groups…could this be YOU?

The role of an Access Guide
As part of Disability Equality Training:
• To take staff on trips on the London bus and tube network
• To show access features that support you to access the transport network
• To show the practical problems you have getting around and ways to overcome/remove these
• To talk about the impact your experiences have on you, both positive and negative

Dates and times
The sessions will begin w/c 18 February 2019 and run until the end of June 2019. Access Trips last 2 hours (10am-12 noon). We will be running up to 6 sessions per week.

Reward
There will be a gratuity of £50 offered for each Access Trip you lead. This could be given as a Bank Transfer, in Cash or Vouchers depending on your preference.

Contact us if you are interested!
If you are interested in becoming one of our Access Guides (training will be given!!), please get in touch with Jacky Wood at training@inclusionlondon.org.uk for more information, or call/text 07904 101 342.

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Whipps Cross Hospital Community Engagement Action Group

Whipps Cross Hospital has launched a new group to find out what residents want from a redeveloped site. Applications are now open for a small number of local people to join the Community Engagement Action Group, which will help make sure the public can shape the future of the ageing hospital and its surrounding land.
Barts Health NHS Trust and its partners published a vision for the future of the 100-year old site last year and are now embarking on drawing up more detailed plans.
The vision for the site is to secure a multi-million pound redevelopment that would make Whipps Cross a flagship campus offering the best care for generations to come.
Full details including an information pack is available at: https://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/future-whipps

A press release is available here: https://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/news/whipps-cross-hospital-calls-for-residents-to-help-design-its-future-5061

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Job Vacancy

Please find below our job advert for new positions available to support our new project ‘Our Story’.

Redbridge Forum

Job Description

Job Title Sessional worker (Our Story)
Contract March 2019-October 2020.

Pattern of work Flexible hours
Salary Scale £ 10.00 per hour.

Responsible to Project Manager

Responsible for To support the service user engagement of a Heritage Lottery Funded project to look at the history and achievements of Redbridge Forum.
To work supportively within the staff and volunteer team.
To ensure service users with disabilities are able to fully participate in the project.

Base The administration of the project will operate from our office in Ilford Lane. Activities will take place at a number of sites in London Borough Redbridge.

Key Tasks
• To work with safeguarding at the forefront of their mind.
• To be able to use alternative communication aids to communicate with different
people.
• To support disabled people of all ages to work within the project taking in to account their individual needs.
• To be a proactive member of the team throughout the running of sessions, be aware of risk assessments and ensure Health and Safety rules are adhered to at all venues
• To support the organisation of the activities, including monitoring and keeping of statistics and records.
• Work within the policies and procedures of Redbridge Forum.
• To support the training of volunteers.
• To be able to communicate in a positive and professional manner with disabled
people, their families and professionals.
• To be able to work positively both within a team and independently.
• To be willing to attend all training.
• To undertake other duties as requested by the Project Manager and which are commensurate with the post.
• To attend Redbridge Forum staff meetings and training events when deemed appropriate by the Senior Manager.

please contact us for an application and more information about the position.
Closing date for application Monday 25th February 2019.
Interview date 5th March 2019.

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Respond to the Patient Transport Experience Survey

Transport for All is looking for evidence from Disabled and older Londoners who use patient transport, following concerns about the eligibility criteria.

Our Advice Line recently received many calls from Disabled and older people being denied patient transport services by the Royal Free Hospital despite having a genuine need for it. In some cases, people have been denied this vital NHS funded transport for their appointments despite previously being eligible in the past.

We are concerned that patients are not being asked the right questions when applying for patient transport and that the phone assessment process is not being carried out fairly. We believe this leads to Disabled and older people being refused access that they are truly in need of and we want to know whether this practice is happening at other hospitals across London.

Take action – respond to our survey

Transport for All is looking for Disabled and older people who have booked, or tried to book, patient transport within London in the last year to complete a short survey about their experience with arranging patient transport.

Does this sound like you? If so we’d like to hear about your experiences, whether you were refused this service or not.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. By responding you will help us gain a better understanding of the problem and allow us to gather testimonies to persuade hospitals to improve their patient transport services.

Please do not hesitate to share this survey/information with anyone who may have used patient transport in London in the past year.

The deadline to respond is: 31st August 2018

use this link to respond to the survey online
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/patient_transport_tfa

Thank you very much in advance for your support.

Best wishes,

Josh Lang
Campaigns and Outreach Officer
Transport for All

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NHS Redbridge CCG

As you may know from our previous updates, Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge CCGs are reminding people to have their say in a consultation on community urgent care services.

Community urgent care services provide same day care and advice for people with urgent, but not life threatening, physical and mental health issues. These include our GP out of hours service (GPOOH), our seven GP access hubs and four local walk-in services.

We are asking the public for their views on proposals to change, and improve the way community urgent care services are accessed locally in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

As part of the consultation we are seeking local feedback on proposals to make more urgent appointments bookable in advance by calling NHS 111, and have two options for changes to where you can walk in and wait without an appointment:
• Option 1: Patients can walk in or book urgent appointments at four Urgent Treatment Centres, at King George Hospital, Queen’s Hospital, Harold Wood Polyclinic and Barking Community Hospital. Bookable appointments available at eight community urgent care service locations, (including Loxford Polyclinic and South Hornchurch Health Centre.)

• Option 2: Patients can walk in or book urgent appointments at two Urgent Treatment Centres, – King George Hospital and Queen’s Hospital. Bookable appointments available at ten community urgent care service locations, (including Harold Wood Polyclinic, Barking Community Hospital, Loxford Polyclinic and South Hornchurch Health Centre.)

We want to reach as many people as we can. We know many of you are already sharing information about our proposals with your networks, and we’d welcome any help you can give to encourage people to visit our websites or attend any of the remaining drop-in sessions.

Details of the proposed changes, drop-in sessions and a questionnaire for people to have their say can be found on our websites – Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge

All responses must be received by 5pm on 21 August 2018.

Many thanks,
BHR CCGs

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Tate Modern Art contest and exhibition 2018.

The Art of Pollution Info2018

Art of Polution application form2018

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Empowering Parents Together – Parent Carer Training

180522 SHADES Workshop

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Redbridge Carers Support Service

Carers Week Poster new

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