What's On - September 2021
Our news feed gives information about upcoming events, training sessions and awareness days. If you know of an event that isn't listed below, please tell your Employment Coordinator so we can add this.
In line with Government updates, there are some changes to our Service. To see these, please click HERE to visit our Covid-19 & Service Updates page.
Training Sessions & Courses
Autumn Term - Jersey Recovery College
The Jersey Recovery College Autumn prospectus includes a variety of courses and activities. To find out more and book your place on a course, please click HERE for their website or complete the application form below:
Jersey Recovery College Application Form
Access a range of free and low cost online courses through the Care Academy. Subjects include from Care, First Aid, Safeguarding, Food Safety, Fire Safety and Manual Handling. Click HERE to visit their website and find out more.
Our local technology specialists are organising a number of new short courses to help with improving or increasing your skills for own use or for employment. Check out this link to see what is available.
A number of new & exciting courses are on offer for 16 - 25 year olds. To find out more, click on the links below or contact Jersey Youth Service - Simon 07797 727031 / Jo 07797 758287.
Team Programme - Team 37
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We have still got restrictions on events due to the Covid- 19 pandemic. More information on current restrictions and guidelines can be found on our update page. Please contact us with any concerns.
Why not get involved in a local event to support a Jersey charity, or just have fun and meet new people.
Jersey Heritage are running some workshops at the Archive to promote its use and to show how it works. The September workshop is around the theme of Conservation, it is being held on 18th September from 10am. You can email to book at email@example.com or call 833300.
More details here.
The Government of Jersey and Autism Jersey are working together to revise the strategy for autism on the island. To help chart the way forward for the autism community in Jersey, they are looking to develop the Autism Strategy with the support of several important stakeholder groups. This will be in respect of children and adults.
The on line survey will be launched on 1 September 2021 and will be open for one week.
This is a confidential survey and will provide important information to shape the strategy for the next five years. All Jersey residents are invited to contribute. Respondents will be entered into a draw to win a Microsoft Surface Pro.
Quote from Chris Dunne, CEO Autism Jersey:
“This is a great opportunity for everyone to contribute to the development of a new strategy that will continue to help improve the lives of autistic people and their families living in Jersey. We have been working closely with representatives from both the Health & Community Services and the Children, Young People and Education Services, and also directly with autistic people and their families, to ensure that we are asking the pertinent questions required. We want to encourage as many people as possible to complete the questionnaire, so we can get as much information together as possible. When we have had a dedicated strategy for autism previously, it made such a difference. Many of the services we have in place today are as a direct result of having a focussed strategy, and is a reflection on effective partnership working.”
Our JET colleague Nick Ozouf is attempting a great challenge this month to raise money for charity.
Nick is going to be doing a marathon (26.2 miles) on a recumbent hand-cycle. This will happen at Les Quennevais cycle track on Saturday 25 September
‘The track is just under a mile long so it would take about 28 laps to cover 26 miles 385 yards, the marathon distance,’ he said. ‘That doesn’t sound much on a normal bicycle, but on a handcycle, it’ll be hard work. So far, the most I have done is 12 laps.’
Nick’s inspiration came after he inquired whether he could take part in the official Virtual London Marathon, for which you can take 24 hours to complete the distance. However, wheels are not allowed in the event, so he chose to set himself a personal challenge instead.
‘The recumbent handcycle is an excellent piece of kit which allows me to exercise and ride a bike, something I would not otherwise be able to do,’ he said. ‘The freedom of being on three wheels is great. I enjoy it but it’s very hard work. You could compare the movement on this handcycle to rowing a boat through heavy waters.’
Nick has set a fundraising target of £1,000, which will be split between Acorn Enterprises and Jersey Sport.
If you would like to you can sponsor him here:
Kindness Festival 2021 - is being held on 4th September at St Aubin, beside the Parish Hall. It will have up to 26 charities combining to show what they do and how they help the community. For more information please click on the link.
27th September - we have an extra Bank Holiday this year! Jersey is marking 250 years since a series of reforms sparked by hundreds of Islanders storming the Royal Court in a protest against power occurred. The Bank Holiday to commemorate the 1771 democratic reforms resulting from the Corn Riots is a one off so enjoy it!
As part of ArtHouse Jersey's Skipton Big Ideas exhibition in October there are a number of evening performances available to the public and thanks to the Jersey Community Foundation, there are two access performances which are free of charge to people with disabilities.
Walking Gallery Access Performance
Friday, 15 October, 18.30-19.30, St Helier Town Church
40 free tickets available; spaces must be booked
The Walking Gallery is an alternative fashion show bringing the themes of sustainability, accessibility and identity to the runway. The performance will showcase 27 bespoke wearable art creations by local and international designers and artists. Part of the performance will feature the work of JCG A level textile students. This unique showcase departs from the traditional runway fashion show, taking the audience on a 1hr dystopian journey featuring acro dance and aerial performance. Featured artists include Mari Keto, Qiao Cun, Bianca Padidar, Kyle Moody, Heather Barrette, Kerry Jane Warner, Bethany Voak, Jodie Carney, William Howell Jackson, Henry Lambert, Antoaneta Tica and Maria Tarrant.
The Sound of Colour Access Performance
Thursday, 21 October, 19.00-20.00, St Helier Town Church
40 free tickets available; spaces must be booked
‘The Sound Of Colour’ is a fully immersive experience combining visuals and sound in a special collaboration between Jersey-born, Berlin-based musician Viv Le Vav,and projection artist Akhila Krishnan. The pair join forces to create a stunning audiovisual showcase which adorns the vaulted ceiling of the church and fills the historic space with music. Employing a combination of projection mapping and a live musical score, the performance explores our sense of place and identity within the architecture of the church, whilst taking us on our journey through the natural world, journeying deep beneath the sea, into the patterns of nature found on our Island home, and out into the cosmos beyond.
Please contact PIPPA LE QUESNE (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 17th September to book tickets and advise whether you need wheelchair space and will be accompanied by a carer.
For information check the website.
CAP Money Skills
CAP Jersey will be running their next CAP Money course for three consecutive weeks from the Jersey Baptist Church on Vauxhall Street starting at 7:30pm, on Thursday 16th September 2021.
The CAP Money Course is a free course that teaches budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that works. In just a few weeks, it helps individuals get to grips with their finances so they can budget, save and prevent debt.
For more information, click HERE.
CAP Jersey will also be running a Life Skills Course commencing on Wednesday 20th October. The course is for 9 weeks with the last session on Wednesday 15th December. Life Skills will be held at The Life Centre, Vauxhall Street, St Helier, JE2 4TJ, starting at 10am and finishing at 12 noon.
CAP Life Skills is a friendly group that gives people the confidence and decision making skills they need to survive life on a low income. They teach people practical money saving techniques, such as cooking on a budget, living healthily on less, and making your money go further whilst having fun on the way.
Please contact Life Skills Manager, Judith, email@example.com for any questions or bookings.
6 September - National Read a Book Day, its a good excuse to make an effort to settle down and read a good book.
7 September - Youth Mental Health Day. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, YMHD 2021 will focus on how young people can #StrideForward with their mental health. From cancelled exams to university lockdowns, the past year has seen countless decisions made on behalf of young people, without their input. Placing young voices front and centre of the conversation once more, YMHD 2021 will invite young people across the country to reflect on how the last year has impacted their lives and share how they will #StrideForward and move towards positive mental health.
In Jersey you can look out for the Youthful Minds group if you are a young person who is struggling, or can access the online Kooth counselling line. For more information about Youth Mental Health Day please follow the link.
13 - 19 September is National Coding Week which was was founded by former headteacher Richard Rolfe and tech entrepreneur Jordan Love, who was appointed EU Code Week Ambassador for the UK. It takes place during the week commencing September 13 with the aim of helping adults to improve their digital literacy in order to fill the growing skills gap. Check out the link for on Island activities.
15 September is Pension Awareness Day - Over one week, the pensions industry comes together to provide free events, webinars and pension clinics to help the public and employers understand pensions and how to achieve the retirement they want. Join them on 15 September 2021- follow the link
20 - 26th September is International Week of Happiness at Work. Everybody wants to be happy at home and at work. We spend a lot of time at work after all. Plus, when we are happy at work, we are likely to also be happier in the rest of our life. Can you contribute to a happy work setting?
20 - 26th September is also Recycle Week. This is an annual event which is a celebration of recycling across the nation. Now in its 18th year, it’s the one week of the year where retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, governments and the media come together to achieve one goal: to galvanise the public into recycling more of the right things, more often. Acorn Enterprises uses unwanted items and recycles then on a daily basis - saving money and helping the environment. Check out the Acorn website for more information.
World Alzheimer’s month (“WAM”)
September 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of World Alzheimer’s Month, a world-wide campaign led by Alzheimer’s International to raise awareness and challenge stigma.
Dementia Jersey is hosting a number of events throughout September to raise funds and awareness and help those living with dementia feel welcomed, understood, and supported. The focus of the month is on World Alzheimer’s day on Tuesday 21st September, where the charity will be hosting an information stall on King Street, taking a collection, and offering Dementia Friends sessions - one-hour interactive sessions to help the community learn about dementia.
Coop Quiet Hour - In conjunction with Autism Jersey and the National Autistic Society, Coop Grande Marche St Peter and St Helier are resuming their Quiet Hour on Mondays from 3 - 4pm. Read more HERE.
Connect Me - If you are or someone you know is struggling during the Coronavirus pandemic, you can get assistance through the Government's Connect Me scheme. To find out more, click HERE.
Liberty bus have started a new concessionary bus pass scheme to include free travel for companions
Carers or companions of eligible Islanders in the AvanchiAccess scheme will be able to travel on the bus for free, following an extension of the scheme by the Infrastructure, Housing and Environment (IHE) department.
The existing AvanchiAccess scheme provides unlimited free travel for Islanders who have a long-term disability preventing them from driving. The new AvanchiAccess+ scheme includes free travel for carers or companions who need to assist those Islanders who cannot travel alone on the bus some or all of the time.
Eligible Islanders who are part of the existing scheme or new customers that want to apply for the AvanchiAccess+ scheme should pick up an application form from Liberation Station, parish halls, doctors' surgeries and community organisations around the Island to apply. The pass will then be ready to use from 1 October.
Islanders must meet the eligibility criteria which includes having a long-term disability that prevents them from driving and the need to have a companion assist them on the bus some or all of the time.
Poster detailing the service is available on our website under Support services