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What's On - September 2022

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.

 

Service Update

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 is now out and includes a variety of courses and activities.  To find out more and book your place on a course, please click here for their prospectus or complete the application form below.

Jersey Recovery College Application Form

Care Academy 

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. 

 

Prince's Trust

A number of exciting courses are on offer for 16 - 25 year olds.  To find out more, contact Jersey Youth Service - Simon 07797 727031 / Jo 07797 758287.

 

Carers' Support Programme - St John's Ambulance

St John's provide a free programme for people who care for others. Check out this link to see more information and how to book.

Their free Carers' Support Programme is for informal carers who are caring for a friend or relative in their own home. They also welcome volunteers who care for people within the voluntary sector.

Over the course of the four sessions they will cover subject areas such as First Aid, infection control, safe handling, safety in the home, stress management and information on other services available including social services. They also invite outside speakers in and are flexible to meet the needs of the attendees.

Contact sarah.vivian@sja.org.je

 

 

What's on this September

 

Community Events

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 have some great walking routes available to try on their website - including new Geowalks. These are accompanied guided walks around different areas of Jersey - a partnership between Jersey Heritage and Aspiring Jersey Island Geopark (AJIG). For more information and a link to book tickets please press here.

September is the official start of Autumn, but before we say goodbye to the summer we have to enjoy some Island events. 

8th September - Jersey International Air Display is taking place along the southern coast of our Island, you won't be able to miss the sounds of the aircraft as they manage to thrill us with their acrobatics in the air! The event is free admission, starts at 1pm with the Red Arrows usually completing the display around 4pm - this is sometimes under review - for full details of the timetable when available follow the link

9th September - Liberate are holding a conference named 'Power and Equality'. There are lots of different speakers touching on many subjects appropriate to this title. Tickets for different sessions are available on Eventbrite - for more information click here.

10th September - CI Pride - Jersey. On Saturday there is the 2022 Pride event - celebrating 50 years since the first march. The event starts in the Royal Square and the march then makes its way down to People's Park. All are welcome. Music, stalls and entertainment available throughout the day. For more information click here

16 - 18th September - Jersey Family and History Festival is taking place hosted by Jersey Heritage. Joining them this year will be UK genealogist and author Celia Heritage, who will be delivering talks about how to trace your UK ancestors. Archive staff will also be delivering various talks, tours, workshops, panels and one to one sessions over the weekend. There are many different sessions to choose from, for more information please follow this link

20th September - Closer to Home event. This is a great afternoon held at the Age Concern building on Val Plaisant. This time it is aimed at those who are over 55 and their carers, and showcases different organisations and services available on Island. It is open from 11-3 and free for all.

 

Awareness Days

September is a busy month for awareness days, the month is designated as

World Alzheimers Month

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

and the Festival of Learning - a month dedicated to celebrating lifelong learning, how it can change your direction and how we can simply try and give it a go! For details of courses available at Highlands College please visit their website here

6th September is National Read a Book Day. This is the day when we can plan to sit and enjoy a book and have time away from daily life! 

10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day - the theme is 'Creating Hope through Action. By creating hope through action, we can signal to people experiencing suicidal thoughts that there is hope and that we care and want to support them. It also suggests that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling. If you would like to find out more about the local support available please check out our website page - Support Services (jettraining.co.je)

19-25 September is International week of Happiness at Work. We spend a lot of time in our work role, it is so important to feel happy when we are there! Think of one thing this week we can do to make others (and yourself) more happy in the work environment. Even wearing a smile can help others have a better day!

19 - 25 September is National Recycle Week - very close to our hearts here at JET. Recycle Week is set to be a major event in the calendar nationally, last year’s campaign was the most successful to date – with over 29 million digital impressions, and 82% of people saying they had changed their behaviour as a result of seeing Recycle Week 2021 content. This year’s theme is ‘Let’s Get Real’ and will challenge perceptions and myths around recycling, and target contamination to improve recycling behaviours. For a partner pack to see how you can support this week please follow this link.

 

 

General Information

 

Keep doing the right thing – Covid19 update

The newly appointed Minister for Health and Social Services is encouraging Islanders to keep doing the right thing, as COVID-19 cases continue.

Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Karen Wilson, said: “It is in this period of high infection rates that I would like to encourage Islanders to continue to follow the current guidance, which includes wearing masks in recommended settings. 

“We are at an important stage in the current wave and if Islanders work together and follow the current guidance issued by Public Health, we will be able to move through the wave more quickly and ensure that we can enjoy a safe summer.”

Islanders are asked to keep doing the right thing with these five key actions

  • Book a PCR test if feeling unwell or have symptoms
  • Take an LFT twice a week
  • Wear a mask in indoor crowded places or when visiting vulnerable people 
  • Open up windows in crowded places to increase ventilation
  • Keep up to date with their vaccination schedule

There is now access to booking the Autumn booster if you are:

over 55, a care home resident, a worker in the Health and Social care sector, a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed or a carer. 

To book please follow the link

Islanders who have not yet had their first, second, or third dose of the vaccine can still book appointments at the Vaccine Centre or by contacting the Coronavirus helpline on 0800 735 5566.

 

Don’t put off your cervical screening

We have recently had Cervical Screening Awareness Week, women and people with a cervix aged 25-64 are being encouraged to opt-in to the free cervical screening programme.

Cervical screening detects Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a viral infection passed between people through skin-to-skin and sexual contact which is the main cause of cervical cancer. If HPV is detected the screening sample will then be checked for any underlying abnormalities of the cervical cells.

Women and people with a cervix are reminded that they need to opt-in to the programme when they turn 25 by contacting their GP.

It is important that Islanders attend their screenings regularly (every three years for those aged 25-50, and every five years for those aged 50-64) as HPV can lie dormant for many years. Read more in Don’t put off your cervical screening (gov.je)

 

Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars in park

​Islanders are being reminded of the potential dangers of Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars, which have been found at St Andrew's Park, a private garden, and a number of other locations in the area.

The Oak Processionary Moth can be dangerous to human and animal health while it is a caterpillar. At this time of year, they collectively build nests covered in their toxic hairs which are shed into the oak tree, or blown in the wind, making the area hazardous.

Contact with the hairs can cause skin irritation, allergic reaction, intense itchiness, painful rashes, eye problems, sore throat and breathing difficulties. Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars in park (gov.je)

 

Enable Jersey have campaigned successfully for a new Disabled Access toilet facility and changing room to be put in place in St Brelade's Bay. For more news on this story follow the Bailiwick Express link.  Disability charity opens accessible changing room in St. Brelade's Bay | Bailiwick Express

 

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.

 

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.

For the full criteria visit www.gov.je/buses or www.libertybus.je.

 

Jersey Retinal Diabetic screening programme.  The Jersey Diabetic Retinal Screening programme is running a complete programme including two surveillance clinics enabling effective monitoring of Islanders with optical problems due to diabetes. The programme includes the running of two surveillance clinics which allows effective monitoring of Islanders with optical problems due to diabetes.  The Retinal Screening Clinic, which was opened earlier this year by the late Alain du Chemin, includes a retinal screening camera, kindly donated by Diabetes Jersey, an OCT scanner, which allows a more detailed 3D assessment of the health of eyes, and a slit lamp, a powerful microscope with a light that enables opticians to take closer looks at the different structures in the eye to detect diseases. The slit lamp was purchased following a generous donation from the late Alain du Chemin. Islanders who want to book appointments or have any questions can contact Sarah Evans at sa.evans@health.gov.je or call the Jersey Diabetes Service on 444599.  

 

The Government of Jersey’s Minister for Social Security, Deputy Judy Martin recently announced (in partnership with Jersey Gas)  that following the recent increase in the price of gas in Jersey, extra support is being made available for vulnerable customers and those on low income who use gas to heat their homes. Support includes Jersey Gas’ “Priority Customer Care” scheme, which can provide assistance with spreading out bill payments, home comfort checks and a range of other measures. There is also a financial support scheme for customers who are worried about being able to pay their gas heating bills.

Jersey Gas are encouraging any customer who is concerned about paying their bills to contact them on 01534 755577 to find out more about the various support options available.

 

The Salvation Army are continuing helping those in need this year. 

Their all year round support is available at their Minden Place premises, call Salvation Army HQ on 735472, the office is open 9-1 Monday to Friday for more details of their help.

 

  1. Food bank – the Salvation Army food bank will be running for those in short-term financial crisis. Food parcels include toiletries and baby items such as nappies/wipes/formula. For longer term support, i.e. more than 6 weeks, please consider referring to the other foodbanks on the island.
  2. Voucher support will continue to be available for those in immediate financial hardship. This includes utility top-ups (Jersey Electric, heating oil, and Jersey Gas) and supermarket vouchers. 
  3. Community cafe is open offering free soup daily.

Pastoral support – the Salvation Army are always happy to listen and chat with people and offer pastoral support and/or signposting as appropriate, in their friendly community cafe.

 

 

 

 

 

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