What's On - May 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.
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
Summer Term - Jersey Recovery College
The Jersey Recovery College Summer prospectus 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
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.
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.
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.
What's on this May
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 new 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.
May 5-6 Eyecan are holding Open Days to inform about their new assistive equipment and to let Islanders walk around their building to see what facilities are available. This is by appointment only - please email email@example.com for more information.
May 9 is Liberation Day here in Jersey. Unlike the last 2 years there are planned celebrations happening in Liberation Square and Weighbridge Place. There will be food and dancing as well as the historical re-enactment of the Liberation morning itself. To find out the full events for the day please follow the link.
May 22 is the Durrell Challenge, a 13km road race that takes place between 8am - 12.30pm on the day and a virtual run that has to be completed any day between Friday 20th and Monday 23rd May. All funds raised go to help Durrell with their conservation work. For more information about entry please follow this link.
May 22 is also the Race for Life. This is a 3km fun run that takes place between 11-12 in aid of Cancer Research, in memory of loved ones lost to Cancer. For more information about how to enter please follow this link.
May is 'Make May Purple' to bring awareness for the Stroke Association. You can choose to make May purple in many ways, from clothes to hair colour, for more ideas please check out this link. The Stroke Association provides information about causes, side effects and types of stroke.
May 1-8 is 'Time for a Cuppa' week, a good excuse to share a drink and possibly a biscuit/cake with friends, colleagues or family and catch up with all their news!
May 2-8 is Deaf Awareness Week. On Island Earsay are holding a series of talks to promote and give advice about hearing loss and its effects. You can find out more about these here.
May 10-15 is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme this year is loneliness. Loneliness affects many of us at one time or another. We know that loneliness can be both the driver for and a product of poor mental health. Our society is changing fast. The pandemic has given rise to a sense of loneliness and isolation undermining confidence in daily routines. Let’s connect during Mental Health Awareness Week, and together, we can:
- Raise awareness of the links between poor mental health and loneliness
- Provide safe and welcoming spaces to talk and support each other.
To read more and find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week check out this link.
May 24-29 is National Epilepsy Week. For information about Epilepsy and how it can affect people and their daily life please visit the Epilepsy Society website.
May 29 is National Biscuit Day!! Sit down with a well deserved biscuit, cup of tea and enjoy!
For information check the website.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.