What's On - October 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, contact Jersey Youth Service - Simon 07797 727031 / Jo 07797 758287.
Facilitating Co-Production Course – free places available
Do you want to involve service users in the design and delivery of support? At the Jersey Recovery College, co-production is at the heart of everything we do. This Free 'Facilitating Co-Production' course will give you an insight into this model. (Ideally, students will previously have attended the Introduction to Co-Production module).
Two sessions - Thurs 21st and 28th Oct. 09:30 - 12:30.
Sign up now online: www.recovery.je/courses
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 October workshop is around the theme of House History, it is being held on 16th October from 10am. You can email to book at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 833300.
More details here.
Also at Jersey Heritage, Silver Sunday is happening on 3rd October.
Silver Sunday is a national day where all generations come together to host fun and free activities for the more senior members of their community. It is a day for older people to meet new people, take part in interesting activities, learn something new, and connect with the wider community. This year it is based at Hamptonne and entry is free for the over 50's although all ages are welcome to attend. For more information click the link
EYECAN Solutions exhibition - This event will be will be taking place at Westlea Centre, St Martin on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 October 2021 from 10am to 4pm. It will be showcasing all the latest technology for helping with sight impairment along with lots of information about all the support on offer.
Jersey Retinal Diabetic screening programme. Health and Community Services is encouraging diabetic Islanders to look after their eyes this National Eye Health Week. 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 email@example.com or call the Jersey Diabetes Service on 444599.
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) to book tickets and advise whether you need wheelchair space and will be accompanied by a carer.
For information check the website.
CAP Jersey will 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.
Independent Taxation: Parish Briefing Events (starting from 6 October)
Find out how Jersey’s personal income tax is changing and ask your questions to tax experts about Independent Taxation at one of the public briefing events.
No pre-booking is needed. For more information visit: www.gov.je/IndependentTaxation
This series of public briefing events at a selection of Parish Halls will be taking place from Wednesday (6 October) until 14 October, where Islanders can go along and hear more about how Jersey’s income tax system is changing and ask any questions about how Independent Taxation may affect them. Experts from Revenue Jersey will be on hand to answer any queries.
Dementia Friends Session: Dementia Jersey 12:30pm – 2pm, Thursday 14 October: Jersey Library
Would you like to learn more about dementia and how the dementia can affect people living with the condition?
For more information and to reserve a free place email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01534 723519
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month including a 'Wear it Pink for Breast Cancer' day on 22nd October. For more information about how you can raise money for research please follow the link
Go Sober for October is also a popular event, asking you to not drink any alcohol for the whole month and to see what health (and financial) benefits this brings. All money raised is to benefit Macmillan Cancer Support. To find out more click here
Stoptober also happens this month, there is extra support on hand if you are ready to give up smoking. Its the 10th anniversary of the health campaign and an estimated two million smokers have so far used the campaign moment to make a quit attempt. For more information and resources to help please click the link
6th October is World Cerebral Palsy Day There are 17 million people across the world living with cerebral palsy (CP). Another 350 million people are closely connected to a child or adult with CP. It is the most common physical disability in childhood. CP is a permanent disability that affects movement. Its impact can range from a weakness in one hand, to almost a complete lack of voluntary movement. It is a complex disability:
- 1 in 4 children with CP cannot talk
- 1 in 4 cannot walk
- 1 in 2 have an intellectual disability
- 1 in 4 have epilepsy.
* CP is a lifelong disability and there is no known cure.
World CP Day promotes awareness of those with the condition, celebrates and supports those living with CP, embraces diversity and helps to create a more accessible future for everyone.
3-10 October is National Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Awareness week
Dyslexia comes with many challenges, but many people in our community feel like their struggles are unseen. Because dyslexia itself isn’t visible, individuals with dyslexia often feel unsupported, unwanted, invisible. From the child at school struggling to keep up with the rest of their friends, to the office worker feeling like they don’t belong. Dyslexia also too often goes hand in hand with other invisible challenges. People can struggle with their mental health. There can be discrimination in the workplace. That’s why this dyslexia week we are focusing on Invisible Dyslexia, to explore the entire theme of visibility within our community. We’ll highlight the importance of mental health, increase visibility of underrepresented groups, and raise serious issues of dyslexia being overlooked within education and the workplace. To find out more click here
Dyspraxia For more information about the symptoms of Dyspraxia in adults please follow this link To join a webinar looking at technology that can help those with Dyspraxia please click below for tickets.
10th October is World Mental Health Day - these last couple of years have highlighted the importance of our mental health and how we can protect it.
The pandemic and the resulting economic uncertainty have negatively affected many people’s mental health and elevated concerns for those already living with a mental illness.
A programme has been written and filmed which looks at the people and projects safeguarding emotional wellbeing across the UK and the necessary support in place to help those experiencing a mental health problem.
‘Forward Together for Mental Health’ will explore how the crisis has advanced the mental health narrative and agenda in the workplace and wider society. It is showing on 10th October, for more information click here
11-15 October is National Work-Life Week - National Work Life Week is Working Families’ annual campaign to get both employers and employees talking about wellbeing at work and work-life balance. Employers can use the week to provide activities for staff, and to showcase their flexible working policies and practices. This year there have been lots of times where work-life balance has been very difficult to maintain this year and this is an opportunity to learn more about planning to make this successful. To find out more click here
11-17 October is National Braille Week. Braille is a tactile system that allows blind and partially sighted people to access literacy by reading and writing. Braille is read by touch, by using the pads of the fingers to feel the letters and symbols. Braille can be written in a variety of ways; using specialist equipment or specific computer software. Braille is available in nearly every language and is used all over the world. National Braille Week aims to raise awareness of the importance of Braille and other alternative formats that open up the written world to people with visual impairments. National Braille Week is organised by the charity Royal Blind and runs in the second week of October, coinciding with World Sight Day.
Get involved by organising your own event or activity – browse the website for free resources!
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