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Ali Middle

Firearms safety

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Deadline 16th February

This consultation seeks views on a range of firearms safety issues which were raised with the government during the passage of the Offensive Weapons Act 2019. It contains proposals for how the law might be changed to mitigate the risks raised by these issues

It includes proposals for further, targeted controls on the security of air weapons and access to them by under-18s in England and Wales.

Firearms law is kept under review to ensure it addresses emerging risks to public safety. This consultation seeks views on the following firearms safety issues which were raised with the Government during the passage of the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 through Parliament:

  • High muzzle energy rifles
  • Air weapons
  • Miniature rifle ranges
  • Components of ammunition

Impact assessments for each of these issues have been published alongside this consultation. You are invited to submit any comments you may have on the impact assessments as part of your response.

For more information, and to comment, go to the Government website

Homelessness Support Worker with HEY Mind

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Deadline 2nd December

Based in North East Lincolnshire

37 hours per week £19,019 per annum

Do you want to part of an innovative project aimed at helping people with the most complex needs move away from rough sleeping?

This project has a genuinely different approach to other, more traditional, work with homeless people. The focus of this post is to provide support to individuals living in temporary accommodation; the post holder will have a lower caseload and be unrestricted by usual time limits and targets.

An understanding of how to work effectively with people who have multiple needs including mental health, offending, substance misuse and homelessness will be essential to this role.

You will have a strong belief that you can make a real difference to people’s lives and be able to work flexibly.

Applicants must have a full, current driving licence and access to their own transport for work purposes to enable them to respond quickly to situations.

For more information please go to www.heymind.org.uk ; their careers page also has an information pack and application forms.

You can also email recruitment@heymind.org.uk for an application pack.

If you require an application pack in a different format please contact the Administration Office on 01482 240200.

Closing date: 02 December 2020

Interview date: 09 December 2020

Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family

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The festive period is an important time for many people of all faiths and none who come together over the holidays.

The UK Government and Devolved Administrations recognise that people will want to be with their friends and family over Christmas, particularly after an incredibly difficult year. For this reason, the government is changing some social contact restrictions for a short period of time.

When following these new rules, we must each continue to take personal responsibility to limit the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones, particularly if they are vulnerable. For many, this will mean that it isn’t possible to celebrate Christmas in the way you normally would.

Between 23 and 27 December:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
  • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying
  • you cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble

You should travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December. Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel on the 22 and 28 December.

For more information go to the Government website

Job Vacancies with HCAS

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Deadline 8th December.

HCAS (Humber Community Advice Services) are a Hull-based charity providing information, advice and support to members of the minority ethnic communities.

They are looking for motivated and disciplined individuals to fill the vacancies as follows:

1) An Adviser – To provide advice and support on benefits and money matters.

2) A Health and Well-being Support Worker.

3) An Administration Officer.

The positions are part-time and will be for a fixed period to December, 2022. Each position is for 2 days per week, and will draw attractive proportionate pay.

The applicants should be well organised and have previous experience of working with diverse communities. They should be team players and have:

  1. a) Good communication skills.
  2. b) The ability to communicate effectively at different levels.
  3. c) Compassion, and a desire to make positive difference to other people’s lives.
  4. d) The ability to respond quickly to different situations.

For the Administration Officer vacancy, the applicant should have good IT skills, and experience of office administration work. The ability to read, write and communicate in Arabic will be an added advantage for the admin position.

The closing date for the applications is 8th December, 2020.

For the Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form for any of the positions, please e-mail: info.hcas@gmail.com , or phone Tel: 01482 236460, 07342 153452.

COVID-19: suggested principles of safer singing

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Published 20th November

Taking account of the evidence, and if other national and local guidance on the control of COVID-19 is followed, singing is considered safer when the following actions are taken:

  1. As required by national guidance, people with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, or who are known to have been in recent contact with others who have COVID-19, do not participate in singing or attend singing events.
  2. Singing takes place only in larger well-ventilated spaces, or outdoors.
  3. Performance or rehearsal is for limited periods of time at a reduced level of loudness, using microphones for amplification if available.
  4. Limited numbers of people sing together.
  5. Singers are spaced at least 2 metres apart in all directions (at least 1 metre apart if the additional measures or controls recommended in government COVID-19 guidance for the performing arts are applied).

For more information go to the Government website

COVID-19 graphics to download

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Please feel free to download and use the VCS SAFE graphic below (right click the images to save, or download the pdf versions)






Stay SAFE graphic as a pdf

The #HullTogether graphics








Hull Emergency pdf version






COVID emergency 2 pdf version

Government posters as downloadable pdfs




COVID-19: mitigation of risks in occupational settings with a focus on ethnic minority groups

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Published 20th November

The review of disparities of risk and outcomes of coronavirus (COVID-19), carried out by Public Health England (PHE) showed that there is an association between belonging to some ethnic groups and the likelihood of testing positive and dying of COVID-19. The review did not account for the effect of occupation, co-morbidities or obesity. Since the review a wide range of research has explored the pathways that cause ethnic inequalities and have shown that this is a complex relationship, and the relative importance of different pathways in COVID-19 ethnic inequalities is not well understood.

This is a consensus statement from PHE, Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on how best to mitigate occupational risks, and specifically the known disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minority groups. This consensus statement follows the PHE report Beyond the Data and was developed through a multi-disciplinary-cross sector group subsequent to a request by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) that PHE, HSE and FOM were requested to consider mitigation of risks of COVID-19 in occupational settings with a focus on ethnic minority groups.

For more information go to the Government website

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