Lifestyle

If you’re over 70 and have not been invited for a Covid-19 jab, contact NHS now!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

By mid-February 2021 the Government aimed to have all over-70s and people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable given their first of two vaccinations against Covid-19, but told people they should wait to be invited for their appointment. Now, the NHS wants anyone over 70 or clinically extremely vulnerable who has not had their first jab to contact them to get vaccinated.

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Coronavirus vaccinations – make sure of your jab by registering with a GP

Monday, January 25th, 2021

The invitations to attend Coronavirus vaccination appointments for priority groups, which will include everyone over the age of 50, are being generated from the patient records held by doctors’ surgeries. Liveaboard boaters who are not registered with a GP may find that they are not contacted by the NHS with an invitation to have the Covid-19 vaccination.

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Landmark judgement confirms Housing Benefit for boat licence fees

Monday, June 29th, 2020

In a landmark judgement issued on 25th June 2020 (AB v London Borough of Camden (HB) [2020] UKUT 158 (AAC)), the Upper Tribunal has confirmed that Housing Benefit is payable for boat licence fees because the boat licence fee if living aboard is rent.

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Research into canal boat dwelling in London and South West England

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

Professor Richard Yarwood (Plymouth University) and Dr Agatha Herman (Cardiff University) are carrying out research into Canal boat dwelling: Homes, Welfare and Mobile Citizenship on Britain’s Canals. They are particularly interested in issues around homes, families, welfare and citizenship and they would love to hear your stories as these will help them better understand the benefits and challenges you experience.

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First ever nationwide liveaboard boater health survey

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) are carrying out a health survey of liveaboard boaters as part of their campaign to end discrimination in health services. This is the first nationwide health survey of the liveaboard boating community.

You can complete the survey online here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VKWCVHY

Or you can get a paper copy from Sam Worrall, FFT, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3XG. Tel 01273 234777 or 07425 419869 or see www.gypsy-traveller.org

Boaters encouraged to complete NHS Long Term Plan survey by 30th April

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Liveaboard boaters are being encouraged to complete an NHS survey in order to alert GPs, hospitals and clinics to the barriers that we face gaining access to the health services all citizens are entitled to.

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Boaters invited to community defibrillator training, Bedwyn, 15th March

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Liveaboard boaters are invited to a Community Basic Life Support and Defibrillator training session in Great Bedwyn Village Hall, Frog Lane, Great Bedwyn on Thursday 15th March 2018 at 6.45pm for a 7.15pm start.

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Living willow workshop for boaters, Avoncliff, 25th – 26th November

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

As part of a joint community arts project focusing on mental health, well-being and mindfulness, Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service is holding a number of craft workshops for liveaboard boaters who need support with these issues.

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Council’s Devizes Wharf plans will affect boaters – please attend meeting 18th September

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Wiltshire Council’s plans to develop land at Devizes Wharf will affect boaters. Plans for a footpath between Lock 50 and the Wharf Theatre could reduce mooring space and adversely impact all boaters. Please attend the Devizes Area Board meeting on 18th September and make your concerns known.

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Outreach boat at Bradford on Avon, Tuesday 5th September

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

The Boaters’ Cafe Club outreach boat Litania will be at the lower wharf in Bradford on Avon on Tuesday 5th September 2017 from 12pm to 4pm. Paper copies of the Wiltshire liveaboard boaters’ survey will be available.

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