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Fundraising canal walk by Alzheimer’s Support

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Alzheimer’s Support, a charity that provides services to people with dementia in Wiltshire, is marking its 25th anniversary with a sponsored fundraising walk along the K&A from Bath to Pewsey this weekend.

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First Aid course for boaters

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

There will be a first aid course for boaters on 19th April.

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New welfare service provides advice and support for liveaboard boaters

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

The Bath based charity Julian House has recently gained funding to appoint two Gypsy, Traveller and Boater Community Outreach and Engagement Officers.

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Free boat fire safety checks available

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service provides free fire safety advice for boaters on the K&A in Wiltshire.

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Liveaboard boaters encouraged to apply for outreach job

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Julian House in Bath is recruiting two part-time Outreach and Engagement Workers to improve access to health and social care for Gypsies, Travellers and Boat Dwellers. The closing date is 21st November. This is a new project, funded by the NHS in BaNES, that is the result of the 2012 health survey of boaters and travellers that some boaters took part in. The job advertisement is below and full details are on www.julianhouse.org.uk/jobs

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NHS data sale postponed for 6 months

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

After a concerted campaign by concerned people, NHS England has announced that Care.data, the plan to upload everyone’s medical records to a central database, is being postponed for 6 months.

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NHS data sharing – know your rights to opt out

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Later this year, the National Health Service (NHS) plans to start selling patient information to drug and insurance companies. This month NHS England is sending a leaflet entitled ‘Better Information Means Better Care’ to 26 million households explaining that data will be shared with researchers and organisations outside the NHS – unless you choose to opt out by writing to your GP. Needless to say, most boat dwellers will not get this leaflet.

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Waterways Chaplaincy on the K&A

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Two Waterways Chaplains are on the K&A until April. Andy and Sue Smith arrived on the K&A last summer in their narrowboat Spring Water. They regularly walk the towpath to find out if any vulnerable people need help, support or advice.

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Amazing Spaces wants to hear from boaters

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Channel 4 programme Amazing Spaces wants to hear from boaters who are doing a bit of home improvement

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Liveaboard pensioners can get bus passes

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

One of the issues raised in the Boaters Voices project last year was the difficulty faced by boaters without home moorings in getting the concessionary bus pass that pensioners and disabled people are entitled to. The barrier faced by liveaboard pensioners was that the Councils that administer the concessionary travel scheme would not accept a Poste Restante address or provide a bus pass to someone with no address at all. This was pursued with Wiltshire Council. BaNES Council is also reviewing its procedures for applying for the bus pass.

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