Human Rights and Coronavirus: Communities What we do at BIHR At BIHR we work with community, advocacy and support groups across the UK We help them to create change and address social justice issues using human rights without going to court through local advocacy, campaigning and negotiation. During the pandemic: community partnerships During the pandemic we have been partnering with communities, groups and organisations to advocate for, and challenge risks to, human rights at this time. Over the past few weeks we have worked with the following organisations: We have capacity deliver regular online human rights sessions, and to develop practical information resources, for people with care and support needs who are concerned We are looking for partners to deliver free human rights sessions and information to people you support across the UK: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. If your group or organisation is interested, please contact Carlyn Miller on [email protected]. We are seeking more funding for this work and hope to have more sessions available soon. Please check back! Find out more about your rights At BIHR we believe that knowledge is power. That's why we've created plain English Explainers on the changes to law and policy due to the UK's government's response to Covid-19. There have been quite a lot of changes to laws and policies for people with care and support needs, but importantly some laws remain the same, including the Human Rights Act. Our Explainers navigate the changes and explain them in ways that make sense without having to be a lawyer. We are look at the impact on people and their rights, supporting community groups to analyse the human rights impact of the changes. We have also made sure that each Explainer looks at the UK's 4 nations: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. You can read them here. You can also access our downloadable human rights resources produced before coronavirus, remembering that the duties on frontline services to respect and protect human rights remains the law. Our resources are available here. Our sessions so far ... A key parntnership in May was our work with Learning Disability England and the #Right2Home campaign. As part of a week of action on the rights of people with learning disabilities, we delivered an interactive digital human rights session which focused on human rights and independent living. What attendees said about the session: Communities of Practice Do you want to have a say on human right issues that affect your community? Over the past few months, in between delivering sessions reaching 100s of people and their families, campaigning and advocacy groups and public officials we have been thinking more and more about how we engage meaningfully afterwards to continue to create positive change through human rights. Our plan is to create what we are calling, “Communities of Practice”. An online platform where you can: Access our resources and information and find out about further training. We will also be holding Q&A sessions with BIHR staff. Discuss and create change with people in a similar situation to you, whether that is about your life or your work (you might be accessing or working in/with public services). Share your expert experience with us. This will inform what we tell those in positions of power about the human rights issues that impact you (whether that’s in your life or your work). Working with people is important to us. As part of our first steps in setting up these Communities of Practice we want to involve you in the decisions we need to make. Which platform should we use? How should we arrange each community? Click the button below to find out more. Future work Next online sessions Our next session for people, their families and community/advocacy organisations is on Wednesday 10th June, 2.30pm-4pm. This one is delivered with HEAR Network. Join us for: An introduction to human rights The impact of the Coronavirus Act on human rights law Examples of specific rights and how they are relevant to Covid-19 Practical framework for upholding rights during Covid-19 To sign up, please email [email protected] and your place will be reserved. Please include your name and the group or organisation you are connected to (if there is one). Please say if you have any access barriers to attending online meetings. If your community, group or organisation is interested in working in partnership with us please contact Carlyn Miller on [email protected].