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 across the UK to advocate for, and challenge risks to, human rights at this time. Here are just some of the organisations we have worked with since March: 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 free partnership sessions available soon. Please check back! If you're interested in a bespoke BIHR human rights session for your community or advocacy group, please follow the button below for more information: 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. #Right2Home Tool Development Throughout September and October, we worked closely with #Right2Home to support the development of their new online tool and website to support people with loved ones who are autistic and/or have learning disabilities who are struggling with restrictive visiting policies and unable to see their loved ones. The tool was published this week on Monday 12 October 2020. We at BIHR are proud to have supported the development of this tool through a series of testing workshops with people who would use the tool to inform its development. We also helped by providing our expert guidance on developing a rights-based tool and providing information on human rights law for people who are autistic and/or have learning disabilities. If your community, group or organisation is interested in working in partnership with us please contact Carlyn Miller on [email protected].