Human Rights and Coronavirus: People with care & support needs What we do at BIHR BIHR provides the tools, resources and training support that help people to know and use their human rights themselves. We focus on helping people to do this outside of the courtroom and in their daily lives. You can read more about our work here. We do not provide advice or casework. We also work with community, advocacy and support groups. We help them to create change and address social justice issues using human rights without going to court through local advocacy, campaigning and negotiation. Read more about our this work here. If your community group would like to discuss the possibility of a bespoke human rights session please contact Carlyn Miller on [email protected] During the pandemic During the pandemic we are hosting online free information sessions for people and their families as well as for community and advocacy groups. We have recently been given funding to deliver regular online free sessions, and to develop information resources for people with care and support needs. We are looking for partners to work with on this. We want to deliver free human rights sessions and information for people across the UK, so we are looking for partner organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as England.So far we worked together with Learning Disability England and HEAR Network to create and deliver human rights sessions relevant for their members. If your group or organisation is interested, please contact Carlyn Miller on [email protected]. We are seeking more funding for this too, and hope to have some more sessions available soon. At BIHR we believe that knowledge is power so we have been working hard to create plain English Explainers on the changes to law and policy due to the UK's government's response to Covid-19. We navigate the changes & explain them in ways that make sense There's specific content for all 4 UK nations! You can read them here. You can also access our downloadable 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 ... Our impact In April and May 2020, BIHR offered 2 free sessions to empower people with care and support needs on their human rights during Covid-19. We're really proud of the impact that our sessions have had: Communities of Practice Do you want to have a say on human right issues that affect you or your work? 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. Future content We are busy making new information on human rights, and we will be making plain language factsheets on each human right. These will be really handy to use to know your rights, especially during Covid-19. We will have these ready soon! More information We have written lots of useful Explainers on the changes to the law during Covid-19 and what these changes mean for human rights. There is an Explainer on each topic for each nation of the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). You can find them all here. We also have lots of blogs which talk about human rights in different contexts during Covid-19. You can read them here.