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    Sexuality and Relationships Manager - London Department: Strategy and Influence Opportunity Type: Paid Location: Central London Salary Details: £32,000 per annum + benefits Advertising End Date: 08 Mar 2018 Vacancy Type: Contract Hours Per Week: 37.5 Interview Date: 23rd March 2018 Apply Back to results About Mencap We work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all our services support people to live life as they choose. Everyone wants a purposeful job - to do something really meaningful. At Mencap, we can give you that. You’ll have opportunities to develop as a person, colleague, leader and activist. We want to make you feel inspired to reach your potential. Our work includes; • providing high-quality, flexible services that allow people to live as independently as possible in a place they choose • providing advice through our help lines and web sites • campaigning for the changes that people with a learning disability want Our leadership way Strong leadership is key to the success of our services. We have developed an exciting leadership approach at Mencap that we call Our Leadership Way. We want to recruit leaders who can demonstrate they have the potential to excel within this framework. In return we are committed to developing your potential even further. Our Chief Executive, Jan Tregelles, has this to say about Our Leadership Way. “Through your leadership, you have influence over whether someone’s day at work is interesting and inspiring or, conversely, boring and indifferent. Your actions (or inaction) can develop someone in to an asset for Mencap and the people we support or a liability. Your leadership can challenge the powerful people or systems that get in the way of people having fair chances, or it can shy away from confrontation. Leadership is powerful –for good and worse, and that’s why this is so important. We’re all here for the same reason – to change the lives of people with a learning disability. Our big plan sets out exactly how we are going to do this. But if we’re going to succeed, we need strong leaders. For more information, please see the attached document which provides an overview of Our Leadership Way.” Role Description Our vision is for people with a learning disability to be acknowledged as sexual beings and have on-going support to form meaningful Friendships and Relationships. We want Mencap to be the leading social care provider when it comes to supporting people with a learning disability with their sexuality and relationships. The Sexuality and Relationships Manager is a brand new role, so we are looking for someone who is an expert in this area to lead from the front and make us the most credible voice for this change. Did you know that only 3% of adults with a learning disability live with their partners, compared to 70% of the general population? What will you do? You will be responsible for driving forward Mencap’s vision and developing our internal position and capabilities in this area. Working closely with our Learning and Development & Quality teams, you will establish sustainable training and practice development models. You will also work across our network of local groups and services to identify best practice and build toolkits of resources that will be available to support staff and partner organisations. A strong internal culture will be the key building block for launching our external messaging about why this work is so important. We are working towards doing this on Valentine’s Day 2019, you will look to gather case studies and stories from your work and work with our Communications team to hone our messaging. In addition to this, you will be working with our Policy and Programmes team, as well as stakeholders in the Sex Education forum, to ensure that the new Relationships and Sex Education curriculum that starts in schools in September 2019, is accessible to people with a learning disability. We are looking for someone who is as passionate as we are to ensure that people with a learning disability are not being denied the basic right to develop their sexuality and develop a sexual identity because of restrictive attitudes and a lack of education and support. You will need to have a background in sex and relationships as well as an understanding around learning disability. You will also need to be confident and comfortable to liaise with internal and external stakeholders to deliver on this topic. Being able to manage budgets as well as previous experience of project development and delivery is essential. If you feel you have what it takes to be our new Sexuality and Relationships Manager, please apply using your CV and a covering letter. *Please note, this role is initially on a 12 month fixed term contract with the potential to be extended after this period. ID - 12035 Benefits We believe that all employees are amazing and we wouldn't be able to achieve what we do without them. Here are just some of the ways we would value and invest in you. 24 days’ holiday (excluding bank holidays) increasing to 27 days with long service plus the ability to buy up to another 10 days via our HolidayPlus scheme* Amazing Induction from day 1 Access to on-going training and development Service related sick pay when 6-month probation is completed Eligibility to join Mencap Pension Plan where Mencap matches contributions up to 5% on a salary sacrifice basis meaning NI savings* Membership of Mencap Pension Plan to include up to 3 times salary, death in service life cover AND Income Protection of 50% salary to be triggered at 26 weeks of long term sickness* Tax free child care vouchers via salary sacrifice scheme for working parents Loans for bikes, computers and phones when you have been with us for 6 months Interest free season ticket loans Discounts and cashback at high street shops including major super markets, cinemas, gyms, leisure/theme parks, holidays and much more via Mencap extras Opportunity to purchase a health cash plan to claim towards dental, glasses, therapy etc. Free access to round the clock employee assistance program for advice and support Quarterly award scheme and recognition at every 5 years through our YouRock program *T&C's apply based on contract
  3. The Action Thread Part Two

    1.9k TECHNOLOGY How internet access is making a BIG difference at this primary school in Kenya December 13 2016 | By: MEGAN IACOBINI DE FAZIO JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin The generator comes back to life with a loud rumble, and a cheer rings through the classroom as the computer screens flicker back on. Break time has only just finished at Kibiko Primary School, but there is a scramble among the children to log onto their computers. The lesson is about to start, and they can’t wait. “I’ve noticed a change in attitude. The children used to be intimidated by subjects like math, but now it’s fun for them and they look forward to their time in the lab,” says Nelius Njiru, who teaches math, science, and Swahili at Kibiko. Kibiko is one of 205 primary schools across four Kenyan counties to be part of the iMlango program, which aims to improve education by delivering internet access, computer labs, smartcard-based attendance monitoring, and online learning tools to primary school children. The iMlango platform offers one-on-one math tuition and allows students to access a wealth of online content, including English lessons, African stories with a social message, and life skills training. Importantly, it also allows schools to collect accurate attendance data through sQuid Android tablets and contactless cards. “Monitoring attendance and talking to parents and the community has helped us understand the reasons behind some children missing school so frequently,” says Patricia Wawira Ndwiga, the teacher in charge of iMlango at the school. And, while simply making class more fun with iMlango’s interactive lesson plans is enough to entice some children back to school, others have more serious reasons for missing class. “I used to stay at home sometimes because we didn’t have food or I could not wash my uniform,” says Silvia, a Kibiko 7th grader who puts into words an experience that is common for many girls in Kenya. In some communities, when families are unable to cover the costs of their children’s education, the girls are usually the first to pay the price of poverty and stay home. “Some people here think that girls should work, not study,” says Joan, a 7th-grade student. “When girls are educated they can achieve a lot for themselves and also help their community.” Some of the other girls in the classroom—who want to be neurosurgeons, lecturers, and journalists when they grow up—nod their heads in agreement. To help girls achieve a quality education, iMlango has also started offering financial incentives to the most underprivileged families. Five dollars are uploaded every fortnight onto a pink plastic smartcard, which is usually given to the women in the family and can only be used with selected merchants. “My mother can buy soap and food with the pink card, and it helps a lot,” says Silvia. “I never miss school anymore.” iMlango, which is supported by the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology and delivered by four companies working in partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), has already impacted the lives of 68,000 girls across Kenya. And its impact is not limited to academic subjects. The program offers a variety of after-school activities, such as debate club and a tree club, where students can plant trees and learn about the environment. Girls especially are encouraged to work on issues affecting them and come up with their own projects, which they can then share with other schools in the network. For example, girls from a school in Makweni have created content on the importance of hand washing and good hygiene. At Kibiko, Silvia and her friends compete in the national debate competitions and, through the school’s girls’ club, have learned how to administer first aid and make healthy juices. While the girls at Kibiko, like at many other schools around the world, face unique obstacles to their right to education, innovative programs like iMlango, together with the girls’ determination to rise above these obstacles, is giving them a chance to achieve their goals. “It has given us a lot of confidence because we know that our computer, math, and English skills are as good as anyone else’s. We really know how to express ourselves now,” says Joan. The teachers agree. According to Nelius, “iMlango is doing wonders for our children.” Access to the internet isn’t a luxury—it’s life-changing. SIGN NOW and tell world leaders to commit to bringing connection to the least developed countries.
  4. The Action Thread Part Two

    GIRLS AND WOMEN Siku’s helping women in Malawi save money—and changing their lives with every cent 19 April 2016 7:57PM UTC | By: GUEST BLOGGER JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin By Steve Sharra In Lilongwe, Malawi, Area 56 is made up of two high-density, unplanned squatter settlements locally known as Ntandile and Mtsiliza. It’s also located directly next to Area 47, a wealthy low-density suburb. The two are separated by a road that stretches several kilometers and demarcates the city’s other residential areas. A number of multi-billion mega-structures—like the Bingu National Stadium—have risen on one side of the thoroughfare… but not on the other. But in parts of Ntandile and Mtsiliza, women have been uplifting each other and changing their fortunes in an incredible way. It all started one Sunday afternoon in March 2003, when Siku Nkhoma—an urban planner with a desire to better understand urban poverty—met a local chief in Ntandile. “Mtandire was one of the biggest settlements then and I thought it would be easier for me to learn more about the settlement and meet women there,” says Siku, 37. She asked the chief if he could organize some of the poorest women in the area. The initial meeting attracted 50 women. One of them was Sarah Kalenjeka. “Siku suggested to us that a first step towards economic self-reliance could be micro-savings,” says Sarah, 47. Siku Nkhoma, left, and Sarah Kalenjeka. Siku suggested that if they could start saving even the smallest amount on a daily basis, eventually the money could multiply and it could benefit them in important ways. “Out of the 50 women, 30 of us agreed to the idea and started saving as little as 20 tambala into a fund every single day,” says Sarah (In 2003, 20 tambala equaled a fifth of one U.S. cent.) They called it a “Mchenga Fund,” which is Chichewa vernacular for “sand.” “It symbolized how tiny things can be pooled and grow into big things,” says Sarah. Sarah and her son, Gabriel. By November 2003, they had saved K7,000 in cash ($70). “We opened an account and deposited the cash. We then began mobilizing other women in other squatter settlements of the capital, and soon spread out to two other cities: Mzuzu in the north and Blantyre in the south.” By 2005, they had 1,500 members nationwide. They became known as the Malawi Homeless People’s Federation, and became affiliated with Shack Dwellers International, a community-based organization of the urban poor in 33 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. They established relationships with similar federations in neighboring countries, including Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, and Kenya. They began exchanging visits and attending annual meetings of Shack Dwellers International. Later in 2005, their respective city councils gave the group unused government land for free, “on account of their extreme poverty,” according to Siku. “Every plot was registered in a woman’s name,” says Sarah. A non-governmental organization that Siku formed, Centre for Community Organisation and Development (CCODE), became the federation’s secretariat. CCODE helped them secure a grant to establish a revolving fund that would enable them to fund the construction of homes. Sarah at a construction site. In Lilongwe’s Area 49 location, they constructed 195 homes. In Mzuzu’s Mchengautuba, they constructed 83, and in Blantyre’s Angelogoloveya, they constructed 460 homes. The women moved from their unplanned squatter settlements into their new modern houses. In 2008, these same women began learning trade skills. “We were taught carpentry, construction, sewing, brick making, sausage making, pottery, tie dye, and shoe making, among several other skills,” says Sarah. In 2014, they rebranded into the Federation of Urban and Rural Poor, and their numbers grew to 15,000 nationwide. Under Siku’s leadership, they established the Enterprise Development Holdings, a company that constructs houses for commercial clients and runs a series of other profit-making ventures. Siku and Sarah. To date, the women have succeeded in their dream to become economically self-reliant. “We have visited other countries in Africa and outside, including Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Burkina Faso, India, China, Sweden, Sri Lanka, and Thailand,” says Sarah. Their unheralded story lies unrecognized, adjacent to major infrastructural developments in African cities: African women uplifting each other as economic inequality continues around the world. Read about more inspirational women, then stand up for women and girls everywhere by signing our Poverty is Sexist open letter!
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  6. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    42 889 Had a great day in Bamburgh, taking photos and going to the castle
  7. Another one on u2start redeemed June and gets theirs delivered today, Scotland
  8. u2 song of the day

    February 24th 1992....Happy 26th bday to this jewel from masterpiece Achtung Baby!!!!!
  9. u2 song of the day

    I hugely approve this message !!!!!
  10. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    42 888. Afternoon all.having a lazy day today as have a late one tonight and it's going to be really cold to. hope all is good with everyone ☺
  11. Denver misses U2

    Denver misses U2. Great shows for I+E, but we missed out on the Joshua Tree tour. I hope it's not too late for an E+I show in the city that is home to Red Rocks.
  12. Picked mine up this morning and now playing them! Worth the wait....
  13. New Members Introduction Thread

    Good call on turning this back to on topic, Manohlive. Before we do, as he said, GA is General Admission aka Floor Standing aka the hottest ticket to try to buy, but also one of the most affordable ones. Doing GA has been highly documented by this guy here: http://onlineonthehorizon.com/ga-guide/
  14. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    42, 887 - @Malahide I'm not sure there *is* a polite way to phrase that
  15. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    42, 886 - Aww, thanks @pollyanna *blushes* Despite the sweary kids, I do like the library. Most of the people who come in are lovely - and it's very satisfying when you can find that book that someone's been looking for for ages
  16. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    42 885 The library people must love you. You’re so helpful.....and we love you too.
  17. u2 song of the day

  18. Sonnet X For shame! deny that thou bear'st love to any,Who for thyself art so unprovident.Grant, if thou wilt, thou art beloved of many,But that thou none lovest is most evident;For thou art so possess'd with murderous hateThat 'gainst thyself thou stick'st not to conspire.Seeking that beauteous roof to ruinateWhich to repair should be thy chief desire.O, change thy thought, that I may change my mind!Shall hate be fairer lodged than gentle love?Be, as thy presence is, gracious and kind,Or to thyself at least kind-hearted prove:Make thee another self, for love of me,That beauty still may live in thine or thee. william Shakespeare
  19. Still waiting here in Holland too...
  20. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I had a drive last night. I listened to SOE from start to finish. I had not realized that Landlady...in the end...when Bono starts singing...Every wave that broke me...is relating back to SOI and Every Breaking Wave. I listen to music before I start paying attention to the intricacies of what it means. I spoke of this before, as I like to feel it organically. I'm now at the point where I am starting to hear more of SOE's lyrics as a whole. It seems to me that the Every wave part is a whole song, in and of itself. Lyrically, it could stand on its own, imho. For me, it's a very unexpected turn. It is not how I'd look or listen for the song to end. It's almost as though he wrote a separate piece of verse and decided to weave it into the end of Landlady. I see its shade of the past, yet it leads me somewhere. I also noticed that he sings...Space....Her place is where I found my parking space.... Huh? 'That's not very good lyrical content', was my first thought. 'Space is great; it takes me right up into it. Her place leads to a parking space?', I wondered. It made no sense. 'Why repeat space? It should be Space....something something....and then place. He shouldn't be repeating space. He's a much better lyricist than that', the cock in me thought. Then it dawned on me that Space IS her place. The writer finds HIS place within, and parks his own self, because it's where he most wants to be. (that's my take, at this point, on those lyrics). Perhaps he wants me to question why he's repeating space. I've been floating in the melody and that incredible guitar sound/playing of Landlady. I never associated it with Every Breaking Wave until last evening. Besides the obvious SOI reference, it feels like it could be the middle of the beginning (Love is All) and the end (There Is A Light) of SOE. (for me) I'm not sure why. It's the same part of what I love so much about U2. I hear Bono sing Roam...and then The Edge on guitar and I take off. I've yet to sit and listen to Larry's drums or Adam's bass on this song. I hear them, but I have not actually listened to them. I shall. It does not matter, yet again, what any of this means because It'll dawn on me some time in the future. I can fall in love all over again. This song, and album, make my hair stand on end. I love it. I also thought it was Rome, not Roam.
  21. Beat This Setlist

    I'm wondering if they are going to bookend the shows with Love is All We have Left and There is A Light. I'm wondering if the show is going to start and end with those. I'd imagine Love is Bigger is gonna be the last song and then maybe There is A Light is played as the house goes back up to whole. I'm also wondering if the house might go to half and then Love is All We have Left is piped through while the house goes to whole...then the band kicks in live with Lights of Home. Who knows? It sure will be fun. It's going to be very difficult to not know until May 22 in Chicago. We should have SOE spoiler alerts?
  22. Beat This Setlist

    Same here.
  23. I redeemed May 6th. I don't understand how people who redeemed later than others received their gifts first. That seems like absolute horse shit. If you are short on the items and you're going to go in any specific order you need to go in order of those who have been waiting the longest...this is so ridiculous
  24. New Members Introduction Thread

    Oh my gosh...That is a hotbed issue on U2.com right now. I suggest you read the 2018 presale threads. This one is for new member introductions. I forgot to check this thread's topic. I promised a Zootopian who called me out that I'd be more careful about staying on point in threads. GA=General Admission. Read the presale threads and you'll find out what is up with GAs.
  25. New Members Introduction Thread

    Looks like there’s a lot I don’t know about attending a U2 concert (my first will be in June.) How do you get a GA?
  26. New Members Introduction Thread

    The rail is for whomever gets GAs and shows up early enough to be let in the venue first.
  27. The Action Thread Part Two

    By Phineas Rueckert FEB. 22, 2018 + 0 EDUCATION More Than 90 Schoolgirls Were Kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria This Week — And No One Knows If They’ve Been Rescued “Why did they lie to us?” The Nigerian town of Dapchi appeared to have narrowly avoided a major scare this week, after officials said that 76 schoolgirls, abducted by militants believed to be Boko Haram, had been rescued by Nigerian security forces. Now, it turns out that the girls may still be missing, Reuters reports. “The government said yesterday the girls have been found, then the governor came today to say the soldiers are yet to find them,” Ali Maidoya, a resident of Dapchi, told Reuters. “Why did they lie to us before?” Take Action: Keep Crisis-Affected Girls in School Take Action: Send Now 1 point United StatesUnited KingdomGermanyCanadaAustraliaAfghanistanÅland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBruneiBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCabo VerdeCambodiaCameroonCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo (the Democratic Republic of the)Cook IslandsCosta RicaCôte d'IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands [Malvinas]Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambia (The)GeorgiaGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and McDonald IslandsHoly See [Vatican City State]HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedoniaMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMarshall IslandsMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMicronesia (the Federated States of)MoldoviaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorth KoreaNorthern Mariana IslandsNorwayOmanPakistanPalauPalestine, State ofPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarRéunionRomaniaRussiaRwandaSaint BarthélemySaint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth KoreaSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited States Minor Outlying IslandsUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamVirgin Islands (British)Virgin Islands (U.S.)Wallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabwe The girls were first reported missing Monday night, when insurgents drove into town in trucks mounted with “heavy guns” and attacked an all-girls school. On Wednesday, a government official reportedly said that 76 of the 91 girls who had been abducted had been rescued — and that two were killed in the attack. But on Thursday, four parents who spoke with state governor Ibrahim Gaidam said they were told the girls had not, in fact, been rescued. Read More: Boko Haram Has Reportedly Abducted Over 90 Nigerian Schoolgirls The Dapchi girls, whose fate remains unclear at this point, would not be the first to be abducted by the extremist group Boko Haram, which operates primarily in Nigeria. In 2014, 276 girls from the town of Chibok were captured in a Boko Haram raid and held in captivity. This May, 82 girls were freed in a prisoner swap, but more than 100 are still being held. Experts fear that the Dapchi girls could become the next Chibox. BBC World Service Africa editor Will Ross called this week’s events a “chilling echo of Chibok.” On Wednesday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari‏ assured that the military and police had been mobilized to find the girls. Twitter Ads info and privacy Read More: 10 Barriers to Education Around the World “I share the anguish of all the parents and guardians of the girls that remain unaccounted for,” he wrote on Twitter. “I would like to assure them that we are doing all in our power to ensure the safe return of all the girls.” UK Secretary of State Boris Johnson also called for an end to the abductions. Twitter Ads info and privacy “Deeply concerned by reports that schoolgirls have been abducted in Nigeria – UK urgently following up with Nigerian authorities,” he wrote. “Attacks on schools are abhorrent and must stop. Every girl deserves a safe education.” Global Citizen will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.
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