New peer support project launched at AGM

This year, the Forum’s AGM saw the launch of Making Change Happen, our new peer support project funded by the People’s Health Trust Active Communities programme. The aim of the project is to help Disabled people and elders from four of the most disadvantaged areas of Bristol get together to meet new people, share information, and address issues that matter to them.

The project will set up four new peer-support groups across the city and each group will meet once a month. The aim is to spread the four monthly meet-ups so that, in one area or another, there is a meet up almost every week. Although the groups will be supported by a Development Worker and a local volunteer, the great thing about this project is that the people who join each group will decide what it does, and how it does it.

If you’re interested in Making Change Happen and would like more information about the project, please contact:

mike.bristoldef@gmail.com

or call 0117 914 0528

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Update: Annual General Meeting and Open Forum 11 Dec

We are pleased to invite you to our AGM and Open Forum on Tuesday 11 December, 1pm – 4pm at The Foundation, Triodos Bank, BS1 5AS.
We always combine our AGM with an Open Forum on that year’s theme.  This year it is transport and we are delighted to have secured James White, interim Director of Transport at the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).  James has a very thorough knowledge of the local Joint Strategic Transport Plan.  Given the transport difficulties – whether on foot, bike, by car, bus, train or taxi – Disabled people experience, this is a perfect opportunity to tell him what needs to be done to achieve the accessible transport we need.
On a lighter note, we will then launch our new peer support project ‘- with cake and coffee!
This new project, ‘Making Change Happen’, will set up four groups across the most disadvantaged communities in Bristol so that Disabled people can come together and establish what their needs are and how, as a group, they want to address them.  For some groups, it might be an opportunity to socialise; others may swap information and advice; and others may have particular barriers/issues they want to address within their own community.
The first meet-ups are in January so why not come along and find out where and when they will be, take away a few flyers for other Disabled people and older people with impairments that you know, and sign-up to make sure you get regular updates as the project progresses.
BSL interpreters, PA support and refreshments will all be provided.  Unfortunately we can no longer pay transport costs for every member.  However, if you have need for accessible transport, please contact us with more details and we will do our best to help.
It would be great to see you, so do come along!
If you have any questions or to tell us about your access needs, email bristoldef@gmail.com or call 0117 914 0528
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