On Thursday 30th May 2019, people will protest across the UK to raise awareness of failings to those with SEND, their families and education providers who are expected to provide an appropriate education on continuous budget cuts.
The march will bring people together to fight with and for:
Parents and carers who are struggling and are frustrated with the SEND system currently in place.
Parents who do not believe that this current system is providing fair and equal accessibility for their children, as was promised.
Parents from across the country who feel that the current legislative framework surrounding SEND, is not fit for purpose and appears to be designed in such a way to avoid putting in place the required provisions to support their children receive an education to meet their needs.
Children and young people who are being denied their basic right to education.
If you believe in fair and equal access to education for all children and young people, join the Bristol SEND crisis march on Thursday 30th May, 1-3pm, outside City Hall, Bristol
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019. The theme this year is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.
The aim is to reduce mental health stigma, encourage conversations around body image and mental health, and raise funds for mental health charities. Here are a few of the events happening in Bristol for Mental Health Awareness this week:
Free Drama Workshop: Mon 13 May, 12:30 – 1:15pm
Many Minds Bristol will be offering a lunchtime wellbeing drama games energiser session on Monday 13th May at 12:30pm at the Arnolfini in Bristol. It’s free and open to all.
To find out more contact Olivia on Olivia@many-minds.org or call 07843 210 272
Let’s Talk About Body Image: 15 May, 3.45 – 5.15pm
Off the Record, supported by Community Access Support Service, invite community members and Bristol residents to join them to discuss body image and how we think and feel about our bodies. In this discussion they will be looking at how body ideals have changed and why, social media, and body positivity. Body image issues can affect all of us regardless of age, ability, race or gender and our mental health can be worsened by media images and unattainable standards.
Share your views, perspectives and solutions, and find local services that can support a positive body image and emotional wellbeing.
Address – Off the Record, 8-10 West Street, Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0BH
Illustrate: 15 May, 6pm
Illustrate, Park Street’s shop-come-cafe, is hosting two events in aid of Mental Health Awareness Week.
Focusing on this years Mental Health Awareness theme: Body Image, Illustrate are hosting an exclusive exhibition, We are One of A Kind. Additionally, there will be a panel discussion, talks and a Q&A on “finding peace around food, weight and body image”, and afterwards guests will be invited to mingle and experience free massages, drinks and cakes.
Access to healthcare is for everyone, but disabled women are being excluded from important health screenings because their local surgery doesn’t have a hoist.
Muscular Dystrophy UK are trying to identify the existing barriers wheelchair users face when trying to access health services such as these. They are particularly interested in gathering evidence from anyone who cannot transfer out of their wheelchair without a hoist.
The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) would like to recruit new volunteers to join their Consumer Research Forum.
The Consumer Research Forum is a group of ‘older people, people with long term health conditions and Disabled people of all ages’ who help out with RiDC’s consumer research. They help assess the accessibility, quality and value of goods and services aimed at Disabled and older people by taking part in surveys and interviews or trying out products and services.
The hope is that the research will lead to improvements in the design of products and services so that they are accessible and meet peoples needs of Disabled and older people.
Watch the video below to hear Forum members share their experiences:
You can find out more about the RiDC, the products they have reviewed, and register as a volunteer on their website: https://www.ridc.org.uk/
Making Change Happen our peer support project run by and for Disabled and older residents in Bristol. We meet monthly in four different areas of Bristol so that, in one area or another, there is a meet up almost every week.
The groups are open to Disabled people, older people and people living with mental distress or physical health difficulties. People who are isolated or feel left out are especially welcome .
People who have attended our drop-ins have said how important it is for Disabled and older people to get together to share knowledge, support each other, and talk about the barriers they face in their communities. We have talked about all sorts of issues including access to local transport and services, ageing and disability, direct payments and benefits.
Please join us at one of our drop-ins this May to meet new people, have a say on the issues that matter to you, and talk about how to make change happen in your area of Bristol.
Thursday 9th May
11.30 am till 1.30 pm
The Beehive Centre, Stretford Road, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 7AW
Friday 17th May
11.00 am till 1.00 pm
The Hub, Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze, Bristol BS7 9FB
Friday 24th May
10.30 am till 12. 30pmThe Café, Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road, Bristol BS13 9JN
Central and West Bristol
Wednesday 29th May
10.30 am till 12. 30pm
The Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX
If you have any questions or would like to know more about the project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Bristol’s annual walking festival, Bristol Walk Fest, kicked off this month and to celebrate Bristol Walking Alliance will be running several guided walks around the city to explore the ‘walkability’ of Bristol.
Walkability is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking and the extent to which the built environment is friendly to the presence of people living, shopping, visiting, enjoying or spending time in an area.
One of these ‘walkability’ events will be led by the Forum’s Co-chair, Gordon Richardson. You can join him for a short walk around Westbury-on-Trym on Tues 7 May to explore good and bad walking environments in the area. It will cover what it feels like to walk around the village and how it could be made better, including for Disabled people and people with visual impairments.