Quantum Lock Stystem

Worried about your wheelchair ‘sliding’ when you’re on a bus?

One Disabled person, who has no links to the manufacturer, is excited about a new piece of kit that effectively ‘locks’ your wheelchair in place.  Read on to find out more.

Having been a wheelchair user for 20 years hands I’m always very interested to see new developments in technology which aim to make life easier for Disabled people.  Recently on a trip to Edinburgh I was thrilled to find a new piece of technology called “Quantum” on the tour buses which ensured my wheelchair was held securely in place.

Picture of Helen a wheelchair user trying out the Quantum Lock system for her wheelchair on public transport

To activate Quantum all I had to do was position myself in the wheelchair bay so I was centred against the backrest and press a button.  By pressing the button, I set off the automatic locking sequence.  Two side arms descended, gripping my chair’s wheels and locking me into position.  The process took less than 25 seconds and other passengers were able to board whilst the locking process was taking place.  Whilst the vehicle is in transit, the Quantum arms constantly adjust to gain the best grip so you are held steady for the entire journey.  When you arrive at your stop you simply press the button again to release the arms and off you go.  There is absolutely no need for the driver to do anything.  However, if the wheelchair user cannot press the button themselves the driver can activate it from his driving seat.  It is such a simple system to use and makes for a much safer, comfortable journey.

Quantum is designed by the company Q’Straint and is described as the world’s first fully automatic rear facing wheelchair securement station.  As well as wheelchairs Quantum also secures most mobility scooters and it quick and easy to use.  To find out more visit www.qstraint.com/en-gb/quantum/ or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RSvCu6D6e8&t=101s .

I’m telling everyone about it because I think it’s great and wish it were on all busses and coaches.  Despite how it might come across, I have no links to the company and get not ‘perks’ or payment for promoting it.

Helen

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Farewell to Daphne Branchflower

Daphne Branchflower

It is with great sadness, but an honour, that I write this tribute to Daphne Branchflower. My first memory of meeting Daphne was at the first open meeting of the Avon Coalition of Disabled People 30 years ago, in which she was instrumental in setting it up (later to become the West of England Coalition of Disabled People). She was also involved in numerous other committees, including becoming an early Trustee of WECIL and being an Advisor of Bristol Disability Equality Forum (BDEF) for many years. Daphne served alongside me as a member of the Executive when BDEF transitioned from being a part of Bristol City Council to being fully independent.

Daphne was never one to blow her own trumpet, but was inspirational, courageous, motivated and forceful in all her campaigning work, including working tirelessly in trying to save the Independent Living Fund. Only recently, Daphne became a member of Social Work Action Network South West, including meeting up with Managers of Social Services in Bristol to remind them of their duties regarding Direct Payments and Prepayment cards. Daphne constantly reminded us all about how Disabled people’s rights are moving backwards, and I know she would want us all to remember her as a passionate campaigner and advocate for Disabled people who may not have felt as empowered as herself.

It was a pleasure to have known Daphne as a fellow campaigner, but also as a long-time friend.

Mark Williams

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Multiple Job Opportunities with Bristol Women’s Voice


Bristol Women’s Voice is looking for exceptional individuals to fill several positions for a project they’ve created to work with women face multiple barriers to reach their full potential:

Project Manager (freelance)  https://www.voscur.org/jobs/95325

Research Analyst (freelance)  https://www.voscur.org/jobs/95324

Steering Group Members (voluntary)
 https://www.voscur.org/jobs/95320

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Bristol SEND Crisis march

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

 

 

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

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.

You can book your (free) place here

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.

More information here: www.illustrate.co.uk/collections/illustrate-presents/products/mentalhealthmattersbodypositivityevent

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Disabled Women’s Access to Healthcare survey

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. 

You can find out more and take part in the survey here:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/N3B9FHF

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Volunteer to help improve goods and services aimed at Disabled and older people

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/

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Disabled and older people Making Change Happen…drop-in dates May 2019

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.

East Bristol

Thursday 9th May

11.30 am till 1.30 pm

The Beehive Centre, Stretford Road, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 7AW

North Bristol

Friday 17th May

11.00 am till 1.00 pm

The Hub, Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze, Bristol BS7 9FB

South Bristol

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 mike.bristoldef@gmail.com

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The Forum at Bristol Walk Fest

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.

You can find out more about the event and book your place here: http://bit.ly/2LkQUyL

To find out more about Bristol Walk Fest and for a list of events happening in May, visit the Bristol Walk Fest website:
https://www.bristolwalkfest.com/

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