Food Strategy Research

 Postcode Films have recently been commissioned by an independent research agency called Hopkins Van Mil, who are helping to conduct a year long review that will be used to inform a multi-disciplinary National Food Strategy, the first of its kind in 75 years. The review, which will make recommendations to the government. Postcode Films have been commissioned to record audio interviews with people who may be less likely to be able to have their say in this way, for a variety of reasons from mobility to work schedules. We want to include as many voices as possible, because the findings from this research will in time affect people of all kinds across England, and no one group should be disenfranchised for reasons of access.   Kate from Postcode lottery is looking into coming to Bristol and hosting interviews (audio recorded and anonymous) to be used as data and in the workshops to inform discussions. The participants would be paid £40 for their time.


In particular at the moment they are hoping to reach people that might fit any of the following descriptions, in case this helps (they don’t have to fit all of these descriptions): 

  • People with mobility issues 
  • People with food related health issues (for example diabetes type 2) 
  • Elderly people

Are you interested in lending your experience to research? Contact Kate on kate@postcodefilms.com

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Bristol Sight Loss Council – Come and meet us in Person.

There will be a public meeting to come along to. This will be held on Wednesday 4th March from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at the Broadmead Baptist Church in the centre of Bristol. You will need to book to attend. If you would like to book, or have any questions or want further information, please contact Alun Davies, the Engagement Manager who supports the Sight Loss Council on 07779 169019. Alun’s email is alun.davies@pocklington-trust.org.uk

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“People who are blind or partially-sighted in Bristol – tell us what you think!”

If you are a person who is blind or partially-sighted, over 18, who lives in Bristol, then the Bristol Sight Loss Councils wants to hear from you.

The Sight Loss Council is a group of people who are blind or partially sighted, who have come together as volunteers to work with decision-takers, policy-makers and service providers in the city, to bring about positive change for people with sight loss. The priorities they focus on are education, employment, health and social care, sport and leisure, technology, and transport.

They want to hear from people who are blind or partially sighted, regarding what issues under each of the priorities you want us to work on in 2020. You can do this through filling in a short survey.

If you ring their dedicated phoneline, on 020 8996 1937, you can leave a message and someone will call you back to complete the survey over the telephone with you. You can also request a large-print, Braille or audio copy by ringing the dedicated number. For those with internet access, the survey can be accessed on a computer or mobile phone at: https://forms.gle/JN9cFRShG7urmw6f9

The survey is open from 1st February to 29th February.

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Could you lend your perspectives to a university brief, fighting for diverse representation and empowerment in sex for disabled people?

We’ve been approached by a third year Illustration student who is currently working on a brief based around fighting for diverse representation and empowerment in sex for disabled people.

“The type of work I create is anonymous drawings which use text from interviews to illustrate a subject and investigate something, a bit like ‘Humans of New York.’ I want to create a body of work that challenges pre-conceptions around having sex with a disability and I’m really keen to get some answers to these questions to help me do so! These are just some pointers of questions but I’d love any general comments or opinions I can use in my work. Don’t worry – you will be kept completely anonymous and simple quotes will be used in my work, the actual imagery will be anonymous figures and surroundings, it would be great to talk to people in person if I could!” – Emily

  • What is the biggest misconception you find with sexuality and disability?
  • Do you feel you are generalised when it comes to sex and are you tired of it? What are your experiences around this?
  • How do you tackle problems associated with sexuality and disability – there are so many different ways to have an orgasm, what helps you? (If you don’t mind being that open and honest!)
  • How do you think these pre conceptions can be solved in the future?

If you wouldn’t mind giving Emily your opinions and perspectives on this topic – contact her by email on emily97thomas@gmail.com

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BS3 Planning Group – Can You Help?

The chair of BS3 Planning Group is stepping down on Friday and currently there is no replacement.

This is a group for people interested in the local built environment, from tiny houses to 21 storey blocks of flats and everything in between. New members are always welcome.

The group gets consulted by developers as part of the neighbourhood planning group network. They aim to meet monthly but often meet less frequently. As well as meetings, the chair aims to email round about local planning applications and update the Facebook page. Action Greater Bedminster is keen to support this group to continue and is happy to help how we can.

The chair role could be shared. You do not need a background in planning, just an interest and the ability to communicate.

If you might be interested in taking it on email Neil bs3planninggroup@gmail.com for further info.

If you want to live in a community that is accessible and inclusive for all, this could be your chance!

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Bristol Uni students need our help!

Would you be able to lend some of your experiences to some Bristol University students for their research? We’ve been approached by some university students asking if we know of anyone who would be happy to be anonymously interviewed about their experiences with mobility issues and challenges people with a physical disability face in their everyday lives around the city of Bristol, as well as the impact of these challenges and whether these people felt physically, mentally or socially excluded as a result.

If you are willing to be interviewed please email Will at ei18176@bristol.ac.uk

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Just Ask, Don’t Grab – Take action on unwanted attention now!

Warning: This has potentially triggering content

Let’s start the decade by getting the harassment of Disabled Women and non-binary folk made illegal in Britain as making something illegal is to bring in consequences for perpetrators.
It is a genuine fear and a reality lived by many members of the disability community, with statistics showing that Disabled people are more than twice as likely to experience sexual assault and harassment. A petition has been launched to campaign towards a law being passed which makes harassment crime. Please sign this petition and make the world a slightly safer place.

Every day a Disabled person will encounter someone who wants to ‘help’, even if it isn’t asked for – hese people aren’t necessarily doing wrong by wanting to help out. Even worse, there are instances where people will, retaliate with aggression after being told ‘no’. Then there are the people who might ‘help’ to get people’s trust before doing something worse, such as sexual assault or inappropriately propositions which can be physically and mentally damaging to a Disabled person’s wellbeing.

In recent years we have seen the rise of campaigns to raise awareness of sexual assault and harassment such as #MeToo and #Timesup which has dominated the media. Thanks to social media people are finally speaking out, whether it be to share their story or showing solidarity.

We in the disability community have a similar tag of #JustAskDontGrab to share their stories and experiences of being ‘helped’ when they didn’t want it and weren’t asked if they did’ to inform the wider public of how best to help someone and with the importance of asking a Disabled people if they want any help. Fashion magazine Grazia has highlighted the campaign which has increased in support.

Sign the petition here – https://www.change.org/p/make-street-harassment-illegal-in-…

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A Group of Geography Students Need You!

A group of geography students from the University are exploring the topic of disability in Bristol, and they want your help.  

They will be focusing on two specific areas:

1.      Exploring the mobility issues and challenges Disabled people with mobility difficulties (visible and hidden) face in their everyday lives around the city of Bristol.

2.      The impact of these challenges and whether these people feel physically, mentally or socially excluded as a result.

 The project task:

The students want to find out:

To what extent Bristol is a disabling city?

How might the spaces and places within Bristol shape how Disabled people see themselves (and are seen or not seen by others)?

Whether the city is encountered differently by people with impairments and long-term conditions, and in what ways?

How is physical difference included within, or excluded from (either implicitly or explicitly), the city?

Are some kinds of impairment or long term condition more readily accommodated than others within Bristol?

Who are they looking for?3 icons, representing: one walking stick user; one wheelchair user; and one vision impaired person.

One of the students, Will Greenslade said,

“We would like to speak to people who have faced … (mobility difficulties) and we would ideally like to conduct our meeting face-to-face.  We are very happy to chat in an informal environment or in the form of a focus group, whichever is preferable for the interviewee.  We would like to speak to 2 or 3 of your members and if possible to a member of your staff.  Their input will be used for our project (see below) for us to explore these challenges people with … (mobility difficulties) face.  We would ideally like to arrange a meeting close to 15th January 2020 (but not before).

Our timescale for our project – we have two weeks commencing on the 13th January to gather data and finalise an 8,000 word report.  We will then be presenting our findings on the 13th February 2020 to our lecturers and a number of students.”

These are the city planners of tomorrow so would you like to help them be inclusive ones? 

If so:

telling us your name and your contact details, and giving us permission to pass your information on to the students. 

Don’t forget to ask for all information on how you will be treated, how they will protect your protection and how they will make sure all interviews will be kept confidential – before you agree to be interviewed.

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International Day of Disabled People 2019

Today is #InternationalDayofDisabledPeople – a day in which the world reflects on what needs to be addressed to be as inclusive and accessible as possible.

On the weekend we held our Annual General Meeting and Launched our brand new Forging our Future Disability History Project which we will be be bringing the younger generation and older generations of Disabled people together in learning and creating new resources for the wider public to be educated on Disability rights, history and much more.

“It’s time we take the opportunity to appreciate the activists before us, while passing over the torch to the future generations.” – Winnie Wilkins

#PurpleLightUp

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