Coronavirus Update’s: New Coronavirus information videos in multiple languages & Free counseling from Bristol Mind are now available.

Coronavirus News 5th September 2020

1. Coronavirus information in community languages

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) – which is responsible for spending our local NHS funding – has created coronavirus information videos in a range of community languages, such as Arabic, Bengali and Cantonese. You can find them on its YouTube channel by clicking on this: coronavirus information in community languages to find a video in your language – including English. One is about how to Protecting Yourself, and one is about Looking after Mental Health.

Translations of the text used for the videos will be available soon. If you would like please get in touch viainfo@cassbristol.orgto request hard copy printed materials for distribution out into the community.

2. Free counselling from Bristol Mind

Free counselling is available to people who are shielding as a result of the pandemic, particularly those who are:

older or Disabled people;

part of a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic community; or

living in Avonmouth, Barton Hill, East Hillfields, Filwood, Hartcliffe & Withywood, Knowle West, Lawrence Hill, Lawrence Weston, Lockleaze, Southmead, St. Pauls, or Whitchurch Park.

The service is available from September to December 2020. You can self-refer, or be referred by a family member or an organisation you are in touch with. Email, or telephone 01179 800 370, to be sent a registration form. 

For more information on this service, go to:

Bristol Housing Festival Celebrating Bristol: Share Your Story

Celebrating Bristol: Share Your Story

At this year’s annual housing festival, the organisers would like your help to celebrate Bristol’s communities. They’re asking you, the Bristol residents, to tell them what your community means to you by submitting a 2 – 4 minute video.

They don’t need it to be professional, just you on a smart phone is great. Please film yourself in landscape mode (by holding your phone sideways).

  1. Step 1: Choose a theme below.
  2. Step 2: Film yourself answering some of the questions beneath each theme.
  3. Step 3: Upload your video.

Theme 1: I love my community (e.g.  your neighbourhood, religious group, community group)

  1. What does the word “community” mean to you?
  2. Where do you find community? What do you enjoy about it?
  3. Was there a time in your life when community really made a difference?
  4. How does community make our city better?

Theme 2: I can’t wait for community celebrations (e.g. St. Paul’s Carnival, the Balloon Fiesta, or others)

  1. What is your favourite Bristol community event? 
  2. What do you love about it?
  3. Who do you usually go with?
  4. What’s your favourite memory of this event?
  5. How do these events build community?

Theme 3: Community has been my strength during COVID-19

  1. How did community support you during lockdown? Were there particular groups or organisations that really made a difference?
  2. What kind of support did you most need?
  3. Finish this sentence: I couldn’t live without community because…

When you’ve made your video, press the Ctrl and click buttons on this link: Upload Video to send your film to the Housing Festival organisers.

Coronavirus Update: Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned from Monday 14 September

Stop Press Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned from Monday 14 September

Limits on the number of people you can see socially are changing.  From Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with you must not meet in a group of more than 6 indoors or outdoors.

From 14 September – when the new rules apply – it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble).  The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines.

There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including: – where everyone lives together or is in the same support bubble, or to continue existing arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parent;- at work, and voluntary or charitable services;

  1. – in education, training, or registered childcare;
  2. – a wide range of formal, organised activities.

Please visit this website for more details of when the new rule does, and doesn’t apply:
The government will be providing more information on the changes on Monday 14th September.
However, please do not get too anxious about the rise in the number of cases.  For now, the new cases are mostly among young people and those who have travelled, with the number of deaths still low.

#WhoseBristol? – Complete our questionnaire for a chance to win a £100 voucher!


Bristol Disability Equality Forum have partnered with Community
Organisations across Bristol, Bristol City Council, and the University of
Bristol to explore our lives in Bristol. We all work hard to make Bristol
work, but Bristol doesn’t work the same for all of us.  Please help us
understand how Bristol works for you by completing our #WhoseBristol?
questionnaire.  It should take you about 15 minutes.

Please click here:
to complete our Questionnaire and to be entered into a prize draw to win
one of FIVE £100 vouchers or one of TEN £50 high street vouchers!

To be eligible you must live in Bristol or the areas around it and be at
least 18 years old. You can only complete the questionnaire and enter
the prize draw once.

The questionnaire will close on 20th September 2020.

Prize winners will be notified after the close of the questionnaire.

Thank you for your participation!

WhoseBristol? is a part of a larger project funded by the Economic and

Social Research Council called ‘Everyday Integration: The local
contexts, practices, and mobilities of integration’ (grant numberR100866-101).

For more about the project and its Partners, please visit

If you have any questions please email us at everyday-integration-

Opportunity: Independent Mental Heath Network LBGTQ+ Lived Experience steering group.

Logo for the Independent Mental Health Network LGBTQ+ Lived Experience Steering Group

Click here to sign up for updates now!

The Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) is a membership-led organisation that represents a diverse community of past, current and future users of mental health services, as well as those with lived experience of mental health.

By working together, we believe that we can be a force for positive change in the way that mental health is treated, perceived, and recognised.

Our branches lead on work to improve local mental health services, campaign for reforms and changes to the negative ways that mental health problems can be viewed, and act as a local voice for those with a diverse range of lived experiences.

In partnership with Off the Record’s LGBTQ+ Voice and Influence project we are developing a dedicated LGBTQ+ Steering Group for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) areas to help create a safe and effective space for members of the LGBTQ+ community to come together. Members of the group will be able to voice their lived experience of trying to access mental health support and the quality of any support received. 

Graphic - a dedicated voice for the mental wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people

This will be a working group in which members can discuss issues, challenges and opportunities particular to the mental wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people. But we don’t just want to talk about these things; we want to help change and develop them. As a team, we’ll be creating and working on projects with the aim to drive positive change for our community within the services.

Membership of the group is open to LGBTQ+ individuals across BNSSG and we are keen to ensure that membership grows to fully reflect the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community.

Members of the IMHN team will facilitate Zoom meetings. There will be space for open discussion and identification of key priorities in which the group would like to campaign for change or increased awareness of LGBTQ+ needs. 

Group engagement, highlighted issues and resulting project work will be regularly fed back thematically and anonymously into the wider IMHN membership in order to increase awareness of LGBTQ+ needs and experiences. We believe that this will be particularly helpful for the awareness of organisational representatives that attend external meetings, and will ensure that voices of the LGBTQ+ community can be heard and responded to by commissioners and service providers in order to bring about meaningful change.

Please note that meetings will be taking place virtually for the time being. Should meetings be scheduled in-person, out-of-pocket travel expenses associated with attending will be reimbursed. This includes costs like bus tickets or car parking. Should your require taxi this will need to be agreed in advance.

If you’d like to get involved, click here to express your interest

We’ll be in touch!

Diversity StatementThis group welcomes all people. As an LGBTQ+ collective, we want to engage people across the spectrums of gender identity and sexuality, race and ethnicity. A person’s faith or beliefs, their relationship status, their employment and housing situations, and their mental and physical health needs are accepted without prejudice or judgement. 

We exist to celebrate our rich diversity within our community and to work together. As people of diverse backgrounds, we can help create change that will bring a significant benefit to the community, and to the wider world. 

The pandemic has uncovered the inequalities that have been beneath the surface of our society for decades. We believe that the best way forward is to join together and create a safe space for ourselves. We are not a minority and we do not have to be marginalised. 

Our differences make us strong. They give us the chance to learn, explore and grow. It’s in our differences that we will find our commonalities and, through sharing our knowledge and experience freely and without fear, we can bring about real change. We can beat oppression and discrimination together.

August 25, 2020 at 10:38 am

We are a community for people with lived experience of mental health to campaign for change.

Become a member today.

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Opportunity: BNSSG COVID-19 Lived Experience Steering Group

Have you had experience of accessing mental health services?

Bristol Independent Mental Health Network are looking for participants for a Steering Group, scrutinising the work of the Mental Health & Wellbeing Cell, and the health and social care response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In recent months, local mental health organisations and service providers have come together from across the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) area to form the BNSSG Mental Health & Wellbeing Cell. This Cell is part of a wider structure in the South West that is co-ordinating the health and social care response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) and its branches in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, are supporting the Cell’s work, by facilitating a Lived Experience Steering Group. This group scrutinises the work of the Mental Health & Wellbeing Cell, in order to ensure that people with lived experience of both mental health and accessing mental health services are able to help shape what the Cell is doing.

We are looking for people with lived experience of mental health and accessing mental health services; who live in either the Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire areas; to join this steering group as representatives.

Representatives will attend fortnightly steering group meetings (that may move to monthly frequency in the future). The steering group will comment on, evaluate, and feedback into various pieces of work being undertaken by the wider Cell. A participation payment of £25 per two-hour meeting will be paid to representatives.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please click here to fill out a form to express your interest. 

At the third question, please select ‘Bristol North Somerset & South Gloucestershire – COVID-19 Lived Experience Steering Group.’

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from LGBTQ+; or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

If you have any questions, please email engagement[at], and a member of the team will get back to you.

July 20, 2020 at 10:35 pm

We are a community for people with lived experience of mental health to campaign for change.

Become a member today.

© 2020 IMHN – Independent Mental Health Network

Privacy | Credits | Site designed by Matt Ribbins

Easton + Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Forum.

Members of Bristol City Council, including Mayor Marvin Rees will be taking questions and discussing local matters via Zoom.

Wednesday 16th September, 6.30- 8.30 pm

Easton and Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Forum Zoom Wednesday 16 September, 6.30pm-8.30pm @upourstreet 

Register your attendance here: 


6.30pm Welcome and introductions (Chair – Manu Maunganidze) 

6.35pm Introducing our new organisation (Stacy and Manu) 

6.40pm Mayor Marvin Rees 
Thank you and introduction to ‘Build Back Better’ 

6.50pm Christina Gray, Director of Public Health 
Covid-19 Local Outbreak Plans 

7pm Comfort break 

7.10pm Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for 
Communities, Equalities and Public Health Black Lives Matter and Colston statute – what next? What do mean by ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’? Deliberative democracy 

7.45pm Q&A 
We will spend 15 mins on pre submitted questions and 15 mins on questions submitted on the chat via zoom. 

8.15pm Councillors Afzal Shah, Ruth Pickersgill and Marg Hickman 

8.30pm Close

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Shaping Our Lives: New Covid19 survey


A second survey request from Shaping Our Lives, this time about using technology during the pandemic.

Shaping Our Lives has been given some money from the National Lottery Community Fund to do research about the impacts of the Covid19 pandemic. This, their second survey, is about using technology for keeping in touch, having meetings and appointments during the Covid19 pandemic and lockdown.

During the Covid19 pandemic many appointments, meetings and leisure activities have taken place remotely. Shaping Our Lives want to find out if remote communication technology is a good way for you to take part or receive a service. Or, if remote ways of communicating are difficult or impossible for you to use.

Shaping Our Lives would be very grateful if you answer a short survey. This survey is only for d/Deaf and Disabled people. Disabled people are people with sensory, cognitive, neurodevelopmental conditions, learning disabilities or physical impairments, mental health issues and people with long term health conditions.

You will not be asked to give your name and all answers will be kept anonymous. What you and other people tell Shaping Our Lives will then be used to tell people in national and local government the support d/Deaf and Disabled people need to use remote communication technology and if it is suitable all the time.

To complete the survey you can either:

  1. Use this link to complete your answers online.
  2. Send an email to: information and we can send a Word version of the survey for you to complete.
  3. Call Becki on 07956 424511 and do the survey over the telephone or by Zoom.

The survey will take about 15 minutes. There is no involvement payment offered for completing this survey. This is a different survey to the one Shaping Our Lives recently launched about the impact of Covid19 on Independent Living and we would like people to complete both surveys if possible.

Thank you for taking part and contributing to this research.

Forging Our Future : Bristol Disability Equality Forum are looking for volunteers to help make Bristol’s museums accessible for everyone with our new project Forging Our Future.

Museums For Everyone

It’s not just about getting through the door!

Help make museums open to all.

Ever visited a museum of heritage site and been unable to:

☹ Get in and around all the public areas safely?

☹ Read labels?

☹ Get information in accessible language and formats?

☹ Find a quite space?

☹ Cope with the lighting?

☹ Find enough places to rest, on your way around the building?

Us too! So let’s get together and show museums how to welcome all Disabled visitors!

We invite Disabled people to join an Access Panel. You will learn how to carry out Access Appraisals in museums and heritage buildings. We will look at all aspects of access in museums, from ramps to signage to exhibition design … and more.

Join us to Forge an Inclusive Future

For more information, and if you are interested in joining the Access Panel, please contact:

Lori Streich, Project Coordinator:

Forging Our Future Access Panel

The Access Panel is part of Bristol Disability Equality Forum’s Forging Our Future project.

Forging Our Future is working in partnership with Bristol Museums Service. Members of the Panel will use their new skills to carry out Access Appraisals of some of Bristol’s flagship museums.

We will also work together to produce access appraisal information that will be available after the end of the project.

We hope to start meeting in September – subject to the Corona Virus situation.

For more information, and if you are interested in joining the Access Panel, please contact:

Lori Streich, Project Coordinator:

Phone: 0117-954-1795

Forging Our Future is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and managed by Bristol Disability Equality Forum