Did you know that if you shop online using easyfundraising, you can collect donations for the Forum at no extra cost to you?
All you need to do is register with easyfundraising and choose Bristol Disability Equality Forum as your beneficiary. Then, when you shop online through easyfundraising with one of over 3000 retailers, they will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to the Forum to say thank you for shopping with them. It’s that easy!
Here’s what Laurel, one of our members has to say about shopping through easyfundraising:
“I’ve bought the widest possible range of things through easyfundraising, from jeans, to toiletries, to food, to gifts, to hoovers, to tech, to camping gear, to tools – I’ve even bought a wheelchair using it! I can’t afford to make standard donations so this way of supporting the Forum is perfect for me.”
We’d like to keep in touch with you about the vital work we do with and for Deaf and Disabled people, other information we think will interest you, and how you can help and support us.
As the law is changing we have to have your permission to continue using the information you have given us. Our Forum Administrator will be asking you to do this shortly, so please keep an eye out for a letter from us and respond quickly. Otherwise we will not be able to contact you again.
Your chance to say what changes you think the Council should make to the Bristol Local Plan
The Council are asking for your views on how the Bristol Local Plan should be changed. The Bristol Local Plan Review will update their policies for deciding planning applications.
The Local Plan
The Council uses the Local Plan to make decisions about development in the city over the next twenty years, so this consultation is your chance to influence what is in it.
The reviewed Local Plan will help deliver the new homes and jobs we need, shape our city for the future and safeguard the environmental assets we value most.
Why Should I Reply to this Consultation?
As the Local Plan will be used to decide what gets built, this is your chance to make sure Disabled people’s needs are included in it.
Also, the Council will use the results of this consultation to decide what should go into a draft plan. They willthen consult on the draft plan later this year. This draft plan will include detailed policies and sites for development.
Please donate warm bedding and winter clothes to a local homelessness charity.
There are now many more homeless people in Bristol who need your support – including an increasing number of Disabled people.
It is winter and the nights are very cold.
As well as the number of people who cannot find an affordable home going up, the police have been forcing homeless people out of the city centre. Some have said the police are doing this because the city is going to be visited by an ‘important’ person.
We have been told the police are putting lots of the pillows, sleeping bags, duvets etc that homeless people rely on in the bin. They are also arresting some homeless people.
What To Do
We are asking you to check your cupboards for pillows, duvets and sleeping bags and camping or yoga mats you don’t use any more, and your bedrooms for winter clothing you don’t wear any more.
Once you have done that take them to a homelessness charity that you know, or the Julian Trust Nightshelter. Or check when a homelessness charity will be visiting homeless people and go there to hand over whatever you are donating.
Here are the contact details for a few of the organisations we know of.