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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AGM – UPDATE

Bristol Disability Equality Forum AGM

Welcome!

Please join us for our AGM, which will now be at the MShed on the 30th November 2019, from 1pm to 4pm.  We have exciting plans and would love to tell you about them!

The Forum’s AGM is an opportunity for all our members, those who work, support, fund or partner with us, and Deaf/Disabled people across the Bristol area to hear about:

  1. the work we’ve been doing and our plans for the future;
  2. new trustees elected by our members, and co-optees; plus
  3. this year’s winner of the Rowen Jade Award.

There will also be a brief section on the formal business that all charities need to do.

We are combining our AGM with our Disability History Month event on this year’s theme of ‘Leadership, Resistance and Culture’.  Our speakers will talk about:

 a.   the Disabled people’s movement since the 1970’s

b.   what it acheived,

c.   what has been reversed, since 2010, and

d.   what it needs to be doing next.

There will be a short break between the AGM and the Disability History Month event for networking, connecting, and refreshments.  

The venue is wheelchair accessible and has an hearing (induction)loop.  We will also be providing BSL interpreters.

If you have other, specific access needs, please call 01179 140528 or email bristoldef@gmail.com

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Our AGM – Watch This Space!

Apologies – this event has been postponed!

Bristol Disability Equality Forum’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on the 30th or 31st Oct 2019, from 1pm to 4pm.

As soon as we hear back from the venue, we will let you know which of those days it will be.  At the latest this will be by the end of this week.


 
The Forum’s AGM is an opportunity for all our members, those who work, support, fund or partner with us, and Deaf/Disabled people across the Bristol area to hear about:

  1. the work we’ve been doing and our plans for the future;
  2. who will be standing in our annual elections; and
  3. this year’s winner of the Rowen Jade Award.

There will also be a brief section on the formal business that all charities need to do.
 
We will also be inviting speakers on issues of concern to Deaf/Disabled people.

There will be a short break for networking and connecting, and refreshments.  The venue will be wheelchair accessible, have an hearing (induction)loop and BSL interpreters will be provided.

If you have other, specific access needs, please call 01179 140528 or email bristoldef@gmail.com

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Planning a Holiday abroad?

You can use #easyfundraising to raise FREE donations for Bristol Disability Equality Forum with over 60 airlines! Virgin Atlantic, Flybe, Air France, Emirates, KLM, Thomas Cook Airlines, Lufthansa and many more will all donate! These are some of the biggest donations you can raise for us, so please check it out if you’re planning on booking a flight!

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Brandon Trust’s Summer Forest School

Brandon Trust is hosting a Forest School at Elm Tree Farm, Stapleton BS16 1AA for young people with Learning Disabilities between the ages of 16 and 25.

Wednesday 7th August 8.30am-3pm
Wednesday 14th August 8.30am-3pm
Wednesday 21st August 8.30am-3pm
Wednesday 28th August 8.30am-3pm

There will be one support worker to every three young people to help out with the fun activities of Den Making, Exploring and Outdoor Cooking!

£50 per day

To book a place contact – gaby.oliva@brandontrust.org

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Job Opportunity with Barton Hill Settlement

Community Navigator

Part time -28 hours per week. £23,398 per annum, pro rata

To provide information and support to older people over 50 years to help combat social isolation.

This post is advertised as part of a cross-organisational partnership with Bristol Community Health, the Care Forum and the BS3 Community.

job pack including full details, a job description and application form, is available to download from the Barton Hill Settlement website, and search jobs.

(www.bartonhillsettlement.org.uk)

Please contact SALLY JOBLING with any enquiries

0117 955 6971

sallyj@bartonhillsettlement.org.uk

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE

Monday 8th July 2019 at 9am.

DIARY DATE FOR INTERVIEW

Tuesday 16th July 2019

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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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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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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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