Living Activist Struggles to End Injustice Call for Contributions

The editorial collective of Critical Social Policy invites contributions, from activists all over the world, about how you, your group or your campaign is working to end social injustice. We are open to contributions in any format. We hope to be as inclusive and supportive as possible and we will do our very best to help you to develop your ideas and contribution every step of the way.

Critical Social Policy is a journal grounded in international socialist, feminist, anti-racist and radical perspectives. This edition of the journal is about the lived experience of struggles for social justice locally, nationally and internationally.

Here are some issues that contributions could explore and we welcome other ideas that you may have:

  •  Tensions faced by grassroots, community, activist groups and how these are negotiated.
  • Collective mobilizations, bridge building, connections and alliances.
  • Coping with challenges in sustaining grassroots action for liberation.
  • Challenges of building sustainable infrastructures, strategic positioning and the embedding of empowerment work.
  • The negotiation of power relationships.
  • Organising, campaigning and developing services in a collective and non-hierarchal way
  • The complexity of relating across difference as equals.
  • How activism can be inclusive.
  • How we sustain our hope, energy, love and compassion for each other and for our social movements and goals through times of exhaustion and despair.
  • In the context of power, the complexities of finding and holding onto emotional, financial and spiritual resources.
  • How activism and struggles relate to and draw strength from historical knowledge and collective understanding.

If you want to contribute to this edition please email a one page summary of your idea by 31st December 2018 to the journal coordinator Suryia Nayak. Email: s.nayak@salford.ac.uk.

The editorial collective of Critical Social Policy will review the summaries to decide which contributions are accepted to work with us to develop their full contribution for submission in the Activist Edition of the journal.  You will hear back from us by 28th February 2019.

If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting a summary please contact the journal coordinator Suryia Nayak. Email: s.nayak@salford.ac.uk.

The final contributions should be submitted by 1st June 2019 and will be reviewed by the editorial collective prior to decision on publication.

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Ride Out Ride On

 

A range of different conditions can stop people from being able to access the outdoors. From mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, to mobility issues related to stroke, heart conditions, visual impairment or learning disabilities, there are any number of obstacles preventing people from being able to propel themselves on their own adventures.

Ride Out Ride On (RORO, for short) is a Bristol-based service dedicated to providing the freedom and movement of a bike ride to those who would otherwise be unable to do so themselves. By taking clients out on a specially designed tandem – the Hase Pino – we can offer anyone the freedom of movement and joy of cycling.

How it works:

Clients are placed on the semi-recumbent front seat of the tandem, leaving the steering, balancing, braking and gear changing to our experienced back-riders. The service can offer a range of modular attachments that can accommodate a wide range of conditions.

Attachments:

Braces can be attached to either or both pedals to support weak or unstable legs. The bike is equipped with dual-kickstands meaning clients do not have to worry about the balance or stability of the bike, even when it’s not in motion.

Children’s cranks can be put on the bike meaning anyone of any height, size or age can ride. The bike is also designed with a freewheel in the front crankset, allowing clients to pedal as much or as little as they want.

Clients:

To date, clients have included those with stroke, autism, loss of sight and anxiety. For some conditions – Parkinson’s disease, and stroke, for example – there are documented health benefits relating to the re-connection of neural pathways that come with the rotational and repetitive motion of pedalling. For others, the impacts are no less powerful: riding a bike, having fun, and being immersed in the great outdoors, can build self-confidence, recover lost strength and stamina, or improve balance.

Who we are:

Holly, the founder of RORO, has always been invested in the issues of access, distribution and fairness. Volunteering as a guide-runner for the visually impaired, studying BSL, and working as an inclusion worker for young people with medical and behavioural needs have, in some way, all been about ensuring everyone has a chance to do what they love, irrespective of the obstacles life may have put in their way. In 2017, she decided she wanted to take this mission and introduce it to her first true love: cycling.

As someone who has cycled through countries around the world (Cuba, Georgia, Sardinia, Sicily, Spain, France, Scotland etc.), and running local guided cycle tours for Bristol company Cycle the City (sight seeing tours, food tours, women of Bristol history tours) Holly knew first hand the benefits that cycling can offer to one’s health, wellbeing and enjoyment. Knowing that there were people unable to unlock these benefits, she decided to set up RORO, to make sure as many people as possible – especially those who could most benefit from it – could get on their bikes and ride.

The first steps:

The service consists of the following components. Firstly – a free diagnosis session will be organised, in which a rider will visit the client to assess what particular needs they have, and what adaptations need to be made to the tandem to accommodate their particular height or other. Anyone can get in contact to discuss getting involved with RORO – either for themselves, or on behalf of a loved one or a patient. Routes will be discussed, and clients can explain how far, and for how long they expect to want to ride for – typically an hour or two’s cycling. The first session can then arranged.

Cycle routes:

Routes can either be selected from the portfolio of traffic-free routes RORO have developed from National Cycle Network and Sustrans routes or, if preferred, the client can be taken on whatever journey, aiming for whatever destination the client likes. Then the adventure can begin.

Depending on start point of the adventure, the location of the client, and the availability of their own transport, we can either meet at the start of the route, or if needed home pick-ups and drop- offs can be arranged. If loved ones, parents, partners or carers want to join in on the adventure, they are of course most welcome to do so. If they do not have access to a bicycle, then RORO also has a number of Temple Cycles bikes that can be hired.

Price:

 An hour’s cycle costs £48, or a two hour session £90. If home pick-ups are required, the time taken to pick up and reach the start point is not included in the session’s cost. All RORO’s riders are fully insured, and the routes have all been risk-assessed.

For more information, please feel free to get in contact Holly on:

Email: hello@rideoutrideon.com

Phone number: (+44) 7823 461 892

Instagram: @rideoutrideon

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Help raise money for the Forum with easyfundraising

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’ve collected over £300 with easyfundraising so far but we need your help to keep donations coming in. Please sign up today via https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/1PG9XT/ and help us raise as much as possible!

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GDPR: Do You Want to Keep In Touch?

Dear Member

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.

You can also change your mind at any time by letter or email to: bristoldef@gmail.com

We will never sell your data and we promise to keep your details safe and secure.

So, please remember to reply quickly when you are asked for your permission to hold information about you.  Otherwise we will not be able to contact you again.

Yours

Gordon Richardson and Karen Passmore

(Forum Co-Chairs), on behalf of the Forum trustees.

 

 

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Planning Bristol’s Future

Your chance to say what changes you think the Council should make to the Bristol Local Plan 

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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. 

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Have your say

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?

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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 will then consult on the draft plan later this year.  This draft plan will include detailed policies and sites for development. 

How Do I Get the Consultation Documents?

You can see the Bristol Local Plan Review Consultation at www.bristol.gov.uk/localplanreviewOr visit a library as they have reference copies you can see.

You need to send in your views by 13th April 2018 to the following address:

Strategic City Planning Team, City Hall, PO Box 3176, Bristol BS3 9FS,

or e-mail:  blp@bristol.gov.uk

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Bristol Homeless Need Your Support

Please donate warm bedding and winter clothes to a local homelessness charity.

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There are now many more homeless people in Bristol who need your support – including an increasing number of Disabled people.

Why Now?

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.

Julian Trust Night Shelter –  helpdesk@juliantrust.org.uk or call 0117 924 4604 (evenings only)

Feed Bristol’s Homeless – Visit feed the homeless facebook page (we could not find a telephone number).

Help Bristol’s Homeless – contact@helpbristolshomeless.co.uk  or call 01174226115

Caring in Bristol –  info@caringinbristol.org.uk  or call 0117 924 4444.

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