Launch of Fantastic New Project

After weeks of planning we are now just two days away from our AGM, where will be launching our fantastic new Deaf and Disabled people’s history project called Forging Our Future! 

A photo of Disabled people demonstrating about the lack of access, outside the Arnolfini
Photo courtesy of Bristol Museums and Ruth Pickersgill

Come and join us this Saturday (30th November) to:

– hear about our achievements in 2018-19,and

– celebrate the new project (Yes, there will be a little food with tea/coffee!), and

– hear from some of the people who succeeded in campaigning for Deaf and Disabled people’s rights.

Forging Our Future’s full title is Forging Our Future: Resistance Change and Leadership in Bristol’s Disabled people’s movement and is an oral history project. This project will see young Deaf and Disabled people researching Bristol’s Deaf and Disabled people’s history (1970s-2000s) and recording the oral history of those who were activists at the time.

It will also train up other Deaf and Disabled people as accessibility assessors and become a referference group for any heritage venue wanting to be more accessible.

At the end of the project, the young people will create a Deafness and disability history toolkit for schools and an accessibility self-assessment toolkit for heritage venues.

Are you someone who wants to know more about this history?  A Deaf or Disabled person interested in being involved?  Then come along.

This event is open to everyone so we are looking forward to seeing lots of you there!

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Making Change Happen Drop-in, North Bristol

Making Change Happen logo with coffee cups

Making Change Happen is The Forum’s new peer-support project led by Disabled and older residents.

The groups are open to anyone who identifies as Disabled or is an elder with impairments, and considers themselves to be on a low income.

We are holding some drop-ins in February 2019 so that you can:

  • Find out more about the project
  • Meet people and share your ideas
  • Have your say on the issues that matter to you
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Making Change Happen Drop-in, South Bristol

Making Change Happen logo with coffee cups

Making Change Happen is The Forum’s new peer-support project led by Disabled and older residents.

The groups are open to anyone who identifies as Disabled or is an elder with impairments, and considers themselves to be on a low income.

We are holding some drop-ins in February 2019 so that you can:

  • Find out more about the project
  • Meet people and share your ideas
  • Have your say on the issues that matter to you
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Making Change Happen Drop-in, Lockleaze

Making Change Happen logo with coffee cups

Making Change Happen is The Forum’s new peer-support project led by Disabled and older residents.

The groups are open to anyone who identifies as Disabled or is an elder with impairments, and considers themselves to be on a low income.

We are holding some drop-ins in February 2019 so that you can:

  • Find out more about the project
  • Meet people and share your ideas
  • Have your say on the issues that matter to you
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Making Change Happen, East Bristol

Making Change Happen logo with coffee cups

Making Change Happen is The Forum’s new peer-support project led by Disabled and older residents.

The groups are open to anyone who identifies as Disabled or is an elder with impairments, and considers themselves to be on a low income.

We are holding some drop-ins in January 2019 so that you can:

  • Find out more about the project
  • Meet people and share your ideas
  • Have your say on the issues that matter to you
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Making Change Happen Drop-in, North Bristol

Making Change Happen logo with coffee cups

Making Change Happen is The Forum’s new peer-support project led by Disabled and older residents.

The groups are open to anyone who identifies as Disabled or is an elder with impairments, and considers themselves to be on a low income.

We are holding some drop-ins in January 2019 so that you can:

  • Find out more about the project
  • Meet people and share your ideas
  • Have your say on the issues that matter to you
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Bristol Homeless Need Your Support

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

homeless person on a street bench with a shopping trolley holding all their personal possessions next to them.

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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