Forum success in getting PAs listed as key workers

We’re delighted to announce that, thanks to our work with Bristol City Council, PAs to those Disabled or older people on a Direct Payment – or who’s income means they don’t qualify for financial help with their social care costs – are now officially listed as Key Workers.

This means that you/they can access the extra support that is only available for key workers e.g. getting PAs who think they might have COVID-19 tested, so that you can quickly find out if they can continue to support you or need to take time off.

We are also working to:

a. get more information provided in accessible communications e.g. by post as well as internet, in community languages, in Easy English, in other formats, and produced so it is accessible for everyone, regardless of impairment or literacy;

b. increase Disabled people’s access to essential PPE (personal protective equipment) for when someone has COVID-19;

c. keep you up-to-date on all local COVID-19 information that is useful to Disabled people;

d. stop people being discharged to care homes – at least until they stop being places with a very high risk of catching CVID-19.

If you are experiencing issues, as a Disabled person or elder with and age-related condition[s], that no-one seems to be addressing make sure you let us know. You can do this when you use our telephone support service, our daily, online (Zoom) meet-ups or by emailing bristoldef@gmail.com

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Disabled and older people Making Change Happen…drop-in dates May 2019

Making Change Happen our peer support project run by and for Disabled and older residents in Bristol. We meet monthly in four different areas of Bristol so that, in one area or another, there is a meet up almost every week.

The groups are open to Disabled people, older people and people living with mental distress or physical health difficulties. People who are isolated or feel left out are especially welcome .  

People who have attended our drop-ins have said how important it is for Disabled and older people to get together to share knowledge, support each other, and talk about the barriers they face in their communities. We have talked about all sorts of issues including access to local transport and services, ageing and disability, direct payments and benefits.

Please join us at one of our drop-ins this May to meet new people, have a say on the issues that matter to you, and talk about how to make change happen in your area of Bristol.

East Bristol

Thursday 9th May

11.30 am till 1.30 pm

The Beehive Centre, Stretford Road, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 7AW

North Bristol

Friday 17th May

11.00 am till 1.00 pm

The Hub, Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze, Bristol BS7 9FB

South Bristol

Friday 24th May

10.30 am till 12. 30pmThe Café, Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road, Bristol BS13 9JN 

Central and West Bristol

Wednesday 29th May

10.30 am till 12. 30pm

The Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the project, contact mike.bristoldef@gmail.com

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Making Change Happen March 2019 drop-in dates

Making Change Happen logo with coffee cups

Making Change Happen is our new peer support project run by and for Disabled and older residents in Bristol. The project will set up four new groups across Bristol and each group will meet once a month. The aim is to spread the four monthly meet-ups so that, in one area or another, there is a meet up almost every week. 

The groups are open to Disabled people, older people and people living with mental distress or physical health difficulties. People who are isolated or feel left out are especially welcome . We hope the groups will give people a chance to meet and talk about the issues that affect them and how they can work together to make change happen in their area of Bristol.

Please join us at one of our meet ups this March:

South Bristol

Friday 22nd March

10.30 am till 12. 30pm

The Café, Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road, Bristol BS13 9JN

Central and West Bristol

Wednesday 27th March

10.30 am till 12. 30pm

The Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX

North Bristol

Thursday 28th March

11.30 am till 1.30pm

Henbury & Brentry Community Centre, Machin Road, Bristol BS10 7HG

The project is funded by The People’s Health Trust Active Communities Programme and all groups are free to attend. Just drop by, or for more information please contact us:

E-mail:            mike.bristoldef@gmail.com

Tel:           0117 914 0528        

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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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The EnAble Fund for Elected Office

Following a campaign by the cross-party group More United , the EnAble Fund for Elected Office was launched on 3rd December 2018, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The Fund is provided by the Government Equalities Office and is administered by Disability Rights UK. It is intended to cover the additional financial costs associated with a disability, that would otherwise prevent someone from seeking elected office.

To apply for the Fund you must have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

You must also have a genuine intention to seek elected office, for an election that takes place during the timescale of the fund. These will include Local Government Elections in May 2109 and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in May 2020.

You can find out more about the Fund here.

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Survey on UC for Disabled people and people with long term health conditions

The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) has launched a Universal Credit survey so that they can find out more about the experiences of Disabled people and people with long term health conditions

If you have applied for Universal Credit or tried to apply – the DBC want to hear from you.

You can take the online survey here.

The survey should take up to 20 minutes to complete and the results will be completely anonymous. This means your name will not appear in any reports produced by the DBC.

Please share your experiences with Universal Credit and add your voice thousands of other disabled people and people with long-term health conditions so the DBC can lobby the government and campaign for a fairer benefits system.

If you would like the survey in an alternative format or would like to complete it over the phone please contact the DBC here.

The survey closes end of February 2019.

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Want to Start a Career in Broadcast Journalism?

Breaking into News is an initiative run by Media Trust, in partnership with ITV News to discover diverse new talent and identify top broadcast journalists of the future.

The competition, now in its eighth year, offers aspiring journalists with limited journalism experience from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland the opportunity to create a local news report with support and advice from experienced journalists working in ten of ITV’s regional newsroom

Disabled people are the most under-represented minority group in broadcasting, according to a provisional report by Diamond, a project set up by the major broadcasters to monitor diversity in the industry. This is why, as members of the ITV West Country Diversity Panel, we would like to strongly encourage our members and any other Disabled people who are interested in a career in broadcast journalism to enter ITV’s Breaking into News competition.

Representation matters; we need Disabled people in the media to tell our stories and highlight the issues that we face. The video below is from one of last year’s winners, Steven Portman, reporting on the barriers Disabled people face when looking for employment.

If you have been dreaming of a career in broadcast journalism and you would like to report on the issues that matter to you, apply here by Friday 5 April 2019.

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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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