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.

EU-UK Deal Doesn’t Help Disabled EU Citizens and Carers

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A Disabled people’s organisation has warned that the proposals for who can stay in the UK after Brexit completely ignores Disabled people and their family carers.

Disire — the Disabled people’s organisation (DPO) of Disabled UK residents from other countries  — made the following statement about the recent EU-UK Joint Report :

“For Disabled EU citizens and carers, the EU-UK deal is a disappointment.  Not all Disabled people are able to work, or work enough, and so they sometimes do not meet the criteria for permanent residence.  Carers of Disabled people, who care for their (often British) relatives also cannot apply for a permanent residence card because the Home Office does not consider them to be “working”.

“The newly proposed settled status is still based on the criteria of exercising the EU treaty rights.  (This means) People who want to apply must show they have worked, have been self-employed, have studied or have been self-sufficient for five years.

“Disire believes that Disabled people and carers play a vital role in Britain and should not be prevented from getting permanent residence or settled status.  Theresa May has promised not to split up families.  Disabled people have families too.  Disabled people and carers must not be left behind when developing a new status for EU citizens.

“Disire is disappointed that the EU-UK deal does not mention of Disabled people and carers or other suppressed groups who cannot and will not fulfil the criteria for the proposed settled status.

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“We ask the European Union negotiators and the UK government to urgently ensure that any new arrangements regarding the right to stay in the UK for EEA citizens does not discriminate against Disabled people, their families and carers.

“Any new arrangements and rights must have Disabled people and their families in mind.  That means any new status, rights or arrangements need to have provisions for Disabled people who cannot fulfil the requirements due to their impairment, illness or condition.

“If necessary, people with carers’ duties must also have provisions made for them if these duties prevent them from meeting the requirements. These provisions are important to meet the legal requirements of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the UK Equality Act 2010 and other laws.” 

(Disire, December 2017)

Do you live in Southmead?

Inclusion Southmead is a friendly group of Disabled and non-Disabled people working together to make local spaces, amenities and groups inclusive and accessible.  We are working in partnership with Bristol Disability Equality Forum and The Care Forum, and meet once a month.

If you want to have your say, share your ideas, or want to find out more why not join us?

The next meeting is on: Tuesday 13 February, 11am – 1.00pm

At the Greenway Centre, Southmead, Doncaster Rd, Bristol BS10 5PY

For information e-mail: mike.bristoldef@gmail.com

Or call 0117 914 0528

Life costs more if you’re a Disabled person – a lot more!

Whether buying expensive items of equipment, higher fuel bills, or costly insurance premiums, Disabled people are forced to pay more to live their lives.

Scope’s new report, The disability price tag, reveals that on average, Disabled people face extra costs of £570 a month related to their impairment or condition.  For one in five, these costs amount to more than £1,000 a month.

According to Scope, “Marie is just one of many disabled people faced with this financial penalty.  She uses a specially adapted wheelchair which needs replacing, but this would cost her £9,000.

“We’re calling on Government, businesses and regulators to all play their part in tackling extra costs.”

Bristol Disability Equality Forum have been raising this issue for several years and welcome this up-to-date evidence.

Tuesday 27th February

Do you have a long-term health condition but do not ‘look disabled’?  If soyou are invited to a workshop on 27th February 2018 to discuss our Access Needs and what we are going to do to improve the situation for ourselves and other Disabled people.

Getting our access needs met for people with hidden impairments,

St Paul’s Learning Centre, 94, Grosvenor Road, BS2 8XJ

Room LT1, 3.30-5.30pm.  Fully Accessible Venue.  Nice refreshments!

Click here to register or ring the office on 0117 914 0528 or turn up on the day to take part.  FREE.