Do you have a long-term health condition but do not ‘look disabled’? If so, you
are invited to the next meeting of the Hidden Impairments Access Group to discuss our Access Needs and what we are going to do to improve the situation for ourselves and other Disabled people.
This meeting will include a talk from Unchartered Collective’s Raquel Meseguer. Over 100 people with invisible conditions replied to Raquel’s survey last year, and to her question:’What would make your local arts centre truly accessible to you?’. She will share the 12 low tech ideas developed in response to the survey, the challenge she is making to public spaces to re-imagine how people use their space, and tell us about the Resting Network she is building with venues like the Watershed and the National Theatre.
Tempting Failure are back, and thrilled to launch their open call for applications to their 7th year of performance art and noise.
TF18 will be the first event in their new biennial format and will take place from 9th – 22nd July in and around Croydon, South London.
Tempting Failure’s open call is your chance to get involved – it’s open to artists from anywhere in the world, at all stages of their careers and they are interested in work from live performance, noise/sound, and fine art disciplines.
They additionally invite applications from artists with experiences or responses to refugee crisis or mental health and they welcome applications from disabled/neurodiverse artists.
Your chance to say what changes you think the Council should make to the Bristol Local Plan
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.
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?
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 willthen consult on the draft plan later this year. This draft plan will include detailed policies and sites for development.
Please donate warm bedding and winter clothes to a local homelessness charity.
There are now many more homeless people in Bristol who need your support – including an increasing number of Disabled people.
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.
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.
“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.”
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
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.
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