LunchBox Learning – Making Activities Disability Inclusive We will also be hosting a FREE Lunchbox Learning session on Friday for volunteers, coaches or anyone who would like to know more about making activities inclusive and raising their disability awareness!
Join our Disability Inclusion Team on Zoom on Friday 25th September, 1:00-1:45pm!
Double Donation Week is back, which means you can raise twice as much for Bristol Disability Equality Forum, when you shop with selected retailers until the 27th of September! Very, Ted Baker, Buyagift, Charlotte Tilbury, Groupon and many more are doubling their donations for one week only. The perfect excuse to do some shopping!
Double Donation Week is back! This week, you can raise twice as much for Bristol Disability Equality Forum, when you shop online using #easyfundraising. Very, Ted Baker, Buyagift, Charlotte Tilbury, Groupon and more are doubling donations until the 27th September. Head over to: http://efraising.org/6xOdfBWcEo
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG), with Community Access Support Service (CASS) in partnership with community groups and volunteers, has made two videos in more than ten community languages about Covid-19 and the lockdown.
These were made to address the need for information for non-English-speaking people in the community who did not have access to reliable information about the outbreak in their own languages.
The videos are:
• Protecting others – with a number of key messages about social distancing, gatherings, where you can go and so on
• Mental health – about looking after your mental health and wellbeing at this time.
The languages are:
Pashto, Kurdish Sorani, Arabic, Farsi, Albanian, Urdu, Bengali, Tigrinya, Somali, Punjabi, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Turkish [please note the videos in Albanian and Trigrinya are not available yet, so any help to find volunteers in both languages would be appreciated].
We hope these videos are helpful and that you will share them with relevant members of the community.
CASS has been working closely with @BNSSG_CCG and local volunteers to help create 2 Covid19 videos, each in Bristol’s key community languages including English. One is on Protecting Yourself, and one on Looking after Mental Health.
Welcome to our latest update, and apologies that we have not uploaded on since early August. Staff annual leave meant this was not possible.
Your City Our Future consultation survey
This week is your last chance to have a say in what Bristol is like in the future. Covid-19 has had a big impact on our lives and income. The city will need to recover and we now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to rethink what kind of future we want for Bristol and make some big, positive changes.
This survey is your chance to tell the Council what you liked and disliked about living in Bristol before lockdown, about your experiences during lockdown, and what you would like Bristol to be like in the future. The Council want (and need) to hear from as many people as possible from all parts of Bristol so that Bristol’s future improves life for everyone. So, make sure Disabled people’s needs and ambitions are not overlooked, but completing the survey before 9 th September 2020. You can take part at: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ABYCOF/ until 9 th September 2020.
Pavement Parking Survey
Consultation on How to Stop Parking on Pavements The government is consulting on whether pavement parking should be banned. This in response to evidence that it significantly impacts on the lives of pedestrians with vision and mobility impairments, those with pushchairs and buggies, young children, etc.
They are asking for your views on three options. None of the options would apply to emergency vehicles, delivery vehicles loading and unloading things (for a maximum of 20minutes), refuse trucks, street cleaners, urgent of emergency health care practitioners (whilst working) such as midwives, vehicles connected to essential work to roads, pavements, utilities (water, power, etc to buildings).
Option 1 – Improve the current system Keep things as they are but make it a bit easier for local authorities to put restrictions on specific roads using the existing Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) system, as creating new TROs is a lot of work at the moment. The main advantage is that the government would only need to make the process of getting a TRO a lot easier. The main disadvantage of keeping things the same is that the level of pavement parking would not improve by very much.
Option 2 – To give local authorities the power to take action (fines) against ‘unnecessary obstruction’ caused by pavement parking. The main advantage is that this option would enable local authorities to hand out fines, without the government having to ban pavement parking across the whole country. The main disadvantage is that it would be difficult to define when a parking obstruction is ‘unnecessary’, so fines are likely to be challenged quite frequently. This would, among other things, put local authorities off taking action because of the cost to them of lots of appeals against fines.
Option 3 – A national ban on pavement parking.
This option would introduce a general rule against pavement parking except where a local authority gives permission for it on specific roads or residential areas e.g. emergency vehicles could not get through.
This option would extend a ban that already applies across London. One advantage of this is that it would be much clearer to motorists where they could, and couldn’t, park on the pavement. Another is that decisions could be made locally about where there is a need for pavement parking.
The main disadvantage is that it would take a lot of work to identify which roads/areas the local authority should give permission for pavement parking, which would also be expensive.
A new law would also need to include a period of time for motorists to get used to the new law.
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) – which is responsible for spending our local NHS funding – has created coronavirus information videos in a range of community languages, such as Arabic, Bengali and Cantonese. You can find them on its YouTube channel by clicking on this: coronavirus information in community languages to find a video in your language – including English. One is about how to Protecting Yourself, and one is about Looking after Mental Health.
Translations of the text used for the videos will be available soon. If you would like please get in touch email@example.com request hard copy printed materials for distribution out into the community.
2. Free counselling from Bristol Mind
Free counselling is available to people who are shielding as a result of the pandemic, particularly those who are:
older or Disabled people;
part of a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic community; or
living in Avonmouth, Barton Hill, East Hillfields, Filwood, Hartcliffe & Withywood, Knowle West, Lawrence Hill, Lawrence Weston, Lockleaze, Southmead, St. Pauls, or Whitchurch Park.
The service is available from September to December 2020. You can self-refer, or be referred by a family member or an organisation you are in touch with. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 01179 800 370, to be sent a registration form.
At this year’s annual housing festival, the organisers would like your help to celebrate Bristol’s communities. They’re asking you, the Bristol residents, to tell them what your community means to you by submitting a 2 – 4 minute video.
They don’t need it to be professional, just you on a smart phone is great. Please film yourself in landscape mode (by holding your phone sideways).
Step 1: Choose a theme below.
Step 2: Film yourself answering some of the questions beneath each theme.
Step 3: Upload your video.
Theme 1: I love my community (e.g. your neighbourhood, religious group, community group)
What does the word “community” mean to you?
Where do you find community? What do you enjoy about it?
Was there a time in your life when community really made a difference?
How does community make our city better?
Theme 2: I can’t wait for community celebrations (e.g. St. Paul’s Carnival, the Balloon Fiesta, or others)
What is your favourite Bristol community event?
What do you love about it?
Who do you usually go with?
What’s your favourite memory of this event?
How do these events build community?
Theme 3: Community has been my strength during COVID-19
How did community support you during lockdown? Were there particular groups or organisations that really made a difference?
What kind of support did you most need?
Finish this sentence: I couldn’t live without community because…
When you’ve made your video, press the Ctrl and click buttons on this link: Upload Video to send your film to the Housing Festival organisers.
Stop Press Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned from Monday 14 September
Limits on the number of people you can see socially are changing. From Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with you must not meet in a group of more than 6 indoors or outdoors.
From 14 September – when the new rules apply – it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble). The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines.
There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including: – where everyone lives together or is in the same support bubble, or to continue existing arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parent;- at work, and voluntary or charitable services;
– in education, training, or registered childcare;
The Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) is a membership-led organisation that represents a diverse community of past, current and future users of mental health services, as well as those with lived experience of mental health.
By working together, we believe that we can be a force for positive change in the way that mental health is treated, perceived, and recognised.
Our branches lead on work to improve local mental health services, campaign for reforms and changes to the negative ways that mental health problems can be viewed, and act as a local voice for those with a diverse range of lived experiences.
In partnership with Off the Record’s LGBTQ+ Voice and Influence project we are developing a dedicated LGBTQ+ Steering Group for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) areas to help create a safe and effective space for members of the LGBTQ+ community to come together. Members of the group will be able to voice their lived experience of trying to access mental health support and the quality of any support received.
This will be a working group in which members can discuss issues, challenges and opportunities particular to the mental wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people. But we don’t just want to talk about these things; we want to help change and develop them. As a team, we’ll be creating and working on projects with the aim to drive positive change for our community within the services.
Membership of the group is open to LGBTQ+ individuals across BNSSG and we are keen to ensure that membership grows to fully reflect the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community.
Members of the IMHN team will facilitate Zoom meetings. There will be space for open discussion and identification of key priorities in which the group would like to campaign for change or increased awareness of LGBTQ+ needs.
Group engagement, highlighted issues and resulting project work will be regularly fed back thematically and anonymously into the wider IMHN membership in order to increase awareness of LGBTQ+ needs and experiences. We believe that this will be particularly helpful for the awareness of organisational representatives that attend external meetings, and will ensure that voices of the LGBTQ+ community can be heard and responded to by commissioners and service providers in order to bring about meaningful change.
Please note that meetings will be taking place virtually for the time being. Should meetings be scheduled in-person, out-of-pocket travel expenses associated with attending will be reimbursed. This includes costs like bus tickets or car parking. Should your require taxi this will need to be agreed in advance.
Diversity StatementThis group welcomes all people. As an LGBTQ+ collective, we want to engage people across the spectrums of gender identity and sexuality, race and ethnicity. A person’s faith or beliefs, their relationship status, their employment and housing situations, and their mental and physical health needs are accepted without prejudice or judgement.
We exist to celebrate our rich diversity within our community and to work together. As people of diverse backgrounds, we can help create change that will bring a significant benefit to the community, and to the wider world.
The pandemic has uncovered the inequalities that have been beneath the surface of our society for decades. We believe that the best way forward is to join together and create a safe space for ourselves. We are not a minority and we do not have to be marginalised.
Our differences make us strong. They give us the chance to learn, explore and grow. It’s in our differences that we will find our commonalities and, through sharing our knowledge and experience freely and without fear, we can bring about real change. We can beat oppression and discrimination together.
August 25, 2020 at 10:38 am
We are a community for people with lived experience of mental health to campaign for change.
Have you had experience of accessing mental health services?
Bristol Independent Mental Health Network are looking for participants for a Steering Group, scrutinising the work of the Mental Health & Wellbeing Cell, and the health and social care response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In recent months, local mental health organisations and service providers have come together from across the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) area to form the BNSSG Mental Health & Wellbeing Cell. This Cell is part of a wider structure in the South West that is co-ordinating the health and social care response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) and its branches in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, are supporting the Cell’s work, by facilitating a Lived Experience Steering Group. This group scrutinises the work of the Mental Health & Wellbeing Cell, in order to ensure that people with lived experience of both mental health and accessing mental health services are able to help shape what the Cell is doing.
We are looking for people with lived experience of mental health and accessing mental health services; who live in either the Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire areas; to join this steering group as representatives.
Representatives will attend fortnightly steering group meetings (that may move to monthly frequency in the future). The steering group will comment on, evaluate, and feedback into various pieces of work being undertaken by the wider Cell. A participation payment of £25 per two-hour meeting will be paid to representatives.