ALonely Tour – A narrative on Loneliness

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What is it?

Community actors sharing authentic stories and conversations about loneliness from older people in Bristol. Running time of performance approx. 40 minutes (audience encouraged to stay and have a picnic after).

Why should I come?

A chance to meet new people and have a chat with them and the community actors about loneliness, Bristol and any other topics (unfortunately picnic not provided).

Where is it?

In September 2022, performances held at 12pm and 2pm.

19th at acta Garden,  Gladstone St, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 3AY

20th at Malcolm X Community Centre, 141 City Rd, St Paul’s, Bristol BS2 8YH

21st at Owen Square Park, Chelsea Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5 6AL

22nd at Filwood Community Centre Barnstaple Rd, Bristol BS4 1JP

To attend, no need to book, meet at the entrance to the venue and the audience will walk together to the show.

For more info, please call 07956962422 or email

People Power Project from Bristol City Council

People Power Project is a new project from Bristol City Council that aims to explore individual and collective power. They are offering free training in multi-media, storytelling and asset based practice to anyone who would like to tell their story or story of someone / a group who have been involved in or are involved in positive action, no matter how big or small and who would like to help shape the project or be part of a city wide event.

For more information, get in touch with Julia Williams by emailing or phoning 07741834552.

Luminarium from Bristol Light Festival

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Luminarium is a really amazing free installation, accessible to all, that Bristol Light Festival are excited to be bringing to the city for the summer holidays. 

You can find more details on their website here:

Free tickets are available to book online, but they also take walk-ups. They also have some special sessions on offer including for Sensory-Friendly Sessions and Relaxed Sessions.

Sensory-Friendly Sessions: Thursday 11th August – Sunday 14th August 10:00-11:40 (last admission 11:15)
These sessions have been designed with assistance from Bristol Autism Support and are dedicated to children and adults with sensory needs and their carers. These sessions are reserved solely for this purpose and therefore can only be booked by Please also get in touch if there is anything specific we can help with in advance of your visit.

Relaxed Sessions: Every day between 15:00-16:00 (last admission 16:30) 
Luminarium is accessible to wheelchair users and individuals requiring mobility support. Relaxed sessions are dedicated to clinically vulnerable individuals and those with complex needs who would benefit from a quieter session. There will be a reduced number of visitors within this sessions and we encourage people to wear masks where possible. Please be mindful of customers with additional sensory needs and requirements to enjoy the space.

To book spaces for the Relaxed Sessions or General Sessions please visit the Eventbrite page:

Upcoming Go Gentle show at the Exchange!

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After a long break due to booking issues, covid and Brexit, Exchange Bristol are very happy to announce the next Go Gentle relaxed matinee show at Exchange! 

13th August, Eat Up! presents Perkie and Frank Paris 

Book tickets at:

The show will start at the usual time of 2pm.  

PWYC (Pay What you Can), but recommended price is £5

As usual, we wanted local accessibility groups to have the opportunity to share the ticket information before we promoted the shows. The links above will go on general release on Friday.

Go Gentle shows aim to be as accessible and welcoming as possible.  

Bristol Disability Equality Forum’s Open Forum 2022

Photograph of five people standing in a line at BDEF's Open Forum. From left to right: Megan Belcher, Emma Geen, Bethany Stephenson, Dan Bourton, Ruth Pickersgill.

On Saturday 30th July, Bristol Disability Equality Forum hosted a Open Forum event.

The Open Forum took place both in person at Central Bristol Quakers Meeting House and online by Zoom.

Speakers were a mixture of BDEF staff (Emma Geen and Dan Bourton) and three external: Megan Belcher from Bristol City Council; Lizzie Edgecombe from Access Sport and; Ruth Pickersgill representing the Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPO) Forum.

The event was compared by Beth Stephenson, BDEF’s administrator.

Here was what was spoken about and said during the event.

Megan Belcher

Photo of Megan Belcher speaking at the BDEF Open Forum and sitting next to Beth Stephenson (also in shot).

“I am currently working on a few projects at the moment – my main one being the People’s Voice Project for people with learning disabilities.  Funding was put aside for it a few years ago and we have just recently hired three people with learning disabilities and a support worker to work with me on this.”

“Another thing I’m working on is a Disability equality website home page that all resources, adverts, sports activities, children and young peoples’ activities and other local Disability organisations can be found on.  I’m also working on the Clean Air Zone with the Council and on Social Model training.”

“Beth asked me for things I think that are current issues relating to local Disabled people – the ones I would say that there were are:

a) a lack of Disabled people with learning disabilities led spaces,

b) a lack of wide spread accessible communications – a better understanding of it is needed,

c) that there are lots of organisations doing lots of good things in Bristol but there is no collaboration – more resource or information sharing is needed and,

d) a lack of diverse welcoming safe spaces in the Disabled community, particularly for those who are BAME or LGBT+.”

“There are citywide issues but there are also issues in certain parts of Bristol.”

Lizzie Edgecombe

Photo of a projector screen showing an image of a woman speaking on screen - Lizzie Edgecombe speaking at BDEF's Open Forum.

“I work for Access Sport. whose aim is increasing disability inclusion in sport and creating more opportunities.  Sports range from the traditional to the non-traditional.  The aim is getting more people moving – providing something for everyone.  We recognise that if we want more disabled people to be involved, we need to give them the right information.  This is where Ignite Bristol comes in.”

Ignite Bristol is a co-creative movement with a steering group that works as a collective to try to change the system as a whole.  There is a website in development, more community events are in the works and we hope to create a leadership programme.  Ignite is flexible.”

Comments to Lizzie from our audience:

“There are different communities within Disabled people.  They are not hard to reach – they just have difficulties dealing with the day to day things.  To get connected with these communities, you need to get people talking about it including doctors and GPs.”

“You need to make sure that people not affliated with groups to access your activities.”

“Active outreach is needed and you need to give people who need the activities the skills to communicate it.”

“Some of us need telephone calls or face to face meetings – disabled support can not only just be through email or the internet.”

“Physios meet people at local gyms that they will be able to use.  It’s wholly important to celebrate successes and to inspire the physios to do something similar.”

“Make sure not to shame people for whom exercise is difficult – find the activities that the individual is able to do.”

“Brochure handouts are important as people are not just online.  GPs and nurses should be able to give these handouts out and they should be photocopy able.”

Emma Geen

Emma gave an update on the BDEF Community Climate Action project and the upcoming plans for a repair workshop, Energy Champion, Transport Champion, Library of Things, cookery lessons and allotments.

Questions and comments to Emma from our audience:

“Are you aware that there are other libraries of things out there?”

“Should disabled recycling be separate from non-disabled recycling?”

“Are disabled people included from the beginning of the consultation?”

“Do you know about the Haven project?”

“How can we recycle used electronics?”

“We could give used IT equipment to refugees.”

“Do we know about the CHEESE project?”

“Avon Organic Group run allotments.”

Dan Bourton

Dan talked about confidence, welcoming people into the BDEF community, empathy and teh upcoming challenges we face of the Cost of Living crisis. He also gave an update on what the BDEF Making Change Happen project is currently up to and his interest in community hubs.

“It is our desire at the Forum to open our doors and welcome you in, because you are our community and not our clients. We run both in person and online meetings in an atmosphere of camaraderie and good humour. We try to help them solve any problems that they might have and we listen when people need to express themselves and encourage confidence and independence, two things that we know many people crave.”

“In order to build community, we need to start meeting people.”

Questions and comments to Dan from our audience:

“Could you use Central Bristol Quakers (or other Quaker meeting places) as a workplace hub?”

“The Mayor needs to make economic pact to central government,”

Ruth Pickersgill

Photograph of Ruth Pickersgill speaking at BDEF's Open Forum.

Ruth discussed what the Disabled People Organisations’ Forum is and why it was formed – they collaborated rarely.  Luke Beesly researched Bristol DPOs and asked them what the barriers for each of them were.  This came out as a 80+ page research paper that is not an easy read. 

Compared to other DPO groups around the country, we’re very vibrant.  We have lost groups over the last 15 years such as People First but we have not lost as many as other cities have. 

DPOs in Bristol are not working together or sharing resources in the way we should.  Current plans are to have a joint website where you can find all the information on the DPOs and for the DPOs to work together.

Relevant Links

Access Sport website:

Ignite Bristol website:

The Haven:

The CHEESE Project:

Avon Organic Group:

Community Resilience Fund. Grants for Disability Groups.

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A one-off fund of £4 million is being offered to share between organisations working in Bristol communities who suffer most from inequality.  The Community Resilience Fund is funded by Bristol City Council. It will support community and voluntary organisations to make themselves better able to cope with difficulties and to do their work in a way that is better for the planet. 
The funding is for community organisations and groups based in and working with:

  1. The most disadvantaged areas of the city.
  2. City-wide self-organised equality groups, for example Disabled people, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and LGBT communities. 

Grants for community-based organisations will be a minimum of £50,000. Some smaller grants of a minimum of £10,000 will be on offer for equalities community groups. 

The project must be something physical, not an activity. For example:

  1. Improving access for Disabled people.
  2. Making a community building bigger or making new spaces within them.
  3. Upgrading IT or buying equipment.
  4. Making a community centre’s heating system better to help the planet and save on costs.

The Bristol Disability Equality Forum are the lead for disability groups and can give advice on: 

  1. What your proposal should look like.
  2. How to make sure you can apply before spending time on it.

To apply email your proposal:

To ask for advice as a disability group email:

For more information visit the Bristol City Council website.

Clean Air Zone Grant Scheme

The Clean Air zone will mean that older cars will have to pay to go through the centre of the city. The council is offering grants and loans to help people replace vehicles that don’t meet the standards.

To get a grant must get in touch with the council and wait for them to get back to you. Do not buy another one without hearing back if you want to get the support. 

The council has got money from the government for:

  • £1.8 million of loans and grants to help people to change their car to one that makes less dirty air.
  • £5.9 million to help people use public transport and make more journeys by walking or cycling. You can loan an electric bike, get cycle training and some bus tickets for free. Apply here.

The money will go first to people in the Bristol City Council area or with buildings in the Clean Air Zone and earn less than £26,000. 

For cars you can get a grant up to £1,500. Another £500 can be used towards a loan.

For vans you can get a grant up to £4,500. Another £1,500 can be used towards a loan.

Apply for the money here.

Read more on the council website.

Disability Discussions

We will be discussing the Clean Air Zone on August 17th, 12 noon to 1pm at St Paul’s Learning Centre and on Zoom. Email for the join link

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A Research Opportunity for Older People from Bristol Older People’s Forum: Improving Resistence to Antibiotics.

In this research study, the aim is to explore the opinions of people aged 65 years and over towards dietary health interventions, managing infections and antibiotic use. Participants will be required to complete a questionnaire (completed online or via post) and an interview, which is similar to a Q&A style discussion.

The interview is unlikely to take more than one hour, it can be completed face-to-face, over the phone or on Microsoft Teams and all participants will be compensated for their time with a £10 Love2Shop gift card (spendable at 150+ high street shops).

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Lorna Flintham via email ( or phone (01225 384694).


Antimicrobial resistance occurs when germs, such as bacteria, evolve so medicines such as antibiotics no longer work to treat them.

Antimicrobial resistance is a significant national and global health issue as, without effective antibiotics, it may not be possible to treat common infections or safely perform medical procedures like surgery in the future.

Understanding public opinions towards antibiotic use, diet and strategies that aim to keep antibiotics working is important to give the public a voice and develop tailored and effective ways of reducing resistance in the UK.

What keeps you happy, healthy and well? Give your views to Healthier Together

Our ability to stay happy, healthy and well depends on many things – from employment to housing, education and social connections. To make a real difference, health and care services need to think about all these things to form a long-term plan for the area and make a real difference.

Now is your chance to share what matters most to you. By sharing your views in a short survey, you can help shape the future of local health and care services for the next five, 10 and 20 years.

You’ll also be in with the chance of winning £125 worth of shopping vouchers, just by giving your opinion.

Find out more and have your say.

If you would like to request this survey in another language or format, please contact:

Please contact the same e-mail address if you would prefer to complete the survey via a different method, such as telephone.