Protest Rights

Law for Life and DPAC are working together to run a campaign to support protest rights, and to create clear and accessible public information for protestors about the law.

We are listening to what you tell us as about your protest information needs as part of the wider campaign. But we have also produced a quick survey to help us learn more about what people want and need to know.

Please take the survey yourself and pass it on to your groups and networks. Or get in touch with to arrange another way to give your feedback.

Survey Link:

Everyday people doing science on plastic

Be part of a community of everyday people acting as scientists to answer important questions and making a real difference.

When we think of plastic in our homes we often think of plastic bottles and packaging.  But our homes also contain lots of plastics that we can’t see, such as clothes, carpets, curtains, blinds and beds.

These are very small bits of plastic called microplastics.  They float around our homes until they are breathed in, land or, go out through windows and doors.  There are more of them indoor than outdoor, but we don’t know how there is, where it comes from, or how to make less of it.  As Disabled people can sometimes have to use a lot of plastics for health reasons this is a big issue for us.

University of the West of England has been working with the Universities of Leeds on Homes Under the Microscope.  They are working with everyday people to look at microplastics in the home.

Join us and find out how many microplastics are in your home.  To take part register online.  You will be sent a pack to use through the post that will tell you what to do to take samples of the microplastics.

Sign up here:

Picture shows a magifiyig glass over a petridish. Text reads: Looking for people in Bristol to measure the amount of microplastics in their homes. Recruitment opens in January! Homes Under the Microscope @MicroscopeHomes

Get help paying your water bill

If you’re struggling to pay your water bill Bristol Water might be able to lower your bill or do other things to help.

They can help if you are:

  1. • On low income or get benefits,
  2. • Get Pension Credit or State Pension,
  3. • Are in debt with your bills,
  4. • Have become unemploymed.

Go to their website to get help: link.


The Disability Energy Support service can also help lower your energy bills costs. They are experts in providing support for disabled households on energy. 

To find out more call 0808 801 0828.

Disruption to Rail Services

You may have seen in the media that ASLEF (train drivers) will be taking strike action on Wednesday 1st February and Friday 3rd February.  RMT train drivers will also strike on the same days. 

As this is train drivers, it is very likely that GWR will have no trains running on the vast majority of their network on both dates.  They are hoping that they might be able to operate a limited service from Reading to Basingstoke, Reading to Oxford and London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads. This is not yet confirmed.

GWR’s dedicated strike page at will be kept updated including information on refunds and when journey planners will be updated.

How to Stay Warm for Less

The Centre for Sustainable Energy has created an advice sheet with lots of really good advice on how to keep warm for less. It talks about:

1 Heating just one room in the house.
2 Blocking up and sealing gaps that let cold air through your windows, doors and floors into the home and let warm air out.
3 Wrapping up warm – keep in mind your own mobility needs and stay safe.
4 Staying active to warm yourself up – again, keep in mind your own mobility needs and stay safe.
5 Using a heated throw or blanket.
6 Having hot food and drink throughout the day.
7 Finding warm places to go near your home. There are a number around Bristol and you can find them here:
8 Preventing damp and mould

To read the full advice please click on the link below:

Bristol Disability Equality Forum’s AGM 2023

Preview attachment AGM notification.docx

We will send you further details, information on where and how it will be
held, and a copy of our accounts, nearer the time.

So we are able to make sure as many of you as possible can attend,
please let us know if you can attend:

a. Online
b. In person (if in person let us know your dietary needs)
c. Either,
and what your access needs are.
We hope this letter finds you well and that you will be able to join us at
our AGM.


Laura J Welti
[Forum Manager and Chief Officer]

Help make Bristol and Bath’s parks more accessible for Disabled people and unpaid carers

We are working with Your Park Bristol and Bath to make Bristol’s parks more accessible for Disabled people and unpaid carers.
Last year, Your Park Bristol and Bath talked to local Disabled people and unpaid carers through their ‘Not just a check box’ research. Those people said that parks needed to be looked at as a whole and that the knowledge of how parks can be made more accessible should come from Disabled people and carers who have used them.
So we are now working with Your Park, Disabled people and unpaid carers to make the UK’s first Community Led Park Access Assessment (CLPAA). This will help Disabled people and unpaid carers look at the accessibility of a park and make recommendations for how to make it more better. We hope what we make will then be used across the UK.
Your Park Bristol and Bath has got funding from Natural England to do the first part. This work will get us to be where we can test what we make in parks.

Help us develop CLPAA through workshops
If you are a Disabled person you are invited to join us to help shape the assessment. We will be holding 2 or 3 workshops in late February. They will each be 2 hours and you can join online or at the Vassall Centre in Bristol.
Your Park Bristol and Bath will give a £40 voucher (for a shop of your choice) to the people at each of the meetings.
If you are interested, please get in touch: