Bristol Disability Equality Forum is an organisation of Disabled people, regardless of impairment. This means all the decision-makers in our organisation are Disabled people.
We are also a membership organisation where our trustees are elected by our members. Each trustee is elected for a three year term. However, we have a lot of places on our board so we usually hold elections every year.
We have four types of trustee:
- Area representative
- Citywide representative
- Representative of Organisation of Disabled people
- Representative of an Organisation for Disabled people
These trustees make all the strategic decisions.
Paid staff and volunteers do most of our day-to-day work.
This work involves:
- Responding to enquiries and providing information
- Letting Disabled people know about changes and consultations that might affect them, so they can have their say
- Meeting decision-makers and negotiating improvements to their services and policies
- Attending committees and Working Groups so we can influence decisions before they are made
- Lobbying politicians
- Campaigning for change
- Raising awareness of Disabled people’s needs and the issues they face.