Bristol Disability Equality Commission – Commissioner Voluntary Post

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The new Bristol Disability Equality Commission, launched in September 2020 by Deputy Mayor Asher Craig, is looking for Commissioners.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Disabled person, with a strong personal interest in Disability as an equality and human rights issue.

The Commission was set up to identify the barriers faced by Disabled people in the city, and on the back of the negative impact COVID is having on Disabled people.  It was recently announced that Alun Davies will be its Chair.

The Commission will lead the work of including Disability Equality in every part of Bristol to improve the lives and opportunities of all Disabled people. 

Membership will include individual Disabled people, Disabled people-led organisations and groups working with Disabled people, as long as their representative is a Disabled person.

The role involves you knowing the city’s diverse community, being aware of at least one area or issue impacting Disabled people, being able to work as part of a team, being a voice for the group and making sure that the work of the team reflects all Disabled people in Bristol.  This includes all impairments and backgrounds.

Applications from Disabled people from all backgrounds are welcome, but the Council encourages Disabled people who are currently under-represented in this type of work to apply. 

The role is voluntary and you will be able to claim expenses.  The amount of time needed for the job is expected to be 2-3 days per month.  Support will be given to those in the role through training and mentoring.

Application Process:

Please submit a personal statement of no more than 1,500 words setting out what you could bring to the role and how you meet all the essential criteria to General.BDEC@gmail.com by midnight on Tuesday 23rd November 2021.

The personal statement can be submitted in any accessible format – for example, by email, letter, or video.  Please include your address, a telephone number and email address.

The application documents, including Role Description and Person Specification, Equalities Monitoring Form and Sensitive Interests Form, can be downloaded here: https://bit.ly/3FiqBBq  

If you’d like further information, would like the forms posted to you or need the paperwork in a different format contact: General.BDEC@gmail.com or call 0117 922 3114. Formats include Easy Read, audio CD, braille, British Sign Language or large print or accessible PDF.

Those who need the documents in a different format will get a deadline extension.

Closing date: Midnight on Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Shortlisting: Week beginning 6th December 2021

Interview date: Weeks starting 13th and 20th December 2021

If you would like to learn more about the role and meet Alun Davies, the Council will be holding two ‘What is a commissioner Q&A’ virtual Zoom sessions.

What is a commissioner Q&A Zoom session 1: 14.00-15.00 on Tuesday 26th October 2021: https://zoom.us/j/95019198915

What is a commissioner Q&A Zoom session 2: 19.30-20.30 on Monday 8th November 2021: https://zoom.us/j/97782659547

If you have any accessibility needs for the Zoom sessions, please email General.BDEC@gmail.com or call 0117 922 3114.  Please note however that these will be difficult to arrange last minute so please tell them your access needs as soon as possible.

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