The UK Veterans Hearing Foundation are currently asking for donations of hearing aids for veterans in need. If you have hearing aids you no longer use, please consider recycling them by going to the following link: Donate here
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 www.gwr.com/strike will be kept updated including information on refunds and when journey planners will be updated.
The People’s Voice Project group are halfway through their work finding out what Disabled People with Learning Difficulties would like to happen in Bristol and are looking to create an interest group which can discuss the work the project group has done so far and get real community feedback and thoughts about what the project aims to do next.
You can find more details on the both the project and interest group meeting below including instructions on how to get to the Vassals Centre and details in a screen reader format.
The first interest group meeting takes place on Monday 9th January at 11am at the Vassal Centre.
Bristol City Council is asking for your views on the draft development framework for the Whitehouse Street regeneration area.
Unfortunately because of a technical problem, if you filled in the survey before 10am on Monday 28 November your feedback has not been recorded. We apologise for this and would ask that you fill the survey in again so that we have your views. What you think is important to us and we very much appreciate you taking the time to do this again.
Bristol’s local plan is being reviewed, and the Council would like your views on drafts of additional and revised policies and proposals that they plan to include.
This document is probably the most important one for making Bristol accessible to Disabled people. This is because it is the only document that can make the Council reject all planning applications for work that is not accessible, and prevents the government from overturning a Bristol Planning Committee decision. So, it is super important that as many of us respond as possible, demanding that it includes all planning applications to be fully accessible, wherever possible.
The new local plan will update all existing policies for deciding planning applications, and guide development across the city over the next 20 years.
The responses will feed into the next stage of the draft plan which will be published in Summer 2023 and open to further public comment. Following this stage, the plan will be submitted for examination by the planning inspector with the aim for it to be adopted in Autumn 2024.
The Bristol Autism Team provides advice and support for families and mainstream educational settings (Early Years to Post-16).
They want to hear what has the biggest impact on the experiences and outcomes of Autistic children and young people and those with a social Communication and Interaction Need. They will then use this information to help inform what their services look like in the future.
Your Holiday Hub is back, starting from Monday (19 December), offering free activities and hot meals to children and young people over the winter holidays.
There are over 180 activities to choose from this winter including festive arts and crafts, cooking workshops and even Ninja Warrior. Children and young people aged four to 16, who are eligible and in- receipt of free school meals will be able to access Your Holiday Hub for free.
Food is central to the programme, as with each activity children and young people will also receive a hot meal and learn about food and healthy living. 1,960 activity packs and food parcels will be delivered to 45 organisations across Bristol this winter.
Eligible children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or an education, health and care plan are welcome at Your Holiday Hub. Families can contact the organisation or session they would like to attend to discuss their child’s individual needs.
Eligible families will also receive free school meal vouchers for the full winter holiday, which will be distributed by schools.
The pressures of the cost of living crisis are likely to affect people’s mental health, making us feel stressed, anxious or low. Please talk to family and friends about how you’re feeling but also check in on people who you think may be struggling.
There is also lots of help available from local organisations: