Deaf Dementia 2 by the Deaf Studies Trust

July 18th – 6pm to 8pm at Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Bristol BS16 2QQ

Guest speaker Emma Ferguson-Coleman of the University of Manchester will be discussing the following:

  • what dementia is
  • stories from the Deaf community
    about living with dementia everyday
  • communication with BSL-users with dementia & families

It’s free and All are welcome to attend. BSL Interpreter’s will be in attendance.

Harbourside Festival – Do you like the Festival but not the crowds? Well this is for you!

Join us at M Shed for a Bristol Harbour Festival experience 
with a difference!
Saturday 20 July, 11am – 5 pm
Serving up the best views of the action from our rooftop Event Suite and terrace, you can soak up the sunshine and enjoy locally sourced fresh food and drink without the queues and crowds.
Tickets include:
Open access to the top floor Events Suite and terrace from 11am5pm

Summer cocktail on arrival

A delicious summer mezze buffet and Bar facility

Adults £10 | Children (under 12) £7
Continue the festival in the M Café until 10pm.


The RNIB and Peoples Views survey

RNIB and Peoples Views are looking for blind and partially sighted people aged 45 years to 75 years who have only been registered blind or partially sighted in the last 3 years; and, additionally, people aged 75 years and over who might have been registered for longer (they can take someone 75 years + who has an age related condition).

The RNIB wish to explore how the organisation can better engage with blind and partially sighted people.

The workshop will include a £100 thank you for taking part.

They are also offering support with travel costs and those of a chaperone if required on an individual needs basis.

If you are interested in taking part then please email back with the following required information:



Are you registered as severely sight impaired/partially sighted or with mild sight loss?:

How long have you been registered with sight loss?:

Which best describes your condition – stable / variable;  deteriorating / unsure?:

How familiar are you with the RNIB?:

What is your ethnic background?:

Do you require a chaperone or any additional help attending and participating?:

We would like to send you some additional information prior to event such as agenda and info – are you happy to be contacted by the RNIB?:

In what format would you like to receive this information:

Your phone number:

Judging Without Knowing – An Original Play by Bristol Somali Women

Judging Without Knowing

1st & 2nd July at 7pm 

acta Centre, Bedminster BS3 3AY

An original play by Bristol Somali Women

“There’s so much to celebrate about the Somali culture, but we feel we are being judged and criminalised. We need to speak out and let people know, FGM doesn’t define who we are. Things are different now, we need people to stop judging us and see who we really are.”

Tickets £3 from or 0117 9532448

“Judging Without Knowing is a show that takes the well argumented FGM narrative on its head. For too long the focus has been on how barbaric the procedure is and that the communities involved cannot help themselves unless there’s awareness and punitive consequences for those who practice it. For many in the community this “white saviour” approach endorsed by a handful of disconnected Somali women is patronising and pose more harm than good.
The show depicates how the current FGM procedures deeply affects the families they come in contact with. The women in the show offer a snippet of what life is like when you’re constantly suspected of a crime because of your cultural background.
The women in the show are adamant to continue their fight against this stigma until the end of these discriminatory guidelines.” – Hibo, Performer

A partnership between acta Theatre and Talo.

The venue is accessible with parking, accessible toilets, lifts and a hearing induction loop. However, there will not be a BSL interpreter at the performances.

Don’t shut Disabled people out of mainstream education Petition

Increased demand upon school budgets, at the same time as less funding from central government, means many Disabled children are not getting the support they need and others are being turned down by mainstream schools because the school knows it can’t meet the young person’s education support needs.  You can read more and sign the petition here:

This campaign is really important and the more support we can get behind it the better chance we have of succeeding.  

Can you also take a moment to share the petition with others?  It’s really easy – all you need to do is forward this email or click these links: 

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DoDo you or someone you know employ a European PA – or are you one of those PAs? If so this is for you!

Bristol Law Centre can support applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) for complex cases. We can also help professionals if they have an individual case they need advice on, please email More information can be found on our website, please click here.

Bristol Law Centre also hosts a Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC), and will be working with others in the city to ensure accurate information about the scheme and where to get help. 

Exciting Job Opportunity with GDA

Project Officer (Children and Families)

Office location: Barnwood, Gloucester

Salary: £19,000 to £21,000 per annum (FTE) G

DA is an award winning, user-led, local charity looking to recruit an experienced and charismatic part time Project Officer. GDA is a vibrant organisation leading the way on innovative services for deaf and hard of hearing people. We have a friendly and supportive team working together to reach the highest standards.

The Project Officer postholder will be under the line management of the Project Development Manager and responsible for leading activities and working with deaf children, young deaf adults and CODAs up to the age of 25 and their families. The aim is to provide support with communication, improve access to information and also social opportunities to better their wellbeing. The role will require delivery of Understanding Deafness (deaf awareness) training. The flexibility to work with young people during school holiday periods and some evenings and weekends is also required. The role of the Project Officer is target driven and led by funding criteria. There will be regular monitoring and evaluation of achievement against agreed goals. There may also be a need to get involved in other GDA projects as required. The postholder will be able to act as a positive role model to deaf and hard of hearing children and young people and use sign language fluently.

The successful candidate will provide 1:2:1 support to young D/deaf or hard of hearing people, including CODAs, and their families to build their stability, confidence and wellbeing, and ultimately engage in the wider society with or without support from peers.

Key Personal Attributes

Good communication skills; Ability to think strategically; Strong relationship management skills; Empathy with young deaf people. Relevant Experience and Qualifications Lived experience as, or having worked with, vulnerable or disengaged children or young people; BSL user or have at least level 3 in BSL; Basic literacy and numeracy skills; Basic IT skills.

This role is for a Fixed Term Contract period

To apply, please email or text 07875 610 860/call 01452 372 999 for an application form and job description and return to the same email address. CV’s will not be accepted unless accompanied by a fully completed application form. Anyone wanting an informal discussion about the role or wishing to submit a job application in an alternative format should in the first instance contact

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 25th June 2019 at 12pm

Interview date: Thursday 4th July 2019