Covid-19 Vaccine Accessibility event – 10th February

Please see below information on an event about the COVID-19 vaccine which will be held on  Wednesday 10th February, from 19:00 – 20:30.  This event will have a specific focus on people with disabilities, mental health conditions, and older age groups.

This event is an opportunity for you to find out more about COVID19 vaccines and allow you to make an informed choice.

With three COVID-19 vaccines approved and more trials taking place, Dr Rajeka Lazarus, Consultant in Infectious Diseases at University Hospital Bristol & Weston, and our expert panel, will be available to discuss how vaccines work and help answer many of our concerns and questions around getting access to the vaccine.

Some common questions which will be addressed will be:

•      How did the vaccine get approved so quickly?

•      Is the vaccine safe? What ingredients does it contain?

•      What are the side effects of the vaccine?

•      Will the vaccine give me COVID-19?

•      Will the vaccine be effective against all the new strains of the virus?

•      I’m fit and healthy, why should I have the vaccine?

•      Where will I receive the vaccine? How do the vaccine centres operate? How will I get there?

The event, run by Bristol, North Somerset South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Healthwatch Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will feature updates from keynote speakers and a panel discussion to address some of the questions above and more.

If you have queries in relation to the event, or are unable to access Eventbrite to book directly, please email

*This event is one of several developments that have come out of the work Bristol Disability Equality Forum (and other voluntary sector organisations) have been doing with the local NHS, throughout the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, to ensure that all their Covid-19 information and services are accessible to Disabled people.

Bristol City Council SEND Survey

Following on from last year’s surveys, Bristol City Council are again asking children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers to share their views about the services in Bristol.

Each survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and all those taking part will have the opportunity to be entered into a draw to win one of two £10 ‘Love to Shop’ vouchers that can be spent on-line or in store at more than 20,000 shops, restaurants and attractions.

The survey will be live for 7 weeks (18January – 5 March) and links to the surveys are on every page of Bristol’s SEND Local Offer website.

Click here to take part in the parent carer survey

Click here to take part in the children and young people’s survey

Easy Read versions of both surveys are attached also available to download from the survey home page.

The survey results will be published on Bristol’s SEND Local Offer website in the summer term.

Are You Looking After Someone Else? Research Survey

Please complete our online Questionnaire: 

Deadline for completing this survey is 29 February 2021

Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF) is carrying out a survey to identify the needs of people who are looking after someone else. This can mean many things from making a regular phone call, helping with housework, shopping or personal care, to full-time round-the-clock care. If you regularly help someone else, whether you live with them or not, we would like to hear your views.

The survey has been commissioned by Bristol City Council (BCC) with a view to reshaping their services and support for people who are looking after others. The data and findings from the survey will be shared with BCC and the survey results will be published in the Bristol Older People’s Forum newsletter, website ( and Facebook page ( The questionnaire is anonymous – you do not need to enter any personal data.

A heartening legal victory about council charges for social care.

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A recent judgement from the High Court is that Norfolk County Council’s decision to increase care charges for a severely disabled woman was declared discriminatory (Severely disabled woman wins her claim that council care charges are discriminatory – Being The Boss). Under the Care Act 2014, Councils can decide whether they charge for social care and what charge they make, provided that they leave people with the minimum amount that they are allowed to keep under the government’s Minimum Income Guarantee. What Norfolk County Council had done was to take the claimant’s enhanced benefits into account in deciding what to charge her and fail to allow for the fact that she was unable to undertake paid work. The judge ruled that this was discriminatory under the ECHR:

  1. Because the Council was excluding people’s earnings from its assessments for care charges, disabled people unable to work were being treated as if they had earnings as well as benefits.
  2. The Council’s decision also meant that people with the highest support needs were being charged more than those with lower needs.

The court action resulted from tremendous campaigning by a local disability network in Norfolk, supported by Inclusion London and the legal firm Leigh Day.

Shaping Our Lives: Inclusive Involvement Movement – A quick survey

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A reminder about our short survey concerning involvement. This survey aims to tell us what would help you to take part and influence services to work better for you and other people in similar situations. Some examples of involvement activities are completing a survey about a local health service, taking part in a focus group with your local authority or providing lived experiences to students on a social work degree course.
1. Use this link to complete your answers online.

2. Send an email to: and we can send a Word version of the survey for you to complete or arrange to do a telephone survey. Please make it clear which you would like when you send the email.

3. If you or someone you know is digitally excluded or would need assistance then please call: 07956 424511

The survey is very short and should take no longer than 10 minutes.
Many thanks

The Shaping Our Lives Team

Job Vacancy: Admin and Comms Worker

Admin and Comms Worker

Bristol Disability Equality Forum

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Salary: £18,000 (pro rata)

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Part Time Hours: 14

Location: Bristol

Details: Permanent contract, subject to funding. It is an ‘occupational requirement’, as defined and exempted under the Equality Act 2010, that the successful post-holder must identify as a Disabled person.Details of Role: 

Are you passionate about disability equality and diversity?  Do you want to work for a 100% Disabled people’s organisation?  Do you live in, or very near, Bristol?  Then you may be the person we are looking for!

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Disabled person to undertake the Administration and [basic] Communication needs of the Forum. 

The successful applicant with be an organised and self-motivated individual with good face-to-face, written and digital communications skills who will undertake general office duties to include:

  1. opening and sorting post;
  2. filing andphotocopying;
  3. undertaking communication activites to promote the Forum and its work;
  4. being the first point of contact for people making enquires or otherwise seeking information from the Forum;
  5. maintaining an office diary and ensuring mailouts and notices are processed in a timely manner;
  6. administering Forum events;
  7. cash handling (primarily petty cash), collection and record-keeping;
  8. monitoring/ ordering stationery, as required;
  9. creating invoices for the Forum’s charged for services;
  10. recording, collating, processing and forwarding all invoices received, along with the relevant paperwork, to our volunteer book-keeper;
  11. undertaking other tasks commensurate with the post, as required.

Please note that this is the only Admin worker role within the Forum so you will be comfortable with, and confident about, working alone, as well as part of a team.

Closing Date: Monday, 11 January, 2021 – 10:00am

How to Apply: 

Applications must be submitted using the application form included in the job application information for this post.  CVs will not be accepted.

Contact Person: Laura J Welti

Contact Email:

Postal Address: St Paul’s Learning Centre Grosvenor Rd Bristol BS2 8XJ

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Coronavirus over Christmas and New Year

We are asking communities across Bristol to make sure they have a safe and careful festive period over Christmas and the New Year.

Last weekend the Government announced changes to the rules over the festive period.

This means: 
⦁ A maximum of three households can create a Christmas bubble for one day only on 25 December.

⦁ Households should not stay over on Christmas Day and you should try to keep visits short.

⦁ You may only form one Christmas bubble, and once it has been formed, you cannot change it.

⦁ Keep your bubbles as small as possible, three households (including your own) should be the maximum, but you should avoid creating a Christmas bubble if at all possible.

⦁ Try to only form bubbles within your local area – you may not form a bubble with anyone in a tier 4 area. It is also safest to avoid forming a bubble with anyone living in a tier 3 area.

⦁ Limit social contact with anyone outside of your household for at least five days before and after forming a bubble.

From 26 December, we will have to go back to Bristol’s local restrictions. On 30 December the government will decide whether Bristol stays in tier 2 or moves to tier 3 or 4. This will depend on how many people catch Coronavirus over the two weeks leading up to 30 December.

Bristol is in tier 2 at the moment, which means that for New Year’s Eve, people must not mix socially indoors with people not in their household and hospitality venues will close at 11pm.

However, we would strongly recommend that Disabled people do not go to hospitality venues for Christmas or New Year celebrations. The
re-opening of these venues was a big factor in the big rise in people catching Coronavirus over late summer and early autumn.
Please do the most you can over the festive period to protect our city and keep infection rates down and ensure that 2021 is as coronavirus-safe as it can be.

Are you heading out to celebrate this Christmas?

If you are planning to go out one evening this week to celebrate Christmas please remember that Bristol is still in tier 2 and there is guidance you must follow if you’re visiting any hospitality venue.

⦁ Wear a face covering at all times, unless exempt, apart from when seated at a table.

⦁ Scan the QR code to use the COVID-19 app.

⦁ You can only sit inside a venue with those from your own household or support bubble. 

⦁ The rule of six must be followed outside a venue and social distancing should be followed.

⦁ You can only order alcohol with a substantial meal.

⦁ You must leave the venue by 11pm.
When you have left the venue it is important that you go straight home and do not stand around in groups outside.

This guidance is in place to protect you and your loved ones and to make sure we all have a safe Christmas.

We know this is the time of year you want to celebrate, but would ask you to keep in mind that hospitality venues e.g. pubs, restaurants, bars etc. are places where there is a high risk of catching coronavirus.

Hospitality venues are places like pubs, bars, restaurants, or almost anywhere you might usually go to when you want drink or eat (or both) with friends or family.
Household. A household is a home where one or more people live. It can be a flat, a house, a group home or shared student accommodation.

Bristol’s COVID-19 testing sites will be open through Christmas

Coronavirus testing sites will be open over the Christmas and New Year period, including on Christmas Day, but will be operating at slightly reduced hours.

Visit the Gov.UK website to find out more.
If you develop symptoms of coronavirus over the holiday period, including a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, it is essential that you get tested.
We have four testing sites in Bristol. They are:
• Brislington Park and Ride (note a 2.1m height restriction)
• Hengrove Leisure Park
• Netham Park
• Rear of Victoria Rooms, Clifton
If you do have symptoms or you test positive you must
self-isolate in order to protect your loved ones and keep the city safe.