More of Bristol’s Public Toilets Re-open

From Monday 6 July, toilets at St George Park, St Andrews Park and Brandon Hill Park will reopen, joining public toilets at Ashton Court, Blaise Estate and Oldbury Court that are already open. These toilets will be cleaned regularly throughout the day to ensure they are safe for staff and residents.

This is great news for Disabled people, older people, many women, and parents of young children, as some have not felt able to go to a park because of the lack of toilets. Too often it is a lack of knowledge, or consideration, and a failure to fully value inclusion (like closing toilets) that leads to creating disadvantage.

Two new temporary toilet blocks have also been placed in Queen Square and by the Amphitheatre. These toilets are now open between 10am-10pm, and are cleaned throughout the day . The toilets are closed overnight.

Let’s hope more are opened soon.

Launch of Fantastic New Project

After weeks of planning we are now just two days away from our AGM, where will be launching our fantastic new Deaf and Disabled people’s history project called Forging Our Future! 

A photo of Disabled people demonstrating about the lack of access, outside the Arnolfini
Photo courtesy of Bristol Museums and Ruth Pickersgill

Come and join us this Saturday (30th November) to:

– hear about our achievements in 2018-19,and

– celebrate the new project (Yes, there will be a little food with tea/coffee!), and

– hear from some of the people who succeeded in campaigning for Deaf and Disabled people’s rights.

Forging Our Future’s full title is Forging Our Future: Resistance Change and Leadership in Bristol’s Disabled people’s movement and is an oral history project. This project will see young Deaf and Disabled people researching Bristol’s Deaf and Disabled people’s history (1970s-2000s) and recording the oral history of those who were activists at the time.

It will also train up other Deaf and Disabled people as accessibility assessors and become a referference group for any heritage venue wanting to be more accessible.

At the end of the project, the young people will create a Deafness and disability history toolkit for schools and an accessibility self-assessment toolkit for heritage venues.

Are you someone who wants to know more about this history?  A Deaf or Disabled person interested in being involved?  Then come along.

This event is open to everyone so we are looking forward to seeing lots of you there!

New Rough Guide to Accessible Britain

Packed with over 180 reviews of accessible and inspiring days out, there’s something for everyone in theRough Guide to Accessible Britain. The Guide aims to inspire and support people with diverse needs in enjoying the best of Britain’s attractions – whatever their disability.

The perfect tool for Motability Scheme customers wanting to explore the UK, the revamped Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is free to download or view online.

Now in its 10th year, the Guide is an ideal planning tool for anyone with access needs and now also includes information for visitors with more hidden conditions such as autism or mental illness. Every venue in the Guide is reviewed by Rough Guides’ team of writers, who either have a disability themselves or visited the venue with disabled friend or family member.

The Guide provides clear and helpful advice to highlight the very best inclusive and accessible days out for people of all abilities, from museums and art galleries, to wildlife parks and gardens.

View the Guide online.

Download your free Guide.