Don’t Blame Care Homes, Boris

The Prime Minister has caused outrage by claiming that care homes didn’t follow the correct procedures.

This is not the first time a government has refused to take responsibility for its actions: it is a habit that has got even worse over the past 12yrs.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tried to reduce the amount of criticism about his comment without any apology or admission that the responsibility is 100% that of government. Why do we say this? Because:

– the government told the NHS to move everyone who didn’t absolutely have to be in hospital into a care home while they recovered from whatever had led to the going into hospital in the first place;

– it was the government that failed to start a programme of testing from the very start of the pandemic;

– it was the government that failed to provide PPE supplies to care homes, despite the known difficulties individual people and individual businesses were having in getting hold of these supplies, until after many people in care homes had died.

We must not let government get away with refusing to accept responsibility by shifting blame to others. So email or tweet your local MP, and the Prime Minister, demanding that government accepts responsibility and, at the very least, apologies tfor causing the deaths of so many Disabled and older people.

You can find contact details for your MP and government at: https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP and email the Prime Minister at: boris.johnson.mp@parliament.uk.

Don’t delay – Do it today!

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.

Forum success in getting PAs listed as key workers

We’re delighted to announce that, thanks to our work with Bristol City Council, PAs to those Disabled or older people on a Direct Payment – or who’s income means they don’t qualify for financial help with their social care costs – are now officially listed as Key Workers.

This means that you/they can access the extra support that is only available for key workers e.g. getting PAs who think they might have COVID-19 tested, so that you can quickly find out if they can continue to support you or need to take time off.

We are also working to:

a. get more information provided in accessible communications e.g. by post as well as internet, in community languages, in Easy English, in other formats, and produced so it is accessible for everyone, regardless of impairment or literacy;

b. increase Disabled people’s access to essential PPE (personal protective equipment) for when someone has COVID-19;

c. keep you up-to-date on all local COVID-19 information that is useful to Disabled people;

d. stop people being discharged to care homes – at least until they stop being places with a very high risk of catching CVID-19.

If you are experiencing issues, as a Disabled person or elder with and age-related condition[s], that no-one seems to be addressing make sure you let us know. You can do this when you use our telephone support service, our daily, online (Zoom) meet-ups or by emailing bristoldef@gmail.com

Making Change Happen March 2019 drop-in dates

Making Change Happen logo with coffee cups

Making Change Happen is our new peer support project run by and for Disabled and older residents in Bristol. The project will set up four new groups across Bristol and each group will meet once a month. The aim is to spread the four monthly meet-ups so that, in one area or another, there is a meet up almost every week. 

The groups are open to Disabled people, older people and people living with mental distress or physical health difficulties. People who are isolated or feel left out are especially welcome . We hope the groups will give people a chance to meet and talk about the issues that affect them and how they can work together to make change happen in their area of Bristol.

Please join us at one of our meet ups this March:

South Bristol

Friday 22nd March

10.30 am till 12. 30pm

The Café, Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road, Bristol BS13 9JN

Central and West Bristol

Wednesday 27th March

10.30 am till 12. 30pm

The Watershed Café, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX

North Bristol

Thursday 28th March

11.30 am till 1.30pm

Henbury & Brentry Community Centre, Machin Road, Bristol BS10 7HG

The project is funded by The People’s Health Trust Active Communities Programme and all groups are free to attend. Just drop by, or for more information please contact us:

E-mail:            mike.bristoldef@gmail.com

Tel:           0117 914 0528