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:
We have just read that Bristol City Councilb has responded to our calls for more support to those on Direct Payments. In particular they have set up a dedicated response for Direct Payment users, to ensure they have enough support and can access Protective Personal Equipment (packs are being made available).
Bristol City Council tells us they have also raised this nationally for advice – something else we asked them to do.
It is good to know that the Council is responding positively when we lay out what our coronavirus-related needs are.
Let us hope they continue to do so after the government suspends the Care Act!
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
‘Women are more likely to be in low paid jobs and have been hit hardest by prices going up’ (Living Wage Foundation 2022).
The cost-of-living crisis affects women more than some others. This is because women are more likely to be spending their wages on household goods (such as food and cleaning products etc.) than men. It is really important that women are able to access welcome spaces so a checklist has been made to help people make their Welcoming Space accessible to women.
As part of the Household Support Fund that is coming into the city this winter, Feeding Bristol will be helping the Council to give out funds around Bristol to help get food to those most likely to be finding it hard with the cost-of-living crisis. Groups in the city will get help to take action on food for the people that they work with. If you have any needs, ideas or projects that you/your group are interested in get in touch with Feeding Bristol. For example:
Food Clubs, Community Fridges/Freezers and Food banks in disadantaged wards
Ideas in line with the Food Equality Strategy
Welcoming Spaces to run projects like food parcels or community meals
To get funding, you will need to give Feeding Bristol:
A short outline (equivalent of 1 sheet of A4 or less) of what the funds will be used for and who will benefit,
An estimate of budget,
An estimate of: The number of people that will be helped and the groups that will benefit (e.g. families, homeless, disabled, older people, black and minority ethnic communities, single households, etc…) the increase in capacity of your project
If you have any questions or want to chat about this, please email Ped Asgarian – email@example.com
Law for Life and DPAC are working together to run a campaign to support protest rights, and to create clear and accessible public information for protestors about the law.
We are listening to what you tell us as about your protest information needs as part of the wider campaign. But we have also produced a quick survey to help us learn more about what people want and need to know.
Please take the survey yourself and pass it on to your groups and networks. Or get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange another way to give your feedback.
Be part of a community of everyday people acting as scientists to answer important questions and making a real difference.
When we think of plastic in our homes we often think of plastic bottles and packaging. But our homes also contain lots of plastics that we can’t see, such as clothes, carpets, curtains, blinds and beds.
These are very small bits of plastic called microplastics. They float around our homes until they are breathed in, land or, go out through windows and doors. There are more of them indoor than outdoor, but we don’t know how there is, where it comes from, or how to make less of it. As Disabled people can sometimes have to use a lot of plastics for health reasons this is a big issue for us.
University of the West of England has been working with the Universities of Leeds on Homes Under the Microscope. They are working with everyday people to look at microplastics in the home.
Join us and find out how many microplastics are in your home. To take part register online. You will be sent a pack to use through the post that will tell you what to do to take samples of the microplastics.
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 Centre for Sustainable Energy has created an advice sheet with lots of really good advice on how to keep warm for less. It talks about:
1 Heating just one room in the house. 2 Blocking up and sealing gaps that let cold air through your windows, doors and floors into the home and let warm air out. 3 Wrapping up warm – keep in mind your own mobility needs and stay safe. 4 Staying active to warm yourself up – again, keep in mind your own mobility needs and stay safe. 5 Using a heated throw or blanket. 6 Having hot food and drink throughout the day. 7 Finding warm places to go near your home. There are a number around Bristol and you can find them here: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/residents/people-and-communities/welcoming-spaces/find-a-welcoming-space 8 Preventing damp and mould
To read the full advice please click on the link below: