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Opportunity for Disabled people in Bristol to improve the lives of others

Opportunity for Disabled people in Bristol to improve the lives of others

Bristol is looking to appoint local Disabled people for its new Disability Equality Commission.

18 October 2021

The Commission, set up by the Mayor, will join the Commission on Race Equality and the Women’s Commission in tackling inequality and injustice in the city.

The group will lead the work of embedding disability equality in every part of Bristol to improve the lives and opportunities of its Disabled people.

The Commission is looking for people who will bring knowledge of Bristol’s diverse community, awareness of at least one area or issue impacting on Disabled people, be able to work as part of a team, be a spokesperson for the Commission and ensure that its work reflects the whole community of Disabled people in Bristol.

Applications from Disabled people from all backgrounds are welcome, but those who also have other protected characteristics and are currently under-represented in this type of role and work are encouraged to apply.

Alun Davies MBE, an experienced and respected campaigner for Disabled people’s rights in the city, was appointed the first Chair of the Commission in August. He said: “I have lived and worked with Disabled people in this city for the past 30 years. I know the experience, knowledge and skills that are out there and above all a passion for working together to bring about positive change. I want the Commission to harness all of these qualities. If you are a Disabled person who believes your opportunities have been denied or restricted by any kind of barriers, then please apply to join.

“I want to stress that the Commission is here to represent all Disabled people – those with a learning difficulty, neuro diversity, mental health issues, a physical impairment or a sensory impairment. It’s especially important to me that there is a diverse representation within the Commission.”

Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Children Services, Education and Equalities, added: “This is an exciting opportunity for Disabled people in Bristol to play an integral role in working to improve the lives of and provide opportunities to those with disabilities.

“The role of the Commission is to make a difference to the lives of Disabled people in Bristol by ensuring disability equality is embedded in policy and practice across the city. Once we have a group of passionate commissioners on board, we will endeavour to speak to Disabled people from across the city to understand what the issues are and what our priorities need to be as we develop a strategic plan.”

In addition to individual Disabled people, commissioners will include Disabled people-led organisations and groups working with Disabled people, provided their representative is a Disabled person.

The role is voluntary, and commissioners will be able to claim agreed reasonable expenses. The time commitment is expected to be two to three days per month.

To apply, people will need to submit a personal statement of no more than 1,500 words setting out what they could bring to the role and how they meet all the essential criteria in the person specification. Applications close Tuesday 23 November.

More details can be found on Voscur's website.

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