The Bristol Disability Equality Forum was set up as a community group by Bristol City Council in 1995. They did this so they could consult Disabled people about how to improve disability equality in Bristol and advise them on barriers to this.
Along the way it became a much more proactive campaigning group, and is now a very active, vibrant and independently constituted voluntary sector organisation.
Today it is an organisation of Disabled people for Disabled people, who live, work or study in Bristol and the areas immediately surrounding it. Those who don’t identify as a Disabled person, or who live outside our membership area, can become associate members, but only Disabled people can make decisions about the Forum.
Our funding currently comes from Bristol City Council Equalities team and earned income from contracts. However, as we grow, we will also apply for funding from a wide range of charitable trusts and government departments.
The Forum offers a range of services to statutory and voluntary sector organisations. These include training, undertaking Equalities Impact Assessments, policy advice and event organising. All this work is done using highly experienced personnel. For further information, go to: About Us/Services to Statutory and Voluntary sector.