Organisation Name
Bristol Disability Equality Forum

The Bristol Disability Equality Forum (BDEF) is a Disabled People-led membership organisation. It provides disability equality advice and consultancy to the statutory sector and campaigns on disability equality issues.

It does this through:

- public meetings where Disabled people can
feedback on policy and service issues;

- working groups;

- lobbying for better disability equality;

- campaigning;

- providing Disabled people with more opportunities to get
involved e.g. becoming a school governor;

- sits on a range of committees and commissions; and

- providing Disabled people with information on
a range of topics.

Members have lots of opportunities to be actively involved in all the Forum's work and more volunteers who can work from home are welcome.

Membership is open to any Disabled person living, working or studying in the Bristol area, regardless of ethnic identity, class, faith, age, sex, sexuality or gender orientation.

The Forum aims to meet all access needs they are informed of, in advance, including access needs-related expenses.

All meetings/events are held in accessible buildings and members can claim accessible transport costs if the are unable to use public transport.

The Forum is an independent charitable, voluntary sector organisation of Disabled people, for Disabled people and sometimes works in partnership with others on specific issues, including being commissioned by other organisations to do so. For example, we worked with RADAR to run a conference on Disabled people’s Empowerment, with the other Equalities Forums’ in Bristol on Council budget cuts, and with the Council in establishing the role of an Equalities Representative on every Neighbourhood Partnership across the city as part of the Terms of Reference for Neighbourhood Partnerships. Most recently we have taken on the lead, as a member of the Bristol & District Anti-Cuts Alliance, in involving Disabled people and their organisations in challenging the proposed cuts by central government.

We also undertake work commissioned by other organisations, including Social Worker training and organising/running an information Roadshow with workshops on Self-Directed Support, for Disabled people and Carers.

We welcome volunteers and new Management Committee members (Advisors) so, if you are a Disabled person who would like to support the Forum in becoming a leading part of the Disabled people’s movement, or are an agency/organisation seeking to access Disabled people and/or training and consultancy, please do not hesitate to contact the Forum Manager, Laura J Welti.

Organisation Type
Registered Charity
Other organisation type
independent charitable, voluntary sector organisation
Alternative names
BDEF, DEF, Bristol DEF
This organisation provides support around
Socialising / Out and About Living, Learning, Working
This organisation provides support for
Disabled People Older People Wheelchair Users Learning Difficulties Dementia Hearing Impaired Visually Impaired
Areas Served (Further Details)
Disabled People residing and working in Bristol
Is there a cost for these services?
Contact for details
Cost information

BDEF does not charge any Disabled person who becomes a member but does charge other organisations seeking significant advice and consultancy on accessiblity issues.

Concessions information

We offer concession fees to small charities seeking consultancy and training on accessibility.

How can people access this service?
Business Hours
MondayFrom 09:30To 15:00
TuesdayFrom 09:00To 17:00
WednesdayFrom 09:30To 15:00
ThursdayFrom 13:30To 17:00
FridayFrom 13:30To 17:00
Out of hours answer machine

Primary Organisation Details

Primary Address Details

Address 1
c/o St Pauls Learning and Family Centre
Address 2
94 Grosvenor Road
Address 3
St Pauls

Organisation Contact Methods


Venue Address Details

Contact Details

Contact Name
Paola Sileno
Job title / Position
Forum Administrator - (General Enquiries)


Service Descriptions


disability, equality, campaigning, volunteering, disabled people, training, consultancy.

Helpline Details

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General Accessibility

Services that increase accessibility

campaigning, consultation, training, project development

Tick here to add details of how your services is accessible to people with a physical disability.

Access Questions

Are there bus stops nearby?
Approx. distance?
600 yds-800yds
Bus numbers?
Approx. distance?
800 yards
Approx. distance?
Is there parking for disabled drivers on site or outside the building?
If so, how many spaces?
Is there on-street parking in close proximity to the premises?

External Access

Do the premises feature non-revolving automatic external doors?
Are external doors 900mm or more wide with flat thresholds?
Is there a ramp?
Does this ramp have a handrail?

Internal Access

Is there a ramp?
Is there more than one floor at the premises?
Is there a lift?
If so, does it have wheelchair access?
If so, does it have an induction loop?
Can people with an assistance dog access the service accompanied by their dog?
Is there provision for assistance dogs? (Water bowl and toilet area)

But no area for toiletting dogs.

Please note that the above details relate to the rooms in the building in which we hold all our meetings and / or our staff office. If you are meeting with a member of staff they will arrange to meet you at a site that suits your convenience, as long as it is also accessible to our staff.

Does the toilet have a minimum size of 2200mm × 1500mm
Does the toilet have a minimum door size of 1000mm
Does the toilet have grab rails - 2x horizontal?
Does the toilet have grab rails - 2x vertical?
Does the toilet have grab rails - 1x drop-down?
Is the height of the reception desk at the premises between 750mm and 850mm?


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