Sunday, 31 July 2011


Join The Campaign To Defend Social Care In Bristol
The campaign against the cuts to social care in Bristol is developing rapidly. There is an increasing groundswell of opinion against the council's threats to provision of these services in the city. Cuts are being finalised to voluntary sector grants for services which provide a lifeline to many elderly and vulnerable people and their carers. These grants will be cut from November 1st. Many services provided by the council to the elderly in their homes are being privatised. 

In the next two months plans based on Councillor Jon Rogers' proposal to close and privatise council-run care homes and day centres will be published. At the same time the truth about the sub-standard services provided by private companies like Castlebeck is becoming known. Leading LibDem councillors say it is wrong to alarm people by making them aware of the council's plans. But if the alarm isn't raised now it will be too late - the council will  push their cuts through with little or no room for opposing views to be heard.

Local trades uions, Unite The Union, Unison & GMB are throwing their weight behind the campaign. They are sending letters to voluntary organisations and others across the city calling on them to join the campaign. This can be downloaded from here. If you are involved with any of the voluntary sector organisations threatened or know anyone who is please make sure they get to see this letter.

The full council meeting on Tuesday 6th September will be the focus of a major protest against these threatened cuts. Please make a note of the date in your diary now and tell all your friends, neighbours and work colleagues. Details are below

The BADACA meeting on Monday 1st August will hear reports from representatives of service users and workers at the threatened services on activities so far. It will be an opportunity to plan the next stage of the campaign to protect social care services in the city from the council's cuts. Details are below – please try to come along and pass the information on to anyone you know who is effected by these threatened cuts.
We would like to hear from users of these services and their families so we can involve them in our campaign. If anyone has contact with any of them please get in touch at

If you want more information about anything below email
More information on BADACA and events can be found at our website and via the link to Facebook from there
If you have events you would like included in a future bulletin please email details to . Our aim is to send out a bulletin every Friday. The deadline for inclusion of events is 5pm on Thursday.

BADACA Open Meeting - Monday 1st August

: 7.30pm
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Champion Square (River Street), Bristol BS2 9DB. A map can be found here.

A flyer for the meeting can be downloaded from here.

The venue is on the left of the new part of Bond Street as you travel towards Temple Meads, opposite Cabot Circus, behind the Future Inn. The street used to be called River Street (perhaps part of it still is). It is a very central venue, with level access and parking available on the forecourt outside or in the Cabot Circus car park. Plenty of buses stop nearby. If you want more advice on getting there please email
Hear from workers and service users directly effected by the council's planned cuts. Discuss how to build the campaign against them. All welcome.

For further information email


Tuesday 2nd August

BADACA Social Care, Claimants & Welfare Group, 7.30pm, Bristol County Sports Club, Colston St, BS1 5AE. Map:

Lobby Of Bristol City Council - Tuesday September 6th

Meet at the Council House from 5pm. There will be plenty more publicity for this important event out early in August but put this date in your diary now.

For further information email

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