Equality Together brings together, through merger, 3 Bradford based charities and voluntary sector organisations: -
- Disability Services Ltd (Disability Advice Bradford & Disability Equipment Bradford)
- Bradford Alliance on Community Care
- Contact Peer Support
Who all have a long track record of delivering services in the district for and with disabled people and others who face disabling barriers.
We are new disabled people led organisation for the Bradford Metropolitan District and beyond!
The overall purpose for Equality Together is summed up in our mission:
To inspire and support people who face disabling barriers to challenge and overcome these barriers and to live independent and active lives.
We are working to create a future in which there are no disabling barriers and there is independent and active life for all.
1. To be an influential disabled people’s organisation serving the diverse communities of the Bradford and districts area and beyond
2. To bring the voice and lived experience of disabled people to a wide audience
3. To support disabled people to empower themselves to have choice and control in all aspects of their lives
4. To support disabled people to empower themselves to design and develop solutions to overcome disabling barriers, and to deliver these solutions where appropriate
5. To develop a sustainable, inclusive organisation to achieve the other four strategic objectives
In all we do, EQUALITY TOGETHER is guided by a social model understanding of disability, which defines disability as arising from the barriers faced by people with impairments to achieving equality and justice. We contend that disability is a human rights issue.
EQUALITY TOGETHER is led and controlled by people who face disabling barriers.
Scope of activities
In developing our future we will build on our experience and expertise in the following areas:
• Information, advice and advocacy
• Provision of equipment to support independent living
• Community engagement and development including support to other organisations and groups
• Co-production with statutory agencies on policy and service developments
• Peer support and self-advocacy
• Personalisation and self-directed support
• Influencing and challenging to remove disabling barriers
• Volunteering opportunities and work experience
All of EQUALITY TOGETHER’s work draws on the lived experiences of people who face disabling barriers.
Our activities will evolve over time in response to the changing needs, aspirations and experiences of people who face disabling barriers.
EQUALITY TOGETHER will seek opportunities to work both on its own and with partners in neighbouring areas to remove disabling barriers. We are rooted in the wider disabled people’s movement and will also explore opportunities to work with organisations that share our principles and goals across the region, nationally and internationally.
You can contact us on:
- Equality Together – Welfare Rights & Information and Advice – 01274 594173 (formally DaB)
- Equality Together – Independent Living – 01274 592474 (formally DeB)
- Equality Together – Voicing and Influencing – 01274 481590 (formally BACC)
- Equality Together – Peer Support and Advocacy – 01274 494121 (formally CONTACT Peer Support)
The trustees for Equality Together are drawn from representatives from the boards of Disability Services Ltd, CONTACT Peer Support and BACC, the 3 organisations that merged together to create the new organisation. 3 other trustees were elected at a special meeting held in June 2015.
Over 50% of our trustees are disabled people, creating a new disabled people led organisation for the Bradford district and beyond.
Members of the Management Committee/Trustee Board:
- Gill Bowskill (Chair)
- Peter Kay (Trustee & Vice Chair)
- Emmerson Walgrove (Trustee & Chair of Development & Performance Sub Board)
- Kathryn Smith (Trustee & Chair of the Finance Sub Board)
- Mathew Ward (Trustee)
- Lyn Asquith (Treasurer)
- Nick Farrar (Trustee)
- Linda Hanson (Trustee)
- Kath Wooler (Trustee)
There is still work to be done, moves to be had and websites to be made, but watch this space as our new organisation spreads it’s wings.
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You can find out more about Equality Together by visiting: www.equalitytogether.org.uk