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Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living (BRIL)

Nothing About Us. Without Us. 
Silhouette of four Disabled people. 
2 people are using wheelchairs. One person is using a cane.
Nothing About Us. Without Us.

BRIL is a community group run by and for Disabled people, neurodivergent people, people living with chronic illness and people who experience mental distress.

Our aims are to :

  • Campaign for equality and inclusion for all Disabled people. 
  • To promote the principle of ‘Independent Living’ for all.
  • To provide peer-support.

BRIL defines Independent Living as:

  • The right to live in the community
  • Being free from segregation and isolation
  • Having choice and control over our lives, on an equal basis to other people 
  • Having access to support and personal assistance that meets our needs. 

BRIL defines peer support as way of:

  • Sharing experiences
  • Recognising and respecting our differences
  • Being connected to others
  • Having choice and control 
  • Showing solidarity.

Blog

Government Fails Disabled People Again: About us but not with us.

Press release: Wed 28 July 2021 Disabled People reject new ‘tick box’ national disability strategy. Disabled people and our organisations[i]  across the country have expressed outrage at the Government’s decision to go ahead with the launch of a national disability strategy[ii]  that is not a strategy, does not address key problems, does not reflect the …

Adult Social Care – Mark from BRIL on BBC Radio Bristol

BRIL is a part of a national campaign to stop people being charged for social care. This week, BRIL founder Mark Williams spoke on the John Darvall Show, on BBC Radio Bristol, and asked Councillor Hellen Holland from Bristol City Council some questions about our campaign. You can listen to the show here:https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09kfmx5 Starts 26 …