Welcome to BRIL!


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.


Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living (BRIL) statement to Bristol City Council on the proposed Budget for 2024 to 2025.

Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living would like to make the following statement to Bristol City Council on the proposed budget for 2024 to 2025: First of all, BRIL welcome the withdrawal of the Fair and Affordable Care Policy – for now.  This policy would have resulted in Disabled people facing going without care and support, or …

Media Statement in response to Bristol City Council’s withdrawal of the proposed ‘Fair and Affordable Care’ policy. 

Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living (BRIL) 7th February 2024 Following the campaign against the ‘Fair and Affordable Care’ policy led by Disabled people, alongside concerns shared by thousands of people across country and in local press and national media, BRIL are pleased to announce the Bristol City Council have withdrawn their ‘Fair and Affordable Care Policy.’ …

Open Online Meeting: Local Authority Social Care Policies & Charges

Friday 8 September 2023 From 1:30pm to 4:00pm BRIL are holding open online meeting, when we will be talking about: 1. Bristol City Council’s Fair and Affordable Care Policy. 2. The national scandal of social care charging. Both issues may have major effects on your life. We need to fight back and plan our next …