NEWSLETTER TUESDAY 1st June

UPDATE: Help us stop Sexual Harassment on Public Transport

Bristol Women’s Voice is working with SARI and the Women’s Safety Task Group to address sexual and other forms of harassment of women and girls on all forms of public transport, at stations and stops or walking to them.

We have started to meet with transport leaders in the city to talk about how we can support them to make changes to protect all women and girls from harassment and abuse when travelling. Last Friday we attended a safety awareness day with the British Transport Police at Bristol Temple Meads station to raise awareness of some of the issues.

If you want to add your voice to this work, please respond to our survey and share it widely with your networks. We have had a good initial response, but more voices will help us make our case more powerfully.

Survey: https://buff.ly/3sNH6xM


 

National Volunteers’ Week 2021: 1 – 7 June

Thank you!

We want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our volunteers and supporters. It has been difficult during the pandemic, being unable to meet in person, so we’re especially grateful to everyone who helped us deliver our online programme for IWD.

To our Keep in Contact Bubble Leaders, who have provided a sense of community to women in Bristol throughout the pandemic, thank you for everything you do. You have made such a positive impact on so many women.

BWV volunteers are central to everything we do and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

THANK YOU!

If you would like any further information about our volunteer programme, please email info@bristolwomensvoice.org.uk

Help to make this a special year for Bristol Women’s Voice!
https://www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk/


 

Women’s Health Strategy: Call for Evidence.  

The government is currently inviting evidence around improving healthcare for women in England.

Evidence gathered will help inform the new Women’s Health Strategy. As well as individual women, they are also encouraging people who live with and care for women, organizations with experience of providing services for women and those with an expertise in women’s health to share their experiences. 

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 13 June 2021 

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/womens-health-strategy-call-for-evidence 


 

Women’s Aid Patron Melanie Brown’s video with composer Fabio d’Andrea ‘Love Should Not Hurt’ raises vital awareness of domestic abuse.
The video was inspired by Melanie’s conversations with survivors of domestic abuse, and the impact of lockdown on women living with an abusive partner during the global pandemic.

Women’s Aid Patron Melanie Brown’s video with composer Fabio d’Andrea  ‘Love Should Not Hurt’ raises vital awareness of domestic abuse

#LoveShouldNotHurt

This video is made in support of Women’s Aid. If you would like to donate to Women’s Aid, please visit Women´s Aid website.


 

Songs of Love and Strength: An anthology of Poems on Motherhood.

A unique collection of 100 contemporary poetic voices on the realities of motherhood.

Complied during the pandemic by a community of poetry-writing mums, this groundbreaking anthology features first-time writers alongside established poets – all mothers writing today about their personal experiences. The collection features poems about the pain of infertility and miscarriage, the realities of giving birth, the shock of the fourth trimester, loss of identity, boredom, the smell of babies’ heads, tiny fingers, sleep deprivation, right through to children leaving home and becoming a grandparent.

The release of this book aims to raise awareness of the many different and often overlooked, facets and complexities of motherhood, to provide comfort and comradery to other mums, and to raise money for the maternal mental health charity PANDAS.

Get your copy here: https://themumpoempress.com/


 

Connecting autistic girls – Bristol and beyond.

A group for parents/carers to arrange meet-ups between young autistic girls, helping them to build positive relationships with each other.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1144556656047980


 

Gateway Women (a social group for childless women)

For women who are childless by circumstance. Welcome to your “nomo” (not-mother) tribe in Bristol. We’re a friendly, diverse group of wonderful women with different interests, building connections and friendships, sharing experiences to live full, varied lives. Usually, we meet at the Watershed and Severnshed in Bristol. We’re currently meeting online every other Wednesday evening at 8 pm and on the first Saturday of every month at 11 am. Please message or email the hosts (bristolgw@gmail.com) to get the Zoom link.

GATEWAY GATHERINGS


 

Plastic-free periods: better for your body, better for the planet

Follow the Plastic Free Periods campaign THE HIDDEN PLASTIC IN OUR PERIODS

We think it’s a bloody shame we aren’t given enough choice when it comes to what we put in our bodies every month, so since 2017 we’ve been lifting the lid on the hidden plastic in period products and campaigning to make it easier for us to have plastic-free periods.

Big-brand disposable period products are a potential health hazard, cost us around £4,800 over our menstruating lifetime and cost the earth. Menstrual products are currently the 5th most common item found on European beaches – more widespread than single-use coffee cups, cutlery or straws.

Get involved: https://www.citytosea.org.uk/campaign/plastic-free-periods/


 

WORKSHOPS:

New Training Workshops from Self Injury Support.

Designed specifically in response to the challenges of COVID-19, these workshops offer an opportunity for continuing professional development in accessible, 2-hour bite-sized chunks. Self-Injury Support has 30 years’ experience in delivering high-quality self-harm education to a wide variety of settings and participants. Our approach is participative and reflective and is focused on bringing the voice of people who use self-harm into the room, building empathy and confidence for supporters.

Self-Harm in Context:

Tuesday 1st June 14:00-16:00, or

Wednesday 2nd June 10:00-12:00 (you only need to attend one date)

Consider what leads a person to use self-harm, building empathy and understanding, so that you can respond helpfully.

All dates and booking links (with links to more info) are here: https://www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk/Pages/Events/Default.aspx


 

Webinar on Chronic Pain: BSR Pain Special Interest Group (SIG)

Thursday 17th June 1-2 pm
This webinar is hosted by British Society for Rheumatology.

Topics:

Pain management for inflammatory arthritis

Update on Pain in inflammatory arthritis quality improvement project

Sleep disturbance and MSK pain

You can register for this event here:

https://www.rheumatology.org.uk/events-learning/webinars/msk-pain-sig


 

Abortion Rights Summer School 2021

Abortion Rights’ has curated a broad-ranging program of lectures & workshops to be held on zoom over June. Every Wednesday through June.

Tickets available here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abortion-rights-summer-school-2021-tickets-156171472077