On Friday 11th October Avon and Bristol Law Centre launched its new and exciting project to help Bristol residents challenge discrimination in employment and access to goods and services.
Funded by Bristol City Council, the service offers Bristol residents legal advice, representation and support in all the protected characteristics including age, disability, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and marriage and civil partnership.
The launch event was attended by representatives from Bristol City Council, local voluntary sector agencies, the press and other stakeholders. A presentation on ‘Digital Exclusion’ from Bristol Older People’s Forum outlined some of the challenges and exclusion faced by older people, which prevents them from fully participating in their communities and so puts them at a disadvantage.
The service aims to tackle discrimination amongst vulnerable groups, and improve the experience of Bristol residents who may be facing unfair treatment at work, in education, healthcare or in other areas.
As part of Bristol City Council’s commitment to improving the experience of its population, the Council and the Law Centre have in place a protocol for resolving complaints against the Council when local residents approach the Law Centre about discrimination or unfair treatment.
To access the service for non-employment enquiries: please ring 0117 916 7704. For employment related queries, please call: 0117 916 7727. The lines are open Tuesday 4 – 6pm and Wednesday 10am – 12noon.