We are aware that public feelings have been heightened amidst this Coronavirus pandemic of other issues relating to fairness and justice in society. We are referring to the ripple effects of George Floyd's death and the #blacklivesmatter phenomena and protests. Some of which have been on our doorstep given Bristol's history and involvement in the slave trade.
We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that, here at Bristol After Stroke, we have the vision that:
'Everyone who has had a stroke can get the help they need to regain confidence, achieve a level of independence, and re-build a fulfilling life'
And underpin this with one of our organisational values meaning we strive to provide services and spaces for people to receive support in which are:
'Free from all discrimination, treating all equally and with respect'
We seek your cooperation in attending our virtual groups, cafes or courses of remaining sensitive to the fact that other participants' lived experience of our 'shared society' may be very different to your own.
In addition, we are taking this opportunity to continue to look at and review our practices and delivery of services that may still be subtly excluding certain groups of people in ways we do not mean to.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any helpful suggestions to make with this regard.'
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