Interviewer: Megan
Interviewee: Alun Davies

Portrait photograph of Alun Davies standing with a hand on the railings outside the City Hall in Bristol

Alun became active in the Disabled people’s movement in 1986 when he joined the Management Committee of the Birmingham Disability Rights group, and later worked as a Disability Awareness trainer in Birmingham. In 1989, he moved to Warwickshire where he worked with others to set up the Warwickshire Coalition of Disabled People. He was working within the trade union NALGO (later UNISON) on Disabled people’s issues. Alun to Bristol in 1991 to work for the Avon Coalition of Disabled People as a project worker. His role was to set up a Centre for Integrated Living, which became known as WECIL, and which opened in 1995. From 1994-97, Alun was the WECIL housing project worker, and from 1998-2003 he was the Coordinator, and later the Chair, of the West of England Coalition of Disabled People (WECODP). He was also an elected member of the Avon County Council Disability Equality Advisory Sub-committee and of the Disability Advisory Sub-Committee of Bristol City Council. Alun worked nationally as a member of the Disability Committee of the trade union UNISON from 1991-1994, and on the management committee of the British Council of Disabled People from 2000-2001. In 2007 he co-chaired a DWP working group tasked to develop the structure of a national forum for Disabled People’s Organisations and from 2008-2010 was a member of the Disability Committee of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. He has recently been appointed as the Chair of Bristol’s newly established Disability Equality Commission.

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