It's a real melting point, and people are listening and learning from each other's work, it's not often you get an opportunity like that.
The grants we've received from Edge Fund have made a huge difference to our organising, through the smallest things. We've been able to purchase our own megaphone, ensuring disabled people in Glasgow can literally have their voices heard and centred. We purchased a hard drive, printer and mobile phone creating our own portable office helping us to organise more sustainably.
Crucially, we've been able to make DPAC a lot more accessible through giving travel expenses and supporting people whose conditions are bad, and ensuring we can be involved in direct actions across the UK and getting people to meetings. Its all too easy to become isolated as a person with disabilities. When the Council Budget was being passed - which was going to hugely impact poor people with disabilities - we got ourselves organised to able to attend the demonstrations and to rally the wider community to understand its impact.
Other things that have come through our relationship with Edge Fund has been learning things like how to talk and write about what we do, in a way that people understand. This is through writing the applications and attending the funding days. It was one of the first applications I've ever written, and it was scary but it focused me and I was successful.
We've travelled to London and Birmingham for the funding days, and met such a varied bunch of amazing activists like Smash IPP, I had never heard of the issue they're campaigning about. It's a real melting point, and people are listening and learning from each other's work, it's not often you get an opportunity like that.
People should support Edge Fund it because it's funding direct action, and the real injustices in the world and involving ordinary folk. The chickpeas are a bit funny, but it works and people like myself who are working class and struggling with multiple oppressions get the chance to have a say.