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Have your say about accessible sports venues
James Pool, Health Disability & Employment, Office for Disability Issues, Department for Work and Pensions writes…
“Please see attached a joint letter from the Minister for Disabled People Mark Harper MP and the Minister for Sport and Tourism Helen Grant MP about the Accessible Stadium Survey for disabled people who have attended, or would like to attend a spectator sport.
If you would like further information or would prefer a large print, or RTF version of the online questionnaire please contact James Pool at .”
The text of the letter reads:
As I am sure that you are aware there have been a number of articles in the media recently about the poor levels of access to sports stadia and other sporting venues for disabled spectators. As a first step to addressing this issue, we would like to ask for your input into a survey on access to sports stadia.
The Olympic Stadium at Stratford has shown everyone what can be achieved if accessibility is a key part of the planning and building process of a stadium to ensure that it is fully inclusive and accessible. We understand, however, that it would be unrealistic to expect every spectator sports stadium to reach these same standards. The limited resources of small clubs mean that they can often only achieve what is reasonable in terms of access and inclusion. Nevertheless, some small clubs will cater for their disabled supporters in a more inclusive and accessible way than some of the more wealthy clubs.
We would like to know from you who is setting the bar high in terms of access and who needs to raise their game. We would really welcome your views and experiences, and would appreciate it if you could complete the online survey which can be found at:
Please feel free to pass this link onto anyone who you think would like to contribute.
The survey closes on 28 February 2015 so we would welcome your comments by that date.
We are also asking sports clubs about their current access arrangements and the barriers they face making their grounds inclusive and accessible. This information, together with the information we receive from you about the experiences of disabled spectators, will help us to learn more about the current situation and will help us to decide what steps should be taken to ensure that everyone can enjoy watching the sport of their choice.
Helen Grant MP Mark Harper MP
Minister for Sport and Tourism Minister of State for Disabled People
Buckinghamshire Newsletter Spring 2015
Have a read of our latest newsletter for news on trips, socials and new member of the team…
Social Events 2015 – Leicestershire & Derbyshire
At Enrych Leicestershire and Derbyshire we have another exciting year of events planned ahead!
All the details for our exciting trips to Ulverscroft Manor, Chatsworth and our boat trip can be found by clicking the link to our flyer.
To book or for more information please contact Sonia Lear on;
Remember – places are on a first come, first served basis so book now to avoid disappointment!!
Disabled Access Day 17 January
What / Where / Who
What do I do?
It’s super simple. Please just visit one new place that you’ve never been to before.
When is it?
Saturday 17th January 2015
Where is it?
Anywhere & everywhere! You can choose somewhere local or venture further afield.
Who is it for?
All disabled people and their families and friends.
How do I get involved?
Now you’re talking! We’d like to keep it as simple as possible – so it really is as easy as choosing a new place to visit and getting out there.
If you’d like to do even more, well, we’d be delighted! The website has some hints and tips for people, charities, venues and other organisations about how to join in with the day.
If you would like to get involved please .
Click here to go to the Disabled Access Day Website for more info.
Annemarie & Katie
Enrych Co-ordinator Claire talks about a new volunteer partnership in Oxfordshire
Annemarie and Katie met at a pub lunch a few months back and struck up a conversation about swimming. Annemarie enjoys swimming but is not confident enough to go alone due to her disability. A short time after this I asked Katie if she would consider volunteering for Annemarie in addition to the member she was already supporting. She graciously agreed.
They have now been swimming together for a few months. Once a week they head off together and make a real morning of it! They go to a local private gym and enjoy a sauna and spa together whilst they are there. They have formed a great friendship and both say they benefit from this wonderful pairing. Long may it last!
Enrych – our vision
The Enrych vision…
that every adult with a physical disability is given the opportunity to
recognise their potential,
to connect, to engage
and to enjoy life
within their community
Our member’s art to be displayed!
We are delighted to announce that through the support of a volunteer partnership our member has organised a small art exhibition in 2015.
Andrew, our member will be displaying his artwork at Artiste Ltd in Swindon from Monday 2nd February through to Monday 2nd March 2015.
Enrych are thrilled that Andrew has achieved his goal of displaying his work in Swindon for everyone to view and enjoy. We will be attending the gallery to see his portfolio of work and if you would like to view yourself come along on the dates above to Artiste Ltd, The Post Modern Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN.
Andrew has kindly informed us that a donation from sales of his artwork will be given to Enrych and we thank him for his generosity.
We asked one of our volunteers……
some questions about volunteering with Enrych and what the experience has been for them and Dennet kindly told us…
- What was the motivation for you to volunteer?
I wanted to gain experience in teaching art.
- Have you ever volunteered before?
- What was it about the advert for Enrych that interested you?
I was excited to see the advert for someone who needed a volunteer for supporting them with their art practice. As I was a recent Fine Art graduate I was keen on sharing my skills and knowledge in this field with someone who needed some guidance, more over I was happy to be helping someone with a physical disability.
- What skills/experience/knowledge where you looking to bring?
I gained a variety of art skills and techniques over the years especially at university. After finding out what type of setbacks Andy had with his art practice, I wanted to share the most basic techniques with him such as understanding how various paintings and figures required the right brushes and mixing the right type of colours as well.
- Have you supported a person with a physical disability before?
- What was your experience of supporting a person with a physical disability?
At the beginning I was nervous about working with someone with a physical disability because I did not know much about the difficulties they faced on a daily basis, but once I met Andy, I was able to understand and help him with his setbacks in painting and learning in art. Every session was a new experience!
- What was your expectations in volunteering?
I expected there would be a few challenges I would have to face, especially in teaching someone with a physical disability I knew I would have to really be confident, cooperative, and understanding.
- Were your expectations met?
Yes, I now believe I have succeeded these expectations, and volunteering with Andy is less of a challenge and more of a friendly meeting, weekly, where I now only guide and support him with his hobby because he has come very far over the past few months, and definitely shown an improvement in his artistic skills as well as confidence himself, which makes me very happy!
- What is the activity you have supported?
Art (painting, drawing, using new mediums and techniques)
- What have you gained by volunteering?
I have gained a range of skills having volunteered with Enrych. Especially having met my goal, of teaching art to someone like Andy, who needed support and guidance with learning new art techniques. The fact that I could help someone else revisit, improve on and now enjoy their previous hobby even more, really gives a sense of satisfaction, and hope that I can possible take these skills and use them in a career in teaching in the future.
- How did you find the support as a volunteer from Enrych?
Excellent. I didn’t feel left out and if I had any questions they were answered promptly with good communication and I felt part of the charity, especially after attending the group events where you can see how other volunteers and members are getting on, which really encourages you even more.
- Would you recommend volunteering / volunteer again?
Yes! I would definitely recommend it, especially as volunteering with Enrych not only gives you an opportunity to help someone who needs some guidance with the hobbies they enjoy, but also allows you to develop the skills you already hold or wish to experience.
- What has been the highlight for you?
My highlight was seeing Andy’s first painting, where he took on all the advice and techniques I had taught him. To see Andy happy with his result and the fact that I had helped him reach his goal was truly an enjoyable experience.
We thank our volunteer Dennet in spending a few minutes providing his personal thoughts on volunteering with Enrych.
If interested in volunteering contact the Swindon office on: 07741 253509 and ask for Rachel Waine or email: Swindon.email@example.com.
Christmas lunch at the Link Hotel Loughborough
Christmas lunch at the Link Hotel Loughborough:
Disability Action Alliance Volunteer Charter
News from Disability Action Alliance:
They write ….We want to let you know that the Disability Action Alliance is launching a Volunteer Charter for disabled people & you are invited to join us at the launch event on the 5th December 2014! (see attachment below).
The Charter aims to increase accessible volunteering opportunities for disabled people and encourage disabled people to use their skills and assets through volunteering. This will support a vision that will enable ‘A society in which the contribution of disabled people as volunteers is valued and volunteering opportunities are widely available on an equal and accessible basis’ .
This is an opportunity for us all to emphasise and celebrate the important role that we can play in further enabling disabled people to make a valuable contribution to society and fulfil their potential through volunteering.
This initiative has the full support of organisations such as Community Service Volunteers (CSV), Disability Rights UK (DRUK) and Buckinghamshire Disability Services (BuDS), to name but a few. The Charter also has the support of the Minister of State for Disabled People, Mark Harper, who will be endorsing the launch on this the ‘International Volunteer Day’.
This event, on Friday 5th December 2014, offers a rare opportunity to network with the leading figures in the disability community, discussing and celebrating a major development in the opening-up of volunteering opportunities to disabled people. It will give your organisation an opportunity to sign up and commit to the Volunteer Charter.
Guest speakers include Duncan Tree & Jemma Mindham (CSV), Andrew Clark (BuDS), Cllr Zahid Mohammed (Chair Bucks County Council & Chair Bucks Legacy Board), Sue Bott (DRUK), Dave Oxley (McAfee UK), Bev Flanagan (Buckingham Technical College), Richard d’Souza (DWP Director) and a paralympian – Naomi Riches. Agenda covers ‘Why Volunteering Matters’ & ‘The Experiences of Disabled People as Volunteers’.
Venue: Buckinghamshire University Technical College, Oxford Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 8PB from 10.30am – 2.15pm. Lunch will be provided and there will be activities to try in the foyer too.
Book Your Place Here: Through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-of-disability-action-alliance-volunteer-charter-tickets-14372172555. You can register additional needs and book a Blue Badge or disabled car parking space on the site.
Further info on the DAA website at http://disabilityactionalliance.org.uk/alliance-news-2/