‘Think CO’ – be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning
We’ve been sent information from the ‘Think CO’ campaign about the symptoms, signs and dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Do have a look at the attached poster which tells you the key facts and what to do if you suspect a problem.
For more information about this campaign, go to www.gassafecharity.org.uk
‘Disability Confident’ Award to Enrych
We are delighted to announce that Enrych has been awarded the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation (Level 2). This government award reflects our continuing commitment to enabling employment for disabled people.
‘We are delighted to receive this award as a sign of our commitment to enabling disabled people in the workplace” says Enrych CEO Gina King
At Enrych, we are priviledged to meet and support many remarkable and amazing people. Andy is one of them. This is his story…
I am in a wheelchair because I have got cerebral palsy.
When I go out people look at me like I am from Mars or I’ve got two heads just because I cannot walk and talk like everybody else. Some people shout at me and talk to me slowly, but I can understand – I took an A level in maths and I got an A*.
It makes me mad when people talk to the person pushing me, and not me. It’s like saying to me, ‘I’m not talking to you because you won’t understand’, but I do, as you can see by reading this!
So if you see me out and about, try talking to me; I will talk back, you might not understand what I am saying but that doesn’t matter because you will be treating me like you would expect to be treated.
That is all I am asking for. All I want is to able to feel like a human being.
I have been seeing my volunteer Jill from Enrych who comes to help me and this has enabled me to write a children’s book, so Enrych is a brilliant service for people with disabilities.
…Thank you Andy, for sharing your story, and giving such an insight into some of the issues disabled people face every day.
Enjoying Spring in Swindon!
After a quiet 2015, Swindon & Wiltshire Enrych Project Co-ordinator Jo Heaven is now busy matching volunteers with members to enjoy lots of new activities. Members requests include gardening, fishing, going to football matches and Speedway as well as walks and a chat over a cup of coffee. We have lots of new volunteers who have taken up these requests and now many of these activities are taking place – and a lot of fun being had as well!
If you would like to volunteer please contact Jo Heaven on 07771804365 or email Joanna.email@example.com
Disability Action Alliance have something to celebrate
The Disability Action Alliance (DAA) have published a special newsletter celebrating all that has been achieved over the last year by DAA members.
To view it – visit the DAA website by clicking here (opens a new window)
When did you last get to a concert?
‘It’s fantastic just seeing what everyone else sees….’
Did you catch this remarkable BBC report on a truely Accessible Gig held in Glasgow recently?
Changing Lives Through Riding
New Accessibility Mark Scheme – Changing Lives Through Riding
Enrych has received a press release from Riding for the Disabled Association:
RDA writes.. “A project to encourage more people with disabilities to benefit from horse riding has met with a seal of approval and is now set to move forward into a new era.
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation initiative has launched ‘Accessibility Mark’, following a successful pilot of the scheme in 2015. Accessibility Mark delivers training and support to riding schools to help them provide a quality experience for clients with disabilities. RDA and Hoof hope that the accreditation will encourage more people with disabilities to take up riding.
22 riding schools gained accreditation as part of the pilot project, and the scheme is now open to all centres approved by the British Horse Society (BHS), the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) and the Pony Club (TPC). As well as encouraging riding centres to sign up to the scheme, RDA and Hoof will be spreading the word to would-be riders about the increasing opportunities for them to take up riding in their local area.
“Riding is a great activity that thousands of children and adults with disabilities already enjoy at RDA centres all over the UK,” said RDA Chief Executive, Ed Bracher: “With Accessibility Mark we will provide training, assistance and accreditation to riding centres, schools and clubs to encourage even more people to take part. We are delighted that the pilot scheme has proved successful and look forward to signing up many more Accessibility Mark centres in the years to come.”
Equestrian centres willing to partake in the scheme are required to successfully undertake training and complete an assessment before earning accreditation from RDA in the form of ‘Accessibility Mark’ status. The scheme offers ongoing support and training, as well as access to a range of RDA programmes designed to help deliver the best possible experience to riders.
To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit www.rda.org.uk.
For more information contact Jacqueline Spouge or Tim Smith at TSM on 01724 784600.
LCC want your views on adult social care services
We’ve had a request from Leicester County Council to let people know about their consultation.
This is what they said to us…”Leicestershire County Council has been working out what services and support needs to be available over the next 4 years for adults who need may need support from adult social care. The council wants to hear your views on the changes that will need to be made at a time when there is less money and the number of people needing help is likely to increase.
The changes that are included would affect:
- People who use services, and those who might use them in the future
- The carers of people who use services
- Providers of social care services
- Other organisations or services that help to keep people well and healthy
- All people living in Leicestershire, including council taxpayers who pay for adult social care
Please have your say by visiting LCC’s website by clicking here
If you have any questions, or want to request a paper questionnaire you can contact the council on 0116 3050232 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Disability Action Alliance Survey
The DAA Digital Inclusion Project Group have launched a survey on disabled people’s experience of using the internet and need some more responses.
Information gathered from the survey could help to:
- improve disabled people’s digital engagement
- help those who provide digital services to improve their digital offer
- continue to raise digital engagement awareness
The survey closes on 18th September 2015 so please take the time to complete the survey here and help DAA to work towards seeing these improvements.
Changing Places – better facilities for disabled people at UK airports
We’ve recently been contacted about Changing Places:
What is a Changing Place?
As part of recent upgrades, more UK airports have addressed the increasing need to offer a changing area for disabled passengers and their carers to use. These facilities are called Changing Places.
Changing Places are usually more spacious and fitted with advanced equipment, such as a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist; they provide disabled users, family members and carers a private, comfortable and hygienic space.
Changing Places is also a campaign on behalf of people who are unable to use standard accessible toilets.
To get a list of all Changing Places in UK airports, click here (takes you to an external website)