The Disabled Person′s Forum
Are you disabled?
Do you think Nottingham should do more for disabled people?
Come along and have your say.
The Disabled Person′s Forum meets once a month to tackle the issues that are important to you. Whether that′s cuts to public services, Personal Budgets or barriers to independent living - it′s entirely up to you.
They seek to improve services for disabled people in Radford, Hyson Green, Forest Fields, New Basford, Dunkirk, Lenton, Wollaton, Sherwood, and surrounding areas. At the Forum you′ll be able to speak out, share ideas, meet service providers like Nottingham City Council and meet like-minded people. Previous speakers have talked about stopping hate crime and about Nottingham City Transport. This is intended to be a two-way dialogue; learning new information as well as passing information on about your experiences.
Meetings are free, friendly and informal and they can help you with transport costs. Carers are very welcome too.
To find out more about the Forum please contact Paul Randall, Disabled Persons Forum Co-ordinator, on 0115 9708 200, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the venue.
The meetings are always held on the last Wednesday of each month.
A directory run by disabled people providing comprehensive information on disability, mobility and health related resources available in the UK and Ireland.
You will find an extensive collection of sites offering quality and trusted information, advice and sales from education, products, aids and services through to disabled groups, clubs and sports covering all special needs and disabilities.
Follow this link to access Ableize.
If you are interested in wheelchair basketball why not consider the Jaguars, formerly known as the Nottingham Jaguars. The following information has been sent by Chris Hassell, Jaguars Coach and Treasurer.
Stop Press – the Jaguar Under 15′s have become National Champions playing for the East Midlands last weekend!
"Wheelchair Basketball is the largest participation wheelchair sport in the UK involving people of all abilities – this includes people with very limited disabilities (who are not everyday wheelchair users).
The Jaguars club is not just about elite sports competition; the Jaguars Wheelchair Basketball Club has been playing in the National Leagues, developing new and talented players, and providing an opportunity to give all people access to playing Wheelchair Basketball since 1995.
We are committed to giving excellent training and, above all, the chance for people of all abilities to learn to play sport and have fun.
The sport is open to anyone with (or without) a physical disability – you don′t need to be a permanent manual wheelchair user to play the game. We welcome players of all abilities and would love to hear from you.
We have five Level 2 coaches and train every week to improve our fitness, chair skills and basketball technique.
We train most Saturdays from 1-4pm (Juniors from 1.00 – 2.30 and Seniors from 2.30 to 4.00)
Although there are monthly subs we do not charge anyone until they are becoming a regular and want to commit to the club and the sport. We have a number of wheelchairs in the club for new players to use when they start to play.
We play and train at the Magnus Sports Centre, Earp Avenue, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire
Jaguar ‘Cubs’ play in the National Junior League, Under 15′s and Under 19′s, with clubs from all over the UK. These teams have helped develop two current GB Junior and full International players. Our Under 15′s came 1st and are current National Champions having been undefeated all season in 2010/2011. Our Under 19′s did really well against some very strong sides and came 5th in 2010/2011.
The Juniors and Seniors in the 2nd team train on Saturdays from 1.00-4.00pm at the Magnus Sports Centre, Newark (when not involved in a match) and the 1st Team train every Wednesday night from 8.00-10.00pm.
Please call one of our coaches if you want to know more:
Chris Hassell, 07764 838 639 email@example.com, or
Ian Brown, 07800 859841 firstname.lastname@example.org
BASE 51 was founded as an innovative holistic health care project based in the City Centre of Nottingham, catering for young people aged between 12 and 25 years.
The Centre opened in June 1993 as a drop-in centre offering a wide range of confidential support services and activities to meet the integrated health care needs of the young people living in Nottingham and surrounding areas.
BASE 51 takes a wide view of the health needs of young people and addresses the many aspects of a young person′s life, which can affect their health and well-being. These can range from homelessness, difficulties in relationships, loss of statutory health care and low self esteem, to mental health problems, drug abuse and suicide.
Target groups are young people, who for a variety of reasons, do not use existing services or find it difficult to access those services. Such groups of young people include, homeless young people, young people in or leaving care, young parents, young people with mental health problems, young offenders, unemployed, young people who misuse drugs and alcohol and young people who have experienced abuse.
We provide a range of services including:
- C card registration point
- contraception & sexual health services
- support for young parents
- activities for young people
Centre Opening Hours
Monday 9.15am – 4.15pm (Counselling Drop-in 2.00pm – 4.00pm)
Tuesday 12noon – 4.15pm
Wednesday 9.15am – 4.15pm
Thursday Evening Drop-in Session 4.00pm – 7.00pm ( Counselling Drop-in 4.00pm – 6.00pm)
Friday 9.15am – 4.15pm
On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday when coming to the Centre, please ring the doorbell and you will be met by a worker, who will signpost you to the relevant service or person.
The Office is open 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday
51 Glasshouse Street
Tel 0115 952 5040
(behind Victoria Shopping Centre)
If you have any queries, or require any further information, please do not hesitate to
contact the centre on 0115 952 5040. Alternatively drop them an email at email@example.com or have a look at their website, www.base51.org.uk
The Move to NGY
As you may be aware, the area around Glasshouse Street is currently being developed and as part of this, the building, which BASE 51 leases from Nottingham City Council will be sold and the building will go.
Whilst this is sad, as this building has served us well over the past 17 years and is an excellent example of a young person friendly centre, this must be seen as an opportunity to improve our facilities while maintaining what we currently offer. The move to the new building will enable us to improve our physical environment and offer a wider selection of services.
The NGY building on Castle Gate, is currently undergoing renovation work and we will keep you updated on the progress. Partners in NGY include Base 51, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Forest in the Community, YMCA, Compass, and Connexions, Nottingham University Hospitals, NHS Nottingham CityCare.
NGY is due to open early 2012 and will be a world class, state of the art centre for young people living in Nottingham. It will provide a range of services and facilities from a fitness suite and recording studio, to counselling and health services along with practical services such as laundry and shower facilities and food.
Did you know that the Radford Care Group provides all kinds of services?
"Become a member of our group and enjoy all the benefits of meeting new friends, being part of your local community and receiving really useful up-dates on what else is out there for you.
In the meantime your membership will gain you great savings on the following:-
• Our busy and highly sought after on-site hair salon, run by Lisa a professional of many years and also experienced in the styling of African hair, is up to half price for members for example a cut, shampoo and set is just £10 compared to £19 for non-members.
• A fully trained chiropodist visits on an as and when basis for £10 per session.
• Seated exercise, seated yoga
• Counselling sessions
Throughout the day you can also enjoy activities such as :-
• Arts and crafts
Also services such as our:-
• on-site shop
• bric a brac and nearly new clothing (daily)
• a 2 course lunch
Telephone our centre for more information on 0115 9786133 and if you need more help when you are here or you are a carer that would like a break, we offer day care services too; managed by highly trained and experienced staff.
We also offer a unique carers group that operates on a Saturday morning for the convenience of working carers and extended family and whilst funding is available the group meets every quarter at our centre and we endeavour to give a ‘door to door’ transport service also offering trained staff to engage with your loved ones whilst you attend the session.
We always ensure that other professionals are at the meeting so that information and advice flows. The meetings are free and are well attended; it is also a good way to meet others who are carers and possibly struggling with someone with a diagnosis of dementia or other debilitating illness.
In the future, through ideas from you we would like to offer more activities and opportunities for training for local citizens. We already offer NVQ or similar to our volunteers free of charge. All the volunteer has to do is to show their commitment to us and in the field of work they would like to pursue, we will do the rest."
Launch of new loyalty card
Paralympic hopeful and England Cerebral Palsy goalkeeper Leon Taylor today helped launch the Notts Disability Football Family (NDFF) loyalty card in a bid to raise money for disability football projects throughout the county.
The 36-year-old backed the new initiative which will give everyone in Nottinghamshire the chance to save hundreds of pounds at some of the county′s top attractions and businesses while helping to give children and adults with disabilities the chance to play football.
With the purchase of the new card, holders will be able to get exclusive discounts at favourites such as Notts County FC and Alton Towers while giving back to their community.
NDFF ambassador Taylor said: "Disability football is a growing sport and to see that growth continue needs investment. I think that the card is an excellent idea and a very imaginative way to engage people without disabilities.
All parties benefit and the savings will see the card holder get the money back potentially in a single trip to a partner. In these austere times, finding a fun solution to secure investment should be applauded."
With over 114,000 children and 200,000 adults with disabilities in the county, the NDFF are working hard to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to access and play football, increasing provisions for every age and ability and empowering people with a disability to participate.
Kev Sanders, Football Development Officer (Disability) for Nottinghamshire FA said: "The Loyalty Card is one of those win, win situations. The card costs only £10 and just by paying that small amount you can save yourself more than that with a visit to one of our partners. For instance, a trip to Alton Towers with the card will see you save 55%.
It easily pays for itself and has the added benefit of going towards helping to fund and grow disability football in Nottinghamshire. You have fun, you save money and the disability football programme prospers."
All money raised from card sales goes straight back into disability projects and allows thousands of disabled children and adults the chance to continue to play football. The card costs just £10 for adults and £5 for children aged 16 and under. For a full list of discounts or to purchase the card please visit http://www.disabilitydirect.com/nottingham/viewnews.php?id=99
Disabled People′s Advocacy Nottinghamshire have released the following information...
"Do you have a physical disability and/or sensory impairment, live in Nottingham City or Greater Nottingham and are aged 18-65?
Do you need to be heard on an issue or issues?
An Independent Advocate from DPA Notts may be able to gather information for you in a format that you would like it, to help you make informed choices.
The Advocate may speak for you if you wish them to, or support you to speak out for yourself.
The Independent Advocate will not judge you or make decisions for you.
The Advocate will listen to you and support you to get your voice heard and your rights recognised.
Our service is Free and Independent and our purpose is to support you to take control of your own life and have your wishes heard and opinions recognised.
0115 934 9504
or e-mail Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to contact us individually or come along to one of our drop in sessions."
Cold Weather Payments & Winter Fuel Payments
The following information has been obtained from the Directgov website regarding Cold Weather Payments and Winter Fuel Payments.
Cold Weather Payments
"Cold Weather Payments can help people who are in receipt of certain benefits with their additional heating costs during winter.
You don’t need to apply - if you can get a Cold Weather Payment, you’ll be paid it automatically.
A payment will be made for each seven day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.
A network of weather stations covering the whole of Great Britain gathers temperature information.
Payments will be made when the local temperature is either:
• recorded as an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over seven consecutive days
• forecast to be an average zero degrees Celsius or below over seven consecutive days.
Winter Fuel Payments
Winter Fuel Payments are different from Cold Weather Payments. Winter Fuel Payments are yearly one-off payments to help eligible people pay for their heating in the winter.
Winter Fuel Payments are paid to men and women who have reached the minimum age at which a woman can receive a state pension. They are not linked to temperature. This is different to Cold Weather Payments which you may get for each week of very cold weather in your area.
You may also be able to get Cold Weather Payments if you are getting:
• Pension Credit
• Income Support
• income-based Jobseeker′s Allowance
• income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)"
More in-depth information can be obtained from the Directgov website by following this link