Disability Partnership Calderdale AGM – 24th Sept

Date: Tuesday 24th September
Time: 5pm – 7.45pm
Venue: The King’s Centre (see below for details)

Our AGM also doubles as one of our Open Meetings and will include the usual free buffet and travel expenses for all disabled people who attend..

The AGM segment of the meeting will be at the end of the evening, with a presentation of our annual report, plus elections of key trustee positions.

The nominations received to date are:

Marion Spruce  – Chair

Malcolm Kielty  – Secretary

Geraldine Rushton  – Treasurer

Peter Melling  – Trustee

David Ashton – Trustee

Mark Wardell – Trustee

Teresa Shaw – Trustee

Shabir Hussain – Trustee

Michelle Kinsey – Trustee

All our members with a disability can vote.

DPCTrustees’ Annual Report & Accounts 2018-19 )pdf file)

During the earlier part of the meeting, there will be a fire safety presentation by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, plus, as always, a great opportunity to meet and socialise with other disabled people and share your concerns with us.

About the King’s Centre and the facilities available on the day

To ensure that our meetings are inclusive and accessible to all, we always use an accessible venue. The King’s Centre, which we use for most meetings (please check meeting details before travelling, as we do occasionally use other venues) is spacious and very clean. It has ramped access to wide double doors (not automatic) into the large foyer area leading to the main hall. There are spacious and very clean accessible toilet and kitchen facilities. The King’s Centre is excellently managed by people who really understand what accessibility and inclusion is all about.

The Kings Church
3 Park Rd,

Parking is available on Park Road. There are two disabled bays outside the King’s Centre. Also blue badge holders can park for unlimited time on the street. Drivers who are not blue badge holders are limited to two hours before six pm and unlimited time after six. More info on finding the King’s Centre can be found on their own website.

Accessibility At Our Open meetings

To enable everyone to be included and to be able to participate at our meetings, we have the following access arrangements:

  • A technician operates a PA system. This has powerful radio microphones which are handed to any person (audience or presenters) who is speaking at the meeting. This enables people to hear what is said. The system is connected to the hearing induction loop system for the benefit of people who use hearing aids.
  • There are two large screens where slides can be projected.
  • Two Sign Language Interpreters are present at meetings to ensure that Deaf sign language users can understand proceedings and make their contribution to discussions by the interpreter ‘voicing over’ the sign language they use.
  • We have a ‘speech to text’ (Palantype) operater. This highly trained professional person makes sure that everything that is spoken appears as text on the screens. This assists people who are deaf but are not sign language users.
  • We provide a refreshment buffet because our open meetings are usually held at tea time between 5pm and 7.45pm.
  • We reimburse the cost our members’ car mileage, public transport and taxi fares. For many disabled people, the cost of accessible and convenient transport may be a real barrier to attending and participating in meetings. Which is why the DPC reimburse transport costs.