Disability Partnership Calderdale Open Meeting – March 24th 2020

CANCELLED – March Open Meeting:

Our next Open Meeting scheduled for Tuesday 24th March has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus precautions now in place across the country. We will re-schedule the meeting as soon as it is safe to do so.

Details of the planned meeting are below:

Our Open Meeting on Tuesday 24 March is themed around access and wheelchairs

Practical Details

  • Day/Date: Tuesday, March 24th 2020
  • Venue: The Kings Church, 3 Park Rd, Halifax HX1 2TS
  • Time: 17.00 – 19.30
  • Admission – Free, no need to pre-book – includes free buffet for all attendees (with gluten-free and vegan options)
  • Travel Expenses – available for all Calderdale-based people with a disability attending the meeting (please bring taxi receipts or bus tickets)
  • The meeting proper will start at 5.30pm, with the buffet available from 5pm, when doors open.

Main Presentations:

Chris Cammiss, Access Auditor – Chris will talk about his work as an access auditor. Chris has vast experience of auditing buildings and venues for accessibility and will explain the process he goes through when conducting an audit. He has also been heavily involved in the Accessible Calderdale Project, which is now one year old. Chris will be giving an update on the project as well.

Andy Holloman, Regional Manager for Rosscare – Rosscare deliver the Wheelchair Services Contract for people in Calderdale. He will speak about the service, which they’ve been doing since they took it over 5 months ago. Andy is expecting to be joined by Rosscare’s Occupational Therapist who will speak about the PWB (Personal Wheelchair Budget) Process, and they will both be on hand afterwards to answer questions from individuals.

Gary Varley, Shop Mobility Services Manager Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees – Gary will talk about Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees’ shopmobility scheme, which, in Halifax, is based at their Woolshops store.

Disability Partnership Calderdale – we will be talking about our current Pavement Parking survey

There will be an opportunity to speak to all the presenters after the meeting. Disability Partnership Calderdale’s workers and trustees will also be on hand and they are, as always, available for a chat or advice.


Venue: About the King’s Centre where we hold our open meetings

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.