Our National Lottery Funding Award

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Disability Partnership Calderdale is pleased to announce that it has been successful in attaining a National Lottery Community Fund award of £186,000 over three years.  We wish to thank those who take part in the National Lottery for their support.

The award includes funding for new communication equipment for open meetings, venue hire, and the employment of development and administration workers. 

Disability Partnership Calderdale’s Secretary, Malcolm Kielty MBE said, “Our aim is to reach communities from all areas across Calderdale and connect with people with a range of physical and/or sensory impairments, enabling them to have a voice, be listened to, respected, valued and able to make a difference.”

The organisation works in partnership with commissioners, planners and service providers to raise awareness of issues of concern to disabled people. Many improvements can be made to the way facilities and services are planned and delivered to remove barriers and maximise access to mainstream and specialist services for disabled people.

Malcolm said, “We want to enable disabled people in Calderdale to live as independently as possible, and to create a better future for disabled people in Calderdale”

Open Meeting 26 March

Disability Partnership Calderdale OPEN MAIN MEETING

Tuesday 26th March 2019

Venue: The Kings Centre, Park Road, Halifax HX1 2TS

Come along if you can, to the meeting, claim your travel expenses and enjoy the excellent buffet.


Please note, this meeting will be held earlier in the day than most of our meetings.
– 3.00 pm – Refreshments served.
– 3.30pm Meeting commences. Chair opens meeting. Welcome and Housekeeping, and reminder of best practice in question and answering.
– 3.40pm The chair will hand over to DPC’s Geraldine Rushton to explain the content of the meeting, the theme being “Accessible Calderdale and Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum.” Slides to be presented about the Accessible Calderdale project (Katie Clarke) and slides about the Hebden Bridge work ongoing ( Graham Hale ). Ideas and thought storming will be offered to those present on being creative with the Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum– making it relevant and appealing, and perhaps each time choosing a different venue/activity. To agree the vision for the group Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum, clear aims and plans for the future.

– 5.00pm (approx – Chair will close the meeting.


Call the DPC mobile number; 07716122897, or email




Disabled Living Info Leaflets

Disabled Living have a number of Information leaflets to assist you when considering purchasing equipment. Visit their website to download any of the leaflets listed below:

Information for Mobility Problems
Walking sticks, frames, wheeled walkers, wheelchairs and scooters also ramps and stair lifts. Learn more about mobility in the document below.

Eating and Drinking Equipment
Outlines various equipment to help with eating and drinking and food preparation options. Learn more about eating and drinking equipment in the document below.

Explains about the different types of chairs and chair accessories that can help make sitting and rising from a chair easier. Learn more about chairs in the document below.

Personal Care
Outlines various options available for showering, bathing and toileting. This section also provides a link to the PromoCon website. Learn more about personal care in the document below.

You will find information on the Paediatric equipment and support services. Learn more about paediatrics in the document below.

Explains about the different types of beds and accessories. Learn more about beds in the document below.

Moving and Handling
Legislation is constantly changing about Moving & Handling people-hoists, slings and slide sheets offer good safe practice. This section also provides a link to the Disabled Living Training Diary page. Learn more about moving and handling in the document below.

  • Disabled Living is a registered charity and a leading organisation for the provision of information and advice about equipment and services for disabled children and adults, older people, their families and carers.

Video: Flying With A Powered Wheelchair

The Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People in partnership with the UK Civil Aviation Authority have produced a film that gives wheelchair users, especially powered wheelchair users, information and insights about travelling by air and the support available. With unique access to a real life flight, they follow Jon and his Dad through every aspect of their journey, highlighting what’s involved and including useful links to more information you may need.

Introducing Kintsugi Clothing

Some fashion brands pride themselves on being “exclusive” – Kintsugi Clothing is not one of them. It’s all part of their passionate belief in inclusivity – here’s what they have to say about themselves:

Sure, our clothing looks great (if we do say so ourselves) but every fashionista knows it’s not just about the clothes; it’s about the person wearing them. Every individual wears a piece of clothing differently, rocking it in their own unique way. That diversity is one of the joys of fashion, and it’s why we’re passing on exclusive. Inclusive is where it’s at.

We love the concept of universal design, and create our clothing so that it can be worn and enjoyed to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of age/size/disability.

To ensure our collections are truly inclusive, we incorporate suggestions from across the disabled community, making fastenings easier and less fiddly, considering how clothes will work in a seated position, and adding functionality to make each garment work harder for its wearer.

The result is clothing everyone can wear. Clothing; reinvented.

Visit the Kintsugi Clothing Website

Video: Fashion Styling for People with Disabilities

How the Disability Fashion Styling System empowers people with disabilities to dress with dignity and self-reliance.

Stephanie Thomas is founder, stylist and editor-in-chief of CUR8ABLE, a disability fashion lifestyle website. With a passion for accessibility, Stephanie has followed clothing trends for people with disabilities for 24 years and works to empower people everyday with advice from her disability fashion styling system.

Based in Los Angeles, with followers spanning the globe, Stephanie strives to create beautiful, powerful images that challenge and ultimately change negative perceptions of people with disabilities.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

E-Learning For Staff

e-learning image with hands on laptop

Working in partnership with Innovue, Disabled Living now offer a wide range of online training courses for professional carers etc.

Some training can be covered with e-learning, this flexible and cost effective option will help staff to stay current and relevant in their practice.

Courses include:

Health & Safety
Medical & Clinical
Specialist & Awareness
The Care Certificate

If you require any of these online courses as face to face courses please contact the training team be emailing

Naidex: Europe’s largest disability show

Naidex is Europe’s largest disability event for trade, healthcare professionals and end-users. Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC on the 26th & 27th March, Naidex gathers innovation, information, cutting edge suppliers, and the most inspirational speakers from around the world to one venue, over two unforgettable days.

In addition to all this, the show’s fantastic agenda of speakers includes Paralympians, celebrities, experts and visionaries as they unite to discuss some of the industry’s most pressing topics. They will be covering everything from employability, the Blue Badge scheme, dating, mental health, technology, accessibility and inclusion.

So what are you waiting for? Get your FREE tickets here to join the crowds at the epicentre of the disability community at the show!

Bohemian Rhapsody At The Shay

An outdoor screening of the award-winning film, Bohemian Rhapsody (12A), is coming to Halifax later this year.

The Shay Stadium will host the Cinema Under the Stars event on Friday 17 May, 7:00pm.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound and culminates in their iconic performance at Live Aid.

Plus: Food, Snacks, Bar and Music before the film starts. Gates open 7:00pm, film starts shortly after sunset.

Bring a blanket or camping chair and watch Bohemian Rhapsody on a giant cinema screen under the stars!

  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The event will go ahead if it’s raining but we are hoping for a nice dry night under the stars.
  • No seating provided unless you have VIP tickets. Blankets and camping chairs are allowed.
  • No Dogs allowed.
  • Limited paid car parking available at the ground (£3).

Visitors can enjoy the atmosphere from the pitch and watch the celebrated film on a giant screen.

Tickets are selling quickly, to book visit Eventbrite

Have Your Say on Transport

Have your say on major transport improvements in Calderdale and Kirklees

The fourth project in the A629 improvement programme will provide improved accessibility between Halifax and Huddersfield, by improving walking, cycling and bus infrastructure along the route.

To view the proposals, have your say on plans, or to find out about the council’s drop in sessions, go online at