Accessibility – News & Advice

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    Accessible Housing Guide
    Disability Horizons, the online disability magazine have partnered with accessible housing specialists Branch Properties for the second year in a row to bring you an up-to-date accessible housing guide to help you find the best home for you. The 17-page guide takes you through pin-pointing your …
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    Government guidance on getting tested for Coronavirus
    Here’s a series of links to Government guidance on getting tested for Coronavirus. They go through to the official information on the Government’s website. Understanding lateral flow testing for people without symptoms Page summary: An explanation of the technology behind asymptomatic …
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    Department For Work & Pensions Newsletter
    Roundup of recent DWP announcements  Coronavirus Roadmap update Step 4 of the Roadmap is expected to begin on Monday 19 July. This will be confirmed on Monday 12 July, following a review of the latest data. At Step 4, the Government will remove all outstanding legal restrictions on social contact, …
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    Top accessible beaches revealed
    Nearly all of the top ten most accessible beaches are in just three counties, according to new research. Keep Moving Care analysed 30 top-rated UK beaches against 10 criteria points – whether the beaches had received a Blue Flag award; existence of ramps, slopes, or slipways; step-free access to …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Lockdown easing plans put CEV people back in jeopardy Psychology experts, health professionals and Disabled People’s Organisations are expressing grave concerns about the Prime Minister’s announcement that the majority of remaining COVID-19 regulations are set to end in England on 19 July. The …
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    Cut the Clutter Campaign To Clear Pavements
    The walking charity, Living Streets, is running a “Cut the Clutter” campaign, calling for local authorities to prioritise clearing footways and pavements through measures including (but not limited to): 1. Banning all A-board advertising on the pavement 2. Putting in place plans and …
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    Disability Horizons Newsletter
    LAST CHANCE to take our survey on disability hate crime Our survey on disability hate crime, in partnership with Leonard Cheshire, will be closing this week, so this is your LAST CHANCE to have your say and make your voice heard. The results will help us to highlight the issues with disability hate …
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    Halifax Society for the Blind Want To Know What Services You Need
    This survey is being circulated by our friends at the Halifax Society for the Blind. Dear Members, Supporters, Colleagues and Partners, we hope you are well, and getting some sunshine and feeling good about getting out and about. Whilst you’re increasingly thinking of this, we’ve been putting …
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    Covid-19: “Life on hold” for NHS patients needing musculoskeletal care
    Conditions such as back pain and arthritis are the biggest cause of morbidity in the UK. But the pandemic has seen primary and secondary care appointments cancelled or held virtually. In the first of a new series on the “new normal” in medicine, the BMJ’s Kathy Oxtoby reports on the backlogs …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Disabled people’s lives ‘devastated’ by Covid – BBC Survey Thousands of D/deaf and Disabled people became more disabled during the pandemic with most losing access to vital medical appointments and necessary routines. A BBC survey of over 3,000 people found that many Disabled people experienced a …
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    GPs urge government to clear up confusion over Covid-19 symptoms
    GPs have called on the government to update the official list of covid-19 symptoms after seeing patients shun tests to check their infection status because they don’t believe they have been infected by SARS-CoV-2. They also said that a public communication campaign was needed to inform the public …
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    Get Yourself Active newsletter from Disability Horizons UK.
    Welcome to the latest edition of the Get Yourself Active newsletter from Disability Horizons UK. This is our round up of what the Get Yourself Active team and our partners have been up to during the month of June – and some opportunities that we hope will be of interest. More from us next …
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    Activity Alliance (Disability Sport) Newsletter
    Our Chair blogs: Disabled people need to be at the heart of the return UK Coaching Week is a campaign to celebrate coaching at all levels in sport and activity. This year’s theme was ‘The Great Coaching Comeback: Coaching for all’. Here, our Chair, Sam Orde, talks about her …
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    Results: Calderdale/Huddersfield ‘Improving hospital services for people with sight loss’
    We, at Disability Partnership Calderdale, in conjunction with Halifax Society for the Blind, recently ran a Focus Group looking at ‘Improving hospital services for people with sight loss’. We are now ready to share the feedback we received, which has been positively and gratefully received by the …
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    Report: Digitally excluded people’s experiences of remote GP appointments
    Below is the introduction and a link to the full content of a report from Healthwatch, looking at the effects of digital exclusion on our interaction with GPs. It appears that people with disabilities are central to this issue and the problems it causes. Locked out: Digitally excluded people’s …
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    Reminder: Current Covid-19 Restrictions In Full
    England remains in Step 3 The government has announced a 4-week pause at Step 3. Step 3 restrictions remain in place, and you should follow the guidance on this page, which explains what you can and cannot do. It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be …
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    Polio Fellowship Newsletter
    Dear Member, We hope you are keeping safe and well. We would like to share some updates happening at The British Polio Fellowship. Office Move When we sold the offices at the Xchange on Wilmington Close, we struggled to find offices that were value for money and fitted all our needs. On a fine …
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    BSL initiative for charities and volunteers in Yorkshire
    A new initiative to encourage more members of the public to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available locally. The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with children and adults who may be hard of hearing. Radiyya Jahan, Signs4Life partnerships …
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    Call for stronger Government regulation on protecting Disabled people from fire
    Disability groups are urged to respond to the Government’s consultation on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans for Disabled residents. Disability Rights UK, Leaseholders Disability Action Group and Grenfell Next of Kin have highlighted four key areas where Government proposals need to be …
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    Disability rights UK Newsletter – 26/6/21
    We are looking for our next Chair of Trustees Since its foundation in 2012 DR UK has significantly grown in profile, influence and reputation. In 2022 we celebrate 10 years of our organisation working together with Disabled People leading change. We are looking for an individual who shares our …
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    Transport For All Newsletter
    Transport For All campaign for better transport access and accessibility for people with disabilities. Though they have a London focus, much of what they cover has a broader relevance. Here’s their latest newsletter. Cut the clutter! | Members Newsletter #6 Hope you’re doing well! In …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    We are looking for our next Chair of Trustees Since its foundation in 2012 DR UK has significantly grown in profile, influence and reputation. In 2022 we celebrate 10 years of our organisation working together with Disabled People leading change. We are looking for an individual who shares our …
  • Calderdale news
    Age UK Shop-ability Aids Available in Halifax
    Chief executive of Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees, Lisa Butland looks at Shop-ability aids and advice available at the Halifax shop, close to the Piece Hall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4HMGSvBnC8 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…
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    ‘Have a Go’ Bowling Session For People With Sight Loss
    You are invited to a ‘Have a go’ Bowling session at Pennine Bowling Club, Organised by Halifax Society for the Blind and Pennine Bowling Club On Tuesday 29th June at 11am At Wellholme Park, Brighouse Have you ever wanted to try flat green bowling? Come along to their taster session and give it a …
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    Finding Calderdale’s public toilets
    As we reported in late May, Calderdale Council is extending the opening of some of its public toilets to seven days a week. Full details below. It’s also worth noting that there are a couple of websites that can help you locate public toilets, whether you are searching Calderdale or beyond: …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    We are looking for our next Chair of Trustees Since its foundation in 2012 DR UK has significantly grown in profile, influence and reputation. In 2022 we celebrate 10 years of our organisation working together with Disabled People leading change. We are looking for an individual who shares our …
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    Coronavirus In Calderdale: Update As Cases Increase Again
    Calderdale Council have published this update, following an uptick in the number of Covid-19 cases in Calderdale. I contains useful information on testing and other measures in place to contain the outbreak. Additional COVID-19 testing and enhanced contact tracing are starting in Calderdale as …
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    Macular Society June Newsletter
    June Update Welcome to your June e-newsletter, and happy Volunteers’ Week! A huge thank you to all of our incredible volunteers who have continued to deliver such a valuable service over the past 18 months. This month could spell the end of coronavirus restrictions for much of the UK. However you …
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    Touchbase – DWP Newsletter
    Touchbase, 4 June 2021 – Roundup of recent DWP announcements  Shared Accommodation Rate changes DWP has implemented changes to the Shared Accommodation Rate that will help thousands of vulnerable care leavers access additional housing support. The changes mean that care leavers can now claim …
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    BMJ Newsletter – Medical Updates
    This is the latest newsletter from the BMJ (British Medical journal). As ever, it draws on a good range of voices and opinions and provides a good overview of the issues of the day (medical and medical-related). The covid-19 pandemic took power from the people Who decides when covid-19 restrictions …
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    Calderdale Countryside News
    Calderdale Council have released their spring/summer Countryside News newsletter for 2021. The newsletter is a great read and full of information on: Volunteering Special places Wildlife Gardening Health and Wellbeing You can read the full newsletter here Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like …
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    Disability Horizons TV: exiting lockdown
    Disability Horizons vlogger Zec Richardson and TV personality Mik Scarlet are joined this week by George Baker, founder of the Disability Union, to discuss coming out of lockdown. They talk about its effect on disabled people physically and mentally, how accessible the world is post-Covid and …
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    6 ways assistive tech has improved during the Covid-19 pandemic
    As we start to come out of lockdown and move towards our new ‘normal’, Disability Horizons. the online magazine, has been reflecting on the last year and how it has affected disabled people. One positive to come out of the Coronavirus pandemic is that the availability and growth of …
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    Revamped Elland Library Re-Opening 7 June
    The £1.75 million refurbishment of Elland’s library is nearing completion and it is due to open its doors on Monday 7 June at 10am. Calderdale Council has been busy transforming the building into a welcoming, state-of-the-art community hub, which will provide modern library services, an IT suite, …
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    Healthy Minds: June Courses & Sessions
    Noticing Nature (Allotment) Monday 14th June, 11.00-12.30pm During such uncertain times, making time to relax and switch off from events out of our control has never been so important for mental health and wellbeing. Using our 5 senses and noticing check lists, this workshop will encourage us to …
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    Disability Horizons’ Newsletter
    More than 50% of people happy to see Covid-19 restrictions lifted in June We asked 171 people from across the UK who have a disability or health condition or know someone who does, how they feel about the easing of all lockdown restrictions on 21st June 2021. 52% are either ‘fairly happy’ or …
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    Domestic abuse: how to get help
    Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse in this detailed guidance from the Government. If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you can’t speak and are calling on a mobile press 55 to have your call transferred to the police. Find …
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    The Accessible Calderdale Project
    The Accessible Calderdale Project aims to develop and improve access and inclusion in Calderdale.  They are looking for people from the disabled community who want to join their focus groups and have a voice around the issues that impact them. All members of our group have a wide range of …
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    Activity Alliance Disability Sport Newsletter
    This is the latest newsletter of the Activity Alliance, who work for equality in sport for people with disabilities. Activity Alliance News Welcome to May’s newsletter. This edition features our new strategy, Achieving Fairness, and the new campaign, Football Your Way.   New strategy …
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    Advice & Reviews fron the Disability Horizons Shop
    Check out the latest tips articles and reviews on the Disability Horizons Shop, including: 4 ingenious ways to use grip tape to give you a better grip on anything portable urinals and sick bags that will be invaluable when you’re out and about reviews of the Stickman Communications stickers …
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    Blocked pavements excluding disabled people from Calderdale’s streets
    This Press Release is from Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum, supported by Halifax Society for the Blind and Disability Partnership  Calderdale. Disabled people in Hebden Bridge and throughout Calderdale are stepping up their campaign for the banning of A boards and other obstructions on our …
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    Baywatch 2021 is Coming
    A common problem for many disabled motorists is not being able to park at their desired destination. The major complaint is that the disabled bays are all occupied with cars not displaying a Blue Badge. Disabled Motoring UK run the Baywatch campaign – here’s their launch of this …
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    Accessible Pregnancy Test Prototype
    A prototype of the first accessible pregnancy test has been unveiled by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to help blind and visually impaired women know their results privately for the first time. In a campaign looking to promote and raise awareness of accessible design, it is …
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    Introducing Evenbreak, An Accessible Job Board
    Evenbreak is a new jobs website that exists to solve a couple of big problems – here’s what it’s all about by the people at Evenbreak: Employers told us they struggled to attract disabled candidates.  And disabled candidates told us they couldn’t tell which employers were …
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    Report, Unequal Impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services
    The Women and Equalities Committee published its Report Unequal Impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services: full Report (HC 1050), on 22 December 2020. The Women and Equalities Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the …
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    Access To Work Factsheet
    This is the Government’s latest information on the Access to Work scheme, which aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. Changes to Access to Work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Read about changes to Access to Work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. …
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    Blind woman fighting for accessible pandemic communications
    A blind woman has won a legal case which secures fundamental promises of changes to how the Government communicates with people during the pandemic. Sarah Leadbetter, who is registered blind, was due to have a judicial review hearing concerning the government’s failure to provide her with …
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    Report: Access To GPs “Difficult” During Pandemic
    This article is taken from the BMJ website The covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated access problems in general practice and patients have reported finding it difficult to book appointments and access treatment, a report by Healthwatch has found.1 The patients watchdog said that GPs must prioritise …
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    Coronavirus home testing kits made more accessible for people with sight loss
    From the Macular Society website The government has introduced new improvements to the home testing programme to make them more accessible to those living with sight loss. Charities in the sight loss sector, including the Macular Society, worked closely with NHS Test and Trace to recruit volunteers …
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    Disabled Access To Railway Stations Petition
    Here’s a campaign to improve access to train travel for people with disabilities: For far too long disabled access has been overlooked or briefly looked at but with a “tick box” mentality. I want to campaign to get adequate disabled access both on platforms and the train stations …
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    Disability Rights UK Critical Of Inaccessible Government Survey
    The government’s Disability Unit is currently running an online survey which will help to shape the forthcoming National Strategy for Disabled People. Comments must be received by 13 February in order for them to be taken on board before the publication of the Strategy. Here’s is Disability …
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    ACDAF, Working for Accessibility in Calderdale
    Here’s a quick reminder of how to get involved with ACDAF, who are addressing accessibility issues in Calderdale – their details are below or you can download a copy of the ACDAF postcard Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…
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    Accessibility: Touchless Crossing Technology
    Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will be trialling touchless technology at six busy pedestrian crossings in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The detection technology, funded by the Welsh Government, will allow pedestrians to activate the signal-controlled crossings by moving their hand under a …
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    Healthy Minds – Upcoming Accessible Support Opportunities
    Healthy Minds offers lots of accessible support for anybody who lives or works in Calderdale. They offer a range of services including; drop-in sessions, peer support groups, activity groups, workshops and welfare rights. All of their services are currently running online or over the telephone.  …
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    Gov’t Advice: Children who can still access schools in lockdown
    Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021, only children of critical workers and vulnerable children and young people should attend school or college. All other pupils and students will receive remote education. Here are the details of which children are involved. Vulnerable …
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    Wanted: Disability and Access Ambassadors
    The Government is seeking fourteen new Disability and Access Ambassadors to help to ensure businesses are doing all they can to support their disabled customers. They will join existing Ambassadors who have been helping industry and the Government in their management of the COVID-19 crisis, and …
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    Gov’t Report: Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services
    “Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services” is a new Government report that looks at how the pandemic has affected people with disabilities. We’ve published the introduction below, but you can read the full report on the Government’s website: Read full …
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    Access To Work: Support for employees with disabilities
    The Government’s Access to Work grant scheme provides support to help people with disabilities or health conditions start or stay in work. The support offered is based on individual needs, and could include a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace or for those …
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    10 accessible Christmas gifts that are stylish, fun and practical for disabled people
    This great Christmas shopping feature is from the online magazine, Disability Horizons. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you scroll, which is a sign that it’s time to find some accessible Christmas gifts for your friend or loved one with a disability. Well, look no …
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    The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain!
    Whilst we all may not be able to get out and about at the moment, the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is crammed with detailed reviews and essential information for over 200 UK attractions, making it the perfect planning tool for when we can all begin exploring again. You can view the Guide …
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    Hebden Bridge Town Centre Step-free Access Map
    The Spring 2020 Hebden Bridge Town Centre Step-free Access Map and Guide is now out and we have copies below to view and to download/print. This is the third edition of this map, which was first published in Spring 2018. Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum delayed circulating this update in April …
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    Access to Work – Helping Disabled People Into Work
    New help on offer from Access to Work The Government’s Access to Work scheme has been extended to offer new help for disabled people working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. The extension to the scheme means that: Disabled people can now benefit from financial support to work from …
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    Disability Horizons’ FREE guide to finding an accessible home
    There are 13.9 million disabled people in the UK – one in five of the population. Yet only a staggering 7% of homes in England are accessible. This equates to four-fifths of disabled people living in unsuitable homes. That’s why Disability Horizons have partnered with Branch Properties, …
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    Guidance for those accessing a Direct Payment
    The latest guidance for those accessing a Direct Payment is now available on the Government Website – it’s a comprehensive collection of advice and documents, so please read through the notes carefully. …
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    Selected NHS patients to access coronavirus treatment remdesivir
    The anti-viral drug remdesivir will be made available to patients meeting certain clinical criteria to support their recovery in hospital. Innovative medicine with promising results in clinical trials to be made available to selected UK COVID-19 patients Government working in collaboration with …
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    How to access NHS Services during the coronavirus pandemic
    We’ve published this advice regularly in the last few weeks, but it’s worth repeating that you should seek medical attention as “normal”, despite the current Coronavirus situation. Life-threatening conditions do not get better by waiting – seek help. The NHS is doing a …
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    I’m Vulnerable – What help is available and how can I access it?
    This extract is taken from a longer set of FAQ’s published by Calderdale Council for vulnerable residents. It can be difficult to know how to get help during this time. Many people who have never needed help before may need help due to the disruption brought about by COVID-19. If you need …
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    Ask-a-friend cash access scheme extended
    Anyone who cannot leave home may be able to ask a trusted friend or volunteer to withdraw cash at any Post Office using a single-use voucher. The Post Office scheme is being extended and offered to all banks, building societies and credit unions. If the bank allows it, someone can ask for a …
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    Don’t be afraid of accessing medical care!
    13.04.2020 The BBC has reported fewer people accessing medical care than expected due to fear of coronavirus.  Some doctors have expressed concerns that people who may be experiencing cancer type symptoms or possibly suffering a suspected heart attack or stroke are avoiding hospital at this …
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    Webinar: Accessing Social Care During Coronavirus
    Accessing care during Coronavirus Disabled People’s Organisation In Control has produced a webinar with disability rights lawyer Steve Broach of Monckton Chambers about how to access social care during the Coronavirus crisis. You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/j5RU9DFIzQM Share …
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    Accessing A BSL Interpreter If You Have Coronavirus Symptoms
    People with hearing impairments can access a BSL Interpreter (via the NHS) if they have symptoms of the Coronavirus. If you have difficulties in communicating or hearing, you can call 18001 111 on a textphone or access the NHS 111 British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter service through …
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    How to access NHS Services during the coronavirus pandemic
    Calderdale NHS’s Advice to residents –   How to access NHS Services during the coronavirus pandemic For help and information about coronavirus Those with symptoms should use the 111 Coronavirus online service. People should only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online. Those …
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    How to access GP services during the pandemic
    Calderdale NHS’s Advice to residents – We are making changes to the way you access GP services during the coronavirus pandemic to help protect people and slow the spread of the virus. From Monday 30 March 2020 people cannot enter GP practices in Calderdale unless they have been given …
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    Improving Access to Talking Therapies in Calderdale
    NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for planning and buying healthcare services for the local population.  They are looking at how they can improve services and would like hear your ideas and experiences how they could do this. Talking Therapies includes CBT (Cognitive …
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    Access To Work – funding to keep you in work
    Access to Work – An introduction, by Trish Crowther Trish works for the council and is a recipient of the “Access to Work” scheme. She explained how the system works and how is has affected her life, at our January 2020 Open Meeting. A video of her presentation is below, with an edited …
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    Bus Station Plans – Accessibility Workshop Feedback
    West Yorkshire Combined Authority have just launched their public consultation on their plans for the redevelopment of Halifax Bus Station. Disability Partnership Calderdale were involved in a preliminary consultation stage, alongside a range of representatives of disability groups and …
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    HBDAF’s Amazing Accessible Hebden Map
    Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum’s Step-free Map of Hebden Bridge, showing safe routes for people with mobility or visual impairments, is a remarkable document and showcases some outstanding accessibility work that the organisation has steered in the town. Read their latest updates on …
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    Accessible Hebden Bridge Updates
    Last spring, Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum (HBDAF) updated its Step-free Map of Hebden Bridge, showing safe routes for people with mobility or visual impairments, and its access guide showing places with step-free access, accessible toilets and hearing loops. With the festive period …
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    Accessible Mytholmroyd Christmas Day Event
    This sounds like a great way to spend Christmas Day Community Christmas Get Together Get ready for the second Community Christmas Get Together at Mytholmroyd Community Centre on 25 December 2019 from 1.00 until 6.00pm. To register, donate or volunteer contact Kate or Liz on 07707 449223 or email …
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    Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum (HBDAF)
    Do you identify as disabled, deaf or have a long-term health condition? Do you experience barriers that stop you from fully accessing life in the Hebden Bridge area? Getting out and about can be challenging for many reasons: mental health issues, chronic illness, autism, hearing or mobility …
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    Free Access Audits For Groups
    FREE access audits available to voluntary and community groups ‘Developing Calderdale to become a more accessible and inclusive place for all’ Would you like to develop your community group venue to become more accessible to people with disabilities? Are you considering re-locating your group and …
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    Square Chapel Accessibility Event
    Tea & Trailers Friday 8 November, 10am – 11:30am Cornerstone Space Square Chapel Arts Centre, 10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG Square Chapel Arts Centre are opening their doors for you to explore the venue, find out about upcoming events and talk about how they can make accessing the …
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    Access to Work Scheme Growing
    A record number of employees with a disability or health condition have been supported by the Access to Work scheme over the past year. New figures reveal in 2018/19, 36,240 people received the life-changing grant last year – an increase of more than 2,000 on the previous year. The statistics from …
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    Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum
    The Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum (ACDAF) is a group aimed at improving access in Calderdale for people with a wide range of disabilities. They hold monthly meetings at an accessible venue. The group is run by Visits Unlimited, with who were are partners on the Accessible Calderdale …
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    Victoria Theatre Accessibility
    Chloe Oldman and Robert Lofthouse gave a presentation looking at the current levels of accessibility in the Victoria Theatre, in Halifax, plus an outline of proposed improvements. A summary of their presentation is below. They also invited Disability Partnership Calderdale to visit the theatre and …
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    Hosting An Accessible Event
    Eventbrite is a website where organisations of all kinds can host event listings and handle bookings, ticket distribution and a range of other event-hosting information. Events on the site range from small local events run by individual and small volunteer organisations, up to pop concerts and …
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    AccessAble – Accessibility Info
    AccessAble AccessAble aims to take the chance out of going out, providing the accessibility information you need to work out if a place is going to be accessible for you. They’ve surveyed 10,000s of venues across the UK and Ireland, including shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, …
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    Helping With Accessibility Audits
    Disability Partnership Calderdale is currently a partner in the Accessible Calderdale project which will help improve and map accessibility across the whole area. However, the organisation also provides an accessibility consultation service for one-off projects, such as the Piece Hall …
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    Free Access Audits for Groups
    ‘Developing Calderdale to become a more accessible and inclusive place for all’ Would you like to develop your community group venue to become more accessible to people with disabilities? Are you considering re-locating your group and would like to ensure the proposed venue is inclusive and …
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    Rough Guide to Accessible Britain
    Packed with over 180 reviews of accessible and inspiring days out, there’s something for everyone in the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. The Guide aims to inspire and support people with diverse needs in enjoying the best of Britain’s attractions – whatever their disability. Now in its 10th …
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    Accessible Shoppers’ Lunch, Elland
    The next Shopper’s Lunch at Southgate Christian Centre, Elland, will be on Friday 5 October, 12:00pm. Where else can you be served a freshly cooked 2 course meal and drink for £4.50 – bargain! Enjoy a meal and a good chat. Meal served at 12 noon at Southgate Christian Centre, Langdale Street Elland …
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    Accessing Care Services in Calderdale
    If you need information or advice about adults health and social care in Calderdale, your first point of contact is the council’s Gateway to Care service. Tained advisors are able to give the information and support that you need. Occasionally, you may need the help of specialist advisors or …
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    The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain
    Packed with over 180 reviews of accessible and inspiring days out, there’s something for everyone in the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. The Guide aims to inspire and support people with diverse needs in enjoying the best of Britain’s attractions – whatever their disability. Now in its 10th …
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    Carriageworks Theatre Accessibility Review
    The disability access website http://www.accessadvisor.net aims to provide an unbiased, real-world view of how easy-to-access different places and transport stops are for disabled people. You can browse reviews of venues or do a search for venues and facilities in your area. The site welcomes new user …
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    National Trust Accessible Walks
    The National Trust is currently highlighting a range of accessible walks at its properties on its website. Although many of them are not near Calderdale, they might be in areas you visit for holidays or to see family and friends. One relatively local accessible Walking trail is at Nostell Priory …
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    UK Disabled Access Survey
    How confident are people in disabled access in the UK? New research reveals that 92% of disabled people do not feel very confident in visiting new places when thinking about disabled access. 8th February 2018: Over 700 disabled people have described situations they have faced when experiencing …
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    Making the Piece Hall Accessible
    Disability Partnership Calderdale has been working with the Piece Hall Trust on making the Piece Hall more accessible. All lift thresholds/entrances have recently been upgraded to make access easier and the Trust are now looking at timber ramps to aid access to shop doorways (see above). As a focus …
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    Hebden Bridge Wheelchair Access Report
    See the foot of the page for a download of the Hebden Bridge Wheelchair Access Report. Firstly, the report’s introduction, below, spells out the purpose of the report. 1. Introduction Local wheelchair users visited Hebden Bridge, and rode round the streets to give us a visitor’s …
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    FEEDBACK: On new transport accessibility plans
    The Department for Transport is seeking feedback on a draft accessibility action plan which sets out our proposals to improve the travel experience for people with disabilities. The action plan covers a range of transport modes including: aviation rail buses taxis The document also considers ways …