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Calderdale Council’s sign language team/serviceVideo Explaining the Service

Calderdale Council – if you are an adult with significant hearing loss, you can self-refer to the Council’s  hearing or visual impairment teams by contacting Gateway to Care on 01422 393000, TEXT PHONE for the deaf – 0777454642, or emailing them to ask for a referral on gatewaytocare@calderdale.gov.uk Following this, the appropriate person will contact you to arrange to speak with and visit you and assess your needs on a case by case basis. For a child referral, contact: MAST Admin, T: 01422 393336

Calderdale Council Gateway To Care
Tel: 01422393000 / DEAF TEXT Phone: 07776454642 manned from 9-5 Mon-Fri
Email: gatewaytocare@calderdale.gov.uk
Website: www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/health-and-social-care/social-care-services-adults-page#gateway

Calderdale Council Customer First – Tel: 01422357257  Website: (Contact Us) www.calderdale.gov.uk/siteinfo/contacts/index.html

V-Recruitment is a specialist agency providing Support Workers for deaf people in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

British Deaf Association – The BDA is the UK’s leading membership organisation and registered charity run by Deaf people for Deaf people. The BDA delivers a range of services to achieve its aims of empowering Deaf people to overcome difficulties that they face on a daily basis.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – Hearing Dogs for Deaf People train hearing dogs to alert deaf people to select household sounds and danger signals in the home, work place and in public buildings – providing a life-changing level of independence, confidence and security.

Hearing Link – Their remit is to ensure that people living with hearing loss can find information, specialist services, and social contact, in order to live well with hearing loss. Their links page is extremely comprehensive and useful.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the the independent regulator of health and social care in England. The CQC has introduced SignLive video service, which allows people to connect with CQC to share their feedback using British Sign Language (BSL) as well as text relay.

Hearing Impairment News

  • Deaf Blind Newsletter
    The Deaf Blind association has an excellent email newsletter – the latest edition is now out. You can read it here…
  • DEX Ice Skating @ The Piece Hall – December 9th
    Note – this event has been updated following a move from Leeds to the Piece Hall. Good news for everyone in Calderdale!  …
  • Our Christmas Party – 20th December
    Disability Partnership Calderdale would like to invite you along to our annual CHRISTMAS PARTY. It’s totally free to attend and includes a big Christmas buffet. Once again, we will be back at the popular Old Rishworthians Rugby Club, Copley Lane, Copley, Halifax, HX3 0UG, which is accessible …
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    Mental Health: Get Your Personalised “Mind Plan”
    The NHS-approved Mind Plan, is a very useful tool if you have mental health concerns. By answering five short questions people get a personalised mental health action plan, providing practical tips to help them deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better and feel more in control. …
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    Be kind to your mind! BSL Video
    There are small things we can all do to help be kind to our mind and these can make a big difference to how we feel. That’s why a new Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign has been launched by the NHS, helping us find those little things we can all do to look after our mental health and …
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    National Deaf Children’s Society: Grants to Support Young Deaf People
    The National Deaf Children’s Society is offering grants of up to £1,000 to support young deaf people that wish to deliver projects and activities that benefit their lives. Through the Make a Change Fund, young deaf people aged between 8 and 25 can bring their own ideas to life, such as improving …
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    BSL Video: Disability Cost of Living Payment Info
    The UK Government is providing £37billion this year to help households combat the rising cost of living. This video explains more about the Disability Cost of Living Payment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUFGhvbfxWA  …
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    Free one-to-one support for young deaf people in Kirklees
    Deaf Experience Limited (DEX) have funding up to April 2023 to offer one to one support to any deaf young person aged 16 – 25 living in Kirklees. Here’s what they say about the offer: This could include transition support for example, filling in college or university applications, learning …
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    DEX Trampoline Event – Aimed At Deaf 11-17 Year Olds
    Here’s the latest of DEX’s excellent free events.…
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    Deaf & Hard of Hearing Consultation
    Deaf and hard of hearing people are being encouraged to share their thoughts on the standards of care they receive at GPs, dentists, hospitals, and care homes, with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). CQC is particularly keen to hear from deaf and hard of hearing people about their experiences and …
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    BSL users sought to advise government on key issues for Deaf people
    The Minister for Disabled People, Chloe Smith, has launched recruitment for the British Sign Language Advisory Board. Published: 18 July 2022 Launch follows BSL Act recognising BSL as an official language in England, Scotland and Wales, which circa 151,000 people in the UK use For the first time in …
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    Agency Supplying Support Workers for deaf people
    V-Recruitment is a specialist agency providing Support Workers for deaf people in the Yorkshire and Humberside region. Because they employ Support Workers who can communicate fluently and clearly in British Sign Language (BSL), they are able to meet their clients’ cultural and linguistic needs. …
  • Calderdale news
    BSL Video & Text: Calderdale’s sign language resource
    This information in sign language is about the sign language team/service at Calderdale Council, signed by Pauline Connolly. (a transcript of the video is available below it). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtHIXJL6YTQ&t=2s   At the moment we have one interpreter: me! Working four days a …
  • Calderdale news
    Video: Fire Prevention Tips & Support
    Mr Dave Manning from The Fire Prevention Service gave a fascinating talk on fire safety to our 28 June 2022 Open Meeting. He covered a huge range of topics, including Safe & Well visits, where they visit those at most risk from fire and give them advice and practical support. There’s more …
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    999 BSL: The new life-saving emergency app for BSL users
    A new app called 999 BSL was released on the 17th June 2022 which allows users to make free calls to UK emergency services through a BSL interpreter. What is 999 BSL?  999 BSL is a service that connects you to British Sign Language Interpreters remotely through an app or a web-based platform, who …
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    Free Event In Bradford For Young Deaf People
    The next Deaf EXperience (DEX) FREE event for deaf young people aged between 11 and 17 who live in West Yorkshire is on Friday 17th June. They will be going bowling and for food at Hollywood Bowl in Bradford. I have attached a video poster with the information on. You can also watch the video here …
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    Petition: Make deaf awareness compulsory
    This is a new petition by the National Deaf Children’s Society. Sign Petition Here You can view this petition in British Sign Language here. We’re a group of deaf young people from across the UK, aged between 15 and 19, and we’re worried that many mainstream teachers don’t know enough about deaf …
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    Deaf Experience (DEX) Young People’s Activities
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    Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Newsletter
    A warm welcome to your May newsletter, full of all the latest updates from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. This week is Deaf Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of deafness and supporting those who are deaf or have hearing loss. The theme of the week this year is inclusion, and if …
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    Talking therapies to be available in BSL
    The Deaf health charity SignHealth has been awarded a national NHS England contract to deliver NHS Talking Therapies in British Sign Language (BSL) to support Deaf people experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression, or other common mental health concerns. This is the first time NHS England has …
  • accessibility news
    Naidex Exhibition
    The Naidex exhibition is an event for independent living and supporting the disabled community, showcasing wide-ranging solutions to improve mobility and accessibility, the latest innovations and tech, and explores the future of digital and physical accessibility. Naidex is for everyone. The event …
  • Disability Horizons’ Newsletter
    The lifting of Covid-19 restrictions is lifting my stress level up: Almost all Covid-19 restrictions have been or soon will be lifted across the UK. Our writer Raya, who has muscular dystrophy and respiratory failure, talks about why she is frightened about the changes and concerned about the …
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    Do you know what red and white means? Did you know that someone with a red and white cane or assistant dog harness is deafblind? Read more about red and white canes here. Deafblindness: Spotting the signs. Thousands of people in the UK are living with sight and hearing loss, but how can you tell …
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    British Sign Language Bill: BSL version video
    This is a Government bill to: recognise British Sign Language (BSL) as a language of England, Wales and Scotland require reporting on the use of BSL by government departments require guidance to be issued in relation to BSL The explanatory notes: explain what each part of the bill will mean in …
  • Calderdale news
    FREE activities for deaf young people
    There’s an exciting programme of FREE activities from Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers (DEX) for deaf young people in West Yorkshire who are between the ages of 11 and 17. It’s incredibly important for deaf young people’s wellbeing to have the opportunity to meet each other and to share …
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    Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Newsletter
    A warm welcome to your March newsletter, full of all the latest updates from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. This year marks our 40th anniversary and four decades of training life-changing hearing dogs. Since training our first dog in a living room back in 1982 we have grown steadily but …
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    It’s Sign Language Week
    Sign Language Week is celebrated each year in March to coincide with the anniversary of the recognition of British Sign Language (BSL) by the UK Government in 2003. Sign Language Week is an initiative of the British Deaf Association (BDA). This year’s Sign Language Week will run from 14 – 20 March …
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    Talking Therapies in British Sign Language
    The Deaf health charity SignHealth has been awarded a national contract from NHS England to supply Talking Therapies in British Sign Language (BSL), in what’s been described as a “ground-breaking step forward for the Deaf community”. The BSL therapy, which supports those experiencing anxiety and …
  • accessibility news
    How To Use: Emergency SMS Service
    What if you can’t make voice calls but need the emergency services? If you can’t make voice calls, there’s an emergency SMS service. Send a text to 999. This works on all mobiles in the UK, but not abroad. They also need to go through the registration process with any NEW phone they get. Here’s how …
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    Hearing Dogs Newsletter
    This is the latest newsletter from Hearing Dogs For Deaf People – https://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/ A warm welcome to your February newsletter, full of all the latest updates from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.  Our adorable pups have been having lots of fun in their training since you last …
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    Ofcom to investigate TV transmission security after sub-titling fiasco
    TV regulator Ofcom is to investigate transmission arrangements at a number of UK broadcasters after equipment failure left Deaf people and others frustrated for many weeks in the autumn. The Guardian has reported that the probe will particularly focus on Channel 4 – which was the broadcaster …
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    Visual & Hearing Impairment Support in Calderdale
    One of Calderdale’s Social Prescribing Link Workers from the Lower Valley, Ella Fairbrother recently went to meet Katherine Bland, Visual Impairment Team and Michelle Gerrard, Hearing Impairment Team at The Glenholme Re-source Centre, Elland where they are currently based. Ella wanted to know …
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    Creative Minds Newsletter
    Creative Minds Newsletter Jan 2022 Creative Minds was launched in 2011 in response to feedback from service users and carers about their desire for more creative approaches to understanding and supporting their health and wellbeing. To date, Creative Minds, together with 140 partners, has delivered …
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    Disability Horizons’ Newsletter
    9 winter warmers to help you deal with the cold if you have a disability: Many disabled people find cold temperatures a struggle due to lack of mobility or poor circulation. Disability and lifestyle blogger Gemma Orton, who lives with spinal muscular atrophy, shares her winter warmers to help you …
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    DEX – Group Activities For Young Deaf People
    Here are details of some group activities DEX are offering for deaf young people between the ages of 11 and 17.…
  • DeafBlind UK Newsletter
    Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. Top tips for clear speech Don’t miss our useful guide to help you communicate more effectively with people living with sight and hearing loss. Read more here Our support for carers We offer a wide range of support to carers, …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    News Disabled boy becomes youngest ever recipient in New Year Honours A Disabled boy who has cerebral palsy and autism is to become the youngest person to receive the British Empire Medal (BEM). Tobias Weller has been given the award in recognition of his fundraising efforts during lockdown. He has …
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    Online Course: British Sign Language BSL Basics
    This is a Basic BSL course that will cover a range of different topics to help to build the learners sign vocabulary, and perhaps evoke a desire to learn more sign, to enable more communication, with the deaf community! Start Date / Time Thursday 13 January 2022 9.15 am – 11.15 am for 10 sessions …
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    Disability Horizons’ Christmas Newsletter
    Check out our Christmas articles… It’s now December and officially time to start celebrating all things Christmas. Our writer and editor, Emma Purcell, has just shared 10 Christmas memories growing up with a disability, but we have many more Christmas stories too, including tips for …
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    Hearing Dogs For The Deaf Newsletter
    A warm welcome to your final newsletter of 2021. Full of all the latest updates and heart-warming stories from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. As we round up the year, we are really excited to tell you about some ground-breaking research carried out by the University of York. This research found that …
  • DeafBlind UK Newsletter
    Professional’s Update November 2021 Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. This is the organisation’s excellent e-newsletter. Forthcoming events Visit our website to discover a range of interesting events coming up soon, including “Leeds For All – …
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    New videos explain Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children
    New videos for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children DWP is committed to making communications clear and accessible to all. As part of this commitment, we have made four short videos about DLA for children. They provide a clear and simple overview of the four stages of a DLA for children …
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    Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Newsletter
    Here’s the November newsletter from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Firstly, we are delighted to tell you that Hearing Dogs has been chosen as a finalist to become Pets at Home’s charity for their Summer Fundraising Appeal next year. If enough Pets at Home colleagues kindly vote for us, the …
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Pantomime – Relaxed and Signed Performances
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGuj-wUM0J4 This Christmas, The Victoria Theatre Halifax is putting on the biggest panto of them all, the fabulous Jack and the Beanstalk. It will run from Saturday 11 December 21 – Sunday 2 January 22 and there will be Signed and Relaxed Performances included in the …
  • Calderdale news
    Report: Halifax Bus Station accessibility workshop
    Meeting date: 30 September 2021 Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm Location: Microsoft Teams Meeting Project team attendees • Mark Auger – West Yorkshire Combined Authority • Erica Ward – West Yorkshire Combined Authority • Andrew Bradley – West Yorkshire Combined Authority • Steve Smith – Calderdale Council …
  • Calderdale news
    Hate Crime Awareness Week: 10-17 October 2021
    To mark Hate Crime Awareness Week – 10-17 October – we have produced a series of videos that look at the issue of Hate Crime and at how to recognise it, how to report it and how the Safe Places scheme offers refuge and support for victims of Hate Crimes. Working with Lead the Way, West …
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    BSL Videos: The lived experience of disabled people during the pandemic
    The lived experience of disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic is a piece of research commissioned by the government. The full report is here, including easy read versions. Below are BSL versions: Video 1 of 2  Video 2 of 2…
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    Exploring the everyday lives of disabled people: BSL videos
    Exploring the everyday lives of disabled people is a piece of government research carried out before and during the pandemic. You can read the full report here. BSL versions of the report have now been released and are available below: Video 1 of 2  Video 2 of 2…
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    UK Disability Survey research report: BSL videos
    Below are BSL versions of a report that summarises responses to the Disability Unit’s UK Disability Survey from 15 January 2021 to 28 February 2021. The responses have been used to inform the National Disability Strategy. This survey was designed as a vehicle for disabled people, carers of disabled …
  • hearing impairment news
    New Alerts Transceiver For People With Hearing Impairment
    The NEW Bellman Visit Mobile Phone Transceiver is a piece of new technology for deaf and hard of hearing people, allowing, for the very first time, Bellman Visit alerts to be received on a mobile phone, tablet and smart watch – alongside existing Visit receivers. Using the free iOS or Android …
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    September 2021 Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. If you have any feedback about this email, or if there is anything specific that you would like to read about then please contact us. Deafblind Convention 2021 – Living better with sight and hearing loss Where else …
  • Deafblind UK Invites You To Their 2021 Convention
    You’re invited to the Deafblind Convention 2021 – Living better with sight and hearing loss 7th October, 9am – 5pm Free – click here to register today! Yes, that’s right, Deafblind UK is hosting the UK’s first virtual deafblind convention and we’d love you to join us from the …
  • Disability Horizons Newsletter
    Tell us how your work has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic With a lot of disabled people shielding and businesses struggling, work has been tricky for many during this time. To understand how it has impacted disabled people’s work, we’ve partnered with Leonard Cheshire to create a …
  • accessibility news
    Access to Work: factsheet & BSL video
    Access to Work – Overview Access to Work is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support if you have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition. An Access to Work …
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. If you have any feedback about this email, or if there is anything specific that you would like to read about then please contact us. Deafblind Convention 2021 – Living better with sight and hearing loss This virtual event will be …
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    Deaf patients excluded in NHS rush to digital care
    In this extract from a longer piece on the BMJ website about how the NHS’s rush to use digital communications is excluding some patients, there is an examination of the particular issues this throws up for deaf patients. Even when patients do access primary care digitally, some are receiving …
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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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    BBC Research Reveals Pandemic Toll On Disabled People
    Thousands of deaf and disabled people across the UK have told the BBC of the devastating impact the pandemic has had on their lives. Most said their disability had worsened and more than 2,400 said routine, often vital, medical appointments had been cancelled. More than 3,300 people took part in …
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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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    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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    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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    BSL Video Guides: Coronavirus & Vaccination
    BSL video guide on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting BSL video guide to phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme BSL video guide on COVID-19 for women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding BSL video guide on what to expect after the COVID-19 vaccination BSL video guide of the …
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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 …
  • Deafblind Awareness Week 27 June – 3 July
    Deafblind Awareness Week takes place from 27th June to 3rd July and DeafBlind UK are asking everyone to tell one person about deafblindness! “You don’t look blind” During Deafblind Awareness Week, Deafblind UK will be sharing a series of videos called ” My …
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    BSL Video Guide To Using NHS 111 Service
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIOs94YcWHI&t=17s Information in British Sign Language (BSL) about how to contact NHS 111. When you think you need A&E, just contact NHS 111 by phone or online. The NHS will help you right away and if you need urgent care, the NHS can book you in to be seen …
  • benefits and money news
    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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    Free Deaf Youth Hub Day Out !
    Deaf or hard of hearing? Aged 11-17? Live in or close to Calderdale? Come and join the Calderdale Deaf Youth Hub for a free and fun-filled day at Another World Adventure Centre. When? 27 June 11am – 1.30pm Where: Moss Farm Ogden What: Grass sledging, dirt scooters, safe archery, woodland archery …
  • BBC and UK arts councils celebrate the work of disabled artists
    Twelve deaf, neurodivergent and disabled artists based across the UK have been commissioned to produce new film and audio works for BBC platforms this summer, which is part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine initiative. In addition, from the 14th to 18th June 2021, BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting …
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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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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    The Disability Rights Handbook is now online We are delighted to announce the launch of a new digital version of the Disability Rights Handbook 46th Edition 2021-2022. Created to support remote working, this enhanced version of our flagship publication is an essential resource for all professional …
  • accessibility news
    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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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    We are delighted to announce the launch of a new digital version of the Disability Rights Handbook 46th Edition 2021-2022. Created to support remote working, this enhanced version of our flagship publication is an essential resource for all professional advisers. Our online service sits on the …
  • coronavirus news
    BSL video guide on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting
    This new BSL provides information on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting. This video is available to download. The COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order.…
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    BSL video guide: phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme
    Here’s the latest BSL video on the Coronavirus vaccine – the information it includes is on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The COVID-19 vaccination: a guide to phase 2 of the programme leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are available to order.…
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter – 7 May
    Met Police officer fired after assaulting black child with learning disabilities A 17 year-old who was an inpatient at a mental health unit was repeatedly struck by a Metropolitan (Met) police officer and had CS spray used on her after she became distressed after becoming separated from an escorted …
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    Northern Powergrid Priority Services Membership
    Northern Powergrid are the people who manage the electricity network that powers everyday life for more than 8 million people across 3.9 million homes and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. They make sure the electricity you buy from your chosen energy supplier gets …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Government refuses to start public inquiry into Covid as PM accused of saying let the “bodies pile high” The government has told the families of those who have suffered bereavement through Covid that “an inquiry now is not appropriate”. A letter sent from the government to lawyers acting for the …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter – 23-April
    News Round-up Grenfell Tower fire is ‘a landmark act of discrimination against disabled and vulnerable people’ Lawyers involved in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry into the 2017 fire which killed 72 people have described it “as a landmark act of discrimination against disabled and vulnerable people”. The …
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    National Deaf Children’s Society Campaigning to “Keep it clear”
    Here’s the latest blog from the National Deaf Children’s Society, which looks at their “Keep it clear” campaign, which aims to make sure deaf children aren’t disadvantaged by the use of face coverings in classrooms. Keep it clear campaign update (England) Published Date: 07 …
  • coronavirus news
    COVID-19: shielding guidance round-up
    Here’s the Government’s complete range of information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. Although shielding officially ceased at the beginning of April 2021, this information is in many ways still relevant and it’s …
  • coronavirus news
    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 …
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale Deaf Youth Hub Re-Starts
    We’ve heard from Deaf Ex Mainstreamers (DEX) that they are starting their Calderdale Deaf Youth Hub again on Monday 26th April. The key details are below: Remember, their YouTube channel is great for BSL versions of latest Covid-19 guidelines? …
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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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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Disability Rights UK’s Newsletter – 26 March 2021 Government continues to fail Disabled election candidates Questions have been asked this week in the House of Lords about why there isn’t a Government fund to support the reasonable adjustments of Disabled election candidates. The …
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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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    DWP Extends British Sign Language Service
    The Government’s Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has extended its Video Relay Service (VRS) for British Sign Language (BSL) users to connect with all service lines. This service allows customers to make an inbound call to DWP via a British Sign Language interpreter using a video …
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    End of Shielding: BSL Version of Government Advice
    More than 3.7 million vulnerable people in England will no longer have to shield from the coronavirus from 1 April. The Government is sending a letter to all of them explaining this decision and updating advice on preventing the spread and contraction of Coronavirus. Below is a video BSL version of …
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    Barriers removed for Deaf Jurors
    The government has announced that the law will be changed to allow BSL interpreters into the jury deliberation room. Up until now, BSL has been permitted in court but not in the jury room. This has  meant that in order to participate in jury service, Deaf People have had to lip read in the jury …
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    Disability Rights UK News Round-Up
    This is the latest newsletter from the excellent Disability Rights Uk website Budget 2021: “Outrageous” that over 1.9 million disabled people on legacy benefits refused £20 week financial lifeline In last week’s Budget 2021, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that: “To support low-income …
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    DeafBlind UK Newsletter – March 2021
    Professional’s Update March 2021 Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. If you have any feedback about this email, or if there is anything specific that you would like to read about then please contact us. Supporting eye clinics Thanks to funding from The National …
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    BSL Videos: Coronavirus Vaccination Guide
    This is the Government’s latest information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination in a BSL format: The COVID-19 vaccination for older adults leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order.   Information about the vaccination consent form …
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    Act FAST – Stoke Awareness Video in BSL
    The Act F.A.S.T. campaign is a great reminder that stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK – and can change lives in an instant. Yet the pandemic has seen a significant fall in stroke admissions and 1,413 excess deaths from stroke between 21 March 2020 and 22 January 2021 (7% higher than …
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    Disability Rights Uk Newsletter 20-2-2021
    Open Statement from Disabled People’s Organisations and Allies – February 2021 Coronavirus has hit disabled people hard. 60% of deaths from coronavirus have been those of Disabled People. Disabled People have struggled to access healthcare, social care and food and many have been left without …
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    Updated letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people
    Important guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people from the government, 18 Feb 2021 Link: Other language versions, plus easy read, BSL and large print versions available here We are writing to you as you have previously been identified as someone thought to be clinically extremely …
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    Disability Horizons’ Newsletter
    This is the latest newsletter from Disability Horizons, the online lifestyle magazine. 10 tips to help you keep warm if you have a disability For some disabled people, winter can be a difficult time of year due to the bitterly cold weather. It can be hard to keep warm because of mobility issues, …
  • benefits and money news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter – 13/2/21
    Grenfell measures slammed by Disability groups Housing Minister Robert Jenrick has announced another £3.5 billion of funding to remove and replace unsafe cladding from towerblocks. The announcement comes three and a half years after the Grenfell Tower disaster in which 72 people died, including …
  • accessibility news
    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 …
  • coronavirus news
    BSL Videos: Coronavirus Vaccination Guide
    This is the Government’s latest information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination in a BSL format: The COVID-19 vaccination for older adults leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order. Information for people who have had their first COVID-19 vaccination. …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter 6/2/21
    News Round-up Disabled People’s Organisations call for the Disability Strategy to be delayed Disability Rights UK Our Voices group has written to the Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson, setting out a number of problems with the engagement process for the National Disability Strategy and …
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    Deaf Text & Other Ways To Get Support From The Council
    Calderdale Council are a key provider of support during the Coronavirus pandemic for residents of Calderdale. Visit their website for lots of advice across a wide range of services. Or call them on 01422 392890 for volunteer support or any form of adult social care. . Website: Council Coronavirus …