SDN shares this information from Disability Rights UK. It provides disturbing facts on the views and experiences of how people with a disability feel they have been treated during the Covid19 pandemic. We thank Disability Rights UK for sharing this information.
Disability Rights UK surveyed 195 people in late June and early July on their experience accessing medical treatment during the pandemic. 191 respondents reported having a disability or long term health condition, 80% (156) of whom reported delays to their treatment as a result of the pandemic.
Respondents reported the following issues because of delays to treatment. Respondents often had more than one issue, the two most common being the worsening of the condition requiring treatment and pain. People reported the following issues as a result of treatment delays:
Worsening of the condition
Lack of mobility
Problems seeing or hearing
Less than a 3rd of respondents (30.5%) believed that the NHS understood their personal situation. The number reporting they believed they were being treated fairly was slightly higher: 37.8% of respondents. However that means a large majority of respondents did not feel the NHS understood their personal situation, nor did they feel they were being treated fairly.
Respondents expressed frustration with poor communication from NHS services. Respondents reported appointments being cancelled or indefinitely postponed on short notice, and no information on when treatments or services would resume.
Event title: H.I.D.E -Hidden Illnesses & Disabilities Exhibition Venue: Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford TF3 4HS Name: H.I.D.E Email: N/A Telephone: N/A Event description: This exhibition entry is free.
Our Mission Statement is “Promoting and Raising Awareness of Invisible Illnesses & Disabilities, through the Organisation and Execution of ‘End User’ exhibitions. Aiming to connect people, groups and organisations to nurture effective sharing of information, advice and support.”
If you or you know someone with a disability, please tell them about this event and encourage them to attend. There will be a lot of information available.
Event title: Deaffest 2019 Venue: Light House Media Centre, The Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT Weblink:https://deaffest.co.uk/ Name: Deaffest Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 01902 421919 Event description: Deaffest 2019 will be returning to Wolverhampton from the Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May 2019, with the theme: ‘Share Your Story’. It takes place at Light House Media Centre, The Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT
Deaffest offers a variety of sponsorship packages,some of which include hosting a stall at our Stalls Fair. All requests for sponsorship packages will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, so get in touch with us at email@example.com sooner rather than later.
It is not everyday Shropshire Disability Network are contacted by TV production company Keo Films, producers of Britain’s Best Home Cook or any other TV production company. If you enjoy cooking, this is an opportunity for you. Why? They would like to encourage applications from people with disabilities to apply for the second series of BBC One Britain’s Best Home Cook that they are currently producing.
They are looking for passionate and talented home cooks from all over the country who love making delicious food for their friends and family to apply for the show.
Anyone wanting more information and an application form can firstname.lastname@example.org call Susanna Hudson, Casting Assistant Producer on Freephone 0800 0836 188 to find out more.
North Staffs CCG have said they will review the guidelines (in July 2018) the decision to limit hearing aid provision that they implemented in 2015. It is not a done deal, however. Action on Hearing Loss – along with other relevant organisations – are lobbying the CCG in an effort to persuade them that the guidelines should be followed.
There is no statutory requirement for them to do so. I (Tom Kane) am currently putting stuff together to send to members of the CCG, Healthwatch Staffordshire and the Care Quaility Commission (CQC).
If anyone reading this lives in Staffordshire – or is a general campaigner – you might like to look at the guidelines and get involved. At present people in North Staffs CCG area who have so called ‘mild’ hearing loss get no offer of hearing aids on NHS.
Event title: Funky Friday Venue: St John’s Church Hall, Saltwell’s Drive, Muxton, Shropshire, TF2 8RJ Name: St. John’s Muxton Email: email@example.com Telephone: Val : 079467 17963 or Adam: 079312 10941 Event description: Funky Friday @ St John’s, Muxton. This event is for young adults, aged 15 plus and for people with sen/disabilities.
A small tuck shop is available with soft drinks, tea etc.
There is wheelchair access at this venue together with accessible toilets. Parking.
Entry £3 per person but no charge for carers. Adults over 18 can bring their own alcoholic drinks.
Funky Friday will also take place on 7th September.
Event title: Woyzeck -audio described with captions Venue: Birmingham Rep, Century Square, Birmingham Weblink:https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk Name: Birmingham Rep Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 0121 236 4455 Event description: Directed by Roxana Silbert and choreographed by Rosie Kay, don’t miss this exhilarating story about fighting for a better life, featuring 100 community performers.
A tale of woe and peas.
Woyzeck just can’t get a break. He’s stuck living in military barracks. He’s forced to shave his condescending commanding officer everyday. His wages are pitiful. His girlfriend might be having an affair. And now he is hearing voices. Maybe he’s starting to crack? Or maybe it’s just because his doctor is trialling a pea-only diet on him? It’s far from ideal but his doctor’s poking and prodding comes with the reward of some extra money. It’s the chance for a better life if Woyzeck can just hold on that little bit longer…
Theatre and dance combine in an exhilarating story about fighting for a better life when everything else seems to be fighting against you. It’s also a story that celebrates the West Midlands spirit as a community chorus of one hundred performers and dancers bring this show to life.
Contains strong language.
Please note all performances between 19 – 23 June will be Audio Described and Captioned. There will be a BSL interpreted performance on 20 June
Event title: Chester Fun Games Venue: MBNA Sports and Leisure complex, Heronsway, Chester CH4 9QL Weblink: http://www.chesterfungames.uk/ Name: Rotary District 1180 Email: email@example.com Telephone: N/A Event description: These Games, which are free to all competitors, are designed to give adults (18+) with disabilities, in particular learning difficulties, an opportunity to take part in activities they would not normally be able to access, and there is a range of sports available, all of them specially adapted so that everyone, regardless of their disability, can take part.
The range of sports includes:
Bowls, as well as fun activities such as Penalty Shoot-Out, Skittles, Velcro Target, Boccia, Softball and Assault Course.
It is a great fun day out in the open air with the chance to try new activities, socialise, meet other groups, and picnic in the extensive grounds of the sports field.
The highlight for many competitors is the medal presentation ceremony at the end of the Games when everyone who took part receives a medal, and the day is often rounded off by some impromptu singing and dancing.
The voluntary and community sector (VCS) plays a vital role in enabling vulnerable people to keep their independence, keep well and participate in activities to retain their quality of life, have respect and feel valued. The VCS delivers many ‘preventative’ services which could be anything that you use, visit, look up/google, read, attend and so on, that help you or the person you support to stay healthy, safe and independent, and therefore not need more ‘formal’ support and care services.
Preventative services could involve:
Provision of information and advice
Practical support in the home
Assistance with welfare benefits
‘Good neighbour’ schemes
More specialist input, for example support for people with autism, sight loss or at risk of homelessness
Shropshire Council Adult Services team is currently working with over 30 VCS and housing organisations, some of which are funded by us, others not, to plan how preventative services will look in future. We’re also planning to seek the views of people who use, or may use, preventative services and those of their carers.
The aim of this review is to make sure we’re commissioning the right outcomes for the right people, which will make the biggest difference to individuals (and to council and health budgets).
Click here to have your say on how you would like preventative services to be delivered in future: