Become a Social Bug

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Are you over 16 with a learning disability and do you live in Southend? Would you like to get out and meet friends? Then Social Bugs is the club for you. Meeting on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am until 4pm, Social Bugs provides an excellent opportunity to access the community in lots of ways. […]

Volunteers needed to capture fire fighting memories

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Essex Fire Museum is seeking a team of volunteers to help capture the history of fire fighting in the County. As part of a Heritage Lottery funded project to create an oral history of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, volunteers will meet, interview and record the living memories of people who served in the […]

Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee to be saved

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Norman Baker MP has announced his decision not to abolish the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC), despite previous government recommendations. The government’s review of non-departmental public bodies in 2010 recommended that the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC), which advises DfT on accessibility issues relating to disabled people, should be abolished as part of […]

Contact a Family benefits guide launched

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Contact a Family has published the latest in its range of benefits guides for families with disabled children to coincide with the launch of personal independence payments (PIP). PIP will replace disability living allowance (DLA) for those aged 16 plus. Initially PIP will only apply to those making a brand new claim. Then, from October […]

Cheap PC and broadband deals for family carers

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Get Online @ Home, the government scheme run in partnership with Microsoft, has dramatically lowered the prices on refurbished PCs in a bid to get more UK citizens using the Internet. For people on certain eligible benefits, an internet ready PC is just £24, plus £2.99 per month for broadband. Microsoft Refurbishers provide the low […]

Essex Launches Pooling Funds Guidance Tool

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Essex County Council has launched a guidance tool for residents receiving care and support. Produced in partnership with the Essex Coalition of Disabled People and Service Users in Essex, the guide provides information and advice on pooling funds with others, to share the cost of care and support services for those that receive direct payments […]

Razed Roof rocks Rhodes Centre Theatre

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Harlow theatre company Razed Roof delivered another spectacular performance on Friday evening as they made their debut appearance at the Rhodes Centre Theatre in Bishop’s Stortford. Performing their latest show entitled Our Version of an Indian Summer, the inclusive performing arts group transported their captivated audience on a magical journey to experience the wonders of […]

Captcha causes US government accessibility petition to backfire

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The National Federation for the Blind claims that ‘Captcha’ security prevents its members from signing a US government’s online petition demanding printed material to be more accessible to the visually impaired. A Captcha is a type of test in computing which often involves reading a distorted text, to determine whether or not the user is […]

Being a Giraffe: a poem by Paul Brooks

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Why is a giraffe so tall? They have seven bones in their necks No different to us And we can do many things they can not They are born with a drop Which they don’t all survive They can’t make a sound As they have no voice box They can’t swim Their bodies aren’t designed […]