Youth Clubs for Disabled Teenagers

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Papworth Trust is running a youth club for disabled young people in Essex, operating during school term and holidays. Disabled teenagers want somewhere to go to make new friends and have fun. So Papworth Trust runs youth clubs for teenagers to get together and enjoy games, arts and crafts, karaoke, music and other activities. Held […]

Help Support Dancing Giraffe with Community Cards scheme

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Dancing Giraffe have partnered up with Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society, to help enable us to raise much needed funds through the award winning Community Card scheme. Chelmsford Star is an ethical company, governed by its values and principles. They seek to give financial help to the communities that they serve. The company have partnered with […]

Council’s budgeting on care for the elderly a threat to human rights

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The UK’s official equalities watchdog has announced in a recent report that by cost-cutting on care for the elderly, councils are abusing elderly people’s human rights. The report made accusations that local authorities were creating ‘incentives’ for private contractors to reduce spending, essentially worsening care. In numerous cases, the rate paid by councils did not […]

UK Disabled People’s Manifesto

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Can we really reclaim our futures? The UK Disabled People’s Manifesto “Reclaiming Our Futures” was launched last month following a week of action by DPAC to protest against the impact on disabled people by austerity measures, to assert their right for inclusion and independence as equal citizens and to celebrate the value, pride and self […]

Guide to NHS complaints and reporting hate crime

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Healthwatch Southend, a project of Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS), has compiled a self-help pack to enable you to raise a concern or make a complaint about any aspect of NHS treatment or care that you may have received. The guide provides various information and advice, including: the complaints procedure, accessing medical records, writing […]

Job Centre refuses to help Dyslexic man

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An unemployed man with severe Dyslexia was recently refused help from Job Centre staff. Ennis Mustafa, aged 30 from Chingford, was diagnosed in 2011 with a form of Dyslexia which impairs his memory, reading and writing skills. Due to confusion over an appointment date, Mr Mustafa’s benefits were stopping, and he was at the Job […]

Local charity hosts fundraising quiz night

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Razed Roof, the Harlow-based inclusive performing arts group, will be hosting their second fundraising quiz of the year this Friday (11th October 2013). The group for people with and without disabilities and learning difficulties has had a successful record of performances since it was founded in 2004, but they rely heavily on fundraising, as they […]

Asda withdraws offensive ‘Mental Patient’ Halloween costume

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Following widespread public criticism, supermarket chain Asda has removed a Halloween costume labelled ‘mental patient fancy dress costume’, which it was selling online. Mental health charity Mind, amongst others, criticised the costume (which included a white coat, fake blood, a mask and a fake meat cleaver) for reinforcing outdated stigmas about people with mental illness. […]