Parasol Disability Group are hosting a community research event at Todmorden College on
Thursday 22nd September 2022 from 1.30 – 3.30pm
to publicise research about Disability and Health as we move beyond the Shadow of Covid and make positive recommendations for the future.
The event may be held in Todmorden but we will be promoting our research across Calderdale – by including community groups and other potential allies who are based in Todmorden, Hebden Royd, Halifax and other areas of Calderdale.
Register here : Community research event:
Health challenges and disability beyond Covid-19 Tickets
Download Flyer here (PDF)
In the first half of the meeting we will be going through the 7 headings of our research findings about Disability and Health – as we did previously with our on-line meeting in April. This includes Professional Support, Voluntary Sector Support, Friends and Family, Personal Care, Family Carers, Getting Out and about, Friends and Community, Disability Rights and Access.
In the second half of the meeting, we will be discussing our recommendations in an open forum. These themes include Listening to and involving local citizens more in local decision-making, tackling inequalities and upholding the rights of disabled people. We welcome your ideas or suggestions on how we can follow-up our initial research in practical ways.
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The Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum (ACDAF) is a user led group of people with pan disabilities and who live in Calderdale. It is a very diverse group with ages ranging from 20-92 years!
We represent learning disabilities, sensory impairment, physical disabilities and neurodiverse conditions. We listen to our members lived experiences and everyday challenges and bring partners and stakeholders together with our members to look at how access and inclusion can be improved.
We are very keen to work in co production and we work in collaboration with with the local authority, West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), Canal and River Trust, Northern Rail and design teams/architects.
We meet online and occasionally face to face at an accessible venue in Halifax.
We have focus groups on Transport, countryside and green spaces, tourism and health and wellbeing.
Members can be as involved as they choose but everyone has an equal voice to raise awareness of issues affecting their lives in regards to access and inclusion.
If you would like a membership form or to find out more about our friendly group please contact Lorri 07596 707795 email@example.com
Join us for a free, on-line event about Disability and Health issues in Calderdale on April 11th from 2.00 – 4.30pm. It will be our opportunity to present our findings from our community research from a grass-roots perspective.
Over the last year we have listened to Hardly Heard voices from different communities across Calderdale about their experiences of living under the Shadow of Covid on themes of Disability and Health. It will also be your opportunity to ask questions about our research as well as of the community researchers from diverse communities who belong to our research team and represent grass-roots organisations in Calderdale.
Please register via https://crag-disability-research.eventbrite.co.uk
Download the flyer here
We are also keen to continue this dialogue and discussion after the event. We recognise that our efforts have been relatively invisible so far and hope that we can collaborate with a broader coalition of people to pursue any actions which may come in its wake. One possibility is to explore the potential of setting up an independent Citizens Forum to enable concerns about Disability and Health to be expressed and responded to more effectively across Calderdale and with a democratic basis based upon the principle of genuine co-production.
We welcome your ideas and suggestions both at the event and afterwards on how best to go about this. We are also keen to pursue efforts for an inclusive and supportive Calderdale in line with our support from the Connection Coalition at the Jo Cox Foundation and the Community Organisers movement in the UK.
I will endeavour to respond to all of your queries and suggestions but please bear with me if I do not always respond immediately because I am presently immersed in other conversations about the War in Ukraine and our practical response to it in the Calder Valley, UK and indeed across Europe.
Calderdale Adult Learning offer a range of courses for adults (19+) with learning disabilties this Autumn.
If you would like further details of the courses you can find the full brochure Adult learning | Calderdale Council.
If you can think of other ways we can work together please get in touch.
For more information contact Andrea Wallman, Curriculum Coordinator Learning Disabilities on 01422 392828
Download course Easy Read document here
If you or someone you know have a disability and are looking to try something new, whilst learning new skills, getting fitter and meeting new people then disability football may be just the thing for you.
Every Saturday – 11am to 12pm
At 3GI Soccer, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax, HX3 9ET
Age 7 year and upwards welcome although under 16’s should be accompanied by an adult unless approved by a coach.
For further information call John King on 07982 801988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This session is aimed at organisations wanting to improve their accessibility for individuals with a disability and will look at how your organisation welcomes and works with disabled people and will use the social model of disability to explore how even small adjustments can make a huge difference.
Wednesday 27 January – 10am to 1pm
At Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY
The session will be interactive and will include some information about ‘a day in the life’ of a Can Do volunteer and by the end of it participants will have:
- Considered how they might adapt their own organisations to be more welcoming for disabled people.
- Started to develop a plan to ensure disabled people are really welcome in their organisation.
Click here if you would like to book a place
In Calderdale, we’re really fortunate to have a very popular youth club for young people aged 11 to 24 with learning disabilities.
Gateway gives young people the chance to socialise, learn from each other and develop. Without our fantastic volunteers, this wouldn’t be possible. One week you could be playing football or basketball, the next you could be helping in the tuck shop, playing pool or even helping our young people get to and from our youth centre.
Full training will be provided and our volunteers are required to complete a DBS check but we’ll cover the cost of this.
For more information, visit our Gateway web page, email email@example.com or call Sam Roe on 07872100547.