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Directions Issue No. 70 - June 2011

Editorial Welcome to another informative edition of Directions! W i th th e h o li d ay s e a s o n f a s t approaching, this edition is all about planning activities and possibly even being inspired to go for that once in a lifetime holiday as did our Chairperson, Steve Rigby…(page 3). If you’re not entirely sure what’s ‘out there’, then get on-line and have a look at The Do What You Want Directory (page 1) or all the other opportunities such as Enabled Art or British Red Cross First Aid Training!!! Loads more inside….Happy Reading!!!! Amo Raju Chief Executive

Become a member of Disability Direct If you or anyone you know would like to get more involved with Disability Direct or would like to stay more in touch with what we do and how we’re developing our services, then why don’t you join us as a member. It’s completely free to join and in addition to being invited to special events organised by DD, members are entitled to vote on the running of DD and can also nominate someone - or even themselves onto the management board! To request a membership form, call Raichel at DD or email raichel.collis@disabilitydirectderby. Alternatively a form can be found on the downloads page of the DD website www. which can be posted or emailed back to us.

Disability Direct is a registered Charity (No. 1079831) and welcomes donations from all individuals and/or businesses. Directions is printed with the help of such donations. If you would like to contribute, please make cheques payable to “Disability Direct” and return to the address below. Disability Direct c/o the DD Enterprise Centre, 20 Royal Scot Road, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8AJ. Tel 01332 299449 Type Talk 18001 01332 299449 Fax 01332 404041

The Do What You Want Directory is a free, easy to use online resource that contains information about all the leisure and recreation activities, peer support groups, services and pretty much anything else that is available to disabled and older people in Derby and Derbyshire. What makes the Do What You Want Directory unique, is that each entry has full access information so that anyone wanting to attend a group or activity will know in advance what facilities are available to them. In addition, each entry also has a link to a map and a public transport planning page so that those people without their own transport can plan their journey. Every entry, whether it is for a service or an activity or leisure group, has an option for people to give constructive feedback and rate their experience so that other potential users can read the reviews.


The Do What You Want Directory can be found at and is very simple to navigate your way around. However, if you would like Disability Direct to search for information for you, please give us a call and tell us what you’re interested in – alternatively if you would like to conduct your own search but either don’t have internet access or aren’t confident using a computer, then please call the DD office and make an appointment to visit us and we’ll help you through it.

Congratulations to Charlotte Rawlings of Disability Direct who recently had a baby boy. Zachary was born on 21st April and Charlotte is due to return to DD in January next year. All the Staff at the Disability Syndicate send their best wishes to Charlotte and Stevie.

If you are a member of a local organisation or a service provider who would like to be included on the directory, please contact Raichel on 01332 299449 or email and ask for us to send you a questionnaire – it’s completely free!!!


An adventure of a lifetime... Steven Rigby, Chairman of the Disability Syndicate, has written a book about an adventure of a lifetime. It’s an account of how a phone call out of the blue sent him on a journey he would never forget. One where he would swim with dolphins, feed sharks out in the ocean, learn to snorkel and then scuba dive in the fabulous Caribbean sea. Despite being paralysed from the neck down following an accident in July 1981, Steve discovered a whole new world of possibilities whilst enjoying life on a private island in the Bahamas. This inspiring true story can be bought from Disability Direct for £8.50. Be amongst the first to own a signed copy. Call the DD office on 01332 299449 to reserve yours before stocks run out.

Coming soon… The Disability Syndicate Membership Card The Disability Syndicate are soon to be launching a membership card to offer members exclusive discounts and special promotions. If you’d like to register your interest please contact Donna Brady on 01332 404040 or email We have a large member base that we’d like to reward with member offers for their invaluable support and of course to attract new members. Members of The Disability Syndicate will be able to: • Vote on the running of The Disability Syndicate • Membership card with discounts and other special offers • Get a copy of quarterly newsletter ‘Directions’. • Nominate another person or even yourself onto the board • Get invited to special events organised by Disability Direct We are currently asking local businesses to offer our members special discounts so if you are a business owner or you know a business who might get on board please let us know!


Hope Therapy Derby HOPE THERAPY is a private counselling practice based at Pride Park in Derby. We offer a comprehensive service to individuals, couples and families in the area. All our Therapists are highly trained with a wide range of specialisms and experience, are members of the BACP and are in the process of applying for accreditation!!

is so important for both the client and our team. It enables both parties to find out if counselling is the right course of action and if it is, which counsellor is best placed to help the individual and which treatment is likely to be most suitable.

What exactly is Counselling? Counselling in the first instance is about listening, to help the client gain a clearer grasp of their problem. This enables the client to make the necessary choices or changes that need to be made.

Specialists in counselling for BME groups We are the only counselling practice in Derby specialising in therapy for people from Asian and African Caribbean backgrounds. We can undertake the counselling in a person’s native language, helping to overcome the communication and trust barriers often faced by people receiving counselling through the help of an interpreter.

Some reasons for seeking therapy People seek counselling or longer term psychotherapy for a wide variety of reasons, not necessarily for diagnosable problems. ‘Life’ is what brings most of our clients to seek help; they often find themselves at a juncture in their life where they need a helping hand to the next stage. Some of the more typical issues of which we have extensive experience are:

Appointments that suit the client, not us We try to be available when and where our clients need us, so we offer evening appointments up to 7pm, as well as some Saturday appointments. If people are unable to see us at our centre in Derby, or prefer not to, we can also visit people at home, at work, or anywhere else that’s appropriate and convenient for them.

Anxiety and panic, stress, Depression, Anger management, Low self-esteem, Eating disorders, Substance misus, Bereavement and Self-Harm

Our approach and the therapies We understand that for many people, choosing to seek help is daunting enough, without the anxiety of then finding a counsellor they can trust.

Please feel free to contact us on 07816 988054 or 07976 035204 Email us on ranj@hopetherapyderby., or

That’s why we feel that the initial consultation


FREE First Aid Sessions for Groups from The Red Cross COMMUNITY BASED FIRST AID (CBFA) Deborah Webster, Community Based First Aid Coordinator The British Red Cross knows that everyone can learn a few simple skills that could help someone if things suddenly went wrong. It doesn’t matter how young or old, or how able the person thinks they are, everyone can learn to do something to help an ill or injured person. CBFA sessions differ from more traditional first aid training. The sessions are a maximum of two hours and focus on first aid skills which are easy to learn and remember; and which respond to a local need - so that in just a couple of hours, learners can become life-savers. We mainly try to work alongside other organisations, tailoring our first aid training sessions to your specific needs in an inclusive and flexible way. The topics covered in a first aid session vary, depending on the needs of your group, a typical session lasts around one to two hours, and can be delivered to groups ranging in size from about 8 to 20 people. Sessions are free of charge; although if groups wish to make a donation to support the work of the Red Cross, that would be most welcome. Debbie would be delighted to organise a first aid session for your group (at your own premises if you wish). If you are interested, please give her a call or drop her an email on: Tel: (01629)593335 Mob: 07912080894 E:

Working Links Project The Working Links work and learning project that was funded by The European Social Fund is coming to an end later this year and DD will no longer be able to support people who are looking for work or further training opportunities. However DD can still offer volunteering opportunities with the option of taking an NVQ in various work related subjects. Call 01332 299449 for more information


Derby College are offering free training for Diplomas (Formally NVQ’s) in Health and Social Care.

Enabled Art is an art group for disabled people. Established in 2002 the Centre is situated on Litchurch Plaza, Derby. In July 2009 Enabled Art became part of the Disability Syndicate! Enabled Art is a safe, stimulating environment for beginners, artists and art lovers to develop their creativity in an open and inclusive environment!

You will need to be working at least 12 hours a week and be available to attend college for 2 hours once a fortnight.

Everyone is treated with respect and can be supported by Care Workers to help them to join in with activities. Care Workers can help with things like using the toilet, getting a drink, cutting lunch up, feeding, mixing paints, cutting paper and other art activities.

The next enrolment day takes place on the 23rd June between 1.30pm and 3.30pm at the Johnson Building, Locomotive Way, Pride Park, DE24 8PU.

Sessions are flexible and are charged by the hour, our premises are fully accessible and transport is available too if required! Lunch is available or feel free to bring your own packed lunch and snacks and drinks are available throughout the day at subsidised prices from the Tea Shop.

Diploma in Health and Social Care level 2 will take around 5 to 6 months to complete and level 3 around 6 to 9 months. Please contact Donna Evans-Thomas to book a place. Mobile: 07973937098 Office: 387420 or email donna.evans-thomas@

Call: 01332 242202 www.enabledart

Direct Payments and Personal Budgets Peer Support DD are holding their first Peer Support Group meeting for users of Personal Budgets and Direct Payments. The group will meet on a regular basis and is an excellent opportunity to share your experiences and support other users as well as help shape these services in Derby. The first meeting will be held on June 30th from 11.30am at our office on Pride Park. Free transport and lunch will be provided. Unfortunately we are only able to accommodate a limited number of people on the group, but everyone interested will be updated on anything that happens within the group. Contact Donna Pegg to book your place and let us know if you require transport and have any dietary requirements. Tel: 01332 299449


Shining Stars Naomi Hope, Young Persons Worker Disability SnowSport UK Holly Oughton Lead Instructor Disability SnowSport UK is a charity that works with individuals with any form of disability to get them participating as fully as possible in the opportunities within skiing. Learning to ski has been shown to improve physical, cognitive, social and emotional development and at the heart of our plans is our desire to increase the opportunities, fitness, mobility, freedom, social interaction, independence and skill of disabled people and to identify and nurture the abilities of potential athletes.

On the 1st June Community Action held an event called Shining Stars event at Deda to celebrate National Volunteers’ Week.

Disability SnowSport UK have recently opened a branch of our ski school at the SnowDome in Tamworth, Staffs on the 170m long, real snow slope. We have specially adapted ski equipment which can suit all needs including physical disabilities, sensory impairment, learning difficulties etc. We aim to promote maximum independence and give our skiers the freedom and exhilaration that comes with speeding down the snow slope.

Disability Direct and a couple of volunteers from the Stuffed Guru Forum were invited to attend and celebrate. We were given the opportunity to meet with other organisations and volunteers and talk about what inspires us to volunteer.  It was really interesting to find out what other projects are happening in Derby and how much time volunteers are giving.   The newly elected Mayor Les Allen presented certificates to all of the volunteers to recognise the fantastic contribution and commitment made by everyone.

All of our instructors have gone through special training to deal with any situation and are fully checked and first aid trained. If you would like any more information or would like to book a lesson at the SnowDome then please feel free to contact me on 07810263357 or by email


Derby County Disabled Supporters Club Derby County Disabled Supporters Club Tim Rees, Chairman We are again offering an “Early Bird” discount to join the DCDSC for the coming season. Become a member before September 6th and the cost is just £5.00, after this date it goes up to £10.00 -still great value! Membership is open to any disabled Rams supporter and carers’ are welcome too. For an application form visit the website www.dcdsc. or for more details, call Julie on 01332 835979. New for the coming season is a new membership called “Friends of the DCDSC”. This is open to friends and relations who are not disabled people or carers. Membership costs £10.00 per season, they’ll receive the newsletter and information about our events, access to a new members area of the DCDSC website (coming soon), along with facebook and email updates. NB. - The “Friends of the DCDSC” will be a limited membership, so if you know anyone that may be interested make sure you tell them about it soon. The DCDSC meets once a month at Pride Park (during the season), the social evenings are free to members, and over the last year have included quizzes, talks and visits from ex players. The Christmas party is always fun and last year the special guests were Rams players John Brayford (DCFC Player of the Year) and Steven Davies. DCDSC social nights kick off again in September, updates will be available on the website and also via the facebook page (log onto facebook and search for Derby County Disabled Supporters club). Join and together – we can “Roar On The Rams”

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DD Staff Contact List All staff can be reached on 299449, or by email simply by adding @ after their name as they are displayed here: Personalisation Manager: sally.austin Direct Payments/ Personalisation Support: raj.johal, shirley.peacock Big Help Project: amandeep.bains Information & Carers Service: raichel.collis Young Persons Worker: naomi.hope Disability Discrimination: liz.freeman Shop 4 You & Chores 4 You: michele.sworder Stroke Activities amandeep.bains Enable Project naomi.hope DD Payroll: use ( for gill.marshall, tim.watson, michelle.derbyshire, dave.hawkins, nicola.birks, simon.kimm, tim.geraghty, charlotte.marshall, dan.richardson Management: amo.raju, martin.austin

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