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Issue 06

Autumn ’11 newsletter

Distinction Hello everyone I’m sitting here in the middle of our office just taking in the sights and sounds. The office has an amazing buzz, full of activity and volunteers whizzing around doing a variety of tasks. It makes me think back to the early days when there was just me and a PA stuck in a ‘box with no windows’. Nowadays we have windows, staff that offer services, and volunteers helping to spread the word of Disability Direct Nottingham (DDN). On the 3rd of September we had our first Do What You Want live event. It was a great day! We have already started to plan the next event. So is that it for DDN; a good event, and a handful of services? Not likely, dear readers. We now have a member’s forum up and running. This is the perfect opportunity for you to have your say about what else is needed in Nottingham. If you want to know more call 0115 9583 948 and speak to me. We also have a lot of ideas in the pipeline so keep an eye on our website and Facebook page. And remember, we are not just for disabled people. We are for whosoever has a need relating to age or disability or caring responsibilities. Go on, give us a call and see what we can do to help you. In the meantime, take care and I look forward to meeting you, or hearing from you, soon. Charlotte Throssel Services Manager.

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1 Manager’s Corner 2 Contents page 3, 4 Volunteer Coordinator 5 Magic T 6 A few words from one of our members 7, 8 2011 Planet Ice British Sledge Hockey League Review 9, 10 Quercus Community 11 Call for comments for the Lord Low review of the 12 Bikes not Barriers event 13 Wheelchair accessible housing appeal / Go Access housing ramps 14 The Crocus Café 15, 16 Offers available via the Calvert Trust 17, 18 Reviewed of the Do What You Want Directory event, 3rd September 19 Disability Snowsport UK 20, 21 The Nottingham Circle 22 The Disabled person’s Network 23, 24, 25 What’s on?

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Steve Boseley Volunteer Coordinator My name is Steve Boseley, and I am the newly appointed Volunteer Coordinator for Disability Direct Nottingham. It’s my turn this issue to introduce myself, and to talk about what I have planned for volunteers with Disability Direct!

My previous Post was with the Nottingham City Council as a Play Development Officer, working with children and their parents / carers to provide after school clubs and playschemes, and as such, I have worked with volunteers for several years.

My role with Disability Direct is to find suitable volunteering opportunities for volunteers (both disabled and non-disabled) and to support and enable them to take up these opportunities.

I began my working life as a volunteer, so I am aware of the benefits of volunteering, and also the many different reasons that people choose to volunteer: It may be as a way to gain new skills or knowledge, a way to develop existing skills, or as a way improve employment prospects.

Volunteering has many other social benefits, such as meeting new people, making friends and giving you a chance to socialise.

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But there are many other good reasons why you might decide to volunteer: Making a difference in the lives of others, giving something back to an organisation that has helped you, gaining confidence and self-esteem, or simply just because it is something you enjoy doing.

So, what do the volunteers actually do?

We currently have a number of volunteers working in our new premises at Church Square doing a variety of tasks ranging from office admin such as creating information packs, questionnaires, databases and the like, to actually running the volunteer project. I believe that volunteers should play a strong part in how my role develops, and as such, I want volunteers to have a strong voice in how it is run.

We have opportunities for volunteers who want to try things other than office work. For example, we have opportunities to volunteer at befriending schemes, farm work, or library work. However, we are always looking for new placements which would benefit from an extra pair of hands, so if this sounds like your organisation we would like to hear from you

We are also looking for volunteers who can support a disabled person so that they can experience volunteering for themselves. If you think you can help in any way, please give us a call.

We will be sending a questionnaire out shortly about volunteering, so keep a look out for that. If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please feel free to give me a call on 0115 8523 037

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Unfortunately it’s a frustrating inevitability that computers and laptops will fail from time to time. That’s where MagIC-T Solutions remote services can help. A MagIC-T remote support session is usually effective in resolving all sorts of complications, just sit back and watch the MagIC happen as one of our tech team securely access your computer over the internet and fix the problem right before your eyes! Have you ever got so frustrated trying to install printers, Ipods or camera equipment that you have given up trying? Well imagine having your very own technical assistant on hand to do it all for you in a flash, letting you get on with what’s important! All our team are really friendly and knowledgeable with more than 20 years’ experience in IT! Our packages offer you peace of mind; as long as you have an internet connection we can assist you, and our response and resolve time’s impressive. Here are some of the common problems we can usually solve without expensive callout charges;  Windows XP/Vista/7 support  Office 2000/XP/2003/2007 Support  Help with software updates  Skype and MSN set up  Installing printers, Ipods, phones cameras  Problem solving (sound not working, printer not working, can't open attachments)  Itunes set up  "How to" demonstrations  Video calls  Quarterly virus check and removal.  Unlimited email support  Reduced rate call out charge for customers within 10 miles.  Unlimited remote support

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A few words from Robert Johnson, one of our members Hi readers. My name is Robert Johnson I am 50 year old disabled man, and I have been asked to write about “what will Disability Direct means to me”.

So before I start to answer this particular question I would like to give you a bit of background; I was disabled through an accident when I was 16 and lost my lower part of my left arm. At the time I didn’t really get any support from any health or social services, apart from the mobility centre, which gave me an artificial arm.

I heard about different groups I could link with, (such as the RNIB, RAD and various ones for wheelchair users) but none for upper limbs amputees. My parents tried to support my but really I just had to get on with life, as most people did in those days.

It was back in February when I met Charlotte (Throssel) who told me that she was starting a new project in Nottingham called Disability Direct Nottingham (DDN) which was for all disabled people living in the city – a User Led group of disabled members and volunteers. I became very interested so I filled out the questionnaire to become a member and went to the next meeting and joined the steering group.

Now I will go back to the question ‘What does DDN mean to me?’ Well, the first thing is that it is a User Led Organisation; all disabled people can be included, and where there are gaps in provision, Disability Direct will be able to fill. Disabled services are under one roof, and on one website, which will make it easier for me to get information. I can get help with benefits and legal advice too.

In conclusion; DDN is a new exciting project with a warm and welcoming staff. New members are always welcome so come and join and give it a go.

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2011 Planet Ice British Sledge Hockey League Review It was, ultimately, the Kingston Kestrels from Hull that deservedly won the 2011 Planet Ice British Sledge Hockey league, demonstrating their pedigree as England’s most established Ice Sledge Hockey team. Featuring the league top points scorer, Paralympic veteran, Karl Nicholson and a host of up and coming players such as Matt Woolias. The Kestrels pushed hard all the way and Nicholson only beat his GB teammate, Matt Clarkson, by 5 points. Whilst the Kestrels dominated the season, going undefeated, questions will be asked whether or not they have a strong net minder in Bryan Hackworth. Hackworth may have conceded very few goals but in truth faced very few shots, being protected by an efficient and talented team who rarely let the puck pass over their blue line.

One of the elements that ensured that the Kestrels were so successful was a core of experienced GB players, including Ian Warner who has represented GB at two different Paralympic games and top defenseman Sam Fitzgerald. The Kestrels were also blessed with former Paralympic coach Kevin Whiteman and experienced team Manager Mrs Katie Clarkson.

One of the most positive aspects of the league was the number of non-disabled and female players participating. The Kestrels iced able-bodied veterans Nigel Wight and Ian Houliston, with the Bisons fielding a number of female players. Not to be outdone the Phantoms iced both an able-bodied net minder in the absence of Gaze at the Peterborough round of the league and up-and-coming Julie Plumbley.

Possibly the surprise of the league were the Peterborough Phantoms, led by rookie coach Dan Breen and featuring the star net minder of the season, Robin Gaze. Gaze, who is noted for

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bringing a completely new style of goal tending to the game of Sledge Hockey, established the best save percentage in the league.

Crowd support has been fantastic with most of the games averaging a crowd of over 100 people with the final round in Peterborough seeing a nearly half full venue of hockey fans, a fantastic achievement in a venue that is home to a successful professional hockey team.

Although unlucky to not win a single game the Battle Back Bisons won the hearts of everyone who watched them play. Hampered by a system that meant they were unable to field a consistent team they showed guts and determination and never let their heads drop. The smart money is on them identifying a few new players over the off season and setting their expectations for next season at nothing less than league champions.

A special mention is needed for the back office team who made sure the league was such a great success. Mike Pack, Operations Director of the British Sledge Hockey Association (BSHA) who has worked tirelessly and has been supported by the Head Official, Ken Riddell, who has ensured a consistent and well organised group of linesmen and referees.

Next season promises to be a lot more challenging with the league expanding to 12 teams and players starting to fight for places on the GB squad hoping to qualify for the 2014 Winter Paralympic game in Sochi.

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Quercus Community Developing skills in horticulture, promoting health and well-being. What we do Quercus Communities is a specialised project, which teaches disabled people about agriculture and the land. We offer days out on a care farm based within a fully working farm at Screveton in Nottinghamshire. We will be running classes in our purpose built eco-friendly classroom, offering bespoke courses such as:

· Training – confidence building.

· Health and Well being

· Working with the land

Getting involved! A practical demonstration of how our food is made.

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It’s our vision to ensure that disabled people have the best chances to improve their health and wellbeing Where we are We are based at Farmeco, just outside Bingham, Nottingham. To visit Farmeco’s website www.farmeco.co.uk

Hard at work, building the sensory garden

We are busy building our sensory garden, and getting our allotments ready - it’s all hands on deck here! Make sure you check out our blog to see what we are doing… we will be updating it on a regular basis as things start to take shape. Visit the blog www.quercus-communities.tumblr.com How to contact us Emailing: admin@quercuscommunities.co.uk Visiting our Blog: www.quercus-communities.tumblr.com Add us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/QuercusCommunities/151111841627937 Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/QuercusC 10


Lord Low wants to hear from you

Lord Low has been asked by Leonard Cheshire Disability and Mencap to chair an independent review into the mobility needs of people living in residential care.

As you may know, the Welfare Reform Bill contains powers to remove the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, soon to become Personal Independence Payment, from people living in state-funded residential care. The mobility component enables thousands of disabled people to go to the shops, visit family or socialise with friends. Without it there is the potential that people may become trapped in their own homes. Is this something that will affect you? Or someone you love, or care for? Contact the review to let them know your thoughts. You can email your views to info@lowreview.org.uk . The deadline is the 10th of October 2011. The Low Review gives a chance to have your voice heard. The results of the review are hoped to be published at the end of October and following this key recommendations will be made to the Government. Please get in touch with the Low Review if you have any questions by emailing info@lowreview.org.uk or calling 020 3242 0373

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Festival of disability cycling. Over 100 bikes to try out. The Biggest selection of Disability Cycles together in one place, at the same time! 25th & 26th September 2011. 10.30 am till 4.00 pm. Free to attend. Come and join the fun! • TRICYCLES • TANDEMS • TANDEM TRICYCLES • HAND-CRANKED TRIKES • STEER-FROM-REAR CYCLES • TRAILER BIKES • QUADRICYCLES • COMPANION CYCLES • WHEELCHAIR TANDEMS • RECUMBENT TRIKES • ELECTRIC BIKES AND TRIKES • CONVENTIONAL BICYCLES BIKES NOT BARRIERS is a try out and information service of Get Cycling, a registered community interest company. • INDIVIDUALS or FAMILIES • ADAPTATIONS EXPLAINED • SKILLS CHALLENGES • MEGABIKE RIDES • PEDAL-POWERED SCALEXTRIC RACING • OTHER ENTERTAINMENTS • FUNDING ADVICE • HOIST AVAILABLE • IMPARTIAL ADVICE FROM A COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY Harvey Hadden Sports Complex, Wigman Road, Bilborough, Nottingham, NG8 4PB Get Cycling CiC 22 Hospital Fields Road, York, YO10 4DZ 01904 636 812 admin@getcycling.org.uk www.getcyclingyork.org.uk www.bikesnotbarriers.org 12


Disability Direct would like to hear from any lettings agency or private landlord which has short-term leases available on a wheelchair accessible properties. “We have reliable, solvent members who are in need of such properties.” Disability Direct will be pleased to work in partnership with any organisation which provides such a service. Call Claire on 0115 8523 035

Go Access Disability Direct Nottingham (DDN) is pleased to promote services which support and empower disabled people, older people and carers. When trying to find a solution for the above issue Paul Fever, of Go Access, contacted DDN to highlight how their services may be a solution for people with home access issues. Go Access designs and builds home access ramps and steps for less abled walkers, to aid access for mobility scooters, wheelchairs, prams and pushchairs. • Delivered as a kit for self-installation, or an installation service is available • Access ramps are suitable for permanent or temporary use. Modules are re-usable in different configurations again and again. • Installation of modular ramp units allows custom design with regard to slope, length, shape, and number of platforms. • Handrails can be complete, partial or none depending on requirements. • Variable height adjustment on platforms, access ramps and steps. • Adjusta Steps can be added or removed after installation. • Usually installed or removed in one day. • No foundation, or planning permission is generally required. 01275 877 630 or Freephone 0800 954 9705 Fax 01275 874964 E-mail enquiries@goaccess.co.uk 13


The Crocus Cafe is back! If you like food that is tasty, cheap (yes, really!) and kind to animals then you need look no further than the Crocus Cafe, where you can find hot and cold vegetarian and vegan food including: Breakfast ÂŁ3.75 for one or, ÂŁ7.00 for two (2 vegan sausage, 1 egg, Toast, Beans, Tomato, Mushrooms - includes instant coffee or breakfast tea)

0115 950 5080 2 Church Square Lenton Nottingham NG7 1S

The new opening hours are: Monday: closed Tuesday & Wednesday: 11am-7pm Thursday: 11am-10pm Friday: 11am-7pm Saturday & Sunday: 11am-4pm We are open Sundays 11-4pm for Brunch

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Conceived in 1974, the Lake District Calvert Trust was the first Centre to pursue the ideal of enabling people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their true potential through the challenge of outdoor adventurous activities in the countryside. The instructors and staff provide the professional help and expertise necessary to achieve this aim. They constantly strive to expand and improve the range of activities available to those with physical, sensory and/or learning disabilities. The residential courses are individually designed to promote education, inclusion, independence and self-motivation for those with even the most severe and complex of disabilities. The Centre is located in the Lake District National Park, just four miles outside of Keswick. The accommodation is a converted Cumbrian farmstead situated at the foot of Skiddaw (3053 ft), and on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. Up to sixty people can be accommodated in comfortable, en-suite rooms, with twin and family bedrooms. Visitor facilities include a heated indoor hydrotherapy/swimming pool with sauna, a games room, sports hall, and lounges with TV, a library, quiet room, laundry and drying rooms. The buildings have been modernized and adapted to fully meet the needs of people with disabilities, with wheelchair access, conforming hospital-style beds, shower chairs, mobile hoists and overhead tracking hoists. More specific aids (e.g. pressure mattresses) can be supplied as required. Full board is provided, with quality home-made foods that are sourced locally and organically wherever possible. The menu includes a full English breakfast, picnic lunch, and a three-course evening meal. Vegetarian options are always available, and they can cater for other diets (e.g. vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free) if required.

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There are a few special offers available for the rest of the year, but they are in limited supplies, so it is best to contact as soon as possible if you are interested;   

Monday 10 to Friday 14 October for up to 12 people £145 per person (reduced from £290) Monday 17 to Friday 21 October for up to 12 people £215 per person (reduced from £290) Monday 31 to Friday 4 November for up to 24 people £215 per person (reduced from £290)

Here are some of the activities you are able to experience with the Trust; Water Activities Canoeing and Kayaking Sailing Climbing and Abseiling Riding and Trap Driving Hill Walking/Pushing Orienteering Trapeze and Swing Archery Caving Challenge Course Problem solving and Group Work Hand Biking and Cycling Indoor Water Centre Indoor Sports Camping and Hut Nights Paragliding Land Yachting Ghyll Scrambling/Gorge Walking Evening Activities

“All of our pupils have experienced success, which has led to massive increases in self-esteem and social development. The experience will last a lifetime!”

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Charlotte Throssel with the celebration cake

The event was a great success. To quote Amanda Harris of ALH Legal Services;

“I’ve been here five minutes and it’s already been worth my time!”

Our thanks go to Adam who added a little magic to the event on Saturday 3rd of September. Adam, who operates as Paper Street Magic, proved a great success, baffling people with his close-up magic. If you would like Adam to amaze your party guests you can reach him on 07583 128 297 07583 128 297 or paper_street_magic_co@live.co.uk Adam’s style of close-up magic is suitable for adult parties (as opposed to children’s parties).

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The day worked strongly on several levels; the first being a very successful networking medium for the businesses whether operating as a sole trader, or as part of a larger private organisation or charity. This gave businesses the opportunity to inform other organisations how their services could help their mutual clients. The second way in which the day worked was as an opportunity to market their services directly to the public.

One of the team from Pulp Friction showing us how to make a smoothie - using pedal power!

And lastly, but most importantly, it gave disabled people, older people and carers the chance to talk directly with the people and organisations whose services they would like to buy. In some cases people discovered sources of help they had not previously known was available.

Trying out some of the adaptive bikes

We also heard from some of the organisations which are listed in the Do What You Want Directory; Remap, the Quercus Community, the Carers Federation and Rosekel Resourcing gave us all an insight into their organisations and how their services support and empower people. Look on the newsfeed of the Disability Direct Nottingham website to learn more about some of the great services available in the Nottingham area.

However, putting to one side the how the day proved successful for business, networking, sourcing and health opportunities‌ it was just plain fun! The feedback, both on the day, and since, has been incredibly positive. Next year the event will be

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A quick health check!


Disability Snowsport UK is a people-centred organisation with a unique sense of purpose: that anyone regardless of their disability can take part in and enjoy the thrill of snowsport.

“For nearly 30 years we have applied exceptional know-how and adaptability to enable those with a disability to experience the joy of skiing alongside able-bodied. We provide therapeutic, life-enhancing and, most importantly, exciting activities for individuals and groups of all ages who require adaptive equipment, specialist instruction and support. The experience of snowsport often proves to be life-changing, with numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits. These can include: • Improved self-esteem and confidence • Greater independence • Access to social opportunities • Therapeutic and physiotherapy benefits • Increased level of fitness • Development of new skills and achieving personal goals We believe that anyone with some degree of mobility can participate in snowsport, and as such, we support and encourage each individual to reach their full potential on the slopes. In some cases, a person can ski better than they can walk, providing a freedom previously unknown to them.”

For further information please contact Holly Oughton at holly@disabilitysnowsport.org.uk

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The Nottingham Circle, formerly known as “SMAMO”, is due to go live in two months. The Nottingham Circle is a sustainable framework of services for the over 50s in the Nottingham area.

Claire Maskery, Information Officer with Disability Direct met Nick Orders, Lead Commissioning Manager, Commissioning & Insight, Children and Families, Nottingham City Council and David Dickens, MD, Participle. The following interview gives an overview on what you expect with the Nottingham Circle.

Why will people want to be a member of the Nottingham Circle? The Nottingham Circle is a way of networking with other people in the same area to achieve solutions to a wide ranging number of issues, whether this is finding a low-cost solution to your home maintenance needs, such as cleaning, DIY, gardening, or finding a new way to socialise. There are other “Circles” operating around the country, the Suffolk Circle and the Southwark Circle being just two (you may find it helpful to view their websites). Experience from these more established Circles shows that this way of people helping people is especially suitable for people who are carers. There will be some care provision, from low levels of care to some high levels of care delivery. In previous Circles there have been two instances of where the circle has not met people’s needs; both of these people had some form of advanced dementia. Initially there will be two full-time staff employed to ensure the smooth operation of the Nottingham Circle, and there will be a helpline number to call if you have any questions. People who provide a service for the Members, possibly called Neighbourhood Helpers, will be CRB checked, and references sought, for safety reasons. Neighbourhood Helpers can be of any age – they do not have to be over 50 to qualify to do this. If this is something you may be interested in doing if you are looking to give a few hours a week and would like to give something back to your community – or just make some money! 20


You will be able to use services by paying with tokens or trading your own skills. The value of the tokens has not been set yet, but it is envisioned that one will pay around £10 for an hour’s worth of time. Experience from more established Circles has shown that some people choose to pay for service from the Circle using a Personal Budget. Following every event, such as a DIY or gardening job, each party will be asked for their feedback. This is to ensure that the Nottingham Circle provides a consistently high level of service. There will be a newsletter which will keep one updated of the events happening in the coming month. This is where one will find out about upcoming theatre trips, restaurant outings and events. The organisers were keen to emphasise that there will always be a guaranteed number of events which are free to access. There will also be “phone groups” where people who have mobility issues can link with other members about specific topics. There will also be a “discount card” where Members are able to benefit from reduced costs for a host of local services such as restaurants and theatres… The Nottingham Circle will also become a way of finding services; as a member you, and all other members, will be able to pass on information about services which you have found positive, and so the Circle will become a resource for its members. You will be able to make recommendations, and also learn about services that have been recommended by other members. The Nottingham Circle is open to those over 50 who reside in the following areas; Arboretum, Aspley, Basford, Berridge, Bestwood, Bilborough, Bridge, Bulwell, Bulwell Forest, Clifton North & Clifton South, Dales, Dunkirk & Lenton, Leen Valley, Mapperley, Radford & Park, Sherwood, St. Ann’s, Wollaton East & Lenton Abbey, Wollaton West Shortly there will be a “scoping” exercise for the residents Nottingham City. This is an ideal opportunity for you to have your say in how the service is shaped. This exercise should not take more than an hour and is key in getting your views as to how the Nottingham Circle should work. If you are over 50 and live in the areas named above then this is about you; these are the events that will shape how your life will change. Get in touch now to make sure your voice is heard. This is your future. Be involved. Look out for information coming through your door soon about the Nottingham Circle and how one can be involved. info@nottinghamcircle.org.uk 21


The Partnership Council launched the Disabled Person’s Forum on the 26th February 2009. The forum is free and open to anyone living with a physical or learning disability, or those who care for disabled people.

The Forum’s aims and objectives were developed by it’s members and are as follows:  to provide members with information, advice and guidance around welfare and day-today living issues  to offer the opportunity for disabled people to socialise and share common interests  to raise awareness of disabilities to businesses, companies and other services  to provide the opportunity for members to share positive experiences  to provide and/or find support for members facing difficult times due to disabilities The forum is keen to add to these aims and objectives - as it grows and is joined by new members. The Forum also invites guest speakers along to meetings so that members can find out useful information, such as welfare rights for those living with a disability. If you, or your organisation, would like to visit the forum as a guest speaker please feel free to get in touch with us. Meetings are free, friendly and informal and we can help you with transport costs. Please contact Paul Randall on 0115 9708 200, or e-mailmail@partnership.co.uk to find out the venue.

The meetings are always held on the last Wednesday of each month and are as follows; 31st August 28th September 26th October 30th November No meeting during December (To take into account the seasonal holidays.)

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Are you disabled? Do you go to watch Nottingham Forest play football? This is your chance to tell ‘the Reds’ how well they treat their disabled supporters! Our sister company, Nimbus: Disability Consultancy, has been approached by Nottingham Forest; the club wants to ensure they are offering disabled people a positive experience when supporting the team.

In order to obtain as clear a picture as possible on the Forest experience, Nimbus are looking for people to complete a short survey on a range of accessibility issues at the club.

If you use the club, and you would like to tell Nottingham Forest of your experiences, then follow either of the following links;

www.ask-nimbus.com

www.nimbusdisability.blogspot.com

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22 Sep Waltz with Bashir (2008), 87 mins, (Cert.18) 24 Sep Mitchell and Kenyon's Film of Nottingham FREE Nottingham Central Library This archive film of Nottingham in the early 1900's is from the Mitchell and Kenyon collection at the British Film Institute and may possibly be its first showing in Nottingham. There are 10 Films, showing Adams Lace workers, Thackeray's cotton mill workers, Stoney Street workers, Tram rides through Nottingham, Nottingham Forest v Stoke City and scenes on the Trent. Part of the BBC Reel History promotion.

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24 Sep Mitchell and Kenyon's Film of Nottingham FREE Nottingham Central Library This archive film of Nottingham in the early 1900's is from the Mitchell and Kenyon collection at the British Film Institute and may possibly be its first showing in Nottingham. There are 10 Films, showing Adams Lace workers, Thackeray's cotton mill workers, Stoney Street workers, Tram rides through Nottingham, Nottingham Forest v Stoke City and scenes on the Trent. Part of the BBC Reel History promotion.


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30 Sep Symposium 3: The Panthers and Genet. John Akomfrah OBE, Emory Douglas, Kodwo Eshun and Lili Reynaud-Dewar FREE Nottingham Contemporary In 1970 Genet entered the US illegally to campaign alongside the Black Panthers for the release of their chairman Bobby Seale – he would later work for the release of George Jackson and Angela Davis. The Panthers and Genet shared a sense of kinship and purpose. He wrote provocatively on the position of black people in America, particularly on the Panthers’ political and poetic struggle. The first half of this symposium is a rare lecture by Emory Douglas, the Panthers’ former Minister of Culture. The afternoon consists of presentations on Genet and the Panthers by John Akomfrah and Kodwo Eshun. They will be joined by artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar to consider the significance of the Panthers in their own time, and their legacy – as well as their relationship with Genet.

Date Event Cost Location

05 Oct Goose Fair 2011 Charges for rides Forest Recreation Ground

Date Event

12 Oct Our Local Larder: Mansfield Food Past & Present

Cost Location

FREE entrance ArtBeat! is £1 person Mansfield Museum Mansfield Museum’s Summer Exhibition in 2011: Our Local Larder. A celebration of modern British food in all its variety, from close-to-home dishes to exotic influences. Featuring events for foodie families though the summer. And all in the best possible taste! Mansfield Museum is free to get in.

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Date 30 Oct Event Robin Hood Pageant 2011 Cost Admission charges apply. Location Nottingham Castle Celebrate the region’s most famous legend, Robin Hood in a pageant for all the family to enjoy. The grounds of the Castle are transformed into a medieval village encampment creating an atmosphere of a time long past with medieval re–enactments, live jousting tournaments, music and much more. Details: Date Event Cost Location

16 Nov LOWRY - Paintings and Drawings FREE Djanogly City Academy

Details: LS Lowry occupies a unique position in 20th-century British art; by the end of his life, his instantly recognisable street scenes and industrial landscapes had achieved an unrivalled popularity in the public imagination. His posthumous exhibition held at the Royal Academy in 1976 attracted record numbers of visitors and today the demand for his works at auction continues with apparently no sign of abating. Yet, despite this popular success, the idiosyncrasy of Lowry’s vision has meant that his contribution to the story of modern art in this country is still a contested issue. This exhibition focuses on Lowry’s work from the beginning of the 20s to the immediate post-war period, from his early forays into the industrial scene to the point at which he began to achieve a degree of commercial success and his interests shifted into the territory of figure painting. Guided tours of the exhibition will be given on the following dates at 1-1.45pm.These tours are free but so that we can control group sizes please make your bookings (or cancellations) in advance.

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