published on 11 July 2017
It's great to start this month's Blog with some good news! A recent article in the Hartlepool Mail highlighted that Disabled People in the town are gaining access to Disabled Facilities Grants much quicker than in recent years. A really positive note to start on! http://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/hartlepool-disabled-people-are-getting-faster-home-improvements-1-8623644
To keep the positive theme going we're delighted to announce we reached the milestone of 100 referrals for Project 65 in June! A really big thank you to all the people who support our project, especially stakeholders and our fantastic volunteers. Here is a link to John's experience of being part of Project 65
https://twitter.com/Dolphincontrol/status/875721468985868288 just click on the video for sound.
This is an interesting one! It's from a Blog that is discussing the issue of building an inclusive culture for disabled cyclists? It challenges the stereotype perception that disabled people only use wheelchairs to assist their mobility, but maybe surprisingly, there is a high percentage who cycle, but who still face barriers. An interesting viewpoint as more communities look to offer cycle routes to reduce the number of cars in our towns and cities. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2017/jun/20/how-to-build-inclusive-culture-disabled-cyclists
OK, we tried to keep the positive theme going for as long as we could, but it's time for a little dip! A man who is paralysed from the waist down as a result of an accident had to crawl up the stairs to board his plane because the airline doesn't provide facilities for passengers with disabilities. I wonder if the management had to crawl on their hands and knees with their apology! http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/vanilla-air-japanese-disabled-man-wheelchair-climb-stairs-steps-plane-a7813826.html
Back to being positive! The Rotary Club are running 'The Northern Games for People with Disabilities' being held at the Eston Leisure Complex in Middlesbrough are for all age groups, both male and female, and for those with the full spectrum of physical and/or learning disabilities.
Participants can enter events including, amongst others, Archery, Boccia, Darts, Table Tennis, Swimming, 5-a-side Football, Frisbee throwing.
You'll have to be quick as the event is being held on the 9th July! If you're interested contact Chris Humphries on 07725 360 111 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joke of the Month!
What do you call x-rays when you're at the dentists? Tooth pics!
My wings are aching and the eagle has landed - see you next month!