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Don't quack like a duck, soar like an eagle!

It is great to be back and hopefully we have some interesting articles and stories for you again this month!

I think we will start with some digital advice as you’ll be reading our Blog online.  This article from the Hartlepool Mail is aimed at people who use the WhatsApp Messaging platform.

As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, subsequent Lockdowns and local restrictions, it really did highlight the issue of access in our towns and cities and the following articles from Katie, Emily, and Pippa help raise awareness of them.  It is important to note that many of these barriers were in place prior to COVID-19.

Without doubt, you will absolutely love Heidi’s story and if you don’t, well, you will definitely be off my Christmas Card list!  She has grit, determination and a zest for life that even put me to shame! An amazing lady.

This story is just as amazing, but in a different way.  Dean is a cricket commentator who is visually impaired, yes you read it correctly! What he does is incredible

Due you remember our story from our April Blog about the Yorkshireman, who didn’t like talking with an American accent?  Well, we have a happy ending!

We thought we would take the opportunity to use our blog to keep you informed and updated about our services and our involvement in the community: -

Did you know we are registered as #CovidCommunityChampions and we post regular updates of the latest guidance on our social media pages?

We were sorry to see Donna leave us in her role as a Director recently, as she had been with us since we formed as a Disabled Peoples User-Led Organisation back in 2013.  We would like to acknowledge all the support she provided during her time with us and wish her all the very best for the future.  As a result of Donna’s departure, we invited Stephen Thomas, a former local councillor to join us and are delighted to announce that he accepted.  One of his last acts as a councillor was to put forward a Motion before the Full Council to make Hartlepool a more inclusive place to live, work and visit; he brings with him a wealth of experience and local knowledge – welcome aboard Stephen! The first article in this month’s Blog is pertinent to the Motion Stephen put before the Council, as well as the ongoing work of CLIP.

We launched our new service ‘Blue DICE’ on the 17th May in partnership with the Community Hubs.  As part of the initiative, we will be loaning ‘tablets’ to a care home in the town to enable residents to sign up to the ‘Borrow Box’ service and access eBooks and eAudioBooks. Remember, signing up to Borrow Box is quite easy and once you’ve downloaded a book in the format you want, then you don’t need access to the internet to read, or listen to it – so sign up, access the free internet in the Central Hub and enjoy your book wherever you want!

Here at Incontrol-able, we are proud to be part of CLIP and our aim to make Hartlepool a more inclusive place to live, work and visit.  We need people to sign up and share their lived experiences of the barriers they face, to enable us to work with organisations, agencies and businesses to start making a real difference in the town.  You can sign up by simply following the instructions from the highlighted link.

Joke of the Month: My wife asked me to get 6 cans of Sprite from the grocery store.  I realised when I got home that I had picked 7 up!

My wings are aching, the eagle has landed – see you next month!

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