created by Incontrol-able published on 31 March 2016

I hope you all had an EGG-excellent Easter, which is normally the sign that it's going to snow soon!

I will start the blog this month with an urgent request for information and stories related to what was the 'Burbank/Havelock Centre', we are looking for stories and items that we could put into a time capsule that will be exhibited at the new Centre for Independent Living later this year.  Please contact us here at Incontrol-able on 01429 851363.

As an organisation we are pleased to announce that we have joined the pledge in making Hartlepool a Dementia Friendly Town.  If you would like to see our pledge and those of other organisations and if you know or are involved in any organisations that would like to become part of the Dementia Friendly Hartlepool Project, please follow this link: https://www.hartlepoolnow.co.uk/documents/562-incontrol-able-pledge.pdf  

Have you ever thought about your well-being, both physical and emotional but are not sure on how to maintain or improve it?  Here is a link to an App called '5 ways to well-being' that enables you to structure your day/week by following the links within the App, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.somerset.fiveways

Just in case you don't know the 5 ways to well-being they are:

  • Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give

Have you heard of the Mental Capacity Act 2010, but still not sure how it affects people in real life?  This link tells the story of Michael, who has Cerebal Palsy and how he is supported to be involved in the decision making process with regard to a health issue.  Please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CeM3JDAu-c&feature=youtu.be

Since the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act and the Equality Act you may think that everything in the garden is rosy for disabled people, but a recent report from the House of Lords identifies that the laws designed to eliminate discrimination 'simply aren't working in practice'! You may want to share this report on your own social media pages to highlight the barriers that disabled people face on a daily basis http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35888260

It's time for our joke -

Sammy Snake - "Are we poisssonousss"

Simon Snake - "I don't know, why?"

Sammy Snake - "I've jussst bit me tongue"!

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

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