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

After the vote on 'Brexit' and England going out of the European Championship everyone seems to be in the mood for a time of reflection, so I thought we would take this on board.

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by someone 'what do we actually do as an organisation?' and it got me thinking that people who read this blog might not actually know what we do!

We are what is known as a Disabled Peoples User Led Organisation (DPULO) and that means that 75% of our Management Board are Disabled People and we think this helps us to provide services that make a difference.  To blow our own trumpet, we are one of only two such organisations across Teesside that are recognised nationally!

We are a 'pan' Disability Organisation and that means that we do not specialise on specific disabilities and/or conditions and as a result we are able to support groups such as 'Voice for You' self-advocacy group to ensure their voice is also heard.

We provide a free service called 'Ricochet' that loans out 'tablets' to people who meet the eligibility criteria in Hartlepool.  People can loan out a tablet for up to eight weeks and then independently access Information, Advice and Guidance.

Our free service for people living with Dementia is called 'In Your Dreams', where we spend time with people and support them to reignite memories from their past using digital media and this has to be one of our favourite projects!  You may have seen a story from this project on this site?

We co-ordinate and facilitate the Hartlepool Learning Disability Partnership Board (LDPB), which is a forum that shares and gathers information that benefits people with Learning Disabilities and their Families/Carers.  We also support the Regional Board meetings.

We represent the voice of Disabled People in forums and meetings on a variety of subjects such as Mental Health, Carers and Transport, for example and our role is to ensure that issues that are important to Disabled People are listened to.  Our input is fed into Audit and Governance meetings and the Health and Well-being Board.

Most recently we have become involved in the 'Hartlepool Action Lab' with partner organisations to support projects that hope to reduce poverty in Hartlepool and its impact in particular from our point of view on Disabled People.

We are based at the Centre for Independent Living and we are looking forward to moving into our new home later this year!  If you would like more information about our work, or require support please contact us.

It's time for our joke of the day!

I have a chicken proof lawn - it's impeccable!!

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

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