created by Incontrol-able published on 01 December 2016

Where did November go!  I need to do some panic buying already!

A big 'thank you' to everyone who made the launch of Project 65 so successful.  We're really pleased with the number of referrals that we have received so far and the impact it is already having on the lives of the people we meet.  This link is just one example of how the service is benefitting people and the positive difference it is making https://www.facebook.com/incontrolable.cic.1/photos/a.151629324976719.35908.150676411738677/784884834984495/?type=3&theater  We would also like to thank all the people and organisations we've met through Project 65 who are supporting us and sending in referrals.  To refer to the service, please ring Sarah (Projects Team Leader) on 07775 081 351.

I have attached a link from a recent news story on Radio 4 about a Mother's creative way of understanding her 8 year old son's Autism through the medium of 'virtual reality' - why not spend a few minutes listening to her story?  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04fhv4x  

Our friends at Inclusion North are holding two 'Innovation Workshops' in the region in December to explore the development of Citizen Networks.  The first is in York on the 16th with the second in Sunderland on the 19th.  Places are limited.  For further information please contact Sam at Samta@inclusionnorth.org or 0113 2444792.

A lady called Emma Vogelmann is creating a campaign to raise the profile of employment support for Disabled People and has written a piece for Disability United about her experience and is asking for others to get in touch with their stories and what support they had, or wish they had during their issues.  For further information, you can find the piece here: http://disabilityunited.co.uk/2016/11/no-protection-disbled-employers/

For people who are 'Following the Build' of the new Centre for Independent Living, we have an update from Chris Horn, Team Manager, Provider Services:

'We are in the final phase of the construction of the new Hartlepool CIL and our efforts are now around focussing on the finishing touches, things like colour schemes, carpets, furniture etc.  Plans are also taking shape around the transfer of many services and organisations which will hopefully begin to take place in the middle of January.

If you have passed by the building site at any point recently you will see that much of the exterior building work has now been completed and only last week the 'Curtain Glass' which plays such a prominent part of the building design has just been installed.  In addition work has also nearly been completed on the car park and exterior lighting.

Inside the building on all the three floors, tradesman are busy painting walls, hanging doors, finishing the wiring work and hopefully we will begin heating the new building at the end of November.

Although there is still a lot to do, after nearly three years of consultations, planning, getting finances in place and finally getting the planning consent the end is almost in sight.

We look forward to welcoming you to the new Hartlepool Centre for Independent Living at the the official opening ceremony, which subject to confirmation will hopefully take place on or around the 23rd February 2017"

Finally, may we take the opportunity to wish you a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and offer you our sincere Best Wishes for 2017.

Our Joke of the Day - Two snowmen in a field, one turned to the other and said 'I don't know about you, but I can smell carrots!'

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

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