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

Well is it just me, or was January a really, really long month!

We are really pleased to announce that we are now working in partnership with O2 Hartlepool to deliver our Project 65.  They have not only offered us 10 FREE Wi-Fi hotspots, but also access to their in-store Guru who will be available to any people who are accessing the Project 65/Ricochet Services.  O2 will also be supporting our community based, themed workshops!  This offer of support from O2 will enable us to offer greater technical support, whilst also offering a person centred service.

We achieved two landmarks within the service in January, the first being that we met our oldest referral so far when meeting Hilda, who is 95 years old and supported by staff from Carewatch Hartlepool.  Our second achievement is a gentleman called Paul who is 75 years old who has agreed to become our first project champion.  Please check the Hartlepool Mail for article about the service.

We are looking forward to finally moving into a brand-new office at the Centre for Independent Living this month.  We are really excited about the move and can't wait to start delivering services from there!

It is interesting to see the old problem of disembarking from aircraft remains!  I just wonder why people with mobility issues are still the first on and last off an aeroplane!  The attached link from a BBC correspondent highlights that the problem still remains.

We may have won the battle, but will we win the war!  Doug Paully took a case to the Supreme Court and won!  He won the rights for wheelchair users to use the designated space on buses.  Please see the attached link which talks about the case.  On a personal note I think it is more about changing the mindset of the general public, rather than making it the responsibility of the bus driver.

So this article should put the cat amongst the pigeons!  Tesco, amongst other organisations have started to implement a new toilet sign for people with invisible conditions.  I am a little unclear as to how this will prevent non-disabled people using the accessible toilets as surely now they will only have to say I have an invisible disability!

Joke of the month!  When a zoo's gorilla dies, the zookeeper hired an actor to don a costume and an ape until the zoo can get another one.

In the cage, the actor makes faces, swings around and draws a huge crowd.  He then crawls across a partition and atop the lion's cage, infuriating the animal.  But the actor stays in character - until he loses his grip and falls into the lion's cage.

Terrified, the actor shouts, "Help! Help me!"  Too late.  The lion pounces, opens its massive jaws , and whispers, "Shut up! Do you want to get us both fired?!"

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

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