Exercise and sound class for those with limited mobility
The taster session of this uplifting exercise class to music, suitable for anyone with moderate or severely reduced mobility went very well, with really good feedback.
Now classes will be held on TUESDAYS from 11.45 – 12.45 starting 18th June
Please book your place by phoning Melanie on 01582 470900
Price £4.50 per session
Fully accessible venue, with disabled parking and accessible toiletsPoynters House Poynters Rd Dunstable LU5 4TP Exercise class advert
Buffet Lunch for Carers and People who have a Carer
Tuesday 11th June 12noon – 3pm FREE
Come along with the person you care for to meet other people in the same position, and speak with our Specialist Advisors about topics including:
• Benefits – What will the benefit changes mean for the person that I care for, and for me?
• Moving and Handling – How can I safely help the person that I care for to get up from a chair or out of bed?
• Daily Living Aids – Is there something to make putting socks on a little easier? How can I assist the person I care for to wash their hair?
PLUS Come and join us for an uplifting exercise class to music, suitable for anyone with moderate or severely reduced mobility (Carers welcome).
Start time 12noon. Please phone Melanie on 01582 470900 to book your place. The class will continue on Tuesdays from 11.45 – 12.45
This is a relaxed, informal event, so please just pop along to our accessible premises at Poynters House, Poynters Rd, Dunstable, LU5 4TP.
For more information call 01582 470970
Also for carers week…
See the carers weeks website for information of all the events happening near you.
Also see the special Question Time event to be held in Westminster on Wednesday 12th June from 6-8pm.
Prepared to Care? How the NHS and Social Care can support carers is chaired by David Brindle (The Guardian’s Public Services Editor) the panel includes Vanessa Matthews a carer, Minister for Care and Support Norman Lamb MP, Sharon Allen CEO of Skills for Care, Sandie Keene President of ADASS, Professor Nigel Sparrow from the Royal College of GPs and Sally Warren of Public Health England.
The Question Time will explore how the evolving landscape of service delivery can support the UK’s growing population of carers – now at 6.5 million people. Specifically it will challenge the panel to consider how society can support carers as they look after our ageing population alongside a growing incidence of family and friends with disabilities and serious illnesses. The panel will explore these issues coupled with the changes to service delivery and cuts to public funding.
The panel will be asked questions from a diverse audience including carers, representatives from the campaign’s charity partners and sponsors and key stakeholders.
You can follow the event on the Carers Week Facebook page and Twitter @carersweek. To ask a question or make a comment use the hashtag #carersweekqt.
See us near you at our Outreach Events
Warm Homes, Healthy People
January – March
As part of the Warm homes, Healthy People initiative at Central Bedfordshire Council, our dedicated officer (Edward Costello) will be available here at the Disability Resource Centre or at the following venues to tell you all about the scheme, and how you can get help to keep your home warm this winter.
5th February Poplars garden centre 11am -2pm
12th February Watling house Central Beds 11am -13.30
14th February Frosts garden centre Willington: Sandy road Willington Bedford MK44 3QP 11am – 2pm
4th March Luton & Dunstable Hospital Lewsey Road Luton 11am – 2pm
8th March Poplars as above
- Extra funding to help tackle fuel poverty
- Advice and financial assistance
- Ideas on how to keep your home warm
Disability Awareness training
Thursday 17th January 12.30 – 4pm
Please click here for more details
Disability History Month
Comedian at University of Bedfordshire Friday 7th December 7.30pm
The University of Bedfordshire, as part of Disability History Month, is pleased to present ‘Inspired’ with Laurence Clark.
Laurence Clark is an internationally-acclaimed comedian, presenter, writer and actor who has cerebral palsy. His observational, political stand-up and hidden camera footage demonstrate the endearing naivety and ridiculousness of human behaviour by seeing the world through his eyes with humour and warmth. He’s performed everywhere from the House of Commons to a double-decker bus in Sheffield. His 7 criticallyacclaimed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe have gained him 25 4-star and 3 5-star reviews. With television appearances on BBC, ITV and Channel 4, Laurence was the subject of a major BBC1 documentary called “We Won’t Drop the Baby” shown in March 2012. He was awarded Shortlist magazine’s Funniest New Comedian, and writes for The Independent and The Guardian.
To book your free place call the booking office on: 0800 328 5334 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance to this event is through Bookings only Disability History Month 2012 (Laurence Clark) – poster
There is still time to buy a really USEFUL Christmas Present!
Some people are always difficult to buy presents for – maybe they seem to have everything they want, you don’t know their taste or they don’t give out any hints! This applies to everyone, but when someone has a disability the problem may seem more difficult.
Obviously the traditional gifts of socks, smelly stuff, books and ornaments can be ‘enjoyed’ by all, but there may be something which a person with a disability would really appreciate as a useful gadget. Maybe something to help with putting those socks on, a long-handled sponge to apply that new shower gel, a little gadget to help hold a book open or a non-slip mat to keep the ornament (or dinner plate) in place? There are all sorts of items available which help to make life easier and which would show thoughtfulness if purchased as a gift.
The Disability Resource Centre has a range of small items for sale, others are available via mail order or other suppliers. Why not come along to have a look?
Celebrating Older Persons Event
Friday and Saturday 26th and 27th October
In conjunction with Central Bedfordshire Council
Visitors learnt how social services now support older people, learnt about personalisation and asked about direct payments.
MACMILLAN Cancer Support – World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
A coffee morning in support of MACMILLAN Cancer Support was held on Friday 28th September at the Disability Resource Centre, Poynters House, Poynters Rd, dunstable, LU5 4TP.
The Paralympic Flame Came To Dunstable
The Disability Resource Centre In Dunstable Hosted A Paralympic Flame Festival On 26th August
Lighting the way to the Paralympic Games
Over the August bank holiday weekend, flames from the capital cities of the UK’s nations will travel to Stoke Mandeville, home of the Paralympic Movement, and join together to create the Paralympic Flame. The flame will then be carried by teams of torchbearers through the night to the Paralympic Opening Ceremony.
The flame came from London and stayed at our premises in Dunstable for the morning of Sunday 26th August
Hundreds of people came along to our family event to see the flame and have their photographs taken with it.
There were a range of interesting exhibits celebrating the inclusion of disabled people. See photographs here.
Lots of children had fun making lanterns to light the way to the paralympic games.