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									Copeland Disability


               Autumn 2012

                           Chairman’s Report

Welcome everyone to our latest newsletter.

I don’t have much to report, a quiet time for CDF, just the usual
meetings, consultations etc.

 I am going to have a great big moan about the weather – I am sick of
the cold, wind and rain and was lucky enough to be able this year to fly
to Ibiza to see my family. Well, would you believe it I was TOO hot !!!! .
Leg swelled up, mosquito bites, too hot to sit in the sun and too muggy
at nights. Glad to be back in good old England !!!!. At least when it’s cold
you can wrap up warm with layers of clothes, when it’s too hot you can
only take so much off, well I can at least !. Right that’s off my chest –
here’s to a cold, wet, windy winter – I promise not to mention it again.

We are eagerly awaiting further developments on the new Whitehaven
Hospital – things seem to have gone very quiet – hope all is well.

I have spent a great deal of the last months filling my ESA forms in,
going through a review of Care hours and reassessment for ILF – a bit of
a nightmare [ for us all, I’m sure] – next to come, we have the reform of
DLA to PIP – please read the article in the newsletter. It will affect
EVERYONE on DLA and it’s worth being forewarned about what’s to

Don’t forget Cumbria Advice Network wants to hear from anyone who
has had their Care hours cut – they are doing a campaign here in
Cumbria. contact http://www.cumbriaadvicenetwork.org.uk
Mandy Pfleger -        01900 604735.

Many thanks to CDF members for their continued support and all that’s
left to say is Have a great Christmas and we’ll be back in the New Year.

                                                           Anne Bradshaw

If anyone is looking for a small van removal for a single item, I have
used this company. They were quick, reliable and reasonable.
Davidson Removals – Tel:- 07884-472085. They’ll give you a quote.
They were really friendly and helpful.

Sailability-Cumbria are a registered charity (No: 1092920) and we are
based in Maryport Marina, Cumbria. We are affiliated to the Royal
Yachting Association (the RYA)and we are foundation members of RYA
We offer adults and young persons a chance of Sailing on the Solway on
our yacht — Solway Adventurer. Our sailing trips are open to Youth
groups, Local Organisations and people with disabilities. All of our
Skippers are RYA trained to Day Skipper level or higher.
She is a 38 foot Bavaria yacht, purchased from new in 2004, specifically
for this purpose. We operate on the basis of one crew member per
passenger, plus the Skipper of the boat. This limits us to a total of three
passengers, as the boat is licensed to carry up to eight people.
The skippers of the boat all hold RYA sailing certificates and most of our
crew are trained in First Aid, VHF Radio and Sea Survival. There is also
an ongoing training programme throughout the sailing season to keep
everyone on their toes.
Many of our visitors who sail with us have never been to sea before, let
alone on a yacht. It is a sport that can be tried at any age with almost
any disability. You will be treated as an individual and your specific
needs (if any) will be considered; including accommodating your Carer if
you have one. Our sailing season runs from April to October so if you
wish to book please contact our Coordinator Julie Rolle on: 07871
771442 or email us at: contactsailability@yahoo.co.uk
If you feel able, you will be welcome to steer the boat yourself in open
waters. Experience has shown us that very seldom is disability a barrier
to enjoying a sail out to sea. We suggest that if you are unsure of your
ability to cope you contact your GP to make sure that this sailing activity
is suitable for you and please remember to bring along any medication
you may need.
The facilities on board include three sleeping cabins and a main cabin
with modern cooking facilities, refrigerator, sink etc. There is a separate
toilet (the heads) with a wash hand basin and a shower.

These can be varied to suit our guests. They can be as short as a circuit
around Maryport Marina or up to a 4 hour trip sailing on the Solway. As a
visitor you can say when you have had enough, we can turn around at
any time to return to the Marina.
Yourself with some warm clothing and any food you may require for the
duration. We strongly suggest that a hat and some gloves may be
needed but we will supply all the weather and safety gear you may need
to wear whilst on board. Tea and Coffee are always available on board.
An on board transfer hoist and sling can be used to transfer anyone who
is physically unable to transfer themselves from the pontoon to the boat
and back again. This way we are able to offer our sailing adventure to
It’s all so different when you are afloat. Your perspective on life and the
world around you changes, things never seem so bad and life takes on
new dimensions. At sea it can be tranquil, it can be exhilarating and of
course it can be rough. If rough weather is expected then we don’t go
out (the Skipper will make this decision), but if it were to come
unannounced the boat is well built to take it in its stride and the crew are
competent to handle the conditions.

We also have a Tack Tick compass system on board to help those
visually impaired enjoy Sailing in Cumbria.

We operate out of the Maryport Marina, Marine Road, Cumbria, CA15
8AY. The Marina is located some way from the bus and train station, so
if you need transport remember to ask for help when booking. Come and
visit us to enjoy Sailing in Maryport.

Please contact our Co-Ordinator:
Julie Rolle
Email: contactsailability@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: 07871 771442

We also have a PowerPoint Presentation that we could show you at an
evening meeting, just contact one of the following:
Chairman & Crew Master: Ged Doran Tel: 07871 771442
Email: contactsailability@yahoo.co.uk
Rod Mostyn
‘Amberlea’, Kirkbride, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 5JR.
Tel: 01697 352708 & 07871 771442

Please visit our website at:

   QUICK GUIDE - Personal Independence Payment – Key

This Quick Guide summarises key messages about the introduction of
Personal Independence Payment

An overview of Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment will replace Disability Living
Allowance (DLA) for people of working age from April 2013

It retains the key features of DLA – non means tested and non taxable
payable both in and out of work but introduces a more objective
assessment process

Awards will be based on the

Individual circumstances of the person claiming

Impact of their disability / health condition

Extent to which they are able to live independently and participate in

A basic timeline

Personal Independence Payment is being introduced in stages:

April 2013: Initially take a few thousand new claims in areas including
Merseyside, North West England, Cumbria, Cheshire and North East
During this period new claimants in all other parts of the country will
continue to claim Disability Living Allowance as now

June 2013: We plan to take new claims from all claimants in all parts of
the country
October 2013: Begin to reassess about 30,000 mostly randomly
selected existing DLA cases

January 2014: Full national reassessment likely to begin

March 2016: All current DLA claimants of working age will have been
contacted about claiming Personal Independence Payment

Key elements of Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment is made up of:

a Daily Living component

a Mobility component

Awards will be made up of one or both of these components.

Each component will have two rates:



The amount for each rate is still to be decided.

Which components or rates claimants are entitled to will be
based on an assessment of individuals’ circumstances and
their ability to carry out a range of key everyday activities.

The assessment process
  Assessment for Personal Independence Payment will involve
  health professionals considering the evidence provided by
  the claimant and any professional that may support them on
  a regular basis.

   Most people will also be asked to a face to face
   consultation with this health professional as part of the
   claim process

The health professional will provide advice to a benefit decision maker
at the Department for Work and Pensions

    The benefit decision maker will then use all of this
    information to decide your entitlement to Personal
    Independence Payment

Where to get more information

      We have published briefing notes to set out key elements of policy
      and delivery about Personal Independence Payment. All these
      notes can be found at: www.dwp.gov.uk/pip

   There is a list of frequently asked questions, including some ‘myth
   busters’ at:

   Look out for regular updates in Touchbase:

   Regular updates will also be available in the Senior Stakeholder

          Welfare Reform [Note from Chairman]
A lot of people now on Disability Living Allowance [DLA] are not aware
that starting in April 2013 all new applicants or reassessments will have
to apply for Personal Independent Payment [PIP]. This is a new benefit
that is replacing DLA

Existing DLA claimants will start to be assessed for PIP six months after
the benefit has been introduced - so from sometime in October 2013.
Initially, this will only be DLA claimants whose fixed-term award is
ending and claimants who report a change of circumstances.

Assessing all current DLA claimants is likely to take at least three years,
so is unlikely to be completed before October 2016.

However all claimants must be aware that even those people who have
been awarded DLA for LIFE will not automatically transfer to PIP and
MUST apply for the new benefit or risk losing DLA, including mobility
allowance and thus a car if you use Motability..
It will be a completely new form with different “descriptors” The disabled
person will have to get a certain amount of points to get the new benefit.
I have some extremely useful documents which explain the whole
process and give a detailed description of what information will be
needed to qualify for this new benefit.
Please be prepared – it is completely different for DLA.

If anyone would like me to email them copies of the documents please
email me at pudding2@tinyworld.co.uk

                                                  Anne Bradshaw
                                Chairman Copeland Disability Forum

               Whitehaven Community Trust

Serving the local community since 1990

The Whitehaven Community Trust is a local charity whose range of
projects has always evolved to meet the changing social needs of the
community. It began in 1990 as The Whitehaven Youth Trust, to
educate and support young people with training and development but
changed in 2001 to The Whitehaven Community Trust because it had
widened its activities to include the needs of the community as a

Over the years the Trust has built on the success of the Market
Hall Café, for delivering sustainable projects that meet social needs.

The café returns all profit to the Trust funds, so the more you eat
and drink there…the more you’ll help, just as importantly you will get
great, tasty food at competitive prices.

The Senhouse Healthy Living Centre offers space of all sizes for
hire. Many projects, activities and services linking to health and
wellbeing are provided from the centre each week and it has enabled
over 40 people to set up business in various complimentary therapies
and counselling while helping other sustained charities and
organisations continue.

The two supported accommodation projects offer 15 beds to young,
homeless people to help them to learn to live independently. As well
as offering work experience throughout the other projects.
The Whitehaven Pottery is a social enterprise and like all the
projects is linked to the overall aim. So investing in products from
the Whitehaven Pottery or utilizing our Happy Craft Workshop
serves a dual purpose.

Since 1993 the Trust has helped:
         671 young people with training and work experience
         178,262 people access health and wellbeing services
         488 homeless young people with supported

If you are interested in any of the projects offered from the Trust
or would like any more information please contact the main office on
01946 590590.

                  Who’s that knocking at my door?

It has been brought to the attention of Cumbria Police that blind,
partially-sighted and vulnerable people are often reluctant to allow police
officers and police staff into their homes following a report of a crime,
anti social behaviour or even whilst they are conducting door to door
enquiries because they were unable to verify their identity.

Arrangements are in place with the communication centre staff who will
verify the officers identity via telephone.

If anyone has any doubts or concerns
about a police officer, PCSO or other
police staff members’ identity obtain the
officer’s name without letting them into
the premises and ring Cumbria Police by
dialling 101. They will be then put
through to a call handler who if they
explain the reason why will verify the
identity of the caller.

Should the identity not be verified just ask for someone to attend your
home address to speak to the caller again without letting them into the

Leading on…..
Are you worried about crime?

Worried about crime? Don't be!

In my job as a crime prevention officer for Cumbria Police I often find
that people fit one of two types. The first, which are usually younger
people, tend to think that crime is something that always happens to
somebody else, and therefore they have a tendency not to take
adequate precautions. The second, who are mainly older people, tend
to think that crime is much worse than it actually is, and worry about it. I
occasionally ask older people how many burglaries they think there have
been in their area in the previous year, - most of their perceptions are
out of all proportion with reality.

Ideally we don't want anyone to be worried about crime as we do live in
one of the safest areas of the country. But that doesn't mean that we
have no crime at all; there are still people out there who will take
opportunities to commit crime, if we as communities give them those

Your home doesn't need to be built like Fort Knox to keep you safe, but
do use the security that you have - keep doors locked, even when at
home, so that no-one can sneak in and steal while you are busy with
something. We don't get many house burglaries these days, but we
would get even less if people locked their doors and didn't leave
windows open while there was no-one in.
It really can be that simple. Older or vulnerable people who live alone
and aren't sure whether their security is adequate should ask their
housing provider; those who are owner occupiers can contact Age UK
West Cumbria and ask for the Home Safety Department who can supply
and fit door chains, door viewers, replacement locks, key safes, security
lights and a whole range of other services. There is a small callout
charge, but an estimate of all costs will be provided before any work is
carried out by them. Their contact number is 01946 68989. Last but not
least - don't keep money in the house other than what you need - pay it
into your bank/building society/post office account.

Next time - tips to deter unwanted callers.

David Thompson
Crime Prevention Design Advisor
West Cumbria Community Safety Department
Telephone: 101
Web Site: www.securedbydesign.com


Sadly there are still people living in our communities who, because of
their life style, state of health or one of many other factors might be at
higher risk than the rest of us of having a fire in their home.
Have you ever met someone who you think may fall into this vulnerable
category but you’re not sure what you can do about it?

If the answer to this question is YES then you can help Cumbria Fire &
Rescue Service in their work reducing the number of people killed and
injured by fire in the home.

Who might be at risk?

           Lone pensioners
           Those suffering from long term debilitating illness
           People with reduced mobility
           Heavy smokers/drinkers or drug users
           Single parents
           People in rented property
           Young people
           Foreign nationals
           People living in property without smoke alarms or without
            working smoke alarms

If you come into contact with anyone who falls into one of these groups
and you are concerned for their safety, please make contact with
Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service. We will be happy to discuss your
concerns and take appropriate action which may include:

           Carrying out a home safety visit, highlighting potential
      hazards, discussing an escape plan and fitting FREE smoke
      alarms if necessary.
           Fitting specialist smoke alarms for those who are deaf or
      hard of hearing.
           Providing the services of an Older Person’s Advocate who is
      specially trained to help with the particular needs of older people.
           Referral on to other agencies who may be able to provide
      further help and support.

All of the above are carried out FREE OF CHARGE, the Fire and
Rescue Service never charges for any community fire safety services in
the home!
Everyone is entitled to this FREE service but we are especially
interested in visiting people who are of higher risk

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service can only help people who are at
increased risk if we know who they are and where they live and we need
the help of the whole community to discover this information

For assistance and advice on any of the above please contact:
Freephone 0800 3584 777
Workington Locality Main Number 01900 706100
Whitehaven Fire Station 01946 505665

Do you want to control how your care is provided but need help to do it?
You decide who works for you – We help you recruit staff
You decide what your staff do – We help with contracts
You decide what hours your staff work – We help with the payroll
You hold the purse strings – We do the accounts for you
Get the care you need from the staff you choose, but let DaCE Support
Service take the strain for stress free Direct Payments and Personal
DaCE Support Services
DaCE is a local organisation and has more than 10 years experience
supporting people to arrange their care packages and our staff are the
experts in this field in Cumbria. Our aim is to support local disabled
people to live independently and fully in control of their lives. We have
worked with disabled people, their families, carers and professionals
over the years helping them organise their care in the way they want it
provided by the people they want to do it.

Our new service offering a comprehensive Personal Assistant Package,
which is the first of its kind in Cumbria, is now available to people on a
Direct Payment or Personal Budget and also to private paying clients.
Using this package we can support you to either recruit your own staff or
you can choose from a pool of Personal Assistants. The comprehensive
package covers all aspects of employing staff including staff salary, tax
and NI, carrying out CRB checks, risk assessment, contracts of

employment, job descriptions, providing staff training and helping you
manage finances and returns.
The hourly rate of £13.50 covers all of the above mentioned (and much
more to meet specific requirements) and also includes your staff
salaries. One cost = full inclusive service
We invest profits from this package into improving and widening our
Alternatively, if you do not require the full service we can provide a
customised service according to your individual needs, such as stand
alone payroll service which comes with added value of free unlimited
advice about Direct Payments and Personal Budgets provided via a
home visit for your privacy and convenience. DaCE have the best value
payroll services available in the County.

For more details and free home visits to discuss options, please contact:

Lynn Craig 0845 1249 401 – Service Manager (countywide)

Angela Woodburn 01946 825550 - Independent Living Adviser for
Copeland and Allerdale

Keiron Park 01228 511461 - Independent Living Adviser for Carlisle &

Jill Spry 0845 1249 303 - Independent Living Adviser for South Lakes &

                                                 Our chairman and
                                                 Deputy Chairman,
                                                 together with our
                                                 President – Leader of
                                                 the Council - Cllr Elaine
                                                 Woodburn, at a recent
                                                 meeting of Copeland
                                                 Council’s customer
                                                 focus groups
                                                 consultation of the
                                                 Council Budget for next

                           The Mobility Trust

The Mobility Trust provides equipment such as wheelchairs and mobility
scooters following an assessment by an independent Occupational
Therapist (OT) sent by the Trust. The OT will then prescribe the most
suitable piece of equipment for an individual.

Equipment is only provided if it is not available from statutory sources
or the disabled person is unable to purchase for themselves.

To apply write a letter outlining why you
need the equipment and details of your
disability to Mrs Anne Munn, Mobility Trust,
17b Reading Road, Pangbourne, Berkshire,

                        Epilepsy Information
People in Copeland who want to know more about epilepsy will be given
more time to talk with a new confidential helpline. From Wednesday
(3rd October) Epilepsy Society's trained helpline operators will be on
hand each Wednesday evening to take calls - on 01494 601 400 - from
people who find it difficult to get to a phone during the day. Christine
Brock, helpline team leader, said "We know callers appreciate the
helpline and have asked for it to be open in the evening. It is available
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. Now we are delighted to be offering the
new service on Wednesdays from 9am to 8pm on a six-month pilot
scheme. "Thanks to a grant from a family trust, we are able to reach
out to more people affected by epilepsy, especially those people not
able to call during office hours."

    Future meeting dates for Copeland Disability Forum

Monthly meetings are held in the United Reformed Church hall, Market
Place Whitehaven. Dates for your diary are:

Tuesday 30 October 2012 at 7pm
Tuesday 27 November at 7pm
Monday 14 January 2013 at 2pm
Monday 18 February 2013 at 2pm
Monday 25 March 2013 at 2pm


                         Spread the word
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                            reached your goals, do you have any useful
                            information which would be of benefit to all
                            people with disabilities and those interested
                            in disability issues? Spread the word and reach
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                            to approximately 1000 people. If you have
                            anything you’d like included in the next issue,
                            just E-mail our editor –

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Contact Details

Support Line: Telephone 01946 590688
Email: cdfsecretary@gmail.com
Anne Bradshaw – Chairman
Email :- pudding2@tinyworld.co.uk

Copeland Disability Forum Executive Officers

Cllr Elaine Woodburn   – President
Mrs Anne Bradshaw      – Chairman
Mrs Linda Wilson       – Vice Chairman
Mr Eric Urquhart       – Treasurer
Heather Morrison       - Access Officer
Mr Philip Pattison     – Members Rep.

This Newsletter is issued in good faith for your information and
enjoyment and whilst every care is taken in it’s preparation C.D.F. does
not accept responsibility for factual accuracy or individual opinions


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