WEST BERKSHIRE DISABILITY ALLIANCE (WBDA) NEWSLETTER July 2008, Edition 14 Website: www.wbda.org Charity No. 1108112 Ridgeway Care & Repair Blue Badge Abuse & John Anyone in need of help with things such as Terry (article from RADAR’s installation of grab rails, stair lifts or bigger News Bulletin magazine) home improvements such as an extra bath or Chelsea Footballer John Terry shower room as a result of old age or has been widely lampooned for disability might previously have used the parking his Bentley in a services of Anchor Staying Put. A new disabled person‟s parking bay organisation called Ridgeway Care & Repair for 2 hours while enjoying a has now taken over this role. They are able to meal in a pizza restaurant in advise you on how work could be funded and Esher, Surrey. The £60 fine is will assist you with grant applications, unlikely to worry the £100,000 accessing loans or charitable funding. per week former England Ridgeway will also undertake small repair captain; his conscience did not jobs around the home such as carpentry, seem unduly troubled either. decorating, plumbing and minor electrical He reportedly signed work, all at sensible prices via their autographs before driving „Handihelp‟ service. Ridgeway is accredited away. At least Terry did not by all three Councils across Wokingham, pretend that he had a Blue Reading and West Berkshire. Their 'Care and Badge. In Brighton & Hove, a 3 Repair' service is on 01635 588811 and their week police clampdown on 'Handihelp' service for the smaller jobs is on Blue Badge abuse saw 991 01635 588822 or you can email badged vehicles checked: 730 firstname.lastname@example.org were legal; 214 required further checks; 40 badges had been stolen or „borrowed‟ and Lifetime Homes 7 had expired. If this is Early this year the government published a anything like representative of major new housing strategy „Lifetime Homes, the country as a whole, it is not Lifetime Neighbourhoods: A National Strategy just Chelsea footballers who for Housing in an Ageing Society‟. This is a are making a mockery of the major shift that puts housing in the frontline in blues. both supporting older people's aspirations WBDA Comment – it would and preventative care at the heart of policy be interesting to see the making. From 2013, sixteen key features results of any similar making up the 'Lifetime Homes' standard clampdown that took place including; wider doors, improved design of in West Berkshire. bathrooms and staircases big enough to take stair lifts will be a feature of every new home - ending the need for costly adaptations. WBDA Comment – why do we have to wait until 2013? Join Us for Wine & Strawberries WBDA Diary 2008 All members, friends & supporters of WBDA are welcome to join us at our Wednesday, 23rd July AGM on Wednesday 23rd July 2008. WBDA AGM After the formal business enjoy a chat 19.00hrs – 20.30hrs and chance to network over a glass of Lecture Hall wine and dish of strawberries (see United Reform venue details in WBDA diary Church opposite). NB – This date has Cromwell Place changed from 21/07/08. (off West Street) Newbury, RG14 1AF Needed - Your views on the future of local Adult WBDA contact details Social Care services Website: www.wbda.org West Berkshire Council (WBC) has recently Email: email@example.com produced a strategy for changes to social care, over Tel: 01635 31912 the next three years, called “Putting People First in West Berkshire”. WBC want to make sure that Disability Information people have more choice and control over services, If you are looking for and that services deliver effective outcomes for each info on benefits, grants, individual. In particular, they are looking to expand blue badges, access, opportunities for self-directed support, a re-ablement respite & more go to: approach and more preventative services aimed at www.diwb.org supporting people so they can remain as independent as possible in their own home. You can Looking to get back to respond by completing the questionnaire on the work? WBC website at; Call Jayne Mills at: http://www.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=13804 or Pathways to Employment by contacting Nigel Owen on 01635 503525. on 01635 519954. The Café Culture – The annual assault course As summer reaches its peak we again start to see the encroachment of even more chairs & tables outside the cafes and bars of our towns to add to the other obstacles faced day to day by our blind and sight impaired citizens; the desert that is the shared space concept; bike stands; lampposts; A-frame advertising boards; etc, etc. No wonder this group of citizens tell us at WBDA that such town centers are becoming „no go‟ areas for them. Unfortunately pleas to reverse these trends from WBDA have fallen on deaf ears. To minimize the impact we ask all local businesses who wish to put tables and chairs out on our pavements to enclose them with a solid barrier to give our blind and sight impaired citizens a chance to feel and tap their way safely around these areas. WBDA Comment – THUMBS UP to those businesses who already have made such a provision – THUMBS DOWN to those businesses who haven’t. This newsletter has a distribution list of 1200+. 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