York 24th November to 7th Decemember 2018

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
Programme for United Nations International Day of People with Disabilities 24th November to 7th December 2018 – Front Cover by Alfie Fox – showing flight of stairs with no entry, access, education written on them
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Printed programmes are available from locations including York Explore (central library) and York CVS, Priory St Centre, Priory St, YO1 6ET – as well as from the organisers.

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NOVEMBER
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The following four FREE events – all with a focus on disability – are part of YORights 2018, York Human Rights Festival which has three days of human-rights themed events to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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EVENT

Ask York: Disability and Discrimination

WHEN

Saturday 17 November 14:30 – 16:00 (to be aired on the evening of Monday 3 December, exact timing to be announced)

WHERE

John Cooper Studio, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB

COST

FREE: book here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ask-york-disability-and-discrimination-tickets-50846068961

DESCRIPTION

Two Rivers Community Radio will be recording their panel show “Ask York” as part of the 2018 YORights festival celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). At this event, the panel will discuss disability and discrimination, with questions from the audience and opportunity for a lively discussion. The show is being recorded live and will be aired on Monday 3 December. (Article 1 – Right to Equality)

ACCESS

The theatre has a hearing loop; wheelchair access is via a lift.

ORGANISER

York Human Rights City Network – www.yorkhumanrights.org; info@yorkhumanrights.org

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EVENT

The Silent Child

WHEN

Saturday 17 November 16:30 – 17:00

WHERE

John Cooper Studio, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB

COST

FREE: book here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-silent-child-screening-for-yorights2018-tickets-51628714876

DESCRIPTION

Inspired by real life events and observing one of the loneliest disabilities and the avoidable struggles that deaf children face, The Silent Child centres around a profoundly deaf four-year-old girl of a middle-class family. She lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication. (Article 2 – Freedom from discrimination; Article 26 – Right to education)

ACCESS

The theatre has a hearing loop; wheelchair access is via a lift.

ORGANISER

York Human Rights City Network – www.yorkhumanrights.org; info@yorkhumanrights.org

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EVENT

Once Upon a Parliament

WHEN

Saturday 17 November 19:00 – 20:00

WHERE

John Cooper Studio, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB

COST

FREE: book here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/once-upon-a-parliament-tickets-51268164460?aff=ebdssbdestsearch Once Seen Theatre Company normally charge £10/£7 for their performances, but are offering tickets free as part of the YORights Human Rights Festival. Donations very welcome.

DESCRIPTION

‘They all lived happily ever after’… but did they? The fairytale lifestyle that is often an aspiration is not always open to those with learning difficulties. Stories of voiceless damsels, cutting royalty and benefits balls, can help us understand how everyone, from government to neighbourhoods, are responsible for supporting adults with learning difficulties to achieve full citizenship.

ACCESS

The theatre has a hearing loop; wheelchair access is via a lift.

ORGANISER

Once Seen Theatre Company / York People First – http://www.yorkpeoplefirst.co.uk/

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EVENT

‘Sanctuary’ film followed by Q&A with director Len Collin

WHEN

Saturday 17 November 20:30 – 22:30

WHERE

John Cooper Studio, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB

COST

FREE but book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sanctuary-followed-by-qa-with-director-len-collin-tickets-50846380894

DESCRIPTION

A special screening of the critically-acclaimed ‘Sanctuary’. Described by film critic Mark Kermode as “honest and heartfelt, performed with vitality and vigour”, it tells the heartwarming story of two young people with disabilities who want to be together but live in a world that wants to keep them apart. The film will be followed by an audience Q&A with director Len Collin, a prominent disability rights advocate. (Article 16 – Right to marriage; Article 2 – Freedom from discrimination)

ACCESS

The theatre has a hearing loop; wheelchair access is via a lift.

ORGANISER

York: Human Rights City Network – www.yorkhumanrights.org; info@yorkhumanrights.org

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EVENT

Eleanor Worthington Art Prize Exhibition

WHEN

between November 2018 and February 2019

WHERE

York Hospital (Main Corridor) Wigginton Road, York, YO31 8HE; AND Scarborough Hospital, Main Corridor: Woodlands Drive, Scarborough, YO12 6QL

COST

FREE

DESCRIPTION

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Arts Team is exhibiting a collection of work submitted for the 2017 Eleanor Worthington Prize. The work is based on the theme of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with submissions from British and Italian students. Eleanor’s story inspired family and friends to raise public consciousness of the issue of disability through creation of the Eleanor Worthington Association.

ACCESS

Public access to hospitals, visit Trust website for details:

https://www.yorkhospitals.nhs.uk/our-hospitals/

ORGANISER

Arts Team, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: art@york.nhs.uk; www.yorkhospitals.nhs.uk/exhibitions

And Eleanor Worthington Prize: https://www.premioeleanor.it/?Lan=EN

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EVENT

Singing for Fun

WHEN

20 November 10:30 to 12:00 (and every 3rd Tuesday of the month)

WHERE

York Blind and Partially Sighted Society, Rougier House, 5 Rougier Street, York, YO1 6HZ

COST

50p to cover refreshments. Please contact Claire Murphy, Activity Assistant Claire.Murphy@ybpss.org/ or telephone: 01904 636269 to book a place.

DESCRIPTION

Are you visually impaired and would love to sing with a group? Our monthly singing for fun session is open to anyone with a visual impairment.

ACCESS

Room has hearing loop; wheelchair accessible by a lift to first floor. Reception at ground floor level. Limited blue badge parking available. Please ring to check availability of a parking space.

ORGANISER

York Blind & Partially Sighted Society – https://ybpss.org/

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EVENT

Consultation over Blue Badge Parking in York

WHEN

November onwards

WHERE

Ongoing everywhere in York

COST

Free via email, or the price of a stamp

DESCRIPTION

As part of a security clampdown, new access restrictions to York centre from 5 November 2018 means no vehicular access to St Sampson’s Square from 10.30 to 17.00, 7 days a week, enforced by new bollards at junction of Church Street & St Sampson’s Square and at northern end of Coney Street (next to Mansion House). City of York Council is doing this through an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order so can be trialled for up to 18 months but made permanent by 6 months, if deemed ‘successful’. No additional places for Blue Badge holders have been made elsewhere.

ORGANISER

Comment on the facilities and the impact of the new restrictions by emailing citycentreaccess@york.gov.uk or writing to: City Centre Access Consultation, c/o Parking Services, City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA. You may also wish to copy in your local councillor or Member of Parliament. Consultation is at https://www.york.gov.uk/CityCentreAccess

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GOALBALL TOURNAMENT – 24 Nov | 11.00-16.00 | Foss Sports Hall, York St. John University, YO31 7EX

£1 pp for intro training session, £ 5 per team in the tournament. Lunch & refreshments inc.

Local development charity International Service is hosting an all-abilities goalball tournament and taster session with GB Paralympic goalball player Georgie Bullen to raise awareness about disability stigma and promote inclusion.

Whether you’re a pro or you’ve never played before, register your team through the event page below to reserve a slot in the tournament.

Limited disabled parking is available on site; alternative public parking is available at Union Terrace, Monk Bar and Foss Bank car parks. The site is fully accessible.

International Service | 01904 647799

Book at: www.internationalservice.org.uk/Event/goalballtournament

contact@internationalservice.org.uk

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EVENT

Community Sparks – Inclusive Creative and Social Group

WHEN

Tuesday 27 November 10:30 – 12:15 (and every Tuesday)

WHERE

Door 84 Youth & Community Centre, 84 Lowther Street, York, YO31 7LX

COST

FIRST SESSION FREE then £4.00 (includes refreshments)

DESCRIPTION

Do you like craft, games, trips and socialising? Our sessions are fun and interactive in which you can try new activities in a safe and welcoming environment. We have lots of arty activities along with baking, bingo, pool, karaoke, sport and lots more. Come and join in and meet like minded people who enjoy getting creative, sharing ideas and making friends.

ACCESS

Wheelchair accessible with entrance ramp and accessible toilets. No on-site parking but plenty of parking bays adjacent where blue badge holders can park free. No hearing loop.

ORGANISER

DOOR 84 – www.door84.co.uk/communitysparks. York based charity supporting Youth & Community projects. The Community Sparks project has existed since 2012 supporting adults with additional needs. Contact: 01904 623177 communitysparks.door84@gmail.com/ for further information.

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EVENT

What is Sensory Support?

WHEN

Wednesday 28 November 10:00 – 15:00

WHERE

Wilberforce House, 49 North Moor Road, Huntington, York, YO32 9QN

COST

FREE but donations would be welcomed to support our work

DESCRIPTION

Wondering what Sensory Support is available? Visit Wilberforce Trust at their Head Office and see their specially built Hub and meet the Sensory Team. The Outreach Van will also be on site so that you can step on board and have a look around it and find out about our plans to reach isolated areas so that we can provide the residents with sensory support.

ACCESS

The building and Sensory Outreach van is wheelchair accessible. Limited free parking is available.

ORGANISER

The Wilberforce Trust – one of York’s oldest charities supporting people with sensory loss and other disabilities: Telephone: 01904 760037

www.wilberforcetrust.org.uk/

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EVENT

Community Sparks – Inclusive Disco

WHEN

Thursday 29 November 10:30 – 12:00 (and every Thursday)

WHERE

Door 84 Youth & Community Centre, 84 Lowther Street, York, YO31 7LX

COST

FIRST SESSION FREE then £3.50 (incl refreshments for you and your carer)

DESCRIPTION

Do you enjoy dancing to your favourite songs? Our inclusive disco plays music from all genres – requests are taken. Feel comfortable to express yourself and have fun! Dance with your friends and socialise in the café with refreshments.

ACCESS

Wheelchair accessible with entrance ramp and accessible toilets. No parking on site but plenty of parking bays adjacent where blue badge holders can park for free. No hearing loop.

ORGANISER

DOOR 84 – www.door84.co.uk/communitysparks. York based charity supporting Youth & Community projects. The Community Sparks project has existed since 2012 supporting adults with additional needs. Contact: 01904 623177 or email communitysparks.door84@gmail.com for further information.

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EVENT

Carers Rights Day

WHEN

Friday 30 November 9:30 – 14:30

WHERE

Priory Street Centre, Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET www.priorystreetcentre.org.uk/

COST

FREE – places are limited so please book via 01904 715490.

DESCRIPTION

An event for carers to talk with York’s two MPs in the morning (10-11.30) followed by lunch and a chocolate tasting workshop.

ACCESS

Wheelchair accessible; hearing loop; accessible toilets; some disabled parking.

ORGANISER

York Carers Centre – supporting unpaid carers who live or care for someone who lives in York. www.yorkcarerscentre.co.uk enquiries@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk Telephone: 01904 715490

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EVENT

The Friendship Group with a Musical Twist

WHEN

Friday 30 November 13:00 – 14:30 and every Friday

WHERE

Oaken Grove Community Centre, Reid Park, Haxby, York, YO32 3QW

COST

Suggested contribution £4 (£1 for support workers)

DESCRIPTION

Our friendship group welcomes everyone, especially those who would like

to share the pleasure of singing. We include people put off singing in

childhood, people who struggle with vocal and speech challenges such as

Parkinsons, Aphasia, MS and Dementia, and those who just never found

the right opportunity. Join us for lots of chat, lots of songs, tea, biscuits, poetry and a good laugh. A warm welcome awaits you! Carers and support workers also welcome.

ACCESS

Wheelchair accessible, with ample parking. No hearing loop.

ORGANISER

Song Box – bringing people together through shared music making and

creativity. Contact: Thea Jacob, founder, at tjsongbox@yahoo.co.uk / ( 07765 574 564, www.york-songbox.co.uk, Facebook and Twitter @songboxyork

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DECEMBER
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EVENT

Unite Community Day of Action Against Universal Credit

WHEN

Saturday 1 December 11:00 – 13:00

WHERE

Lower Parliament Street, York

COST

Free

DESCRIPTION

Unite Community has organised a national day of action against Universal Credit, the means tested benefit that is recognised as adversely affecting people with disabilities even more than other claimants. The York Unite Community branch is holding its second day of action against the benefit calling for it to be ‘stopped and scrapped’ due to the damage it is doing to all claimants but particularly those with disabilities. There will be a stall with advice and campaign leaflets and a petition to sign.

ACCESS

Level

ORGANISER

https://unitetheunion.org/campaigns/stop-universal-credit/ email: rose.ridley@unitetheunion.org

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EVENT

On Disability and Accessibility: An Afternoon of Film Screenings

WHEN

Saturday 1 December 14:00 onwards

WHERE

Department of Theatre, Film and Television, Campus East, University of York, Baird Lane, Heslington, York, YO10 5GB

COST

Free and open to all but registration is required. To book your free ticket please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/on-disability-and-accessibility-an-afternoon-of-film-screenings-tickets-51812126465

DESCRIPTION

Join us at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television (University of York) for an afternoon of film screenings. The films screened will include cutting edge work on accessibility and the concept of accessible filmmaking.

Confirmed films:

‘Shelf Life’ and ‘Pearl’ – Films created as part of the AHRC-funded Enhancing Audio Descripton Project

‘Come What May’ (Roland Spencer) – A documentary about parent-carers

‘The Accessible Film Project’ (Kate Dangerfield) – You can read more about her work here: https://blog.sense.org.uk/2017/03/accessible-film-project-mentors-equipment-sight-and-sound/#more-4219

Interview with researcher and practitioner Amelia Cavallo

‘Joining the Dots’ (Pablo Romero-Fresco)

If you require a wheelchair accessible space please get in touch with Mariana Lopez – mariana.lopez@york.ac.uk.

ACCESS

Cinema is hearing loop and wheelchair accessible but unfortunately due to the limited number of refuge points in case of fire, Health & Safety Officers have advised that only 6 wheelchair places are available! Please contact Mariana if you wish to book a wheelchair place or have any other access requirements you’d like to discuss. This interactive map – https://www.york.ac.uk/map/ – provides information on parking availability.

ORGANISER

Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

Contact: mariana.lopez@york.ac.uk

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EVENT

Disabled People’s Writing Workshop

WHEN

Sunday 2 December 13:00 – 15:00

WHERE

York Explore, Library Square, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DS

COST

Free

DESCRIPTION

Say Owt, York’s rowdiest spoken word and performance poetry organisation, team up with local poet Katherine Watson to lead a writing workshop with an optional performance element. Suitable for everyone, from curious beginners to seasoned scribblers. Open to anyone within the disabled umbrella, including chronically ill, mentally ill and neurodivergent people. Come along to spark some new ideas, or even a new hobby! Carers and guardians welcome.

ACCESS

York Explore has step-free access and accessible toilets. Limited free disabled parking is available. Please contact info@sayowt.co.uk if you have any access requirements or anything you’d like to discuss.

ORGANISER

Say Owt, York spoken word/poetry organisation. www.sayowt.co.uk; Info@sayowt.co.uk

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EVENT

Live video link with Urbino, Italy

WHEN

3 December 11:30 – 12:15 (doors open at 11:15)

WHERE

York Explore Library Learning Centre, Library Square, Museum Square, York, Y01 7DS

COST

FREE – to book a place, email arts@exploreyork.org.uk

DESCRIPTION

Live video link bringing together communities from York and Urbino, Italy to celebrate International Day of Disabled Persons 2018. Discussion and debate with this year’s and last year’s winners of the Eleanor Worthington Prize for Arts and Disabilities. The prize was set up by family and friends in memory of Eleanor Worthington, to raise awareness of the issue of disability.

ACCESS

York Explore has step-free access and accessible toilets. Limited free disabled parking is available.

ORGANISER

Explore York in partnership with Associazione Premio Eleanor Worthington: https://www.premioeleanor.it/?Lan=EN

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EVENT

Young Disabled Persons Disability Art Group

WHEN

Monday 3 December 18:00 to 20.00 and monthly

WHERE

York Explore Library, Library Square, Museum Square, York, Y01 7DS

COST

FREE – to let us know you are coming, email arts@exploreyork.org.uk

DESCRIPTION

Launch of York Disability Art Group at York Explore for young disabled people in the city. Working with professional artists, the group is an opportunity for young people to creatively express themselves through disability art, understand what disability art is and help profile issues relevant for young disabled people. Moving forward, this project will be supported and funded by Arts Council England.

ACCESS

York Explore has step-free access and accessible toilets. Limited free disabled parking is available.

ORGANISER

York Explore

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EVENT

Talking Point: Connect with adult social care-pop up event

WHEN

Monday 3 December 10:00 – 16:00

WHERE

Booking Hall, City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

COST

Free

DESCRIPTION

The way adult social care is provided in York has started to change. We are supporting people to feel more in control of their lives and able to achieve personal goals and outcomes, get involved in their communities and be as independent as possible. Come along to see us at West Offices to find out what we are doing and how you can get involved. Information and advice about support in York is also available.

ACCESS

· level access (on the ground floor)

· automatic doors

· British Sign Language (BSL) video interpreting service

· free Wi-Fi

· health and safety procedures

· height adjustable self-service desks

· portable hearing loops

· toilets and baby-changing facilities

ORGANISER

For more information email the Adult Social Care Future Focus team at future.focus@york.gov.uk Telephone: 01904 551550

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EVENT

Festive Musical Fun for Everyone

WHEN

Monday 3 December 10:30 – 11:45

WHERE

Barstow House, 5 St Benedict Road, Nunnery Lane, York, YO23 1YA

COST

£3

DESCRIPTION

This festive event will comprise a mix of songs, carols and other musical activities, delivered workshop-style to enable everyone to join in as much as possible. Hot drinks and mince pies will be served.

ACCESS

The event will take place in the main lounge at Barstow House independent living community. The venue is completely wheelchair-accessible but parking is extremely limited.

ORGANISER

Musical Connections, a York-based charity which enables adults who are older, vulnerable and at risk of social isolation to lead happier, healthier lives through participating in community music groups and choirs. Website http://www.musicalconnections.org.uk/ Telephone: 01904 373011

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EVENT

Ask York: Disability and Discrimination

WHEN

Monday 3 December. Airing of Two Rivers radio programme, recorded 17 November (see above). Exact timing of broadcast to be announced.

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EVENT

Community Sparks – Inclusive Creative and Social Group

WHEN

Tuesday 4 December 10:30 – 12:15 (and every Tuesday) at Door 84 Youth & Community Centre, 84 Lowther Street, York, YO31 7LX

SEE ENTRY ON 27 NOVEMBER FOR FULL DETAILS

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EVENT

The Effects of Changes to the Welfare Benefits System on Disabled People: Messages from Research, Practice and Personal Experience

WHEN

Tuesday 4 December 14:00 – 16:00

WHERE

Main Hall, Priory Street Centre, Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET www.priorystreetcentre.org.uk/

COST

FREE but eventbrite booking required – https://welfarebenefitschanges.eventbrite.com

DESCRIPTION

Seminar looking at the impact of changes to the welfare benefits system on disabled people and carers, including their mental health and ability to retain their independence. Presentations on:

· Research findings

· Findings from Citizens Advice York

· Personal experiences from disabled people and from carers.

For staff, commissioners and volunteers from statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations, elected members, and disabled people and their family members and carers.

ACCESS

Wheelchair accessible; hearing loop; accessible toilets; some disabled parking.

ORGANISER

York Human Rights City Network: www.yorkhumanrights.org;

York Independent Living Network: www.yiln.org.uk

Contact: Jane Phythian: jane@phythian.org.uk

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EVENT

Disabled People and Poverty

WHEN

Wednesday 5 December 12:00 – 13:00

WHERE

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 40 Water End, York, YO30 6WP

COST

FREE but advance booking required via Sam Wright telephone 01904 735027

email: sam.wright@jrf.org.uk

DESCRIPTION

We are holding a seminar on the experience of ‘Disabled People and Poverty’. We have invited the Family Fund, the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people, to talk about their work. JRF speakers will also discuss the statistics behind disability and the relationship with poverty and how the Joseph Rowntree Foundation/Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust is working to support disabled people.

ACCESS

Meeting room is wheelchair accessible. Limited free parking available. Please contact Sam Wright to discuss access requirements.

ORGANISER

Joseph Rowntree Foundation/Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust – York-based independent social change organisation working to solve UK poverty. www.jrf.org.uk; www.jrht.org.uk

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EVENT

Community Sparks – Inclusive Disco

WHEN

Thursday 6 December 10:30 – 12:00 (and every Thursday) at Door 84 Youth & Community Centre, 84 Lowther Street, York, YO31 7LX (SEE ENTRY ON 29 NOVEMBER FOR FULL DETAILS)

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EVENT

Tang Hall SMART Inclusive Christmas Concert

WHEN

Thursday 6 December 13:30 – 15:30

WHERE

The Centre @ Burnholme, Mossdale Avenue, York, YO31 0HA

COST

FREE

DESCRIPTION

A lively blend of pop, rock, dance and rap, performed by participants from: SoundSMART, Inclusive Rock School, Satellite Class (teenagers dual registered at Applefields special school and Manor Academy), and United Response – all of whom attend one or more of Tang Hall SMART’s music clubs and classes aimed at people who have learning disabilities.

ACCESS

Wheelchair accessible – there is an ample free car park outside the centre

ORGANISER

Tang Hall SMART CIC – York based social enterprise that uses music and the creative arts as a vehicle for progress and recovery -www.tanghallsmart.com. Contact sue@tanghallsmart.com /

Telephone 07725 997 342

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EVENT

The Friendship Group with a Musical Twist

WHEN

7 December 13:00 – 14:30 (and every Friday)

WHERE

Oaken Grove Community Centre, Reid Park, Haxby, York, YO32 3QW (SEE ENTRY ON 30 NOVEMBER FOR FULL DETAILS)

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ADVANCE NOTICE OF A FOLLOW UP EVENT FROM THE SEMINAR IN OUR 2017 PROGRAMME ON ‘Direct Payments and PAs: Experiences, Issues and the Way Forward’

What: ‘Supporting the role of workplace personal assistant for people with physical and sensory impairments’

When: Tuesday 29 January 2019, 10:30 – 13:30

Where: University of York, Huntington Room, King’s Manor, Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EP.

Description: This is the launch of the ‘Taking on a personal assistant to support you at work’ guide (resources available here – https://workplacepersonalassistant.org/). Speakers from Disability Rights UK and Skills for Care as well as individuals reflecting on their experience of employing a PA and being a PA in the workplace. Come to find out more about the new Guide and meet others interested in working towards more accessible workplaces. The event is free. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-the-role-of-workplace-personal-assistant-for-people-with-physical-or-sensory-impairments-tickets-47989705501

Funded with help from Hungate Community Fund, Two Ridings Community Foundation