My Service History at
Housing & Health Unit
The Disabled Living Centre / The Housing &
Video - 1990 produced by Jo Webb, Janet Hallas David Smith and
myself additional ideas by Dan Lawson and John Hinchliffe
Disability Services Video 1992
Video 1993 - Participated in planning of Video for deaf people.
Powered Wheelchairs - June 1987
HELP in the kitchen - December 1987
February 1990 - Level Best campaign launched
Daily Living Challenge June 22 The Mission Zetland Street
The Young Ones - December - Dewsbury Sports Centre
Computers are Fun 12 May 1994 Dewsbury Level Best
Dancing Elephanr Awards 1992 - I was nominated for the Video I
made for Disability Services / Level Best
Housing & Health Unit - T.V. Leaflet presentations
Grand Opening - Housing Week June1995
Anniversary (Housing Week) 3 - 9 June 1996
Housing Week 1998 - McAlpine Stadium
European Day of Disabled People 3 December 1996
Living Places Seminars at the National Childrens Centre - June
April 1996 - mobile showering exhibition, Silver Court
D.L.C. Review - 1989/1990
Disability Services Review - 1993
Housing Services Review - 1995
The Disabled Living Centre
The Disabled Living Centre Community Group
The Disabled Living Centre Community Group was set up in 1987 by
staff members, on a voluntary basis, none of whom had experience of public
speaking. The Community Group was set up to publicise the work of the Disabled
Living Centre and the aim is to give people information on the types of
Equipment and Adaptations that are available through the Council.
One of the most important reasons for forming the group was to
bridge the gap between Social Services and the public - the people out there in
the community who really count, and to take the Disabled Living Centre out to
them so that they know what is available, who to contact, what the procedures
asre and to give people a choice and a say in what their individual needs are.
The format of the talk was in four parts - The introduction,
about the Community Group, why we are there and the Disabled Living Centre
itself. Secondly, a talk about the Adaptations available, how they can help an
individual. Thirdly, we have a visual demonstration in the use of small items
of Equipment. Finally a general discussion with the audience, answering
questions or enquiries. We always tool as much infiormation as possible leaving
some with the audience to enable them to read at their leisure and folliowgh
any quiries they may have.
At first we visited the Council's Sheltered Housing complexes to
talk to elderley people, we did one talk in each of the catchment areas of the
seven Social Services Area Teams, but we have since moved on to various other
organisations throughout Kirklees.
The Disabled Living Centre is part of Social Services and was
founded in July 1986. It was opened in October of the same year by Councillor
Mrs Wheable who was then Chair of the Social Services Cimmittee.
The Centre has three main functions - co-ordination of Equipment,
co-ordination of Adaptations and Information giving.
The Disabled Living Centre holds regular exhibitions on a two
monthly basis and we have held various exhibitions on different themes, such as
Communications Equipment, Toys for the handicapped, Stairlifts, Bathing &
Showering Equipment, Powered Wheelchairs and Seating. The Exhibitions are held
on a two day period and we have a one night late opening until 8:00 p.m.
Attendance at our Exhibitions has been good, but unfortunately
the majority of the people were Professionals. We did not seem to be getting a
good response from the general public, so we therefore decided to form the
Community Group which was set up on a voluntary basis.
The main aim of the Group is to go out into the community in an
attempt to encourage the public to come down to the Disabled Living Centre. To
do this we give talks on the Centre itself and also inform the public of what
is available through Social Services
We have some pictures of the Group whilst they are giving a talk.
Our talks are held both during the day, providing there is enough staff to
cover, and also in the evening.
The Group work well together and all our talks are a joint
effort. When we visit a group we always ensure that we have ample
informationregarding list of staff members, opening times, future
exhibitionsetc. We have We alks have a folder containing pictures of Equipment
We have had a very good response from our talks resulting in some
of the peiple visiting the Centre. This has made the Group feel that their
efforts are worthwhile.
The need to publicise the Centre as well as what i available
through Social Services has proved necessary, and what better way to spread the
word about than through the Community Group itself.
We are planning a small unmanned exhibition to tour round the
branch libraries initially.