A Different Lens: Film screenings that explore the varied lives, stories and artistic expression of disabled people. Presented in Partnership with Fabrica.

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Our headliner for the evening is Heavy Load. The documentary follows the punk band of the film’s title as they smash barriers through their infectious rock music. The work also charts the beginnings of Stay Up Late, a charity which ensures that people with learning disabilities can enjoy evenings out, just like everyone else.

We are privileged to announce that Stay Up Late’s co-founder, and Heavy Load bassist, Paul Richards will be joining us alongside the film’s Director Jerry Rothwell.

Tuesday 21 March

Doors open at 18:30. Film starts at 19:00

Suitable for young adults (12+)

In association with the University of Brighton’s Disability Research Network

This event is supported by Scope.

Enquiries can be made to: differentlens@outlook.com or Fabrica on (01273) 778 646

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Disability Cricket sessions in Sussex

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Our aim is to make cricket accessible to everyone, we have therefore created 8 disability hubs throughout Sussex which are open to all ages and abilities. Our qualified coaches run drop-in coaching sessions every week across all 8 hubs.

Free taster sessions are available for groups interested in disability cricket. For further information or if you are interested in joining a hub please email developmentoffice@sussexcricket.co.uk or telephone 01273 827117



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Disabled Access Open Day at Brighton Dome Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th March.

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Brighton Dome will be celebrating national Disabled Access Day by offering free tours and information about our iconic Grade I-listed heritage venues.

Visit our Access Information Hub to find out more about the facilities on offer at Brighton Dome. Come and say hello to our Visitor Services team who will be on hand to answer questions, and you will also have the chance to familiarise yourself with the layout of our Concert Hall.

You can also learn about our programme of assisted performances and events, including British Sign Language -interpretation; captioned performances; audio description; touch tours; and relaxed performances.

The Café-bar will be open, and you can find out about the services of other local organisations, including Carousel and Possability People.

Our Access Information Hub will also be open on Fri 10 Mar, 2pm – 4pm in the East Corridor.

Backstage tours

Free backstage tours focusing on our venue’s rich heritage will be available throughout the weekend, and include integrated touch tour (Sat) and BSL interpretation (Sun).

Sat 11 Mar
10am -11.15am (includes touch tour)
11.45am – 1pm (includes touch tour)

Sun 12 Mar
10.30am – 11.45am (BSL-interpreted)
12.15pm – 1.30pm (BSL-interpreted)

Places on the tours are very limited so advance booking is essential. To reserve your place, email tickets@brightondome.org or contact our Ticket Office on 01273 709709.

If you have a specific access enquiry, you can call our Visitor Services team on 01273 261525 / 541 or email access@brightondome.org



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Sussex Disability Sports Network – 16 March 2017

Sussex Disability Sports Network event

We have listened to our network members & it’s clear that what is valued the most is the opportunity to network with other partners across the county, to find out what’s going on, build relationships, share best practice & collaborate to achieve mutual aims.

Therefore the main aim of the event will be to give attendees the opportunity to network.

Organisations will also have the opportunity have a stand/market stall to display their information – please tick this box when going through the booking process if you would like to have a table.

Refreshments and nibbles will be provided.



Thu 16 March 2017

18:00 – 20:45 GMT

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University of Brighton, Falmer Campus

Room E503 Checkland Building

Village Way



6:00pm: Arrival & refreshments

6:30pm – 8:45pm: Network event


  • Welcome and mini network update
  • Facilitated networking
  • Case study/local example
  • Refreshment break
  • Focus break out tables (led by steering groups)
  • Further open networking & market stalls


Free parking is available in the upper and lower car parks of the university.

The room is fully accessible with a lift which can be taken from floor 1 if coming from the Train station or floor 3 if coming from the support car park or bus stops.

A map of the campus will be sent out prior to the event.

The nearest train station is Falmer and is a 5 minute walk to the Checkland building on the university campus


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Free Bus travel for companions of Disabled Concessionary Card Holders for Disabled Access Day celebrations.


Free bus travel for companions of Disabled Concessionary Card Holders for Disabled Access Day celebrations

Brighton & Hove Buses are marking Disabled Access Day celebrations from 10-12 March by offering companions of Disabled Concessionary Card Holders free bus travel.

Accessibility and Communities Officer Victoria Garcia said: “We are delighted to support Disabled Access Day by helping disabled people and their companions to get out and about together.

“We are strong advocates of helping people to lead happy and active lives, and what better occasion to promote this message than on Disabled Access Day.”

Paul Ralph, Founder of Disabled Access Day, said: “I welcome the support of Brighton & Hove Buses for Disabled Access Day 2017. The chance to try something new can have a sustaining and meaningful effect as new opportunities are unveiled.

“For me and many others, bus travel provides that important link between places, communities and people. Accessible bus services have the potential to make an enormous difference to people’s lives.”

* To claim the free travel, companions simply need to board the bus with their Disabled Concessionary Card Holder friend and make it clear to the driver that they are travelling together. Drivers will permit all Disabled Concessionary Card Holders a plus-one to travel throughout the three days of the Disabled Access Day celebration from 10-12 March 2017. The normal terms and conditions of Disabled Concessionary passes will apply.

Further information can be found at buses.co.uk/accessday

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Powerchair player called up to England World Cup squad

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The captain of Brighton & Hove Albion’s power chair team Matt Francis has been called-up to the England squad for the 2017 World Cup.

The Albion team, which is run by the Seagulls’ official charity Albion in the Community (AITC), play in the Muscular Dystrophy UK Premiership and are currently second in the country’s top division.

Now Francis, who is studying law at the University of Sussex, is on track to make his England debut at the World Cup, which takes place in Kissimmee, Florida in July.

Taking to the pitch against the likes of Canada, Uruguay, Denmark, Argentina and Japan will mark a remarkable rise to the top of the game for 19-year-old Matt, who only started playing the sport as recently as 2009.

Speaking shortly after he was confirmed as being part of the World Cup squad, he said: “Everyone who plays football when they are young wants to play for their country so I am incredibly proud.

“I cannot wait to make my England debut and to do so at a World Cup will be amazing.

“Without the tremendous support from both my teammates and coaches at BHAPFC I would not have this amazing opportunity. They have challenged me to reach my full potential and inspired me to work hard for what I want to achieve.

“Football hasn’t just given me direction and many friends, it has taught me that life is limitless and you can do anything you put your mind to.”

Stewart Teeder, who coaches BHAPFC, was adamant that Francis was fully-deserving of his place on the plane to America. He said: “Matt has worked incredibly hard to get to into the England squad and everyone at Albion in the Community is very proud of him.

“Not only is Matt a fantastic player but he is also a brilliant captain and teammate and a superb example of what can be achieved with the right combination of talent and dedication.”


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Healthy Start Vouchers and vitamins worth over £9 per child



Pregnant? Children under four? Don’t miss out on Healthy Start vouchers and vitamins worth over £9 per child.

You qualify for Healthy Start if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and you and your family get one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income- based Job seeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and support allowance
  • Child Tax credit(with a family income of £16,190 or less per year
  • Universal Credit(with a family take home pay of £408 or less per month
  • You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any of the above benefits






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