The One Show want to hear from disabled people who face problems when using public transport

The popular show on BBC One is making a film exploring the issues faced by disabled people from all over the country whilst using public transport and are asking for your contributions.

Perhaps on your journey accessible toilets have been out of order? Spaces reserved for wheelchair users have been taken up by luggage? Or maybe you haven’t had the help you need to get off a bus or a taxi? If you have faced problems when using public transport, be it on a tram, train, bus, taxi, plane or the Tube, the One Show want to hear from you.

When you genuinely encounter a problem, they are asking for you to film what’s going on using your phone or camera and describe what’s happening.

Once you have this footage, it can be sent to Laura Pennington, a researcher on the show via email at: laura.pennington@bbc.co.uk or phone on 0161 335 8902. In addition, if you would like to know more about the project, Laura is happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Get Involved Group Volunteer Victoria Gray on Talking Possabilities Radio show

On Monday 31st July we went to Spiral Wave Radio in Bevendean Brighton and recorded a radio show on Fire evacuation procedures. It was very interesting as we had someone from the council and someone from the fire service as guests on the show. We discussed how disabled people could be evacuated safely when in a public building and how it is important if you have a disability to make sure a member of staff knows you have entered a building and if there is a fire it means they can make sure you are evacuated safely.

We discussed what to do in your own home and how it is important to have a smoke alarm. I found it useful that we also discussed ways of helping to prevent fire for example unplugging things at night and keeping doors shut to help prevent a fire from spreading.  I found the whole discussion on evacuation reassuring and I hope it will help to build awareness.

After we discussed evacuation I talked about the Young People’s Peer Support group.  I talked about how the first meeting had gone and how much we enjoyed it. I also mentioned the petition that I’ve helped write to ask the Harry Potter Studios to provide touch tours for visually impaired people.

I feel that the radio was a great success and an amazing experience. I’m looking forward to doing more shows in the future.

Please have a listen to the Radio show just follow the link below

https://soundcloud.com/user-166011293/talking-possabilities-radio-july-17-fire-evacuation-and-safety

Thanks

Victoria Gray Possability People Volunteer

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NEW Young Disabled Adults Peer Support Group (ages 18-30) – 24 July @ 6pm

WHEN: Monday 24 July, 6pm – 8pm

WHERE: North Laine Brewery Pub, 27 Gloucester Pl, Brighton, BN1 4AA

Do you have a disability, long-term health condition or impairment?

Want to get together to meet others and make a difference to the lives of young disabled people in the City?

Come along and be part of a new group run by and for young disabled adults and enjoy some free food and drinks too!

For more info or to let us know you’re coming, call/text 07795 904 179 or email lilly@possabilitypeople.org.uk

Or just come along on the day!

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Possability People Community Pharmacy film.

In September 2016, the Get Involved Group was asked by the Business Support Manager for the East Sussex Local Pharmaceutical Committee (ESLPC) if they knew of any residents who use their local community pharmacy and would like to support the campaign for Community Pharmacies.

The GIG team met with the Business Support Manager and planned to facilitate the filming of up to 4 GIG members speaking about their own lived experiences of how they use their community pharmacies, and how it would affect them if their local pharmacy closed down due to the proposed Government cuts.  This information and campaign would then be shared within NHS England and the Department of Health to help support the campaign against the cuts.

We were able to source a local professional filmographer, who filmed and edited the case studies on a voluntary basis. The ESLPC were able to cover the costs of travel and PA hours for participants who needed it.

4 people from the Get Involved Group were filmed in total, in November 2016 on location at Kamson’s Pharmacy on Portland Road, Hove.  We were also able to source a further 15 written case studies from GIG members who felt passionately about saving local community pharmacies, to help them maintain independence, and ensure that this vital service is continued and supported across the city and the rest of the country.

 

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Fabrica: The Art of Inclusion

 

Fabrica: The Art Of Inclusion: Making Environments for Meaningful Participation

Thursday 13 July  6-8 pm
Free entry, includes free light supper. Pay bar.
Booking essential.

Meaningful inclusion is dependent upon creating attitudinal and spatial environments that support individuals to be free. IN COLOUR, Peter Hudson’s exhibition for Fabrica was conceived as one such environment: a work that would genuinely embrace a diverse audience and the possibilities for communication between neurodiverse and neurotypical communities.

His commission builds upon the considerable expertise of Project Art Works who have supported the artist to develop the work through close interaction with neurodiverse participants, artists and makers at their studios in Hastings.

In this specially programmed discussion for artists and other arts, health and social care professionals, respected Clinical Psychologist Dr Tony Levitan, Artist and Director of Project Art Works Kate Adams, Director of Fabrica Liz Whitehead and artist Peter Hudson describe these environmental factors and their impact on people with complex needs, the artist and co-commissioner partnership and the development of the IN COLOUR commission.

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New: Possability People Young Disabled People’s Peer Support Group!

WHEN:            Thursday 27 July, 2pm – 4pm

WHERE:         Modelo Lounge, 145 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2AE

A new group run by and for young disabled people living in Brighton and Hove

Are you between 18 and 30?  Have a disability, long-term health condition or impairment?  Want to get together to make a positive difference?

Come along to Possability People’s brand new Young Disabled People’s Peer Support Group to meet new people and share experiences!

Our first meeting is on Thursday 27 July from 2pm – 4pm at Modelo Lounge, Hove, which is a fully accessible venue.  There’ll be some free food and drinks to get us started!

Let us know you’re coming by emailing lilly@possabilitypeople.org.uk, call 01273 20 89 34 or text 07795 90 41 79, or just come along on the day.

See you there!  Feel free to bring a friend along too, everyone is welcome!

 

 

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City’s bus company makes community support fund available

 

Brighton & Hove Buses is opening up its community pot to a twice-yearly bidding system to continue its support of community groups and charities but in a fairer and more transparent way.

Every year the city’s bus operator has been quietly giving away small pots of money in a bid to help sustain Brighton and Hove’s unique, exciting, innovative community, arts and cultural initiatives that make us the envy of cities throughout the country.

Brighton & Hove Buses Managing Director Martin Harris said: “We’ve never seen ourselves as just a bus service. We’re part of the lifeblood of Brighton and Hove.

“We feel a responsibility to sustain and connect communities. And as a leading business in the city we strive to be responsible so that in every action we take, we try to do the right thing by the community – of which we’re both a part and is part of us.

“To make the whole system fairer and available to groups who may not previously have heard about our fund, we’re opening it up to a twice-yearly process.”

The fund is open to any community or charity group who can fulfil the bid criteria including telling the company how what they do benefits any community in the Brighton & Hove area and why they believe the bus company would be a great partner for them.

For more information or to make an application for a support package – ranging from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand – please go to the company’s community and stakeholder website citybusnews.co.uk and click on News.

The first tranche of applications will be accepted up to 5.00 pm on June 30.

 

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