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International Day Of Disabled People – 2020

International Day of Disabled People 2020
#LeedsForAll

The Covid-19 Pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges. For some, it has given us the chance to become more connected, for others we’ve never felt more isolated.

So join us between the 1st and 4th of December 2020 to celebrate International Day of Disabled People in Leeds 2020. A series of accessible, inclusive performances, stories, exhibitions, discussions, information and activities will be available digitally and some off-line content too.

IDODP – 2020

A space for celebration, reflection, connection, acceptance and challenge.
All Events are FREE to Attend

Please visit idodp.eventbrite.co.uk to register for our LIVE Events or contact us on info@wmdlc.org or 0113 242 1321 for assistance with booking.

Further information about all Events:
https://www.wmdlc.org/idodp

Braille copy or Audio Description on CD available upon request. Please contact fwarwick@wmdlc.org

IDODP – 2020

Please find the event plan below, All these events will be hosted on Zoom with Captions

Tuesday, 1st December

9:30 – 10:30 – Opening & Welcome – BSL
Cllr kevin Ritchie, Geoff Turnbull and Phil Gleeson will open and welcome.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/idodp-leeds-for-all-opening-welcome-tickets-128490274871

11:30 – 12:00 William Merritt Centre, Technology and Toys – BSL
Introduction and Q&A to WMC Technology and toys services.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/william-merritt-centre-technology-and-toys-tickets-128599952921

14:00 – 15:00 People in Action, Stay Active
Online accessible fitness session.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/people-in-action-stay-active-tickets-128611966855

15:30 – 16:30 Forum Central, Accessibility of Public Spaces – BSL
A round table discussion focusing on Public Spaces, Feeling Connected and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on disabled people in Leeds.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/forum-central-accessibility-of-public-spaces-tickets-128614265731

Wednesday, 2nd December
9:30 – 11:00 – Age Proud, I am Still here – BSL
A workshop bringing together disabled people to talk about getting older and dealing with discrimination and ageism.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/age-proud-i-am-still-here-tickets-128623304767

11:30 – 13:00 Mindfulness Cooperation, Being with the Monkey Mind, NO CAPTIONS
An experiential session including short meditations and an exploration of how meeting our monkey mind in a non-judgmental way can help us.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mindfulness-cooperation-being-with-the-monkey-mind-tickets-128626616673

14:00 – 15:00 People in Action, Stay Active, 60 mins, BSL
Online accessible fitness session.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/people-in-action-stay-active-tickets-128629178335

15:30 – 16:30 Carers Connections: An Introduction to Autobiographical Writing
Including discussion, shared experiences formally or creatively; encouraging disability awareness helping people feel seen and valued.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carers-connections-an-introduction-to-autobiographical-writing-tickets-128644221329

Thursday, 3rd December

10:00 – 11:15 Age Proud, Wise up to Ageism
The new Wise Up To Ageism online awareness session is an opportunity to find out more about ageism and how you can help the Age Proud Leeds campaign. 
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/age-proud-wise-up-to-ageism-tickets-128646514187

10:45 – 11:30 Sense, Boxing Fitness, NO CAPTIONS
Fundamentals of Boxing, mixed with a cardiovascular workout routine.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sense-boxing-fitness-tickets-128649350671

14:00 – 15:00 MESMAC, Sing – a – long with Sage
Tessa Smith from the Sing It Out Project will be hosting a wellbeing singing session that allows participants the opportunity to sing some age old classics with Jo from Age UK Leeds joining us to Sing and sign (not BSL) to celebrate with Sage IDoDP on Zoom.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mesmac-sing-a-long-with-sage-tickets-128652355659

16:00 – 17:00 DeafBlind UK, Sensory Loss, Accessibility Workshop
Session aimed at encouraging providers to increase accessibility, empowering individuals to access services and social opportunities with success and confidence (Covid & beyond)
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deaf-blind-uk-sensory-loss-accessibility-workshop-tickets-128653984531

19:00 – 20:30 Purple Patch Arts, Disco
A fabulous Disco, playing upbeat classics that will be sure to get you moving and grooving! Contact info@purplepatcharts.org or 07725 041801 to Book

Friday, 4th December

9:30 – 11:00 Forum Central,  Employment, Discussion, BSL
A round table discussion focusing on Employment, Feeling Connected and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on disabled people in Leeds.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/forum-central-employment-discussion-tickets-128656630445

11:30 – 12:30 Advonet, Friendships Relationships and Sexuality Quiz
Accessible Quiz to give a taster session of workshops.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/advonet-friendships-relationships-and-sexuality-quiz-tickets-128746222417

14:00 – 15:00 People in Action, Stay Active
Online accessible fitness session.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/people-in-action-stay-active-tickets-128658798931

15:30 – 16:30 Jointly hosted by Space and SAGE, Poetry Event, BSL
LGBT Women’s Space and Sage hold poetry evenings. Participants can choose to read their own poetry, to read poetry that inspires them or they find of relevance, or to listen to others and contribute.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jointly-hosted-by-space-and-sage-poetry-event-tickets-128660092801

19:00 – 21:00 Leeds Disabled People Organisation, Strategies For Disability Activism in the Post-COVID World, BSL –
A panel discussion about what strategies for activism can the disabled people’s movement develop going into a post-COVID world and how can we work with other activist groups such as Black Lives Matterrs.
BOOK HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7p8TfCuepMeeUTd5yrdQ7nsroGpnYOh3

Please find content below which will be available on YouTube from Tuesday 1st December, Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7p8TfCuepMeeUTd5yrdQ7nsroGpnYOh3

Ascendance, Dance with Parkinson’s, 5 mins
This wonderful film is about Leeds based dance company, Ascendance and their work with Dancers with Parkinson’s during lockdown; featuring dancers on zoom and interviews with its members and volunteers. The work culminates with pieces of choreography performed by all the Yorkshire groups, united together on screen to inspire.

Cranmer Scheme, Cooking Guidance, 10 mins
Step by step cooking instructions on how to make traditional doughnuts and Latkes for Channukah.

Driving Mobility, 20 mins, BSL
Introduction to Driving Mobility Services

Forum Central, Aladdin Film, 8 mins, BSL
Video of the Autism and Learning Disability Digital Inclusion Network.

Leeds Autism AIM – The Advonet Group, Coronavirus: Autistic Stories, 60 mins, CAPTIONS
A series of short videos and blog posts from autistic adults in Leeds, talking about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leeds Directory, Introduction, 5 mins
Introduction to Leeds Directory Services

Leeds Hearing & Sight Loss Service, Yoga session, 20 mins, Audio Description
Accessible Yoga session

Leeds Hearing & Sight Loss Service, Yoga session, 20 mins, BSL & Subtitles,
Accessible Yoga session

Leeds Mencap, Imagine if, 5 mins, BSL –
Leeds Mencap has produced a number of short videos which shows our service user families, young people and staff talking about having a learning disability and some of the issues that they face and their relationship with Leeds Mencap.

Leeds Mencap, The Great Big Sing Along, 5 mins
The Singalong is a fun, inclusive fundraising event that Leeds Mencap are organising this year. It’s easy to take part. Just learn the Makaton signs for ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ and then get together and sing it and post it on social media.

Leeds Powerchair Football Club, Introduction, 7 mins –
Introduction to Leeds Powerchair Football Club and football for disabled people.

People in Action, PiA Presents.., 20 mins –
A video of talented performers with learning disabilities and autism performing music, dance, comedy..

Purple Patch, Dance Move Workshop, 10 mins –
Join Tricia from Purple Patch Arts to get active, have a dance and learn some cool moves to  ‘Celebration’ by Kool and the Gang to perform at the disco on Thursday 3rd December! (see timetable for Disco information)

School of Rock and Media, Britain’s Got Talent, 45 mins
School of Rock and Media very own Britain’s got Talent.

Sense Arts, Ink Blowing, 20 mins –
Have a go at ink blowing, Alex shows you how to create colourful abstract artworks using either ink, diluted paint, or kitchen cupboard items, with her simple but fun technique. This video is British Sign Language  interpreted with fixed captions throughout. It also includes, ‘auto-description’ where Alex describes her actions whilst delivering her session!

Sense Arts, Making Sounds at Home Session, 30 mins, BSL & CAPTIONS –
Artist, Tom Peel guides you through an inclusive session exploring sounds with objects around your home. This video is British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted alongside including fixed captions throughout. It also includes, ‘Auto-Description’ where Tom describes his actions, environment and equipment used whilst delivering his session!

Sense  Arts, Poetry Workshop, 15 mins, BSL & CAPTIONS 
Spoken word artist, Miss Jacqui guides you through an inclusive poetry workshop with words, sign and movement. This video is British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted alongside including fixed captions throughout. It also includes, ‘Auto-Description’ where Miss Jacqui describes her actions, environment and equipment used whilst delivering her session!

Sense Arts, Seated Inclusive Dance Workshop, 17 mins, BSL & CAPTIONS –
Becca from InterACTION takes you through a seated inclusive dance workshop which explores both movement in the arms and legs (but options are provided throughout). This video is British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted with fixed captions throughout. It also includes ‘auto-description’ where Becca describes her actions whilst delivering her session!

Sense Arts, Sound Bath, 21 mins
Chris Richardson leads a relaxing inclusive sound bath. Either sit back and enjoy the session, or use his video to guide you through delivering your own session. This video is British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted with fixed captions throughout. It also includes, ‘auto-description’ where Chris describes his actions whilst delivering his session!

The Advonet Group, Citizen Advocacy Film, 5 mins, BSL
In this film, Advonets Volunteer Citizen Advocates and their Advocacy Partners talk about what they do and what they get out of their roles.

The Advonet Group, People’s Parliament Film, 12 mins, BSL
A film showing an average meeting of the Leeds Learning Disability Peoples Parliament, these meetings are about finding out about services in Leeds and helping make them better.

William Merritt Centre, Introduction, 1 min, CAPTIONS –
Introduction to the services William Merritt Centre offer to improve disabled adults, children and older peoples independence.

Yorkshire Dance, Dance Class, 30 mins –
Join Yorkshire Dance for a fun filled dance video where together we will explore space. From shooting stars to flying comets. A recorded class for anyone that likes to dance!

Leeds Libraries – 100% Digital Leeds, Enable Me: Digital Inclusion for Supporting People with a Sensory Impairment, 60 mins –
This training will give practical hints and tips on how you can motivate and support people to build their digital skills and confidence.  Focusing on digital inclusion for people with sensory impairment

Leeds Libraries – 100% Digital Leeds, Digital Inclusion for Supporting People with a Learning Disability, 60 mins-
This training will give practical hints and tips on how you can motivate and support people to build their digital skills and confidence.  Focusing on digital inclusion for people with a learning disability

The below activities have individual access instructions. Please find below:

Advonet, Colouring Activity
Images from CHANGE for people to colour in. We would love people to show us what they have done, they can be sent to us by post, email, twitter or however!
Contact info@wmdlc.org for colouring pack.

Healthwatch Leeds and Leeds Museums and Galleries, A Day in the Life –
Healthwatch Leeds and Leeds City Museum have gathered information and pictures from people with a disability about their experiences, both the positive and negative ones, during the coronavirus pandemic .These will be displayed on thei social media platforms as part of International Day of Disable People Day on the 3rd of December for one week. Access via twitter: @LeedsCityMuseum @HWLeeds

Leeds Society for Deaf & Blind, Activity Baking Pack (Limited) 
We will be sharing our recipe for Christmas biscuits in audio and BSL, along with a list of ingredients for you to bake along at home! Take some pictures of your creations to share with us! We will be preparing some boxes of pre-weighed ingredients and accessible instructions to share out amongst the community. These will be available to collect from our centre in advance (please contact us to arrange). We are also able to post these direct to members of the blind community. Email zoe.major@leedssocietyfordeafandblind.org.uk / Text 07563 382 618 for more information – please note, numbers are limited!

ted by people in Middleton, Armley and Cross Gates/ Garforth over the last few months. All the projects have encouraged people with mental health issues to make art. ACCESS??

“Possible All Along” Online Exhibition by Disabled Artists in Leeds
Online art exhibition by Leeds-based disabled artists
Email gill.crawshaw@gmail.com for further information

All Events are FREE to Attend
Please visit idodp.eventbrite.co.uk to register for our LIVE Events or contact us on info@wmdlc.org or 0113 242 1321 for assistance with booking.

Further information about all Events:
https://www.wmdlc.org/idodp

Hospital – Patient Befriending Service

Patient Befriending Service

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, working in partnership with The Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People are providing BSL video befriending calls for all BSL users staying in hospital.

  • Feedback tells us hospital stays can be especially isolating for deaf people.
  • Befriending calls are available for anyone wishing to access these during a hospital stay.
  • Ask the ward staff to arrange to connect you to us via the JusTalk app on the ward ipod.

Due to Covid-19, hospital visiting restrictions are in place. By working together, we can ensure patients stay connected.

 

Leeds City Council – Regent Street Flyover

Dear Community,

We are writing to tell you about upcoming works taking place on the A64(M) Inner Ring Road, and A61 Regent Street. The work will focus on rebuilding the rapidly deteriorating Regent Street flyover.

The condition of the flyover means it now needs significant work in order to ensure public safety. Our extensive feasibility work has shown that the most cost-effective and beneficial solution is to replace the existing structure with a new one.

How will the work affect me?

  • The contraflow on the A64(M)/A64 will be implemented on 1 June. The associated works for installing the contraflow will start at 7pm on 31 May with the closure of the A64(M) until 5:30am the following morning. Some of the work is weather dependant and a contingency night is allowed for on 1 June.
  • The A64 (M) and part of the A64 will be reduced in capacity from four lanes to two from 31 May
  • The A61 Regent Street will maintain in its current capacity of four lanes under the flyover
  • There will be a handful of weekend/evening closures over the space of the works. The first one of these will take place on 27 June and run for 5 consecutive weekend’s

More information on the scheme and diversions in place can be found here.

We will continue to work with bus operators to ensure that buses can continue to operate effectively throughout the work for Leeds residents and those working in the city. We would urge people to plan their journeys in advance and expect delays for the duration of works.
The work is set to be complete by spring 2022.

LSDBP – Connect With Us

Click here for Word Version of Connect with Us

Friendly Contact Service

Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People

Keeping in Touch!

Friendly BSL OR Telephone contact

We use Facetime, WhatsApp for BSL Video Calling

Send your number or email we will do the rest!

Setting up contact for you or a family member as often as you want.

Contact us:

Text or Call: 07775 444 032 / 07563 382 618

Email: zoe.major@leedssocietyfordeafandblind.org.uk

If you are contacting us on behalf of someone else – please ask permission from them first.

Thank you, we look forward to connecting with you!

Patient Safety Alert – Risk of harm

Patient Safety Alert – Risk of harm to babies and children from coin/button batteries in hearing aids and other hearing devices

 

NHS England and NHS Improvement recently issued a National Patient Safety Alert relating to the risk of harm to babies and children from batteries in hearing aids and other hearing devices. If they are swallowed or inserted into nostrils/ear canals they can cause serious injury. While the alert targets NHS organisations, it is important that all organisations that provide hearing aids and hearing aid batteries take action to prevent this risk of harm.

While this won’t directly affect Local Engagement services it is important to be aware of the risks batteries can pose, especially to babies and young children, but also people with additional risk factors such as those with a significant learning disability, dementia or other cognitive or sensory impairment. Everyone who wears hearing aids should keep their battery supply in a secure location especially if they live with or care for any people who are more at risk of harm from batteries. If any service users are particularly concerned, they should be advised to contact their audiologist to discuss secure battery compartments. These can only be opened with specific tools and prevent unintended access to a hearing aid battery while it is in a hearing aid.

National Patient Safety Alert – Risk of harm to babies and children from button batteries in hearing aids

How to find us

Click here to view map on Google

We have finally moved into our new home at St Mary’s Street
We are open for booking medical appointments.
When we are fully open we will announce it here.

How to get there by Bus
16, 49, 50 & 50A.

Entrance to the new Centre and an image of the entrance intercom
When you arrive either by car or on foot, please press the blue light button (See Image above) on the intercom system to ring the office to let them know you are waiting.
The office will let you in.
It’s roughly a 22 minute walk from the train station, please follow the route below:

 

 

Donate to 2 Deaf Foot John O’Groats 2 Land’s End

2 Deaf Tekking Walk, John O'Groats 2 Land's End

Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG)

Two Deaf men have captured the imagination of the Deaf community by setting out on a walk from John O’Groats to Lands End to raise money to support treatment for Deaf people with mental health problems.

This is the route they will be taking in their massive challenge

Mark Hodgson and Daniel Dorney are walking to raise £10,000 for Deaf4Deaf and SignHealth to support their work to give Deaf people services like counselling in BSL. They are accompanied by support driver Christopher Potts.

To support them, give money on the Crowdfunding page here!

At the time of writing, they have already raised £6,480, which suggests the final sum they raise may be more than their target sum.

Mark and Daniel have set up a Just Giving page, and you can donate here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent and Baby Group

Children from 0-4 years old

Starting on Monday 4th February 2019, then first Monday of every month except May when the group will be held on Monday 13th May.

Deaf parents with deaf children
Hearing parents with deaf children
Siblings are welcome
10am – 12pm
First Monday of every month up to December
The Centre, St Mary’s street, Leeds, LS9 7DP

Parent and Baby Group

 

Repair Clinics

How to get your hearing aid repaired

A hearing aid is a small and sophisticated piece of equipment and like any other electrical item it can require repair, maintenance or adjustments.  This should be carried out every 6 months.

Aftercare and repairs are available at the following health centres by  appointment only:

DAY CLINIC POSTCODE
Monday St James Hospital  (1st Floor Chancellor Wing)
Wharfedale Hospital  (Lower Ground Floor)
LS9/8/7/6/14/17
LS21/29
Tuesday St James Hospital  (1st Floor Chancellor Wing)
Holt Park Medical Centre
LS9/8/7/6/14/17
LS23/25/14/22
Wednesday St James Hospital  (1st Floor
Chancellor Wing)
Thorpe Park  (Park Approach)
LS9/8/7/6/14/17
LS15/14/25/26
Thursday St James Hospital  (1st Floor Chancellor Wing)
Armley Clinic  (Town Street)
LS9/8/7/6/14/17
LS12/13/28
Friday St James Hospital  (1st Floor Chancellor Wing)
Hunslet HC  (Church St)
Wetherby HC  (Hallfield Lane)
Yeadon HC  (South View Rd)
Pudsey HC  (Mulberry St)
LS9/8/7/6/14/17
LS11/10/26/27
LS23/25/14/22
LS19/20
LS28/13

Please book appointments by phoning: 0113 3926300

If your hearing aid requires a new tube or you require new batteries you can call in to the hearing aid clinic at St James’ Hospital (1st Floor, Chancellor Wing) and the receptionist will be happy to help you.

Hearing aid batteries are available from the clinics above or can be collected from the drop-in clinics on the next page

Batteries will be provided on a 6 monthly basis

Please ensure you bring your battery card when collecting batteries.

For general enquires, email:  leedsth-tr.hearingandbalance@nhs.net 

Email for enquires:  leedsth-tr.hearingandbalance@nhs.net

 

Leeds Hearing & Sight Loss Service

The Leeds Hearing & Sight Loss Service volunteers provide free batteries, basic servicing and cleaning for NHS hearing aids obtained from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals (LGI, St James, Wharfedale).

Visit the Drop-In Clinics (closed on National Holidays):

Leeds Hearing & Sight Loss Service
Gallery House
5th Floor
123-131 Headrow
LS1 5RD
Every Thursday 10am – 12:00pm
&
1pm – 3:00pm
Otley Library
Nelson Street
LS211EZ
1st Tuesday of month 9am – 12:45pm
Blackburn Hall
Commercial Street
LS26 0AW
1st Thursday of month 1pm – 2:30pm
Rothwell Community Hub
Marsh Street
Rothwell
LS26 0AD
1st Thursday of Month 3pm – 4pm
Crossgates Good Neighbours
Station Road
LS15 7JY
1st Friday of month 9:30 – 11:30am
Middleton Elderly Social Centre
Middleton Park Avenue
LS10 4LF
2nd Tuesday of month 10am – 2:00pm
Garforth Library
Liggett Lane
LS25 1EH
3rd Thursday of month 9:30 – 11:30am
Morley Town Hall – (downstairs hall)
Queen Street
LS27 9DY
4th Tuesday of month 10am – 2:30pm
Moor Allerton Library
Near Sainsbury’s
King Lane
LS17 5NY
4th Thursday of month 1:30pm – 4pm