Leeds – Stop Removing Accessible Hackney Carriage Taxi Ranks Campaign
Gathering of people with disabilities, Unite the Union and Leeds taxi drivers.
Plan and Timelines for Tuesday 14th September 2021 – 11:30hrs to 15:00hrs
At 11:30hrs, all those who are able to attend and support on the day (Disabled Community peers, Unite the Union Reps, Hackney Carriage taxi drivers) should plan to arrive at the car park to the rear of the Civic Hall (opposite the Rose Bowl) to gather and collect leaflets/placards. We can then disperse to the two entrances to the Civic Hall to engage and distribute information to Councillors. This action can continue up to the Council meeting starting at 13:00hrs.
Prior to the start of the meeting all present may go into the Civic Hall to enter the public area within the Council Chamber. We understand and appreciate the protocol is not to cheer or pass comments whilst any Deputation is being given. We understand there are other Deputations being made on the day and the exact time of our Deputation is to be confirmed.
Please note: Around 12:30hrs, prior to the start of the Council meeting, the group of six members who are making the Deputation (Mary, Hilary, Eileen, Emma, Phil and Tim) will enter the Civic Hall to report to the Ushers and receive instructions.
Following our Deputation to the Lord Mayor, we will leave the Council Chamber and assemble in the outer chamber to speak with any Councillors who may wish to discuss our Deputation. (Possibly 10 to 20 minutes)
STAGE TWO: (Attending the Justice and Equality March to Millennium Square)
At 13:30hrs (approximately) those who can remain, should then head outside from the Civic Hall and reassemble in the public space at the Portland Crescent Area, near to the Civic Hall reception entrance. Around this time we hope to also be joined by night and day drivers and representatives from the Hackney Carriage Taxi Trade to join the March to Millennium Square.
At 14:00hrs (approximately) we will set off and march together in an orderly procession from Portland Crescent, heading towards Millennium Square. Several members will be carrying placards, banners and distributing information to members to help raise public awareness of the related equality issues. We will have an appropriate chant i.e. “Don`t move – the Taxi Rank” on our way to Millennium Square. In view of diversity and disability access, mobility, support and personal adjustment needs we will move at a safe, very leisurely and unhurried pace. The procession may take around 10 minutes.
When all are assembled on Millennium Square we hope that assembled press and news media will take comments, interviews and video. Also, speakers from Unite the Union, Hackney Carriage Taxi Drivers and members of the peer-led disability community will highlight why action is needed to stop this intolerable attack on the equality and social inclusion of many older and disabled taxi passengers who rely on the door-to-door public transport service.
At 14:45hrs, a small deputation will deliver the findings of the Unite the Union Passenger Survey and a letter for the Council Leader, Cllr James Lewis that sets out why urgent action is required to resolve this socially damaging and unjust situation.
By 15:00hrs our `Gathering` will end and disperse for some well-earned `refreshments` (and we can start to organise our next Millennium Square ` Justice and Equality Gathering`.
It is truly appreciated that as a result of age, disability, carer and support needs that many older and disabled members will be unable to join us on the day, but all their expertise and support is very much appreciated and please circulate this information to all community peers for information and invite. If you are able to attend any part of the event, we look forward to seeing you.
Further Details text or call 078 4747 5942. Thank You. (Locations Map Copied Below)
International Day of Disabled People 2020
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.
A space for celebration, reflection, connection, acceptance and challenge.
All Events are FREE to Attend
Further information about all Events:
Braille copy or Audio Description on CD available upon request. Please contact email@example.com
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.
11:30 – 12:00 William Merritt Centre, Technology and Toys – BSL
Introduction and Q&A to WMC Technology and toys services.
14:00 – 15:00 People in Action, Stay Active
Online accessible fitness session.
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.
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.
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.
14:00 – 15:00 People in Action, Stay Active, 60 mins, BSL
Online accessible fitness session.
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.
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.
10:45 – 11:30 Sense, Boxing Fitness, NO CAPTIONS
Fundamentals of Boxing, mixed with a cardiovascular workout routine.
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.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
11:30 – 12:30 Advonet, Friendships Relationships and Sexuality Quiz
Accessible Quiz to give a taster session of workshops.
14:00 – 15:00 People in Action, Stay Active
Online accessible fitness session.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org / 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 0113 242 1321 for assistance with booking.
Further information about all Events:
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.
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.
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.
Text or Call: 07775 444 032 / 07563 382 618
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 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.
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.
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: