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 #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.
A space for celebration, reflection, connection, acceptance and challenge. All Events are FREE to Attend
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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com / 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 0113 242 1321 for assistance with booking.
Last week the ‘Trust Your Voice’ staff choir at the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, recorded a special virtual performance of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’. This was to mark the NHS’ 72nd Birthday yesterday, Sunday 5 July 2020.
You will see our very own Melissa Barker-Simpson, Registered Qualified British Sign Language interpreter, is featured in the video. We are sure you will agree the video is very moving and we were honoured to be a part of such a special video.
Thank you to all NHS staff and a very Happy Birthday to the NHS!
HAPPY 72nd BIRTHDAY TO OUR NHS – Thank you to the Leeds & York Partnership Foundation Trust Choir
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.
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.
An enchanting double bill of family favourites, full of old-fashioned magic.
Peter and his animal companions are brought to life before your ears by dancing strings, quacking oboes, fluttering flutes and prowling horns in Prokofiev’s charming tale of courage and compassion. Narrator Pui Fan Lee (former Teletubby and CBeebies star) will guide you through this wintery tale accompanied by stunning illustrations on the big screen.
Christmas also wouldn’t be complete without a screening of Raymond Briggs classic, The Snowman. Howard Blake’s much-loved music remains the soundtrack to every child’s dream Christmas. Now’s your chance to experience the iconic score performed live by a full symphony orchestra, and the unforgettable ‘Walking in the Air’, here sung live by a member of Opera North’s Youth Chorus
Peter and the Wolf Interval (16:30 showing only)
Relaxed and audio described performance (2.30pm):
Our relaxed performance allows members of the audience to move around freely, leave or enter the auditorium as needed; lights never go completely dark and sound effects are softened. There is no interval. There’s also a quiet room (the Corson Room) away from the auditorium available throughout. For the 2.30pm performance, the building opens at 1.30pm, the auditorium itself opens around 2pm and the performance lasts a little over 1 hour.
To access live audio description for The Snowman: Live audio description for The Snowman can be accessed via the Sennheiser MobileConnect app on your phone:
Before coming to the performance, find the MobileConnect app in your app store – it has a black S shape in a white rectangle – and download it.
As you enter the auditorium, put your phone into aeroplane mode, and go to the app. If you have an iPhone, you might be already logged on. If not, go to settings and browse for the MobileConnect wifi and click onto it. Then in the app, click on ‘audio description’.
You can alter the sound by moving the blue circle with the ear on it around until you find a sound you’re happy with – this changes the EQ balance and volume levels. Remember to bring your headphones!
You can also put the screen into dark mode which means the background goes black and blue, so there is less light coming from your phone – recommended for theatre settings.
From £16.06 – £28.62
Leeds Town Hall
Timings 2.30pm performance – relaxed performance & audio described/ narrated (no interval) 4.30pm performance – standard performance (20 minute interval)
Band A: £28.62
Band B: £26.50
Band C: £24.38
Band D: £21.20
Band E: £16.06