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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

NHS 72nd birthday Video & Message from The Chair

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

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

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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!

Crochet Club

Learn how to crochet during a 6 week course!
All abilities welcome!

When?
Every Thursday 1:30-3pm, starting from 27th February 2020

Where?
The Centre, St Mary’s Street, Leeds, LS9 7DP

  • All equipment provided!
  • Café open for drinks and snacks!
  • Transport can be provided from Leeds Bus Station to the Centre.
    Email or call to reserve your place
    Info@leedssocietyfordeafandblind.org.uk
    0113 243 8328
    Reserve your place now!
    £2 a session!

 

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

Peter and the Wolf and then The Snowman

 

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

Programme:
Peter and the Wolf
Interval  (16:30 showing only)
The Snowman

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.
Price

From £16.06 – £28.62

Venue
  • Leeds Town Hall

Timings
2.30pm performance – relaxed performance & audio described/ narrated (no interval)
4.30pm performance – standard performance (20 minute interval)

Price Details
Band A: £28.62
Band B: £26.50
Band C: £24.38
Band D: £21.20
Band E: £16.06

Over 60s: £1.50 off
Under 18s: £5 off

Conductor
George Jackson

Narrator
Pui Fan Lee

Orchestra of Opera North

Friendship Cafe Christmas Update

News Update
The Friendship Café

Saturday 7th December  from 2pm till 4pm.
Free glass of mulled wine and a mince pie
Our wonderful Evin will be hosting it.

2019 Friendship Cafe poster
The Friendship Cafe will be open for Deaf people and Blind people on Sunday 3rd February 2019  between 2pm and 4pm.

Come down and have a chat and laugh with some familiar faces…..and make some new friends.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Click here for poster: Friendship Cafe 2019 poster

Women’s Leeds City Listening Project Focus Group

Leeds Involving People are working with Leeds City Council to provide an opportunity for women (over the age of 18) to speak about the barriers they face and identify solutions that would help tackle some of these barriers.

Thursday 28th November, 1pm till 3pm
Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People
St Mary’s Street
Leeds
LS9 7DP

Women are invited to attend this Focus Group

Participants will receive a £10 voucher for attending.

To book your place, please contact Leeds Involving People:
0113 237 4508 / 0793 493 6927 alison.brophy@leedsinvolvement.org.uk