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The York Disability Rights Forum

  At the request of York Independent Living Network, we’re supporting the development of a disabled person-led forum for anyone living or working in York who identifies as disabled or as having a disability. We aim to ensure that the Forum is led by, and open to, people and allies from right across a range of […]

Parks And Green Spaces Are Important For Our Mental Health – But We Need To Make Sure That Everyone Can Benefit

    By Wendy Masterson, Hannah Carver and Tessa Parkes in The Conversation.   How does walking through a forest make you feel? Peaceful? Blissful? Reflective? For many people, lockdown brought a new appreciation of nature and what it means for our well-being. The health benefits of immersing ourselves in “greenspace” are now widely accepted. […]

What Would A Truly Disabled-Accessible City Look Like ?

By Saba Salman in The Guardian.   Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that is less […]

Blackpool Illuminations To Pay Tribute To The Corona Heroes

  By Graham Clark in The Yorkshire Times.   Blackpool’s 2020 Illuminations will feature a special tribute to the heroes of COVID-19 with a dazzling display of hearts and rainbows along the famous Golden Mile. The section, which will also feature the faces of 50 nominated “Corona Heroes”, pays homage to the extraordinary efforts of […]

Coronavirus: Disabled People Face Discrimination From COVID Traffic Schemes

  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Councils and other public bodies across England are failing to consult disabled people before approving “discriminatory” measures designed to aid social distancing and encourage cyclists and pedestrians, say campaigners. They have warned that public bodies are ignoring their duties under the Equality Act, and are making […]

The York ME TGA Inter-Company Fantasy Football League

The York ME TGA Inter-Company Fantasy Football League   The York ME Community runs an Inter-Company Fantasy Football League sponsored by TGA Mobility.  This is to help raise awareness of the illness that affects around 250,00 people in the UK, and 800 to 1,000 people of all ages in the York area alone. Companies enjoyed […]

Changing Places Toilets For Disabled People To Be Compulsory

  From BBC News. Large accessible toilets for severely disabled people – known as Changing Places – will be made compulsory for new buildings in England from 2021. Shopping centres, supermarkets, sports and arts venues will be required to include at least one Changing Place, a government spokesman said. The facilities include hoists, changing benches […]

The York Access Group

Just to let you know that The York Access and Mobility Club has been renamed The York Access Group. This group will be working with others in the York area to improve disability access to amenities in York, so that we can all enjoy our beautiful city to the full, and to not be restricted […]

‘We Knew We Were Experiencing Something Special’ – York Band Release ‘Stunning’ Debut Album

  By David Nicholson in YorkMix.   To mark the release of Human Contact, the debut album by York band The Howl & The Hum, David Nicholson takes a listen and remembers where, for him, it all began Wednesday night for me is the quiz with Tom Adams in the chair at The Swan in Bishy Road, […]

Harrogate Charity Urges Businesses Coming Out Of Lockdown To Consider Disabled People In Pre-opening Preparations

  From The Yorkshire Times.   A Harrogate charity is urging businesses coming out of lockdown to consider the needs of disabled people in their pre-opening preparations. And for those opening their doors this coming Monday (June 1) – and in two weeks’ time – Disability Action Yorkshire has published guidance on how to achieve […]

Shock As Minster FM To Close – To Be Replaced By A National Greatest Hits Station

  From YorkMix. York radio station Minster FM is to close, it was revealed today (Wednesday). The station will be absorbed into the Hits Radio Brand Network, its owners Bauer Media announced. Many of the staff at the Dunnington-based company have been put on redundancy notice today – including most of the presenters.   To […]

Bus Company Forced To Act After Campaigner’s Wheelchair Space Victory

  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled campaigner has secured an “important victory” that has forced a transport company to bring in new measures to protect the rights of wheelchair-users to use buses. Wheelchair-user Nina Grant, from north London, began legal action against Arriva after repeatedly being left on the pavement […]

“A Little Slice Of Normality In A Very Crazy World” – How Off-Road Dog Walking Is Providing Solace In Lockdown

    From TGA Mobility.   On a morning, one thing is as cyclical as the sunrise – cocker spaniels Tyler and Maya will be roaming the outdoors on their daily walk, followed by Lisa Vesty on her trusty TGA Vita S. Lisa isn’t alone of course. Indeed when the lockdown started, the other dog walkers […]

Volunteering From Home – Flexible, Inclusive Opportunities For All

From The Life of Pippa Blog.   I firmly believe that there’s no such thing as too many acts of kindness. In light of our current circumstances, it’s been so heartwarming to see that a decent proportion of the general public are shining bright and coming forward to volunteer, doing all they can to help […]

Saved ? York pub Earmarked For Demolition Could Be Turned Into A Drive-Thru Coffee Shop

  From YorkMix.   A pub near York that was set to be demolished could now enjoy a new lease of life as a drive-thru coffee shop. Punch Partnerships Ltd, which owns the Four Alls Inn on the A64, wanted to tear it down and replace it with five houses. The plan drew criticism from the York […]

Coronavirus: Council ‘Tells Social Workers To Stop All Their Usual Work’

  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A local authority apparently told its social workers to “stop all their usual work” until the coronavirus crisis was over, even before emergency powers to reduce their duties under the Care Act became law. The controversial Coronavirus Act, which became law last Wednesday (25 March), suspended […]

Coronavirus: Lack Of Engagement With DPOs ‘Has Led To Bad Policies’

  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government is facing claims that its continuing and repeated refusal to consult with disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) has contributed to its failure to protect disabled people’s rights in responding to the coronavirus crisis. Successive governments since 2012 have been criticised for their failure to engage […]

Using A Service: Reasonable Adjustments For Disabled People

  From the Equality and Human Rights Commission.   Equality law recognises that bringing about equality for disabled people may mean changing the way in which services are delivered, providing extra equipment and/or the removal of physical barriers. This is the ‘duty to make reasonable adjustments’. A duty is something someone must do, in this […]

Bus Pass Restrictions Relaxed In North Yorkshire

  By Karen Lie in Yorkshire Coast Radio.   Restrictions on the use of bus passes in North Yorkshire have been relaxed to help pass holders to take advantage of early morning shopping opportunities and medical appointments. North Yorkshire County Council have temporarily enhanced their National Concessionary Travel Scheme to enable pass holders to use […]

The Long-Forgotten Leeds Theme Park And Zoo That Only Opened For Six Years

By Kristian Johnson in Leeds Live.   Leeds was once home to a massive theme park based on grand designs from Coney Island in New York. The giant theme park was built in Golden Acre Park, north Leeds, in March 1932 and opened to huge fanfare. And while it was built to resemble the impressive amusement parks […]

Does Britain Have A Transport Accessibility Problem ?

  By BY BONNIE EVIE GIFFORD in Happiful.   Accessing public transport should be simple, shouldn’t it? Yet thousands face delays, inequalities in access, a lack of support and understanding. Enough is enough Whether we’re talking about your daily commute or venturing further afield, it’s hard to deny: travel can be stressful at the best of times. Overcrowding, […]

Community Support Groups Spring Up In York To Help People Affected During The Coronavirus Outbreak

    From YorkMix.   Community spirit is alive and well in York in the time of Covid-19. Groups are being set up to help fellow residents affected by coranavirus. There is now a York Covid-19 Mutual Aid group, with the aim of supporting vulnerable people in the city through the outbreak. George Turner explained more on the […]

I Want To Work Out But Most Gyms Don’t Cater For People Like Me

By Samantha Renke in the Metro.   I remember sitting in the cafeteria of my first ever job in London. I’d moved down from a quintessentially Northern, rural town to pursue the bright lights and see what the capital had to offer. As I sat nibbling on my peanut butter sandwich, I asked the lady opposite […]

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