Our newsletter keeps you updated about
our services and disability news.
Action on Disability would like to thank you, our members, for your support in 2017.
Wishing you a Happy New Year!
First… a message from our Chief Executive, David Buxton
It was a privilege for me to become the Chief Executive of Action on Disability eight months ago. I was keen to listen to, and find out from, members, supporters and others outside AoD about what we already do well and what we could improve. Over the past months, I have been trying to visit as many of you as physically possible, mainly at the employment projects, youth activities, disabled people events, conferences and at our AGM and BBQ which was held at the end of the exciting Youth Services’ Summer Holiday activities. I have been impressed with the breadth of expertise within our membership and the passion and willingness of members to volunteer their time and skills to support the Independent Living projects and AoD’s work at our office.
I am proud of what we have achieved in recent months and very appreciative of all the hard work put in by AoD’s Board of Trustees, members, volunteers and staff to support our wider community. Thank you.
AoD news update:
Adult Advocacy Service:
The Adult Advocacy Service provides free, independent, confidential support to people over the age of 18 who are eligible for social care. The service is provided to people who need advocacy as a result of mental health needs, learning disability or physically disabilities (these may be associated with old age or long-term conditions).
AoD”s Youth Service has been awarded a contract extension to continue to deliver our Friday Afterschool club, our Thursday Youth Club and our February half term holiday project. We are awaiting a decision by LBH&F on the future of these contracts and will keep you informed as and when we know more.
Our partnership with DanceWest continues into 2018 which means ‘Move it Mondays’ will resume at the Lyric Hammersmith in mid-January and we are currently working on plans for Journeys Youth Company to resume and restage ‘A Room of Possibilities’ in partnership with Lyric Youth.
The Service continues to set the agenda for disability employment across London with great results. We have carved out a role, and reputation, for setting up and delivering supported internships for people with learning disabilities. We provide management, job coaching and employer engagement for over 50 young people with learning disabilities each year across our 6 internship sites.
Our Impact is ground-breaking!
Our graduates have landed paid jobs with employers such as the National Theatre, Imperial College, Premiere Inn, Sodexo, NHS, M&S, Primark, Novotel, H&F Council, GSK and Starbucks. The percentage of people with learning disabilities in employment in the UK is shockingly low at around 6.7%. Over 6 years, AoD has achieved a 65%+ success rate of graduates from its supported internships going into sustained employment in London. Congratulations to all!
Recruiting NOW – Employment Advisor
Action on Disability are recruiting for an Employment Advisor to support adults with learning disabilities into and at work. For more information please click below: https://actionondisability.org.uk/employment/
Welfare Benefits Service:
Provides free independent advice and assistance to all disabled residents and their carers who live and work in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The service is for all ages, including parents and carers of disabled children.
We provide free advice and assistance, up to Tribunal level, on most Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) benefits, Tax Credits and some local authority benefits.
Independent Living Service:
There are 2 projects within the Independent Living Service (ILS).
AoD Connect – A Peer Support Project for disabled people who are 18+ and living in west London to become independent and confident 21st Century Citizens. We connect people to courses like:
- Disability Equality, Confidence Building and Digital Inclusion
- Peer Support Groups – Interest or Activity, such as IT, Knitting, Film Club, Creative Writing, Yoga, Direct Payments
- Common Experience Groups – such as Pain Management, Health & Wellbeing or Access Issues
We support people to apply for disabled concessionary travel in London and we sell ‘RADAR Kays’ for access to disabled toilets.
Disability Connect Westminster – a Peer Support Project for Disabled People Living in Westminster. This project supports deaf and disabled people between 18 and 60 years old to access services and opportunities in the community, including Peer Support Groups, Workshops, and by referring people to services.
David Buxton launches legal case over ‘discriminatory’ Access to Work Cap: for more details, click https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/deaf-leader-launches-legal-case-over-discriminatory-access-to-work-cap/
Out of Work Disability Benefits: The Department of Health (DH) has refused to say why it failed to warn NHS bodies and other local services that claimants of out-of-work disability benefits are at a hugely-increased risk of attempting to take their own lives. For more info: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/staggering-esa-suicide-figures-prompt-calls-for-inquiry-and-prosecution-of-ministers/
“Staggering” new figures show that the proportion of people claiming the main out-of-work disability benefit who have attempted suicide doubled between 2007 and 2014. For more information:
Universal Credit: Claims to Universal Credit live service will not be accepted from 1st January 2018: Existing claims will not be affected. To find out what is happening in your area go to https://universalcreditinfo.net/
Independent Living: Equality watchdog seeks legal advice on possible right to Independent Living. For more information: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/category/independent-living/
Assistive technology for Deaf and Disabled people in work – your experience: There is a Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry on assistive technology for Deaf and Disabled people in work.
Information about the inquiry is available at:
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© Action on Disability, January 2018