A NEW BRIDGE (see the Gallery link)
Designed by an international artist to give disabled people a chance to access Dartington Hall's Grade II-listed gardens will soon be officially opened.
Designed by Peter Randall-Page, the bridge marks the renowned British sculptor's first foray into functional design.
SCULPTOR: Peter Randall Page working on his new oak and granite bridge
It will now link up the Grade II-listed house to the gardens below.
Dartington's gardens manager Graham Gammin said: "Improving access for all abilities within the gardens while retaining the gardens character has been a long held ambition and something I have been working towards for many years.
"I am delighted that the bridge, for so long a drawing on paper, is now a reality.
"I'd like to extend my thanks to the Mrs W Godfrey-Payton Trust for generously awarding funds for the project, also to the individuals who have supported the appeal to improve the access to the gardens, and to Peter Randall-Page for his outstanding design."
Creator Peter Randall-Page said: "It has been a fantastic opportunity to create this structure, my first functional piece of art, at Dartington."
The official opening will take place on Monday, November 14 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a talk by Mr Randall-Page.
Bag-Packing at Morrisons’
On Saturday 25th February, a small group of our members went to Morrisons’ in Totnes to ‘Bag-Pack’, to raise funds for our group.
They raised over £200. Thanks to Sue Wilton, Judy Carter and Sue’s friend, Hilary, for giving up their Saturday for the benefit of South Hams Lifestyles.
We may do this fundraising activity again next year, so watch this space. Let us know if you can help.
If you have some spare time and energy, and want to do something worthwhile, then why not think about volunteering? If you want to register for volunteering opportunities in your local area, then go to this website:
It also has plenty of information about volunteering in general.
Take a look at the new facilities at Seale Hayne, near Newton Abbot. The facilities for people with disabilities are fantastic! Later in the year, we will be organising a trip for members, to try out the sport and craft facilities ande also the hydro-therapy pool. It really is out of this world!!
New 'Work Club' in Totnes
Devon County Council's Adult & Community Learning Service in Totnes has launched an innovative project to support unemployed local people back to work .
'The Work Club' is a new weekly drop-in session held at The Mansion on Fore Street each Wednesday from 14 March between 10.30am - 1.30pm.
The sessions are free, and open to those aged 19 years and over. They are run by Devon County Council's Library and Adult & Community Learning services in partnership Careers South West, Citizens Advice Bureau, Community Voluntary Service, and Job Centre Plus and are aimed at helping out of work residents in Totnes and the surrounding area get back into employment, and supporting those looking for their first job. People will be offered help and support, including looking at training and volunteering opportunities, advice on planning their job search strategy and information on managing finances while unemployed.
People with disabilities are welcome.
They will also include help and advice on CV writing and interview techniques, as well as providing free computer access to search for vacancies. Experienced staff will be on hand to help with all aspects of job searching, including basic IT skills, finding the best websites and completing online application forms. The Work club will also give people the chance to meet others looking for work, build new contacts and share experiences.
For more information, please contact The Mansion on 01803 862020
The Work Capability Assessment
Work Capability Assessment is the main assessment for Employment and Support Allowance claims.
It may include a medical assessment if more information is needed about your illness or disability before a decision can be made on your capability for work.
The medical assessment will usually take place at a Medical Centre near where you live. If you're unfit to travel or you live more than 90 minutes' journey from the nearest centre, the approved healthcare professional may visit you at home.
You will usually be contacted by telephone by the Medical Services provider. This can be any time between 8.30 am and 8.00 pm. You will be given notice of your appointment and the option to change it if the time doesn't suit you. Your appointment time will be between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.
To look at a copy of the new WCA open the fie below:
WCA Guide File
Do you want to try a Tramper?
Countryside Mobility South West
The Countryside Mobility scheme provides easy access to the South West's countryside for anyone who has difficulty walking through, a mobility scooter hire scheme.
'Tramper' all-terrain mobility scooters and wheelchair accessible 'Wheelyboats' provide access for all to a wide range of wheelchair accessible outdoor visitor attractions across the region.
So you are covered by our insurance you must become a member to hire the equipment. Joining is easy and can be done on your first visit. Once a member, you can hire a Tramper from any of our sites for just £2.50 per hour.
Annual Membership costs just £10.00
Temporary Membership is valid for 4 weeks and costs £2.50
So you are covered by our insurance, you must become a member to use our Trampers. Joining is easy and the following information will help you apply.
Apply to become a Countryside Mobility member in four easy steps!
1.Contact your chosen site to book your first-time Tramper training in advance. Contact details are on Our Sites pages.
2.Read and print our Membership Application Pack (click link below) and complete the membership application forms.
3.Take the completed and signed forms, ID documents and membership fee to your pre-booked Tramper Training session.
4.Once you've successfully completed the training you will be issued with a membership card that can be used at any of our sites. There are sites at Seale Hayne and Stover Park, Newton Abbot, The Saltram Estate, Plymouth, Berry Head, Brixham and sites in Exeter.
Click on the link below to find out about the new Personal Independence Payment which will be replacing the working age Disability Living Allowance. Included in this factsheet are the Activities Tests which people will be required to fill-in to be eligible for the new payment
Positive Devon Living is now available to download from the Living Options Website
Health Profile for South Hams Residents
The updated NHS / Dept of Health 2012 Health Profile for South Hams residents are available now.
If you want to make a real difference in your community and influence local policing and community safety issues, you could be the right person to serve as an independent member of the new Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel.
Click here to view the flyer
There are some interesting open consultations on accessible transport at the moment, which can be accessed using the following link:
Questionnaire about disability and employment
As part of our National Lottery funding, we have been asked to compile a project detailing the experiences of people with disabilities within the workplace. If you live in the South Hams and have been employed, even if you are not employed now, or no longer able to work, we would love to hear your experiences.
Below is a link to an online survey, which asks you for your experiences, good and bad, and opinions on improving employment for people with disabilities.
Once the project is completed, we hope to feed back to employers in the local area the issues that disabled people face in the workplace, in the hope that improvements can be made.
Many thanks for your time and support.
Take Survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2Z2SYVD
Important news about the Work Capability Assessment for the PIP
They are reducing the distance you have to be able to walk from 50m to 20m to be eligible for the higher mobility rate. (It is currently 50m in DLA and was proposed at 50m in the PIP consultations).
The first link explains the situation, and urges everyone to contact their MP. There is a pro forma email so its quick and easy.:
This gives more info about the proposed changes:
Here is a link to the Staying Warm and Well Factsheet
On 13 February the Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey, launched ‘Fulfilling Potential: Building a deeper understanding of disability in the UK today’ To read the document, click below:
We have carried out a project, asking people with disabilities and long-term health conditions about their workplace experiences - good and bad. These are the results we have gained so far.
We will be adding further responses to this report. If you would like to add your comments, then please e-mail us.
Calling all employers:
Have you ever employed people with disabilities? If so, then we would be grateful if you would share your experiences with us – positive or negative, so that we can write a report to help future employers to employ, or prepare to employ, people with disabilities. Click the link below to carry-out the survey:
Thank you for your time.
Click the LINK button for
Exploring the Experiences of Disabled People in the Workplace
Below is a link for a presentation about our allotment, click on it to find out what we do there
Allotment Presentation Link