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Have Your Say - Making Redbridge Accessible for All

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM 
Venue: York Room, Redbridge Central Library, Clements Rd Ilford IG1 1EA

This meeting is a fantastic opportunity to make your voice heard on transport access and the redevelopment of Ilford Town centre. Redbridge Council will be coming along to talk us through their latest plans.

We need as many Deaf, Disabled and older people as possible to attend to show just how much support there is for a Redbridge that is accessible to everyone.

You can book a place here

We are looking for volunteers for our Dementia Befriending Service

We are looking for volunteers for our Dementia Befriending Service. The role of the volunteer is to offer 1-1 support to reduce the isolation of people with dementia. Experience is not essential as we will provide training.  If you live in or around the Redbridge area and would like to make a difference, please contact Jodie on

People with hidden impairments including autism and mental health conditions will have the right to a Blue Badge

The new rules will give the Blue Badge to people who:

  • cannot make a journey without a risk of serious harm to their health or safety or that of any other person – this could include people with autism
  • cannot make a journey without it causing them very considerable psychological distress – such as someone with mental health problems
  • have very significant difficulty when walking - both the physical act and experience of walking
You can find out more about the Blue Badge Scheme here

Respond to Transport for All's Patient Transport Experience Survey

Transport for All is looking for evidence from Disabled and older Londoners who use patient transport, following concerns about the eligibility criteria.

Our Advice Line recently received many calls from Disabled and older people being denied patient transport services by the Royal Free Hospital despite having a genuine need for it. In some cases, people have been denied this vital NHS funded transport for their appointments despite previously being eligible in the past.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. By responding you will help us gain a better understanding of the problem and allow us to gather testimonies to persuade hospitals to improve their patient transport services.

You can complete the survey here

Social media companies and the Government have failed disabled people

A cross-party group of MPs believe that social media companies and the Government have failed disabled users and must act urgently.

"Our inquiry into online abuse and the experience of disabled people has shown that social media is rife with vile, degrading and dehumanising comments about people with disabilities. It’s time for action. We’ve listened to disabled people to come up with our recommendations to tackle online abuse of disabled people, and we will spend the summer listening to them again. By launching this consultation, we want to make it clear that the voices of disabled people must be heard."

To ensure the views of disabled people are heard, the Petitions Committee have launched a consultation on their draft recommendations for action. The draft recommendations are based on conversations with and evidence from disabled people, disability advocacy groups, the police and social media companies.

You can complete the survey here

Share your thoughts for the chance to win a £50 voucher

Share your thoughts for the chance to win a £50 voucher If you’ve read any of the titles on our Reading Well for long-term conditions, young people, or dementia we’d love to hear your views.

Your feedback is essential so that we can understand how helpful reading the books has been and how we can develop the schemes in the future. We’d be grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill in a survey for the book you read – your answers will be kept confidential. Responses will be entered into a twice-yearly prize draw for a £50 high-street shopping voucher.

You can complete the survey here

Have you experienced discrimination? 

Do you face discrimination on a daily basis?

This includes travelling by public transport, entering buildings or using a toilet, getting your voice heard or trying to access information in an alternative format.

If so we can help
Inclusion London’s interactive guides include step by step advice to help you take appropriate action as well as ready-made template letters for you to make a complaint or start legal action. All guides are available in BSL and Easy Read.
Get started here:

If you require support in using the toolkit, please contact Jon at One Place East:

Tai Chi at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Venue: Forest Farm Allotments,  end of Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault IG6 2XL

Tai Chi classes, every Friday 3-4pm, starting Friday 13 July until November. Susan Green will be teaching Chen style Tai Chi sessions in the garden every Friday afternoon until late autumn.

If you haven't experienced Tai Chi come to learn this ancient art-form for wellbeing, mental clarity and physical strength in Forest Farm's beautiful outdoor setting. This is a free workshop open to everyone - just come along, no booking is necessary.

The Redbridge Hate Crime Pledge

The Redbridge Hate Crime Pledge has been created to allow individuals and organisations in the borough to support and participate in ongoing efforts to reduce hate crime in the area. We would like to invite everyone to read and sign the pledge below. We regard any hate incident to be unacceptable and are committed to working in partnership to eradicate hate crimes across Redbridge.

By signing this pledge, we commit ourselves to a Redbridge where people are free to live, work and play without fear of hostility toward their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.

You can find out more and sign the Pledge here

Progress to Work

Are you living with a physical, sensory impairment or health condition and struggling with finding work? Are you claiming an out of work benefit?

Work Redbridge's FREE Progress to Work programme offers you:

  • Support from a friendly Work Redbridge Advisor to create a personalised Action Plan with simple steps for you to follow
  • Access to training, volunteering and work experience to help you gain valuable skills
  • 1:1 support from our Job Broker to find the right job roles for you

For more information about Progress to Work and to book an appointment with an advisor, contact Work Redbridge:

Discretionary Housing and Hardship Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are extra payments to help meet the shortfall between Housing Benefit and your eligible rent. Hardship Payments (HP) are extra payments to help meet the shortfall between Council Tax reduction and the amount of Council Tax you are liable to pay.

Find out more here

Stress, Anxiety? Money worries? Difficulty sleeping? Feeling low? We're here to help

We're here to help. It can be difficult having to cope alone, and it is often impossible to see a clear way through. Whether your issues are caused by problems you face every day, or by events that have happened in your past - Talking Therapies can help.

We’re a free and confidential NHS service that will work with you to help you feel better. We offer expert support from people who know what you’re experiencing, and our highly professional team will introduce you to effective, practical techniques that are proven to work. 

Find out more here

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