DR UK face mask survey
We want to know your thoughts on wearing face masks in public places, including on public transport. You can fill in our survey here until midday on Wednesday 17 June 2020.
Take the survey.
The next All Party Parliamentary Groups for Disability meetings will be held as webinars from 1pm on 25 June, on the topic of technology, and at 2pm on 9 July on higher education, in conjunction with the APPG for Education.
To register your place, email Roberta Kirosingh at KIROSINGHR@parliament.uk.
Staying active during Coronavirus
DR UK’s Get Yourself Active programme is working with Sense to find out how disabled people have been staying active during the coronavirus outbreak, and if there is anything more that could support people to keep active during this time.
The project will be creating resources that reflect the views and experiences that have been shared through this survey, which will be useful for helping people to get and stay active during crises.
Participants will be entered into a draw to win one of two Amazon vouchers. The deadline is 17 July.
Take the survey.
Wheelchair users needed for market research into journey planning app
A medical market research company is looking to speak with wheelchair users (manual or electric) who live in London and/or travel regularly into London using public transport. The research is based on disability accessibility around London and they are hoping to get insights to help in the production of a journey planning app.
The research will consist of a 60-minute telephone interview later in June. In return participants will receive a £30 Amazon voucher as a thank you for their time.
Participants would need to be aged between 18 to 65 years, living in London or commuting there regularly and, prior to Covid-19, be using public transport at least three times per week.
As this is a study based on an app, all participants would need to use digital technology and own an iOS iPhone Device (iPhone 6 or newer). You don’t need a high level of digital literacy but you must be comfortable with installing and downloading apps as this will be a requirement for the interview.
Participants will be asked to download a free screen-sharing app called Lookback for the 60-minute session which will allow the moderator to see how they interact and use the app.
If you fit the criteria and are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell us about your experiences during Coronavirus
Disability Rights UK and In Control have set up a register to record people’s experiences of getting health, social care and treatment for Covid-19 during the time of the Pandemic.
We want to hear the experiences of disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, their carers and family members, both good and bad, of getting support so that we can help out where we can, and learn for the future. We will not record your name or personal details unless you want us to.
Report your experience of getting care or treatment during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Gig Buddies launches digital connection campaign
A significant number of people with learning disabilities have been facing an increased level of isolation during the coronavirus lockdown because they can’t access the internet.
25% of people with learning disabilities are locked out of the digital means that so many of us are using to stay in touch with friends.
Although lockdown restrictions are lifting, people living with a learning disability are not alone in feeling confused and anxious about the new rules and how they apply to them. They are also impacted by having a higher risk of respiratory issues, they may be dependent on carers, and those in supported living accommodation are subject to the government’s more stringent protection measures that apply to care homes. Being connected digitally will continue to play a major role in tackling the isolation that people with learning disabilities felt even before lockdown began.
Gig Buddies is a programme run by national charity Stay Up Late, that supports people with learning disabilities to see live music through their volunteering befriending service. In response to the coronavirus lockdown, the charity has brought many of its services online including; virtual coffee mornings, art clubs, evening socials and @Coronavirusfest – a virtual music festival to keep their beneficiaries, supporters and general public connected through music.
Visit the Gig Buddies website.
Lawstop free community care legal advice line
The Coronavirus Act 2020 has dramatically reduced people’s rights to health and social care services. Although councils and the NHS will do their best to prioritise those most in need, this means people across the UK might not get the care and support they need. During these unprecedented times, it is important that people experiencing difficulties are able to access legal help quickly.
Lawstop now offers a free, countrywide, community care legal advice line dedicated to assisting people with community care problems. If assistance is required to resolve an issue, it can check eligibility for legal help funding in order to provide this as it holds the relevant contract with the Legal Aid Agency.
It has also recently created an informal practitioners group. This brings together community care lawyers, campaigners, charities, advice services and others who work in the field of health and social care. The aim of the group is to share information about legislation and guidance, emerging case law, help to identify test cases, ask questions and make direct referrals to a large network of community care lawyers. Requests to join the group can be made by emailing email@example.com.
Visit the Lawstop website.
Recognising abuse or neglect
The Home Office, in collaboration with a number of other government departments, has produced information and guidance for those who are still operating in communities and may not be trained to recognise the signs of abuse or neglect. The guidance covers signs to spot and what to do if there is a concern.
The guidance can be found on the Home Office Brandworkz portal. The portal contains print and online versions of the guidance for England and another for Wales, available in both English and Welsh. If you need these in other formats or need more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post-Coronavirus employment seminars
There are two webinars coming up run by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and (RSA) and London Schools of Economics (LSE) about what the employment landscape will look like for disabled people post-Coronavirus, and the impacts of the virus on disability policy.
The RSA webinar on employment is on 16 June.
Sign up now.
And the LSE webinar on policy is on 23 June.
Sign up now.