September 2012                                                   This update includesMonthly Bulletin 40                  ...
Monthly Bulletin 40 – September 2012exciting new employment programme, EssexUnite. Until then, you can read more about the...
ecdp newsecdp running free training for disabledemployers and their PAs in Thurrockecdp and Thurrock Borough Council are r...
ecdp news       Safeguarding – recognising abuse and what you can do to stop        it.       Employer’s responsibilitie...
ecdp newsecdp – Working with Skills for Care tosupport you as an employerecdp is delighted to be working with Skills for C...
national newsThe Paralympics are finally here!Paralympic Flame Lighting CeremonyLast week, Stoke Mandeville Stadium was th...
national newsCelebrate the Paralympics with Together! 2012Throughout the Paralympics, the UK Disabled People’s Council(UKD...
national newsWell, let’s just say that Oscar doesn’t have anything to worry about forthe time being.How did they feel? It ...
national newsSkills for Care AccoladesSkills for Care award Accolades to individuals or organisationswho have improved the...
national newsInternational Volunteering: AnOpportunity for Disabled Young PeopleInvitation to Workshop - Recruiting and Su...
national newsThis workshop is offered without booking fee; however places arelimited and must be confirmed. Please book yo...
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  1. 1. September 2012 This update includesMonthly Bulletin 40 articles on the following topics:Dear Members,Since the previous email bulletin, we haveenjoyed the Olympics and we’re now two days ecdp newsinto the Paralympics; the biggest internationalcelebration of disability sport in the world. At 1. ecdp running freeecdp we are very excited about the Games, training for disabledand many of our colleagues have tickets to employers and theirattend various events. Some were even lucky PAs in Thurrockenough to attend the Opening Ceremony!  Empowering the employerIf you would like to share your photos and  Personal Assistantexperiences from any events you go to see, Trainingplease get in touch using the details below. 2. ecdp – Working with Skills for Care toTo mark the Paralympics, ecdp published a support you as anspecial edition of the ecdp magazine, which employer.has been posted to members and will also beavailable on the ecdp website. In the magazineyou can read an interview with the world’s best national newsknown Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, as well asmany other Paralympics stories. 3. The Paralympics are finally here!In this edition of the bulletin we also have an  Paralympic Flameinterview with one of ecdp’s members, who is Lighting Ceremonyworking as a producer for Channel 4, the  Paralympic TorchParalympic broadcaster. He learned to run on Relayblades for a documentary and talks about his  Celebrate theexperience in the interview on page 7. Paralympics with Together! 2012Next month we will have an update on ecdp’s  ecdp member learnsSeptember 2012: Monthly Bulletin 40 Page 1 of 1
  2. 2. Monthly Bulletin 40 – September 2012exciting new employment programme, EssexUnite. Until then, you can read more about the to run on bladesprogramme on the ecdp website. 1. Skills for CareBest wishes, Accolades 2. InternationalFaye Savage Volunteering: AnLived Experience Officer Opportunity for Disabled Young People We welcome member contributions to the bulletin, our website and the ecdp magazine. If you would like to write something, or comment on any of the articles in this edition of the bulletin, please get in touch with us using the details below. If you have missed a previous email bulletin, they are all available on our website: ecdp monthly email bulletin. Telephone: 01245 392 300 Email: info@ecdp.org.uk Post: Ivan Peck House, 1 Russell Way, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3AASeptember 2012: Monthly Bulletin 40 Page 2 of 2
  3. 3. ecdp newsecdp running free training for disabledemployers and their PAs in Thurrockecdp and Thurrock Borough Council are running two free trainingcourses, for disabled people who employ staff and for their PersonalAssistants. Details of both courses are below:Empowering the Employer: Training for disabled people who employpersonal assistants.This peer-led workshop covers a range of skills needed as a PAemployer, including: Rights and needs – examining how Human Rights and physical and emotional needs are linked and why it is important to get your needs met. Resolution – resolving difficult situations and elements of compromise when managing a PA. Behavioural types – approaches to working with different types of people. How disciplinary and dismissal procedures work – what you need to have in place. Appropriate record keeping – A list of legal and necessary paperwork needed to maintain Direct Payments/Personal Budgets.The training for employers will be repeated three times, on 27September, 22 November and 21 January and will start at 10.30 andend at 15.30.Personal Assistant Training: Training for Personal Assistants whosupport disabled or older people.This workshop covers a range of information and skills needed as aPA, including: Equality Act 2010 – basics of act and how it relates to being a PA.September 2012: Monthly Bulletin 40 Page 3 of 3
  4. 4. ecdp news Safeguarding – recognising abuse and what you can do to stop it. Employer’s responsibilities – the responsibilities of your employer to you as their employee. Best working practice – good practice and how you can be a great PA. Lone working – risks and how to keep safe. Dignity in care – what is dignity and why it is important in PA work?The training for Personal Assistants will be repeated three times, on 28September, 23 November and 23 January and will start at 10.30 andend at 15.30.If you or your PA are interested in participating, please contact FayeSavage at ecdp: 01245 214 023 or email: fsavage@ecdp.co.uk. Could you be an ecdp Trustee? Could you help set the strategic direction at ecdp – a leading Disabled People’s User Led Organisation (DPULO) – which serves, and represents, the interests of disabled people in Essex and beyond? We are a charity and company limited by guarantee and are looking for people to join our existing Board of Trustees/Directors. To find out more, please contact the Companies and Charity Secretary, Margaret Watchorn (mwatchorn@ecdp.org.uk ) or telephone 07546 597044.September 2012: Monthly Bulletin 40 Page 4 of 4
  5. 5. ecdp newsecdp – Working with Skills for Care tosupport you as an employerecdp is delighted to be working with Skills for Care to supportdisabled people in Essex and beyond who employ their ownstaff to access Skills for Care’s useful and time-savingresources.Skills for Care wants to ensure the people who work for disabled andolder people in providing care – often paid for by Direct Payments orPersonal Budgets – have the right skills and qualifications to do so.We know Direct Payments can be a very beneficial way of arrangingyour social care. But we also understand that it can sometimes taketime to get the right information to feel fully in control. This iswhy ecdp is working with Skills for Care to ensure their usefulinformation is made as available as possible to you. There are lots ofways you can get involved in this work.We have already hosted two focus groups and will be holding onemore, which all our members are invited to attend. The meeting willtake place at 1pm on Tuesday 4 September. The meeting will be about‘Building Your Qualification Card Kit’.We can pay for people’s travel to and from the focus group as well as£15 for your time. If you’re interested in attending this focus group orfor more information, please contact Faye Savage onfsavage@ecdp.co.uk or 01245 214023.September 2012: Monthly Bulletin 40 Page 5 of 5
  6. 6. national newsThe Paralympics are finally here!Paralympic Flame Lighting CeremonyLast week, Stoke Mandeville Stadium was the venuefor the official Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony.Stoke Mandeville is seen as the home of theParalympics, as this was where the Games werestarted by Dr Guttman, who revolutionised thetreatment of people with spinal injuries.Four flames travelled from London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh andwere united in the Stoke Mandeville Stadium to form the ParalympicFlame ahead of the 24 hour Relay, which concluded at the OlympicStadium in Stratford.Paralympic Torch RelayThe 24 hour Paralympic Torch Relay saw the flamecarried 87 miles by 580 inspirational Torchbearers,working in teams of five, from Stoke Mandeville inBuckinghamshire to the site of the Olympic Park.The Flame travelled through communities in Buckinghamshire andHertfordshire before visiting a number of iconic London landmarks,including Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street andTrafalgar Square – each of which hosted live entertainment and sportscreened throughout the Paralympic Games.The Flame, which was carried in a miner’s lantern, also crossed theRiver Thames over some of London’s most famous bridges includingLambeth Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and Tower Bridge, which will have aspectacular Agitos (the symbol of the Paralympics) on displaythroughout the Games.September 2012: Monthly Bulletin 40 Page 6 of 6
  7. 7. national newsCelebrate the Paralympics with Together! 2012Throughout the Paralympics, the UK Disabled People’s Council(UKDPC) a Disability Arts and Human Rights festival that will be basedat London Pleasure Gardens, a new artist-led venue opposite theExcel centre (one of the main Games venues).The festival, Together! 2012, will be free and aims to provide a spacefor disabled people, families and friends to come together to watch theGames broadcasts, to be entertained, and to discuss, debate andraise awareness of our lives and culture and the issues that matter todisabled people.A brief programme is available on our website and more information isavailable on the Together! 2012 festival website.ecdp member learns to run on bladesecdp member Paul Carter has recently learned to run on blades,similar to those used by Oscar Pistorius and many otherParalympic runners. Here he talks about his experience and whyhe took on the challenge:How did you come to get blades?It was for a programme that my company produced for the BBCdocumentary series Inside Out.What was the reasoning behind the documentary?There’s been a lot of discussion in the media recently about whetherprosthetic blades give an unfair advantage, particularly after OscarPistorius began running against non-disabled athletes and thenqualified for the Olympic Games. We felt that they’d started to be seenas these almost mythic devices - that anyone could put them on andsuddenly they’d become a superstar athlete. With me, there was aunique opportunity to try and prove that’s not the case!So, was the experiment a success?!September 2012: Monthly Bulletin 40 Page 7 of 7
  8. 8. national newsWell, let’s just say that Oscar doesn’t have anything to worry about forthe time being.How did they feel? It must have been an unusual experience.I used to wear full-length prosthetics as a child, so the height wasn’tsuch a shock, but the balance issue was very, very strange indeed.The only way I can describe it is like trying to stand still on atrampoline - they’re effectively giant springs, so they have a hugeamount of give and bounce in them, much more than ‘traditional’ legsanyway.How long did it take you to adjust to them?A few hours to take steps unaided, and then a few more hours until Iwas able to walk confidently outside. It was a good week before I feltbrave enough to try running on my own.What would you like to achieve now you have them?I’d love to attempt a 10k at some point, but for someone who up tonow has never even run for a bus, that might prove a step too far!How much do the blades normally cost?The model that I have are the same used by Oscar, they’re called theCheetah FlexFoot, and they can cost up to £3,000 each and areusually bought privately or with sponsorship. It is possible to getblades from the NHS, but it has to be proved there is a clinical need.This is usually for people who may have been very active beforeamputation for example, or who are using sport for rehabilitationpurposes.We understand you’re going to be working on the Paralympicscoverage? That must be exciting.Yes, very exciting. I’m taking time out of my day job at the company towork as an assistant producer for Channel 4. It’s a once in a lifetimeopportunity to cover a games in your home country. One I certainlycouldn’t turn down.September 2012: Monthly Bulletin 40 Page 8 of 8
  9. 9. national newsSkills for Care AccoladesSkills for Care award Accolades to individuals or organisationswho have improved the lives of people who use social careservices through workforce development and a commitment toinnovation.Since the first Accolades ceremony was held in 2003, thepopularity of the competition has grown to become one of themost prestigious and enjoyable events of the social care calendar.Nominations for this years Accolades are now open and will close onThursday 6 September 2012.The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 14 March 2013 atPark Plaza Victoria, London.The categories are:1. Best employer of under 250 staff2. Best employer of over 250 staff3. Best individual employer who employs their own staff4. Best provider of learning and development5. Best employer support for social care Apprenticeships6. Best employer support for newly qualified social workers7. Best recruitment initiatives8. Most effective new approach to service deliveryFor more information or to make a nomination, see the Skills for Carewebsite: Accolades 2012/13.September 2012: Monthly Bulletin 40 Page 9 of 9
  10. 10. national newsInternational Volunteering: AnOpportunity for Disabled Young PeopleInvitation to Workshop - Recruiting and Supporting Disabled YoungPeople as International Citizen Service VolunteersLocation: York St John University, YorkDate: Wednesday 12 September 2012Time: 9.30am- 5.30pm (lunch is provided)Who should attend: Representatives from agencies and charitiesworking with disabled young people, aged 18 - 25, throughout the UK.The aim: To explore the International Citizen Service scheme as anopportunity for all disabled young people. To enable all young peopleto be proactive participants in global citizenship, making a difference tothe world and potentially transform their sense of who they are. Tolearn from the pilot ICS scheme, hearing from returned disabled youngvolunteers and their project partners.Discussions will explore: the challenges and practicalities of international volunteering for disabled young people the expectations before, during and after placement: how to ensure everyone involved has a happy and fulfilling placement how to make the International Citizen Service scheme the promotion of ICS to disabled young people: supporting them through the application process and preparing for departureSeptember 2012: Monthly Bulletin 40 Page 10 of 10
  11. 11. national newsThis workshop is offered without booking fee; however places arelimited and must be confirmed. Please book your place via Event Brite.If you have any queries, please contact Holly Rawlings, viahrawlings@internationalservice.org.uk or 01904 647799.September 2012: Monthly Bulletin 40 Page 11 of 11

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