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Poster set for Dressability, a clothing service for people with disabilities (2004)

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Dressability Posters

  1. 1. Our VisionTo provide a service for anyonewho is having difficultieswith dressing themselves or hasspecial clothing needs,their families and carers living inSwindon, North and West Wiltshire.
  2. 2. Our WorkWe offer clothing advice and information garment alterations and adaptations dressmaking and design
  3. 3. It is likely to be of particular relevance toolder people and to children and adultswith disabilities.Providing an accessible, specialistalteration, dressmaking and design servicewe enable continued independence, socialinclusion and dignity.Who is the service for?
  4. 4. Key Achievements In 2000/2001, we wereable to provide adviceto, alter or make clothesfor 138 individuals. By2002/2003 this hadincreased to 220. With a gradual raising ofour profile, 48organisations contactedus in 2002/2003 forinformation – more thandouble the number for2000/2001.
  5. 5. Social ExclusionClothing can denote•Status•Gender•Occupation•IndividualitySociety judges people by the way they look.Those with an unconventional appearanceare often patronised, undervalued or ignored.
  6. 6. “Ive a right to dress up like anybodyelse. My self-image has improveddramatically because of the clothesDressability has adapted for me. Itsabout dignity. I feel on equal termswith others around me.”(Dressability Client)
  7. 7. Glamorous GrannyCynthia asked us toadapt some ‘oldfavourites’ from hercollection of evening-wear. She has alwayshad a passion fordancing and loves tolook stylish andfeminine.
  8. 8. Talks for community groups• We are happy to provide speakers forcommunity groups wishing to know moreabout what we can offer.• Call us on 01793 485374 to find out moreor book a speaker.
  9. 9. What does it cost?As we are a voluntarysector organisation,we make only a smallcharge.For example, takingup a hem might costfrom £3.50 dependingon the garment.Free Home Visits!Dressability will visityou in your ownhome. If we alter ormake something foryou, we will collectand deliver at no extracost.
  10. 10. Help for CarersDressability offers a practical servicethat can make a real difference to thestress carers often experience incoping with difficulties in dressing orundressing the person they care for.
  11. 11. Are the buttons on yourfavourite jacket becominga problem? Dressability can adaptyour garment to fasteninvisibly with Velcro, sothat you look as smart asever.Do you have a long dressthat you love but havestopped wearing becauseyou are worried abouttripping over it? Dressability can take upthe hem for you.
  12. 12. Do you have a conditionlike osteoporosis ordiabetes that means it isdifficult to find clothes thatfit? Dressability can designand make clothes to meetyour needs or adapt thoseyou already have.Have you lost or gainedweight, resulting in clothesthat don’t fit properlyanymore? Dressability may be ableto alter them for you,saving you the cost ofreplacing them.
  13. 13. Bespoke ItemsWe have produced a range ofneck-aprons and protectivepanels for children and adultswho have difficulty swallowingsaliva. These items combine practicality withstyle use patterns to disguisedampness absorb and retainmoisture, keeping wearerand clothing dryChild’s sweat-shirt withabsorbent panel
  14. 14. VOLUNTEERSWe are always looking forvolunteers. If you arewilling to help, please call01793 785374
  15. 15. “Don’t just think about it,get in touch and see whatDressability can do!”(Dressability Client)You can contact us on01793 485374
  16. 16.  In 2001, there were 25,000 people aged over 65 inthe Swindon Unitary Authority - nearly 14% of thetotal population.Older People The number of peopleover 75 in Swindon isexpected to rise by20% between 1999and 2007.020004000600080001000012000140001991 1999 2007Projected Population Change- Over 75s in Swindon
  17. 17. The Ageing Population . . .QUEENS TELEGRAMSIn 1952 the queen sent out 273birthday telegrams to centenarians.Now that figure is over 3000 per year.The 2001 census showed that, for the firsttime, there are now more people over 60than there are children.
  18. 18. Disability in the UK 6.7 million people of working age aredisabled. (Labour Force Survey 2001) 8% of adults reported having difficulties withgetting around their home and/or going out ofdoors and walking down the road. (GeneralHousehold Survey – Living in Britain 2001)
  19. 19. Carers in Britain In Britain, an estimated 5.7 million people are carers.  This is 1 in 10 of the population.Of these: 1 in 4 have been providing carefor 10 years or more. 8% look after more than oneperson. Around 1 million are over theage of 65.
  20. 20. www.dressability.orgDressability Web Site
  21. 21. DressabilityPinehurst People’s CentreBeech AvenueSwindon SN2 1JTTel: 01793 785374Registered Charity No1082779 • Registered Company No4777289 • Affiliated to Scope

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