Welcome to the new website of GAD– the Greenwich Association of Disabled People. Please be patient while we add information to the new site, and in the meantime please don't hesitate to contact us if there's anything you can't find.
GAD is now on Facebook and Twitter
Greenwich Association of Disabled People is now on facebook! Like our page to receive regular updates of news and events for people in South East London.
Free Home Fire Safety Checks
You may be aware that the London Fire Brigade provide free home fire safety checks to Londoners – this allows them to assess, with the occupier, the hazards and risks from fire in their homes and to discuss how these can be minimised or removed. They will also check the correct operation of smoke alarms already fitted, advise if they are in the right place, and if none are present, fit as many as are needed, free of charge.
And importantly, they discuss making an escape plan to ensure that the occupier can quickly leave the property in the event of a fire.
A recent dwelling fire in Woolwich, involving a wheelchair-user, has highlighted the inherent delay they faced in responding to the smoke alarm. Whilst one person was able to leave the dwelling, the wheelchair-user was trapped in their bedroom and needed to be rescued.
Where there are inherent delays, like in this example, it is even more important to plan one’s escape, ensuring that the route is clear and locked doors can be opened quickly.
If you would like a free fire safety check then please contact the local community safety team that covers the Greenwich area and can arrange a visit.
Phone: 020-8555-1200 ext 36533
Also check the London Fire Brigade website for lots of safety advice,
To find out more information about Hate Crime check the following websites or call our office for more information:-
• What is Hate Crime? (i.e. is what’s happening to me possibly Hate Crime?)
• Where and How can I report it? (including anonymously via 3rd party reporting sites)
• What support and advice is available and where and how can I access it?
• (i) the Tru Vision Reporting sitehttp://www.report-it.org.uk/report_a_hate_crime
• (ii) Stop Hate UKhttp://www.stophateuk.org/talk/
Royal Borough of Greenwich Council's own Hate Crime link:
Client Coffee Morning
We have so far held 6 meetings in the last 12 months with some of our service users. These have proved to be very interesting and informative and are a great way of acquiring new information on disability issues and pooling ideas.
They have been very well attended and topics discussed have included Support Plans and ISF, Keep Warm Scheme, Handyperson Scheme, New Benefits and latest rates, Disabled Rail Cards, P2P Marketplace, Safeguarding Issues and many other subjects as well.
The next meeting will take place in 10th January 2013, in the cafe at the Forum @ Greenwich at 10.30 through to 12.30pm. We would like to invite more service users to come along and share experiences, learn new ideas and get to know the latest developments in the borough. It is also nice to come along, have a cup of coffee and meet people in similar circumstances.
Come and join us or call 0208 305 2221 for more information.
The P2P Marketplace is a leading online service providing a quality Social Care & Wellness shopping service to local people in Greenwich looking to find, organise and book support services that will help simplify their lives.
Their customers are able to quickly search our extensive list of providers and find, select and book individual workers or volunteers who meet their personal preference and are available at the times they wish to have their services delivered.
They ensure that all professionals and services advertising through this site are legitimate providers, hold relevant insurance cover and have undergone vigorous quality assurance checks. However, all bookings are private arrangements between the customer and chosen provider and both customers and providers are advised to make sure they are personally comfortable with each other’s credentials before service commences.
Go to www.p2pmp.co.uk for further information
GREENWICH OVER 55’S
DEAF LUNCH CLUB
STARTING FRIDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2011
Every Friday at the Hoy Café, Greenwich
Remark! Community welcomes all local residents of Greenwich to our new Deaf lunch club. Join us and catch up with friends old and new, over a homemade lunch and some warming drinks.
We will have available a free advocacy service to offer guidance on any issues you have, and to help with writing letters and making phone calls.
Entry is £3 to include lunch, tea and coffee.
A transport service will also be arranged for members who are unable to take public transport.
Contact Cheryl Culver–07595 036641 (sms) or Jess Doyle- 07952 845287 (voice)Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
THE HOY CAFÉ
193 CREEK ROAD, LONDON, SE8 3BU
Bus 199 & 188 stop outside the cafe. (Bus stop is called “Greenwich Creek Side”)
10 minutes walk from the DLR