Disability Support Calderdale
Witten by: David Naylor
Disability Support Calderdale
Disability Support Calderdale is a local group run by and for people with a disability and long term medical condition who live in Calderdale. We provide information and support to help empower and enable disabled people to make informed choices.
We are a district wide organisation and receive requests for information and support from all over the Calderdale district from North Halifax, to the wider area covering the Upper and Lower Valleys from Brighouse to Todmorden.
If we can help we will arrange an appointment to meet with our service users at a venue that suits their needs and will consider home visits for people with a health or mobility issue who struggle to access external venues. Sessions can last approximately one and a half hours for such activities as completing benefit forms and other issues.
We offer a ‘person centred’ approach and encourage the person we are supporting to make an informed choice about an issue that may affect their future. This is done by obtaining information regarding an issue and then we work and support the person by examining the various options that might be available to them. On occasions we will attend meetings with other organisations with the person we are supporting with their permission so that they don’t feel on their own. We support the social model of disability helping people to remove barriers, become more independent and equal in society leading to social inclusion.
We do not offer advice and are not a crisis organisation.
We offer our services in the following ways:
Completing benefit forms:
Disability support allowance (DLA)
Personal independence payment (PIP)
Employment and support allowance (ESA)
Housing access issues
Accessing services to support individual needs.
Information and signposting to other services.
We offer a voice to help people say what they want when they find it difficult to speak for themselves.
We run drop-in sessions as a way to access our services and look at how we can best support you. We will be arranging other drop-in sessions across the district in 2016.
The sessions have moved in Hebden Bridge due to the flooding at Christmas, they are now held at the Soup Dragon, Hebden Royd Methodist Church, next to the Co-op.
The next drop-in dates are;
- June 10th 12-3pm
- July 8th 12-3pm
- August 12th 12-3pm
We also offer training in disability awareness looking at how to support people with a disability and the issues that cause problems. We are more than happy to come along to local groups and give a talk of what we offer.
The course includes:
- Disability discrimination legislation
- The social model of disability
- The medical model of disability
- Access issues
- Developing skills to support people with disabilities.
The course continues for 4 to 5 hours per week, over a 7 week period at an accessible venue in the district.
If you would like more information please contact Disability Support Calderdale:
Mob: 0799 0833 521
Telephone: 01422 353613