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The Centre for Independent Living

We are a membership and user led organisation, run and controlled by disabled people. We promote independent living for disabled people in Sheffield. By independent living we mean that disabled people have the same freedom and rights to exercise choice and control over their own lives as any other person.

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Let’s Stop Disability Hate Crime

Early September saw a joint Hate Crime event hosted by the Disability Hub and the Religion and Belief Hub as part of ongoing activities by the Equality Hub Network. Disability Sheffield volunteer and activist Deborah Sunday puts together some background to Hate Crime in the UK.
Everyone deserves respect, yet here in Sheffield people still face physical, verbal and other forms of attacks daily at home and in public due to their personal characteristic such as age; race; religion; sexual orientation; transgender and/or disability. In 2007, the UK criminal justice system defined Hate Crime as: “any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic”. Sadly human rights rules, the Criminal Justice Act and the Equality Act 2010, have not stopped hate crime in the UK. A disability hate incidence can be a one-off incidence in public places such as hospitals and transport. It can also be continuous intimidations and harassments from caregivers; neighbours; local youths; friends and families; work places and classmates to mention a few.

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Uniting our Voices & Defending our Rights

Disability Sheffield helped organise the annual “Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance” national conference in Sheffield for the second year running. We feel it’s important for local disabled people and disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) to feel part of the collective voice of disabled people and we value the idea behind ROFA where disabled people can unite and defend our rights together. The conference was entitled ‘Uniting our Voices & Defending our Rights’ and explored how we can defend and progress disabled people’s vision of rights, inclusion and equality.

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Cycling Back to Being Me

We are delighted to publish Caroline Waugh’s funny and moving account of her life and cycling which was originally written for the Get Yourself Active website. Caroline’s blog takes us through her many life threatening experiences and some life affirming ones too. Caroline and the team run Cycling 4 All sessions at Hillsborough Park in Sheffield from April through to October.

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Thursday 29th September

Sheffield Cycling 4 All

Sheffield Cycling 4 All is back at Hillsborough Park from March through to October 2016 . Open taster sessions take place every Thursday at 10-3pm...

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Thursday 29th September

Shake Your Funky Stuff Disco - 7 - 11 pm

The Knights Out project and Disability Sheffield have teamed up for a night out – disco for people with a learning disability. View Poster

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Wednesday 28th September

Community and Day Activities Framework for Adults with Learning Disabilities in Sheffield - 10am - 1pm

Sheffield City Council is planning to develop local community and day activities for adults with learning disabilities. The Council is holding the first of a...

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Thursday 29th September

Annual 50 and Moor Event

A celebration of all that people aged 50+ in Sheffield are, do and contribute to our city.
Over 20 organisations across Sheffield are taking part....

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A Paralympic Guide to Disabled People for Non-Disabled People

The Paralympics have proved to be a great success despite initial fears and congratulations to all the Paralympians returning from Rio today. As the Paralympics has focused attention on perceptions of disability, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) have produced a Paralympics Guide to Disabled People for non-disabled people.

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Northern Rail want your Feedback on the Design of their New Train Seats

Rail travel can be far from comfortable for disabled rail passengers, which is why Northern Rail would like your feedback on the design of seats on their new trains. The new seats roadshow will be in Sheffield at Sheffield Train Station on 19 and 20 September from 10am to 7pm.

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Share your Experience of the South Yorkshire Ambulance Service

If you have used the South Yorkshire Ambulance Service in the past year, whether in an emergency, patient transport or any other service, then the Care Quality Commission would like to hear about your experience.

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Sheffield Disability have a great passion and commitment to assist people with disabilities and their families in Sheffield. A positive voice for the disabled community and always promoting choice and control. Excellent work achieved with limited resources.
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The 10th anniversary event was very informative, and I was particularly impressed with the level of attendance and the reach that Disability Sheffield clearly has
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James Henshall, Irwin Mitchell

When I moved to Sheffield nearly five years ago it was my "go to" organisation. I expect it to stay that way. All the staff and volunteers seem to pull out little gems of effort that disabled people like me couldn't do without. Professionally and personally - I love em :)
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Andrew Crooks

Disability Sheffield is a forward-thinking, energetic organisation doing a lot of positive work in Sheffield. I have no doubt they will continue to do so for a long time to come.
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Ruth

Forward thinking, supportive, always there to help and support the disabled community in Sheffield. They excel in promoting choice, control and independence for people with disabilities. A great team of people driving change. Keep up the good work and long may it continue.
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