Create a Postcard for United Response

‘Postcards from the Edges’

‘Postcards from the Edges’‘Postcards from the Edges’ is a creative project by United Response which offers a blank canvas for expression to anyone affected by disability or mental health. DaDaFest newsletter reader, Val, created the postcard ‘Gesture: Reach Out’, Val said ‘Whenever I revisit this image I feel it has an emotive positive quality which can be applied in so many ways and I hope it will make a suitable submission for ‘Postcards from the Edges’.

The website: is the project hub and allows you to create postcards or upload pre-made ones. Anyone can enter and if you prefer, you can design one offline by requesting a postcards pack from: [email protected].

Later this year, four art galleries across the country, including Camp and Furnace in Liverpool (w/c 4 November) will host exhibitions displaying a selection of the postcards.


Strengthening Disabled People’s User Led Organisations

DPULO fundingThe Wales Ambassador for the Strengthening Disabled People’s User Led Organisations (DPULO’s) programme is Cerrys Hill. Her role as Ambassador for the programme is to promote the benefits of DPULO’s and to offer assistance to those in the georgraphical areas of Wales. You can find out more about the programme at

The four year programme was launched on 20th July 2011 by the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller, to strengthen DPULO’s and promote growth and improve the sustainability of user led organisations.The programme will also allow user led organisations to access a £3 million Facilitation Fund to support this. Cerrys would like your help to let people know she is in post  and ready to help.

Disabled People’s Organisations in Wales (People First Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind, People First Vale of Glamorgan) have already financially benefited from this programme and you could too.

If you require any further information please contact Cerrys by email on: [email protected]  or on 07546 484692.


It’s Learning Disability Week …

Get a tip,Give a tip,Forums,Info Packs

NetbuddyIt’s Learning Disability Week … and we’re celebrating with a selection of our best tips! We’ve picked the ones that really make you say, ‘Why didn’t I think of that!’ We’ll be adding to them all week, and we’d love to hear your favs too. So let us know if you’ve found a tip on Netbuddy which you think we should include!

Calling all grandparents … We’re launching a new research campaign looking into the role of grandparents in caring for disabled children and adults. If you are a grandparent of a child with special needs, or a parent who relies on a grandparent’s help, please can you take two minutes to fill in our short survey. We really appreciate your help! Parents click hereGrandparents click here.

Win a £30 Blossom voucher … We’re really pleased to introduce Blossom, a brand new online store selling funky stuff for children with special needs, and the best part is they’re a social enterprise so every spare penny goes back to their parent charity, Tree of Hope. Blossom is offering a £30 voucher for this month’s tipster of the prize winner, so it’s time to get your thinking caps on and start tipping!


Sessions – The Riverfront Kingsway Newport

09 Aug 13 – 13 Dec 13 – 5pm – 11pm

RiverfrontPrices: £1

Boutique stalls adorn the foyer at The Riverfront, Newport and performance fills the air in the café. All types of performers are welcome to come along from comedians to poets and musicians – all you need to do is turn up on the night.  If you’re a local creative person and would like to sell your wares, be it hand-made jewellery, bespoke fashion, vintage vinyl, artwork or something completely unusual, please get in touch to pre-book a stall.

Previous stalls have included vinyl, vintage, hand-made toiletries, home-made cakes, hand-made clothing, jewellery, accessories and cards, unusual one-off gifts and more. Sessions will take place either in the café/bar and outside on the terrace or in the upstairs bar, depending on weather.

Held on the second Friday of every month.

Join the Sessions at The Riverfront (Group) on Facebook for more information.

For more information please go to the website: